Friday, September 4, 2015

Blog Tour: The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer- Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer thanks to Xpresso Book Tours! I am SO excited to take part in this novel as I have read and LOVED this book (as well as it's sequel!). Yesterday I posted my 5 star review of The Last Necromancer and today I'm excited to share and excerpt as well as give away a copy of this book. Seriously this is one of the best series I've read for a while, so I'm excited to give away a copy!
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Victorian London: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn't raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.

People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly "made" creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world - Charlotte - but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he's been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn't trust?

Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they're hunting.


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From The Last Necromancer......

Death visited me after I'd washed and eaten. Seth and Gus allowed me to bathe in private when I asked to be left alone. Still, I didn't undress entirely, nor did I put on the clean clothes provided for me. For one thing, the trousers and shirt were too big. For another, I didn't want to get comfortable at Lichfield Towers. If I succumbed to the comforts, I might never want to leave. And I had to leave. Death had something in store for me, the re-animator of corpses. Something I suspected I wanted no part of.

He stood with his back to the closed door, arms folded across his chest. He'd dispensed with jacket, tie and waistcoat, and the informality made him seem less like a gentleman and more like a wastrel. Indeed, his dark, disheveled looks wouldn't have been out of place on a carnival gypsy. 

"What's your name?" he asked me.

I scowled at him from my position by the window. I'd not yet sat down on the chair, since I hadn't changed out of my filthy clothing, and I stood with my arms crossed over my chest too.

"They called you Charlie."

I wished I'd gone by a name that wasn't so close to Charlotte. Fortunately, Death didn't seem to notice the similarity. Perhaps I'd been mistaken, and he wasn't looking for me—Charlotte Holloway—after all, but another girl that he thought I knew.

"My name is Lincoln Fitzroy," he went on. 

"I thought it was Death." I didn't care if my retort got Seth and Gus into trouble. They were nothing to me.

One corner of Fitzroy's mouth twitched in what would have been a smile on anyone else. On him, it was probably just a twitch. His face didn't lighten in any other way, but remained stern. I wondered if the man ever smiled or laughed. I doubted it.

"Are you going to kill me, Mr. Death?"

"That would be foolish, since I want answers from you."

"And if I refuse to answer? Will you kill me then?"

"Have I given any indication that I would?"

"You nearly killed me when you kidnapped me." 

"You were not in danger." 

"I fainted from lack of air! How could you have known I wouldn't die?"
 
"Ladies faint all the time and do not die." 

I recoiled. Did he suspect? I dipped my head to ensure my face remained covered by my hair. "I am not a lady." 

"Clearly." He came toward me and regarded me levelly. "I know how long a person your size can be deprived of air before death takes him."

"How do you know? Trial and error?"

He lifted a hand. I ducked out of his reach and put my arms up to shield my face. 

"I only want to get a better look at your face," he said. 

That was precisely why I'd darted away, but I realized my action could have been mistaken for fear that he'd hit me. "This ain't right," I told him. "You can't keep me here."

"Who will stop me?" He shrugged one shoulder. "Nobody will look for you. Your friends gave you up for a few coins. You have no family, no one to worry about you. For all the world cares, you might as well not exist, Charlie Whoever You Are."

Tears burned the backs of my eyes. He was right, but hearing it put so baldly stung. I was truly alone. Not a single soul cared whether I lived or died. 

Except me. Sometimes, I wasn't even sure why I did care. It wasn't as if I was adding value to society. Even the blond man whose spirit had saved me in the cell had left behind a reputation for defending the weak from bullies. The only impression I would leave behind would be my freakish way of communicating with the dead. 

Want more? Trust me to do. Charlie & Lincoln = Perfect! Get your copy today!
 
C.J. Archer has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two with her writing. Under her other name of Carolyn Scott, she has published contemporary short stories in women’s magazines, and she also writes romantic mystery novels under this name.

She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She has won and placed in romance writing contests including winning RWAustralia’s Emerald Award in 2008 for the manuscript that went on to be released under the title HONOR BOUND. C.J. spent her early childhood in the dramatic beauty of outback Queensland, Australia, but now lives in suburban Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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As I briefly mentioned I have ONE (1) copy of The Last Necromancer to give away! If the winner is from the US or Canada I have a paperback for them, but if they're international then I have an ebook. To enter simply comment below with a way to contact you, letting me know where you're from :) Giveaway will run from today until September 18th.

