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Prepare yourselves, it looks like I’ve speed-read my way through the last two weeks! In reality I didn’t finish one because it didn’t feel like a finished book to me, and another was really short. So it’s not as impressive as it looks 🙂
What I’m currently reading
I’d been meaning to read this for a while since I loved Hell’s Teeth, but it turns out Isle of Winds is nothing like it! It’s a completely different genre, and it’s every bit as magical as you might expect, say, a Neil Gaiman novel to be. I fell in love with the effortless writing style and the ease with which magic flows into our world immediately. I’ll likely finish this today, so watch out for my review on Goodreads later this week, or early next week!
Isle of Winds is the first instalment in a Middle-Grade age fantasy series
Robin Fellows lives with his grandmother and lives what appears to be a rather ordinary life for a normal twelve year old boy.
But when Robin’s Gran dies, quite suddenly and a bit mysteriously, his world is turned upside down. A long lost relative comes out of the woodwork and whisks him away to a mysterious new home, Erlking Hall, a quiet estate in the solitary countryside of Lancashire.
Suddenly Robin must adjust to his new reality. But reality is no longer what he thought it was…
Erlking has many secrets – as do his newly found Great-Aunt Irene and her servants. After a strange encounter on the train and meeting a cold, eerie man on the platform, Robin begins to notice odd happenings at Erlking.
There is more than meets the eye to this old, rambling mansion.
Little does he know that there is more than meets the eye to himself.
Robin is the world’s last Changeling. He is descended from a mystic race of Fae-people, whose homeland, the Netherworlde, is caught in the throes of a terrible civil war.
Not only this, but in this new world there is a magical force that has infiltrated the human realm.
Before he can wrench power from the malevolent hands of the Netherworlde’s fearsome tyrant leader, Lady Eris, he must first search for the truth about himself and the ethereal Towers of Arcania.
The first instalment of The Changeling Series, Isle of Winds is an engrossing tale written in the traditions of high fantasy story-telling while carving out a magical new realm. It is perfect for fans of The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series.
What I recently finished reading
Exciting stuff, guys!! Thrown to the Blue is out in two days!! (*ahem* I enjoyed it a lot, if you couldn’t tell by my excited shouting)
I was really happy to receive an ARC of Thrown to the Blue, and devoured it! My full review will be out tomorrow, one day before its release, so keep an eye out! 🙂 Alternatively, my review is live on Goodreads already!
Foretellings have no place for goodness, only greatness. Princess Ezrahli is far from good, but she is a great woman in a conventional Kingdom, followed by whispers and scorn. However, across the waters is un-convention, magic, and fable. Her existence has been foretold in the battle against dark magic, and destiny shall weave itself into her life because darkness cannot be fought with goodness, only greatness.
Smuggling and sorcery leads to adventure, and adventure leads to destiny. Reed is a prince of the streets, but what he lacks in title, he makes up for in skill; a skill that sets him on a path already written in fate. Can he be more than what is expected? Can he enable greatness in another and survive the process?
Vengeance is a motivator, but it can never be your friend. In the end, it will ask for sacrifice, and only the great will pay the fare.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I have mixed feelings about this. I did like it, and I love that it made me think about our mortality, but to me it felt more like a creative essay on mortality than a novel. It was definitely interesting, but the blurb tells you everything you need to know: It’s one man’s last day alive, going through his routine – no plot twists, no surprises. It’s just not that kind of book.
My full review is live on Goodreads and Amazon already, and will be published here in a few weeks, too 🙂
Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.
An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.
Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.
The End is just the beginning.
I received a copy of The Finite in exchange for an honest review – so, hard as it is, that’s what I’m going to do here. I hate writing reviews for books that didn’t work for me. The blurb is what got me hooked on this one, and the idea was great, but it was let down by the execution and lack of editing. This had no editor and no beta readers that I can tell, and because of that it read a lot like a first draft for me. There was so much potential there but it wasn’t ready to be published.
I’m going to leave it at that. In my opinion this wasn’t finished, and because of that I’m not going to review it properly. If the author ever comes back to it and gives it the edit it deserves I’d be more than happy to give it another go.
Claudia lives in the hoop, a space city that orbits around earth. She follows the rules her society built for everyone. Just like everyone in her society, perfection is essential to maintain a peaceful society. Without war, or destruction. Claudia discovers that people gone missing. There were wicked plans for the abducted people. She meets Ricky Maxwell from earth, and starts an alliance with people she met from earth. She and her friends sit to find the missing families, and try to stop wars between planets.
and… (nearly there, I promise)
This really wasn’t my usual kind of read, but I felt like something different and the author is so lovely and sweet on social media that I decided to give it a go. I’m really glad I did because it’s really well written and the story ties in perfectly with the smutty bits 😉 I loved the concept of ancient gods who’ve lost most of their power because people no longer believe in them or have forgotten about them but still live amongst us (Aphrodite works as a columnist), and will definitely come back for Book 2!
The glory days of Ancient Greece are long gone, and the gods of the Old World are scattered across the globe. As their popularity dwindles, as their worshipers forget, their power fades. Luckily for Aphrodite, she’s a household name. After all, how could anyone ever forget the Greek goddess of Love?
Unfortunately, no one seems to know or care about her divinity. In a world of skeptics and technology-crazed mortals, loneliness and boredom have taken hold. Her life consists of romance advice columns, martini bars, and flings with empty-headed men—until she meets Loki.
She’s intrigued: it’s been decades—centuries even—since she laid eyes on another god, particularly one outside her pantheon. In their short time together, she realizes just how much she needs the companionship of one of her own. Loki, however, seems more interested in catching a murderous maenad than swapping stories about the old days.
Can she convince Loki to stay and make her life a little less lonely, or will he persuade her to join him on his quest for more worshipers? His questionable tactics make her uneasy, but how can she turn down the opportunity to live as she once did: freely, powerfully, and lustfully as Aphrodite of Olympus.
What I think I’ll read next
This is the last of my review copies, so once I’ve read this I can get back to my tbr tower! I’m really looking forward to this and will make sure that my kindle is charged by (hmm… what seems realistic…) tomorrow?
After Fay Storms it’s time for a longer book, I think. I’m quite far ahead in my reviews since my last few reads have been quick, and since I only post one a week, losing one to author interviews every month, I’m pretty far ahead by now. I don’t have many really long books on my shelf, so the decision should be simple 🙂
Thief by trade. Half-breed by blood. Fifer is part-Fay and all pluck.
When her partner goes missing and she is abducted by demanding clients, Fifer finds herself trapped in a plot she wants no part of. By fulfilling her contract with the Aestus, the brotherhood of powerful and secretive warriors, she will discover that she’s not what she thinks.
The Aestus need her—even though Arkadius, Master in training, can’t see it. In order to stop the Aestus clans from warring among themselves, Arkadius must rely on Fifer to steal a powerful magical artifact. But how can a woman save the mighty Aestus? When he discovers the answer, the fate of the Empire will rest on the edge of his sword.
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!