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Friday, March 24, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Storm Siren (#1) by Mary Weber

Synopsis from Goodreads

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.
 
Published: August 19th 2014 by Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
ISBN13: 9781401690342
Series: The Storm Siren Trilogy #1
Source: Bought
 
Review (4 Stars)
 
This book has sparked my love for fast YA fantasy again, recently I have been hooked on urban fantasy and new adult romances. However, I flew through Strom Siren in one day and have quickly gone to Amazon to order the next one. I've had my eye on this series for a while but have only just picked it up. Initially it was the cover's which drew me to this series, but after reading the synopsis and several raving reviews I knew I had to give it a try.
 
I loved the open scenes of this book, it was a great way of introducing serval aspects of this fantasy world. Firstly, it emphasises the distinct classes, both between slave and master as then also between the 'normal' people and elementals, as well as introducing the main characters big heart for the oppressed and the untrained state of her powers.
 
I have to admit there was a section in the middle of the book where I just felt as thought the plot had become a bit static. I think this section was meant for the development of the character relationships (and elemental skills) but I would have liked I bit more political intrigue while this was happening. Mainly because once the everything explodes during the last part of the book, I felt a bit unsure of the world political make up (i.e who was allied with who). Yet, despite this I did grasp the basics of this as all the action went down. During this middle section I think there was mean to be a bit of romantic 'tension' but I wasn't really feeling that either.
 
This last part of the book is what made this book so good, so many unseen surprises, and out right shocking twists and turns, and such a cliff hanger!!!

 
 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #22 - Loving My Pack

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!
 
Release Date: 28th April 2017
 
Series: My Pack (Book 3)
Pre-order from: Amazon (UK) || Amazon (US)
 
Synopsis from Amazon
What would you do for the ones you love…for the ones you’ve sworn to protect…for family?

Friend.
Granddaughter.
Mate.
Princess and trophy of the Ivaskov pack...

Kitten has many titles, but she’s starting to suspect that they’ve all forgotten her most important one…she’s just Kitten, the person. Or maybe they never knew her in the first place. As news of the royal pregnancy spreads, everyone starts making plans for the future…and for her. Torn between being true to herself and being the Princess everyone expects her to be, Kitten makes plans of her own. But the question is…can she live with the consequences of her decisions?
 
Why I am Waiting
 
I love this series, I did a series (so far) review which you can read here if you want to know how much I love this series. I have re-read them several times since then and they are just a great a second and third time.
 
I can't wait to dive into this one, I still see Kitten as a young character and it shall be interesting to see how she copes with the responsibilities of being princess, as well as the idea of being  a mother. It will be interesting to see if her character changes under these strains, and how her relationship with her mates survive through the necessary decisions.
 

Sunday, March 05, 2017

February's Reflections


Unlike last month I haven't had any new 5 star reads this month (just a re-read which I knew was going to be amazing as I have re-read it so many times). So this month's featured novel, was one which I bought because the series was on deal and I thought it sound like a nice fun romance.
 
Mini-Review
 
This book follows Kinsley a collage girl who is the ultimate daddies girl, she floats through life doing what she is told. Until one phone call after a rare night out turns Kinsley's life on it's head. She is suddenly faced with a very serious decision that ultimately only she can make. I was expecting a new adult romance, but what I got was a new adult/ adult romance full of twists and turns, and  a love interest with so much depth. However, what makes this book so memorable for me has to be unforeseen twist and cliff hanger ending.
(Full series review coming soon)    
 
 

 



Fighting Temptation (Men of Honour #1) by K.C Lynn
3.25 Stars
 
Maybe Yes (Maybe #1) by Ella Miles
4.5 Stars
 
Maybe Never (Maybe #2) by Ella Miles
4.5 Stars
 
***



Rider's Revenge (#1) by Alessandra Clarke
4 Star (review coming soon)
 
Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
5 Star Re-read
 
***
 
 
 
 
Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls #1) by C.C.Hunter
3.5 Stars
 
Sharpest Blade (Shadow Reader #3) by Sandy Williams
3.75 Stars
 
Tattered Loyalties by Carrie Ann Ryan
3.5 Stars
 
The Scarlet Thread (Fated Destruction #1) by Derek Murphy
3.5 Stars  
 
Too Far Gone by K.C Stewart
4 Stars
 
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs
4 Stars  
 
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs
4.5 Star (re-read)
 
Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs
4.5 Star (re-read)
 

Friday, March 03, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Rider's Revenge (#1) by Alessandra Clarke

 Synopsis from Goodreads
 
K'lrsa is a Rider for the White Horse Tribe who sets out to avenge the brutal murder of her father but finds herself in a society very different from the one she's known. She also finds that revenge isn't near as simple as she thought it would be and that she'll have to choose between killing the man she thinks is responsible and being with the man she loves.
 
Buy from Amazon (UK) || Amazon (US)
First Published September 24th 2015
ISBN13: 9781516880188
Series: The Rider's Revenge Trilogy
Source: Kindle Purchase
 

My Review

(4 Stars)
 
To put it plainly I really loved this book but wasn't entirely behind the romance - a vital part of almost all my 5 star reads.

Our main character K'lrsa, is a strong willed female in a world where men are the dominant force. In the first half of the book we can really see K'lrsa persistent nature and her determination to achieve her revenge. She also seems to be quite impulsive and emotionally driven in her decisions.

I loved the contrast of the two 'worlds' and it made me think of that that must have been like in the past, when western societies ideas and culture began to infringe on the native ways of life. It was good to read of K'lrsa experiencing culture shock as she is dragged into such an alien society. I enjoyed the political intrigue and the court manoeuvres. It was also interesting to see the city life from K'lrsa's perspective. It makes you think about the conditions that people can live under if that is all they have ever known, and how a whole society can be indoctrinated to accept things.

There where two thing which I didn't love about this book. Firstly, I found the whole 'dream twist' all too predictable. This doesn't mean that every twist was predictable, not by a long shot. As we come closer to the end of the books, there is a series of event that were completely (in my opinion) out of the blue and unpredictable. Secondly, as I mentioned earlier I just couldn't 'ship' this romance 100%. Near the beginning of the romance it reminded me of Ammey McKeaf in that the that they fall for each other while in a servant/master relationship, but also while also hiding their identities and with holding information. I also wasn't a big Badru fan, he just annoyed me when he spoke, he was too much of a rule follower rather than a conscience follower. He is also inconsistent some times he too fixated on his power while other times he plays the love sick fool - he confuses me!

Overall, I enjoyed this book it has some great side characters and ending that will roll nicely into a sequel.