Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Rogue Queen by Emily R. King HAPPY BOOK RELEASE!

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.


Review coming soon!

EDITED for review:
Opening line:
"The burial starts at daybreak, before the heat of the jungle evaporates the dew and suffocates the morning breeze."

Another well-written, fantastical ride from debut author Emily King! Every scene, I could picture the world; every character, I came to know better; every turn of phrase drew me in further and further into Kalinda and Deven's world.
New characters promise more depth and story lines in this book and the next. Loss, betrayal and love will be the undoing of some, the strengthening of others.
This story does not disappoint nor does it slow down. There are very few moments of rest and recovery, which is just fine with me. I can't wait for the next book!

Thank you netgalley for the early read!!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Tarnished City by Vic James HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!

  A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

Opening line:
"Jenner reined his horse to a halt, and it stamped and snorted in the long blue-black shadow of the trees."

YES! You know how sometimes the second book reads a little weak in a trilogy? This one does NOT. If anything, this book is stronger than the first and maybe a little jam packed with characters, crazy twists and magic system details. WHOA and WOW.
What the heck Gavar, Jenner, Sylyen? So. Many. Secrets.
All is not as it seems with the story, the landscape, the characters, and magic. The chapters change point of view, which I really enjoyed. I liked getting insight into different aspects of the story and the lives of the people affected by Skill and Unskilled, and how they treat each other.
This story is definitely dark than the first book. We get to see deeper into certain dark behaviors and actions and it's positive and negative effect on others. I really, really wanted to see certain characters killed off, but then, does that thought make me a monster??
You will need to read GILDED CAGE before reading this book. I can't wait for the next book and I might need to read the first two again before I read the 3rd.

Thanks for the early read netgalley!

Some language
Lots of violence
Dark story
Some suggestions of rape