#Review: Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur @kezarthur @PiatkusBooks

Description

A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, an organisation created to police the supernatural races – and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, aka assassin, Riley is merely an office worker – until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn’t be worse. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat, the weeklong period before the full moon, when her need to mate becomes all-consuming…

Luckily Riley has two willing partners to satisfy her every need. But she will have to control her urges if she’s going to find her brother. For someone is doing some illegal cloning in an attempt to produce the ultimate warrior – by tapping into the genome of nonhumans like Rhoan. Now Riley knows just how dangerous the world is for her kind – and just how much it needs her.

Review

This has been sat on my bookshelf for so long waiting for me to read it and I finally broke the spine and read it, I’m so glad I did as well. Riley works for the Directorate of Other Races in Melbourne, she’s pretty much a pencil pusher, much to the dismay of her boss who wants her as a Guardian due to her mixed race heritage, part vampire, part werewolf. When her brother goes missing on a mission she gets pulled into the life of a Guardian and has to find out where he is and why there are people after her.

I really loved this world and Riley especially, the werewolf call to the moon, means she has multiple mates and they have different relationships with Riley and different connections to the investigation. It’s an interesting approach to the genre and I love how she holds herself and is so upfront about sex. As a Guardian she is incredible, she’s strong, clever, and despite her hesitance in taking on the role she takes it on fully without hesitation and does what she needs to to get the job done.

There are some great sub-characters in the book as well. Riley’s brother Rhoan is brilliant and very protective of his sister and Quinn a vampire who gets involved is a strong character who I hope we see more of in future books.

Looking forward to seeing where this goes with the next book in the series.

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TitleFull Moon Rising
SeriesRiley Jenson Guardian #1
AuthorKeri Arthur
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance | Erotica
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Publication Date: 3 February 2011
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: Audio | eBook | Hardcover
Pages: 368
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#Review: Split Feather by Deborah A. Wolf @Bard_Queen @TitanBooks @lydiagittins

Description

Siggy Aleksov sees demons and talks with creatures she knows aren’t really there. Taken from her family as a child, she is dogged by memories of abandonment, abuse, and mental health issues. Siggy suffers from a hot temper, cluster headaches, caffeine addiction, and terminal foul language. She complicates her life even more when she saves the life of a talented assassin sent to kill her. Deciding to get the hell out of Dodge, Siggy travels to the Alaska bush to find out who she really is. The answer is more fantastic that she could have imagined-and she can imagine a lot.

Review

I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing taking this book on, I hadn’t got on very well with Deborah A. Wolf’s previous release but I told myself this was a different sub-genre being Urban Fantasy and so it was worth a try. I was so glad I did Siggy is a marvellous character who swept me into her world and carried me off on a journey with her.

Siggy is a normal girl, except she hears voices and sees demons, and everybody thinks she’s batshit crazy, including herself. When she saves a guy’s life only to then find out he’s been sent to kill her she accepts an invite to Alaska to find out more about who she really is.

Siggy’s journey into the Alaskan bush is eye-opening, to say the least, she discovers things about herself she could never have imagined. As she discovers a family she didn’t know she had and secrets about herself that are spectacular she becomes the person she was meant to be.

There is a rich cast of characters, a deep mythology tied into the story and lots of hilarity as Siggy’s wit and sarcasm cuts through some tense moments. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book, not a page went by where there wasn’t something important and gripping happening on the page.

I highly recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy, this is a new and original take on the genre and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the next book in the series.

Sending huge thanks to Deborah A. Wolf, Lydia Gittins and Titan Books for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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TitleSplit Feather
SeriesDaughter of the Midnight Sun #1
AuthorDeborah A. Wolf
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 12 September 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook | Audio
Pages: 336
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#BlogTour: The Year of the Knife by G.D. Penman @GDPenman @MeerkatPress @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on The Year of the Knife blog tour. I’ve reviewed this novel and there is also a giveaway for you to enter as well. You can follow the tour by heading over to Xpresso Blog Tours.

Description

Agent -Sully- Sullivan is one of the top cops in the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. A veteran witch of the British Empire who isn’t afraid to use her magical skills to crack a case. But Sully might need more than a good education and raw power to stop the string of grisly murders that have been springing up across the American Colonies. Every one of them marked by the same chilling calling card, a warning in the form of a legion of voices screaming out through the killers’ mouths: -It IS tHe YEAr oF the KNife.-

Sully’s investigation will drag her away from the comforts of home in New Amsterdam, the beautiful but useless hyacinth macaw that used to be her boss, and the loving arms of her undead girlfriend, in a thrilling race against time, demonic forces and a shadowy conspiracy that will do anything to keep its hold on power and ensure that Sully takes their secrets to her grave, as soon as possible.

