Black Waters by India R. Adams

Black Waters by India R. AdamsTitle: Black Waters (Tainted Waters #2)

Author: India R. Adams

Website: I. Adams 

Release Date: March 18, 2016

Publisher: India’s Productions

My source for this book: Author

My Rating:🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 of 5 stars

 

 

This review is based on a digital copy I received from author India R. Adams. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Blurb:

Black Waters is the second novella in the Tainted Waters series. It is highly recommended that you first read Blue Waters. Blue Waters is available for FREE at all online retailers and, or, signing up for India’s newsletter on her website.

Synopsis:

The blue water Whit once loved now looked black because it was claiming her, taking her from me.

Whitney Summers is Link’s best friend. He would do anything for her, even sacrifice their friendship to protect her. Whitney believes she understands what is transpiring in her life, but so much stirs beneath the surface. As her closest friend and protector, Link faces the darkness in his own life to guard the girl he loves.

This is Link’s story…

There was no beauty in her dying that day…

Synopsis via Goodreads


When I first began to read this book I understood that it was from Link’s point of view and I was ok with that. What I thought was that his part of the story was going to start from the ending of the previous book Blue Waters. I will say I was a little disappointed that it started before the ending of the previous book. In fact it actually started almost at the beginning of the previous story. I was a fool. This book is amazing! More amazing that the first and that is hard to beat because I truly loved that book. This story runs parallel to the previous story and I think that with the way the stories are written you should read the Tainted Water series in order.

Reading how much Link felt about Whitney, Crash and Connie from his point of view was insightful. We follow Link throughout the story and get to learn of many behind the scene events that were unfolding while Whitney was completely unaware. It was gritty, complex, and intense. It made everything from the first book feel re-mastered and turned to color and I didn’t even realize that the first book was all black and white.

Then this story did pick up where the last one left off and I fell apart. It did not go how I was desperately hoping it would. The writing in this story is just masterful. I felt like I was there watching everything happen. I felt myself die a little on the inside as consequences unfolded. I found myself loving Crash’s character so much; he was so misunderstood and beautiful. Link’s life was changed into a beautiful disaster and his character was never the same. It put him on an entirely new path and that was just right!

The ending brought tears to my eyes as I found it to be so bittersweet. I love that such a short story could evoke such strong emotions from me. I am not that emotional of a person so to bring me to eye welling tears is quite a feat. I truly enjoyed this series so far and cannot wait to see where this series go. I implore you to check out these books today.

*Thank you to author India R. Adams for this complimentary copy of Black Waters*

Terrific Tuesday: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst, Releasing September 20, 2016

The entire month of September is just the best for my Terrific Tuesday postings! Every single Tuesday there are multiple books being published and I get to decide which book I would like to highlight. For today’s posting I am excited to read this book by Author Sarah Beth Durst, The Queen of Blood. Here is the synopsis to spark your interest as it did mine:

An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth DurstEverything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.

Synopsis via Goodreads


Sarah Beth Durst is the author of ten fantasy novels for adults, teens, and kids, including Conjured, Vessel, and Ice. Her latest book for kids, The Girl Who Could Not Dream, came out in November 2015 from HMH/Clarion Books, and her next novel for adults, The Queen of Blood, comes out in September 2016 from Harper Voyager. Sarah won the 2013 Author Sarah Beth DurstMythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award three times

Sarah was born in Northboro, Massachusetts, a small town that later became the setting for her debut novel. At the age of ten, she decided she wanted to be a writer. (Before that, she wanted to be Wonder Woman, except with real flying ability instead of an invisible jet. She also would have accepted a career as a unicorn princess.) And she began writing fantasy stories. She attended Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat.

Bio Credit


If you are looking for more information you can go to the author’s website or follow her on Twitter. 

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Magic Binds by Ilona AndrewsTitle: Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9)

Author: Ilona Andrews

Website: I. Andrews

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

Genre: Fantasy

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 stars

 

This review is based on an eARC I received from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group. It is an honest review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Ultimate urban fantasy series!! With every new installment the writing and the characters just improve, how is that even possible after nine books?? This book was very different than the rest though. Kate as we know her has changed fundamentally throughout this story and there has been shifts in the key powers that be. There are plenty of surprises and a few places where your heart will just crush upon itself. For any die-hard Kate Daniels fan it is a must read.

