January Reads

I’ve read so many amazing books last month! My top two were definitely The Wicked King and All the Wandering Light, but I’d recommend them all🖤

Here’s the entire list (an asterisk marks a reread):
✨ Pride (Zoboi)
✨ Heart of Thorns (Barton)
✨ Flameout (Arthur)
✨ Girls of Paper and Fire (Ngan)
✨ Flamecaster (Chima)
✨ Ashes Reborn (Arthur)
✨ The Cruel Prince (Black)*
✨ The Wicked King (Black)
✨ The Iron King (Kagawa)
✨ The Iron Daughter (Kagawa)
✨ All the Wandering Light (Fawcett)
✨ The Iron Queen (Kagawa)

Bisexual Protagonists Party: Part Five

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Today marks the last post in the BPP series and the release of SHADOW MOON! Yay!

If you haven’t yet ordered your copy of this bi werewolf ex-tennis player turned coach’s story (now that’s a mouthful), you can head over to Amazon, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, or any other preferred e-books store and still get it at a special discounted new release price 🙂

That being said, I have one last post to showcase bisexual protagonists in indie fantasy lit left. This one is slightly different, since these aren’t personal recommendations like before, but a list of titles with bi MCs that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet (although I definitely plan to).

So if you’re looking for more books to check out, I kindly invite you to sift through the list.

The books are in no particular order, and the link will take you to their respective Amazon page:

All right, that’s a wrap! If you missed any of the previous posts, they’re all available in the BPP tag.

I really enjoyed putting together this mini series, and I hope my schedule will allow me to do something similar again in the future 🙂

Bisexual Protagonists Party: Part Four

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Time for some more great bisexual MCs! There’s only one more post coming up next week (timed to coincide with Shadow Moon’s release, YAY!), and since it will be a little different from these recommendations, I wanted to round up the showcase of indie bi books by featuring three quite different novels, if all belonging under the urban fantasy umbrella.

I enjoyed all three so, so much, and you know what the best part is? All are just the first in series!

Magic Waking by Eva Chase

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Die, reincarnate, repeat. It’s been a long fifteen hundred years…

Reborn wizard Emma Hale has three goals in life, or rather lives: Track down the present incarnation of the legendary King Arthur, fend off the shadow creatures that hound him for as long as she can, and break the spell that binds their souls in this morbid cycle.

If only she had a better idea how she’d cast that spell in the first place. And if only Arthur’s current host wasn’t so cocky yet distractingly good-looking. Because Emma is falling even harder for the man she can’t have.

When a fae mercenary with power to rival Emma’s puts her king in his sights, Emma burns through all her tricks just to stay one step ahead. Now her only chance is to find some way to destroy the mercenary before he and his army of dark forces destroy Arthur.

No human Emma’s ever known has managed to kill a fae. But if she can’t, and quickly, this death might be their last.

Personal commentary: A King Arthur retelling like no other, I was spellbound by the bond between two souls that overcomes time, death, and, the most brilliant thing of all, genders. This comes so close to my own view on love and relationships that it made me an instant fan. But even without it, the story itself is a fast-paced delight I’m sure everyone who appreciates a good retelling with adore.

The House of Gray and Graves C.M. Stunich

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“Welcome to the house of Gray and Graves where we never lie still and death is only the beginning …”

I am Georgette Marie French, daughter of Annette Rosemary Cummings and Anthony Starling French. I’m twenty-six years old, never married, always dating. I have no children; I don’t want any, and oh yeah, I’m undead though I’m not charming like a vampire or mysterious like a ghost, I’m just a zombie. And possibly the Queen of an entire court of human souls and madmen.

George has never been lucky in life, so when she drowns in a swimming pool and is raised as the first and only zombie to ever have its soul intact, she isn’t surprised to find out that a group of religious fanatics who have the ability to sense the undead are after her. The only thing keeping her sane are the glamours that allow her to pass as human. When the donor of the fae blood needed to sustain them is killed, George must cross the Veil into Faerie where the chances of making it back alive – or even undead – are slim.

