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url 2018-04-16 23:47
71 new releases in book series today and tomorrow
Head On - John Scalzi
Star Wars: Last Shot A Han & Lando Novel - Daniel José Older
Fairy Tail S Vol. 2 - Hiro Mashima

Per FictFact's Book Release Calendar.

 

Releasing today: Warrior World


Coltrain Diana Palmer #55 in Long Tall Texans
Everwylde Donna Grant #2 in Kindred
Long Shot Kennedy Ryan #1 in Hoops
Micah Rebecca Royce #2 in Warrior World
Moon Riders Tracy Tappan #4 in The Community Series
Rapunzel Untamed Erin Bedford #1 in Curse of the Fairy Tales
Through With Love Tymber Dalton #71 in The Suncoast Society

 

Releasing tomorrow:

 
A Match Made in Bed Cathy Maxwell #2 in Spinster Heiress
A Matter Of Justice Christy Reece #4 in Grey Justice
A Warriner To Seduce Her Virginia Heath #4 in Wild Warriners
Beauty in Lingerie Penelope Sky #2 in Lingerie
Before Mars Emma Newman #3 in Planetfall
Blind Betrayal Nancy Mehl #3 in Defenders of Justice
Chaser Kylie Scott #3 in Dive Bar
Claiming His Hidden Heir Carol Marinelli #13 in Secret Heirs of Billionaires
Collaring Brooke Becca Jameson #3 in Club Zodiac
Cowboy Blues Delores Fossen #12 in Wrangler's Creek
Cowboy Heartbreaker Delores Fossen #Novella in Wrangler's Creek
Cowboy's Redemption B J Daniels #4 in Cahill Ranch
Embracing Her Heart Melissa Foster #1 in Montgomerys
Fairy Tail S Vol. 2 - Hiro Mashima  #2 in Fairy Tail S
Fallen Ink Carrie Ann Ryan #1 in Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs
Fearless Mating Milly Taiden #4 in A.L.F.A. Novel
Finding the Edge Debra Webb #1 in Colby Agency: Sexi-ER
Flesh Into Fire J. A. Huss #3 in Original Sin
Flight Yoshiki Tanaka #6 in Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Friend Zone Nicole Blanchard #1 in Friend Zone
From Unseen Fire Cass Morris #1 in Aven Cycle
Head ON John Scalzi #2 in Lock In
Hell in a Handbasket Denise Grover Swank #3 in Rose Gardner Investigations
Her Wickham Falls SEAL Rochelle Alers #2 in Wickham Falls Weddings
Hopeless Realm A.K. Koonce #3 in The Hopeless
In Prior's Wood G M Malliet #7 in Max Tudor
Killing Town Max Allan Collins #23 in Mike Hammer
Lady Cecily And The Mysterious Mr Gray Janice Preston #3 in Beauchamp Betrothals
Star Wars: Last Shot A Han & Lando Novel - Daniel José Older #2 in Han and Lando (#27 in Star Wars: Disney Canon)
Lone Star Blues Delores Fossen #5 in Wrangler's Creek
Love & War Melissa de la Cruz #2 in Alex and Eliza
Morna's Vow Bethany Claire #7 in Magical Matchmaker's Legacy
Murder at the Mushroom Festival Janet Finsilver #4 in Kelly Jackson
One Intrepid SEAL Elle James #1 in Mission: Six
Pocalypse Road Lilith Saintcrow #3 in Roadtrip Z
Revelations of a Time Traveler Doug Molitor #3 in Time Amazon
Royal Heir Ruth Cardello #3 in Westerly Billionaire
Save Me Tiffany A. Snow #4 in Corrupted Hearts
Season of Storms Andrzej Sapkowski #8 in Witcher
Shadow Call AdriAnne Strickland #2 in Kaitan Chronicles
Shot in the Dark Cleo Coyle #17 in Coffeehouse Mysteries
Taking Vengeance Cynthia Sax #12 in Cyborg Sizzle
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Vol. 5 FUSE #5 in That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
The Battered Badge Robert Goldsborough #13 in Nero Wolfe
The Boardwalk Trust Avery Duff #2 in Beach Lawyer Series
The Courage of a Cowboy Kristin Vayden #2 in Elk Heights Ranch
The Duke Who Ravished Me Diana Quincy #4 in Regency Spymasters
The Fallen David Baldacci #4 in Amos Decker
The Family Gathering Robyn Carr #3 in Sullivan's Crossing
The Last of the Lost Boys N. D. Wilson #3 in Outlaws of Time
The Long Sunset Jack McDevitt #8 in Engines of God
The Nanny's Double Trouble Christine Rimmer #1 in Bravos of Valentine Bay
The Other Boys Sean Kennedy, Renae Kaye #7 in On A Night Like This
The Phoenixes Choice M A Abraham #5 in Tantalus
The Royal Tutor, Vol. 6 Higasa Akai #6 in The Royal Tutor
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh Carolyn Arnold #2 in Mathew Connor Adventure
The Storm Elizabeth Hunter #6 in Irin Chronicles
The Wedding Quilt Bride Marta Perry #2 in Brides of Lost Creek
Traitor Nicole Blanchard #1 in Last to Leave
Traitor Born Amy A. Bartol #2 in Secondborn
Turn Me On J. Kenner #7 in Man of the Month
Unmasked by the Marquess Cat Sebastian #1 in The Regency Imposters
Welcome to Moonlight Harbor Sheila Roberts #1 in Moonlight Harbor
Whispers of the Dead Spencer Kope

