Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Recovered - The Shapeshifters' Library: Book 3

Between the holidays, I took an opportunity to get caught up on my reading.  I haven't read in months so it was nice to sit down with a good book and lose myself in a story.  I read Recovered - The Shapeshifters' Library: Book 3 by Amber Polo.

About the Author
Amber Polo is an award-winning author who has had a lifelong love affair with libraries and dogs.  A fascination with lost ancient libraries and curiosity about why werewolves outnumbered dog-shifters in literature inspired The Shapeshifters' Library, her urban fantasy series filled with librarian dog-shifters.
--excerpt from book jacket, Recovered - The Shapeshifters' Library: Book 3  (more about Amber Polo)

Since I have a fascination with all those great History Channel shows about lost ancient civilizations (ok...and Ancient Aliens) and I love good werewolf and vampire stories (no, not Twilight), I knew I was going to enjoy this book.  I just did not realize how much I would enjoy this book!

About Recovered - The Shapeshifters' Library: Book 3
Bliss D. Light was just an ordinary children's librarian until one day she discovered she could grow a tail.  Now her life is filled with more magic than any of the fairy tales she tells the children who gather at her feet at the Shipsfeather library.  Like many other residents of Shipsfeather, Ohio, Bliss is a dogshifter and her newly discovered ability to change from human form into that of a sleek white greyhound has left her yearning to know more about her true heritage.
--excerpt from book jacket, Recovered - The Shapeshifters' Library: Book 3

After reading that, I could just sense the adventure and I dove right in to the story!  I don't want to reveal too much but...

Bliss just knows that to answer her questions about where she came from and who she is, she needs to find the dogshifters' long lost Library of the Ancients.  She heads out with her best friend, and werewolf/dogshifter mix, Harry, to the ancient mounds of the Midwest and Southwest.

Of course, their quest is not without peril.  Bliss and Harry are captured by dog catchers early on and  Bliss is sold to a greyhound racing track (GRRRRRRR) while Harry is sold to a breeder of wolfdogs.  They escape, of course, with help from who else...animal rescuers...only to find they are being chased by some evil werewolves who want nothing more than to do away with dogs and libraries forever.

Oh, I could go on and tell you ALL about it but that would ruin the reading for you.  Even though this book is the third in a series, I have only read this one and I can tell you, you don't NEED to read the first two to understand the story, the characters, etc. 

My Thoughts
Recovered - The Shapeshifters' Library: Book 3 has a little bit of everything for the reader (and dog lover) - wonderful characters, animal rescue and conservation, lost ancient places and artifacts, a quest for knowledge and a love story.  Once I started reading, it was hard to put it down (except at mealtime, because you know I will not pass up food).  The story grabbed me from the first page and at the end, left me begging for more!

I loved joining Bliss and Harry on their quest as they try to figure out Bliss' heritage (she is, after all, one of the most ancient breeds of dog) while running and jumping over obstacles and ultimately uncovering the Library of the Ancients!

You can purchase a Kindle edition on Amazon HERE (current price is $2.99).  You can purchase a paperback edition on Amazon HERE (current price is $15.19).

I highly recommend 
Recovered - The Shapeshifters' Library: Book 3. 

Review Disclaimer:  I received a paperback copy of Recovered - The Shapeshifters' Library: Book 3 for free, from the author, in exchange for an honest review.  I  was not compensated in any other way for this review.  All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced by any outsider.


  1. What a great book review! Sharing. Happy New Year :-)

  2. Sounds like a great book.
    Happy new year Oz!!

  3. Sounds like a good read. Mine would be a library of accidents nevermind ancients LOL. Wishing you Oz and your family a very Happy & Prosperous New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2014. Have a wonderful Wednesday and we hope you had a pawsome night.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the review!

  5. I love vampire/werewolf tails as well! Sounds like a fun read!

    Happy New Year!

  6. Sounds like a great book.....we will have to check it out.

  7. That sounds interesting Oz! From all our hearts right to your door, we wish you the best for two oh one four!


    That looks like a super book. WE love reading...

  9. Great review OZ, Have a great New Year buddy!

  10. Happy New Year to all of you. Hope you have a great day and a great year.

    hugs, Bugsy, Knuckles and HH.

  11. That sounds super interesting. Thanks for the review!

  12. Thanks Oz for starting off my year with my first ever dog blogger review.
    You are definitely the smartest as well as the greatest and most powerful dog on the net!
    And I'm sure those tiny dog biscuits didn't influence your opinion at all. :)
    Have a great year.

  13. Wow, Oz! That sounds like an interesting book that momma and I might enjoy! We like stories about vampires and shifters (but definitely not Twilight!) Hope you had a great holiday, Buddy!

    Happy New Year!


  14. That looks a great book for the long winter months ahead..Urg! Happy New year Oz xxooxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  15. Happy New Year!


  16. Mom loves books like that. I'm having her check it out so she can get back to reading after all the boxes our unpacked and put away from our remodeling project.

    Wishing you all a wonderful New Year and hope it's packed full of lots of treats, toys, good health, and lots of happiness!


  17. Oz my mom is a book worm...thanks for the review and happy new year's handsome friend
    hugs madi your bfff

  18. Happy New Year! It sounds like a fun book Oz!

  19. Happy New Year! That sounds like a pawsome book

    The Florida Furkids

  20. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the review! :)

  21. Sounds like a good read, and Oz you are definitely doing your part there to beautifully promote the book! Too cute!

  22. One of moms resolutions this year is to read more. This sounds like a good read!
    Happy New Year OZ!
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  23. Great review Oz, this book does sound pretty good. I kept thinking of True Blood when I heard shapeshifter haha... I never really watched the shows but did read some of the books. I think I got to book 5 or something.

  24. Hi Y'all!

    Hope y'all have a wonderful, safe and healthy 2014 and beyond.

    Love your book review.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  25. Fanks for dat Oz my pal….I gib it a go when we haz red the 5000000000 books we haz for Chrismuss! BOL...

  26. LOVE their names. Will check it out. Golden Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar


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