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March New Book Releases I'm Dying to Read!

Can you believe the winter is almost over, peeps? What an incredible month it's going to be! Everything on our land is in bloom, and I'm loving it. 
Here is what amazing reads are going to be released:


Marked in Flesh and Fire Touched were divine.  I also pre-ordered The Confessions, and I still have Into The Dim to read for review.
How about you? What are you dying to read next month?

Friday Mini Reviews #63: D.B. Reynolds, J.D. Robb & Brandon Sanderson




Christian by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires in America #10)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Texas . . . the heart of a territory that stretches from the golden deserts of New Mexico to the turquoise shores of the Florida Keys. It’s big, it’s rich, and it’s the next battleground for some of the most dangerous vampires in the world.

Christian Duvall . . . charismatic and powerful, and determined to claim the South as his own. But with old enemies and new fighting to stop him, victory suddenly takes on a brutal, and far more treacherous, edge. Because what one of his enemies wants more than anything else already belongs to Christian . . . and her name is Natalie.

Natalie Vivant Gaudet . . . brilliant and lovely, a strong Southern woman who can unravel the most intricate financial schemes designed to swindle and steal. She loves her complex job and the simplicity of her life. And then she meets Christian. He’s beautiful, he’s complicated, and she’ll fight to keep him alive.

With allies trying to kill him, and enemies readying a horde of zombie vampires to roll over all of Texas, it will take every shred of Christian’s power and Natalie’s determination to win this war and give North America a brand new Lord of the South.
 
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 8/10
Yummy read, peeps! As usual, I couldn't help but enjoy the modern vampire mafia-like wars, strong heroines and a really wonderful hero. Very dynamic, fast read for fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy alike. Christian had a great banter going with his friend Marc, and an easy interaction with Natalie. Recommended.
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Вкуснвя книжка, как и всё, что выпускает Д.Б. Рейнольдс. Я с удовольствием читала про вампирские войны в стиле мафиозных разборок, сильных героинь и харизматичных героев. Классный диалог Кристиана со своим другом и тёплые разговоры с Натали. Прелестно просто, что в книгах этого автора к женщинам относятся как к равноправным партнёрам. Рекомендую.



Seduction in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #13)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
She was 23 and already in love. She was certain he'd be handsome. She would be dead before midnight. Bryna Bankhead carefully dressed for her date with the wonderful Dante, a man she's only ever spoken to online. By the end of the night, rose petals are scattered, poetry has been quoted - and Bryna has been murdered.
Audible US/UK | Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository 

8.5/10
I actually loved this one! Pretty interesting investigation, and there is even some sword fighting in the end. So enjoyable. Definitely one of better books in this series.
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Мне очень понравилась эта книга! Интересное расследование, и даже бой на мечах в концовке! Одна из лучших книг серии, безусловно!


The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #3)

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.
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 5/10
I was so angry with the conclusion of trilogy, so angry! What a depressing read where basically almost everyone dies. I felt cheated because the characters went through an astounding amount of hardship and in the end it was all for nothing, and that's when the reader has been invested in them from the first book. Argh! I think if I knew Sanderson's propensity for books which make you feel suicidal, I wouldn't have given The Hero of Ages such a low rating, but in this case I was too pissed off to look at it rationally.
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Я была так рассержена на эту книгу! Ну очень неприятная концовка! В общем, почти все умирают, и это при том, что главные герои прошли через невероятное количество трудностей и горя, чтобы дойти до конца. А оказалось, что зря. Вашу мать! Если бы я знала, что от книг Сандерсона хочется обычно резать вены, то я бы восприняла Героя Эпох по-другому, но так как концовка застала меня врасплох, то оценка книги у меня на одних эмоциях.