Good luck to everyone who enters. I'm absolutely in love with Charlie and Lincoln and guarantee you will be too!

As someone who ADORED this novel and it's sequel I CANNOT recommend it enough and urge to all to check it out!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book Shelf: The Last Necromancer (The Ministry of Curiosities #1) by C.J. Archer

Victorian London: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn't raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.

People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly "made" creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world - Charlotte - but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he's been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn't trust?

Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they're hunting.

More info on Goodreads.......
 
 
Review:

The Last Necromancer is the latest release by C.J. Archer and is a sensational and whimsical tale set in Victorian London that follows a strappy and quick thinking young heroine and introduces readers to an engaging new world full of magic, attraction and chemistry!

The Last Necromancer introduces readers to Charlotte “Charlie” Holloway, an eighteen year old woman who has lived on the streets of London since she was thirteen and her abilities as a necromancer saw her thrown out by her father. Managing to pass as a young boy due to her slight stature and innocent face, Charlie has seen the worst of life. So when she’s kidnapped off the street by someone looking for a necromancer named Charlotte who is not aware they are one in the same, Charlie vows to escape. Taken to a manor house by a mysterious man by the name Lincoln Fitzroy, known to those who serve him as Death, Charlie soon learns Fitzroy isn’t the only one who has been searching for her.

There is a madman loose on the streets of London creating creatures he needs a necromancer, AKA Charlie, to reanimate, and with the secret organisation Fitzroy heads set on capturing him before further damage can be done, Charlie may have no choice but to work with those who have taken her hostage, but who have shown her more kindness and care than she’s seen in a long time, or risk having the madman get a hold of her; something that may perhaps be a fate worse than death…….

I have to say I was really impressed with The Last Necromancer! Perfect for fans of Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles, The Last Necromancer caught my attention from the very beginning and easily held it until the final page. Honestly, I wasn’t ready for the story to end when it ultimately did and I’m already raring to dive back into Charlie’s world once more!

I loved how well thought out, paced and detailed The Last Necromancer was. C.J. Archer has created a very vivid and engaging Victorian London that she has filled with tangible and personable characters you really end up adoring. I enjoyed the mystery that surrounds the story and liked how Archer twisted a literacy classic (no spoilers just yet from me!) with necromancy and the mysterious Ministry that Lincoln Fitzroy heads. 

From the moment we met her, I knew Charlie was going to be one of those kinds of heroines I absolutely loved and boy, was I not wrong. Charlie is strong, defiant and quick thinking. Throughout The Last Necromancer, Charlie displayed traits I look for in a leading lady who has the potential for growth. Obviously she is an eighteen year old young woman who has been alone for a long time, so she has her vulnerabilities and insecurities; especially considering the effect malnourishment and lack of hygiene has had on her body during her years on the street. Charlie doesn’t trust easy, but I really liked watching her begin to get along with those who “kidnapped” her, as they slowly became her friends. 

If Charlie was the starting point, all the other characters so far have continued to add layers and different dimensions to the story. Lincoln Fitzroy is most obviously a standout as the source of a lot of confliction in the story comes from his and Charlie’s complicated relationship that is beginning to develop and his mysterious circumstances. Archer has hinted at a real intriguing history for Lincoln and I’m really intrigued to discover who he is and what his exact role within the ministry is.

Seth and Gus also prove to be adorable comrades to Charlie; looking after her both as a young boy and then as a woman. Their friendships with Charlie are both different, but no less sweet to read about. Seth comes across as almost a potential love interest, but I think Charlie’s heart strictly lies with Lincoln. At least I hope it does; I’m so very over love triangles.

And speaking of love interests; I loved the tension present between Charlie and Fitzroy and have no doubt they have real potential as a couple despite their age difference. Besides, what is 12 years during the Victorian era? Nothing really. Not when two people clearly have something simmering between them that is powerful and tangible. I find them thrilling and really feel Fitzroy is attracted to Charlie and cares for her, even though he’s attempting to keep her at a distance. Personally I think, and hope, this isn’t going to last and can’t wait for the moment when the tension that lingers between it reaches a crescendo and Fitzroy gives into Charlie.  

Expertly depicted and well-paced, The Last Necromancer is a stunning novel by C.J. Archer that sweeps readers into a passionate new world and will no doubt have you begging for more!
 
