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review 2019-01-15 15:38
This is the end, my friends...
Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave - Darynda Jones

Book source ~ NetGalley (for tour in 2018)

 

Charley Davidson broke the only rule she was supposed to follow and God (yes, Him) flicked her like a bug into a Hell dimension as punishment. Ok, maybe he didn’t actually flick her. He may have whisked her. Or scooted? Anyway, after 100+ years of exile she’s back and she’s not sure what she’s missed more: Reyes, her daughter, her friends or coffee. But just because she’s been gone doesn’t mean shit hasn’t hit the fan and now she has to roll up her sleeves, assuming she has sleeves, and get to work.

 

I finished this epic final installment of an even bigger epic series and all I could hear is the Doors playing The End. That was a stupid ringtone I picked for my phone, but anyway, I’m sad to say it is The End for Charley’s adventures. However, I left the last page behind with hope in my heart that there will, at some point, be a book/trilogy/series featuring the ever adorable Beep and her army facing off with Lucifer.

 

I laughed, I cried, I snorted, I drooled, so it was a typical Charley book in that respect. But I was also floored by a certain revelation. Woo doggie! I totally did not see that coming. And that thing, at the end? I never would have thought of that! So, goodbye for now, my friends. I hope to see you again soon in another dimension. Or installment. Or whatever. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m totally going to re-read this entire series and soon, so get some cookies and put on the tea!

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review 2019-01-07 18:17
Review: Sea Witch
Sea Witch - Sarah Henning

This book was one of my most anticipated releases of last year. The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite fairy tales (and my favourite Disney movie). So a sea witch origin story? Hell yes! I pre ordered as well and was so excited when my review request was approved.

 

Only…I can’t say I was overtly impressed. It was almost 70% of the book before anything resembling The Little Mermaid cropped up into the story and the first half was slow and kind of boring.  The setting was beautiful – inspired by the original tale not the Disneyfied version, the Danish kingdom by the sea sounds absolutely beautiful.

 

The heroine, Evie, is interesting as she is not the most likeable of characters. She’s kind of blunt at times, an outcast. Her mother is out of the picture (can’t remember why) and her father is away a lot working on the fishing boats. Evie lives with the local witch, and is learning her magic. And sneaking glances at magic she’s not supposed to know.

 

Already looked down upon because of where she stays, she also feels the stigma of the death of her childhood best friend Anna. They were both playing in the sea, something happened, Evie survived, Anna did not.  Evie also has developed a close friendship with the Crown Prince and his handsome cousin, all are about the same age. Many of the nobles don’t like this, another reason Evie is frowned up on.

 

Yet despite this she keeps a strong outlook and doesn’t let people’s disdain of her stop her from being friends with the Prince and hanging out with him and his cousin whenever she can. She’s also not opposed to using magic she’s not supposed to.

 

The first half of the book focuses on how Evie deals with day to day life, her friendship with the two princes, the upcoming festival. The hints of her darker nature just showing through. It is beautifully written, but it is very very slow. And despite showing hints of a strong character, Evie spends a fair bit of time mooning over the Prince’s cousin who she may or may not have feelings for. The dude is a known player yet seems to give her special treatment more than any other girls he’s supposedly courted.

 

When a strange new girl arrives in town looking almost identical to Anna, Evie’s world is thrown. She’s convinced the girl IS Anna, but the girl is firm she is not. She and the girl develop a close friendship and Evie learns the girl’s secret – she is in fact, a mermaid and needs to find her true love in order to stay on land and keep her legs. This new girl also develops a close friendship with Evie’s prince and his cousin. The cousin is convinced there’s something not right about this girl.

 

The girl has some unusual magic of her own, Evie is determined to help the girl, she failed one friend she won’t fail another. But things start unravelling as the girl’s history and secrets are slowly revealed and truths are learned. Things take a drastic turn and change for Evie in ways she never imagined.

 

The latter half of the book was much more fast paced, but as I said earlier it’s almost 70% before the pace finally picks up and things start happening – fast. It almost seems rushed. The characters of Evie and the mysterious new girl were quite well fleshed out, but the two princes just felt like generic YA love interest characters. One nice and friendly with good honourable intentions, the other a charmer with a not so good reputation. It’s been done a hundred times.

 

There was enough of an interesting narrative to want to know what was going on – but it was still a little bit disappointing.

 

It appears there is a sequel, I can’t honestly say I am that interested in continuing this story, though I would definitely read something else written by this author.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK Children’s books for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2019-01-04 22:37
Brutal but stunning dark fantasy, this chilling debut goblin-king novel has roots in Norse mythology
White Stag - Kara Barbieri

In this dark fantasy, Janneke is the last child in a family of daughters and has been groomed to be the ‘male heir’, having been taught to hunt, track, and fight. When her village was burned to the ground she was the only survivor and was taken captive by the malicious goblin Lydian, who scars her for life, and who then sends her to work for his nephew Soren.

