Blood of the Prophet is the second novel in The Fourth Element series by Kat Ross and follows on where its predecessor left off; drawing readers into another wonderfully depicted tale of danger, magic and exhilarating romance!
Having escaped the King’s clutches, former Water Dog Nazafareen and her daeva Darius set out in search of the Prophet Zarathustra before Alexander of Macydon invades their land and burns the city of Persepolae to the ground. Joined by their friends Tijah and Myrri, Nazafareen and Darius journey across sea and desert to a small city believed to house the Prophets prison, hoping to discover his whereabouts. Hiding in plain sight, Nazarfareen and Darius bide their time before they can act, even as a dangerous enemy also seeks the prophet and Nazafareen battles the unexpected powers that seem to surface within her. With lives on the line and danger looming, will Nazafareen be able to protect those she loves or are she and Darius doomed to be torn apart forever?
Kat Ross is back with a very addictive sequel in the form of Blood of the Prophet! Blood of the Prophet sees readers join Nazafareen once again after the events of the first book, The Midnight Sea saw Nazafareen reassess her loyalties and decide upon following her instincts and her heart rather than her Kings instructions.
As she did with the first novel, Ross continues to depict an alluring desert world within this story. Religious sects, powerful individuals and demonic creatures abound in this instalment and I continue to love the overall feel of the series. Ross keeps the stakes high and the plot forward moving, weaving romance, danger and unexpected loss into the story with our heroes doing everything in their power to locate the Prophet before Alexanda invades Persepolae.
Nazafareen continues to be a strong lead to follow. She’s deeply in love with her daeva-- even though the two of them are still navigating their recently acknowledged feelings, trying to protect innocent people who will die if Alexandra invades, even if it’s the only way to stop their brutal king and also beginning to notice changes within herself as a result of the bond. In Blood of the Prophet Nazafareen begins to display abilities she never has before and Ross indicates big things in store for Nazafareen with the next book.
I continue to adore Nazafareen’s friends and the supporting cast in their series. Darius and Nazafareen have such a sweet and strong relationship and I love seeing them in all their glory together. A loss of someone close throws the characters, but I’m intrigued to see more of Tijah who I believe has a larger role in the third and final book.
Fast paced, exciting and endlessly well written, Blood of the Prophet ends a little too abruptly for my taste, but leaves me none-the-less dying to get my hands on the final novel Queen of Chaos as soon as it releases to see how Kat Ross concludes Nazafareen and Darius’s story! ...more
Queen of Hearts is the first novel in Colleen Oaks Queen of Hearts Saga and introduces readers to a unique and often overlooked branch of the Alice in Wonderland classic tale with this intriguing story.
As the Princess of Wonderland, seventeen year old Dinah’s days are spent studying and preparing for the day she will become Queen of Hearts and rule alongside her father, the current King of Hearts. Monotonous as they are, Dinah’s days are only broken up by teas, crochet and stolen moments with her best friend Wardley, the future Knave of Hearts. Yet, as her coronation fast approaches, strange things are happening in Wonderland. And as secret messages, mysterious arrivals and odd occurrences plague Dinah’s life, Dinah sets out to determine exactly what is going on, even as the danger looms larger than ever before….
I’ll be honest, Queen of Hearts wasn’t an easy novel for me to read. It started out slow and wasn’t overly fast paced, but for the small issues I seemed to have with it, I did enjoy the story. Author Colleen Oakes explores an often overlooked aspect of Alice in Wonderland; the Queen of Hearts. Everyone knows, or is at least marginally familiar with Alice’s tale, but what about the woman known for cutting of heads, the infamous Queen of Hearts? How did she become the woman who ruled Wonderland with an iron will and feared reputation?
Well, Queen of Hearts finally explores that avenue, following future Queen of Hearts Dinah when she was only a Princess of Wonderland. In the beginning Dinah comes across as a really spoilt, selfish individual, but as the novel progresses it becomes clear that she does feel and care about the people in her life. Treated terribly by her father, I actually felt really sorry for her. There was something that kept me from connecting with Dinah fully and I didn't feel much towards her feelings for Wardly, but I did feel like Dinah has potential as a main character.
