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review 2018-04-25 02:27
Light, sexy Fantasy for the beach.
Trickery (Curse of the Gods) (Volume 1) - Jane Washington,Jaymin Eve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Roe as Rome

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****4 AMAZING, Yet unsafe STARS****
Coming from my monogamist, perverted little heart it's almost like a gazillion stars. I'm not joking, when a book is tagged as romance I get picky and I need possessive heroes and commited heroines. I rarely give 5 stars to unsafe books (ACOMAF was a glorious exception) unless there's something outside the romance and that something has to be really amazing to impress me.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Trickery is an amazing book. I'm impressed!

I'll say this book is the perfect choice if you want a light fantasy book to take with you to the beach. You won't find complicated world-building. You won't find poetic prose and heavy social issues. You'll find a story of friendship, bravery and the eternal mystery of why opposites attract. And of course you'll find 5 hot guys completely devoted to their heroine.

I like the world building! I know that some fantasy readers prefer overdescriptive, detailed worldbuiding and everything explained in book 1 of the series, but I don't. I don't want to know the whole history and politics of the world in the first books of the series. I prefer the kind of worldbuilding that has the potential to grow throughout the series. Think Harry Potter, and Hunger games. Book 1 didn't explain the history and politics of the world but we the impatient readers eventually discovered what was going on as the series progressed. This one has potential to become really epic.

Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington provide us readers with enough information of their magic world:Minatsol, to understand Willa's position and why the Abcurse brothers infatuation with her are a big deal.

Minatsol is a world where not everyone is equal. Willa, a walking disaster, cheats during her "exams" and therefore she gets a high ranking that gives her the "privilege" of travelling with her sister to a very exclusive academy. Not to study but to serve the demigods who attend the school there.

I disagree with anyone who calls Willa stupid. She is quite smart actually. There are several types of inteligence. Willa has interpersonal and intrapersonal, skills. She's also good at language, I mean, all her witty comebacks. Poor Willa just doesn't have the kind of intelligence that allows normal people to put one foot in front of the other without tripping. That's the kinesthesic intelligence, but other than that she's quite smart and I like her. I guess some people will find her sense of humor juvenile, but I think that's what really made me enjoy this book. 

I had the most amazing pic to fancast the other abcurse brothers but for some reason it's not working. It must be that Willa's pull for chaos is rubbing on me.

Anyway, I think this book is different. I don't think it's romantic, and I'm uncapable to root for Willa with all the brothers. I prefer possessive, strong heroes and I think Rome is the one who really seemed more affected by the fact that Willa has a thing for ALL THE BROTHERS. I hope he eventually finds someone else or that Willa chooses him, but that doesn't seem the point of the series. The whole point seems to make the reader laugh so I'll read the next of the series and hopefully I'll enjoy the sequels as much as I enjoyed this one even if there's not a single couple to root for ... or maybe there are too many of them.. I might even preorder Seduction, book 3 of this series because my friends are all hyped about it. I think it's the most anticipated November release in the YOung adult section.

I'm not writing a parental guidance alert...yet because this book was clean, but I don't know whether the authors will try to be like Tahere Mafi and Sarah J. Maas and change genres, from clean YA to raunchy no-fade-to-black-during-sex-scenes-New-Adult later in the series. 

Do you need a laugh?A mindless YA? Juvenile jokes and hot guys?Read Trickery.

Pre-reading thoughts
I wasn't going to read this because TRIANGLES AND POLYGONS AREN'T MY THING. But I need a light young adult fantasy and My dear friend Karen says that this Fantasy book is the opposite of a Sarah J. Maas books and that ingrigued me. How is that even possible?

I also pick a popular overly anticipated series once in a while to read and Seduction book 3 of this series is coming in November: I don't think I'm exaggerating that it has to be the MOST ANTICIPATED YOUNG ADULT FANTASY NOVEMBER REALEASE, judging by the level of interest amogn my friens. Before Seduction appears all over my newsfeed with me not having an idea of what's going on I decided to step out of my confort zone of safe romances and go for something that everyone says is quite funny and different. I honestly hate reading on going, unfinished series because I hate cliffhangers. But usually Young adult Kindle unlimited authors finish their series quickly so I'm here ready. I'm not expecting romance. How could it be with so many love interest? 

