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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hot Off the Press: November 24th Releases

November 24th

Feel the BurnG.A. AikenDragon Kin #8Paranormal Romance
Cold in the ShadowsToni AndersonCold Justice #5Romantic Suspense
Beyond The GraveC.J. ArcherThe Ministry of Curiosities #3Sci-Fi/Steampunk
Take Me All the WayToni BlakeCoral Cove #3Contemporary Romance
Convergence PointLiana BrooksA Time and Shadows Mystery #2Mystery
QueenAimee CarterBlackcoat Rebellion #3Young Adult
Child of Two WorldsGreg CoxStar Trek: The Original SeriesSci-Fi
Texas HustleCynthia D'AlbaTexas Montgomery Mavericks #6Contemporary Romance
Lucky ShotB.J. DanielsThe Montana Hamiltons #3Romantic Suspense
Death By TeaAlex Erickson Bookstore Cafe Mystery #2Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Wild CatChristine FeehanLeopard People #7Paranormal Romance
JacksonMelissa FosterWild Boys After Dark #3Contemporary Romance
Bound in DarknessJacquelyn FrankImmortal Brothers #4Paranormal Romance
Wrapped Up in a BeauAngelita GillContemporary Romance
ChimeraMira GrantParasitology #3Horror
(Dis)contentMelissa Haag Judgement of the Six #5New Adult/Paranormal
My Lady GlorianaSylvia HallidayHistorical Romance
LiesC.A. Harms Phoenix Undercover #1Romantic Suspense
Dukes Are ForeverAnna Harrington The Secret Life of Scoundrels #1Historical Romance
Yarned and DangerousSadie Hartwell A Tangled Web Mystery #1Mystery/Cozy Mystery
I Heard a RumorCheris Hodges Rumor #1Contemporary Romance
Sweetest ScoundrelElizabeth HoytMaiden Lane #9Historical Romance
Waking HeartsElizabeth HunterCambio Springs #3Paranormal Romance
These Three WordsHolly JacobsWomen's Fiction
DenialLisa Renee Jones Careless Whispers #1Contemporary Romance
Midnight WranglerCat Johnson Midnight Cowboys #2Contemporary Romance
The Seventh BrideT. KingfisherFantasy
Stars in Your EyesLynn Kurlandde Piaget #17Historical Romance/Time Travel
A Billionaire Between the SheetsKatie Lane The Unexpected Billionaires #1Contemporary Romance
Redeem My HeartKennedy Layne CSA Case Files #7Romantic Suspense
Steal MeLauren Layne New York's Finest #2Contemporary Romance
Fighting for DevlinJessica Lemmon Lost Boys #1Contemporary Romance
The Shards of HeavenMichael LivingstonThe Shards of Heaven #1Fantasy/Historical
Death Comes to Kurland HallCatherine LloydKurland St. Mary Mystery #3Mystery/Historical
Desert WolfHeather LongWolves of Willow Bend #8Paranormal Romance
Legacies RebornPittacus LoreI Am Number Four: The Lost Files #13Young Adult
Dragon StormKatie MacAlisterBlack Dragons #2Paranormal Romance
Match of the CenturyCathy Maxwell Marrying the Duke #1Historical Romance
The StrikerMonica McCarty Highland Guard #10Historical Romance
Giving Up the GhostMax McCoyOphelia Wylde Paranormal Mystery #3Mystery/Cozy Mystery
DetonatorAndy McNabNick Stone #17Thriller
The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous BehaviorJennifer McQuistonSeduction Diaries #2Historical Romance
The Golem of Solomon's WayJon MessengerMagic & Machinery #3Sci-Fi/Steampunk
PromisesFern Michaels Romance
Once TouchedLaura MooreSilver Creek #3Contemporary Romance
The Truth About HimMolly O'Keefe Everything I Left Unsaid #2Contemporary Romance
Reckless HeartsSean OlinWicked Games #2Young Adult
Wyoming RuggedDiana PalmerWyoming Men #5Contemporary Romance
Sun KissedJoAnn RossOrchid Island #1Contemporary Romance
Cast in HonorMichelle SagaraThe Chronicles of Elantra #12Fantasy
The Harder You FallGena Showalter The Original Heartbreakers #3Contemporary Romance
The Bite of WinterLauren SmithLove Bites #1Paranormal Romance
Controlled BurnShannon StaceyBoston Fire #2Contemporary Romance
The Healing Power of SugarC.L. Stone The Academy: The Ghost Bird #9Young Adult
A Kind of MagicShanna SwendsonFairy Tale #3Fantasy
Coal RiverEllen Marie WisemanHistorical Fiction
His All NightElle Wright Edge of Scandal #2Contemporary Romance
Promises I MadeMichelle Zink Lies I Told #2Young Adult

Contemporary Romance
Historical Fiction
Historical Romance
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Suspense
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult

Monday, November 23, 2015

Early Review: Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken

Title: Feel the Burn
Author: G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin, book 8
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dragons
Publisher: Zebra (November 24th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
War makes strange bedfellows.