G.D. Penman’s imaginative The Year of the Knife is a fun, fast-paced urban fantasy mystery with an engaging set of characters, most notably Agent Sully of the Imperial Bureau of Investigation.

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Review

The Year of the Knife puts Sully, an Agent at the Imperial Bureau of Investigation (IBI) at the centre of a story involving magic, a world which is unrecognisable to our eyes with the British Empire ruling strong, Europe a quivering wreck over run with demons and strange and unusual murders happening at an increasing frequency.

I will admit to struggling with this book initially, it took me a while to get used to Penman’s style of writing and to get comfortable with the story. That said, once I settled into the story I was hooked and Sully is a fantastic character. Her witty repertoire had me chuckling my way through some tense moments and her confident approach to her sexuality was refreshing.

Skilled at magic, and investigating crimes Sully leads the investigation into The Year of the Knife crimes and I could never in a million years have guessed where this was going to lead, it was cleverly orchestrated so that only at the last minute does it surprise you with the outcome.

There are some wonderful battle scenes, with magic vs hand to hand combat. Vampires vs Demons vs Humans making a true mix up of the supernatural in a world that is not so different from ours yet completely different.

I am truly glad I pursued this and didn’t give up near the beginning when I was struggling a little, the effort paid off and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Sully through to the end of this fantastic urban fantasy.

Sending huge thanks to G.D. Penman, Meerkat Press and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About G.D. Penman

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G D Penman writes Speculative Fiction. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. He is a firm believer in the axiom that any story is made better by dragons. His beard has won an award. If you have ever read a story with Kaiju and queer people, it was probably one of his. In those few precious moments that he isn’t parenting or writing he likes to watch cartoons, play video and tabletop games, read more books than are entirely feasible and continue his quest to eat the flesh of every living species.

   

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TitleThe Year of the Knife
Series: N/A
Author: G.D. Penman
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy | Magic | Mystery
Publisher: Meerkat Press
Publication Date: 28 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 236
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#BookBlitz: The Night Realm by Annette Marie @AnnetteMMarie @XpressoTours #Excerpt #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this book blitz for The Night Realm by Annette Marie organised by Xpresso Book Tours. Check out more about this book below along with an excerpt. This is the first book in the new Spell Weaver series. Also for release week the book will be discounted to 99p/99c so get in early!

Description

Clio would love nothing more than to go home. But as the illegitimate daughter of the nymph king, she’s stuck in the human world, exiled until she can earn a place in the royal family. Then her half-brother offers her a chance to prove herself. All she has to do is acquire some magic … by stealing it from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld.

Lyre prefers to go unnoticed, which is a tricky objective for an incubus. He can’t hide his looks or his coveted spell weaving skills, but he’s learned to mask his true intentions. As an unwilling pawn of the tyrannical Hades family, he stays alive by keeping one step ahead of his masters.

Now he’s been assigned to watch over a visitor from the Overworld—one who’s definitely hiding something. And with her unholy talent for triggering chaos and catastrophe, his job just keeps getting more perilous. Clearly, she’ll never survive this world.

The thing is, he’s no longer sure he can survive it either.

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Excerpt

As she stepped up to the last rack of shelves, she realized she hadn’t quite reached the end of the room. Tucked beyond the last shelf was another door—solid steel with no visible handle or lock. A web of magic crisscrossed the metal and complex runes filled four overlapping circles that shifted in a spiraling pattern.

 

She raised her fingers, keeping a safe several inches between her skin and the steel, and traced a glowing circle. That. She’d never seen anything quite like that before, but she knew it would react to touch. How it would react was another matter.

 

Intrigued, she leaned in closer, peering intently at the weaving’s underlayers as she tried to work out what it did.

 

“Don’t touch that.”

 

Lyre’s voice shattered the silence right behind her. A squeak of fright escaped her as she jerked backward from the door. But, with her sudden movement, her hand went the wrong way. And her fingers, already so close to the door, slapped against the metal.

 

She cringed in terror, fully expecting the door to explode or her bones to melt or her skull to burst open. Nothing happened—until she tried to pull her hand away.

 

It was stuck.

 

She yanked on her hand, but it was fused to the metal as though her skin had been superglued in place.

 

“I told you not to touch it.”

 

She shot a glare at Lyre, standing two paces away. “I wouldn’t have touched it if you hadn’t startled me!”

 

He tucked his binder under his arm and shoved his hands in his pockets. “Why would you touch anything in here without permission?”

 

“I told you—” She bit off the words. “Unkey the spell.”

 

“Hmm.” He rocked back on his heels and a downright evil little smirk curved his lips. “Not sure I know how.”

 

“What?”

 

“That lovely bit of work predates me. It’s pretty complicated. Since you fancy yourself a spell expert, if you look here, you’ll see—”

 

He started to point, and she had no idea why, but she flinched back as though he might hit her. Her elbow bumped the door—and got stuck too.