She then has to serve this monster who she is bonded to in the Permafrost. A brutal hunt begins for the beautiful white stag as Lydian and Soren compete for the throne of the next Goblin King. Janneke's humanity comes at the cost of becoming more attached and loyal to the goblin Soren, and as she has to learn to survive in the world she has been made to live in, learning truths about the past and about who she really is.

 

This is the first novel from a talented new author, Kara Barbieri, who brought it to life on WattPad; she has imagined a world called the Permafrost, heavily influenced by Nordic mythology, laden with dangerous monsters alongside the goblins, living in an unforgiving frozen landscape. Set to be the start of a series, ‘White Stag’ is both frightening and captivating.

*Frightening because of the amount of sheer brutality in the novel: there are plenty of references to rape, torture, mutilation, and abuse, as well as all the combat/fighting leading to bloodshed and descriptions of injuries and more. Janneke has been victim to unspeakable acts at the hands of Lydian, and we gradually learn about his true capabilities as the story goes on, making him just about the vilest character you can possibly ever read about. Soren, who she is bound to, is the unlikely antidote to this goblin villain, and ironically becomes the one to bring romance and emotion to her world, despite the ‘humanity’ leaving her life.

*That's your trigger warning, folks!

 

 

What I found most appealing about the book, is the journey that Janneke goes on, both physically and emotionally, which kept me captivated throughout; the hunt and the battles are relentless and test her constantly, and the relationship with Soren gradually changes. I've read some criticism of the relationship between her and Soren (I made the mistake of reading others' reviews, which I don't normally do), and I disagree that it would be unlikely that she would become attached to him, given that she is his charge and bound to him. I wasn't sure whether to attribute her feelings towards Soren to a sort of Stockholm syndrome or because she genuinely developed feelings for him because he seemed to care for her (he became more human as she lost her humanity). The dichotomy here is fascinating. They've been attached for some hundred years or so, and the intensity would undoubtedly bring some connection; why now though is more the question, but it makes for great reading.

 

Barbieri has set the stage for a series in a world that may trigger many readers but evokes images, not unlike the Game of Thrones and is for anyone who loves Viking or Nordic-inspired tales and mythology. I appreciated her sense of humor throughout the novel, and I know there is so much more to come from this bright light that is Kara Barbieri.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863517-white-stag
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review 2019-01-01 06:54
Norse Mythology
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

I'm not a fan of Neil Gaiman, but a coworker recommended this one and I needed something like it to complete my summer reading bingo card.

 

Sometimes it seems like Gaiman is going for a myth-y, grand stately feeling with his writing. Other times the writing is very casual. In the long run I didn't mind these swings because the stories are good (and often very funny), and I learned a lot about Norse mythology.

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text 2018-12-05 11:10
Book Blitz & Giveaway with Excerpt! April in Atlantis (Poseidon’s Warriors #4) Alyssa Day!

 

 

 

 

April in Atlantis 
by Alyssa Day 
(Poseidon’s Warriors #4) 
Publication date: November 5th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance


Synopsis:


She’s Poseidon’s first and only female warrior…
When April, Poseidon’s first-ever female warrior, meets Pine–“don’t call me a werewolf” — prince of the European wolf shifters, she saves his life and then gives him the finger, because the sound of his sexy Scottish accent when he said “I think I’m in love, lass” gave her shivers in places shivers had no right to be. She’s a warrior, not a werewolf groupie. But now she’s trapped between the werewolf who wants her and the werewolf who wants her dead.
He’s Europe’s werewolf prince…


Pine wanted April the moment he saw her, just before she saved his life. Then he knew he must make her his. But the appearance of his long-lost and presumed-dead twin complicates Pine’s plans, and this time it’s April’s life at stake. Together, April and Pine are so much stronger than they are apart, but the heat between them may be enough to burn down the world.


Can two such unlikely allies find their way past danger to love? Or will mutual seduction be the beginning of the end?


Warning: This book contains magic, Atlantis, Poseidon, warriors, a wolf shifter, an evil twin, archery, wolf cubs, Europe, Scotland, Scottish accents, a king and queen, sibling rivalry, a black sheep, bad boys, paranormal romance, fantasy, matchmaking, laughter, danger, kisses, and a happily ever after. Read at your own risk!


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April in Atlantis is the fourth book in the Poseidon’s Warriors series

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/2399801-poseidon-s-warriors

 

 

.1 Halloween in Atlantis
.2 Christmas in Atlantis
1 January in Atlantis
2February in Atlantis
3 March in Atlantis
4 April in Atlantis

 

 

5 May in Atlantis


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This series is a follow up to The Warriors of Poseidon series

 

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April in Atlantis is AVAILABLE in ebook


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EXCERPT 2, April in Atlantis by Alyssa Day


Atlantis, the war room adjacent to the throne room, April 1st…

April stalked back and forth past the scarred wooden table that dominated the room, fists clenched at her sides, muttering creative suggestions under her breath in ancient Atlantean as to what the king and Denal could do with their idea. She'd expected to be kicked off the team after she'd been so rude to the man she'd only later found out had been an actual freaking prince. Instead, they'd hit her with this.


