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Blog Tour: Stormwielder by Aaron D. Hodges

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Welcome to the Stormwielder Blog Tour. To see the full tour schedule, click on the banner above. Read on for my review and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway for your chance to win!

 

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by Aaron D. Hodges
Release Date: December 1st 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

For five hundred years the Gods have united the Three Lands in harmony.
Now that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens.

A town burns and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, seventeen year old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back.

If he stops, they die.

For two years he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now there is another searching for him – one who offers salvation. His name is Alastair and he knows the true nature of the curse. Magic.

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My Review

Wow! Just Wow! Stormwielder has all the tried and true elements of fantasy which if done right scores time and time again with readers and which I am always excited to find when reading fantasy.

We have a young man with powers that he is afraid of, yet he has to learn how to harness before he destroys everything and eveyone who crosses paths with him.
Burdened with guilt, after incinerating a whole village, with bounty hunters on his trail, he is thankful that magicker Alistair found him before they do, for he will need his training if he is to control that beast called magic, which resides within him and would be master if it could, to the detriment of him and everyone around him!

I loved the elements of magic present in Stormwielder; that they’re linked to the elements, and how its wielded by the characters. Demons and dragons also make appearances which adds to that dark element that I love in fantasy and kicks the awesome factor up a notch.

The main character is Erik whose character development was interesting to see unfold as the story progressed. He went from being a young, insecure, uncertain man afraid of his magic and thinking it a curse, to one who becomes one with his magic is and is able to control it to an extent where he can now use itin defence of innocents.

The author writing style is perfect for keeping the reader engaged due to it being easy to read and well-paced; slower when necessary for worldbuilding/character development and fast-paced for action-scenes.  I especially loved that Hodges uses just the right amount of detailing to keep the novel imaginative and captivating without overwhelming the reader with mindless info-dumping. This, combined with his creative  storytelling capabilities makes Stormbringer a page-turner.

Overall, a really great fantasy with dark twists, intrigue, a dash of romance and a riveting plot to keep you turning the pages until the end.

My Rating

 4 hearts

 

About the Author

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Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he now spends his time traveling the world in search of his next adventure.

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Week In Books #15 (Jan 25 – Jan 31)

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Welcome to my weekly feature “Week In Books” where I showcase the books I’ve read, received and or hauled each week. I got a good amount of  reading done than I had planned which should mean that my TBR shelf is shrinking; right?  That is a discussion for another time , now on to what my week looked like in books:

Ebooks Read

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At Water’s Edge

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Received For Review

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Chasing Azrael

Curse Of The Sphinx

The Lingering Grace

The Looking Glass

 

Mini Book Haul

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The Bands Of Mourning

The Dark Days Club

The Evening Spider

The Love That Split The World

The Masked City

The Brimstone Deception

Daughter Of Blood

Shearwater Part One

There! That was my Week In Books and I daresay it was a great week. Thanks as always to all who provide review copies and to all my readers.

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Blog Tour: Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

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Welcome to the Assassin’s Heart Blog tour. To see the full schedule, click on the banner above. Read on for my review and be sure to enter the Giveaway!

Title: ASSASSIN’S HEART Assassin's heart
Author: Sarah Ahiers
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 400
Publisher: HarperTeen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

My Review

Assassin’s Heart is a story of love and family, betrayal, revenge and redemption, set in the city of Lovero, where the God of Death, is worshipped by her disciples, the nine assassin families. They have the unorthodox privelege of being able to execute persons as a way of life with Safraella’s blessing.

The main protaganist Oleander (Lea) Saldana’s family is number one but this spot is a precarious one as their family and future has been decimated by the recent plague. Lea has a secret; she is in a relationship with someone from a rival family, the Da Vias with whom they share a territory, Ravenna. This family also has some bad history with the Saldana’s and the matriarch of the Da Vias has never forgotten. Being the richest of all the nine families they are primed to take down the Da Vias and would like nothing but to see them fall, and they make sure they do this in a particularly brutal manner designed to leave no survivors but Lea escapes and laden with guilt that her forbidden relationship might have been the instrument of thier destruction , she  vows revenge for her slain family.

