Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Review: Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros - Matthew Reinhart

Inspired by the Emmy Award–winning title sequence that opens each episode of the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros is guaranteed to thrill the show’s legions of fans.

Featuring stunning pop-up recreations of several key locations from the series, including the formidable castle of Winterfell, the lavish capital city King’s Landing, and the Wall’s stark majesty, this book takes readers into the world of the series like never before.

Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros features five stunning spreads that fold out to create a remarkable pop-up map of Westeros, as well as numerous mini-pops that bring to life iconic elements of the show, such as direwolves, White Walkers, giants, and dragons. All the pops are accompanied by insightful text that relays the rich history of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, forming a dynamic reference guide to the world of Game of Thrones.

Visually spectacular and enthrallingly interactive, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros sets a new standard for pop-up books and perfectly captures the epic scope and imagination of the series.

Review:
I actually bought and first read this book several years ago but reviewing Matthew Reinhart's Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts recently made me realise I never got around to posting pictures of Westeros. These books are both just so much fun to look through. Each page has so much detail and there are lots of little additional pop outs showing things like the Iron Throne and things like the Direwolves and White Walkers. Let's face it this is never going to be the kind of book you look through regularly and it's a bit too bulky to display but it's still enjoyable to pull out and flip through occasionally.

Each page can be looked at separately or you can unfold the entire book to create a huge pop-up map which reminds me a lot of the opening credits from the TV show. It's a bit fiddly to fold out so you need to be careful as you do it but although there are easy to follow instructions it really can be opened out by feel. The only downside of having the entire map unfolded is that it's so big it makes it hard to focus on the smaller details from each page so I think on balance I'm unlikely to open it out very often no matter how cool it looks.

King's Landing

The Eyrie

Winterfell

The Wall

The Continent of Essos

The entire map unfolded

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Source: Purchased

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Release Blitz: Beast - Lexi Blake

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Beast, the second installment of the sexy paranormal A Faery Story Series from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake, writing as Sophie Oak is available now!

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A playboy who needs to grow up

Fresh from his latest tabloid scandal, vampire playboy Dante Dellacourt has been given an ultimatum. Either he takes a consort and settles down, or his family will disown him. Unwilling to lose everything he has, he reluctantly agrees to find a wife. Marriage is just another kind of contract, after all. No one said anything about love being a part of the bargain.

An outcast who has only known hardship

Exiled by her pack, Kaja is a werewolf without a home. Her life was never easy in the frozen tundra she grew up in, but it was familiar. Waking up in a foreign landscape, surrounded by bright lights, loud noises, and far too many people has left her overwhelmed. Frightened and with no one to trust, she savagely fights to get free of this strange new world.

A passion strong enough to change them both

Called to defend the gnomes of the marketplace, Dante is almost blinded by the radiant light coming off the fierce werewolf. Kaja glows like no consort he has ever seen. Gorgeous and wild, she calls to him in ways he had not dreamed possible. For Kaja, she finds in Dante a man unlike any she has ever known. They could not be more different, but she finds him irresistible.

In order to claim his werewolf bride, Dante must first discover how to overcome their differences. Will he tame his ferocious beauty, or will she unleash his inner beast?

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About Lexi Blake

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Release Blitz: Reaper - Larissa Ione

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“Phenomenal! The world building. The romance. The epic storyline. Everything about this book is blockbuster worthy!” —Rachel Van Dyken, #1
New York Times bestselling author



For love, he’ll watch the world burn.

For revenge, he’ll light the match.


New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione returns to her fan favorite Demonica Series with REAPER, available now!

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THE DEMONICA SERIES RETURNS…

He is the Keeper of Souls. Judge, jury, and executioner. He is death personified.

He is the Grim Reaper.

A fallen angel who commands the respect of both Heaven and Hell, Azagoth has presided over his own underworld realm for thousands of years. As the overlord of evil souls, he maintains balance crucial to the existence of life on Earth and beyond. But as all the realms gear up for the prophesied End of Days, the ties that bind him to Sheoul-gra have begun to chafe.

Now, with his beloved mate and unborn child the target of an ancient enemy, Azagoth will stop at nothing to save them, even if it means breaking blood oaths and shattering age-old alliances.
Even if it means destroying himself and setting the world on fire…

Reaper now available

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About Larissa Ione
Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career in meteorology to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her retired U.S. Coast Guard husband, her son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhounds, a King Shepherd named Hexe and a Belgian Malinois named Duvel.


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Monday, 14 October 2019

Review: Blood Engines - T.A. Pratt

Meet Marla Mason--smart, saucy, slightly wicked witch of the East Coast. . . .

Sorcerer Marla Mason, small-time guardian of the city of Felport, has a big problem. A rival is preparing a powerful spell that could end Marla's life--and, even worse, wreck her city. Marla's only chance of survival is to boost her powers with the Cornerstone, a magical artifact hidden somewhere in San Francisco. But when she arrives there, Marla finds that the quest isn't going to be quite as cut-and-dried as she expected . . . and that some of the people she needs to talk to are dead. It seems that San Francisco's top sorcerers are having troubles of their own--a mysterious assailant has the city's magical community in a panic, and the local talent is being (gruesomely) picked off one by one.

