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A dragon does not ask. He takes.

When Bridget set out on her own, she sought freedom from the strict rules of her pack. What she found was a beast more stern and demanding than any alpha wolf, a creature of legend intent on claiming her as his mate and breeding her to bring his kind back into the world. A dragon.

Gideon did not ask the little she-wolf if she wanted to belong …more

Source: Dragonlord by Delta James | Goodreads

There was a lot more to the book than I originally expected. I made the mistake of thinking that, because it’s a short book, there wouldn’t be much detail. I was wrong. The world is fully formed, including customary responses to situations, histories, and even social expectations. I am incredibly impressed.

Sixteen-year-old Ha Jun goes on a quest. It’s expected of young men, as a way to earn honor and glory. However, sixteen is much younger than the usual age. His glory-hungry father has trained him for this-plus he has a glyph blade, so he’s sure to succeed, right? Hopefully? In his pursuit of honor, Ha Jun joins a monk, a knight, a solider, and the dark elf Windshine on a journey to destroy a demon. As all fantasy readers know, a quest can create the coolest of stories…

Source: Hollow Men by Todd Sullivan – Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

Tara Sim’s Scavenge the Stars is being marketed as a gender-swapped fantasy retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo.  I have not read The Count of Monte Cristo in many years, so cannot comment on how close the parallels might be.  The basic premise is, however, the same.  Amaya is sold as a child to a debtor ship and must work there for years before her release.  Then she decides to take on the identity of a countess in order to avenge herself upon the man she blames for her suffering.  The story does, I think, diverge from there, however, with a side plot focused on Amaya’s love interest, Cayo, who finds himself entrapped by the Slum King when he tries to save his sister from a mysterious illness.  In the end, I think the theme of revenge is likely to greatest parallel to The Count of Monte Cristo, with the story eventually becoming its own as Cayo and Amaya are drawn together and begin to uncover secrets about the city in which they live.  The result is a solid, satisfying tale, though I was not as impressed as I thought I ought to be for what was one of the year’s first big YA fantasy releases.

Source: Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim – Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

Desolate Alice It’s Raining in Wonderland The March Hare is cross The Red Queen is angry So Alice runs off The Card men are fighting There’s a riddling grin With no clear cut answers Ju…

Source: Desolate Alice – A Dark Fantasy Poem – Alice in Wonderland Poetry – Supernatural Hippie

Character:  Janzen is a great character. He’s every bit as proactive as he is sympathetic. He’s competent in his own way, but his flaws lie in his stubbornness.  I wouldn’t be shocked to hear Janzen was heavily inspired by Dresden. I don’t mind this at all given how long I’ve been waiting for a new book (which is coming by the way). I was such a fan of Janzen that I bought the next book in the series.

Exposition: Even for a first-person narrative story, the exposition is smooth. It helps that Janzen is custom made for first-person narrative. His voice and thought process brings life to the expositional content. The other note is the author does a great job of weaving in the pain of the main character’s past…more

Source: Book Review: Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis – M.L.S. Weech


The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army…more

Source: Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo | Bookish Owlette

In the latest thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder with a mysterious motive―and a terrifying weapon.

Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package on a beautiful April morning. Inside was a cheap trinket, a golden egg that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes …more

Source: Golden in Death (In Death, #50) by J.D. Robb | Goodreads

What strange science made Nameless who he is? What catastrophes have been erased from his memories? In the stunning conclusion of this series, the dark past comes flooding back, and Nameless must decide how much he really wants to know.

In Indiana, a murderous psycho has kidnapped his own six-year-old stepson, Jamie, and secreted him away in a subterranean cave. It’s become…more

Source: Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless #6) by Dean Koontz | Goodreads

Vampire royals strategise at 2 a.m.

Last week, I inherited every cent of the multi-billion-dollar Le Spyre estate.

But tequila is far easier to swallow than the coincidence of my beloved grandmother’s death.

I’m over this supernatural game, yet walking away from Kyros isn’t simple with the damn mate thing on the cards.

The Indebted need my help. My grandmother deserves …more

Source: Vampire Debt: Supernatural Battle by Kelly St. Clare | Goodreads

I’m bound to a demon.

For my entire life, I avoided magic at all costs. Now, I’m responsible for a demon who wields magic more powerful than the toughest mage or sorcerer.

Demons are evil.

That’s what my textbooks say. That’s what I see. He’s ruthless, he’s temperamental, he’s cold. But he protects me without fail. I wonder if he’s hiding a heart behind his hostility.