Colleen Oaks weaves a very intricate tale of deception and betrayal in Queen of Hearts. It’s difficult to ascertain just who is friend and who is foe as the motives of certain individuals come into question. I loved that Oaks went out of her way to incorporate all the different aspects of the original tale into her story; the Cheshire “cat”, the Mad Hatter, the Knave of Hearts etc…..it gives a fresh and clever feel to story while embracing the Alice in Wonderland classic.
Overall, I do think Queen of Hearts is worth a read and I enjoyed the story the more I read. Queen of Hearts ends in a manner that left me keen to see what happens to Dinah next and I will be looking to read the sequel when I have the chance to see what Colleen Oaks has planned next to this vivid Wonderland world.
The Witch’s Kiss is the debut novel for sisters Katharine and Elizabeth Corr and is an intriguing twist on a classic fairy-tale.
Sixteen year old Meredith "Merry" Cooper is a witch…..technically. After a series of bad decisions, Merry has sworn off using her magic, but that doesn’t mean she can control the magic that shoots out of her fingers when she’s stressed or upset. When Merry begins having a series of dreams about a handsome young man named Jack, she soon learns that her family is connected to a centuries old curse placed upon Jack by a wizard out for revenge; a wizard that Merry is expected to defeat by using the very magic she’s sworn off using. But with lives on the line and the wizard growing more powerful every day, will Merry be able to save Jack and stop the wizard? Or is Jack fated to be doomed forever?
The Witch’s Kiss is one of those books that leaves me really conflicted. The concept is brilliant—loosely based around Sleeping Beauty, but where Sleeping Beauty is actually a prince not a princess who has been cursed by a wizard, not a witch that was wronged by the prince’s parents. Yet everything else about this novel seemed to fall flat….
I was hoping for a really fast paced story, but The Witch’s Kiss seemed to drag on for me. There was, what seemed to me, like a lot of unnecessary build up to a battle that is short lived and anticlimactic. Unfortunately, I found our main character Merry to be a little lacklustre. She got the job done as the heroine, but I failed to connect with her, as I did the rest of the characters.
Considering the curse put on Jack and the connection to the Sleeping Beauty fairy-tale that The Witch’s Kiss featured, I was anticipating this really heartfelt romance during this story, surely if some kind of true love is supposed to break the spell? Yet no. There is little to no romance between Merry and Jack that impacts on the story and the romance and connection between them seemed forced on the author’s part. I feel like Katharine and Elizabeth Corr had a brilliant idea, but the execution just isn’t there.
The back story surrounding The Witch’s Kiss was really interesting; lending a new twist on Sleeping Beauty. I personally would have loved to see more of Jack and his time—I actually quite liked this part of the book and thought his sweet character had potential.
Though it was a slow read that could have soared, but ultimately didn’t, The Witch’s Kiss wasn’t necessarily a bad book. It just didn’t do enough for me. Overall a good attempt—jury’s out on whether I’ll read the sequel. I may simply because the curiosity in me can’t be satisfied with anything but a true happily ever after….. ...more
Katrina Snow’s debut novel Forbidden is a simply brilliant fantasy tale that is addictive with its delectable dialogue, page-sizzling chemistry and romance to die for! One of the best books I’ve read this year!
Lady Katherine Durant has been under her Uncle’s control since her parents both tragically died and she became his ward. Both blessed, and cursed, with unimaginable powers, Kate has mastered the ability to keep her Gifts hidden in a world where sorcery is forbidden and punishable by death. When her Uncle gives her to another man who in turn binds her to him, Kate flees, desperately seeking out her cousin and joining her on a journey across the land so her cousin can participate in contest to win the hand of a prince. Attempting to hide in plain sight as a maid, Kate isn’t prepared to find herself thrust in the spotlight when she herself in entered into the contest. Going barb for barb against an intelligent and daring prince who makes her burn, Kate must try to protect her heart as she continues to discover that maybe running is no longer the answer; especially when she might have found something worth fighting for….love.
Having recently devoured Forbidden, I have no qualms in saying that this book is one of the best I’ve read all year, easily keeping me up until all hours of the morning—something that doesn’t happen very often. Considering I was unsure what to expect heading into the story, Snow absolutely blew me away and sucked me in with Kate and Bregovi’s sensational chemistry and sharp, witty banter. Their’s was some of the best chemistry I have read in a novel in a long time, if ever and I ate up every shared moment, touch, kiss and sentence shared between them.
