Review of The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore

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Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes!

Review:

As a lifelong lover of fantasy, I’m always happy when I read a fresh, new take on world building. So when I picked up The Perfect Assassin, I was excited to see this wouldn’t be the kind-of-like-medieval-Europe-but-a-little-different world that I often find in fantasy. That, combined with the fun and developed characters, made this a really good read!

Even though I ended up really enjoying The Perfect Assassin, it didn’t start off as one of my favorite books. I mean, I recognized right away that the world building and character development was really impressive. But for some reason the story seemed to lag for me. It wasn’t until about halfway through that I really started getting wrapped up in this book. Once I did, however, I couldn’t put this one down!

I adored the characters. Amastan is such a precious cinnamon roll and the rest of the cast was equally interesting in their own ways. Even when the plot seemed to drag a bit, I kept coming back to this book in large part because of the wonderful characters. (And, of course, the world building made up for a lot too!).

The Perfect Assassin is definitely worth reading if you like fantasy or murder mysteries, or both! I might not have started off the strongest, but the ending blew me away. I’m excited to see what comes next!

Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Books for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review!

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Whispers from the Depths Blog Tour and Review

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What, two posts from Laura in one day?! I know, crazy, right? But, I have one more book that I want to share with you all. And this is not one you want to miss out on!

I was lucky enough to get the chance to participate in the blog tour for Whispers from the Depths. This is a powerhouse of a book; with water spirits/demons, super interesting magic, and enough heartbreak to crack even the hardest of hearts. It’s not one for the faint of heart, but if you’re in the mood for a darker fantasy, this is your kind of book!

You all know how I feel about characters: if a book has good characters, there’s a 99% that I will really like the book. And these ladies/gents don’t disappoint. I found myself really caring what happened to these characters, which made their trials even more heart-wrenching.

I was also really impressed with the world created here. It felt so fresh and unique. At times I had a little bit of a hard time fully understanding the magic rules and little details, but overall, I really appreciated all of the world building that went into this book.

So all in all, you guys should check this book out! It’s a quick, but powerful read. I’m so excited to see what Briar comes up with next.

And if you are too, here are some important links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40800052-whispers-from-the-depths

UUP website: https://uncommonuniverses.com/books/whispers-from-the-depths/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Whispers-Depths-C-W-Briar-ebook/dp/B07LC2VTLM/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/whispers-from-the-depths-c-w-briar/1130009932

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1446792349

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/whispers-from-the-depths-1

 

In case you need a little more information, here is the synopsis:

Joyful and blessed are Voice-bearers, for the Heavens have set them apart.

 As Whisperers gifted with the Voice, Betka and her people are enslaved. Only they can control the dangerous spirits that haunt the waters, but they are forced to serve under cruel taskmasters. Betka has little hope of freedom from her service or her own bitterness.

 They toil for the goodness of others. 

 A powerful water spirit terrorizes the castle where Betka’s sister is serving. Betka is assigned to the crew sailing to face the foe, and she fears for the only family she has left.

 Rage is found nowhere in them.

 In the beleaguered, flooded castle, a new threat awaits—a magic more powerful and horrifying than anything they have ever seen. Loyalties will be tested, and enemies will become desperate allies.

 Betka is their only hope of escape—if she can subdue the wrath that endangers them all.

She who wields the waters for revenge drowns herself tenfold.

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Author Bio:

C.W. Briar writes fantasy that’s dark but hopeful, filled with wonder and humor along with the suspense and creepiness. His favorite stories are the ones that make him both smile and perch on the edge of his seat. By day, he works as a systems engineer, testing or even riding on trains, airplanes, and helicopters. At night, when not writing, he prepares fancy dinners and shows off his awesome corgis. He’s a graduate of Binghamton University and lives in Upstate NY with his wife, three kids, and secret stashes of chocolate.

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Blog Tour for The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast, Plus a GIVEAWAY

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I have another book to share with you all today! Ever wondered what it would be like to control wind, fire, earth, or water? Well, for these lucky (or not so lucky) teens, they know exactly what it’s like. I’ve got to say, the concept of this book is pretty awesome. It’s like X Men meets Avatar. Plus, I loved the drawings and pictures that accompanied the story! The plot and characters fell a little flat for me at times, but I still had such a fun time reading this book!

This book confused me a little. Not necessarily because of the plot, which was pretty clear, but because of how I felt about the story as a whole. Sometimes I would be reading and think “This is so cool! I want to read more.” And then other times I would be a little less impressed and cringe slightly at something the characters have done. By the end, I wasn’t sure if I could say I loved the book as a whole, or just really enjoyed parts of it. Which made rating it a little hard (I ended up rating it 4/5).

Ultimately, I decided I do like this book a lot. If you like science fiction-y, genetic manipulation, and young adult books, I’d say you should definitely check it out. I’m interested to see where the story goes from here!

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If you want to check it out for yourself, or learn more, read on! First, here’s a synopsis:

P.C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters—the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.

Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.

As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?

