Monday, January 23, 2017

Owl Post #110


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
Hello lovelies and welcome to another Owl Post! I've got some fab books to share with this week :)

For Review:
From Harper Collins Australia:
I absolutly LOVEED Lady Helen and The Dark Days Club and am so excited to read it's sequel. It's one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and I'm both excited and scared to read it. I'll probably read it sooner rather than later because I simply can't help myself :)
 
....Thank you Holly!
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From Simon & Schuster:
- How Not to Fall in Love, Actually by Catherine Bennetto
Hadn't heard of this book before this turned up on my doorstep. I may read it one day as it looks light and fun.

.....Thank you guys!
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From Scholastic Australia:
- Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter
This is the third and final book in the Embassy Row series and I'm keen to see how it will all end.

- Shooting Stars by Brian Falkner
Another story I hadn't heard of before receiving a copy, I'm not sure what to make of this one; the description doesn't give too much away, but I'm always up for giving something a go.

...Thank you guys!

I Bought:
 - Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
- Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci
I absolutelu LOVE Alice Clayton and with the Books by the Bridge author event just around the corner, these were the only two books of hers I didn't have physical copies of. Now read and set to meet her in February :)

And that's me!
What did the owls bring YOU this week?


 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Book Shelf: The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win.

 
More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

As the 11th installment in the Lords of the Underworld series, The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter is a fast paced and sensual story that finally tells the story of Torin, a fierce and sarcastic warrior who houses the demon of Disease.

Having been privy to Torin's pain and anguish over bringing nothing but pain and illness to those he touches, it was incredibly beautiful to finally see Torin meet the one woman ready to risk it all to be with him. A powerful fighter known as the Red Queen, Keeleycael is known for her formable powers, incredible temper and ability to flay her enemies without breaking a sweat. And yet, when she sets out to get revenge on Torin for the loss of a close friend, this powerful immortal with surprising vulnerabilities gets the surprise of her life when Torin calls to her in a way she never expected. Soon setting out to win his heart, Keeley is in for the fight of her life if she want's to sway Torin from his biggest enemy....himself.

Ahhhh, Torin. You poor, sweet tormented soul you! Anyone who knows me and knows I'm a fan of this series will tell you Torin has been my number one guy...ever since we first met him in The Darkest Night and he set out to annoy Maddox. Ever since that one moment, I've loved seeing whispers of Torin and learning his ailments. Being the Keeper of Disease has brought nothing but torment and anguish to Torins life. He's yearned for the comfort and connection with a woman, any woman for centuries and as an immortal virgin unable to experience skin to skin touch without spreading disease and illness at every turn Torin has had it tough. He hasn't been able to touch his friends or those he loves for centuries. Has never dared touch someone if he could help it....until Keeley.

Known as the Red Queen, Keeleycael easily cuts through Torin's bull and fears with his desire and need for her; seeing him throw many of his reservations out the window. Though he doesn't want to hurt her, and hates it when he does, she makes him want something more for the first real time in his life, and that's so very wonderful.

Gena Showalter has written a superb partner for Torin in the form of Keeley. Having been through so much over the centuries, Keeley has known pain and betrayal, and certainly has trust issues, but she's willing to lay it all on the line for Torin. Honestly, this girl is really kick-ass, but she's also actually really sweet. She wants to be a part of a family and makes it obvious she's happy to be a part of his as she immerses herself into the Lords lives. She's also someone who goes toe to toe with Torin in terms of wit, cheek and sarcasm. She doesn't let him get away with anything word wise and I love that.

Their physical relationship is as sexy and sensual as any of the other couples, although they have their own unique obstacles to overcome, i.e. Torin's inability to touch without spreading disease, something Showalter explores excellently throughout the story. This is one hang-up not easily fixed, and I think readers will be happy with the resolution Showalter brings to the table.

With all the other fabulous characters still in the story and continuing on with their lives, there are three prominent stories and three couples I can't wait to read about; Cameo and Lazarus, Galen and Honey and of course Gilly and William. I have a feeling Gena Showalter has other stories up her sleeve where this series is concerned; something I certainly won't regret getting the chance to read, but these are the three I want to read the most! I foresee something in the future with Pandora and even Hades one day, but for now I hope to see these books as soon as possible!

Lavished in action, adventure and wonderful romance, The Darkest Touch is another seriously perfect Lords of the Underworld book and I'm itching to get my hands on the next story in the series as soon as possible.
 

