vendredi 4 août 2017

The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

Hello to all!!!

Last week i was lucky to receive a magical box sent by the author D. E. Night which included an arc of her new release " The Crowns of Croswald"...to be exact it was really a well thought and magical created box that could only catch my interest and makes me want to discover more.
Since i'm really bad at taking pictures i will redirect you later to a friend's blog who also received it and is a lot more talented than me in that domain.

Now as i told you inside was a book and i'm more than happy to share my opinion with you as it's really a good surprise. ( yes sometimes the outside is as good as the inside^^)

So Happy Reading!

Publisher: Stories Untold
Publication: 2017
ISBN13:  9780996948654
Genre: fantasy,YA
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 12+
Source: ARC
 


Description from goodreads :

 In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...


For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.


My opinion:
           A magical, mysterious universe that, at some points, can remind us of Harry Potter for its enchantments. That's the first thing that came to me when i was reading it's not the same and in this book so far the majority of the main characters and big secondary one are females. But we also have someone discovering the Magic that she knew existed though, an head of school we are not 100% trusting and  ghosts in the school as well as magical portrait..... if you have read Harry Potter those are elements that ring a bell.

That being said it was really a pleasure to discover this universe along Ivy and there is a lot we sill have to learn i'm sure. Ivy is a loving character, she is determined, loyal, has a good heart and is quite courageous. She does what she feels is right and that can lead her to dangerous situation but she is also apt to make good friends in unlikely place. For example, she saved a dragon.... i must said that "dragon oven" had me smiling but Humboldt is really funny and i'm sure he will have a role to play later and a dragon as a pet is always fun. She is also friend with a dwarf and from what i gathered in that universe it's really uncommon as they have a bad reputation.. At school she has friends, allies and enemies ( really i can't stand Damaris) because the school has two sections: for the noble  who get their magic from their crown, and  another : the scrivenist  who learn magic that is inside them. They are taught together but of course some think themselves superior when they are in fact complementary.

Ivy always had dreams about a castle and someone there that she feel is calling to her....Determined to free him when she learns he  is someone forgotten by magic , a curse that doesn't affect her, she is jumping from an adventure to another all while trying to fit in and learn which isn't that easy.

I don't want to reveal too much as there are some twists and some secrets we only got partial answers to but it's definitively a great story. I would appeal to younger ones as well as older ones that long for more magical universe well written. It has action, just a touch of romance, intrigue, mystery and humour. If you loved Harry Potter and want more it will be a good discovery if you haven't read it you will discover a fantastic universe to be introduced to. I recommend it with lot of pleasure and can't wait for the next instalment hoping the quality will continue to be that good.( A glossary would be very helpful in the future.)


Score:  4,5/5


Disclaimer:  I received an Arc of this book from the author and voluntary choose to review it. All opinions are my own.


You can find the author on her webpage: Here or on facebook here

and as promised if you want a look at the box you can check it here thanks to Sullivan McPigs

mardi 25 juillet 2017

A Ghostly Secret (Ghostly Southern Mysteries 7) by Tonya Kappes

Hello to all,

                   this week has some excellent release so i'm happy i can share my opinion on some with you as some authors trusted me with their book....Today i will tell you a little about  the new Tonya Kappes " A Ghostly Secret"
...i'm behind in that series but quickly catching up but if i have a few authors i should avoid reading in the evening she is one. Not that i don't like her books it's the opposite...when i start no matter the time i need to finish it once started and this one can be added to the list.

That being said, my review won't be too long to avoid spoiler as this book need to be read in order i can't recommend it enough ( and i can't tell why exactly without spoilers either so just trust me and read this in order)


Happy Reading
Publication: 2017
Genre: cozy mysteries,southern
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 18+
Source: earc


Description from goodreads :

 Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, Eternal Slumber, is a “Betweener,” helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after— only murdered ghosts. After Emma Lee solves who murdered them, only then can they cross over to the Great Beyond, Big Guy In The Sky.

Emma Lee is up against a cold case that happened before she’d even gotten her “Betweener” gift. Not only is the ghost of eight-year-old Betsy Lynn Brady, but Mr. Whiskers Betsy’s cat needs to cross the Rainbow Bridge.

Betsy Lynn Brady has no idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in shambles, Emma Lee begs her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross to reopen the cold case because Betsy’s head is always stuck in a book and can’t remember exactly what happened to her.

Emma Lee learns real fast that someone doesn’t want her to snoop around the cold case. Can she help Betsy cross over and get Mr. Whiskers cross the Rainbow Bridge before someone helps Emma Lee check out from the living?