Historical Fantasy Audiobook Review: Magic & Manners by C.E. Murphy

Magic & Manners by C.E. Murphy (Austen Chronicle #1)


audio copy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
It is a truth universally accepted that well-bred members of society are not beleaguered with magic. For Elsabeth Dover and her sisters, that truth means living in a perpetual state of caution, never using their sorcerous gifts in public. Elsabeth chafes under the stricture, although not enough to risk the possibility of good marriages for her sisters...until she meets handsome, arrogant Fitzgerald Archer. Elsabeth, attracted to Archer's wit and offended by his manner, strives to keep her impetuous youngest sister's use of magic in check so that their eldest sister, Rosamund, might find happiness with Archer's wealthy friend, Mr. Webber. But when Elsa fails to keep young Leopoldina in line, Archer's disapproval of the family taint means an abrupt end to Rosamund's hopes and leads to a terrible discovery about the price of magic.... 

Audible US/UK

6.5/10

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 Yet again I have to characterize a book as "nice", and it's killing me to say so. It's a nice read, peeps, but it doesn't deliver much excitement. It's pretty much Pride & Prejudice with a couple of different twists and a tiny bit of magic to spice things up. Overall it's a failed promise of all the things it could have been.

The Postman Knock #150

Hey there!
Long time no see, right?
Sorry about that. I've been in re-reading and re-watching mood, and I still am. I am re-reading long winded urban fantasy series by Kylie Chan set in Hong Kong. And I also just finished 3rd season of Buffy. You know I've never watched Angel beyond the first couple of episodes, so when I'm done with Buffy, I'll do that :)
So it's all quiet here. How about you? Anything exciting?

READ/LISTENED TO in the last month:

Plus I'm on my 4th re-read, but overall it's a slow month. THE PAINTED MAN and THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY were delightful, and some of the other reads I've already reviewed. The rest were okay.

FOR REVIEW:

I'm listening to it now, and it's okay, but it's almost entirely a repeat of Pride and Prejudice. I wish there was more magic! *grins* Thank you, Audible Studios!

BOUGHT:


KINDLE FREEBIES:


I'm sure I forgot to mention some other books, but it's been a month, and I am trying to buy less and actually go through the titles I've had on my kindle for years. Wish me luck!

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Friday Mini Reviews #62: J.D. Robb, Sonali Dev & Danielle Bourdon



Interlude in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #12.5)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
In early spring of 2059, Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called off planet to face a grueling ordeal - giving a seminar at the largest police conference of the year, to be held in a swanky resort. A resort which just happens to be owned by her husband, Roarke, of course.

Even though Eve can't quite see it that way, it's supposed to be at least partly a vacation. But work intrudes in the form of a bloody homicide, and Eve is off and running. The case is complicated by Eve's personal history with the victim - and by the killer's history with Roarke. As danger closes in and the body count rises, Eve must find a way to stop the cycle of violence and revenge, and shove the past back where it belongs.
 
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 7.5/10
While I'm always happy to see Eve kicking some sexist arse in the balls, this short novella was a bit sloppily written in my opinion. Or maybe I'm just prejudiced towards novellas in general? Overall it's a good, entertaining and memorable read, and I enjoyed it.
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Хотя я всегда с удовольствием читаю как Ив пинает под задницу очередного мужлана-шовиниста, эта повесть по качеству немного проигрывает обычному превосходному стилю Норы Робертс. Однако, не обращайте на меня внимания, я наверное предубеждена против повестей в общем. Ведь читала я её всё равно с наслаждением и она мне очень запомнилась.
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev (Bollywood series)

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.
Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.
Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev’s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity.

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                                                                           8/10
I am sure there are plenty of wonderful reviews on this book out there, but for me this was classic chick lit with a clueless, klutzy and naive heroine with a generous golden heart, and an arrogant hero who is absolutely dumbfounded by the fact that he falls for her. It's a total feelgood story, and I enjoyed it immensely. Recommended.
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Я уверена в том, что по интеренету разбросаны прекрасные рецензии на эту книгу, но для меня это был классический сценарий "chick-lit" - женской прозы. Героиня наивна, добра, неуклюжа и очень мила, а герой  высокомерен и никак не может оправиться от удивления когда в эту героиню влюбляется. В общем, очень уютная, светлая книга. Рекомендую.


