Thursday, 5 July 2018

Review: Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo



Author: Leigh Bardugo
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Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: June 2017 (first published June 4th 2013)
Source: physical copy (purchased)
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Summary:

Darkness never dies.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Review:
While fleeing from the Darkling and his minions, Alina is haunted by the people she killed in the Unsea. Mal is her only companion on a journey to an unfamiliar land, running away from what she has become. Alina must stay away but her reputation as a Saint and the Sun Summoner make her attempts to lie low, hard and demanding.
Trying to untangle her complicated life and deciding that she cannot abandon Ravka to the Darkling's hands, Alina and Mal depart from their hiding spot in order to search the other amplifiers. Making Alina stronger will help her defeat the Darkling, but the amplifiers take a toll on her and Mal does not know if he likes who Alina is slowly becoming.
While on their sea adventures, they end up making new friends, and enemies, that will go with them through their new adventures in Ravka. While things get even more dangerous, the Darkling's powers seem to have an ever-growing influence on Alina.
This is the second book in a three book series, and it plays a preponderant role in the series storytelling, is the middle point, the preamble to the climax near the end, in the third book (which I am still to read). With this book, the author left the worldbuilding and introductions of the first one, this is a tome that is packed with action and development.
We are, indeed, introduced to some new characters, that is what helps make the story even better: the emergence of elements we did not know before. We are slowly,  but steadily, putting the multitude of puzzle pieces together. Sturmhund and his crew, as well and Mal's and Alina's actions are key elements to a game that is much bigger than them.
It is possible to state that this is a story that starts slow but, by the end of the book, you are clutching the pages in your hands, holding them tight, unable to take your eyes off them. Ravka is in danger and Alina is not the only player in the struggle for power. Even if she only wants the amplifiers in order to help her people she also actively seeks that power and will do almost anything to obtain it.
In this book, we get to know a new, darker, side of Alina. That is where the character development really stands out. Bardugo shows her readers that human beings are made of light and darkness and that reality is sometimes too much to bear. The budding love triangle that appears in these pages is a little baffling but it illustrates how real the struggles are when you have a relationship with another person, the concessions you have to make.
Overall this is a beautiful story, packed with adventure, strife and political intrigue. The story keeps getting better and better and I cannot wait to read the next instalment in this series.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Review: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

35384793Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: June 2017 (first published June 5th 2012)
Source: physical copy (purchased)
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Summary:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.


Review:
Alina is an orphan. The only family she has ever known is Mal, an orphan who grew up with her in the Duke's Estate turned orphanage. Together they have weathered all storms in their lives and, when the time came, they enlisted in the first army together. Alina became a cartographer's apprentice and Mal became a tracker, sometimes they were apart but people couldn't really separate them.
Ravka, the kingdom where they live, is divided by the Unsea, also called the Fold, a sea of darkness where man-eating monsters thrive. Part of the First and Second Armies' job is to maintain security for those who wish to cross in order to transport produce and material goods. While the First Army is formed by normal people, the Second Army is composed of an elite of people doted with magical abilities, the Grisha.
While on a mission within the Fold, Alina ends up saving Mal's life. While doing it something happens, suddenly her own fellow soldiers don't trust her anymore. She ends up being taken by the Darkling, the second in command to the King, and shoved into a world she doesn't even understand.
This is a book that mixes fantasy with science fiction, an aspect that seems new, even a little revolutionary, to me. The Grisha's magic is ruled by the laws of physics as are their apparent magic tricks.
Right from the start, you're able to identify Ravka with Imperial Russia and, because of that, all of the book's imaginary becomes clearer and easier to interpret. The snowy ambience becomes an easy fact to accept, the uniforms and other kinds of clothing also become more logic.
The story develops at a steady pace, grabbing the readers' attention while avoiding the famous sin of "info-dumping". Even though this world is tethered to the real world it manages to be unique and engrossing without being too complex and becoming a nuisance to the reader. The writing is clear and fluid, which helps with the pace of the story itself.
Alina, the main character is clearly the typical main character in a series: she has a lot to develop while also being easily relatable and with her own shortcomings to be surpassed. I love the way the author uses this character to introduce topics such as self-love and confidence, which are well represented and addressed throughout the whole book.
Mal seems a little dry to me, he wasn't portrayed in a very good light by his own actions within this book, so I know that I may grow to love him in future instalments but right now he isn't my favourite. Genya is fun and light and is a nice relief in some hefty parts of the story, she is not comical relief but she takes the strain of seriousness a little bit away from the reader.
The Darkling is what I would call a polarizing character. I am not going to talk too much about him in order to avoid spoilers but I have to admit that he is one of my favourite characters. He has this aura of mystery and darkness surrounding him and, personally, that deeply appeals to me and my soul. I am very curious to see what is made of him in future instalments.
I advise everyone to read this book! I can state with full confidence that this is one of the best fantasy books that I have ever read and that I am certain many  (many) people will find this story appealing.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Book Blitz | Giveaway: One True Love by Linda Kage


