Review: VAMPIRE’S KISS by Ella Summers


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VAMPIRE’S KISS
Ella Summers

SeriesLegion of Angels #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Night Spark Media
Pages: 242
Release date: October 14th 2016

Leda Pierce is working as a paranormal bounty hunter on the Frontier, the dividing line between human civilization and the plains of monsters. Life is simple and the pay modest, but at least she has her family. That is, until a vampire hunt goes wrong and her brother goes missing, captured by the dark angels of hell.

With no magical powers of her own and no way to find him, Leda’s only option is to go to New York and join the Legion of Angels, an elite unit of supernatural soldiers with powers gifted to them by the gods themselves. If she can survive long enough to make it up the ranks, she will gain the magic she needs to find her brother.

But Leda soon finds herself on the wrong side of a conspiracy that will shake up the supernatural world—and at the mercy of a fiercely powerful and tempting angel.


“You have both darkness and light in you already, a perfect balance.”


Vampire’s Kiss is an action packed and magical Urban Fantasy novel. The premise mixes paranormal creatures and a dystopian world, creating an interesting setting for the story. The world-building is unique and fresh, but sadly is not explored much and is a bit shallow and vague. There are twists, a love triangle, and a main character – Leda – that is special and loved by almost everyone she meets.

Ella Summers’ writing is incredibly easy to get into. The pace is fast and the flow between chapters is done very well, although a bit of the action scenes pass by too quickly to have any kind of impact. The characters are somewhat flat and stay underdeveloped throughout the story, and the main reason behind Leda’s character arc is glossed over and pretty much forgotten through most of the book.

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Mini Review: A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS by George R.R. Martin

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first 3 short stories in the Tales of Dunk & Egg, taking place about a hundred years before the events in A Game of Thrones.


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A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS
George R.R. Martin

SeriesThe Tales of Dunk & Egg #1-3
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 355
Release date: October 6th 2015

A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals – in stature if not experience. Tagging along with him is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg – whose true identity must be hidden from all he and Dunk encounter: for in reality he is Aegon Targaryen, and one day he will be king. Improbable heroes though they be, great destinies lie ahead for Dunk and Egg; as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.

A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS brings together for the first time the first three official prequel novellas to George R.R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory.

Featuring more than 160 illustrations by Gary Gianni, one of the finest fantasy artists of our time, this beautiful volume will transport readers to the world of the Seven Kingdoms in an age of bygone chivalry.

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WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (14)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

1. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is my new fave. I’m ashamed to say it took me this long to finally pick this one up. I’m about halfway through this novella and loving every. single. minute of it! Give me all the creepy and monstrous things! The writing is also fantastic and really atmospheric. Just like Every Hear A Doorway, which I also loved 😀

2. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

YA Fantasy! This is one of my picks for The Reading Quest. I’m only two chapters in so far? The first one was rather slow, but things are definitely picking up. The novel is about a young princess who has to fight to reclaim her dead mother’s throne.


What did you recently finish reading?

  1. Wildfire by Ilona Andrews: Third book in the Hidden Legacy series! Amazing Urban Fantasy novel with a cool mystery to unravel, lots of humor, and a swoony romance! Review here.
  2. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh: Mulan retelling! Sadly, the lack of world-building, slow and dragging pace, and undeveloped relationships made this not enjoyable for me. Review here.
  3. Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino: Emotional romance novel! Extreme case of instalove, selfish main character, and it deals with a subject that is particularly painful for me. Not the book for me. Review here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell


M/M Sports Romance! This should be out by next week, and I’m really looking forward to more of Hassell’s writing.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.


What are books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
Tell me in the comments!


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Top 10 Tuesday: Serial Fiction Podcasts

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. TOP TEN TUESDAY IS TAKING A BREAK UNTIL AUGUST, SO I’M PICKING MY OWN THEMES.

I know a lot of book lovers absolutely love audiobooks, but I usually find narrators… way too slow 😛 This means I end up picking up the book and reading it by myself in half or a third of the time, depending, and having way more fun.

Sometimes, though, I still find myself in situations where I can’t hold a book and be productive at the same time. That’s when I turned to my favorite thing in the world: Serial Fiction Podcasts. There are so many wonderful podcasts out there being produced, but there are my Top 10 faves:

Disclaimer: pretty much all of them are creepy as hell 😂

31145148THE BLACK TAPES


The Black Tapes is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.

How do you feel about paranormal activity or the Supernatural? Ghosts? Spirits? Demons?

Do you believe?

22840421Limetown


Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again.

American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”

30233110Alice Isn’t Dead


A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead.

In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.

18189606Homecoming


Homecoming centers on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life — presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations.

27883214Archive 81


A podcast about horror, cities, and the subconscious.

In which a lone archivist investigates a tape library, and is exposed to horrors from beyond time and space.

