Dystopian, Futuristic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense

/ Book Review / Heart of Tartarus (Sky Cities, #1) / Lucy Smoke /

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💙BOOK REVIEW💙

Release Date-25th June 2018
Genre-Reverse Harem Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-291 Pages

“Lucy Smoke has brought to life a world in Heart of Tartarus the likes of which I never could have envisioned and will never forget. Strong writing, a kick-butt heroine, and a perfect sense of what makes science fiction romance rock, has turned this book into one I will never forget losing myself in.” –Bestselling and Award Winning Author, Rebecca Royce

On Tartarus I was born… 

Soaked in power and secrets—Tartarus is a city for rebels, exiles, and criminals. As a messenger, every shadow is my friend. I know all the secrets of this place. Or, at least, I thought I did. When my best friend, Kida, goes missing, I don’t waste any time assuming her identity to draw her or whoever took her, out of hiding.

On Tartarus I will die… 

As I search for Kida’s whereabouts, Tartarus’ most dangerous gang—The Tanks—are slowly rising out of the chromework, growing more and more powerful. Every instinct in my body is screaming for me to run, to save myself, but I can’t—not without Kida. If I have to set the city ablaze just to get her attention, I will. And if the fire doesn’t kill me, the secrets I uncover just might.

***THIS COPY CONTAINS BOOK 1 AND 1.5 OF THE SKY CITIES SERIES*** 
***THIS IS A REVERSE HAREM TITLE***

 

Heart of Tartarus (Sky Cities, #1)

Heart of Tartarus by Lucy Smoke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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This was so good: like seriously read in one sitting fab.
A new author for me and what originally drew me towards this series was the unusual premise behind the storyline.
I have read many dystopian themed books where the earth has been obliterated and society is now living in a new type of hierarchy or even taken off into space itself to a whole new planet: but an actual sky society was a whole new concept for me.

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Such an ingenious imaginative idea: throw in a reverse harem type storyline and this was definitely an extremely unique approach to the whole post-apocalyptic sub-genre.
And this was such a fabulous introduction to what is looking up to be a first-class new series.
And the whole reverse harem thing well it’s subtle: like very, this is more about building emotions and the whole emotive relationship than any gratifying get your rocks off type thing.
In fact, this is a very slow build burn and as much as I am usually about instant gratification this really does work here and I have to say this for me was the best Reverse Harem I have experienced yet.
It’s so ingeniously applied that it becomes so normal and acceptable here without even realising it: Like second nature.
There is also so much flying under the radar here that totally stunned and intrigued me; This story was full of surprises indeed.
Also, the world building here was phenomenally well done: I was really impressed with how splendidly the whole city of Tartarus and its surrounding metropolis was portrayed.
The characters here were totally multi-faceted in there entirety and I really felt that I got to know each one intimately.
Quite a feat when this is actually only told from Cassie’s POV.
I loved Cassie and also adored her boys all of them brought something unique to the equation: something that Cassie needed: I also liked how protective and warm they were emotionally towards her.
I could actually see Cassie, Thayer, Levi, Aaron, Haze, and Noaz gradually morphing into a family and it was really lovely to behold especially considering the lack of caregivers in Cassie’s life.
So this volume contained book 1 and 1.5 it really could have been one if I’m being picky.
But no matter I read them as one anyway.
I am so looking forward to the next volume in this addictive new series and pleased to impart it won’t be long and I’m so excited that I have got an ARC of “Shadow Of Deception”(Sky Cities #2) coming so watch this space.
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I really can’t recommend Heart of Tartarus (Sky Cities, #1) enough it literally blew me away with how fabulous it actually was: counting the days here until I get my mitts on the next volume.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Heart of Tartarus” (Sky Cities, #1) of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Cover Reveals Blitz's & New Releases, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / The Wolf King’s Bride (Fate of Imperium, #1) / C.A. Worley /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-10th September 2018
Genre-Fantasy Romance
Kindle Edition-277 Pages

When Kellan, Wolf King of the North, meets his fated mate, she is only a child. He immediately brokers a betrothal and, on the day after her 20th birthday, whisks her away to his castle in the Northland. Kellan is elated, believing he has everything he has ever wanted. His new wife, Nora, doesn’t quite share the same sentiment.

