Spotlight and Giveaway: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

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This morning I have an excerpt from A Promise of Fire, along with a link so you can read the first five chapters!  I also have a chance for you to win a copy!  I am really looking forward to this one.  What about you?

Title: A Promise of Fire

Series: Kingmaker Chronicles, #1

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Pubdate: August 2nd, 2016

ISBN: 9781492621898

KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…

BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

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Review: Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn

May Contain Spoilers

I have a few reservations about this book. The first being the publisher’s decision to break the story into 4 overpriced chunks. This is a short novel, about 275 pages, and it’s far from a complete story. The ending is abrupt and jarring; not really an ending at all. The last page is more like a commercial break, so you can scrape together to 1o bucks to purchase the next installment. Hopefully my local library will acquire a copy of all future books in the series.

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Review: Sword-Dancer by Jennifer Roberson

May Contain Spoilers

I have wanted to read this book for years, and now that I have, I was disappointed that it’s told from Tiger’s POV, not Del’s.  I wasn’t his biggest fan, and I thought that his thought-processes and speech patterns were too modern for the story. Tiger, a Southern, was raised in a misogynist culture where women have few freedoms.  Del, a Northern, came from a culture that afforded women more freedom, leaving plenty of opportunity for conflict between Tiger and Del. 

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Blog Tour: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen releases today, and to celebrate, I have a quick Q&A with Roshani Chokshi!

What’s one thing you won’t leave home without? My eyebrows.

If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be? Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat.

What is the most exciting part about publishing your first novel? Interacting with readers. Talking to the YA community gives me so much life.

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Review: Kingfisher by Patricia A McKillip

 

May Contain Spoilers

Kingfisher is straight up one wonderfully weird and unique book.  I haven’t read anything like it before, and while I thought there were some pacing issues, probably because of POV shifts highlighting characters I didn’t like as much as others, Patricia McKillip has written another odd, enchanting story featuring cooking, kitchen knights, and ancient magic awakening after a long slumber.

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Review: Dreaming Death by J Kathleen Cheney

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I wanted to read Dreaming Death because it sounded different.  I was in a bit of a rut last year, sticking with the tried and true and reading a lot of series romance.  I decided that for this year, I would switch it up, and read a mix of genres.  I am loving the urban fantasy titles I’ve picked up, and was hoping for the same success with this fantasy.  While parts of it were fascinating, I had a huge problem with one of the characters, and it marred my enjoyment of the book.

This is an interesting premise.  Unfortunately, I found Mikael to be a spineless wimp, at least until he met Shironne, and Kai was a sullen turd. I shudder at the thought of grudge-holding Kai being the next king.  He is the favorite of the king to take control of the throne, and all I could think was, “That’s the best candidate you have?”  Ugh!  I didn’t buy the reasons for his behavior, and just thought he was being immature and petty.  I hated this guy, and it was a struggle to get through scenes he was part of.

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Audio Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I am not big on audio books, and prior to Hunting Ground, I could count the number I’ve listened to on one hand.  I had a long solo drive to a horse show, though, and thought that listening to a book would keep me alert and less stressed during the drive.  I picked this book because I loved Cry Wolf, but I haven’t had time to read any further in the Alpha and Omega series.  At first I was a little hesitant as I pulled out of the driveway and started my journey, but MY.GOODNESS!  I didn’t want the drive to end, I was that engaged in the story!

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Novella Review: The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold by Peter V Brett

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I had fond memories of The Warded Man when I saw this novella.  It was one of the first fantasy galleys that I ever received, and I was looking for a fix while I was waiting (forever!) for the next installment of GRRM’s Song of Ice and Fire.  I gobbled up The Warded Man, finding it innovative, engaging, and oh-so-hard to put down.  Then I held off on reading The Desert Spear because I was still stinging over the wait for GRRM’s book, and I decided at that time to not read series until most of the books were released.  Lately I have broken that rule, but I’m not as anal about finishing what I started as I used to be.  Now, if it crosses my path, and I have the time to read it, I will, regardless of where it is in the longer series. The only series I won’t break the rule for is Song of Ice and Fire; they are just too long, the waits are interminable, and I can’t remember what happened from book to book.

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