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Review: Of the Clouds by Selina J. Eckert

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Of the Clouds
by Selina J. Eckert
(Seasons of Magic: Fireflies & Faeries, #1)
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Synopsis
What would you do to be free?

Shaman-in-training Quri only knows her master’s hut…until the neighboring prince arrives, showing her what life could be. But her master has other plans for Quri, and she will stop at nothing to keep her young apprentice from leaving her, including locking her in an old tomb. Now, Quri must defy her master to learn the magic she needs to free herself or lose her chance for the prince, her own happiness, and the life she wants. Can Quri find the strength she needs to save herself and the prince, or will the shaman keep her locked up forever?

This sweet and exciting retelling of Rapunzel will have you asking what you would do for your freedom.

Trigger warning: some abusive situations between the shaman and apprentice, but with a happy, hopeful ending.

What I thought

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

This novella is a YA fantasy retelling of Rapunzel. The story was told well and felt whole even though it was a novella (70 pages). I like the atmosphere of the story and I believe it may even incorporate some South American Lore.

I enjoyed how the character Quri just didn’t sit around and expect someone to just save her.  She proved to be a stronger person than she thought she was. One thing that I really liked was even though the prince wanted to save her he acknowledged that she just needed help not saved. He acknowledged that she was not weak.

I know that this was a retelling but I found it to be very similar to a story I read years ago.  The elements that should have made this story unique are what I remembered.  Reading the story was like having Deja Vu in many cases.

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Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

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Heart of Iron
by Bec McMaster
London Steampunk #2
Steampunk, Paranormal, Fantasy
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Synopsis
In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…


Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…

What I thought

I didn’t think I was going to be able to like this book more than the first one but I was very wrong. The way this series works is they are all companion novels, so you follow different main characters with each book. So technically you can read them in any order; however, you meet the main characters in the previous book and I liked the background you get.  This book takes place three years after the first book ends, and we follow Lena, Honoria’s sister, from book one and Will Carver Blades man.

Lena has gone back to join the Echelon blue bloods, because she felt like she didn’t belong in Whitechapel. Will being werewulfern is afraid he is going to hurt her. The romance in this second book runs hotter and is forbidden, which apparently I really liked.  I did not want to put this book down. I carried it everywhere I went until I was finished

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Review Throwback: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

What I thought
Air Awakens is the first book in an adult fantasy series.  In this world, Sorcerers can have affinities to the 4 types of elemental magic.  Vhalla a library apprentice lives a quiet life until the sorcerer prince takes notice of her.

In the beginning, Vhalla is naive and that leads her to trust a little too easily but that is remedied when Aldrik helps her awaken. Yep, he pushes her off of the roof and feels quite justified by doing so because it proved him right about her powers. Can one be redeemed by such a move? Maybe.

I loved this book!  Once I started reading it I was pulled in.  I can not remember the last time I stayed up until 2am to finish a book knowing I had to work the next morning. Heck, I don’t do that when I don’t have to work. I can’t just pick one thing that I liked about this book because I loved it all the world, the characters, the political intrigue.  I can not wait to pick up the second book.

There is one description that I loved and no this is not about the prince 😉

“He seems about as pleasant as a rabid weasel in a bag of vipers”

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Review: The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

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The Near Witch
The Near Witch
by V.E. Schwab
Fantasy, Paranormal
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Synopsis
The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. 

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

There are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

All-new deluxe edition of an out-of-print gem, containing in-universe short story “The Ash-Born Boy” and a never-before-seen introduction from V.E. Schwab.

What I thought
This was my first V.E/Victoria Schwab book and I really enjoyed it.  The story takes place in the village of Near, which is surrounded by moors. This kind of setting gets me every time. When I decided to pick this book up and read I thought I would read a little of this one before bed every night and it turned into being the only thing I wanted to read and I had it read very quickly.

This story really shows the negative side of small towns/villages and how they can completely scorn outsiders. This story also covers loss/grief and how it affects people in different ways.  You see how Lexi handles it verses how her mom is able to handle it. You also see it in Cole. I loved the slow burn romance and the relationships throughout the whole book. There was only one character in the book that I did not like.

I really loved how the story was written so I can not wait to pick up another one of her books.  I currently have A Darker Shade of Magic on my self and I foresee it getting picked up sooner rather than later.

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Review: Bitches and Brawlers by Melanie Karsak

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Bitches and Brawlers 
by Melanie Karsak
Steampunk Red Riding Hood #4
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Synopsis
Just when things start going well for Agent Clemeny Louvel, a bitch has to make trouble. Since Cyril’s death, an uneasy peace has existed between Alodie and Lionheart. Her brothel closed, her rank in the werewolf pecking order obliterated, and shunned by the Templars, Alodie has been living on the fringes of the dark district. Determined to get vengeance on Lionheart and Clemeny, Alodie hatches a monstrous plan. Just in time to ruin Clemeny and Edwin’s first outing as a couple. Alodie will do anything to see a new alpha rise. Unless Clemeny can stop her first.

