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March New Releases We're Dying to Read!

Karina:
Love Hacked was awesome as you all know! I admit I'm waiting most of all for Roni Loren and Kit Rocha, ladies, but otherwise this s it for me in March. What are you waiting for?

Vika:
Oh! I'm very excited that Love Hacked will be out in March! And I am looking forward to learning of Lily's new adventures in Chasing the Green Fairy. Also on my list, Panic by Lauren Oliver. 

Urban Fantasy Novella Joint Review: The Bronze Blade by Elizabeth Hunter

The Bronze Blade by Elizabeth Hunter (Elemental World)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
"You may call me Tenzin, if you like."

A girl. A mother. A slave. A monster. A survivor. Descended into madness. Forged in fire and darkness, she became one of the fiercest warriors the immortal world had ever known.

But in the beginning, there was a girl.

THE BRONZE BLADE is a novella of approximately 100 pages.

WARNING: The Bronze Blade contains scenes of graphic violence and abuse, and is recommended for adult readers only.

Amazon kindle US($2.99)/UK(£1.86) | Smashwords

9/10

9/10

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Vika:
Absolutely heartbreaking but beautifully done, Elizabeth Hunter delivers another great story for the fans of the Elemental World series.

Tenzin is one of the most enigmatic characters of the series; her history and especially the story of her making were only ever alluded to before, and this novella is a true treat for the fans. Chilling and violent, The Bronze Blade is a dark tale.

Reading it, I was both anxious and anguished, even though I knew Tenzin will persevere. What did you think K.?

Steampunk Romance Review: Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy (Shadows of Asphodel #1)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
When Ardis discovers a man bleeding to death on the battlefield, she knows she has to walk away.

1913. In her work as a mercenary for Austria-Hungary, Ardis has killed many men without hesitation. One more man shouldn’t matter, even if he manages to be a charming bastard while he stands dying in the snow.

But when he raises the dead to fight for him, she realizes she must save his life.

If a necromancer like Wendel dies, he will return as a monster—or so the rumors say. Ardis decides to play it safe and rescues him. What she doesn’t expect is Wendel falling to one knee and swearing fealty. Ardis never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer, but it’s too late now.

Ardis and Wendel forge an uneasy alliance underscored with sexual tension. Together, they confront rebels, assassins, and a conspiracy involving a military secret: robotically-enhanced soldiers for a world on the brink of war. But as Ardis starts to fall for Wendel, she realizes the scars from his past run more deeply than she ever imagined. Can Ardis stop Wendel before his thirst for revenge destroys him and everyone else around him?

Amazon  UK | Amazon kindle US/UK

8.5/10

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First of all, Karen Kincy is definitely favored by cover gods! Even the first cover for this book was wonderful. The second one is just more to the point.

Secondly, I don't know why it took me so long to read it. First chapter was a bit of a struggle, but then I got right into it.

Easy, adventurous, clever dieselpunk fantasy which by its tandem of a necromancer and a mercenary strongly reminded me of Melanie Card's fantasy series.

The Postman Knock #67

It's been sunny!!!
That's all the news I've got for today.
We are planting, and I've made another batch of orange marmalade, but today we have guests.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend too!

READ:


SHADOWPLAY was lovely. I think I've enjoyed it even more than book #1. Overall this is a very good YA fantasy, peeps. A VAMPIRE IN EDINBURGH was a short, fun novella about my favorite duo from Tracey Sinclair's UF series, - Cain and Laclos. Yummy! I was lucky with WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT as well. It was all so Moulin Rouge-like, bright and sparkly!

FOR REVIEW:


The Golden Apple thanks to Michelle Diener! I'm not allowed to reveal the cover yet, but it's pretty :)  Thanks to Jolly Fish Press for Citadels of Fire, which is Russian historical fiction and because of that intrigues me greatly.

