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In my review of the previous book, Charmcaster, I noted how certain patterns seemed to keep popping up repeatedly in the storytelling. However, as I was reading Soulbinder, all I could think of was how Sebastien de Castell must have had the same concerns as I did on the direction of this series, because it seemed he did everything he could in this one to shake things up and make the story as unpredictable as possible again, even going as far as to make light of some of the repetitive patterns from the previous novels.

Source: Book Review: Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell ‹ The BiblioSanctum ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Fall in love, break the curse.It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Source: A Curse So Dark and Lonely Review ‹ Miss J Loves Reading Book Blog ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

Source: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling | Goodreads

Something’s happening to the girls on Denton Street.

It’s the summer of 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, and Phoebe Shaw and her best friend Jacqueline have just graduated high school, only to confront an ugly, uncertain future. Across the city, abandoned factories populate the skyline; meanwhile at the shore, one strong spark, and the Cuyahoga River might catch fire. But none of t …more

Source: The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste | Goodreads

Dark. Depraved. Sacrilegious.Each shocking story from these bestselling, dark authors will deform a holy sacrament into a sensually wicked taboo.There is no sanctuary, no light – only darkness – a deep, clawing horror.The blood of the innocent will be shed in a twisted perversion of all you hold dear.You will search in vain for a happy ending. This is your only warning.

Source: Twisted Sacrament by Zoe Blake | Goodreads

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight …more

Source: Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson | Goodreads

The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.

Time is running out.Together, they can save the world.But they each other’s worst nightmare.

Source: Archenemies (Renegades, #2) by Marissa Meyer | Goodreads

As the daughter of Nyx and sister to the Furies, I was used to being an ever-living weapon to the Powers That Be that run the Cabal. As the mistress to War, Death gloried in the carnage I wrought as I danced with Mischief and Strife.

Source: Nemesis (Immortelle, #1) by Elle Cross | Goodreads

Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of. Jayne takes Sinclair on a much needed visit to her winter wonderland home, the North Pole. She wants him to see what her royal life is truly …more

Source: Miss Frost Chills The Cheater by Kristen Painter 

 

Source: Such Violent Delights: A Holiday Paranormal Romance Anthology by S.L. Jennings | Goodreads

A Reaper of Stone (A Reaper of Stone #1)

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.

Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.

Source: Book Review: A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelinaeu & Joe King ‹ Books In Her Eyes ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

Source: The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern [Review] ‹ Dreamy Addictions ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

 

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week’s topic is books to give as gifts. For this one, I’ve decided to share 5 books to gift to any fantasy lover who loves fantastic female protagonists. Basically I’m taking this opportunity to talk about some of my favourite fantasy books. You guys know I love the genre and I like to take any opportunity to talk about my favourites. All the books I’m going to mention are fantastic and I would highly recommend checking them out. Sorry for the long title – I couldn’t work out how to shorten it. Let’s get started.

Source: T5W: Books with fantastic female protagonists to gift to any fantasy lovers ‹ thelittlebookowl ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Goodreads Summary:

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Source: Review: The Replacement ‹ Literary Dust ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Holly Pritchett is a high school English teacher by day, and avid reader by night. Romance, erotica, sci-fi, horror, and more, Holly’s Kindle is packed with thousands of titles and she reads a new novel every day.

But when she returns to her hometown for her 10-year reunion and meets up with an old friend who dabbles in witchcraft, Holly’s Kindle becomes much more than an eReader. No longer a passive observer to the many stories from the Amazon store, Holly becomes an active participant in the books on her Kindle, living the experiences of the characters.

Source: Holly and Her Naughty eReader by Julianne Spencer #bookreview #fantasy #romance ‹ Carries Book Reviews ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

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This was a dark and engrossing read. Young Nona Grey lives in a harsh, unforgiving world, and at eight she is accused of murder. Children are not spared punishment and she finds herself condemned…until a strange abbess turns up and enrols her in the Convent of Sweet Mercy. There, Nona begins her training to become a nun – but not one dedicated to the scriptures. Red Sisters are trained to become exceptional assassins.

The story is unsettling and violent, and the children of the Convent of Sweet Mercy aren’t exactly allowed to be children. They are rigorously trained and they speak a lot like adults. A little immersion breaking, maybe, but not wholly unexpected given the environment they live in.

Source: Red Sister ‹ sāhityavāni ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Kristi DeMeester continues to grow as a new favorite author of mine with each of her works I read. I first read Beneath. Then I read the first story in Everything That’s Underneath – and I am so eager to open that horror collection back up! And now I was able to read Unmemory, a creepy holiday-themed short story, due to it being included in the Night Worms book package for December.

Source: Book Review: Unmemory ‹ findingmontauk ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

The Wife Gamble: Salinger (Six Men of Alaska #3)

This is another version of a mini review wrap-up, but featuring just one series that I’ve read in its entirety — either catching up to the latest publication or completing a finished series.

While I usually have reviews for each of the books and then final thoughts at the end, this time it will be one bigger review since these books read more like a serial.

Source: Series Review: The Six Men of Alaska by Charlie Hart & Chantel Seabrook ‹ Books In Her Eyes ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

citizens

 

Citizens is a new kind of science fiction anthology. The names appearing between its covers are not only veteran authors, among the very best in the field, they are military veterans as well.

Among the top writers appearing in Citizens are Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, David Drake, Joe Haldeman, Keith Laumer, Jerry Pournelle, Gene Wolfe and more, nearly all authors of best sellers, and recipients of Hugo and Nebula awards. Citizens will have strong appeal to readers of military science fiction, as well as more general readers.

Source: Citizens- John Ringo & Brian M. Thomsen (Editors) ‹ Wordaholicanonymous ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Tis the season of giving so I decided to recommend some books that I think would be great for gifting. I categorized them by target audience and hope you find the perfect book for someone on your Christmas list. You can click the photo to go to the Goodreads page. If you need other bookish gift ideas, stay tuned because that post will be up this week.

Source: Bookish Gift Ideas: Book Recommendations // Blogmas 2018 ‹ Merline Reads ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Radiance (Wraith Kings, #1)

 

★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

Source: Book Review: Radiance by Grace Draven ‹ Books In Her Eyes ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

NOW I RISE

The sequel to And I Darken we follow Princess Lada as she battles for the Wallachian throne, along with her bother Radu as he dances through the politics and diplomacy of the Ottoman Court.I love that this series is a gender bent retelling of Vlad the Impaler. And now that the third book is out there is no reason for me not binge these books!

Source: Books I’d Like to Get to Before 2018 is Over ‹ Words of the Roses ‹ Reader — WordPress.com