I love where the relationship has gone with Curran and Kate. With just weeks to go from finally exchanging their wedding vows they just seem to have come to a place where they are secure in each other. I am not suggesting that there is no conflict between them because, come on, would it be Kate if she didn’t fight back or find a way to get to the bottom of things her way?? No, that would not be our Kate but more than anything it is Curran that is different. He has the Guild and has a purpose now and he is more relaxed and more jovial than in previous books.

In this story there are predictions from the Witch Oracle that come to Kate’s attention that threaten everything she holds dear or feels responsible for. That knowledge and the constant pressure from her father, Roland, trying to encroach of her territory has Kate at her breaking point. Kate is coming into her powers in this story and she starts to show a dark side. The closer she comes to her breaking point the harder she struggles with her inner darkness and she must learn to control herself before she destroys everything she loves. Due to this inner conflict what was once considered rock-solid loyalties are starting to shift and in some cases it like a stab to the heart.

Throughout the series there have been longtime supporting characters and this time around there are some true developments for them. I am just going to spotlight a few changes. I love the development with Mahon. I am really surprised about this but I am overjoyed at the change because it means the world to Curran. Roland, yes super bad guy but in his own twisted way he demonstrates his love for Kate. It is harder to hate this character now, thank you Ilona Andrews, now I am confused on how to feel about him!! Oh yes, and there is a character that has a comeback, which at first I was like why?? Why?? Why??? Hmmm, why indeed do I doubt the writing genius of the dynamic duo of Ilona Andrews? I love that this character has come back and although I was against it, I am now embracing it. Jim has rubbed me the wrong way since book one and over the series I have always hoped he would come around but in this installment he is now clearly on my “do not like, can you please kill off this character” list. Last but not least there are some changes with Christopher and all I can say is wow!

I feel that this series is coming to an end but that the authors are giving us fans a slow but steady finish to the series that is going to make us be “ok” with saying good-bye. That is not to say that I think it is going to be in the next couple of books, I just mean that we are over the hill and traveling down the other side now. No worries though, there is still loads of humor and witty dialogue to be had in this story. What a great read from beginning to end.

Read on for a blurb and the official synopsis:


Blurb:

Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Synopsis:

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Synopsis via Goodreads

*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of Magic Binds*

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, The Genre Minx Book ReviewsTitle: The Bookshop on the Corner

Author: Jenny Colgan

Website: http://www.jennycolgan.com

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks

My source for this book: LibraryThing

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ of 5 stars

This review is based on a complimentary paperback I received from Harper Collins Publishers via LibraryThing. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

This is a story about a librarian gone rouge. When the big bad takeover is looming Nina Redmond takes a wild risk and decides to take her dream of owning her own little book shop to a whole new level. She develops an idea for a mobile bookstore that goes from location to location sharing the joy of books with people of all ages, backgrounds and reading levels. How could I not want to read this book? I love the premise, too cute! What book lover does not dream of having their own little book something??

Unfortunately for Nina she put herself in a position that was almost over her head. All her original ideas were detoured as she had to make risky choices in order to obtain her dream that she had left everything for. Now she is in a new town having to strike out on her own and build a business model that most of her friends are calling her crazy over. Can she juggle a budding business, nay-sayers and romantic interests from different walks of life?

This story is adorable. I really enjoyed reading it. My biggest issue was that I felt that there were parts where the story was heading in a direction then all of a sudden we are at a new point and I was like “wait, where did we go?” I just felt that there should have been more descriptions or explanations at certain points. Other than that it was an absolutely adorable read and I highly recommend to all book lovers!

Read on for the official synopsis:


Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

Synopsis via Goodreads

Secrets at the Keep by Eric Buffington

Secrets at the Keep by Eric BuffingtonTitle: Secrets at the Keep (Kingdom of Denall #2)

Author: Eric Buffington

Website: E. Buffington

Release Date: September 16, 2016

Publisher: Dragon Scale Publishing

Format: E-book

Source: Publisher

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 stars

 

This review is based on an eARC I received from Dragon Scale Publishing. It is an honest review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Synopsis:

The powerful Baron Omer has been secretly maintaining a slave village under the nose of the king for years. The wealth and political clout he has built for himself have made his sprawling castle complex, known simply as The Keep, the most formidable power center on Denall outside the capitol city. Omer has also been searching for the Stones of Power, using any means necessary to track them down – even striking a deal with the evil sorcerer Mordyar and his stone seekers. Now the stones are coming to him, but not in a way that will bring him any pleasure. Wielding the Sight and Hearing Stones, Kaz Kinsley and the beautiful but mysterious Pentra are on their way to free the slaves and bring Omer down. With the other Stones on the move, Omer’s secrets will not remain hidden for long.

