Blog Tour: Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee Review – Post Thirty Seven of Stay Home Order

After posting so frequently in May for Wyrd & Wonder, I found myself focusing more on reading and less on blog posts in general this month. So I’m very happy to participate in the spontaneous surprise blog tour honoring Lori M. Lee‘s newest release, Forest of Souls! The blog tour was put together by Hear Our Voices Book Tours, and this is their first one. I’m excited to see what they can pull together in the future!

Lori M. Lee is the author of FOREST OF SOULS, first in the Shamanborn series, as well as GATES OF THREAD AND STONE and THE INFINITE. She’s also a contributor to the anthologies A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS and COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES. She considers herself a unicorn aficionado, enjoys marathoning TV shows, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family.

ARC Review: Fae Spell by Eve A Hunt – Post Thirty One of Stay Home Order

Fae Spell (Yew Queen, #3)

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: May 25th 2020

I had the pleasure of once again helping the author hunt for typos before releasing this book into the world for mass consumption, which means I received a free earc in exchange for an honest review. I can happily say that this did not impact my enjoyment of this book!

This is a great conclusion to the trilogy! I love how the author was able to both introduce new concepts that felt logical and wrap up many of the loose ends all in one compact novel. We were introduced to chapters told through Coren’s best friend’s POV, which allowed for some extra steam. And, of course, our dark unicorn friend makes a return. Sadly, we lose some characters as the war comes to a peak. But, I was pretty happy with how the humans rise to the challenge placed before them.

Overall, I definitely think you should check out this series if you haven’t already. This story arc wraps up nicely, but it sounds like the author has more stories planned for this universe. I’m excited to see what she has up her sleeves!

Summary:

A dragon. A twisted curse. And a finale to rival the glory of chocolate croissants.

I used to think burned scones and bad hair made for a rough day. When a dragon crawls out of a hole in Main Street, I realize it’s time to rework that definition.

I broke the Mage Duke’s curse, but the dark spell hasn’t disappeared. Instead, the casting morphed into a legless dragon thing that wants to eat me.

Nailed it.

And to top off this crap sandwich, the town’s local reporter has decided to rouse a mob against me. 

I have a lot of witch work to do, friends. Send doughnuts.

Book Review: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Post Twenty-Seven of Stay Home Order

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2)

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Knopf Books For Young Readers

I both loved and hated this book! I read it in two sittings since the pacing was spot on and the character development felt real. I kept flipping the pages wanting more story with each one. I love the worldbuilding that these two authors can bring to a story! It absolutely impresses and amazes me, and I can’t wait for the next book.

Continue reading

Book Review: The Assassin’s Gift by Claire Boston – Post Twelve of Stay Home Order

The Assassin's Gift (The Emperor's Conspiracy, #1)

350 pages, Kindle Edition
Published April 6th 2020 by Bantilly Publishing

I received an e-arc of this book through Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review.

I was most impressed with the author’s ability to convey complex and authentic emotions, which made this novel compelling to the point of obsession.  I found myself staying up late and ditching Animal Crossing to learn what happens next!  The pacing matched the level of care taken with the emotions making this a marvelous escape during this crazy time.

Although categorized as an adult fantasy, I believe that anyone who enjoys young adult or new adult fantasy would enjoy this great piece of literature.  I was reminded of the Indian captive stories that I was obsessed with as a middle grade reader.  As with those, I loved seeing an outsider learning about their ignorance and embracing another culture.  This story has Asian influence, and I loved the juxtaposition of cultures.

I was excited to learn that this will be a three book series; however, it looks like the main character will switch for the second book.  So I’m assuming that book three will also have a different main character.  Either way, the other books should be just as amazing if the author continues her care and craft of genuine emotions.

Summary:

She’s trained to kill. But is her prey the man she’s ordered to eliminate… or the one who sent her?

Princess Lien reserves her loyalty for her uncle, the emperor. Groomed as his secret assassin after he took her in, her first target is the khan of the barbarians responsible for her parents’ murder. But her supernatural speed is no help when the monarch betroths her to the man she’s meant to slay.

Waking naked in the enemy camp far from the palace and her pet dragon, Lien is horrified to find she’s imprisoned by the ruthless tribe—and they know her true mission. Refusing to believe her uncle betrayed her, she vows to become his spy. But as evidence that she’s on the wrong side mounts, it will test her fidelity and honor.

