From the Grave Release Blitz with Karina Espinosa

Title: From the Grave
Author: Karina Espinosa
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Orina Kafe ArtWorks
Editor: Beyond DEF
Publication Date: December 13th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
 
Blurb:
Secrets don’t stay buried forever.
Mackenzie Grey is a lone wolf who’s earned her fair share of battle scars from the past, but that’s all over now. Or so she thought.
Known as the Freedom Princess, her heroic deeds have come with a heavy price when a mysterious new villain emerges, one who’s intent on killing Sebastian. As a new breed of danger lurks on the horizon, secrets between Bash and Kenz pile up and her worst nightmare is realized.
Mackenzie spent the last three years learning who she was in Origins. Now she will face her greatest challenges in Trials …
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From the Grave: https://amzn.to/2Pxlmm6
*Disclaimer* While it’s not required to read Mackenzie Grey: Origins before From the Grave, it is recommended.
 

Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Mackenzie Grey novels. Infatuated with travel, pop culture, and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online, and listening to music. With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram and live-tweeting during episodes of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Orphan Black. Follow her on social media!

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*Disclaimer* While it’s not required to read Mackenzie Grey: Origins before From the Grave, it is recommended.

Review of The Prophet (Hate Apocalypse #5) by Jo Michaels

It’s one year until the apocalypse of 12.21.12 is supposed to take place. 
Burning buildings, screaming babies, and death will surround us.
It will be the end of the world.
That can’t be allowed.
When six powerful women come together with one goal—to save humanity—they’ll get much more than they bargained for. They join forces and learn to use the gifts hidden within themselves to battle a monster feeding off something too many of us feel in our souls: Hate. But they must first learn how to forgive—themselves as well as others.
Hate is birthing a creature dwelling under Central Park in New York, and the fiend is eager to burst forth and sink his fangs into the Earth.
The Fury, The Visionary, The Beguiler, The Siren, The Prophet, and The Mystic are our last hope, and even they aren’t sure if they can win.
The end is coming, but with it, there may be a new beginning.

 

Coralie’s story is potentially divisive depending where you stand on a particular social issue, I would like to think though that whichever side a reader stands on, it can be agreed that nothing is deserving of such end treatment. In that though Jo Michaels really plays on perception, my feelings went from dread, to shock, to horror, to then then finding it hard to find common ground. Coralie’s story left me feeling similar to how I did with Lily and it’s going to be interesting how I end up feeling about each of them in the final showdown.  One things for certain, Coralie has the power I’m most intrigued about! I’m really finding each of these stories to be so full of emotion and each tackles a range of issues, which i’m finding pretty refreshing I have to say.

 

This book has a different pace to the others, or it felt like it did to me, because Coralie is the last of the group her story wasn’t curtailed by the introduction of the next and I felt that this had the most organic time line.  Markaza is out of time though and it’s finally time to learn her full story. We’ve had snatches over the last 5 books but now she’s got to come clean. The final book is full novel length which I’m excited for as it means we really have the opportunity to fully explore both Markaza’s story and finally learn what it is growing in Central Park!

4*

Dirty Blood Cover Reveal with USA Today Bestselling Author, Apryl Baker.

 

Title: The Crane Diaries: Dirty Blood
Author: Apryl Baker
Genre: NA Horror/Paranormal
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
Publication Date: December 18th, 2018
 
Blurb: Deep in the swamps of the Louisiana bayou, a horrifying secret lies waiting to be discovered.
 
A legend haunts the bayou, a chilling tale of a beast that is born from a curse…the Rougarou.
 
When Emma Rose Crane lets hunter Cass Willow convince her to help him on a ghost hunt, she never imagined she’d be trudging through the swamps, let alone stumbling upon a mess of mangled bodies—or running into the creature responsible for the rotting remains.
 
With no backup available to them, she’s forced to show Cass her demonic side to help them escape, but that’s not the only problem. When the creature attacked them, it infected them with the same curse that drove it mad. There’s only one hope—kill the beast to cure the infection.
 
Time is not on their side as they race to save themselves and discover the truth behind the legend. But first they have to survive the effects of the curse long enough to find the creature and put it down…
 
 
Before they succumb to the hunger eating them alive.
 
 
So who am I?
 
Well, I’m the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn’t love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.
 
Now, I live in a small town in West Virginia where I entertain my niece and nephew and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce…lol.
 
I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.
 
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Bookish Ramblings: Five Things Friday

It’s time for a Five Things Friday which is late today as wordpress has completely changed overnight and i’m still trying to find out where everything is! I think that this will be better in the long run as it seems to have lots more features but I just need to get to grips with them.