One True Love
Linda Kage
Publication date: June 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Custom demanded that Prince Urban get a love mark tattooed to the side of his left eye as an infant, just like the rest of his people, but to him, the stupid things have only brought on the scorn of his father, the misery of his siblings, and caused his entire kingdom to go broke from fighting so many wars over the irritating ink stains.
When Urban’s sister must travel to Donnelly, the kingdom within the sand, for her arranged marriage to align two realms, he goes with her. But he no sooner steps foot inside their castle than his mark starts itching like a son of a bitch, telling him his one true love is near.
It just figures, though, that the woman meant for him is completely forbidden. Now he must decide if he should ignore the persistent mark, telling him she’s the one, in order to avoid a possible war between kingdoms, or if he should discover whether she’s worth risking everything for so they can be together. Either way, his life gets sucked into chaos with threats of beheadings, dark magic lurking, castle traitors scheming, and sword fights eminent.
Who knew one little tattoo could cause so much trouble?
EXCERPT:

What a peculiar place. I couldn’t decide if the entire kingdom was just that naïve or if all this pleasantry was part of the grand trap they were about to spring on us.
Allera sent me a warning glance. “Open minded, remember?”


Making a face, I clutched the sword at my side and nodded before cracking my neck from one side to the other. Open minded. Sure. Until they tried to kill us, anyway.
We came to the gateway that led into the middle bailey, and there, we were instructed by the guards to leave the carriage as we were to separate ourselves from the servants we’d brought with us and walk the rest of the way on foot.

I opened the door and glanced around for danger. Unable to spot any, I reluctantly folded down the steps and hopped to the ground before managing to somehow angle my body so I could assist Allera on her descent and not turn my back to a single guard.
A dignitary whose bangs on his blond hair were clipped far too short stepped forward, bearing a scroll under one arm. My return scowl seemed to disconcert him, making him shy a step back. After fumbling to unroll the scroll with shaking hands, he read us the greeting, then let us know he would lead us to the Throne Room where King Caulder and his brother Prince Brentley were waiting to receive us.
Allera was all smiles and patient nods, thanking the man. I stood stonily at her elbow until we set off after Short Bangs. Wrapping both hands around the front buckle of my sword belt, I strode beside her, back rigid and gaze alert, as I took in the beauty of the palace.
Everything here seemed new and clean. Spotlessly perfect, in fact. I couldn’t find a flaw anywhere in all its excellence.
Which made me itch.
Literally.
I shook my head at the insistent sensation that quite abruptly wouldn’t leave me, and I scratched my temple heartily.
Didn’t help.
When I kept scratching it, Allera shifted closer to me and hissed from the side of her mouth, “What the devil are you doing? Stop that. You’re going to make our entire clan look like deranged lunatics by the way you keep fondling your eye.”
“I can’t help it.” My fingernails raked relentlessly over the spot on the side of my left eye, unable to make the skin stop prickling. “My mark’s itching like a bastard.”
“Well, you know what that means, don’t you?” She sounded irritated. “And I said STOP scratching it already. People are staring.”
In front of us, Short Bangs glanced back curiously. Offering him a tight smile, I dropped my hand back to my belt, and he faced forward again. My smile instantly morphed into a glare, which I shot Allera’s way.
How was it that she still talked down to me as if I were a child? I’d led battles, controlled my own fleet of ships, bedded some of the most beautiful, exotic women in three realms, and gotten the king of Lowden to kneel before me because of my intimidating presence after my army had defeated his. Yet Allera wiped all that prestige away with a single, degrading glance.
Older sisters could suck the man right out of a fellow, I swear.
“What does it mean, oh wise one?” I mocked moodily, winking one eye so it would wrinkle that cheek in an effort to alleviate the sensation without actually touching it. That didn’t help either, dammit. “That I’m allergic to the kingdom of Donnelly? I could’ve told you that.”
I glanced around at the servants who’d stopped working to watch us pass. Even they looked clean and well-clothed. It was just plain weird. And suspicious. Could one kingdom really have this much wealth and good standing with their peasants and be so goddamn welcoming?
“No, you nimrod.” Allera sighed and shook her head. “It means your one true love is near.”
Forgetting about the peculiarity of my surroundings, I stopped walking and swung around to gape at my sister incredulously. “THE HELL YOU SAY!”


