Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I'm Looking Forward To.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week has a different theme & you can find all the details about how to join in HERE.

Today's topic is Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I'm Looking Forward To and there are lots of books coming out next year that I'm already REALLY excited about!

I'm going to include the covers & blurbs (where available) and then I'll link to the Goodreads page for each book in case you want to add them to your TBR shelves. These are listed in no particular order.

1. Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton
(Goodreads Page)

Sold immediately at auction across the world, this phenomenal novel is the first in a trilogy packed with shooting contests, train robberies, festivals under the stars, powerful Djinni magic and an electrifying love story. This promises to be a global super lead.

"Tell me that and we'll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that's how you want your story to go and we'll write it straight across the sand."

Dustwalk is Amani's home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. But to where? The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan's enemies are on the rise.

2. This is Where it Ends - Marieke Nijkamp
(Goodreads Page)

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won't open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

3. Beyond the Red - Ava Jae
(Goodreads Page)

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

4. Burning Glass - Kathryn Purdie
(Goodreads Page)

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

5. Sword and Verse - Kathy MacMillan
(Goodreads Page)

Raisa was only a child when she was kidnapped and enslaved in Qilara. Forced to serve in the palace of the king, she’s endured hunger, abuse, and the harrowing fear of discovery: everyone knows she is Arnath, but not that Raisa is a Learned One, a part of an Arnath group educated in higher order symbols. In Qilara, this language is so fiercely protected that only the King, the Prince, and Tutors are allowed to know it. So when the current Tutor-in-training is executed for sharing the guarded language with slaves, and Raisa is chosen to replace her, Raisa knows that—although she may have a privileged position among slaves—any slip-up could mean death.

That would be challenging enough, but training alongside Prince Mati could be her real undoing. And when a romance blossoms between them, she’s suddenly filled with a dangerous hope for something she never before thought possible: more. Then she’s propositioned by the Resistance—an underground army of slaves—to help liberate the Arnath people. Joining the rebellion could mean freeing her people…but she’d also be aiding in the war against her beloved—an honorable man that she knows wants to help the slaves.

Working against the one she loves—and a palace full of deadly political renegades—has some heady consequences. As Raisa struggles with what’s right, she unwittingly uncovers a secret that the Qilarites have long since buried…one that, unlocked, could bring the current world order to its knees.

And Raisa is the one holding the key.

6. Shallow Graves - Kali Wallace
(Goodreads Page)

Breezy remembers leaving the party, the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to the face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain the necklace of bruises around her neck. She also can’t explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch.

Returning home seems impossible. Her parents and sisters have clearly grieved and struggled to move on, and Breezy can’t begin to answer their inevitable questions. Her heartbeat comes and goes, she doesn’t need to eat or drink, she can see the inky memories of murderers, and she can somehow pull on this dark guilt to kill them. Haunted by the happy memories from her life and disgusted by the half-dead creature she’s become, Breezy embarks on a reckless quest to find answers and a dangerous healing magic…but the cure is as dark and terrible as the disease.

Set in a gorgeous, terrifying world, Shallow Graves is a stunning novel about the heartbreaking trauma of a girl’s life cut short and her struggle to reconcile her humanity with the creature she’s become.

7. Assassin's Heart - Sarah Ahiers
(Goodreads Page)

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

8. These Vicious Masks - Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
(Goodreads Page)

Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

9. Beautiful Broken Things - Sara Barnard
(Goodreads Page)

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

10. The Square Root of Summer - Harriet Reuter Hapgood
(Goodreads Page)

My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel...

Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then...

During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last. The Square Root of Summer is an astounding and moving debut from Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

So are any of these on your wish list? Which 2016 debuts are you most excited about?