Synopsis via Goodreads


I enjoyed this story as much as I did the previous book, The Troven. This story picks up where the previous book left off and it has continued to serve up action and adventure at every turn. We delve further into the mystery of the six magical stones called the stones of power and follow the stories of the surviving members from the first book.

What I liked about this book? I liked that the story is a true continuation but that Kaz, Farin, and Bendar have chosen to walk different paths. Each protagonist’s viewpoint is a layer to the overall story. Although they are separated you can still feel that they each have a connection to each other. That the paths they have chosen are what they need to grow as men but at the same time there is a deep comradery that exists between them. Even in regards to Bendar’s character as he was the least valued member at the beginning of the first book.

One character, Mylot, was featured in the first book but I really thought he was just a minor character put there to add to the story but of no real consequence. In this book he has taken on a larger role and I have to say that I am surprised that I like the expansion of his character. He has had great growth and I like where he is going. Another addition that I am thrilled about is Captain Bethany Conrad, she was introduced in The Troven, but not until the very end. Now we are able to see more of her character and she is a no nonsense woman who seems cruel and without compassion but she is not all that she seems. I love strong female characters and she truly fits the bill plus she adds some humor and I always like humor. Speaking of strong females, the mouse of a girl in the last story, Maggie, has completely surprised me. There is some heavy stuff going on with her and I am very excited to see that story pan out. Wow, if she is what I think she is then I never saw that coming!

So what did I not like about this story? I liked everything really but what I would wish for would be more “character” in the characters. I like when characters have idiosyncrasies or traits that separate them from others and not always the typical traits of strength or being stoic. I like colorful characters that are endearing and memorable. These characters have an interesting backstory and goals but their passion and depth of character are not very “real” to me. That would be my only desire for this story, some quirkiness in the main cast. All in all, this was a great read! For me this is a gem of a series and I am looking forward to the continuation of this tale.

*Thank you to Dragon Scale Publishing for this eARC of Secrets at the Keep*


Eric Buffington was born in Ontario Canada, where he lived until he was eighteen. After that he traveled with a Canadian government program, for one

Author Eric Buffington
Author Eric Buffington
year (what he did is top secret), he then moved to California to serve a two year mission working with the Laotian people.

Shortly after returning home he met the love of his life, moved to Pennsylvania and married her. He has since completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wonderfully supportive wife, and their four children.  He currently works as a High School math teacher in an online cyber school. You can watch his math lessons on his Youtube channel.

Bio via author website

Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee

Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee. The Genre Minx Book ReviewsTitle: Not Quite Perfect (Not Quite Series #5)

Author: Catherine Bybee

Website: http://www.catherinebybee.com

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Format: eBook

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 of 5 stars

 

This review is based on an eARC I received from NetGalley. It is an honest review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

This is my first time reading a novel from Catherine Bybee and I am wondering what rock I have been living under?? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! The story is entertaining, light-hearted, and comical but it also held a dark twist to it that although predictable added just the right amount of edge to keep this story from going into the “mega eye roll” territory.

“Analyzing people and recognizing what motivated them to do the things they did-or in this case, not do the things they should-was her job. Keeping her analysis to herself was close to impossible. Dakota had warned her for years to keep her mouth shut unless she was kissing someone. Mary didn’t listen”

Mary has had a lifetime to build her walls and keep her heart protected. The only people that she truly loves and trusts are her best friend Dakota Eddy and the only parental figure she has ever known, Sister Mary Frances. Sister Mary was the nun who took named Mary and watched out for her during her infancy and adolescence but she eventually left the church. They are the pillars to her sanity and she is hard pressed to trust anyone else.

Glen is a hunk-factor that Mary has long desired but is kept at arm’s reach. Glen is a notorious player who wanted Mary to give him a green light but his player ways have kept him from pursuing her. He felt a desirable tug to Mary but was apprehensive about what kind of girl “sweet Mary” was. They had seen each other a handful of times over the course of a year but neither one of them would take the next step until finally Glen got some good advice – Mary won’t make the first move, just ask her on a date, she will come.

