Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What Are You Reading Wednesday? 6/20/18

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Waiting on Wednesday: June 20, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

38474009Crown of Thunder (Beasts Made of Night #2)

In the sequel to the acclaimed Beasts Made of Night, Taj has escaped Kos, but Queen Karima will go to any means necessary—including using the most deadly magic—to track him down.

Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima’s dark magic continues to descend on the city. Taj must return, but first he needs a plan.

With Arzu’s help, Taj and Aliya make it to the village of her ancestors, home of the tastahlik—sin-eaters with Taj’s same ability to both battle and call forth sins. As Taj comes to terms with his new magic, he realizes there are two very different groups of tastahlik—one using their powers for good, the other for more selfish ends.

Aliya is struggling with her own unique capabilities. She’s immersed in her work to uncover the secret to Karima’s magic, but her health begins to mysteriously deteriorate. With the help of a local western mage, Aliya uncovers her true destiny—a future she’s not sure she wants.

As Taj and Aliya explore their feelings for each other and Arzu connects with her homeland, the local westerners begin to question Taj’s true identity. Karima is on his heels, sending dark warnings to the little village where he’s hiding. Taj will have to go back and face her before she sends her mostly deadly weapon—Taj’s former best friend, Bo.

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Top 5 Covers – Green, Blue and Purple edition!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ bionicbookwormblog

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Blog Tour: GIDEON AND THE CRIMSON SAMURAI

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GIDEON AND THE CRIMSON SAMURAI
R.L. Baxter
Gideon and the Crimson Samurai
Series: Gideon and the Crimson Samurai Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Ricky Lee Baxter
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
A timeless tale about friendship, family and betrayal
Gideon Joust is your average twelve-year-old boy, with all the growing insecurities one would expect, following the mysterious disappearance of his father. On one fateful day, the boy’s world is turned upside down – leading to a chance encounter with a brash child warrior: Kibishi the Crimson Samurai.

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REVIEW:

This book was such an interesting read! Written in play format, we follow Gideon Joust, a normal 12-year-old boy as he seeks answers to his father’s disappearance.  Upon meeting Kibishi, a warrior, Gideon find himself on a life-changing adventure!

Along the way Gideon meets both friends and foes, all in the pursuit of answers about his father. The play format is unique, and makes this story interesting, playing out before the reader.

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Follow the book tour from June 13 – 26, 2018.
Join us and visit each tour stop daily and discover more features, excerpts, reviews, interviews, fun facts and more! To check the latest tour schedule, visit the Gideon and the Crimson Samurai Book Page at Book Unleashed.

EXCERPT:

Meanwhile, after some time, covering a surprisingly large distance, the timid boy stumbles into an open area filled with stone floor and fragmented temples. Many half broken statues, bearing images of horrific creatures can be seen, still standing as though they were once worshipped. Clover sits to his knees among the abandoned ruins, crying amidst the eerie night.
Clover: (Gideon has his father, Kibishi has his job to do and Albion has his family elsewhere, but what do I have? The only thing I want to do is stay together – forever. If going to Valero means to leave Gideon’s side, I would rather stay in this big old forest for the rest of my life. Why don’t they understand, I don’t even know who I am. What will I do with myself once I am all alone?)

At that moment, Clover hears footsteps coming from behind. He turns around to see Gideon standing with the adult tiger – white as snow. The young boy shows a stern face as he looks upon Clover who now twiddles his fingers.
Gideon: Clover… what on earth are you doing, running so far away from the rest of us? Don’t you know it is dangerous to go off on your own?
Clover: Gideon, what are you doing here with Ramza?

The blonde haired boy strokes the feline while answering the worried boy.
Gideon: Ramza is accompanying me while I look for you and bring you back! The sad boy rises to his feet before stepping backward, refusing Gideon.
Clover: No, I won’t return. You’re only going to leave me alone in the end. You heard what Albion said about us all disbanding. When I tried to talk to you all about it, none of you disputed it. It feels like nobody cares – at all.

