Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Teaser Tuedays - Do You Dream of Terra-Two?


He heard it on the radio first. The headline, that the body of an astronaut had been recovered from the Thames in what appeared to be an accident.


(page 94, Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Monday, 13 July 2020

Deathless Divide - Book Review


Deathless Divide (Dread Nation #2)
by Justina Ireland


What is it about:
The sequel to Dread Nation is a journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America.

After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother.

But nothing is easy when you're a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodermus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880's America.

What's more, this safe haven is not what it appears - as Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her.

But she won't be in it alone.

Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by - and that Jane needs her, too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not.

Watching Jane's back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it's up to Katherine to keep hope alive - even as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.


What did I think of it:
What an awesome read!

After the first book I thought I had a good idea where this story would lead.

Boy, was I wrong!

Ireland doesn't pull any punches in this book and shows the darkness that lurks in some people's souls. I can tell you that the zombies weren't the scariest things in this book!

I was on the edge of my seat and had to keep reading to see what would happen with Jane and Katherine. They encounter lots of setbacks and heartache, and they need to decide who they want to be, and how they will fight for their happiness.

The viewpoint switches between Jane and Katherine, and I seriously love both so much! They're very different, but I could understand both of them. I wanted the two of them to escape all the nastiness and to find a place where they could belong.

The ending is everything I could have hoped for, and you bet I'll reread this duology in the future.

Why should you read it:
It's a totally awesome zombie read.


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Friday, 10 July 2020

The Fisher of Bones - Book Review


The Fisher of Bones
by Sarah Gailey


What is it about:
The Prophet is dead.

The eyes of the Gods have turned to his daughter. But she isn't ready. Not for the whispers in her ear, for the divinations... for the blood. Her people's history and their future, carved by ancients into the bones of long dead behemoths, are now her burden. Only she can read them, interpret the instructions, and guide them to the Promised Land.

Their journey is almost at an end, but now, without the Prophet, she must find a way to guide them to the place they will call Home. Through blood and through sand, against the will of her own flock, against the horrors that haunt the darkness, only she can bring her people Home.

The Prophet is dead. Long live the Prophetess.


What did I think of it:
I think it's no secret by now that I'm a bit of a fanpiggy when it comes to Sarah Gailey ever since reading their American Hippo books. I've gotten hold of most of heir books by now, and The Fisher of Bones was the last I still needed to get my trotters on. (next: getting hold of all the short stories)

And this is such an achingly beautiful read.

The Fisher of Bones drew me in, made me fall in love, and then stomped on my heart and feasted on my tears!

The atmosphere and mood in this story are beautiful. I was totally rooting for Fisher (the Prophetess) to succeed in leading her people to the Promised Land foretold in the bones only she can read. She has to deal with the doubters, the fanatics, the greedy, and with her own doubts and insecurities. I read this story in one sitting as I just couldn't put it down (Ok, it's a short read, but I'd have done the same had it been longer).

All in all this is an amazing read, and I'll be rereading it for sure!

Why should you read it:
It's a beautiful and emotional read.


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Thursday, 9 July 2020

May Day - Release Day Book Review


May Day (Seekers #1)
by Josie Jaffrey


What is it about:
If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.

When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.

To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.

Body bags on standby.

May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.


What did I think of it:
I received an ARC of this book for review, and I'm glad I did, because after reading Killian's Dead I wanted more!

This story starts twenty years after the events in Killian's Dead, but time has not mellowed Jack. She's still impulsive, reckless, and determined.

I loved Jack and the team she works with. They might not always agree with each other, but when push comes to shove they have each other's back... mostly. I very much enjoyed getting to know them and their work.

As Jack gets deeper into the investigation things get murky and dangerous. And then she has to deal with Killian as well. He makes things a whole lot more difficult than they need to be, I can tell you. And all Jack really wants is get a date with the cute female doctor who's helping with the case.

I was hooked from the start. I love the world building, the atmosphere, and most of all Jack, who just can't help getting herself into sticky situations. I was on the edge of my seat to see if Jack would manage to save the day and get that date!

All in all this is a really cool read with a satisfying ending, but enough still going on that I really am eager to get my trotters on the next book. Because I just know it will be awesome!

Why should you read it:
It's a cool and suspenseful Vampire Detective read.


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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

The A.I. Who Loved Me - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


The A.I. Who Loved Me
by Alyssa Cole


What is it about:
Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down.

Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him...and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems. For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door—he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine.

It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all...

falling in love.


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
I love all the books I've read by Alyssa Cole so far, so when I saw this book mentioned online, I grabbed it immediately.

And this is such a fun read!

It starts out as what seems to be a simple and cute romance: girl meets cute neighbor, but there's something strange about him. The title pretty much gives way what might be strange about him, so I didn't expect any surprises. There were small mentions of things that made me wonder if something else was going on though...

Once these two get together, soon things escalate and I was surprised by a whole extra layer to this story I hadn't expected. I was totally hooked and had to keep reading if Trinity and Li Wei will get a Happily Ever After.

All in all a fun, sweet, and thrilling romance.

Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable and twisty Romance.


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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Teaser Tuesdays - Tevinter Nights


He'd done everything he could to avoid being drafted into the funeral guard: swapping duties, extra shifts, tasteful bribes. Nothing had worked.


(page 51, Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights Anthology, Down Among the Dead Man by Sylvia Feketekuty)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Monday, 6 July 2020

A Bollywood Affair - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


A Bollywood Affair (Bollywood #1)
by Sonali Dev


What is it about:
Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.

Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev’s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity.


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
I've heard good things about the books by Sonali Dev, so I decided to give her first book a try.

And this is a sweet and fun romance.

I could easily understand why Mili believes in her marriage even when she's modern in other things. She grew up with people telling her about her duty, and with romanticizing her child marriage. It was easy to love Mili and cheer her on.

