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February New Book Releases I'm Dying to Read!



I have the last three titles for review, but overall it's a very interesting month for new release. What are you waiting for, peeps?

Fantasy Romance Review: Radiance by Grace Draven

Radiance by Grace Draven (Wraith Kings #1)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
~THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE~

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

~THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE~

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | Smashwords

8.5/10

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 Grace Draven indisputably writes some of the most exquisite fantasy romances I've ever read, and Radiance is no exception.

NA Contemporary Romance Review: Trade Me by Courtney Milan

Trade me by Courtney Milan (Cyclone #1)


Egalley thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Technology. But when he makes an off-hand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life.

To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.

But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart...but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK

9/10

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You know this blog, you know that the number of NA books I've read and enjoyed in recent years I can count on the fingers of one hand. Well, this is one of them.

The Postman Knock #109

Hey, peeps!
It seems like I haven't been able to read much this week again, mostly finished old reads, but one book I read was pretty glorious. How about you?

READ:


TRANSMUTED unfortunately was not a very good ending of the series for me, and I complained about it in my review on Friday.CHASING CHRISTMAS PAST was short and bittersweet. BITING NIXIE was a very funny tongue-in-cheek paranormal romance, and I very much enjoyed it.I'll continue with this series for sure! TRADE ME was amazing! One of the best books I've read this year. Also, it's Courtney Milan. Need I say more? At last, YESTERDAY'S GONE was a freebie from Audible UK, and reminded me of The Stand by Stephen King it was so chilling.


I also watched Dracula Untold and Belle.


While first one was absolutely dreadful just like I, Frankenstein, Belle was wonderful. Really sweet, beautiful period drama.

NETGALLEY/FOR REVIEW:


Thanks to Penny Reid, Netgalley publishers and April White!

BOUGHT:


I'm in the mountains today on a trip with our friends. Hopefully pics will come soon!
Have a fab week you all!
xoxo

Steampunk Fantasy Early Review: Transmuted by Karina Cooper

Transmuted by Karina Cooper (The St. Croix Chronicles #6)


Egalley thanks to Carina Press

Synopsis from Netgalley
In this final installment of Cherry St. Croix's adventures, only one thing could compel the disgraced countess to return to Society—the threat of immortality.
All is not peaceful in the wake of the Midnight Menagerie's ruin. Although the Karakash Veil has been forced to flee its stronghold, the mysterious head of the criminal organization is not content to fade away.
Above the foggy drift, a priceless diamond vanishes. In the dangerous Underground, a murderous rampage demands retribution. The hunt for the mastermind behind these misdeeds sends me back to Society—and into the unforgiving embrace of the world I'd left behind.
Nothing is what it seems. Enemies, allies—and a man who struggles with a nature even devotion cannot tame. Torn between the scars of the past and fragile new beginnings, I must create balance in the world I have chosen—and with the people I have come to love. The game has changed; should the Veil achieve the immortality it craves, I will have nowhere left to run.

Release date: January 26th 2015.

Amazon kindle US/UK

5/10

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 Right. Let me explain the low rating first.

I've been a staunch supporter of this series from the very beginning. A flawed heroine, a steampunk setting, a dual life full of secrets and hidden identities, an obsession with a forbidden savage leading Karakash Veil's Menagerie. What's not to love?

Historical Fantasy Review: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (Glamourist Histories #1)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Shades of Milk and Honey is an intimate portrait of Jane Ellsworth, a woman ahead of her time in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality. But despite the prevalence of magic in everyday life, other aspects of Dorchester’s society are not that different: Jane and her sister Melody’s lives still revolve around vying for the attentions of eligible men.

Jane resists this fate, and rightly so: while her skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face, and therefore wins the lion’s share of the attention. At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, Jane has resigned herself to being invisible forever. But when her family’s honor is threatened, she finds that she must push her skills to the limit in order to set things right--and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

This debut novel from an award-winning talent scratches a literary itch you never knew you had. Like wandering onto a secret picnic attended by Pride and Prejudice and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Shades of Milk and Honey is precisely the sort of tale we would expect from Jane Austen…if only she had been a fantasy writer.
 

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

9/10

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Shades of Milk and Honey is absolutely lovely.  I picked this book up sometime in 2013, and only started reading it this December, which I declared ARC-free.

This is a tranquil, delicate and very beautiful read which I named one of my best reads of 2014. It's quietly charming, unhurried, and if you are a fan of Jane Austin, you are guaranteed to love it.

Release Day Fantasy Book Review: Ward Against Disaster by Melanie Card

Ward Against Disaster by Melanie Card (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #3)


Egalley thanks to Entangled Teen

Synopsis from Goodreads
Ward de'Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman's gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead.

Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic.

When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic…blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever.

Amazon kindle US/UK

8.5/10

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First of all, Entangled Teen imprint and the covers that increasingly feature Celia in a dress do this series an injustice, peeps. I think everyone automatically assumes that this is a paranormal romance and skips the books altogether. Well, I urge you NOT to do that because I've been with this author from the very beginning, and Melanie Card writes excellent fantasy!


So, if you are a fan of Sarah J. Maas, Maria V. Snyder and Kristin Cashore, read it.

