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Saturday Stars – 07 Aug 2021 – Nikolai Lantsov (King of Scars & Rule of Wolves)

Well, peeps I’m watching The Suicide Squad (2021) on this tiring Saturday evening and the movie is so bad, it’s like being witness to a train wreck and unable to look away. Lol.

But let’s not digress. Today, I give to you Nikolai Lantsov—privateer, prince charming, demon king.

Saturday Star: Nikolai Lantsov
Book/Series: Siege & Storm, Ruin & Rising, King of Scars, Rule of Wolves – Leigh Bardugo

When I first met Nikolai in Siege & Storm (The Grisha trilogy), I was totally charmed and he became one of my favorite characters in this series. I hadn’t thought it possible to like him even more. Then I read King of Scars and I fell deeper for him. And in Rule of Wolves, there was no resisting him. I was done for.

Reading his POV in King of Scars, there was so much depth to him I couldn’t help but love him. There was a surprising sweetness under all that charming swagger of his. The deeper exploration into his character left me awed and fascinated. You think you understood him but there was so much more to him than he let anyone see.

In Rule of Wolves, flawed and complicated and so brave, he became the best version of himself. Wah, I just love him! I can’t wait to see who they cast as Nikolai in the Netflix’s Shadow & Bone for season 2.

∼Lyn

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Saturday Stars – 03 July 2021 – Maud *Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles #4) – Ilona Andrews*

Saturday’s over, so that means tomorrow I’m gonna be mad all day. 😉

I’m binge-re-watching Teen Wolf from Season 2. Yes, I have no life.

Saturday Star: Maud
Book/Series: Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles #4) – Ilona Andrews

The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite series. I first met Maud and her daughter Helen in One Fell Sweep and they were cool characters but Dina was still my favorite. Then Maud and Helen got their own story in Sweep of The Blade and I learned just what a bad-ass Maud was.

She was such a pragmatic character, forced by circumstances to be a strong, indomitable person to protect her daughter. She was amazing. Every bit I uncovered about her endeared her even more to me. Helen was a fantastic mini-Maud. She was so cute and deadly, she was a mini-force to reckon with.

I loved Sweep of The Blade and how Maud and her daughter found a home and family with Arland. Aww, I miss them. Just talking about them makes me want to re-read the book.

∼Lyn

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Saturday Stars – 05 June 2021 – Miryem’s Staryk King

Hi, peeps. Post #2 of June. Do you like re-tellings? I haven’t read many but I love Naomi Novik’s writing which is a pleasure to read. And of course, let’s not forget the amazing characters she creates, like the Staryk King. 😍

Saturday Star: Miryem’s Staryk King
Book/Series: Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik

Miryem and the Staryk King are my favorite part of this book. I loved Miryem for the strength and courage it took her to retain her dignity and face down the people in her village.

The Staryk King is breathtaking! Yes, I have the weird tendency to fall for cold warriors with a lot of pride…and a boatload of honor and a penchant for fair deals. He’s infuriating but I love him lol.

Spinning Silver remains one of my favorite books. No matter how many times I’ve re-read it, it’s never enough. Not to mention my obsession with the Staryk King. 😉

∼Lyn

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Saturday Stars – 22 May 2021 – Elisabeth (Sorcery of Thorns)

Hi, peeps. Post #10 of May. If you read my FIFF post, you already know I’m obsessed with Margaret Rogerson’s upcoming book, Vespertine, which made me think of one of my favorite books, Sorcery of Thorns.

If you haven’t read it, you’re really missing out.

Saturday Star: Elisabeth
Book/Series: Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

Blurb: All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them. As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Elisabeth was an absolute menace and I say that in the nicest possible way. She was klutzy and bookish and charming in her own way. Her love of books made me like her a whole lot. I enjoyed her thoughts and the way she saw the world.

Her connection to the grimoires in the Great Libraries was amazing. I envied that. Wouldn’t it be awesome to talk to books like that? & have them talk back? Wah, dream come true, right?

The courage she showed and her strength after all the traumatizing events she went through was admirable. I love characters like her and often these kinds of characters can elevate a book from good to great.

∼Lyn

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Saturday Stars – 08 May 2021 – Simon Doyle

Hi, peeps. Post #6 of May. So I’ve been thinking about my favorite characters lately and I decided to bring back my Saturday blog meme – Saturday Stars.

Today’s star is *drumrolls*

Saturday Star: Simon Doyle
Book/Series: The Search – Nora Roberts

Synopsis:
A canine Search and Rescue volunteer fights danger and finds love in the Pacific Northwest wilderness in this riveting #1 New York Times bestseller from Nora Roberts.
To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life—a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school and a challenging volunteer job performing Canine Search and Rescue. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare: an encounter with the Red Scarf Killer, who shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.
On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude necessary to rebuild her life with her three loyal Labs. But all that changes on the day intensely private wood artist Simon Doyle barrels up her drive with an out-of-control puppy, desperate for her help.
As Fiona embarks on training Jaws, and Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona’s life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands…

I’ve always had a soft spot for snarky guys and Simon is one of my favorites. He’s grouchy and surly and he guards his solitude like a secret service agent. He’s a wood artist and he doesn’t give a damn what others think of him. I love that about him, how he does what he thinks is best without letting others’ opinions affect him.