Katrina Snow has simply outdone herself with the chemistry and connection she has written into the story between Kate and Bregovi. This alone could have easily made me adore the story with so much wit and sizzle written into their developing relationship. I loved the push and pull, the determination Bregovi had to be with Kate—it made me swoon. Yet, at its base Forbidden also features a very vivid storyline that weaves all the best elements of fantasy combined. Magic, sorcery, romance, humour, friendship, family…everything blends together with fire, flair and sensational dialogue that is pretty much perfect.
Even the characters I couldn’t fault, especially the leads. Kate was a sensational heroine to follow; strong willed, intelligent and vocal—refusing to bend for anyone. She had fire inside her and personality and I loved that Snow wrote her so likable. You were one hundred percent behind Kate all the way. Bregovi was charming and dashing, and really, really sexy. He was cheeky and adventurous and adored his sister Rachel too, something that won points with me.
Forbidden was well written; Katrina Snow’s writing painting a lovely fantasy world that unfolds through alternating POV’s between Kate and Bregovi and a few minor characters too. I loved the cast of characters Snow littered Forbidden with. Bregovi’s sister Rachel was a true sweetheart, as was her love interest who was simply perfect for her. Bregovi’s friend Wolfe intrigues me with his cheeky personality, as does Kate’s cousin Victoria who seemed to go back and forth between helpful and kind, and well….not.
I’m highly intrigued by the world of sorcery and genies Snow has created. Underneath Kate’s plight, there seems to be another sub-story brewing that makes me excited for possibilities with future books and the chance to follow other characters in future tales, some of which I’ve mentioned.
Deeply delicious, I cannot praise Forbidden enough! Katrina Snow has seriously impressed me with her debut and I cannot wait to see what she has in store next with the second novel, Fractured. If it’s anything like Forbidden I have no doubt it’ll be brilliant!
Wicked Secrets is a creepy supernatural standalone tale by L.M. Fry perfect for those looking for an easy to read and enjoyable tale.
The last thing fifteen year old Emily Brent wants to do is move to the small town of Carrsville Oklahoma but when her dad gets a job opportunity he can’t pass up that’s exactly what they do. Though she finds herself haunted by strange visions and ghostly apparitions upon arrival in Carrsville, Emily slowly begins to warm to her new home thanks to her adoring Aunt Mille and the attention of Irish hottie Liam. Yet when the town’s eccentric benefactor Mr Frank begins to display unwanted attention towards her, the strange occurrences start to get worse and Emily must discover the truth about Carrsville before she finds herself its next victim.
Having really loved L.M. Fry’s steampunk series, The Trinity Key Trilogy I was excited to read Wicked Secrets and found it to be a sharp, mysterious and spooky read. Told through the eyes of fifteen year old Emily, Wicked Secrets blends a delightful amount of teen angst, romance, mystery and ghostly hauntings into its tale. Fry makes it clear from early on that all is not right with Carrsville, but you never know exactly what until towards the end of the tale when all is finally revealed.
Emily was a main character I found easy to follow. I didn’t care much for her life prior to moving to Carrsville and was happy to see her cut ties. L.M. Fry explores some interesting relationships between Emily and her father, Emily and her Aunt Millie and of course her romance with Liam. I enjoyed these and thought they were sweet.
Wicked Secrets straddles the line that focuses on the paranormal aspect of the story and Emily’s everyday teenage life well. It’s not until towards the end of the story that you discover exactly what is going on, but I appreciated the build-up and liked reading about the rest of Emily’s world in the interim.
Ending well and concluding the story in a manner befitting a standalone tale, Wicked Secrets is a quaint read for those who love ghostly hauntings and tales with just the perfect amount of creep factor. Sad and emotional at times, Wicked Secrets ends on a good note. As someone who enjoys her books, I'm definitely eager to see what L.M. Fry releases next! ...more
Fates Entwined is the second novel in Jules Barnard’s Halven Rising series and is a wonderfully told story of excitement, adventure and heart-stopping romance that will thrill from beginning until end!