“Mary Frances looked him up and down, kept a snarky smile on her face. “When Mary called to say she was on her way and bringing a friend, I half expected a woman. I was starting to think my Mary was a lesbian.” “Oh my-“ Mary Frances cut her off with an evil eye. “Word! How could you think such a thing?” “Because I haven’t met someone you’re dating since you were in high school.”

Hil-ar-ious!! Also sweet that her “mom” would be so accepting. Mary was not much of a dating girl but Glen soon found out that there was more to Mary then met the eye. Before he knew it he was watching films like “There’s Something About Mary,” ha ha ha, no…I am totally kidding! Glen discovered that he really liked seeing Mary and his being a licensed pilot and all made the coast-to-coast distance between them a slight inconvenience that was easily overcome. The more time he spent with her the more obvious it was that he has misjudged her and that she was exactly what he did not know that he needed.

Besides the romance angle between the two main protagonists there are several supporting characters that are well fleshed out and add to the enjoyment factor. I love the “family” feeling that I get between all characters in this novel. They are unique and add their idiosyncrasies to the mix but in the end it just really enhances the story. The addition of the nun gone rogue is also really entertaining and sweet!

This is story is not just a light romance though, there is some mystery and dark twists in this book and I liked the addition of that subplot. It really added depth to the overall story and was a good catalyst to bring the ending to fruition. I gave this story five stars because it had me laughing, cussing, and worrying throughout the whole read. I highly recommend!

Read on for the official synopsis:


Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee delivers the fifth heartwarming, flirty novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series.

Synopsis:

Mary Kildare knows how to read people. It’s both why she makes a great therapist and why she refuses to trust the average bachelor. Staying fiercely independent has been her primary relationship strategy—until wealthy playboy pilot (and commitmentphobe) Glen Fairchild reappears in her life. After a yearlong teasing tug-of-war, Mary and Glen test the waters of attraction, only to find that their physical chemistry runs deeper than flirtation.

At first, a bicoastal romance suits them both—especially since Glen can swoop in and whisk Mary away on one of his company’s planes. But no matter how close they get, they’re still three thousand miles apart. And when Mary’s life is threatened, Glen realizes the one luxury he doesn’t have is time. Can he close the distance between them before it’s too late?

Synopsis via Goodreads

*Thank you to Montlake Romance & NetGalley for this eARC of Not Quite Perfect*

Terrific Tuesday: Pirate by Clive Cussler, Releasing September 13, 2016

I am a huge fan of Clive Cussler! This Terrific Tuesday posting is for one of his books that is releasing in one of my favorite series, Fargo Adventures. This series follows Sam and Remi Fargo who are a husband and wife treasure-hunting team. They travel all over the world finding lost treasure and unraveling mysteries. They also seem to run into trouble at every turn. It is a great series and I am looking forward to another installment in this adventure packed series!!


Blurb:

The outstanding new Sam and Remi Fargo adventure from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author.

Synopsis:

Pirate by Clive CusslerAn 800-year-old treasure . . . an ancient cypher wheel . . . a brutal murder . . . and a man who will stop at nothing to claim what he considers rightfully his. Husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo have gone on impossible missions before and faced many perils, but never have they faced an adversary as determined as the one before them now. The battle will take them halfway around the world, and at its end will be either one of the most glorious finds in history—or certain death.

Synopsis via Goodreads


There may be some of you who are not familiar with Cussler’s work so here is a rather lengthy bio and I apologize because I could find nothing shorter but he is a longtime author…

Author Clive CusslerClive Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt®, in 1973. His first nonfiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history, searching for lost ships of historic significance. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than sixty historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy’s Hunley, and its victim, the Union’s Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic‘s survivors from the sea.

NUMA—which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities—has its own website for those interested in learning more about maritime history or wishing to make a donation. Please visit www.numa.net.

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler is the author or coauthor of more than fifty previous books in five best-selling series, including Dirk Pitt, NUMA Files, Oregon Files, Isaac Bell, and Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for AdventureThe Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA.

Cussler’s books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. Past New York Times and international bestsellers include Pacific VortexMediterranean CaperIcebergRaise the Titanic, Atlantis Found, and Trojan Odyssey; more recent bestsellers include Piranha (written with Boyd Morrison), The Assassin (written with Justin Scott), Ghost Ship (written with Graham Brown), The Eye of Heaven (written with Russell Blake), Crescent DawnPoseidon’s Arrow and Havana Storm (the last three written with his son Dirk Cussler).

