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Book Review

OMEGA by Karina Espinosa Cover Reveal

 

 
Title: Omega (Mackenzie Grey #4)
RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 11, 2017
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Synopsis
Being alone is not easy.
Bodies drained of blood are scattered around New York City. With a serial killer on the loose, Mackenzie Grey is obsessed with solving the murders. She dives into her work at the Supernatural Investigative Unit to forget about the events that dismantled her Pack over a year ago. When the killer makes Kenz the target, she falls down the rabbit hole and discovers she has a lot more to do with these murders than she realized.
As her past creeps up behind her, she must swallow her pride and seek aid from old and new friends. Nothing stays hidden as Kenz learns a valuable lesson: rats swim.
In the epic finale of the Mackenzie Grey: Origins series, she will finally become the wolf she is destined to be…
 
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Title: SHIFT (Mackenzie Grey #1)
Published Date: February 10th 2015
 
 

FREE on Amazon!

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It’s hard enough being an undergraduate student, an intern at Downtown Manhattan’s police station, and a bouncer at a local bar. Add her now ex-boyfriend who recently dumped her for the school’s resident bimbo—oh, and she’s a werewolf.
Mackenzie Grey meets her match when she is kidnapped by the Brooklyn Pack and tossed between Sebastian and Jonah—the Alpha and the Beta. Being a lone-wolf in the city is dangerous, and now that the Pack has found her, so can every supernatural being in the Tri-State area. And not even her sarcastic, smart mouth can get her out of this.
When a string of kidnappings involves Mackenzie in supernatural politics, she questions her new acquaintances and finds unlikely allies. Can she escape Pack law and keep her freedom—or will she be condemned to an unwanted path?
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Title: CAGED (Mackenzie Grey #2)
Published Date: April 26th 2016
 
 

99 CENTS on Amazon!

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It’s hard out there for a lone-wolf.
Mackenzie Grey has started a brand new life in an attempt to escape the Brooklyn Pack. She settles in as a detective in a special unit of the LAPD when her identity is put at risk, and she has no choice but to run again. The question is: does she want to run forever?
As events force Mackenzie to confront her past, she is met with many surprises—including the revelation of her true ancestry. When Packs across the country learn of who she is, Kenz becomes the object of desire in a deadly wolf hunt, and she must once again fight to keep her freedom.
Witnessing first-hand the barbaric treatment of Lunas, Mackenzie has to make a choice—follow the prediction of her Vision Quest or let herself be CAGED…
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Title: ALPHA (Mackenzie Grey #3)
Published Date: November 16th, 2016
 
 
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It’s hard being a Princess.
Mackenzie Grey never felt as vulnerable as she does now—but that won’t stop her from getting what she wants: revenge. Kenz and her friends journey to a new land where everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect.
The Lunas find their voices after the massacre but the question still stands—who is the real enemy? If Mackenzie wants to free herself, she will need to free them all; and it won’t be easy. As she approaches her 24th birthday—in the middle of a web of lies, deception, and murder—Kenz has to weave her way to the truth before she’s next on the chopping block.
With her companions, Mackenzie will make her final stand and change the course of the Lycan world forever…
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Mostly known for her hipster style, New York City swagger, and South Florida passion; Urban Fantasy author, Karina Espinosa’s true gift is writing snarky but endearing characters in her series like the Sins of the Fallen and the Mackenzie Grey series. When she isn’t writing, you can find Karina binge watching on Netflix or immersing herself in her infatuation with travel, pop culture, and music. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram, and live-tweeting during episodes of The Walking Dead, Orphan Black, and Game of Thrones
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Dressing Up

Happy Galentine’s Day 2016!

Happy Galentine’s Day! Today we are celebrating Galentine’s with our lovely friend Dianne from Miami Food Pug. As huge Parks & Recreation fans, we decided to hang out and celebrate our friendship. If you haven’t seen the TV show Parks and Recreation (OMG you totally should!), there’s a crazy awesome character called Leslie Knope played by hilarious Amy Poehler. She celebrates Galentine’s, the best holiday of the year, every February 13th with her gal pals.

