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{Review} Kingdom of Thieves by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti


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Kingdom of Thieves
by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti

(Forbidden Fairytales #1)
Kindle, 396 pages
Published: May 31, 2019
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads

How to win a Princess:

1. Bring her father unspeakable amounts of wealth to enter a month-long competition.
2. Defeat all other suitors in hand-to-hand combat with your honor intact (and balls – heirs needed).
3. Be revered by every citizen in the kingdom for being a ‘hero’ amongst men. (Also known as a jackass).
4. Wear the pretty Princess on your arm while occupying her kingdom and claiming a right to the throne she isn’t allowed to sit on alone.

Aladdin doesn’t care about princesses, or much else for that matter.

The one thing he does care about? Gold.

And when he crosses paths with a traitor of the kingdom, he has a chance to get his hands on more than he ever could have dreamed of.

There’s only one rule: he can have everything in the hidden cave except a mysterious lamp.

But Aladdin doesn’t do rules. Just like he doesn’t do princesses. Although…he’s starting to change his mind on the latter.

For fans of Sarah J. Maas and Marissa Meyer, this is an Upper YA fairytale romance, an Aladdin and Rapunzel retelling with a dark twist on the original tales.


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the authors for review purposes*

So instead I swore with all my heart that I would serve him well. I would grant his wishes and fulfill his dreams and make sure that his life was filled with everything he could ever desire. He owned me, mind, body and soul. And I was his for as long as he wanted.

I love retellings, so I jumped at the chance to read this one! Kingdom of Thieves is an intriguing fairy tale mash-up impressed me in nearly every aspect. A mash-up of Aladdin and Rapunzel, something I never would have thought of but it worked perfectly and not quite how you might guess.

Keeping true to the original tale, we first meet Aladdin who is caught stealing from a noble family and while in prison he meets Cassian, a former Royal Guard, who was charged with the crime ‘gazing upon the Princess’s face.’ Lol Aladdin agrees to free Cassian with the stipulation that he leads him to a cave of great treasures. And in this this cave Aladdin finds the genie’s lamp. I bet you could guess what happens next… JK you won’t know because it’s different, a new fresh twist on Aladdin’s tale. It’s hard not to spoil it, but I wont! If you like retellings, Aladdin and Repunzel, then you’ll just have to read it!

My grip on her tightened as I ached to pull her closer. I wanted to feel her mouth on mine but her gaze flickered with fear and I stopped, a groan nearly escaping my lips as I denied my body the pleasure it craved from her.

All the characters work together, even though they each have their own agendas. Aladdin hopes to rise above his street rat status; he wants to infiltrate the the Kingdom by winning the hand of the Princess and becoming Emperor. Cassian wants to overthrow Gothel, Rapunzel’s evil stepmother because she’s poisoning the Kingdom with magic. And Rapunzel wants her the freedom she’s been longing for, she also wants to save her father from Gothel’s influence.

And then there’s Kyra, the genie, who I think is one of my favourites, she’s great, definitely a fresh take on the role of a genie! She struggles with everyday life after being trapped in the lamp for a very very long period of time. She just wants to grant the wishes of her Master Aladdin without succumbing to the insanity she feels nipping at her heels. Honestly, I can’t wait to see what the next installment has to offer, and to see more of Kyra!

”Because fear is the only thing that reminds us we’re still alive after all this time.”

I loved this twist on old classics and how original it was considering it is a retelling of two popular fairytales that otherwise aren’t related. The characters are complex and the storyline is great! I can’t wait for the next book. I highly recommend it!


~Author Bio~


Caroline PeckhamCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south-east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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SUSANNE AUTHOR PHOTO2Susanne Valenti lives in Kent, England with her husband Richard and their daughter Riley and son Roman. She has two cats and has worked in animal rescue as well as the family business. She enjoys all things fictional and wants to create stories that give the reader a real sense of love, friendship and adventure with a good twist of the unknown thrown in.

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Blog Tour ~ Hunt of the Gods by Amy Braun: Review + Giveaway



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Hunt of the Gods
by Amy Braun

(Areios Brothers #2)
Publication date: June 4th 2019
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Two months have passed since Derek Areios—war-scion and heir of Ares—and the band of rogue scions he’s aligned with recovered both the Thunderbolt of Zeus and the Heart of the Devourer and returned them to the Gods. During the battle, Derek discovered he could control not only the element of fire, as all war-scions can, but also the dark element “aether,” making him the only scion alive to wield two types of elemental magic.