With her partner-in-crime, Rondeau, Marla is soon racing against time through San Francisco's alien streets, dodging poisonous frogs, murderous hummingbirds, cannibals, and a nasty vibe from the local witchery, who suspect that Marla herself may be behind the recent murders. And if Marla doesn't figure out who is killing the city's finest in time, she'll be in danger of becoming a magical statistic herself. . . .

Marla Mason Series:
Blood Engines
Poison Sleep
Dead Reign
Spell Games
Broken Mirrors
Grim Tides
Bride of Death
Lady of Misrule
Queen of Nothing
Closing Doors
Do Better (Collection of over 20 Short Stories set in this world)

Visit T.A. Pratt's website for more information

Review:
Marla is the guardian of Felport, the city is her territory and she will do whatever it takes to protect it from danger. She will also defend it ruthlessly from anyone who wants to take it from her which is how she finds herself in her current position. Rather than come at her head on a rival has instead chosen to place a magical curse on Marla and unless she finds a way to counter it quickly it won't only be her city that she looses. She has travelled to San Francisco looking for a magical artefact that she believes could help her break the death spell but it looks like San Francisco is in the middle of a power struggle of its own and now Marla is caught up in an even bigger fight.

Blood Engines was a fun intro to T.A Pratt's Marla Mason series, it does suffer a little with first book info dumping but I'm always willing to forgive that in my fantasy books as long as the characters and story hold my attention and in this case they definitely did. I liked Marla's character, unlike so many other urban fantasy heroines she is already at the top of her game, she knows exactly what she's capable of and she's not afraid to use her abilities to get what she wants. She is also a bit morally grey which makes her much more interesting, she crosses lines to get things done because she's focused on the good of the many rather than the good of the few. Marla knows Felport needs her, she knows her rival wouldn't be capable of protecting the city like she does and therefore she knows that her rival can't be allowed to take control.

I also really liked Marla's partner Rondeau, he's a great sidekick who I think we've only begun to touch the surface of. I definitely want to know more about his background and how he came to be working alongside Marla. Then there's also the seer B who I think has a lot more story to tell too so hopefully he'll be popping up again in future instalments. Either way I'm looking forward to reading about more of Marla's adventures.

Source: Borrowed from a friend

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Sunday, 13 October 2019

Review: Flash - Kit Rocha

Caution: this story is not meant to stand alone. The Beyond Happily Ever After stories are vignettes and outtakes showing the O’Kanes in their daily lives, in between the adventures and often after their happy endings. These stories were written exclusively for readers and fans of the series, and will probably not make very much sense to anyone not familiar with the characters.

A Patreon Reward Story. This story is a short vignette voted on by our Patreon supporters. In this story, Flash & Amira spend a little time with newborn baby Hana.

Characters: Flash, Amira & Hana
Timeline: Set after Beyond Pain

Now available to read for free on Kit Rocha's website: https://www.kitrocha.com/book/flash-2/

Beyond Series:
Beyond Shame
Beyond Control
Beyond Denial (A Beyond Happily Ever After free short story)
Beyond Pain
Flash (Free short story)
Beyond Temptation (Novella in the Marked Anthology or as a separate ebook)
Beyond Jealousy
Beyond Solitude (Novella in the Alpha's After Dark Anthology or as a separate ebook)
Beyond Addiction
Beyond Possession (Novella)
Beyond Innocence
Closed Doors (A Beyond Happily Ever After short story)
Blank Canvas (A Beyond Happily Ever After free short story)
Beyond Ruin
Beyond Ecstasy
Beyond Surrender
Creative Incentives (Free short story)
Beyond Doubt (An O'Kane for Life novella)
Cravings (Free short story)
Beyond Forever (An O'Kane for Life novella)
Dessert (Free short story)
Ravished (Free short story)
Efficient (Free short story)
Memorial (Free short story)
Fierce Protector (Free short story)
A Little Bit Bad (Free short story)

Gideon's Riders Series:
(Spin off series)
Ashwin
Makhai (Free short story)
Deacon
6th Sense (Free short story)
Ivan

Visit Kit Rocha's website for more information.

Review:
Flash is a short story that was originally available through Kit Rocha's Patreon page where you can sponsor the author and read a short story every month. After six months these stories become available on Kit Rocha's website so you can now read this one for free. These stories aren't meant to be standalone, they're written to give fans of the series a chance to catch up with favourite characters and just give us little glimpses into what's happening in this world now that the main series has finished.

This story fits into the series timeline just after book 3, Beyond Pain, so it does contain spoilers for earlier books. It's an adorable slice of life scene between Flash, Amira and newborn Hana but it's quite bittersweet for anyone who has read the whole Beyond series. The last line made my heart hurt!