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And here are the links to buy/learn more:

BUY LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dysasters-P-C-Cast/dp/1250141044

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Dysasters-Audiobook/B076XQ72M5

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dysasters-p-c-cast/1127202690?#/

Books-A-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Dysasters/P-C-Cast/9781250141040

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/P_C_Cast_The_Dysasters?id=dfQ4DwAAQBAJ

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/cy/book/the-dysasters/id1300201444

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250141040

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-dysasters

BOOK TRAILER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baPCcumlYfo

SOCIAL MEDIA

Please use #TheDysasters to tag any of the accounts below in any social media posts

P.C. Cast

Facebook: @pccastauthor

Twitter: @pccastauthor

Instagram: @pccastauthor

Kristin Cast

Twitter: @KCastAuthor

Instagram: @kcastauthor

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Instagram: @WednesdayBooks

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Also, here’s a little bit about the lovely mother/daughter duo who wrote this book:

#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.

Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is currently obsessed with her baby.

Remember how I mentioned a GIVEAWAY?! Well, if you’ve stuck with my post all this way, here is your reward: St. Martin’s Press is giving away 20 hardback copies of The Dysasters! Click on the link here to learn more.

Abbreviated Rules: No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age 13 years of age or older. Entry period begins at 12:00 a.m. (ET) on Sunday, February 24, 2019 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Void where prohibited. For full Official Rules, visit https://read.macmillan.com/promo/thedysastersblogtoursweepstakes. Sponsored by St. Martin’s Press, 175 5th Ave 1001

Book Showcase and Giveaway for Beau and the Clockwork Girl

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Who doesn’t love free books?

I’m so excited to share this awesome giveaway and showcase with you. Beau and the Clockwork Girl is a steampunk romance that seems absolutely adorable and heartwarming. Sound like something you’d like? Well then here is the synopsis:

In this steampunk, fantasy, romance, Beau’s lost love has been enchanted to forget her memories and to suppress her emotions. Beau meets a dragonfly fairy, Juniper to assist him in the quest to save his love and break her enchantment. Beau has to teach his princess to feel, for she replaced her heart with clockwork and now she has become evil and cruel. Beau has loved his princess Em, since they were children but Em has forgotten what it is to feel because, if you decide to give up your emotions so that you are not in pain, you will also lose your ability to love.

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Still interested? Here is a little excerpt to pull you in even more!

Emberlyn’s thighs gripped her sturdy mount as the black horse galloped through the forest. Her painfully tight plaited dark brown hair pinned in an intricate knot held back at the nape of her neck with a brass comb. She laughed as she and the large horse flew down the path, the wind hitting her in the face. It was the smell of freedom. Out here no one could tell her how a proper princess should act. There were no rules out here and she loved it.

“Faster Onyx,” she urged. Princess Emberlyn wore black leather pants much like the ones her mother wore. She also wore a black leather corset that was a twin to her mother’s and a bright, blood-red blouse. Her heavy black leather boots, adorned with buckles, gripped the sides of her horse as she urged him to a faster pace. She risked a quick glance behind her shoulder and saw the pale horse named Buttermint and the mare’s rider quickly gaining on them. Onyx tossed his black  mane and seemed to chuckle a horsey nicker as he continued racing down the forest path.

The mare Buttermint and her rider quickly overtook the racing Onyx and pulled abreast of Emberlyn. The princess squealed as the rider reached over with his long arm and pulled her out of her saddle with his left, while holding Buttermint’s reins tightly in his right hand. He plopped the princess in the saddle in front of him, pushing her firmly against the pommel. Emberlyn squirmed in Buttermint’s saddle and slid her bottom farther down and settled against the boy’s strong, broad chest. The youth reached over and grabbed Onyx’s reins. The black stallion shook his mane and whinnied his chuckle. Buttermint answered with a softer neigh.

“Whoa,” said Beau as he slowed down the two horses. Emberlyn was trapped in his muscled arms and his broad chest which was her favorite place to be. She felt safe and loved. She loved the feel of the vibrations of his deep voice rumbling against her back and her nipples hardened with her excitement. Emberlyn squirmed away from Beau’s right arm that trapped her against his body as he struggled with Onyx with his left. Emberlyn gripped the pommel of Buttermint’s saddle and lifted her body up, sliding her right leg underneath her bottom and then slid her right leg across the back of the horse until both of her legs were leaning against Buttermint’s left flank. Gripping the pommel tightly with her right hand, Emberlyn shouted “Watch out!” Beau dropped Onyx’s reins and leaned back into a laying position, his head resting on Buttermint’s rump. Emberlyn lifted her body up with her right hand, balancing on her tail bone and kicked her left leg up and over Beau’s reclining form, and then sat up in the saddle facing Beau. The boy with the dirty blond hair sat up and tightly grasped Emberlyn’s waist keeping his balance on the horse with his strong thighs.

“What are you doing?” he chuckled in his deep voice.

Emberlyn’s brown eyes gazed into the boy’s bright blue ones and she leaned into his strong torso, wrapping her arms around his neck and pulling herself closer against his chest, her warm lips meeting his in a deep passionate kiss as her breasts pushed up against her corset. She pulled back and smiled shyly as Beau smiled back at her.

