BE Autumn -Study Group

Thanks to Meeghan for a really fun prompt, as she is today’s host for BE Autumn! The Featured Graphic is also by her!!

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Prompt Explanation: Fall is back to school and you need to organise a study group. Pick eight characters and discuss which subjects they bring their expertise to. (Note: You can pick any subjects, or number of subjects, you just need to tell us why each of the characters!)

 

Subject: Math
Character: Henri
Book: Angel Mage

This boy can almost sense if one coin has gone missing from a pile, not to mention just a glance at the pile and he’ll tell you how many are there and how many are missing if any. I need this in my life to help with math lol.

 

Subject: P.E./Gym
Character: Nona Grey
Book: Red Sister

I mean honestly….how could I not choose this mad skilled woman?? Nona is a boss when it comes to physical exertion and endurance, definitely need her help as just the thought of running makes me want to nap.

 

Subject: Computers/Tech
Character: Noam Álvaro
Book: The Fever King

He knows what to do with computers even before he becomes fever struck and able to have tech-amazing powers! So, good, he can help me pass this class for sure lol.

 

Subject: History
Character: Anne Lawrence
Book: The Necromancer’s Bride

Considering Anne is immortal, I feel she’ll have a lot to offer in a history study group. Do I need to stress the fact she’s immortal, lol?

 

Subject: Biology
Character: Lottie
Book: The Art of Taxidermy

Lottie’s fascination with dead things is pretty useful, she has dreams of being a taxidermist which means she’ snot squirmish with dissections…unlike me who forgot to turn in hw and refused to dissect a baby pig or turtle for extra credit to pass…so…I took the second half of biology again lol.

 

Subject: English
Character: Ken Z
Book: The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart

Ken is a devout lover of Oscar Wilde and has a knack for words, so I think he would be super fun to study with!

 

Subject: Fashion
Character: Maia Tamarin
Book: Spin the Dawn

I didn’t take fashion nor am I sure if it was offered in my HS, but I know it was offered at the school where I worked as a sub! So, here we go, Maia is perfect for this!


[This Child is adorable]

 

Subject: Lunch
Character: Ron Weasley
Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

…hey look, most of my subjects were music-based or I don’t really care about them, so, I’m picking lunch, damn it. And who better to join me than Ron Weasley? He and I would be the perfect eating duo.

 

Well, those are my subjects and characters, what about you all?

BE Autumn – Every Witch Needs a Familiar

Another BE Autumn post today!

Today’s host is the amazing Jamsu. You can see her awesome prompt and post by clicking on the link.

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Prompt:

If you were a witch which magical creatures would you want as your familiar?

 

This is really hard because I want to say all the animals.

But in the bookish world, I think in the end I would have to choose an amazing magical horse/bird, like, Solovey from The Winternight Trilogy. A beautiful bay stallion and a nightingale. He loves Vasya and protects her and supports her. What more could I ask for?

 

 

However, if I had to give backups…well…give me dragons, I don’t care if they’re the ones from The Priory of the Orange Tree or from Wild Magic, I want a dragon, damn it.

 

 

And at the end of the day, I would say I also would be happy with any snake. A Slytherin wouldn’t be complete without some sort of serpent.

 

Well, that’s all from me, something really fun to do and now, it’s back to packing for me. *Sobs*

The Silence of Severance – Blog Tour

 

 

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GoodReads:
Your wedding day should be the most unforgettable day of your life.

And this is one wedding that will never be forgotten.

When a police officer’s wedding day ends in brutality and chaos, DCI Michael Yorke is pulled away from his own wedding into the bloodiest chain of events Wiltshire has ever seen. As a heatwave tightens its grip on Salisbury, Yorke and his team face a race against time to find the most sinister and intelligent adversary they have ever faced. Christian Severance.

But as the team chase Severance into the shadows of a dark past, Yorke’s own history starts to drag itself into the present.

Can they stop Christian Severance before he achieves the unthinkable? And will Yorke survive the revelations that claw at him from the darkness?


The DCI Yorke Series:
#1 One Last Prayer for the Rays : bit.ly/OneLastPrayerfortheRays
#2 The Repenting Serpent: bit.ly/RepentingSerpent
#3 The Silence of Severance: bit.ly/SilenceofSeverance

My Review

Hey all, first off, this is the THIRD book in this series, I have reviewed the second one, here, and you don’t NEED to read the other two, but I would strongly recommend at least reading book two before diving into this one.

