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July New Book Releases I'm Dying to Read!

Huh, not many books I want to read this month... The Scarlet Deep was fabulous and so is Time Salvager. What are you waiting for this month, peeps?

The Postman Knock #127

Oh God, it's +40C in the shade right now. We are in a  heat wave until Tuesday, and the heat is really kicking in. We've been hiding from the sun and still managed to do enough to feel knackered in the end of the day to crawl to bed gratefully.
How was your week?

READ/LISTENED TO:


DARK HORSE was fantastic, and I already pointed it out in my review. I also enjoyed another sci-fi read, TIME SALVAGER. FALLEN CREST PUBLIC was so full of drama llama, I felt like I was permanently stuck in a strangely addictive soap opera. REMEMBER WHEN got really amusing because  Peabody started experimenting with her clothes after receiving a badge. I wasn't happy with CHAMPION OF THE SCARLET WOLF, but it was a decent read in the end. I DNFed MISTER BLACK because it started with an atrocious cliche. I finally finished listening to BLOOD SONG, and it only took me that long because I didn't like the narrator. At last, LOVE IS DARKNESS was definitely interesting, and I now want to read more!

FOR REVIEW/NETGALLEY:

Thank you, publishers! I want to catch up with the whole series, as I only read book #1 and this is a book #4, but I also know this will be an excellent read!

KINDLE FREEBIE:


BOUGHT:

This was a daily deal on Audible, and I'm looking forward to listening to it!

And that's all for me, happy Sunday!
xxx

Friday Mini Reviews #42: Ginn Hale, Jim Butcher & Lucy Robinson




Champion of The Scarlet Wolf by Ginn Hale (Champion of The Scarlet Wolf #1)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Five years after abandoning the Sagrada Academy (Lord of the White Hell universe), Elezar Grunito has become infamous in the sanctified circles of noble dueling rings for his brutal temper and lethal blade. Men and women of all ranks gather to cheer and jeer, none of them knowing Elezar’s true purpose. But a violent death outside the ring marks Elezar as a wanted man and sends him into hiding in the far northern wilds of Labara.

There, creatures of myth and witchcraft—long since driven from Cadeleon—lurk in dark woods and prowl the winding streets. Soldiers and priests alike fear the return of witch-queens and even demons. Elezar soon learns that magic takes many forms, some too alluring to resist, others too terrible to endure. But just as he begins to find his place in this strange new country, the past he left behind along with his school days returns to challenge him once again.
Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
6/10
 
Comparing to the first two books, Elezar's tale is a weak one. If you remember, he is Javier's best friend, who along with Atreau is forced to flee from an enraged widow after Atreau messes uo with her husband in a truly spectacular manner. While Atreau pretends to be Fedeles, Elezar is his varlet, and as such is free to conduct discreet sensitive missions for his Prince. Along the way he meets a ragtag street witch, Skellan, and the pair of them do well saving each others lives and saving the city from an awakened demon. The problem is that it's all. so. slow.... Plus Elezar as a Cadeleonian doesn't really go through the same struggles to accept his own love for other men the way Javier had to with Kiram. I don't know... It was muddled until the very end, where it redeemed itself slightly.
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По сравнению с парой первых книг Джин Хэйл о Жавьер и Кираме, повествование о похождениях Элезара, лучшего друга Жавьер, планку не держит. Ну очень вышла медленная книга, запутанная и перегруженная обыденными деталями. Мне понадобилось несколько недель, чтобы её добить. Да и сам Элезар в принципе просто плывёт по течению и приобретает кое-какой характер под конец книги. Скеллан более менее ярок, но ему нужно было уделить больше времени на экшн, чем разговоры. В общем, не очень, но скорее всего продолжение буду читать.
 
 
 

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden #7)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads

There's an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, alliances - everything. Wizards are part of it. So are a lot of other things you've heard about in stories, and even more you've never heard of...Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Demons. Monsters. It's all real.

