Book Review: Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene

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Title: Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene (Rulers of Darkness #2)

Format: ebook

Published:  February 29, 2012

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Vampires

Sensuality Rating: 

Synopsis (from Goodreads)Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundreds years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.

Kerstyn Ingmar’s life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.

While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.

Review: 

Whenever I throughly enjoy a first novel in a series – I’m worried the author won’t be able to keep it up for the next book.

That’s not a worry I needed to have with regards to Carressed by Night. Amanda J. Greene has more than delivered with this second installment of the Rulers of Darkness.

This book is different from most vampire novels in terms of timing. I’ve always wondered why vampires who often live up to thousands of years always find their soul mates within months of each other. They live forever – surely that doesn’t make sense? But this book is set 173 years after the first book in the series. I loved that.

Dimitri is everything I desire in a leading male – he’s gorgeous (I pictured Eric Northman from True Blood), strong, intelligent, caring and all those other lovely adjectives that describe perfect men. After existing for over thirteen thousand years he’s finally arrived in Vegas to meet his mate – the one that his visions of the future have shown him he’ll finally meet.

Kerstyn is gutsy and more than a match for the ancient vampire. Life will never be the same for her again – that’s what you get for complaining of having a boring life…

These characters were perfect for each other. There were times when either one (and occasionally both at the same time) irritated me slightly but it’s more to do with their pasts that they both needed to overcome in order to be happy together. And their sex scenes? Whoa… very hot!

There’s a lot going on in this novel. There’s Dimitri getting revenge on the vampire who double crossed him, the storyline of Gabriel and all his business, as well as an appearance by Victoria and Dorian from the first novel in the series Caressed by Moonlight. 

I can’t wait to see what Amanda comes up with for the third book in the series (which I know she’s working on as I follow her blog)!

Rating: 

4 out of 5

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To read my review of Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1), please click here

To visit the Author’s Website, please click here

A Bookish Questionnaire!

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Something you may not know about me? I love answering questionnaires. It doesn’t matter what they’re about. I stumbled upon this one on Brooke Reviews who found it on Gail Carriger’s blog.

  1. Book next to your bed right now: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Olivia Joules and the Over-active Imagination by Helen Fielding, Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers  and Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  2. Favorite series: Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
  3. Favorite book: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  4. The one book you would have with you if stranded on a desert island: So hard… I think I’d pick Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I know it’s not a paranormal book but it’s one I’ve been struggling to read since I was 15. I think that if it was the only book I had on a deserted island then possibly I might finally finish it.
  5. Book/series you would take with you on a long flight: The Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. One of the best series I’ve read in a long time.
  6. Worst book you were made to read in school: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  7. Book that everyone should be made to read in school: The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli 
  8. Book that everyone should read, period: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  9. Favorite character: Rhevenge from Lover Avenged
  10. Best villain: Hannibal Lector from the Hannibal series
  11. Favorite concept series: Probably the Hunger Games. Survivor becomes deadly? Gotta love that. 
  12. Favorite invented worldDivergent by Veronica Roth.
  13. Most beautifully written bookI can’t come up with an answer for this one. But I do have to admit that I adore the letter written from Wentworth to Anne in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It makes my heart melt every time I read it. 
  14. Funniest book: The hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe by Douglas Adams

 

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Title: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)

Format: paperback

Published: 3rd May, 2012

Genre:  Dystopia, Young Adult

Synopsis (from Goodreads)In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Review: 

I have a term for books that I am so into I stop for nothing. Not food, nor sleep, nor anything else. These books are my cereal-for-dinner books – the ones where I don’t even want to take a break for a decent meal but rather I just pour a bowl of whatever I have on hand and some milk and keep on reading. Last night was a weet-bix kind of night.

At the age of 16, everyone must undergo an aptitude test to determine which faction of society they are best fitted to and then choose where they will spend the rest of their lives. Faction before Family. 