This book is put into the relatively near future, dealing with the emotional consequences from the terrifying actions and crimes from The Repenting Serpent as well as reflection of things and people from the first book.

Yorke’s finally hitched to Patricia, but before their honeymoon can start, darkness and terror interrupt Yorke’s plans once again.

This time the crimes involve people losing and cutting off tongues, murder, kidnapping, and the threat of his past and the unresolved trauma coming back to haunt him as well as others on Yorke’s team.

More heartache and loss and dark gritty crime. This book spoke to me on a spiritual level. My black little heart enjoyed it just as much, if not more than The Repenting Serpent and unlike the last book, this one finished on a more unresolved note. No tidy bows or complete resolution as the intensity remains until the last page and you’re left there waiting to know what will happen in book 4, what’s instore for Yorke and his team and how much more can they take?

Markin doesn’t cease to impress me with his way to keep you completely on edge for a whole book, it’s like a dark crime thriller gift he’s been bequeathed, or, I don’t know maybe he made a deal with the devil, half jk, but seriously, you’re just left reading this book in one sitting because you want to figure out how everything connects; Markin does not disappoint.

Also, the villains are not purely evil, they’re twisty and complex and some you feel bad for while others you feel the urge to throttle them yourself, or at least cuff them if you have better morals than me. The point though is that you get invested in these characters and stories which doesn’t always happen with thrillers.

I totally recommend this if you enjoy thrillers or if you’ve read and enjoyed any other books in this series.

Thanks to Caroline and Markin for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour.

 

About the Author

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Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre. 
Having finished the third instalment in the DCI Yorke series, ‘The Silence of Severance’, Wes is now working on the fourth instalment of DCI Yorke’s wild ride. He is also the author of ‘Defined,’ a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.
Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

Author Links

Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads | Amazon

 

The Rest of the Tour

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The Immortal City – Blog Tour

 

 

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GoodReads:
In the heart of Venice, a woman is sacrificed to a forgotten god, sparking a mystery lost for thousands of years.

Dr. Penelope Bryne is ridiculed by the academic community for her quest to find the remnants of Atlantis, but when an ancient and mysterious script is found at a murder site, she flies to Venice determined to help the police before the killer strikes again.

Penelope has spent her entire life trying to ignore the unexplainable and magical history of Atlantis, but when she meets the enigmatic Alexis Donato, everything she believes will be challenged. Little does she know, Alexis has spent the last three years doing his best to sabotage Penelope’s career so doesn’t learn the truth—Atlantis had seven magicians who survived, and who he has a duty to protect.

As Alexis draws her into the darkly, seductive world of magic and history, Penelope will have to use her heart as well as her head if she is to find the answers she seeks.

With the new MOSE system due to come online, and Carnivale exploding around them, Penelope and Alexis will have to work together to stop the killer and prevent dark magic from pulling Venice into the sea.

 

My Review

Hey guys, hitting you up with another book review on this lovely Saturday. If lovely for you means, cold, slightly damp, and having cleaned up a spider graveyard in the bathtub of your new house.

Anywho!

I was lucky enough to get to do the cover reveal for this book and now here I am reviewing it as part of the blog tour.

The synopsis really had me with Venice, but then I saw Atlantis and it was like I was 9 again looking over maps wondering where Atlantis could have been. Shhh. I was a very curious child with a love of archaeology.

So right off the bat, I wanted to read this given the premise.

Well, there wasn’t as much Venice I would have liked but there was certainly cool dark magic and occult things going on so that placated me.

As far as Atlantis content goes, well, I think/hope there’s more of it to come, it is the first book afterall and this was setting up the world and plots and so on.

I loved the Magician characters I thought they were fun and mysterious and I just wanted to go hang out in their ‘crib’ and drink wine with them.

Unfortunately, I had little love for Penelope. I think she must have been so much younger than I would have thought. This reads more as YA, though Penelope herself is old enough/brilliant enough if she’s still a teen, to have her doctorate. I think the reason I didn’t like her is that I found the romance aspect for her rather dull, but, I did enjoy her hunger for knowledge and her curiosity. I love it when characters are as big as history lovers as I am, haha.

Another Character to enjoy is Marco the inspector, he is just the best in my opinion haha.

The magic was actually very neat, and the ties with Atlantis were something I can’t wait to learn/read more about in the next book.

