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Review: A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

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A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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Synopsis
Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

What I thought
Thank you Wednesday Books and Netgalley for an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.

This is a YA historical fantasy debut. The cover for this book is amazing it drew me to this book. As a whole, I liked this story. I would say that this book is much more historical than a fantasy the only fantasy element is the search for the philosophers stone, but then again this was something that did happen. So for me, I was hoping for a little more fantasy but that was just me and no fault of the book.

This book starts out at a slow pace, then it picks up, then slows down again. I am specifying this just so you know not to go into this looking for something that is fast-paced. I was lucky that what I needed at the time was a slower book so this fit the bill perfectly. When the book slowed down in the second half of the book there were times where it felt the story got lost. During this time I became annoyed with some of the characters that I had liked up to that point.

In the second half of the book, I became very annoyed with some of the characters that I liked up to this point. And by the end, there was only one character that I wanted to have a good ending.

I enjoyed the book as a whole and I would definitely read something by this author again.

My Rating: /5

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Review: Thief of Dreams by Bec McMaster

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Thief of Dreams by Bec McMaster
(Court of Dreams #0.5)
Fantasy, Romance
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Synopsis
Twenty brides. One prince. Who will survive when the competition turns deadly?

When Prince Keir of the Court of Dreams sends out a summons in search of a bride, the Wraith King sees a chance to steal the powerful Dragon’s Heart. He sends his best thief, Zemira Az Ghul, to penetrate the court as one of the potential brides.

All Zemira wants is freedom from the chains that bind her to the king, and if she finds the relic she’ll have it. But the Court of Dreams is more dangerous than she ever expected, and Zemira must soon choose between her freedom—and her heart.

What I thought
I received a copy of this book from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed this story! I love this author’s writing style. I felt pulled in from the beginning. This is a fast-paced novella that is easy to get into. This book is full of Fae, Wraiths, and Dragons. Oh my! Sorry I just had to. I really liked Zemira’s character and dI can not wait to continue with this series. The Novella itself is only 110 pages so I am not going to say anything so as not to spoil the story for you.

I realized that I really need to read more by this author.

Oh, and now I have a new favorite phrases: cauldrons piss.

My Rating: /5

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Review: Shake the Earth by Elizabeth Briggs

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Shake the Earth by Elizabeth Briggs
(Her Elemental Dragons #3)
Fantasy, Romance
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The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of four sexy dragon shifters and the woman they’re sworn to serve…

It’s time for me to embrace my destiny as the next Black Dragon, the one who can control all five elements and bring balance to the realms.

I’ve bonded with two of my mates, Jasin and Auric, and now we continue our journey so I can become intimate with Slade and Reven. It’s a race against the Dragons we’re meant to overthrow, who will do anything to stop us from fulfilling our destiny.

We’re going to need allies if we want to defeat the Dragons, even if that means confronting the dark secrets of our pasts. But death and destruction follow us at every turn, and unlocking the hearts of my last two mates seems nearly impossible.

When all seems lost, will love be enough to save us?

What I thought
I received a copy of this book from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I had a hard time writing this review.   This series up to this book had been fun, but I found myself not liking this book very much. If I am being completely honest if I did not have one more book provided by the author in this series I would not be continuing.

This book was supposed to be focused on Kira’s mate Slade, however, most of the book still seemed to focus on Jasin and Auric again.  I am really starting to not like the romance it seems very shallow.  There was one set of dialog that made me really dislike Jasin as a character so I am not looking forward to the next book since he seems to be the favorite and somehow he manages to be the focus of each book. 

I was really looking forward to a book about Slade and I feel like his character was slighted.  There does not seem to be much time spent on his character at all in this book.

My Rating: /5

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Book Blitz: Awaken the Three by D. L. Jennings @iamdavejennings @rrbooktours1 @PRBookPro #Books #Fantasy

I’m excited to share Awaken the Three (Highglade #2) by D. L. Jennings, a must read for Fantasy readers who love imaginative new worlds and epic adventures!

Awaken the Three by D. L. Jennings
(Highglade #2)
Genre: Fantasy
Expected Publication Date: August 11, 2020

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Beyond the Wastes of Khulakorum, a storm is rising . . .