King Conlan, tall, dark, and gorgeous in that uniquely Atlantean royalty lineage way, leaned back in his chair and raised an eyebrow. "I'm not sure the throne would fit up my ass, and if Cerberus ripped my arms and legs off, my wife and son might be rather annoyed with you."


She froze. "You heard that?"


Denal, one of the king's elite fighters and now the leader of her team of Poseidon's Warriors—or Denal's Desperate Dozen, if you hung out in taverns for any time at all—blew out a sigh and shoved his hands into the pocket of his faded jeans. "You see, Conlan? Hopeless. This is a terrible idea. Also, April, I know you haven't spent much time around royalty--"


"Try none."


He continued as if she hadn't spoken. "But a little respect might be nice. Or I'll take you to the training grounds and kick your ass."


She scowled. Unfortunately, this was a threat that carried some weight. Denal had been a warrior for longer than she'd been alive, because Atlanteans lived very long lifespans. He was unbelievably hot, in that "look at me and I'll kill you" feral kind of hot way, but she hadn't the slightest interest in bedding him. She just wanted to impress him.


To impress the king.


Great start, fool.


She abruptly knelt and inclined her head. "My apologies, your highness, if I have offended you. Well, of course I offended you. Gah. I mean, the throne up your ass thing might have come across worse in translation…"


She smacked her forehead. After muttering dire insults to the king, she was now questioning whether he could understand ancient Atlantean, the language of his royal ancestors.

 

Maybe she could stab herself in the kidney next and get the pain over with faster.


Conlan laughed.


He laughed?


"April. For Poseidon's sake, get up. And if you call me 'your highness' again, I'll be the one kicking your ass on the training grounds. My sword play is a little rusty these days, but I can take on a youngling like you."


She leapt to her feet, a hot rush of denial searing up her throat, ready to boil forth in a mass of words, when her brain kicked in: He'd said a youngling.


Not a female.


She was a youngling, compared to his five hundred or so years, so it would be ridiculous to be offended, and she was getting tired of looking for offense from every corner. She'd made it—she'd been accepted into Poseidon's Warriors, even if on a misfit kind of team.


"Look." Denal strode over to her and poked her in the shoulder. Hard. "Try not to be a jerk. I'm telling you, as the head of this insane team of misfits, that you're going to be an ambassador to the wolves."


She refrained from poking him back and gave herself a hundred points for her massive amount of restraint. "For how long?"


"A year." Denal studied her face and then glanced at the king, whose face was impassive. This was Denal's decision, then.


"Six weeks," she countered, without much hope, but it was fun to watch that nerve in Denal's jaw jump.


"Six months, and if you argue with me again, it's going to go back to a year," he said, his eyes narrowing.


"I'll take it."


"Good call."


The king stood up and stretched. "I have politics to play, crushing boredom to endure. Or maybe I'll go chase my son around the garden for a while.


April, do a good job. If you put me in the middle of the wolves' civil war, we're going to have a problem."


His eyes darkened, and the genial king façade disappeared, so that April saw the dangerous predator lurking beneath. Conlan had been a fierce warrior for hundreds of years before he took the throne, and she could tell that nothing had changed.


"Yes, your highness," she stammered, taking a step back.


Conlan's face lit up with a huge grin. "You did it! I warned you. Now you can meet me on the training grounds in an hour for a bout. You'd better warm up your sword arm, warrior, because I'm not holding back."


Denal groaned. "Don't hurt my newest team member, Conlan. Do you know how hard it is to find good fighters?"


April blinked. He thought she was a good fighter?


"It's not hard at all," the king said, his calm voice completely at odds with his narrowed eyes. "Or else somebody at the younglings' training academy needs to lose his or her job."


Denal raised his hands. "Fine. It's not hard to find good fighters, but it's hard to find people with the skills and temperament to be one of Poseidon's finest, as you well know."


He thought she had the skills and temperament to be one of Poseidon's finest?


April swallowed. This meeting hadn't gone at all like she'd imagined. She'd thought she was going to be booted off the team. Instead, she found out she was one of Poseidon's finest, who was going to be an ambassador to the European wolves, after she sparred with the king.


She needed a drink.


Conlan pointed at her. "One hour. Be there or I'll track you down."


She nodded to them both and then walked out of the room. Maybe she'd have that drink after her sword fight…


With the king.


Of Atlantis.


In one hour.


She started running.

 

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Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)


· A set of January, February, and March in Atlantis signed print books

 

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Alyssa Day is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels filled with kissing, laughter, mystery and magic. Alyssa's paranormal series include the Poseidon's Warriors and Cardinal Witches paranormal romances and the Tiger's Eye Mysteries paranormal mysteries. In an Alyssa Day book, the good guys (and gals!) always win and happily ever after always prevails! 

 

Alyssa's many awards include Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award for outstanding romance fiction, and the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance novel of 2012. Her books have been translated into a zillion languages but she's still holding out for Klingon.

 

 

Website - https://alyssaday.com/

 

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