New to my queue

New to my queue this week is Struck by Victoria Kinnaird.  Whilst superhero isn’t my go to genre I do love Kinnaird’s writing and her Red Sun Rising series was one of my favourites last year, so I have high hopes for this!  I managed to pick it up for a release day price of 99p on kindle too! 

Capes are stupid.
Superheroes are just wishful thinking.
True love doesn’t exist.
I’m not a hero.
Well…not yet

A seventeen-year-old hacker, a group of teenage superheroes and one hell of a family secret come together to form the perfect storm. 
Are you ready to get struck?

Favourite read of the week

I was really surprised by Red Queen, for obvious correlations I had it in my head that this would be a historical fantasy but I was chuffed to discover that it is in fact a dystopian!  I loved the writing style which helped me to really connect with the characters, I also loved that it didn’t shy away from it’s bleakness and I’m glad that I decided to give this series a go.

When I wasn’t reading

This week I entered the final year of my 30’s and to celebrate I finally got to see Fantastic Beasts 2 at the cinema and I absolutely loved it, I even didn’t mind Jude Law as Dumbledore as much as I thought I would! I also saw a trailer for the new Mortal Engines film adaptation and I have to say that after a stellar teaser trailer this full length trailer has left me feeling underwhelmed – i think I may save the babysitter token for when Battle Angel Alita comes out after the festive season. I also finally completed the main story mode on Ni No Kuni 2, it only took me 75 hours lol

Pic of the week

I have been suffering so badly with the light at the moment, my muggle job has had some pretty long days and there has been little in the way of natural light by the time I get home, grotty damp weekends haven’t helped for stocking up pics either, but following on from my birthday I’m choosing my birthday haul post, which meant I finally got hold of the special edition Six of Crows!

Looking ahead

Next Friday I’ll be heading out to see the Rocky Horror Show on stage, I’m going as Columbia which means I have a ton of sparkles to get sparkling with – I have been procrastinating terribly though and all I have managed to make so far is a sparkly bow tie – but at least it’s a start and I have 6 days to do everything else! I don’t expect to get much reading done and if the blog is a little lacking in content next week that will be why – sorry in advance. 

Unboxing: Nerd Poured Candle Crate – Magical Beasts

It’s been a couple of months since I last picked up an Nerd Poured Candle crate, they are incredibly diverse in their crate themes which is brilliant because whilst they won’t please everyone all the time it means that they will give everyone an equal opportunity. Their September crate was based on Dungeons and Dragons and the October crate inspired by Supernatural, but when they announced the November theme I knew this would be a crate for me!  Magical Beasts is the theme and is timed with the release of the new Fantastic Beasts movie (which I’m finally going to get to see tomorrow!) As usual for just £15 you get 3 candles, a themed bookmark and an enamel pin!  I just want to say at this stage that these jars last for AGES, seriously I burn them for a couple of hours a night and they just keep on going!

The candles! The first candle is “Jewellery Mole” inspired by our favourite grabby handed sparkle fiend, this candle is a first for me. I normally shy away from sweet smelling candles but this one seriously smells just like a freshly opened pack of chocolate biscuits – it’s amazing, I don’t even need to light it as it’s scent fills the room. The scents are (unsurprisingly) Biscuits, White Chocolate and Vanilla and the candle colour is a fab silvery grey Candle 2 I was super chuffed with as it’s “Thunderbird” this happens to also be my Ilvermorny House!  This scent is much more my usual thing with Coconut, Lime and Verbena, a wonderful fresh scent and a creamy coconut colour, I’m actually going to burn this one tonight I love it so much! The final Candle is “Magical Zoologist” after our favourite Hufflepuff, this is another fabulous scent collaboration of Bergamot, Lemon and the label says Cognoc which i’m thinking is a magical creation, it reminds me of how an old study might smell or more likely inside Newt’s suitcase, which is beautifully matched in with the almost brown leather colour of the candle.  This is an amazing candle selection this time and probably my favourite of the crates I’ve had so far 🙂

The other items have had equal attention to detail paid to them, The bookmark has wonderful animal paw prints and feathers with one of Jacob’s most famous lines “I don’t think I’m dreaming…I ain’t got the brains to make this up.” The enamel pin however, is something very special and I’m definitely going to be wearing it at the cinema tomorrow! Inspired by Newt’s case and one of my favourite lines from the first movie, the quote is “just a smidge” with little jewellery mole grabby hands coming round the side.  It’s absolutely gorgeous and it’s huge! it’s double backed and a rose gold finish makes it super shiny!