Author Bio:
Linda is a contemporary romance author from the midwestern USA, where she lives with her wonderful husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. The eighth and final child of dairy farmers, she was forced into having a vivid imagination if she ever wanted to do something one of her siblings hadn't already tried. Feel free to visit her at her website: www.LindaKage.com

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Release Day Launch: Roar by Cora Carmack

   

From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR! Now available in paperback, ROAR takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages. Grab your copy today!

   

About ROAR (Stormheart #1):

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut: Roar.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

 

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EXCERPT: 
“This life is not glamorous,” Duke told her. “We travel constantly. We sleep on the ground most nights. When we’re not in danger from storms, we’re in danger in cities where we are considered criminals. This life is not for the faint of heart.” “There are things I do not know, things I will have to learn. But I am capable. I am familiar with sacrifice. I know what it is to make hard choices.” “Tell me you’re not considering this,” Locke said to Duke. The old man was silent for a long moment, both Locke and Roar looking to him for support. Duke rubbed at his mustache, a habit of his when he was thinking deeply. “Let’s think about this, Locke. She’s smart. And determined.” “She’s a child.” Roar’s shoulders hunched in Locke’s peripheral vision, and he swallowed back the guilt. He could apologize later. For now, it was imperative that he won this argument. “You were a child when I brought you into the fold,” Duke said. “She’s a young woman with a good head on her shoulders. And if this is what she wants, I’m inclined to at least hear her out.” Just like that, Roar’s shoulders straightened, and Locke turned to watch a devastating smile bloom across her mouth. His weakness when it came to her only made him more cross. “What skills do you have?” he snapped at Roar. “Skills?” “Yes, skills. What can you do? Or do you just plan to tag along for the ride?” A flush spread over her cheeks, and her voice was tentative when she answered, “I’m good on a horse. Very good.” Where in the world would she have learned to ride? He quickly hardened his expression. “Horses are fine for travel, but they don’t do well in storms. They, unlike you, have good survival instincts.” As soon as the words were out of his mouth, Locke could have sworn he felt an updraft—the first sign that bad weather could occur—and he knew that this time he had pushed too far. Roar marched toward him, spearing a finger into his chest and said, “I can read and write. I can speak Taraanese, Finlaghi, and Odilarian. I can read maps. I know enough about grassland vegetation and wildlife to survive without a market to buy food and drink. I’m good with knives and a bow. I learn quickly, and I’m not afraid of hard work. And I’ve spent my entire life reading as much about storms as I could get my hands on.” For a moment, her voice cracked under the weight of her anger, but she took a huffing breath and continued: “I’m good with numbers. It’s been a while, but I think I can probably still draw the constellations from memory, which should make me decent at navigation. I can—“ “Enough.” Locke’s voice came out in a deep rasp. He captured her long, delicate finger in his fist before she could continue poking him. He felt short of breath at the sight of her—livid and lovely. “Enough.” The old Locke might have kept arguing, and Roar would have met him toe-to-toe. But if becoming a storm hunter had taught him anything, it was that fighting head-on wasn’t always the way to win. Sometimes strategy was required. He met Duke’s eyes over her shoulder, and if he had thought Roar looked smug before, she had nothing on his mentor. The man raised his eyebrows in a challenge and asked, “You?” He hated the idea of bringing someone into this dangerous life, but if it was going to happen regardless, he sure as hell wouldn’t hand her safety over to anyone else, not even Ransom. And at the very least, it would give him the opportunity to change her mind. He gritted his teeth and nodded his acceptance.


        


About Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Since she was a teenager, her favorite genre to read has been fantasy, and now she’s thrilled to bring her usual compelling characters and swoon-worthy romance into worlds of magic and intrigue with her debut YA fantasy, Roar. Her previous adult romance titles include the Losing It, Rusk University, and Muse series. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.    

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Monday, 4 June 2018

Review: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

3236307Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Harcourt
Publication Date: October 1st, 2008
Source: Paperback
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Summary:

