June 8, 2016

Wednesday Wishes

Ah, that time of the year when only one book matters. The book that I've been lusting after is almost ready to be released.


Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Allegiance of Honor  (Psy-Changeling #15)Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: Psy-Changeling, book 15

The “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world...

The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

Yep! Especially since this one is the book that has multiple characters POV as the lead.

Ah, so magical.

June 6, 2016

Cover Coveting (8)

 
Cover art is found from Goodreads, Wicked Scribes, ATUF, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

I've been on a super K-drama binge lately. (Which is probably why I have no book on my currently reading shelf. I know, I'm super shocked as well.)

This season of Korean dramas are excellent. Beautiful Gong Shin, Mirror of the Witch, and Dear My Friends are currently my favorite. Lucky Romance isn't as great, but I'm warming up to it.


Darkness Savage by Rachel A Marks

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Darkness Savage  (The Dark Cycle #3) Series: The Dark Cycle, book 3

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult  

Shera’s thoughts:

It fits the series well and I  like the magical quality of the cover.

But their hands look super freaky.

Exo by Fonda Lee

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


exo by Fonda Lee Series: N/A 

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Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi

Shera’s thoughts:

First off I did immediately think of my beloved Exo band.

I really like this

Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Quanta Reset  (The Shadow Ravens #3) Series: The Shadow Ravens, book 3

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Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Shera’s thoughts:

Love this cover! It fits perfectly with the series and I love the more magical feel to this cover where the others just feel ghostly.

The hair looks awesome. Though I feel like it should be on fire not blowing, but hey.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


scythe Neal Shusterman Series: N/A 

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Genre: Young Adult Dystopian/Paranormal

Shera’s thoughts:

Simple is best. Man this is a looker. All the right kind of contrast and I love the red hues and cream.

Take the key and Lock her Up by Ally Carter

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row #3) Series: Embassy Row, book 3

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Genre: Young Adult Espionage/Spy

Shera’s thoughts:

Wow! That is a dramatic dress cover.

She started out with pants, went to a dress, and now the dresses are just getting bigger and bigger.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Bone Witch  (The Bone Witch #1) Series: The Bone Witch, book 1

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Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

First off this is a stunning cover. Secondly I have issues that the leads name is Tea.

*cough*

Like a said this cover is stunning and I love the overlay of the design with the artwork. The placement of the skull is perfect and takes the ethereal cover to a edgier place.

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Song Rising  (The Bone Season #3) Series: The Bone Season, book 3

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

This cover feels a bit out of place from the first two. I don't like this one as much as the first two.

Which look very beautiful, and despite the art being a bit "more" here it feels colder.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Thousandth Floor  (The Thousandth Floor #1) Series: The Thousandth Floor, book 1

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Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Shera’s thoughts:

This is so cool! I love that the "tower" is in the sky and that the building is disintegrating from the bottom.

The text is lovely.

June 2, 2016

Review: Sins & Shadows

Sins & Shadows (Shadows Inquiries, book 1) by Lyn Benedict

Sins & Shadows  (Shadows Inquiries #1)

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Paperback
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Sins & Shadows (1)

Sylvie Lightner is no ordinary P.I. She specializes in cases involving the unusual, in a world where magic is real-and where death isn't the worst thing that can happen to you.

But when an employee is murdered in front of her, Sylvie has had enough. After years of confounding the dark forces of the Magicus Mundi, she's closing up shop-until a man claiming to be the God of Justice wants Sylvie to find his lost lover.

And he won't take no for an answer.


Review:

Upon finishing Sins & Shadows it immediately hit me that something should have come before it. You know how you start up a first book of a series and this feeling creeps in that you've missed the short story. You know the one that launches the series. Well I got that feeling with Sins & Shadows. Except that I had missed the first two or three books prior to it. But no. Sins & Shadows is the first book in the series.

Despite that I could still follow along and I never felt myself lost. Why does this feel like a first book? Well there's a whole cast that has a history and we step right in the middle of the after affects of a huge moral changing event for the lead—Sylvie. Sylvie finds herself teetering on the verge of becoming a monster herself. The line of justice, vengeance, and helping the innocent without hurting them is being tiptoed. A beloved friend had died on a horrible case, and satanic creeps are after them. Not to mention world ending events lead Sylvie to Chicago on an adventure. Usually a move reserved for the 3rd of 4th book of a series, or even farther along.

