Sunday, February 18, 2018

Spotlight: Death's Embrace by Janeal Falor- Excerpt

The third novel in Janeal Falor's brilliant Death's Queen series released this week and I'm thrilled to be featuring Death's Embrace on The Rest Is Still Unwritten today. I'm a massive fan of this fantasy series and having just finished Death's Embrace--review to come soon!---I have no hesitation in saying this series just gets better with every installment! 
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Lost Hope. New Family. Tentative Trust.

A queen without the hope of her country is no queen at all. Knowing this, Ryn undertakes the challenge of regaining the trust and favor of her people, though her chance to do so is slipping through her fingers. To make matters worse, Ranen may be dead, but Daros is actively hunting her, distracting her from her royal duties. With her concentration already split between revenge and duty, she isn’t sure she can handle the new obstacle thrown into her path—a couple who claim to be her long-lost parents.

Despite the turbulent circumstances, Ryn decides to open her arms to her newfound family, but trusting them won’t come easy. As the fight for her country continues, Ryn vows to protect the parents she never thought she’d have. But Ryn’s subjects are restless and she’ll have to find a way to appease them while juggling her new family life… or risk losing it all.


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From Death's Embrace......

Nash sighs.
“What’s wrong?”
“Nothing.”
“Something is. Tell me.”
He gives me a weak smile. “I’d like to spend some time alone with you. There are always others about.”
Which means I can’t pay much attention to him. The thought warms my cheeks and has me wanting to move closer. “You have me alone now.”
His gaze sends a blaze of fire through me. “And I intend to make full use of it, like I should have been doing all along.”
He leans in closer. My heart flutters. We’re going to kiss.
I haven’t felt his lips against mine in too long a time.
His breath is warm against my lips. Sweet. He is focused on me, no hint of fear clouding his eyes. I have waited for this to happen since he came back to me. There may be greater hope than I thought.
I can almost feel his kiss when there’s a knock on the door.
We bolt apart, heaving for air.
Nash takes a moment to look me over before answering the door. A servant says, “Shillian and Carver Nilmac, Your Majesty.”
The announced two come in, gushing about the trip. I want to shove them both outside, slam the door, and get back to our kiss. Why did they have to come now?
Shillian says, “I’m so grateful you invited us to tour the countryside with you. I’ve spent most of my life in Indell. It will be wonderful to see other areas for a change.”
She continues spouting off, but I have a hard time focusing. I'm only aware of him—Nash. The warmth that so abruptly left. The almost-kiss between us. That’s what I want—his lips against mine.
And if anyone knew, Nash would be dead.

Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head. 

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I want to say congratulations to Janeal Falor on her latest release.! I can't wait for the next novel (no pressure there!) and urge all my followers to check out this brilliant fantasy series!
 
 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Blog Tour: Assassin of Truths by Brenda Drake- Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Assassin of Truths by Brenda Drake thanks to Chapter by Chapter. I've posted my reviews of Assassin of Truths and it's predecessor Guardian of Secrets this week and today I have an excerpt to share with you.
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The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don’t require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers.

And it’s not your normal bump-in-the- night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. The kind that include an evil wizard hell-bent on taking her down.

Gia can end his devious plan, but only if she recovers seven keys hidden throughout the world’s most beautiful libraries. And then figures out exactly what to do with them.

The last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of falling in love. But when an impossible evil is unleashed, love might be the only thing left to help Gia save the world.


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Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Shelf: Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) by Brenda Drake

The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don’t require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers.

And it’s not your normal bump-in-the- night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. The kind that include an evil wizard hell-bent on taking her down.

Gia can end his devious plan, but only if she recovers seven keys hidden throughout the world’s most beautiful libraries. And then figures out exactly what to do with them.

The last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of falling in love. But when an impossible evil is unleashed, love might be the only thing left to help Gia save the world.


More info on Goodreads......


Review:

Assassin of Truth is the third and final novel in the Library Jumpers trilogy by Brenda Drake bringing the series to a climactic and thrilling end.

This is it. After everything Gianna Kearns has been through, she is about to embark on her most important mission yet and hopefully save the Mystik world from the various dangers currently facing it. As a mysterious disease makes its way through the covens, Gia and her allies race to find a cure to stop the spread of the disease and save those affected while also preparing to stop Conemar before the evil wizard brings to life a monster said to be unstoppable. Time is running out and with Gia unsure who she can trust, making mistakes now might mean those she love will pay the ultimate price….

Brenda Drake brings the Library Jumpers series to a close with Assassin of Truth, another enjoyable read that will keep readers guessing until the very end but see the victories obtained throughout the story come at a cost. The characters fight for their very survival, but not everyone is guaranteed to make it out alive and emotions run rampant, especially with the climactic ending.

Personally I’ve enjoyed reading this series. It’s had a solid storyline and enough action and excitement to keep me entertained. I’ve liked Gia as the main character and thought she was easy enough to follow throughout the story. I feel like she’s remained solid over the course of three books and feel like her growth was just enough to compliment the storyline.