 King & Kindom by Danielle Bourdon (Latvala Royals #2)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Chey Sinclair discovers that dating a real life Prince can be both heart warming—and heart wrenching. Sticking to her guns, she faces down the Queen and defies the Royal order to cease her relationship with Prince Sander. Piqued, the Queen strikes back, and Chey finds herself separated from Sander by no means of her own. Forced to return to Seattle, Chey waits, and hopes, to be reunited with her Prince. What happens next leaves her desolate and devastated. Just when she decides to move on, her wily Prince proves he has a few cunning plans of his own.


Will Sander Ahtissari pull off the impossible, or will the King and Queen of Latvala get their way in the end?

Find out in book #2 of the Latvala Royals Series.

  

Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK
                                                                        7.5/10
O_o, so much drama! *grinning* I'm afraid you will have to suspend you disbelief in this book even more than in the previous one. It almost reads like a Disney story, what with all the people in the foreign country speaking English, and the heroine and her best friend being able to read newspaper in English, etc., etc. But at the same time it's still very, very entertaining, and I hope I'll be able to continue with this series in the future. Read this guilty pleasure with me, peeps!
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О_о, как драматично, мама дорогая! Я боюсь, что вам придётся отбросить свой скертицизм куда подальше и читать эту историю прямо как диснеевскую сказку, ибо если вы начнёте к ней придираться (тут в маленьком королевстве Восточной Европы все говорят по-английски, и героиня, например, умудряется следить за событиями из местной газеты, которая, сюрприз, сюрприз! тоже на английском), то она развалится по кусками. Главное - это понимать, что эта сказка - сплошное виноватое удовольствие, и её я вам рекомендую, несотря на отсутствие реализма.

Fantasy Audiobook Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Gentleman Bastard #1)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part "Robin Hood", one part Ocean's Eleven, and entirely enthralling...

An orphan's life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.

A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld's most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined.

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi's most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr's underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying...


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 8.5/10

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This was perhaps one of my favorite and sassiest fantasy reads of last year. The Lies of Locke Lamora is a study of contrasts glued together incredibly well. It's cheeky, obnoxious and hilarious, and at the same time dark, gory and epic.

My Top 10 Romantic Reads For A Valentine's Day!


I don't know about you, peeps, but this time of year I am quite happy reading romantic books all the time. It might be Valentine's Day itself or it might simply be cold and miserable winter which makes me want to get as comfy and cheerful as possible, but the fact is the same. I read more romance novels than my usual fill.

I am not going to give you Top Ten Romance Novels of all times. That will be unrealistic as our taste changes every few years, but I can share my top ten of the last 5 years and see if it will get you in a romantic mood. *wink*

Get your wine and chocolate, and let's read!
Happy Valentine's to bookworms around the world!

1.BENEATH A WANING MOON
If you are not familiar with the writing of these two wonderful authors. this book is a great chance to find out for yourself if you like Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven. A Very Proper Monster by Elizabeth Hunter made me cry it was so piercingly romantic.
 Amazon kindle US/UK 

2. THE UNFINISHED SYMPHONY OF YOU AND ME
My first book by Lucy Robinson, The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me is hilarious and wonderfully inspirational. It's also very Northern English, and I loved it.
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository

3. THE SAINT
This is the closest Miss Reisz came to re imagining The Thorn Birds, and it's probably useless to recommend The Saint out of context of the Original Sinners series, but this book while oh so unconventional is a beautiful story about falling in love.
 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository

4. BEAUTY AND THE MUSTACHE
You know, I love Penny Reid, but among all her books this is the most poetic, plus you can easily read Beauty and The Mustache out of context of the series. A wonderful, wintery romance!
Amazon kindle US/UK


