Blog Tour: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer – Melanie Card

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Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer – Book One
Release Date: August 2011
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 306
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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Synopsis
Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…

Review

Hello and welcome to the blog tour for the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series, run by the lovely YA Bound Book Tours. This is a three part series, kicked off by Ward Against Death. In this opening book we meet Ward, a young man with powers to bring people back from the dead. From the outset I really liked him, he was an interesting character to follow and the idea of him having these abilities really fascinated me. He’s very honourable, doing the right thing and up for pretty much anything. The other protagonist is Celia Carlyle, who while was not my favourite character had an interesting dynamic with Ward and allowed for some pretty interesting dialogue. She’s a very kick-ass character, and I know plenty of readers will love her.

The story is very well written, and is excellently paced. The reader is never bored, but the world building and explanations of events aren’t rushed through either. I liked the mystery elements, trying to figure out who killed Celia, as well as unravel all the secrets. There are a lot of different characters and laws at play in the story, and although that can sometimes get confusing I enjoyed that aspect because for me it made the story easier to immerse myself in. After I got the hang of the different titles – like Innecroestri, Dominus etc – I flew through the book, enjoying all the different aspects coming together.

The one thing I wasn’t too keen on in Ward Against Death was the romantic elements in the story. While I wasn’t all that fond of Celia, I felt the romance between the two was a bit lacking. Most of the time they act like they hate each other, and at times it was a little frustrating. That however doesn’t get in the way of a really great story with lots of magic and mystery. If you’re looking for a new character to love and a new series to be completely addicted to, Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer is definitely one you should read.

That concludes my stop on the Reluctant Necromancer tour, be sure to stop by for my reviews of books two and three, and check out the other stops on the tour!

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Blog Tour: Wish For Me – A. Star

24301457Series: The Djinn Order – Book One
Release Date: April 27th 2015
Publisher: Self – Published
Pages: 155
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon. 

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Synopsis:

When the snarky Glory St. Pierre discovers the gold mechanical vase in her deceased grandmother’s basement, she has no idea that she has uncovered a priceless treasure: a genie lamp. With a real genie inside. A very sexy genie with a not-so-sexy grudge against the entire human race.

Irving Amir hates being called a genie. He’s a Djinn, and he is none too happy to be in the service of Glory, who is as intolerable, and beautiful, as humans come. Now he owes her his gratitude for freeing him and three wishes. Damn his luck.

But an arrow through the shoulder alerts Irving to the fact that he is being hunted, and after a truce dinner with Glory ends with them both almost being killed, hating each other goes right out the window. As feelings change and love starts to develop, they must dig through the secrets and lies to find the truth…a truth neither of them will ever see coming.

Review:

This was such an interesting and fun book. As soon as I read the synopsis I was intrigued, a genie who grants wishes and then falls in love with a human? Straight away that sounded like something I wanted to read. Genies aren’t something I’ve read a lot about, but after this I definitely want to read more!

I really liked Glory as a character. She’s really likeable and I enjoyed seeing where her story went. There’s lots of witty dialogue between her and Irving that outright made me laugh, and I definitely enjoyed seeing their relationship come together. Glory is no meek character, she bites back and gives as good as she gets. It was really great to see her and Irving go up against each other, especially given his dislike for humans.

There were a few moments in the book that were a little predictable, but overall I really enjoyed the story and it kept me captivated till the end. As with all books I seem to read recently, there is a massive cliffhanger, but hopefully there won’t be too long a wait for book two.

Wish for Me is definitely not for children, and a word of warning for graphic sex and bad language. If however you’re looking for a light and fun read, this is definitely the book for you. It’s well written, exciting and has some wonderful characters that you’re definitely going to want to see again.

Thank you for checking out my stop on the tour, run by the lovely Xpresso Book Tours. Be sure to check out the other stops and enter the tour give away here!WishForMeTourBanner2

Blog Tour: Spotlight on The Sephra’s Tear – Robyn Bachar

25689256Series: Just One Spell – Book One
Release Date: June 6th 2015
Publisher: Self – Published
Pages: 318
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

Just one spell will change their fates…

Cordelia is a pawn of House Dorchada–a notorious noble family comprised of thieves, assassins and dark wizards. Desperate to avoid their poisonous politics, Cordelia plotted her escape for years, but her carefully laid plans are jeopardized when her father commands her to marry an aged lord of Frostever.

