Genre: Fantasy

SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE by L. Penelope

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SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE by L. PenelopeSong of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope
Series: Earthsinger Chronicles #1
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Fantasy


 

 

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and its people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their vicious captors and together embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

Author L. Penelope has developed a unique and interesting premise with her Earthsinger Chronicles.  The first book Song of Blood and Stone introduces us to Jasminda and Jack. These two come from vastly different backgrounds and therefore have different agendas.  I truly enjoyed getting to know both of them.  It is easy to become emotionally involved in these characters with Ms. Penelope’s highly entertaining, high octane writing style.

Jasminda is a captivating heroine.  She has faced many hardships that have made her a force to be reckoned with.  I found her Earthsinger abilities to be incredibly fascinating.  Jack has all the qualities a girl could ask for in her hero.  He is very easy to fall for and root for! When these two get together you can feel the power on the pages.  They go on quite the journey in Song of Blood and Stone discovering an epic romance along the way!  I don’t want to give anything away but I will tell you things move fast in the best ways.  I was glued to the pages and finished in one sitting.  I am looking forward to the next book in the Earthsinger ChroniclesSong of Blood and Stone is the perfect read for every young adult lover but excellent for us adults as well.

FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

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FURYBORN by Claire LegrandFuryborn by Claire Legrand
Series: Empirium Trilogy #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire Genres: Fantasy, New Adult


The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable―until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world―and of each other.

Author Claire Legrand’s novel FURYBORN is a fantastical novel featuring alluring, tenacious characters and an unforgettable heart-stopping story.

Furyborn is brimming with strong, fiery female characters that will have you cheering even as they do some dangerous and at times despicable things.  I was so taken with the blurb I could not wait to read this novel.  The idea of a story essentially taking place during two different lifetimes was intriguing, add in the fantasy, romance and action elements and I was hooked.  I was not disappointed.  Furyborn is enrapturing from page one.  It’s impossible to miss the life or death tension within the first few scenes.  I could feel my heart beating wildly as one OMG thing after another happened until my mind exploded with understanding of what was going to happen next.

At first, I was afraid that Legrand’s use of a nonlinear narrative would become confusing as I tried to discover how the two plots would sync up and remember the many characters that came with them.  Thankfully, Legrand is quite skillful with her pen. In Furyborn, she creates such unique, memorable characters and plotlines it is easy to keep track of everything.  The worldbuilding within Furyborn is without a doubt one of the most skilled I’ve read.  The imagery and plot make it easy to imagine yourself in the line of fire with the characters.

As a reader you always know going into one of these stories there is a good chance you’re going to find your heart breaking in some manner before it’s over.  In Furyborn, the chances of this happening are double since we are dealing with two heroines.  Rielle and Eliana are fiercely independent women with a passionate need to protect the people they love.  They have lives and ideals of their own, but they are thrown into the middle of a long-foretold prophecy within their kingdoms.  As this prophecy begins to take over their lives they are forced to discover what they are truly made of.  Following them both on their trail of self-discovery is intense and marvelous.  I love the fact that these women are not purely good or evil which is the conclusion other characters would like to draw about them.  Both Rielle and Eliana have many rich layers of personality, conscience and desires that drive them in fascinating ways.  The men in their lives are equally dashing and entrancing.

I did not want Furyborn to end and when it did I was left with a desperate need to discover what would happen next.  I will be counting down the days until the next novel in the Empirium trilogy releases.  I must know what happens to the characters that I’ve become insanely attached to!

Furyborn is a phenomenally haunting novel that will leave you breathless and extremely satisfied.  The remarkable drama, intense action sequences and the bewitching fantasy make Furyborn a Joyfully Recommended Read.

**Furyborn is classified as a young adult novel but due to the age of the main characters, violence and sexual situations I consider it a New Adult.

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. KingThe Rogue Queen by Emily R. King
Series: Hundredth Queen #3
Published by Skyscape Genres: Fantasy


In the explosive third volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, the queen of fire faces off against a demon of ice.

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

**Possible spoilers below**

 

 

 

Our beloved characters are still reeling from the events in The Fire Queen as we leap back into the fantastical Hundredth Queen series.  Kalinda may be more wounded than anyone knows and people they love are missing.  Devon and Kalinda are once again pulled apart by their circumstances.  It’s frustrating but keeps the dramatic tension high.  Kalinda and Prince Ashwin are seeking allies while Devon is on a desperate journey of his own.

