4 Hopeful Things about Kira Brady’s “Hearts of Shadow”

Hearts of Shadow

Deadglass Book 2

by Kira Brady

Nikki’s Rating: 4 out of 10

Summary:  Grace Mercer must fight wraiths every day now that the world has plummeted into chaos due to the Unraveling. Caught in the middle of the war between the Kivati shapeshifters and the Drekar, dragon shifters, Grace is simply trying to survive like all other humans but Leif Asgard is convinced she is more than that. As Leif and Grace hunt for answers to save the world, something ancient begins to hunt them and the only way to save each other is to embrace the love they’ve been desperately denying.

4 Hopeful Things about Kira Brady’s “Hearts of Shadow”

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. Grace Mercer

Grace reminds me so much of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander in the Millennium series. Both women are abrasive and downright rude but love deeply and are extremely loyal. Like Lisbeth, Grace kicks some major ass and takes shit from nobody.

2. The Lore

While novels featuring supernaturals are nothing new, I appreciate Kira Brandy bringing different elements into her universe. In “Hearts of Shadow,” the incorporation of runes to protect and actually use in battle was very interesting. And the Deadglass series features dragon-shifters, which is totally awesome!

3. Sweltering

Things heat up in “Hearts of Shadow” as Grace and Leif give in to their desires.

4. Hearts of Chaos

While Grace and Leif got their happily-ever-after, their world is in deep shit, Tiamat has awoken. The Deadglass series continues in Kira Brady’s “Hearts of Chaos.”

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8 Triumphant Things about J.K. Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

by J.K. Rowling

Nikki’s Rating: 8 out of 10

Summary: The Tales of Beedle the Bard features five classic fairy tales beloved by wizards for years and can now be enjoyed by Muggles everywhere. Translated from the Ancient Runes by Hermione Granger and commentary provided by Albus Dumbledore, these tales of love and adventure will bring you much joy and delight.

8 Triumphant Things about J.K. Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. Wizarding World

Beginning with the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World is utterly fantastic and any chance to spend even a few minutes there is time well spent.

2. Immersion

“Tales of Beedle the Bard” does an excellent job of immersing us into the Wizarding World with commentary by Albus Dumbledore and an Introduction and footnotes provided by J.K. Rowling to help clarify things for Muggle readers.

3. Fairy Tales

Common in all cultures, fairy tales are always enchanting and “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” are no different. With an emphasis on good overcoming evil, these folktales encourage young wizards to do what is right and to help them understand that having magic doesn’t make your problems go away.

4. Fun

As with other collections of fairy tales, “Tales of Beedle the Bard” is a quick and fun read and utterly amusing with the wit of Albus Dumbledore.

5. Beautiful

As a hardback, light blue book decorated with silver stars, “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is a visually stunning book. But the beauty doesn’t end there. Inside, many pages feature simple elegant drawings and each page is decorated with roses.

6. The Fountain of Fair Fortune

My favorite of the tales, “The Fountain of Fair Fortune’ features 3 witches who take their fate into their own hands, graciously work together and solve their problems without magical intervention.

7. Lumos

With every sale of “Tales of Beedle the Bard,” Scholastic donates to Lumos, an international nonprofit organization that is working to end the institutionalization of children.

8. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

If you need another book outside the Harry Potter series to get your Wizarding World fix, try “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them” or “Quidditch Through the Ages.”

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8 Daring Things about Donna Grant's “Dangerous Highlander”

Dangerous Highlander

Dark World Book 1; Dark Sword Book 1

by Donna Grant

Nikki’s Rating: 8 out of 10

Summary: Avoiding all contact with the outside world, Lucan and his brothers continue to struggle with their immortality. As they battle the demons inside themselves, the MacLeods allow the world to forget them, hoping that She will forget them as well. But then Lucan sees Cara and his whole world shifts. Betraying all that keeps them safe, Lucan exposes himself to save Cara’s life and now brings Her wrath down on all of them.

8 Daring Things about Donna Grant’s “Dangerous Highlander”

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. Lore

One of the strongest qualities of Donna Grant’s Dark Sword series is the lore. While including a touch of real history, Grant includes druids, both good and evil, and warriors who “house” ancient demonic gods that are constantly trying to take over their hosts. What could possibly go wrong?

