Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #292

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons 
Releases on: August 4th 2020
 
Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.

Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family's taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn't have the earth god’s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something else—something that hasn't been seen in centuries.

When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games. The fights put Madoc in Ash's path, and she realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior.

But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—it will unravel the world.

Thoughts:
Gladiators? Gods? Powers? Yes, please! I'm having thoughts of An Ember in the Ashes when I read the description of this novel and that makes me so excited! 

Do you like the sound of Set Fire to the Gods?
And what are you waiting on this Wednesday?
 
 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Book Shelf: Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld, introduces a brand-new scorching new paranormal romance series…GODS OF WAR.

Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her.

On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally—the sexy god who makes her burn with desire.

Though Vale is his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can triumph, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review: 

Shadow and Ice is the first novel in Gena Showalter’s new PNR series Gods of War and introduces readers to a new band of alpha men and the strong women who are going to bring them to their knees.

Knox of Iviland is the most ruthless warrior in All War history. He has won more wars and realms for his king than anyone else. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he wins the battle for Earth he’ll be given the one thing he’s always wanted; his freedom. Victory is almost guaranteed until he meets a woman who has him questioning his desires. Street smart Vale London just wanted to enjoy an Arctic getaway with her foster sister. She never expected to stumble upon a cave filled with ice encased immortals. When she is reluctantly drawn into their war, Vale has no choice but to team up with an unlikely ally—-a brutal but sexy immortal who makes her burn with unexpected desire. Vale wants to stay alive and Knox needs to win but with working together seeming to stroke the fire that burns between them will Vale and Knox discover more than they planned; will they find a love more important than any battle.

Gena Showalter has been a favourite author of mine for many years. Ever since I read her first Lords of the Underworld series I have been addicted to her novels. I have been a little underwhelmed by a couple of her most recent ones (we will not speak of the William/Gillian disappointed) but I felt that Shadow and Ice was a return to the Gena Showalter tales of old and a great start to a promising new series!

Shadow and Ice unfolds through the varying perspectives of both main characters Vale and Knox. This is my favourite way to read PNR as I feel it allows readers the best opportunity to understand the feelings, emotions and thoughts of the characters as they embark on an often crazy journey. Showalter’s writing is always passionate, sexy and full of humour. She keeps things light but highly entertaining with intricate storylines that usually involve a great cast of side characters---as is the case with Shadow and Ice. I know Bane and Nola’s is next but I’m looking forward to Zion’s as well as having the opportunity to get to know some of the other immortal players.

I liked Knox and Vale easily enough. Knox was very alpha male while Vale was a fairly competent modern century woman. My only fault with Vale was that she seemed to feel like she needed a man to want her to be validated. I understand as a foster child she would have gone looking for such validation if she wasn’t given enough love, but I still disliked Vale’s frequent insecurities and sadness over not being wanted. I actually found this to be distasteful to her character. Vale shouldn’t have needed a man’s desire to be complete; she was more than enough on her own.

Reminiscent of the success Gena Showalter has found with her Lord’s of the Underworld series, Gods of War has a lot of potential as a series. I’m looking forward to reading more and discovering just what she has planned with the ongoing storyline and the multitude of characters we have already been introduced to.  

Rating:  
Source: Purchased by me
Publisher: HQN Books Format:
Release Date:
October 23rd 2018 
Buy: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: A solid start to a new series from Gena Showalter---I can't wait to read more. 



 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Owl Post #243


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Hi booklovers and happy Monday! Are you all ready for another great week?
 
I Bought: 
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh 
I've heard a lot of great about this series and am looking forward to discovering it for myself.

- Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza 
I've wanted to read this novel ever since I learnt about it. Happy to finally have a copy.

- Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
I love Jennifer L. Armentrout's books and have been meaning to get a copy of this novel for a while. Can't wait to read it.

- The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter 
Gena Showalter is one of my fave authors ever and I'm sooooooo looking forward to reading this book. It sounds amazing!

And that's me! 
Hope the owls were kind to you too this week :)


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Book Shelf: Dukes Are Forever (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #5) by Bec McMaster

A compromising situation forced him into marriage. But has his wife been working for the enemy all along?

In a steam-fuelled world where vampires once ruled the aristocracy, the Duke of Malloryn knows his nemesis, Lord Balfour, has finally returned to enact his plans of revenge.

Malloryn can trust no one, and when incriminating photographs surface—of an enemy agent stealing a kiss from his wife—he is forced to question just why his wife, Adele, trapped him into marriage.

Is she an innocent pawn caught up in a madman's games, or is she a double agent working against him?

The only way to discover the truth is to seduce her himself...