November 2015 Recap

Books read in previous months but reviewed in November:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Ember - Bettie Sharpe (Novella) (Read in March, reviewed in November)
  2. Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs (Read in March, review coming soon)
  3. Lover Unleashed - J.R. Ward (Read in April, reviewed in November)
  4. What a Dragon Should Know - G.A. Aiken (Read in May, review coming soon)
  5. War's Passion - Lia Davis (Read in May, review now posted on Goodreads)
  6. Let it Ride - Vivian Arend (Read in May, review coming soon)
  7. Come Home to Me - Jessica Scott (Novella) (Read in May, review coming soon)
  8. In the Air Tonight - Lori Handeland (Read in May, review coming soon)
  9. Misery's Way - J.C. Daniels (Novella) (Read in May, review coming soon)
  10. Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch (Read in June, review coming soon)
  11. Uprooted - Naomi Novik (Read in June, review coming soon)
  12. Valentine - Heather Grothaus (Read in June, review coming soon)
  13. Final Protocol - J.C. Daniels (Read in June, review coming soon)
  14. Dragon Conspiracy - Lisa Shearin (Read in June, review coming soon)
  15. Ecstasy Unbound - Setta Jay (Read in July, review coming soon)
  16. The Martian - Andy Weir (Read in July, review coming soon)
  17. Queen of Shadows - Sarah J Maas (Read in September, review coming soon)
  18. Shadow Lands - K.F. Breene (Read in September, reviewed in November)
  19. A Summer to Remember - Mary Balogh (Read in September, review coming soon)
  20. Hades - Larissa Ione (Novella) (Read in September, review coming soon)
  21. Fortune's Pawn - Rachel Bach (Read in September, review coming soon)
  22. Force of Attraction - D.D. Ayres (Read in September, review coming soon)
  23. Linesman - S.K. Dunstall (Read in September, review coming soon)
  24. Slightly Married - Mary Balogh (Read in September, review coming soon)
  25. A Thousand Nights - E.K. Johnston (Read in September, reviewed in November)
  26. Beyond Happily Ever After: Closed Doors - Kit Rocha (Short Story) (Read in September, review coming soon)
  27. Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire (Read in September, review coming soon)
  28. Menagerie - Rachel Vincent (Read in September, reviewed in November)
  29. Tempting the Best Man - Jennifer L Armentrout (Read in September, reviewed in November)
  30. Wicked Wild Fantasies - Shiloh Walker (Read in October, review coming soon)
  31. Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo (Read in October, reviewed in November)
  32. Ash & Bramble - Sarah Prineas (Read in October, review coming soon)
  33. Demons in My Driveway - R.L. Naquin (Read in October, review coming soon)
  34. Illuminae - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Read in October, reviewed in November)
  35. Dreamer's Pool - Juliet Marillier (Read in October, review coming soon)
  36. The Eternity Cure - Julie Kagawa (Read in October, reviewed in November)
  37. These Shallow Graves - Jennifer Donnelly (Read in October, reviewed in November)
    Books read in November:
    (Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. Invasion - K.F. Breene
    2. One for the Money - Janet Evanovich (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    3. Clean Sweep - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    4. Sweep in Peace - Ilona Andrews
    5. Once Kissed - Cecy Robson
    6. Marked by an Assassin - Felicity Heaton
    7. Where's the Wookie? A Search & Find Activity Book
    8. A Fistful of Evil - Rebecca Chastain
    9. Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    10. Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky - Marissa Meyer (Short Story)
    11. Winter - Marissa Meyer
    12. Girl From Above: Trapped - Pippa DaCosta
    13. Ties That Bind - Pippa DaCosta
    14. The Little Android - Marissa Meyer (Short Story)
    15. One for Sorrow - Pippa DaCosta (Novella)
    16. Simon's Cat in Kitten Chaos - Simon Tolfield
    17. Then Came You - Jill Shalvis (review coming soon)
    18. The Falconer - Elizabeth May (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    19. Faefever - Karen Marie Moning (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
    20. Star Trek Pop-Ups - Courtney Watson McCarthy
    21. Asking for It - Louise O'Neill (review coming soon)
    22. A Fistful of Fire - Rebecca Chastain
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA reads in November:
    (Yes I completely failed at picking just one book this month!)

    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (read my review here)
    Winter by Marissa Meyer (read my review here)
    A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (read my review here)
    Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (read my review here)

    My top NA read in November:

    Once Kissed by Cecy Robson (read my review here)

    My top adult reads in November:

    Sweep In Peace by Ilona Andrews (read my review here)
    Ties That Bind by Pippa DaCosta (read my review here)
    Faefever by Karen Marie Moning (read my review here)

    My Challenge Updates:

    These are the challenges I've signed up for in 2015:

    Monday, 30 November 2015

    Review: A Fistful of Fire - Rebecca Chastain

    Madison Fox survived her first week as California’s newest illuminant enforcer, defending her region against imps, vervet, hounds, and one lascivious demon. If her grumpy boss, Mr. Pitt, was impressed, he hasn’t told Madison. In fact, there’s a lot her boss has been closemouthed about, including the dark secret haunting his past.