Harry Dresden knows full well that such creatures exist. Paranormal investigations are his stock-in-trade, and Chicago is his beat as he tries to bring law and order to a world that exists on the edges of imagination. Luckily Harry's not alone in this struggle. And though most inhabitants of the Windy City don't believe in magic, there's a department that's been set up within the Chicago PD to deal with "strange" cases: the Special Investigations department.

Karrin Murphy is the head of SI and a good friend of Harry's. So when a deadly vampire threatens to destroy Murphy's reputation unless Harry helps her, he has no choice. The vampire wants the Word of Kemmler and all the power that comes with it - but first Harry has to determine what the Word of Kemmler is. Now Harry is in a race against time - and six necromancers - to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.
Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
 8.5/10
 
 This is one of the most creative, fun books in the series, peeps! First of all Bob The Skull gets all scary, secondly, Harry gets his ass kicked magically by some weird creatures, thirdly, "Polka will never die!" is a slogan you will not forget, plus his demon makes the first appearance, and as a coup d'etat he gets to ride a zombie t-rex! How cool is THAT?!
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Одна из наиболее занимательных, весёлых книг серии! Череп Боб показывает свою страшную социопатичную сторону, Гарри надирают задницу странные магические существа, "Полька никогда не умрёт!" это слоган, который вы не сможете забыть в скором времени, его демон делает первые шаги по манипуляции, и, наконец, Гарри умудряется покататься на зомби тиранозавре в Хэллоуин, и это вообще нечто... В общем, не пропускайте!
 
 


A Passionate Love Affair With A Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson
 
bought
 
Synopsis from Goodreads
A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson, author of The Greatest Love Story of All Time, is a hilariously funny and gorgeously romantic story about falling in love when you least expect it. Charley Lambert has put considerable effort into achieving a perfect life. She has The Job. The Wardrobe. And The Flat. Her womanising, junk food-loving housemate Sam lowers the tone a bit but that aside, things are peachy. Then she breaks her leg in three places, watches her unrequited love propose to someone else and - worst of all - is forced to hand over her job to her nasty deputy while she recovers. Workaholic Charley fears that she will soon go mad. Desperate for something to do, she discovers her talent for helping the lovelorn online. And then William arrives in her inbox. Within hours of his first email, her world starts to change. Helpless, she watches herself fall in love with this man and begins to realise that she's not who she thought she was. But will she be brave enough to turn her back on her old life - all for a total stranger?

Laugh out loud and fall in love with Lucy Robinson's A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger Praise for Lucy Robinson: 'Romantic and laugh-out-loud hilarious' Cosmopolitan 'Prepare for public-transport belly laughs' Glamour Lucy Robinson is the author of The Greatest Love Story of All Time. Prior to writing Lucy earned her crust in West End theatre production and then factual television, working on documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel Five. Her writing career began when she started a dating blog for marieclaire.co.uk where she entertained readers with frank tales from her laughably unsuccessful foray into the world of internet dating. Lucy was brought up in Gloucestershire and now lives with her boyfriend in South London. She is writing her next novel while working on various television projects and plotting a return to academia.
Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
8/10
 
 I love books like that! It's about transformation and finding what's important in life, it's sweet and funny, and it's inspirational. Charley Lambert is a scary workaholic, so when she breaks her leg and is forced to slow down, she starts falling apart and slowly realises that the life she worked so hard to achieve is a list of chores and doesn't really make her happy. She starts helping hopeless daters online, and accidentally falls in love herself through a series of letters. Thoroughly recommended, this is a true feel good summer read :)
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 Я очень люблю истории наподобии этой! Они о людях, которые крутятся как белки в колесе, и только когда вынуждены сделать перерыв, понимают, что счастья им их бешеный ритм жизни совершенно не приносит. Трансформация, которая происходит с ними после этого может вдохновить кого угодно. Рекомендую от всей души, весело и идеально подходит для летнего чтения!

From Blogger to Blogger: Take a Walk On The Wild Side Sign Up Making Us Try a New Genre

Hey guys!

Michelle Diener came up with an interesting concept to make people try and read outside their usual genres.

