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Historical Fiction Review: Mata Hari's Last Dance by Michelle Moran

Mata Hari's Last Dance by Michelle Moran


Egalley thanks to Touchstone

Synopsis from Goodreads
From the international bestselling author of Rebel Queen and Nefertiti comes a captivating novel about the infamous Mata Hari, exotic dancer, adored courtesan, and, possibly, relentless spy.

Paris, 1917. The notorious dancer Mata Hari sits in a cold cell awaiting freedom…or death. Alone and despondent, Mata Hari is as confused as the rest of the world about the charges she’s been arrested on: treason leading to the deaths of thousands of French soldiers.

As Mata Hari waits for her fate to be decided, she relays the story of her life to a reporter who is allowed to visit her in prison. Beginning with her carefree childhood, Mata Hari recounts her father’s cruel abandonment of her family as well her calamitous marriage to a military officer. Taken to the island of Java, Mata Hari refuses to be ruled by her abusive husband and instead learns to dance, paving the way to her stardom as Europe’s most infamous dancer.

From exotic Indian temples and glamorous Parisian theatres to stark German barracks in war-torn Europe, international bestselling author Michelle Moran who “expertly balances fact and fiction” (Associated Press) brings to vibrant life the famed world of Mata Hari: dancer, courtesan, and possibly, spy.


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7.5/10

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I've never read Michelle Moran before, but I certainly won't shy away from her books ever again. She is a great historical fiction author.

Everyone's heard of Mata Hari, they must have! However, history only knows her as a seductress, a courtesan and a spy who has been caught and executed . Michelle Moran paints a far more complicated reality.

Science Fiction Review: Dark Minds by Michelle Diener

Dark Minds by Michelle Diener (Class 5 #3)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
The mind is the most powerful weapon of all . . .

Imogen Peters knows she's a pawn. She's been abducted from Earth, held prisoner, and abducted again. So when she gets a chance at freedom, she takes it with both hands, not realizing that doing so will turn her from pawn to kingmaker.

Captain Camlar Kalor expected to meet an Earth woman on his current mission, he just thought he'd be meeting her on Larga Ways, under the protection of his Battle Center colleague. Instead, he and Imogen are thrown together as prisoners in the hold of a Class 5 battleship. When he works out she's not the woman who sparked his mission, but another abductee, Cam realizes his investigation just got a lot more complicated, and the nations of the United Council just took a step closer to war.

Imogen's out of her depth in this crazy mind game playing out all around her, and she begins to understand her actions will have a massive impact on all the players. But she's good at mind games. She's been playing them since she was abducted. Guess they should have left her minding her own business back on Earth…
 


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8.5/10

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 Michelle Diener is certainly rocking this sci-fi series, ladies and gents! So far each book has been pretty awesome.

If you haven't read Dark Horse and Dark Deeds before, they are each about a human woman kidnapped as a specimen by Tecran race which just discovered Earth. There is this whole alliance of planets and races far, far away, and Tecrans built these 5 huge ships (Class 5) with illegal thinking systems in them, which in turn are trying to escape, and as it happens, the women from Earth who treat the thinking systems like actual human beings for a change, help them, and in turn are helped themselves to survive in this new world.

Paranormal Fantasy Audiobook Review: Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey

Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey


Audiocopy thanks to Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
In her extraordinary debut, Spells of Blood and Kin, Claire Humphrey deftly weaves her paranormal world with vivid emotional depth and gritty violence. Bringing together themes of death, addiction, and grief, Claire takes readers on a human journey that goes beyond fantasy.

When her beloved grandmother dies suddenly, 22-year-old Lissa Nevsky is left with no choice but to take over her grandmother's magical position in their small folk community. That includes honoring a debt owed to the dangerous stranger who appears at Lissa's door.