Before Kellan has time to court her, Nora is attacked. An ancient brotherhood refuses to allow an heir of one kingdom onto the throne of another. All four factions in the land of Imperium appear to be involved in a surreptitious struggle for power … while Nora hides a few secrets of her own.

***The Wolf King’s Bride is the first book in the Fate of Imperium Series. Each book is the story of a different king and his fated mate. While the three books do not have to be read in order, it is highly recommended.

 

The Wolf King's Bride (Fate of Imperium, #1)

The Wolf King’s Bride by C.A. Worley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I have never read anything by this particular before but as this sounded so intriguing on paper I decided to take a chance and have a stab at it.
I am always a trifle nervous when trying on a new writer for size what with the whole will we be a fit and am I going to like this; especially when I also have to also write a review at the end of my experience.
I am extremely happy to report that I loved “The Wolf Kings Bride” like a whole lot and I will definitely be sticking around to read the next instalment in this fascinating new fantasy series.
So, this is a stand-alone love story with an extremely heartfelt HEA.
Each book in this series is cleverly interwoven to feature at its centre a different couple but all threads are connected together to form a much larger overall picture.
Here in this first instalment, we are introduced to this exciting new paranormal fantasy world and we get to learn about the separate powerful factions that together make up the lands of Imperium.
Elementals, Wolves, Demons and vampires.
In “The Wolf Kings Bride” the story itself centres on Kellan Wolf King Of The North and his fated mate Nora; the daughter to Kind Edward king of the Elementals.
Almost instantly here I was invested in the larger picture.
Fabulous centre characters combined with romance, intrigue and action make this such an incredibly easy read to lose and immerse yourself in.
This story played out against such a rich creative backdrop assisting in the overall ambience almost transporting me away to a whole new dimension.
This in itself really helped to set the scene so splendidly here.
This has so much to offer in terms of content and I was so invested here that I managed to read this book in one complete sitting.
I adored Kellan; if I’m honest he was my favourite, he had just the right amount of adorability crossed with his Alpha tendencies and I was hooked line and sinker on his brash bashfulness.
Nora for the most part I liked; she did have some slight annoyances to her nature that bugged me at times but I overlooked this slightly as I really did devour everything else about this story.
She eventually did see the light and overcome this so all was good in the end.
I also really liked where we left things here and can’t wait to see what direction this series will take us next.
I believe next up we have Nora’s sister Eden and the Heartless King (King of the vampires) I really can’t wait.
This one gets a wholehearted seal of approval from moi, Ive been reading a lot of dark stories lately and it made such a delicious change to just kick back and feel the love for once and this is one tale that delivers on that softer emotion in spades but while still also managing to fulfil fully on all else.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “The Wolf King’s Bride (Fate of Imperium, #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ Arc Book Review / Lying To You / Amanda Reynolds /

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Release Date-26th July 2018
Publisher-Wildfire
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-368 Pages

 

Following on from her eBook bestseller Close To Me, Amanda Reynolds is back with Lying To You, another gripping psychological drama. Perfect for fans of The Husband’s Secret and I Let You Go.

You’d know if you were lying to yourself, wouldn’t you?

When Jess Tidy was Mark Winter’s student, she made an accusation that ultimately saw him sentenced to three years in prison. A jury found him guilty, but he always maintained his innocence. Now, Jess’s mother’s death has brought her back to the village where she grew up, and where Mark still lives with his wife. And the truth about that night ten years ago which nearly destroyed them both is finally going to come out.

A gripping drama with dark twists and turns, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and the BBC series Doctor Foster.

 

 

