Review: Heart of Gold by J.A. Cipriano

Heart of Gold (Clans of Shadow #1)Heart of Gold by J.A. Cipriano

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Frank Butcher is a retired veteran with a passion for movies. Retired from the military he is now working his delivery job. On the last stop of the day – which happens to be the highlight of his day due to the attractive Doctor Gabrielle – some serious shit goes down and Frank is nearly killed saving the life of the beautiful Doctor. Gabrielle saves his life in turn by using a powerful magical artifact, throwing Frank into a world of magic and getting him mixed up right in the middle of two warring factions who would both kill to get their hands on the magic that Frank now possesses.

Frank would prefer to just walk away from all of this, lay low and let this all blow over. However, Gabrielle’s son Max has been kidnapped and she asks for his help to rescue him. Because Frank is a badass – Think Jack Burton meets Jason Bourne with a just a dash of Ash (Evil Dead) – he steps up to the challenge.

I found this book enjoyable and fun. It is what I like to call popcorn fiction: It has lots of action, good one liners, not too much depth.

The only complaint I have is that it is a tad on the short side, leaving me wanting more! Luckily it left off in an obvious setup for a sequel.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was directed to read this book because I am a huge fan of the Dresden files by Jim Butcher. The setting in Hounded is Urban Fantasy and the protagonist is a snarky, wise-cracking, magic wielding bad-ass who is friends with werewolves and other mythical creatures / deities. That being said, do not expect this book to be a clone of The Dresden Files books.

The protagonist Atticus is a 2100 year old druid, who looks like he is still twenty-one. The last of his kind. Hiding out from the Fey in Arizona. All he wants really is to be left alone. But that would make a pretty boring book now wouldn’t it? Atticus is in possession of a very powerful magic sword that the Celtic god of love Really would like back and has been sending assassins after him for years. Now, he has discovered where Atticus is and his patience has run out. The thing is, Atticus really does not want to go anywhere. He has found a life he likes. My favorite Character in this book was Oberon. Oberon is Atticus’s Irish Wolfhound that he has bound to his mind so they can communicate telepathically. Oberon and Atticus share not only in adventure but in witty banter.

I completed this book in three days as I could not put it down! I promptly picked up the second book in this series (Hexed) and have finished it as well (review coming soon) and am now starting book three (Hammered).

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