The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

What was it that drew me to this story? A story revolving around necromancy is not something you run into that often and hello on that gorgeous cover! Upon reading it I find that there is a significant Asian (think geisha) influence throughout the writing and the story itself is about love, loss and revenge. This story is told from two points of view and it transitions from past to present. In the present the story is told from the point of view of the Bard. The past portion is told from the view of Tea, the bone witch. The Read More

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Brilliant, dark and intense! Creative world building filled with fantastical imagery and deplorable cruelty. Brings to the front issues of class inequality set in a world with no boundaries. Definitely agree with the consensus that if you are a fan of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series then you will enjoy this novel. The setting of this story is a modern day alternative Britain where there are even alternate world histories, America is split into two nations (the Union did not win). The inhabitants of the alternate Britain are separated into magically skilled, the aristocracy and Muggles, lol, no…I am kidding…. Read More

A Warriors Touch by Lucy Varna

The Pruxnae Series by Lucy Varna

I came across this series this past summer and found it to be fascinating! Currently there are four books in this series and since I have read them all I decided to do a post that had all four books with a mini-review of each. Thief of Hearts Book (The Pruxnae #2) On the eve of her appointment to the ranks of the elite Queen’s Guard, Alna Lomig bumps into Gared ab Einif. Her wariness of the handsome Pruxnæ melts under his roguish charm, softening her resistance to his gentle courtship. When he sneaks into her room in the House Read More

Look Before You Jump by D.A. Bale

Look Before You Jump by D.A. Bale

A big-mouth, partying Southerner with more guts than brains at times is not exactly my favorite type of character but Vicky Bohanan is a quirky character that has a flavor of her own. Her character comes off as having issues with her Dad and pretty much every member of the society she grew up in but when you get into the story you see that she really has a problem with hypocrisy and refuses to accept it in her life. She is a very strong willed woman and maybe she makes choices that I would consider poor but her animosity Read More

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

For fans of Russian folklore and Brothers Grimm fairytales this will be a story to delight the senses! Take a journey to medieval Russia and fall in love with a heroine who throws off the chains that her gender imposes upon her and cuts her own path in a world filled with magic, darkness, and conflicting religious beliefs. This is a magical fairy tale for all ages. This story starts out with a slower pace but I think that it is essential to develop the backstory necessary to carry the story through to the end. There is no doubt that Read More

A Perlious Undertaking by Deanna Rayburn. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

It can never be denied that author Deanna Raybourn knows how to write a great mystery. I absolutely love reading a book that carries a mystery until the bitter end with plenty of twists and turns on the way. This newest book in the Veronica Speedwell Series delivered just that. In this installment I find that some of the criticisms I had for the first book have been resolved but some of my hopes have also been dashed. What was my biggest criticism in the previous book you ask? It was the heroine Veronica, I felt that she was entirely too pragmatic Read More

The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

Irene, Kai and Vale are back in this action-packed installment of The Invisible Library series, Honestly though, I think that all the stories are full of action 😉 and I love it. After reading two out of three books from this series I can say with sincerity that these books are best read in order. This story is heavily tied back to the plot from book number one with a few tie-ins to book number two. You can read it as a stand-alone as there is enough story building to give you the backstory of the previous books but having Read More

The Dead Seekers by Barb and J.C. Hendee

The Dead Seekers by Barb & J.C. Hendee

Dark, intriguing and a real page turner! I enjoyed this story immensely and did not want to put this story down. Throughout this tale you are given just enough information to form a plausible assessment of the situation but are left with enough doubt that it draws you into the story because you just have to know what is going on! It was a fantastic spirit hunt from beginning to end! This story starts out shrouded in mystery with the introduction of two different characters whose lives encounter trauma and intersect without their knowledge of each other. You are left Read More

My Highland Rebel by Amanda Forester

My Highland Rebel by Amanda Forester

Cormac MacLean was born into rotten circumstances. No matter how he tried to escape it, his parentage haunted him but when his dad is the feared warlord Red Rex, it is to be expected. All Core’s life his dad has either ignored him or tormented him but since Red has not produced another male heir he is determined to make Cormac a warlord or kill him trying. Trying to out maneuver his dad’s current decree has led Core to cross paths with Jyne Cambell. Jyne Cambell has spent her life being considered the runt of her family. Due to this Read More

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

This book did not start on a high note for me. I have read and reviewed the first book in the series and I loved it, adored it and still do. When I started this book, I was all sorts of excited to see how the story was going to continue. It starts off shortly after the conclusion of book one and the opening scene is Griffin throwing the biggest temper tantrum ever, what a turn off. The entire scene was supposed to demonstrate a misunderstanding and show how Cat had a negative view of things and that it influences Read More

Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

What do I adore about this story? That a rugged, hard-edged fella was not an alpha male with caveman issues. Patrick O’Doul had some personal issues stemming from childhood and although they were not dealt with at the start of this story he still was a functioning human being. Yes! More please! It was lovely that it was Ariana Bettini who called the shots and that he was okay with giving her what she needed. Patrick O’Doul’s character is just smashing! I am a sucker for men who are hard reads but are not afraid to put it all on Read More

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Informative, fascinating and filled with adventure! This story can appeal to a wide range of readers. The start of this novel is historical. We learn about the history of early explorers and archeologists alike who set out on explorations to discover parts of Central and South America, specifically with a focus on pre-Colombian civilizations. For those interested in stories that have political elements you will find this story most enjoyable. There is much discussion about the struggles of dealing with politics, both governmental and between factions. In addition, there is talk about the politics surrounding the studies of disease and Read More

Eerie by C.M. McCoy

Eerie by C.M. McCoy

  Captivating, dark and spectacular! This is an amazing story and once I started reading it I could not get enough! I just want to gush about this story but I do not want to spoil it for anyone. So, I will try to rein it in but I am bursting at the seams with excitement about this book. The beginning of the book started out like a typical young adult story. Two sisters who survived a life-altering trauma and now they only have each other and a gruff Uncle. There was good backstory development on the relationship between Holly Read More

Protecting You by Amanda Siegrist

Protecting You by Amanda Siegrist

Charming, touching and tragic! What a great story this is. I flew through this book in no time. All the characters were unique and developed. The pacing was good from scene to scene. I loved the romance aspect. There were some sexy times but they were not the focus in this story. There are some transitions from present to past and they are well done. They really help to incorporate Jimmy’s character and build the story line.  The main plot is essentially about healing after tragedy strikes and opening ourselves to love in unexpected places. I just loved the main Read More

The Shattered Crown by J.W. Webb

The Shattered Crown by J.W. Webb

This is the second book in the Legends of Ansu series but the story takes place one thousand years after then end of book one. This installment can be read as a standalone and I think that this is a great example of heroic fantasy! In case you are not familiar, a heroic fantasy is one in which the hero is reluctant to be a “champion” and is usually of humble origins. The turn of events are usually out of their control and their “mettle” is tested through challenges. The story focuses on Corin an Fol who is basically a Read More

Hart of His by Annie Arcane

Hart of His by Annie Arcane

Real, bold and humorous! In order to really appreciate this story, you need to have read the first book Hart Broken. This novella is about one the main characters from that book, Cale. The story is told from Cale’s point of view with a few parts switching to Mickey’s and it is a very intense read. In this story, we get the nitty gritty about Cale’s insecurities and doubts. He is at war with himself and with war there are always casualties. Cale is a great character but was not the most emotionally stable person in the first book. Being Read More

Enchanting the Fey by Rebecca Bosevski

Enchanting the Fey by Rebecca Bosevski

Unique, filled with action and whimsical at times. This story is written in first person by the point of view of Desmoree, the main character. I was not the biggest fan of Des in the beginning. She was just cranky, dramatic and her use of foul language felt more as a “show” to back up her “I don’t take crap from anyone” attitude. It felt unnecessary and took away from her character. After she was knocked down a peg or two and put into situations where her mouth couldn’t solve her problems she became more likeable and started to develop. She still Read More

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. The Genre Minx Book Reviews

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Terrific Tuesday post from 08/09/2016 Violence, gore and cruelty! This is a story that you will either love or hate. I am absolutely in the love category! Some people had issues with how the book was composed. Yes, there were some abuses of the English language, specifically metaphors and similes. Purple prose (prose that is too elaborate or ornate) does abound BUT the overall story with the characters are so freaking awesome that the abuses did not ruin it for me. Another thing that is love or hate about this book is that there are footnotes, which last for the Read More

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Terrific Tuesday post from 09/06/2016 The year is coming to an end; can you believe it?! I am trying to follow-up with some of my previous Terrific Tuesday postings before the end of the year. Today’s book, Empire of Storms, is a fantastic installment in the Throne of Glass series by Author Sarah J. Mass (SJM). Honestly, the Throne of Glass series is so developed at this point; I feel that in order to enjoy this series you need to start from book one. Need to, no sorry, more like have to! I have read every single book from this Read More

Two by Jane Blythe

Two by Jane Blythe

Author Jane Blythe writes a dark crime thriller that tells a twisted story of apathy, degradation and crime that should only take place in our nightmares. It was brutal and told with such conviction that it left me feeling disturbed at times. This is a story that makes the idea of “keep it secret, keep it safe” appalling. From the start of the book I was engrossed and also grossed out! I love how the Author is very detailed about the crime scenes. She remembers to add the little things that we would not think of but make the scene Read More