This story was so addictive and read like a twisted Romeo and Juliet with with some elements of the Godfather and I absolutely loved it. Lea Saldana was a particulary interesting character. She was not in the least squeamish or regretful about taking lives in her line of work and comes off as being very capable , fearless and cocky in the beginning.

After the tragedy, a new side of her emerges. She is fearful and anxious which just humanised her in my eyes. I loved her determination and stubborness which was necessary if she was to survive. She was quite arrogant and full of herself but I could understand that after having taken so many lives at such a young age, that one could feel invincible and with the backing of her God and her conviction, self righteous.

The unique concept of a world where an assassin was allowed to go about their jobs without fear of repercusssion was fascinating althout I dare say i wouldn’t want to live there. I felt the end was quite appropriate and most of the loose ends were neatly tied up and I loved the lack of a cliffhanger in this.

Overall, a riveting imaginative storyline complemented by well-developed , believable characters, with dark twists and romantic  innuendos guaranteed to capture your interest and keep you glued to the pages, regretting that it has to come to an end.

My Rating

4 hearts

 

About Sarah:

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Sarah Ahiers is working towards an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and lives in Minnesota with three dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends and good family.

Sarah writes Young Adult and Middle Grade novels and occasionally dabbles in Picture Books. Fantasy is her favorite genre, though she sometimes can be found playing around with Horror and other things that go bump in the night.

Sarah’s debut novel, ASSASSIN’S HEART (HarperTeen, February 2nd, 2016) is a Young Adult Fantasy. In the Kingdom of Lovero, where families of assassins lawfully kill people for the right price, seventeen-year-old Oleander “Lea” Saldana sets out on a path of vengeance against the most powerful assassin family of all.

She is represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary & Media.

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Blog Tour: Dream Of Me by A. Star

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(The Djinn Order #2)
Publication date: January 19th 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk

Synopsis:

Glory St. Pierre never thought so many lies could hold so much truth, especially when her entire life has been one of those lies. Now that she knows who she really is, she must find a way to come to terms with it before the Djinn sorcerer Rasputin and his steel army descend down upon the human and Djinn realms, wielding magic so dark even her own Djinn lover, Irving, is wary of it.
Their only hope to save the realms are a couple of hunters and the Lords of the Djinn Order, four powerful Djinn who have remained elusive for centuries. Armed with her only granted wish, a fabulous airship, and the Djinn she loves by her side, Glory will embark on a quest to find the four lords and enlist their help. But there is a reason the lords have been in hiding, and once this tiny band of adventurers awakens them from their slumber, they will set off a chain of events that has been in the making since the beginning of time.
There is no turning back now.

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My Review

Dream Of Me surprised me in a really good way! The character growth is phenomenal. The dialogue is more believable and less corny than in Wish For Me. Even though there is still some humour, this book is more serious.

A lot more detail is given about Shrinelyn and the Djinn. The plot is rife with schemes and intrigue and I found myself drawn into this world. It reads more like fantasy than a romance with fantastical elements this time around.

Even though there is still a romantic element, it no longer dominates or overshadows the main storyline. There is a lot of action and mystery, and revelations about Molly, her mon and her dad after the big reveal at the end of Wish For Me.

Molly is her usual rambunctious and feisty self, getting into trouble even when she means well all of which adds to the excitement of the story. The pacing in this is faster and the plot is more action-packed. There is literally never a dull moment. It kep me engaged and invested from start to finsh and now I’m dying to read some more adventures of Molly and the Djinn.

Overall, a riveting, action-packed, steampunk, magical, apocalyptical mash-up with romantic elements guaranteed to delight and seduce you into falling in live with the characters and their world!

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AStarA. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She loves to read it, and she damn sure loves to write it. She is the author of the Mythos: Gods & Lovers series and the Djinn Order series. She is a night-owl and a coffee junkie, and the only sneaker she would be caught dead wearing are Converses.
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Week In Books #13 (Jan 11- 17)

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Welcome to my Week In Books. I got quite some reading done this week since next week promises to be all about my studies so even though I know I’ll squeeze in some reading, I doubt I would get to read more than two books.