Reese Fisher had no idea Fae existed until her best friend Elena discovered she was Halven, the result of a Fae having a child with a human. Now Reese finds herself thrust into the dangerous world of Fae, kidnapped by an evil leader hoping to use Reese’s connection to her friend as leverage. Imprisoned, Reese is shocked to discover the person who comes to rescue her is Keen, the arrogant, blond haired Fae who criticized everything about Reese, infuriates her like no other and who sets her blood on fire. Keen Albrecht is a Fae warrior who agrees with the sentiment that humans are inferior….so why does the tiny, mouthy Reese get under his skin no matter what he does? He knows a relationship with one of her kind would never be tolerated, but for Keen, Reese is never far from his mind. That’s probably why he agrees to rescue her, before quickly finding himself pledging his loyalty to an unjust Queen in order to keep Reese safe. They can never be together, but with Reese and Keen unable to deny the chemistry that burns between them, will they find a way to be together, or will duty and preconceived notions keep them apart forever?
Having previously really enjoyed the first book in this series, I was delighted to discover Fates Entwined was as good as its predecessor, if not better! Unfolding through main characters Reese and Keen’s varying POV, Fates Entwined had it all; action, excitement, romance, danger and some seriously sizzling chemistry between the two main characters. There wasn’t an aspect of this story I wasn’t happy with—the romance between Reese and Keen was perfect, I adored the additional characters Barnard introduced including Illa and Ulric who were just too cute, and I thought the developments to the storyline were excellent and highly entertaining; good world building.
Ever since we were first introduced to Reese and Keen in Fates Divided, I have been eagerly anticipating the moment we would see them feature in their own tale and explore the delectable connection that seemed to simmer between them from the moment they met. Throughout Fates Entwined, author Jules Barnard fantastically explored their relationship and satisfies my curiosity.
Reese was a likable heroine to follow and I loved her fire, tenacity and personality. I liked she knew who she was and didn’t apologize or let Keen tell her what to do. Reese had spunk as well as a good balance between personal strength and vulnerability. While Keen on the other hand, was all stoic warrior and fierce defender with a smidgen of cheek and arrogance that I quite liked. They really worked well together and complimented each other as characters.
Jules Barnard wrote an addictive romance between Reese and Keen that has fire, sizzle and sensational chemistry. They’ve always had electricity together, even as they fought and bickered initially in the first book, so Fates Entwined simply highlights that chemistry they’ve always shared and lets us see them fall in love. There’s an unmistakable aura of forbidden and a will-they-won’t-they feel, especially on Keen’s end as he fights to convince himself he doesn’t want Reese, even as his every thought and action is in contradiction. It was delightful to watch unfold and highly entertaining.
Sensationally paced with the perfect blend of romance mixed with action, fight scenes and wonderful dialogue, Fates Entwined is an excellent sequel and leaves me highly excited to read the third, and I believe, final novel when it’s released! ...more
**spoiler alert** A brilliant overall series that I highly recommend!
AWOL: AWOL is the prequel novella to Ellery A. Kane’s Legacy series told entirely**spoiler alert** A brilliant overall series that I highly recommend!
AWOL: AWOL is the prequel novella to Ellery A. Kane’s Legacy series told entirely through the eyes of Quin McAllister and is an absolutely brilliant quick read that will make fans of the trilogy fall in love with Quin all over again.
Long before he met Lex Knightly, Quin McAllister made the desperate choice to flee the Guardian Force and escape the clutches of General Ryker. Setting out on his own, Quin searches for the Resistance group he’s only heard rumours of in the hopes of finding a safe haven and escaping the past that continues to haunt him.
Having recently finished the final book in the Legacy series, I couldn’t pass up the chance to follow Quin in AWOL and I love him even more after reading this novella—and I didn’t think that was possible!
AWOL was an absolutely delightful novella. Quick and easy to read, AWOL really allowed you to get to know Quin like never before and see how just confused and conflicted he is. It was fast paced, endlessly well written and also very cute. Ever wanted to know how Quin ended up with Artos as this faithful hound? Or what Quin thought when he first met Lex? Well, if you have, AWOL is the perfect chance to find out as Ellery A. Kane weaves some really endearing moments into Quins short tale.
Told over a number of weeks and months, AWOL is an addictive look into the heart and mind of an anti-hero who you can’t help but adore. Perfect for long standing fans of the series or those looking to give it a go, AWOL is a must if you want to see Quin like never before!