The Rogue Queen is visually stunning and features tons of intense action.  The stakes are staggering as we see some of our favorite characters lose their battle against the evil Rajeh Tarek.  It is exciting to be introduced to exciting new characters in The Rogue Queen.  Ms. King keeps expanding the Hundredth Queen world in magical ways.

Kalinda and Devon share a sweet and fiery passion that is stoked higher by the dire situations they often find themselves in.  I really enjoy these two.  They are complex characters facing incredibly dark and dangerous paths. Just when I think Ms. King cannot take things any further she throws a curve ball that turns the Hundredth Queen world upside down.  I’m dying to know what will happen next when we are reunited with the amazing characters once again in The Warrior Queen.

The Rogue Queen is inherently spellbinding with its eccentric world, unique characters and intensely satisfying plotlines. The Rogue Queen is my second Joyfully Recommended Read for 2018!

MATE CALL by Amber Kell

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MATE CALL by Amber KellMate Call by Amber Kell
Series: Dragon Men #5
Published by Self Published Genres: Fantasy, MM


 

Colton Lanx was born among the stars.  Knowing of no other life Colt joined the Exploration Guild to become a certified navigator.  He loves to travel through the universe where he believes he belongs.

 

From the moment Colt was assigned to his latest posting the captain took an instant dislike of him.  Passing close to the planet Dragait takes precise calculations which Colt has input.  Apparently, the captain doesn’t trust his calculations and re-enters his own.  Colt’s father was born on Dragait and it seems the son will be dying there as the ship becomes locked in the planet’s gravity field and begins to break apart.

 

An escape pod saves Colt’s life, but it also changes his life in every way possible as he comes face to face with King Zeir Dragonfire.  Suddenly the navigator’s future is no longer among the stars. Colt will be forced to choose between what his head is telling him and what his heart yearns for…

 

Mate Call returns readers to the sensual, stubborn Dragon Men series.  Honorable, intelligent Colt has his life interrupted in ways he’d never imagined while at the same time King Zeir discovers his past was a lie.  Both characters have life altering decisions to deal with in this challenging drama.  The well balanced storyline keeps everyone on their toes.  Extremely satisfying from beginning to end, Mate Call has everything an entertertaining story needs with a complicated romance, hot sex, and a handful of troubles to overcome.  It took awhile for Mate Call to arrive, but definitely worth the wait.

DARK SWAN by Gena Showalter

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DARK SWAN by Gena ShowalterDark Swan by Gena Showalter
Series: Alien Huntress
Published by Pocket Star Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal


 

 

Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both.

She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bonding her lifeforce to his by effectively marrying him. But the bond will fade without consummation. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?

 

Author Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress series is back in action! I have loved this series for a very long time and all of that time I have been waiting for AIR Agent Dallas Gutierrez to get his love story.  He’s that character that jumps off the pages of every book and he’s met his match in Lilica Swan.

Lilica and her sisters have been prisoners for most of their lives.  Now they are free and learning how to survive.  Lilica is desperate to find her sister and protect her from AIR.

Lilica and Dallas have an intense attraction in Dark Swan. It’s easy to sympathize with Lilica’s plight.  She’s in an untenable situation and trying to do the right thing by her sisters.  I really enjoyed the story. My only complaint is that the story was too short.  I felt like the complexity of Dallas and Lilica’s deserved more.  It could have been more powerful if their story had been expanded.  Fortunately, as usual Ms. Showalter still gives her readers a sexy and exciting story.

WOLF HOLLOW by Nikki Jefford

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THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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DESERT ICE by Rose Maefair

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EXILE by Caleb James

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EQUIPOISE by Kim Fielding

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WARLOCK IN TRAINING by T. J. Nichols

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THE SORCERER’S GUARDIAN by Antonia Aquilante

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WILD ROSE, SILENT SNOW by Angel Martinez

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MAD LIZARD MAMBO by Rhys Ford

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FLUX by Kim Fielding

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THE SOLDATI PRINCE by Charlie Cochet

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ON WINGS OF THUNDER by M. D. Grimm

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THE SCHOLAR’S HEART by Antonia Aquilante

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THE WINTER PRINCE by R. Cooper

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THE ARTIST’S MASQUERADE by Antonia Aquilante

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