Review: Dark Genesis by A.D. Koboah

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Release Date: March 13, 2012

Publisher: Twenty Four Publishing

Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance

Format: Kindle (245 pages)

Source: Purchased

Rating: 4 Stars

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From Goodreads: Life for a female slave is one of hardship and unspeakable sorrow, something Luna knows only too well. But not even she could have foreseen the terror that would befall her one sultry Mississippi evening in the summer of 1807.

On her way back from a visit to see the African woman, a witch who has the herbs Luna needs to rid her of her abusive master’s child, she attracts the attention of a deadly being that lusts for blood. Forcibly removed from everything she knows by this tormented otherworldly creature, she is sure she will be dead by sunrise.

Dark Genesis is a love story set against the savage world of slavery in which a young woman who has been dehumanised by its horrors finds the courage to love, and in doing so, reclaims her humanity.

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Mini Review: Quintspinner by Dianne Greenlay

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Title: Quintspinner (A Pirate’s Quest)

Series: Quintspinner Trilogy

Author: Dianne Greenlay

Release Date: November 1, 2011

Publisher: CreateSpace

Genre: Historical/YA/Adventure

Format: ebook (382 pages)

Rating: 3 stars

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From Goodreads: As the daughter of a London physician in 1717, sixteen-year-old Tess Willoughby has seen her share of horrors and been to some of the city’s shadiest quarters. But a simple trip through the chaos of a London marketplace takes a bizarre twist. Tess witnesses the murder of a renowned elderly seer and unwittingly becomes the mistress of the woman’s prophetic spinner ring. Even worse, Tess’s panic-stricken trip home leads her to discover a secret family history that shocks Tess to her core. Unable to give up the bejeweled ring, Tess must embark on a treacherous voyage to the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies. Trapped on a merchant ship and unwillingly betrothed to the murderer who covets the power of her ring, Tess finds strength and comfort in the company of a handsome sailor, even though this growing temptation will most certainly jeopardize their lives. Even stranger, she soon realizes that even though her fianc is ruthless, he alone can secure her safety throughout their perilous journey. Thrust into a world she doesn’t understand to fulfill a role she is only beginning to grasp, Tess questions everything she has believed up to now. Her only hope of saving those she loves is to accept her destiny. And yet, the strange influence of her spinner ring could change everything … 

Review: Pirating! That was enough for me to want to read this book. If you know me at all, then you know that I’m obsessed with pirates. Blame Johnny Depp and his awesomeness. However, this is not a Caribbean adventure. It is definitely a well researched story. I enjoyed the danger and historical aspects of it all more than anything. The characters are all well written and this book doesn’t hold anything back regarding the circumstances of pirating. 

It’s an adventure with a little magic thrown in with misfits and pirates. A good book if you are looking for an adventurous read. I’d recommend it. I’ll be checking out the next book, just not right away. 

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Book Blast: Duchess by Nicolette Andrews

 

To find her husband’s killer, she will risk everything…
Publication Date: May 10, 2014
Genre: Fantasy (Epic and Historical)
When Damara, the Duchess of Florett, received a missive from the palace, she knew it could only mean one thing. Her husband was dead. She had prepared herself for this moment ever since he marched off to war. Following the news of her husband’s death, she comes face to face with her husband’s sister, the Queen. She has come to Damara with a request from beyond the grave. Writ on the aging vellum her husband left her instructions and a confession. He was not as he seemed. He was the king’s spy and he died to keep the king’s secrets. In his final letter to Damara, he asks her to find his killer and take his place as a palace spy. Only Damara can unravel the clues her husband left behind in order to find his killer and bring them to justice.  



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About the Author

Nicolette Andrews lives in beautiful Southern California with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of the Diviner’s Trilogy and other works of fantasy. She’s been know to often escape into world of fantasy and has happily been playing make-believe her entire life. When she is not writing, she enjoys gardening, spending time with her family and numerous outdoor activities, including hiking and camping. 

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I Found More Books

I found a few freebies while browsing, so I decided to post them for you. I'm not sure how long they will remain free so grab them while you can.

Young Adult

New Adult/ Adult

Historical 
  (I have Uncle Tom’s Cabin & The Scarlet Letter in paperback. I love the classics)

These books are free at the time of posting. PLEASE CHECK THE PRICE before downloading, as it may have changed.

Review: The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley

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 Title: The Queen’s Handmaid

Author: Tracy L. Higley

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

Source: ebook via BookLookBloggers

Genre: Historical/Christian Fiction

Rating: 4 STARS

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SYNOPSIS

From the servant halls of  Cleopatra’s Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled. 

