July 29, 2015

Review: Beyond the Veil

Beyond the Veil (The Veil, book 1) by Pippa Dacosta

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Beyond the Veil (1)

“They say I’m half a demon, but I like to think of myself as half human, especially as the demons want me dead.”

Charlie Henderson is living a lie. Her real name is Muse and her attempt at a normal life is about to go up in smoke.

When a half-demon assassin walks into her life, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, Muse must return to the one man she hoped never to see again and ask for help. The Prince of Greed isn’t known for his charity. The price is high and the cost could tear her apart.

Trapped between the malevolent intentions of a Prince of Hell, an assassin with ulterior motives and her bloodthirsty demon-kin, Muse must embrace the lure of chaos at her core; the demon inside her, in order to survive.

If your ex is the Prince of Greed, you’d better be ready to raise hell.


Review:

“I should have known he'd be trouble as soon as he walked into my workshop, but I couldn't have known he'd be the death of me.” - Muse

With that opening sentence I was hooked! Especially since you don't know whether it's pertaining to this book or maybe the next ones? All you know is some awesome fun is about to happen. It also reassured my indie/self-pub fears. I haven't been batting well lately. However, it was clear that DaCosta's writing is on freaking point. There was not a single point where I was cringing due to bad writing/grammar. Thank you.

Once those fears were assuaged it was clear that this was one sexy and wild ride. Especially since the man candy does not fit into the molds of good or bad. No it's more like “wickedly evil” and “so baaaaaaaad but I can't help myself”. Oh, and the cherry on top is that they're demons. Yeah.

“The demon inside his male exterior burned with primal needs. It devoured, it stole, it consumed. He was all greed and desire, always hungry.”

Akil is the Demon Prince of Greed. He's basically Muse's—the main character here, I'll get to her—savior. Or is he? Akil is freaking sex and power personified here, and despite all the twists my lady parts still lust. Speaking of lust, let me tell you about Stephan Harper. Assassin, double agent, spy, killer, mechanic, and all around smexy man. Stephan can't be pinned down. He's a half human/half demon, like Muse, but he is ice where she is fire. Oh, they're fabulous together! Stephan might seem like the standard hero, but his character had just enough twists that trusting him is dangerous. I love that any lover Muse has might be deadly, and might just try to kill her. Come on, it's a dangerous combination that's too good.

Now speaking of Muse, I really enjoyed her. She's not some crazy warrior woman. No. Muse is a half demon. She lived in the netherworld for a time as the property of psycho demon. Torture, rape, and all kinds of nightmares were her life. Until Akil stepped in and helped her to become strong and kill her master. Readers come in as she's living the life of a normal human. She’s a blacksmith and enjoys her average Joe life. Her human boyfriend and feeding her cat. Come on, that can't last!

It's clear that Muse has fire—no pun intended—and she wants to be free. It's clear she’s use to hiding behind people. Not using her inner strength and skills, but relying on others to help save her. But I still like her. She's believable, and after all the stuff she's gone through I can buy just wanting to stick your head in the sand. Pretend nothing happened. Though I'm a big believer in the whole “power is knowledge” thing. So I question as to why she wouldn't try to find away to protect herself when she left Akil's protection. A few times Muse ticked me off with her inability to think. To see where things might end up by. You know thinking things through. Knowing when to bail the hell out.

That's part of her charm. Cause despite that she is believable and I enjoy having a different kind of female lead to the UF genre. Muse embraces her sexuality. No slut shaming here. (I can't believe that's enough of a thing that it's such a joyous thing when I find it.) Love that she's a blacksmith/whatever you want to call it. Though I'm bummed there wasn't more of that here. Even with her iffy survival skills I do like that once she's confronted with the truth she goes forth and seeks answers herself.

The best thing about Beyond the Veil is that one can never be sure about any of the characters. What side they're on and what their agenda is. Because everybody has an agenda. Especially if Muse is involved. Because she's been lied to since birth and there are some secrets and truths that are coming out. The only problem is knowing whether it is actually THE truth.

Beyond the Veil definitely left no doubt in my mind as to whether I'd be continuing this book. Duh! It's a fabulous twisty and dark read. Oh, and that cliffhanger!!! (OK, maybe Stephan is that kind of guy.) Muse is a great lead and she's obviously going to be getting the crash course on what the demon world is really like. Now that she knows the truth about half demons and their power I'm excited to see her become that kick ass heroine. Especially since she's already got the whit to go with it. Come on action scene one liners! Even though she's out of the hands of the demons, for now, the humans might not be any better. (After all she just battled a Prince of Hell and her brother still wants her dead.) I'm looking forward to the full world picture that is teased here. (A little bit after writing this review I bought the rest of the books in the series.)

Sexual Content: Sexual humor and some darker themes.

 
4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Beyond the Veil (1)
Devil May Care (2)
Darkest Before Dawn (3)
Drowning in the Dark (4)
Ties That Bind (5)

Beyond the Veil (1)
Devil May Care (2)
Darkest Before Dawn (3)
Drowning in the Dark (4)
Ties That Bind (5)

Beyond the Veil (1)
Devil May Care (2)
Darkest Before Dawn (3)
Drowning in the Dark (4)
Ties That Bind (5)

July 28, 2015

Cover Coveting (14)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

It’s strange I feel like I’m on a reading high, but I’m burned out!

Maybe these lovely covers will make me feel better.


A Sky Unbroken by Megan Crewe

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a-sky-unbroken Series: Earth & Sky, book 3

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Genre: Young Adult Dystopian (Young Adult Science Fiction)

Shera’s thoughts:

Ah, I adore the covers for this series. They’re so pretty!

Love this burning planet/comet

Breakwater by Shannon Mayer

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break-water Series: The Elemental series, book 2

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

OK, I bad mouth that Spider Game cover. This one is . . . bad.

First off crotch shot. Secondly whatever is going on with her hands is . . . creepy ugly.

Brighter Than the Sun by Darynda Jones

Previous book(s) in series:

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brither-that-the-sun Series: Charley Davidson, book 8.5

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

This fits in really nice with the series. Plus, it fits the title. It’s a decent cover for a short story.

Dragon Soul by Katie MacAlister

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dragon-soul Series: Black Dragons, book 3

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

Fits well into the series. I really like green tones.

Lucas by V.A. Dold

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Series: Le Beau Series and K.I.S.S.cross over - Psychic Matchmaker New Orleans Billionaire Wolf Shifters with plus sized BBW for mates (Le Beau Series & K.I.S.S.Series Book 5)

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

Well it fits the series well.

Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine

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midnight-bites Series: Morganville Vampires anthology

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Shera’s thoughts:

Fits the new look that the series went for. I just feel “meh” for these types of covers.

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance

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ride-the-storm Series: Cassandra Palmer, book 8

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

It’s amazing how much these covers have changed . . . but they still all have the basic elements.

Cassie looks fabulous!

Stray by Rachael Craw

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stray Series: Spark, book 2 

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Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Shera’s thoughts:

Ummmmmmm, the typography is cool. But this disembodied head is baaaaaaaaaaaad. Bad I tell you.

I like the general idea, it was just poorly executed.

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

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tell-the-wind-and-fire Series: N/A 

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Shera’s thoughts:

To be honest it’s a very boring city scape. But the way the reflection and the type is used is great.

The Beast by J.R. Ward

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the-beast Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, book 14

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

Can you guess which brother this book is?? Man I really need to start this series up again! I love that it’s becoming so intricate.

This cover fits well with the series. But more importantly it fits really well with The King. I like that the full body shots are how these revisiting books are going to stand out.

The Brimstone Deception by Lisa Shearin

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the-brimstone-deception-lisa-shearin Series: SPI Files, book 3

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

It’s pretty awesome! Love the art for this series.

The Isle by Jordana Frankel

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the-isle Series: The Ward, book 2

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Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Shera’s thoughts:

Very cool use of a culvert for a cover! Love that there’s a leak in it making a waterfall.

The Morrigan’s Curse by Dianne K. Salerni

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the-morrigans-curse Series: Eighth Day, book 3

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Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

It amazes me every time I see a cover for these books! The action just explodes off the cover!

Again I LOVE the typography tat the design team uses. The way the position the words is brilliant.

Vendetta by Gail Z. Martin

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vendetta Series: Deadly Curiosities, book 2

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Badass. Cover.

Love. It.

July 27, 2015

The Arcana Chronicles News!

This dropped last week, but I took Thursday and Friday off so I’m posting this now! It’s from Kresley Cole’s official Newsletter.


It’s been pretty hush, hush lately on Kresley Cole news. And it’s all been the bare minimumpoison-princess or nothing. Especially on The Arcana Chronicles. The fact that there was no news on book 4 for or how many more would be in the series made me nervous. The last young adult series I liked this much got cancelled . . .

However, the Arcana Chronicles have been doing really well, sells speaking. So I kept trying to comfort myself that no publisher would cancel a lucrative series. Right?

Well Cole has dropped the news! The Arcana Chronicles “TV & Motion Picture rights have been optioned by a major studio!!”

So I’m guessing all the delays, on all of Cole’s work, have been due to negotiating that. However, I’d never post for that. Unless there’s an actual official trailer nothing is real. No it’s because finally there’s some reassurances about the Arcana Chronicles BOOKs!

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The 4th one doesn’t have a name yet but it will be released in the spring. (Though she didn’t say 2015 . . .  or any year. But assume 2015.) So far it’s official “. . . that there will be a minimum of five installments in the Chronicles.”

Personally I do not think that is enough books to finish thedead-of-winter tangled games that are the Arcana Chronicles. Or if it is the Cole’s plan I feel like it’s going to end up feeling rushed. The fact that Cole is sticking with the lead female throughout the series has made her have to reach outside of her normal formula and come up with other elements. I’ll be sad to see it end, especially since all of  Cole’s other books/series are suffering from her “Standard Cole Formula”.

So what do you guys think? Interested in seeing the Arcana books into a TV show or movie? Do you think 5 books are enough or that there will (should) be more?

July 22, 2015

Wednesday Wishes

I’ve been on a book gathering binge. Oh, my wallet. However, I love it when you’re browsing and you find a lot of great eBook deals. (AKA the coveted freebies.) Makes everything better.



Nova
by Margaret Fortune

novaGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Series: Nova, book 1

*36:00:00*

The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.

The girl is basically a clone and a walking human bomb! HOLY SCI-FI AWESOMENESS!

Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon

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Genre: Contemporary (Chick Let)
Series: N/A

Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.

This is not my normal bread and butter. But it sounds like crazy fun. Plus, everyone says it makes you laugh.

Tee-hee. I already bought this one.

July 21, 2015

Review: Girl in the Steel Corset

Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, book 1) by Kady Cross

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Genre: Young Adult Steampunk
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Girl in the Steel Corset (1)

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one... except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch...

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on even if it seems no one believes her.


Review:

The Girl in the Steel Corset is everything I have been dying to find in a steampunk novel. The technology flavors the world perfectly and I love that there's so many different verities of fashion. This is a whole new reimagined world! One where 20 years prior an expedition lead by the Duke of Greythorne journeyed to the center of the earth. Discovery of the Cradle of Life, THE place were creation began. Strange things called The Organites where discovered. Tiny organisms that can mimic other things on a cellular level. While the general public is only aware of some ore that powers the technology from this expedition. Every thing else is kept hush, hush by order of the Queen.

So now we're 20 years later after these events. Where despite keeping everything a secret things are definitely happening. People are developing powers because of certain events and there's a villain out there, The Machinist, who wants to use The Organites for evil. It's all very shady with plots against the Queen and reimagining of Dr. Hyde and Mr. Jekyll.

There is a lot of technology here leading to a new and different world. Though I have a hard time believing that facial piercing, and multiple ones at that, would be acceptable for a Lady. That's a different kind of advancement. Even the pants seemed far out. Because there were still many rules a lady should follow that contradict those advancements in sexism. But hey that's me being nit picky.

Speaking of technology. There is a lot of it here. Finally a steampunk novel chocked full of it! I love the way the machines work and the description of the gears! However, there was some technology that made me pause. Some of it was sooooooooo advanced that it felt like it was out of a futuristic novel, not a steampunk. And if you don't know steampunk novels generally take place in the past. Some in the Victorian age mainly. So that took me out a bit. Hey, they've journeyed to the center of the world! They've discovered the Cradle of Life. Anything can happen.

GitSC has a wonderful cast of characters here. Griffin is a suave leader of his gang of misfits, as expected as the current Duke of Greythorne. He's a true hero and I love how it fits along with his humanity. Finley is his social opposite. The best part is she's a fighter and I love how tough she is. Even when she's trying to figure out who she is from circumstances outside of her control. You know there's a romance happening there. The best part is it isn't rushed. Cross is doing what I have missed. Building the romance and creating the romantic/sexual tension. Not to mention Jack Dandy a dark character well worth the swooning and a nice counter part to Griffin. Because there is a love triangle, but at least it’s done well. So it fits really good here. (No teenage melodrama. I dare say it’s realistic.)

The other cast of characters are amazing as well. They all stand out and I adore how dastardly gangsters or stupid muscle men eventually flesh out and become likeable characters. People make mistakes, but they learn. Griffin's band of misfits is like a family. The trust they've all earned is moving and I enjoyed watching Finley become part of it.

Overall I love all of the aspects presented. Some readers might find it a bit full. There's changing points of views, lots of steampunk technology, people developing powers, the other worldly Aether, historical references, fantastic character interactions, witty humor and dialogue, strange Organite things, and—basically a marvelously brilliant world! It's well developed and quite fantastic. Oh, and I've been saving the best for last. A female Hyde and Jekyll. Boom. Bet you were wondering when I'd bring it up again. The Girl in the Steel Corset was an unexpected treat! If you're new to steampunk or a connoisseur of the genre don't miss this one!

Sexual Content: All rather politely clean. There is sexual humor and some hints of more.

 
4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (0.5)
Girl in the Steel Corset (1)
Girl With the Clockwork Collar (2)
The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy (2.5)
The Girl with the Iron Touch (3)
The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (3.5)
The Girl with the Windup Heart (4)

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (0.5)
Girl in the Steel Corset (1)
Girl With the Clockwork Collar (2)
The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy (2.5)
The Girl with the Iron Touch (3)
The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (3.5)
The Girl with the Windup Heart (4)

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (0.5)
Girl in the Steel Corset (1)
Girl With the Clockwork Collar (2)
The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy (2.5)
The Girl with the Iron Touch (3)
The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (3.5)
The Girl with the Windup Heart (4)

July 20, 2015

Review: Cress

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, book 3) by Marissa Meyer

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Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction 
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Cress (1)

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


Review:

"Maybe there isn't such a thing as fate. Maybe it's just the opportunities we're given, and what we do with them. I'm beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don't just happen. We have to make them ourselves." -Cress

Well the Lunar Chronicles has definitely turned out to be a favorite series. A true genre fusion of perfection. Meyer ups the action and creates the perfect adrenaline rush with Cress. You know that perfect addiction that long time readers crave to find. (After all I'm a book JUNKIE for a reason.) With satellites falling out of the sky, rescue missions, political maneuvering, mild romances, kidnappings, and more my head was full of awesomeness. Cress really did go places.

As I've sad before with each new female lead, or side character, I've found something to like. Cress is the same. Too be honest as I got to know her a section of my brain was amused by the fact that Cress had all the characteristics traits to be super annoying. Instead Meyer created a sweet and innocent girl. One of hope, conscious, and to be quite honest I had this urge to protect her as her adventures swept her away. Her triumphs and character growth made me so happy! Even her mild romance swept me up.

Scarlet and Wolf had such passion. It was wild, fast, and heady. So when Cress talked about basically cyber stalking Thorne and how only she knew the true him I was prepared to suffer. A super fan basically falling for a man she's never met—love at first sight—and pretending that she truly knows him. Thornes interactions didn't exactly encourage me at first. However, I soon came to realize how this romance seemed more real and powerful than most YA books.

The other characters and storylines are well developed. Cinder and Kia fans have some good times to look forward to. Scarlet's story line actually annoyed me immensely. However, I do see how it helps tie in and pull the next book up. So be warned Scarlet and Wolf fans you're not going to get much from either character this round. This is very much a Cress and Thorne book, along with Cinder and Kia.

Again! The full universe isn't expanded on. Mars is used, galaxy, and the whole universe. So are other planets inhabited? When a galactic conflict is referred to is it only between Luna and Earth? At this point it has to be because it would be sloppy to suddenly say that other places were inhabited. Because the politics here have only been about Luna and Earth. It still bothers me that the universe and full world development of the Lunar Chronicles is half baked. But with only one book left I'm forced to realize that my picky questions will not be answered, and that the series is good enough as is. (Grudgingly.)

To be honest there were a lot of predictable storylines and plot points. It was all blended well with all those fun and exciting things that I mentioned before. So for me this is a success. Even with those minor irritations. The Lunar Chronicles will definitely be a staple for Young Adult fans. I enjoy how each new character stands on there own and the changing points of views never get muddled. Each character becomes a friend. The next stop is for Cinder to liberate her people! Who knows what will happen. No one wants a beloved character to die. (Well most of the time.) Cress has definitely brought the Lunar Chronicles to it’s full potential.

Sexual Content: Some sexual humor, kissing, and pretty clean.

 
5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

Glitches (0.5)
The Little Android (0.6)
Cinder (1)
The Queen’s Army (1.5)
Scarlet (2)
Cress (3)
Fairest (3.5)
The Princess and the Guard (3.6)
Winter (4)

Glitches (0.5)
The Little Android (0.6)
Cinder (1)
The Queen’s Army (1.5)
Scarlet (2)
Cress (3)
Fairest (3.5)
The Princess and the Guard (3.6)
Winter (4)

Glitches (0.5)
The Little Android (0.6)
Cinder (1)
The Queen’s Army (1.5)
Scarlet (2)
Cress (3)
Fairest (3.5)
The Princess and the Guard (3.6)
Winter (4)

July 17, 2015

Cover Coveting (15)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources. ***All cover art may not be final.***
I’m a little short on time

Nightstruck by Jenna Black
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nightstruck Series: N/A 

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Shera’s thoughts:

Interesting touches. A lamppost noose and a monster grate.

Let’s hope this Jenna Black series doesn’t get the axe, and that it’s good.
One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron
Previous book(s) in series:

One Good Dragon Deserves Another Series: Heartstriker’s, book 2

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

First off I know what they’re trying to do with the typography, but it doesn’t quite work here. Very nice attempt though.

Love the art and all those cats! So nifty.

Though none of the art ever screams dragons. That’s what the titles are for.
Ravenous by MarcyKate Connolly
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ravenous Series: N/A 

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Oh, I adore this cover. How beautiful and unique. It makes me so happy!
Riders by Veronica Rossi
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riders Series: Riders, book 1

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Shera’s thoughts:

The instant I saw this cover I knew it had something to do with the four horsemen of the apocalypse. So well done.

The flames look a bit funny on the horse. Pretty nice try though.
Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
Previous book(s) in series:

secondhand-souls Series: Grim Reaper, book 2

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Unique. Still I don’t like these covers. Still really cool.
Serpentine by Cindy Pon
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serpentine Series: N/A 

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Cover success. The cover makes me think of historical china. The girls eye screams fantasy! Goal!

Adore this cover. However, the quote is over powering the title. No-no.
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
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Goodreads | Amazon

shallow-graves Series: N/A 

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Shera’s thoughts:

So pretty. I love it. The typography is so simple and pink. Which is not something I’d think would be a good thing. But it fits perfectly with the cover art.
Smoldering Hunger by Donna Grant
Previous book(s) in series:

smoldering-hunger Series: Dark Kings, book 8

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

Fits the series well.

Again . . . been there done that.
Spider Game by Christine Feehan
Previous book(s) in series:

spider-game Series: Ghost Walker, book 12

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

Paranormal Romance covers have officially hit an all time low. This is the bottom of the barrel.

I actually loath this cover. Loath it. They should have just had spider webs no girl. That would have been better.

Burn. It.
Staked by Kevin Hearne
Previous book(s) in series:

staked Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, book 8

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Fits the series well. Atticus looks badass and mischievous. Though I don’t think this cover is as good as some of the previous ones.
Strangely Beautiful by Leanna Renee Hieber
Previous book(s) in series:

strangely-beautiful Series: N/A 

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

Actually a cover makeover. Definitely a step up.
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
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sword-and-verse Series: N/A 

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Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Very cool. If feels very Greek.
The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl by Ishbelle Bee
Previous book(s) in series:

The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl Series: The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. series, book 2

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Ah! I love these covers. It’s amazing what the designers do to the title! To fit all that on the cover and make it work so well.

Bravo!
The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
Previous book(s) in series:

The Dirt on Ninth Grave Series: Charley Davidson, book 9

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Skulls and scythes. I always look forward to how they’ll incorporate it into these covers. Or what they’ll focus on.

Fits the series well and I love that lipstick on the rim. Nice touch.
The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons
Previous book(s) in series:

the forgotten mountain Series: The Collectors' Society, book 3

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Shera’s thoughts:

Love how this cover looks and feels like a High Fantasy cover, but then there’s that lovely skyline!

Love this cover, and I wasn’t even aware of all the other pretty covers that came before it.
 

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