I mean there is little to fault with the premise and ideas, I thought they were awesome, I just found it lacking with Penelope’s character growth/development so at times it made it hard for me to love it as much as I wanted to. Still a good start to a series, enjoyable to read, and I look forward to reading book 2!

Thank you to BHCPressBooks for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review

 

About the Author

Amy Kuivalainen is a Finnish-Australian writer that is obsessed with magical wardrobes, doors, auroras and burial mounds that might offer her a way into another realm. Until then, she will write about fairy tales, monsters, magic and mythology because that’s the next best thing. She is the author of The Firebird Fairytales Trilogy and The Blood Lake Chronicles series that mash up traditional tales and mythology in new and interesting ways.

Author Links

Website| Twitter | GoodReads

 

Spooky Reads and Recs

 

So I took a couple of days off reading, sometimes, I need it, and let’s face it, that means a couple less books to add to my September Rewind tomorrow lol.

Today I wanted to do something fun that had nothing to do with writing a review lol so…

SOON IT WILL BE OCTOBER THE MONTH OF HALLOWEEN [And my birthday]

I’m going to give you all my recs to read for Halloween and which ones I plan to read in honour of this month!

First, my recommendations:

GoodReads:
“A fast-moving, eerie…tale set on Halloween night. Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin’s. Enhanced by appropriately haunting black-and-white drawings.”–Booklist

So this is my all-time favorite Halloween movie as a kid and my husband knew I’d been eying the book so this was the first birthday present he sent me when we were dating. It’s a bit of an educational read, and though targeted more towards YA/Older Middle Grade, it’s such a brilliant read. You learn about different cultures and Bradbury also manages to give you a really great plot along with it so it’s not just info-dumping.

 

GoodReads:
“Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”

I couldn’t not add it, I love Dracula and always will, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay, but if you haven’t read it yet and like classics, maybe keep this in your thoughts.

 

GoodReads:
Every tree in the sacred Forest of Laida houses a soul. Though each of those souls will return to the mortal world for many future lives, not all of them deserve to.

Seycia’s father told her this story as a child — a story of the most holy place in the Underworld, The Forest of Laida, where all souls go to rest before embarking on a new life. But Seycia’s father is dead now, and his killer has put a target on her back.

After being chosen for her village’s human sacrifice ritual, Seycia is transported to the Underworld and must join forces with Haben, the demon to whom she was sacrificed, to protect the family she left behind from beyond the grave. In this story of love, survival, and what it means to be human, Seycia and Haben discover that the Underworld is riddled with secrets that can only be unlocked through complete trust and devotion, not only to their mission, but also to one another.

I adore this book so much and I plan on. featuring it on one of my Thriller Thursday slots this month, I’ve been holding this review back since its release month because I wanted it to a have a spooky spot that it so richly deserves. Kerin knocks it out of the park with this, and also leaves you emotionally devastated, so, good times.

 

GoodReads:
A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples… At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

Okay, I mean, Agatha Christie is just a fall mood for me, but this one, in particular, is a really fun read for the spooky holiday coming upon us! It’s also a pretty quick read, it’s not as good as some of the others, I’ll freely admit this but it certainly puts one in the Halloween mood.

 

GoodReads:

A serial killer leaves one dancing shoe on a foot of the victims who answer his personal ads. When Erin dies, her best friend places ads to entice the villain already targeting her next. New York police detective Vince D’Ambrosio takes a personal interest. New boyfriend Dr Michael Nash is supportive. A stalker may surprise everyone.

Alright, so apparently this book may be really disliked, but hear me out, this was the very first thriller I ever read, so it’s a really sentimental read for me. This scared the pants off me as a sixth-grader, like I would rush around to the turn on the light on my way to the bathroom in case there was a murderer as if perhaps the light would scare him and make him go away. Oh to be young again. Anyway, I think it’s one of those reads that’s perfect to have in your bag to read during waiting times for an appointment or on the train. Definitely spooky.

 

GoodReads:
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. 

If you all don’t know, this is one of my favorite reads for this year so far. I ADORE THIS BOOK and if you want to know why you should read it and why it’s the PERFECT spooky read for this month, I direct you to my review of this amazing spooky book, here.