                                                                 Alexandra, Egypt 39 BC

Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra’s palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm’s length. She’s been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life. But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the Prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she’s had to family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself  to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.

Trapped among the scheming women of Herod’s political family- his sisters, his wife, and their mothers- and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah. 


REVIEW

The Synopsis pretty much sums up my review. You have the orphan Lydia, who is then taken in by Samuel. Soon she is  servant to Cleopatra. Samuel dies, and he tells her a secret that he trusts she will deliver to the King of Israel.

This is Christian/Biblical Fiction, and whilst I liked those aspects of the book, I was much more for the history. You can’t have one without the other when reading Biblical/Historical, simply because they go hand in hand. I’ve never read any of Tracy Higley’s books, so I took a chance on this one. She did her research, that’s for sure. It’s very well written and you can’t help but get caught up in the story. I found myself praying that everything turned out okay for Lydia. I wanted her to succeed in her quest above all else.

If you enjoy Historical/Christian Fiction, then this is a great book to read. Definitely recommend!

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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest/unbiased review*

Stacking The Shelves #4

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that showcases the books we’ve gotten. Whether they are checked out from the library, won, bought or ARCs, share what you have. Sharing is caring 🙂 I got a few this week for review, so I only purchased one. I know, shocking right? After I knock these ARCs out of the way, then i’m gonna go on a shopping spree on Amazon and get more of my TBR books. Most will be physical books, as i’m trying to fill my new bookshelf that my fiancee’ bought. I’ve turned one of my guest rooms into a mini library (as my 4 yr. old niece says). Okay, on to the goodies…..


From NetGalley

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Blur (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James Pre-Order From Amazon

By Any Means by Chris Culver Pre-Order From Amazon

Fury (The Cure #1) by Charlotte McConaghy –Read My Review Here –

Kindle Version- Fury: Book One of The Cure (Omnibus Edition)

We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt Pre-Order From Amazon


From Booklook Bloggers

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The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley 

Available From Amazon: The Queen’s Handmaid


From Author

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Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr –

Available From Amazon:Reflection Pond


From Entangled Teen

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Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye Pre-Order:Fragile Line (Entangled Teen)

Creators by Tiffany Truitt Pre-Order:Creators (Entangled Teen)


Won

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Edge of Shadows by Cege Smith

Available On Amazon:Edge of Shadows (Shadows #1)

Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Available On Amazon:Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser Series)

Trinkets, Treasures and Other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Available On Amazon:Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (The Dowser Series)


Purchased

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Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Available On Amazon:Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends

I have a slew of freebies from Amazon that if I post them, i’ll be here all night trying to edit this. I really need to catch up on my TBR before I go crazy adding more books. It’s already going to be years before I even finish reading them all. It currently sits at 750+, and I haven’t even added the books from the past few weeks to the list yet. *sigh* Anyhoo, what books did you get this week? Sharing is caring people!!!

 

Review: Tethers by Jack Croxall

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Title: Tethers (The Tethers Trilogy #1)

Author: Jack Croxall

Release Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: Amazon 

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Historical/Adventure

Source: ebook 

Rating: 4 STARS


BRIEF SYNOPSIS

In the wake of a cold Victorian winter, Karl Scheffer and Esther Emerson discover an anonymous journal filled with strange passages and bizarre scribblings. The journal soon draws them into a covert and sinister conspiracy, a conspiracy centered around  an otherworldly artifact with the power to change everything. The voyage the teenagers soon find themselves undertaking is one of desperate importance and true peril; it will change the way they see the world, and each other, forever.

REVIEW

Thirteen-year-olds Karl and Esther are best friends who discover a mysterious journal in their neighbor’s house. When Karl find his and Esther’s name on the last page of the journal, they soon find themselves in a conspiracy concerning a gem with strange powers.

Karl and Esther are very precocious characters. Smart and witty are just two of their likable qualities. These two are always looking for a chance to adventure out of the small village that they’ve only known their whole lives. From the very first page, you are easily pulled in by their friendly banter. As the story unfolds, you can’t help but wonder what will happen next. I found it hard to put down at times when I had to sleep for work.

I love all the elements that make up this book. There’s the fantasy side, but with science-fiction trait. Of course there is the historical aspect, as it’s set in the Victorian Era. It’s also very adventurous and thrilling at times, which is what our two main characters long for. A great start to a trilogy in my opinion, and I can’t wait to read Unwoven (The Tethers Trilogy #2). Definitely recommend!!

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Review: The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis

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 Title: The Key

Author: Jennifer Anne Davis

Release Date: November 16, 2013

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Source: ebook 

My Copy: FREE FROM AMAZON

Rating: 3 STARS

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BRIEF SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people. 