Adele Hamilton may have agreed to a loveless marriage in order to protect herself, but that doesn't stop her heart from yearning for more.

Her husband promised her a cold marriage bed. He swore he'd never touch her. But suddenly he's engaged in a campaign of seduction—and the only way to keep her wits about her is to fight fire with fire.

The ruthless beauty has locked her heart away, but can she deny the passion that flares between them? And when the truth emerges, will she be the only thing that can save Malloryn's life?

Or the weapon his enemy will wield against him?


More info on Goodreads.... 


Review:

Dukes Are Forever is the explosive conclusion to Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy series and brings this incredible saga to an end in what can only be described as a blazing and deeply sensual meeting of two formable minds as the Duke of Malloryn meets his match in the woman he least expects; his wife.

The Duke of Malloryn and his Company of Rogues are preparing for the final showdown with the Lord Balfour. Yet even as he approaches what has been the compilation of years of fighting his enemy, Malloryn finds his mind drawn to the last thing he wants to be thinking about; his wife. After a compromising situation forced them into marriage, Malloryn was sure Adele had a heart of ice, but recent events have left him with turbulent feelings towards her and when a series of incriminating photos surface of her kissing another man, Malloryn sets out to determine if she has been playing him all along---even if he has to seduce her in order to find out. Adele Hamilton may have tricked her husband into a loveless marriage in order to protect herself but that doesn’t stop her for wishing for more. After years as prey to the Echlorn lords who took what they wanted from her regardless of her consent, Adele knows she is finally safe even as Malloryn remains cold and distant. She knows he sees her as heartless but when he suddenly approaches her with seduction in mind, Adele lets herself imagine a future without a cold marriage bed and a husband who could love her. He’d sworn he’d never love again after what Lord Balfour took from him but Malloryn can’t deny his lady wife knows how to get under his skin. He plans to lure her into revealing her secrets but as they give into the passions between them he’s soon left wondering exactly whom is seducing whom....

Reading Dukes Are Forever was such a bittersweet experience. I was so excited to read Malloryn and Adele’s story but also somewhat sad as I knew it would be the last novel. Bec McMaster has truly entranced me with this series and its predecessor series since the moment I began reading the very first novel Kiss of Steel.

As with all the other instalments, Dukes Are Forever features scorching sex scenes, but the brilliance of this series is that it is so much more than a sexually charged adventure. There is a real storyline with mystery and intrigue woven into each novel. McMaster has written characters who have personality individually but also a fantastic chemistry together. It’s been wonderful seeing all the friendships and familial bonds that have developed and I’ve loved seeing all the characters of past novels continue to be so focal.

Bec McMaster left me entirely besotted with Malloryn and Adele in Dukes Are Forever. Malloryn has always been so controlled that it was wonderful seeing a woman get under his skin so completely. I personally find him so, so sexy but seeing him get all riled up and emotional about a woman only made him more swoon-worthy. There’s something to be said about seeing a rational, intelligent man come undone thanks to the woman he least expects.

And Adele....I think she’s now my favourite female lead in this series! We first met her in Lena’s story as Lena’s best friend and a woman who had a certain reputation within polite society. Given today’s obsession with “slut-shaming” I really appreciate what Bec McMaster did with Adele as a character as I felt it was relevant. Adele was misunderstood in so many ways. She was simply a young woman who was trying to protect herself—and her younger sister—from the vicious Elchon lords who preyed on them for their blood. Adele was actually a real sweetheart who had never been loved or appreciated. Intelligent but fiercely underestimated, Adele wasn’t afraid to say what was on her mind; something that made her a perfect match for Malloryn.

The relationship between Malloryn and Adele was simply scorching to read about. Bec McMaster could not have gotten the banter, simmering tension and sexual chemistry any better between them. The push and pull, the way they drove each other mad and kept each other on their toes—so addictive to read about. I devoured the stolen kisses and carnal explorations McMaster wrote between them. As an innocent, Adele came alive in the arms of her husband as he taught her about passion and it was very sexy seeing Malloryn bring her inner desires to life. Especially when she learned to turn the tables on him and the shoe was on the other foot.

There was so much to love about this novel. From the moments of humour between the Rogues and their jesting with each other in an easygoing way to the action and danger as they took on Balfour to the burning connection between leads Malloryn and Adele, Dukes Are Forever had it all.

Bec McMaster has quickly become one of my new favourite authors and I will definitely be recommending this series to anyone who will listen as well as rereading them in the future as I want to loose myself in the characters and their world all over again!

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me
Publisher: Lochaber Press
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: February 12th 2019
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts: An amazing ending to an amazing series---I absolutely LOVED this book!


