Thursday, February 9, 2017

#REVIEW and #GIVEAWAYS: Recovered by Amber Polo

Recovered (Shapeshifters' Library #3) by Amber PoloRecovered (Shapeshifters' Library #3) by Amber Polo

Publisher: Wordshaping Press (November, 2016)
Category: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Dogs, Werewolves,  Humor, Pet Rescue
Tour date: Feb 1-Mar 31, 2017
ISBN: 978-1539059813
Available in Print & ebook, 224 pages
 Recovered (The Shapeshifters' Library #3)

From the Award Winning Author: Bliss D. Light believes she’s an ordinary children’s librarian…until she grows a tail. Now her life is filled with more magic than any fairy tale she reads the children at the Shipsfeather Library. Bliss’s newly discovered dog-shifting ability allows her to change into a sleek white Greyhound but leaves her yearning to dig up her heritage and track down the dog-shifters’ lost library. Her best friend Harry, disgraced werewolf/dog-shifter mix, smitten with Bliss and eager to redeem himself, insists he accompany her. Tailed by the devilish werewolf duo of Harry’s supercilious ex-wife Sybilla and bad boy Blaze, their cross-country quest takes them up ancient mounds and into extreme danger. Chased by federally-funded dogcatchers, sold to a racetrack, and forced to fight wolf-dogs is no walk in the park. Aided by dog rescue advocates and a bookstore cat, Bliss and Harry never lose sight of their goal—or each other.

Series Description Shapeshifters' Library  by Amber Polo

Dog-shifting librarians nose to nose with book-burning werewolves! Light fantasy series for the dog lover who lusts for books and adores libraries. Comic villains, smart sweet heroines, and brave intelligent heroes share a world where dogs talk and librarians battle werewolves to protect knowledge.

Praise for Shapeshifters' Library Series

“Author Polo does an excellent job organizing the details of her inviting series for new and returning readers… At its core, the narrative illustrates how… kindness can heal humans and dogs—and maybe even cats… A fanciful read that remains loyal to its noble principles.”- Kirkus Reviews
“…let the author's imagination take you into her world of shapeshifting dogs who have taken on the responsibility of preserving books for mankind. Change into your dog form, go to Starbarks (sic), order a chai latte, and read Recovered.”- Mike Bove, author of the Bruce DelReno Mysteries
“Take a perfect hero and heroine, a mystery, secrets, evil book-burning werewolves, noble dog shifters, non-stop adventure, and the race against time and you have a fantastic book. Highly recommended for readers who love unique fantasy!”- Kari Thomas, author of Under a Shifter’s Moon
“A novel like RECOVERED elicits a happy sigh from me. This is the type of book you want to curl up to read by the fire with a cup of hot tea on a rainy day. It's exciting, engrossing and has the sweetest of romances. I've really enjoyed all of the Shapeshifters' Library books, but RECOVERED is my favorite! RECOVERED has a National Treasure (love that movie!) vibe with mystery and adventure at its core.”- Danielle Smiley, Known To Read

My Rating: 4 stars
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I learned one thing about myself as a reader that I hadn't experienced before reading this book. I don't like shifters who are able to talk as a human while in their animal form. It seems too fanciful for me. That fact in itself is the only bad thing I can find about this book.
The book itself can be read as a standalone, I didn't feel too out of the loop even though this is the third book in a series. There was enough of the backstory woven into the book so that I didn't feel like I couldn't understand what was going on. Overall, the feel of the book is fanciful, light at times, and adventurous.
Bliss and Harry are an unusual couple, both most definitely not alphas. In the beginning of the book, they are both characters I could see being wallflowers, liking to stay in the shadows and not in the center of attention. They are very much in contrast to their werewolf counterparts, Sybilla and Blaze. It's that contrast and the tension between the two duos as they race to find the lost library. I enjoyed watching both Bliss and Harry grow as characters and find their voice as the book progressed. It is a life's lesson that when you find your calling, that is where you find your strength.

Recovered (Shapeshifters' Library #3) by Amber PoloAbout Amber Polo

Amber Polo’s lifelong love of libraries and dogs led to a fascination with lost ancient libraries and curiosity about why werewolves outnumbered dog-shifters in literature and inspired her urban fantasy series The Shapeshifters Library. The mystical side of Sedona became the comic paranormal setting for Hearts in the Vortex. One day a plane flew past her office window and she turned her pen to her own airpark backyard and Heads in the Clouds was the result. Author of award-winning fantasies and Arizona romances, Amber relaxes stressed writers and readers. Relaxing the Writer offers a catalog of suggestions and simple exercises while her calming CDs help (almost) anyone relax and find restful sleep. After living in seven states, she’s settled in a small Arizona town. Wordshaping Blog Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebook Facebook Page for Shapeshifters’ Library

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      1. I'm glad you enjoyed watching the characters grow in 'Recovered'!

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