Maksim Volkov needs magic to keep his brutal nature leashed, but he's already lost control once: his blood-borne lust for violence infects Nick Kaisaris, a charming slacker out celebrating the end of finals. Now Nick is somewhere else in Toronto, going slowly mad, and Maksim must find him before he hurts more people.

Lissa must uncover forbidden secrets and mend family rifts in order to prevent Maksim from hurting more people, including himself. If she fails, Maksim will have no choice but to destroy both himself and Nick.
 


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8/10

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I think if you enjoyed dark paranormal fantasy like Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill, Trueheart by Mel Sterling and Deathless by Catherynne M Valente, you'll enjoy Spells of Blood and Kin.

An Interview with Elizabeth Hunter, or Questions You Wanted to Ask After The Staff and The Blade but Didn't




Right, the story goes...


I finished The Staff and The Blade (my review should clue you just HOW MUCH I liked it) and still buzzing emailed Elizabeth asking if I could pick her brain and ask all those questions I had in my head reading it. And she graciously agreed!


Elizabeth, thank you so much for agreeing to an interview on such short notice! I confess I finished The Staff and The Blade and I had so many questions I needed to pick your brain immediately. So, tell me how long did it take you to write this book? It must be your longest so far. And what kind of research did you have to do?

Because I couldn’t go to the Orkney Islands, I did have to do a LOT of research for this book online. It is my longest, and it took me the longest to write (other than my first book, A Hidden Fire). I want to say from planning to completion it was around eight months. A lot of the complication didn’t always come from the new research, but from weaving this story into the already existing mythology of the first three Irin Chronicles books. Because while I knew Damien and Sari’s basic story from the beginning, the details and overlap did get really complicated.

Sari was absolutely amazing and I really loved that she was no special snowflake, she didn't get some unusual abilities when she was born but worked to gain all her skills and abilities really hard. At what point did you know that hers and Damien's story will be told separately in The Irin Chronicles?





First off, thank you! I love her, too. I’m glad readers have been so open to such imperfect characters. Because both of them, Sari AND Damien, can be pretty difficult to deal with.





To answer your question, I knew when I started writing The Singer (Book Two) that I wanted to tell their story separately. I debated for a long time whether I would just write a companion novella to The Singer that told readers what was happening in the background of Ava and Malachi’s story or a full book. In the end, I felt that to go forward in the Irin Chronicles series, I needed to go back to the beginning and explore more of the history. There were really no better characters to do that than Damien and Sari. They became (hopefully) guides into the Irin and Irina past, and at the same time their story bridges into a new future for the characters and the series as a whole.



At some point in Memories, third part of the book, Renata calls Sari "mother". Is she her daughter? I admit I was secretly hoping for that. Will Renata get her book?

She’s not! It was more a teasing comment because Sari is such a fierce nurturer for her Irina sisters. So “Mother” was tongue-in-cheek. Will Renata get her own book? I honestly haven’t decided yet! I do have four more books mapped out in the series. I might also write some short fiction. Renata and Maxim have such an interesting dynamic; I’m sure I’ll be tempted to write more about both of them.

I could also see two more couples with potential books in the future, and a third almost at the end... So, my question is whose book is next in this series? *grins*

The next book will belong to… Kyra and Leo. That relationship—which is SO DIFFERENT from Damien and Sari’s (thank goodness)—has been building for a while. I think readers are ready to hear from one of the kareshta and a scribe born right before the Rending. It will be a completely new perspective on the world. Plus, I just think they’re both adorable and sweet, which will be a nice change of pace from Damien and Sari.




At last, will there be evil Irin if good Grigori already exist?

Oh, I think readers can assume they already do exist. Great question.




And there you have it, folks! Thank you, Elizabeth!







Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two very ineffective canine assistants, and a pitifully empty fish tank.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.
Find Elizabeth
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Synopsis from Goodreads
Warriors. Lovers. Enemies. Legends.

Their union became pivotal in Irin history, but to understand Damien and Sari's ending, you must go back to their beginning. Four hundred years ago, a young singer and a hardened warrior met and loved each other, but their life was torn apart by violence.