 

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-04-05 18:03
4.5 Out of 5 "you can love a monster" Stars
Crushed - Eliza Crewe

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Crushed

Eliza Crewe

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Meda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she’s willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead.

 

The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she’s trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how’s a girl supposed to say “no?”

 

After all, everyone knows a good girl’s greatest weakness is a bad boy.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Hmmm…I have no idea why I waited so long to get back into this series, it may have had something to do with my not getting into paranormal lately, actually, that is exactly why.  I should have known that Meda would make the experience of reading this second book a blast.  Meda rocks. 

 

"You can love a monster, it can even love you back, but that doesn't change its nature."

 

If you like a bad-ass half-demon heroine, who makes you laugh out loud and root for her to be bad.  What, she only kills the bad guys. The child molesters and serial killers.  Seriously, I love it when she's bad and is it wrong if I like Armand?  But I digress…if you like all this in a supernatural setting then you should totally give this series a go.

 

"Like most things, fun is better when it's stolen."

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.2/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4.2/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Sorta…

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Book Cover~ Excellent

Series~ Soul Eaters #2

Setting~ Mountains of Virginia

Source~ I Own Kindle eBook

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review 2018-04-05 17:10
4.3 Out of 5 "no one asks for THAT" Stars
Asking for it - Louise T. O'Neill

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Asking For It

Louise O'Neill

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Emma O'Donovan is eighteen, beautiful, and fearless. It's the beginning of summer in a quiet Irish town and tonight she and her friends have dressed to impress. Everyone is at the party, and all eyes are on Emma. The next morning Emma's parents discover her collapsed on the doorstop of their home, unconscious. She is disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, looking as if she had been dumped there. To her distress, Emma can't remember what happened the night before. All she knows is that none of her friends will respond to her texts. At school, people turn away from her and whisper under their breath. Her mind may be a blank as far as the events of the previous evening, but someone has posted photos of it on Facebook under a fake account, "Easy Emma"-photos she will never be able to forget. As the photos go viral and a criminal investigation is launched, the community is thrown into tumult. The media descends, neighbors chose sides, and people from all over the world want to talk about her story. Everyone has something to say about Emma. Contains mature themes.

 

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How do you rate a book, that not only physically hurts to read but also has characters that are actually quite unlikable?  And yet, embeds itself under your skin and into your head. It will make you think about rape culture and how the world perceives a girl who is "asking for it".  It demonstrates the small-mindedness of some.  It shows cyber-bullying at it's very worse.  Asking For It is a raw, gritty read filled with overwhelming sadness, but at the same time feels like it needs to be read.

 

This is superbly written, although I was tripped up by her inner dialogue.  I listened to Audio, and the narrator did change her voice for this, unfortunately, it's difficult to pull off, even for an excellent narrator; and usually works much better in print format.  So, maybe, I should have read this one instead of listening.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~  4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3/5

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Book Cover~ This one and the Barbie doll-like cover are both perfect for the book.

Narration~ ☆4.5☆ is well done by Aoife McMahon

Setting~ Ballinatoom, Ireland

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2018-03-30 17:57
4.2 Out Of 5 "Tarnished...But Not Broken" STARS
Tarnished City - Vic James

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Tarnished City

Vic James

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A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

 

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

 

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I was torn as to whether I was going to continue this series because I struggled to get through the first book.  Then way before it (Tarnished City) was due to release, I noticed my library had already purchased it in audiobook format…I thought…hmmm…maybe I could eliminate some my issues with Gilded Cage by listening to Tarnished City, rather than reading it.

 

Overall, I'm happy that I gave this series a second chance because this world that Vic James has created is darkly captivating and dangerously alluring.  I applaud her ingenuity with the unique plot and the complex characters.  She also threw in some very clever twists.  While there are still many elements to this that I found confusing and I know I didn't always comprehend the situations totally, I did enjoy it, nonetheless.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.2/5  Cliffhanger~ More or less…yes.

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Book Cover~  Awesome, I think this darker version goes with the story better.

Narration~ ☆4.3☆ Avita Jay, for having an accent, which I always seem to struggle with, I thought she was pretty good.

