Itsy Bitsy Spider (Emma Frost Series #1) by Willow Rose

Book Description

Published: November 15, 2013

Emma Frost inherits a house on Fanoe Island when her grandmother dies. She decides to move there with her family, much to her teenage-daughter’s regret. One morning a wealthy old woman in her street is found murdered and soon Emma finds herself wrapped in a mystery uncovering the island’s dark secrets that not only runs deep within the history of the island but also within her own family.

From the author of the International Bestselling books, the Rebekka Franck-series comes a new Scandinavian Mystery destined to keep you up all night. This is the first book in the Emma Frost-series and is followed by Miss Polly had a Dolly.

Review –

Taken from Devoted Mother of 3

“Like any small town, Fanoe has its secrets. Within a short period of time, Emma becomes aware of a murder in the community. Disliked by most, Mrs. Heinrichsen’s murder isn’t mourned. Unusual as it maybe, no one will grieve for her. But, as Emma comes to know her quirky neighbors, she realizes that there’s a whole lot more going on than anyone wants to admit.

While battling her teenage daughter’s angst, her son’s special needs, a secretive father & a chocolate addiction, Emma finds herself drawn to the town’s secrets. When other murders occur, Emma is confident that there’s a serial killer at work. Can she determine who’s behind them or will she end up next?

Emma is a great lead character, very relatable. Her family drama is well played out & she does a fantastic job trying to keep everything in order. A word of caution: there are bits of sensitive subject matter peppered throughout the plot. Sensitive readers may find these a bit too much for their tastes.

Willow Rose did a great job mixing the different storylines together. Some of the pieces could have definitely been left out without damaging the storyline. Her villain/killer’s methods are unique & I enjoyed the back & forth between historical events & present. As the dust settles, many readers will have it figured out long before the last page.”

It is a great action packed, fast paced read and I look forward to reading more by this author.

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Emergent (The Shapeshifter Chronicles #3) by Natasha Brown

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Published: June 16, 2014

When eighteen-year-old Chance Morgan kills another shapeshifter to save his girlfriend, Ana Hughes, he contracts a dangerous shapeshifting sickness that makes him crave power uncontrollably—and without restraint he’s a threat to the person he loves most. Desperate to keep Ana safe from harm and to find a cure for himself, he abandons her in the Yucatan and escapes into the wilderness. Violent memories and voices surface in his head, creating a dangerous tug-of-war between good and evil.

Companionless and alone, Ana meets a woman who claims to have the same shapeshifting and healing abilities as her and vows to teach Ana the skills to help Chance, but as weeks pass she begins to question if her new mentor truly intends to keep her promise.

With time running out, Ana must find the power within herself to heal Chance before he loses his battle against the powerful voices inside his head.

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Before Ana would leave the area to go to Lifen’s home/retreat, which happens to be in Canada, she convinces her to go back to Balam’s  mountain home and see if Chance is there. Ana desperately wants to see if he is alright. Lifen is not keen on the idea but goes along. He wasn’t there but Lifen found him when she went out searching animal form but told Ana he was too sick to be around her. They fly to Ana’s home in Idaho, where Lifen stays in the shape of a dog most of the time(fewer questions from everyone). They leave for Canada in a few days and finally arrive at Lifen’s picturesque home built on the ridge of a mountain and near a beautiful lake. The inside was more amazing than the outside and reminded Ana of a museum. There were three other Shapeshifter trainees there but at first there was a lot of tension between the boys and Ana but eventually they became friends. Ana has to learn to focus her mind on pushing energy out and back toward her,how to meditate and learn self-control and finally how to shift properly.

Meanwhile Chance meets Batukhan, who was a friend of Balam and he takes Chance under his wing. Come to find out Batukhan and Lifen had known each other, in fact, loved each other hundreds of years ago but neither one really knew what had happened to the other. While traveling together they meet up with Mac who supposedly can remove some of the bad sickness in Chance’s mind but not all. But something is not right and the evil ones in his mind are taking him over and he leaves to find Ana because it is her strong energy that the entity wants. He finds Ana and she does heal him, or at least he seems to be himself again, but it Ana herself? The book ends with Chance proposing to Ana.  The next book won’t be out for quite a while so I’ll have to try and be patient but it won’t be easy.  Great series.

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Prodigy (The Shapeshifter Chronicles #2) by Natasha Brown

Book Description

Published: November 16, 2012

In Clark Bend, Idaho, Chance Morgan’s dreams are haunted by the last moments shared with his grandfather. Memories of the fateful day when he died plague his thoughts, and without his grandfather’s council, his shapeshifting powers mysteriously fail him. Desperate to seek out a new mentor and learn more about the mystical world he was sheltered from, Chance must travel far from home to hunt for answers.

Eighteen-year-old, Ana Hughes has only known Chance for a few months, but he quickly found his way into her heart. Since being rescued from Chance’s power-hungry cousin, and coming back from death, Ana is unwilling to leave his side, and joins him on his quest to the Yucatan in search of a new mentor.

When Chance’s memories fall into place and reveal a threat from their past, Chance and Ana must fight to survive – or die trying.

Review –

Chance and Ana head to Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula to find the mentor meant to teach him the ways of a Shapshifter but they haven’t a clue how to find him. As luck would have it they come across a woman names Sanchia, who in fact is related to Balam, the one they are looking for, and she takes them in and gives them food and shelter. After a while Chance and Ana head into the jungle and a black jaguar leaps toward them and turns out the be the Shapeshifter Balam. He leads them to his house in a mountain and thus training begins. Chance is learing the correct way to focus his energy not only in large animal shapes but also small ones, which are sometimes better.  Markus finds Chance again and a fight is on and to make a long story short Chance kills Markus and all of the bad energy(sickness) in him flows into Chance. Ana witnesses this and sees chance coming for her with malice in his eyes but he realizes his intent and turns into a eagle and flies away.

A dog that had been following Ana around turns out to be Lifen, a Shapeshifter and a healer and she tells Ana that she will train her to use her gifts so she can find Chance and heal him and so they head off together for Lifen’s home. Thus ends book two.  Wow! Great second installment. Can’t wait to start the next book.

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