Archive | January 2018

Review: Onyx and Ivory

Title: Onyx and Ivory

Author: Mindee Arnett

Date of Publication: May 15th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

My Review:

Another just okay fantasy read for me. It wasn’t terrible but not amazing. I think if this had been my first fantasy read ever, I would have been more enthused about it. I feel there are so many YA fantasy books out there at the moment that authors really need to step up their game.

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Also this book could have been shortened. There were a lot of pointless descriptions that were unnecessary. Sometimes this makes me too tired just reading all this stuff!

What I liked was the romantic elements. I am always a big fan of second chance romance stuff. The magic system was interesting and held my attention. I really wish this would have been amazing because that cover is magnificent!

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Cover Reveal: The Ganga Shift

The Ganga Shift

Publisher: Parliament House Press

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Life hasn’t been easy for Isabella. She spent most of her childhood in the foster care system, and now at twenty-two she has landed herself in prison on drug charges. Her troubled past is what makes her a perfect candidate for the government’s latest scientific endeavor, Operation Gene Re-sequencing. No one will miss her. No one will question her absence. But, when it’s discovered Isabella is immune to their DNA-changing drugs, she is selected to be used as prey for those who aren’t.

Chase and Brayden couldn’t be more opposite; Chase is calm, reserved, and completely insistent that he will control the changes the virus is causing in his body. Brayden, on the other hand, has always been wild and uninhibited. He welcomes the new animalistic nature coming over him. The one thing they have in common? They both have a taste for the cute little Asian inmate who is now sharing their cell.

 

Find Out About Other Books by Mary Bernsen at http://mbernsen.blogspot.com/

 

About the Author

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Mary Bernsen is a Florida native living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child whom she affectionately calls husband. She is the Amazon Best Selling Author of the Villain’s Love series and also writes young adult fiction under her pseudonym, M.E Rhines.

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Review: Children of Blood and Bone

Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Date of Publication: March 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

My Review:

Right off the bat this ended up being just an okay read for me—not awesome but not terrible. I thought the snow leoponaires were a very cool concept, and the characters were good, but I just didn’t get the magic system.

There was so much magic talk going on, and I got confused. It also felt like more YA fantasy books tossed in—girl with white hair and magical powers. Can there maybe be like blue hair next time? I did like the diversity in this book, and Zelie held an anger that was rightfully so.

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Also this book is long! I think it would have held my attention more if it had been a hundred pages shorter. I feel like most people will probably like this book, and I wish I would have fallen in love with it because that cover is gorgeous!

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Between the Sea and Stars: Cover Reveal + Excerpt

Between the Sea and Stars

Publisher: Parliament House Press

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A Legend,
A Magical Shell
A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More…

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea.

When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land.

With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?

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Prologue

The roaring tide around the Queen of Skagerrak’s fins helped to mute the faint sobs emerging from her blue, scaled lips. Her fins twisted into two perfectly-shaped legs, her skin creamy and soft in the light from the full moon high in the black sky, illuminating the land and sea.

As the transition came to an end, she felt her forbidden lover brush soft, chaste kisses against her neck, a warm homecoming to the human world. His fingers grazed over a delicate, pink shell strung around her neck by a gold chain. The lover, concealing his greed with distracting, tender kisses, wished for nothing more than to steal the magical shell for himself. In those quiet moments, consumed by his lips, she never saw the gleam of silver clutched in his fist as he held her.

With endearment whispered against her ear, the dagger sent a searing kiss into her back. The Queen’s eyes wide with shock, the lover twisting the blade, her cool blood poured over the sand. The lover’s hands darted for the shell, tugging on the golden chain. In her last throes of life, the Queen resisted and threw the shell into the crashing waves, bidding her father Poseidon to wash it away. Her last act of forgiveness for betraying her husband, her people and her home.

With a promised curse on his lips, the anti-lover trailed back into the night leaving the Merrow Queen to dissolve back into the watery depths. But he was determined to one day possess the world between the sea and stars, and all who dwell beneath the waves.

 

To Read Chapters One – Three, Check Out the exclusive additional chapters in the newly released version of “Allerleirauh” (January 16th, 2018)

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Find Out About Other Books by Chantal Gadoury at https://www.chantalgadoury.com/

 

About the Author

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Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.

 

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Allerleirauh

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The Songs in Our Hearts

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Between the Sea and Stars

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The Songs We Remember

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Winter Dream

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Blinding Night

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Review: Carve the Mark

Title: Carve the Mark

Author: Veronica Roth

Date of Publication: January 17th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s current gift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

My Review:

First, I did this book as a buddy read with Sheila over at She’s Going Book Crazy. Seriously, check out her blog because she’s awesome! I didn’t know if I would like this book. I did like Roth’s book Divergent, but then the sequels progressively got worse. This one was just too slow for me—I couldn’t connect with the characters, and I didn’t really get the world. Also, I didn’t finish it, so maybe it go completely awesome—I don’t know!

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One thing I will say is I’m not sure what all the hate was about. As a person who has chronic pain via migraines and a husband who deals with RA, I just didn’t get the hate over it. I thought the author dealt with the pain stuff well. I also didn’t really get the people that said there was racism? Again, a fictional book. People need to move on.

Roth does write well, but I just don’t fall in love with her characters as much as I want to. I would still recommend trying and reading it for yourself, because I have a lot of book friends who loved it!

 

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Review: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing

Title: A Wild and Unremarkable Thing

Author: Jen Castleberry

Date of Publication: January 23rd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village.  Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay.  Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world.

Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.

But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise.
With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for – or her life.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!

My Review:

Wow, I seriously loved the writing in this one. It’s also written in third person present tense which worked really well. There are several POV’s in this, and I actually enjoyed them all, which is hard for me sometimes.

I really felt for Cody AKA Cayda for how she had to live because of her father and what her sister’s had to do for money. Penn was an interesting character, and I loved him! The crown prince had me grinning with his ridiculousness ways, but he was great!

The book had me at death god—plus dragon type stuff that was seriously awesome. Cayda was a great female character that even though she couldn’t be who she truly wanted to be in the beginning, she was still strong.

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Overall, this was the perfect length and a lovely ride that I didn’t want to exit. A fun read that I definitely recommend.

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Review: Moonlight Sins

Title: Moonlight Sins

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: January 30th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent… her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia…

My Review:

I don’t read a lot of adult romance books, so I wanted to read this one since I like a lot of Armentrout’s stuff. I also hate, hate, hate the cover! But I also hate ab covers… What I was really hoping for was a Louisiana, Gothicish, creepy vibe, but I didn’t get that. But that’s okay.

Romance was great as always, and I already knew most of Armentrout’s male characters are dominant. But, I have to be honest here—at first Lucian creeped me out. Instead of just calling Julia her name all the time, he would say, “Ms. Hughes.” It just comes off as if she was seventy, and a school teacher or something. But, I mean if someone called me “Mrs. Robinson,” I would tell them to get out of here! Then Lucian’s persistence was a little weird. Eventually, I did come to like him, though—and wanted to know more of his backstory.

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My favorite aspect of the book was the mystery of it. I wish there would have been more in it! I liked the whole thing with Lucian’s sister, hearing footsteps, etc. Now, I did guess early on what was going on, but it didn’t affect my liking the book. I was just like, “I knew it!”

I did like Julia and felt she was a strong, independent character. Both of the brothers were interesting. But I’m a little disappointed that Gabe’s book is next, because I really am wanting to know more about Devlin and be inside his head! Overall, this was a fun and romantic read.

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