Series~ Dark Gifts #2

Setting~ England & Scotland

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-03-21 20:08
A Nordic noir thriller with two fascinating protagonists, D.I. Hulda Hermannsdóttir and Iceland.
The Darkness - Ragnar Jónasson

Thanks to NetGalley and to Michael Joseph for providing me an ARC copy of this novel that I freely chose to review.

I’ve followed with interest the rise in popularity of the Nordic/ Scandinavian Thrillers in recent years, although I have read random titles rather than becoming a dedicated fan of any single writer. (I’ve also watched quite a few of the crime TV series produced in those countries and I’ve particularly enjoyed Wallander, The Bridge, and The Killing). This is the first novel I read by Ragnar Jónasson, although I suspect it won’t be the last.

The novel contains some familiar elements, although with interesting variations. The main character, Hulda, a Detective Inspector, that works in Reykjavík, is 64 and on her way to retirement. She is surprised by the news that this retirement has been brought forward, and, as an afterthought to keep her quiet, her boss tells her she can work on a cold case of her choice. She chooses the apparent suicide of a Russian girl, an asylum seeker because she mistrusts the lead investigator. The novel, written in the third person, mostly from Hulda’s point of view, follows her last three days in the force. I say mostly because there are other fragments that are told from other characters’ points of view, although at first, it is not that clear who they are. We come to understand how they relate to the main story later, but I must clarify that they are clearly distinct, easy to follow, and do not cause any confusion. They do provide additional information, a different perspective, and they help us understand the story and the characters more fully (and yes, they might also mislead us a tiny bit), although I suspect some readers might catch on faster than others as to their true relevance.

Hulda is a known standard of the genre: the old detective forced to leave the job that is determined to solve one last case before retirement. Only, in this case, she is a woman, and she does reflect on how difficult things have been for her because she is a woman, glass ceiling and all. She does share some of the other attributes sometimes typical of these characters: she is very good but not that very well liked; she has to work alone because she is not a favourite among the other detectives; she resents her younger boss and many of her teammates; she is effective but might bend the rules slightly; she is reserved and has suffered tragedies in her life… The author is very good at creating a very compelling character and then making us question our judgment. At least in my case, I really liked Hulda to begin with, but after a while, I realised that she might be one of those favourites of mine, an unreliable narrator (or, although not directly a narrator, her point of view is unreliable). She makes decisions that are morally questionable; she drinks a bit too much; and well… I am keeping my mouth shut. My feelings for this character went from really liking her, to not being so sure, to not liking her very much, and then… This change in opinion and perception is cleverly achieved and extremely well done, and it reminded me of books like We Need to Talk about Kevin (not the story itself, but the way the writer slowly makes us empathise with a character to later pull the rug from under our feet).

The story is dark in more ways than one. As I said, there are morally grey areas (or even quite dark): the subject matter and the fact that a young asylum seeker and her death are not considered important and have been all but forgotten a year down the line (unfortunately that rings true), Hulda’s own life and the secrets she keeps, and Iceland. Although there is not a great deal of violence (and definitely not explicit), there is a certain unsettling air and a cold and menacing atmosphere, that comes in part from Hulda’s paranoia and her personality (suspicious and mistrustful), but goes beyond it. The setting is very important and it contributes to the story and its effect on the reader. Iceland is a character in its own right. The descriptions of the many locations in the book create a picture in the reader’s mind and help understand how important the place is to the mood, the characters, and their way of life. A place where light and darkness rule people’s lives, and where the inhabitants have adapted to conditions many of us would find difficult and hostile. The title is apt for many reasons (as we learn as we read on). It is a noir novel, where nobody is exactly as they appear at first, and where red herrings, false clues, and side-stories muddy the storyline, adding layers of complexity to what appears straightforward, at first.

The writing is fluid, and versatile, providing different registers and clearly distinct voices for the different aspects of the story and the varied points of view, and although it is a translation, it is well-written and the style fits in perfectly the content. It is not the usual fast-paced thriller, but one that builds up tension and organically incorporates the psychology of the characters and the setting into the story.

A couple of examples:

Time was like a concertina: one minute compressed, the next stretching out interminably.

‘She’s being deported. It happens. You know, it’s a bit like those games of musical chairs you play as a kid. The music starts, everyone gets up and walks in a circle and when the music stops, one of the chairs is taken away and someone’s unlucky.’

The ending… I will not talk in detail about it but although perhaps not unexpected, is a bit of a shocker.

A great (and not long) novel for lovers of Nordic thrillers, or anybody who enjoys thrillers that deviate from the norm. I’d also recommend it to anybody intrigued by Iceland and unreliable narrators. And I’d also recommend it to authors always intrigued by other authors’ technique and voice. I intend to keep reading the series. And enjoying it.

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