Rating:
Source:
I bought from The Book Depository
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Format: Paperback

Release Date: November 25th 2014
Purchase:
Bookworld | Booktopia | The Book Depository | Amazon
Final Thoughts:
So glad to see Torin get his own HEA--I've been waiting since the very first book.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Blog Tour: Queen of Chaos by Kat Ross- Excerpt & Giveaway

Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours, I'm excited to be participating in the blog tour for Queen of Chaos by Kat Ross today. Finishing up The Fourth Element trilogy in a sense (Kat Ross has plans to write more!) Queen of Chaos concludes a series I've absolutely LOVED and can't recommend enough!
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Persepolae has fallen.
 
Karnopolis has burned.

As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius’s father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn’t understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is worse than she ever imagined…

A thousand leagues away, Tijah leads a group of children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners at Gorgon-e Gaz, the stronghold where the oldest daēvas are kept. To get there, they must cross the Great Salt Plain, a parched ruin occupied by the armies of the night. A chance encounter adds a ghost from the past to their number. But will they arrive in time to avert a massacre?
And in the House-Behind-the-Veil, Balthazar and the Prophet Zarathustra discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. But is it enough to redeem the necromancer’s bloodstained soul and thwart his mistress’s plans?

As a final showdown looms with Queen Neblis, the truth of the daēvas’ origins is revealed and three worlds collide in this thrilling conclusion to the Fourth Element series.

Add on Goodreads or check out my 5 star review!

Purchase:
 
Begin the series FREE!

 
From The Midnight Sea.....

My eyes flew open at the crack of dawn. I groaned and rubbed my forehead. My scalp tingled, an icy, unpleasant sensation. I knew right away where Darius was and what he was doing. It was another side effect of the bond, I'd discovered. I could feel his heart beating. I knew that one of his boots was too tight. I could shut my eyes and tell you exactly where he was, even if he was hundreds of leagues away.

Why had no one told me what it would be like? I supposed Tijah did, but this was much worse than I'd expected. Much, much worse.

I threw on my new scarlet tunic and marched down to the river. Tendrils of mist swirled through the dead reeds at the edge. It was late autumn and the air had a dank chill that promised snow.

My daēva stood there, stripped to the waist, pouring water over his head with his right hand. He wore a gold faravahar on a chain around his neck, its eagle wings spread wide. His left arm lay at his side, grey and dead. I stared at his shoulder, at the juncture where smooth skin met rough. His Druj curse.

It slowed me for a moment, seeing that pathetic arm, but I wasn't yet ready to forgive him for waking me. That was my excuse, anyway. Of course, what really angered me was the terrible realization that I was burdened with a sorrow not my own, but that bled me nonetheless. What really angered me was him—everything about him.

He was calmer this morning, but I wasn't. I stopped about twenty feet away. He didn’t turn around although he knew I was there.

"It's nice that you're so pious," I said. "But don't you think it's a little early to be down here performing the morning rites?"

He paused, then dumped the last of the water from the bowl. I felt the cold trickle down my spine and my lips tightened.

"I was taught by the magi to come at first light," Darius said. "Did you expect to sleep in? I'm afraid that's not the way it works for Water Dogs." He smiled, and we both knew it was fake. "I'm sorry if I've offended you in some way."

I stared at him, at the dark hair plastered across his forehead, his stubborn mouth. He looked so human. And yet there was something in the way Darius held himself, perfectly at ease in his own skin. Still but coiled, like the wolves I'd seen in the mountains.

"You haven't offended me in the least," I said. "I suppose you need the blessing more than I do."

I spun on my heel and walked away, knowing I had wounded him. A small stab to my own heart. And I felt slightly ashamed. But that wasn't the end of it. Then I felt his satisfaction at my shame. And my own anger that he knew and was glad.

And then his amusement at my anger!

I stalked off, determined to think nothing, to feel nothing, ever again.

If only it were that easy.

Want more? Get your copy of the first book in The Fourth Element series today!
 

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Shelf: Queen of Chaos (The Fourth Element #3) by Kat Ross

Persepolae has fallen.

Karnopolis has burned.

As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius's father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn't understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is worse than she ever imagined…

A thousand leagues away, Tijah leads a group of children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners at Gorgon-e Gaz, the stronghold where the oldest daēvas are kept. To get there, they must cross the Great Salt Plain, a parched ruin occupied by the armies of the night. A chance encounter adds a ghost from the past to their number. But will they arrive in time to avert a massacre?

And in the House-Behind-the-Veil, Balthazar and the Prophet Zarathustra discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. But is it enough to redeem the necromancer's bloodstained soul and thwart his mistress's plans?