Gideon is slow to reply as he strolls towards Clover.
Gideon: Listen to me… Clover. We all care about each other and I’m sure none of us want to split up. I too wish we could all stay together – in some way. However, the realities of our situations are so complicated, it can’t be helped. Albion is not even from this land, stumbling here by accident and plans to return home with his brothers – once they’re found. Kibishi is only aiding me on my journey, yet he has his own vendetta against the Tetsue Empire who is keeping someone dear to him held captive. Finally my whole reason for travelling in the first place was to meet my father. We all have our own reasons that drive us forward. Unfortunately, they do not all coincide with one another.
Clover: But what if you don’t have any reason like that? The only thing I remember was being rescued by you. Now I have to face the prospect of being alone, without even knowing my past. Won’t you let me stay with you and your father?

Leaning against the side of a stonewall, Gideon replies while looking up at the twinkling stars.
Gideon: That would be nice and I am quite sure my father wouldn’t mind at all, however I would be lying if I told you that your presence wouldn’t attract bad attention.

 

Other Books by R.L. Baxter

Check out the other books in the Gideon and the Crimson Samurai series by R.L. Baxter.
Savior
Savior (Book Two)
Thanks to Kibishi’s help, Gideon was able to know the truth of his father. However, before they have time to accept his fate, Kenoke appears – bringing to light a sinister ambition.
Buy Link: Amazon

About R.L. Baxter

R.L. Baxter

Ricky Baxter is the author of Gideon and the Crimson Samurai and a slew of short novellas. He is an avid blogger, giving advice and thoughts to fellow creators from all walks of life. Currently he lives in Tokyo Japan, where he writes and blogs. Starting out as a composer since graduating with a Ba(Hons) in music and multimedia, Ricky worked for many independent short film directors, gaining notable IMDB credits . Since then, he has embraced his earlier passion of writing fictional stories.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday’s Spotlight: The Initiation (Lock and Key #1)

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Bestselling author of Peter and the Starcatchers and the Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson reimagines the origins of the epic rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty. Set in modern times and focusing on Moriarty’s bone-chilling beginnings, this middle grade mystery-adventure series will upend everything you thought you ever knew about Sherlock Holmes—and the true nature of evil.

In the pantheon of literature’s more impressive villains, Sherlock Holmes’s greatest nemesis, James Moriarty, stands alone. As Sir Arthur Conan Doyle describes him in the classic tale “The Final Solution,” Moriarty is a genius, a philosopher, and a spider in the center of his web. He is the Napolean of crime—and now, for the first-time ever, New York Times bestselling novelist Ridley Pearson explores the origins of his evil ways.

Our story begins when James and his younger sister, Moria, are unceremoniously sent off to boarding school at Baskerville Academy. It is not a fate either want or welcome—but generations of Moriarty men have graduated from Baskerville’s hallowed halls. And now so too must James. It’s at Baskerville where James is first paired with a rather unexpected roommate—Sherlock Holmes. The two don’t get along almost instantly, but when the school’s heirloom Bible goes missing and cryptic notes with disconcerting clues start finding their way into James’s hands, the two boys decide that they must work together to solve a mystery so fraught with peril, it will change both their lives forever!

It’s another seat-of-your-pants mystery from the bestselling author of Peter and the Starcatchers and The Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson.

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

ARC Review: Song of the Current

31450960Song of the Current (Song of the Current #1)

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

*I received a copy from the publisher thanks to NetGalley for review. This does not affect my review.*

I actually started this book twice. The first time I only read a few pages, but life got in the way, and I put it down. Why? From early on, I knew this book was going to draw me in, and I wanted to be able to read it without worrying about distractions. So when I started it again this year, as predicted, I loved the adventure!

I loved the characters in this one, and enjoyed the character growth as well. Caroline, is a strong female lead, but even she has some doubts about who she is, something that is a recurring theme in this story. From birth the Oresteia line are meant to be wherrymen, blessed by the god at the bottom of the river. Only…she hasn’t heard the calling.

Likewise, Tarquin knew from birth that he only served one purpose…only that changed the day he was forced to fell his family home. Now he is on the run with Caro as they discover their fate as well as a sense of purpose.

While I love the action, adventure, romance, and of course pirates, I’ll admit, my favorite part of this story it the lore and gods of the story. The mythology is unique and yet it fits perfectly with the characters and world created in this story.

