London is agape at a scandal ripe with intrigue over the abrupt happenings at a recent wedding party. Genevieve Stafford was a recently betrothed to...more London is agape at a scandal ripe with intrigue over the abrupt happenings at a recent wedding party. Genevieve Stafford was a recently betrothed to the Lord Dursburt, but after such a scandal and the lord’s lack of support her future is ruined. Genevieve Stafford is at the dilemma in that she must protect her family and her name even as this paradigm shifts for her, and having the strength to overcome her upcoming obstacles and survive the attack on her character is only the beginning to this young woman’s backbone. Could a marriage save her family from disgrace and reduce the scandal? In a story filled with turmoil and passion, author Candace Camp returns to her Legend of St. Dwynwen Series to bring readers the tale of Genevieve Stafford and Sir Myles of Thornwood. Is there more to Genvieve than her presumed cold exterior, because if Myles wants this marriage to be anything more than helping a fallen lady save face in a harsh society he has his work cut out for him. What Myles can bring Genevieve’s family is some security from the scandal, but will the marriage work out for both parties, and can love be found over duty and name. Filled with romantic tension and wild escapades, The Marrying Season carries readers along into the dynamics of past London filled with society and propriety. In a time where women had little voice and family names ranked high in matters, London’s women had many rules to protect their positions in life, and scandal was easy to come by but very hard to clear off from association with individuals. Filled with soirees and dancing life for any young lady was a challenge, but adding to that the social and family obligations of status and duty in life in the ton and there were not many freedoms for females. This novel delves into the past, pushes past some customs and stiff collars to provide a colorful attitude for the characters even as they are trying to overcome the scandals developing around them. In the tradition of the Legend of St. Dwynwen, a Welsh patron Saint of love, Series when you wish for something, it may come to present itself in the most unexpected ways. Genevieve had reduced her future into the taking of Lord Dursbury to secure a place and title appropriate for her family, but she knew she was not marrying for love. Obligation ways heavy on her heart, but for as cold as she believes she may be Genevieve has something coming for her. The collapse of her future, when Lord Dursbury cancels the wedding , does not stop Genevieve from in life, nor does it totally condemn her pride, but as Sir Myles proposes her what Genny thinks she sees is pity and not love in new places. Genevieve while accepting Myles, for the sake of her name and family, must overcome her fears and accept that she has always had feelings for Myles, past those of a longtime family friend, and embrace her new passions in life full throttle. Keeping the ideals of the cold Stafford woman may be the very thing strangling her passion in this marriage, but the big questions is will she overcome her personal hangups and embrace this future before it dooms her relationship with Myles. Lady Genevieve Stafford has always tried to reign in her tongue, to little avail, and be a pillar of propriety in the manner of her aristocratic grandmother, but this latest flaw in her plans may be her last. Genevieve is a headstrong woman, and yet a simple heroin in that she is driven by her family’s standards, caging her real feelings behind a cold exterior. To grow into herself and her future now she must push past her previous inclinations and embrace the woman that she is to become. Genevieve must not only open herself up to new things, but also to accepting her husband Myles. Sir Myles, a family friend, is not just a way out from under a scandal because there is so much more to life than just duty and obligation, and sometimes it takes two to find the most out of oneself. Sir Myles of Thornwood who has previous taken previous scenes by storm in this series has been a formidable character in his right, but now he has his work cut out for him in Genevieve Stafford. What he has always seen in Genevieve is more than the show she puts on for others, there has always been something truly unique for him in Genny and Myles must put a stop to the scandal staining her. Butting heads with his wife while also tending the fire within her is just the beginning to their relationship, Myles desperately wants more than just saving face for Genevieve, he wants her to accept him and the love he would share with her. Tempers flare, and these two central characters must resolve their differences before it consumes them. Candace Camp knows how to tempt and test her characters and The Marrying Season has these trials in spades. With a delightful and cunning plot and many twists, readers will find that scandal is not worth running from but something to confront, and that also love is sometimes closer and more complicated than ever before. Genevieve and Myles make a drastic but daring pair as they are apt to discover each other and find love is in all the right places. Get ready this season for marriage, but will everyone survive this marriage intact. (less)
There are some books, some characters that just grip you as a reader. Becoming emotionally invested in the adventure and eagerly awaiting each turn of...moreThere are some books, some characters that just grip you as a reader. Becoming emotionally invested in the adventure and eagerly awaiting each turn of the page . .. That sums up author Cassandra Rose Clarke for me.
Heroine Pirate Ananna of the Tanarau is back with Magician/Assassin Nagi returning to the Saga of The Assassin's Curse series. There is a lot of action and peril mixed with revenge and negotiations here between our returning characters and many new additions.
Ananna has always hungered for her own boat on the sea, but as she seeks emplayment/passage on a vessel Ananna get more than she bargains for not only in a new friend Marjani, but also in a stranding on a magical island. Ananna has a such a poignant character in that her own wishes she struggles to attain but she does not want to infringe on her friends really to attain them. There is such a fabulous balance between Naji and Ananna in that readers get swept up in their tale even as it may cost them their lives.