As a final showdown looms with Queen Neblis, the truth of the daēvas' origins is revealed and three worlds collide in this thrilling conclusion to the Fourth Element series.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

Queen of Chaos marks the thrilling end to the Fourth Element trilogy by Kat Ross featuring Nazafareen and Darius; a starkly exciting and passionate fantasy series that has been an incredible adventure from beginning to end, with all the action, romance and daring danger you could possibly want!

After the conclusion of the last novel, an army of Undead warriors sweep across the land, while Alexander and his Persian army march towards Balicia. Nazafareen, Darius and a few of their allies race into the shadowlands in an effort to find Neblis and rescue Darius’s father Victor. Stopping Nablis is an impossible task as her demons and necromancers continue to lay siege to the innocents they encounter. As Nazafareen faces untold horrors and traps along the way, Tijah leads a group of daēva children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners of Gorgon-e Gaz—the prison where the oldest and strongest of the daēvas’s are held. Both missions seem unconceivable, but with the final showdown against Neblis looming, Nazafareen and those she loves must do the impossible as the truth about the daēva's  origins are discovered and the end looms near…..

One of the best fantasy series I’ve read in a long time, the Fourth Element has been an incredible reading experience and doesn’t disappoint readers with its exhilarating ending! Kat Ross continues her detailed, expressive and tangable writing and world building to tell Nazafareen’s final chapter. Secrets are revealed and surprises change the course of the story with Ross keeping her readers on their toes all the way to the end.

Unlike the other novels that were told through the eyes of primarily Nazafareen, Queen of Chaos unfolds through Nazafareen, Tijah, Lysandros and occasionally Balthasar’s POV’s. Considering that all of the characters are at different places and are not often together, this allows for a very well rounded view of what is happening across the land as everyone embarks on different missions or fights against Neblis.

I really have loved reading this series and have fallen in love with all the characters. Obviously Nazafareen and Darius have been strong fixtures, but in this instalment, I have come to care very deeply for Tijah, Lysandros and oddly enough Balthasar. Tijah is such a strong young woman and with her new connection to a daēva that shall not be named for the fear of spoilers, I just know there’s a whole range of options out there for them and potential storylines. While Lysandros continues to entertain with his cheeky nature, Balthasar, who started out as a villain and who grew so much in Queen of Chaos is on the path to redemption continued to intrigue me and has me excited that he can turn all the terrible things he's done around.

As someone who has really adored reading each book in this incredible series, I was so very sorry to know it was coming to an end, so Kat Ross absolutely made my day by indicating at the end of this novel that she still has plans to explore the series and world further. Whether it’s a spin–off series focusing around Tijah and a few of the other characters or a strict 4th book in The Fourth Element series, I for one will be doing cartwheels when the book comes out.

Fast paced, exciting and so brilliantly told, Queen of Chaos features an unexpected ending that leaves me ready for more of some of the minor characters and anticipating whatever Kat Ross does next!

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by Xpresso Book Tours and the author (Thank you ladies!)
Publisher: Acorn
Format: Kindle ecopy

Release Date: January 18th 2017
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Final Thoughts:
Loved this book--as always with this series! Can't wait to see what Kat Ross releases next!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #164

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight an upcoming release that you're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on.....
 
House of Furies by Madeleine Roux
Releases on: May 30th 2017
 
An all-new gothic horror series from the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum.

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring Coldthistle House to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.
 
 
Thoughts:
Sometimes you just need a good spooky, ghostly tale and I'm very impressed by the sound of House of Furies. It sounds like something right up my alley and I'm really hoping this book lives up to it's premise.
 
What do you think of House of Furies? Is it something YOU'D like to read?
And what are YOU waiting on this week?
 
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Shelf: The Trouble with Falling (The Trouble Series #4) by Rochelle Morgan

After the heart-shattering ending of her first serious relationship, eighteen-year-old Sophie has sworn off love. Now that school is behind her, she plans to travel the world and form as few attachments as possible. The only exception: Lex, the artist on the other end of the Internet who chats to her almost every day. A guy she can never lose--since she doesn't actually have him to begin with.

Sophie's plan can start as soon as she's faked her way through her sister's wedding. Pretending to be happy and excited for the next week or two should be easy, right? But that was before Caleb walked onto the scene ... Best man to Sophie's almost-brother-in-law, Caleb is infuriatingly friendly and determined to get a real smile out of Sophie. Forced together through dance classes and wedding-related disasters, Sophie is determined not to like him. And terrified when she ends up failing.

Then Lex suggests he and Sophie should meet, and all Sophie's careful plans for the future begin to unravel. Now the girl who was never meant to fall for anyone must figure out what to do with the two guys tugging at her heart.