Next months box is The Christmas Grinch and are available to purchase via Geeky Clean, these boxes are seriously amazing value for money and you can save even more by using my code Postapoca10 to get 10% off all purchases including the crates – this is the last month that my code will be active so make sure to grab your goodies at a discount while you can!

Saving Infiniti Pre-Order Blitz with Rose Garcia

Title: Saving Infiniti
Author: Rose Garcia
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: December 14th, 2018
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
Welcome to Havenwood Falls, a small town in the majestic mountains of Colorado. A town where legacies began centuries ago, bloodlines run deep, and dark secrets abound. A town where nobody is what you think, where truths pose as lies, and where myths blend with reality. A place where everyone has a story. Including the high schoolers. This is only but one…
Infiniti Clausman is making the most of senior year. Throwing parties, pulling pranks, and breaking all the rules, she’s determined to graduate with a bang! But there’s one thing on her senior year bucket list she hasn’t been able to cross off yet—falling in love. In fact, she’s never even been kissed.
Infiniti hopes to change this when she travels from Houston to Colorado for the holiday break. Instead, she finds her world turned upside down when she discovers all things supernatural exist, time travel is real, and her very life is at stake. Suddenly, that kiss is the least of her worries.
Joe Greg will never forget the injured girl he and Kase Kasun found on the side of the mountain. It was 2012, and he was only twelve, but the image of the wreckage and his interaction with the girl has never left him. When he sees the girl again in 2018, she looks exactly the same. He figures out that she’s time-traveled to his present, with a reaper on her heels and a mystery to unravel. Drawn to protect her, he’s hell-bent on standing by her side. Even if it means his death.
Immerse yourself in the world of Havenwood Falls and stay up to date on news and announcements at www.HavenwoodFalls.com. Join our reader group, Havenwood Falls Book Club, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HavenwoodFallsBookClub/. For more on Rose, visit her website at www.RoseGarciaBooks.com

*Saving Infiniti is a Havenwoods Falls High Novella featuring characters from the critically acclaimed Final Life Series
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Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who’s always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she’s been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Final Life Series—a Young Adult science fiction/fantasy series about people who have the ability to control the energy in and around them. Rose is known for bringing richly diverse characters to life as she draws from her own cultural experiences. Rose lives in Houston, Texas with her awesome husband and two amazing kids. You can visit Rose at www.rosegarciabooks.com.
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Her mind reeled at the pieces of her ordeal filtering back into her memory. Throbbing pain. Splattered blood. Shards of glass. The guy looking younger and transforming into a wolf. What the hell was happening?
 
“Who are you?” the guy whispered.
 
“I’m Infiniti. I’m from Houston. Who are you?”
 
“I’m Joe, and I’m from here. Havenwood Falls.”
 
“Havenwood Falls?”
 
“Yeah.” He leaned over the table. “The town close to where you crashed. You were transported to the medical center.” He moved in even closer. “You disappeared.”
 
She stared at him in disbelief. She pressed her back against the booth. It took her a minute to find her voice. “I what?”
 
“You vanished. We searched for you for days. Months even. With no leads, we had to give up.”
 
Her hands folded and unfolded on her lap. Her mind raced. “I crashed. I woke up, and I walked over here.”
 
 
“You woke up? As in, just now?”
“Yes.”
 
Now now?”
 
“Yes. Like ten minutes ago now.”
 
His brows stitched together. He rubbed his chin. “So what happened to the last six years?”
Six years?
 
She examined his face. He most definitely looked six years older, but her car crash had happened that day. So that would be impossible. But then she thought of all the sci-fi movies she’d seen, and all her supernatural paraphernalia at home—her Ouija board, the spiritual cards her neighbor Jan had given her. She was a believer in all things unexplained, but had something otherworldly really happened to her? As in, for real?
 
Her hands trembled. She shivered. “It’s 2018?”
 
“Yeah, it’s 2018.”

 

The Prophet Release Blitz with Jo Michaels.