When Beatrice Prior undergoes the test which decides which faction she is best suited to, there is an anomaly with her results. She is “divergent” – not a perfect fit into any one of the five factions but rather equally suited to three; Dauntless – the dare devils who protect everyone from the horrors outside the city limits, Erudite – the book smart people who think the answer to everything is knowledge AND Abnegation – the people Beatrice grew up with who are selfless above all else.

Beatrice has more to think about than most when deciding which faction to dedicate her life to. Does she go with the Abnegations – and live the life she’s been brought up with but never truly feeling like she belongs? Or does she take a chance and abandon her family?

There are a lot of plot twists and turns in this novel. There are so many things that I wasn’t expecting (and a few that I was) but overall I think what I enjoyed most about this book was that it was different. It’s set in a post-apocolyptic dystopian world and for many people, they will see many similarities with The Hunger Games. But I found there to be enough differences to be throughly entertained.

Beatrice (aka. Tris) is a fantastic heroine. She’s more than what she seems. Her transformation from an Abnegation child to a Dauntless inductee was fascinating to read about. I did have a few problems with her (I can’t believe some of the things she does or more disturbingly, the way she feels about some things) but I think I’m hard to please and had she been less hard and a little softer I’d have been disappointed too. Four is my favourite character. He’s fascinating. I had an inkling about who he was and what his former faction was a long time before it was revealed but still enjoyed the journey. I liked how his relationship with Tris progressed.

It’s a good think that there’s only a few weeks till the sequel comes out. I’m impatient to find out what happens next. This book was fantastic. I recommend it to anyone who likes teen fiction that’s not romance centric, likes dystopia stories and isn’t scared off by a bit of violence.

Rating:

5 out of 5

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Book Review: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Title: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunters #0)

Format: paperback

Published: January 31st, 2002

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mythology,

Synopsis (from Goodreads)Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace–the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon

Review: 

It’s a fairly simple story. A lonely drunk woman accidentally summons a sex slave who has been trapped in a book for the past two thousand years – in many ways it’s a similar concept to the TigerMan in a box from Tiger Eye (Dirk and Steele #1). But I really enjoyed how Kenyon approached it. Grace had a naivety about her which was maybe a little confusing considering her profession as a sex therapist. Whilst her own background and lack of knowledge in all things sexual did add to the story and made her relationship with Julian all the more romance – I don’t think she’d be the sort of sex therapist that would have a thriving practice and I’d be checking her credentials to make sure they weren’t forgeries.

There were times when my heart bled a little for Julian. He managed to not be the hardened and jaded hero that immortals often tend to be. He’s feeling and is a perfectly sweet and sexy lover. I’m a fan.

This book was a quick and fun one for me to read but it’s very light – there’s not much to the story except for the romance. Grace’s back story was a little flimsy and Julian, if anything, was a little too perfect but sometimes you need a light-hearted book.

I thought this was the perfect introduction to the Dark Hunters series. It’s very romance centric and doesn’t get at all confusing with all the world building but does have some connection with the books that follow. It’s not necessary to read this book in order to understand the Dark Hunter series but it’s very sweet.

 

3.5 out of 5

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Book Review: Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

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Title: Dragon Actually by G. A. Aiken (Dragon Kin #1)

Format: paperback

Published:  September 1, 2008

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dragons

Synopsis (from Goodreads)It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear-a lot-or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe-a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. She’s wrong. And just wait until you meet the rest of the family? This book has been previously published.

Review: 

Annwyl the Bloody is the bane of her brother’s existence. So much so that he sends his best warriors after her, tasked with bringing her back to him – preferably in pieces.

This novel stars with a bang – at least an action scene. Annwyl fighting many warriors from her brother’s army. She’s almost down for the count, bloody and broken, when a giant and deadly dragon swoops in and saves her. He, Fearghus the Destroyer, nurses her back to health and is enamoured with Annwyl’s fighting spirit.