Commanded by Zeus to retrieve the Trinity Weapons and the Shards of Cronus, Derek and the rogue scions are thwarted in their goal by a gang of water-scions with a grudge against one of the rogues—Thea, heir of Poseidon. Both groups travel to an uninhabited island to recover one of the Shards––the Eye that belonged to Cronus, King of the Titans. But what they encounter will lead them down a path of brutal betrayals, hard truths, painful memories, and desperate actions.

With angry and impatient gods breathing down his neck, a curse that allows Ares to control him, a prophecy he’s desperate to avoid, a magic spear corrupting his thoughts, and two forms of elemental magic, Derek has a lot of baggage—and a lot of power. Will the price of using that power to satisfy the Gods be too much for him to pay?

Mythological monsters, explosive magic, and devastating truths take center stage in the second novel of the action-packed AREIOS BROTHERS series from Amy Braun.

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~Review~


Hunt of the Gods is the second book in this series, and wow I am loving this series so far! I definitely liked this one way better than the first. 

Hunt of the Gods takes place two months after book one. War-scion Derek Areios and the rogue scions continue their quest to find the Trinity Weapons and the Shards of Cronus.  A LOT happens in this one,  I don’t want to give any spoilers, but if you do pick up this series you won’t be disappointed.  It was fast paced, action packed, and had great character development. The plot is clever and I LOVE all the twists. I think my favourite part was the Union of the Seas Festival, it was so unique and creative. Also, the politics among the gods was very intriguing. 

Greek mythology has always been so interesting to me, all the stories I used to be told, and have read. I loved the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, so I was soo excited when I saw this series, since I haven’t read any mythology retellings since that series was released.

I’m looking froward to reading more in this series, because OMG THE CLIFFHANGER!!! I really can’t wait for the next book!😍

I highly recommend this to those who like action-filled urban fantasy and a twist on mythology!


~Author Bio~


Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action.

When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction, and diving headfirst into danger in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

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~Giveaway~

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

A signed copy of Hunt of the Gods (INT winner will get $20 gift card for Book Depository)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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{Review} Storm of the Gods by Amy Braun


Storm of the Gods
by Amy Braun

(Areios Brothers #1)
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published September 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Thirty years ago, the gods of Greek legend returned to the world. Their return restored their powers, which had been spent in a cataclysmic battle with the Titans. With the ancient deities imprisoned in Tartarus, the Olympians now reside in Néo Vasíleio, formerly known as California.

Twenty-four-year-old Derek Aerios is a war scion, a descendent of Ares, the God of War. He and his brother, eighteen-year-old Liam, capture mythological creatures and rogue scions as part of Ares’s elite military force. As he struggles to cope with his violent powers and the scars of a traumatic childhood, Derek tries to keep the two vows he has made: protect his brother, and never kill a human again.

But when Ares forces him to hunt and kill four rogue scions under Athena’s control—by threatening Liam’s life—Derek chooses to go after the scions in order to save his brother and keep his promise to himself.

Yet the closer Derek gets to the scions, the more he realizes that his orders are part of a deeper conspiracy that put him at odds with his mission and his conscience. Athena may not be the enemy, a traitor could be in their midst, and the Titans could be closer to freedom than ever before.


~Review~


I love greek mythology, This was an interesting Urban Fantasy and I really freaking enjoyed it! The book was packed full of action.

Storm of the Gods is the first in a series featuring two brothers who happen to be descendants of Ares living in a re imagined California where the Greeks gods and goddesses now rule.

There was so much depth and intrigue with the characters that I had a hard time putting it down.  The plot is fast paced and flows smoothly from one thrilling event to the next with lots adrenaline pumping suspense that builds throughout the story. There is never a dull moment to be found as the story takes readers on a complicated adventure full of exciting battles, betrayals, emotional turmoil and an extreme sense of expectation as each of the twists and turns of the story depends on life altering decisions and the whims of the gods. I highly recommend it!


~Author Bio~


Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action.

When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction, and diving headfirst into danger in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

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{Review} Your Chorus by Katia Rose


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Your Chorus
by Katia Rose

(Sherbrooke Station #4)
ebook, 280 pages
Published: May 1st 2019
Rating: 4.5/5 stars 

Goodreads

Spending three weeks on a bus with your boyfriend, his rock band, and their entire tour crew: possibly a bad idea.

Spending three weeks on a bus with your ex-boyfriend, his rock band, and their entire tour crew: definitely a bad idea.

But with the contract signed and the gigs all booked, Roxanne Nadeau finds herself heading out on the road as the accompanying violinist for reigning rock gods Sherbrooke Station, despite being on less than cordial terms with their bassist.