With only a few short months left before her wedding, Cordelia’s salvation hinges on creating a Sephra’s Tear–a forbidden amulet that causes overwhelming lust in its victim. A black market buyer promises a life-changing amount of coin as payment for the Tear, but being caught creating it carries a death sentence.

Two wizards are needed to produce the passion to fuel the erotic spell, so Cordelia recruits the aid of peasant wizard Nathaniel Ravenwood. Nathaniel has long denied his desire for the beautiful Cordelia. As a noblewoman and a Dorchada she is as dangerous to Nathaniel as a viper, but the fortune she offers is a temptation he can’t refuse.

Dealing in dark magic comes with a price, and Cordelia and Nathaniel risk losing their freedom–and their hearts. Their fates depend on the one spell that will free them, or destroy them.

Doesn’t it sound amazing? Now read an excerpt from The Sephra’s Tear below!

Nathaniel’s study was located in the lower levels of the stronghold, carved out of the stone the city was built upon, where the wizards of limited financial means lived and trained. The décor changed with each floor she descended, the layers of artistry and comfort stripped away until the walls and floor were bare gray stone. Like everything in White Harbor, the lines dividing the wealthy and the poor were clear. Cordelia enjoyed the tangible privileges of noble birth, but she knew she wouldn’t have them for much longer. She’d gladly give up silk and perfume for the freedom that wool and sweat would bring her.

When she arrived at Nathaniel’s door she paused and inhaled a deep breath. Cordelia had committed many small larcenies, and a Sephra’s Tear would be the boldest sin she had ever attempted. Cordelia’s hand trembled as she raised it, and she knocked and opened the door when she heard him bid her enter.

Seated at the aged desk dominating the room, Nathaniel glanced up from the book he had been reading. Surprise flickered across his face for a moment before he rose.

“Lady Dorchada. I won’t have your money until the first of next month.”

“Yes, I know.”

“Then to what do I owe this honor?” Though the question was phrased respectfully, his tone was suspicious. She couldn’t blame him—a Dorchada at one’s door was never a harbinger of good news.

Cordelia stepped into the tiny room and let the door shut behind her. He had a desk, a small alchemy table and a stove for heat. There was one other chair, but it was occupied by a tall stack of books. She glanced at it and gave Nathaniel a pointed look. Rounding his desk, he cleared the books away and waved his guest to take a seat.

“Thank you.” The stiff chair was uncomfortable, but Cordelia sat in it primly. “I apologize for the interruption. I will try not to keep you long. I have a new business proposition.”

“You have my attention.” Nathaniel returned to his seat and watched her with a neutral expression. She hesitated as the well-rehearsed speech vanished from her thoughts. Cordelia cleared her throat and tried to phrase her request as politely as possible.

“I need assistance with casting a somewhat difficult spell, and I hope that you may be able to aid me.”

“What sort of spell?” Nathaniel tended to be brusque, and his straightforwardness added to the anxiety tying her stomach into knots.

“One that would require discretion, should you choose to be involved.”

Nathaniel sat back and folded his hands in his lap. “All of our dealings require discretion, my lady. Thus far I’ve been impressed by your caution.”

Cordelia nodded. “Thank you. It is a Sephra’s Tear. A potent Tear.”

The wizard’s dark eyebrows rose to nearly his hairline. He raised his folded hands, covering his mouth to hide his expression. She admired his composure in response to such an unusual request—he probably didn’t often have women arriving unannounced at his door to ask that he make love to them until they both collapsed. Then again, he just might, considering how attractive he was. Nathaniel was older than Cordelia, but not by much. Unbound, his long black hair fell past his shoulders. As with most wizards Nathaniel’s hands were slender, hinting at dexterity instead of strength, and he had high, sharp cheekbones that most of the noble ladies in White Harbor would kill to be graced with. His plain, charcoal robes were well made, but were durable instead of fashionable. Cordelia found his eyes to be his most interesting feature; pale, crystalline blue, Nathaniel’s eyes were mesmerizing, though they were usually filled with suspicion when looking at her.

