New books ordered

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As you all know I put myself on a book buying ban and I am only allowed to buy a book if I sell ones I already have and do not want to pay for it or read 5 books. Well both things happened this weekend. I have managed to read 5 books on my TBR (some reviews are pending but I’ll get round to them) and I sold some of my other books on Ebay. This means I can buy 2 books! Woohoo!

First of all I need some sort of medal. I have resisted purchasing the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone even though everyone on Instagram and my friends are going on about it. Hopefully I will get this for Christmas or if I sell more books or read 5 more from my TBR. On a side note it is on offer for £15.00 on Book Depository at the moment. The link is here if you want to check it out

So the books I purchased are: Winter and Archangel’s Enigma. I cannot wait to read these books. I am so excited for Naassir’s story. Not as much as I want Bluebell’s story but still. Nalini Singh is an amazing writer and I look forward to reading this book. I also have to say I love that the cover of this book matches the others in this series. It such an awesome cover too.

Winter is the continuation of Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles and I am so so excited for it. I really need to post my reviews of the previous books but I’ll get to that! Same with this book, how amazingly cool is the cover of this book?

Interested in the two books I mentioned? I have added the synopsis of both below with a link to Book Depository if you want to check them out (and not I am not being sponsored or paid to include this). I ordered my books from them too.

Book Depository have Winter at the price of £6.29 at the moment which is an amazing offer for the paperback book if you’re interested in purchasing it.

Archangel’s Enigma (Guild Hunter, #8) – Nalini Singh

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Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows…and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) – Marissa Meyer

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Happy Book Mail!!

 

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Slave to Sensation – Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #1)

One more book down from my TBR! Maybe I should buy a book for each one I finish….haha no I won’t do that, it would not solve my problem about lack of space.

This book has been sitting on my kindle for a long time now. I purchased it about a year or so ago as I really love Nailini’s Guild Hunter series. That series is one of my favourites and I love how she writes her characters. In essence usually the female characters are strong willed and a match for their partners which I like to read because there is nothing wrong with a damsel in distress story but sometimes you want a change.

I think I say this a lot but Nalini Singh is one of my favourite authors, I would highly recommend her guild hunter series and after reading this book her other work aswell as long as you are not opposed to sex scenes. I find the story’s that she writes also shows the development and the progression of romance rather than being multiple sex scenes and a happy ending.

Synopsis:

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion – and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities – or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

First Lucas so did not look like the cover of this book in my mind, his scars on his face were so much sexier, well Nalini made it sound so anyway. I adored this book, I could not put it down and literally wanted to finish it in one sitting, which did not happen.

In 1979 to try and end violence and crimes the psy race implemented a protocol called the silence, this would condition the mind and body to stop feeling human or animalistic emotions and therefore be the end of serial killers and violence. Sounds like a perfect plan right? I mean if there are no emotions then there no cause for people to do things like that.

The story kicks off with Sasha being told that she is incharge of overseeing a housing development for the changelings and so she will be working with Lucas Hunter who is a panther alpha of the DarkRiver pack. Sasha is a ‘broken’ psy as she does feel but she is trying to hide it behind a stotic and emotionless facade. The psy do not show affection or casually touch and then we have the changelings who constantly touch and show affection. You can tell the pairing of these two is going to be volatile. Not in a bad way but sparks are going to full and they do.

What to say about Lucas, I loved him from the first page. He was smart, he knew what he wanted, he had determination and he was sweet, which makes a lethal combination and who could resist that?

“She was his and he was hers. They had under-the-skin privileges.” 

“An hour of your life is worth more than a thousand people to me.”

Sasha is such strong willed and doesn’t let Lucas walk all over her but also understands when it’s best to let it go as Lucas is an alpha. Sasha is such a brave character, as just imagine growing up and hiding the fact that you are different from everyone else. One slip up and she would have be rehabilitated.

“She wished he’d stop touching her. Not because she didn’t like it but because she liked it far too much. It made her hunger for things that could never be hers. And if someone went hungry for too long, they started to starve. Started to hurt.” 

What starts of as a business relationship develops first into friendship, respect, trust, passion and the love. It was so nice to see the evolvement of the relationship between these two. Lucas handled Sasha tenderly at times to introduce her to her and his own emotions and what he wanted. He does not let Sasha stay behind her mask of silence and indifference because he understands her and knows that that is not true, that’s not her nature. Ofcourse Psy and changelings are not suppose to be together, but what’s a good romance without some forbidden love.

The writing of this book is amazing, Nalini is an amazing story teller, it the way the story is written. Even though the psy world is different it was explained is such a way that I understood it and I did not have to go back to reread certain chapters to remind myself of anything which sometimes happens in fantasy books. The style of the writing flows really well, it is engaging, interesting and unique. It is the right balance of romance and action.

All I can say is I really loved this is and will be continuing with the others in this series. Honestly give Nalini Singh’s books a try and you will not regret it.

Happy Reading! p.s. Has anyone else read this book or anything by Nalini Singh?

Tuesday’s Child – Dale Mayer (Psychic Visions #1)

This is a different genre to what I normally read because while it is a paranormal romance this book is more of a thriller, as it concentrates more on the crimes. When I checked this book was free on Amazon UK so if you like what you read then you can check it out here.

Synopsis:

What she doesn’t want…is exactly what he needs.  

Shunned and ridiculed all her life for something she can’t control, Samantha Blair hides her psychic abilities and lives on the fringes of society. Against her will, however, she’s tapped into a killer–or rather, his victims. Each woman’s murder, blow-by-blow, ravages her mind until their death releases her back to her body. Sam knows she must go to the authorities, but will the rugged, no-nonsense detective in charge of tracking down the killer believe her?

Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence, yet Sam’s visions offer clues he needs to catch a killer. The more he learns about her incredible abilities, however, the clearer it becomes that Sam’s visions have put her in the killer’s line of fire. Now Brandt must save her from something he cannot see or understand…and risk losing his heart in the process.
As danger and desire collide, passion raises the stakes in a game Sam and Brandt don’t dare lose.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review:
This is the first book I have read by Dale Mayer and based on this book I would read another by her too. I will be the first person to admit I have no idea what the cover of this book is about, for me the girl on the cover in no way looks like the main character Sam but I guess that by the by because it’s the story that counts which is really good.
This book is about Sam who is psychic who is trying to survive her visions and she gets caught in a vision where she sees someone being killed. Unlike other psychics Sam ability is different actually has physical manifestations of any injuries inflicted on the victim and feels their pain too. It takes her  about 20 minutes or so after coming out of a vision to heal her body. This one of the reasons she keeps away from people. It is also because she has been so mistrusted and mistreated before when she has tried to help the police that she’s had to move and start over, so she likes to keep to herself with her animals. Though Sam is a fighter so when she has a vision on the killer what can she do but contact the police to try and get the victim justice?
I liked Sam’s character, my heart did break for her too, I do not know how someone could keep picking themselves up after having visions like she does. I would have preferred more insight into Sam’s past, sure it was mentioned but it could have been a bit more detailed.
Brant was a good match for Sam. I’m glad he did not treat her as a complete nut job and kept his mind open even though he had doubts. It was sweet that Brant cared so much for his mother and we got to see that too. I would have liked to read more about Brant’s past or him as a person as he was a good character but there was scope for more development. The relationship was slowly building which is what I prefer, it was nice to see someone care for Sam and Sam coming to accept that someone does care for her.
What I would have liked though was an epilogue, I would have liked to see what Sam and Brant life would have been like a year or two later but still the end was still neatly wrapped up there were not loose ends.
“Don’t spend your life so afraid of trying and failing that you live alone. Take a chance let someone in your world”
This book is definitely worth a read so give a read while it is free, what do you have to lose?
Happy Reading!!

Shadow Study – Maria V. Snyder (Soulfinders #1/ Study #4)

Synopsis:

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

I read this book in under 24 hours. I stared it at 5pm yesterday and had completed it by 10am this morning (Yes and I’ve already posted this review – this is how much I had to share my enjoyment!). I just about managed to get some sleep even though I wanted to keep reading though the night I refrained. I enjoyed this book so much and I have been waiting for this book for so long that after finally reading I have no idea what to do with myself now. I was worried when I heard this book POV would be split between Yelena, Valek and Janco but actually the book was so well written that I did not find the switch in perspectives choppy at all. The book flowed well and at no point was I confused about who was narrating. I am so glad that I loved this book, because I love the original 3 books in the series so much I was worried that I had too high of expectation for this and if I didn’t love this book then it would have just slightly impacted my love for the previous books in the series. However I had nothing to worry about because maria writes so well that you are sucked into the story and literally sitting on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. The story was well paced as it was full of action so it did not drag but neither was it packed with so much going on that the read could could not keep up. I was literally shocked with the developments involving the commander.

I actually really liked the multiple perspective because we got to see what was happening in places where Yelena was not present which helped with the story progression and gave the reader more insight into other side characters around Yelena and Valek. Though the main reason I loved the multiple perspectives was because we got to see more about Valek and how he thinks, how he came to be who he is and his childhood. I am so glad that we got to know more about him and in a way his feelings. I will admit I had an Awww moment when Valek would think things like not missing being in the sought but missing a certain southerner. There is a tiny bit of romance in this book but that is not the main focus of this book, but I really do like seeing the relationship development between Valek and Yelena.

I actually enjoyed this book more than Fire study because in Fire Study the fact that Yelena ignored Moon man and was mean to him was a sour point with me. I enjoyed that Yelena actually learned from this and accepted that she still thinks highly of him even if he was always giving her cryptic advice. I will not say that there were not points where I wanted to hurt Yelena because she was being too independent and I questioned her thinking, there sure fire way of knowing when something is going to happen or go wrong is when Yelena goes off alone. I can overlook those because like I mentioned I felt she was learning from her mistakes and atleast she does take action and do not wait around for a ‘hero’ to do the work. I was also glad to see more of Leif in this book because I really did not like him at all when he was first introduced in this series but he’s grown on me

I knew what was going to happen on the last page due to coming across a spoiler by mistake so that was not a massive shock but it is definitely a cliff hanger ending, I mean I was thinking saying say what?. I really wish I did not come across that spoiler but this did not affect my enjoyment of the book. Though now I cannot wait until the next book Night Study. I’m so excited I had to go on Goodreads and fins out when the next book. Turns out I have about a year to wait for the next book but considering Fire Study was realised in 2008 and originally Maria was not going to write more books on Yelena I cannot complain but I really wish this time goes fast.

I have not read the Storm Glass series but I own so I will be reading those next, I should have read them before this book as other characters from there are mentioned but it did not confuse me to an extent where I could not enjoy this book.

I thought this was going to be a short review. Obviously I was wrong, I know I did not speak much about the story but I do not want to ruin the book for anyone. If you have not read this book or series it is one that I would recommend. The series is a favourite of mine. If you like a strong willed heroine with a good story and great side characters then this book is for you. Though I do not promised that there will not be points where you want to shake some sense into Yelena..:D

Happy Reading!!

Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle of Consequence – Charles Lominec

I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Charles for send me this just because it is not a book I would usually picked up otherwise and I would have missed a good story.  I really enjoyed this book and if there is going to be another in the series (which I hope there is) then I will be buying it. 

Warning there is violence and gore in this book. 

Synopsis:

A far away star supernovas and sends waves of force and change rippling through the cosmos. The waves crash into Sarnen Karnea’s world and thrust him into a deadly struggle to keep his loved ones from harm and to keep a secret about his son from the Zangava Empire.

The waves awaken new and old forms of consciousness, and stir ancient primordial resentments, that threaten to destabilize the Empire’s dominance in the world. Challengers from across the ocean, and from under it, seek to capitalize on newly developing Imperial problems.

Like the Empire, Sarnen must adapt to survive, and must ask himself which of his virtues he is willing to deny in order to reach his goals.

Ratings: 4 Stars

I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, not because the story lacks pace but because this book has a Sci-Fi vibe to it and Sci-Fi is not a genre I usually enjoy that much. However, this book is well-written as it pulls you right into the story and so I found myself gripped and unable to put it down because I just wanted to know what would happen next straight away!

The synopsis mentions Sarnen, who I thought was going to be the main character, and he was a large part of the story, but the book was actually told from multiple perspectives and so I do not think that there is just one main character; I felt all the narrators in the book were the main characters. This book was action-packed and I was hooked right from the start as Charles develops a unique and interesting world. Within the first few chapters, the book gets right into the story with an attack from shark-like creatures on Sarnen’s boat. The reason for this is because Sarnen is ferrying some eggs as cargo. The story progresses from here, and I do not want to say too much because I do not want to give the story away.

The characters in this book were well developed, but I wish I got to see more of Sarnen’s interaction with his family. They had some scenes together but I was left wanting. I could see the love that Sarnen had for his family, it was clear in the writing, and so I wanted to know more. For me, a sign of a good book is whether it makes me cry, because this shows an emotional investment in the characters and story. There was one point in this story which nearly made me cry.

My only issue with the book was there were a lot of characters and so sometimes I had a hard time remembering who was who when they were speaking or the book was being told from their perspective, but this may be because I am new to Sci-Fi. I also found it hard to keep track of all the different ‘species’ in the book, but because the writing was good and the plot interesting, this is easy to overlook.

I would recommend this book because it is a good read. I hope that there is another book in this series and personally I am looking forward to reading it as I need to know what happens next…!

If you want more information or buy the book click here for the link to Amazon UK.

Happy Reading!!

Book Tag!

Sorry I have not posted in a couple of days. I have been busy at work, it’s been quite stressful and I have just had a lot going on. Usually I have some scheduled posts but I have run out of those and so am running abit behind. I will try and sit down and do a proper post tomorrow.

Just thought I’d show my face on here! If you did not know I have a Instagram account called @hyperaboutbooks, you are able to follow me on there if you want. Anyway I was tagged on there to do a #bookandface and below is the result. I have to admit I’m happy with how this picture turned out.

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What is everyone else doing/reading?

What am I reading? #1

Normally I do not share on my blog what I’m reading until I put up my review of the book. I decided I’m going to change that and one day every so often put a post up on what I’m currently reading!

So currently I am reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles and I am loving it so far. I actually wish that I picked this book up before rather than waiting this long. I was a bit sceptical about whether I will enjoy it as this seems to be a hyped series but it is worth the hype. Do not worry about this being a fairy tale retelling this is definitely it’s own book with it’s own story.

Synopsis:

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the centre of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Has anyone read this series before? Or what are you currently reading?