Not that the situation comes as a surprise. Roxanne and Cole’s near-constant on/off status has become a longstanding joke among their friends, and while the seven years of history between the two might suggest that resistance is futile, Roxanne’s determined to make this breakup their last.

Cole’s equally convinced he can use the opportunity to win her back for good.

Some conniving band-mates, way too many long drives, and the insanity of tour life all turn the bus into a pressure cooker that would detonate even the most stable of relationships. The explosion is inevitable; it’s how much of themselves they can salvage from the rubble that Roxanne and Cole will need to figure out.

Your Sound is part of the Sherbrooke Station Quartet, a series of steamy rock star standalones from author Katia Rose.


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the author*

Oh my god! This was everything I could have hoped for, what an end to a great series.

Your Chorus, the final story in the Sherbrooke Station Series and it was amazing. I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series, and Your Chorus topped it off as one of the best rockstar series I’ve read. As we know from the other books Cole and Roxanne have a turbulent on again, off again relationship and always have. It explains the reason behind that, although the relationship itself in the present tense it actually rather streamlined.

Cole is an extremely complex man, and he has been the one that always intrigued me. Cole has always seemed so quiet, reserved almost stoic when we have seen him throughout the other books. A man of few words; but someone who isn’t afraid to speak their mind when necessary. What we see in your chorus is a semi broken man who has an innate fear within him and is trying everything to be someone different than his father. We learn that Cole has a huge heart with a gooey center made just for Roxanne. The only thing we really knew about him was his car crash of a relationship with Roxy, and I couldn’t wait to find out what kept these two coming back to each other.

Roxanne is a violinist, someone who finds her refuge in her music, an independent woman with a lonely and sorrowful past. She see’s herself as the cause for all the bad things that happen around her and feels undeserving of the happiness she seeks.

Their story was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Raw, real and heartbreaking. I had hope that they would find each other eventually, and well Katia didn’t disappoint.

It is a sad story. And I don’t think I could have anticipated a better end to a series. This band is just so special and their stories are magnificent.  I’m sad to see it go but so very excited to see what this author comes up with next! I highly recommend it.


Your Rhythm | Review

Your Echo | Review

Your Sound | Review

Your Chorus | Review


~Author Bio~


Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home.

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{Review} A Shifting of Stars by Kathy Kimbray


A Shifting of Stars
by Kathy Kimbray

(Of Stars, #1)
Kindle, 450 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads

A squandering emperor. A handsome stranger. A reluctant heroine. And the ancient magic that will capsize a kingdom.

Seventeen-year-old Meadow Sircha watched her mother die from the wilting sickness. Tormented by the knowledge that the emperor failed to import the medicine that would have saved her, she speaks out at a gathering of villagers, inciting them to boycott his prized gladiator tournament.

But doing so comes at a steep cost.Arrested as punishment for her impulsive tongue, Mead

ow finds herself caught up in the kind of danger she’s always tried to avoid. After a chance meeting with an enigmatic boy, she’s propelled on a perilous trek across the outer lands. But she soon unearths a staggering secret: one that will shift her world—and the kingdom—forever.

Filled with longing and heart, surprise and wonder, A SHIFTING OF STARS is perfect for fans of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, RED QUEEN and SHADOW AND BONE.


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the author for review purposes*

I was really intrigued with the blurb, I mean a wicked prince, heck yeah!. But also, the cover!!! 😍

A Shifting of Stars is fast paced, atmospheric and unique. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. It had an interesting storyline and fun characters to read about as well as intriguing villains. It had a Shadow and Bone, feel to it but it really reminded me of Slave, Warrior, Queen by Morgan Rice (Review |Goodreads), similar in a few ways BUT a very different story line.

We jump right into the story from page one, as if you are right there in it. It took me a little while to fully get invested in this book, but soo worth the read, because just when you are starting to think that there’s no hope there is a plot twist that will literally blow your mind! I don’t want to spoli it BUT OMG, it’s a really unique concept and I am sooooo looking forward to reading book two! AND THAT ENDING THOUGH.

I recommend it!


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~Author Bio~

headshot.jpgKathy Kimbray is a YA author from Australia. She loves summer, dancing and dreaming up big ideas. A SHIFTING OF STARS is the first book in her thrilling new YA fantasy series.

After graduating from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a degree in Media Arts and Production, she went on to complete postgraduate studies in education and spent many years as a primary school teacher.

Now a full-time novelist, Kathy is lucky to be able to tell stories every day.