 

Lyre’s hand paused. “Now look what you did.”

 

“I didn’t—you—get me off this!”

 

“As I was saying, you can see here that the weaving amalgamates anything that touches it, so it’s embedded into your skin now—”

 

“Get me off this door!” She jerked helplessly, her immobilized wrist and elbow twisting awkwardly.

 

“Well, I could pull you off, but you might lose some skin. Though, since the weaving is spreading into your flesh the longer you stand there, you might leave more than skin behind.”

 

Her heart kicked up to a full gallop from her growing terror. He, however, seemed perfectly calm. Amused, in fact. Humor danced in his amber eyes, softening the color to something closer to buttery gold.

 

He was laughing at her.

 

“Oh.” His eyebrows rose. “That’s quite the scowl.”

 

She gritted her teeth. “Get. Me. Off.”

 

Those irresistible lips curved up and her stomach dropped to her feet. The air heated. Why was she suddenly kind of dizzy? Shadows slid through his eyes, dimming the amber to shimmering bronze.

 

“Get you off?” he repeated, and his tones were all purring honey, warm and deep and sensual. “With pleasure.”

 

A hot blush swooped through her cheeks as she realized what she’d said. “I—I didn’t mean—I was—”

 

In a panic, she lurched away from him—right into the spelled door.

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About Annette Marie

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Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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TitleThe Night Realm
SeriesSpell Weaver #1
Author: Annette Marie
Genre: Adult | Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc
Publication Date: 20 October 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: TBA
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#Review: Firestorm by Rachel Caine @rachelcaine @AllisonandBusby

This was my TBR Topple winner for September, huge thanks to all of you who voted for it, I’ve had this on my bookcase for about 10 years!

Description

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…

Review

I read the first four books in this series consecutively about a decade ago then hit my reading slump which lasted a few years so have had a few of this series on my shelf just waiting for me to get to them, you know how it is. Picking it up I wasn’t sure if I was going to remember what had happened so far in the series, after all it’s been a long time, my memory is definitely not what it used to be but Rachel Caine has added some useful reminders through the first few chapters to help jog broken memories like mine (thank you!) and before I knew it I was straight back into the series as though I read the previous books yesterday.

Joanne, now trying to combat the fact that the Djinn are no longer controlled by the Weather Wardens, David the Djinn she is in love with, and father to her daughter, Imara included. As she searches for answers and to resolve the conflict the world attacks along with the Djinn and the Wardens see things they have never seen before, at a time when they are weaker than they have ever been before.

Lewis, the strongest of the Wardens does all he can to help Joanne. I still suspect he is in love with her, I’ve held this belief for a few books now, but her affections are firmly with David, for now.

Rachel Caine does evil well and the two-sides of evil I’ve loved in this series are the human and Djinn. Eamon is the human evil, a cold calculating man who uses threats, kidnapping and plain nastiness to get what he wants. We learn more about him and his motivations in this book and I suspect things will get more sinister as the series progresses. Ashan is our Djinn evil and despite the fact we should despise him I can’t help but to like him rather a lot. He is consumed by his need for things to be the way he thinks they were meant to be and that drives him completely. It means he doesn’t see any wrong in annhiliation (I don’t use this word lightly). He see’s Joanne as a pesky ant who keeps thwarting his plans and boy does she keep getting in the way.

Finally, and this really does have to be talked about, Joanne’s love of fast cars. *sigh* I mean she drives some beasts in this series and this book especially. She loves cars, she loves them to growl under her foot and she loves to drive the hell out of them. Girl after my own heart that’s all I can say! (I know if you’ve seen my car you’d never believe that but hey have you seen insurance prices!)

Overall, getting back into this series has ignited the spark again, I’ve already got the next book in the series on the bookshelf so I hope it won’t take me a decade to get to it again! Thanks to my readers for voting for me to read this one and getting me back into it!

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TitleFirestorm
Series: Weather Warden #5
Author: Rachel Caine
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: 5 September 2006
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Audio
Pages: 324
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#Review: Raising Fire by James Bennett @Benjurigan @orbitbooks

If you missed my review of book one in this series Chasing Embers then you can check it out by following this link.

Description

Life isn’t treating Red Ben Garston well. He’s lost everything he once held dear, including the love of his life. Still, at least he escaped the clutches of a malevolent spirit bent on total destruction. So there is that.

Now Ben just wants to drink, and forget, and drink some more. But he can’t. Not yet.

Because someone is stirring up trouble. Someone who wants to unleash a powerful ancient magic that could bring the realm of mythology crashing into the modern world.

If Ben fails to stop them, the world will burn – and that’s the last thing he needs on his conscience.

Review

This has been floating around the top of my most anticipated books of 2017 since I found out it was being released towards the end of last year. Chasing Embers was one of my favourite books of 2016 and Ben Garston is one of my all time favourite characters partly because I have a huge thing for him, hey, no judgements people, if I want to crush on a dragon I will OK?

