Thursday, February 7, 2013

Amber Polo's The Shapeshifters' Library Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

It's happy dance time!!!
Yup, I love being on blog tours where I can bring you new exciting treasures!
Especially when there's giveaways in the mix, too!!!
Because who doesn't love winning???

So today is my stop in the Shapeshifters' Library tour!
The tour is in celebration of the December release of book 2, Retrieved,
and my stop will include a review of book 1, Released (which I LOVED!!!),
a spotlight on book 2, Retrieved (which I can't wait to read!!!)
and a tour-wide GIVEAWAY (US/Canada only ... sorry international peeps)!!! 
The giveaway prizes are 
a Shapeshifter Public Library canvas book bag, 
a print copy of Retrieved, 
dog biscuits (my dog, Bleu, is hopping we win), 
and a tuft of genuine wolf fur (how freaking cool is that???)!!!

So let's get started......

Love dogs? Love books? Love libraries? Hate Book-burning werewolves?

Once long ago the Shipsfeather Academy was a training ground for an ancient race of dog-shifters whose mission was to protect the world’s knowledge. A powerful curse sealed these librarians in the basement of their building and gave the control of the town to a pack of book-burning werewolves.

Librarian Liberty Cutter watches in horror as the town’s public library goes up in flames and plans to re-establish the library in the abandoned Shipsfeather Academy building. Chronus, the Old English Sheepdog headmaster of the academy and leader of the dog-shifters, knows he must make some changes to continue to keep his pack safe. But even if he could persuade Liberty to believe in a talking sheepdog, how far can she be trusted? And will she ever be able to care for him as a man. He has to try, because Liberty Cutter and her staff of zany librarians may hold the key to the dog-shifters’ freedom…and the future of the town.

Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Sweet PNR
Publisher Type:  Small Print/Indie
My Rating: *  *  *  *

My Review:
This was such a fun adventure and I loved every minute of it!!!  It's light-hearted, action-packed and filled with unanswered questions that keep you reading late into the night.  Released reminds me of an old favorite series, Lillian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who..., with it's whit and intelligent whimsy.  I loved the librarian-speak (Thank Dewey!) and the well developed world and characters of The Shapeshifters' Library and am eager to read more.  My only complaint is that the ending felt rushed to me.  There's a couple of pretty intense revelations, that Liberty seems to take in stride a little too well.  I would have liked to see more time spent on exploring the mixed emotions (and happy resolution) anyone would have given the circumstances.  Overall an incredible, don't-miss-this read!

Cover Art:
This is a fun cover that reflects the ambiance of the book well.  The coloring is vibrant and works so well with the included elements, giving us just a taste of what we may find inside.  Yay!  I love a good book cover :)

I know you wann buy you a copy of Released:

Don't forget to add Released to you Goodreads TBR!!!

Now onto the BOOK SPOTLIGHT....

Dog-shifters once again face the book-burning werewolves of Shipsfeather in this charming second installment of The Shapeshifters’ Library series.

Godiva Anglesey, Chocolate Labrador, and the ruggedly handsome English Mastiff Cynerik are forced to team up against power-hungry werewolves when Cynerik discovers an ancient Ohio mound that may hold answers to their shifter history. Knowing the mound’s secrets could benefit the dog-shifters in the ongoing contest for power, ambitious werewolf pack Alpha Sybilla challenges timid Godiva to a battle for the territory. Already faced with a malicious book-worm infestation and a censorship threat to ban all anthropomorphic books in her library, Godiva, who has no interest in battling anyone, must turn from running her small town library to train for a challenge she believes she has no chance of winning. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, Godiva’s mother announces that family tradition dictates that Godiva must be married by Summer Solstice… to a Druid. Godiva doesn’t even know any Druids.

Godiva wants to run her library, retrieve books for library patrons, and keep people happy. She’s no hero. She doesn’t have what it takes to face down werewolves or save the world. Cynerik, however, believes differently. Together they must defeat the werewolves, save the town and its library, protect the most important archeological discovery in dog-shifter history… and, just maybe, find love along the way.

So I'm super excited to read this one 
(it's on my kindle, but I have some other books 
I've committed to reading first
 ... sigh, the life of a book blogger ... 
tough but awesome!)

Here's where you can get your copy:

Don't forget to add Retrieved to your Goodreads TBR!

Let's get to know our author....

As a quirky librarian I love bringing to my books a look into another world with a little humor and a story to keep pages turning. My new series The Shapeshifters' Library features a library full of librarians and dog-shifters trying to stay one step ahead of the book-burning werewolves.

Book one, Released and book two, Retrieved are available in eformat and print.  Book three, Recovered is due in 2013.

I'm also really good at relaxing people, so my latest book Contains all the tips a librarian/yoga teacher wants writers and readers to know. I wrote Relaxing the Writer - Guidebook to the Writer's High to help everyone to sits to read and writes and recorded my relaxation CDs "Relaxing the Writer Relaxation" and "Relaxing the Writer Hand Meditation" to offer a way to learn to release stress!

I've written 2 romance novels, one with a paranormal twist, Romancing Rebecca and another Flying Free about living on an airpark (as I do) and a couple of shorts.

I love to review books and my secret guilty pleasure is Goodreads Never Ending Book Quiz...current rank 492 - out of 76,7440 (old news).

Find me at and  Also on my blogFacebookGoodreadsPinterest  and Google+.

Now onto the GIVEAWAY!!!!
Please remember this is for US/Canada only.


  1. Thanks for hosting me. And my cover artist is thrilled you noticed her artwork.
    Good luck to Bleu.

    1. So glad you stopped by! :) Cover Art combines my two passions of art and reading, so I enjoy talking about the covers almost as much as the books themselves :)

    2. So glad you stopped by! :) Cover Art combines my two passions of art and reading, so I enjoy talking about the covers almost as much as the books themselves :)

  2. I love the sound of this book! Adding it to my wishlist now. Great review :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages