June reads

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Time for another monthly overview!

An asterisk marks a re-read, and the ebooks couldn’t make the photoshoot, but here’s the complete list of all the amazing books that kept me company in June:
💎 An Enchantment of Ravens (Rogerson)
💎 A Curse of Sparks (Shade)
💎 Caraval (Garber)*
💎 Legendary (Garber)
💎 Something Hidden (Owens)
💎 A Court of Wings and Ruin (Maas)*
💎 Fire & Blood (Vers)
💎 Soul’s Blade (Chase)
💎 Venom in the Veins (Estep)
💎 Something Taken (Owens)
💎 Something Bound (Owens)
💎 Beyond a Darkened Shore (Leake)
💎 Ace of Shades (Foody)
💎 Truthwitch (Dennard)
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May reads

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It’s time for another overview of the books I’ve read the previous month. As always, the e-books couldn’t make it to the photo shoot. Unfortunately, I also forgot to include Heart of Iron. That baby was left behind on the shelves, although for the life of me, I can’t figure out what made me miss it when I was putting together my pile 😶

Anyway, here are the titles (an asterisk marks a reread):
💎 A Court of Mist and Fury (Maas)*
💎 Heart of Iron (Poston)
💎 Blood is Forever (Vers)
💎 Endless Knight (Cole)
💎 In the Dark (Taylor)
💎 Something Chosen (Owens)
💎 A Court of Frost and Starlight (Maas)
💎 The House of Gray and Graves (Stunich)
💎 Night Awakens (Walker)
💎 Dead of Winter (Cole)
💎 Chameleon Assassin (Kingsolver)
💎 Magic Waking (Chase)
💎 Arcana Rising (Cole)
💎 The Dark Calling (Cole)
💎 Bloody Thanks (Vers)
💎 Night Rises (Walker)
💎 Sky in the Deep (Young)

This completely awesome travel mug I featured in the photo was included in a previous @fairyloot box.

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?

 

 

 

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.