Raising Fire delivered everything I was hoping for and more. Moving us on a year from the events in Chasing Embers Ben is still torn up over losing the love of his life. He’s sunk further into the booze and is essentially hiding. But his life isn’t one in which he can hide easily and another faction are after his hide and this time it seems somebody else is looking to wake up all of the remnants.

Yet again Ben is faced with moral choices that leave his mind swirling, he is faced with battles that risk exposure to humans and breaking the rules of the lore. His advisor Von Hart is missing which isn’t helping his state of mind as he has nobody to turn to for advice. New characters are introduced in this book who offer a fresh perspective but in addition give us more questions around who can and should Ben trust.

Ben continues to get under my skin. He’s moody, drinks far too much, he bitches and moans. But he’s also thoughtful and really gives a shit about making the lore work, he gave his word hundreds of years ago and that means something to him. He loves fully and thoroughly and though other remnants look down on him for it he cares about humans and how the things the remnants do could affect them.

This is a solid urban fantasy and I enjoyed it as much if not more than Chasing Embers. I’m also over the moon to know there will be a third book to this series as I’m definitely not done reading about this amazing character.

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TitleRaising Fire
Series: Ben Garston #2
Author: James Bennett
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy | Dragons
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: 29 August 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Audio
Pages: 416
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#BlogTour: The Dragon in the Garden by Erika Gardner @Erika_Gardner @SDSXXTours #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on The Dragon in the Garden blog tour, this is an urban fantasy which I’ve reviewed below. Also check out the giveaway which you don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Erika Gardner and Maia from Silver Dagger Book Tours for having me.

Description

There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan Orsini witnesses it all. No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she could close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her grandparents’ house in California’s wine country. She encounters a talking dragon, a hot fallen angel, a demon lord, a Valkyrie, and, oh yes, her ex-boyfriend. And that is just in the first twenty-four hours.

It’s time to find out why she has this power.

Siobhan seeks out the Oracle and learns that only her Sight can help mankind navigate the travails of an ancient war. Our world is the prize in a battle between the dragons, who would defend us, and Lucifer’s fallen angels, who seek to take the Earth for themselves. Using her gift, she will have to make a choice that will decide humanity’s future.

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I’m confused about this book, I enjoyed it, but there was a lot going on and a lot of confusion over what the book was trying to be. On the one hand it’s an urban fantasy, set in our world, our time, on the other hand it’s an epic fantasy, with a great evil encroaching on the good guys that needs defeating, then there is the paranormal romance element. You see where I’m going with this? Too many genre elements squeezed into one book.

Siobhan has always been a little different to everyone else, she can see through lies to the truth of the matter, she’s always been able to do this and can tell if someone is lying regardless of if she has just met them or if she’s known them for years. When she was a young girl, a statue in her grandparents garden spoke to her, and she saw the dragon that lived within it. She has waited patiently for ‘Daisy’ to return.

Now she is back at the house having inherited it, and not only is Daisy returning but she is under the protection of an angel, a valkyrie, her brother and ex-boyfriend are swept up in the drama and she has an army of fallen angels and demons after her.

I really enjoyed the flow of the story, but as I’ve said I felt that the genres got really confused and with that the story lost it’s flow a few times and didn’t quite know where it was going. There were a couple of scenes that didn’t feel like they sat properly with the story as a whole and while I was swept up in the main story line I felt things kept being distracted.

Overall, I did enjoy this novel but felt it lacked a clarity in genre and story definition.

Sending a huge thanks to Erika Gardner and Silver Dagger Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Erika Gardner

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Erika is a sixth generation San Franciscan of Irish descent. She attended the University of California at Davis and completed degrees in Medieval History and Biological Sciences. A lifelong lover of books and a scribbler of many tales from a young age (her first story was completed at age five) she turned to writing full-time in 2011.

On a personal level she loves spicy food, twilight, dark chocolate (with sea salt-yum!) and nickel slots at Vegas. Erika lives for time with friends, a nice glass of red wine, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” & “Doctor Who” and good conversation. Her favorite things to do are running, cooking, reading, needlework, gardening… and of course, writing. Erika’s music of choice is heavy metal. To pick her out in a lineup you should know that she is very short, fairly loud, and has dark eyebrows. The rest, as her hero Anne McCaffrey once said in her bio, “is subject to change without notice”.

Erika resides in Northern California with her incredibly hot husband, their three amazing kids, and their chocolate Labrador named Selkie. To reach Erika regarding her books, wine recommendations, or to debate which Iron Maiden album is the best (clearly, it’s Brave New World)

     

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TitleThe Dragon in the Garden
Series: N/A
Author: Erika Gardner
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Epic Fantasy | Paranormal Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 21 October 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 272
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