off the shelf: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

I was a little lax on posting this weekend, but I did record two videos 🙂

This time, I’ve been reading and loving Sarah Beth Durst’s The Queen of Blood, first in the new Queens of Renthia series, an adult epic fantasy that takes place in a world where nature is deadly and only those who are chosen to be queen can keep it in check.

This review is based on an ARC that I picked up at ALA. The book is available for pre-order and will be published on September 20, 2016.

preorder: https://amzn.com/0062413341

Don’t miss Friday’s video, the first in my minimalism (my way) series.

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off the shelf: latest reads

I read books and they were good. Flash review of Cursed ChildImprudence, and The Scottish Prisoner. I also just finished Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty (mentioned in the video) and am experiencing serious book hangover. Check out the video for more.

This will probably be the last video in the bedroom, because the lighting is just insane.

off the shelf: Finding Fraser by kc dyer

Feeling Outlander withdrawal? Check out kc dyer’s Finding Fraser, one girl’s quest to find a highlander of her own, one mishap at a time.

 photo findingfraser_zpsapadsnfm.jpgFinding Fraser is a quick, light read. It’s a contemporary romance, along the lines of all those finding Mr. Darcy style books, with an Outlander twist. It’s a little slow to start (at least for me), but the story picks up. There are moments when Emma, the protagonist, is more than a little exasperating, but I didn’t expect much going in, just a fluffy, summer read.

 

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Finding Fraser by kc dyer: https://amzn.com/0399584366

Lady of the Glen by Jennifer Roberson: https://amzn.com/B00D2XJJP4

off the shelf: Newt’s Emerald

I love Garth Nix and I love a little magic with my Regencies; when I discovered that Garth Nix had done just that, I knew I had to read it. Newt’s Emerald is just the right balance of historical fantasy and fun YA. Perfect for summer reading.

promo: Forevermore release day!

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As a huge fan of Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series (published by Forever), I’m happy to be taking part in today’s pub day blitz for Forevermore, book 7 (and the final installment) in the series. You can catch my earlier review and vlog here, but here is some more steamy fantasy goodness to whet your interest in the series.

Don’t miss the raffle listed below!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become.

Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe – and win an eternity with the woman he loves.

Read an excerpt from Forevermore or add the book to Goodreads.

Darkest London Series

OTHER TITLES IN THE DARKEST LONDON SERIES
  • Firelight, #1
  • Moonglow, #2
  • Winterblaze, #3
  • Shadowdance, #4
  • Evernight, #5
  • Soulbound, #6
  • Forevermore, #7

Check out the series page on Goodreads.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kristen Callihan.JPGUSA Today bestselling author Kristen Callihan is a writer because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT Book Reviews’ Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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off the shelf: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

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I’ve been following Ava Jae’s Writability blog for a few years, so I was more than a little excited to finally get to read her debut novel, Beyond the Red. I knew little about the story, other than that it was a sci-fi YA (though better suited for slightly older readers on the YA spectrum. It was initially billed as NA according to one of Ava’s posts). The story begins with terror and loss, setting it smack in the middle of an inter-species war. Eros and Kora are drawn into the fray—-one a half-blood outcast, the other a Sepharon Avra (a sort of tribal queen). Set on the desert planet of Safara, the setting is harsh and dangerous, a world of dry, red sands baked under the heat of four suns. The plot is gripping from the first, packed with action and suspense. Definitely a page-turner and deserving of attention. 
It’s been some time since I’ve read sci-fi fantasy and this was definitely a treat. Ava’s world-building is excellent, subtle hints situate the story within a future, post-Earth, other world reality that is entirely believable. The politics and bi-species tension are also elaborately drawn, adding an extra layer of polish to a seemingly simple story of forbidden love, honor, and duty. Really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from Ava.

off the shelf: Forevermore by Kristen Callihan

Sin Evernight is torn between duty and guilt. Alone and cast out after betraying his family, he is now in danger of losing the woman he’s always loved—-Layla Starling, his childhood friend and the one he thought lost to him. Can he reclaim his honor and find love?

Twists, turns, demons, and angels abound in this conclusion to the Darkest London series. If you’re looking for a steamy summer read, this may be the book for you.

Can be read as a standalone, but much more enjoyable if you’ve read the entire series. I won’t mention plots, but they are all intertwined and very well developed. My favorite is Book 4: Shadowdance. Love it. She’s a master at angst and sexy times. Smart, trashy books forever!

Check out the video for more on the series. (Sorry about the interruptions, I tried recording three times and this was the best of the lot).

Available June 28. Preorder now!

 

off the shelf: 5 books on health, wellness, and living

Once upon a time, I only read fiction; the thought of reading non-fiction or *GASP* “self-help” or wellness books was anathema to me. Then I grew up and started to care about things like health and well-being (happens), which led to books. Lots and lots of books (and websites too, obvs). I started by reading about food and nutrition, then I jumped onto lifestyle, mental health, organization, and so much more. I clearly found a new source of inspiration.

The following are some of the books that have most inspired and enlightened my understanding of health, wellness, and living in general.

 photo eatwild_zpsityvqk6h.jpgEating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson

The first book I read on food and health. Easy to read, highly engaging, full of insight on how to eat for optimal antioxidant absorption. Also, provides a history of the foods we eat and how they have evolved with modern farming. I refer to this book more often than I can count.

 

 

 

 photo saltsugarfat_zps8ohynkkz.jpgSalt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

If you’re interested in the science of food, this is the book for you. Journalistic and engaging. Keeps you reading without being judgmental.

 

 

 

 

 photo chopra_zpsc9gavmle.jpgPerfect Health–Revised and Updated: The Complete Mind Body Guide by Deepak Chopra

I have an interest in alternative medicine and traditional foods, and was searching for an easy guide to Ayurveda. This definitely fits the bill. If you’re interested in a quick intro to Ayurveda and Ayurveda types, give this book a try.

 

 

 

 photo konmari_zps0u6appmy.jpgThe Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I’ve talked about it herehere and here, but this book is just the holy grail of home life transformations.

 

 

 

 

 photo parisian_zpsji4pj5ha.jpgHow to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas

A little fluffy, but I just live for French style. J’adore!