LEGACY: Legacy by Ellery A. Kane was a well paced and well thought out novel that surprised me with it's exciting storyline and tangible characters. Set in an alternate future where drugs can alter your emotions and military forces control society to an extent, Legacy was a wonderful debut!
Following eighteen year old Alexandra "Lex" Knightly, Legacy is set in the alternate future of 2041 where society is a shadow of it's former self and pharmaceutical companies produce drugs that suppress fear and uncertainty, working together with military forces known as Guardians to create super soldiers incapable of feeling fear and disobeying orders. As the daughter of the forensic psychiatrist who first came up with the emotion altering drug known as Emovere, Lex finds herself entering the deserted city of San Francisco to meet up with a group known as the Resistance in order to potentially take down the Guardians and bring to light the truth about Emovere and its devastating side affects.
Heading into Legacy, I wasn't completely sure what I should expect. The description sounded promising, but if I'm honest the cover didn't go a long way to fuelling my imagination. Still I was hopeful. And I'm thrilled to say Legacy encompasses the saying that you shouldn't judge a book by it's over. Ellery A. Kane's debut novel was a very exciting story that has obviously been very well thought out and constructed.
I quite liked Lex as the main character and have to commend Kane on writing a heroine easy to like and follow. Lex takes on a hard task when she risks entering San Fransisco to find the Resistance and even though she is untrained and afraid, she faces her fears knowing that she has the potential to save lives.
All the characters we meet throughout the story compliment the plot line beautifully. I enjoyed seeing Lex make friends with some ex-Guardians and see Kane explore the damages harsh childhoods and painful pasts have had on the individuals treated with Emovere.
I was very satisfied with Lex and her relationship with Quin McAllister, the tough and fractured former Guardian who helps her throughout the story and quickly wins her heart. While admittedly I felt Lex and Quin "fell in love" too soon, I did believe their feelings and their romance. By the end of the book it was no surprising at all that they felt so deeply about each other after all they had been through but I would have liked a slower process of them getting there. Quin had some very real demons he needed to face and I appreciated Ellery A. Kane forcing him to face hard truths and growth requirements in Lecacy.
My only issue with this story is that I would have liked to explore the world within Legacy just a little bit more. I'm very intrigued to see exactly how society got to be the way it is in 2041 and can only hope Kane expands on this some more should she write a sequel and continue on with the series.
Legacy concludes very well, with Lex and her friends taking on powerful individuals to bring to light the truth about what is going on, and in saying that Legacy could very easily be a stand alone novel. And yet, despite how well it concludes, I do hope Ellery A. Kane writes a sequel as I wouldn't mind the chance to see and learn a bit more about this world and about these characters.
PROPHECY: Prophecy is the second book in the Legacy trilogy by Ellery A. Kane and takes readers on another suspenseful, mysterious and riveting journey that will leave you guessing until the very end.
Life for Lex Knightly has changed a lot since the events of the first book Legacy. More than a year has passed since Lex, Quin and their friends managed to help disable the Guardian Force and restore their fragile world to some sense of normalcy. Yet, their world begins unravelling once again when Quin's recently paroled father, George McAllister is arrested and charged with the murder of his new wife Shelley. Torn between supporting Quin and her own doubts about George's innocence, Lex finds herself struggling. As their relationship frays, Lex and Quin drift apart, but when old enemies resurface with dangerous new motives, things take on a whole new level of danger when it becomes clear that those in power still pose a threat to not only the happiness of Lex and those she loves, but their very lives......
Prophecy kicks off more than a year after the last book, and I was surprised to see how much has changed. Ellery A. Kane has a lot of tricks up her sleeve as Prophecy mainly focuses around Quin's father and his court trial, but also manages to make you question what else is going on with the bigger corporations and companies now that most emotion altering drugs have been banned from San Francisco.
The characters have come a long way since the last book and I was thrilled to see how much they've changed. Emotions and feelings are tested in this book as loyalties and the strength of the love Lex and Quin share are repeatedly put to the test. Kane manages to make her characters, most importantly Lex, face a lot of truths and not everyone manage to come out unaffected.
Well written and well paced, Prophecy was an enjoyable read that made me feel for Lex and many of the other characters. Old faces blend with new and Kane manages to keep you on your toes as well as questioning Quin's dads innocence yourself. Yet in true Kane style, we soon learn that not everything is as it seems and I'm personally really excited to discover what implications our discoveries in Prophecy have in the third and final book Revelation!