Blitz: Dark Pleasures

 

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Paranormal, Fantasy Romance
Date Published: June 15, 2018
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Devlin Sinclair, the New England Dark Ones’ Hunter, is on a mission to track down the elusive and mysterious Medusa, perhaps the ultimate nemesis the Pure and Dark Ones have been battling in recent years.
But he can’t do it alone.
Grace Darling has isolated herself from the world since a very young age, after her parents’ death and because of her own social disability. Awkward and brilliant, a born sensualist, Grace agrees to a blind date that changes the course of Destiny.
She has the skills he needs.
Their chemistry is off the charts, but will she, can she give him the love he craves?
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Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!
The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.
Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)
She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has had a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.
Aja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master’s degrees, one of which is in East Asian Studies.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Cover Reveal: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)

Today Mallory McCartney and Rockstar
Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for RENEGADE, her
new Adult Fantasy Romance which releases July 3, 2018! Check out the awesome
cover and enter the giveaway!
On to the reveal! 
 
 
Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
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Find it: Goodreads
See where Black Dawn Rebellion was born
in this prequel!
Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Emory Fae enjoys
leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome
soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked
away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden
world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost
heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a
dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.
With both men being
darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long
dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans,
love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.
Some things are better
left in the shadows.
Exclusive Excerpt!


Exhaling, the prince took him off guard as he lifted his eyebrow. “What I
don’t understand is how the Faes have achieved such loyalty. What did they do?”

He chewed his bottom lip as he hopped over a fallen tree
trunk. He looked to Marquis. “They were the dreamers in a time when culture,
creativity, and equality were being butchered. The Academy was the foundation
of that dream, for desolates, for the people with weaker abilities. For
everyone. The people of Kiero followed Roque because they can’t fear him, they
can only admire him. How brave he was for standing up to his father, for
breaking free of his reign to start his own.”
Marquis chewed his lip. “It sounds like you have a different
opinion of him.”
He threw out his hands. “I was born at the Academy. Raised
in the Academy. Who am I to doubt the intentions of the Faes? They are
practically family.”
Shrugging, Marquis cooed, “Sometimes it is the ones closest
to us that betray us first.”
About Mallory:

 

 
Mallory
McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two
dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series.
When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog
grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve
reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and
dessert shops. 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will receive an eBook
of RENEGADE, International.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Top 5 Covers – Red, Orange, and Yellow edition!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ bionicbookwormblog

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So, this was last week’s topic, but since I did Top Ten Tuesday I forgot to check the Top 5 Tuesday topics. (Oops XD) For this topic, I’m doing 10 instead of 5, because there are just so many amazing covers!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

My Monday: 6/11/18

It’s Monday again! I’ve been doing some housework and trying to help my mom get the house cleaned up this weekend. I also called Vocational Rehab last week, and have a meeting tomorrow with someone who is going to help me get a job. I’m super nervous about it, since I don’t know what to expect, but I’m hoping all goes well.

I also have an appointment with my counselor who advised I contact Vocational Rehab last month. I’m worried about getting a job, since I technically live with my grandma in an apartment, but I’ve been staying with my mom to help with my Bipolar I & anxiety treatment after working the holidays and getting super unstable. (I also have Asperger, but insurance refused to pay for the testing.) I don’t drive (yet) and my grandma can’t drive anymore either, so it’s super hard for me to get a job because I don’t have a way to work when I’m at the apartment, but my grandma doesn’t want to move (she’s 70, and has a lot of trouble getting around, and almost never leaves the house.) but it’s an income based apartment, so I have to tell them if I get a job, and we might end up kicked out. We will also loose Food-Stamps, but we currently don’t get enough to feed both of us. We need about $180 a month for both of us, but they are only giving us $120, that’s a big difference, and we also both have medical bills to worry about.

Another thing is, when I’m with my mom, I also have to deal with my step-dad. He’s super unstable, so one day he’s fine with me, and then all of a sudden, he hates me and wants me gone. The problem with this is, if my grandma looses our apartment, I won’t have anywhere to go if I have to leave.