Love. Desire. Grief. Betrayal.

No matter how much pain and anger stain their lives, bonds in the Irin race cannot be abandoned. Damien and Sari will never truly leave each other, because those who are destined cannot be ignored.

The Staff and the Blade is a four part stand-alone book of approximately 480 pages. It is the fourth book in the Irin Chronicles.

DREAMS: Damien of Bohemia was a legend content to live in obscurity. Weary from a century of human and Irin bloodshed, he took shelter among those who would not question his silence or the martial spells he wore over his body. Until an earth singer of raw power and no delicacy came to the village where he hid. Sari of Vestfold wasn't intrigued by the mysterious warrior or his moody silences. And she wasn't interested in listening for the whisper of his soul. Even when those whispers promised a connection that could tie them for eternity.

GHOSTS: A new posting in Paris during Napoleon’s reign leads Sari and Damien back to familiar faces and the Council politics Damien has tried so hard to avoid. But the Irin world has changed in the two hundred years since their mating. The singers have become more isolated. The scribes are more martial. And the Grigori flood growing cities and lay in wait. When Sari’s sister envisions the future, she sees emptiness, chaos, and a darkness that threatens to overtake their world.

MEMORIES: Hidden from Irin society, the Irina have learned to take their revenge on the Grigori. They answer to no one. They ask for no mercy. And forgiveness? That’s the last thing on anyone’s mind. Two hundred years after the Rending, Damien and Sari are thrown together to face a new threat, a girl who might be key to the healing of the Irin race. If they can survive the anger and grief that has separated them for two hundred years.

VISIONS: The Irin and Irina are together again. Society is being rebuilt. But what do you do when the foundation of your world has crumbled? Where do you go when all the boundaries have been redrawn? For Damien and Sari, charting a new path into the future means confronting the demons of the past. They’ve forgiven each other, but can they forgive themselves?

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Fantasy Fiction Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg


Egalley thanks to 47North

Synopsis from Goodreads

Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.
When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.
During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.
From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.

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8/10

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I haven't read The Paper Magician, so this was my first encounter with Charlie N. Holmberg. She is very whimsical and refreshing, although a bit confusing at times.


Erotic Romance Review: His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace

His Royal Secret by Lilah  Pace (His Royal Secret #1)

18+ only

Egalley thanks to Berkley Publishing Group

Synopsis from Goodreads
The first in an enchanting new male/male romantic duology from Lilah Pace, author of Asking for More and Begging for It ....

James, the handsome, cosmopolitan Prince of Wales, is used to being in the public eye. But he's keeping a king-sized secret...James, next in line for the throne, is gay.

He’s been able to hide his sexual orientation with the help of his best friend and beard, Lady Cassandra. Sometimes he feels like a coward for not coming out, but he daren’t risk losing the crown. If he did, the succession would fall on his deeply troubled younger sister, Princess Amelia. To protect her, James is willing to live a lie.

While on holiday, he meets Benjamin Dahan—a rugged international reporter with a globe-trotting, unattached life—who catches far more than James's eye. And when Ben is transferred to London, it seems fate may finally be smiling on James.

But what began as a torrid fling grows into something far more intimate and powerful. Soon James will have decide who he is, what he wants from life and love, and what he’s willing to sacrifice for the truth...


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9/10

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 This author, guys, this book! WOW. Books about royals have always been one of my weaknesses, but a book about an imaginary Prince of Wales who is secretly gay? And from Lilah Pace who doesn't hold back any punches? I knew I HAD TO read it.

Paranormal Fantasy Review The Staff and The Blade by Elizabeth Hunter

The Staff and The Blade by Elizabeth Hunter (Irin Chronicles #4)


Ecopy from the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Warriors. Lovers. Enemies. Legends.