Brenda Drake has written a very vast and large array of minor characters who have helped Gia throughout her journey. From Bastien, Arik, Nick, Afron, Pop, Nana, Uncle Phillip, Deidre, Emily, Jaran, Lei, Demos, Aetnae, Faith, The Red and Carrig amongst others, they have all brought something kind to the story with friendship and familial bonds often see throughout the story.

My only real disappointment was the love triangle between Arik, Gia and Bastien. Though Gia finally makes her ultimate choice once and for all in Assassin of Truth, I have personally never massively strong emotions towards either of Gia’s choices and felt like she could have chosen either option and I wouldn’t have been too concerned. That being said, I think she chose well.

Overall, this series has definitely been worth a read. Brenda Drake has created an interesting world and concept and it easily swept me into a magical world of danger and adventure.

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Chapter by Chapter and the author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: Kindle ebook
Release Date: February 6th 2018
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Final Thoughts: A series definitely worth a read, I feel that Assassin of Truth concluded things well.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #213

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.....
 
Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell 
Releases on: March 17th 2018

The third book in the page-turning SPELLSLINGER fantasy series.

'I was getting almost as good at running away from enemies as I was at making them in the first place. Turns out, I wasn't running nearly fast enough.'

Kellen has begun to master his spellslinging and the Argosi tricks for staying alive, and he and Reichis have found a career that suits them both: taking down mercenary mages who make people's lives miserable. But Ferius is concerned that Kellen is courting disaster . . .

Perfect for fans of The Dark Tower, Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy, Terry Pratchett, Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.

Thoughts:
Yaaaay!! The third book in Sebastien de Castell's Spellslinger series is just around the corner and I'm sooooo excited for it to come out. I really love this series--perfect if you love Rick Riordan--and I cannot wait to get my hands on Charmcaster as soon as it comes out! 
Have you read this series yet?
If not, what are you waiting for?!? Get to it!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Book Shelf: Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake

Saving him could end her world.

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.


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Review:
Guardian of Secrets is the second novel in Brenda Drake’s Library Jumpers series and is a fast paced and eventful sequel that will definitely keep readers on their toes.

Gia Kearns whole world changed the day she learnt she was a part of a race of beings known as Mystiks, able to travel to different places and dimensions by jumping through library books. Discovering she’s a part of a prophecy to one day defeat the biggest threat to the Mystiks, Gia has become a Sentential, training and preparing to save the world from a coming apocalypse. Not only has she and her dad had to move away from everything and everyone she’s ever known, but now Gia has been tasked with locating rare items of magical abilities that have been hidden for decades. Oh, and her boyfriend Arik is all of a sudden more interested in another girl than her and is breaking her heart in the process. Danger is right around the corner in the Mystik world and Gia is right in the heart of it…..

Although it’s been a while since I read the first novel Thief of Lies, I found it very easy to slip into the world explored within this series. Brenda Drake details a very easy to follow but action and adrenaline packed series. There’s enough going on within each novel and the characters have enough chemistry to keep me reading. Admittedly there are some things I like about the series more than others, but overall I find I enjoy following Gia on her journeys.

I like seeing all the different characters and discovering how they all fit in together. In a sense Library Jumpers makes me think of a cross between the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and Mythos Academy by Jessica Estep. It’s a good blend that makes for entertaining reading.

I must admit, I was a little perplexed by the devolvement of the relationship between Gia and Arik in this novel. While they didn’t blow me away with their relationship in the first novel, I did enjoy their chemistry and connection enough to feel that Arik’s decision to turn his back on what they shared and take up with another girl straight away was disappointing. Eventually author Brenda Blake reveals the reason for this development, but it still felt somewhat unnecessary for my tastes and I felt that is could have been handled better. Plus I’m just not comfortable with seeing a love triangle in the series—it’s annoying to me.

All that being said, I did find Guardian of Secrets to be a decent read and will definitely be reading the final instalment to see how Brenda Dlake plans on tying everything together and concluding the series. After the ending of this second novel, I’m sure she has a lot of excitement planned.

Rating:
Source: Sent for review by Chapter by Chapter and author (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format:
Kindle ebook
Release Date:
February 7th 2017
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Final Thoughts:
A decent sequel, I'm looking forward to reading the final book next.



Monday, February 12, 2018

Owl Post #201


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 book lovers and welcome to another Owl Post! I hope the owls treated you well this week :)
For Review:
 From Allen & Unwin:
White Night by Ellie Marney 
I'm super excited to read White Night. I adore Ellie Marney's Every series and I have high hopes for this latest release from her. I know it's going to be brilliant. 
 
....Thank you guys!

 I Bought:
- Obsession by Helen Hardt 
- Melt by Helen Hardt 
- Burn by Helen Hardt 
- Twisted by Helen Hardt 
Helen Hardt will be attending the Sydney Author Event in April and I'm determined to read her Steel Brothers series before then. I know a lot of people love them and I'm hoping I do too.

The Black Tide by Keri Arthur
Keri Arthur was to attend SAE but had to withdraw for person reasons. I already had this novel ordered before the announcement and I'm disappointed I won't get to see her, but am still looking forward to reading this.

- Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking 
I love Amanda Hocking's books and I am so excited for this novel. I was surprised to hear mixed reviews about it but I'm still sure I'll love it myself. Can't wait to read it!

