Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and the theme today is Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early. Here is my list!

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  1. Dark Age, the fifth book in the Red Rising universe releases on September 11, 2018 according to Goodreads. I have read the previous books and love this series!

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2. Darkdawn is the final installment in the Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff. It is set for release September 4, 2018. I have adored this dark, twisted tale from the start and would definitely slay a lion to get my grabby hands on this baby!

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3. Magic Triumphs is the final book in the Kate Daniels series by the most-awesomest Ilona Andrews. It is going to hit the shelves (and e-readers) on August 28th. KD is one of the best urban fantasies that exists.

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4. I listened to this on audio with the wonderful Steve West narrating, and even with that horrible cliffhanger (grrr cliffhangers), I am looking forward to this one. Release date: October 2, 2018.

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5. The next book in the Curse of the Gods series is released maybe in July 2018. There is no set date yet according to Goodreads, but I adore this series and am going nuts waiting to see what happens next. It also has one of my favorite tropes – reverse harem!

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6. Vengeful (Villians #2) by V.E. Schwab. I lurved the first one, Vicious. Release date: September 25, 2018.

Books that don’t have a cover yet:

7. The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman. Release date: 2019 *sadface*

8. Two Kingdoms (The Dark Side #3) by Kristy Cunning. Release date: 2018

9. Iron & Magic (Kate Daniels #9.5) by Ilona Andrews. Hugh’s book! Release date: June 26, 2018

10. Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet. Release date: January 1, 2019.

Well, that wraps up my list. Are you looking forward to reading any of the the books I mentioned? What books would you slay a lion to get your hands on early?

 

 

 

 

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“Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi – ★★★★★

Oh yeah, oh yeah. This was awesome! I have had this on my TBR shelf since 2014 and it ended up being one of those where you ask yourself, “Why did you wait so long?!” Let me tell you, THIS book is a perfect example of why I will never stop reading Young Adult fantasy. There may be some stinkers out there or some big old Mehs, but then you get one like this and are like:

Okay, maybe I exaggerate. A little. But there was SO MUCH win here! It’s set in a dystopian-like world where a catastrophe has rendered the sky into an “Aether,” where storms and lightening kill everything from the soil and trees to people. The luckiest people (that is arguable) went into domes for protection. There, they have developed technology to live in Realms, through an eye piece (like a virtual reality). They have changed their biology and physiology so much that the females don’t even menstruate anymore!

So, our main character, Aria, gets exiled into the wastelands and meets Peregrine (Perry) an Outsider. A savage. They form an unlikely and unwilling alliance – Aria wants to find her mom and Perry his nephew.

Stuff happens. There are cannibals! Perry and Aria go a place that is protected where a man named Marron is in charge and they live like relatively “normal” people. Perry’s kind live in tribes.

Those born in the wastelands can have abilities. There are Seers, Auds (people who have superpower hearing), Scires (people who can smell so well, they can scent emotions and moods).

A romance blossoms, but there is definitely NO instalove. Aria is not a special snowflake or Mary Sue.

Some of it was just survival, but I loved the progression of Aria and Perry’s relationship. It just slowly sneaks up on you. Perry is BAE. I lurve him soooo much. Aria bugged me at first, but she really grows!

This was just A++++ writing and story-telling, in my view.

Young Adult April New Releases!

Kira recently posted a blog (April New Releases!) and I thought about the many Young Adult releases coming up and figured I would do a separate blog for those.

April 3:

 

April 17:

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April 24:

 

I have read Sky in the Deep. See my review here. It’s a Viking alternate history story that I think will be very popular when it is released!

I also read Traitorborn. See my review here. I am LOVING this series by Amy Bartol. It’s a dystopian and I highly recommend!

I’m really looking forward to reading Defy the Worlds and Dread Nation too. Defy the Worlds is the sequel to Defy the Stars, which I also highly recommend if you are into the AI/robot and human girl fall in love trope. 🙂

Are there any other April releases we missed that you are looking forward to? Let us know in the comments! Have a great weekend!

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The Dark Side series by Kristy Cunning

I have been having a blast reading this reverse harem series by Kristy Cunning (who also writes “regular” romance as C.M. Owens). This series follows a ghost named Keyla who has attached herself to four bonded men who are supernatural. They live together, fight together, eat together… they do everything together. Keyla has been watching them for years. They make her stronger and able to stay in our world for longer periods of time.

Eventually, she is able to appear to them and expects things to go great, but the guys find her annoying, and just want to get rid of her! Snarky times and bantering ensues.

I find these first two books (two more will be released, the next one is called Two Kingdoms) hilarious! Keyla is a riot and doesn’t let the boys get away with anything. The author nails the chemistry and bantering.

It’s kind of a slow burn, but by the end of book two, you get a lot of answers and it is very satisfying. There are demons and much of the action literally takes place in hell.

I highly recommend giving this a shot if you like quick romantic reads full of shenanigans, mayhem, swoon-worthy moments, and hilarity. I don’t usually like “ghost” stories, but this is really unique and not-your-typical romance.

