Books In My Mailbox


This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.

Well, I haven’t told you what has been in my mailbox for a long time! I have gotten a lot of ARCs, but I think I shall leave those for when I actually go to review the books (of which I’m really rather behind on); I’ve gotten a few manuscripts to either edit or beta read, but I’ll hold of on mentioning those as well. So I’ll tell you what I’ve gotten from the library!

Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner
Open Country by Kaki Warner
Chasing the Sun by Kaki Warner

I decided to try this new author and greatly enjoyed the first book, so I went to get the second and am waiting on the third. The Blood Rose Trilogy is considered a historical, but does not go to regency England as most expect, rather it is about the wild American West.

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Book Review: Gossamyr by Michele Hauf

Synopsis: Gossamyr de Wintershinn has been raised by her father, the ruler of Glamoursiege, to be a warrior worthy of the throne… except he never let Gossamyr show her mettle in true combat. Yet when the Red Lady’s plot threatens to destroy all of Faerie, no one but Gossamyr is fit for the quest and so she travels to the mortal realm for the first time.  The half-fae half-mortal does not fear the danger; what she should fear is discovering the truth about herself.

Author: It seems that whomever chose the author bio in this book forgot to do a bit of editing, for it reads exactly the same as in Michele’s previous fantasy novel of Seraphim. There is exactly one year between the publishing of the two novels which means that while Seraphim was going through the publishing process, it is likely that Gossamyr was being written.

Character Development: Throughout this novel Gossamyr grows into herself. At first Gossamyr is conscious of her differences from the other fae, but as she moves into the mortal realm and conquers her opponents she realizes it is those differences that make her special. That makes her the only Champion who can save her childhood home. From spoiled faerie princess to seasoned warrior, Gossamyr finds the place she truly belongs.

Location: The story takes place in both the faerie realm, as well as the mortal realm. Glamourseige is a trifle hard to envision from its description, but you do get the general idea of the place (though I think a line drawing map of the world of fae would have been both helpful and interesting). As for the Otherside, the plot also takes us into France, namely that of Paris for it appears that banished faeries like the city as much as fallen angel/demons.

Character: Dominique San Juste and Tor, both from Seraphim, make an appearance in this novel. The ponderings from an unfilled promise are answered, at least when it comes to the horse.

Subplot: In this book, Gossamyr meets up with Jean Cesar Ulrich Villon the third who had stumbled into a faerie circle and forced to dance for the faeries an entire night… equalling twenty years in the mortal realm. Ulrich is now on a quest to find Tor in hope that the horse will help Ulrich find someone from his past.

Quote: Believe and you belong.

The Verdict: It will make you laugh; it will make you cry. It is even better than the previous novel Seraphim.

W.W.W. Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.  All you have to do is answer these 3 questions: 

1. What did you recently finish reading?

2. What are you currently reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

To do something a little different with this, I thought I’d find out what my friends are reading and post that whenever I can get answers out of them!

Holly is finished reading “50 Shades of Grey” by EL James
Holly is reading “50 Shades Darker” by EL James
Holly is next reading “50 Shades Freed” by EL James

Simple Smile Saturday

It has been a busy summer getting a new publishing job, being cast in a play and doing rehearsals, as well as editing two new books for Musa. I am super excited to announce these two stories, as one of my favourite authors has written a full-length novel and the other is part of a serial that will last the entire year!

TOURNAMENT OF CHANCE by S.G Rogers

A hunter’s daughter becomes the spark that ignites a revolution—in time.

When a beautiful commoner enters the Tournament of Chance archery competition, her thwarted victory sparks a revolution in the oppressive kingdom of Destiny. Although Heather never believed the legends about the restoration of Ormaria, after three shape-shifting Ormarian wizards awaken from a long magical slumber, she joins their perilous quest to regain the throne. Heather battles vicious predators and angry trolls to free the wizards’ magic, but at a horrendous cost. She is unexpectedly torn from the arms of the man she loves and hurled back in time to fulfill a prophecy not yet written.  The ensuing maelstrom tests Heather’s survival skills, wits, and endurance. Will she become an unwritten footnote in history, or can she trust the magic to lead her back to her one true love?

SORROW 1: THE RING OF STEEL by David Pilling & Martin Bolton

“The stars are high, the plain wide. The world awaits the coming of Sorrow…”

An uneasy peace has descended over the World Apparent. The Winter Realm and the Old Kingdom are recovering from the cataclysmic events of the Twelfth Reconquest, while in the south, the Djanki and the Sharib retreat to lick their wounds from the battle at Temple Rock. To the east, the divided Empire of Temeria is nearing the end of a long civil war, in which rival Generals have fought like mad dogs to seize the long-vacant Imperial Throne.

Meanwhile, in an obscure and barren desert, far away from wars and politics, a peaceful nomadic tribe is attacked at night and wiped out by a mysterious enemy. There is only one survivor, a young boy named Sorrow after an ancient prophecy.

As the world looks for redemption, those who crave total power will stop at nothing to get to acquire the child, Sorrow.