Because of that I think it's off putting. You can't make the connection to the side characters because it's like a bunch of hit and runs here. No really most of the side characters that Sylvie interacts with are brief notes. Thus making her actions toward them and the characters themselves hard to care for. All you can see is how Sylvie treats the people in her life so horribly. You know there's a huge past and they should be important players in future books, but they're being ignored like they've already been developed.

There is a huge plus though. I admire a book willing to kill off the type of character that was brutally killed here. However, since we're told that Sylvie and that character had a past it felt cold. Not to mention that things weren't developed and the whole story isn't fully divulged. In fact, if the story would have started when they met I would have loved it. The events of this book would have had more impact as a book 3 or 4.

Overall I liked the lead and the Greek mythology presented here. The drama of the Gods and the immortality of both men and monsters was perfect. Not to mention that it wasn't just Greek mythology, angels with Christianity, Egyptian, and more! All of it is in this melting pot. They're aren't just Greek gods! And they're all aware of each other. It's all kind of hanging in some kind of crazy balance.

Considering the history already pack into this first book I'm looking forward to what else Shadows Inquiry series will bring. The mythology and world is original and gritty, getting a 5 stars from me on that front! The big reveals about Sylvie make me really curious as to what her new role will be. Also, I'm dying to see her in her city and with her people. She burned some bridges this book. Despite everything I still say this is a solid start. The world building is on point, and Sylvie is definitely one heck of a leading lady.

Sexual Content: Sexual humor, homo sexual themes, sexual abuse, talk of child molestation, and a sex scene. It's plenty dark, but things aren't overly explicit.

 

3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Sins & Shadows (1)
Ghosts & Echoes (2)
Gods & Monsters (3)
Lies & Omens (4)

Sins & Shadows (1)Ghosts & Echoes (2)
Gods & Monsters (3)
Lies & Omens (4)

Sins & Shadows (1)
Ghosts & Echoes (2)
Gods & Monsters (3)
Lies & Omens (4)

June 1, 2016

Wednesday Wishes

Watching Zoolander 2. Wow, they didn't miss a beat. *giggles* That perfume commercial.

This week's Wednesday Wishes I decided to go back into my Future Purchased shelf and see what books got lost in the pile.


Shadow Lands by Kate Brian

Shadowlands  (Shadowlands #1)Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Series: Shadowsland, book 1

Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection program. Entering the program alongside her, is her father and sister Darcy. The trio starts a new life and a new beginning leaving their friends and family behind without a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. Just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

Wow, I totally had forgotten about this one. To be honest reading the synopsis makes it sound contemporary not paranormal. But I double checked and some people are saying it is paranormal.

Skulk by Rosie Best

Skulk  (Skulk #1)Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Series: Skulk, book 1

When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shapeshifting fox and is given a beautiful and powerful stone, her life changes forever. She is plunged into the dark world of the Skulk, a group of shapeshifting foxes.

As she learns about the other groups of shapeshifters that lurk around London – the Rabble, the Horde, the Cluster and the Conspiracy – she becomes aware of a deadly threat against all the shapeshifters. They must put aside all their enmity and hostility and fight together to defeat it.

This time I know it's paranormal! Yeah! Can't believe I've forgotten about this one. It sounds and looks so good. Not to mention that it's shapeshifters and London.

May 31, 2016

Cover Coveting (7)

 
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***All cover art may not be final.***

As I type this I'm pondering the possibility that my chickens might in fact be chicken ninjas. A fantasy I have long entertained.

Well now I want them to just be regular cute silkies.


Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

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Arcana Rising  (The Arcana Chronicles #4) Series: The Arcana Chronicles, book 4

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Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Shera’s thoughts:

It's so pretty. And it gets me super pumped for what other Arcana cards will be introduced.

Darkest Night by Cate Tiernan

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Darkest Night  (Birthright #2) Series: Birthright, book 2

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Genre: Paranormal

Shera’s thoughts:

I don't feel like this cover fits the first book. In fact I'd say it was part of Need series by Carrie Jones instead.

It looks nice though.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Empire of Storms  (Throne of Glass #5) Series: Throne of Glass, book 5

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Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Honestly I thought I had already posted this! Oops.

I like it. She looks badass. Though I'm wondering if, and if so when, she gets turned totally white. Is she now albino?

