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April's New book Releases We're Dying To Read!


Karina:
What a great month for book releases, right?
I have Stolen Songbird, The Ophelia Prophecy, Dark Serpent and Resurrection for review, but I'm still reading February-March review books. What about you, peeps? What are you waiting for?



Vika:
Wow! That's some list K.! I'm not boasting a great many April books myself but here are a few to add to the list. :)

The Postman Knock #72

Hello, peeps! How is everyone?
We had a week of frosty nights, which killed off our corn and beans, but everything else is alive, so yay! :) We also moved our caravan to a nicer spot just before the rains started again *pats herself on the shoulder* and had a very busy week socially, which was surprising after a couple of quiet weeks.

Here is what I've READ:


STOLEN SONGBIRD was gorgeous! A lovely YA fantasy which I recommend to everyone! THE OPHELIA PROPHECY was a nice sci-fi romance, and THE THIRD I just DNFed after a couple of chapters as I could see straight away that this book would piss me off. ONE DEATH AT A TIME was a good noir vampire detective based in Los Angeles, and I'd recommend it to the fans of Vicki Pettersson's similar series. THE KRAKEN KING PART I was simply AWESOME! I strongly recommend to pre-order it. At last, NIGHT OWLS was an alright read but I felt that it was an average one.

NETGALLEY:

This is one of the exceptions to my self imposed ban on requests (I'm waiting on couple of more books coming my way before May), and as this is a novella, me and Vika will do a joint short review on it.

FREEBIE:

I wanted to try Kristen Proby, and her 1st book in the series was a kindle freebie, so I grabbed it!

This is it for me, folks.
Have a nice weekend,
Ciao!

Erotic Romance Review: Bound by Lorelei James

Bound by Lorelei James (Mastered #1)


bought
18+ only

Synopsis from Goodreads
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

In the new Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a woman’s desire to shatter her inhibitions leaves her unprepared for where that erotic journey will take her….


Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating—not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him.

Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training—in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery’s boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession….

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8.5/10

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Holy hell! That was off the charts hot and a very good book to boot! Bound is my first foray into Lorelei James, and it's definitely not my last, peeps.

I am very, very picky with erotic romance, and this book ticked all my boxes for an exceptional story. Great characters, nice background story, an intricate balance of power on the edge of a razor blade as this was an erotic romance on the side of D and s relationship.

Vika's Historical Fiction Review: An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #7)


bought


Synopsis from Goodreads
The Seventh Outlander novel from #1 National Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon.

Jamie Fraser, erstwhile Jacobite and reluctant rebel, knows three things about the American rebellion: the Americans will win, unlikely as that seems in 1778; being on the winning side is no guarantee of survival; and he’d rather die than face his illegitimate son — a young lieutenant in the British Army — across the barrel of a gun. Fraser’s time-travelling wife, Claire, also knows a couple of things: that the Americans will win, but that the ultimate price of victory is a mystery. What she does believe is that the price won’t include Jamie’s life or happiness — not if she has anything to say.

Claire’s grown daughter Brianna, and her husband, Roger, watch the unfolding of Brianna’s parents’ history — a past that may be sneaking up behind their own family.

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8.5/10

***

What can I say? Another epic installment draws to a close and there is still no end in sight. Outlander is one of those series that can go on forever. These books are an emotional rollercoaster ride. They are epic and adventurous, romantic and overly dramatic, suspenseful, with a touch of magic and historically embedded. They might be full of contradictions, convenient coincidences, and plagued with continuity issues, yet I can’t stop reading them. I love them and hate them at the same time, and I can’t wait to read more…

YA Fantasy Review: Shadowplay by Laura Lam

Shadowplay by Laura Lam (Pantomime #2)


Egalley thanks to Strange Chemistry

Synopsis from Goodreads
The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes.

He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates.

People also hunt both Micah and the person he was before the circus–the runaway daughter of a noble family. And Micah discovers there is magic and power in the world, far beyond the card tricks and illusions he’s perfecting…

A tale of phantom wings, a clockwork hand, and the delicate unfurling of new love, Shadowplay continues Micah Grey’s extraordinary journey.

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8.5/10

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Although I loved Pantomime, I loved Shadowplay even more. Maybe it's because Micah The Acrobat for me wasn't as interesting as Micah The Illusionist? Maybe the world-building got even more vivid and sumptuous? Or maybe the main characters, deeply flowed as they were matured very gracefully.

The Postman Knock #71

Hello, my dear readers!
It's been hot, hot, hot here! I can't believe it's only spring.

 Here is a basket of wild flowers from our quinta for you! :)
How was your week?

