Sunday, August 30, 2015

AUG Book Reviews


Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancĂ© seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.
Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.
But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.

Review: I felt the beginning of the book was slow but it certainly picked up. It reminded very much of the Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann love story, but that just made me like it more. I think what I liked most about the story is it had a women who actually stepped up to help the "male heroes" and held her own. Then it had the heroine actually deal with issues like having to kill someone and the guilt of afterwards. None of the characters are prefect which is a nice change of pace. Plus, I liked the added mythical elements involved. I give this book four rarrrs.


She never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer.

1913. Austria-Hungary. Ardis knows better than to save a man on the battlefield. Even if he manages to be a charming bastard while bleeding out in the snow. She hasn’t survived this long as a mercenary without some common sense.

When she rescues Wendel, it isn’t because he’s devilishly handsome, but because he’s a necromancer. His touch can revive the dead, and Ardis worries he will return from the grave to hunt her down. Besides, a necromancer can be useful in this world on the brink of war.

A gentleman of questionable morals, Wendel drops to one knee and pledges his undying loyalty to Ardis. She resists falling for him, no matter how hot the tension smolders between them. Especially when she discovers Wendel’s scars run much deeper than his skin, and it might be too late to truly save him from himself. 

Review: I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. I started out liking it then I was what the heck and almost didn't finish it.  It started out a nice normal story line. Sword carrying heroine meets shady hot guys. Women likes guy, but guy a messed up trip. then lets toss in some interesting plot twists. I liked the idea of the book and the start, but I felt the end didn't finish strong and the meeting of new characters were being forced on readers. Maybe the main man was supposed to be a self righteous prick, but that certainly didn't endear him to me. I honestly liked the story but there were parts of the story that just made me want to stop reading and go huh.


Ages 14 and up
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster. 

Review: This was another story that I loved the plot but hated the way it was written out. I read the Arabian nights book so I get that it is in that style of writing. It was just that some parts were hard to understand and I felt disjointed from the story. Maybe the reason for this is the story would go from visions, to past, then present, and to other characters view points. I loved the different take on the plot of the story though. I always like reading about different cultures and I felt that really shined through in this story and was explained well. I loved the sisterly bond that stayed throughout the story and how both female characters were strong in there own ways. I liked reading the story I just wished it had flowed a little smoother while I was reading it.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ella the slayer tour stop

Welcome to my tour stop for Ella, the Slayer by A.W. Exley. Ella, the Slayer is an Edwardian retelling of Cinderella with an undead problem. It is an upper young adult novel. The tour runs August 10-21 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for more information.

ELLA ebookAbout the Book:

The flu pandemic of 1918 took millions of souls within a few short weeks.
Except it wasn't flu and death gave them back.

Seventeen-year-old Ella copes the best she can; caring for her war-injured father, scrubbing the floors, and slaying the undead that attack the locals. ‘Vermin’ they're called, like rats they spread pestilence with their bite. Ella's world collides with another when she nearly decapitates a handsome stranger, who is very much alive.

Seth deMage, the new Duke of Leithfield, has returned to his ancestral home with a mission from the War Office — to control the plague of vermin in rural Somerset. He needs help; he just didn't expect to find it in a katana-wielding scullery maid.

Working alongside Seth blurs the line between their positions, and Ella glimpses a future she never dreamed was possible. But in overstepping society's boundaries, Ella could lose everything – home, head and her heart…

AWEAbout the Author:

Books and writing have always been an enormous part of A.W. Exley’s life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics. Today, Anita writes steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.

Review: I was entrained by this book, as I thought it had an interesting take on the classic story of Cinderella. I liked that Ella was a kickbutt heroine that stood out from other characters. However, there was a lot going on in this story and even though it flowed I wish I could of learned more about some of the side characters. Not to give the whole Zombie thing away but I enjoyed the different take on how zombies function and how Ella meets her "prince charming" Seth. This book is a good solid alternative to some of the typical Cinderella stories we read and I hope there is a second book to elaborate on the ending better.

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