Bio via Cusslerbooks

A Wizard’s Forge by A.M. Justice

Title: A Wizard’s Forge (The Woern Saga #1)

Author: A.M. Justice

Author Website: http://www.amjusticeauthor.com

Release Date: September 19, 2016

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Format: e-book

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 stars

 

This review is based on an eARC I received from NetGalley. It is an honest review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.


“We do not seek to understand” the Master Logkeeper always reminded her, “only to preserve.”

Setting: Three thousand years ago a crew of mineral miners set out on a mission from Earth to the planet of Gomorrah but due to sabotage were not able to make it to their destination. With the mission a failure Captain Wong of the shuttle Elesendar was forced to make an emergency stop in the orbit of what is now referred to “Knownearth.” The crew came down to the planet to search for iron, copper and other ores so that they might be able to repair the Elesendar’s failed drives. It is assumed they were unable to make the needed repairs and settled on the planet.

Plot: Victoria, “Vic,” is from Ourtown. Since a young age she has intended to become a Logkeeper. Logkeepers are in charge of preserving every record their predecessors had from space logs, to information about their space travels and home planet. The hope with this memorization and recitation is to keep all people aware of the history and remembering equations for the precise targeting of a wormhole in case they might be able to someday use it.

Being the youngest Logkeeper ever Vic starts her job in earnest and travels to many villages to recite the logs and transport letters between communities. While staying at a town called Cairo they are attacked by pirates who are also slavers. Taken into slavery Vic and those taken with her are brought to a city called Traine to be sold as slaves. Before going into the open market she is inspected and deemed to be useful as a sex slave in the service of the Remlord, Lornk Korng.

“I’ll come to you, Lornk Korng!” she shouted. “I’ll come as Kara and I’ll spit in your face!”

After enduring months of psychological torture, forms of sexual abuse, and being forced to take the new name of “Kara,” Vic is able to escape through a teletransporter to the land of Latha. After realizing the horror that Vic has been through the Royal Family of Latha has taken it upon themselves to care for and protect her. It is not all roses and sunshine for Victoria though. She is seen as a possible spy and that stigma is a stain that is hard removed. Eventually Vic starts down the path that she feels is her destiny. That she must face in order to heal and to slake her thirst for her revenge. Like a true metamorphosis she is, was, and will be the Logkeeper, The Blade, and the Wizard.

Everything Else: At the start of this book my inner trekie was very excited! I love the concept of how a civilization could start from a crew of stranded miners. What I wish was done better was the world building. Throughout the book we encounter new lands with different cultures and there are details given to support the details of the current circumstance but I feel like I am looking at a color picture but if I peak to the sides there is blank walls or a watercolor picture that is muted and far away. I love the new world but I wish it had been fully developed.

The plot is imaginative, believable and developed. The sub-plots are there but some are not tied together. Although they are not tied together in this book, they may be carried through the series and tied together at the end. Or maybe they will not be. For me I do not mind the subplots not being tied together by the end of the first book if it is woven through the overall plot. In this instance subplots are introduced and then never spoke of again, there was no weaving, no bringing it with us while we read.

The main characters are Victoria, Prince Ashel and Lornk Korng. Victoria is wonderfully written and well developed. She starts off the story as a sixteen-year-old girl but overtime develops into a courageous young woman. Prince Ashel is very unique and developed. He has no interest in running a kingdom but serves his country through being a recorder. In Latha they use music to tell their history and Prince Ashel is one of the greatest musicians in his time. A recorder and a Logkeeper are essentially historians for their people. Lornk Korng is a villain through and through. There will be no redemption for this character. His version of breaking people down and melding them into what he wants is unique. I have not read another story yet that engages this technique. It left me thinking “would that really work in real life?” At first I felt that the answer was “no” but after pondering I felt like the answer could be “yes” and that just made it sicker. There are also multiples of characters introduced in this story. Many are static characters that support the plot but there are so many of them that it is a bit overwhelming.

From the start I found this story to be descriptive, original, and full of action. It has creative concepts and includes diverse cultures, from light skin to dark skin with no racial hierarchy. The women are treated equally to the men; both genders serve in the military and both genders are forced into the sex slave industry. There is no underlying theme that women are less than men and I applaud that! This story kept my interest engaged from beginning to the end and the cliffhanger has me hanging on! This story is about ideological differences that can shape how a civilization is molded, how rash actions of the heart can lead to unconsidered consequences, and how bravery can come from the lowest of the low. I highly recommend this story!

*Thank you to Wise Ink Creative Publishing & NetGalley for this eARC of A Wizard’s Forge*


Scholar. Slave. Warrior. Wizard.

On a planet far from Earth, descendants of marooned space travelers fight a decades-long war. Shy scholar Victoria knows nothing of this conflict until pirates kidnap and sell her to the sadistic tyrant behind it. He keeps her naked and locked in a tower, subjecting her to months of psychological torture. After seizing an opportunity to escape, Vic joins the fight against her former captor and begins walking a bloody path toward revenge.

As the Blade, Vic gains glory raiding her enemy’s forces, but the ordeal in his tower haunts her. Bitter memories keep her from returning the love of the kindhearted Prince Ashel, whose family has fended off the tyrant’s invading army for a generation. When enemy soldiers capture Ashel, Vic embarks on a quest to rescue him and, on the journey, discovers a source of spectacular power. With wizardry, Vic can rescue the prince, end the war, and wreak the vengeance she craves, but she might also destroy her only chance for peace.

Synopsis via Goodreads

 

Mini-Reviews from July 2016 Wrap-Up

My summer was a very busy time and I am finally getting around to doing mini-reviews for some of the books I read in July. Do not expect mind-blowing reviews, ha ha ha, it was a very busy summer.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

 

I gave this book 4 stars. This was a wonderful, awful, terrible heart wrenching beautiful disaster of a book and I am so in love and hate with it! It was all the drama I hate, the main protagonists are insane, in dire need of mental help but I loved it so very much!! Sigh, it was awesome!

 

 

 


A game of persuasion by Emma Locke

 

1 star story! I almost never give out a 1 star BUT this was not a “naughty” girl, this was a story about a pa-th-etic female wanting 1 night with a total rake! It was written well but the story made me roll my eyes with the pathetic desperation that this female pursued the man “she wanted one night with.”

 

 

 


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, The Genre Minx Book Reviews

 

3.5 stars. This book was a Terrific Tuesday post from the beginning of July. I have to give this book a 3.5 stars because the writing itself was phenomenal! I loved the whole monsters aspect and creation. Seriously creative and creepy. I did not like the whole “Harker” aspect of it, sorry, that whole f-ed up family situation just broke my heart and completely tainted the story for me. Then the betrayal, saw it coming but just messed up. It was just not for me.

 

 


A Gathering of Shadows Final

 

4 stars. Wow! So much better than the first!! I am into this series now! The character growth was wonderful, the world building and development was fantastic as always. The plot twists were exactly right, so good! The main protagonists did not disappoint me and I am so glad that despite my reservations I soldiered on because I would have missed out.

 

 


On the Edge by Ilona Andrews4 stars. Do you know what I love about the author duo of Ilona Andrews? They write lovely stories that start off ok and then develop and build until you are hanging on and waiting with baited breath to see how the story ends.

I really enjoyed this story. It only has 4 stars because there really was very little character development. It was mainly romantic development which I appreciate but I really want my stories to be more than just romantic love. It is character development that can really grow a series and keep me reading book after book.

Another wonderful thing about this author is that the stories always end very tidy with a thread that just makes you want to tug it enough to move on to the next story. This is a very good read that has action, danger, magic, interesting world development, a love story and some sexy times. I highly recommend, do not let the meh cover fool you!


Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich

 

2 stars. This book was lost on me. I did not really enjoy the dialogue, humor attempts, or the character who kept referring to himself as the “nascar guy.” I read it for the Wobble Challenge and do not see myself ever, ever, ever reading any book in this series again.

 

 

 


Earth Bound by Christine Feehan

 

3.5 stars, it was cute and had some nice bad boy action but I felt like the sub plots and overall plot were not tied together very well. I think at the end of the series everything will be tied together but for me the ending did not leave enough interest for me to continue with the series.

 

 

 


So were there any 5 stars books in the month of July??

Yes, just one. I loved it! I hated it! I wanted to scream at my kindle! It tore me up! Such a good read! Unfortunately the rest of the series did not keep my interest.

Moon Spell by Samantha YoungEnter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance.

It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves?

No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her with a dangerous attraction from her decision to uncover the truth.

But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect.

Synopsis via Goodreads


Well that is the end of my July 2016 mini-reviews. Stay tuned for my August mini-reviews.