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Parasolverse Read-Along – December 2019

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We are heading into the seventeenth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for December is Reticence book four of The Custard Protocol Series.

Reticence
Reticence
Pages
: 352
Start Date: December 1, 2019
Post Review: December 26, 2019
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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series.

Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and her best friend are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custard. Of course, he’d never admit that he belongs among them. He’s always been on the outside – dispassionate, aloof, and hatless. But accidental spies, a trip to Japan, and one smart and beautiful doctor may have him renegotiating his whole philosophy on life.

Except hats. He’s done with hats. Thank you very much.

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Parasolverse Read-Along – November 2019

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We are heading into the sixteenth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for November is How To Marry A Werewolf book one of Claw & Courtship Novellas.

How to Marry A Werewolf
How To Marry A Werewolf
Pages
: 198
Start Date: November 1, 2019
Post Review: November 29, 2019
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Guilty of an indiscretion? Time to marry a werewolf.

WEREWOLVES

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge.

But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

AMERICANS

Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series comes a stand alone romance set in the same universe. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology.

A Note On Chronology

The Claw & Courtship novellas can be read in any order. This book can be enjoyed without having read any of Gail’s other works. Set in the spring of 1895 this story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf.

More?
This story is contemporaneous with events at the beginning of Reticence (final Custard Protocol book). Channing is first introduced to readers in the second Parasol Protectorate book, Changeless. He also appears briefly in Romancing the Inventor.

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Review: HEIST by Kezzy Sparks

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HEIST
by Kezzy Sparks
A Melanie Perkiss Witch Hunter Novel
Fantasy, Paranormal
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Synopsis
A jilted ex. A scheming dark witch. A magical crime of the century.

Melanie Perkiss, Buffalo NY’s most capable witch hunter, accepts the onerous task of chasing down a sorceress who, while acting on behalf of a vengeful ex, has magically deprived a man of his genitals and vanished.

The case is as perplexing as it is urgent. The victim, Casey, is just about head to the altar with his girlfriend, and imagine the pressure this brings on Mel. Added to that, the witch whom Mel chases is not just cunningly elusive, she also has powers to destroy anyone who dares apprehend her.

Will Mell be able to corner the sorceress, recover the taken goods and save a doomed marriage, while bringing the conspirators to justice?

A thrilling modern-day magical mystery, with a generous touch of humor.

Mature audiences advised.

What I thought
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Let me first thank the author for sending me a copy of the book. When I was sent the synopsis it grabbed me and if I’m honest it made me laugh a little so I was sold.
This is not my typical type of book that I would pick up but I wanted to give it a go anyway.  The story was entertaining, and honestly how many of us wishes something similar could happen to one of our exes. Unfortunately for me, I did not like our main character.  There was just something about her personality that put me off early on in the book. Now with that said do I think that this is a bad book? NO. I just did not jive with a character, which happens.  We do not like every person we meet so why would this be any different. Do I still recommend it? YES!

If the synopsis appeals to you I say give it a go. Characters are like people we can not like them all and you may love her.

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Review: Stolen Bloodlines by L.G. Rollins

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Stolen Bloodline
Stolen Bloodlines
by L.G. Rollins
(Steam and Shadow #4)
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Synopsis
The heritage she never knew was hers. The future he never believed could be.

Jasper Wimple’s art is gaining popularity and life is falling into place for him at last. After meeting the Ambassador from China, a relationship that could propel him forward, Jasper’s street smarts tell him to steer clear of the man. But nothing could have prepared Jasper for a ghostly visit from one of the ambassador’s murdered victims, or taught him what to do when the ghost demands Jasper help protect his surviving wife and daughter.

Ju is done mourning a father she never knew for the entirety of Ghost Month, despite her mother’s insistence that they continue the tradition. Instead, Ju focuses on her upcoming audition—her one chance to enter London’s most prestigious dance school.

But then her mother’s life is threatened, and Ju sets everything else aside. Working together as new friends and unexpected allies, Jasper and Ju struggle to protect Ju’s mother and each other. With their own lives, the lives of those they care most about, and a budding romance all on the line, will they bring one of the most powerful men in England to justice before he silences them for good?

What I thought
This is the fourth book in the Steam and Shadow Series, however, all of these books can be read as stand-alones. This book picks up  3 months after Clockwork Image. I was so happy that we get a book about Jasper I really liked his character so much in Clockwork Image!  This book happens in a little over a month. 

I really liked this book once I started reading it I did not want to stop.  This book definitely had enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.  I liked Ju and how this story worked in Chinese culture the way it did.

If you like fantasy, steampunk, paranormal or some clean romance then you need to pick this book up.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Waiting On Wednesday: Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen: Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Winterwood
Winterwood
by Shea Ernshaw
Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Be careful of the dark, dark wood . . .

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

Expected publication: November 5, 2019

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Parasolverse Read-Along – October 2019

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We are heading into the fifteenth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for October is Competence book three of The Custard Protocol Series.

Competence
Competence
Pages
: 352
Start Date: October 1, 2019
Post Review: October 31, 2019
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Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fishtail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:

Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?
Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?
And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen: The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful
The Beautiful
by Renée Ahdieh
(The Beautiful #1)
Fantasy, Vampires, Historical Fiction, Paranormal

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

Expected publication: October 8, 2019

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