I did haul just little over 5 books this week also ; I just can’t seem to stop collecting books and I’m shameless about it too! 🙂

Without further ado:

Ebooks I Read

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Average Joe and the Extraordinaires

Cogling

Darkhaven

Goldenfire (Darkhaven #2)

 

Received For Review

 

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Beautiful Carnage

Pariah

Soulless

Black Lotus

Broken Banners

 

Mini Book Haul

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Darkhaven

Duizend Stukjes Van Jou

Frail Human Heart

Henchgirl

The Killing Jar

The Summer Marked

There you have it guys! Thanks as always to NetGalley, Curiosity Quills Press, Harper Collins Uk and other publishers, Book Tour Hosts, and Authors who grant copies for review.

I have already reviewed Cogling as part of Curiosity Quills Press’ January Releases Review Tour ,so in case you missed it, you can find that review here.

How did your week go? Thanks for dropping by and see you next week for another Week In Books!

 

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Blog Tour: Thief Of Lies by Brenda Drake

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Welcome to my stop on the Thief Of Lies BlogTour! To check out the full tour schedule, click on the baner above. Today I have for you my review of the book and a Giveaway, so be sure to enter for your chance to win one of the cool prizes!!

Title: Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, #1)
Release date: 1/5/16
Author: Brenda Drake

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About the book:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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My Review

As soon as I read the premise of this book in an Entangled Teen newsletter, I wanted to read it immediately. I love books about books or libraries and this one promised to be amazing.

I liked the manner in which Gia descovers her talent, such a coincidental way, and loved visiting various libraries (however brief) and really enjoyed the descriptions and the thrill from being able to travel  through books like she and the other sentinels do. I mean, how cool is that?

The worldbuilding is slow but easy to follow and the creatures and magical abilities are introduced over the course of the books instead of all at once which I liked. There is a diverse set of characters both magical and non magical and some of them were a really cool, fresh take on common creatures like vampires for example. The pacing was at times slow, but I think that was often necessary to explain certain things or set up a certain scene. When it does pick up though, the action is intense and fun.

I thought the characters were interesting for the most part and there are a couple revelations which brought a sub-character to the fore and I’m hoping to hear more about that in the next book. I loved Gia’s character. She is no wimp and I like her practical nature plus she’s a book lover! Hello!

The story for me got really intense and riveting in the last few chapters which were filled with action and complots, betrayals and back-stabbing and discovery. I loved getting to know Gia and this awesome world of sentinels and wizards and so many other creatures. It has left me curious and wanting more which is always good in my book.

Overall a good start to a series, and after that ending I can’t wait to see how Gia’s character develops and how the prophecy will play out. Any book that has piqued my interest so that I’m intrigued about what is to come, has scored in my opinion and Thief Of Lies has done just that!!

My Rating

4 hearts

Author Bio

Brenda Drake Author Photo3Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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To 10 2015 Day 4: Book Boyfriends

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Welcome to day 4 in the Top 10 2015 Challenge hosted by Fiktshun , and co-hosts Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader!

Today’s Top Ten takes us into Swoonland where hearts palpate and pulses race and the heat gets ‘turnt up’! Book boyfriends! Sounds simple right?

I struggled to find 10 book boyfriends. This one was a real challenge so forgive me if some of these guys turn out to be a total waste of time. Book Boyfriends coming right up!

  1. Rowan in Queen Of Shadows. He is not only handsome, he is smart, a warrior and experienced, after all he has had centuries to master and hone his ‘craft’ 😉
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  2. Jason Moros in Fated. His confidence and experience makes his irresistible!
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  3. Loki in Hour Of Mischief. I like his mischievous character.
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  4. Ambit in Broken Prophecy. Yes he might be a shameless womanizer but he is good for a few laughs and he is not afraid to go against convention which is pretty cool.
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  5. Tamlin in A Court Of Thorns And Roses. I plan to re-read this for the retelling challenge 2016, since my first read was kinda rushed .
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  6. Bruiser in Dark Heir. He is bad-ass and can hold his own in a fight. He is also romantic and knows how to woo his girl.
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  7. Cal from Red Queen. I was team Maven for a time but there’s just something about Cal!
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  8. Phillipe in The House Of Shattered Wings. He is a mystery and we only got to see snippets of his past and I’m already intrigued.
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  9. Captain Grim in The Aeronaut’s Windlass. All I’m going to say here is ‘Aye, Aye, Captain!
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  10. Clark Treasure in Treasure Darkly. He sounds like he could be a lot of fun and I like his self-sufficiency and ability to think on his feet.
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That concludes my Top Ten Book-Boyfriends. I think I did pretty good. Have you met and fallen for any of these?