2. Lucan

While all the MacLeods are wonderful in their own right, Lucan is the best of them. He is strong, both physically and emotionally, thoughtful, caring, and responsible. He is simply, a good man and always tries to do the right thing. It doesn’t hurt that he is also sinfully attractive and seductive.

3. The MacLeods

As stated above, the MacLeods all have their charms but the dynamic between them is so heartwarming. They are truly brothers in every sense of the word, three pieces to one whole.

4. Cara

While Cara may have literally been a damsel in distress upon meeting Lucan, she is not a helpless twat. On the contrary, Cara is shown to be very brave and willing to learn all to help herself and others.

5. Scorching

The heat between Lucan and Cara is intense! “Dangerous Highlander” features some scorching erotic scenes.

6. Writing

“Dangerous Highlander” is written well with no unnecessary descriptives. Donna Grant writes clearly and keeps good pacing throughout the story.

7. Fallon

Pretty sure I was smiling like an idiot when Fallon transformed into his god-form to save Cara for the sake of Lucan. I was so proud of him!

8. Forbidden Highlander

Donna Grant’s Dark Sword and Dark World series continue in “Forbidden Highlander” as the MacLeods continue their battle with Deirdre.

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8 Quick-witted Things about J.K. Rowling’s “Quidditch Through the Ages”

Quidditch Through the Ages

by J.K. Rowling

Nikki’s Rating: 8 out of 10

Summary: Kennilworthy Whisp takes us through the interesting and sometimes violent history of Quidditch. With an introduction by Albus Dumbledore, this book gives a thorough look at ancient broom games and how they have evolved into the beloved wizarding sport we all love today, Quidditch!

8 Quick-witted Things about J.K. Rowling’s “Quidditch Through the Ages”

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World

The Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling is so imaginative and impressive that it is no surprise that millions of us wish we lived there! “Quidditch Through the Ages” is a quick read but any small glimpse into this Wizarding World is well worth it.

2. The Immersion

J.K. Rowling made this book so immersive with its introduction by Dumbledore, “Hogwarts Library” stamp, and about the author, Kennilworthy Whisp. “Quidditch Through the Ages” truly seems to have come straight from the Wizarding World and into our Muggle hands.

3. Entertaining

“Quidditch Through the Ages” is truly entertaining with its whimsical witty humor and absurdities that will delight children and adults alike.

4. Quidditch

While sports have never been all that exciting to me, Quidditch is most intriguing perhaps because it is a Wizarding game. It was enjoyable to get the backstory that Rowling imagined for her fictional sport.

5. The Golden Snidget

Perhaps the best part of “Quidditch Through the Ages” is the small drawing of the adorable chubby Golden Snidget, I now want one!

6. Comic Relief Fund

Sales of “Quidditch Through the Ages” goes to the Comic Relief Fund, which provides help to at-risk children and young people in the UK and internationally.

7. Lumos Fund

Revenue from “Quidditch Through the Ages” also goes to Lumos, a charity focused on ending the institutionalization of children.

8. The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Thankfully there are other books to immerse ourselves into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, other than the Harry Potter series, “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” and “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.”

What are your favorite things about “Quidditch Through the Ages”?


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5 Hardy Things about Kira Brady’s “Hearts of Darkness”

Hearts of Darkness

Deadglass Book 1

by Kira Brady

Nikki’s Rating: 5 out of 10

Summary:  Wanting nothing more than his freedom from bondage, werewolf and mercenary Hart prepares for his last mission, capturing Kayla Friday. As Kayla searches for answers about her sister’s death, she finds herself drawn to Hart even after he warns her to stay away. Having never failed a mission before, Hart struggles to handover the beautiful, smart, and tenacious nurse Kayla to his boss but if he doesn’t, he will be bound to servitude even in death.

5 Hardy Things about Kira Brady’s “Hearts of Darkness”

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. Supernatural

Werewolves, wraiths, shapeshifters, oh my! As a fan of the supernatural, it was enjoyable to have a book with so many supernatural beings but best of all, “Hearts of Darkness” features a clan of dragon shifters. Have I mentioned that I love dragons?! If I was a shifter, I would totally be a dragon shifter.

2. The Bad Guys

While the dragon shifters were the central bad guys of the “Hearts of Darkness”, I appreciated that Kira Brady didn’t write them as all bad. The dragon shifters are power-hungry, greedy, and manipulative but also amusing, intriguing, and complex, as you would expect real dragons to be. Antagonists that have redeemable qualities are much more interesting and captivating.