And that's everything I received this week :)
 What did the owls bring you?


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Blog Tour: Nocturne by Kat Ross- Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Nocturne by Kat Ross presented by Xpresso Book Tours! I'm a big fan of Kat Ross and her novels and very much loved Nocturne. Hopefully you checked out my 4 star review of Nocturne yesterday and enjoy the excerpt I have to share with you today!
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Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night.

Solis, a wasteland of endless day.

Nazafareen is a Breaker, a mortal who has the rare ability to shatter spell magic—although her power carries a high price. With the memories of her former self erased and nowhere else to turn, she comes to Nocturne hoping to start a new life under the triple moons of the darklands.

But when an assassin forces Nazafareen to flee to the sunlit mortal city of Delphi, she finds herself embroiled in a deeper mystery whose origins lie far in the past. Why was the continent sundered into light and dark a thousand years before? And what really happened to the elegant but ruthless creatures who nearly reduced the world to ashes? The new Oracle might know, but she’s outlawed magic and executes anyone caught practicing it. Nazafareen must hide her powers and find a way out of the city—before it’s too late.

As the net slowly tightens, something ancient and vengeful begins to stir in the arid death zone called the Kiln. A dashing daeva named Darius is pursuing Nazafareen, but so are a multitude of enemies. War is brewing again. Can she stay alive long enough to stop it?

So begins the first installment in an epic new fantasy series from the author of the Fourth Element Trilogy!


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From Nocturne....

The great forest of the Danai had never known the touch of summer or winter, spring or autumn, but the passage of the seasons could be tracked by the travels of Artemis the Huntress. Her orbit took a full year to complete but when she returned, her light supposedly made it almost as bright as true day—solar day. The tides would surge, covering the land for leagues. Nazafareen hoped to see that. Darius had told her what an ocean was, but she still found it hard to imagine so much water.

She crossed the meadow and descended into a thickly wooded valley. Finally, she saw a greenish flicker through the trees ahead. Her steps slowed, the hair on her arms lifting.

She had reached another sort of border.

The gate to the Dominion waited ten paces ahead. It looked like a rectangular doorway with no frame—just a glowing hole in the night. The surface had the shimmery quality of running water.

Nazafareen stepped closer. And closer still.

Two months before, Darius had carried her through the gate in his arms, nearly dead from her own fey power. Breaker, they called her. A mortal with daēva blood and the ability to shatter magic. She had drawn too much of it.

A lake. A green-eyed man with a scar and an evil sickness inside him. The crowns of trees burning like torches. 

She dimly remembered a battle. Her bond with Darius flaring to life and being snuffed out again when they passed through the gate to Nocturne. It was why the daēvas were hiding her. Because that green-eyed man was a Valkirin, the clan that lived in the mountains, and if he ever discovered she still lived….

Nazafareen stared at the gate in queasy fascination. Her own world—her past—lay on the other side, but she had no memory of it. Darius said she’d broken a ward that contained a spell of forgetfulness. The backwash had wiped her own mind clean.

I want to know who I was. Who I am. I have the right. 

She sighed, absently rubbing the stump of her missing right hand. It had been a stupid impulse to come here. Fleeing through the gate wouldn’t restore what was lost. Magic had erased her past and only magic could restore it.

Darius seemed to think her condition was irreversible, but Nazafareen refused to accept that. Someone, somewhere, knew something and she intended to find them. Except that the daēvas wouldn’t let her leave. And part of her didn’t want to go. Not without Darius.

She stood before the gate as Hecate set. The lunar night was nearly over. Soon Selene would appear, her bright yellow face heralding the dawn of the lunar day. It was time to return before they found her gone. She started back through the trees, the scant light growing dimmer by the moment. True night was coming, the brief period where none of the three moons was visible. The length of it varied from day to day. The daēvas called it the lacuna and it might last anywhere from a few seconds to an hour or more.

Nazafareen scanned the sky. A thin veil of clouds had swept in. So much for starlight, she thought. Let’s hope it’s a short one tonight. She pulled her cloak tighter and retraced her steps through the valley, moving as quickly as she dared.

Nazafareen paused at a soft sound behind her, like a breeze rustling the leaves—except that there was no wind. She wished she’d brought the lumen crystal. There were animals in these woods. Mostly small game, but Darius’s father Victor had seen wolves near the mountains. Her hand dropped to her belt knife.

One of the frog pools shimmered just ahead. Hecate sank beneath the rim of the sky. The forest seemed to take a last, lingering breath of anticipation. She glimpsed an owl gliding from branch to branch in the canopy. And then the lacuna descended, as dark as the bottom of the sea.

She’d always been safe at home with her lumen crystal when true night fell. Sometimes Darius came by and they played a board game with little wooden animals. The pieces had curving horns and barbed tails and different magical powers. All were cunningly carved to the smallest detail. Nazafareen usually won, though she often cheated when he wasn’t looking. A petty victory, but sweet nonetheless.

She glanced up, hoping the clouds would pass. Just a little starlight to guide me. 

The dry rustling came again, behind her and low to the ground. Moving fast...

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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’s the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat’s books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com

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