Week in Review #7 (9-15 Feb.)

REVIEW BOOKS READ THIS WEEK

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bloggingforbooks.com:City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (Ebook)

Product DetailsYou’ve got to be careful when you’re chasing a murderer through Bulikov, for the world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and all worship of them banned by the Polis, reality folded; now stairs lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals disappear into thin air.

The murder of Dr Efrem Pangyui, the Polis diplomat researching the Continent’s past, has begun something and now whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners. Only one woman may be willing to pursue the truth – but it is likely to cost her everything.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (2 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L7SLSXM
  • Purchase Price: £6.49

Review

The book was about the politics, culture and religious beliefs of a place called the Continent, it is full of love. death (murder), mystery and intrigue.

This book was fantastic although at times it was quite heavy going due to the combination of the cultural, political and historical religious basis of the story.

The authors writing style and world building was great and at times made me the reader feel as though I was actually part of the story, which made the story even more intriguing. Shara the main character in the story was a very interesting, well educated, strong willed, gentle and loving person who was able to see things for what they were; and because of this was a character I really felt a connection to.

I will read this book again as well as recommend it to others and buy it as a gift for friends/family who I think will enjoy it which is why I gave the book a 4 star rating.

Author Bio

Robert Jackson Bennett’s 2010 debut Mr. Shivers won the Shirley Jackson award as well as the Sydney J Bounds Newcomer Award and his second novel, The Company Man, won a Special Citation of Excellence from the Philip K Dick Award, as well as an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. He lives in Austin with his wife and son.

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Netgalley: Half Wild (#2 Half Bad) by Sally Green (ebook)

NetGalley (Started Reading): The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (NetGalley)

Bloggingforbooks.com (started reading): Bonita Avenue: A Novel  by Peter Buwalda


BOOKS READ THIS WEEK

Tales from the End (The End of All Things # ) by Lissa Bryan

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From the author of The End of All Things comes a collection of short stories about the Infection that swept around the globe, decimating the population, and leaving behind a small number of survivors, unprepared to deal with the brutal new world which had replaced the one they’d known.
The Horsemen
L.A.’s mayor has declared quarantine to try to halt the spread of the Infection. Pearl sets off across the city to buy supplies, but already the world is changing. Something strange is in the air. The Horsemen are coming …
Veronica
When Veronica’s mother doesn’t come home from work and no one answers the phone when she calls for help, a nine-year-old girl is thrown into the chaos of a world coming to an end. Veronica decides it’s up to her to find her family. “Veronica” is the story of a little girl’s courage in the face of the end of all things.
“I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud”
They called her Shadowfax– the mare Carly and Justin found on their travels. But before she was found by Carly, the retired dressage horse was known as Cloud. An unusual tale of the end, told through the eyes of a confused and lonely horse, left in her pasture.
Birthday
A previously-published bonus story. Carly knows Justin has never celebrated his birthday, and after society crumbled, no one knows what date it is, anyway. But she wants to do something special for him. Celebrating the little things helps them keep hope alive, and as a blizzard rages outside, a small gesture of love warms their home.

Tales of courage, tales of survival… Tales from the End.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I8AUR98
  • Price: £0.99

Review

This book was really great as it gave you background on some of the characters that the reader got to know in the first book (Birthday, “I wandered lonely as a cloud” and Veronica) and the first story in the book introduced the reader to a character that we will meet in one of the books following “The end of all things”.

In the Story entitled Veronica we learned about the background story of the little girl that we are introduced to at the end of the first book while the story entitled “I wander lonely as a cloud” was about Shadowfax (Cloud) the horse that Carly and Justin found in the early stages of their journey.

The story entitled Birthday gave the reader an insight into what life was like for Carly and Justin once they had settled in a house that they found on their travel route when she was pregnant which was very interesting.

While in the first story Horsemen introduced the reader to a character called Pearl who will obviously be in one of the future books in this series and it was very interesting finding out what her life had been like prior to the Infection and in the early stages of the crisis.

The authors writing style and world building in this book is as good as it was in The End of all things is still as good and kept me hooked throughout my reading. I would also read it again as well as reccommend it to others who are reading the series. It is because of all of this that I am giving the book 5 star rating

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Currently Reading

Started Reading: The Land of the Shadow (#2 The End of All Things) by Lissa Bryan

Continued Reading: Cress (#3 The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Continued Reading: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (#3 Mara Dyer Trilogy) by Michelle Hodkin


REVIEW BOOKS RECEIVED THIS WEEK

Bloggingforbooks: Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda

Dazzling…Critics hailed Buwalda as ‘The Dutch answer to Jonathan Franzen’, but his  brilliance is entirely unique.”–The Times (UK) 

Siem Sigerius is a beloved, brilliant professor of mathematics with a promising future in politics. His  family—including a loving wife, two gorgeous, intelligent stepdaughters and a successful future son-  in-law—and carefully appointed home in the bucolic countryside complete the portrait of a  comfortable, morally upright household. But there are elements of Siem’s past that threaten to upend  the peace and stability that he has achieved, and when he stumbles upon a deception that’s painfully  close to home, things begin to fall apart. A cataclysmic explosion in a fireworks factory, the advent of  internet pornography, and the reappearances of a discarded, dangerous son all play a terrible role in  the spectacular fragmentation of the Sigerius clan.

