Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Chaos of Luck- Felicia Sevigny #2 by Catherine Cerveny




TW: CHEATING


And we're back!
Felicia is now on Mars and everything seems to be going right for a change.
Sure, her new tarot shop isn't as successful as it could be, and Alexei is working too much and their relationship is stressful, but otherwise things seem good.

Until an ex-lover shows up and her luck has her feelings drawn to him, and her family from her mother's side attempts to contact her, and Alexei grows more and more distant and disturbingly possessive and controlling.

I had a hard time with this one because, as I mentioned in my review of the first book, I abhor cheating. Even if nothing happens and it's all emotional, it's still cheating. 
And the dreaded love triangle thing needs to die already!

But the thing is, what Felicia is justifies a lot of what happens, both the good and especially the bad. It's convenient and makes me mad, but the thing is, it also makes Felicia mad, and... well, I can't get mad at that.

What I love about this series is that a lot of failings that exist in other books: convenient events taking place, Felicia being so gorgeous and charming and everyone liking her, things always being resolved neatly... Cerveny wrote in a vital plot point that makes these all not only acceptable but expected and justified. 
So these books get a lot of leeway where other would fail. 

All this being said, I loved the plot (apart from the cheating, of course), I loved how Felicia is still clever, and sensible, and reacts like a normal person.
I love how whenever Alexei does the usual romance alpha controlling caveman thing Felicia shuts him down and gets truly angry. 
And I love the new characters introduced (except one, but no spoilers, except to say love triangles SUCK).

And, as with the first one, everything is resolved by the end so you can't even be mad at the things you didn't like...
Which is frustrating, but at the same time I congratulate Cerveny for always succeeding.

As with the first book, as soon as I finished reading it I rushed to pre-order it!

Honestly, I can't wait for the next one in the series!


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The Rule of Luck - Felicia Sevigny #1 by Catherine Cerveny




TW: CHEATING, CHILD ABUSE


Finally, an urban fantasy series that I can turn to, now that I've become disenchanted with Kate Daniels!

Felicia Sevigny is a tarot reader - actually the best tarot reader.
It seems luck follows her, whether it's good or bad luck, now that's another matter...

In a future where the government controls your fertility, Felicia finds herself blacklisted from being allowed to have a child. And she'll go to whatever lengths she needs to so she can have the future she wants.

Terrorists, political plots, the russian mob, her boyfriend, meddling relatives, and Alexei Petriv all seem to mess up her plans and contribute to reveal and overarching mystery that could decide Felicia's fate.

I have to say, I LOVE Felicia. There was never one moment - not one! - when she was tstl!
All she did and thought made sense.
Do you know how rare it is to have a main character being clever and figuring out the plot AHEAD of the reader?!
I was so thankful, you have no idea...

Then we have Alexei Petriv, the usual alpha male we see in romance novels: rich, incredibly gorgeous, amazing at everything he does... and a possessive asshole who turns into a caveman where Felicia is concerned.
But the thing is, whenever he does this, Felicia acts like a normal woman aware of red-flags and wary of creepy behaviour would: she freaks out. She calls him out on his shit. She makes it clear that his behaviour is not acceptable.
And that, too, is incredibly refreshing.

It's so wonderful when - even with a heavy dose of lust at first sight - you have the male super alpha love interest try to charm the main character and she just rolls her eyes and thinks it's dumb and corny. Like... girl, I feel you!

And the plot kept me on the edge of my seat!
I honestly did not see a lot of the twists coming!

Not to say that this is a perfect story - it involves cheating (which I abhor!), and a love triangle (ugh).
But it's all resolved quite satisfactorily by the end, so that's okay.

Anyway, I loved this book so much that I've already pre-ordered the paperback!



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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr #12) by C.S. Harris





TRIGGER WARNINGS: 
PEDOPHILIA, CHILD TORTURE, CHILD RAPE, CHILD DEATH


I stayed up until 6:30 a.m. reading this book, so you know it's good!

This is the darkest book in the series so far. 
It was like a Criminal Minds episode in Regency England, with Sebastian trying to solve the mystery in time to prevent more children from being kidnapped, tortured, raped, and murdered.
It was so unbelievably tense!!!

I've read some people complaining about the disappointing conclusion, but honestly it's just setting the events for the next book, which is usual for the series, but I for one cannot wait for justice to be done, I've rarely been so upset at a book villain.

Also, there is a new character who is so sketchy and obviously evil that I'm amazed they weren't immediately accused of... wrongdoings. 

Be warned that, though not graphic, the themes in this book are extremely dark and difficult to read, so bear that in mind.

Still, I honestly cannot wait for the next one to come out!


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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A Crown Of Wishes (Star Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi





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                                                      Release Date: March 28 th

 Warning alert: this pseudo review will be filled with an over abundance of exclamation marks.
And you know what? I don't care! :)

The Star Touched Queen, the first book in this duology, was without a doubt my favourite book of 2016!(in case you missed it, read my insane review here!),

As for 2017, can you guess what will be my favourite?!*.*
Oh yes, author Roshani Chokshi definitely has done it again!
I am in awe of her writing, her characters, basically with the whole richness of the mythology that she gives to us!

Reading her stories is like open a chest full of treasures. Yes, there may be the occasional snake to spice things up, (metaphorical snakes or literal ones, I guess you'll have to read it to see for yourself ;), but the author stories truly do shine as all the gems in the world.

That means that when I do get to read a story like this one, I feel like shouting out to all of my friends to go and read it asap!
YOU GUYS, THIS IS THE REAL THING!
A Crown of Wishes is this beautiful story full of Indian mythology, adventure, romance, and courage, that will blow your socks away. Or any other type of garment that you might prefer... so do go and read it because you won't regret it.

