ARC Review: "Ruby Fever" (Hidden Legacy #6) by Ilona Andrews


Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews is back with the newest book in the exciting Hidden Legacy series—the thrilling conclusion to her trilogy featuring fierce and beautiful Prime magic user Catalina Baylor.

An escaped spider, the unexpected arrival of an Imperial Russian Prince, the senseless assassination of a powerful figure, a shocking attack on the supposedly invincible Warden of Texas, Catalina’s boss... And it’s only Monday.

Within hours, the fate of Houston—not to mention the House of Baylor—now rests on Catalina, who will have to harness her powers as never before. But even with her fellow Prime and fiancé Alessandro Sagredo by her side, she may not be able to expose who’s responsible before all hell really breaks loose.



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Words can not describe how excited I was to finally get the chance to read yet another upcoming book by Ilona Andrews. The Hidden Legacy series, first with Nevada and now with Catalina is one of my top favorites...to be honest, I do not know what is most beloved of the authors' books, Kate Daniels, the Baylor family, or the Innkeeper.

Our story starts with a bang and it does not stop at all. We have unstoppable action and revealed secrets that tie up all the previous books and some revelations that I did not expect...well, to be honest, I suspected but wanted to confirm. Alessandro as always was excellent and Catalina was a badass. There were some parts of the plot that felt a little rushed but I did not mind at all since it matched the pace of the story.

Arabella had some good scenes too apart from the rest of the family and I would really like to have the chance to read her own story after those final scenes that left me slack-mouthed.

Ruby Fever is an excellent and amazing read and completed Catalina's story while also preparing the scene for any possible spin-off series, should my favorite duo decides to write one. Abs0-fucking-lutely recommended.




About the authors:

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.




Blog Tour+Excerpt+ARC Review: "Crown of Crimson" (Underworld Gods #2) by Karina Halle

Crown of Crimson, an all-new dark fantasy romance with high heat in the Underworld Gods Series from New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle, is out now!

             

All Hanna Heikkinen wants is to be reunited with her father again. After all, that's why she ventured into the dark and dangerous fantasy world of Tuonela, the Land of the Dead, in order to save his life. But this time her devotion to her father comes at a cost---her growing relationship with Tuoni, the God of Death himself, who held Hanna captive in exchange for her father's life. The last thing she expects is to feel remorse at leaving Death at his castle of Shadow's End without even saying goodbye, and yet he's all she can think about.

Death has always prided himself on never trusting the living, but Hanna's apparent betrayal has left a scar fathom's deep. Vowing revenge on his future bride, and making sure she upholds her end of the bargain, Death sets out across his realm to steal Hanna back, which only fans the flames between them. But Death and Hanna aren't just fighting each other---malevolent Old Gods are rising to power within the realm, magic is being poisoned, and buried secrets are brought to light, secrets that may cause Hanna to lose everyone she loves dear once again.

                          

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He shakes his head ever so subtly, his fingers bruising my skin. “After all you’ve seen, all you’ve done, all you’ve felt, and you’re still blind to the world around you. This is your world, Hanna. You know it is. You know you belong here more than you’ve ever belonged in your other life, and more than that, you belong here with me.”

My jaw tightens as I try to ignore the way my heart is skipping in my chest. “You’re sounding sentimental.”

“You’re mistaking sentiment with facts,” he says, lowering his masked face toward mine. “A mistake I’m sure you won’t make again. You belong with me, because that is the bargain we made. There is no escape for you. Not now, not ever. You made a promise to me, and your promise will be held to the very end.”

There’s a finality in his words that makes my blood run cold. For a moment he loosens his grip and sighs deeply. “I know you don’t like being told what to do, but you could have had it all,” he says, almost wistfully. “You could have had my trust. Now you will become my wife and there won’t be an ounce of trust or love between us.”

My heart skips again. “Who said anything about love?”

“Hmmph.” He tilts his head, examining me. “I could have loved you, you know.”

Oh. That I didn’t know. And for reasons I can’t explain, it feels like he’s pulled a pin out from my heart and I’m slowly deflating.

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A retelling of the Nordic mythology gets a mysterious spicy twist in this upcoming sequel to Karina Halle's new series! Anything this woman writes I devour.

Following the first book's events, Hanna slowly discovers her own origins and what it means to weave through the intricate politics of the Underworld along with Tuoni, god of Death. It is not easy not when he has trust issues and she also has to deal with lost prophecies, serious family drama and her own growing powers.

Was it filled with action?

Yup.

Full steamy? Oh yes, let me point out chapter 19....

Was there a criminal cliffhanger? Yes and one that will make me wonder and highly anticipate the next book of the series.

Plus the way this book slowly moves on, makes me wish to also get in the future books about Tunoi's children and if they will get their own adventures on earth.

Highly anticipated and filled with romance and action this is a great sequel!



Meet Karina

                                                           

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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Release Day Blitz: "Crown of Crimson" (Underworld Gods #2) by Karina Halle

Crown of Crimson, an enthralling dark fantasy romance in the Underworld Gods Series from New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle, is now available!

All Hanna Heikkinen wants is to be reunited with her father again. After all, that's why she ventured into the dark and dangerous fantasy world of Tuonela, the Land of the Dead, in order to save his life. But this time her devotion to her father comes at a cost---her growing relationship with Tuoni, the God of Death himself, who held Hanna captive in exchange for her father's life. The last thing she expects is to feel remorse at leaving Death at his castle of Shadow's End without even saying goodbye, and yet he's all she can think about.

Death has always prided himself on never trusting the living, but Hanna's apparent betrayal has left a scar fathom's deep. Vowing revenge on his future bride, and making sure she upholds her end of the bargain, Death sets out across his realm to steal Hanna back, which only fans the flames between them. But Death and Hanna aren't just fighting each other---malevolent Old Gods are rising to power within the realm, magic is being poisoned, and buried secrets are brought to light, secrets that may cause Hanna to lose everyone she loves dear once again.

Read now!

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Meet Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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ARC Review: "A Curse of Queens" (Kingmaker Chronicles #4) by Amanda Bouchet


A Curse of Queens by Amanda Bouchet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Discover an all-new adventure in USA Today Bestselling author Amanda Bouchet’s thrilling, white-hot fantasy series, The Kingmaker Chronicles!

The queen has been cursed, and no one knows who’s behind the plot to threaten the realm’s fragile peace. Desperate to help, Jocasta hatches a plan to find Circe’s Garden, a fabled island where she hopes to discover an antidote. But she can’t do it alone. She needs the strong arm and unflinching bravery of the warrior she’s loved since childhood—her brother’s right-hand-man and captain of the guard, Flynn of Sinta.

Together they can do the impossible. Yet with treachery brewing on Mount Olympus, one thing is clear: Thalyria and its new royals are still pawns in an epic game of power—one that might end in a War of Gods.




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I am not a person to usually boast things? But boy am I going to boast about this just one time! :D
I had the incredible luck to help Amanda Bouchet by offering tidbits of my knowledge on Greek mythology as part of both my uni curriculum and because I am Greek. Plus some words and endearments you will read when this book comes out, will stay with you and yes we have pretty damn amazing words for "my heart".

Fangirling and boasting aside, the next installment of the Kingmaker Chronicles brings you back to the world of Thalyria where Greeks gods are alive and influence politics and kingdoms, and a quest to save the Queen leads my lovebirds Flynn and Jocasta to a quest to a certain witch's island.

I dove into the book without actually reading the summary, that much I wanted to discover what could happen between those two characters from the previous trilogy had intrigued me. Jocasta is a healer whose dedication and hard work make her a very fine example of a strong woman and Flynn my man whose loyalty is strong to a fault and he feels too much to even form words at times.

The story takes us on a quest across Thalyria with monsters along the way and a conspiracy that may tear their world apart. Along with Jocasta and Flynn we also have Carver and Bellanca as also the Titan Prometheus. The banter and dialogue between them were a very welcome distraction from the slow burn romance between Jocasta and Flynn as their quest took more and more dangerous paths.

If you love Greek mythology and want to immerse into this world I do recommend reading first the other 3 books of the series. Definitely recommended!





And don't miss the chance to read the rest of this amazing series.


About the author:

Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry.

Amanda is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy romance and space opera romance. She was a Goodreads Choice Awards top 10 finalist for Best Debut in 2016 with her first novel, A Promise of Fire.

For more about Amanda's books with equal parts adventure and kissing, connect with her online: www.amandabouchet.com


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ARC Review: "Wind Daughter" (Echo North #2) by Joanna Ruth Meyer


Wind Daughter by Joanna Ruth Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads

A hauntingly beautiful fairy tale about love and loss, this Echo North companion novel is perfect for fans of the Winternight Trilogy.

In the dark, cold reaches of the north lives a storyteller and his daughter. He told his daughter, Satu, many stories--romances like the girl who loved a star and changed herself into a nightingale so she could always see him shining--but the most important story he told her was his own. This storyteller was once the formidable North Wind, but he lost his power by trading it away in exchange for mortality--he loved her mother too much to live without her. The loss of his magic impacted more than just their family, however, and now the world is unraveling in the wake of this imbalance.

To save the North, Satu embarks on a perilous journey to reclaim her father's magic, but she isn't the only one searching for it. In the snow-laden mountains, she finds herself in a deadly race with the Winter Lord who wants the North Wind's destructive powers for himself.

Satu has the chance to be the heroine of her own fairy tale, only this one has an ending she never could have imagined. 




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Minor spoilers from the first book. It is preferable to read the first book

I enjoyed very much Echo North the first book of this series, inspired by "East of the Sun and West of the Moon". A part of that story was the appearance of the North wind who had helped Echo in her quest.

This companion novel follows Satu the daughter of the North wind, and her adventures after the events of the first book. Shy by nature she enjoys her life with her parents, filled with their stories of how her father who used to be immortal fell in love with her mother and the price. But when feral magic begins destroying the very fabric of the universe, Satu will come to the sudden realization that she will need far more than courage to save not only her family but the universe itself.

Armed with her parents' stories and followed by the Winter Lord, a past ally of the Wolf Queen, she will soon discover that magic comes at a grave price.

There are no words to describe the beauty of this book. Joanna Ruth did it again weaving a magical story filled with emotion, self discovery, and true love. I cried by the end of the book when I realized what had truly happened and what Satu had to go through. This book was one of these reads that even after putting down it stays with you and it was worth every tear I shed.

 

                                  



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About the author:

Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of the critically-acclaimed Echo North, as well as the companion novel duology Beneath the Haunting Sea and Beyond the Shadowed Earth. She writes stories about fierce teens finding their place in the world, fighting to change their fate, save the ones they love, or carve out a path to redemption.

Joanna lives with her dear husband and son, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano named Prince Imrahil in Mesa, Arizona. As often as she can, she escapes the desert heat and heads north to the mountains, where the woods are always waiting.



Review: "My Happy Marriage, Light Novel Vol. 1 by Akumi Agitogi, Tsukiho Tsukioka (Visual Art)


My Happy Marriage, Vol. 1 by Akumi Agitogi

Summary from GoodReads

Born to a noble family, Miyo is raised by her abusive stepmother and married off to Kiyoka, a soldier so heartless his prior fiancées fled within three days into their engagement. With no home to return to, Miyo slowly starts to open her heart to her cold and pale husband-to-be, despite their rocky introduction... This might just be her chance at finding true love and happiness.  


 




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I received this e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The last time I read a light novel was the first book of the Kieli series, and that happened after I had read the manga. In the case of this small gem, I first saw the anime trailer on Youtube, I fell in love with the art and the colors and hence I dove into Edelweiss. I was very lucky to get the chance to review this and I certainly plan to try the manga too.

In an alternative Meiji/Taisho era, where people have supernatural abilities and fight demon-like entities, marrying well into the families that have such abilities is a must.

Miyo is the mistreated daughter of the Saimoro family; living as a servant with her stepmother and stepdaughter, Miyo's also half-sister, abusing her, she has no hope of ever escaping her fate as she was born bearing no supernatural gift, like her half-sister. When her father marries her off to the Kudo family, where rumors speak of its master being a cold and harsh man, Miyo will soon discover that her husband-to-be, Kiyoka Kudo, is not the hard man everyone thinks.

As they slowly grow to get to know each other Miyo will discover her self-worth and find herself capable of being worthy of love.

This was a sweet read. Sure the trigger warnings of abuse are evident and as a past victim of bullying, I did find it disturbing as it always is. I loved the descriptions and the alternative era we find ourselves in this story. Needless to say that Kiyoka may look like a cold man but he also slowly falls in love with her too.

I will try to get my hands to the other two books of the series when they will be translated to English but so far this was a very sweet and good read




And don't miss the chance to check the upcoming anime!



About the author:

Akumi Agitogi is the author of "My Happy Marriage" light novel series

ARC Review: "The Other Half of the Grave" (Night Huntress series) by Jeaniene Frost


The Other Half of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Night Huntress series comes a thrilling new look at the iconic origin story of Cat and Bones, as experienced by Bones…from the other half of the grave.

There are two sides to every story–and the sizzling British alpha vampire, Bones, has a lot to say…

Ever wondered what Bones was thinking and feeling when he and half-vampire Cat Crawfield first met? Or how their story might differ if he were the one telling it? Now, relive the beginning of Cat and Bones' bestselling love story through Bones' point of view, which reveals a darker, sexier take on their early days, as well as a deeper dive into Bones' past, the vampire world, and other things that Cat didn't see when their story was told only through her eyes in Halfway to the Grave.

Cat had her say. Now, it's Bones' turn.




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It's been close to 10 years since the first time I read the first book of the Night Huntress series. I think I had come out of both my Twilight and True Blood phrase but I really missed and yearned a good combination between the two! And lo and behold I got into this fantastic world with vampires, ghouls ghosts, and anything in between!

I love the universe Jeaniene Frost created along with the characters that are all unforgettable. "The Other Half of the Grave" is the first book as told by Bones's POV. The awesome, kickass vampire with the marshmallow heart we see through his eyes how he met his Kitten, how they both came first to work together on hunting vampires, and how they fell in love with each other.

I laughed as I remembered some memorable scenes, Bones, and Cat bantering the fights and the dialogues that felt refreshing from Bones's POV. This is a great addition to the universe of Night Huntress and it is equally recommended to read both the series as also her spin-off series about a certain Dracula, Ian and her standalone books.


 


About the author:

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, the Broken Destiny series, and the Night Rebel series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in Maryland with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

For information on Jeaniene's books, book trailers, free reading, contests, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com

ARC Review: "Wolf in the Shadows" (The Legend of All Wolves #5) by Maria Vale


Wolf in the Shadows by Maria Vale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

The latest book in Maria Vale's award-winning Legend of All Wolves series is packed with all the action and heat you've come to expect!
A wolf shifter hero with a haunted past
A shifter heroine with a lot to learn about being part of the Pack
Dark secrets that could destroy everything they love
Fantasy-level world building and epic romance-the new werewolf standard

Shifter Julia Martel has been spoiled and pampered by all the alpha males around her whose urge to protect her have left her uninformed and vulnerable. Now the Great North Pack has relegated Julia to the care of the wolf at the very bottom of the Pack hierarchy, Arthur Graysson. Julia wants nothing to do with the Pack, except to escape back to her life of luxury and idleness, but the more time she spends with Arthur, the more she learns about the Pack, the dark secrets Arthur carries with him, and the fierceness within herself that could save them all...

Praise for The Last Wolf:
"Wonderfully unique and imaginative."-JEANIENE FROST, New York Times bestselling author
"Pushes boundaries, and keeps you at the edge of your seat."-TERRY SPEARUSA Today bestselling author
"Raw, wild, and intense."-AMANDA BOUCHETUSA Today bestselling author




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The final book in the Legend of the Wolves series was amazing leaving the bittersweet feeling I always get when a series I loved for almost 4 years ended. The Pack tries to pick up from where they left after the events of the previous books with two prisoners of the Shifters, one being Julie. Her care is given to Arthur the one they consider the Omega of the Pack but one who also hides a terrible power.

The story is not only about how the wolves live and their daily lives but moreover, it is about a woman who finds her true self, after being groomed to believe that she needed protection, making her inferior to her true potential.

A testament to Maria Vale's gorgeous writing, we see the POV of both Julie and Arthur as they learn from one another and struggle through the Pack dynamics and their own feelings. I enjoyed the descriptions, the throwback to a specific forever wolf, which always makes my heart ache, the amazing beauty of nature as seen from both human and wolven eyes.




Definitely recommend reading the whole series when it comes out so you won't have to be tortured like me who had to wait year after year.



And don't miss the first books of the Legend of All Wolves series!



About the author:

Maria Vale is a journalist who has worked for Publishers Weekly, Glamour, Redbook and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She's a double-Rita finalist whose books have been listed by Amazon, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, ALA Booklist & Kirkus among their Best Books of the Year. Trained as a medievalist, she persists in trying to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don't really need it.

ARC Review: "The War of Two Queens" (Blood and Ash #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the desperation of golden crowns…

Casteel Da’Neer knows all too well that very few are as cunning or vicious as the Blood Queen, but no one, not even him, could’ve prepared for the staggering revelations. The magnitude of what the Blood Queen has done is almost unthinkable.

And born of mortal flesh…

Nothing will stop Poppy from freeing her King and destroying everything the Blood Crown stands for. With the strength of the Primal of Life’s guards behind her, and the support of the wolven, Poppy must convince the Atlantian generals to make war her way—because there can be no retreat this time. Not if she has any hope of building a future where both kingdoms can reside in peace.

A great primal power rises…

Together, Poppy and Casteel must embrace traditions old and new to safeguard those they hold dear—to protect those who cannot defend themselves. But war is only the beginning. Ancient primal powers have already stirred, revealing the horror of what began eons ago. To end what the Blood Queen has begun, Poppy might have to become what she has been prophesied to be—what she fears the most.

As the Harbinger of Death and Destruction.




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I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
One of my most anticipated reads is finally out! I can not express my love for anything Jennifer Armentrout and this new book, the sequel to her fantasy series is everything I enjoyed! Angst and romance, action and humor all packed together. Poppy needs to defeat the Blood Queen but also save Cas, and among others learn the secret behind her powers and how it is tied to a prophecy that may destroy the realms.

Like no biggie?
Right?
Right.

I loved the plot and the dual POV that interject in between. While we do follow Poppy we also follow Cas through his own POV. I enjoyed both and I loved how it completed some missing pieces of how each character looked upon the events.
There were some revelations I did not expect to learn and left me gapping but also (for those who read the first book in the prequel series), some very lovely surprises. We have draken, shapeshifting wolves, sleeping gods and Primals, and magic that goes back to the beginning of time.

This series does not disappoint and with each book, it becomes even more amazing!





About the author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.
 

ARC Review: "Book of Night" by Holly Black


Book of Night by Holly Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black makes her stunning adult debut with Book of Night, a modern dark fantasy of shadowy thieves and secret societies in the vein of Ninth House and The Night Circus

In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences—but also to increase power and influence. You can alter someone’s feelings—and memories—but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from your life. Your shadow holds all the parts of you that you want to keep hidden—a second self, standing just to your left, walking behind you into lit rooms. And sometimes, it has a life of its own.

Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. She gets by doing odd jobs for her patrons and the naive new money in her town at the edge of the Berkshires. But when a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie’s present life is thrown into chaos, and her future seems at best, unclear—and at worst, non-existent. Determined to survive, Charlie throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister—all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.

With sharp angles and prose, and a sinister bent, Holly Black is a master of shadow and story stitching. Remember while you read, light isn’t playing tricks in Book of Night, the people are.




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Holly Black leaves Faerie Realm for the world of shadow magic. A world where for some strange reason shadows can become alive and sinister magic is hidden behind it. Carlie Hall is a con artist coming for a broken family who deals on books connected to shadow magic or blood magic...but has no trust for the people around her.

Living with her sister and Vince her boyfriend, she will slowly become entangled with the politics of her city and an old enemy from her past will resurface, trying to steal an otherworldly book that may hold secrets to immortality...or death itself.

Coming from books by Holly Black that had lots of action and intrigue, I found this book too slow, hence the missing star. I loved the slow weaving of introducing this new world but at times I found myself missing the action I became accustomed to with the Cruel Prince series.

But since I can not compare two series that have way different development, my kudos go to the character development. I knew that Vince was fishy but never did I imagine how he could develop. Charlie is a person broken by others in her spirit but she is loyal to those who belong to her.

For me, the last pages were the best part where action suddenly picked up and the secrets...at least part of them were revealed.

It's Holly Black so definitely recommended!




About the author:

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret library.

ARC Review: "The Unknown Beloved" by Amy Harmon


The Unknown Beloved by Amy Harmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the bestselling author of Where the Lost Wander and What the Wind Knows comes the evocative story of two people whose paths collide against the backdrop of mystery, murder, and the Great Depression.

Chicago, 1923: Ten-year-old Dani Flanagan returns home to find police swarming the house, her parents dead. Michael Malone, the young patrolman assigned to the case, discovers there’s more to the situation—and to Dani Flanagan herself—than the authorities care to explore. Malone is told to shut his mouth, and Dani is sent away to live with her spinster aunts in Cleveland.

Fifteen years later, Michael Malone is summoned to Cleveland to investigate a series of murders that have everyone stumped, including his friend and famed Prohibition agent Eliot Ness, now Cleveland’s director of safety. There, in a city caught in the grip of a serial killer, Malone’s and Dani’s paths cross once again.

Malone is drawn to Dani and her affinity for the dead and compassion for the destitute. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that she could help him solve his case. As terror descends on the city and Malone and Dani confront the dark secrets that draw them together, it’s a race to find the killer or risk becoming his next victims.



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I never expected Amy Harmon to write a police mystery, but alas I was once again swept by her amazing writing and wonderful characters. It had all these vibes from gangster movies paired with an age gap slow burn romance and two amazing characters I could not bring myself not to root for! Mickael and Dani!

Such an amazing story that kept you guessing and wondering who the real culprit was and adding in Dani's...power you would not be able to guess what would happen next. I also enjoyed the atmosphere Amy Harmon created in this book. The Years of Depression leading up to the Second World war in Cleveland and Chicago felt as if taken from a period film.

There is no book Amy writes that would not pull me into her story. She is a master storyteller who pulls your heartstrings and makes you fall in love with her characters.




About the author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in two dozen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl.

Amy Harmon has written eighteen novels including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her fantasy novel, The Bird and the Sword, was a Goodreads Book of the Year finalist. Her newest release, What the Wind Knows, is an Amazon charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com.
 

ARC Review: "Running Wild" (The Simple Wild #3) by K.A. Tucker


Running Wild by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the internationally bestselling author of The Simple Wild comes the story of a woman at a crossroads in her life, struggling between the safe route and the one that will only lead to more heartbreak.

Veterinarian Marie Lehr knows unrequited love all too well after pining for her best friend, only to watch him marry another woman. It’s a mistake she will never make again, especially not when she can practically hear the clock ticking on her childbearing years.

The trouble is, she can’t seem to find anyone who appeals to her even a fraction as much as that burly bush pilot did. Competitive musher Tyler Brady certainly doesn’t, especially not after the heated altercation with the handsome but arrogant, spiteful man.

Or so she thinks.

While volunteering at the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Marie discovers that first impressions may have been false, and her attraction to Tyler is very real. But his heart belongs to someone else, leaving him with nothing to offer but friendship. Marie’s been down this road before and knows how that ends. Yet, no matter how hard she works to keep from falling for Tyler, it seems she’s doomed to follow her own trail once again.
 




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I really loved going back to Alaska! Well...through the pages of a book at least and especially to revisit the amazing characters of K.A. Tucker!

We finally get Marie's story and through her voice, we found a deeper meaning to her feelings and how she actually felt through the different books. She is a vet and loves dogs but mostly she has a kind heart. When new musher Tyler comes to town to participate in the annual musher marathon they will start to get closer to each other and also deal with Marie's troubling family dynamics and Tyler's past.

I am a sucker for second chance stories and especially for characters who feel like they do not belong anywhere and fear they will be alone. In Marie's case, she spent yeat pinning over someone who never loved her more than a friend and now with Tyler she hopes that she'll have this chance.

This was a beautifully written book. K.A. Tucker knows how to make you travel through her books and I loved every second of reading this small gem.

 



About the author:
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.

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ARC Review: Insta-Family by Linda Kage


Insta-Family by Linda Kage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

LUCY GAMBLE, KNOCKED UP BY DYING MAN SHE GAVE SYMPATHY SEX, NOW MOVING ON TO HIS BIG BROTHER.

Have you ever tried to come up with a headline for your life? Well, mine’s so cringeworthy I can’t believe it’s actually my story...or a hundred percent true.

But honestly, how could I say no to the one-night-stand when he begged? Only a monster could deny someone their dying wish, right?

I mean, okay, getting pregnant from the encounter was a regrettable, irresponsible mistake; I can fully admit that.

Turning to his brother, however, was never part of the plan. Initially, I didn’t even like the guy.

Except Vaughn Merrill is a force to be reckoned with. He’s determined to be an “involved” uncle, and no matter how much I tell him he doesn’t have to be so helpful, he’s just so freaking helpful.

And gorgeous.

Plus not at all the ass I assumed he was. Then there’s this massive pain and grief and loneliness I see in his eyes. I just want to hug him constantly and give him the sense of family he so desperately needs.