The Sephra’s Tear is available now, and as part of this tour Robyn is giving away a $25 gift card, which you can enter by clicking here!

Book Review: Darkhaven – A. F. E. Smith

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Release Date: July 2nd 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 400
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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How do you prove you’re innocent when the whole city thinks your guilty?

Ayla’s father is the ruler of Darkhaven. Her brother Myrren should be the heir to the Darkhaven throne but he has not inherited the family abilities and so Ayla must take his place. But When Ayla’s father is brutally murdered, all evidence points to her. Now she must fight to clear her name and reclaim the throne she never wanted.

There are so many things I loved about this book that I’m not sure where to start describing it. First off the cover is glorious. As soon as I saw it I was so intrigued. The premise instantly had me hooked as well. Ayla is the only other changer in the city. If she didn’t kill her father, who did? That burning question kept me going the whole way through the book. I think it can be quite hard not to give the answer away, but Smith managed to keep me guessing right up until the last second.

I also loved the characters. Ayla and Myrren are such huge disappointments to their father, but they’re both such different characters. Myrren is quite accepting of his fate, but Ayla is much more stubborn and determined. Both are very complex and intense characters, and Smith does a fantastic job of blending the action and the depth of the characters.

The world building in this story is also fantastic. Darkhaven feels very real and vibrant, with lots of different characters and customs and styles. Smith has put a great amount of detail into this and it adds another layer to the story and makes it an absolute pleasure to read. I love the idea that the Nightshade family have this creature they can turn into, an extension of their personality. It was a really interesting idea to explore and I loved the depictions of the different changers.

I also enjoyed that the book contained different point of view characters, namely Ayla and Myrren but also Serenna and Tomas Caraway. It was interesting to explore the same murder from different perspectives, and it also really made Arkannen come alive.

The story is a dark and twisted one, and there’s plenty of deception and fighting going on. As well as magic, mystery and a fight to survive. Smith perfectly merges all these elements together into a fantastic read, one that will definitely be on my top picks of 2015. If you’re looking for something magical, exciting and full of action, Darkhaven should definitely be your next read.

Blog Tour: Such a Secret Place – Cortney Pearson

23898354Series: Stolen Tears – Book One
Release Date: April 1st 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 292
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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How far will one girl go to save the ones she loves?

Soldiers are raiding the towns and villages all across the land, stealing magic from people and using it against them. Ambry’s brother is stolen in one of these raids, and she should feel hurt and pain at this horrific event, but she doesn’t. But Ambry isn’t the only one. The soldiers have cast a spell that switches off the emotions of everyone they encounter. While they do not feel any pain, they also feel no joy, no happiness and no anger at what is happening to them. All Ambry wants to do is get her brother back safely, but when her tears have been stolen from her, she must work to get her emotions back, as well as the emotions of everyone around her.

Welcome to the blog tour for Such a Secret Place – run by the lovely Itching For Books! This book absolutely fascinated me! The world is such an interesting one to dip into. It took me a few chapters to get to grips with the setting, but afterwards it was such an interesting book to immerse myself in. I loved the premise, the idea that a spell could turn everyone’s emotions off is something I’ve never encountered before, and I really enjoyed the book and look forward to seeing how the rest of the story plays out.

The book has a little bit of everything, magic, adventure, mystery and a touch of romance. One thing I appreciated about the book was that the romance was slow to come together, it wasn’t an overnight Disney kind of romance. The book is very well paced and there’s plenty of exciting goings on.

I liked Ambry, though I will admit she got on my nerves at several points during the novel. She’s an interesting protagonist, and I was definitely rooting for her to succeed. The book keeps you guessing, and while the world building is very intricate, I personally think that makes for a more satisfying and believable experience.

Overall the book is very entertaining, keeps you engaged and can be hard to put down. With book two – Such a Daring Endeavour in the works now, you hopefully won’t have long to find out what happens next to Ambry and Talon!

Blog Tour: Through Fire & Sea – Nicole Luiken

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Series: Otherselves – Book One
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 364.
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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Mirror Mirror hear my call…

Leah is the daughter of one of the most powerful lords in the realm, problem is she’s illegitimate. She’s hot blooded – meaning she can communicate with the fire gods, and call upon their powers. Then she discovers she has even more abilities than she thought, Leah is a Caller – meaning she can call her otherselves from the mirror worlds. When her father learns of her abilities he will stop at absolutely nothing to use them. In the Water world Holly almost drowns interacting her Leah – her mirror self. As the lives of the two girls begin to intertwine the fire and world begin to fall into darkness. The only way they can protect the realms is to break every rule they’ve ever known…

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Through Fire & Sea, run by the lovely YA Bound Book Tours. This book is an emotional roller-coaster! It was a little slow to start with, but I found myself getting more and more attached to the characters as the story developed. The characters are really likeable, and I really enjoyed seeing how their story would develop, and how the lives of Holly and Leah intersect. Ryan is also a pretty intriguing character – who I won’t say too much about, but the characters all provide a very interesting mix to the story. They’re realistic and full of depth.

The world building is quite complex, there is the true world as well as four mirror worlds. I found this really interesting though as it was something different and it reminded in the vaguest sense of Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials Trilogy, with all the different worlds. I really enjoyed learning about the different realms and how they operate, and it really makes me look forward to book two to see how they develop.

The story flows at quite a quick pace one you get into it, after the first few chapters it is easy to immerse yourself in the story. I loved the magic and elemental parts of the story. It was an enjoyable read and the two different points of view are really interesting in the story because it allows you to see so much more. Even though Holly and Leah are the same person, they are totally different in almost every single way. If you’re a Young Adult fan, you’re going to love this series – it has magic, mystery, danger and romance. What more could you possibly need?

That concludes my stop on the Through Fire & Sea tour! Make sure to check out the rest of the stops too! Nicole Luiken has also been kind enough to host a giveaway for the tour – which features a Drogon from Game of Thrones pop figure, bookmarks AND a giftcard! Enter here!

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Blog Tour: Killian – Elizabeth Kelly

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Series: Avalon Series – Book One
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: Self – Published
Pages: 246
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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Fairy prince and human girl, what could possibly go wrong?

Killian is a fairy prince, he is a strong and lethal warrior, who will one day claim the fairy throne. But when the fairy realm comes under attack, Killian is forced to flee – swearing that one day he will come home and claim his destiny. Reagan is a quite young woman who buries herself in her art, but she is not without baggage, her parents mysteriously vanished and the one thing she wants is answers to their whereabouts. On a rare night out she meets a bartender and the two fall in love, her world turns upside down and Reagan must learn to trust the prince of the fairy realm.

Welcome to my stop on the Killian blog tour – hosted by Enchanted Book Promotions! Killian is an exciting blend of fantasy and realism, and it’s one your absolutely going to love. This is a really fun and enjoyable story. I’m actually going on holiday in a few days and I wish I’d been able to read it then, it’s the sort of book you can get completely immersed in and before you know it hours have passed (and your flight is boarding.)

Killian is a great character. He’s strong and tough, does whatever he can to save the fairy realm. But he’s also kind and caring, which makes for an interesting mix. He’s the type of character that will make an excellent leader. I also really liked Reagan, she has a mysterious past, which gives her another layer, and makes her a really interesting character.

If you love paranormal romance, this is definitely the book for you. There’s a good mixture of action and romance, and there’s plenty of funny interesting dialogue too. I loved that it was set in a fairy world and the human world, because it brought an interesting mix into the story. It’s really well paced and overall is just a pleasure to read. Word of warning though, it does end on a major cliff hanger, and you’ll be desperate to know what happens next – as I am! This of course is the first book in the series, and I am really looking to the rest of what I’m sure will be a really fabulous series!

That concludes my stop on the Killian blog tour, make sure you check out the other stops on the tour, and if you’re interested there will be an interview with the lovely author, Elizabeth Kelly posted today also!
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