More info on Goodreads.....


Review:

The Trouble with Falling is the fourth book in Rachel Morgan’s Trouble series, written under the pen name Rochelle Morgan, and is another delightful clean YA romance sure to please readers with its endearing romance and adorable plotline.

Eighteen year old Sophie has sworn of love after her first serious relationship ended in tragedy. Planning on travelling now that school is finished, Sophie has only a few things that make her smile in life including Lex, the artist on the other side of the internet she’s been communicating with for two years and the only person who seems to get Sophie. Planting a smile on her face and pretending to be happy for her sister’s wedding should be easy, right? Wrong! Enter Caleb, the best man and someone who is way too happy for Sophie’s liking….too bad he seems determined to make her smile. Falling for Caleb would be a terrible idea, especially when Sophie thinks she’s reluctantly in love with Lex. Determined to keep Caleb at a distance, will Sophie find herself falling in love a second time? Or will her fears see her lose her chance at happiness?

I have to say, I really have enjoyed reading this series. Rochelle Morgan has never failed to entertain me with each story and The Trouble with Falling is no exception. Easy to read, The Trouble with Falling, is fun, light-hearted and wonderfully romantic. The chemistry between Sophie and her love interest is sweet and endearing and manages to have you eagerly reading. It’s easy to get swept up into this quick romance and lost in the characters.

Sophie was a strong personality who had a lot of issues. Her painful history had left a scar on her, but it was lovely seeing Rochelle Morgan develop her and allow her to grow and change. Sophie comes to some strong realizations in this novel that allow her to finally begin to heal and find happiness. There’s a lot of authenticity to Sophiehow many teenagers are sullen and withdrawn due to heartbreak and loss? Too many to count. And through Sophie, Morgan highlights how important it is to let go of guilt and move on.

And don’t even get me started on Caleb….he was just too cute for words and such a breath of fresh air with his kind, friendly nature that really complimented Sophie and helped bring her back to life. Rochelle Morgan knows how to write delectable love interests and incredibly sweet, but electric romances.

Highly enjoyable, The Trouble with Falling, and the whole Trouble series in general, is something I highly recommend and have no doubt you’ll fall for also!

Rating:
Source:
Sent for review by author (Thank you Rachel!)
Format:
Kindle ebook
Release Date: October 18th 2016
Purchase:
The Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Final Thoughts: A fun and entertaining read, The Trouble with Falling can definitely be read as a standalone or alongside the rest of this delectable contemporary series.


 


Monday, January 16, 2017

Owl Post #109


Inspired by The Story Siren's In My Mailbox, Owl Post allows us bloggers to showcase the books we've bought, won or received throughout the week and is hosted by Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries. We all know that the Owl Post is the fastest way to send and receive mail and they certainly make me happy every time they drop a book off.
 
 
For Review:
From Pan Macmillan Australia:
- Freeks by Amanda Hocking
I'm a real lover of Amazon Hockings books and I'm super excited to have received a copy of Freeks. I read it over the weekend and can't say it disappointed. Review to come.
 
- Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Now I have both books in this series, the plan in the next few weeks is to read one after the other. I know lots of people seem to enjoy this series, so I look forward to discovering it for myself!
 
- A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson
I hadn't even heard of this book before this ARC arrived on my doorstep, but having read the description, I think it sounds like it could be a really interesting read. Looking forward to giving it a go!
 
- Gilded Cage by Vic James
Gilded Cage is one of those books that I heard so much about at the end of 2016--it's been very anticipated and I'm thrilled to have an ARC to dive into. Hope to read this soon.
 
.....Thank you so much Pan Macmillan for these awesome books!
 
I Bought:
- All That Glitters by Holly Smale
I've got the first book in this series and couldn't pass up this 4th instalment when I saw it for only $3
 
- The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
I LOVED Kelley Armstrong's The Summoning trilogy and have read the first book in this spin off series. I haven't gotten around to this sequel yet but bought it because it was on sale.
 
- Dark Symphony by Christine Feehan
- Dark Peril by Christine Feehan
- Dark Secret by Christine Feehan
- Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan
- Dark Melody by Christine Feehan
- Dark Magic by Christine Feehan
I have had the Dark Carpathians series on my TBR list for a while and having read a lot of different PNR series, I'm ready to read this....after I collect the whole series. Couldn't pass these copies up when they were so cheap.
 
- The Beast by J.R. Ward
I'm a couple of books behind in this series, but as someone who adored the ones she read, I COULD NOT pass up this copy of The Beast for $2 second hand in great condition. Love me some Warden.
 
 
And that's me this week!
What did the owls bring you?