Lying To You

Lying To You by Amanda Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“Lying To You” is my second book by this particular author and out of the two, this was hands down my favourite.
This was a jam-packed read and though relatively slow building in nature, it still managed to tantalise my taste buds with its constant teasers and tidbits it so expertly dangled in front of my eyes.
Slowly drip feeding until a much more lucid picture is formed turning everything you think you know completely on its head.
The story follows Jess Tidy as she returns home after her mother’s recent death.
Back to the small hometown, she grew up in and also fled ten years previous.
Back where the events of the past have a way of catching up with the present and though ten years have gone by peoples memories and prejudices are still running rife through this small community.
So the story ping-pongs between Jess and the wife of Mark Winters.
The wife who has nothing but contempt and hatred for the girl who in her opinion toppled her perfect life like a set of dominoes.
It was just so interesting to see this story unfold from two different angles giving such a unique perspective and with no idea who the real victims are here besides the obvious: I was kept on my toes throughout second guessing everything till that final reveal.
This was brilliantly done with just the correct amount of information to whet my appetite whilst still withholding the rest of the picture.
I also really liked the finale: a job well done.
I whizzed through this so fast and have no issues recommending this enjoyable piece of well-written fiction.
Thank you to the Publisher, Author and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “Lying To You” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, psychological thriller, Reviews, Suspense, Thriller

/ Arc Book Review / Do Not Disturb / Claire Douglas /

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Release Date-9th August 2018
Publisher-Penguin UK
Genre-Mysteries & Thrillers
Kindle Edition-400 Pages

COULD YOUR DREAM HOME BE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE?

After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.
It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?
Is Selena running from something too?
Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .

‘This kept me up last night. Scary. Twisty. All too believable. Exactly what you need for a bestselling chiller-thriller’ Jane Corry, bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife

‘Secrets lurk behind every corner in this dark, gothic thriller. Absorbing and chilling’ Karen Perry, bestselling author of Girl Unknown

‘A page-turning slow burn that builds into a chilling reminder that sometimes home is where the hurt is’ Cara Hunter, bestselling author of Close to Home

 

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I Really enjoyed “Do Not Disturb” this was my second book by this particular author and out of the two this one was my hands down favourite.
I read this in one sitting: staying up late into the night to finish always a sign of a good read that in my opinion.
The concept here is simple: Kirsty and Adrain along with there two daughters and Kirstys mother make a big move to a small village in Wales to run a guest house together.
Adrian is recovering from a bout of depression after a breakdown so this is meant to be a new start for the whole family.
Not long after arriving they are descended on by various members of the extended family.
Selena: Kirstys estranged cousin along with her disabled daughter.
The brother and sister in law and a variety of paying guests.
This hodgepodge of different personalities along with strange occurrences eventually cumulates into a set of circumstances where all are pointing fingers and nobody knows who is innocent or guilty and quite who to actually trust.
Secrets abound and everybody’s guilty of something.
This made for fantastic reading, there were so many red herrings thrown around I thought I was going to get whiplash with the constant back and forth motion.
So fast paced that it was impossible to put this down once started.
This had so much going on in terms of story development managing to keep me guessing till the very end.
I really enjoyed this and as an added bonus this was set in my neck of the woods: well down the road anyway, I live on the border of Wales myself.
I did chuckle to myself at the depiction of small-time living and what is perceived as outsiders: all true from my own personal experience.
All in all, this was a fast-paced read that I enjoyed immensely and am happy to recommend.
On a final note loved the finale: everything was wrapped up here so brilliantly: Bravo.
Thank you to the Publisher, Author and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “Do Not Disturb” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Young-Adult

/ Arc Book Review / Mirage (Mirage #1) / Somaiya Daud /

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💜ARC BOOK REVIEW💜

Release Date-28th August 2018
Publisher-Hodder & Stoughton
Genre-Young Adult
Kindle Edition-320 Pages

The crown of Dihya had been stripped from me, my face changed, my body broken.
But I was not a slave and I was not a spare.
I was my mother’s daughter, and I would survive and endure. I would find my way back home. 

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation, and of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventures, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double to appear in public, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear and if Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection… because one wrong move could lead to her death.

Mirage (Mirage, #1)