So really, can you blame me for falling for the one man I know I shouldn’t? 



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For those of you who don't know, Linda Kage was one of the first authors I read when I first ventured into the contemporary genre. Before I found Colleen Hoover, it was Linda's books that made me appreciate the genre. For her first book "Forbidden Kiss" and after she built a whole generation of characters and their families whose children now I enjoy to read about in her new spin-off series.

Insta-Family follows Lucy one of the children from one of the first couples in her previous series (mainly from her book "To Professor with Love"), who finds herself in a tight predicament. She becomes pregnant and the man dies shortly after. But then Vaughn his brother, becomes entangled with the family in a sweet tale of grief, acceptance, love, and found family.

The pace is steady, there is a lot of fun times, humor, and deep emotion. Sure some misunderstandings could have been avoided but that is the beauty; it is so realistic it could easily be a Netflix series. I loved Lucy and Vaughn their romance bloomed beautifully and I liked how he had to face his emotions and grief over his brother's death along with the guilt he felt because he was left behind.

It is a sweet gem of a book and I can not wait for the rest of the series!




About the author:

Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, funner side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in that center around love and hope. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact than realism. She likes the drama and crazy, over-the-top plots that make you cry then laugh, get mad then sigh happily.

Published since 2010. Went through a 2-year writing correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children’s Literature. Then graduated with Bachelors in Arts, English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.

Now she lives with hubby, two daughters, cat Holly, and nine cuckoo clocks in southeast Kansas, USA. Farm girl. Parents were dairy farmers. Was youngest of eight. Big family. Day job as a cataloging library assistant.

Harry Potter House Gryffindor, Patronus White Stallion, character match Hagrid. Supernatural Team Dean. Game of Thrones Team Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. The Walking Dead Team Daryl. Outlander Team Jamie Fraser. Teen Wolf Team Stiles. Avenger Team Thor...or Hulk (can’t decide). Justice League Team Flash. Arrow Team Stephen Amell. Stranger Things obsessed. Heard Laurel, not Yanny.

Started out reading with the Baby-Sitters Club. Then moved to Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, and LaVyrle Spencer in high school. Now all over the place with her romance reading tastes.

Review: Aurora's End (The Aurora Cycle #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


Aurora's End by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

The squad you love is out of time. Prepare for the thrilling finale in the epic, best-selling Aurora Cycle series about a band of unlikely heroes who just might be the galaxy's last hope for survival.

Is this the end?
What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases, and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course.
Wait. . . . Not. So. Fast.
When we last saw Squad 312, they working together seamlessly (aka, freaking out) as an intergalactic battle raged and an ancient superweapon threatened to obliterate Earth. Everything went horribly wrong, naturally.
But as it turns out, not all endings are endings, and the te4am has one last chance to rewrite thirs. Maybe two. It's complicated.
Cue Zila, Fin, and Scarlett (and MAGELLAN!): making friends, making enemies, and making history? Sure, no problem
Cue Tyler, Kal, and Auri: uniting with two of the galaxy’s most hated villains? Um, okay. That, too.
Actually saving the galaxy, though?
Now that will take a miracle. 



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**contains spoilers from the previous books. You have been warned**

Our story picks up exactly from the horrible cliffhanger of the second book. With Finn, Zila, and Scarlet caught in an explosion, Aurora and Kal fighting for the galaxy's fate and Tyler trying to escape the creepy-plant zombie aliens along with Saedi.

A turn of events throws everyone into different directions and into discoveries they did not expect.
To be honest this whole book held me in its grip. It took me 4 hours to finish it and boy I wasn't disappointed. I knew that Jay Kristoff likes to torture us but Amie Kaufman tampers his tear-out-my-heart-feels. I enjoyed the plot, how everyone tried to save their world, even the plot twist that answered many questions since the first 2 books. I am pretty convinced that Magellan, the AI is Jay Kristoff because his snark and witty banter match him LOL.

And have no doubt I did cry a lot. The ending was amazing, despite the fact that I wanted Squad 312 altogether. I sincerely hope that the adaptation will be as faithful to the books as possible.

                               

And don't miss the other books of the series!


                                     

                                     



About the authors:

Jay Kristoff is a #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He is the winner of eight Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live.

He does not believe in happy endings.







Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library. She is the host of the podcasts Amie Kaufman on Writing, and Pub Dates.

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