TBR Topple – September

Hi Guys, it’s that time again for you to start voting on my next TBR read. So far you have chosen well and I’ve really enjoyed the books you’ve picked for me, I’m really behind with my reviewing at the moment and I still need to review my last two books. Both have been read I just need to write the reviews, I promise to do it soon!

So here are the books on offer this month, don’t forget to vote for your favourite at the end of the post!

Spark and Carousel - Joanne HallSpark and Carousel by Joanne Hall
Spark is a wanted man. On the run after causing the death of his mentor and wild with untamed magic, he arrives in Cape Carey where his latent talents make him the target of rival gangs. It is there that Carousel, a wire-walker and thief, takes him under her wing to guide him through the intrigues of the criminal underworld.

But when Spark’s magic cracks the world and releases demons from the hells beneath, two mages of his former order make it their mission to prevent his magic from spiralling out of control. They must find him before he falls into the clutches of those who would exploit his raw talent for their own gain, forcing Spark to confront a power he is not ready to handle.

Meanwhile, a wealthy debutante learning magic in secret has her own plans for Spark and Carousel. But the sudden arrival of the mages throws her carefully laid plans into disarray and she unleashes a terrible evil onto the streets of the unsuspecting city—an evil only Spark’s magic can control.

Everyone wants a piece of Spark, but all Spark wants is to rid himself of his talents forever.

Damned If I Do - Erin HayesDamned If I Do by Erin Hayes
THEY KILLED MY SISTER AND INFECTED ME. NOW I HAVE TO PICK UP THE PIECES BEFORE I DIE.

I’ve spent the last five months trying to find the bastard who took my sister’s life and ruined mine.

Being brought up in a family that hunted the supernatural should have helped, but even with a slim chance that I can save us all, there’s still the bigger chance I’ll die trying.

Unfortunately, there’s one important thing my family didn’t tell me: When you fight against immortal vampires, you’re the one who’s running out of time.

Firestorm - Rachel CaineFirestorm by Rachel Caine
The genie is out of the bottle. Rogue Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is racing to New York to warn her former colleagues of the impending apocalypse. An ancient agreement between the Djinn and the Wardens has been broken, and the furious Djinn, slaves to the Wardens for millennia, are now free of mortal control. With more than half the Wardens unaccounted for in the wake of the Djinn uprising, Joanne realizes that the natural disasters they’ve combated for so long were merely symptoms of restless Mother Nature fidgeting in her sleep. Now she’s waking up – and she’s angry…

Divine By Blood - PC CastDivine By Blood by P.C. Cast
From the bestselling author of the “House of Night” series comes the award-winning world of Partholon, rich in goddesses, intrigue and magic.

Raised as a normal girl in Oklahoma for eighteen years, Morrigan had no idea how special she really was. After discovering the truth of her heritage, her rage and grief take on a power of their own, carrying her back to the world of Partholon.

Yet, instead of being respected as the daughter of the goddess Incarnate, Morrigan feels like a shunned outsider. In her desperation to belong to Partholon, she confronts forces she can’t fully understand or control. And soon a strange darkness draws closer. . .

Graveyard Shift - Angela RoquetGraveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
The Inferno has Evolved… Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She’d much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge. But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of Eternity. If the job isn’t completed, there could be some real hell to pay.

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#Review: The Art of Forgetting: Rider by Joanne Hall @hierath77 @Kristell_Ink

Description

A young boy leaves his village to become a cavalryman with the famous King’s Third regiment; in doing so he discovers both his past and his destiny.

Gifted and cursed with a unique memory, the foundling son of a notorious traitor, Rhodri joins an elite cavalry unit stationed in the harbour town of Northpoint. His training reveals his talents and brings him friendship, love and loss, and sexual awakening; struggling with his memories of his father who once ruled there, he begins to discover a sense of belonging. That is, until a face from the past reveals a secret that will change not only Rhodri’s life but the fate of a nation. Then, on his first campaign, he is forced to face the extremes of war and his own nature.

This, the first part of The Art of Forgetting, is a gripping story about belonging and identity, set in a superbly imagined and complex world that is both harsh and beautiful.

Review

I’ve had this on my Kindle for at least a year, and in my effort to read more Fantasy this year and to clear down my TBR pile I finally picked it up and boy am I glad I did, because not only did I love it I finally understood Joanne Hall’s Twitter handle!