I was kicked out at 18, and forced to live in a homeless shelter for a while, then had to go to a school I really couldn’t afford, and eventually got kicked out because I wasn’t able to cover tuition, and didn’t have a job. We get along better now, but it’s still really touch and go, and I never know what to expect. That said, my mom is the only one who truly understands me, and the only one who can help me when I’m unstable. Both my grandma and step-dad just think I’m a spoiled brat, and acting out, when I get to a point when I need my meds adjusted, and need their understanding.

So a lot is riding on this week, but I’m hoping that everything works out.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday’s Spotlight: The Liberty Box

 

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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  93 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancee and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie.

Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom.

Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?

Friday, June 8, 2018

ARC Review: Carnival Magic

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This companion to Castle In the Mist features a mysterious carnival, an ominous psychic, and a wind that whisks Tess and Max away from their vacation in South Devon, England. Which fantastical world will they find this time?

Tess and Max are back in England for another summer with their Aunt Evie–this time by the seashore in South Devon. And they’re incredibly excited about the travelling carnival that’s come to town. There are rides, games, acrobats, The House of Mirrors–and even a psychic, with a beautiful wagon all her own.

In a visit to the psychic’s wagon, while Tess is being hypnotized, the wagon seems to move. Before Tess can shake herself out of the hypnosis, before Max can do anything, they seem to be travelling–along with the rest of the carnival–too quickly for the two of them to jump out. But where are they going and what awaits them? Will they be caught in a world different from their own? And do the Baranova twins, acrobats who miss their sister almost as much as Tess and Max miss their family, hold the keys to the mystery?

Internationally bestselling author Amy Ephron returns with a companion novel to The Castle in the Mist and creates a magical tale filled with adventure, mystery, fantasy, family, and fun.

Praise for Carnival Magic

“Full of wonder and real-life enchantment, Amy Ephron’s Carnival Magic is a charming adventure that will make a believer out of anyone!” –Rachel Vail, author of Well, That Was Awkward and the Friendship Ring series.

Review:

*I received a copy from the publisher for review. This does not affect my review.*

I had high hopes for this book…Perhaps too high? I haven’t read the first book, though after reading this, I plan to, but the blurb sounded interesting. After reading some of the praise for The Castle in the Mist, I couldn’t wait to start this one.

It started slow, and I never really connected with the characters. Normally I would chock this up to it being a middle-grade book, but I’ve read quite a few middle-grade, and didn’t have a problem connecting with characters. This one just seemed…over simplified? As if the children reading were unable to draw conclusions of their own while reading.

I also never felt anything, from the first moment when Tess visits the zoo, and meets the tiger cub, throughout the story, I admit I was curious as to what would happen, but I never really cheered on the characters, or feared for their safety, or even felt saddened then they parted ways again.

That said, I did enjoy some of the side characters. Alexei, Anna, Tara, and Julian were all interesting, and I did care what happened to them, but still not enough to fall in love with this book.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday- Series I May Pick Back Up

Top Ten Tuesday was created by  The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.

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This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. There are a lot of series I would like to finish that I put down for various reasons over the years, and just haven’t picked back up. Some were new series that the newer books weren’t published yet when I got to them, while others are older series that I started, and haven’t had time to finish.

Wheel of Time

I started this series years ago, and really enjoyed the first two books, but never picked up book 3. It’s been so long, I’ll have to do a reread of the first two, but when I first read them, it took me close to a month to read each of them, so I’ve been putting it off do to time constraints.

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Warriors I started these as a teenager and read up until The Last Hope, but at the time, the other books weren’t published, and I just haven’t picked up the new books.

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Redwall I got almost halfway though this series, but we stopped going to the library where I found out about these books, and I haven’t picked them back up yet. I now own almost half of them though, so I hope to read them soon.

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Lord of the Rings I own these, and loved the first, so I’m really not sure why I haven’t finished this series yet.

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The Heroes of Olympus

OK, so this isn’t a continuation, but a new series. Still it’s set in the same world as Percy Jackson, so I’m putting it here. I’ve read all the Percy Jackson series, and the first book of the Kane Chronicles, but the other books weren’t out yet last time I read his work.

