Throwback Thursday: Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn

Our Bloody Pearl (These Treacherous Tides #1)

Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published July 26th 2018 by Avos Publishing

 

I received a physical book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks, Danny!

The author first approached me back in August of 2019, I think. And, after reading the synopsis, I agreed to review this book with no specific time in mind as I was pretty booked on other reviews for the rest of the year.  Honestly, I’m a bit behind with new release reviews, but decided I had waited long enough to read this one.  Turns out I really liked it!  And I’m mad I waited so long to pick it up.

This book is LGBT+ friendly.  At first the they/them pronouns threw me off, but once I got into the mindset, I almost didn’t notice. This book tackles a lot of heavy subjects like gender, sign language/language barriers, and physical handicaps. Survival versus Living is also a big theme for such a small book. The best part was that none of these took center stage, but there were discussions and plenty of well-written communication between characters that flowed with the story in a very positive way. This was a great book about sirens and pirates! I look forward to seeing if a volume 2 can be acquired 🙂

Summary:

The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.

That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.

Perle was the first siren captured, and while all since have either been sold or killed, Kian still keeps them prisoner. Though their song is muted and their tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?

Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping their newfound human companions will fight with them.

Book Review: Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder

Finally catching up on a book from a favorite author that had been on my TBR for over a year.  This one was a lot of fun!

Navigating the Stars (Sentinels of the Galaxy #1)

Paperback, 455 pages
Published November 19th 2018 by Harlequin
So, I stayed up to 2am to finish this book and can’t believe I didn’t try to read it closer to its release! The pacing and plot were so compelling that I finished this book in 3 days, staying up late each time because I couldn’t find a natural break where I wanted to stop reading. Luckily, book two is coming out in a couple of weeks! Which gives all of you time to read this one, so you’re ready for Chasing the Shadows.  Trust me, you’ll want to pick up Chasing as soon as you turn the final page in Navigating.  While there isn’t a huge cliffhanger, Maria knows how to keep the mystery and adventure fresh through the end.

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Book Review: Lucifer’s Daughter by Kel Carpenter

Lucifer's Daughter (Queen of the Damned, #1)

Paperback, 174 pages
Published February 15th 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

In preparation for attending Penned Con in a few weeks, I scoured the list of attending authors to see who might already be sitting on my shelf (besides Elise Kova, who graciously provided the Penned Con ticket).  I found one that I am excited to read her new book, Audrey Grey’s Oath Taker, and one that I’d received through OTSP Secret Sister, Kel Carpenter’s Lucifer’s Daughter.

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Throwback Thursday: Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie

Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1)

Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 14th 2018 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.

I recently listened to this one through Audible, and I really liked it!  I thought at first it was just going to be mind candy (a fluffy read with little to no depth although still excellent), but I found a well-thought out and surprisingly fun story!  I loved how the main character isn’t “special” aka she has no magical powers.  But, she was still able to provide her own perspective on things and definitely contributed to the guild in believable ways.

I would highly recommend checking out this book.  Besides our heroine, there’s magic and hot guys aplenty 🙂  I mean, if you need more reasons to pick it up.  But I think that you will find great enjoyment in this read.  Plus, it’s not a huge tome.

Looks like there are at least three more in the series, so I’ll probably have to pick those up too at some point.  Because we all know that my TBR needs EVEN MORE books on it.

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Book Reviews: Nevermoor and Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve shared any substantial reviews, so here’s a joint review for 2 books that I read in 2018 and loved!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

Hardcover, Large Print, 640 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

With great narrative prose and pacing, this book feels like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire without being a copycat.  The world building and characters played along nicely and the story unfurled as our protagonist discovered new and interesting aspects about herself and her patron.

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Blog Tour: Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull – Book Review

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You may remember that back in March 2017 I posted about the newest installment of one of my favorite series, Fablehaven.  Dragonwatch is a follow-up to the five book series that I read as a young person around the time of Harry Potter.  Brandon Mull has not lost his touch with writing a story that can capture any reader’s attention.  This is one of my favorite worlds to visit and share with others, so here’s my review of book 2!

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Blog Tour: Squint by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

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I was contacted by Shadow Mountain PR to help spread the word about this fun, new release.  Although too busy to read and review it for the blog tour, I am excited to share this story with you.  Also, I will be hosting a giveaway over on Twitter later today.  I have an arc to send to one lucky winner (US only, sorry!).

Here’s the summary:

My name is Flint, but everyone in middle school calls me Squint because I’m losing my vision. I used to play football, but not anymore. I haven’t had a friend in a long time. Thankfully, real friends can see the real you, even when you can’t clearly see.

Flint loves to draw. In fact, he’s furiously trying to finish his comic book so he can be the youngest winner of the “Find a Comic Star” contest. He’s also rushing to finish because he has keratoconus—an eye disease that could eventually make him blind.

McKell is the new girl at school and immediately hangs with the popular kids. Except McKell’s not a fan of the way her friends treat this boy named Squint. He seems nice and really talented. He draws awesome pictures of superheroes. McKell wants to get to know him, but is it worth the risk? What if her friends catch her hanging with the kid who squints all the time?

McKell has a hidden talent of her own but doesn’t share it for fear of being judged. Her terminally ill brother, Danny, challenges McKell to share her love of poetry and songwriting. Flint seems like someone she could trust. Someone who would never laugh at her. Someone who is as good and brave as the superhero in Flint’s comic book named Squint.

Squint is the inspiring story of two new friends dealing with their own challenges, who learn to trust each other, believe in themselves, and begin to truly see what matters most.

 

So go check it out!