Welcome to a place of lost souls; welcome to Faerie.

Personal commentary: Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from a zombie’s perspective! Unique, flawed, and entertaining, George is a protagonist I wouldn’t mind hanging out with. That, coupled with the author’s own twist on the Fae, this was one of those books I kept falling in love with with every new page.

Chameleon Assassin by BR Kingsolver

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Libby is a mutant, one of the top burglars and assassins in the world. For a price, she caters to executives’ secret desires. Eliminate your corporate rival? Deliver a priceless art masterpiece or necklace? Hack into another corporation’s network? Libby’s your girl.

Climate change met nuclear war, and humanity lost. The corporations stepped in, stripping governments of power. Civilization didn’t end, but it became less civilized. There are few rules as corporations jockey for position and control of assets and markets.

In the year 2200, the world has barely recovered the level of technology that existed before the ice melted and the subsequent wars. Corporate elites live in their walled estates and skyscraper apartments while the majority of humanity supplies their luxuries. On the bottom level, the mutants, the poor, and the criminals scramble every day just to survive.

Personal commentary: A tall(!!!) female protagonists who’s as intelligent as she’s (deliciously) straightforward and a well-crafted dystopian world equals an instant add to my list. If you’re looking for a kickass assassin who, despite being a mutant, feels incredibly down-to-earth, then you definitely won’t regret picking up a copy.

Bisexual Protagonists Party: Part Three

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For this round, I wanted to share with you three absolutely amazing urban fantasy novels with female bisexual leads. Ranging from fledgling vamps to kick-ass (former) magical assassins, I’m positive you’ll find something you love.

Ready?

Something Chosen by Alex Owens

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Death isn’t always the end… sometimes it’s only the beginning.

Claire’s trapped in a dead-end marriage, strapped for cash and getting desperate. Her chance at freedom comes in the form of a music con in Florida. Her mission? Win over a few big clients and collect a fat bonus check. It should have been easy, but Claire didn’t count on a bewitched violin, its sultry Italian owner, Bette, or her dark and dangerous companions.

Unfortunately, life isn’t all song lyrics and seduction. Tied to darkness by blood and power, Claire must harness her abilities if she has any hope of surviving this business trip from hell.

Personal commentary: Hilarious, steamy, and intense, it was impossible to put this book down until the very last page. The MC’s mental comments as she had to face more revelations than she could have ever even imagined were absolutely priceless, but beneath the humor, what I truly fell in love with was the way Claire’s character developed over time.

 

Night Awakens by Leslie Claire Walker

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My name is Night Sanchez, the only magical assassin to escape the Order of the Blood Moon and live.

I’m on the run with a target whose life I chose to save. We’re being pursued by the Angel of Death.

If he takes one of us, the Apocalypse is on and the world as we know it ends. Humanity ends.

Once upon a time, that wouldn’t have been a problem for me, but I’ve found people I care about. Faith, who I saved and adopted as my daughter. Red, the man who gave me a place to call home. Before, I had nothing to lose. Now, I walk a knife’s edge.

So, bring on the Angel of Death. Bring on the Order and its assassins. I’ll go to war to protect the people I love. If I fail, the world will burn. But the world is still made of magic, and magic and love might save us all.

Magical assassins. Fallen angels. A supernatural, take-no-prisoners thrill ride. When Death comes calling, magic lights the fires of hope.

Personal commentary: Action from start to finish, a POC bisexual protagonists/ex-magical assassin with an adopted daughter, and a lively support cast… Need I say more? Hooked from the very first page, Night Awakens was one of those books I read in a single breath (and couldn’t one-click the sequel fast enough).

 

In the Dark by Melody Taylor

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Ian is a young woman with an unusual name, a talent for painting – and a thirst for blood.

Becoming a vampire is the most fun Ian’s ever had, partying all night and sleeping all day, safe in the knowledge of her new immortality. She’s totally unprepared for the nastier side of being a vampire – unprepared, and suddenly alone.