Samir is mostly relatable as well, but where Mili is without guile Samir is a bit of a sneak at times, using events and situations to his own advantage. I felt like kicking him at times. Still I couldn't help but hope the two of them would see sense and fall for each other.

There were some extra storylines that made the story more complicated than it could have been, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment. I was rooting for Mili to to find happiness and for Samir to come to his senses and be honest.

All in all I really enjoyed this book and I'll definitely will try more books by Dev in the future.

Why should you read it:
It's a sweet and very enjoyable Romance.


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Friday, 3 July 2020

Living Underground - Book Review


Living Underground
by Josie Jaffrey


What is it about:
A very short story set on the London Underground.

What did I think of it:
After reading Killian's Dead I decided to give this short story a try as well.

Living Underground is an atmospheric and bittersweet story about a strange encounter in the London Underground late at night. Even with it just being 13 pages, Jaffrey manages to put so much in this story.

What I really like about her books, is that they're all part of the same world, even if they're in different series and set in different times within that world. The more books I read, the more I learn about this intriguing world.

This short story made me even more eager to read May Day I can tell you.

Why should you read it:
It's a perfect quick read.


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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Killian's Dead - Book Review


Killian's Dead (Seekers #0.5)
by Josie Jaffrey


What is it about:
Love is for losers.

Jack doesn't care about anything except music. All she wants to do is find a decent gig, stand by the speakers and let the bass roll through her. It's the only reason she gets out of bed.

Until she meets Winta. In the space of a second, everything is different. Winta knows what she wants and for one night, what she wants is Jack. It feels like the start of forever.

Then Winta disappears and Jack faces a choice: should she go back to her life, or track down the only girl who can change it beyond recognition?
One things' certain: Jack has no idea what she's getting herself into.


What did I think of it:
This 50 page long story is the introduction to Jack, the lead character in the upcoming Seekers series.

And what a perfect introduction!

I really liked Jaffrey's writing style, and I loved Jack! She's impulsive and determined, two traits that can lead to a lot of trouble. When she decides to try and find Winta after one special night she's unprepared for the kind of trouble she'll find, but she won't let that stop her.

I was hooked from the start and raced through this short story. The ending made me hungry for more in a good way! Luckily I received and ARC of May Day, book 1 in the Seekers series, not long after I read this book, so you bet I started on it the moment it was in my greedy trotters.

Why should you read it:
It's a great introduction to a series that promises to be awesome.


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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Artificial Condition - Book Review (repost/reread)

After rereading All Systems Red I immediately reread Artificial Condition.
Here's my initial review and notes on rereading at the end.


Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2)
by Martha Wells


What is it about:
It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…


What did I think of it:
This is another Hugo read. I wasn't sure if I should read it as it's book 2 in a series, but then Jeffe told me she started it and didn't feel lost even though she hadn't read book 1, so I decided to give it a try as well.

And this is a really fun read. I especially loved ART and the interaction between ART and Murderbot. The two of them really have a unique and cool way of looking at things. I thought Wells did a great job at making them sound and act other than human.

The story itself delves into the past of Murderbot and also is about Murderbot trying to find out where it/they belong and how they want to be.

All in all a very enjoyable novella. I think I'll go back and read the first one as well.

Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable SF novella.

Notes on rereading:
Although this book is also perfectly readable on its own, I must say it's a more solid read if you also know what happened in the first book. I got a better grip on what's going on in Murderbot's head and was more invested. I still totally love ART!


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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Teaser Tuesdays - Whispers of Shadow & Flame


She firmed her voice so there would be no misunderstanding.
"It. Is. Over. It was a mistake I don't care to repeat."


(page 63, Whispers of Shadow & Flame by L. Penelope)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Monday, 29 June 2020

The Lost Princess Returns - Release Day Book Review

It's the release day for The Lost Princess Returns!


The Lost Princess Returns (Uncharted Realms #5.5, The Chronicles of Dasnaria #4)
by Jeffe Kennedy


What is it about:
More than two decades have gone by since Imperial Princess Jenna, broken in heart and body, fled her brutal marriage—and the land of her birth. She’s since become Ivariel: warrior, priestess of Danu, trainer of elephants, wife and mother. Wiser, stronger, happier, Ivariel has been content to live in her new country, to rest her battered self, and to recover from the trauma of what happened to her when she was barely more than a girl.

But magic has returned to the world—abruptly and with frightening force—and Ivariel takes that profound change as a sign that it’s time to keep a promise she made to the sisters she left behind. Ivariel must leave the safety she’s found and return to face the horrors she fled.

As Ivariel emerges from hiding, she discovers that her vicious brother is now Emperor of Dasnaria, and her much-hated mother, the Dowager Empress Hulda, is aiding him in his reign of terror. Worse, it seems that Hulda’s resurrection of the tainted god Deyrr came about as a direct result of Jenna’s flight long ago.

It’s up to Ivariel—and the girl she stopped being long ago—to defeat the people who cruelly betrayed her, and to finally liberate her sisters. Determined to cleanse her homeland of the evil that nearly destroyed her, Ivariel at last returns to face the past.

But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms.


What did I think of it:
I was all happy with how things were left in The Fate of the Tala, but this world and these characters are so awesome I was even happier finding out this short novel would release!

And what an amazing read!

Ivariel fled Dasnaria long ago and started a new life, but in this novel she returns to deal with her mother and her brother.

I loved seeing Ivariel together with Harlan, and to see how Ursula reacts to this long lost sister. And then they start plotting Ivariel's return to the Imperial palace and Ivariel meets Kral again!

Things happen in a different way than I expected, but in a good way. I was totally rooting for Ivariel to finally get the closure she needs to truly leave the past behind. I loved seeing some old faces return as well.

