Book Review: Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

Ashlords

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers

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Book Review: Fae Hunter by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Fae Hunter

Ebook, 222 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Sarah K. L. Wilson

I was sent a free earc of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.  I want to take a moment to state that this type of fae is very appealing to me.  It’s not your Disney, sugary sweet kind of fairy.  It’s more like the Irish faerie tales from history that show how proud, crafty, and non-human they are.  It really works for my love of dark, dangerous men that normally become a love interest at some point.

This story does a great job using that archetype for fae and asking what makes a monster.  And why does being different make you the enemy.  I liked this subtle undertone that carried throughout.  It wasn’t overly in-your-face with the commentary, just flowed naturally based on the characters and the situation.  And I liked the characterizations.  The author did a great job with a large secondary cast without bogging down the story.

My small complaint would be that there were some dialogues that seemed to go a little too long.  Those instances felt like the characters were looping around their point too long.  And it killed the build up for the next reveal.  However, I haven’t read the final copy of the book, so the author could have done some cleanup before publication.  And it really didn’t detract from my enjoyment that much.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes the darker side of fae.  Or if you enjoyed Peadar O’Guilin’s The Call.  This book shared many similar traits to the things I liked about it.  Definitely check it out!

Summary:

Think you know fae? Think again.

From USA Today bestselling author Sarah K. L. Wilson comes a deliciously trope-filled young adult romantic fantasy about a viciously humorous mortal girl and her quest to hunt, trap, and conquer powerful fae.
Our lives are nursery rhymes and faerie stories now, Allie.
When Allie Hunter’s twin sister steps through a magic circle into the Faerie realm, she opens the door to deadly fae, bent on causing havoc and harm to Allie’s village.
Rendered blind to all but the spirit world, Allie is frustrated and angry but determined to bring the fae down. No matter what that might cost her.
But in a world where lies are truth, power is sustenance, and every action ripples into violence, how can one mortal stop all of Faerieland?
For lovers of The Cruel Prince and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a world of violent fae royals, trickery, and magic. Grab the first book of this hot new series today!

A Decade of Books in Review: 2010-2019

I wanted to take my time and try to narrow down my favorite book releases for each year of the last decade, which meant this post is only now ready to share!  As you can see that kinda worked and each year has anywhere from 5-10 featured favorites depending on how much I felt like the titles NEEDED to be on my list for the year either because of the impact of the story or just how well written it was.

These are all books that were released in the year, but I didn’t get them all read the year they came out.  That made more sense to me, hopefully it does for you as well 🙂  I almost didn’t include sequels on this list, but then I decided there were too many good ones!

Disclaimer: About half way through making this list and the graphics, I realized that I might not have the original release year for some of these, but instead the release year for a later edition.  Please excuse any mistakes related to this error as I’m too lazy to go back and redo all that work!

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Book Spotlight: The Seeking Serum by Frank L. Cole

The Seeking Serum (Potion Masters, #3)

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Shadow Mountain

Book three of the Potion Masters series is here!  I haven’t had a chance to read this series, but the covers are quite magnificent, and they sound intriguing.  This post is part of a blog tour that the publisher, Shadow Mountain, contacted me about.  I knew my January was going to be particularly full of review reads, so I committed to a spotlight post instead of a review.  Check out the summary below and let me know in the comments if you’ve read this series yet!

Summary:

Mezzarix has stolen the Vessel, the source of power for all potion masters, and is preparing to launch his final attack on the potion-making community—which includes his own family.

Gordy and his family have gone into hiding, but when his mom uncovers some new information, she takes Gordy into the underground network known as the Swigs, a haven for renegade potion masters and black-market potions, to secure support in the fight against Mezzarix. But when Scourges, rebel potion makers acting on orders from Mezzarix, attack the Swigs, Gordy barely escapes with his life and is forced to leave his family behind.

As the fight intensifies between B.R.E.W. and the Scourges, it falls to Gordy and his friends—Max, Sasha, and Adilene—to locate Mezzarix’s hidden headquarters, retrieve the Vessel, save the world, and unite the potion-making community.

The world of Potion Masters is full of fantasy and adventure as Gordy and his friends learn the power of friendship and loyalty, and to trust in their own individual talents.

 

Book Review: Fae Curse by Eve A. Hunt

Fae Curse: Yew Queen Book One

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: January 3rd 2020

Recently, I picked a whole bunch of independently published author newsletters from a couple of large contests that required it. You might be thinking, “Ew, junk mail. No thanks.” But it is a great way to find new authors and pick up free and discounted books without having to search the internet 🙂 So save yourself some time and money and take the plunge next time you have the opportunity.  Anyway, that’s how I found myself offering the author my review and typo hunting services when it was mentioned in a newsletter.

This book is the first in a new series, and the summary really grabbed my attention. A young baker and her friends are trying to live their dream and survive the hardships of adulthood (making this firmly a new adult book) when one stormy night, a flash of lavender lightning reveals an ancient, mysterious castle on a nonexistent hill to our main lady. Then, we are introduced to some fae and a vampire that “live” under a terrible curse. The author does a fantastic job working the older fae into our contemporary world without alienating the readers or taking them out of the story with out-of-date dialogue.

My favorite part of this story was the relationship between Coren and Lucus. The phrase “It’s complicated” assuredly applies here as they try to bridge the gap of centuries, knowledge, and magical bonds. And it all boils down to their story being lustery 🙂

Which perfectly describes this book. Lustery! And I can’t wait for the next book as that ending raised so many questions that I NEED to know the answers to.

Summary:

What do sexy fae lords, a vampire assassin, and a mysterious castle have in common?

Yours truly.

Yeah no, I did not plan this.

When my bestie and I opened a fabulous bakery, I planned to live a long life shoving pumpkin muffins into my face hole and working them off during my self-defense class.

But when a castle full of ridiculously gorgeous immortals showed up on the ley line running through my small town outside Nashville, my life changed.

A lot. Like a lot, a lot.

Because of an ancient curse, the immortals can’t leave the castle without turning to ash. But when the most powerful fae lord uses his seductive power to lure me close, to psychically feed on my aura, he successfully steps out of the castle for the first time.

Now the fae want all of my supposedly special blood to break the curse. Until I can somehow shove the immortals back into whatever magical hole they crawled out of, my life is forfeit.

I have a plan. But said plan didn’t account for the insane feelings I’m starting to have for the alpha of the group…

FAE CURSE is the steamy first book in the Yew Queen Trilogy, and it’s perfect for KF Breene, Laura Thalassa, Annette Marie, Linsey Hall, and CN Crawford fans!

If you like fated mates, enemies-to-lovers, snarky heroines, hot vampires, and seductive fae, then click to buy and begin this fantastical new series today!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads of 2019 (Not All of Them Are 2019 Releases)

I’m really bad at Top 10 lists as I never seem to be able to stop at 10!  So here’s my top reads of 2019 plus some extras that were also incredible.  I’ve reviewed almost all of these on here, so make sure to check out the full reviews by using the search box or go to the page where I list all my reviews by title.

2019 Releases

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)

I enjoyed this fun mash up of fantasy and science fiction. Sometimes it was hard to remember it was set in space, but the twists and turns were fantastic!

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