Mirage by Somaiya Daud
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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There wasn’t really anything awful or bad about Mirage: it just wasn’t quite to my personal taste.
It didn’t have that pizazz for me: not managing to either grab or retain my initial interest.
I even found myself having to concentrate and work really hard on staying the whole course and I started this three actual times before progressing any further than the first few chapters.
I think maybe there might have been a bit of an information overload when it came to the world building; too much info dumped on the reader in one go, I myself would have prefered to be drip fed.
This also wasn’t really what I thought it was going to be at all and considering I was actually so looking forward to this one I’m a bit bummed, to say the least.
My journey will definitely be ending here as I am just not invested in this at all.
So the premise here was intriguing eighteen-year-old Amani is taken to the palace to act as the body double to a princess; here she enters a whole new world of politics, intrigue and also romance.
The concept behind this story was fabulous indeed: just for me personally it worked better as that concept rather than in reality.
I also think this was much to heavily geared towards the romance and as a result, a large part of the story was lost.
For me, I was expecting a much faster pace with more of a sci-fi action vibe, but what I got was far from that.
this was more heavily steeped in legend, mythology and love.
Look don’t get me wrong if this is your thing then it’s probably going to blow your mind: Mirage is full of lyrical prose and fantastical descriptions throughout.
The language used here is so beautiful with an almost poetic flow to it.
I myself am not a big fan of this type of prose: I imagine if you were this would definitely be your thing.
Though I’m not much of a fan myself I can still applaud and appreciate the appeal of this type of literature and this as a prime example disregardless of my own personal taste.
I also wasn’t that keen on Amani herself and also found the fiance Idris a bit lacklustre as well.
In fact, if I’m being completely honest the cruel Princess Maram was perhaps the most interesting character here for me and I would have liked to have seen a chapter from her POV.
On a sidenote just want to add that the front cover here was gorgeous, very eye-catching indeed.
So Yeh, in a nutshell, gorgeous front cover, beautiful language overall but this was not quite to my taste.
Thank you to the Publisher, Author and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “Mirage (Mirage, #1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Dark, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Beauty’s War (Gods Reborn) / Claire Marta & Anna Edwards /

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Release Date-28th August 2018
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition

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I thought I knew who I was. A girl from Devon with a love of drawing.
A trip to Rome has ancient forces at work I never knew existed.
Beauty in my world has died.

Can he save me from the encroaching darkness?

 

Mars

I’m the God of War. The God of Masculinity.
If I want something I take it such is the power, I wield.

How is it possible, one human woman can bring me to my knees?

History tells us of mighty God’s that once ruled the Earth, what it doesn’t say, is that over time their powers were suppressed by hatred, violence, and suffering. Many have forgotten their true nature and those that remain behind strive for balance. Welcome to the world of the Gods reborn, a place where emotions can destroy a planet, supremacy is the ultimate goal and the possibility of love can change everything that we know forever.

Please be warned this book may contain triggers for some.

 

 

Beauty's War (Gods Reborn)

Beauty’s War by Claire Marta
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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Was excited to read a collaboration between these two authors as they are both ones I have loved previously.
And this was for me, for the most part, was great; It has so much to recommend itself and was such an easy read to get lost in.
Focusing on the Roman gods, the basic premise here is that Jupiter the king of the gods has a law firm in Rome that he runs with the help of his godly offspring.
This is a front to help and assist mankind in an ongoing war with his brother Pluto the god of the underworld.
Pluto also has a rival firm and his end game is to cause as much chaos and evil insanity in direct opposition to his family’s directive.
His goal; to totally eradicate life for the humans as they know it and he will use any means necessary to achieve this objective.
Including a goddess who has no idea of her original origins.
So this is the story of the god of war Mars; a lawyer working on the side of good for his father’s Law firm.
Tasked with befriending the newly awakening goddess of beauty and love Venus and protecting her from his uncle Pluto it’s not long before events start to escalate leaving behind destruction and devastation in its wake.
So for me, the fallout here was rather shocking and was not quite what I was expecting from this.
This is where things lost a bit of there glitter and shine for me as this was so much darker than what I was actually expecting.
Please do be aware there are some dark situations depicted in Beauty’s War (Gods Reborn).
My rating reflects my struggle with this dark material and is no way a reflection on these authors combined talent; this was as expected excellently written.
Despite my pains with the overall brutality here I still did enjoy this.
I adore anything mythology related and this had that in spades.
This was such an imaginative perspective on the gods, one that I truly appreciated.
It had some extremely likeable characters alongside the dregs of humanity and beyond.
Such a real vivid contrast of extremes that when placed side by side really reflected this picture back so starkly.
This on reflection eas such an interesting beginning to a new series.
I for one will be watching keenly to see where this is heading.
Just be aware as I mentioned earlier that this was extremely dark and brutal in some places so please do avoid if this is an issue for you.
Thank you to the authors for providing me with a Review copy of “Beauty’s War” (Gods Reborn) of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Factual, Historical, Mystery, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / The Phantom Tree / Nicola Cornick /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-21st August 2018
Publisher-Graydon House
Genre-Time-slip Historical Fiction
Kindle Edition-384 pages

 

“My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.”

Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, was in Wolf Hall…with Mary…in 1557.

The painting of Mary is more than just a beautiful object for Alison—it holds the key to her past life, the unlocking of the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance and how Alison can get back to her own time. But Alison’s quest soon takes a dark and foreboding turn, as a meeting place called the Phantom Tree harbours secrets in its shadows…

A spellbinding tale for fans of Kate Morton, Philippa Gregory and Barbara Erskine by the bestselling author of House of Shadows.

 

The Phantom Tree

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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So this was one that initially drew me in by being described as for fans of Barbara Erskine and I have to say I agree completely.
I myself have been a huge fan of that particular author for many years; in fact, she’s an auto-buy for me and “The Phantom Tree” I found was in a very similar vein, combining the past and present just so effortlessly.
What I loved about this the most was the rich factual history that was interwoven amongst the fiction.
It’s almost a history lesson within a story that’s been brought to vivid life before my very eyes. Managing to capture but also retain my initial attention just so effortlessly.
A timeslip story which manages to combine elements of history, Romance and suspense all parcelled up so nicely into one enticing little bundle.
“The Phantom Tree,” tells the story of the very real historical character of Mary Seymour and her distant cousin Alison.
Rivals, as well as unlikely allies these two young girls, mature together under the roof of the real-life Wolf Hall of 1557.
Due to circumstances forced upon both girls there paths separate following such different directions, one to a whole new home as a companion and poor relation, the other escaping through a doorway to the future.
Promises made but unable to deliver this story starts to unfold both then and now its repercussions managing to echo down through the coming centuries affecting all around.
Past and present combining so splendidly together at its very heart this is a tale of love. loss and redemption one I really can’t recommend enough.
I really didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I actually did, this is one book that certainly snuck up on me catching me completely unawares.
Thank you to the Publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “The Phantom Tree” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Dystopian, Fantasy, Futuristic, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Crimson Ash / Haley Sulich /

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Genre-Young Adult Dystopian
Kindle Edition-382 Pages

 

You may live as a soldier or face death. Choose wisely.

 

Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But then the soldiers raid the rebels, killing her fiancé and leaving Solanine alone with her demons and all the weapons needed for revenge.

After raiding a rebel camp, sixteen-year-old Ember doesn’t understand why killing some boy bothers her. She’s a soldier—she has killed hundreds of people without remorse. But after she fails a mission, the rebels hold her hostage and restore her memories. Ember recognizes her sister among the rebels and realizes the boy she killed was Solanine’s fiancé.

Ember knows she can’t hide the truth forever, but Solanine has secrets too.

 

As their worlds clash, the two sisters must decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. And one wrong move could destroy everything—and everyone—in their path.

 

 

Crimson Ash

Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Unfortunately for me, this was really just an Ok read; I originally requested a copy of this because I was oh so intrigued by the actual blurb.
It really captured my attention and sounded ever so intriguing in its overall description.
But this one; for me was one that worked much better on paper than in its actuality.
Initially, I found myself rather bored and uninvested I also had real issues getting into and immersing myself in the story plot.
I’m not really sure why that was, as it had all the necessary ingredients that usually work for me.
Just something seemed to be missing from the recipe which was a shame as It was one that I was really looking forward to reading.
So after several stops and false starts, I finally bit the bullet and managed to get through the first few chapters and once accomplishing this feat I then found myself much more interested in what was to come next.
Basically “Crimson Ash” is a YA future dystopian tale set against a surreal post-apocalyptic landscape.
Our story though encompassing many characters is really the saga of two sisters Ember and Solanine; told by focusing individually on each sister and then alternating POV “Crimson Ash” bounces back and forth weaving a fantastical web.
A war is raging between two opposing factions drawing all into the crossfire whether wanted or not.
So this has all sorts to offer its readers; deep tragedy action and romance all combined together to bring forth a fresh new voice in Dystopian YA fiction and once I connected here I did then enjoy myself; there were still things that for me spoilt things, but for the most part, I was satisfied with the eventual conclusion we were given.
The main grumbles I had that caused me to drop my rating a smidge was the constant back and forth between the rebels and the government; I did find this slightly tedious and I also thought some of the secondary characters could have been a tad better developed than they were.
ultimately though this wasn’t a bad read just one that wasn’t really my flavour at times.
Maybe it will be a better fit for you; as at its heart, this was a good solid YA read that was at times just so bittersweet and poignant in nature.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Crimson Ash” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