Rhodi, has been brought up by the family who found him wandering the woods as a young boy. People in his village are convinced he is fae and treat him like a leper, the other children bully him. When the King’s Third ride through town and a few key members of the regiment take a liking to Rhodi, he see’s his opportunity and joins up seeking a chance to discover the truth of his past and a more rewarding future.

Rhodi has always been convinced he was the son of someone important, nobility, and he wants to remember more and find his Father. This novel takes us on the journey through his training to become one of the King’s Third rider’s. As Rhodi changes from an insecure boy to a strong and capable man.

Not only does it tackle the expected military fantasy topics of war, swordplay, and some supernatural elements. The book also tackles sexuality and gender in very comfortable and natural way.

The worldbuilding was exquisite and the city itself became vivid as I read through the book. There wasn’t as much travel as I had expected but there was some and the locations through the travel sections were well described keeping the images flowing.

There is a great mix of characters with some you will love and some you will hate, I find this really important, you don’t want to like everybody in a book of this size!

The only thing I wasn’t keen on is the way the book ends. I felt like I had hit a brick wall. I was still very much in the flow of the story and then I was “is that it”? I know this is because this book is the first of two parts but it was a very sudden drop off a cliff rather than a cliffhanger!

That being said I will definitely be buying book two so that I can finish the story!

And as this book is currently free on Amazon/Kobo etc I highly recommend picking it up and getting started as a special treat to yourselves (just leave Joanne Hall a review as a thank you)!

Rating

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Book & Buy Links

TitleThe Art of Forgetting: Rider
SeriesThe Art of Forgetting #1
Author: Joanne Hall
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | LGBTQ
Publisher: Kristell Ink
Publication Date: 30 June 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 330
BuyAmazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | iBooks

Top 10 Books 2016 #Giveaway

So another year is over, I’ve read 100 books this year, which is bang on target. I’m quite pleased with myself, reading a lot of fantasy many of the books I read have page counts to rival the Bible so 100 is quite an achievement! Narrowing down my favourites to just 10 is hard and my list changed at least 100 times itself before I settled on what you see below. These are the one’s which I couldn’t get out of my head, which have lingered and made a long lasting impression.

I’ve linked to the full reviews for those who are interested but have also provided a short comment on why I have shortlisted each book. This list is in no particular order, it contains books I have read in 2016 but they may not necessarily be published in 2016 (although most are).

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#Review: The Summer Goddess by Joanne Hall @hierath77 @Kristell_Ink

Description:
When Asta’s nephew is taken by slavers, she pledges to her brother that she will find him, or die trying. Her search takes her from the fading islands of the Scattering, a nation in thrall to a powerful enemy, to the port city of Abonnae. There she finds a people dominated by a sinister cult, thirsty for blood to feed their hungry god.

Continue reading #Review: The Summer Goddess by Joanne Hall @hierath77 @Kristell_Ink

Stacking the Shelves #4 – New Books This Week

Here is this week’s Stacking the Shelves, this is a weekly meme which is organised by Tynga’s Reviews, I’ve extended my book ban as I still have a huge number of ARC’s to catch up on and a lot of blog tours this month with books to read and review for them!

My bipolar is still causing me issues with reading and my pace has slowed dramatically which isn’t helping me clear the TBR although the lift in weather is at least encouraging me to spend more time outside book in hand!

This week I have resisted purchasing books and my incoming books have been very low! Hoorah!

Here are my new books this week!

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Blogiversary Giveaway – Signed Copy of Spark and Carousel by Joanne Hall

Welcome back to my 1st Blogiversary Giveaway!

My next Giveaway has been donated by the wonderful Joanne Hall, the very talented SFF author, Acquisitions Editor at Kristell Ink, and Chair of Bristol Con (which I’m so going to this year!)

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#Review: Fight Like A Girl by Various @Kristell_Ink @grimboldbooks

Description:
What do you get when some of the best women writers of genre fiction come together to tell tales of female strength? A powerful collection of science fiction and fantasy ranging from space operas and near-future factional conflict to medieval warfare and urban fantasy. These are not pinup girls fighting in heels; these warriors mean business. Whether keen combatants or reluctant fighters, each and every one of these characters was born and bred to Fight Like A Girl.

Continue reading #Review: Fight Like A Girl by Various @Kristell_Ink @grimboldbooks