 Previous Smiles: The RadianceThe DruidThe Grimm LegacyAccidental Immortal, Enchanted Realms

Book Review: Seraphim by Michele Hauf

Synopsis: On the eve of Seraphim’s wedding, the d’Ange castle was attacked by the de Morte brothers and everyone was killed… everyone, but Seraphim. Sera survived the attack upon her person that left her with horrible scars and a damaged throat. Vowing to get revenge, Sera set out to kill all the de Morte’s under the guise of the Black Knight. With only the help of her “squire” Balwin and a mysterious stranger named Dominique San Juste, Seraphim must stop the demonic de Mortes from wreaking evil upon all of France.

Author: While Michele has written paranormal and historical novels before, Seraphim is the first fantasy book. No matter which type of genre, for Michele, it is all about excellent sword fighting scenes… something that shows in Seraphim.

Plot: At first the story was a little slow, but after the first couple chapters the book pulls you in. It is full of action and intrigue, with a little romance thrown in to make things even more interesting.

Location: There wasn’t really anything about place that made the story inaccessible. While it didn’t have a very “French” feel, the novel had enough town names given to keep the story in the countryside and villages until the end.

Character: Baldwin is an excellent “wise fool” as he is most definitely comical at times while still managing to be the confidant of Dom and the adviser of Sera. Baldwin almost always knows when it is the right time to discuss an important issue, and when he has bad timing it just makes things amusing.

Unfulfilled Promise: Dominique’s horse Tor is a real question. It is pure white with a long mane and tale, but also a bald patch on the horse’s forehead from a “wound”. It makes you think it might be a unicorn who’s horn was removed, but it is never said.  Also, did Seraphim ever find Henri’s missing [spoiler]?

Romance: The love interest between Sera and Dom is very slow to develop, which is perfectly fitting for this pair.  Sera doesn’t quite trust Dom, not with her life or her heart, and Dom doesn’t like the idea of having feelings for the female warrior either.

Quote: When faced with fear or faith, I choose faith always.

The Verdict: I picked up this book because I have read later Michele books, and ended up being glad I read this. If you like faeries, angels, and demons, give this one a try.

Teaser Tuesday (Sept-3)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Everlasting Desire by Amanda Ashley

She didn’t know much about vampires, but being bitten by another vampire seemed like the most logical way to join the ranks of the fanged and dangerous.

Megan couldn’t help grinning. It had never occurred to her that vampires brushed their fangs. 

Book Review: Summer Seaside Wedding by Abigail Gordon

Synopsis: It was supposed to be Amelie Benoir’s wedding day, but when she found her fiancé in bed with another woman, Amelie called off the engagement. Instead, on that day, Amelie was arriving in Bluebell Cove to work at a local medical practice for six months. Leo Fenchurch, one of the other doctors, was the first person she met and so he felt responsible for her happiness… but does that include romance?

Author: Abigail Gordon has written three previous novels in her Bluebell Cove series. While this series of books is set in Devon, Abigail lives in Cheshire Village. Her son works in a hospital and provides the medical information Abigail needs for her romance novels.

Writing Style: That adage of “show, don’t tell” was not in practice, as this book was very much “tell”.  There was little dialogue and even less action, what Amelie and Leo were doing was generally mentioned in passing with very little importance. It may be a British stylistic thing, but much of the book was the repetitive thoughts of the two main characters.

Plot: Essentially the story is of Amelie, a French doctor who had her heart broken, and temporarily moves to Bluebell Cove to get over her broken engagement. There she meets Leo Fenchurch and falls in love with him, but he is fighting the same emotion because his previous fiancée died years ago.

Location: The novel is situated in Bluebell Cove, which is apparently in Devonshire, England. There is only the vaguest of descriptions to give the novel a sense of place; it is a coastal village that has a beach and maybe some cliffs, as well as a few shops. I could not picture the place at all, expect perhaps Four Winds Manor which had the most detail even though I don’t recall anything really happening there.

Pacing: The rate of the book’s movements was slower than molasses. There was no action, no drive, no risk to keep things interesting and keep the reader on edge. It took five hours to get through the novel because it did not hold my attention and I constantly found myself daydreaming about Colin Firth rather than reading… Not that Colin has anything in relation to this book other than being British.

Point of View: The book is from the perspectives of Amelie and Leo, enabling the reader access into the thoughts of both the main characters. Considering the book is made up almost entirely of the two character’s thoughts, to be only from one point of view would make the reader consider becoming a pyromaniac and burn the blasted book.

Romance: The love story between Amelie and Leo is wishy-washy. The majority of the book is the pair whining and whinging about not knowing what to think and feel. The only reason I wanted the two to sort out their differences and get together is because that would mean the book was at an end.

Quote: I have to say that whatever else you are… you’re different.

The Verdict: Give this book a pass, as it wasn’t engaging at all. The story’s potential was there, but fell flat.

If you found your significant other cheating on you what would you do? Would you travel to another country?