/ Arc Book Review / Everything Under The Sun / Jessica Redmerski /

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Release Date-28th August 2017
Genre-Dystopian Romance
Kindle Editions-657 Pages

Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about. 

Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them? 

Everything Under The Sun

Everything Under The Sun by Jessica Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Thais, I would stain the rivers red with blood of a thousand men for you—I would do anything for you. 

Holy Batman this book was good.
Where has this author been all my life, “Everything Under The Sun” has knocked me shocked on my derriere with just how amazing it actually was.
Despite being such an extensive read this kept my attention fully; quite a remarkable feat considering the sheer length of this epic saga.
I was so enthralled and enmeshed in this addictive story that I managed to lose parcels of time, this was and is one of my most enjoyed reads of this year, quite an accomplishment in itself when you consider the sheer amount of books I do get through annually.
Not going to do a big rehash of the plot as I do think you really just need to read and envelop yourself in the richly imagined dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape.
This story centres around Thais and Atticus and the events leading up to and then beyond there pathways crossing.
Maybe fate or even just random chance but from the very beginning of there initial connection a bond that will last and endure the tough brutal times ahead is formed.
And the road that Atticus and Thais are now traversing is one paved in tears, heartache and steadfast endurance.
A journey not only across country pitted against the harsh elements but also exposed to the darkness of the human psyche and how low mankind has plummeted back into the dark ages of the distant past.
Where woman are chattel to be bartered and everyone is out for themselves, the ugliness of human nature exposed in all true and hideous form.
Peel back the disguise of civility and the bitter truth buried beneath the surface is finally revealed, just waiting for its chance to shine.
“Everything Under The Sun” does a fantastic job of portraying the breakdown of society in all its unapologetic glory.
This was not an easy read emotionally and my heart broke and shattered several times throughout.
This was harrowing and heartbreaking whilst at the same time also uplifting and inspirational.
Just when I thought human nature had all gone to the dark side and all hope in peoples inert goodness was lost.
Someone or something would surprise me reeling me back from the brink, just one simple act of human kindness was enough to pull forth from me that tangible hope.
So this was fantastic reading, it made me feel so much emotionally.
By the time the curtain temporarily closed I was crying like a baby; overwhelmed and so immersed in this epic love story that I had been temporarily transported to another world.
A landscape that the author here has done such an incredible job of creating; the world-building here is one of the best I have ever envisioned, a real accomplishment for this author, one that has suitably impressed me.
So where this left us, well let’s just say I need part two like now, Talk about a cliffhanger I really need to continue this chaotic journey wherever it is heading.
This was a fantastic book that everyone needs to give a chance to.
Do not be put off by its length that is a plus, not a minus, I honestly myself didn’t want this to end.
So come aboard and embark on this fraught perilous journey with both Atticus and Thais.
Follow in their footsteps as Atticus attempts with all his heart to hang onto his fading humanity. keeping Thais safe when everything else around him has withered and died a bleak death; She is the new sole purpose to his very existence.

You may be the only good thing left in this world, and I’ll be goddamned if I let your light fade.

In saving Thais; somehow Atticus manages to save himself right back.
So do yourself a favour, just add this to your TBR list I really don’t think you’ll have any regrets.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a Review copy of “Everything Under The Sun” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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/ Book Review / Sigil (Irdesi Empire #1) / Addison Cain /

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🍁BOOK REVIEW🍁

Release Date-1st October 2018
Genre- Dark Reverse Harem Sci-Fi
Kindle Edition-325 Pages

 

He will possess her in every way.

After a century, The Irdesi Emperor has finally cornered their species’ only female. Sovereign and his fanatic brothers are closing in, driving Sigil to desperation.

They outnumber her, they are stronger, and they are relentless.