The holiday usually involves waffles because Leslie Knope loves waffles. So when Dianne presented her Galentine’s gift, it couldn’t have been more appropriate – adorably packaged waffle mix. Check out the episode for all of our shenanigans and gift ideas for Galentine’s. Enjoy!

Live the Cute Life!
Izzie & Coco

Dressing Up

The Most Adorable Holiday Outfits You Will Find

Adorable-Christmas-OutfitPhoto courtesy of Saskya Cabral

Yay! It’s Christmas Eve today and we are so excited to show off our Holiday outfits! We partnered up with Laura from The Fashion Diva & local photographer Saskya Cabral for a Winter Wonderland photoshoot and couldn’t wait to share it with you.

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Adorable Christmas Outfit Ideas

Laura and I decided to go for traditional red and green colors this year. So we put on our Christmas dresses and headed on out to the local Santa playland in Coral Gables. It’s a really cute park they build every year with Santa’s house where you can get your picture taken with Santa during specific hours. You can also find a train for kids to play on, an elf’s workshop house, and (my favorite) a sleigh pulled by an adorable little pony. It’s a great place for kids to play and to be fair, we also had a blast there too! Continue Reading

Dressing Up

Live the Cute Life #1: Handbag Review

Today we bring you Izzie’s favorite handbags. They all happen to be Betsey Johnson bags. There’s something so whimsical and kitschy about these bags that I just love. I also love their chunkiness. My favorite accents are the bows and in the case of my phone purse I can live with it not having a bow because it has ROTARY PHONE instead! And it works too! Just plug in the auxilary cable to your cell and you can pick up phone calls with the bag’s phone handle. I’ve had these bag for a while already so they are not easy to find anymore. We’ve added links below to similar bags to the ones in our video. Enjoy!

Dapper Animals Tote Bag

Dapper Animals Tote Bag

Betsey Johnson Polka Dot Satchel (Similar)


Betsey Johnson Heart Pattern Satchel with Bow (Similar)


Betsey Johnson Bow Bucket Bag (Similar)

Dressing Up

Coco Wearing a Cute Colorblock Dress with Red Shoes

Coco-Wearing-Colorblock-Dress-Navy-White-Orange700This past weekend was the August South Florida Bloggers Meetup and we had a blast! All the bloggers that attend dress up super cute so I had to have a cute dress. I was lucky that Izzie gave me this adorable colorblock dress for my birthday this month. So I didn’t have to even think about the outfit. I knew exactly what I was wearing for the event. I always wear short dresses with tights so I can feel comfortable. Also, I’m not the best at behaving like a proper lady to prevent showing my undies throughout the day. So I tend to wear leggings or tights with my outfits. I don’t have to worry too much about how I sit or pick up something that fell on the floor. Yes, cuteness is important but comfort first! Keep reading to shop the outfit 😉 Continue Reading

Event

Dapper Animals at Supercon 2015

Last week I attended our biggest comic convention in South Florida, Supercon.  It was exciting to see how much it has grown over the years. We are really proud (and grateful) of founder Mike Broder for starting this event. I still remember attending his smaller events back in 2006 and thinking it was nice to have our own smaller version of San Diego Comic Con in South florida. Now our local convention has grown up big time. Last year over 40,000 people showed up to Supercon and I can only imagine the numbers were greater this year. The isles were super packed!

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What I love most about conventions is that you can meet other cosplayers and geek out in a friendly atmosphere. You can approach strangers that are advertising their love for The Fifth Element, Totoro, steampunk, Adventure Time, etc. – and those strangers will also want to connect with you. What other situation breaks down the barriers of approaching complete strangers like this? I can only think of comic conventions.

I also discovered some amazing new artists at Supercon this year. Check them out below.