There were several points in this book that made me all emotional and sniffly. What a beautiful and intense story. You need this book, I tell you!

The ending was very satisfying and brings Ivariel's story full circle in a really cool way. I do see possibilities for some nice little novellas set in this world though, so Voodoo Bride and I will keep pestering Jeffe for at least a Zyr novella.

Why should you read it:
It's a beautiful and intense Fantasy read.


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Friday, 26 June 2020

All Systems Red - Book Review


All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1)
by Martha Wells


What is it about:
In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid—a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.


What did I think of it:
I totally read this series out of order by reading the second novella last year for my Hugo reading without reading the first book. I loved the second book, so bought the first and read it in between other reads last year, but didn't review as I read it rather haphazardly. So time for a reread and time to maybe read the rest of the series as well, especially as there's now also a novel.

And this is such a fun and cool read!

I love Murderbot. It is an android with human components that hacked itself to be free from its owner's control. As it works for a group of scientists Murderbot has to decide who it is and how it wants to act towards humans.

Strange and dangerous things start happening and it's up to Murderbot to keep the humans it works with safe.

I loved the interaction between Murderbot and the humans, and I loved how Murderbot questions itself and the world and people around it. I will confess I could really relate to Murderbot. It has a worldview that's just as cynical as mine while it still cares for those put in its care as long as they're not being stupid about it.

All in all this is a great first novella in what I'm guessing will become a quest for Murderbot to find out who it is and what happened in its checkered past.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and suspenseful SF novella


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Thursday, 25 June 2020

On McPig's Wishlist - Raybearer


Raybearer (Raybearer Series #1)
by Jordan Ifueko


The epic debut YA fantasy from an incredible new talent—perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir

Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.



Expected publication: August 18th 2020
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Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Black Sheep: A Space Opera Adventure - Book Review


Black Sheep: A Space Opera Adventure (Flight of the Javelin #1)
by Rachel Aukes


What is it about:
An alien ship. Stolen colonists. All Throttle wanted was a vacation...

Fifteen years into a twenty-year voyage, war veteran Captain Throttle Reyne is looking forward to taking a break from dealing with malfunctions, glitches, and the hassles of monitoring a thousand colonists in cryo-sleep.

But when her colony ship breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Throttle and her crew must leave the colonists behind to search for help. They find a ship that's not only missing a crew… it's clearly not from their star system.

It's the discovery of a lifetime. All they need to do is tow the mysterious vessel back to their colony ship for further study and
Throttle won't ever have to work again. One problem. While they're away, the colony ship is stolen—with the colonists still on board.

Throttle gives chase to a lawless star system on the outer rim. To get their colonists back, they must take on the pirates and ganglords who will do anything—and sell anyone—to make a buck.

They play dirty. But Throttle and her crew play dirtier.

Strap on your restraints and experience the start of this new space opera thrill ride. It's perfect for fans of Jay Allan, Jennifer Foehner Wells, and Star Wars.


What did I think of it:
This is a really cool read!

Throttle and her crew are totally awesome, and I was hooked from the start. The action is almost non-stop, and there are some really tense and dangerous situations Throttle need to deal with. I was cheering her on to save her colonists and to save the day.

This story is gritty, intense, dirty, and oh so good!

The worldbuilding is terrific, and I could easily picture all the cool places that appear in this book. I also think this setting and this story would lend themselves really well for a rpg computer game, the likes of the Mass Effect trilogy. I'd play the shit out of it, I can tell you!

And the ending! OMG! I'm still reeling and I need the next book. You bet I'll be getting my greedy trotters on it once it releases.

Why should you read it:
It's a super cool Space Opera Adventure.


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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Teaser Tuesdays - May Day


'Are you kidding me?' I say.
'What?' he asks, but Cam knows exactly what I mean. He just doesn't want me to say the words.


(page 47, May Day by Josie Jaffrey)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Monday, 22 June 2020

Twelve Kingdoms Reread: The Fate of the Tala - Book Review

When I started on this reread I was convinced I'd finish sooner, especially when I binge read The Chronicles of Dasnaria books in a week. But other books needed to be read as well, the world went weird, and other stuff happened that slowed down my reread, so that now it's June already!

Here is my review of the concluding novel in the series, and I have some happy news at the end as well.


The Fate of the Tala (The Uncharted Realms #5)
by Jeffe Kennedy


What is it about:
The exciting conclusion of the story begun in The Mark of the Tala

An Uneasy Marriage,

An Unholy Alliance.

The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, conquered her inner demons to become the high queen. The youngest, and most beautiful outlived her Prince Charming and found a strength beyond surface loveliness.

And the other one, Andi? The introverted, awkward middle princess is now the Sorceress Queen, Andromeda—and she stands at the precipice of a devastating war.

As the undead powers of Deyrr gather their forces, their High Priestess focuses on Andi, undermining her at every turn. At the magical barrier that protects the Thirteen Kingdoms from annihilation, the massive Dasnarian navy assembles, ready to pounce the moment Andi’s strength fails. And, though her sisters and friends gather around her, Andi finds that her husband, Rayfe, plagued with fears over her pregnancy, has withdrawn, growing ever more distant.

Fighting battles on too many fronts, Andi can’t afford to weaken, as she’s all that stands between all that’s good in the world and purest evil.

For Andi, the time to grow into her true power has come...


What did I think of this:
*insert happy piggy flailing*

This book is so good!

This story is told from the viewpoint of Andi and with her taking the lead again everything is coming to a full circle. Danger and the enemy are looming and it will take not just Andi and her powers, but everyone to bring this all to a happy end.