Under Fearghus and his witch sister’s tender care, Annwyl regains strength and is well on the way to rejoining with her army and readying them to battle her brother. The only problem is that the dragon can see that Annwyl isn’t quite battle ready. No problem! Fearghus just happens to know an experienced knight who will train her until she has the skills to defeat her brother.

Annwyl’s not happy. The knight that is now training her is arrogant. And annoying. And the sexiest man she’s ever seen. He’s haunting her dreams and Annwyl isn’t sure how much longer she can resist him. Why couldn’t the nameless knight have the soul of the caring and charming dragon that has become one of her nearest and dearest friends. If only she knew… that dragons can shape-shift into human form and her arrogant knight is none other than Fearghus the dragon!

I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the chemistry between the two leads and the family interactions amongst Fearghus’ kin after they join the story. It’s a lovely easy-going read that’s as funny and entertaining as it is hot.

The reason I’m only giving it three stars is because it was just a little too predictable for my liking. I like the books I read to have some mystery and wonder about them. I felt like with this novel, I knew everything that was going to happen well before it did. And I was never wrong with my plot predictions. There were no surprises.

It’s well written – I loved the characters and the world they lived in. It was the perfect style of old school fantasy era where everyone lives in caves and live in an electricity free environment BUT they all spoke modern-day English.

I’d recommend this story to anyone who likes their romance novels hot and easy-going. It’s an easy read with a very sweet happily ever after story. It has only reinforced my love of dragon shifters😉

Rating: 

3 out of 5

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Book Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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Title: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden #1)

Format: ebook (an ARC provided by NetGalley)

Published:  April 24, 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Vampires, Dystopia

Synopsis (from Goodreads)In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

Review: 

This book is dark, gritty and exciting – but not for the faint hearted. Unlike most young adult vampire novels I’ve read in the last few years, The Immortal Rules is an incredibly dark and dangerous story. The vampires in this world are not the kind you’d want to kiss but rather the kind that haunt your nightmares and terrify you at their mere mention.

In the future, Allison (Allie) Sekemoto, a feisty and kick-ass seventeen year old girl who lives with her gang of misfits, is living in a world where a disease called Red Lung has wiped out the majority of the human race.

In come the Vampires – they now rule the world and have enslaved the remaining humans as their pets. Humans have the choice to Register or remain Unregistered. Registered humans are provided for with meal tickets and all the Vampires ask/demand in return is a blood donation every so often. Miss a blood donation appointment and the Vampires will come to collect… and they won’t be nice about it. Unregistered humans have none of the privileges of the registered and are forced to scavenge and steal to survive  but get caught thieving and it’s the gallows for you – and they’re serious. The first scene of this novel has Allie witnessing three teenagers hanged as punishment for their stealing ways.

And then there’s the Rabids – much like zombies and rabid dogs – these former humans roam the land biting and feasting on humans. For an unregistered human there’s much to fear in this new world.

Allie refuses to become Registered. She hates the hunger that plagues her, never knowing when her next meal will come from but she’d rather scavenge than be owned by a Vampire. So when Allie finds a stash of food outside the Wall, she tries to hoard as much as she can only to be attacked by a gang of Rabids. On the verge of death, a strange man gives Allie a choice: to die forever or to die as a human and rise as one of the creatures she’s always despised. A Vampire.

This story surprised me. I have to admit it has a lot of plot twists and turns that I was not expecting. And I loved Allie. She’s fierce and feisty. She’s lead an incredibly risky life and managed to survive. She doesn’t take any shit from anyone and knows what she wants from life. She wants to free the humans from the enslavement of the Vampires.

And she has her priorities right… “Owning books is highly illegal” … and yet she still manages to have a secret library hidden from everyone as owning books is punishable by death – not just to her but the Vampire’s “Pets” would burn her home and everyone in it to the ground.

