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Companera (Dakota del Toro – 0) by Julia DeBarrioz

Marginalized young women have a tendency to disappear in New Mexico. PCT Bounty hunter Dakota del Toro knows the local vampire coven and their pet werewolves are to blame, but the badge she carries means she requires pesky things like admissible evidence and warrants to act—however when a bereaved mother comes to Dakota for help in recovering her daughter from the Lobos Diablos gang this bounty hunter will risk her career, her freedom, and her very life to bring Pilar Guzmán home.

Diego de Gama seems too good to be true—a handsome, wealthy, gallery owner who can dance and behave like a gentleman? What century is he from, anyway? On a night out on the town with the girls Dakota thinks she’s found a keeper, but Diego has a secret that could turn the archaic power structure of Santa Fe’s vampires on its head. However, he knows he can’t do it alone—and who would make a better compañera than the Cazadora herself? If only he could stop kissing her long enough to ask her…

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Julia DeBarrioz

About the Author

Julia DeBarrioz lives in the countryside near Saint Louis with her beloved husband and an ever growing zoo of winged and furred wards, including two conures, a large flock of fancy chickens, and an English bulldog.

She has a BFA with emphasis in painting and printmaking. When she’s not writing she loves to draw, paint, and daydream. When applying for university most of her portfolio consisted of portraits of her book characters. The universe of Dakota del Toro has been long in the making, and she is very excited to finally share this part of her imagination with the public.

Julia has traveled the world extensively, and her wander lust has taken her to Europe, Asia, Latin America, and all over the United States. For all her travels, Santa Fe, New Mexico retains the crown as her favorite dot on the map.

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My Review

5 Stars

Dakota del Toro is a bounty hunter for the PCT, Preternatural Control Team that specializes in shifters. Several girls have gone missing lately and Dakota just knows it’s the local werewolves that are responsible but she knows that working for the PCT means that she needs to find proof before taking them out.

While investigating she meets a gallery owner, Diego de Gama that is more than human. Although having a hard time in relationships she finds herself drawn to Diego. Dakota knows that he wants her professional help and her so she is torn on how to react to him.

This is a great paranormal story. You have vampires, shifters, and a team that takes them out. I really liked Dakota. She is one tough cookie and doesn’t take crap from anyone. I love how she does the odd cases even if it causes a rift between her and the other bounty hunters.

As for the missing girls and the vampire drama, I loved this story. I couldn’t put the book down and couldn’t turn pages fast enough to see what was going to happen next. I loved this story and can’t wait to read more from Julia DeBarrioz.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Serpent-Bearer

Serpent Bearer

Welcome to The Sperpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars blog tour! Read on to learn more about this beautifully illustrated graphic novel by C.S. Johnson, and a chance to win a copy for yourself!

The Serpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars

Publication Date: November 7th, 2018

Genre: Manga Style/ Graphic Novel

Length: 30 Pages

A tiresome task.
A deceptive dragon.
A prince that changes everything.

Ophiuchus is a celebrated warrior of the Celestial Kingdom and a warrior among the Stars. He has been always been a dutiful servant of the Prince of Stars. So when the prince asks him to watch over the crafty serpent, Naga, Ophiuchus agrees. But as time passes and discouragement—both from Naga and others—Ophiuchus wonders if the Prince of Stars was right in asking him to take on the burdens of his task.

Will Ophiuchus honor his duty, or give into his heart’s weariness?

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About the Author

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C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at here

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My Review

4 Stars

Ophiuchus is a warrior of the Celestial Kingdom. He has been giving the tasks of watching the serpent, Naga. We join the two of them as they are at the Prince of Stars party. It’s clear that Ophiuschus had friends and power but now Naga has made him doubt himself and those around him.

As the different stars come to talk to him some try to help and others are clear that they look down on him. But it’s Naga that is constantly reminding Ophiuchus that he is weak, nothing, and not longer wanted in the stars. Ophiuchus has enough and returns to his own home to find the Prince there upset that he left the party.

This is an interesting read. It’s a bit of a confusing look into this world. I am very curious to learn more about it but I have to admit that I’m not really fond of the other warriors; they clearly have a bit of an ego problem.

But then when you read the author’s note at the end things start making more sense. My heart goes out to the author and I do like how things are portrayed. I would like to read more of this world and think that it will touch and make many re-evaluate their own lives.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.


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The Serpent-Bearer

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July 22nd

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I Smell Sheep (Review)

Tsarina Press (Spotlight)

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July 23rd

Breakeven Books (Review)

Jessica Belmont (Review)

Tranquil Dreams (Review)

B is for Book Review (Spotlight)

July 24th

Books Teacup and Reviews (Spotlight)

Graphic Novelty2 (Review)

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The Faerie Review (Review)

I’m All About the Books (Spotlight)

July 25th

My Comic Relief (Review)

The Bibliophagist (Review)

Adventures Thru Wonderland (Review)

Where Dragons Reside (Review)

July 26th

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The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Review)

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