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text 2018-10-22 15:53
Spartan Promise: A Mythos Academy Novel (Mythos Academy spinoff series Book 2)
Spartan Promise: A Mythos Academy Novel (Mythos Academy spinoff series Book 2) - Jennifer Estep

Thanks to Jennifer Estep publishing and Amazon Digital Services for allowing me an advanced readers copy. 

It is set to be released on Jan 15, 2019

 

SPARTAN PROMISE DESCRIPTION:

 

Hunting for the bad guys has never been so dangerous . . .

My name is Rory Forseti, and I attend the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy, a school of warrior kids, powerful artifacts, and mythological monsters.

I’m a student, a fierce Spartan warrior, and a member of Team Midgard, a group of kids and adults tasked with stopping the evil Reapers of Chaos. There is one Reaper I’m determined to hunt down above all others: Covington, the man who murdered my parents.

So when the Midgard gets a tip that Covington is going to try to steal a dangerous artifact, I’m ready to fight. But the situation is far more complicated than it seems, and the Reapers aren’t my only enemies.

I’ll have to use all my Spartan strength and skills to survive this. And even then, it might be my blood that gets spilled . . .

 

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review 2018-10-10 15:18
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was a fantastic story! As soon as I saw this book online, I knew that I wanted to read it. Since this book is the beginning of a brand new series, I was really excited to give it a try. I did have a bit of a slow start with this book but that had everything to do with me and nothing to do with the book because the book was great. Once I had some time to dedicate to reading, I ended up devouring the bulk of this book in a single day. This was a story that grabbed me and didn't want to let go.

Lady Everleigh's life is about to change. She lives in the royal court and is actually seventeenth in line for the throne but she is treated rather poorly. She is often the token royal sent to do the things that more important royals don't want to do like bake pies or learn complicated dances. Things go horribly wrong at an event at the palace and soon Everleigh is more focused on survival than anything else.

I try to go into books as blindly as possible and I don't think I even read the entire summary for this book before I got started with it. I do recommend going into this one blindly because I think that the book's summary gives a whole lot away. I was completely shocked by some of the turns this book took which I think added to my enjoyment. 

I thought that Everleigh was a fantastic character. I loved how much growth we saw in her over the course of the story. She starts out knowing her place in the world and just trying to do what was expected of her to the best of her ability. She proves to be quite resourceful and has a lot of strength she didn't know she had. Even at her toughest, she never stopped thinking about others and was willing to make huge sacrifices in order to protect those she cared about. 

This book had a lot going for it. There are some pretty intense action scenes that really kept the excitement level high. I thought that the world building was very well done and loved all of the different ways that magic could manifest in an individual. I thought that the relationships between the characters were very well done and felt quite authentic. I liked that there is just a hint of romance worked into the story. 

I would highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy or urban fiction. I thought that this book was a fantastic story filled with a lot of action and characters that I grew to care about. I can't wait to read more from this wonderful series!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Harper Voyager via Edelweiss.

Initial Thoughts
This was really good! I kind of had a slow start with this one but that had everything to do with my life and nothing to do with the book. Once I had the chance to really sit down and read, I didn't want to put this book down for a moment. I just loved the characters and thought that the world-building was very well done. There was plenty of action to keep the story moving forward. I can't wait to read more from the series.

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review 2018-09-28 08:30
Gin's Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Spider's Bite - Jennifer Estep

 

Jennifer Estep is the author of the best selling Elemental Assassin series featuring the character Gin Blanco. Gin is an assassin/restaurant owner/excellent chef.

From Jennifer Estep's Recipe Box — the sandwich recipe is taken from Spider's Bite.

People have been saying for years how much they enjoyed reading about Gin making that sandwich in Spider's Bite. So I thought that I would share a recipe for it. Enjoy!

Gin's Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 canned pumpkin 1 banana 2 slices of your favourite bread Honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg, optional

  • In a bowl, combine the peanut butter and canned pumpkin until smooth. Spread the mixture on a piece of bread. You will have enough spread for a couple of sandwiches, if not more.
  • Peel the banana and slice it into round pieces. Arrange banana slices on the peanut butter mixture. Top with the other slice of bread and serve. Or you can drizzle and sprinkle a little honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg on top of the bananas for a little extra sweetness.

Note: If you are gluten-free, you can omit the bread and just make the peanut butter and pumpkin mixture. It makes a great dip for apple slices, strawberries, pretzels, graham crackers, and more.

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review 2018-09-25 21:33
Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep
Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep’s KILL THE QUEEN is an amazing debut to the Crown of Shards series.  Lady Everleigh Saffira Winter Blair was the seventeenth in line for the throne.  Her cousin, Vasilia, the crown princess, kills everyone in the royal family to ensure her spot on the throne.  Evie manages to escape hiding among a troupe of gladiators, while determining her next move.  This fantasy is suitable for adult audiences.

 

 I loved this story.  It was refreshing and exciting.  Evie is a likable character.  She was orphaned after the murder of her parents.   She was at the bottom of the royal family food chain, not being treated very well.  She has a good sense for right and wrong.  She has a magical ability that she keeps hidden.  She has all the makings for a humble heroine.  She is courageous and ruthless.  She is caring and selfless.

 

I adored her interaction with Lucas Sullivan.  Their verbal banter was entertaining.  They have amazing chemistry.  Lucas has an interesting history. 

 

The plot was skillfully executed and clever.  There are interesting twists, lots of drama, and action.  The characters are well-developed and believable.  KILL THE QUEEN would make an excellent movie or television series.  I look forward to the next book in the series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2018-09-03 07:26
Review: Kill The Queen is Amazing!
Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep
  • Thanks to Edelweiss + HarperCollins I got an e-arc in exchange for a review

My full review is on Goodreads

 

I enjoyed reading about Lady Everleighs experience at Seven Spire Palace and her growth as a character with Serilda Swanson's troupe of Gladiators. It was quite formidable how much she changed, and I couldn't put the book down. She loved people in general and fought hard to save her country because she was the Winter Queen. Her friendship with Paloma had me in tears. It was so kind and genuine. She learned how to fight from always getting knocked down and beaten, to winning death matches, gladiator fashion, with a sword dagger and shield in an arena! You go, girl! The tasks she thought were useless while living in the Palace of Seven Spire, proved to be critical and useful for saving her life. Baking and dancing.
She was a Bellonan; good at playing the long game and outsmarting the opponent.

Crown Princess Vasilia is the daughter of Cordelia the Queen of Seven Spire and Bellona. Vasilia is a powerful Magier with a black heart. When her mother Cordelia invites noble guests from Andvardia to negotiate peace, Vasilia massacres the lot of them and kills her mother and injures Everleigh. Everleigh has magic but keeps it a secret. She is immune to magic and can smell it a mile away. Everleigh gets thrown out of the palace when blasted by Vasilia's lightning and falls into the river below.

 

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/2512398519
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