Rating:
Source: Sent for review by C.J. Archer and Xpresso Book Tours (Thanks ladies!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Bookworld | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords
My Recommendation: This will be perfect for fans of Kady Cross!
Cover: This cover is beyond beautiful. I think it's quite possibly one of the most stunning covers I have ever seen!
Will I read sequel/continue with series: YES! I cannot wait!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #108

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.....
 
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Releases on: February 9th 2016
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Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.


Thoughts:
Though I've never read a book by Sophie Jordan I'm really impressed with the sound of this! Sounds like it could be a very fabulous fantasy novel. Looking forward to reading this.....

What do you think of Reign of Shadows? Is it something you would read?
And what are YOU waiting on this week?

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Book Shelf: With Tide and Tempest (Secrets of Itlantis #3) by Kate Avery Ellison

Free or not, life beneath the sea in the republic of Itlantis is less idyllic than Aemi might have imagined when she'd been just a surfacer slave. She's been accused of spying for the enemy thanks to her connections with the traitorous Nautilus family, not to mention her own tangled and mysterious family history. Her mother has arrived, and is determined to take over her life. Oh, and someone is trying to kill her. Again.

When Aemi receives word that her best friend might still be alive in a village on the surface, she and a crew of friends set out to find him, regardless of the danger from Nautilus's men patrolling the open sea and the mysterious threats on her life. But the sea is not the only thing that holds secrets.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

With Tide and Tempest marks the third instalment in Kate Avery Ellison’s delectable Secrets of Itlantis series and is another beguiling undersea adventure that continues to follow a brave young heroine and keeps you on your toes with the turn of every page!

Life living beneath the sea is not smooth sailing for Aemi. Despite discovering she is the heir to the powerful Greywater family, Aemi is continuing to deal with threats on her life and accusations of treason against the people of Itlantis. Living under her father’s history and the shadow from his execution for treason, Aemi is determined to discover who is behind the attempts on her life as well as the ongoing threats to the people who live above the sea; Aemi’s old home. With the tyrant Nautilus still appearing to have plans for Itlantis, Aemi must manage to outsmart his men and those who would like to silence her…..forever. 

Trudging along with this series, I continue to find myself entranced by Aemi’s tale with each new instalment. Our strapping heroine continues to grow with each novel; becoming stronger and stronger with each situation she finds herself in and building on the great individual she was from the very beginning. 

Kate Avery Ellison continues to detail a rich, enigmatic and exciting storyline that blends different elements of friendship, romance and politics with plenty of mystery and adventure. I feel like the series is shaping up wonderfully with overall developments taking place, but each instalment still manages to convey its own minor plot arc; something that keeps you as the reader reading on as little revelations are revealed regarding Aemi’s history and the overall plans Nautilus seems to have for the people of Itlantis.

I’m still very much happy with the characters and enjoy reading about them all. Ellison introduces new individuals in the form of Aemi’s biological mother and her sister; properly put together individuals who clearly live up to the Greywater name, but who also hint at having softer sides and potentially caring for Aemi throughout the story. I really look forward to getting to know them in further novels and discovering what they really feel.

I must admit, I was very surprised to find myself questioning the possibility of Valus as a love interest for Aemi in With Tide and Tempest. My heart has always strictly supported Nol and Aemi’s relationship, but there were times throughout the story as Valus and Aemi got to know each other where I found myself wondering…..and I’m not sure how I feel about that exactly. I love Nol, but Valus….I don’t know, he and Aemi really seemed to connect in such a sweet and endearing way. We never really saw him in the last two books as more than a traitor’s son, but in With Tide and Tempest we see a different side to Valus, and you know what….it was a side I really liked. Cocky and guarded and cheeky, but also very kind—I’m intrigued! 

Rich and thrilling, With Tide and Tempest concludes in a surprising manner and leaves me raring for more. Aemi’s journey never fails to be exciting and I’m more than ready to discover what is in store for her next!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by the author for review (Thank you Kate!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it:  The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |
My Recommendation: If you love a good fantasy series, you will without a doubt love this!
Cover: These covers look beautiful together and I do really like this one too.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes. I'm very much looking forward to it.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Owl Post #70


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.
 
Hello lovelies!
 
It's that time again; Owl Post time! I've got some fabulous books to share with you this week :)
 
For Review:
From Allen & Unwin:
- Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
I'm super excited to read this. It really does sound fantastic and Ink and Bone is definitely one I'm going to be trying to read soon!
 
- This Broken Wondrous World by Jon Skovron
This is the sequel to Man Made Boy which I read and reviewed last year. I actually thought Man Made Boy was a standalone and could have really stayed this way. I will read this though to see what happens to Boy next.
 