Their union became pivotal in Irin history, but to understand Damien and Sari's ending, you must go back to their beginning. Four hundred years ago, a young singer and a hardened warrior met and loved each other, but their life was torn apart by violence.

Love. Desire. Grief. Betrayal.

No matter how much pain and anger stain their lives, bonds in the Irin race cannot be abandoned. Damien and Sari will never truly leave each other, because those who are destined cannot be ignored.

The Staff and the Blade is a four part stand-alone book of approximately 480 pages. It is the fourth book in the Irin Chronicles.

DREAMS: Damien of Bohemia was a legend content to live in obscurity. Weary from a century of human and Irin bloodshed, he took shelter among those who would not question his silence or the martial spells he wore over his body. Until an earth singer of raw power and no delicacy came to the village where he hid. Sari of Vestfold wasn't intrigued by the mysterious warrior or his moody silences. And she wasn't interested in listening for the whisper of his soul. Even when those whispers promised a connection that could tie them for eternity.

GHOSTS: A new posting in Paris during Napoleon’s reign leads Sari and Damien back to familiar faces and the Council politics Damien has tried so hard to avoid. But the Irin world has changed in the two hundred years since their mating. The singers have become more isolated. The scribes are more martial. And the Grigori flood growing cities and lay in wait. When Sari’s sister envisions the future, she sees emptiness, chaos, and a darkness that threatens to overtake their world.

MEMORIES: Hidden from Irin society, the Irina have learned to take their revenge on the Grigori. They answer to no one. They ask for no mercy. And forgiveness? That’s the last thing on anyone’s mind. Two hundred years after the Rending, Damien and Sari are thrown together to face a new threat, a girl who might be key to the healing of the Irin race. If they can survive the anger and grief that has separated them for two hundred years.

VISIONS: The Irin and Irina are together again. Society is being rebuilt. But what do you do when the foundation of your world has crumbled? Where do you go when all the boundaries have been redrawn? For Damien and Sari, charting a new path into the future means confronting the demons of the past. They’ve forgiven each other, but can they forgive themselves?


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 9.5/10

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 "Someday you will love a man, and the fire of it will be a violent, dangerous thing."
If memory serves me well, this is a forth book by Elizabeth Hunter I've rated so high, and it was exquisite, one of her finest.

Friday Mini-Reviews #75: Emma Holly, J.D. Robb & C.D. Reiss


The Billionaire Bad Boys Club (The Billionaires #1)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Self-made billionaires Zane and Trey have been a club of two since they were eighteen. They've done everything together: play football, fall in love, even get smacked around by their dads. The only thing they haven't tried is seducing the same woman. Executive chef Rebecca Eilert learned early on not to trust anyone. She raised her brothers by herself-with no adult being the wiser. Her knack for cooking kept a roof over the twins' heads. Now she's damned if it won't pay their way through Harvard as well. Add in running Trey's latest restaurant, and her plate is way too full for romance. That's an attitude the bad boys intend to change. Zane and Trey have set their sights on the sexy chef. When their hearts enter the equation and they both fall for her, the committed twosome faces their hardest test of all . . .
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8.5/10
Smoking hot read! Phew, I was fanning myself. And at the same time really sweet. I love Emma Holly and have been reading her for years. She is similar in style to Roni Loren, so if you are a fan of Roni, you'll enjoy this book. Pure guilty pleasure, except I am not feeling guilty at all. It's about two bisexual guys who have been lovers for years, falling for the same woman and not knowing it. *grinning*
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 Просто жгучая книга! Я всё обмахивалась и потела, пока её читала. В то же время, это очень милая история. Я читаю этого автора уже годы, и она очень                                                                                    по стилю напоминает Рони Лорен, так что если вы фанат той, то белитесь за Эмму Холли смело. Эта книга о двух бисексуальных друзьях, которые были любовниками со студенческих дней, и которые, сами того не зная, влюбились в одну и ту же женщину.