Letter to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Letters to the Lost Series: N/A 

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Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Shera’s thoughts:

I am in love with the paper flowers!! Totally awesome.

The Burning Chaos by Melissa Giorgio

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Burning Chaos  (Smoke and Mirrors #2) Series: Smoke and Mirrors, book 2

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

I think it's a a lovely step up from the last cover. Great "burning" technique.

The Last Beginning by Lauren James

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Last Beginning  (The Next Together #2) Series: The Next Together, book 2

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Genre: Young Adult Time Travel

Shera’s thoughts:

At first I did not think this fit the first cover, but instead of color stripes it has color circle . . . stripes.

Cool idea.

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Last Harvest Series: N/A 

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Genre: Young Adult Horror

Shera’s thoughts:

Well the birds do inspire creepy thoughts.

May 25, 2016

Review: Struck

****Review copy received for an honest review.****

Struck (Phoebe Meadows, book 1) by Amanda Carlson

Struck  (Phoebe Meadows #1)

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Struck (1)

When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.

Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.

After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…


Review:

There is something undeniably addicting about Amanda Carlson's writing. Combine that with her new peppy lead, Phoebe Meadows, who is a new born Valkyrie and you've got a hit. Phoebe kind of reminds me of the FRIENDS Phoebe, not just because of the name but they both are quirky gals. Ones that I like. Though admittedly no one can be as quirky as the FRIENDS Phoebe and Phoebe Meadows is brighter.

I will say upfront that Struck reminds me a lot of Full Blooded. The plot, feel, and pacing is the same. Plot wise it's just shadowing, not copy and pasting. The feel is more like the flavor of an author's writing style, because Struck is admittedly more funny and lighthearted. Though there are plenty of dark elements and themes. Pacing is fast and a wild ride that Carlson is well known for.

Phoebe annoyed me at first, but she quickly grew on me. She's a book bestie now. As she ventures through the realms and comes into her powers I couldn't not like her! Phoebe is hilarious, fun, sweet, and genuine. She's not magically a bad ass. She fumbles, learns, and grows. Which, with the books I've been reading lately, is something I greatly appreciate.

The male love interest was pretty awesome. He's alpha and polite. Well most of the time. I had a few issues with some of his ideas about Phoebe and her blade. (Not some kind of pun.) I feel like Carlson didn't over do it. Fen is relatable and you understand what motivates his actions.

Struck, to me, has enough Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance elements to please fans of both. I love the quirkiness of the story and humor. Not to mention the mythology of the world is steeped in Norse lore, but has Carlson's own magic touches. Oh, my gosh! The characters. I won't spoil anything but I can't wait to meet other mythological creatures/beings of Norse lore. Finally I have a Valkyrie story to look forward to. For years I've been waiting for someone to write a book/series that I would like with Valkyries as leads. (I was starting to think that Valkyries were cursed/jinxed for me.) I look forward to the rest of the books in the Phoebe Meadows series. Not to mention the twists and turns of the plot! Yeah!

Sexual Content: Yeah, I'd say so. Sexual humor, talk about torture and rape. Nothing too scary.

 
4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Struck (1) 

Struck (1)

Struck (1)

May 23, 2016

Urban Fantasy, Gone Self-Pub Part 2

 

Here we are again. Ff you missed my first post and explanation of self pub you can click here.

This will be my last post—for now—for my Urban Fantasy, Gone Self-Pub feature.


Jenna BlackDivine Descendant  (Nikki Glass #4)

Red Hot Rain (Nikki Glass, book 4) 

Grab them: Amazon| Goodreads

Is this author going Self pub/indie or small?

Self published!

Important information or news?

To be quite honest I can't find an official post, and I'm not that handy at twitter. There's a goodreads page, a cover, an amazon preoder for 1.99, and both sites confirm May 16th, 2016 as the release date.

So that makes me keep the faith. I hope this bad boy sells well. I've pre-ordered. If it goes well I'm praying for Faeriewalker and Morgan Kingsley to get a revival.

What do we think of the cover(s)?

It fits the series perfectly! I like that the woman's hair is a different style, more wavy. Also that Nikki has her back turned away. (In my mind it's very symbolic.) the cover fits perfectly into the series! Bravo! 