3. Lore

Kira Brady’s Deadglass universe is unique. While featuring supernatural elements is not uncommon, Brady provided her own twists on things such as the dragon shifter clan being influenced by Viking culture and the Kivati shapeshifters being more influenced by Native American culture. And then you also have the background of these 2 races being in a war that is hidden from the humans and the ominous Gate.

4. Steamy

Things get hot and heavy between Kayla and Hart in “Hearts of Darkness.”

5. Hearts of Shadow

Thankfully Kira Brady’s Deadglass series continues in “Hearts of Shadow” because we all need to know what happens now that the Gate has been ripped open!

What are your favorite things about “Hearts of Darkness”?


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6 Knowledgeable Things about Adam Hochschild’s “King Leopold’s Ghost”

King Leopold’s Ghost

by Adam Hochschild

Nikki’s Rating: 6 out of 10

Summary: A meticulously researched book focused on the exploitation of the Congo by King Leopold. A detailed account of key players and how abuse and slavery were able to continue for years with the world none the wiser. An honest, disturbing look at how colonialism continues to negatively impact the world today.

6 Knowledgeable Things about Adam Hochschild’s “King Leopold’s Ghost”

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. Educational

This book was a huge eye-opener. Nowhere in any formal education was there mention of the massacre that happened in the Congo, or anywhere else in Africa, due to colonialism. As in everywhere else in history, the victors write the history books and conveniently omit any negative images of themselves.

2. Citing Sources

Hochschild did his research diligently. His pages of notes and bibliography provide ample evidence and support of his narrative of what happened in the Congo under King Leopold’s rule.

3. Characters

In “King Leopold’s Ghost,” Hochschild does an amazing job of bringing his historical characters to life. He includes key life events to help readers understand their motivations and values that may have impacted their decisions. However, there is a lack of African voices and Hochschild makes note of this and gives valid reasons why this is so.

4. The Atrocities

While not giving traumatizing details, Hochschild clearly paints a picture of the horror many Congolese people experienced at the hands of their European suppressors. From forced slavery in terrible conditions to being used as target practice, King Leopold encouraged a holocaust in the name of greed.

5. Silence

“King Leopold’s Ghost” includes an explanation of how these atrocities were not made public and how King Leopold was able to manipulate others in power and the media to keep the silence of the massacre that was occurring.

6. Impact

One of the strongest points Hochschild presents in “King Leopold’s Ghost” is how colonialism continues to have an impact in the Congo today. Due to American and European investments, these governments continue interfering with democracy in the Congo going so far as in 1961, providing the means to assassinate Lumumba, an elected prime minister.

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6 Tender Things about Kate Cross’s “Touch of Steel"

Touch of Steel

Clockwork Agents Book 2

by Kate Cross

Nikki’s Rating: 6 out of 10

Summary:  Gravely injured while fighting Howard, the murderer of her beloved brother, Claire Brooks falls into the hands of the Wardens of the Realm. As an agent for the Company, she is now at the mercy of her enemies and chooses to defect in order to reach her goal. Teamed up with Warden Alastair Payne, they hunt Howard while pretending to be engaged. An irresistible attraction develops between Alastair and Claire and they must decide if they are truly allies or enemies.

6 Tender Things about Kate Cross’s “Touch of Steel”

(May Contain Spoilers)

1. Claire

A deadly agent who loves fiercely and loyally as evident in the way she hunts the murderer of her beloved brother.

2. Friendship

Kate Cross created characters that show friendship at its best! Without knowing Claire, Arden and Luke stand beside Alastair’s decision to include Claire in the Wardens because they trust and love Alastair, no further proof was needed.

3. Alastair

While Alastair has many faults, including coveting his best friend’s wife and being a stubborn ass, he is a good man. Publicly defending and proclaiming his love for Claire redeemed him in many ways.

4. The Heat

Erotic scenes between Alastair and Claire were hot and steamy.

5. Happily-Ever-After

“Touch of Steel” was quite the rollercoaster and while it turns out Claire’s brother was a huge dick, Claire at least got her happily-ever-after with Alastair as they continue fighting as Wardens of the Realm.

6. Breath of Iron

The Clockwork Agent series continues in Kate Cross’s next steampunk novel “Breath of Iron.”

What are your favorite things about “Touch of Steel”?


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