Born in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #23)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers—both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm—are brutally killed on the same night. It doesn't leave Eve a lot of leftover time to put together a baby shower for her buddy Mavis, but that's supposedly what friends are for.

Now Mavis needs another favor. Tandy Willowby, one of the moms-to-be in Mavis's birthing class, didn't show up for the shower. A recent emigrant from London, Tandy has few friends in New York, and no family—and she was really looking forward to the party. And when Eve enters Tandy's apartment and finds a gift for Mavis's shower wrapped and ready on the table—and a packed bag for the hospital still on the floor next to it—tingling runs up and down her spine.

Normally, such a case would be turned over to Missing Persons. But Mavis wants no one else on the job but Eve—and Eve can't say no. She'll have to track Tandy down while simultaneously unearthing the deals and double-crosses hidden in the files of some of the city's richest and most secretive citizens, in a race against this particularly vicious killer. Luckily, her multimillionaire husband Roarke's expertise comes in handy with the number crunching. But as he mines the crucial data that will break the case wide open, Eve faces an all too real danger in the world of flesh and blood.
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8/10

 While it was hard to beat the previous book in the series, this was still a very good read which brought tears to my eyes. All these babies being born, and Eve was completely out of her element along with Roarke, which was hilarious. Give her a few murders, and she is back to her comfort zone! Nice, fast, engaging read, and at times, very touching.
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Побить качеством предыдущую  книгу серии было конечно невозможно, однако Рождённая в Смерти читалась всё-равно очень хорошо, и я аж от неё прослезилась. Всё эти новорожденные, от которых Ив и Роарк оба были в ужасе, от его читатель только смеялся. Дайте им два расследования в убийства, и оба успокоятся!. Хорошая, быстрая, занимательная книга. Рекомендую!

HardBall by C.D. Reiss

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads

Perfect ass.

Perfect arms.

Perfect swagger.

They call Dash Wallace the Diamond King.

He’s the hottest commodity in baseball and in the bedroom.

When he runs the bases, every woman’s eyes are glued to his stunning body and a smile that puts the night lights to shame.

I’m no queen. I’m a regular girl with a regular job. I just watch him on TV and from the bleachers, season after season.

Girls like me grab a guy like that one in a million times.

My number just came up, and he is as spectacular in bed as he is on the field.

But there’s not a woman in the world who can distract Dash Wallace from the game. Not for a moment. Not even me.

Until the night I do. And everything changes.
 
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 8/10
 I confess C.D. Reiss had me at librarian as a main heroine. Of course I had to read it, and it was a fun, quick, steamy read. Not as emotional and complex as her many others, but it was still interesting and wonderfully written. If you enjoyed Shuttergirl, HardBall is written in the same tone.
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Признаюсь, что С.Д. Рейсс заинтересовала меня уже тем, то главная героиня оказалась библиотекаршей. Конечно, я должна была её прочитать! И книга эта оказалась весёлой, быстрой и жгучей. Не ожидайте сложных, надрывных эмоций других серий автора, эта история написана была больше в стиле её Shuttergirl.

Historical Fiction Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken by Kiersten White (The Conquerors Saga #1)


Egalley thanks to Penguin Random House UK Children

Synopsis from Goodreads
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.
 


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8.5/10

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 And I Darken took me by surprise, peeps! I don't know what I've expected? Something more gentle, more typical for YA genre, more fantasy... This was ruthless and very well crafted historical fiction with one major twist - Kiersten White re-imagined Vlad Dracul as a girl. *grinning* Ugly, ruthless, wily and very kickass, but a girl.

Contemporary Romance Early Review: Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert 


Egalley thanks to Gallery Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
From the author of the “clever, creative, and sweetly delicious” (Kirkus Reviews) The Coincidence of Coconut Cake comes a novel about a frustrated wife and mother who hatches a scheme to reignite her marriage—and risks everything in a gamble she hopes is a sure bet.