FROM NETGALLEY/EDELWEISS:

Yes! I've been keeping fingers crossed to get approved for new Kylie Chan's book. Thank you, Harper Voyager, I love this series!

BOUGHT:


New Sara King is out, and I only found out about it accidentally. Peeps, she is only one of the best sci-fi authors I know! On the other hand, After The Curtain Falls is about a magical circus. Yes, please!

This is it for today.
Happy Sunday!

Friday Mini-Reviews #19: Roni Loren, Madelynne Ellis & Ian McDonald

Loving on The Edge Series by Roni Loren

bought
18+ only

Synopsis from Goodreads
Brynn LeBreck has dedicated herself to helping women in crisis, but she never imagined how personal her work would get, or where it would take her. Her younger sister is missing, suspected to be hiding from cops and criminals alike at a highly secretive BDSM retreat-a place where the elite escape to play out their most extreme sexual fantasies. To find her, Brynn must go undercover as a sexual submissive. Unfortunately, The Ranch is invitation only. And the one master who can get her in is from the darkest corner of Brynn's past.

Brynn knows what attorney Reid Jamison is like once stripped of his conservative suit and tie. Years ago she left herself vulnerable only to have him crush her heart. Now she needs him again. Back on top. And he's all too willing to engage. But as their primal desires and old wounds are exposed, the sexual games escalate-and so does the danger. Their hearts aren't the only things at risk. Someone else is watching, playing by his own rules. And his game could be murder.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK(£2.99) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond

 

8.5/10

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I can't recommend this series enough, peeps! Lovely, intelligent, emotional and very hot. If you ever read Masters of Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair, this has a similar set up, but in my opinion is written better. Melt Into You and Caught Up in You are two of my favorite novels. Especially, the last one, because the main character is a geek at heart who tries to replay Pretty Woman's ending to conquer his girl's heart. *grinning* Thoroughly recommended.
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Милая, романтичная и очень эмоциональная серия эротических романов, друзья. Я обнаружила для себя Рони Лорен совсем недавно и перечитала всё, что она написала, потому как она ну очень хороша! Эта серия напоминает Мастеров Шэдоулэнд Чериз Синклэйр, только по-моему написана гораздо лучше, эмоциональнее и умнее. Очень рекомендую.


Dark Designs by Madelynne Ellis

bought
18+ only

Synopsis from Goodreads
Remy Davies is under pressure, as the designer for an opulent gothic wedding. There's the over-stressed bride, a trinity of vampire-obsessed bridesmaids, a wayward groom, and then there's the best man . . . Silk looks like he's been drawn by a manga artist; beautiful, exotic, and with a predatory sexuality. Remy has to have him, in her bed and between the pages of her new catalogue. Remy is about to launch herself into the alternative fashion world, and Silk is going to sell it for her whether he knows it or not. But Silk is nobody's toy, and for all his androgyny, he's determinedly heterosexual. Pity, since Remy's biggest fantasy is to see him making out with her Japanese biker, sometime boyfriend, Takeshi.
Amazon  US | Amazon kindle US/UK(£2.99)

7.5/10

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Madelynne Ellis is another very talented erotic romance author, whose backlist I'm slowly reading through. This book was way too much fun! The main heroine was tailoring a big Gothic wedding in an honest-to-God British castle. She was also fascinated by manga, and between Takeshi, one of her models, and Silk, the best man, she didn't know where to lay her eyes, this was such a manlicious feast! Of course, it was all also decadent, shallow and crazy, but Miss Ellis just had to have a bit of a laugh about all those Gothic cultural extremes. Enjoyed it and recommend it!
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 Я уже упоминала некоторые из эротических романов Маделин Эллис, и то, насколько мне нравится её стиль. Вот и эта книга меня не подвела. Главная героиня - свадебный дизайнер, одевающая большую готичную свадьбу в настоящем английском замке. Большая часть гостей с большими тараканами в голове, все постоянно ссорятся и друг друга домогаются, о чём Эллис пишет с иронией. Реми постоянно фантазирует о героях японской манги, и один из её моделей - Такеша, и свидетель жениха - Силк прямо как с них списаны, оба пытаются её завоевать и у неё просто разбегаются глаза. Весело и интересно, рекомендую.


Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald (Everness #2)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Everett Singh has escaped with the Infundibulum from the clutches of Charlotte Villiers and the Order, but at a terrible price. His father is missing, banished to one of the billions of parallel universes of the Panoply of All World, and Everett and the crew of the airship Everness have taken a wild, random Heisenberg Jump to a random parallel plane. Everett is smart and resourceful and from a frozen earth far beyond the Plenitude plans to rescue his family. But the villainous Charlotte Villiers is one step ahead of him.
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK(£1.37) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond

7/10

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 I can't say I've enjoyed Be My Enemy as much as Planesrunner, but it had some pretty awesome moments (the destruction of Nahn - one of them). Sen as always is pretty charming, and I adore the whole mad crew of Everness, but I wasn't keen on Everett M's side of story and the plot development was not as exciting as in book #1. However, the ending opens a lot of scary possibilities, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
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Я бы не сказала, что вторая книга серии по качеству равна первой. Как-то было медленно и скучновато, хотя местами попадались эпичные моменты (напимер, уничтожение Нан). Эверетт М мне по вкусу не пришёлся, и по большей части книгу пролистывала, однако концовка хороша. Предвкушаю жутковатую третью книгу, ну и естественно новых встреч с очаровашкой Сен.

Vika's Contemporary Romance Review: Tangled by Emma Chase

Tangled by Emma Chase (Tangled #1)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.


Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond

8/10

***

You guys! This book is a riot! It was just the right kind of pick-me-up that I desperately needed to get me out of the dreaded reading slump. And did it ever? I swear I had this stupid grin plastered on my face reading Tangled because Drew was the perfect mix of masculine, obnoxious, adorable, and totally hilarious.

Urban Fantasy Review: Lineage by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Lineage by Skyla Dawn Cameron (Demons   of  Oblivion #3)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
What’s a woman to do when her dad’s the antichrist, her grandma’s the devil, the end of the world is at her doorstep, and she’s out to avenge the murders of her husband and kids?

Kill everything in her way.

Quarter-demon Peri Takata exists with but one goal in mind: annihilate everyone responsible for the death of her family. Then—her need for vengeance quelled—she plans to take her own life.

Her mission brings her to the vampire Zara Lain, the only known survivor of the event that destroyed Peri’s family five years ago. Hunting down a secret society of those who don’t want to be found has its challenges, however, especially when forces are working to keep the antichrist’s daughter very much alive. The apocalypse is closing in and Peri may be playing a role in it whether she wants to or not.

But when a heart long-thought dead begins to beat again with love for another, she’s not so sure about anything anymore.


Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US($3.99)/UK(£2.49)

6.5/10

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While this is a not bad book, so far it's the weakest in the series, peeps. I'm trying to think rationally about things that made it so and all I can come with is that Peri is not a very likeable character and she is outshadowed constantly by Zara Lain.

The Postman Knock #66

It's still raining here! We are so behind on planting, it's scary. The rain is supposed to stop in the beginning of March, so the only good thing about it now is that it allows me to read and pre-schedule a lot of reviews, because I'll be too busy next month to read as much.
How have you been? Is it still freezing in US?

READ:


CHASING THE STAR GARDEN was another marvelous steampunk tale, and I'll be reviewing it in March. Fab adventure, definitely recommended. FOURTH GRAVE BENEATH MY FEET wasn't my favorite book in the series, because it felt very transitory although necessary, but I'm looking forward to my next dose of Charley. HERS TO COMMAND showed potential but didn't deliver, although it was sweet. DAUGHTER OF THE SWORD on the other hand delivered a nice kick. Awesome book, but not for everyone. BOUND was simply amazing. my first time with this author, and definitely not the last. THE BRONZE BLADE, at last, was a gorgeous novella from Elizabeth Hunter. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it!