Sebastian has been the first lieutenant of a dangerous gang of vampire thugs for centuries. A growing desire for a quieter life has led him to recently retreat from his sworn brethren in search of peace and privacy. Leaving behind his bloodied past, however, won’t be as easy as simply walking away.

Ian finds Sebastian terrifyingly cold. Sebastian considers Ian naive and all too human. These two unlikely allies will have to find a way to reconcile their differences and cooperate, however, because they do have one thing in common:

Someone wants them both dead.

Personal commentary: What happens when you turn a low-key, mainstream vamp’s life upside down and sprinkle it with generous amounts of danger? A bloody fabulous read! In the Dark is an urban fantasy of epic proportions with a deliciously grim atmosphere and multi-layered characters.

April & May Book Recommendations

These last two months have been insane! I’ve finished writing & editing the second novel in the Black Werewolves series (which is available for pre-order on Amazon at a special price of $1.99 instead of $3.99). I went to see the BossHoss play live in Vienna for the second time and got to dance on stage (I mean, who doesn’t love cowboys? Yeehaw!). Not to mention that I published Drowned in Demand, the first novella in the erotic paranormal romance series Drowned.

So… As you can see I’ve been super busy, hence the 2in1 book rec!

Sarah J. Maas: A Court of Mist and Fury

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Let me start with the book I’ve actually read TWICE since its release (honestly, I can’t remember the last time I did that). The sequel to Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses delivered all I had hoped for and so, so much more.

The book is breathtakingly written, the storyline so captivating that I was barely able to peel away from the pages.

Maas introduces new characters that a reader can’t help falling in love with, and spins a whole new story about those we have already known.

Now, I know this book received some grievances about the unexpected shift concerning Feyre’s life (those who had read the novel will know what I’m talking about)… But honestly, I don’t mind it. It’s written effectively, giving just enough insight so that readers can puzzle the picture together themselves. And once they do… The story just makes sense.

So let me say it again. I read it twice. And wouldn’t mind picking the book up a third time. Even with so little time in-between.

 

Michael-Scott Earle: The Destroyer

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I picked up this dark fantasy novel while browsing around free books to see if anything caught my eye. Well, The Destroyer most certainly did and the novel didn’t disappoint.

Although the writing can be a bit rough at times, it’s nothing that would put a reader off. And the world Earle creates certainly makes up for it!

The narration is divided into multiple perspectives that not only offer different insights into the story but show us different times as well; of the time when Elvens ruled over humans, of the human world now facing an Elven threat… And of the mysterious history surrounding the O’Baarni, an unstoppable weapon that had once destroyed the hated race.

The novel is free on Amazon, so if you’re looking for a dark fantasy read, I highly suggest you hit that download button!

(Just FYI: I’m currently reading the sequel and am thoroughly enjoying the new developments)

Charlaine Harris: Midnight Crossroad; Night Shift

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Let me put these two babies on the list before I throw myself into the third one that has been released this month.

If you like your books with A LOT of atmosphere and a unique setting that is presented so vividly it makes you wish you were part of it, then the Midnight, Texas series is the perfect read.

The series is set in the same world as the Southern Vampires Mysteries, but aside from maybe a scene or two, you aren’t missing out on much if you haven’t read the books but rather decided to simply delve into the enchanting world Harris builds in Midnight, Texas instead.

Unless you’re craving for a shitload of action, these novels will have you flipping the pages and drinking in every little detail of this weird yet charming town.

And remember, the third book is already out! Perfect for binge-reading, am I right?

 

 

 

March Book Recommendations

I am so glad to have had all these exciting books lined up on my “March bookshelf”…

Scroll down to find out more.

Alexis Hall: Iron & Velvet

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Lesbian vampire. Lesbian P.I.  And a brilliant sense of humor. I don’t recall the last time I had this much fun reading a book! It actually made me laugh out loud several times, and then forced me to explain to my husband why I was giggling like a mad lady, tucked under the covers with my nose buried between the book’s pages.

