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Book Blitz: Gears of Fate

Gears of Fate 
by Wilbert Stanton 
(Forgotten Gods #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

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Ok, so the mix of steampunk, mythology and dystopia sounds like the setup up for a joke, (Steamboy and Zeus walk into a bar… well I don’t know where to go from there.) But the description sounds good without being cheesy. If Stanton can pull this wild mix off it will be interesting.

Centuries have passed since the Fey conquered Earth, forcing mankind and gods alike to flee to the sky city Olympus. Forgotten gods walk amongst man, lost and powerless. Little do they suspect a second Fey war looms, and an unlikely duo will set in motion the gears of fate.

Zak Walker is a fringe rat living in the slums who would do anything to protect his sister, Alice. His neglectful father threatens to consign him to a life away from home on an airship, but he yearns for his life to mean something more than drudgery.

Princess Seneca Rose is the last surviving member of the Seelie royals. They tried to establish peace with mankind, but fell to the forces of Queen Mob and the Unseelie Court. Fleeing for her life, Seneca arrives on Olympus in hopes of uniting the forgotten gods against the oncoming Fey.

Zak couldn’t care less about the fate of Olympus, until faeries kidnap Alice. He doesn’t believe Seneca’s stories of faeries or gods, but soon has no choice but to accept their lives are intertwined. All his life, he’s dreamed of something more. If he cannot face the dangers that await down on Earth, the gods, mankind, and his sister Alice are all doomed.

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Book Blitz: Lady of Sherwood

Lady of Sherwood 
Molly Bilinski
(Outlaws of Sherwood #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

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Robin Hood is pretty much an instaread for me. I love that this book is by a publisher that promises clean reads. As they say on their website, “We do not believe in censorship; we believe in the right to know. Every reader, no matter what their age is, has certain boundaries they don’t want to cross.” If you’ve been a reader on my blog you have probably picked up on the fact that I do not enjoy graphic sex scenes in my books. I’m excited to find a publisher that will let me know what I’m getting into before I pick up the book.

Robin of Lockesly was neither the son her father wanted, nor the daughter her mother expected. When she refuses an arranged marriage to a harsh and cruel knight, the deadly events that follow change her destiny forever.

After a night of tragedy, Robin and the few remaining survivors flee to Nottingham. With a newfound anonymity, they start to live different lives. There, she and her band make mischief, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But charity isn’t the only thing she wants–she wants revenge.

As the sheriff draws his net closer, Robin’s choices begin to haunt her. She’ll have to choose between what’s lawful and what her conscience believes is right–all while staying one step ahead of the hangman.

Lady of Sherwood is a unique young adult retelling of the beloved Robin Hood legend. Filled with action and romance, this new series follows a teenage heroine through her fantastic, yet dangerous adventures.

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Review: The Waterfall Traveler

By S.J. Lem
Pages: 439
Date Finished: May 2, 2017

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Synopsis:

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unexpected love, Ri must discover her own strength to save the men she cares for.

“A gripping, harrowing adventure tale, propelled by a complex, mythology-inflected plot.” ―Kirkus

Review:

I’ll admit the cover was the first thing to catch my eye. It really jumped out of the email from Xpresso Tours  and right at me. The description made it sound like a unique fantasy story, so I requested to be put on the tour. But this book was so much more than what first impressions made it seem.

The Waterfall Traveler, is about Ri an orphan who lives with her guardian Samuel, however Samuel’s mind is affected by a strange ailment and by the time of this story it’s really Ri who is guarding Samuel. Both Ri and Samuel have mysterious pasts, but all Ri cares about is taking care of Samuel. When she gets a hint that there might be a cure out there she wants to find and deliver it.

Things do not go to plan however as beasts with terrible powers move in on her village. Ri is attacked and then saved by a mysterious stranger who can travel through waterfalls. There’s a catch though and it means that Ri will have to learn to live in a world she had never dreamed existed while waiting to return home.

As Ri meets new friends, makes new enemies, as discovers the wider world you go along on the journey, and it’s quite a thrilling ride. As the mysteries of Ri’s world unfold you will be left wanting more. As the story takes me deeper I did not want to leave her world.

The one criticism I have is that the book has a totally unnecessary love triangle in it. The characters were solid, the action great, the world building good- it really didn’t need a love triangle (even if it is kinda down played.) It didn’t add anything to the story and left me rolling my eyes on more than one occasion. It’s the only reason this book didn’t get a “loved it” rating.

Bottom Line:

I could hardly put it down, and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. The characters and world are so rich you really feel like you’re part of Ri’s adventure. The ups and downs of the story just worked beautifully to bring the book to it’s exciting climax. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something new and different in fantasy.

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Book Blitz: Ensnared

Ensnared
Rita Stradling
Publication date: May 23rd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction

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I seem to be on a Steampunk kick lately. This book had a steampunk look and feel when I read about it in the email from Xpresso Book Tours, so I said “why not?” But it’s really more of a sci-fi story than steampunk. As one of the quotes on Amazon calls it “I, Robot meets Beauty and the Beast”  – Leah’s Bookish Obsession

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

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Bottom Line:

I can’t say for sure. The excerpt was interesting, but not quite what I had expected from the blurb. This one will be a wait and see, how other reviews turn out. But the giveaway looks awesome, so I hope you will enter. If you read Ensnared please let me know how it turns out, and if you liked it.

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Book Blitz: Empty Threat

Book Blitz: Empty ThreatEmpty Threat  
Danny Bell

(The Black Pages, #1)
Publication date: May 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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I don’t know how you can be a book lover and not instantly see the appeal of the book. It went into my Goodread TBR shelf almost instantly. And after reading chapter one (linked to below) I am definitely  to keep read this.

Book one of The Black Pages

Elana Black has the power to make herself fictional. But when she decides to start saving all the people in books and TV shows who die just for the sake of advancing the plot, she quickly learns that she’s not the only one with her powers.

All Elana wants to do is save people. But these others don’t want the stories to change, and they’ll do everything they can to stop her.

If you had the power to change fate… to create a happy ending where there wasn’t one before… would you do it if it meant risking your own?

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Bottom Line: 

I can’t wait to read this and I have requested one of the review copies from Xpresso Book Tours, so hopefully I’ll get my hands on it soon. It’s hilarious to me that it is only in paperback on Amazon, but I get that it works for the kind of story it is. But if they had it for kindle unlimited I’d already be reading it. 😉

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March 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate ReaderI am so far behind in my book pick up posts that I couldn’t hope to catch up, so I just decided to start fresh by posting just last months books.

Since our move I kinda settled down on picking up anything but kindle titles and kids books. We just have less space, and I have less time for personal reading right now. Hopefully as we get more settled in and use to our new routine that will change.

For Kindle:

The Daemoniac (Dominion Mysteries Book 1)
Why I got it: Because Kat Ross is an awesome author and I want to read more of her books. Go follow her on twitter and then check out my reviews for her other books Blood of the Prophet and Queen of Chaos.

Ella Dethroned
Why I got it: You know I forgot I had picked this one up, I’m assuming it was from Instafreebie or Book Bub. It’s the prequel to a fantasy series, and has mostly 4 and 5 star reviews. It sounds exciting so I’ll give it a shot.

The Silver Skull Preview
Why I got it: This one is going up to the front of my TBR list because it sounds so intriguing. Add Steampunk, plus spies, plus a dash of fantasy and I’m am in. (I believe this copy is just a sample though, and I will probably end up buying the full book.)

ARC:

Who Counts?: 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons
Why I got it: I got this children’s book through the LibraryThing early readers program. I requested it because it looked like a good childrens book about some of the parables of Jesus. However I had mixed feeling about it. Read my review here.

eARC:

The Waterfall Traveler
Why I got it: I am going to review this book for Xpresso Book Tour in May. It sounds like a good fantasy story, with rouges, fugitives, conspiracies and someone the power to travel through water. Also, the cover is just amazing.

Kids Books:

The Little Grumpy Cat that Wouldn’t (Little Golden Book)
Why I got it: I picked this up from my Goddaughter’s school book fair, partly because she loves Grumpy Cat and partly because this year is Little Golden Books 75th anniversary. And the thought of Grumpy cat in a Little golden Book is hilarious.

Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty
Why I got it: It was .99 cents at St. Vinny’s and I am a big sucker for collecting all the books in a series. Plus this gives me more to read than Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the front door, which is her favorite bad kitty book and therefore I have read it about 4,00 times.

Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet
Why I got it: Same reasons as above, but this one we got from the book fair.

Mary Poppins
Why I got it: .99 cent at St. Vinny’s and it a book I’ve always wanted to read. Now that my goddaughter is a little older I’ve started reading chapter books to her, like Winnie-the-Pooh and I think we’ll try Mary Poppins too.

The Shy Little Kitten (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: I remember reading this book as a Little Golden book when I was a kid. The step into reading version is just right for my goddaughter to practice her reading aloud.

Cinderella (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: A cheap thrift store pick up. And like I said before I like to collect books in a series, and we already have a bunch of Disney princess Step Into Reading titles.

The Sweetest Spring (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: Ditto what I just said, but even more so because this one is part of a series-within-a-series of Disney princess seasonal books.

Tink’s Treasure Hunt (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: Another Thrift store find, and who doesn’t love Tink?

Misc:

National Geographic Inside the Medieval World 2017
Why I got it: This is actually what I’m reading right now. I saw it on a supermarket newsstand and picked it up because I’m intrigued by the Medieval World and a century-by-century guide is a great tool for understand the pieces of history.

 

Review: Queen of Chaos

By Kat Ross
Pages: 374
Date Finished: Jan 15, 2017

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Synopsis:

Persepolae has fallen.

Karnopolis has burned.

As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius’s father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn’t understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is worse than she ever imagined…

A thousand leagues away, Tijah leads a group of children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners at Gorgon-e Gaz, the stronghold where the oldest daēvas are kept. To get there, they must cross the Great Salt Plain, a parched ruin occupied by the armies of the night. A chance encounter adds a ghost from the past to their number. But will they arrive in time to avert a massacre?

And in the House-Behind-the-Veil, Balthazar and the Prophet Zarathustra discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. But is it enough to redeem the necromancer’s bloodstained soul and thwart his mistress’s plans?

As a final showdown looms with Queen Neblis, the truth of the daēvas’ origins is revealed and three worlds collide in this thrilling conclusion to the Fourth Element series.

Review:

I reviewed the first two books in this series, The Midnight Sea and the Blood of the Prophet last year – read that review here.

Queen of Chaos picks up right where Blood of the Prophet left off (These books are so fast paced and each picks up where the previous left off and I recommend reading them all back-to-back.) Our hero’s are scattered after the fall of Xeros’ empire to Alexander. Tijan and a group of daēvas children travel across a barren landscape ravaged by the hordes of undead from Bactria. Nazafareen and Darius travel into the dominion searching after Victor, and eventually they get separated too. The tight group of former Water Dogs is no more, and each must find there own way in a world in chaos.

You really need to read the first two books to be invested enough in this world to understand all the thread and currents in The Queen of Chaos. The story is complicated without being convoluted, and I think that’s really an accomplishment. Too many modern fantasy stories think they have to be so expansive, with so many characters, and so much  going on that the reader can easily loose some of the threads or become disinterested. (I’m reading another series right now and the final book it giving me this exact problem, there is so much going on I can hardly keep it all straight and it spends a lot of time on story lines that don’t seem to be moving the plot forward.) Ross keeps this the book balanced while moving the action forward.

There are several character development twist that came to me a quite a pleasant surprise. Without giving away any spoilers, the way things work out between Nazafareen and Neblis really caught my interest. It could have easily fallen into a fantasy troupe, but not only did it get turned on it’s head, the whole way things worked out for the bad guys was atypical, and I enjoyed that.

Of course, there are new monsters, big battles, and plenty of action in the book too.

Bottom Line:

Wow! Kat Ross knows how to write an epic.

The twists and turns the books takes as it leads up to the final conflicts swept me along. The world of the Forth Element yielded up some more of it’s secrets, but not all. It left me wanting more. Wanting to dig deeper and spend more time in the fantasy version of Persia that Ross built up. (In fact, over on my Tumblr I am doing an Owl-A-Day doodle and dedicated one day to owls inspired by ancient Persian art.)

I highly recommend this series. And right now the first book, The Midnight Sea is free for Kindle.

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December 2016 Book Pick-Ups

December 2016 Pick-UpsThe Deliberate Reader

Christmas is always a great time for new books. Most of the year I get books through Kindle deals, and thrift stores. But December is a time where I can count on getting a few new physical books. The last couple of years this means coloring books too. Although, it’s a big fad now and every publisher is trying to get one out for all their IP’s, I never gave up on coloring and have enjoyed it as a hobby since I was a child.

For Kindle:

The Destroyer
Why I got it: I’m on the author’s email list and he said the book was being offered for free so I thought I would check it out. Sounds like it has a lot of graphic sex in it though, and I may decide to abandon it, because that’s not really something I like in books.

The Missing
Why I got it: My Kindle First selection for the month. Which I now regret because most of the reviews are bad, and a mystery without a likable lead is not my cup of tea.

Ocean’s Justice: The Little Mermaid Retold
Why I got it: The Little Mermaid retold sounds awesome, and it was free.

Ocean’s Trial
Why I got it: The follow-up to Ocean’s Justice, it was also free. I found out about both through the author’s newsletter.

eARCs:

Mirain
Why I got it: This sentence “The princess drags her unwilling guards to investigate the reports of monsters in the far off corners of the realm.” That and it’s from Ravenswood Publishing and I have really enjoyed the experience of being part of their reviewer team.

Queen of Chaos
Why I got it: The 3rd book in the Forth Element Series. I read books 1 and 2 earlier in the year (read my review), and was offered the third as an ARC. I can’t wait to finish this exciting series.

ARC:

A Morning with Grandpa
Why I got it: I won it in the November batch of Early Reviewers books from LibraryThing.com. It’s a children’s book from a publisher that specializes in multicultural books for children. I haven’t had a chance to look it over, but it sounds interesting.

Book Fair:

I bought several of these book as gifts.
I bought several of these book as gifts.

A Bad Kitty Christmas
Why I got it: We love Bad Kitty, maybe a little too much. But well the book fair was right before Christmas, so we had to get it. Right?

Avatar The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part One
Why I got it: We also love Avatar, and I enjoy a graphic novel from time to time. But seriously if you haven’t watched Avatar the Last Airbender you are missing out.

 

Coloring Books:

Serenity Adult Coloring Book
Why I got it: A gift from my sister. 🙂 Was the only Firefly themed gift I got this year, despite having the card game and Yatzee on my wishlist.

Dot-to-Dot for Grown-Ups
Why I got it: A gift from my mother-in-law. While Dot-to-Dots aren’t really my thing this was it pretty interesting.

Misc:

Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant: Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults
Just a couple of the Shakespearean Insults.

Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection
Why I got it: I love Heart and Brain, and my husband knows what I love, so he got it for me as a Christmas Present.

Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant: Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults
Why I got it: Actually this was a present for my husband, but he’s doesn’t really enjoy Shakespeare the way I do.

The Wise Man’s Fear
Why I got it: Because I needed it… I have been waiting to read this book for an eternity, and finally just decided to buy it for myself.

2017 Inspire Daily Desktop Calendar
Why I got it: My MIL gave it to us for Christmas.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Party! (The Source of Magic: Excerpt)

I’m participating in the genreCRAVE Science Fiction and Fantasy $1200 Giveaway! They are having a party and have something really exciting things going on. First, some great Science Fiction and Fantasy books are on sale at bargain prices, and after that, a chance to enter our $1200 Gift Card Giveaway! (Plus bonus giveaway on the Facebook Event Page.) Read on for more information, but first, check out the books from our sponsors at the link below!

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The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance

by Cate Rowan (Excerpt)

the-source-of-magic-200x300For a moment there was quiet, and peace. Jilian couldn’t hear or move, but she could see Alvarr’s eyes, gray and deep. Then, with a tremendous roar and a jolt through every nerve, the world reappeared.

Cries of struggle buffeted her ears. She twisted toward them and Alvarr set her down, but kept her corralled in his arms, her back to his chest.

They stood in a round room of mortared stone and blazing torches, and they weren’t alone. Two men and a woman in sapphire-blue cloaks battled soldiers in black tunics slashed with red belts. Three soldiers attacked each person in blue. The blues fought awkwardly, as if unused to combat.

Jilian jerked back, knocking her spine against Alvarr’s solid form. Where am I?
The heat of his broad chest seeped through her nightgown. He leaned down to be heard above the clamor, his lips brushing her ear. “Please, send me your kyrra!”

Kyrra? Her brain scrambled for a meaning.

His left hand gripped her ribcage and he reached for her right hand.

“What are you DOING?” No, this is only a bad dream. And I’ll end it. Just as she was preparing to ram her elbow into Alvarr’s ribs and wake up in her study, a soldier hurtled toward them swinging a wooden quarterstaff.

She recoiled, slamming against Alvarr.

“Takerran!” Alvarr shouted. Green fire streaked from his raised palm to his opponent’s chest. The soldier sank in a heap and his staff clattered to the ground.

The world thinned and condensed into the soldier’s murderous sneer, frozen at the moment of the fire’s impact. The glare in his eyes iced her gut.

A dream! Wake up!

But his cruel gaze was too real—as were the frantic shouts, the acrid burn of torch-lit air, and the strong hand on her hip.

A familiar ring of light encircled their feet, and from it Alvarr yanked up a crackling wall of jade fire. It surrounded them and he twisted to his right, hauling her with him. “Rokad, look out!” he yelled to one of the cloaked men.

Jilian shoved against Alvarr’s grip, unable to budge even one powerful finger. She saw the dark-haired Rokad vault to the side, panic flooding his face. A glinting spear whistled through the air but caught only the edge of his cloak. He spun and lobbed a green fireball at his attacker, who crumpled to the ground. But he didn’t escape the second soldier, or the rope in the enemy’s hands that cut off his breath.

“Rokad!” Alvarr started toward him, dragging Jilian with him once more. The wall of fire flickered erratically.

“No, the FireRing—keep her safe!” Rokad gasped, clawing at the rope around his throat.
Jilian flinched as the butt of a sword crashed into Rokad’s temple.

Alvarr grabbed her hands. “The kyrra—hurry, send me your power!”

WHAT power? A scream pounded on her tongue, but the consequences it might bring clamped her teeth.

Within moments, the soldiers knocked out the three figures in cloaks and the sapphire mantles pooled on the stone floor. A brawny man with a red circular badge stepped forward, pulling a clear cylinder from a pouch at his waist.

A scarlet glow flared within the cylinder and the officer aimed it at Rokad. Rokad’s body paled. Even the sapphire of his cloak faded to a dull slate gray. Alvarr’s furious breath rushed across Jilian’s cheek.

Through the wall of fire, she stared in horror at Rokad’s ashen face.

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Party!

I’m participating in the genreCRAVE Science Fiction and Fantasy $1200 Giveaway! They are having a party and have something really exciting things going on. First, some great Science Fiction and Fantasy books are on sale at bargain prices, and after that, a chance to enter our $1200 Gift Card Giveaway! (Plus bonus giveaway on the Facebook Event Page.) Read on for more information, but first, check out the books from our sponsors at the link below!

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