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!

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!

 

Book Review: Novice Dragoneer by E.E. Knight

Novice Dragoneer (Dragoneer Academy, #1)

Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Ace Books

Earlier this year, I discovered this book and contacted the publisher in order to receive an advanced reading copy as I was extremely interested in reading and reviewing this book.  I’m very happy to report that this was a fantastic read!  The fact that I did receive an uncorrected proof from the publisher does not affect my honest review.

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Book Review: Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Silver in the Wood

Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Tor.com

Many thanks to Tor.com for sending me a review copy (in exchange for an honest review)!  I’ve been loving their novellas with all their nuance and different takes on storytelling.

This one had a lyrical quality to the writing and felt like a fairy tale or a bit of folklore.  It does include a bit of M/M romance, which usually makes me uncomfortable.  But the author handled it well and I thought it was rather tastefully executed.

The first part of the story did seem to meander quite a bit, but rather than detracting from the story, I felt like it added another layer to help the reader fall into the world easier.  Since it is such a short book, you almost needed that to pull you in.

I’m not as familiar with the Green Man mythology, but I believe that people who like it will find a sprinkling in our main character.  All of the characters felt realistic and down to earth, and I liked how they blended into the setting seamlessly.

Definitely take the time to pick this one up and check it out soon!  I mean, it’ll only take like an hour to read 🙂

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All the Book Mail from January! (It’s Quite a Bit)

It’s been awhile since my last book haul post, and I’ve gathered several fun new titles for my personal library.  I’m just so excited to read them!  Do you see any here that are on your TBR?

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This is my Book Outlet purchase from the Boxing Day sale.  I used this opportunity to pick up several new manga, an isekai light novel, an art book, the newest Invisible Library volume, and a paperback copy of Godsgrave (so I can keep my hardcover in good condition).

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