 

 

GoodReads:
A big, friendly dog chases a rabbit into a hidden underground cave – and stirs a sleeping evil crueler than death itself. A terrified four year-old boy sees his bedroom closet door swing open untouched by human hands, and screams at the unholy red eyes gleaming in the darkness. The little Maine town of Castle Rock is about to be invaded by the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind.

This is my only Stephen King novel so far that I’ve read, and I feel it’s only appropriate to add a Stephen King novel to a spooky reads list. Not to mention, this is a pretty intense read though it is also shorter than most his books, so if you don’t have time for the 1000+ pages for ‘It‘ then this might be a good option to look at. Unless you’d rather not be scared senseless by a dog lol.

 

GoodReads:
When The Alienist was first published in 1994, it was a major phenomenon, spending six months on the New York Times bestseller list, receiving critical acclaim, and selling millions of copies. This modern classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere.

The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.

Fast-paced and riveting, infused with historical detail, The Alienist conjures up Gilded Age New York, with its tenements and mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. It is an age in which questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.

Okay, I really loved how creepy and scary this was, but remember it is pretty gory. Here’s my review of it. I thought it was a really creepy read, but, I also know it’s pretty huge, so, be forewarned. There’s always the series to watch instead if you decide you’re interested enough!

 

GoodReads:
Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Another book that’s a fave for this year and one I’ve been seriously raving about. GO FORTH AND READ THIS AMAZING BOOK. It’s another darker YA fantasy, and Barron is like out to break hearts and take names. You’re left wanting to reread this the moment you put it down, especially since we’re going to have to wait on book two. My review for this is here.

 

GoodReads:
New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer – The Axeman – stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him…

Though every citizen of the ‘Big Easy’ thinks they know who could be behind the terrifying murders, Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot, heading up the official investigation, is struggling to find leads. But Michael has a grave secret – and if he doesn’t find himself on the right track fast – it could be exposed…

Former detective Luca d’Andrea has spent the last six years in Angola state penitentiary, after Michael, his protégée, blew the whistle on his corrupt behaviour. Now a newly freed man, Luca finds himself working with the mafia, whose need to solve the mystery of the Axeman is every bit as urgent as the authorities’.

Meanwhile, Ida is a secretary at the Pinkerton Detective Agency.Obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and dreaming of a better life, Ida stumbles across a clue which lures her and her trumpet-playing friend, Lewis ‘Louis’ Armstrong, to the case and into terrible danger…

As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer’s identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. And as the case builds to its crescendo, the sky will darken and a great storm will loom over the city…

I mean, do I really need to say more when we look at that spooky cover? And I know I didn’t really include reads with ghosts, but that’s because they’re mostly short story collections that I’ve read where ghosts are concerned and I cannot remember their titles lol. So, here we go, more murder and mayhem.

 

GoodReads:

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force — a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

Another vampire read to get you in the mood, and I mean, a little Anne Rice never hurt anyone, and if you’re looking for something that’s not Dracula related but also maybe outside the YA genre, this is my recommendation.

 

GoodReads:
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

I had to add one more classic read for this. And Frankenstein is another one I hold dear. I only read it just last year, but it really made an impression on me and I can understand why Shelley is Queen and known as the creator of Sci-fi to many.

Alright, we’re done with my recs, but what am I reading this season to get into the spooky mood?

 

GoodReads:
Welcome to Derry, Maine …

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real …

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

I talked about the read-along I joined for this, here.

 

GoodReads:
The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

I’m doing a buddy read of this, and can’t wait!! [Hi Kal and Ruby!] Seriously, I’m so excited for this book.

 

GoodReads:
Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

I bought the beautiful Waterstones edition of this with the sprayed edges and all, and I mean, it’s Dracula related but feminist and has f/f love. Why would I pass this up?

 

GoodReads:
Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader – she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Another Stephen King, let’s see if I get a chance to read this, It is one thick book.

 

GoodReads:
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else.

I was so lucky to get a chance to participate in the blog tour for this that’s coming up in October, it just seems like a perfect read for fall in general!

 

GoodReads:
The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic.

I found this at a charity shop this year, and it’s time I finally see what this is like compared to the movie that I’ve come to love as a Halloween staple to my watchlist.

 

GoodReads:
The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

I have some horrible truths to lay down. I’ve yet to read anything by Bardugo, but I plan to heavily rectify this, starting with this one. I’ll be going to her Edinburgh Event with the hubs as well, so I’ll get a cool edition signed by her. I’m pretty excited about this one too.