Aside from writing, Kathy is an avid reader, dancer, language learner, musical theater enthusiast and fan of terrible reality TV. She lives with her husband in Sydney, and dreams of one day owning that elusive chateau in France.

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{Review} Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo


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Ruin and Rising
by Leigh Bardugo

(Shadow and Bone, #3)
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 2017 by Square Fish
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads

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.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.


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He leaned against the window, and the gilden frame came into sharp focus. “Do you think it would be any different with your tracker beside you? With that Lanstov pup?”
“Yes” I said simply.
“Because you would be the strong one?”
“Because they’re better men then you.”
“You might make me a better man.”
“And you might make me a monster.” 

I can’t believe it’s over! I don’t even know where to start.

I was so on the fence between and a 4 and a 5 star because there were so many elements that I absolutely loved but I did have a few issues with as well like that ending But overall I loved this book and this series and these characters!! This was an action packed, fun, heart pounding and beautifully tragic conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. This is now one of my favourite series as I felt a flood of emotions while reading this book.

Beauty was your armor. Fragile stuff, all show. But what’s inside you? That’s steel. It’s brave and unbreakable. And it doesn’t need fixing.

The beginning of the story took some time to get in to. I don’t know if it was because I was nervous that everything was going to end terribly, or because the beginning was re-capping, or maybe I am just not a fan of underground settings. Anyway, I read it slowly and it wasn’t until a little over half way through that I couldn’t put it down. From fifty-percent on Bardugo’s lovely prose took over and I couldn’t wait to see what she had in store for Mal, Alina, The Darkling, and Sturmhound.

I absolutely LOVED the characters in this one even more than before! Every single one of them shone brightly in this one. I loved the banter. The team work. The mission. It was so much fun and I couldn’t stop reading. I felt like I was on an adventure with them and that’s something that was truly magical about this book.

Mal really grew on me in this book as he goes through some serious character development which in turn made me really ship him and Alina. My opinion on Zoya also completely changed as I went from hating her character to absolutely loving her mean nature and sarcastic comments. We also get some insight into Baghra’s background which I found really interesting.

“I’ve been busy. I might have some surprised in store for the Darkling yet.”
“Please tell me you plan to dress up as a volcra and jump out of a cake.”
“Well, now you’ve ruined the surprise.”

This was the perfect ending for a series I’d never thought I’d love so much. Ruin and Rising wasn’t I was expecting but it was definitely a satisfying read. It gave me that fuzzy “I finished a series” feeling and I am already looking forward to Bardugo’s next work, which will probably be Six of Crows duology since it’s been sitting on my shelf for a while.


~Author Bio~


Leigh BardugoCLeigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over three million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. (To hear about new releases, tour dates, and giveaways first, sign up for Leigh’s newsletter here.) Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of Tor.com and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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{Review} Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


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Siege and Storm
by Leigh Bardugo

(Shadow and Bone, #2)
Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 2017 by Square Fish
Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.


~Review~


Woah.  I don’t even know where to start.

”You know the problem with heroes and saints, Nikolai?” I asked as I closed the book’s cover and headed for the door. “They always end up dead.”

The path that this book took was certainly different than Shadow and Bone, but that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it regardless. Siege and Storm had a very promising start because it wasted no time to continue where book 1 left us with. 

Siege and Storm begins with Alina and Mal leaving Ravka and fleeing the Darkling after everything that occurred on the Shadow Fold at the end of Shadow and Bone. Alina and Mal try and make a life for themselves, but the Darkling is hunting them, and the stag’s ampliphier around Alina’s neck makes it impossible for her to truly disappear. Quickly the Darkling finds them and from that point on the action never stops! I really want to say more about the plot but I don’t want to spoil it!

The faint tracery of scars on his face was barely visible, like the ghost of a map. One ran perilously close to his right eye. He’d almost lost it. He cupped my cheek with his hand, and when he spoke, his voice was almost tender. “They’re just the beginning,” he whispered.

I absolutely loved the new characters that were introduced, especially Nikolai. He was such an interesting character from the very beginning, and the twins are right up there as well. I love that we got to see a more human side of David. 

Siege and Storm left me breathless.  I love these characters and the way they develop in this installment. I love this world. I love the magic system. I love the plot. I love everything about this book and I am immediately going to dive into book three. I can not wait to find out what happens next. 


~Author Bio~


Leigh BardugoCLeigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over three million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. (To hear about new releases, tour dates, and giveaways first, sign up for Leigh’s newsletter here.) Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of Tor.com and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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