The romance plot was well received with me. This is not a story of instant love nor is it one where the author forces a love triangle just to make things more suspenseful. A good thing too because there enough suspense in the other parts of the story, I think I’d go into overload if there was any more. I loved the relationship of Allie and Zeke. It was beautiful constructed and realistic in a way that made their relationship all the more meaningful to me.

I thought the beginning was brilliant but then things slowed down a bit until half way though the story. It was a bit hard to fully get into the story as things were dragging. But all the information was necessary in order to get a truly fantastic ending.

Brilliant book. Recommend it to fans of the Hunger Games – this novel has a kick-ass heroine who tries her hardest to survive anyway she can in a dystopian world – and anyone who loves the darker side of vampires.

Rating: 

4 out of 5

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Book Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

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Title: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (Juliet Immortal #1)

Format: ebook

Published:  August 9, 2011

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy,

Synopsis (from Goodreads)The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Review: 

I was one of those people who have never liked the traditional story of Romeo and Juliet. I remember disagreeing with my high school English teacher over Shakespeare’s play and not doing very well in the assessment of that unit.

So when I saw this book and read the tagline, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told is a Lie“, I knew this was a book I wanted to read.

After tragically dying over seven hundred years ago, Juliet Capulet became an Ambassador for the Light. Fighting Romeo, an Mercenary for the Dark, on the side of soul mates and true love, her afterlife has followed a certain pattern. Coming down to Earth and inhabiting someone’s body for a short amount of time whilst she tries to save the soul mates from the fate Romeo forced upon her back in the tomb in Verona.

But this time, after inhabiting Ariel Dragland’s body, Juliet knows almost instantly that things are different. Romeo has found her straight away and she’s unable to contact Nurse for assistance with this latest pair of lovers.

With Romeo not giving up and Juliet finding herself having compromising feelings for one of the souls she’s been assigned to protect, will she be able to save this pair of soul mates from the side of the Mercenaries?

I really enjoyed this book. It had a very strong beginning. Ariel just finding out that Dylan – her date – was only on a date with her to win a bet with his friends and then she tries to kill the both of them… She’s a very interesting character who we only saw glimpses of as Juliet was in her body and we didn’t see much of her per say. I liked how Juliet tried to make her life better for when Ariel would come back into her body – things like trying to fix Ariel’s relationship with her mother.

The car-jacking scene amused me greatly. I liked Ben’s character from the start. He’s very much the white knight saving the damsel in distress who was just slightly too nice a guy for his own good. But he was a fantastic rival for Romeo.

And Romeo? It’s no secret that I’m a fan of villains and I enjoyed Romeo’s plight. It can’t be easy being the bad guy and living in the corpses of rotting flesh but he manages to be bad and somehow likeable at the same time. I liked his flirting with Juliet and his pushing of other characters’ buttons.

The best part of this book? The ending. I loved how everything tied up and the conclusions. I don’t want to spoil anything except to say that everything that lead up to the ending was well worth it.

The next book in this series is called Romeo Redeemed and from the ending in this story, it promises to be a good one. I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

Rating: 

4 out of 5

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Dirty Little Secret: Million Dollar Question…?

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Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by Under the Covers. Every Thursday they get to know other bloggers and their readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets.  

This week’s question: 

If you had 600 million dollars to spend, 
what would be the first thing you bought?
What would I spend the money on?
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Or:
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I have a bit of a one track mind. Books, books and more books.
I can’t imagine anything I’d like more than a house with a proper library and a nice place to just sit and read – the fireplace is completely optional. I LOVE sitting by the fire but considering I live in a semi-tropical climate and some winters I’m still wearing shorts and a t-shirt… it’s not completely necessary.
But this is my dream house and exactly what I’d do with the money.
If there’s any left over.. I’d buy an Aston Martin. Cause they’re ridiculously sexy.
What would you do with the money?