I loved revisiting Andi, and loved seeing how she is growing into the power she discovered back in The Mark of the Tala. With both Dasnaria and the priestess of Deyrr closing in this story is full of suspense, danger, action, and emotion. As Andi fights to save her kingdom and the people she loves, she is thwarted from an unexpected source, and I was on the edge of my seat, even knowing Jeffe Kennedy wouldn't let something happen that would break my heart.

What she does do very well is getting me to sniffle and tear up at several moments. Seeing all the characters she made me fall in love with over the course of these books coming together and trying to turn the tide is powerful and emotional.

The conclusion of this book and these series is epic and wonderful!

There's one thing left unfinished, but overall this book is a perfect ending to a wonderful series, that I will keep rereading for sure.

Why should you read it:
Don't tell me you haven't started on this series yet after all my fanpiggying!


As for my happy news and that one unfinished thing:
Next week will see the release of The Lost Princess Returns, a short novel that deals with the last remaining problem, and that features Ivariel from The Chronicles of Dasnaria!

You bet I'm getting my greedy trotters on a print version as soon as I can!


Find buy links for The Fate of the Tala here, and for The Lost Princess Returns here

Friday, 19 June 2020

The Curse of Tenth Grave - Book Review


The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson #10)
by Darynda Jones


What is it about:
As a part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life:
Why can I see dead people?
Who is the hot supernatural entity following me?
How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up?

But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…


What did I think of it:
This series continues to be fun.

I will confess I sometimes wonder why Charlie doesn't just ask Reyes all the questions she has about him and his actions, but their miscommunications can be entertaining, so I won't grumble about it.

The stakes are getting higher and higher though, even if I didn't know there are just three more books in this series I'd know we are building towards a big climax. This book felt more tense and suspenseful than the previous books.

I'm still very much in love with Cookie, and I really hope she'll get her own series, because I'd read the shit out of that!

All in all an enjoyable, fun, and suspenseful read. On to book eleven!

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and entertaining UF read.


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Thursday, 18 June 2020

On McPig's Radar - Dealbreaker

I totally preordered this Pearl.


Dealbreaker
by L.X. Beckett


L. X. Beckett's Dealbreaker is the thrilling sci-fi sequel to Gamechanger, perfect for fans of Neuromancer and Star Trek

Ruby Whiting has done the impossible. She has proved that humanity deserves a seat at the galactic table. Well, at least a shot at a seat. Having convinced the galactic governing body that mankind deserves a chance at fixing their own problems, Ruby has done her part to launch the planet into a new golden age of scientific discovery and technological revolution.

However, there are still those in the galactic community that think that humanity is too poisonous, too greedy, to be allowed in, and they will stop at nothing to sabotage a species determined to pull itself up.



Expected publication: January 26th 2021 by Tor Books
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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Aurora Rising - Book Review


Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1)
by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

What is it about:
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They're not the heroes we deserve. They're just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.


What did I think of it:
If you spend any time on #bookstagram and/or YA Facebook groups then Aurora Rising is a book you can't miss: It's everywhere, and it's as if everyone and their goldfish is in love with it. I will confess that I've had bad experiences with books that everyone is raving about (*cough* ACOTAR) so I pretty much tried to ignore this book for a long time. But finally I decided that experiences in the past are no guarantee for the future, so I should give Aurora Rising a try.

And this is a cool read.

I will confess that I'm not as in love as everyone else out there, because there are some YA tropes in this book that I really dislike: the ever popular "I like her, so I'll act like a jerk", the "girls being unnecessary jealous and bitchy at each other over a boy", and some other minor ones.

That being said: there's a lot to love about this book as well. I really enjoyed all the different characters, and apart from one of them (yup: jealous bitch girl) I also really liked all the different viewpoints in this book.

The squad and Auri get themselves in all kinds of trouble and discover secrets that lead them into even more trouble. I was very much entertained and curious to see where things would lead.

Some things do come to light in this book, but there's lots more to figure out and lots more trouble to escape from that makes me look forward to reading the next book.

All in all a very enjoyable and cool read.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool and action-packed YA SF read.


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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Release Day Alert - Black Sheep

You bet I'll be reading this book as soon as I can fit it into my reading schedule.


Black Sheep: A Space Opera Adventure
by Rachel Aukes


An alien ship. Stolen colonists. All Throttle wanted was a vacation...

Fifteen years into a twenty-year voyage, war veteran Captain Throttle Reyne is looking forward to taking a break from dealing with malfunctions, glitches, and the hassles of monitoring a thousand colonists in cryo-sleep.

But when her colony ship breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Throttle and her crew must leave the colonists behind to search for help. They find a ship that's not only missing a crew… it's clearly not from their star system.

It's the discovery of a lifetime. All they need to do is tow the mysterious vessel back to their colony ship for further study and
Throttle won't ever have to work again. One problem. While they're away, the colony ship is stolen—with the colonists still on board.

Throttle gives chase to a lawless star system on the outer rim. To get their colonists back, they must take on the pirates and ganglords who will do anything—and sell anyone—to make a buck.

They play dirty. But Throttle and her crew play dirtier.

Strap on your restraints and experience the start of this new space opera thrill ride. It's perfect for fans of Jay Allan, Jennifer Foehner Wells, and Star Wars.



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Monday, 15 June 2020

The Cupid Fiasco - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


The Cupid Fiasco (The Cupid Guild #4)
by L. Penelope


What is it about:
While trapped in a basement during an earthquake, sparks fly between co-workers Luce and Mat—too bad they’re sparks of rage.

So when Mat needs a fake girlfriend for a weekend engagement party in wine country, there’s no way Luce will say yes… is there?

It’s up to the Cupid Guild to show this salty pair how sweet it could be.

A sexy, standalone romance with a paranormal touch. This novella first appeared in Heart’s Kiss magazine, under the title “Before I Break.”