When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.

REVIEW

 This book was okay for me. While I love Medieval/Historical Romances, this one just didn’t quite do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book, and i’m sure others will enjoy it more than I did. There is a lot of deceit going on in this book. Gah! I was beginning to think that one  thing was this, and turn around and it’s another. I applaud Rema, the heroine, because she is so strong and fiercely protective of her family. Although I love a well narrated story, this felt like too much for me with the different POVs. Yes, it’s interesting to get a good impression on the characters, but sometimes it felt like I was in a maze and couldn’t get out. I don’t like when a book does that to me. The romance was good and I appreciated Darmik’s character. He is like a balm to Rema and he keeps her head above water.

Then there are the evil characters. Lennek, is just deceitful.  I think the book would have been flat out boring if it weren’t for the shadiness of these characters. All the secrets and lies are well placed and that helped me stick with this book. The cliffhanger at the end? Why? Seriously, give me something other than that. I’m not sure if I’ll jump right into the next book just yet. I have others that I need to chop off my TBR list first. But, all in all, I did enjoy it somewhat.

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Review: Savage Girl By Jean Zimmerman

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Title: Savage Girl

Author: Jean Zimmerman

Release Date: March 6, 2014

Publisher: Penguin/ Viking Adult

Source: Hardcover

My Copy: Won (Thanks Penguin)

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SYNOPSIS

Jean Zimmerman’s new novel tells the dramatic events that transpire when an alluring, blazingly smart eighteen-year-old girl named Bronwyn, reputedly raised by wolves in the wilds of Nevada, is adopted in 1875 by the Delegates, an outlandishly wealthy Manhattan couple, and taken back East to be civilized and introduced into high society.

Bronwyn hits the highly mannered world of Edith Wharton era Manhattan like a bomb. A series of suitors, both young and old, find her irresistible, but the willful girl’s illicit lovers begin to turn up murdered.

Zimmerman’s tale is narrated by the Delegate’s son, a Harvard anatomy student. The tormented, self- dramatizing Hugo Delegate speaks from a prison cell where he is prepared to take the fall for his beloved Savage Girl. This narrative- a love story and a mystery with a powerful sense of fable- is his confession.

REVIEW

This is a great book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s set in New York during the Gilded Age, which is my favorite era to read about for that city. Hugo Delegate comes across Savage Girl, and in swoops his parents. The Delegates take her back to NY, to live  with them and introduce her into their high society. Reading this, I don’t think the Delegates took her in from kindness, more like they wanted kudos for saving a young girl from the wilds of the West. *Rolls eyes* Soon, there is a trail of bodies everywhere Bronwyn (Savage Girl) goes. Hugo gets all obsessed with his, now, sister and all is not as it seems with these two individuals.

I loved the writing of  this novel. The character building is incredible, and the setting is even more so. Dare I say this is the third best Historical novel I’ve read this month? Yes, that’d be correct. This however, is so mysterious that after you reach a certain point, you won’t want to put it down. It did kind of speed up at the end, but it was a good ending. If you love adult/historical fiction, then add this book to your reading list. If you’ve never read adult/historical before, this would be an awesome book to start with. Definitely recommend!!

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Mini Review: Birthright By Vivian Eve

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Title: Birthright (Talmassa Chronicles #1)

Author: Vivian Eve

Release Date: March 25 2014

Publisher: Memento Vivere Publishing

Source: eArc From author in exchange for an honest review

Rating 4 STARS

SYNOPSIS

It’s king murdered in cold blood by friend and foe alike, the once magnificent kingdom of Arenhed has fallen to its knees. Without a proper heir to assume the throne, the nation concedes to the rule of a cruel and villainous tyrant.

When her village is attacked by the duke and his men, 16-year-old Hedy Odell’s simple life is turned upside down. She loses all that is important to her: her best friend, her mother- everything. Unbeknownst to her, she is thrust in the midst of dangerous politics and into a world where everyone-and everything- is not what they seem.

Tormented by nightmares, Hedy must navigate both the treacherous landscape of the noble courts and the conflicted waters of her heart if she is to get her revenge. One misstep, and she may suffer a fate far worse than death..

REVIEW

This is one of those ‘didn’t see that coming’ books. The world building and characters are just amazing. With every turn of the page, you wonder what will happen next.

Historical/Fantasy is my new favorite genre. This book delivers not only a great setting, but great characters. You know who you’ll be behind throughout. It is beautifully written and I can’t wait to read the next book! I need to get the print on my shelf as soon as possible!! This is definitely a reread.

*I received an eArc of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

4 STARS ****

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