Sunday, December 20, 2015

Recent Reads

The Caledonian Inheritance (The Athena Effect #3)The Caledonian Inheritance by Derrolyn Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At the end of The Mackenzie Legacy, our new family unit of Calvin and Caledonia & twins Layla and Michael have escaped their enemies.
The Caledonian Inheritance starts not long after, with the quartet settled in a house and slowly rebuilding the missing pieces of their lives.
It was nice to see Michael come into his own instead of acting like the bitter and selfish character he has been so far. You really get a chance to see his love for his sister and his inner strength flourish outwardly.
Calvin mostly serves to support Cali and unlike the last novel, is now the primary voice of reason.
Caledonia finally gets the chance to work with animals instead of wasting her talents gambling. I loved watching the shift of emotions or colors she and Layla see in one another. Before we mostly had to rely on Cali's perspective without watching her. It was also fun watching her childhood skills come into play, particularly the moment she pulls a knife out of nowhere.
Layla's additional perspective continues to enrich and strengthen this series. Again I found her story the most intriguing, perhaps because she's such a flawed but fun character. She hides behind a polished, prissy exterior but is vulnerable after the events of Mackenzie Legacy. Her crusade to rebuild her grandmother's home was interesting, and teased us with hints of the cousins's ancestral origins in Scotland.
Officer Ruiz was a nice addition to the crew. Besides being delectable eye candy, he is an honorable guy and very interested three dimensional hero. His laid back, genuine approach was the perfect foil to Layla's A-type personality.
Looking forward to reading the next installment and learning more about these witchy women and their adventures.
Derrolyn Anderson continues to impress and draw the reader in with compelling characters, heartfelt romance and ingenuity.

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Twelve Dancing UnicornsTwelve Dancing Unicorns by Alissa Heyman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought Twelve Dancing Unicorns for my seven-year-old niece, who has a penchant for all things magical. Naturally, I read the book before hand and fell in love with the gorgeous illustrations and innocent sweetness of the story. The illustrations are stunning and display the artist's gift for contrast and light. This is the ideal gift for girls of all ages who dare to believe in the power of love and magic.

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