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Noteworthy New Releases in May

Hello, me dears!
 May brings quite a few interesting new releases, but I'll only mention those books I really want to read...

That's a lot of books I'm waiting for... What about you?

IMM #33


Storm was delicious and I breezed through it in a few hours. The other two are pre-orders for 1st of May. Can't wait to read them!
 Courtney Milan started new series with this gorgeous novella which I devoured in one hour. Awwww.... This was so sweet! The woman writes wonderfully well.


Really short story, it's only worth reading if you get it for free, otherwise it will just confuse you :)

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This is a live version from BBC Radio. Gorgeous Jared Leto rocks Stronger the way Kanye West will never be able to rock...

and Man candy as usual...

This is Joshua Kloss if you don't know it already...

Happy Sunday!

Review: The Fire Lord's Lover by Kathryne Kennedy

The Fire Lord's Lover by Kathryne Kennedy (The Elven Lords #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord's son, Dominic Raikes, plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father—until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever.

Lady Cassandra has been raised in outward purity and innocence, while secretly being trained as an assassin. Her mission is to bring down the Elven Lord and his champion son. But when she gets to court, she discovers that nothing is what it seems, least of all the man she married.

But beneath the gilded castles lies an unspeakable evil, greater than either Dominic or Cassandra had ever fathomed, and without each other they may not survive.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK


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The Fire Lord's Lover has been on my wishlist for absolute ages because of the unique premise of this book, - alternative history, 18th century England, where mad  Elven Lords rule 7 separate realms. Magic, court poisons, intrigues, and hello? Assassins. Need I say more?

Review: A Spy in the House by Y.S.Lee

A Spy in the House by Y.S.Lee (The Agency #1)


Synopsis  from Goodreads
Introducing an exciting new series! Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment.

Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK


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I thought that this was an exceptionally good read! The book grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let go until the very end.

Review: Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold

Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold

won from The Qwillery

Synopsis from Goodreads
Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex-other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock. She's not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it's tax time, and there's not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night's takings are at risk when Babylon's hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK


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Babylon Steel is a debut work of a British author Gaie Sebold and as far as genres go, - difficult to slide in a certain slot. It's a fantasy, but there are portals which allow all sorts of creatures to travel from world to world, so maybe it's sci-fi as well, but what's important, - it's a fantastic book!

Review: After The Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

After The Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn


Synopsis from Goodreads
Can an accountant defeat a supervillain? Celia West, only daughter of the heroic leaders of the superpowered Olympiad, has spent the past few years estranged from her parents and their high-powered lifestyle. She’s had enough of masks and heroics, and wants only to live her own quiet life out from under the shadow of West Plaza and her rich and famous parents.

Then she is called into her boss’ office and told that as the city’s top forensic accountant, Celia is the best chance the prosecution has to catch notorious supervillain the Destructor for tax fraud. In the course of the trial, Celia’s troubled past comes to light and family secrets are revealed as the rift between Celia and her parents grows deeper. Cut off from friends and family, Celia must come to terms with the fact that she might just be Commerce City’s only hope.

This all-new and moving story of love, family, and sacrifice is an homage to Golden Age comics that no fan will want to miss.

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US | The Book Depository US/UK


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It's no secret that the past few books by Carrie Vaughn I read I was disappointed with, but this glorious novel restored my faith in her writing talent.

Seriously, this book was absolutely fantastic. Think of Hancock and The Watchmen. It's surreal, full of life and very grounded. This is not a story about a cloaked and masked super men and women, this is Celia's story.

UK and International Book Deals of The Week

Amazon UK K £1.99/US K $2.99

TBD (with current 10% OFF) UK P £3.34/US P $5.40

Amazon UK K £2.70/US K $5.00
If you are in UK the whole trilogy can be bought for £4.99 from The Book People.

TBD (with 10% OFF) UK P £3.59/US P $5.76
The Book People UK H £4.99

Amazon UK P £3.92

 Amazon UK K £3.99/UK P £4.19

Amazon UK K £3.99/TBD UK P £4.72

Abbreviations: TBD - The Book Depository, K - kindle, P - paperback, H - hardback.
NB: The Book People deliver for a set charge of about £1.50. All the prices are correct at the time of posting.


Joint Review: The Assassin & The Pirate Lord, The Assassin & The desert by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin and The Pirate Lord by Sarah J.Maas (Throne of Glass #0.1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
A Throne of Glass novella.

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.

Amazon kindle US/UK


 The Assassin and The Desert by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #0.2)


Synopsis from Goodreads
The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.

Amazon kindle US/UK


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I absolutely loved these two novellas! Extremely easy and entertaining read, time just flew by.

Celaena Sardothien is one of my favourite types of heroine - she's got pluck and skill to back it up. Arrogant, sarcastic assassin extraordinaire she manages to stay true to her heart or die trying.

Early Review: The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Egalley thanks to Abrams

Synopsis from Goodreads
This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance. On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.

Release date: 1st May 2012.

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US | The Book Depository US/UK


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Well, I'll keep my review short on this one as I don't have much to say.

First of all, I understand now why they needed to change the cover, because this book needs all the sellable points it could get. However don't be misled, - Lena is not blond and she doesn't have chicken wings. Her Pecular trait is goblinism - long hands and long feet.


Hope you all have a nice Sunday, guys! 
Here is what I have In My Mailbox...


 I went on a bit of a shopping spree to distract myself from family grieving, mostly on Ebay, but I also bought books! :) These are all amazing and have been on my wishlist for ages.


This is it. What's in your mailbox, ladies and gents?

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Enjoy and happy Sunday!  
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