    But Madison’s problems are just igniting. Neighboring regions report an uncharacteristic flare-up of evil, fire-breathing salamanders blaze unchecked across the city, and Black Friday looms. Trapped doing cleanup amid mobs of holiday shoppers, Madison watches from the sidelines as dubious allies insinuate themselves in her region.

    As suspicions kindle and the mysterious evil gains strength, Madison must determine who she can trust—and whose rules to follow—before her region and career go up in flames.

    Sizzling with adventure and sparking with magic, A FISTFUL OF FIRE is fused with Madison Fox’s trademark blend of humor and ass-kicking action.

    Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer Series:
    A Fistful of Evil
    A Fistful of Fire

    Visit Rebecca Chastain's website for more information

    Although I enjoyed A Fistful of Evil I had a few issues with it, I felt that the series had huge potential though and I'm so glad I gave it a second chance. A Fistful of Fire was everything I'd hoped for and then some, this series has definitely found it's legs now and I'm really excited to see where things go from here.

    Madison is still learning what being an Illuminant Enforcer is all about, she doesn't have much experience with the creatures that she might come across and still has a lot to learn about fighting evil but she's hard working and she uses her brain. There were times early on that I started to get really frustrated with her boss for keeping her so in the dark, there was obviously something major going on yet he refused to answer any of her questions and left her bumbling around having to try and figure things out on her own. There was a very good reason behind his actions though and once things started to fall into place I found myself applauding Mr Pitt for being so sneaky. Things definitely worked out for the best even if it did make for a very frustrating experience for Madison. It was interesting to get to meet some of the other Enforcers and Wardens in the surrounding area and hopefully Madison will be able to start training fully now that one particular hurdle has been cleared.

    Madison is a fun character to spend time with, she's still a bit of a klutz and is always guaranteed to find any trouble in her immediate vicinity but she's also kind hearted and very warm. She makes mistakes but her heart is in the right place and it's not really her fault for going off and trying things on her own when the people who should be helping her are deliberately keeping her in the dark. I don't even mind that there is a potential love triangle here, what with the sexy vet Alex who has finally asked her out on a date and then her gorgeous co-worker Niko who definitely seems like he might be interested, we have plenty of eye candy going on and I'm not actually sure which of the two guys I want her to pick.

    Of course I love Madison's feline sidekick Mr Bond but we had a couple of new additions to the series here and I absolutely loved both Val and Jamie. They both added plenty of humour and I love it when author's come up with different types of supernatural creatures in their books. This series is really coming along nicely, it's fun and light hearted but has some great characters, a lot of humour and some really interesting world building starting to develop. I'm very much looking forward to seeing where things go from here and I'll definitely be looking out for more from Rebecca Chastain in the future.

    Source: Received from Rebecca Chastain in exchange for an honest review

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    Review: A Fistful of Evil - Rebecca Chastain

    Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.

    On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.

    When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.

    If Stephanie Plum fought evil with magic, it’d look a lot like this.

    Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer Series:
    A Fistful of Evil
    A Fistful of Fire

    Visit Rebecca Chastain's website for more information

    Madison has always been able to see people's souls but it's something she tries very hard not to think about since it's only ever caused her trouble. After losing her job she applies for a position at a bumper sticker company, she knows she's woefully under qualified but she's getting desperate and something about the ad makes her take a chance. What she didn't realise is that her soul-sight comes with some much more useful abilities and now she suddenly finds herself working as the area's Illuminant Enforcer. Madison has no idea what she's doing but the pay is fantastic and she likes the idea of ridding the world of evil so surely she can pick things up as she goes along?

    A Fistful of Evil is a promising start to a new fun and light hearted urban fantasy series. The blurb likens Madison to Stephanie Plum and I think that's a really suitable comparison because the series has a very similar feel to it even though it has supernatural elements. Madison manages to get herself into the same kind of crazy situations that Stephanie does and I laughed a lot while I was reading this book. I'm not going to focus on the similarities because I do think this series more than stands out on it's own merits but I do think if you enjoy the Stephanie Plum books and you're a fan of the paranormal then it would definitely be worth giving these books a try too.

    Madison is a likeable main character, she's a bit of a klutz and she's hopelessly unprepared for her new job but that isn't entirely her own fault since her predecessor was so eager to get out the door that he willingly dropped her in at the deep end without even warning her colleagues she had no prior training. She may be inexperienced but her heart is in the right place and even when she makes a few silly decisions you could always understand why everything played out the way it did. Madison wants to learn, she wants to be good at her job and she's willing to work hard to learn how to use her abilities so I have every confidence that she'll improve as she starts to gain confidence and experience.