What did I think of it:
At a 100 pages this is the longest of the stories in this series, and sadly it is already the last. But this series goes out with a bang by using one of my favorite Contemporary Romance tropes: the fake relationship!

In this story Delilah from the Cupid Guild also has a more visible role than in the other stories. I liked seeing a bit more of her and of the couple from the previous book (Mat is the brother of the heroine from The Cupid Complication).

I loved the interactions between Mat and Luce, they're very different, but as they get to know each other they discover similarities, and they learn that there are things in their life that they need to let go of to grow.

All in all a great Romance to end this series with. I'll definitely reread these shorts, and Sullivan already ordered the second book in Penelope's Earthsinger Chronicles.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and very enjoyable Romance read


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Friday, 12 June 2020

The Cupid Complication - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


The Cupid Complication (The Cupid Guild #3)
by L. Penelope


What is it about:
This just might be the worst day of my life.

I quit my job and walked out—without my purse, wallet, or keys. The good Samaritan who returns my stuff is none other than our friendly, neighborhood rock star. Did I say worst day? I meant best. But when this drummer’s dreams for the future are more than I can give, will that leave us playing out of tune?

Can the Cupid Guild bring this musician and his muse together in sweet harmony?


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
I'm having so much fun with this series. The stories might be short, but L. Penelope manages to put so much in them.

In this book Charlotte is set up with rock star Micah after she just quit her job. Both stand at the crossroads wondering where to go next for different reasons, but as they get to know each other it might turn out that they have a lot in common.

Once again it's up to the Cupid Guild to steer things right and set the stage for a Happily Ever After.

Delightful and sweet!

Why should you read it:
This is such an adorable and sweet read.


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Thursday, 11 June 2020

On McPig's Radar - You Should See Me in a Crown

When I heard about this book I immediately pre-ordered the paperback. If I had paid a little bit more attention I might have seen the paperback released a whole month after the hardcover which released on June 2nd! So now I'm counting the days until I can hold this pearl in my greedy trotters.


You Should See Me in a Crown
by Leah Johnson


Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down . . . until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. There's nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She's smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?



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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Enemy Storm - Release Day Review


Enemy Storm (Chronicles of the Empire #3)
by Marcella Burnard


What is it about:
It's never a good day when a radioactive hunk of starship nearly drops on your head.

The Claugh Empire attacked Edie's planet fifteen years ago, murdered her parents, and left the teen for dead. So when a wrecked Claugh starship interrupts a salvage mission, she's torn between revenge and rescuing survivors—especially the stirring captain with an uncanny ability to rekindle her dead emotions. Something about him inflames the urge to come to terms with her past. But the mercenary in Edie doubts trusting a former enemy will bring her redemption or put old prejudices to bed.

When a new common enemy, hell-bent on wiping out humanoids, threatens to bury them all, the captain tries to convince her a mutual coalition might breach their political impasse—all for the greater good.


What did I think of it:
I totally reread the previous books in this series before picking up Enemy Storm, but this book is also perfectly readable as a standalone. That said: You want all of these books!

I fell in love with Edie from the start. She's smart, resourceful, and compassionate. When a Claugh starship crashes practically at her feet, she's ready to walk away, but it's her compassion that makes her stay and gets her involved with V'kyrri (To those who read the previous books: yes: V'kyrri is the hero! *happy dance*) and his mission. A mission that forces her to confront her past.

This is such a great book! It's gritty, and doesn't pull any punches. Even with a romance at the heart of it, this is an intense story, and Edie and V'kyrri have to make some very hard decisions.

I was hooked from the start and kept rooting for the both of them to make it through their ordeals, and to find love together. I loved their interactions, as well as the growing trust between them.

As with the other books in this series the world building is great: I could easily picture the alien worlds and creatures Edie and V'kyrri encounter.

All in all this is an amazing and gripping read. You bet I'll be keeping an eye out for more!

Why should you read it:
It's an intense and action-packed SF Romance


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Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Teaser Tuesdays - Deathless Divide


I swear, that girl would criticize God himself if he were to come down and grant her a few miracles. Still, she is right. I put my gun away.


(page 90, Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Monday, 8 June 2020

Dear Martin - Book Musings


Dear Martin (Dear Martin #1)
by Nic Stone


What is it about:
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.


What did I think of it:
This is a heartbreaking and powerful story.

I am aware of my privilege, and still I'm surprised by how dangerous it can be to be black, especially when cops get involved. Recent events made me pick up this book to educate myself further on the subject. This might not be a true story, but it is inspired by true events. It felt very current I must say.

I can advice anyone who wants to understand more about why black people have had enough, and how it feels to live in fear of the police even when you've done nothing wrong, to read this book. I'll be getting the next book - Dear Justyce - for sure!

Why should you read it:
It's hard hitting, eye-opening, and powerful.


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Friday, 5 June 2020

The Cupid Getaway - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


The Cupid Getaway (The Cupid Guild #2)
by L. Penelope


What is it about:
When curiosity leads Renee to duck under the caution tape marking off the top floor of a college house party, she’s not quite prepared to find Milo. The popular girl and the solitary boy couldn’t be more different, so why does he make her broken heart feel whole again?

One night changes everything, but in the morning, the gulf between their lives looks impossible to cross. Can the Cupid Guild magnetize these opposites before their chance at a happily ever after runs out?

A quick, sexy, standalone romance with a paranormal touch. The story first appeared in Heart’s Kiss magazine, under the title “Before I Fall.”


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
This book is just 46 pages long, but it delivers a perfect story in that space.

Renee stumbles upon Milo with a little help from the Cupid Guild. And do these two sizzle together! I once again was totally hooked.

Once again there are complications the Cupid Guild didn't account for, and which they need to take care of to give Renee and Milo a HEA.

This series is so yummy and addictive. I immediately bought the last two books, because I want more!

