Monday, October 14, 2019

Owl Post #239


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 book lovers and happy Monday! I have a bunch of great books to share with you this week :)
 
For Review:
From Pantera Press:
 - Weapon by Lynette Noni 
I'm sooooo excited to read Weapon. I LOVE Lynette Noni's books and can't wait to dive into her latest release. 
Thank you SO much Anabel!


I Bought:
 - Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
This book is quite possibly my most anticipated novel of this year. I don't remember the last time I was so excited for a book to come out. Think this will be my next read as soon as I finish what I'm reading now!!
- Chaser by Kylie Scott
I always enjoy Kylie Scott's novels and have been meaning to get around to getting a copy of this. Now I just need to find the time to read it.
- Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller 
I admit I still need to read the first book, Daughter of the Pirate King but I do own a copy and seeing as this sequel was on sale I couldn't pass up on a copy.
 
- Conjuror by John Barrowman & Carole E. Barrowman 
I totally bought this book on a whim without knowing too much about it. Mainly because I LOVE John Barrowman!! Oh and it was a hardback for only $8. Who could say no? 
 
And that's me!
What did the owls bring you this week?
 
 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Book Shelf: Queen of Ruin (Grace and Fury #2) by Tracy Banghart

Nomi and Malachi find themselves powerless and headed towards their all-but-certain deaths. Now that Asa sits on the throne, he will stop at nothing to make sure Malachi never sets foot in the palace again.

Nomi's sister, Serina, is far away on the prison island of Mount Ruin - but it is in the grip of revolution and Serina leads. The women there have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They will stop at nothing to gain freedom for the entire kingdom. But first they'll have to get rid of Asa, and only Nomi knows how.

Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, to build something better in its place.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review: 

Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart is the sequel to Grace and Fury and conclusion of the duology by the same name in this fast paced and action filled story.

Nomi and Malachi are powerless and facing almost certain death. Having tricked them, Asa now sits on the throne and is proving to be an even crueller ruler than his late father. He will stop at nothing to assure that Malachi never takes his rightful place as ruler, even if that means killing his brother and the woman he betrayed. Across the sea, Nomi’s sister Serina sits on Mount Ruin, having recently led a coup to overthrow the guards and take control of the prison where woman have been forced to fight to the death. The women of Mount Ruin will do anything to keep their freedom and killing Asa is the only way to guarantee this. Torn apart by a cruel dictator, Nomi and Serina soon find themselves together again, but when it becomes clear the way to stop Asa lies in Nomi, the sisters will need to separate once more. Before they were fighting for their lives, now they’re fighting for something even more important; their freedom.

Tracy Banghart is an author I’ve always enjoyed. I read and adored her independently published Rebel Wing series and absolutely loved Grace and Fury, but I was somewhat underwhelmed with Queen of Ruin. I still felt it was a great fantasy read; it just seemed to fall flat in some respects whereas the first novel really blew me away. I felt empowered by the characters and their circumstances during the first book and was prepared to metaphorically fight by their side. In Queen of Ruin, although the stakes were higher than ever, I felt like some of this drive was missing.

The novel also seemed rushed, especially towards the end and I felt that the defeat of Asa was anticlimactic. After the big twist in the previous novel and the way in which he manipulated Nomi into seizing power, his destruction was just too easy. I wanted more oomph, more fight. I wanted Banghart to truly wow me with this conclusion to her duology and although it was a decent ending and promising, it was too simple for my liking.

I still liked the characters including sisters Nomi and Serina. It’s been a reversal of roles with obedient Serina now a fierce warrior for womankind while defiant Nomi is more demure and uncertain, having seen a new side to the Heir during her time as a Grace and whose mistakes have paved the way for Asa’s reign. I think that Banghart developed the characters well. I actually came to like Serina over Nomi in this novel where before it was the younger sister I enjoyed following more. I think both young women have been through a lot and can’t deny that as characters they have driven the storyline forward well.

Though not as good as I was anticipating, Queen of Ruin was still an overall solid read and a fair conclusion to the duology. I appreciated the romances Tracy Banghart included for both Serina and Nomi with Val and Malachi exactly what the gals needed and I’m satisfied that the women of Viridia will have a new prosperous future now that a new dawn has been brought in for the kingdom where they will have rights and opportunities the same as men.

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 11th 2019
Buy: Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts: Not quite as good as the first one, I still very much enjoy Tracy Banghart's books and am looking forward to her next release!


