Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This Week's Reads

Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
Lords of Deliverance #1 (Goodreads)
**This is a continuation of the authors Demonica series but featuring the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. can I just say that I hate these type of covers. There's something boring about them,especially when there's not much happening in the background. Oh Well, love the author and books so looking forward to trying this part of the series.

Harvest Hunting by Yasmine Galenorn
Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon #8 (Goodreads)
**I past this point in the series but somehow missed this book so going back to fill in some blanks.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 02/20/2017

A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders (#3 Sam Clair Novels)
A Conjuring of Light by V E Schwab (#3 Darker Shade of Magic)
Abduction by Cynthia Eden (#2 Killer Instinct)
Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig (#13 Star Wars: Disney Canon)
Against All Silence by E.C. Myers (#2 SOS)
An Unseen Attraction by KJ Charles (#1 Sins of the Cities)
Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones (#2 Dirty Money)
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (#3 The Ravenels)
Driving Rain by Sierra Dean (#2 Rain Chaser)
Fugitive Bride by Paula Graves (#3 Campbell Cove Academy)
Going Down Hard by Carly Phillips (#3 Billionaire Bad Boys)
His Cowboy Heart by Jennifer Ryan (#6 Montana Men)
Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron (#3 Coming Home)
Hot Target by Elle James (#2 Ballistic Cowboys)
Midtown Masters by Cara McKenna (#3 Sins in the City)
Montana Ranger by Elle James (#5 Brotherhood Protectors)
Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando (#13 Jack Swyteck)
Old Bones by Trudy Nan Boyce (#2 Sara Alt)
Playing With Desire by Reese Ryan (#1 Pleasure Cove)
Pucked Off by Helena Hunting (#5 The Pucked Series)
Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George (Castle Glower #5)
Saved by Darkness by Katie Reus (#6 Darkness)
Seduced by the Bachelor by Pamela Yaye (#7 Morretti Millionaires)
Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer (#2 Terra Ignota)
Spook Street by Mick Herron (#4 Slough House)
Surrender To The Marquess by Louise Allen (#1 Herriard Family)
The Book of Etta by Meg Elison (#2 The Road to Nowhere)
The Dragon's Price by Bethany Wiggins (#1 Transference)
The English Agent by Phillip DePoy (#2 Christopher Marlowe)
The Ghosts at the Movie Theater by Dori Hillestad Butler (#9 The Haunted Library)
The Killing Bay by Chris Ould (#2 Foroyars)
The Last Sin by K L Murphy (#3 Detective Cancini Mystery)
The Marine Makes His Match by Victoria Pade (#1 Camden Family Secrets)
The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott (#7 DI Tom Douglas)
Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James (#8 Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Wild Card by Susan Hayes (#3 The Drift)
Worldshaker by J F Lewis (#3 The Grudgebearer Trilogy)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Arc Review ~ Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1)
by Vic James
published by Del Ray Books
release date: February 14, 2017
genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia

**e-galley received from netGalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary (Goodreads): Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.
Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

My Thoughts: I didn't think I would like this book after the first few chapters due to all the different POVs. Ended up really enjoying the world the author created along and their stories. Unfortunately, the happy feelings and looking forward to book 2 ended with the last two pages. I'll start with the things I did like.
Luke, he started as a typical teenage boy doing typical teenage boy things. This ended quickly when he is separated from his family and sent to a factory slave town. Luke had the most evolution as a character and you could really believe he had become the person he was at the end of the book. All the decisions he made fit into his character, even when the outcome was not what he expected.
The Jardine brothers. Even as evil as they can seem, well at least one seems evil, one crazy, and one not like the others, I still liked them. I wanted to know more, especially about Silyen, crazy and powerful, definitely an interesting combination. Gavar seems to be more than what you see on the surface. His care for his child and even for Daisy in his own way. Granted it's only because she takes care of the baby but still it shows there is more there.
Bouda, she's another that I should hate (and mostly do) but I want to see what she does going forward. She clearly is willing to do anything that gives her more power including marrying Gavar and possibly being in league with his dad. I'm most interested in her mystery contact that seems to have info that is counter to everything that we learn in this book.
Abi, the character that ruined the whole book for me. It's necessarily her but where the author took her in the last two pages. Throughout the whole book Abi is kinda forgettable even as a main character. She's smart, book smart but too much of a fairytale daydreamer. She would think about the fact that she needed to find a way to get Luke out of the slave town and then 2 seconds later she would be dreaming about Jenner and how great it would be if they could only be together. This is pretty much how all her chapters go with some variation here or there but she never actually does anything. Then all of the sudden the story is over, the servant and master are in love and sharing a kiss, then Abi does something that is so far out of character that it made no sense to me. It literally ruined everything for me, I was so looking forward to reading book two and finding out what happens next. But if these last pages are an indication of where the author is going then I don't know if I'll be reading. Continuation is a big part of any series and it fell apart for this character in one book. With Luke it was easy to believe that he became the man he was at the end because of what happened to him throughout the book both in the slave town and when he ended up at the Jardine's. Abi on the other hand had no growth but suddenly we are supposed to believe she went from a smart daydreamer to a UF kick-ass heroine. It just doesn't fit. Most won't have a problem with this but for me it just didn't make sense.
I don't usually read preview chapters but if there are any released for book two (Tarnished City) I may give them a try to see where the author goes with the book and Abi's character. Something will have to happen to Abi and her sudden plans to make me want to read the whole book.

