Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Spirited Legacy: Lost Library by Kate Baray: Book Reviews



Lizzie receives an offer she can't refuse—an internship at the Lost Library, home to hundreds of magical books. And to make the deal even sweeter, her prospective boss has offered to act as her magic mentor. What’s a girl to say, but yes? Except…there are the questions of her unresolved love affair, her recently acquired arch enemy, and a haunting past.

Can Lizzie tackle a new job, learn the magical ropes of spell casting, and save her relationship with an amazing man—all while eluding her nemesis? She’ll sure as hell try.

Join Lizzie as she muddles through another magical adventure, with old friends and new, making the most of what life—and the afterlife—throw at her.

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This excerpt is unedited and subject to change.

Lizzy felt a hard yank on her scalp. She wanted to cry out, but no sound emerged from her lips. Someone was dragging her down the path. Her muzzy, pain-filled brain tried to put the pieces together. If he was carrying a gun, he might have a very good reason to hate her. A personal reason to become emotional over her appearance at his front door. Maybe his magic was gone, too? 

The painful pulling at her scalp was joined by a steady wrenching feeling in her shoulder. She must have passed out for a moment, because suddenly she was inside the house and being pulled across a floor. She could feel the wood floor and then the rug underneath her—but it was all distant and fuzzy, like she’d just woken from a dream but wasn’t yet able to think clearly or move. She could feel even these sensations start to slip away as her thoughts became hazier. A sharp pain pierced through the darkness. Her body slamming into a wall? A doorway? Briefly she tried to grab at the door jamb she was being yanked past, but her fingers wouldn’t move to clench the frame. 

She was so tired. Even the mounting terror—what would happen to her?—couldn’t keep her awake. She didn’t want to die like this. She didn’t want to die at all, she thought right before she lost consciousness.

She woke briefly as a guard pulled her body this way and that as he restrained her. Her shoulder screamed with a tearing pain, and tears were running down her face. She could just barely make out Worth speaking in the background. He was giving instructions to one of his men for evacuation. As she struggled to hear anything that might hint at their destination, the guard had finished binding her feet and moved to her hands. He pulled her hands together, wrenching her damaged shoulder. She bit down on her cheek frantically as waves of pain tore through her. She didn’t want Worth to hear her scream, she thought a fraction of a second before her mouth filled with her own blood, and she lost consciousness.


Lost Library Book 1
4 Stars
This book was such fun to read.  I liked Lizzie from the first and enjoyed being there with her as her safe little world is turned topsy-turvy after the arrival of a mysterious tome. I loved the delayed chemistry that ignites between her and the sexy John Braxton.  Having her best friend Kenna supporting her through all the craziness just added icing on top of an already delicious cake.   
Lizzie begins to unravel the complexities of the book, but in doing so places herself squarely in the sites of several competing factions.  Heir apparent to a magical legacy in high demand, Lizzie must learn quickly how to channel the magic inside her or face deadly consequences. 
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Spirited Legacy (Lost Library Book 2)
5 Stars 

After devouring the first book in this series, I dived right into this one. For me, this one surpassed its predecessor with even more thrills and chills .  John Braxton has almost won Lizzie’s heart, but she is angry with him for leaving out and glossing over a few pertinent points about their relationship.  Accepting an internship overseas for a few weeks gives her a chance to sort out her turbulent thoughts – or so she believes.  John tries to give Lizzie a little space but is also determined to protect her at any cost.  Soon the pair is embroiled in more adventures; trying to help their comatose friend while evading the clutches of her persistent arch-enemy. 

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review. 

Reviewed by Laurie-J


Kate Baray is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy writer. She writes and lives in Austin, Texas with her pack of pointers and a bloodhound. Kate has worked as an attorney, a manager, a tractor sales person, and a dog trainer, but writing is her passion. When she’s not writing, she volunteers with a search and rescue team, sweeps up hairy dust bunnies, and watches British mysteries. Sign up for Kate’s newsletter:

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1 comment:

Kate Baray said...

Thank you for your kind words, and for hosting the Lost Library books on your site!