He knows who he is, what he wants, and makes no apologies. I can only wish to have even an ounce of that self-confidence.

And when Simon loves, he loves with all his heart, fully, completely, without restraints. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever feel that way. I don’t know but at least I can live vicariously through my favorite characters.

∼Lyn

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3 - Why is this character among your favorites? 

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TYCR – 28 Jul 2020 – The Obsession – Nora Roberts

Hola, Book Dragons, how are you? If you follow my blog, you know what a crazy fan of Nora Roberts I am. Lol. Disclaimer: I don’t claim to have read all her books or even loved all of them. But I’ve read about 100 or so and a majority of that hundred is among my favorites. She’s one of the top-notch storytellers I have ever seen. The best part? Her writing is simply, magical.

I’m on a re-read of The Obsession because I was missing Xander a lot. 😍

The Obsession – Nora Roberts

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Synopsis:
“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.”

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

I love Xander. He’s one of my best guys. He’s a total book dragon, too and man, how can you not love him? 😍😍😍 If you haven’t read this book, definitely give it a try.

What about you guys? What are you reading?

∼Lyn

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TYCR – 13 June 2020 – Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking

Hola, Book Dragons, how are you? Whatcha reading? I started the first book in the Trylle series by Amanda Hocking – Switched.

Do you have a NetGalley account? If you do, you know how some books are “Wish For It” only. I have no idea why that is. Do you? Well, for the first time ever, a publisher granted one of my wished books – The Morning Flower (The Omte Origins, From the World of the Trylle) by Amanda Hocking. So of course, I have to read the Trylle series before I start on this new series. 🙂

Switched (Trylle #1) – Amanda Hocking Continue reading “TYCR – 13 June 2020 – Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking”

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TYCR – 13 June 2020 – This Eternity of Masks and Shadows – Karsten Knight

Hola, Book Dragons, how are you? Whatcha reading? I have to say I really love this blog meme I created. (Can you see the modesty? 😉 ) It’s so perfect for when I don’t have inspiration for a blog post and it allows me to publicize books a lot more.

This Eternity of Masks and Shadows – Karsten Knight

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Synopsis:
In a city of gods and mortals, secrets never die.

The gods walk among us. Some lurk in the shadows, masquerading as mortals; others embrace their celebrity status, launching careers from Hollywood to Capitol Hill.

One of them just murdered Cairn Delacroix’s mother.

As Cairn sifts through the rubble, she uncovers a conspiracy two decades in the making: a cursed island, the fellowship of gods who journeyed there, and the unspeakable act that intertwined their fates. One by one, the members of that voyage are dying, and Cairn’s investigations land her in the crosshairs of the rogue goddess responsible.

With the help of Nanook, a polar bear god turned detective, Cairn descends into Boston’s underworld of supernatural crime and political aspiration. To avenge her mother and unmask her assassin, she’ll first have to reckon with a gut-wrenching secret that will rewrite the life she thought she knew. Continue reading “TYCR – 13 June 2020 – This Eternity of Masks and Shadows – Karsten Knight”

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TYCR – 23 May 2020 – The Perfect Hope (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #3) – Nora Roberts

Hola, Book Dragons, how are you? Another re-read for me. I was missing Ryder a lot so I wanted to re-read his story.

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Synopsis:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces you to the Montgomery brothers – Beckett, Ryder, and Owen – as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown.

Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out – with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a toolbelt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro…

As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be – except for in her love life. Her only interaction with the opposite sex has been sparring with the infuriating Ryder, who always seems to get under her skin. Still, no one can deny the electricity that crackles between them…a spark that ignited with a New Year’s Eve kiss.

While the inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome – and embarrassing – appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him…

Ryder is surly, annoying, straight to the point with his no-nonsense attitude. He’s prickly, sarcastic, absolutely irresistible. He’s my favorite among the Montgomery brothers.

What about you guys? What are you reading?

∼Lyn

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TYCR – 17 May 2020 – The Pagan Stone (Sign of Seven #3) – Nora Roberts

Hola, Book Dragons, how are you? Today was Laundry Day for me. And yes, capital first letters like a title because I seriously hate Laundry Day. I’d rather read. I’m finally on Gage’s story and man, I wanted to keep reading instead of doing chores.

The Pagan Stone

Synopsis:
Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox, and Caleb each emerged from the woods with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight against the demon they awakened. Winner take all…

Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence begin to plague the longtime friends and the women bound to them by fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown stronger–feeding off of the terror it creates. But now, the three pieces of the bloodstone have been fused back together. If only they could figure out how to use it.

A gambling man like Gage has no trouble betting on his crew to find a way. And though he and Cybil share the gift of seeing the future, that’s all they share. But Gage knows that a woman like Cybil–with her brains and strength and devastating beauty–can only bring him luck. Good or bad has yet to be determined–and could mean the difference between absolute destruction or an end to Hawkins Hollow’s nightmare…

Gage the Maverick. Okay, I admit it, he’s my favorite. I have a super soft spot for him, think gooey soft. I can’t help it. His childhood was hard and he could have let it harden him into a cruel man. Instead, he faced enormous odds and grew up into a good man. I really love him. He wouldn’t agree but he has such a good heart.

What about you guys? What are you reading?

∼Lyn

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