Friday, October 11, 2019

Free Ebooks

Hi guys! I've been a bit MIA this week but to make up for it, here's a bunch of freebies :)

Studying her Vikings by Skye MacKinnon
Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke
Prince of Gods by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh
The Sign of the Symean by R.A. Lindo

Summer Magic by T.M. Cromer
Witches Get Stitches by JT Lawrence & MJ Kraus
The Immortals by S.M. Schmitz
The Alchemical Detective by Kirsten Weiss

Fate Abandoned by L. Danvers
Sleeping Dragons by Phoebe Ravencraft
Wraith by Edie Claire
Fate's Fools by Ophelia Bell

City of Wishes by Rachel Morgan
Flicker by Rebecca Rode
Alone by Marissa Farrar 
Of Blood, Earth, and Magic by A.A. Chamberlynn 

 Did you manage to get something new? 
I know I did!

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Book Shelf: Tarnished Knight (London Steampunk #1.5) by Bec McMaster

In the steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and a man made partly of metal is about to discover just how far he'll go to protect the woman he loves…

After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John "Rip" Doolan thinks he's finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he's ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realized precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined.

For six months, Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she is devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his.

But when a savage gang of Slashers start causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forge a new relationship…or risk losing each other forever.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Tarnished Knight is a sensual and beguiling novella in the London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster that features characters Esme and Rip as they navigate their feelings for one another.

John “Rip” Doolan believes he’s finally starting to master the darkness that simmers inside him since becoming a blue blood six months before. Though he’s struggled, Rip seems finally in control of the hunger that burns within him, but there’s one thing that threatens his hard earned control….his close friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted Esme. Having lost her husband almost a decade before, Esme has been patiently waiting for the day that Rip woke up and saw what she wanted from him was far more than friendship. For months she has waited for him to ask her to become his thrall, but when he tells her this was never the plan, Esme must face the chance she will never be with the man she loves. Rip fears hurting her, but keeping her at arm’s length may mean he loses her forever. Will he take a chance on his feelings or Rip loose his chance at happiness?

Having adored reading all the full length novels in this series, I knew I had no go back and read Rip and Esme’s tale. Stoked to realise I had a copy on my Kindle---gotta love the Amazon freebies—I jumped straight into their brief, albeit enjoyable tale. Seeing them find happiness with each other was satisfying and fantastic to read about.

Esme has always been a solid feature within Blade’s household; a steady, unblinking and homely woman. It was sweet reading about her as a woman, especially as it was clear in the first novel she was crazy about Rip. I enjoyed reading this novella set between books one and two and witness her and Rip become a couple.

Quick but romantic and passionate reading, Tarnished Knight was a lovely addition to the series from Bec McMaster. I adore everything about this series and am looking forward to many more brilliant stories from McMaster for years to come!

Rating:
Source: Purchased by me from Amazon as a free book 
Publisher: Published by author
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: April 21st 2013
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts: A must read for fans of the series.


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Blog Tour: Viral by T. Gephart

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Viral by T. Gephart thanks to InkSlinger PR. Yesterday my review for Viral went live and I am excited to share this novel with the world---it was a very enjoyable story that I highly recommend!
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A nothing-special rock band from Pittsburgh, PA is launched into the spotlight when the lead singer, Vaughan, posts a status on social media announcing the band’s implosion.

Ironic that money, fame and the opportunity of a lifetime came knocking at his door after what had been the worst day of his life.

Guess it couldn’t any worse . . . or could it?



Add on Goodreads or check out my review!


Purchase:

T Gephart is a USA Today and International bestselling author from Melbourne, Australia.

With an approach to life that is somewhat unconventional, she prefers to fly by the seat of her pants rather than adhere to some rigid roadmap. Her lack of "plan" has resulted in a rather interesting and eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history. She'd tell you all about it, but the statute of limitations hasn't expired yet. But all those crazy twists and turns have led her to a career she loves—writing romantic comedy.

When she isn't filling pages with sassy and sexy characters with attitude, she's living her own reality show in the 'burbs of Melbourne with her American husband, two teenage children, and her fur child—Woodley.

She loves adventure, to laugh, travel, and strives to live her life to the fullest.

Visit T:
This was a highly enjoyable novel that I very much recommend!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Book Shelf: Viral by T. Gephart


A nothing-special rock band from Pittsburgh, PA is launched into the spotlight when the lead singer, Vaughan, posts a status on social media announcing the band’s implosion.

Ironic that money, fame and the opportunity of a lifetime came knocking at his door after what had been the worst day of his life.

Guess it couldn’t any worse . . . or could it?


More info on Goodreads......




Review:

Viral is T. Gephart’s latest release and is a fantastic rockstar romance perfect for fans of Kylie Scott and Eden Summers! Funny, romantic and highly entertaining, Viral will hook readers from the very opening chapter.