Alexis Hall joins the clichés of the genre with a strong narrative, holding your complete, undivided attention from page one to the very end. If you’re looking for some hard-core urban fantasy, this may not be for you. However, if you’re open to some experimentation with the genre (and a few very well placed jabs at it at the same time), Alexis Hall just might be the perfect author.

 

C. S. Pacat: Prince’s Gambit, Kings Rising

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The first book was promising, but the second and third have blown me away. Pacat’s world evolves, her characters grow, and in the midst of schemes and dishonor emerges one of the greatest love stories I have ever read!

I was never a big romance fan (although I do love reading romance incorporated into other genres), but these books, these books have left my heart bloodied and, in the end, completely, utterly melted.

There is only one way to truly express the ride that has been the Captive Prince trilogy: Feels. So many feels.

P.S. I shamelessly proclaim my intention to re-read all three books the first chance I get!

 

Karen Marie Moning: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever

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I admit, I binge-read all five books. And they truly were binge-worthy.

Although I’m not too keen on novels ending with a cliffhanger (I’m a firm believer that each book in a series should have its own arc that ends with at least a partial resolution), I loved these ones enough to not give them a hard time about it.

Wonderful world building, a well-plotted story, and characters that you can’t help falling in love with (finally, somebody who shares my obsession for O.P.I. pink nail polishes!) are only a few general points that make the Fever series so appealing. But in truth, it’s the  clever remarks and exchanges, the subtle and not-so-subtle shifts in the atmosphere… It’s the little things that will make you huddle in bed and read until your eyelids become the evil hoods that force you to squint at the pages…

I took a break after the fifth book, but I already have #6 on my bedstand and ready!

 

February Book Recommendations

Since February is slowly coming to an end,  I decided to compile a short list of books I recommend. Some are titles I read this month, some are titles I had read a long time ago, but are still vivid in my mind.

So if you’re looking for some inspiration on what to read next, scroll down.

Sarah J. Maas: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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I read this title a while ago, but since the release date of the second book is fastly approaching, I figured I’d put it on the list so potential readers can get a head start.

I have read Maas’ Throne of Glass series and loved it, so I was naturally interested in a completely new storyline from the author. Well, I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

ACOTAR is a YA fantasy novel, although it reads more like a NA one, which is a big plus for me. The book drew me in from page one, held my attention right to the very end and left me checking the internet for the release date of A Court of Mist and Fury. The Fae world Maas creates is mesmerising, the perfect mix of visual appeal and intrigue. and the characters are well-written.

An excellent aspect of this book is that it can be appealing to those who like high fantasy as well as to readers who aren’t all that fond of the genre. I have friends in both categories and so far, neither complained even a bit.

C. S. Pacat: The Captive Prince

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I read this gem earlier this month and promptly ordered the second book in the series. Although historical fiction isn’t exactly my cup of tea, I found myself unable to part with it after a few chapters.

The story itself is captivating and the M/M romantic aspect is a breeze to read after all the F/M fiction I have encountered in the past few months. But what I was particularly fond of is the fact that the book doesn’t stop just there.

Although set in the background (at least so far) are visible F/F pairings as well as a strong underlying bisexual aspect. For that last one alone I wanted to smack a kiss on the cover.

Ilona Andrews: On the Edge

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Don’t be fooled by the cover. On the Edge is a charming urban/rustic fantasy novel, filled with mystery, action and romance. The world building is one of the best ones I have seen so far given the relatively short page count. If you decide to read it, you’ll know what I mean.

Set as the first title of a four book series about The Edge, a place between The Broken (that would be our magic-free world) and The Weird (a mirror image of our world, but ruled by magic), On the Edge is a wonderful introduction as well as a captivating stand-alone book.

But a word of advice: if you do decide to read the series, do it in order. Because even though each title follows its own storyline and has its own main characters, they are still linked to the previous books. Nothing truly major, but you may find yourself in the dark pertaining certain details.