Why should you read it:
It's a yummy Romantic short.


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Thursday, 4 June 2020

The Cupid Mixup - Book Review by Voodoo Bride


The Cupid Mixup (The Cupid Guild #1)
by L. Penelope


What is it about:
The Montagne hotel might as well have been a castle, and he might as well have been the prince.

I met him in the bar late one night and it was obvious he was too much for me — too handsome, too charming, too rich. And while I could pretend I was a princess for a night, at the stroke of midnight, I ran away without giving him my name.

I didn’t leave my shoe behind, but I might have just lost my heart.


What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
Sullivan loved L. Penelope's Song of Blood & Stone and the novella from the same series, so when I saw that L. Penelope also wrote a series of romantic short stories I wanted to give those a try.

This first one is about 53 pages and is delicious!

The heroine is down on her luck, but small meddling by a member of the Cupid Guild lands her in a hotel where she meets a man with whom she clicks. I loved seeing these two lonely people connect and fall for each other. I was rooting for them to see past their differences and give in to their attraction.

The way to their HEA/HFN isn't a straight road though, because sometimes Cupid forgets how stubborn people can be.

All in all a wonderful short romantic read. I'm definitely going to read the other shorts in this series as well.

Why should you read it:
It's a delicious and cute Romantic read.


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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Twelve Kingdoms Reread: The Dragons of Summer

If you're thinking: Wow, you are so slowing down on this reread! You're right. The closer I get the more I don't want this reread to end. This is such a great world and I love these characters all so much. I know I can just go reread again whenever I want, but still...

Anyway, here's the next book in my reread: The Dragons of Summer.


The Dragons of Summer (The Uncharted Realms #4.5)
by Jeffe Kennedy


What is it about:
As unofficial consort to the High Queen, former mercenary Harlan Konyngrr faces a challenge worse than looming war and fearsome dragons. His long-held secrets threaten what he loves most—and he must make a choice between vows to two women. A RITA(R) Award finalist for best romance novella of 2018.

(Formerly appeared in the Seasons of Sorcery anthology.)


What did I think of it:
So, it's difficult to give this novella a review.

I mean: Yes! It's a totally awesome story. The tension between Ursula and Harlan is sooo well done, and their problems feel realistic and are handled awesomely. And the danger that pops up and the resulting action are so cool! And the ending is so satisfying.

But I have to confess my owner and I suggested several things for this novella that got used for the danger that pops up and the resulting action. Maybe it's just me, but that makes me feel like I'm not the right person to review this. Maybe it's nonsense for me to think so, because I didn't write any of it, I just nudged some ideas toward Jeffe to use, and it was her who totally rocked that and wrote an awesome story.

Anyway, that's why this is more of an enthusiastic rave than a regular review. But I tell you: this is soooo good! Go read it!

And for those who have been paying attention and think: didn't you say you'd do at least one giveaway? Leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you for a change to win a digital copy of this novella. Open internationally to everyone who is legally allowed to enter, etc... I 'll pick a winner on June 10, 2020 and will contact that winner soon after.

Why should you read it:
It is an awesome Fantasy Romance Novella!


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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Teaser Tuesdays - The Nightjar


She flushed. 'I think I'm having the weirdest night in my life. So forgive me if Elvis seems entirely plausible.'


(page 65, The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Monday, 1 June 2020

Breath of Dust & Dawn - Book Review


Breath of Dust & Dawn (Earthsinger Chronicles #1.5)
by L. Penelope


What is it about:
This novella begins after the events of Song of Blood & Stone—it’s both an extended epilogue AND a prequel, so it’s advisable to read that novel first.

For Jasminda ul-Sarifor, the war may be over but her conflict is not. New, overwhelming duties leave her caught between two worlds but belonging to neither. She turns once more to Jack, hoping the bond that got them through the first battle is strong enough to weather a new storm.

For Jack, Jasminda’s struggles hit close to home. To help her find her way, he entrusts her with a tale from his past where, after another war, a young Jack Alliaseen must also adjust to new responsibilities. But his take a lethal turn when prisoners of war start showing up dead on his watch. With the aid of a mysterious young man destined to change his life forever, Jack must save the lives of those under his protection before it's too late.

As his story unfolds, will Jack’s memories help Jasminda conquer her present trials?


What did I think of it:
I loved Song of Blood & Stone, so I decided to pick up Breath of Dust & Dawn which is labeled as being set between Song of Blood & Stone and Whispers of Shadow & Flame.

And this novella does a great job of acting as a bridge between book 1 & 2 in this series while also being a very intriguing murder mystery.

It's set up as a story within a story. Jasminda is having a hard time being queen so Jack tells her a story to ease her worries. The story that Jack tells is a murder mystery as well as introducing the reader to the male lead character of the next book.

I loved returning to this world and very much enjoyed both the mystery and the glimpse into the life of Jasminda and Jack. I also liked getting a feel of Darvyn before I start on book two in this series.

All in all a very enjoyable novella. I will most definitely continue with this series.

Why should you read it:
This is a must read for everyone who enjoyed Song of Blood & Stone


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Friday, 29 May 2020

Enemy Games - Book Review (repost)


In preparation of the release of Enemy Storm I reread Enemy Games. Here's a repost of my review.


Enemy Games (Chronicles of the Empire Book #2)
by Marcella Burnard


What is it about:
Different species from different worlds make reluctant allies...

While combating a plague, scientist Jayleia Durante becomes a pawn in a greater game. With her father missing and intergalactic mercenaries on her trail, her decision to cooperate with Major Damen Sindrivik may prove advantageous...if she can control her attraction to the officer who abducted her.

Some secrets aren't worth keeping...