Book Review: A Touch of Greek by Tina Folsom

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Title: A Touch of Greek by Tina Folsom (Out of Olympus #1)

Format: ebook

Published:  March 27, 2012

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Mythology, Erotic Romance

Sensuality Rating:  Hot!

Source: an ARC from NetGalley

Synopsis (from Goodreads)Selfish and gorgeous Greek God Triton is cast out of Olympus after seducing Zeus’ mistress and can only gain reentry if he finds a woman who loves him for his kindness and selflessness, not his beauty. When the mortal Sophia – recovering from an eye operation and virtually blind – needs a home healthcare worker, he takes on the role, hoping she will be his ticket home.

While defending Sophia from an unknown adversary, Triton’s protective instinct emerges. At the same time rival Gods do everything to doom him to failure. And even if Triton can win Sophia’s love, will he throw it away to return home, or will he lose his own heart to the only woman who truly sees him?

A Touch of Greek is the first book in the humorous and sexy paranormal romance series Out of Olympus following the romantic adventures of four Gods: Triton, Dionysus, Eros, and Hermes.

Review: 

Triton, son of Poseidon, has a habit of getting into trouble. He and his three best friends, Dionysus, Eros and Hermes, are constantly pulling pranks and messing with things they shouldn’t. So when Zeus catches Triton in a very compromising position with Danae, Zeus’ latest mistress, Zeus is understandably not too happy. But being the fair King of the Gods that he is, he offers Triton an option of which punishment he’ll bestow upon the younger god. Too bad Triton was too busy reminiscing about his latest sexual exploits to bother listening… Rather than infuriate Zeus even more by admitting his lack of attention, Triton decides to trust the advice of his trusted friend Eros… and find himself cast out into the human world, stripped of all his powers and told that he will only be able to return to Olympus when he has found a mortal woman who loves him for his kindness and his selflessness – NOT his beauty and charm.

On his first day in the mortal world Triton meets Sophia, a woman with problems of her own. Her cousin is trying to steal her inheritance from her after swindling away all of his mother’s money and is now trying to get Sophia’s. On top of that, Sophia worries that she’s going crazy much like her mother did because Sophia sees things that are not there. Even when she was a child she had an encounter with a Mermaid Man named Poseidon who saved her from drowning. Sophia needs to save her sanity – and her house – and doesn’t have time for men … especially handsome ones.

Needless to say sparks fly when Triton and Sophia get together. Add in a terrible accident, a house in need of renovations and a handful of meddlesome gods and you get a very amusing and sexy story.

I really enjoyed reading this novel. It’s a lot funnier than I was expecting – I’m still giggling a little on the inside just remembering the blind children charging after Triton and Dionysus with their canes. And, unlike a lot of erotic romances I’ve read in the past, I didn’t need the sex to keep me interested. In fact, I wouldn’t have minded if there was any – I was that into the story and the plot. But the sex was well received – the perfect balance of incredibly hot and sexy but also tender and romantic. I loved the interactions between Triton and Sophia.

This is a story where the bad boy gets reformed by love and it was done in such a way that the ending felt very comfortable and right – I loved how Triton was written. He was an awful playboy Casanova at the beginning but it felt natural and right in the way that he changed himself for Sophia.

The supporting cast are very amusing – these are gods who know how to party. I’m really glad that this is a series because I’m really looking forward to reading about Dionysus and the other’s finding women who will put up with them😛

 

Rating: 

4 out of 5

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Wishlist Wednesday: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted by Pen to Paper where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

There are A LOT of books that are currently on my wishlist at the moment but the one that came to mind first was Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.

Summary (from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Why is this book on my wishlist?: Firstly, just look at the cover! Female assassin with a crossbow in medieval clothing? I adore kick-ass heroines and I can’t help but  assume that Ismae is going to be incredible to read. I love the synopsis – I’m not sure this book could sound any more exciting and interesting. I have already ordered a copy and I’m keeping an eye on the mailbox… I can’t wait to start reading this book!

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