5. MASTER OF CROWS
My first novel by Grace Draven, Master of Crows is unobtrusively romantic. It shows not tells how the protagonists feel towards each other, and it makes you melt.
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
6. WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE
I totally need to re-read this book, ladies and gents, because What I Did For a Duke is wonderful. What starts as a game of manipulation for both characters turns into a powerful love story as their game unravels. 
 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK |  The Book Depository US/UK

7.SILK IS FOR SEDUCTION
I love Loretta Chase, and this book has a wonderful love story and some amazing banter. Plus I think it's better than Lord of Scoundrels, which says it all.
Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository

8.BEYOND SEDUCTION 
This one is a bit of an oldie, peeps, but one of my favorites. Emma Holly writes erotic romances, and this historical romance is a bit of an oddball for her, but it's scorching hot, and it's all about fighting to be who you truly are. I re-read it from time to time. Gorgeous!
Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
9.SUNSHINE
What always gets me in Sunshine despite it being really slow and not really a proper love story, is this quiet, persistent attraction against all the odds and against your own nature between two protagonists. I find it intensely romantic.
Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US | The Book Depository

10. COTTONWOOD
Cottonwood is a very unusual love story as in one of the protagonists is so alien looking to us that it takes a long while to fall in love with him despite his appearance, but the beauty of this book is that it happens and it's truly a powerful love story. 
Amazon kindle US/UK

Epic Fantasy Romance Review: Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince #3)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
Damianos of Akielos has returned.

His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill.

On the brink of a momentous battle, the future of both their countries hangs in the balance. In the south, Kastor's forces are massing. In the north, the Regent's armies are mobilising for war. Damen's only hope of reclaiming his throne is to fight together with Laurent against their usurpers.

Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen's identity - can it stand against the Regent's final, deadly play for the throne?


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10/10

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 Ooh, guys! As this is my first 10/10 book of the year, I am truly intimidated by this attempt to review it. I am afraid I won't be able to do it justice.

There are so many wonderful things about this series which I've talked about before when I reviewed the first two books, but the truth is Kings Rising is even better. It's like touching live wire. Powerful, visceral, stomach churning, mesmerising. 

YA Fantasy Audiobook Review: Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Serpentine by Cindy Pon (Kingdom of Xia: Second Series #1)


copy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.


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

6/10

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 Here is the thing. This is a very pleasant book to listen. The narrator is nice, the story is evenly paced and interesting enough. I also enjoyed the ever so fascinating Chinese mythology, but at the same time it feels like Middle Grade instead of YA. And not in a good way.

Blog Tour Stop Contemporary Romance Review + Giveaway: Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid

Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid (Knitting in The City #5)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.

Except… not.

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?


This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5


Amazon kindle US/UK

9/10

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You know I love Penny Reid's book, right, guys? But this one, this one took the cake! |It was an amalgamation of my favorite parts - a kick butt heroine, a complex, truthful relationship and some top notch banter.

Steampunk Novel Review: The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan

The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan (Fall of The Gas-Lit Empire #3)


Egalley thanks to Angry Robot

Synopsis from Goodreads
You’d have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that’s what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A one-time enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick.
Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire. All that stands in Elizabeth’s way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke’s private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels.
Rod Duncan returns with the climactic volume of the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, the breathtaking alternate history series that began with the Philip K Dick Award-nominated The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter.
 


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8/10

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 Every time! Every bloody time it happened to me with this bloody series, ladies and gents. First I'm not sure but keep reading, then it gets more and more interesting, and bam! There is this huge, exciting race to the end. Which finishes really quickly. Which is why I don't rate the books very high. The consistency is too choppy, but overall this is a solid 4 star material.

February New Book Releases I'm Dying to Read!


I know, I know... I'm really not enthused by this month's releases! But. I am dying to read new C.S. Pacat. She is an amazing, amazing writer. The other two books I am reviewing. The Custodian of Marvels was pretty good. but it's solid 4 stars series all the way.
What about you? What are you waiting for?
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