Title: The Prophet
Author: Jo Michaels
Genre: Urban Fiction/Apocalyptic Fiction
Editor: Tia Silverthorne Bach with INDIE Books Gone Wild
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2018
Blurb:
It’s one year until the apocalypse of 12.21.12 is supposed to take place.
Burning buildings, screaming babies, and death will surround us.
It will be the end of the world.
That can’t be allowed.
When six powerful women come together with one goal—to save humanity—they’ll get much more than they bargained for. They join forces and learn to use the gifts hidden within themselves to battle a monster feeding off something too many of us feel in our souls: Hate. But they must first learn how to forgive—themselves as well as others.
Hate is birthing a creature dwelling under Central Park in New York, and the fiend is eager to burst forth and sink his fangs into the Earth.
The Fury, The Visionary, The Beguiler, The Siren, The Prophet, and The Mystic are our last hope, and even they aren’t sure if they can win.
The end is coming, but with it, there may be a new beginning.
Buy Links:
The Visionary: https://amzn.to/2RXtH4W
Jo Michaels is…
Hi, I’m Jo. Let’s forget all the “Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah” stuff and just go with it. I’m a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.
I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.
At the risk of sounding cliché, I’m going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I’m married to. Along with my children, he’s my whole world.
I’ve lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I’ve had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and have plans to someday see the Mongolia I’ve written about in Yassa.
One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I’d love to hear from you.
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Chapter One ~ Death
Bronya lifted a hand. “Shhhh, I hear something.” Turning her head to the side so she could pay attention to the noises reaching her ears, she noticed Shelia crouching and staring straight ahead. Soft sobbing sounds were coming from inside the car parked across the street. Bronya’s eyes followed the line of Shelia’s gaze and fell on two figures, both male.
“I see you,” whispered Shelia. Before she could be stopped, she took off like a flash and ran straight for the men.
Cursing, Bronya followed; already igniting the power in her hand. Red sparks flew as she knocked the figures aside so Shelia could get to the car. Another red flash and the door flew off the hinges, revealing a third form huddling inside.
At once, the woman scrambled out of the car and fell to the asphalt.
Shelia stopped running and took a defensive posture, creeping slowly toward the mass of hair and limbs tangled on the ground.
Bronya could hear soft words being spoken. “It’s okay. We’re here to help.”
A shrill scream pierced the night air, and both girls put their hands over their ears to shut it out. Then, everything went quiet. It seemed the city hushed to listen to the momentary scream of the woman now lying silent and prone on the road.
“Shit!” Shelia ran forward and put her fingers to the young woman’s neck. “Call an ambulance! No pulse! We’re too damned late!”
“Hello? Operator? I need an ambulance!” Bronya rattled off the names of the cross-streets and approached the girl at the operator’s request. “Yeah, she has no pulse. There’s blood everywhere.”
Footfalls echoing in the distance signaled the retreat of the two men. Everything was quiet except Shelia’s heavy breathing.
She was frantically doing CPR, via instructions yelled out by Bronya, as the whining siren of an ambulance shattered the new quiet. Tires squealing, the vehicle pulled up and two EMTs leapt out, equipment in hand. Bronya clicked her phone off, pulled Shelia back, and stood nearby, watching.
After working furiously over the girl for a number of minutes, the medics lifted her onto a stretcher and everyone climbed into the ambulance. The two girls shrank back against the walls, trying to stay out of the way.
Dark hair, matted with blood, fell around the pillow and framed the girl’s face. She had a nasty bruise below her left eye and red welts here and there on her arms. But there was still no clue as to where the blood was coming from. Bronya scratched her head and chewed the inside of her cheek while her eyes roamed over the mess in front of her. One of the medics was suddenly in her face. “Do you know who did this?” he asked.
Bronya and Shelia both shook their heads.
His voice dropped to a low growl. “Are you the girls that called nine-one-one?”
Taking point, Bronya lifted her hand into the air. “I did that. We found her this way. There were two men, but they ran off when we got here.”
“Two men? Can you describe them?”
“No. It was too dark. I only saw silhouettes and figured they were men because of the way they were standing. You know, leaned to one side, hands in pockets, kinda puffed up like they were big, bad dudes.”
“Do you know this young woman?” He gestured to the girl.
“No.” Bronya shook her head. “We were just walking by and heard crying coming from the car. When we checked it out, we found her and called you guys.” She knew damned good and well who the girl was, but explaining how they knew where she was going to be would take too long and raise too many eyebrows. Playing dumb seemed the best option.
~~~~~
Coralie smiled. She’d been friends with Regina for years. Another search and the name of the understudy for the part of Elphaba made Coralie groan. Fawne Holt! Why did it have to be her? Their long-standing rivalry was just going to get in the way and cause tension on stage.
Damn.
A split-second decision was made to speak with the director about choosing a new understudy. Coralie headed off to see if he was in his office.