Damen, a spy from a rival government, will use anything, including his predatory instincts, to achieve his mission...locating Jayleia's father. She reacts to Damen's charm and seductive power, so why does he question her motivation?

Conflicted loyalties and enemies abound...

Traitors and the alien enemies threaten to destroy the galaxy. Jayleia must choose. Betray her father, risk her friends, and lose Damen, or prevent an Interstellar war?


What did I think of it:
I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since reading Enemy Within, the first book in this series. And I can tell you this book was worth the wait.

Burnard manages to mix Scifi, adventure, suspense and romance into a thrilling tale that has you hooked from the start. The world building in this book is excellent and the plot is fast paced and intricate, which makes that you have to keep paying attention or you will easily lose track of what's going on. The romance and action storylines work well together and neither overshadows the other luckily enough.

So, no negative points? Only a minor one: Jayleia is a difficult character to get to know, but I liked Damen from the start, which made me invested in Damen's attempts to break through Jayleia's defenses to get to the person inside, so in the end this wasn't really a negative point at all.

Why should you read it:
It's a thrilling, romantic, SciFi adventure.


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Thursday, 28 May 2020

Cover Reveal - May Day

I'm happy to be part of the cover reveal of Josie Jaffrey's upcoming book May Day. It does sound like a wonderful read and that cover looks nice and spooky.

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May Day
by Josie Jaffrey


If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective.
Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.

When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.

To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.

Body bags on standby.


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Releasing 9 July, 2020

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

I Love You So Mochi - Book Review


I Love You So Mochi
by Sarah Kuhn


What is it about:
Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement. She's obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel brave, fabulous, and like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother sees this as a distraction from working on her portfolio paintings for the prestigious fine art academy where she's been accepted for college. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi's estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.

When she arrives in Japan, she loses herself in Kyoto's outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival--and meets Akira, a cute med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. What begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.


What did I think of it:
I love Kuhn's Heroine books, so I really wanted to give her YA book I Love You So Mochi a try as well. The hardcover was a bit too expensive for me though, so I had to wait until the release of the paperback.

And it was well worth the wait.

What a lovely and beautiful story.

Yes: the romance between Kimi and Akira is super sweet and adorable, but it was Kimi's grandparents who stole my heart. I can tell you that I totally rooted for them to win Kimi's love, and their interaction with Kimi and with each other was so sweet and heartwarming. I totally had to blink away tears a time or two.

Kimi's own journey of self discovery with Akira at her side is really fun as well. I was invested from the start and read the book in almost one sitting. *shakes fist at intrusions and responsibilities*

All in all this book is a delight to read and you can bet it's going on my keeper shelves. Now the wait begins for the next Heroine book.

Why should you read it:
It's a sweet and fluffy YA delight.


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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

The Fiery Crown - Release Day Book Review


The Fiery Crown (Forgotten Empires #2)
by Jeffe Kennedy


What is it about:
WILL THEIR LOVE STAND THE TEST OF TIME

Queen Euthalia has reigned over her island kingdom of Calanthe with determination, grace, and her magical, undying orchid ring. After she defied an empire to wed Conrí, the former Crown Prince of Oriel—a man of disgraced origins with vengeance in his heart—Lia expected the wizard’s prophecy to come true: Claim the hand that wears the ring and the empire falls. But Lia’s dangerous bid to save her realm doesn’t lead to immediate victory. Instead, destiny hurls her and Conrí towards a future neither could predict…

OR TEAR THEIR WHOLE WORLD APART?

Con has never healed after the death of his family and destruction of his kingdom—he’s been carefully plotting his revenge against his greatest enemy, Emperor Anure, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. When Lia’s spies gather intelligence suggesting that Anure is planning an attack against Calanthe, Con faces an agonizing choice: Can he sacrifice Lia and all she holds dear to destroy the empire? Or does his true loyalty exist in the arms of his beguiling, passionate wife—’til death do they part?


What did I think of it:
So I totally read this book twice already, and will probably read it again once I have my finished copy in my greedy little trotters.

This is such a great read!

Lia and Con might be married and working together, but their goals couldn't be further apart. Where Lia is trying to protect her island and the people who live there, Con is bent on revenge.

I love seeing them bicker, banter, and trying to find a way to come closer to each other. Both are strong and determined so when they clash, sparks fly. And it's not the only part of their relationship where sparks fly: the growing attraction between them is fiery as well.

I loved learning more about Calanthe and her people. It is a wonderful island full of beauty and secrets. The way it is described makes Calanthe as much a character in this tale as the people who live there.

And the story! It's full of intrigue, betrayal, heartbreak, danger, and hope. What an emotional ride.

I also must mention Sondra, and Ambrose and his familiar Merle. I already loved Sondra in the first book, but she shines in this one. She had a hard life, but it didn't break her. I rooted as much for her to find happiness as I was rooting for Lia and Con to solve their problems and win Calanthe's freedom. As for Ambrose and Merle: They are so cool! Each scene with them was a delight to read.

And then there's Percy, and Ibolya, and... *wildly flailing piggy* I could wax poetic about all the cool characters and events for ages.

All in all this is a wonderful read that ends in a place that left me both satisfied for now and eager for the next book! If you love Fantasy with a slow burn romance, a marriage of convenience, and lots of emotional impact you need this trilogy!

You bet I'll be getting my trotters on the last book as soon as it releases (if not before, because I'm definitely going to try to get an ARC again).

Why should you read it:
It's a beautiful Fantasy read.


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Monday, 25 May 2020

Ink Exchange - Book Review (repost/reread)

After reading Wicked Lovely I immediately reread Ink Exchange, which I first read back in 2014.
Here's my previous review and notes on rereading at the end.


Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2)
by Melissa Marr


What is it about:
Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils...


What did I think of it:
This is the second book in a series, but I think this book can perfectly be read as a standalone as well.