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Free Ebooks

Hi book lovers and welcome to another post of Amazon freebies! I've got a lot of great books to share today.

Fallen Academy by Leia Stone 
Catching A Vampire by Laura Greenwood 
Soul-Mate by Anna Santos 
Elfhame by Anthea Sharp 

Beyond The Veil by Pippa DaCosta 
Chosen by Katrina Cope 
Children of Avalon by S.E. Wright 
Moon Kissed by Jennifer Snyder 

Ink Witch by Lindsey Fairleigh 
The Beast of Callaire by Saruuh Kelsey 
Warrior by Lori Brighton 
Crown of Ice by Victoria Gilbert 

Betrothed To Jack Frost by Alex Gedgaudas
The Blue Tower by Thalia Blake 
Broken Forest by Eliza Tilton 
Brayden's Darkness by S.L. Abbott  


Did you snag something new?


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Book Shelf: Weapon (Whisper #2) by Lynette Noni

I already knew he was a psychopath. But now?
He's more dangerous than ever.
And I have less than twenty-four hours to stop him.


After escaping Lengard and finding sanctuary with the Remnants, Alyssa Scott is desperate to save those she left behind ─ and the rest of the world ─ from the power-hungry scientist, Kendall Vanik. But secrets and lies block her at every turn, and soon Lyss is left questioning everything she has ever believed.

When long-lost memories begin to surface and the mysteries of her past continue to grow, Lyss battles to retain her hard-won control. Allies become enemies and enemies become allies, leaving her certain about only two things: when it comes to Speakers, nothing is ever as it seems... and the only person she can trust is herself.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Weapon is the sequel and conclusion to the Whisper duology by Lynette Noni and is a forward moving and sharp tale with twists that readers are guaranteed not to see coming.

After escaping the clutches of Lengard’s power hungry scientist Kendall Vanik and finding refuge with a rebel group of Speakers known as the Remnants, Alyssa Scott is desperate to save those she was forced to leave behind. As a Creator, Lyss on one of the most powerful Speakers there is, but her past is shrouded in mystery and the more memories she recalls, the more her questions grow. Discovering the truth may be the secret to discovering who she can trust, but as enemies become allies and allies become enemies, keeping her control may be the best shot she has and Alyssa isn’t even sure she has that.

Let me begin by saying that I LOVE Lynette Noni and I LOVE her Medorian Chronicles but while I enjoyed Whisper and its sequel Weapon, I didn’t love it. I wanted to, oh how I wanted to, and I tried really hard but something about the story fell flat at times for me. I still honestly believe without hesitation that this novel and its predecessor Whisper are solid reads; set in Australia, Weapon is well told and paced, perfectly written and with an engaging storyline. There was just something I needed I didn’t find in Noni’s duology as I have with all her previous novels.

Perhaps it was the fact that only two novels didn’t seem enough time for Noni to fully explore her world and the characters. I think she did a brilliant job with setting up Whisper but then Weapon failed to really soar—I wanted to delve further into Alyssa’s past and the world of the Speakers. I wanted to learn every nook and cranny of the various Speaker groups we were introduced to; not just be told about them—I wanted to see.

I was also disappointed by the lack of Ward in this novel, although I understand the reason for this where the storyline was concerned. I think the ending to Alyssa’s journey, though satisfactory---tying things up nicely while leaving plenty of hope for the future---would have been better felt by me as the reader if it didn’t seem rushed. All the danger surrounding Alyssa and her friends and it was all over in a few short chapters with the danger demolished…..it was too easy.

All thing being said, Weapon was a story I did enjoy reading as I honestly liked the characters and will read anything Lynette Noni writes. Though not as exceptional as I was hoping it would be, I do recommend this to readers wanting something set in Australia with an authentic Aussie setting who love their tales with a twist!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Pantera Press
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP: $19.99
Release Date: November 4th 2019
Buy: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: Not as good as its predecessor, Weapon still does conclude the series well.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #291

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal
Releases on: May 12th 2020
 
Zafira is the Hunter, braving the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those who defy his autocratic father, the sultan. She must hide her identity. He mustn’t display compassion. But when both embark on a quest to uncover a lost magic artifact, Zafira and Nasir encounter an ancient evil long thought destroyed—and discover that the prize they seek may be even more dangerous than any of their enemies. In We Free the Stars, Zafira and Nasir must conquer the darkness around—and inside of—them. 

Thoughts:
I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, We Hunt the Flame and am super excited to read book number two when it comes out. I'm hoping to see the relationship between Zafira and Nasir develop further and their romance builds.

Have you read We Hunt the Flame? 
And will you read We Free the Stars?