Sovereign knows her secrets better than Sigil knows herself. He knows she was conditioned to hate him. It changes nothing. The Emperor cannot help but crave her—just as his loyal brothers crave her.

The entire future of their species hinges on Sovereign’s ability to dominate the slippery renegade and make her feel the truth of what she is. She is his Consort. She is his obsession—a bride destined to be shared with and adored by his kin… to be satiated and ruled, to be overpowered and healed of her compulsions by any means necessary.

She has no choice in the matter. The empire will stop at nothing. Sigil will belong to them; she will be made to love them, even if they are forced to rip the galaxy apart to claim her.

Publisher’s Note: The first novella in Addison Cain’s provocative and raw Irdesi Empire series is a dark tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange. Some scenes are written to be disturbing. If such material offends you, please do not purchase. 

 

Sigil (Irdesi Empire)

Sigil by Addison Cain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I suppose we’re both monsters; Black hair hung in his eyes as he turned her chin to taste her mouth. “At least I didn’t try to eat her, lost lamb.

Oh, my Star and moon this was bloody good.
Like seriously I really couldn’t get enough of this darkly sadistic depraved tale.
I’m not even sure how to start describing this madhouse of mayhem.
So this places us in a fictional fantasy landscape set in space, so its a sci-fi Yes?
Well, it sort of is but its also so much more sci-fi / Erotica / Horror / dystopian; We have a bit of everything all mashed up together to create this fantastical adventure that I honestly have nothing to compare it to.
everything that shouldn’t have worked did; this author has the exceptional ability to create whole masterpieces when it comes to her world building skills.
This is something she absolutely excels at.
What she’s is also a master at is giving me a story that I didn’t even know I wanted never mind needed.
I am having quite a time lately with dark fiction that I am actually struggling to accept emotionally which as a result is reflecting in my final book ratings.
I am not even sure what the correct combination for myself even is so to expect anyone else to get it is a bloody long stretch, but Addison Cain seems to have punched my ticket because she gets the formula correct for me every single time.
Definite auto-buy author.
This is dark dubious material skirting the edge constantly in regards to its content.
dub-con bordering at times on non-con and I seriously devoured every depraved scenario we were given here.

Oh, Sigil.” Sovereign slid his lips over her ear. “It had to happen this way. Can you not already feel me working inside you, undoing the damage? Does it not satisfy to be mounted by your own kind? Every time we mate, you’ll know completion. You’ll chemically recognize your place until you are healed of the poison they inflicted on you to punish me.

Sigil/Quinn is a complete psychopath with very few redeeming qualities of these anomalies was her compulsion to save neglected children and provide them with an alternative (probably an understandable result of her own horrific childhood)
And her love of Que her unemotional alien companion and saviour.
Her devotion and internal gratitude to this particular individual is very apparent.
While playing the role of master and slave on the space station Pax Sigil is discovered by the very species that she has been evading for years.
With Sovereign and the brothers ready to reclaim Sigil as imperial Consort to the Irdesi empire they are willing to do whatever it takes to claim and dominate this elusive escapee.
Sigil is right back at ya and the trials and agonies she is willing to endure to evade sovereigns attentions was truly astounding.
Sovereign I’m still not sure of but I do think he generally cares in his own unique fashion and even when he does what is necessary his words still reflect his hope and blind devotion that Sigil will return his affections some day.
We left Sigil (Irdesi Empire #1) on a shocking cliffhanger that had me screaming NO!!!

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Will be starting the next instalment immediately after that one; how could I not.
Before I go just a small observation Sigil, in my opinion, is one of the most crazy-ass female characters I have ever encountered.
I mean geez this girl has actually eaten people.

Quinn envisioned plucking out one of his unimaginable eyes and crushing it to jelly—or maybe eating it, swallowing down a piece of him while he watched. The fantasy blossomed, made her smile, and she slipped further into manic bloodlust.

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What am I saying she was completely the bomb and I adored her crazy lab-engineered butt.
You so rock girlie.
I am really looking forward to my next Sigil fix.
This won’t be one for everyone, but this one was definitely my particular brand of bad.
As an added bonus Sigil (Irdesi Empire #1) is also available through KU.
For clarification, this review is for the re-released book.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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