She walked up the stairs, knocked on his door, and waited. Just as she was turning to leave, the door flew open and a young-looking man with hair standing on end, a loose tie, rumpled clothing, and no shoes was suddenly staring at her. All ability to speak was stolen as she looked at him. This guy is the director?
“Well?” He held his hands out to the sides.
“Um, I seem to have caught you at a bad time. I’ll come back later.” Again, she turned to go.
“Bad time?”
She spun back around to find him scratching his head.
“Oh!” His face lit up. “You mean the way I look!”
Coralie nodded and gave a nervous giggle.
“No, no, this is the way I always look. I sleep here most nights when a production is in the works.”
“Oh, I see.”
“Well, come on in! I’m sure you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t want to talk to me.”
Stepping through the door, she was overwhelmed by the mess in front of her. Clothes were strewn all over the furniture, empty pizza boxes covered the tops of tables, and paper was scattered everywhere.
“Sorry about the mess.”
“No problem,” she lied.
He stuck out a hand. “Trenton Harris, nice to meet you.”
“Coralie Meyers. You, too.” She wiped her hand on her jeans when he released it.
“Ah, one of my leading ladies! Here, have a seat!” He tossed a jacket and pair of shorts off the couch into a pile on the floor.
Carefully, she lowered herself to the edge of the cushion and perched there. He plopped down on the chair across from her and leaned forward with his elbows on his knees and his hands clasped. “Now, what was it you wanted to talk to me about?”
“It’s my understudy…” She trailed off, not sure if she should even mention it.
“What about her?”
“Well, it’s just that… See, she and I have had…”
“You don’t like each other; right?”
“Yeah.” It was a lame excuse and she knew it. Trying to recover, she added, “I’m just afraid it’s gonna cause unneeded tension on stage.”
Nodding like he agreed, he asked, “And you’re playing the part of Elphaba, right?”
She nodded.
“I have to tell you, I don’t usually make changes once the cast has been chosen.”
“Mr. Harris, I completely understand where you’re coming from, but—”
He lifted a hand. “Changing a casting after it’s been posted is like cutting off and re-attaching a limb. It’s painful.”
“I understand. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask.”
Shifting in his seat, he narrowed his eyes at her. “If I accommodated your request, I’d have to do things for other people, too. It’s better to not set any kind of expectation. But I thank you for the warning that things may get difficult.”
“Yes, sir. I’m sorry I bothered you.” She stood up to leave.
Trenton rose with her and opened the door. “You didn’t bother me. I want you to feel comfortable coming to me with anything, okay?”
“Okay. Thanks.” Halfway down the stairs, she heard the door close. “Fat lot of good it did me. Now I just look like a damned diva,” she muttered.

Bookish Ramblings: December TBR

Having successfully completed my TBR reads for November, I’m feeling excited about what this month will bring! I’m going to be adapting my monthly tbr, I was going to start in the new year but happenstance has led to it starting partially this month!  Going forward I will be including in my list each month one book that I have received an arc for on Netgalley and one re-read of an old book that I want to go back to.  This will mean that I have a good mix of Arc’s, books from my shelf and nostalgia.  Well that’s the hope anyway!

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

This was a book that I wanted to get when funds allowed and was so happy to find that it was available to me on Netgalley.  I’m loving the current trend for Asian inspired books, it’s a culture that I love and i’m more than happy to soak up as much fantasy and other works as I can!

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.
Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.
There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.
With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil shamefully spent almost a year on my shelf before I picked it up – in some ways I’m gutted about this as it was an amazing 5* read for me, but in other ways it was fortuitous as book 2 was just about to come out.  I can go into this now with the characters and story fresh in my mind and I’m really excited to get back into this dystopian world!

Everything she ever knew is flames.
A devious endgame is in play.
It’s all up to Cat and Cole now.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a series that I have had my eye on for a while, I knew that earlier in the year a discounted 3 book box set was out and I wanted to try and pick one up – it took a while but I did finally find one earlier this month. I know a couple of readers who’s opinion I trust love this series so I have high hopes for it!

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

This was the Fairyloot book for November – given that it’s now December and it was a pretty badly kept secret anyway, I’m hoping I’m not giving a spoiler away.  I’ve not read a book by this author yet but it’s science fiction, which will give me a nice break from fantasy and it has a Lunar Chronicles feel to it.  The Fairyloot edition came with sprayed edges and I manged to snag a signed bookplate for it too from an alternative source, happy days!

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

The third book in the Grisha Trilogy I want to get this read this month as King of Scars is out in January and I want to be all up to date!  I really wanted to get The Language of Thorns but I’ve spent far to much in November to justify another book purchase. I’m excited to see how this trilogy ends and if there are any more nuggets that relate to Six of Crows!

The capital has fallen.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Hopefully with various birthdays, shows and Christmas to negotiate i’ll get there!