FOR REVIEW:

A short story from Tracey Sinclair's urban fantasy series which I love. Thank you, Tracey! And Chasing The Green Fairy by Melanie Karsak. Thank you, Melanie!


BOUGHT:
Ouch, Bound was way too expensive for a kindle copy, and I'm just hoping I'll be able to get book #2 cheaper or as a review copy because I really want to read it! The only reason I spent money on the first one because it was a gift certificate.

KINDLE FREEBIES:


I saw Only For You through Vika's FB and Madelynne Ellis when I was looking through her list of books on Amazon UK. I don't know the first author, but Ellis writes really well, and I can't wait to dive in into this one :) At last, of course, any book by Courtney Milan is always a welcome read.

I also can not not mention my obsession with yaoi anime Ai No Kusabi and its very talented fanfiction. I've been reading it all through last week. Holy cow! I have to thank Madelynne Ellis and Russian book-related forum for this new genre to love :)

This is it for me, peeps.
Happy Sunday!

Valentine's Day Contemporary Romance Joint Early Review: Love Hacked by Penny Reid

Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance by Penny Reid (Knitting in the City #3)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn't been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra--near desperation and maybe a little tipsy--gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.


Release date: March 11th 2014.

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8.5/10

9/10

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Vika:

Okay, all I can say: Can I have more please!? I'm seriously having a girl crush on Penny Reid because her books are amazingly addicting! I have yet to read Neanderthal Seeks Human, the first in the Knitting in the City series, but I went and purchased it as soon as I finished this one because I really wanted more. But because Penny is awesome you can totally read the books as standalones, although they are even more charming as a series.

Urban Fantasy Review: Deadshifted by Cassie Alexander

Deadshifted by Cassie Alexander (Edie Spence #4)


Egalley thanks to St. Martin's Paperbacks

Synopsis from Goodreads
Edie Spence just wanted a vacation. A nice, relaxing, stress free, non-adventure away from the craziness that's dominated her life since becoming a nurse for paranormal creatures. But from the start, her trip on the Maraschino, a cruise ship bound for Hawaii, has been anything but stress free, especially when Edie's boyfriend Asher recognizes someone he used to know. Someone from his not-so-nice past. With their lives in the balance, will Edie and Asher be able to save their growing family or will this adventure be their end?
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond

9/10

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This is one of the few series, my dear readers, where each consecutive book is much stronger than the previous one. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews is another series that comes to mind.

Paranormal Fantasy Joint Review: The Line by J.D. Horn

The Line by J.D. Horn (Witching Savannah #1)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Move over, Sookie Stackhouse—the witches of Savannah are the new talk of the South. Bold, flirty, and with a touch of darkness, debut author J.D. Horn spins a mesmerizing tale of a family of witches . . . and the problem that can arise from being so powerful. As Charlaine Harris’ series winds down—and as Deborah Harkness’ series heats up—Witching Savannah is new contemporary fantasy that will be sure to enchant new readers.

Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming in a distant second to the minutes older, exquisite and gifted twin she adores. Hopelessly in love with her sister’s boyfriend, she goes to a Hoodoo root doctor for a love spell. A spell that will turn her heart to another man, the best friend who has loved her since childhood.

Aunt Ginny, the family’s matriarch, would not approve. But Mercy has more to worry about than a love triangle when Aunt Ginny is brutally murdered. Ginny was the Taylor family’s high commander in the defense of the bewitched line that separates humankind from the demons who once ruled our realm.

A demon invasion looms now that the line is compromised. Worse yet, some within the witching world stand to gain from a demon takeover. Mercy, entangled in the dark magic of her love spell, fighting for her sister’s trust, and hopelessly without magic, must tap the strength born from being an outcast to protect the line she doesn’t feel a part of...