Badassery and steampunk unite in New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak’s retelling of the classic Red Riding Hood fairy tale set in gaslamp London. Bitches and Brawlers is book 4 in the Steampunk Red Riding Hood series.

What I thought

Life is going pretty good for Clemeny, she still does not have a partner yet but she has at least made a few steps forward with Edwin. Finally. So all is looking up until Alodie begins seeking revenge. Clemeny introduces Edwin to Quinn, which is a big step for her!

This is book 4 of this series and I am loving how it is progressing,  I love that these are novellas because when I start reading them I never want to put them down. The author is wonderful at building this world and I love all the books that are within it.  If you have Kindle Unlimited go and grab these books you will not regret it. Wolves and Daggers is FREE right now on Amazon so you have nothing to lose.

If you have read this book…What is up with that ending? What is Lionheart thinking? What is his motive? What does he know?

I really need to read the next book!

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Review: Clockwork Image L.G. Rollins

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Clockwork Image
Clockwork Image
L.G. Rollins
(Steam and Shadow #3)
Paranormal, Steampunk, Fantasy,
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Synopsis
Vandals and Vampires Beware:
Tressa won’t let anyone stand in her way. 

After years maintaining engines and repairing machines, Seawoman Tressa Wimple has come into a shockingly large sum of money. It only takes Tressa a single breath to decide what to do—she will donate it all to Westwood Orphanage, a home for children who are otherwise bound for the streets. They saved her and her brother many decades ago; now, she wants nothing more than to reach out a hand to the small and helpless of London.

All her plans are derailed, however, when a faceless adversary decries Westwood and claims that the orphanage is a front for something far darker; as dark as an alleyway where Tressa first rescues a boy from a vampire. With the help of her brother, Jasper, and the tall, alluring Brox, Tressa determines to get to the bottom of the claims and protect the children, regardless of the risks.

When all that is dark is forced into the light, Tressa must face her most combustible problem yet: her own past.

What I thought
Seawoman Tressa Wimple now in her 40’s finds herself back on land and having to face the demons of her past. Westwood Orphanage was a dark time in her life; however, it is also the only place that is willing to take children off the streets. Even though some people were held accountable for the things that happened to the children there Tressa still has issues being near the place. Tressa discovers that the children may still be being abused and to get to the bottom of it all she needs help from her brother and Brox.

Clockwork Image is a novella topping out at 127 pages, but not once did the story feel rushed.  The pacing was good from beginning to the end. One thing that they mention in the story and something that our main character recognizes is that everyone has different strengths. Oh, and did I mention the romance in this book is a slow burn. I won’t lie I wanted it to happen through the whole book.

This may be the 3rd Shadow and Seam book but they are all standalones at least as of now. There is another one coming out on the 20th of August!

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Review: Prudence by Gail Carriger

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Prudence
Prudence
by Gail Carriger
(The Custard Protocol #1)
Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Adult
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Synopsis
On behalf of queen, country… and the perfect pot of tea

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances—names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.

Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone’s secrets—even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

Read-along
Midway through 2018, I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This led me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is.

What I thought
This series picks up close to twenty years after the Parasol Protectorate series and focus on the children of our beloved characters. Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama is all grown up.  Just in case you have not read the Parasol Protectorate books I will give a little background.  Prudence has always hated her name and is goes by Rue her dislike was made known when she figured out how to say no. Rue is a Metanatural she is able to steal the form of a paranormal creature, she is the child of a soulless. The werewolves call her Flayer, the vampires refer to her as Soul-stealer, Miss Sekhmet calls her a Skin-stalker and Darma calls her Puggle!

In book 1 Rue is sent on a mission for Darma regarding Tea. Off to India, they float. On this trip, Rue is accompanied by Primrose and Percy Tunstell (Ivy’s children), Quesnel (Genevieve’s son) and the whole crew for the Spotted Custard. On the way to India, they meet Miss Sekhmet.

So I think that is all of the overview I am going to do because I do not want to spoil anything if you decide to pick this up.  You do not have to read the Parasol Protectorate series first before picking up this book.

I really enjoyed this first adventure for this crew. I was having a rough time with life in general and this book made me smile and laugh it was just what I needed.  This is definitely something that I will encourage you all to pick up especially since I know what is coming up in the next books ;).

My Rating: /5

5 Stars

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