If you know anything about what happened to Dan Powell, please contact me at archive81podcast@gmail.com

23299512We’re Alive


For Army Reserve Soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knew it ended in an instant. One minute, he’s in college, and in the next, rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars, and literally tearing people apart.

This is the day the dead walk.

This is the world of We’re Alive.

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When you die in the digital age, pieces of you live on forever. In your emails, your social media posts and uploads, in the texts and videos you’ve messaged, and for some – even in their secret online lives few even know about. But what if that digital existence took on a life of its own? Ross, a low level FBI employee, faces that very question as he starts spending his days online talking to his wife Charlie, who died
8 months ago…

23592235Hello from the Magic Tavern


Hello! I’m Arnie. I fell through a magical dimensional portal behind a Burger King in Chicago and found myself in a strange magical land called “Foon.” I’m still somehow getting a weak wi-fi signal from the Burger King so I host a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur, interviewing monsters, wizards and adventurers.

There are worlds other than our own!

30095464Darkest Night


Darkest Night is a binaurally recorded audio drama centering around the Roth Lobdow Center for Advanced Research. Each chapter follows two scientists working for the center on top secret ‘Project Cyclops’. Through Project Cyclops, we are able to relive a person’s last waking moments and uncover the secrets of the dead.

25733660The Dark Tome


What if there was a book that literally opened up doorways to other worlds? Where would it lead, and could you handle what you found on the other side?

Cassie, a wayward teen, is about to find out. One day, after she wraps up community service at a local hospital, she stumbles out of the basement of a spooky bookshop and into a story set on a devil’s staircase in a remote Italian village.


Do you listen to podcasts? What are some of your favorites?
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Review: FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh


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FLAME IN THE MIST
Renée Ahdieh

SeriesFlame in the Mist #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 393
Release date: May 16th 2017

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.


Anger is an emotion that poisons all else.


Flame in the Mist is a nice YA Fantasy novel with an incredible setting. The somber atmosphere that follows Mariko’s story serves to amp up the mystery and magic surrounding the plot, but the lack of world-building makes it difficult for readers to connect and care about what’s going on. There are fights, action, and an empowering main character, but the slow pace drags the story along.

Renée Ahdieh delivers another retelling that is actually… not a retelling at all. Her writing is still enchanting for the most part, and very easy to follow. It also matches well with the type of mythical story this novel tells, but the undeveloped relationships and abrupt shifts between POV characters takes a little bit away from the magic in this installment.

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Arc Review: WISH YOU WERE HERE by Renée Carlino


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 TRIGGER WARNING (HIGHLIGHT BELOW):
TERMINAL ILLNESS. MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH.


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WISH YOU WERE HERE
Renee Carlino

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320
Release date: August 15th 2017

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.


Love is a wordless secret.


Wish You Were Here is an emotional story about love at first sight. The fast pace and good writing keep the reader engaged, though it fails to sell the relationship between the two main characters. There is little character development, and while there are a few humorous scenes to balance out the heavy and painful themes, the dialogue feels too forced and awkward.

Renée Carlino and her writing sure keep readers flipping pages. It is very easy to get through the books, as the flow between chapters is done rather well, and the narration is smooth and engrossing. Unfortunately, the plot does feel rather shallow, and there is a lack of connection with the characters and their relationships. The novel also deals with a subject that is very personal and difficult for me to read, which made this rather hard to get through.

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To Be Read – August 2017

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August, the longest month of the year, is here 😛 This is also the start to my very last semester ever of university! So from here on out I’ll be very focused on graduating and not curling up on the floor and crying, which means less reading time for me. 😦

I’m still going to stick to the previous TBR structure, as it’s been kind of working so far. This time I’ll keep my goals to a minimum, though, in an attempt to not stress myself out. Send me good vibes, please.

MUST READS


This month’s ARCs are:

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller ✨

YA Fantasy! With a little bit of Dystopia thrown in, maybe? And a genderfluid main character! I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about this book, so lets see what I think of it.

Odd & True by Cat Winters ✨

Historical YA Fantasy! Also my first ever Cat Winters book. This novel is set in the early 1900s, and it tells the story of two sisters, magic, and their fight against monsters.

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino ✨

Contemporary Romance! I’ve only ever read Carlino’s debut novel, so I’m very curious to see how she’s evolved as a writer. This is a cute story about two cute people who are after something more in life and what happens when they come across each other.

GOALS


Since July was my birthday month, I sort ended up with…. a lot……. of new books……… added to my TBR 🙈

The Reading Quest also starts this month! Which means more books to read 😛 With that, my goals are:

✨ READ 1 RECENT BOOK PURCHASE

When I say I added a lot of books to my TBR I mean I added maybe around… 10 books? So this is a good goal to try to achieve this month. I hope. Please @self don’t disappoint me.

✨ FIGHT MY TBR IN THE READING QUEST

As said on my post, I’ll be participating in the Quest as a Knight. It means I have 5 books to read, without the side-quest squares. I’ll try to tackle most of them this month 😀


What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!


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