    The one place that the story fell down for me was when Madison had to go undercover at a convention. I really didn't like the way all the characters at the convention were so stereotypical, especially the way the only women there were all "booth babes" in tiny outfits just there to be ogled at by the nerdy guys. This whole section just made me uncomfortable and I didn't like the way Madison was so judgemental of everyone around her. It left a bit of a nasty after taste in my mouth so unfortunately the book lost a star for that.

    I don't want to focus on the negative though because it was far outweighed by the positives. I enjoyed the humour surrounding Madison's incredible ability to find trouble and the amusing bumper stickers that kicked off each chapter, I liked what I've seen of her work colleagues, I enjoyed the plot and the range of interesting supernatural creatures and I loved Madison's feline sidekick Mr. Bond! I definitely have high hopes for this series and I'm looking forward to reading the next book A Fistful of Fire.

    Source: Received from Rebecca Chastain in exchange for an honest review

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    Sunday, 29 November 2015

    Review: Lover Unleashed - J.R. Ward

    In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampiresof the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

    Payne, twin sister of the Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her vampire brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself - only to face a devastating injury.

    Manuel Manello, MD, is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can - but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthrigh and the biology that separates them?

    The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series:
    Dark Lover
    Lover Eternal
    Lover Awakened
    Lover Revealed
    Lover Unbound
    Lover Enshrined
    The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide
    Lover Avenged
    Lover Mine
    Lover Unleashed
    Lover Reborn
    Lover at Last
    The King
    The Shadows
    The Beast (2016)

    The Fallen Angels Series:
    (This is a spin off series set in the same world with a slight crossover of characters)

    Black Dagger Legacy:
    (A second spin off series that stars the original characters from BDB and the new recruits they're training)
    Blood Kiss

    Visit J.R. Ward's website for more information

    I used to be the biggest fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, it was one of the first paranormal romance series I discovered and I read the first few books over and over again. Then we got to Phury's book and it all started to go downhill, yes, things did start to pick up again but I never quite regained my original love for the series. The little things had started to bug me much more than they ever used to, the silly names, the irritating slang, the evil beings that smell of baby powder (seriously baby powder? WTF was the Warden thinking?) and worst of all the way we seemed to get less and less of the main characters with every book. We were spending far too much time with other characters, even seeing things from Lesser's points of view which really doesn't work for me and the romance no longer felt like the focus. So I'd kind of put the series to one side and it took a long time for me to get the urge to pick it up again. In fact, it was almost 3 years to the day between me reading Lover Mine and deciding to pick up Lover Unleashed.

    I didn't exactly have high expectations going into this book, but you know what? That 3 year break did me the world of good and I absolutely loved being able to catch up with these characters again. I'd missed the brothers and I'm now starting to feel excited about the series again so I'm really pleased I gave it another chance. The things that used to really irritate me are all still there but they didn't annoy me as much this time around, possibly because they weren't as bad as normal or perhaps just because of my break but whatever the reason it worked for me because I found myself enjoying every minute of this book. It still isn't my favourite of the series but it's definitely my top out of the most recent ones I've read and I'm looking forward to continuing and FINALLY catching up to where the series is at now.

    I really liked both Payne and Manny, I think it would have been nice to have had a bit more page time between the two of them but I enjoyed what we got and liked the development of their relationship. I also liked the fact the way they handled Manny being human while Payne so obviously isn't. While we didn't get as much heat from these two as I would have liked there was plenty going round thanks to the other couples and they did have some really sweet and heartfelt moments that just made me smile. I think my favourite parts of the book were with V and Jane though, they have some issues that they needed to work through so it isn't all sunshine and roses but I was so happy with the way things worked out. Butch stepped up and was such a brilliant friend for V when he desperately needed one and I'm glad that they were able to build an even closer bond without crossing any non-platonic lines. There are also some lovely moments with Payne and V, they've spent so long apart and V didn't even know his twin existed until recently so they're relationship is brand new but they've already bonded and care about each other a great deal. Add in the changes we've seen in Qhuinn aswell as Xcor and his band of bastards and I'm excited to see where the series will go from here. I think I've refound my love for the Black Dagger Brotherhood and I'm really happy about that.