A riveting portrait of a family in crisis and the ways that even the smallest twists of fate can forever  change our lives, Bonita Avenue is an incendiary, unpredictable debut of relationships torn asunder  by lies, and minds destroyed by madness.

PRICE: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-41785-2

RELEASE: Jan 13th, 2015

FORMAT: Hardcover

CATEGORY: Fiction – Family Life

NETGALLEY: Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day: the first installment in a deliciously erotic trilogy, set against the sumptuous  backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court.

 Bound to him against her will…
Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII’s court to claim his new bride: a girl  who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.

Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man  she barely knows and who-though she is loath to admit it-frightens her more than a little.

Their first kiss awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal  around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees firsthand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives…

 Lust in the Tudor Court:
Wolf Bride
Rebel Bride
Rose Bride

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Hellbender (A Fangborn Novel) by Dana Cameron

I-Day is near at hand, and soon the Fangborn will reveal themselves to humankind. As a member of this  secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles, will archaeologist Zoe Miller be prepared?

Still grappling with the newfound powers she gained after opening Pandora’s box, Zoe shares the responsibility  of protecting “Normal” humans. Having long preferred to keep to the shadows, she knows the pending  revelation of the Fangborn will set the world on fire. With Fangborn enemies in the Order of Nicomedia forcing  their hand, Zoe and her supernatural Family have no choice but to step into the spotlight. But that decision has  garnered the attention of the powerful and otherworldly beings known as the Makers. They claim to have created  the Fangborn—not as saviors, but as predators. And it seems they have their own plans for Zoe…and for the fate  of all the Fangborn.

Filled with stunning twists, Hellbender takes the Fangborn series to a thrilling new dimension.

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Storm Warned (The Grim Series) by Dani Harper

When Caris’s unearthly musical talent attracts the attention of the Wild Hunt, the Welsh farm girl is stolen away  to serve as a faery grim, a herald of death. Two centuries later, she’s finally escaped back to the human world—  and into the present-day life of a reclusive and heartbroken American musician.

Music was Liam’s whole life—until a crushing betrayal left him desperate to flee the public eye. Yet long-  dormant passions awaken within him after a powerful storm strands a beautiful, strong-willed woman on his  isolated farm. When a fae prince bent on ruling both human and faery realms threatens Caris’s life, Liam must  decide if he can finally believe in love again, not just for her sake—but for the sake of two worlds.

From the bestselling author of Changeling Moon, this sweeping and passionate story of paranormal romance  follows two souls from different centuries who lost everything…and found that only love can save them.

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Betrayed by Your Kiss by Laura Landon

It should have been the happiest night of her life…

Lady Olivia Sheridan knows one thing: she has loved Lord Damien forever. But when her beloved is accused of  fathering another woman’s child, Olivia’s world is shattered in ways she never thought possible. Especially when  Damien’s accuser sets a huge price on his head, and Olivia discovers Damien’s death will be the only outcome…  unless she does the one thing he will never forgive her for doing.

When Olivia’s plan to save him goes disastrously, dangerously awry, Damien doesn’t think he’ll ever see the light  of day again and, with bitterness, he realizes that the woman he loves is capable of the ultimate betrayal.

Now, four years later, Damien has returned. His eye is on one thing: seeking revenge for what Olivia did to him.  Only his heart may get in the way…

Because hell hath no fury…like a man betrayed.

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Sea of Stars (The Kricket Series) by Amy A. Bartol

Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the  universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet  Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the  catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise  to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that  will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey,  her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since  she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable  as the stars.

The highly anticipated sequel to Under Different Stars, winner of four 2014 utopYA Awards.

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Skewed by Anne McAneny

No birth announcement could top the headlines from the day Janie and Jack Perkins entered the world. As twins  born to a mother in a coma—courtesy of a bullet from their father—the sensational story of their birth never  quite died down. While Jack still craves the flash of a camera, Janie seeks sanctuary behind the lens—as a crime  scene photographer.

Thanks to Janie’s line of work, she’s comfortable around gruesome murders. But when old photos of her  mother’s body arrive in the mail, they open deep-seated wounds and raise chilling new questions about who was  really responsible for that deadly night.

Did Janie’s father spend decades in jail as an innocent man? Did an infamous serial killer actually take her  mother’s life? With photos in hand, Janie brings the truth into focus. But when her investigation ends up  invoking the wrath of the long-dormant killer, she must race to piece together the final evidence—before she  becomes the target.