The Shaper of Ages is gone, and along with her, the Breaker — yet gods are not the only threat to the peace of the living.

Aldis Tennech, the once-great general of the armies of Gal’dorok, finds himself in exile. His only hope of reclaiming glory lies in the hands of a self-proclaimed emperor, and the unearthly powers that put him there. Meanwhile, improbable alliances are forged in the north as unexpected enemies rear their heads and threaten ruin-with a single thread in common, connecting them all.

In the sequel to his award-winning novel Gift of the Shaper, D. L. Jennings once again brings to life an epic tale of war and chaos as earthly armies fight for otherworldly prizes. Ancient powers lying dormant must be called upon, bringing strength to those who need it and conquest to those who seek it; battles will rage and cities will fall, but only the most desperate or reckless would seek . . .

. . . to awaken the three.

Gift of the Shaper by D. L. Jennings
(Highglade #1)
Genre: Fantasy
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For thousands of years, the Breaker of the Dawn has been locked away in the ethereal plane of the Otherworld. Now, a young blacksmith’s apprentice finds himself trapped in a war between the noble Athrani, a subset of humanity gifted with the ability to transmute matter, and the malevolent and powerful Khyth, who seek to free the ancient god from his prison.

When his father, Olson, is kidnapped, Thornton Woods and his childhood friend, Miera, must leave their small village of Highglade to find him. On their way, they are joined by Ynara and Kethras, cat-like humanoids called Kienari, who use their skills as hunter/trackers to follow Olson’s trail. When it comes to light that one among them possesses the key to the Breaker’s release, Thornton and his friends must defy the might of the Khyth as armies on both sides collide in pursuit of the ultimate prize.

Gift of the Shaper chronicles the epic struggle between the existing forces of good and evil, with both sides vying for control of the key that unlocks the Otherworld. The very powers of creation and destruction hang in the balance, and only a heroic effort by Thornton and Miera, backed by the power of the Athrani, can possibly stop the Khyth from unleashing ruin — and the Breaker — upon their world.

Once again, D. L. Jennings, who won the “Beverly Hills Award for Fantasy” in 2018, brings life to an epic tale of war and chaos as earthly armies fight for otherworldly prizes. Reminiscent of Game of Thrones, AWAKEN THE THREE is a riveting page-turner, and a must-read for fantasy readers who want to escape to a different world, time and place ruled by other-worldly beings. It’s the perfect book to escape from the anxious times of our COVID-19 reality.

D. L. Jennings is a fourteen-year active-duty veteran of the United States Air Force, serving under the Air Force Special Operations Command. In 2005, he earned his associate degree after graduating at the top of his Korean class at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, and earning the Korean Consul General’s award for excellence. He is a graduate of Bellevue University in Nebraska, earning a bachelor of science degree in security management in 2008. He finished writing his debut novel, GIFT OF THE SHAPER, which won the Beverly Hills Book Award in 2018 for Fantasy, while serving on his ninth combat tour. He has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as several countries in Africa. When he is not reading or writing epic fantasy, he enjoys traveling, listening to ‘90s punk, and watching Ohio State football. Jennings lives in South Florida

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Review: Light the Fire by Elizabeth Briggs

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Light the Fire by Elizabeth Briggs
(Her Elemental Dragons #0.5)
Fantasy, Romance
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The Fire God demands I become his Priestess…and take four mates.

I’ve secretly loved my four best friends ever since we were kids playing in the village together, but I can’t have them all—and there’s no way I can choose only one.

Blane, the town’s resident bad boy who I can’t seem to resist. Roth, the scarred hero who once broke my heart. Derel, the infuriatingly sexy man I’ve been betrothed to my entire life. And Falon, my best friend, who has never seen me as more…or has he?

When the Fire God chooses me to be his High Priestess, he demands I take four men to be my mates. Maybe I don’t have to choose after all…

But will the men agree to give up everything to join me at the Fire Temple? And if they do, what challenges will we face once we arrive there?

Light The Fire is a standalone prequel to the Her Elemental Dragons series.