When Milwaukee-area wife and mother MJ Boudreaux notices her husband Chris seems more interested in the casino than her, she’s more bothered that she isn’t upset than by her husband’s absence. She picks up poker as a way for them to spend more time together—and reignite their marital flame.

Although the game doesn’t give her the quality time with Chris that she’d hoped, MJ finds she has a knack for it. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt top of the poker table for comfort. Intoxicated with newfound freedom, MJ begins spending more time at the gambling tables and less with her family, finally carving out for herself a place outside her role of wife and mother.

After a string of great wins, MJ finds herself in Vegas, attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she’s forced to choose between her family and her new exciting lifestyle, the stakes may be higher than she thought and MJ will have to play her hand carefully…or risk losing it all.
 


Release Date: July 12, 2016.

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8/10

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 I found Amy E. Reichert first through The Coincidence of Coconut Cake which was absolutely delightful, so of course when I saw that she had another book getting released in July I jumped at the chance to review it.

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie is a bittersweet book, an insightful journey of rediscovering yourself and the person you love and learning to fall in love with them all over again. It's about middle-age crisis, drowning in a routine and disconnecting from your kids.

Friday Mini-Reviews #74: J.D. Robb, Grace Draven & V.E. Schwab



Haunted in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #22.5)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Number Twelve is an urban legend in 2060 New York City. The hot club in the 1960s, it is now reported to be haunted?and cursed. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called there to investigate the apparent murder of Radcliff Hopkins, its new owner and the grandson of the man who made Number Twelve a cultural icon. Several bullets from a banned gun end his dream of returning the building to its former glory. With everyone around her talking about the supernatural, pragmatic Eve won't let rumors of ghosts distract her from hard evidence. The case becomes even more bizarre when it appears to be linked to the suspicious disappearance of a rock star eighty-five years ago. As Eve searches for the connection, logic clashes with the unexplainable. She may be forced to face the threat of something more dangerous than a flesh-and-blood killer.
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 6/10
It was an okay short story, peeps. Unusual, because there were heavy paranormal elements here which is unusual for this series, but it was amusing when Eve kept trying to find a logical information for a situation which could not be explained. Of course, Peabody was the opposite and too eager to believe in scary ghosts.
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Ну адекватная повесть, ребята. Больше ничего воодушевляющего сказать не могу. Необычная для этой серии, так как в ней присутствовали сильные паранормальные элементы, что в расследованиях Ив обычно отсутствует, однако смешно было следить за тем, как Ив металась, пытаясь объяснить паранормальное логически. Естественно, Пибоди поверила в призраков с радостью, и постоянно раздражала своими объяснениями Ив.

For Crown and Kingdom by Grace Draven and Jeff Kennedy:
The Undying King by Grace Draven
Ecopy thanks to the author
Synopsis from Goodreads
~Two fantasy romance tales by bestselling and award winning authors Jeffe Kennedy and Grace Draven~

***The Crown of the Queen: a novella of the Twelve Kingdoms by Jeffe Kennedy

It's been a lifetime since librarian Dafne Mailloux saw the coronation of the tyrant who destroyed her family. She did her part to pull him off the High Throne. But his daughter, the would-be Queen, and her sisters must still tame their conquest. If her victory is to last, Dafne must forge peace with the subtle, ruthless methods of a diplomat--and the worst memories of her life...

***The Undying King by Grace Draven

The stories are told in whispers, even after so long: of a man whose fair rule soured when he attained eternal youth. Imprisoned by a sorceress wife in a city out of time and place, he has passed into legend. Few believe in him, and fewer would set their hopes on his mercy. But Imogen has no choice. To break the curse that's isolated her since birth, she'll find the Undying King--and answer his secrets with her own...
 