    Source: Purchased

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    Saturday, 28 November 2015

    Blog Tour: The Iron Warrior - Julie Kagawa (Exclusive Extract)

    I'm thrilled to be taking part in the UK blog tour to celebrate the release of The Iron Warrior, the final book in Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey world. I absolutely love this series (although I have to admit I'm embarrassingly behind - I REALLY need to finish reading it ASAP!) so I'm sad it's coming to an end but I'm excited to see what happens with all my favourite characters and I'm looking forward to seeing what Julie comes up with next.

    To celebrate the release I have an exclusive extract to share with you all but before I get to that let me give you a bit more information about the book:

    In the spectacular conclusion to Julie Kagawa’s magical series The Iron Fey, the world of Faery could be changed forevermore...

    Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind’s glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos.

    Ethan is shaken to his core when he discovers who is behind the cataclysmic events - including his attempted murder. His nephew Keirran, the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase is responsible for the turmoil that has descended on the Nevernever. Kierran is now leading the army of the Forgotten Queen, whose powers are growing in strength. A devastating uprising between the courts will be inevitable, unless Keirran can be stopped.

    Disobeying his sister once again, Ethan and his girlfriend, Kenzie must search for answers long forgotten. As they journey through dangerous magical worlds they come face to face with unprecedented evil and Ethan has no choice but to form allegiances with his enemies in a bid to destroy the dark magic which is destined to rip the faery world apart.

    The breath-taking final instalment in this unforgettable saga, where the world of fey will face their greatest challenge yet is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments series.

    Previous Books in the Iron Fey world

    About the Author:

    JULIE KAGAWA was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects and frequent hurricanes. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Fey series, the Talon series and the Immortal Rules trilogy.

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    Website / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

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    Friday, 27 November 2015

    Review: A Thousand Nights - E.K. Johnston

    UK Cover
    Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife.

    When Lo-Melkhiin - a formidable king - arrives at her desert home, she knows that he will take her beautiful sister for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice - leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man.

    But it seems that a strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. But she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king . . . if only she can stop her heart from falling for a monster.

    Set against a harsh desert backdrop, A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston is an evocative tale of love, mystery and magic that would not feel out of place if Scheherazade herself were telling it.

    And perhaps she is...

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    A Thousand Nights is a story based on the classic tale One Thousand and One Nights but E.K. Johnston takes that starting point and turns it into something entirely her own, something unique and absolutely beautiful. I already know that I don't have the words to do this book justice so I'm going to tell you that this is one of the most memorable books I've read this year (and I've read well over 200 of them!) and it's probably the one I most want to recommend to people. This isn't a fast paced and action packed story, it's more of a leisurely stroll, but the scenery is so, so beautiful that you'll want to stop and admire the view. I honestly can't think of a more beautiful and magical tale I've read and I loved every minute of it.

    Lo-Melkhiim is a powerful king but he is responsible for the deaths of over 300 girls. Nobody he marries survives long, in fact most don't even last a night, and they never make it beyond their first week. But the king is not satisfied and he travels around the country taking bride after bride and nobody dares to stop him. When he visits our main character's village everyone knows that he will choose her sister, the most beautiful girl of them all, but our protagonist loves her sister so much that she willingly sacrifices herself to save her. Don't get me wrong, she doesn't want to die and she is determined to do whatever it takes to survive as long as possible, but she can't bear the thought of her sister being taken away.

    What follows is a beautiful story of survival, our main character tells us about her people, their history and their beliefs and she weaves such a wonderful tale that it's as if you've stepped into the book and are walking alongside her. I loved everything about A Thousand Nights, from the lyrical tone of the story to the fascinating and rich world building, I don't even care that we never find out anyone but Lo-Melkhiim's name.

    A Thousand Nights is not a romance but it's a story full of love, the love between siblings, the bond between family members and the love of a people for the woman they see as their saviour. The love that turns one brave young girl into a smallgod who may just be powerful enough to defeat a monster.

    I also have to mention how stunning the UK hardback is, I'd been sent a proof copy for review but I had to buy myself the finished version (and I don't even like hardbacks!) because it's so pretty. From the soft purple slip cover, to the gorgeous gold foil design on the bright pink hardback underneath, the pretty end pages and the beautifully detailed gold design on the edge of the pages this book is a work of art that perfectly reflects the contents of the story. This is a book that begs to be picked up and read again and again and I know it's one I'll be rereading many times in the future.

    Source: Received from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review

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