Source: Read for free on Kit Rocha's website

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Review: Makhai - Kit Rocha

Caution: this story is not meant to stand alone. The Beyond Happily Ever After stories are vignettes and outtakes showing the O’Kanes in their daily lives, in between the adventures and often after their happy endings. These stories were written exclusively for readers and fans of the series, and will probably not make very much sense to anyone not familiar with the characters.

A Patreon Reward Story. This story is a short vignette voted on by our Patreon supporters. This story features Ashwin’s friend (and fellow Makhai soldier) Samson as he watches Ashwin & Kora.

Characters: Samson (Ashwin/Kora)
Timeline: Set between Deacon and Ivan

Now available to read for free on Kit Rocha's website: https://www.kitrocha.com/book/makhai/

Beyond Series:
Beyond Shame
Beyond Control
Beyond Denial (A Beyond Happily Ever After free short story)
Beyond Pain
Flash (Free short story)
Beyond Temptation (Novella in the Marked Anthology or as a separate ebook)
Beyond Jealousy
Beyond Solitude (Novella in the Alpha's After Dark Anthology or as a separate ebook)
Beyond Addiction
Beyond Possession (Novella)
Beyond Innocence
Closed Doors (A Beyond Happily Ever After short story)
Blank Canvas (A Beyond Happily Ever After free short story)
Beyond Ruin
Beyond Ecstasy
Beyond Surrender
Creative Incentives (Free short story)
Beyond Doubt (An O'Kane for Life novella)
Cravings (Free short story)
Beyond Forever (An O'Kane for Life novella)
Dessert (Free short story)
Ravished (Free short story)
Efficient (Free short story)
Memorial (Free short story)
Fierce Protector (Free short story)
A Little Bit Bad (Free short story)

Gideon's Riders Series:
(Spin off series)
Ashwin
Makhai (Free short story)
Deacon
6th Sense (Free short story)
Ivan

Visit Kit Rocha's website for more information.

Review:
Makhai is a short story that was originally available through Kit Rocha's Patreon page where you can sponsor the author and read a short story every month. After six months these stories become available on Kit Rocha's website so you can now read this one for free. These stories aren't meant to be standalone, they're written to give fans of the series a chance to catch up with favourite characters and just give us little glimpses into what's happening in this world now that the main series has finished.

This short story is actually told from the point of view of Samson, one of the Makhai soldiers who trained with Ashwin. Samson has a very different way of looking at things because of his upbringing so it was interesting to see inside his head as he watched Ashwin and Kora together. I really hope we're going to get to spend more time with the Makhai soldiers when this series continues so I'd love to see Samson get a book of his own.

Source: Read for free on Kit Rocha's website

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Review: A Little Bit Bad - Kit Rocha

Caution: this story is not meant to stand alone. The Beyond Happily Ever After stories are vignettes and outtakes showing the O’Kanes in their daily lives, in between the adventures and often after their happy endings. These stories were written exclusively for readers and fans of the series, and will probably not make very much sense to anyone not familiar with the characters.

Memorial: A Patreon Reward Story. This story is a short vignette voted on by our Patreon supporters. In it, Tatiana enjoys her new shop and Zan pays a surprise visit.

Characters: Zan and Tatiana
Timeline: Set after the end of Beyond Forever

Now available to read for free on Kit Rocha's website: https://www.kitrocha.com/book/a-little-bit-bad/

Beyond Series:
Beyond Shame
Beyond Control
Beyond Denial (A Beyond Happily Ever After free short story)
Beyond Pain
Flash (Free short story)
Beyond Temptation (Novella in the Marked Anthology or as a separate ebook)
Beyond Jealousy
Beyond Solitude (Novella in the Alpha's After Dark Anthology or as a separate ebook)
Beyond Addiction
Beyond Possession (Novella)
Beyond Innocence
Closed Doors (A Beyond Happily Ever After short story)
Blank Canvas (A Beyond Happily Ever After free short story)
Beyond Ruin
Beyond Ecstasy
Beyond Surrender
Creative Incentives (Free short story)
Beyond Doubt (An O'Kane for Life novella)
Cravings (Free short story)
Beyond Forever (An O'Kane for Life novella)
Dessert (Free short story)
Ravished (Free short story)
Efficient (Free short story)
Memorial (Free short story)
Fierce Protector (Free short story)
A Little Bit Bad (Free short story)

Gideon's Riders Series:
(Spin off series)
Ashwin
Makhai (Free short story)
Deacon
6th Sense (Free short story)
Ivan

Visit Kit Rocha's website for more information.

Review:
A Little Bit Bad is a short story that was originally available through Kit Rocha's Patreon page where you can sponsor the author and read a short story every month. After six months these stories become available on Kit Rocha's website so you can now read this one for free. These stories aren't meant to be standalone, they're written to give fans of the series a chance to catch up with favourite characters and just give us little glimpses into what's happening in this world now that the main series has finished.

This story gives us a glimpse at Tatiana and Zan's life after the war. Tatiana is happy running her shop while surrounded by her chosen family and things are great between her and Zan. They're both still madly in love which was cute.

Source: Read for free on Kit Rocha's website

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