Rating: 4 based on the book as a whole and not the part that bothered me at the end.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

This Week's Reads

The Turn by Kim Harrison
The Hollows #0.1 (Goodreads)
**Even with the death of one of my favorite characters ever, this is still one of my favorite series.

SkinWalker by Faith Hunter
Jane Yellowrock #1 (Goodreads)
**I've been on a UF and vampire kick as of late. Saw something from this author recently and decided to give it a try.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 02/13/2017

A Dangerous Seduction by Jillian Eaton (#1 Bow Street Brides)
A Winter's Tail by Kathi Daley (#11 Whales and Tails Mystery)
Among the Ruins by Ausma Zehanat Khan (#3 Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak)
An Impossible War by Andy Remic (#4 Song for No Man's Land)
Can't Stop Fate by Debra Kayn (#4 Ronacks Motorcycle Club)
Dare You by Jennifer Brown (#2 Nikki Kill)
Daughter of Dragons by Jack Campbell (#1 Legacy of Dragons)
Destin's Hold by S E Smith (#5 Alliance)
Dirty Love by Ainsley Booth (#3 Forbidden Bodyguards)
Every Little Thing by Marie Force (#1 Butler, Vermont)
Found by S. A. Bodeen (#4 Shipwreck Island)
Four-Leaf Clover by Amanda M. Lee (#12 Wicked Witches of the Midwest)
Gilded Cage by Vic James (#1 Dark Gifts Trilogy)
Guarding Mr. Fine by HelenKay Dimon (#3 Tough Love)
Hers to Command by Cynthia Sax (#8 Cyborg Sizzle)
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson (#1 Chronicle of the Dark Star)
Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey
Ones and Zeroes by Dan Wells (#2 Mirador)
Playing The Game by Lisa B Kamps (#1 York Bombers)
Racing the Devil by Charles Todd (#19 Ian Rutledge)
Rebel by Eve Langlais (#3 Space Gypsy Chronicles)
Revenge of the Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen (#2 Evil Librarian)
Riveted by Jay Crownover (#4 Saints of Denver)
Scoundrel's Honor by Christi Caldwell (#2 Sinful Brides)
Stolen by Carey Baldwin (#4 Cassidy & Spenser)
The Basketball Blowout by David A Kelly (#4 MVP)
The Bootlegger's Goddaughter by Melodie Campbell (#5 Gina Gallo Mystery)
The Dragonlings’ Very Special Valentine by S E Smith (#9.6 Dragon Lords of Valdier)
The Girl He Wants by Kristi Rose (#3 No Strings Attached)
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (#2 Charlotte Holmes)
The Scoundrel's Pleasure by Jane Bonander (#2 MacNeil Legacy)
The Star in the Meadow by Carla Kelly (#4 Spanish Brand)
The Wish Granter by C J Redwine (#2 Ravenspire)
Tinderbox by Rachel Grant (#1 Flashpoint)
Tower of the Gods by D.K. Holmberg (#3 The Lost Prophecy)
Unrest by Wendy Higgins (#2 Unknown)
Until Sydney by Marissa Dobson (#1 Tanner Cycles)
Wildfire by Anne Stuart (#3 Fire)
Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky (#2 Olympus Bound)