When Vaughan Hale launches his unknown rock band into the spotlight with one angry social media post announcing the bands breakup, he never expects it to go viral. Considering the breakup comes on the back of lead singer Vaughan finding his girlfriend in bed with his drummer and now former best friend, the drama of the situation catapults the band into the spotlight. Suddenly they’re being chased for interviews and promotional offers and finally a contract with global music company Domination. It’s everything Vaughan has always dreamed of, but with the band a shattered mess, will Vaughan miss out on his chance at fame and fortune? Or from the ashes will Vaughan build a new future with new friends and new love he could never have anticipated?

T. Gephart is an author I always love. Her novels are always light, fun and highly entertaining with solid characters and delectable romance; something that proves true with Viral. Kicking off with an amusing concept, Viral unfolds through the varying perspectives of main characters Vaughan Hale and music exec Gillian Duzan who is Vaughan’s love interest throughout the story. Viral is a deeply enjoyable romance interwoven with moments of hilarity, friendship and music.

Both Vaughan and Gillian were great characters to follow and genuinely likable. After the recent heartbreak and betrayal he has experienced, Vaughan starts to put himself back together within Viral. The opportunity to remake himself and his band is one Vaughan chooses to embrace and I liked seeing him fight to put the past behind him. I really appreciated Vaughan’s character. T. Gephart writes him as a man not ashamed to enjoy being in relationships and who acknowledges he falls for women easily. It was refreshing to see someone who wasn’t naturally a playboy or a man-whore.

As the female lead, Gillian is tough as nails and a strong independent woman. In the music industry, Gillian has had to fight for respect and to be taken seriously in the male dominated world, where women often fall prey to sexualisation. Not to mention her father who has never seen her value or shown her love as he should have. This has been Gillian cultivate a cold, no-nonsense façade that she projects. In Viral, Gillian finds herself facing Vaughan who refuses to take things at face value and who has no hesitation in standing up to her when necessary. Gillian is actually a really nice character and I genuinely liked her.

Given that Vaughan had just come from a relationship that ended through fidelity, readers could be forgiven for thinking that his attraction towards Gillian does come on swiftly, however I feel that T. Gephart builds their relationship from Vaughan’s initial spark of interest and allows him to acknowledge and reach closure with his ex-girlfriend prior to truly engaging in a romance with Gillian. I appreciated that Gephart managed to avoid much of the angst that comes from characters misunderstanding the others thoughts and intentions as Vaughan is well aware of Gillian’s concerns about a relationship between them—he simply isn’t prepared to back off and let go of what they have. And I liked this determination.

Viral is slated to be a standalone novel but I would be lying if I didn’t admit I hold hopes T. Gephart may turn it into a series in the future. Viral wraps up nicely where Vaughan and Gillian’s story is concerned, but I really would love the opportunity to follow Nico, Emily, Austin and Declan in their own tales. I have no doubt they have stories to tell and will keep my fingers crossed this may one day eventuate!

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by InkSlinger PR and the author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Published by author
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: October 4th 2019
Buy: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble
Kobo | iBooks
Final Thoughts: A solid and fun rockstar romance! Highly recommend.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #287

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.....
 
 
Ashlords by Scott Reintgen 
Releases on: January 21st 2020
Add on Goodreads!
 
Red Rising meets The Scorpio Races in this epic fantasy following three phoenix horse riders--skilled at alchemy--who must compete at The Races--the modern spectacle that has replaced warfare within their empire.

Every year since the Ashlords were gifted phoenix horses by their gods, they've raced them. First into battle, then on great hunts, and finally for the pure sport of seeing who rode the fastest. Centuries of blood and fire carved their competition into a more modern spectacle: The Races.

Over the course of a multi-day event, elite riders from clashing cultures vie to be crowned champion. But the modern version of the sport requires more than good riding. Competitors must be skilled at creating and controlling phoenix horses made of ash and alchemy, which are summoned back to life each sunrise with uniquely crafted powers to cover impossible distances and challenges before bursting into flames at sunset. But good alchemy only matters if a rider knows how to defend their phoenix horse at night. Murder is outlawed, but breaking bones and poisoning ashes? That's all legal and encouraged.

In this year's Races, eleven riders will compete, but three of them have more to lose than the rest--a champion's daughter, a scholarship entrant, and a revolutionary's son. Who will attain their own dream of glory? Or will they all flame out in defeat?


Thoughts:
I'll be honest; the first thing that caught my attention about this novel is THAT COVER. It's stunning and so eye catching. Makes me just want to know more before I even read the description. And comparing it to The Scorpio Races has me guaranteed to be checking Ashlords out when it releases! 


Do you like the sound of Ashlords?
And what are you waiting on this Wednesday?