Dark Descendant  (Nikki Glass #1)Deadly Descendant  (Nikki Glass #2)Rogue Descendant  (Nikki Glass #3)

Lisa ShearinWedding Bells, Magic Spells  (Raine Benares #7)

Wedding Bells, Magic Spells (Raine Benares, book 10)

Grab them: Amazon| Goodreads

Is this author going Self pub/indie or small?

Self published.

Important information or news?

Officially released February of 2016!

Okay, okay. This is High Fantasy more than Urban Fantasy. However, I'm interested in this series, it appeals to UF fans, and—hey—I couldn't help myself.

I'd really like to know how it sold, and if the author is encouraged to continue the series. Hmmm, it looks like it's priced at $7.99.

Black's book above is set at $1.99 for a pre-order. Man my need to get a conscis on which sells more, and if the higher or lowever priced books wins is tickling my brain.

What do we think of the cover(s)?

filler

Magic Lost, Trouble Found  (Raine Benares #1)Armed & Magical  (Raine Benares #2)The Trouble with Demons  (Raine Benares #3)Bewitched & Betrayed  (Raine Benares #4)Con & Conjure  (Raine Benares #5)All Spell Breaks Loose  (Raine Benares #6)

Cornelia Funkereckless the golden yarn

The Petrified Flesh (Reckless, book 1)
Living Flesh (Reckless, book 2)
The Golden Yarn (Reckless, book 3)

Grab them: Amazon| Goodreads

Is this author going Self pub/indie or small?

Self published.

Important information or news?

Self-pub, however, I think it's just for the English release of her books. Apparently she refused to make the suggested changes that the American publisher wanted her to make.

After reading this article about that changes the publishers wanted her to make, all I have to say is bravo to her for sticking up for herself.

It's always annoyed me how foreign things are edited so that they are more appealing or less shocking to an English speaking audience. Stop it!

She will be publishing them through her own publishing company, Breathing Books.

What do we think of the cover(s)?

Well first off the fact that the titles are sooooooo different makes it so tough to search and find! The first books are Reckless, Fearless, and The Golden Yarn. However, now the all say Reckless and then have whole new titles! At least the Golden Yarn is The Golden Yarn no matter what. (Now that I've looked for the proper links I think it means the US version series name is Reckless? Either way it's really hard and I'm wondering if it has something to do with rights.)

Now about the art. I LOVE it! Way better than any of the other releases.

reckless the petrified fleshreckless living shadows

Ilona Andrewsone fell sweep  (Innkeeper Chronicles #1)

Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, book 1)
Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, book 2)
One Feel Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, book 3)
 

Grab them: Amazon| Goodreads

Is this author going Self pub/indie or small?

Self Published.

Important information or news?

The series, and each book, actually started as a free online serial. Readers can actually leave comments to the authors, and chapters/parts are released periodically.

Then when they're done with the book, they self pub it. But the serials still stay up for free online. I think it's awesome, and it happens to be one of my favorite series from the pair.

What do we think of the cover(s)?

So no cover for book 3 yet. However, I've always enjoyed the art. I get why people don't like it, but it looks much better to me than some of the covers they've had for their other series. Way better. Besides Sweep in Peace's cover is lovely.

Clean Sweep  (Innkeeper Chronicles #1)Sweep in Peace  (Innkeeper Chronicles #2)

Erica HayesDemon Chained the shadowfae chronicles erica hayes

Demon Chained (Shadowfae Chronicles, book 5) 

Grab them: Amazon| Goodreads

Is this author going Self pub/indie or small?

Self published.

Important information or news?

There really hasn't been any news on this series whether it officially wrapped up the series or not. Or if Demon Chained wrapped it up.

It's been since 2013 so I'm not sure if any more go out.

What do we think of the cover(s)?

Some people have thought this cover is smoking . . . but there is something off about the guy's chest.

Shadowfae  (The Shadowfae Chronicles #1)Shadowglass  (The Shadowfae Chronicles #2)Poison Kissed  (The Shadowfae Chronicles #3)Blood Cursed  (The Shadowfae Chronicles #4)

Lara Adrian Defy the Dawn  (Midnight Breed #14)

Midnight Breed Series 

Grab them: Amazon| Goodreads

All right I'm tired, so I'm phoning this one in. This series has moved to self pub at some point. And the covers are pretty consistent so you can't tell when it went self pub that way. Overall I've heard really great things from fans of the series about it.