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Morgan Wilson’s low brow art

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Nomiienation’s artwork where creepy meets cute

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Peter Santa Maria had great illustrations

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Last Laugh Crafts Handcut Paper Artwork

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Brian Reedy illustrations.

Book Review

Book Review #16: Soulless


soulless-gail-carriger-book-coverWelcome to our sixteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. This is a special episode as it is the first show with a guest! We welcome Amy from Reel Pages Bite (reelpagesbite.com) to review Soulless by Gail Carriger. Soulless is the first book of the series The Parasol Protectorate. We love this series. It’s one of our favorite paranormal romance book series. This steampunk novel is set in London during Victorian times. The main character, Alexia Tabarotti is a preternatural, which means she is soulless in a world where supernatural creatures have excess soul. Her state of lack of soul also gives her the power of neutralizing supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves. As long as Alexia maintains contact with supernaturals, they become human. Alexia gets tied up in a murder investigation and vampires seem to be appearing around London without being claimed by a hive or trained in social etiquette. Alexia must navigate these dangerous waters and deal with the unrefined alpha of the London Pack Lord Maccoon.

Gail Carriger develops a cast of amazing characters that will leave you wanting to know more about them. We recommend this book and series with a resounding YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com

Our next selection is the book: Wing Girl by Nic Tatano. We will be posting our review soon!

Book Review

Book Review #15: Queen of the Tearling


the-queen-of-the-tearling-johansen-book-coverWelcome to our fifteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Queen of the Tearling is a moving story about a 19 year old girl forced to reign a kingdom over night. Kelsea has been living a secluded life. She’s only interacted with her two guardians who raised her and taught her how to be a fair queen through examples in history. As soon as Kelsea arrives at her castle she is confronted with the reality that her mother (and preceding Queen) signed a treaty to ship thousands of citizens to the neighboring kingdom as slaves – every year.

We loved this book and recommend it with a YAY! Kelsea is a tough ruler with a good heart and does what’s best for her kingdom. The villains are pretty scary, a red witch that sacrifices children to the Dark Lord for powerful magic; an unscrupulous slave trader masquerading as census officer, and a sleazy oblivious uncle. This book is a page turner that will keep you wanting to find out what happens next. We can’t wait to read the sequel. Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com

Our next selection is the book: Soulless by Gail Carriger. We will be posting our review soon!

Book Review

Book Review # 14: Uprooted


uprooted-naomi-novik-book-coverWelcome to our fourteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Uprooted is a fantasy novel about a kingdom bordered by a magic and malevolent forest that is inhabited by corrupted creatures. The kingdom is protected from the woods by a powerful wizard called the Dragon. However, that protection has a price. A girl must be given to the Dragon every ten years from one of the villages. This time around, Agnieszka has been chosen; but Agnieszka is not a regular girl. She has a natural affinity to magic and will help the Dragon fight the woods in the last battle for the Kingdom. This is a slow paced book but we really liked it and recommend it with a YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com

Our next selection is the book: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. We will be posting our review soon!

Book Review

Book Review # 13: Moon Called


moon-called-patricia-briggs-coverWelcome to our thirteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Moon Called was the first paranormal romance I ever read. It introduced to me to the genre and I fell in love. So if you haven’t read a shifter romance and are interested in trying it out – this is the perfect book to get you started. Mercy Thompson is a native walker that can turn into a coyote. She was raised by the leader of all the werewolves in the US. She is a mechanic that specializes in European vehicles and knows martial arts. All of a sudden werewolves are being made in the tri-cities of Washington State without pack training. This means someone is up to no good. When the alpha of the tri-cities (and Mercy’s neighbor) gets abducted along with his daughter, Mercy is forced to rescue them. She will have to deal with Fae, Vampires, and Werewolves. We love Mercy Thompson and recommend this book with a YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com

Our next selection is the book: Uprooted by Naomi Novik. We will be posting our review soon!