My opinion:
          Really moving! i couldn't stop reading and i just wanted to hug Emma Lee.... however let's start by the beginning this book is the 7th in the series and  for this one i do recommend you read the precedent books first and some events needs to be read not just remembered. (Even if Tonya explains well enough what has happened etc  it's better to follow the series)

So this book is one of change for Emma, i can't tell you in details as it would be major spoiler but she needs to adjust to a lot of things at the same time at it's not easy for her....but it makes me admire her courage even more because no matter what happen she is not letting her " client", ghost client, down and it's even stronger in this case as it's about a little girl so it was especially moving and i did want Betsy to get peace as well as Emma.
It sure mixes suspense, moving moment with some humour as always and it's why i love this series, this time it's not only Emma's grandma but also a ghost cat that put humour when we need it the most.

The investigation is really well done, Emma is starting to open up ( just a little) and it just makes me want to jump on the next book without delay ( but for that i will need patience as it must be written first) really this is a great series with story of quality and for the lover of cozy mysteries with touch of paranormal i do recommend it!


Score:  5/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book. I received an earc and voluntary choose to review it

lundi 24 juillet 2017

Magic Bound ( The Peacesmith series 2) by Carly Hansen

Hello to all!!!!


Today i'm sharing with you my opinion on a book that will release tomorrow " Magic Bound" by Carly Hansen. I décided to share it early because to celebrate the release of book 2 she is offering for a few days only the first book "Magic reborn" on amazon for free and i didn't want you to miss this opportunity so  if you haven't gotten book 1 yes you can get it here but hurry because it won't last.

Now it's time that i share with you my opinion on book two before a new storm start again and cut internet ( that's the week for that it seems)

Happy reading!


Publisher: Fortem Books
Publication: 2017
ASIN:  B071V7LRHX
ISBN: 0995069255
Genre: Ya, Urban fantasy
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: eARC


Short description from goodreads :

 When Fenix is flooded by psychic visions of a baby being kidnapped and prepared as a sacrifice, she goes on a desperate hunt to find him. The search takes her through a portal into the dangerous world of the Fae. Fearsome new and old enemies lurk around every corner, intent on stopping her. With the time left to save the child running out, will Fenix succeed when her newfound magical powers are seemingly stifled by the strange Faeland? If you like fast-paced action, a strong female lead, and a dreamy love interest, you will love this second installment of The Peacesmith Series.


My opinion:
          The first book was surprising, this one keeps the excellent quality of the story! We find Fenix and her friends just a few weeks after the events in book 1 and there is a lot of tension brewing. Fenix still need to adjust to her new role and she has a lot to learn while trying to keep it a secret from anyone else.
Alda is a b**** since she lost her treasured motorcycle and is making anyone crazy with strange demands but in fact the situation is deeper than that as Fenix will know.

Fenix is really an heroine we love to follow, she is true to her heart and always protect others, she isn't telling her secret not because she doesn't need understanding but because in that universe where magic is illegal knowing someone has some is already a crime. So she stays silent to protect them.
Gaïus is her mentor but we can see he was still in training...he isn't bad but he is too centered on the peacesmith thing and doesn't realise that it could take different forms...i don't like him a lot not that he is bad but often he is more a burden than a help or at least he feels like it.

On a trip to try to calm Alda, Fenix touches a damaged car and has the vision of a baby....immediately she is decided to save him, no matter the risk and that leads her directly to fayland...not and peaceful place and more dangerous, a place where her magic is bound. So it's without magic and only her courage and the helps of her allies that she will try the impossible.

The rhythm is quick as, the time is running and we keep turning the page to see more so the investigation is good with some twists and it's a great story.
We see how being a peacesmith is natural to Fenix, in fact and she is doing the job....i guess i only regret she didn't speak to Petunia but then it's only the romantic part of me that would have thought that to be a great bonus.

It's a  series i do want to continue as we still have a lot to discover.



Score:  4/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book. I received an eARC and voluntary choose to review this book

jeudi 13 juillet 2017

Cover reveal and contest: Ripple Effect by Keri Lake

Hello to all!!!


Today i'm happy to share a cover reveal with you as it's for an author i love Keri Lake and even better you have an opportunity to win so i could only inform you to give you the opportunity to preorder this book if you are following this series or to get up to date if you are new to it.

so now for the pleasure of your eyes:  RIPPLE EFFECT!

Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Dark erotic romance
Cover Design : Hang Lee
RELEASE Date: 25th July 2017


BLURB

Ripley

They call me RIP.
I’m a killer. A murderer. A psychopath.
In the eyes of the righteous, I’m a monster, born of sin and depravity.
I want to protect her, but I’m not a good man.
I want to love her, but I no longer feel.
She gets under my skin, though, and has awakened something inside of me.
Something I’d kill for.
I’m not her savior—not even close. In fact, I’m worse than the hell she’s already suffered.
I’m her vengeance. Tit for tat, as they say.
And if she’s not careful, I’ll be her ruin.

Dylan

For months, I’ve watched him.
I’ve fantasized him as my savior, my lover. My ticket out of the hell I’ve lived in for the last six years.
I never dreamed he’d be my nightmare.
Had I known what he really is, I’d have never gotten in the car that night, but life is full of cause and
effect.
And sometimes the choice on offer isn’t a choice at all.
It’s the result of something already in motion, and we’re merely left to survive the ripple effect.

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35649044-ripple- effect

PRE-ORDER LINKS

US: http://amzn.to/2ubxFhU

UK: http://amzn.to/2t79gov

CA: http://amzn.to/2sJaOFQ

AU: http://amzn.to/2uKcoc9

B&N: http://smarturl.it/RippleEffectNook

Kobo: http://smarturl.it/RippleEffect_Kobo

iBooks: http://smarturl.it/RippleEffect_iBooks

AUTHOR BIO

Keri Lake is a dark romance writer who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked
twists. Her stories are gritty, with antiheroes that walk the line of good and bad, and feisty heroines who
bring them to their knees. When not penning books, she enjoys spending time with her husband,
daughters, and their rebellious Labrador (who doesn’t retrieve a damn thing). She runs on strong coffee
and alternative music, loves a good red wine, and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kerilakeauthor

Website: http://www.kerilake.com/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KeriLakeStreetTeam/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kerilake

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/kerilake

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/HJPHH

GIVEAWAY

There is a giveaway for a signed paperback of Ripple Effect, a $25 Amazon gift card and Keri Lake swag (3winners)


a Rafflecopter giveaway



mardi 11 juillet 2017

Tales from Harborsmouth ( Ivy Granger 0- Novellas anthology-0.5;1.5;2.5;5.5) by E J Stevens

Hello to all,


This week is sure to offer us a lot of great release after Illumination from Susannah Johnson, it's Tales from Harvorsmouth by E. J. Stevens that releases today.....if you don't remember it it's part of the Ivy Granger series from which i gave you my opinion on the first books ( yes i'm behind in this series but i will catch up.)

Novellas when not mandatory to follow a series are a great bonus, it gives us more insight into the past of the characters for example...unfortunately it's often only in digital which is why i prefer when they are bonus so if we skip them as print readers we don't miss anything capital. However when they are bundled together so that we can have all of them ( and sometimes new ones)AND available in print it's often a little treasure. I enjoyed Ivy Granger series so i couldn't miss this one but now it's time i tell you a little about the novellas inside^^

Happy reading!

Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Publication: 2017
Genre: urban fantasy, dark, paranormal
Violence: mild/strong

Language: normal/mild
sex: mild
Public: 18+
Source: eARC


 Description from goodreads :

 In Tales from Harborsmouth, readers get a chance to delve deeper into the exciting world of Ivy Granger.

Ivy Granger is a psychic detective with ties to Harborsmouth's paranormal underworld. Too bad those ties tend to ensnare Ivy and her friend Jinx in the Machiavellian schemes of the city's teeming population of bloodsucking vampires and psychotic faeries.

FROSTBITE (Ivy Granger #0.5)

In this Ivy Granger prequel, join Ivy and Jinx on a disturbing case that leads down a dead end alley to a house ravaged by time and circumstance.

Everyone knows that there's no such thing as ghosts, but when a client claims that her house is being haunted, Ivy tries to keep her mind open and her weapons handy. If her psychic gifts and recent cases have taught her anything, it's that you're better off arming yourself for the unexpected. Anything is possible in Harborsmouth.

BLOOD AND MISTLETOE (Ivy Granger #1.5)

Holidays are worse than a full moon for making people crazy. In Harborsmouth, where many of the residents are undead vampires or monstrous fae, the combination may prove deadly.

Holidays are Hell, a point driven home when a certain demon attorney returns with information regarding a series of bloody murders. Five Harborsmouth residents have been killed and every victim has one thing in common—they are fae. Whoever is killing faeries must be stopped, but they only leave one clue behind—a piece of mistletoe floating in a pool of the victim's blood. The holidays just got interesting.

CLUB NEXUS (Ivy Granger #2.5)

A demon, a human, an Unseelie faerie, and a vampire walk into a bar...

These four intertwining short stories are set in Club Nexus, the hidden haunt of Harborsmouth's paranormal underworld.

Iced: A bargain gone wrong leads a highborn Unseelie faerie to life as an enslaved bartender with a taste for revenge.

Dusted: Being a highly skilled predator doesn't necessarily put you at the top of the food chain at Club Nexus. A southern vampire with a hankering for blood and wanton violence may have bit off more than he can chew.

Demonized: The demon attorney we love to hate has his eye on a certain rockabilly human. Too bad she's brought a crossbow loaded with holy water dipped bolts for this night on the town.

Jinxed: Just when Jinx needs a carefree girl's night out with Ivy, a smoking hot demon tries to buy her a drink. She really is the unluckiest human on the planet.

THRILL ON JOYSEN HILL (Ivy Granger #5.5)

Few places are as rife with opportunity or as fraught with danger as Harborsmouth's notorious Joysen Hill. Vampires own the real estate, and even the most ruthless human thugs won't venture there after dark, but when Torn gets stuck babysitting, he can only think of one place in Harborsmouth interesting enough to take a demon toddler, a teenage bridge troll, and a grouchy hearth brownie. What happens next substantiates the city's advertising slogan. No matter who or what you are, no matter how young or old, you can find your thrill on Joysen Hill. (less)



My opinion:
          I love when author bundles together several novellas from an universe for me it gives an useful additional insight into the series and i'm happy this one is doing it and more.  Now some of the novellas can be read in any order, always better to read a series in order novellas included but in this case some are prequel and others gives enough information to satisfy a new reader without making him feel lost. That i absolutely loved it's really a great bonus.

Now since we are speaking novellas, i will give a short opinion on each one while trying to avoid spoilers too much.

Frostbite:  really good, creepy  would have it been perfect around halloween time. We discover a bit of Ivy and we see some of her limits as well.  Fast paced it's read very quickly.

Blood and Mistletoes: We meet again with some secondary characters we met in the main series like Marvin, Kaye or Jenna so it's really enjoyable and for a new reader the author does explain who they are and how Ivy met them so it was really not disturbing or confusing. The investigation is short ( this is a novella after all) but we get all  the right elements...i loved to see Ivy deep sense of Justice

Club Nexus: This one is in 4 parts/chapter that must be read in order as in each one we get the event from one point of view and deepening some aspect over others... very interesting....we discover more about the demon Forneus and if read in order we do see how much Ivy and Jinx have improved.
It's dark, is sure to have effect later in the series but can be read even if you only have started the series or read the anthology to this point without confusion ( or very little spoilers only)


Thrill on Joysen Hill: This one is very spoilerish if you haven't read the  first 5 books in the series so i do recommend you to wait until you have read those to really savour it.  Really it's better as it doesn't really focus on Ivy as she is busy doing something i won't  tell and we see a bit more of a secondary character we saw earlier in the series: Sir Torn the cat sidhe king.... he is a funny character i really love him so i was happy to read this but i really do regret not having been up to date in the series first...it can be confusing a little or letting us with more questions...as a result at this point it's the one i enjoyed the less in the anthology but it's still a very good one simply better for a reader of the series ( and one up to date) not the best at all for a new reader



Score:  5/5


lundi 10 juillet 2017

Illumination ( Penton Legacy 5) by Susannah Sandlin

Hello to all!!!



              Today i'm so happy to share with you that....the wait is over!!!!!! Penton legacy series finally gets it's conclusion and believe me it's so worth it!!!!!!!. A detail though....the ebook release tomorrow on amazon so you can  still preorder or order it BUT the paperback is already available which is the reason i'm sharing my opinion today and not tomorrow ( couldn't wait any longer).
I love when authors keep their promise against every ordeal and that's what Susannah/ Suzanne did she promised us a conclusion for us the fans of Penton and she did! Not only she did it but she did it wonderfully ( full book of quality, ebook AND paperback for us  print lovers who love books matching in our shelves.)

Really even if it was only the reason just buy this book to support such a good author but then like i said and like you will see in my review this is really a book worth buying and if you are being in the series just get it ( and the precedents books are available cheaper this month as well so grab them before setting in a Penton reading marathon) so please makes this author happy it will means more good books for us later!!so preorder, order just BUY this book!


But i wouldn't ask you or recommend you to buy a book without giving you my opinion on it so here it is - you can check my opinion on the precedent books by checking these links in order Redemption, Absolution, Omega, Allegiance-

Happy reading!
Publisher: Suzanne Johnson
Publication: 2017
ASIN:  B073K2V7T2
Genre: paranormal romance
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: mild/strong
Public: 18+
Source: earc
 


Description from goodreads :

 He came to Penton seeking peace. Nik Dimitrou joined the Army to escape his family legacy, only to have his psychic abilities exploited as a weapon. Now, as a civilian, he turns to the bottle to veil the images that haunt his mind whenever he touches anyone—except vampires. With them, he has finally found a place. But as Penton moves into open warfare with the Vampire Tribunal, Nik finds himself a linchpin in the deepening conflict, not to mention a transformation in his own body more frightening than anything he’s faced.

She wanted to change the world. Shay Underwood watched her Peace Corps parents move from one third world country to another—until both died following an outbreak of fever. Driven to her own career in tropical medicine, Shay works to cure the disease that killed her parents—until a careless weekend outing draws her into a world far more dangerous than the diseases she studies: a vampire society engaged in human trafficking.

Two cities, two strangers, one world. With Penton rebellion leader Aidan Murphy making risky choices and chief vampire lieutenant Mirren Kincaid forced to take a leadership role for which he is unsuited, it will fall to two outsiders, Nik and Shay, to find a way for Penton—and themselves—to survive in this much-anticipated conclusion to the award-winning Penton Legacy series


My opinion:
          Great!!!!! really the wait was worth it because this book answer all our questions....it takes place a few weeks after the events in book 4 "Allegiance" and we are immediately feeling for our dear vampires because they sure needs helps....Aidan is a shade of himself, Penton is tired but not giving up .... in fact no one is left unscathed in a way or another so we needed to know what would happen and we do follow all of them.

However to fully enjoy this, it's better to have read the precedents books, yes  the author does remind us of event, does a little recap but it's a series that keeps getting better as it gets deeper into the plot so i can't recommend you enough to start by book 1 and read them back to back..

Because of the situation our vampires are in this book is quite dark and it does have some very dark elements, the tension is high ( with what is at stake  it's a minimum) so i kept turning the page wanting to know more but thankfully, as the author is so talented to do, we have touch of humour very well placed to give us a little emotional reprieve between the twists and jump into the darkness. We see the evolution of all the characters we have come to love and some appears under a new light too....like our dear Mirren the leader ( againsit his will mostly but then it's his nature); Will still the strategist and of course Nik....our dear Nik has to face a lot once again but his heart never waver. Shay is the new character of this book and she is wonderful, talented, determined and courageous....the romance is well written and make sense perfectly timed and slowly building so we have our sweet moments among a lot of angsty ones...we just can't stop reading until the last page!

Really it's the perfect conclusion for the Penton series and even better it offers us hope and possibilities for spin off in the future so would couldn't have wished for a better one. I recommend it without hesitation!



Score:  5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book





mardi 27 juin 2017

Mocha and Murder (A Killer Coffee Mystery 2) by Tonya Kappes

Hello to all!!!


                      Like i told you yesterday , this week was focused on me getting up to date in the Killer Coffee Mystery series by Tonya kappes with this second book freshly released....i can only say that it just get better to the point this series can be more addictive than coffee is for some.

Now, no need to wait longer and here is my opinion on Mocha and Murder!


Happy reading
Publication: 2017
Genre: cozy mystery, southern mystery
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: eARC

Short description from goodreads :

 Roxy becomes entangled in another murder as she puts her sleuthing skills to work in order to prove that Louise Carlton didn't kill Fred Hill over a pet adoption gone wrong. After all, if Louise goes to jail, who is going to find all the animals at Pet Palace a home

My opinion:
          I loved it!!! really now that we know the setting and a bunch of characters we are immediately draw into the story and this one was quite surprising! Really the series just become even better and i guess this could work as a stand alone if you haven't read book 1 yet you do get enough info as not to be lost.

Roxy is still as funny and as strong as magnet for trouble and Patrick sure has a lot to do to care for her. I really loved how they decided to built their relationship. Bunny is still as funny and we do get to see aunt vs mom bickering and that was really too funny to see Roxy playing the adult one.

The pace is just perfect not too fast but not slow so you are so immersed that you read this in one setting and the plot is really, really well done with some twists and just the right amount of tips. We do see Pepper and Sassy and some new ones.

Also i loved to see how open Roxy was with her recipes and how attentive she is to her workers. We also still get the recipes to try ourselves

This series is really addictive and of great quality if you want some southern mystery this is definitively one to discover




Score:  5/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and i voluntary reviewed this book