I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.

Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…
Feel the Burn is the eighth book in the Dragon Kin series by G.A. Aiken.

Feel the Burn is the story of king Gaius Lucius Domitus, Iron dragon and the one-eyed Rebel King from the west and Kachka Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains. It’s also the story of how war is approaching and having good allies is crucial in this difficult times, even if those allies are led by the Mad Queen of Garbhán Isle, the bloodthirsty Annwyl.

I know that even when I’m in the middle of a paranormal romance reading slump I can enjoy one of Aiken’s books; luckily for me Feel the Burn was not the exception.

I don’t know how Aiken does it, but she creates over the top characters that although they crash at every scene they work perfectly together as a whole.

The main couple is a pair we know from previous books. The Rebel King has been part of couple of stories and Kachka was introduced in previous book, she is Elina’s sister (Light My Fire, book 7th).

Gaius and Kachka made a great couple because they are together for all the good reasons. Gaius could have any woman/dragon he desires because of his rank, but that’s the last thing he wants. He wants a woman to want him for how he is and not for his title and that’s exactly what Kachka does. She couldn’t care less that he was a king. For her he’s just a worthy mate and that’s all that is important to her.

In this installment Aiken brings all the characters we love from previous books and introduced some new ones, as were Kachka’s band of fighters formed by a misfit group of Daughter of the Steppes. I loved all of them, but Zoya was by far my favorite from the group.

In Feel the Burn Aiken not only gives us a new couple, she also moves forward the general arc. The war is soon approaching and all the players need to be ready and in the perfect place. Including their progeny, who have been preparing for this war from an early age.

Feel the Burn has everything I expect from an Aiken’s book. It has action, romance, adventure, suspense and humor galore. I found myself laughing out loud many times while reading this book. My only complain is that Gaius and Kackka spent a lot of time apart. I know it was necessary for the plot, but in a paranormal romance story the couple should play a more prominent part in the story when they are together.

I recommend Feel the Burn to paranormal romance and dragons fans. If you are a fan of the genre and haven’t read the Dragon Kin series you are missing one of the best PNR series in the market. Although Feel the Burn could be read as a stand alone I don’t recommend doing it. There is a lot of backstory relevant to this story and its characters necessary to understand all that is going on.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
Everlasting Bad Boys (Prequel novella)
A Tale of Two Dragons (Prequel novella)
Dragon on Top (Prequel novella)
Dragon Actually
About a Dragon
What a Dragon Should Know
Last Dragon Standing
The Dragon Who Loved Me
How to Drive a Dragon Crazy
Feel the Burn (November 24th)

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Movie Trailer: Central Intelligence

"Central Intelligence" follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former “big man on campus” (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Title: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.
I have to be honest, I had A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston for months, but wasn’t sure about reading it because I haven’t been in the mood for YA. I also read some reviews and people kind of liked it, but I didn’t read any reviews of people who loved. So I kept postponing and postponing reading it, until one-day couple of days ago when I didn’t know what to read due to my mood.  I thought, okay, let’s give this one a go, if I don’t like it by the 30% I will DNF it and that will be it. A Thousand Nights is the first ever book I start thinking I will end up DNF-ing and Oh boy, was I wrong! E.K. Johnston’s writing sucked me in from the very first pages and didn’t let me go until the very end and I loved every minute of it.

Thousand Nights is Johnston’s take on the story of The Arabian Nights: One Thousand and One Nights and let me tell you, she owns and nails her retelling.  

I loved everything about Thousand Nights. I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I loved the story, I loved the -although slow- perfect pace, I loved the writing, I simply loved everything about A Thousand Nights.

Johnston’s writing has a magic quality that not only immersed me in the story, it also made me feel as if I was seeing what was happening with my own eyes. With her evocative words Johnston gave life to a beautiful world and to very strong characters. I loved the power she gave to the women and how she was able to clearly show their strength, their love and what they were willing to sacrifice to protect one another. Another thing I loved about A Thousand Nights was that the only name we know is Lo-Melkhiin's. The rest of the characters are referred as Wife, Sister, Mother, Lady-Bless, Father or similar. In my opinion, leaving the names out only added to the magic of the story.

A Thousand Nights is not a book for everybody, but it was the perfect book for me. I recommend it to YA and fantasy fans who are able to enjoy a slow pace, beautiful, and powerful subtle story.

A Thousand Nights was my first book by E.K. Johnston, but I can guarantee you, it won’t be my last.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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