Can Lien unravel a web of deceit in time to stop the real traitor?

The Assassin’s Gift is the first book in the riveting Emperor’s Conspiracy fantasy series. If you like strong heroines, loyalties challenged, and treacherous battles, then you’ll love Claire Boston’s enthralling adventure.

 

Book Review: Failed Future by Elise Kova – Post Ten of Stay Home Order

Failed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, #3)

Paperback, 356 pages
Published July 20th 2019 by Silver Wing Press

I received an ebook from the author but have also purchased a signed copy for my collection, so my opinions are my own.  Thanks, Elise Kova!

The original plan was to have this read and reviewed by March 31, 2020, but then the pandemic happened and I was unable to focus on reading. But I’m happy to report that once I found my reading mojo, I was able to devour this book in three days while playing Animal Crossing! The story was quite compelling and the pacing was rather good. I was definitely speed reading, so I may have missed a few things hidden in the descriptions, but I enjoyed the dialogue.

Warning: you will want to have book four on hand when you finish this one as the ending makes some giant changes to the assumptions you may have been building. I am looking forward to seeing where the author takes the story and may wait until my copy of book five arrives so I can read those two back to back.

The side characters that Elise crafts are great, and I love them almost more than the main characters! Please check out this series if you love well crafted adventures peppered with romance and betrayal as well as familial bonds. It is technically a sequel series to Air Awakens, but you don’t need to have read it first. I’m actually looking forward to going back and reading that series once I finish this one as I hadn’t gotten past the first book!

Summary:

When worlds collide, and things are rarely what they seem, there may be no one Vi can trust.

Having forsaken her crown for a chance to save her family, and the world, Vi Solaris washes up on the shores of Meru. She’s wounded and barely alive. But Vi’s fight for survival is only just beginning.

As a princess in a foreign land, everyone is after her.

The pirate queen Adela wants to sell her to the evil elfin’ra. The Twilight King wants to use her to settle an old score. And, perhaps most dangerous, is the scheming Lord of the Faithful who sees her as an opportunity to further consolidate his power.

The only path for Vi is forward. But she doesn’t yet know if she’s running toward salvation… or a brutal end to everything she loves.

Vi’s journey continues with even more betrayal, romance, magic, and a twist you never saw coming that leaves readers begging for the next book.

Book Review: Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet – Post Eight of Stay Home Order

Nightchaser (Endeavor, #1)

Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

It feels so good to finish a full length novel.  Since this whole stay home thing started, I have had a hard time focusing on anything longer or more complex than graphic novels.  Amanda’s writing has been a favorite since I finished her first series, The Kingmaker Chronicles, but I hadn’t picked up this sci-fi series yet.  I am so glad that I have the sequel waiting for me on my Kindle from the lovely publisher via NetGalley.

Continue reading

Audiobook Review: Meow by Skye MacKinnon – Post One During Stay Home Order

Meow (Catnip Assassins, #1)

Paperback, 222 pages
Published March 9th 2019 by Independently published

I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

I enjoyed the narrator through most of this story. She did a great job adding inflection, which I loved. I did listen to it at 1.3x as regular speed upset me for some reason. Not sure how that works, but I found my sweet spot and it no longer bothered me. There were a few instances where the narrator did something that irked me, but, honestly, I couldn’t explain why. It wasn’t enough to turn me off, just mildly annoying. Not sure why. But there it is.

On to the story part. I loved the combination of shifters, assassins, and murder mystery. I had a couple moments when I was confused. At the beginning, it seemed like our main character didn’t like the murdering and later she said it was fun. I may have missed something while listening, so you may not have that problem. The side characters didn’t get as much characterization being as this was a shorter book, and I’m looking forward to their growth in future installments. The murder mystery was solved by the end of this book, but the introduction of the bigger mystery was definitely not. Leaving plenty to explore and murder in the future!

Summary:

Assassin. Private Investigator. Cat shifter.

Kat is used to killing people, but for a blank cheque, she’s willing to do the opposite and help solve a murder – even though it sounds boring as hell. That is, until she finds some body parts in her fridge, makes friends with the neighbourhood cats and realises there may be an assassin better than her…

Suddenly, things have become purrfectly exciting.

An urban fantasy full of cats, secrets and murders. This is a slow-burn reverse harem where Kat will find her love interests over time. Book one in the Catnip Assassins series.