“That was extremely dangerous,” Beau admonished. “What would I tell the queen if you fell?”

“You would never let me fall,” replied Emberlyn.

Beau shook his messy, long, loose dirty blond hair. “Of course, I wouldn’t, but what if…”

“I was taught that move by the best horse rider in all of Mirovia. Maybe the best rider in all the land,” interjected Princess Emberlyn. “Want to see what else I can do while on top of this horse?

“No. Enough of your trick riding,” scolded Beau. “How can you even do all that while wearing a corset?” he asked running his hands down the tight binding and boning of the princess’s garment.

“You would be amazed about the amount of things I can do while wearing a corset,” she replied with a grin.

“What can you do out of your corset?” purred Beau.

Em arched her brow and slapped Beau’s arm playfully.

Not only does this book look pretty magical, the author is also hosting a giveaway to go along with the showcase. All you have to do is click here for the chance to win 5 paperback books and 5 kindle books of your own choice! (Sorry international followers, but this is only for US people). How awesome is that?!

If you’re in love with this book, you can learn more and buy it at the links below:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43075463-beau-and-the-clockwork-girl

Author Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkamibryant/

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2U6HoPA

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17281931.Kami_Bryant

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kamib_good
Buy Links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2H0ym3d

And here’s a little bit about the author herself!

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Kami lives in the Pacific Northwest with her son and her two cats. She has been writing stories since she was six, when she wrote a story about a white cat who wanted to be a black cat for Halloween.

Beau and the Clockwork Girl is her first published novel and she intends to write more gender bending, genre mixing, fairy tale re-imaginings.

She thanks everyone for their support as she continues her journey as a self-published author.

 

Release Blitz for The Outliers Saga Box Set!

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I am so excited to share this with all of you. Kate L. Mary is releasing a boxed set of her Outliers series. If you don’t know anything about these books, I’d highly recommend checking them out. I mean, strong ladies, dystopian society, and science fiction goodness?! What’s not to love about this? Plus, would you look at the awesome cover!

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If all of that didn’t convince you to snap this up, here is the synopsis:

“Fear is normal, Indra, it is what you do with that fear that determines if you are strong or weak.”

One set, three books! Get the entire emotionally gripping and action-packed Outliers Saga in one set!

Book One, Outliers, was a first place Winner in the 2018 Kindle Books Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction

Two worlds collide when Indra, a lowly Outlier, and Asa, a Fortis guard working in Sovereign city, embark on a friendship that defies everything their world is built around. With vile characters, brutal conditions, and vicious creatures, the Outliers Saga will take readers on an unforgettable journey. Follow Asa and Indra as they fight for justice in a brutal world while facing impossible choices that will test their limits and show them what sacrifice, forgiveness, and love really means.

Annnnd, here’s the author of these awesome books:

Kate L. Mary

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance! Her YA book, When We Were Human, was a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. Her book, Outliers, was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, and a First Place Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction.

If The Outliers got your interest, here are all the links you need:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43684786-the-outliers-saga

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateLMaryauthor

Website: http://KateLMary.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kmary0622

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zombieauthormom/

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2FQl4m1

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kate-L.-Mary/e/B00K48N5EQ/

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1utg3pW

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kate-l-mary

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8185415.Kate_L_Mary

Buy Link:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2U0XcDL

Preview of The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

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Rating: 4/5 (but that might change once I finish the book)

Recommend: So far, yes

Review:

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons. And let me tell you, if the rest of the book is as fantastic as the first bit was, then this is definitely going to be a great read!

I’ll admit, I was a little confused at first because it felt like the book started right in the middle of a story. I actually looked it up to see if this was a sequel (it’s not, FYI). But after reading the first chapter, I began to piece everything together. Once I figured out what was happening, I was quickly wrapped up in this book. There were still some confusing parts, but overall, I had a lot of fun with this.

I loved getting two different, unique perspectives. Both Talon and Khirin. Their personalities shone through in their chapters and I adored that. I would have loved even more character development, but I’m hoping that will come through in the rest of the book.

Overall, I really liked the first part of The Ruin of Kings. It is definitely not set up like a traditional book and was a bit confusing at times, but I really enjoyed this story. Jenn Lyons has created such a unique and fascinating world. I’m excited to see where the book goes from here!

Review of the White Stag by Kara Barbieri

Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Possibly

Review:

I really wanted to like this book. It had magic, a high-stakes competition and strong characters. But, I just couldn’t get into it. The idea was great, I just think the execution wasn’t the best.

I mentioned strong characters, and I definitely think this book has a plethora of fierce personalities. Which I appreciate a lot in a book. But, the character interactions – particularly the romance – just didn’t work for me. I found myself getting really annoyed at them throughout the book.

I also feel like the plot could have been fleshed out and explains better. Like I said, the concept was great, but I think more explanations could have been useful. It was hard for me to really believe in the story.

All in all, this book was ok. It’s not a terrible book by any means and I’m glad I gave it a read, but I don’t think I’m going to continue on with the series.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.