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They are on Kindle Unlimited or available to buy for dirt cheap ($0.99 each!).

My review for Four Psychos. My review for Three Trials.

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ARC Review: Thief (Boston Underworld #5) by A. Zavarelli

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Arrives 2-23-18

I waited so long for Nikolai’s book, and it was definitely worth the wait! This was much darker than I was expecting, which is a good thing although it wasn’t as dark as Ghost. This story tied in with Ghost since Nikolai and Alexei are brothers. Some scenes overlapped although it’s not necessary to read Ghost to understand what is going on.

I wasn’t expecting to like Tanaka at first. Her obsession with ballet didn’t endear me to her. As her story unfolded the reasons for her obsession made me like her very much. She had serious emotional issues. I love the way Tanaka’s issues are depicted. It takes therapy and lots of work for her to improve, but she still has setbacks, major ones. Unlike many romances, love does not magically make her issues go away. It’s very realistic. Although there isn’t a chance in hell I’d ever develop the same issues as her, it was easy to relate to her situation.

Nikolai was an ass sometimes. There were reasons for it. He was in a tenuous situation in the mafiya. Despite his high ranking in the mafiya, he had many things working against him. Not being the top dog meant he still had to do what his boss ordered even when it goes against what he desperately wants to do. His relationships with his father and brother were not on good terms. He never really knew if he could trust them or not. Most of his actions were understandable and forgivable, but there were times where I wished he treated Tanaka better. On top of everything else, he had a personal vendetta against those he believed hurt his mother.

I am not sure if this is the final book in the series or not. I hope it’s not but am afraid it is since all of the main mafia men have had their stories told unless I’m forgetting somebody. This is the best mafia series ever! I’d love to read about other characters from this world even if they are not closely connected to any of the main characters so far.

Thank you so much to the author for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!!

Rating: 4.5 stars

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The Emerald Lily by Juliette Cross

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  1. The Black Lily: ★★★★★
  2. The Red Lily: ★★★★★
  3. The White Lily: ★★★★

Thank you Netgalley and publisher (and author!) for providing a digital copy of this book to read and review!

This is the final book in the Vampire Blood series by Juliette Cross. It is about Princess Vilhelmina (Mina) and Mikhail Romanov, captain of the Bloodguard. It’s a vampire re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. Mikhail awakens Mina with a Blood Kiss after she had been cruelly placed in a coma by Queen Mordrid and her son, King Dominik, until the time when she would be forced to wed him.

Once awakened, Mina has no intention of being wed to the evil king and finds herself falling in love with the captain instead. Mikhail’s duty is to keep the princess safe and bring her to the Black Lily, the resistance against Queen Mordrid’s tyranny.

I won’t go into the rest of the details, since…spoilers! And plus, the book is not released yet, but will be on Monday, January 29, 2018! If you’re a fan of fantasy romance and like your man-pires hot, steamy, and REALLY into pleasuring their mates, this is the series for you!

The author didn’t waste time bringing on the “steam” in this one (which is fine by me). I really liked that the shy, docile princess from the previous books was nowhere to be found. Mikhail’s Blood Kiss got her all fired up, in more ways than one. She knew what she wanted and went after him (and her kingdom)! Just how I like my heroines.

Mikhail was super-hot and you will be surprised at the secrets uncovered by the end. We got to see the couples from the previous books with the Black Lily all coming together to kick ass.

Yay for sexy vampires! Maybe one day we will see more adventures from this world (hopefully).

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Rules of Engagement by Lily White

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Unfortunately this wasn’t as dark as I thought it would be. It involved stalking, but half of the time that part of the story was shoved in the background. Both of the main characters had tragic things in their pasts, but neither of those things were as screwed up as I thought they’d be based on each of their unusual responses to their pasts.

Mia got a pink slip. She had no resources to fall back on aside from going to her parents whom made her miserable. A website dark realities popped up on her computer. It offered to make all kinds of dark fantasies become true. Since she was in desperate need of cash, she signed up to be stalked. The stalking did get creepy at times, as expected. It irritated me that Mia seemed so shocked at what was happening to her. Obviously she didn’t take the warnings on the website seriously or until that point in her life she had been seriously disillusioned as to what stalking really was like.

Donovan was the love interest. He was a reclusive rich guy who was mute by choice. I never liked him. He was meant to be an asshole in the beginning, but I never warmed to him like I was clearly supposed to. Although he improved by the end, the pushy asshole side of him remained too strong for my liking. Honestly I spent half of the book wondering why she didn’t tell him to get lost.

The suspense part of the story was okay. The mystery was who was behind the stalking. It appeared to be one character for most of the book. At the same time, it seemed way too obvious. I never figured out precisely who it was, but this book only had 5 characters. One was Mia and the other her friend. Clearly it wasn’t either of them, leaving only 3 possibilities. The end was okay, but I didn’t love it.

Thanks to Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

My rating ★★★

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