I really liked the world building and the mood of this story. It's dark and mysterious, and hints at the magic that's hidden from mundane people.

I really liked Leslie. She's been broken, but managed to put herself together again, although the cracks are still showing. It made her both vulnerable and strong. I rooted for her to find the freedom, the change, she is longing for.

There are two men who are interested in Leslie, although I wouldn't call it a love triangle. Both Niall and Irial are complex and intriguing characters, and I had a hard time to decide which of them I was rooting for to succeed in his plans. (To be honest, the only characters I didn't care for turned out to be the lead characters of the first book in this series.)

The story is compelling and I had to keep reading to see where things would lead to. I love how this story makes you think. It's not black and white, but made up out of many shades of grey.

The ending was satisfying, although not what I expected.

I'm not sure if I will read other books in this series, because I didn't like the characters who will have the lead roles in the other books in this series. I will investigate what other books Marr has written though.

Why should you read it:
It's a compelling YA Faery read.

Notes on rereading:
It's fun to see what I thought of the main characters of Wicked Lovely when I first read this book. Not knowing the previous events and only seeing the characters through Leslie's eyes sure paints them in a very different light than when you do know what they have been going through. I caught much more nuance to this story the second time around, especially armed with more knowledge about both the fey and the lead characters from Wicked Lovely. I still think this book can be enjoyed as a standalone, but it becomes so much richer if you do read Wicked Lovely first. You bet I'll be picking up book three soon.


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Friday, 22 May 2020

Wicked Lovely - Book Review


Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1)
by Melissa Marr


What is it about:
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.


What did I think of it:
I got my trotters on the second book in this series in 2014 and read it back then without reading the first book. I really enjoyed it, but wasn't sure about the lead characters in this book, who had a small role in book 2. Anyway: a friend gifted me the entire series last year, and when I recently saw the cover of the prequel book which just released this month, I wanted it! So it was time to read this series from the start and see if I'd love the other books as much as the one book I already read.

And what a cool read this is!

The story was nothing like I thought it would be, and that's a good thing I can tell you. I expected a love triangle comparable with Twilight or one of the gazilion other YA books with love triangles. Instead I got a darkly alluring tale with faeries who don't think like humans, and don't treat love as humans do.

It's clear Keenan wants something from Aislinn, but it's far different than what I thought, and I was hooked from the start. I needed to find out what all these creepy fairies wanted from Aislinn, and if she would be able to stay true to herself and her friends.

I was gripped by both the story and the world Marr creates within the pages of this book. You bet I immediately picked up book 2 for a reread as soon as I finished this one.

Why should you read it:
It's a darkly alluring YA Urban Fantasy read.


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Thursday, 21 May 2020

The Only Harmless Great Thing - Book Review (repost)

Another book I recently reread, so here's a repost of my review.


The Only Harmless Great Thing
by Brooke Bolander


What is it about:
In the early years of the 20th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning. Around the same time, an Indian elephant was deliberately put to death by electricity in Coney Island.

These are the facts.

Now these two tragedies are intertwined in a dark alternate history of rage, radioactivity, and injustice crying out to be righted. Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey that crosses eras, chronicling histories of cruelty both grand and petty in search of meaning and justice.


What did I think of it:
As I loved Bolander's short story that was nominated for this year's Hugo Awards, I had to read her entry for Best Novelette of course.

*insert wildly flailing and blubbering piggy*

This is such a painfully beautiful story!

This alternate history has elephants working in a factory to paint the dials and numbers on watches with radioactive paint. As the story unfolds you get to know the girl who is instructed to teach them, and one elephant who is slowly getting to her breaking point. In between there are parts where elephants tell each other the stories of their ancestors.

I can not even tell you how much this story gripped me, how much I was rooting for the characters, and how much I cried over this book. I can tell you that I immediately ordered a print copy of this book when I finished it, and that I'll definitely will read more by Bolander.

Why should you read it:
It's a painfully beautiful story.


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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Hunting Fiends for the Ill-Equipped - Book Review


Hunting Fiends for the Ill-Equipped (The Guild Codex: Demonized #3)
by Annette Marie


What is it about:
I thought I understood power.

My parents taught me that magic attracts equal danger, and everything I've seen since becoming a demon contractor confirms it. I've witnessed how power twists and corrupts--and I've tasted power no human should wield.

I thought I knew greed.

Ambition and avarice drove my family into hiding. My parents died for someone else's greed. I've never hunted anything in my life, but now I'm hunting their killer--with my demon's help.

I thought I'd seen evil.

But with each step closer to my parents' murderer, I'm uncovering a different sort of evil, piece by hidden piece. I've stumbled into an insidious web that silently, secretly ensnares everything it touches. My demon and I came as the hunters...

...but I think we might be the prey.

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Author's Note: The Guild Codex includes two series, Demonized and Spellbound, which can be read and enjoyed all on their own; however, this book contains spoilers for Demon Magic and a Martini (Spellbound #4). If you were thinking about giving Spellbound a try, I recommend reading it first.


What did I think of it:
I am totally loving this series and the Spellbound series. I will add that I totally agree with the author's note above: if you don't want to be spoiled about the Spellbound series, make sure to read at least up to book 4, and I'd actually even advice to read up to book 6 of the Spellbound series before reading this book.

That being said: This is another great addition to this series and world. I loved seeing characters from both series teaming and working together, even if some of it is more out of self preservation or even self interest.

The growing bond and attraction between Robin and Zylas is great to read and I raced through this book to see if they manage to find a way for Zylas to reclaim what he's lost, and for Robin to stay out of the grip of her enemies.

All in all a fun and very enjoyable read. The next book will already be the last one in this series, luckily there will be two more Spellbound books as well.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool and enjoyable Urban Fantasy read.


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