In this riveting contemporary fantasy, Horn delivers the full betrayal, blood, and familial discord of the best of Southern gothic.


Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK(£2.49) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond

8/10

7/10

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Karina:
Well, I'm eating my hat now. First of I didn't like this book, ladies and gents. It took awhile to get used to somewhat detached writing style. The emotional accents were not where I was expecting them. But... in the end the whole experience was awesome. J.D. created a story rich in flavour, intensely atmospheric and full of unexpected twists. 

What do you think, V.? What were you initial impressions on the book?

The Postman Knock #65 and Welcome, Victoria, My New Co-Blogger!

I've been biting my tongue for two weeks, peeps, but at last I can share the news!
Victoria, whom you know from her Zemfirka Blogs agreed to join me here on Nocturnal Book Reviews!

Vika, huge, huge hugs and welcome!!!
We've already pre-scheduled a couple of joint reviews, which was great fun to write, and we also have very similar taste in books, but I'm feeling I'm starting blabbering here, so I'll let Vika tell you about it all herself.

Vika:

Oh… because I'm an even bigger blabbermouth *lol*? In any case, thank you so much for such a warm welcome Karina!

I've been having a hard time keeping the news under wraps myself and I’m glad we can finally share it with everyone.

I've been following NBR for quite some time now and I absolutely adore it - it is one of the few blogs I check every day. So truly, I'm quite honored to be a part of it. I’m going to skip my extended bio (which you can now find under About Us section of the blog) and blogging history but if you are curious you can still visit my blog – Zemfirka Blogs, which will remain open and might get occasional updates and posts.

 But starting this February my reviews will appear here on NBR, as well as joint reviews that Karina and I had a blast writing (and I’m looking forward to many more of those too!). So let’s get to it guys! *Squee!*

Karina:

Consequently, our review policy and contact info got amended, but the structure of this blog hasn't changed. We still will be posting 3 reviews a week plus The Postman Knock but this arrangement will let us both have more free time to ourselves. :)
I am very happy and honored that Victoria decided to join me!

KARINA READ:

 I don't know why it took me so long to read SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL, because it was fantastic! Reminded me a bit of Melanie Card's fantasy series because it involves a necromancer and a mercenary, and that tandem seems to be working very well. RAW, on the other hand, was revolting. No redeeming qualities whatsoever and one of the worst books I've read in ages. I'm contemplating a DNF review, and I don't write them usually.  At last, IN THE COMPANY of THIEVES was a pretty dry collection of short stories and left me disappointed. I'm not having a very good reading week, am I?

NETGALLEY:
 

Had my eyes on these ones for ages and was keeping fingers crossed that I'd be accepted. Thank you, Strange Chemistry and Tor!

FOR REVIEW:

 Thank you, Elizabeth! I've been staying away from reading this novella chapter by chapter, and now I can read it whole :)

BOUGHT:


Squeeeee! I was re-organizing my Goodreads shelves and saw that this one was out, and I totally missed it. Of course I bought it straight away being a huge fan of the series! :)

VIKA READ:

  Well, I’ve given THE WINTER WITCH an unsuccessful try. I rarely DNF books (I’m too stubborn and always hope for the best) but the writing was just so dull and dry, I couldn’t bear it any longer. This one was a pass for me. On the other hand, TANGLED was an absolute delight and it lifted my spirits. I’ve also had a pleasure to read THE BRONZE BLADE, so a joint review from Karina and I is coming your way guys in a very near future!

 FOR REVIEW:

Yeah… I think I will be giving these two a try. Keeping my fingers crossed.

EDELWEISS:
*Squee!!!* I just can’t tell you how excited I am about this one. If you haven’t read Archetype yet (it’s out this week by the way) you are missing out. To fans of The Handmaid’s Tale, sci-fi, and dystopian lit recommended!

This is it for us, folks!
Happy Sunday!
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