Thomas & Mercer

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The Curse Keepers Collection by Denise Grover Swank

The Curse Keepers series, now offered in a single collection containing the full text of all three novels and three  prequel novellas, plus:

  •  An all-new introduction by the author, Denise Grover Swank
    •  All six works presented in the author’s preferred reading order

The wall between our world and a world full of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than four    hundred years . . . and it’s about to come crashing down. In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author  Denise Grover Swank’s epic paranormal romance series, the Curse Keepers, two reluctant yet brave heroes are  all that stand between the world’s survival and its total destruction.

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Because by Jack A. Langedijk

Robert had reached the summit of many mountains. His adventures took him to unimaginable heights, yet his  greatest achievements were not in conquering these majestic beauties, but in his ability to reach people in need.  That is, until he’s the one facing the toughest climb of his life.
Roberto Sanchez is living the dream; one could say the man had it all. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and  daughter who complete him. A career that reaches at-risk kids that brings him true joy. Then a tragic accident  leads Robert to a chasm of dark despair. Although his interventions have reached many, he found he is incapable  of helping himself off the edge of a cliff, jeopardizing his career, his marriage, and himself.
because takes us on a journey of two Roberts as he struggles to find a way to once again Believe.

Jack A. Langedijk

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ISBN: 9781922198129

 The Salvation of Vengeance Wanted Man by Nacy Haviland 

 

Only something as important as her best friend’s wedding to mob boss Gabriel Moretti could allow Nika Paynne  a reprieve from captivity. Her abusive husband has kept her under his thumb with footage of her beloved  brother, Caleb, killing another man. But the respite from her violent life isn’t the only draw. Vincente Romani—  Gabriel’s deadliest guardian—will be one of the best men at the wedding, and Nika has lingering thoughts about  the fascinating mobster…covetous thoughts that may put her life in danger.

With the heartbreak he’s suffered and the brutality he effortlessly delivers, Vincente knows he’s the last person  who can offer Nika a happily-ever-after. But his vow remains. He will do everything in his power to free his  redhead from her violent prison—even if that means losing her forever.

In the second thrilling and passionate Wanted Men book, a dangerous line is drawn between loyalty to the mob  and loyalty to one’s heart.

 

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The Temple of Light by Daniela Piazza

 On the brink of death, the Duke of Milan entrusts his only heir to the church, which is guarding a  thousand-year-old secret

It is the early fifteenth century, and the Italian peninsula is ravaged by war. While Milan fights for its political  and economic life, Duke Filippo Maria Visconti lies on his deathbed with no heir to succeed him. But the old  nobleman has a secret: He has a son.

Visconti hands over the one-year-old child to the archdeacon Onorio, who agrees to keep him safe. Little does  young Niccolò know that when he comes of age, he will inherit the great Visconti fortune and become the city’s  next duke.

Years later, in the shadows of a new cathedral, the members of a secret brotherhood practice alchemy and plot  court intrigues, working to fulfill the ancient prophecy of the goddess Belisama. The brothers, sustained by blind  faith, will do whatever it takes to achieve theirGrande Opera, but first they need peace in the city, and Niccolò is the only one who can help. But when he starts to witness mysterious rites and killings, Niccolò will be forced to reconsider his destiny.

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Toxic Love by Jax Garren

A mutation allows Chloe to breathe the poisoned air of post-atoxalyptic USA. GenFriends promises her a life of  luxury and ease … as soon as she picks a man to start making babies with.
SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction, offering high quality romance and erotica that  allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your  path”) and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Toxic Love is a branched fiction. Read it  multiple times trying different choices!

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Across the Pond by Michael McCormick

Across The Pond by Michael McCormick is the story of a young American who fights in the Vietnam War for his  country, only to be rejected when he comes home. The author based the book on his experience as a U.S. Marine  who served in combat.

First released by Vantage Press in 1994, McCormick wants to make sure his story is not lost in history.

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 ISBN: 9780533105793

Wicked Wants by Cayla Kluver

 Elizabeth must marry, but she’s torn between obeying her father and eloping with her lover. In this unique “pick  your path” story, the gentlemen’s characters develop very differently based on your choice!
SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction, offering high quality romance and erotica that  allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your  path”) and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Wicked Wants is a branched fiction. Enjoy  reading it multiple times, making different choices!

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 ISBN: 9781941847336

 Storm at SEA by Skyler White

A journalist accepts an assignment to investigate the Society of Erotic Adventurers. She infiltrates its flagship  hotel and, experiencing SEA’s legendary eroticism, discovers her own capacity for pleasure.
SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction, offering high quality romance and erotica that  allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your  path”) and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Storm at SEA is a branched fiction. Enjoy  reading it multiple times, making different choices!

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 ISBN: 9781941847022

 Low on confidence and jaded by her bland and limp ex, she turns to an online service for help finding a  “competent, compatible partner who enjoys skillfully inflicting pain for pleasure.”
SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction, offering high quality romance and erotica that  allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your  path”) and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Painful Chemistry is a branched fiction.  Read it over and over, making different choices!

 

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