Author Note: The Undying King is intended for more mature audiences and contains graphic descriptions of physical intimacy.  
Amazon kindle US/UK
 8.5/10
 Please note, that I'm only reviewing The Undying King by Grace Draven as me and Jeffe Kennedy's books unfortunately do not get along well. The Undying King was fabulous, peeps! To my surprise it was a whole new world not connected to the books I've already read, and I found the characters of Cededa and Imogen really engaging. Also, talk about scorching hot intimate scenes. *phew* Totally worth a read!
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Заметьте пожалуйста, что я рецензирую только повесть от Грэйс Дрэйвен " Неумирающий Король", так как я и книги Джефф Кеннеди несовместимы, поэтому я её перестала читать посе второй книги серии. "Неумирающий Король оказалась прекрасной повестью, и к моему удивлению построение мира здесь совершенно было не связано с уже прочитанными мною книгами мисс Дрэйвен. Седэда и Имоджен - занимательные, интересные персонажи, а интимные сцены меду ними просто сжигали простыни своим жаром. В общем, читайте, не пожалеете!


Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Vicious #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

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9/10
Absolutely freaking fantastic book! And you know what is so great about it? Victor is an antihero who does good deeds against his own nature because they suit his purpose at the time and because he needs to stop someone who went completely deranged thinking himself a real hero and just going on a killing spree on innocent people. It's a fascinating read, and I was mesmerized by the author's immense talent. Definitely, recommended. A characterization to die for.
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Шикарнейшая книга, мои дорогие! И вы знаете почему? Потому что Виктор - антигерой, почти что злодей, который делает добрые дела против своей натуры и инклинаций, чтобы победить своего давнего друга, который сошёл с ума, убивает всех подряд с паранормальными способностями и считает себя героем. Очень рекомендую, меня этот автор заворожил! Характеризация убийственная.

Urban Fantasy Review: The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #10)


Ecopy thanks to St. Martin's Griffin

Synopsis from Goodreads
As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

 
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8.5/10

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 I am actually very pleased with this book, peeps! The plot catching up to reason, and finally we get a clear picture of what to expect, because frankly? last two books were messy.

Historical Fiction Audiobook Review: The Moon in The Palace by Weina Dai Randel

The Moon in The Palace by Weina Dai Randel (Empress of Bright Moon #1)


Audiocopy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads

There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power
A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor’s attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the Emperor a gift he can never forget.
Mei’s intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the Emperor. But just as she is in a position to seduce the most powerful man in China, divided loyalties split the palace in two, culminating in a perilous battle that Mei can only hope to survive.
In the breakthrough first volume in the Empress of Bright Moon duology, Weina Dai Randel paints a vibrant portrait of ancient China—where love, ambition, and loyalty can spell life of death—and the woman who came to rule it all.

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7.5/10

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 I confess I was a bit prejudiced towards this book. I've been watching Chinese TV series The Empress of China which is about Wu Meiniang, and when I saw this book I was transfixed as I can't get enough of that formidable woman.

The Postman Knock #158

It's hot, hot, hot, and it seems we can only function very early in the morning and late at night. Right now it's almost midnight, and I'm sitting on my patio with a lovely chandelier light above me and the sky full of stars overhead while all the cats and dogs playing around... Blissful!

I READ and LISTENED TO a little bit more these last two weeks:


DUKE OF SIN was bloody marvelous and everyone has to read it! STILETTO I already reviewed, THE MOON IN THE PALACE and DAMIAN were okay, THE PASSAGE gave mixed feelings, and NOS4A2 was just plain creepy.
I am still 24 books behind in my reading challenge, but I've accepted that I might need to lower the quantity of books I read.
 
Also, we've got puppies just under two weeks old, and they are adorable!
 

 


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Super excited, especially about Lilah Pace!

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Yum!

This is it for me. I have two kittens playing on my knees, so I'd better wrap it up. Have a good week, guys!
Tchau!

July Book Releases I'm Dying to Read!


I'm really excited about July releases! Apart from The Devourers I have the rest for review and already read Luck, Love & Lemon Pie, which was delicious. How about you? What are you waiting for?
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