Here is what she's saying:

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How It Works
This challenge starts on July 2nd, and ends on July 30th, so you have a month to get reading.
PERSUADE US . . .
We’re all different and what we like to read is no exception. However, sometimes it’s fun to change things up a bit and try something new. We’re going to help with that, by giving the first 200 lucky readers to ask us an ebook for free. All we ask is that the book they request is in a genre they don’t read, or read a long time ago and drifted out of.
Each participating author will offer ten books for free (we’ll give you a list of what’s available). But if you don’t manage to get in fast enough and there aren’t any books left, don’t worry, you’re still eligible for the Take a Walk on the Wild Side contest. Find a book in a new-to-you genre, whether at the library, from a friend, or if you want to support the wonderful authors involved in this contest by buying one of their books, so much the better!
Read the book—the contest runs for four weeks, so you’ve got time—then write a paragraph on the contest’s Facebook group about what surprised and delighted you about the genre you just read. You can also include a short paragraph on the genre you usually read and why you love it. Help convince other readers to give a new genre a try!
We’re going to encourage people to like the paragraphs that inspired them to read a new genre, and the five entries with the most likes will go to a well-known book blogger (with names redacted) to choose the winner of the $200 gift card.
BE A CHATTERBOX . . .
This is one place where being a chatterbox will get you sent to the top of the class, not to detention. We want people talking about the books they’re reading, swopping recommendations, and generally connecting over new genres, so we’ve got a $50 gift card prize to the person who interacts the most on the Facebook group.
Good luck, everyone, this is going to be a lot of fun!
And here are the amazing authors involved in sponsoring this contest:
Marilyn Brant
Robin Bielman
Kelsey Browning
Zoe Dawson
Michelle Diener
Cynthia Eden
Jennifer Estep
Misty Evans
Maggie Mae Gallagher
Lori Handeland
Mary Hughes
Shona Husk
Rachel Johns
Dale Mayer
Nancy Naigle
Christina Phillips
Edie Ramer​
Elle J Rossi
Barbara Samuel
Therese Walsh

We’ll be posting a profile on each author and the books they have made eligible for the giveaway on the Read a New Genre Facebook group on July 2nd. As stated above, the first 200 people to request the books on offer will get them for free, thereafter, participants will have to source their own books, either from the library, a friend, or if they’d like to support one of the authors sponsoring this contest, so much the better! Only one free book request per person, so as many readers as possible can benefit.

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My question is would you like to sign up as bloggers to spread the word?

Thank you!

Karina

 

Science Fiction Review: Dark Horse by Michelle Diener

Dark Horse by Michelle Diener 


Egalley thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Some secrets carry the weight of the world.

Rose McKenzie may be far from Earth with no way back, but she's made a powerful ally--a fellow prisoner with whom she's formed a strong bond. Sazo's an artificial intelligence. He's saved her from captivity and torture, but he's also put her in the middle of a conflict, leaving Rose with her loyalties divided.

Captain Dav Jallan doesn't know why he and his crew have stumbled across an almost legendary Class 5 battleship, but he's not going to complain. The only problem is, all its crew are dead, all except for one strange, new alien being.

She calls herself Rose. She seems small and harmless, but less and less about her story is adding up, and Dav has a bad feeling his crew, and maybe even the four planets, are in jeopardy. The Class 5's owners, the Tecran, look set to start a war to get it back and Dav suspects Rose isn't the only alien being who survived what happened on the Class 5. And whatever else is out there is playing its own games.

In this race for the truth, he's going to have to go against his leaders and trust the dark horse.


Amazon kindle US/UK

8.5/10

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Dark Horse was delightful! Like a mild, less insane version of Touchstone trilogy by Andrea K. Höst or Last Hour of Gann by R.Lee Smith. The main kick of it all was that Rose McKenzie absolutely kicked ass as a heroine.

The Postman Knock #126


We've got 10 most amazing, cutest chicks ever that popped from the incubator 2 weeks ago. Just look at them! *grinning*

 Apart from that, I read some fabulous books in the last three weeks, and DNFed a couple as well. All in all, we are super busy still, and I can not find the time to visit you all yet, but I sure as hell will try. This weekend I'm partying at Be-In Festival as it's literally at our door steps, so I'll be even more absent but promise some pics the week after.