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Wolves of the Beyond I loved Ga’hoole, and enjoyed this spin-off series, but like some of the others, this series was new when I started it, and I just haven’t picked up the new books yet.

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The Gatekeepers I read all but the last book in this series, and I remember I had to wait two years for this to come out. At the time, I wasn’t used to waiting for new books, so I thought that was forever! Little did I know some people have, and still are, waiting for books 5+ years later!

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The Heir Chronicles I actually, until recently, thought that this series was a trilogy. I loved the first three books, but after The Dragon Heir, I didn’t realize there were more books coming.

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The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids I’ve heard the rest of this series isn’t as good as the first book, but I still plan to read the read of the series at some point.

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The Ties That Bind This series I actually read backwards. I read book 3.5 without reading the rest of the series, but after reading that novella, I am super excited to read this series!

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Dragons of Starlight I love this series so much! Again I finished book 2 before the next book came out.

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So that’s my list. Have you read any of the books listed? What are some series you plan to continue?

 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sunday’s Spotlight: Onyx and Ivory

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

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

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

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

ARC Review: The Last Namsara

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In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Review:*I received an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. This does not affect my review.*

This one really grew on me. When I started it, it was kind of slow, and I wasn’t completely sure what was happening, but the more I read, the more it started to make sense. And like many of the books I’ve read lately, this is one of those books that it’s best to go in knowing next to nothing, allowing the story to unfold as you read.

The characters were well written, and I really enjoyed reading their story. Where Asha and Roa had to grow on me, I instantly liked Dax and Torwin, and Safire. I also loved the dragons and the stories. The lore is so beautiful, and entrancing.

The only thing I didn’t care for was the fact that the story took about 30% to really draw me in. While I was interested before that, I was kind of meh in parts, and didn’t really understand what was going on, which as I read on, made sense, but made it hard to really care for anything that happened up to that point, even though the beginning was laying the groundwork for the rest of the story.

Book Lovers’ Tag

Book Lovers’ Tag

From: bookponderer.blogspot.com

1. Do you have a specific place for reading?

I normally read in bed, but as long at it’s quiet, I can read almost anywhere.

2. Bookmarks or a Random Piece of Paper? 

 Haha, I normally use library receipts, since most physical  books I read are from the library. Oddly enough, I collect bookmarks though I rarely use them in books XD

3. Can you just stop anywhere or do you need to finish a chapter?

I can stop almost anywhere…unless something big just happened, then I have to know! I used to only stop on a chapter, but after reading some books where each chapter ended in a cliffhanger…well, I just had to read a little more. Now if I can tell things about building-up, and I need to stop soon, I stop before things get to a point where I have to read on.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

No, I sometimes drink water, but that’s all.

5. Music or TV while reading?

Nope. If it’s part of an audiobook I don’t mind, but I often need silence when reading. I get distracted super fast, so I end up reading the same line over and over without really understanding what I’m reading, or get so focused on the TV/music that I stop reading. Though I have listened to movie scores and instrumentals while writing before.

6. One book at a time or several?

Lol…Um, I am notorious for starting books, then starting another book if the first doesn’t grab my attention right away. I often read a little of a few I wanted to read until one starts to pick up, and fully grabs my attention.
 
7. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

At home. While I can read in a dr. office or other quiet place, I am introverted, and have anxiety that makes it hard for me to focus and relax when I am away from home.

8. Read out loud or silently?

Silently. I’m a super slow reader, and have always struggled with reading. I often stumble over words, and mispronounce names and other words when reading out loud. Still I do read out loud sometimes to my little brother.
 
9. Do you read ahead or skip the pages?

Not often, though some books I do read the last line, but I try to avoid skipping ahead. That said, if a big reveal is on the same page as I’m reading, I’ve skimmed for answers before.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

While most of the time I read on Kindle now, I always try to keep my books like new.

 
11. Do you write in your books?

I don’t write in print books, but again, as I often read on Kindle I’m always highlighting things.

Since this is another old tag, I won’t tag anyone, but if you want to do it, I tag you! Feel free to post a link in the comments so I can see your answers 🙂