The Postman Knock #108

O_o!
Those who follow our farm page know that last Sunday we had our first baby lamb!
OMG, when Morena, our ewe, started giving birth at midday, I was sh*tting myself with worry.  Then she wouldn't feed the lamb for hours and I milked her just in case and fed the lamb through a pipette.... and then for the most of the last week I kept an eye on the duo during the nights because there is a fox prowling around. I am shattered. Anyway, it was nerve-wracking and terrifying, but this cutester is a result...

Meet Mercy! of course she is named after Mercedes Thompson
in my mind, although Al thinks she is named after the car our friend sold for parts here in Portugal to make us buy the sheep... Nevermind as long as everyone is happy!

Among all the excitement I READ:


THE VIRGIN I  snagged as soon as it appeared on Netgalley, and of course it was read straight away. Aaaah, the wonder that is Kingsley and Juliette. It was gorgeous! I also devoured WARD AGAINST DISASTER. It's such a dynamic, fast-paced fantasy series, I always look forward to its next book.

NETGALLEY:

Thanks to the publisher! I am looking forward to this new series from Ally Carter. She is a wonderful author.

An awesome Christmas present came from Elizabeth Hunter (my favorite author ever) *wink*

and look at the back quotes...
I LOVE IT!
Sorry, sorry. This was way too much excitement with everything else that happened.

At last,
thanks to Tracey Sinclair whom I at last bullied into letting me review her latest book while I'm waiting for more Cain and Laclos from her Cassandra Bick series :)


This is it for me, peeps.
Have a wonderful weekend, hugs to you all xxx

Science Fiction Review: Hardship by Jean Johnson

Hardship by Jean Johnson (Theirs Not To Reason Why #4)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
It began with a terrible vision of the future. Compelled by her precognitive abilities, Ia must somehow save her home galaxy long after she’s gone. Now Jean Johnson presents the long-awaited epic conclusion to her national bestselling military science fiction series…

Demoralized, their ship destroyed, Ia’s Damned must fight their way out of a planet-bound blockade and back into space. But there is more happening here on Dabin than meets even Ia’s inner eye.

Some of the Feyori, energy-based beings of vast power and arrogance, are moving to block her efforts under the direction of her counter-faction foe, Miklinn. The Terran Army Division stationed on Dabin is not cooperating with her battle plans. Events are not happening as Ia has foreseen, and too many people are now in grave danger, thanks to alien Meddling.

All these hardships are threatening to derail Ia’s carefully laid plans. The Meddlers, however, have made one fatal mistake:

They’re just making Bloody Mary mad.

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

8/10

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I admit every time I read a book in this series I need to concentrate harder and harder to understand everything that is happening. And it's not like I'm a novice in sci-fi, peeps. As a matter of fact, I have plenty of sci-fi reads under my belt.*grinning*

Historical Romance Review: Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean (The Rules of Scoundrels #4)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
She is the most powerful woman in Britain,
A queen of the London Underworld ...
But no one can ever know.

He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth,
Putting all she has at risk . . .
Including her heart.

The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s incredible Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series. These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike! This is the last in the Rules of Scoundrels series—Chase’s story

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

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

8/10

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Can I say that I liked it and disliked some aspects of it at the same time? It's been awhile since I read Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, and two things I remember most from it are Duncan's lovely indoor pool under a glass dome, and Georgiana's clever and wonderful daughter.

Urban Fantasy Review: The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin

The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin (SPI Files #1)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us…

When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out—usually saving my skin in the process.

Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US | TBD

8/10

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I admit I was expecting something with a bit more oomph after an explosive novella I read in Night Shift anthology, but still - it was a damn good urban fantasy!


The Postman Knock #107

How have you been, my lovelies?
I've been pretty much away from the blogosphere, reading, listening to audiobooks and immersing myself (at last!) into learning Portuguese language. I admit I find it really hard these days to spend time commenting on my friends blogs. It just eats away so much of my time... so I just apologise profusely for abandoning you all for now.*hugs*
I've been also knitting and watching a bit of historical drama.

Wives and Daughters is a 1999 British mini series, and it's absolutely lovely. If you are into such things, watch it. There are only 4 parts.

READ:


I listened to NAAMAH'S KISS on audio.So lovely. Fantasy definitely works well for me on audio, and I can quite happily work for hours in my garden listening to Carey's books. A MAD, WICKED FOLLY was another delightful book. Historical YA on two of my favorite subjects: suffragettes and painters!  NOTHING BETWEEN US was an amazing surprise from Roni because she wrote an M/F/M romance only once before and I did not expect to see one more in this series again *wink* Fab book! At last, CLUB LUXE and FALLEN WOMEN were DNFs: first one, because it was dreadfully written, and the second one, because I couldn't get into it.

NETGALLEY/EDELWEISS/FOR REVIEW:

Reading The Virgin now, and it's gorgeous! It seems I'm neck deep in ARCs this week to get January releases reviewed on time :) The Virgin is umm.... March release, but I can explain! No, I can't. I just have no self-control with Reisz books :)

BOUGHT:

*wails* When am I going to read all these books? Not this month, for sure.

FREEBIE:


This is it for me. How about you?

*hugs and kisses*

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