 

Alright guys, that’s it from me!  NOW

Your turn. What are you planning on reading in October? Do you have any recs? What about videogames or movies/shows? LET ME HEAR OF ALL THE SPOOKIES.

A House of Rage and Sorrow eARC Review

Hey everyone! So, after recovering from the heartbreak of reading A House of Rage and Sorrow, I figured I would bring a review since it’s finally hit the shelves!

If you haven’t read the first book in this, The Celestial Trilogy, I’ve provided a review of that for you as well.

If you’ve read it already and don’t want to hear me fangirl scream about it, well, then, keep scrolling down past it to hear me fangirl about the second book.

This is also my first time using my affiliate links, so please note that they are used in this post, but they run no cost to you, simply makes me a happy caffeine riddled reader if you purchase a book using my link.

Also, Kal is completely to blame for me reading these, her amazing review of A Spark of White Fire made me buy the book and then I just had to read book 2, A House of Rage and Sorrowonce more because of her.

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GoodReads:
In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.

Purchase Link

Amazon UK | Amazon US

My Review

This book is a siren among books, it drags you in the moment you read the first chapter, and that is it, you’re hooked. Your life? It’s over.

Seriously, I remained enthralled and entranced by Mandanna’s style and worldbuilding.

Do you like worldbuilding?

Then trust me when I say she’s a pro at it. She does it while never overwhelming you with details or deterring from the plot, or the characters.

It’s a world of gods, spaceships, and kingdoms.

The characters are great, you love every single one of the cinnamon rolls, and even those that are hard to love, I at least appreciated the work that went into them. Mandanna fleshes out her characters so that those who are ‘stars’ feel intimate to a reader.

Right away I was a huge fan of Esmae, but unfortunately, Rama stole her thunder for me. They have the type of best friend relationship that I at least aspire to keep up with, and not to mention that it is one built most importantly on mutual trust. Rama is a true friend.

And if I start talking about Titania now, I won’t stop until book three is released but she is a brilliant character in her own right if not the actual best character.

There’s so many complex familial relationships and it’s what sets it apart from other Space Operas in my opinion [That and I’ve never read one inspired by the Mahabharata]. It feels real because of the relationships between characters and the romance though present, doesn’t steal the spotlight from what Mandanna wants to convey to us.

And the inkling of foreshadowing about certain things is so well done, I see what you did there, Mandanna, with a certain scene with a certain ‘no longer relevant’ name.

I want to be more thorough but at this point my notes just say, and I quote, ‘AHH NO! *Spoiler which I won’t include* I cannot believe it! Just let me sob here int he corner’

If this doesn’t inspire you to read it, I don’t know what will.

I was able to finally take this off my tbr thanks to Kal having done her #Sparkalong

Honestly, it was perfection to read, and I don’t know how I managed to wait at all for the sequel.

 

Speaking of which, now for the main attraction of today

 

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GoodReads:
One kingdom. One crown. One family.

“Maybe it’s time the great House of Rey came to an end. After all, what are we now? Just a house of rage and sorrow.”

Esmae once wanted nothing more than to help her golden brother win the crown of Kali but that dream died with her best friend. Alexi broke her heart, and she vowed to destroy him for it. And with her sentient warship Titania beside her, how can she possibly fail?

As gods, beasts, and kingdoms choose sides, Alexi seeks out a weapon more devastating than even Titania. Past lives threaten the present. Old enemies claim their due. And Esmae cannot outrun the ghosts and the questions that haunt her. What really happened to her father? What was the third boon her mother asked of Amba? For in the shadows, lurking in wait, are secrets that will swallow her whole.

The House of Rey is at war. And the entire galaxy will bleed before the end.

Purchase Link

Amazon UK | Amazon US

My Review

Do you want to know how you know a book is an excellent read? When you call the author a breeder of heartache.

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She has no shame, look at her, liking all the heartache she’s caused me lol.

Anyway!

This book picks up shortly after where we left off, anything that happened between the end of the first book and the start of the second is run over, and she doesn’t give you a huge time gap either so all in all it’s a really tidy start to the road of broken hearts.

The complex amazing familial relationships only get more complex, though, I mean I hold a torch for Bear, who I just want to sign up for baking classes and let him be happy.

Esmae’s ties to her immediate family are strained, Alexi has destroyed his golden child image, yet she feels as if she’s the only one who cares that he’s proven himself unhonourable. She’s been put on a path of revenge and not even Max or Titania can stop her.