......Thank you guy!
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From Pan Macmillan:
- A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
I'm really looking forward to this one too. It was a pleasant surprise to receive a copy for review, so I'm hoping to be able to get to this soon :)
 
- Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
This is the second novel in Angelini's The Worldwalker Trilogy, and though I'm grateful to have been sent a copy, I've yet to get my hands on the first novel. I have heard good things about this series, so I hope to get myself a copy in the near future!
 
.....Thanks guys!
 
 
And that's me this week! Some great books to read.
Hope you managed to get some wonderful goodies too :)
 
 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Free Ebooks

Hi guys!

It's that time again :) I have some fabulous freebies to share this time around. Enjoy!



And this week I have a special mention for You Are Mine by Janeal Falor which is also currently free; I LOVE this book and cannot recommend it enough!! Seriously, it is a STEAL to get this for free, so don't miss out!
 
 
Hope you managed to snag something awesome (including You Are Mine!) and enjoy your new free reads :)
 
 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Shelf: MacRieve (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole

In this pulse-pounding Immortals After Dark tale, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole delves into the darkest mysteries and deepest passions of Clan MacRieve. . .

A Beast In Torment

Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.

A Beauty In Chains

Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A Full Moon On The Rise

With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?

 
More info on Goodreads......


Review:

MacRieve is the 13th instalment in Kresley Cole’s widely popular and extremely entertaining Immortals After Dark series. Exploring the rich world of the Lore, each book follows a different couple and sees all manner of supernatural beings blend together in fast paced, romantic and exciting stories. MacRieve is no exception as Cole pens another exhilarating and sensual tale!

As a definite fan of this series, I’ve adored each and every book and MacRieve is no exception to this rule. Told through the eyes of Lykae Uilleam "Will" MacRieve, a tormented werewolf with a painful past and the woman we discover is his mate Chloe Todd who will bring to life the memories of his past, MacRieve is a riveting and sensual romance that explores another of the MacRieve clan.

We were briefly introduced to Will and his twin brother Munro, affectionately dubbed Hot and Hotter in Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, Bowen and Mariketa’s book. Despite being referenced to during that novel, Will’s history has been something not spoken of much and it’s not until this novel that you discover just how traumatic his childhood was and the painful way he was taken advantage of.

I must say I really liked Will in this novel. Prior to beginning MacRieve he had just been a character who had faded into the background, but seeing him front and centre in MacRieve managed to open my eyes to a new side of him and I definitely think he manages to stand on his own as a character. MacRieve really is a haunted and angry person. His recent imprisonment in the Order's prison and the torture he endured opened up old wounds and in MacRieve Will struggles to overcome some mighty fears and is very set in his ways and beliefs; something he needs to overcome if he hopes to keep his newly found mate in his life.

Chloe Todd is an athlete; tough as nails and a fighter through and through, but the last thing Chloe expects to have to fight for is her life when she’s kidnapped by creatures of myth and put up for sale at a slave auction. Despite being the daughter of Order leader Dustin Webb, the most hated man in all of the Lore, Chloe has been in the dark her whole life about her father’s dealings and her own magical heritage. When hardened and mysterious Will MacRieve saves her from the auction block and claims her as his mate, Chloe’s life is turned upside down, even as she slowly begins to transition into a supernatural creature herself----a creature MacRieve hates above all others!

Personally I found Chloe and MacRieve’s relationship to be really intriguing to watch unfold. Chloe is a delightful combination of seasoned athlete and uncertain virgin and MacRieve is a hardened werewolf who longs to claim his mate but who hates what she is turning into. With MacRieve’s history it’s understandable why he has his issues when it comes to Chloe and what she is becoming and the two of them have a lot of obstacles to face; the least of which is his hatred for her kind. Chloe has a lot to prove to Will and it’s only when he slowly lets down his walls does she begin to convince him that she’s nothing like the woman who victimized him as a child.

MacRieve is an exciting and sensual story that Kresley Cole manages to ensure entertains from beginning to end. Cole sets up the beginning of MacRieve’s brothers Munro’s story and I find myself looking forward to that one in the future. With yet another solid instalment in a great series, I find myself eager to begin Thronos and Lanthe’s tale next!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Simon & Schuster (Thank you guys!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: If you enjoy PNR, this series is for you!
Cover: I like it; it's different from the others in the series so far, but I do like it....
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes!