Top Ten Tuesday #52: Spring TBR

March 19, 2019: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

I’m a few days late in getting to my Top Ten Tuesday list this time. This week has just been crazy! Besides the importance of getting my review of Inferno up on time 😉, my grandmother had the seniors group from our church over to the house this week so I had to help her get ready to host the 30 or so people we were expecting.

But better late than never, right?

Ten Books I Hope To Read this Spring:

  1. The Maze Runner – I actually started it last night. I’ve been meaning to read it forever and I think now it the time.
  2. Angst – The author of these books loved my review of Clod Makes a Friend so much he sent me ALL the books in his other series. I mean to get started on it this spring.
  3. In the Region of Summer Stars – A new book by my favorite author. Which of course I had to wait for 9 months after publication before I could get my copy… because publishers do that to us paperback readers for some reason. I’m really excited for this new series.
  4. Brian’s Hunt – I picked this up at a thrift store, I didn’t even know there were more Hatchet books out there beside Brain’s Winter. I’ve always loved Hatchet, so this ought to be a good read.
  5. Hatchet – Speaking of Hatchet, I’m hoping to read this classic book with the 8 year old soon.
  6. A Mid Summers Night’s Dream – I try to fit one classic book into my reading each year. This year I want to do a Shakespeare play and having never read A Mid Summers Night’s Dream it seems like a good time to do it.
  7. Kingdom of Salt & Sirens – I bought this Little Mermaid retelling collection when I featured the Blitz on my blog and can’t wait to dive in. I won’t read the whole thing this spring, but I’d like to get started.
  8. The Heart of Abshire House – I’m 73% through this book and plan to finish it soon, I just need to get back into the mood.
  9. Ginger Pye – I’m planning on continuing my Newbery read through with either Ginger Pye or…
  10. Dead End in Norvelt

That’s it for my Spring TBR. What books are you planning to read soon? Let me know in the comments.

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Inferno: Review

Inferno (Fourth Talisman, #5)
By Kat Ross
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 15th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

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Other Titles By Kat Ross:

The Fourth Talisman Series:
Nocturne
Solis
Monstrum
Nemesis

The Fourth Element Series:
The Midnight Sea and The Blood of the Prophet
Queen of Chaos

Dominion Mysteries
The Daemoniac
The Thirteenth Gate

Synopsis:

Content Rating: Adult content including sex and violence. Contains LGBT content.

In the last volume of the Fourth Talisman series, the worlds of the living and the dead collide in a final confrontation that will leave Nocturne and Solis forever changed….

Three talismans adrift.
Two mad kings.
One poisonous crown.

As dark forces gather at the Rock of Ariamazes in Samarqand, Nazafareen discovers that there are worse places than the afterlife. The twisted creature pulling the Vatras’ strings is holed up in the deepest level of the Dominion—and only she has the power to follow him there, though at the potential cost of her own soul.

Prophecy claims the three daeva clans must unite to face their greatest enemy again, but two of the talismans have vanished and the third is a child more used to skulking in the shadows than leading an army. Meb the Mouse might be their last hope—if anyone bothers to take her seriously.

And within the confines of the Rock, a dying king makes a pact with the devil, setting in motion a chain of events that could spell doom for friends and foes alike.

WARNING: This book contains twists and turns, richly deserved comeuppances, shocking revelations, knock-down, drag-out fights, obsessive stalkers, some very nasty monsters…and, of course, true love.

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Review:

Buckle up! Cause this is one crazy ride to the finish…

But wait! If this is your first time hearing about the Fourth Talisman Series, you are in the wrong place. This is the ending not the beginning. Go back and read my review of Nocturne, the first book in the series. (Or skip to the bottom of the post and enter the giveaway for a copy of Nocturne.)

Light Spoilers Ahead (after all this is the last book in the series.)

After 8, count them 8 books with Nazafareen and Darius and 5 books on the world of Nocture/Solis we finally come to an end, and WHAT AN END! I must say after the way Nemesis ended I was kinda of worried. More than worried, I was sweating bullets! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Inferno.

However, it was absolutely worth the wait. I know that Kat Ross poured her heart into this book and it shows. The book is at times almost lyrical. The world building that has been so excellent to this point really brought everything in the book together.

The relationships between characters gave us so many satisfying moments throughout Inferno. Darius and Nazafareen have always had a great relationship, that although complicated at times, never left us questioning that they were OTP (one-true-pairing for those who don’t know all the online ‘ship talk. 😉) Their relationship takes several fun and satisfying turns in the book, but the relationships that really shine are several of the others. I’ve always loved the adult (as in mature not x-rated) relationship between Mina and Culach. Things got pretty interesting when Victor (Mina’s ex) showed up, but even that relationship as complicated as it is and with all the literally crazy stuff Victor does it felt fulfilled in this story. Then there is the friendship between Meb and Culach. Both bringing out the best in each other. Culach helping Meb find the courage to become queen and Meb helping Culach find the courage to fight again despite his blindness and loss of elemental power.

It’s just great stuff people. And really makes reading ALL the books worthwhile! I could go on and on because the relationships and the webs between characters have so much power in Inferno.

I will go on to one more relationship because it’s also wonderfully adult and complicated and has a very interesting outcome in the book. Nico has at times been a villain and at times a hero, his relationship to Domitia is complicated because in the Kiln you don’t make many friends. Throughout the series we see this relationship splinter as Nico came to better understand the world outside the Kiln. His betrayal of her wasn’t a shock, as he knows her thirst for power would eventually lead to all of them in chains. But what is surprising is his reaction to seeing her again (and to how her father deals with her)… it’s one of the more real moments in the crazy series of events that bring the book to a close. Time kind of freezes on these two friends as she lays dying and says… “Let go of my f***ing hand.” Perfect.

There was not a relationship moment in the series that didn’t lead to a pay off in Inferno. I haven’t even scratched the surface… the Maenads, or Javid for instance, but before this review gets too long let me give you the…

Bottom Line:

Inferno is the pay off readers deserve. Go get this series and binge read it. It’s an absolutely must-read fantasy series. Especially for readers who want some depth in the relationships and a new fantasy world setting.

I’m going to blog more about Inferno, because I didn’t even get to touch on the ending, so stayed tuned…

“She saw two tall figures vault over the ship’s rail. Raven hair and silver. They stood together like avenging angels and wherever their gaze fell, monsters died.”

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Kingdom of Salt & Sirens: Book Blitz

Kingdom of Salt & Sirens Boxed Set
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

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I’ve already bought my copy because I ♥ the Little Mermaid that much!

Synopsis:

The Little Mermaid but not as you remember it…

Beneath the turbulent seas, beyond the smokey depths, lies a Kingdom that exists in your wildest imagination. A world where mermaids swim, sirens sing and shipwrecks hide mysterious creatures. Make waves with our 11 magical retellings of the timeless classic, The Little Mermaid.

Dive into a world filled with adventure, love and magic!

One click now for your happily ever after.

Authors include:
J.A Armitage
R. Castro
Jennifer Ellision
Mira Crest
K.M Pyne
Laura Greenwood
Jacque Stevens
Scarlett Kol
Anne Stryker
Nikki Landis
Tracy Korn

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Top Ten Tuesday #51: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

February 26, 2019: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

Oh, I love this topic! There are sooo many places that I could list. (In fact, I could probably come up with just 10 places in Middle-Earth alone, but that’s a list for another time.) Here are simply a handful of places from books I wish I could visit.

Five Places I Wish I Could Visit

  1. Middle Earth – EdorasThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – I would love to visit the golden hall as the Rohirrim are by far the most interesting of the races of men.
  2. Middle Earth – RivendellThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – Since I am named after one of the Rivendell elves I would like to visit the home of Elrond too. Plus the movie really made Rivedell seem like a paradise.Rivendell
  3. The OtherworldThe Song of Albion Trilogy by Stephen R Lawhead – Ever since I was a teenager the otherworld as described in the Lawhead books has captured my imagination. Imagine a place so beautiful that you would weep to see it.
  4. Os AltaShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Admittedly the fact that I’m reading the series right now might have something to do with this. But the shining city on a hill with it’s golden domes just sounds intriguing.Os Alta
  5. NocturneThe Fourth Talisman Series by Kat Ross – In this world of Solis/Nocturne half the world is always in day the other in night. The deep night forests of Nocturne sound stunning and peaceful.

Okay, I only had time to do five, but there are more, many, many more I could choose. I almost added the Oasis from Ready Player One and Meridian from the comic books of the same name.  If you could travel to a place from a book where would you go?