READ/LISTENED TO:

Quick impressions:  J.D. Robb still totally rocks, Roni Loren, Naimi Novik and Nina Berry has been reviewed already, and I loved their books. Felicity Young was fab, The Scarlet Deep gorgeous and Dead Ice sucked big time.

DNF:
Urgh. Amelia had so much TSTL and pompous naivete in her I wanted to slit my wrists. Had to stop torturing myself halfway through the book.
 
 FOR REVIEW/NETGALLEY/AUDIBLE:
Thank you, Elizabeth Hunter, Michelle Diener, Audible US and Grace Draven for an audio copy of Radiance.
 BOUGHT:


This is it for me, have a nice weekend,
tchau! xxx

Historical Mystery Review: The Anatomy of Death by Felicity Young

The Anatomy of Death by Felicity Young (Dr. Dody McCleland #1)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
At the turn of the twentieth century, London's political climate is in turmoil, as women fight for the right to vote. Dody McCleland has her own battles to fight. As England's first female autopsy surgeon, not only must she prove herself, she must prove that murder treats everyone equally...

After a heated women's rights rally turns violent, an innocent suffragette is found murdered. When she examines the body, Dody McCleland is shocked to realize that the victim was a friend of her sister--fueling her determination to uncover the cause of the protestor's suspicious death.

For Dody, gathering clues from a body is often easier than handling the living--especially Chief Detective Inspector Pike. Pike is looking to get to the bottom of this case but has a hard time trusting anyone--including Dody. Determined to earn Pike's trust and to find the killer, Dody will have to sort through real and imagined secrets. But if she's not careful, she may end up on her own examination table...


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

8/10

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I can't tell you how long I've been waiting to read this book! At least a couple of years. It's one of those that publisher priced ridiculously high in e-format, and it took them that long to put it on offer  which reduced it from £9 to under £4.

Historical YA Fiction Audiobook Review: The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry

The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry (Pagan Jones #1)


Audiocopy courtesy of Audible US

Synopsis from Goodreads
Pagan Jones went from America's sweetheart to fallen angel in one fateful night in 1960: the night a car accident killed her whole family. Pagan was behind the wheel and driving drunk. Nine months later, she's stuck in the Lighthouse Reformatory for Wayward Girls and tortured by her guilt—not to mention the sadistic Miss Edwards, who takes special delight in humiliating the once-great Pagan Jones.

But all of that is about to change. Pagan's old agent shows up with a mysterious studio executive, Devin Black, and an offer. Pagan will be released from juvenile detention if she accepts a juicy role in a comedy directed by award-winning director Bennie Wexler. The shoot starts in West Berlin in just three days. If Pagan's going to do it, she has to decide fast—and she has to agree to a court-appointed "guardian," the handsome yet infuriating Devin, who's too young, too smooth, too sophisticated to be some studio flack.

The offer's too good to be true, Berlin's in turmoil and Devin Black knows way too much about her—there's definitely something fishy going on. But if anyone can take on a divided city, a scheming guardian and the criticism of a world that once adored her, it's the notorious Pagan Jones. What could go wrong?

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

8.5/10

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The Notorious Pagan Jones was absolutely delightful! I don't know what I liked the most: Miss Jones' sarcastic drawl, the slang, the various accents brought to life by a skillful narrator, or the cloak and dagger circumstances which led to the building of Berlin wall

YA Fantasy Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik 


hardcopy courtesy of Pan/Macmillan

Synopsis from Goodreads
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood's powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows - everyone knows - that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia - all the things Agnieszka isn't - and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

From the author of the Temeraire series comes this hugely imaginative, engrossing and vivid fantasy novel, inspired by folk and fairy tales. It is perfect reading for fans of Robin Hobb and Trudi Canavan.

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

9.5/10

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You know how sometimes you recognize a great book from the first few pages? Well, I opened this book and within the first few sentences I just knew Uprooted would be fabulous. And it was! Delicious, glorious, kick ass, sharp-tongued and really, really refreshing. I wanted to give this book a big hug and didn't want it to end.

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