Realizing that revenge has tainted her in a way, she pulls away from relationships both friendly or otherwise and it hurts so much to watch her do that.

Watching her try to comprehend what’s happened and what she’s become is enough to make your eyes a tad leaky, and Amba proves to be just like … words can’t describe it without spoiling it, so I won’t. But my eyes are leaking again.

Also.

Kyra can go fly a kite. I hated her in book one, the hate DOES NOT lessen in this book. *Looks at Kyra* YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID.

We find out so much more about Max, and even about Esmae’s family. There are enough shocking points in this book that I wrote ‘holy shit’ more than once. A couple of things were verified but they were so tiny in the grand scheme of at least one or two plot twists.

Also, there’s more Titania which, let’s face it, who doesn’t need more Titania in your life. And her character development is done so well. SO WELL.

The war loomed in the background in the previous book but it pushes its way forward, though some have hoped that it wouldn’t come to it, there was no other way.

Esmae will take drastic measures, she will stop at nothing to achieve what she thinks should be done. She goes so much further than I ever thought possible. Again, having to be vague to avoid spoilers.

This ending is EPIC and it will RUIN YOU. DO YOU HEAR ME?! RUIN YOU!

I’m not sure what I’m meant to do with myself until book 3, but here we have it, I’m shattered and this book was amazing.

I probably sound like some overlyhyped junkie trying to push some drugs, but, guys, this was perfection and I loved it.

**Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an eARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion.**

 

About the Author

Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.

Author Links

Website | Goodreads | Twitter

 

 

Swords of Silence – ARC Review

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GoodReads:
Where once new ideas and beliefs were accepted, now the country’s military dictator, the Shogun, is shutting his country down to any outside influences.

Father Joaquim Martinez, who left Portugal to make Hizen Province, Japan, his home, has been tending quietly to the lives of his villagers, but everything is about to be thrown into turmoil, as the Shogun has outlawed Martinez’s beliefs. Those who won’t recant or accept banishment, face a death sentence.

With the threat of a massacre looming, and the Shogun’s samurai closing in, Father Martinez must decide, if he is willing to risk everything, to save those he has sworn to protect.

 

My Review

 

**Thank you to HarperInspire for an ARC copy of this to honestly review**

A historical fiction novel that is an action-packed story of the power of faith and the good of mankind that brings people of different lands and religions together against those who are cruel and oppress.

How often Western History forgets that we were not the only ones with castles and feudal systems, and Curry reminds us that Japan was a land with its own culture and with aspects that were similar to lands across the sea.

This tale follows Father Joaquim Martinez and those he has sworn to lead and protect in every Christian sense and literal sense when it calls for it.

His village or you may see it as his ‘flock,’ has been found out, now the question is, what will Father Martinez do to protect them?

This has excellent pacing, the chapters are perfectly divided out and it makes for a surprisingly quick read because of it. Not only that but there is heart, and struggle, that doesn’t require any religious faith to connect with. A story that is common and known throughout history and cultures. The only difference is, this one is done on an epic Biblical scale and calls forth recollection of the story of Moses.

Father Martinez clearly is impassioned for his cause and his village, and the love and devotion he has to them is admirable.

[You don’t need to know your bible to enjoy this though, and admittedly, I probably know more about Moses from ‘The Prince of Egypt.’ Don’t judge, that’s an excellent movie.]

You don’t see this as a story of ‘simply’ Christianity but rather a story of people trying to choose the way they live their lives, they are beholden to those who own their land, the one they farm and work on and sweat for, only to give these ‘overlords’ their profit of working the land.

Who wouldn’t want something more?

The fight and action scenes were so much fun to read, I loved just how much action there was, and the travelling seemed endless, you held your breath wondering if they would ever be able to stop. [Hopefully, they won’t be wandering for 40 years]

Seriously, there were so many excellent fighting scenes, especially concerning Father Martinez and even Tonia, one of his foreign catechists.

Also, with that sort of ending, I am now very impatiently waiting for book 2.

An inspiring story with a lot of heart and the wish for freedom that everyone can connect to.

As far as favourite characters go, I did love the inspiring Father Joaquim Martinez but I also loved his villagers, but Tonia won my heart.

Four cups of coffee from me, and you can expect this book to hit the shelves on September 19, this year! [2019]