Wish me luck. I really want to love this one.

Note: Unsafe means that there are other partners activities meaning kissing, watching naked and I usually hate that so. I wonder how I'd feel about this one.

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review 2018-04-20 17:19
Harem by Colin Falconer
Harem - Colin Falconer

I don't know much about this time period, or the Ottoman empire, but this book certainly pulled me in from the beginning!

 

 This is the story of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his harem, specifically about 1 of his slave girls from his harem, (Hurrem Sultan), and how she rose to have so much power. I'm sure no one knows exactly what she was like in real life, but in this book she was vile! Just a really vindictive and mean person, but I think that's why I couldn't stop reading this book...because I just had to know what this woman was going to do next!

 

 

 

There was another side story going on the book that was just as interesting, at least to me, because it involved the chief eunuch in the harem, and that one was a bit sad.

 

I hadn't read a Falconer book in a long time...since his Cleopatra book many years ago, (which I also enjoyed). But I have a few of them sitting in my kindle and I am definitely going to be moving them up the queue.

 

Recommended for historical fiction fans.
4/5 stars

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review 2018-02-22 20:11
Great Paranormal
Night of the Berserkers: A Reverse Harem... Night of the Berserkers: A Reverse Harem Romance - Lee Savino

Night Of The Berserkers by Lee Savino is a fairly quick paranormal romance, a great choice for those with limited reading time.  This is a reverse harem story though, so it may not be for everyone.   Ms. Savino has once again delivered a well-written book.  Yseult has been sent back in time to learn how the Corpse King was first entombed.  Tristan, Ivar, 

Lars and Magnus are berserker soldiers of the Corpse King.  Their story is packed with drama, suspense, action and sex.  Thanks to Ms. Savino for the epilogue.  I enjoyed reading Night Of The Berserkers and look forward to my next Lee Savino book.  Night Of The Berserkers is part of the Berserker  Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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review 2018-02-07 14:11
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Dark Wish (Starlight Gods #1) by Yumoyori Wilson
Dark Wish - Yumoyori Wilson
Dark Wish is the first book in the Starlight Gods series, and we start with Makoto. She is a young child and is being taken back to a home she can't remember, by a person she trusts instinctively, but also can't remember. What happens to her next is the stuff of nightmares, but she adjusts to the constant battles and torture the best way she can. When she is rescued many years later, she doesn't believe it is real, and deals with it by hiding under a blanket.
 
This is a well-written story that clearly shows why Mako is the way she is, and you sympathise with her. Her little foibles become something to smile about, and make her unique. Her attraction to her Knights is slow-burning, apart from Ryder who she knows from before she was kidnapped, even if she can't remember all about him.
 
Dark Wish is well paced, slowing down for important bits, but picking up again when action calls for it. The Knights all mesh well together, whilst still retaining their individual characteristics. The story itself is intriguing and gripping, keeping you turning the pages to find out more. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It does end on a low note, almost cliff-hangery, but it is worth it. Trust me! Looking forward to continuing this series, and highly recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/02/blog-tour-review-giveaway-dark-wish.html
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review 2017-12-21 00:00
The Twelve Alphas of Christmas: A Reverse Harem MPreg Shifter Holiday Romance
The Twelve Alphas of Christmas: A Revers... The Twelve Alphas of Christmas: A Reverse Harem MPreg Shifter Holiday Romance - Lorelei M. Hart,Coyote Starr OK... I liked this story well enough, it is sorta like a gay wolf version of the TV show "The Bachelor". The who will he choose aspect of it was pretty obvious from page one, as pretty much everyone but Darin knew how things were going to end up from the beginning. I liked that the authors kept the story going beyond the choosing point and took it to a HEA ending. Though I will say the idea of 12 gay men each in a one-one relationship with one guy, with no sex between the 12 of them seems a bit farfetched knowing most gay men. But then again we are talking about wolf-shifters and an male omega that can get pregs; so reality went out the window on page one! LOL Loved the whole twelve dates of Christmas one for each beta idea. It was a lot of fun!
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