 

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Challenges: Top 10 2015 Day 3: Best Debuts

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Today is the 3rd day in the Week- Long Top 10 2015 challenge. I have chosen to give you my Top Ten Debuts 2015.  Now, for the purpose of this post, ‘Debut’ here means not necessarily the first book written by an author but can be the first book in a series. I know I might be bending the rules a bit and hopefully I’m not offending anyone by doing this. Feel free to check out what the host Fiktshun and co-host,  Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader choices are.

Without further ado here are my picks for Top Ten Debuts:

Novice On Goodreads
I loved this and I am dying to read the sequel. This had all the elements I love in fantasy.

Walk On Earth A Stranger on Goodreads
This was interesting and I am hoping the sequel will be better. The abilities didn’t really come into play much and I’m hoping to see that in the sequel.

 

A Darker Shade Of Magic On Goodreads
Technically , this is not a debut since the author has other written works but it is the first in a new series :). I loved this too. Anything with magic will grasp my interest and the book was well written and entertaining and had enough action to satisfy my taste for fight scenes.

Red Queen On Goodreads
I loved this one too! Yes it has a familiar fantasy trope but it was enjoyable nontheless. I have the Glass Sword ARC waiting to be read as soon as I can find the time, hopefully very soon!

 

Sugar Skulls On Goodreads
Oh my word! I fell in love with the cover art, then the premise and when I finally read the book, it was amazing. I loved it and I’m hoping for a sequel.

Hour Of Mischief On Goodreads
Loki is the star of this book and I loved the concept of each hour of the clock representing a God. I can’t wait to read and see what what happens in the sequel.

 

Forget Tomorrow On Goodreads
This was a good dystopian read. Not having read many dystopian novels, this one was surprisingly easy to get into and I’m loking forward to reading more in this series.

The Deathsniffer’s Assistant On Goodreads
What a great debut! This was very interesting with it’s magical and steampunk elements. Also looking forward to the next book.

 

A Book Of Spirits And Thieves
I didn’t love this one but I liked it well enough that I’m looking forward to reading the next book .

The Stars Never Rise
This was such a fun read! Demons and exorcists and the a conspiracy with the church at the center. Hello! Loved it!!

 

Voila! That was my Top Ten 2015 Debuts! Cheers.

 

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Week In Books #11 & Mini Book Haul (Dec 15 – Dec 21)

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Welcome to my Week In Books.  I have been so ‘busy’ since my return to Belgium that I hardly can find the time to read and I have been forgetting stuff like this post! This is how my week went:

EBooks Read

 

Faith And Moonlight On Goodreads

Catch Me When I Fall On Goodreads

Find Me If You Dare

The Dreamer

Received For Review

 

A Reaper Of Stone On Goodreads

Rend The Dark On Goodreads

Best Left In The Shadows On Goodreads

Assassin’s Heart On Goodreads

Indestructible On Goodreads

The Defenders Of Blackspire Abbey On Goodreads

The Lure Of Fools On Goodreads

Glass Sword On Goodreads

Hauled

 

Cross Justice on Goodreads

Inked On Goodreads

Frozen Tides On Goodreads

That concludes my Week In books. Huge thanks to the authors, publishers, Book/Blog Tour Hosts who grant copies of books for reviews.

How did your week go?

 

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Challenge: Top 10 2015 Day 2

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For Day 2 in the week-long Top Ten 2015 challenge, I am going to share the 10 best book covers for books released in 2015! Here are my picks:

 

Untamed On Goodreads

Winter On Goodreads

 

 

Ten Thousand Skies Above You On Goodreads

Blood, Ink & Fire On Goodreads

 

 

The Sin Eater’s Daughter On Goodreads

DreamStrider On Goodreads

 

 

Black Widow: Forever Red On Goodreads

Crow Moon On Goodreads

 

 

The Conjurer’s Riddle On Goodreads

Angel Of Storms On Goodreads

These covers are beautiful!

 

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