What I thought
I received a copy of this book from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is a prequel to the Elemental Dragons series and it can be read as a standalone. However, if you are going to read this as part of this series I suggest you wait to finish the second book first. This installment gives the backstory of the Fire High Priestess and takes place 20 years before the first book in this series. This story also adds a little more background to this world.

This is a super short and fast paced read. I can not make up my mind if it was just too short or if some of the information in it could have been added to the first two books.

My Rating: /5

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Blog Tour: Dueling Fates by Stephanie M. Allen @StephMarieAllen @RRBookTours1 @btwnthelinespub #RRBookTours #Fantasy #FairyTales

For fans of GOT and Throne of Glass, comes fantasy novel Dueling Fates by Stephanie M. Allen. Read on for book details, and an exclusive excerpt!

Dueling Fates by Stephanie M. Allen
Genre: Fairy Tale/ Fantasy
Publication Date: June 30th, 2020
Publisher: Liminal Books

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In the world of Erez, three kingdoms share a tentative peace. In the far west, Princess Isemay yearns for much more than frilly dresses and etiquette classes. While her twin sister, Alena, prepares for life as a monarch in a neighboring kingdom, Isemay roams the woods with her loyal cheetah, hunting dagger strapped to her belt. It’s only when two surprising visitors arrive at the castle that Isemay must come to terms with her royal future – and a secret magical heritage. Now engaged to the king of the east, Isemay prepares for a position she never wanted.

After saying good-bye to all that she loves, Princess Alena travels north in trepidation – fully prepared to marry a spoiled prince she does not desire and usurp the throne from his insane father who does not deserve it. But when tragedy strikes at her wedding ceremony and she is wrongfully imprisoned, she can only hope that her hurried plea for help will reach her father in time.

Frantic to save her sister – and against the wishes of her betrothed – Isemay joins the army sent to free Alena. A mysterious encounter with a dragon in disguise leaves her with a warning that her life is in danger – but can it save her from the battle to come?

Reaching the first tree, Isemay gently placed her palm on the rough bark and scanned the shaded area directly in front of her. The bright sun made it difficult to see much detail in the shadows, but her eyes adjusted quickly. Golda stood perfectly still next to her, one paw lifted off the ground, the bushy fur around her neck raised higher than normal. Movement to the left caught Isemay’s eye. She yelped in fright at what she saw.

A huge black wolf, larger than any she had ever seen, was standing a mere ten feet away, piercing yellow eyes trained on her. A low rumbling sound was vibrating from its chest and its lips were lifted in a snarl.

Stephanie M. Allen graduated from California Baptist University in 2009 with a B.A. in English and a desire to share her imaginative stories with the world. She loves to write fantasy, particularly centered around young adults. Aside from writing, Stephanie loves to read, ride horses, and sing. She currently lives in Wyoming with her husband and two children.

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Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Fantasy
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Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.

Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.

But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.

A rare epic fantasy that doesn’t recycle the classics and that is a complete and satisfying story in one volume, Elantris is fleet and fun, full of surprises and characters to care about. It’s also the wonderful debut of a welcome new star in the constellation of fantasy.

What I thought
Let me start by saying that I put off reading this book for far too long. Elantris is a book that has appealed to me for years, and it has sat on my shelf staring me down. Why did I not pick this up sooner? Well right after I purchased it I started seeing a lot of people saying how bad the book was. And sadly I let that get to me.

Why did I decide to finally pick this book up? I saw Brandon talking about this book on one of his live streams and it made me really want to give it a try. He was not promoting it just talking about it in general. What I didn’t realize before was that this was his debut novel. Yes, that makes a big difference: you can not read an author for years then go back to their first published book and expect it to be at the same level that they are publishing at now.

I went into this book unsure how I was going to feel about it, and I was blown away. I loved it! Brandon has a way that just pulls you into the story. I love how the story has a history including a religion. It makes the story feel more substantial. A number of the characters defy stereotypes within the world and I found that to be refreshing. He pushed the bounds of the society’s beliefs with his characters and that had a deeper meaning that is very relevant today. Sarene is strong and witty and she encourages the other women in the court to embrace being strong and smart. This book does so many things right that I just don’t usually see in Adult Fantasy books.

If this book is just sitting on your shelf I encourage you to pick it up now!

My Rating: /5

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