Cover Reveal: "City of Darkness" (Underworld Gods #3) by Karina Halle


Welcome to the cover reveal of City of Darkness, the hotly-anticipated 3rd book in Karina Halle's Underworld Gods series, designed by Hang Le. This is a dark fantasy adult romance that's heavy on spice and based on spooky Finnish mythology, inspired by Beauty and the Beast and Labyrinth, with Hades and Persephone vibes. 

 City of Darkness releases January 30th 2023, which gives you plenty of time to start with book 1 River of Shadows, and book 2 Crown of Crimson, also available in KU.


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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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Review: "Raven Unveiled" (Fallen Empire #3) by Grace Draven

Raven Unveiled by Grace Draven
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

A woman with the gift to speak to the dead—and the assassin pursuing her—may be the only chance a crumbling empire has of holding back true evil, in this electrifying fantasy romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Siora has been on the run for longer than she cares to remember, from her past and her gift. Born with the ability to see and speak to ghosts, she has heard their desperate pleas as an otherworldly predator stalks the dead amid the fertile killing fields of the collapsing Krael Empire. The creature’s power and reach are growing with every soul it consumes, but Siora is preoccupied with her own troubles: namely an assassin who has sworn an oath of vengeance against her.

Gharek of Cabast was once the right-hand man of the reviled empress but is now a wanted fugitive. Although his reasons for hunting Siora are viscerally personal, what Gharek can’t anticipate is that when he finally does find her, she will hold the key to saving his world, or what’s left of it. To make good on old debts and protect the vulnerable dead from a malevolent force, Gharek and Siora will both need to make an ally out of an enemy—and trust that will be enough to save each other.



The final book of the Fallen Empire series takes across a war-torn crumbling world where a man seeks revenge against a woman whose eyes see more than they should.

The Krael Empire has fallen and Gharek, the now-burnt-to a crisp- Empress is seeking Siora the woman whom he had trusted with his daughter's caretaking and who to his eyes had betrayed his trust. Siora on the other hand has the ability to see ghosts and their pleas lead her toward an old abandoned city where a sinister force is seeking to devour everything both dead and alive.

As politics and danger bring both of them together they will need to put away their old feuds in favor of both saving their lives and that of the child they both care about.

I always enjoy Grace's writing, there is a strong sense of world-building and the characters are never lost in it. You can understand how their feeling affects those around them and the setting enhances those scenes. Gharek and Siora were amazing; both flawed both tortured by the past but both love so fiercely even if they do not want to admit it to each other. I enjoyed this book as much as I had the others. While for some plot-wise there is not much action there is this sense of urgency that drives them to beat this unseen enemy.

This was a very satisfying ending to a series that could easily be on par with other fantasy-based worlds of Empires, ruthless emperors, and people filled with magic who love fiercely. Definitely recommended


About the author:

Grace Draven is a Louisiana native living in Texas with her husband, kids and a big, doofus dog. She has loved storytelling since forever and is a fan of the fictional bad boy. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice for Best Fantasy Romance of 2014 and 2016, and a USA Today Bestselling author.

ARC Review: "A Light in the Flame" (Flesh and Fire #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book two in her Flesh and Fire series…

The only one who can save Sera now is the one she spent her life planning to kill.

The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm.

Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist.

And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.



I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review contains minor spoilers from previous books.

WARNING: It is best to read the series from Blood and Ash and then begin the prequel series as many points in the prequel series may make sense regarding the main books.

Oh boy...where to begin, where to begin. It took me close to two weeks to gather my thoughts on this book and find the guts to write a review that explains why I am still in a deep pit of feelings that no one can -still- understand and also try to not spoiler anything.

No pressure.

A Light in the Flame picks up shortly after the events of the first book, where Sera's true purpose is revealed and despite the distrust she gets from Nyktos's court...well she is right. Being brought up as a weapon and not a human being can cause lots of issues in any human psyche. And that is where we find Sera throughout the book.

On a gradual journey to uncover the mystery behind a way to save their world from the Rot, usurp Kolis, restore the balance between Life and Death, and not die in the process, all the while battling her feelings for Nyktos and trying to see the value in her own self through the eyes of others.

I loved the character development here. For it felt like the plot was going quite slowly but it was within those scenes that you could get hints of various plot crumbs here and there. I love Nektas the dude has no filter for a drakken and baby Jadis and Reaver were adorable. Did I also get some Rhysand-feels when I read about Nyktos transforming into...something? (insert anime screaming here).

And the battles were great too and very well described. Not to mention the....intimate moments *wink wink*

Another part I did get the chance to read about was Kolis's court. That Primal is indeed really nuts and crazy. Not to mention that by the time the ending was drawing near I became more and more anxious about what would happen because while the book was a gradual and steady development, the last chapters were a rollercoaster of emotions and revelations that left me crying.

The ending as mentioned was a cliffhanger and I am still not ok. Will I survive it? I survived Jennifer's Opal when it had first come out and that is a statement :P

Absolutely recommended and I can not wait for you to read it when it releases!

And don't miss the first book of the prequel series and the starting point of From Blood and Ash series

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.