I've READ:


I can't tell you how bad was GILDED HEARTS. I'll review it in April, but right now I'm just glad I finished it. After that reading SPIN was a breeze. Yummy story about a mafia man and a rich heiress. I also finished another book that stayed on my reading shelf for ages, -BEYOND PAIN. Not my favorite in the series, but it was alright. At last, RESURRECTION was a fantastic conclusion of a solid series. Really loved it and sad to let it go.

BOUGHT:

Summary
Duty knows no family. Love has no price. Secrets can cost you everything.

Twenty-year-old Sanaa Griffin, a sweet and smart half-Japanese girl, is about to get more than she bargained for when she wishes for love and excitement on New Year’s Eve 3103. Mark Sakai, who knows more about her than any stranger should, thinks Sanaa is the perfect person to spy on the heads of the three biggest Japanese clan leaders in Nishikyō. He wants her to gather enough evidence to keep them from going to war when they land on Earth’s colonization planet, Yūsei. Nishikyō, built by the Japanese 300 years ago to house the rest of mankind, is failing and everyone is preparing to leave.

Sakai has known Sanaa’s family all her life but she knows nothing of him! And despite all the time they spend together, he keeps his distance from her. Then one day, he brings her to Jiro, his nephew, to learn sword fighting, and it changes her life irrevocably. Between falling in love with Jiro and the information she is gathering on the clans, Sanaa realizes Sakai is holding back secrets about her family and her deceased parents, secrets as to why she was chosen for this job, and learning the truth puts her and all of Nishikyō in danger.


Honestly, this sounded so right up my alley, I couldn't resist. 

Beyond Jealousy was out this week, and Aric Davis was a kindle deal of the day which was on my wishlist for ages.
Otherwise, I'm still abstaining from requesting any reads and clearing out my bookshelves this week. How about you?

In other NEWS:

 We have our combined Facebook Page now, peeps, if any of you want to like it. There is an easy link on the sidebar. *mwah*

If anyone follows my farming blog, it now has a Facebook page as well.

Have a nice weekend!
Ciao!

Friday Mini Reviews #20: Darynda Jones, Patricia A. Knight & Tracey Sinclair



Hers to Command by Patricia A. Knight (Verdantia #1)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
For some, existence without their mate might seem like the end of their world...
...for the members of Verdantia’s Tetriarch, it would be.

Conte Camliel Aristos deTano, Ari, has long spurned the marriage forced upon him. His contractual bride, Princess Fleur Constante, the beautiful future queen though young and inexperienced, is willing to risk everything, including her own sanity, to save her planet.

The inhabitants of the sentient planet, Verdantia, are poised on the precipice of extinction following a brutal invasion by an off-world, nomadic horde. Verdantia’s capital, Sylvan Mintoth, must have its failing energy shield restored, or the planet is doomed. The Elders know the shield can draw energy from only one thing ~ a very arduous and grueling coupling of two specific people who were pre-chosen by the planet Herself and promised by prearranged marriage contract.

Verdantia draws strength from the duo, but the sentient planet whispers to Ari that a third is necessary ~ Ari’s aide de camp, Visconte Doral deLorion, an angelically handsome, skilled assassin who silently surrendered his heart to Ari long ago.

The trio struggles to make this surprising partnership harmonious, pushing through pride, scars of past abuse, fears of inexperience and distrust. To save Verdantia, they must overcome their individual weaknesses and realize their full potential. Only the Tetriarch and their combined synergy, can harness Verdantia’s immense power to shield its citizens from invasion.
Amazon kindle US/UK(£1.83) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond
7/10
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It actually wasn't a bad sci-fi erotic romance. The problem for me was that it started with a lot of potential for greatness, which was surprising and made me hope that it will become a really interesting sci-fi story. However, as it goes with erotica, the plot usually moves the bedroom settings from one bed to another, and this was what I ended reading. A pity, as for once I was more interested in a world development which looked like a really cool one. Otherwise it's a sweet story.
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Неплохой такой вышел научно-фантастический эротический роман, ребята. Моя проблема в том, что книга началась очень интересно, с хорошим потенциалом, но постепенно всё сошло на нет. А в результате получилось, что ни хорошей эротики, ни интересных персонажей или постороения мира не вышло. Однако всё-равно было мило.


Fourth Grave Beneath My feet by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #4)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads

Welcome to the world of grim reaper extraordinaire, Charley Davidson. Try as she might, there's no avoiding her destiny.

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, "grim." And since Charley's last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above . . . or at least get dressed. It becomes clear something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she's insane. But the more they refute the woman's story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, is out of prison and out of Charley's life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved.

Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans in this hilarious fourth installment in the "New York Times "bestselling series from Darynda Jones. .
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8/10
* * *
 Aww, not my favorite book of the series, I have to admit, peeps. It felt like it was a necessary link between major events instead. And I can understand why. Charley needed time to get over the traumatic events in book #3. Still Donovan and the Bandits were my highlights of this read. *grinning* Recommended.
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Не лучшая книга серии, по-моему. Мне показалось, что это была книга между книгами в приготовлении к большим изменениям сюжетной линии. К тому же, Чарли было необходимо время, чтобы оправиться от травм, полученных в предыдущей книге, как физических, так и моральных. Лучшей её частью, по моему мнению, были Донован и его Бандиты. *смеясь* Рекомендую.



A Vampire in Edinburgh by Tracey Sinclair (Cassandra Bick #1.8)

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads

It’s August in Edinburgh, and the world’s biggest arts festival has once again brought thousands of visitors to this historic city as actors, comedians and musicians from all over the globe come to showcase their talents for an international audience. But this summer, something is using the chaos of the Fringe to hide a far worse crime than bad theatre, and the hunter Cain must team up with new friends and old enemies to stop a bloodthirsty killer who is targeting the visiting performers. This year, there are more things to worry about at the Fringe than just getting a bad review…

A Vampire in Edinburgh is a Dark Dates short story (Cassandra Bick Chronicles).

Amazon kindle US/UK
8.5/10
* * *
 Cassandra Bick Chronicles is a very amusing and talented urban fantasy series based in UK. One of its best part is its humor as it does not take itself seriously. Of course, Cain, a weary angel, disgusted with humanity and Laclos, an unabashed vampire prone to exhibitionism are one of the best partners in crime I've seen so far in UF. Reading about their adventures is always a pleasure, and this book was not an exception. Light, bloodthirsty, fun! Recommended.
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Как обычно со всем, что строчит Трэйси, эта короткая история из её серии Хроники Кассандры Бик, оказалась милым, кровожадным весельем. Одна из лучших черт её книг - это их юмор, так как они не воспринимают себя всерьёз. Вот в этот раз, о сотрудничестве усталого от челевеческого рода, озлобленного ангела Каина и склонного к эксбиционизму чертовски привлекательного вампира Лаклоса в расследовании убийств в Эдинбурге читать было одним удовольствием. Да и подколы над Сверхъестественным оказались не лишними. :) Читайте.

Joint Steampunk Review: Chasing The Green Fairy by Melanie Karsak

Chasing The Green Fairy by Melanie Karsak (The Airship Racing Chronicles #2)


Egalley thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
A sabotaged airship.

A recovering opium addict.

A messenger with life-shattering news.

With the 1824 British airship qualifying race only weeks away, Lily Stargazer is at the top of her game. She’s racing like a pro, truly in love, and living clean. But on one ill-omened day, everything changes.

Pulled head-long into the ancient secrets of the realm, Lily soon finds herself embroiled in Celtic mysteries and fairy lore. And she’s not quite sure how she got there, or even if she wants to be involved. But Lily soon finds herself chasing the spirit of the realm while putting her own ghosts to rest. And only accepting the truth--about her heart and her country--can save her.

*Due to steamy scenes and depictions of drug use, this novel is intended for mature readers.

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

 8.5/10

8/10

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Karina:
This book definitely made me sad and happy at the same time. I absolutely loved the parts of old Lily when she was remembering how she met Lord Byron, but her losing him was upsetting, because I never quite warmed up to Sal.

Overall, this was an unexpected and gorgeous read. There was something whimsical about it. What do you think, Vika?

Urban Fantasy/Mystery Review: Daughter of The Sword by Steve Bein

Daughter of The Sword by Steve Bein (Fated Blades #1)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.

The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.

But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her. 

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9/10

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It's not often I have such mixed feelings about a book, peeps. It's also very rare that I would give such book high rating, but I had to with this one.

Daughter of The Sword is a mixed genre book - partly urban fantasy, partly historical fiction and a mystery all the way.  It takes time to get into it because it's pretty damn slow, but if you persevere it's full of rich cultural details on different historical eras of Japan down to modern time.

The Postman Knock #70


Not my best week, peeps!
We are working like mad, but the little gosling we bought on Monday died after a couple of days because he injured his leg, and on the same day I almost broke the water pump.
Otherwise it's a glorious weather, and we have wild lupins opening up now along with some legume flowers. Gorgeous!


This week I READ:

CHASING THE GREEN FAIRY was so much fun to read! This series is really getting the groove. I forced myself to finish BLOOD TORN. Although I love the series, this particular book did not resonate with me at all. At last, THE LUMBERFOX was short, sweet and a bit geeky.

BOUGHT:

Gilded was on my wishlist and got reduced on Amazon UK, and Spin... After reading Songs of Submission I was watching for its release like a hawk. *grinning*

FOR REVIEW:

Vika alerted me that Delilah S. Dawson was looking for reviewers for her "geekrotica", and both of us were intrigued.  Thanks to the author for sending us the book, we'll be doing a joint review on this one.

This is it for me, folks!
Have a fantastic weekend!

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