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

Review:
Katsa has been Graced with a deadly skill, she has the talent to kill, what makes her the perfect assassin and punisher for her uncle. She is a Graceling and therefore she is bound to serve the king and do whatever he demands of her. She hates killing but she has to keep doing it over and over again.
One day, while on a mysterious secret rescue mission she notices a handsome and mysterious warrior that might ruin her plans. She decides to trust him, only to find out that he is Prince Po. The Council's power is spreading but danger lurks in the shadows and what seems to be good is proven untrustworthy.
Fighting her inner demons proves to be as hard as changing the unfair world she lives in. Katsa and Po must find strength in each other and overcome the adversities that appear in their path to learn how Po's grandfather's disappearance is related to the kings' plans. In the midst of their troubles, they end up departing on a journey of which they will not come back the same.
The main feeling that I have after reading this book is pure amazement. I have to admit that this book has one of the best plots and some of the best characters that I have ever crossed paths with. You know that you are reading a great story when you are able to get really engrossed in the story and the characters start to feel like real people, even though they live in a different world.
This story touched some points that are, in my opinion, very important. If I had to choose I would highlight female empowerment and the representation of a main male character and love interest as something that is not invincible. When peril starts to ruin their options of escape, Po trusts Katsa's abilities of survival and her own inner strength. The whole plot does not depend on Po saving the day.
There is also the aspect of self-discovery and the slow, painful path to self-knowledge. Even ourselves are sometimes unable to recognize our true essence and our whole capabilities. Usually, we are the ones that are imposing limitations on our own lives and actions! This book is a very beautiful representation of that and also values like honour, family, loyalty, justice and others.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and greatly recommend it to everyone that enjoys fantasy and self-made women! Even if you do not, you should still give it a try.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Book Blitz | Giveaway: Cinderella's Inferno by F.M. Boughan


I am so excited that CINDERELLA'S INFERNO by F.M. Boughan is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author F.M. Boughan be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of F.M. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Title: CINDERELLA'S INFERNO (Cinderella, Necromancer #2)
Author: F.M. Boughan
Pub. Date: May 28, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 324
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Purity cannot abide the darkness.
It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.
Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.
To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.
Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.
But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.
Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?


About Book 1:
Title: CINDERELLA NECROMANCER
Author: F.M. Boughan
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Pages: 324
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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CINDERELLA,NECROMANCER is CHIME meets ANNA, DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.
Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters.
When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom.
Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.
Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival.
But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?
As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster. 

Exclusive Excerpt
William’s panic was plainly engraved across his features. “I won’t let them do this to you. You’re my betrothed. You belong here in the palace, by my side, not shackled in the dungeon.”

He should have known as well as I did that a prison couldn’t hold me, but seeing the disgust on his father’s face … well, there was a greater plot at play than I understood, and I didn’t want William to suffer even more for my sake than I already asked of him.

“It’s all right.” I released my conjured spirit, permitting its return beyond the veil. It slipped through a seam in the air and the soldiers didn’t waste a moment before placing the restraints around my wrists.

“I’ll have you out as fast as I can,” William said, placing a chaste and yet defiant kiss on my forehead. He lingered, and so in my own surge of defiance—oh, my damnable soul, I cannot explain why I do these things—I lifted my head to slide my mouth upon his. His lips were soft and tasted of sweet wine, and I felt him press against me without hesitation.

It had been so long. I wished to sink into the earth with him then and there and remain that way for all time, but gasps arose from the assembled guests and a tug at my sleeve pulled us apart. The soldiers had grasped my shoulders and arms to drag me from William, who watched, still stricken and unable to calm his emotions, as I was pulled from the Great Hall.

As the doors swung closed behind me, my mother’s face came once again to mind. Without William, I wouldn’t be able to help her. I would never see her again, and she might spend all eternity enduring new tortures—horrors unimaginable, paying for sins she did not commit—alongside the most abhorrent dregs of humanity.

I could not allow it. How much was I willing to give?






About F.M. Boughan:

F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colourful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.
You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she's been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).
Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird... among other things.
F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Reads I've Been Looking Towards

As most readers out there I am always searching for new material to "devour". The problem is that, as a consequence of reading very much, I have become very particular about what I enjoy reading. With this, finding prospective reads that excite me has become harder and rarer.
The advantage of having more work to find something to read is that you end up finding yourself venturing from your usual kind of reads. I have noticed that my reading habits have become more diverse. I now want to read more than fiction! Currently, I am reading The Sacred and the Profane by Mircea Eliade, something I wouldn't have picked up before.
The list have for you today does not reflect these new genres but, hopefully, in the future, I will share some them with you. I am planning to dedicate a whole post to it.

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
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Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him. 
 September 9th 2014 by HarperTeen


Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore
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Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
October 1st 2008 by Harcourt



My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand,  Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton
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You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)
Or does she?
Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
June 26th 2018 by HarperTeen



Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.
But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.
July 10th 2018 by Del Rey

More from Naomi Novik: Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Review)


Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire #1) by Rosamund Hodge
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When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . 
September 27th 2016 by Balzer + Bray


Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves #1) by Mary E. Pearson


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A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty's resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

August 7th 2018 by Henry Holt & Company


A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas


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Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
May 1st 2018 by Bloomsbury YA


More from Sarah J. Maas: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)




I hope you liked my little selection of reads I am looking towards! Hopefully, I will be able to get to all of them and I hope to finally have some time to sit down and write more reviews for you!