REVELATION: Revelation is the third and final novel in the Legacy Trilogy by Ellery A. Kane, concluding what has been an easy and enjoyable dystopian style series in wonderful fashion.
Lex Knightly has been to hell and back trying to expose Zenigenic for the deceptive company it is. Alongside her father and a close group of friends, Lex has lost loved ones and friends, and is determined to help uncover any evidence that might prove Zenigenic and its founder Xander Steele are up to no good as they prepare to release a new wonder drug. It’s been months since Lex saw Quin, but when an attempt on Steele’s life puts Quin in the spotlight, Lex soon finds herself in the middle of things once again. On the run for her life but still hoping to fulfil her mother’s legacy, Lex and her friends prepare to make one final stand against Zenigenic that will either see them finally win, or be lost forever……
This series has been one I’ve very much enjoyed reading. I can’t fault any of the books—they’re just good solid entertainment. Ellery A. Kane has created a vivid future world where drugs capable of manipulating your emotions are all the rage and cause dangerous side effects to those using them. As the daughter of the scientist behind the creation of many of these drugs, our main character Lex has been on a mission to help right the wrongs of her remorseful mother throughout the series, with danger, romance and plenty of twists never far behind. Ellery A. Kane has managed to pack a lot into three books with the storyline continually developing and changing during the trilogy.
Revelation begins a few months after the second book Prophecy ended, with Lex missing Quin but still hoping to help prove his father’s innocence. In Revelation motives are questioned and deceptions revealed with readers finally learning some long awaited truths. All the characters I’ve enjoyed seeing join Lex are back; Quin (obviously!), Edison, Elana, Max, Mr Van Sant, Artos, Lex’s Dad….even Emma, Sting and Carrie return with a place amongst the story.
I’ve enjoyed following Lex throughout the trilogy and feel she has been a strong protagonist. I loved her relationship with Quin and am glad to see that Ellery A. Kane finally gives her characters a lot of resolution, even if their futures are left uncertain but hopeful.
Fast paced and perfect for fans of the Article 5 series by Kristen Simmons, Revelation concludes Ellery A. Kane’s debut series and leaves this reader superbly satisfied with how everything ended! ...more
Into Aether is the first novel in L.M. Fry’s Trinity Key Trilogy and is a well written start to what looks like a promising YA steampunk series.
When Colorado teen Theodora’s mum mysteriously disappears, Theo has no idea that everything she knows is about to change. Desperate to find her mum, Theo is willing to do anything, including following the mysterious man that has been following her into the Victorian world of Aether. Once in Aetherland, Theo finds herself in the middle of a decades old feud, having to rely on the honesty and honour of the people she’s staying with, even as it becomes clear Aetherland holds its own secrets and the key to Theo’s future....
I’ll admit, Into Aether started out as a slow read for me, but it quickly gained momentum, managing to draw me into a fast paced and enjoyable steampunk tale. L.M. Fry introduces readers to a whimsical mechanical and steampunk world of Aether. Filled with plenty of 19th century gizmos and gadgets and rich in description, Aetherland was a really vivid and eccentric place. I loved the vast array of colourful characters Fry litters amongst the story as she puts her protagonist to the test.
I thought the mythology within Into Aether was really interesting. Weaving some Celtic history into her mythology, L.M. Fry creates a really potent and vivid steampunk world. It’s clear she put a lot of through into creating her backstory, and as such the history of Aetherland and its three subdivisions are something I really hope to learn more about, especially the Trinity Key and what it all means.
After getting off to a rocky start, Theo did grow on me. Once she was in Aetherland I found her character to be a lot more likable and easy to follow. I enjoyed seeing Theo get to know the Corvus-Stein siblings and loved that L.M Fry wove friendship and romance into the action packed story. Theo’s budding friendship with Valera was quaint as was the bond she developed with sweet and bubbly six-year old Vivian, Vivi for short. And as for Theo’s chemistry with Victor—well let’s just say I was won over and happy with their romance.
Wonderfully setting up the next book, Into Aether does end on somewhat of a cliffhanger, but one that sets up the next instalment perfectly. A great start to L.M. Fry’s YA steampunk series, Into Aether has left me ready to read more! ...more