My demon …more

Source: Slaying Monsters for the Feeble by Annette Marie | Goodreads

From an award-winning science fiction writer (whose short story “The Story of Your Life” was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival), the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short stories

This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature …more

Source: Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang | Goodreads

From Amelia Hutchins, award-winning author of The Fae Chronicles, and author of the internationally bestselling series Playing with Monsters comes a new dark and sensual epic fantasy series set in a world of magic realms, mystical creatures, royal intrigue, and betrayal. Join Aria Primrose Hecate on a journey of self-discovery as she races to find her missing twin sister …more

Source: Flames of Chaos by Amelia Hutchins | Goodreads

War hero and daughter to two Houses, Kira is just beginning to learn how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Agreeing to accompany her father’s people back to their homeworld, Kira Forrest prepares for the fight of her life. She’s agreed to undertake the Trial of the Broken, a rite of passage every member of her father’s House must pass. It offers a path to independence and …more

Source: Age of Deception (The Firebird Chronicles #2) by T.A. White | Goodreads

Explains how to play the Wheel of Time roleplaying game, discussing abilities, backgrounds, classes, skills, feats, heroic characteristics, equipment, combat, encounters, the One Power, and geographic terrain.

Source: The Wheel of Time Roleplaying Game by Charles Ryan | Goodreads

With Heart of Flames, this series is shaping up to be pretty epic. It does what second books are supposed to do, which is progress the storyline and raise the stakes! If you haven’t read Crown of Feathers though, you might want to skip this review until you’re caught up, as I’ll probably touch upon some of the insane fallout from the first book.

For one thing, war has arrived. The Phoenix Riders are busy preparing, rigorously training wings of new recruits for the coming battle should the enemy empire formally declare engagement. Veronyka, having shed her disguise, has reunited with her phoenix and has been accepted into their ranks. However, her challenges have just begun. She wants to be a Master Rider, but there are still years of learning ahead of her, time that she does not have. The countryside is being ravaged by the invaders, and all she wants to do is to fly out and defend them…more

Source: YA Weekend: Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto | The BiblioSanctum

In the newest Night Rebel novel, set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, beautiful, daring vampire Veritas risks all to protect Ian…

Some promises are meant to be broken…

Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she’s about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in …more

Source: Wicked Bite (Night Rebel, #2) by Jeaniene Frost | Goodreads

Stay in the light, avoid locked doors, and resist silver whispers.

Meet Lynher Aris. Hostess extraordinaire. By night, she entertains the Dark Ones passing through the Night Station: vampires, demons, shifters, and worse. By day, she undermines them all, working with the resistance to unravel their enslavement of the human race.

But Lynher has a dark secret of her own, …more

Source: Twilight Seeker (Daybreaker, #1) by Pippa DaCosta | Goodreads

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

Rose …more

Source: On the Edge (The Edge, #1) by Ilona Andrews | Goodreads

I really enjoyed A Witch in Time, but I’ll say this right off the bat—it’s not going to be for everyone. First of all, if you’re looking for a “witchy” book, with magic and spells and all that jazz, well…this is not going to be it. What we have here is more like a love story, and it’s a strange one at that. Delving into the concept of past lives and predetermined fate, this novel follows three characters and their various incarnations going back for more than a hundred years.

But we first begin the story in the present with Helen, an ambitious journalist working the political circuit in Washington DC. Having recently divorced Roger, a man she’d thought would be her soulmate, Helen is finally feeling up to seeing other people again and is about to sit down to a blind date with Luke Varner. However, she senses a strange familiarity when she really looks at Luke, even though she’s almost certain they’ve never met before. But Luke informs her that, in fact, they are very well acquainted—not in this life, perhaps, but in the past, when she was a different person.

Source: Book Review: A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers | The BiblioSanctum

An ancient evil roams the desolate landscape of an America ravaged by nuclear war.

He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, a malevolent force that feeds on the dark desires of the countless followers he has gathered into his service. His only desire is to find a special child named Swan—and destroy her. But those who would protect the girl are determined to fight for what is …more

Source: Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon | Goodreads

Wingless Valkyries are useless to the future of Asgard–that’s what is drilled into them at Valkyrie Academy.

Determined to break the mold and help reap warriors for Valhalla, Kara breaks the rules and finds herself in the most dangerous position yet–facing the wrath of Mistress Sigrun and Odin. Or that is what she thinks until she realizes a dragon is stalking her.

Source: Chosen (Valkyrie Academy Dragon Alliance, #1) by Katrina Cope | Goodreads

Book 1: Karmen

A Vampire Queen’s Secret Baby

I awoke in a pile of garbage in a dark alley with no memory of what happened to me or even who I am. All I know is my name, Karmen. By the vicious scars on my body, I’ve been through hell and lived to tell about it. Barely.

In the hospital, my memory slowly beings to return. Something is after me. It’s not safe. I have to get …more

Source: Queen Takes Sunfires by Joely Sue Burkhart | Goodreads

Hadley is losing time, and her shadow refuses to shed light on the gaps in her memory. How can she protect her city if she can’t remember where she goes or what she does when she ought to be asleep? Her grim history appears to be stuck on repeat, and the only way forward might be a scythe through her back.

Source: Pack of Lies (The Potentate of Atlanta #2) by Hailey Edwards | Goodreads