As for this being a second book in a duology, in case you're wondering if you can skip the first one, and dive straight into this one... well, yes you can, but are you dumb?! Why would you do that?
Don't like too many good things all in a row?

Do hurry however, because the Tournament of Wishes is about to start, and the jewel of Bharata isn't known for her patience... isn't that right, Fox Prince? ;)

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Jupiter Myth (Marco Didius Falco #14) by Lindsey Davis






Another Falco adventure in his least favourite place... Britain.
The man hates the weather, isn't crazy about the local baths, and the bartenders are just fishy. And don't even get him started on the beer *ugh*... although water ends up being way... dangerous for everyone's health!

Luckily his closer family is with him: His beloved wife, Helena Justina, their two infant girls, and of course, Nux the family's dog.
(...)
Oh, and his sister Maia Favonia, her children, and lets not forget his BFF Petronius.
So of course, with this cast, we have mayhem and insanity. 
There's this scene in which we have Amazons, chariots, a f****g Bear, and people trying to kill each other! A circus, I tell you!

A man with connections ends up killed, so of course Falco ends up being recruited to find his killer.
A dangerous woman from his past makes an appearance, and Helena Justina decides to adopt a girl.
His youngest daughter has a close encounter with a bumblebee...oh yeah, and Falco makes a number of very stupid, STUPID, mistakes.
Typical Falco. I liked it, but it could be shorter.


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Lost Souls ( Cainsville #3.5) by Kelley Armstrong





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                                                             Release Date: March 31st

The greatest compliment  I can give to this novella, is that after being thoroughly pissed of with the way things ended in the third Cainsville novel, I am now _once again _ determined in finishing the series! So, well done! Objective achieved, lol
As to what happens in this novella, obviously I'm not going to spoil it for you guys, but I'll say that the basic plot was extremely interesting... okay, there's ghosts...and other supernatural beings involved.
Patrick, aka Gabriel's... now what have you read?
Have you read the first four books and the anthology "Led Astray" who has some pretty good shorts on Gabriel and his childhood? Because in the case that you haven't, let's just keep things...secret. Okay?
So, I was talking about Patrick who is a writer amongst other things... Olivia would probably use a much more colourful language about the guy!*snort*
Patrick decides to get more involved in Gabriel's life, and of course things don't go as they probably should. A big mess ensues. Gabriel and Olivia's relationship is still on the mend, and people are getting lost. In more ways than one...
Now if you're wondering, after all my blabbering, if you can read this novella without reading the previous stories, the answer is yes.
Of course by doing so, you'll be losing more than half of the "fun" :)

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017

March Releases


A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2) Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6) The Truth About Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove, #1) Star's End

Lost SoulsRomancing the Rogue (Gothic Historical Romance, #2)Garden of Thorns Bad Blood
                        Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) Hunted Saga, Vol. 7

"A Crown of Wishes (Star Crossed Queen #2)" by Roshani Chokshi, pub by St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: March 28
Genre: Fantasy

"Magic For Nothing ( Incryptid #6)" by Seanan Mcguire, pub by Daw
Release Date: March 7 th
Genre: Urban Fantasy

"The Truth About Love And Dukes" by Laura Lee Guhrke, pub. by Avon
Release Date: March 28 th
Genre: Historical Romance

"Star's End" by Cassandra Rose Clarke, pub. by Saga Press
Release Date: March 21st
Genre: Sci-Fi ; Space Opera

"Lost Souls (Cainsville ) by Kelley Armstrong, pub. by Subterranean Press
Release Date: March 31 st
Genre: Urban Fantasy

"Romancing The Rogue (#2)" by Erica Ridley, pub. by WebMotion
Release Date: March 21 st
Genre: Gothic Historical Romance

"Garden of Thorns" by Amber Mitchell, pub. by Entangled Teen
Release Date: 6 th March
Genre: YA ; Fantasy

"Bad Blood" by Demitria Lunetta pub. by Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Release Date: 14 th March
Genre: Fantasy; YA

"Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10)" pub. by Ace Books
Release Date: 7th March
Genre: Urban Fantasy

"Hunted" by Meagan Spooner, pub. by Harper Teen
Release Date: 14 th March
Genre: Retelling; Fantasy

Saga (#7), by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, pub. by Image Comics
Release Date: March 28 th
Genre: Sci-Fi; Comics ; Fantasy

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Pretty Face by Lucy Parker






                                      Arc Provided by Carina Press through Netgalley
                                                      Release Date: February 20 th



Another winner! Author Lucy Parker definitely knows how to write the perfect story, because I never thought that theatre "stuff" was that interesting, and then I just want to live in these stories. And be friends with these people. Grumpy Richard (from "Act Like It) included.
And as such, I am now going to re-read it, because I don't know when I'll read another good story.

Lily is much more than a pretty face: she's smart, witty, and much more than meets the eye.
Luc on the other hand, likes to live his life preferably free of taxing emotional dramas. He's forty _lol _ he's "old", and he already has enough on his hands with his latest project. He's known for his professional behaviour and he doesn't need someone with twenty six years old ( OMG! lol) mixing up things in his life. When these two meet, they definitely pay attention to each other...
What happens next is a very well built story. I never felt like saying "oh, move on already..". I liked the "view" from the road, and meeting all the other characters? It was not a bore. When the time comes I'll be more than happy to read about them, because this author is most definitely on my auto buy list.
As for now, all I can say, is that this is my first favourite novel of 2017, and I'm no longer easily impressed these days ;)

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