Creeping ever close to breaking Naji's curse could cost him his life, but while that is not concerning to Naji; it is slowly eating up Ananna. The struggle to keep their partnership intact while also trying to break the curse on Naji is taking these characters to dangerous places. As Ananna faces the three impossible tasks that Naji must complete to break his curse before it costs him his life, could not also only put him in danger more, but could also take them away from each other.
Ananna's character is so well developed and entrancing. While evading the Pirate Confederation from her untimely non marriage to an even more disastrous murder in A Pirate's Wish, Ananna's story is gripping on her own. Naji's involvement makes a great daring romance element but really as Ananna grows and tries to seek her own heart's wishes in the book; this is what makes this such a compelling and enriching read.
Naji holds back his intentions and has many secrets that may just send him away from Ananna as much as he wants to stay. As the curse unfolds and as he seeks to end it by completing these tasks, he continues to keep and also push Ananna away.
Making alliances with a manticore on the Isles of Sky takes Ananna to new heights as this friendship may be the very thing to make all of her wishes come true; if she can survive them. With many battles to ensue and struggling to save Naji while his Order may feel she is akin to an abomination is only a small snippet of the trials that these characters begin to go through in this book to try and attain not only their wishes but also their curses.(less)
Are you looking for a fresh new read filled with suspense and betrayal mixed with Norse mythology and a snarky new heroine? Author Susan Krinard has...more Are you looking for a fresh new read filled with suspense and betrayal mixed with Norse mythology and a snarky new heroine? Author Susan Krinard has taken a myth and turned it all into one big reality for the world as the old Norse gods are spilling into the mundane world trying to unleash terrible magics and frightening monsters on an unsuspecting populous.
Mist had been one of the Valkyrie, servants of Odin, Choosers of the Slain, carriers of the warriors to Valhalla. But as Ragnarok shook their world and destroyed the hierarchy of the Norse, tearing apart Odin and the gods, the Valkyrie were tossed into a new world along with others from their time and place. Mist came to Earth carrying Odin's spear Gungnir, one of the treasures of Odin that was passed onto each Valkyrie, in hopes that the time of the Aesir would come again. Most has roamed the world for hundreds of years awaiting something, but suffering from the loss of not only her own world and purpose but also from the sufferings of humanity and ravages of war.
Living for so long aside humanity has left Mist separated from her Valkyrie sisters, left her guarding Norse treasures, left a Valkyrie conflicted about her purpose. When a deep betrayal happens close to home, Mist has to pick of the pieces of her relationship as well as her spear to combat a possible Ragnarok that could tear apart her world again. Fueled by vengeance and filled with power Mist breaks out into fiction as dynamic heroine trying to keep one step ahead of a deadly game. Having felt that her gods abandoned her and her world was destroyed was bad enough but to learn that the apocalypse had not happened fully and a new world order may soon overlap into the human world has Mist allying with humans to fight monsters from her past. What she may soon find is that not only have the gods been closer to her than she has believed but also that the monsters from her old life have more to do with her; than just going through the end of her spear.
There are of magics stirring up Earth when the gods interfere with mortal affairs, but to keep themselves from disappearing they may just have to take our world. Mist is struggling to fight the coming war and protect a growing band of humans that are gathering around her as the forces of gods impact humans. With a charisma from her mother, Mist is a accruing a consortium of half magicked humans who are discovering a battle is taking place on their doorstep, and yet they are unable to fully fight the onslaught of monsters that previously only existed in fairy tales.
Ice monsters, giants and elves oh my! Susan Krinard weaves her characters into a riveting story filled with magic and Norse gods battling a new strong heroine who just wants a future that she can believe in. With a captivating story line and a spectacular series potential, Mist packs a punch that keeps you turning pages until the last. (less)
We all need some quiet space to collect our thoughts, but what if that space is filled with emotions. Every day you are faced with Elements and Emoti...more We all need some quiet space to collect our thoughts, but what if that space is filled with emotions. Every day you are faced with Elements and Emotions and not as words or feelings, but as actually represented beings. Elizabeth is haunted by things no one else sees, she is steeped in secrets and wrapped in a past she cannot remember. Elizabeth has no emotions of her own, she is like a blank slate wiped of past and present, not really here but still something other than herself. Others are uncomfortable about this girl who does not express herself or show her own emotions as other people do. This unfeeling presence brings others to judge Elizabeth harshly and blatantly ignore her or harass her, to the point where danger lurks.
What catches attention for readers in Some Quiet Place is in its originality. There is a depth to Elizabeth and the entities around her. Struggling in an abusive home, and left out of the majority of her life, Elizabeth’s heroine portrayal arcs as she finds out something that has eluded her all of her life; what happened during an accident while she was a child. As the story builds in intensity readers will sympathize with Elizabeth but also in the Elements interacting with her, and the humans, but especially the Element Fear. Author Kelsey Sutton has redefined the wandering mind, because what happens when something sees something no one else can perceive as these things interact with people in our world.
Filled with dynamic relationships in character interactions, Some Quiet Place with grip readers and keep them hooked until the very last page. With twists and turns, intricate romance, and retribution, Some Quiet Place is a book this year not to be missed. (less)