Thursday, February 27, 2020

Steampunk Red Riding Hood

Steampunk Red Riding Hood
Books 1 - 3
Steampunk Red Riding Hood: Books 1 -3 (Steampunk Red Riding Hood Box Set) by [Karsak, Melanie]
About the Book:

Title: Steampunk Red Riding Hood (Books 1 - 3) | Author: Melanie Karsak | Pages: 380 | Genre: Steampunk/Gaslamp Fantasy | Recommended Ages: Upper Young Adult and Up

Book Description:

Who's afraid of the big, bad werewolf?
Journey to gaslamp Victorian London to battle werewolves alongside Agent Clemeny Louvel. As part of Her Majesty's Red Cape Society, it's Agent Louvel's job to keep the streets of London safe from supernatural creatures. In this Red Riding Hood retelling, Clemeny takes on alpha werewolves, wizards bent on revenge, airship pirates, and a monster set on ruining Christmas.

Included in this collection:
Wolves and Daggers (Best Steampunk Novel of 2018)
Alphas and Airships
Peppermint and Pentacles

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My Review:

Wolves and Daggers is the first book in this exciting Steampunk Red Riding Hood series. The world building and characters are lots of fun. The action is intense and the story line is engaging. Melanie Karsak successfully blends steampunk with alternative fairy tale in this historical fantasy. I would rate it appropriate for mature teenagers and new adults.

Alphas and Airships is the second book in the exciting Steampunk Red Riding Hood series. Each story stands alone, but follows in chronological order. The books are quick reads full of adventure, interesting world-building, fun characters, and a touch of romance. Agent Clemeny Louvel is a strong female protagonist who was trained by the best, but now she's minus a good eye, her partner has retired, and her division has a new head. Her latest mission involves catching a shape-shifting Viking pirate, who commandeers an airship, and his crew. The problem is, Clemeny gets terrible motion sickness! This series is new adult appropriate. I read the second book in one sitting it was so good!

Peppermint and Pentacles is another fun steampunk fairy tale by Melanie Karsak. This series has a good dose of suspense, action, humor, and a touch of romance. Each story is complete where Little Red faces a new challenge every time, but they're also chronological, so it's better to read them in that order. Another thing I like about this series is that I can read one of these books in an evening. The content is appropriate for older teenagers/new adults.

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About the Author:
Melanie Karsak

Melanie Karsak

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.



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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Running on the Beach and a Linky


Jessica is our eldest daughter and a student at the prestigious University of Cape Town. She's also one of the university's cheerleaders. It's her second year studying Industrial Psychology, which falls under Human Resources. She also has another two years successfully completed with a Certificate in Accountancy, so this is her fourth year studying.

Over the Christmas holiday, she would go running on the beach and her dad would join her. He couldn't go the whole distance, so he would turn around early and then race her at the end. It was all in good fun.

I have photos of Amanda hanging out with her Dad while they waited for Jessica, but I'll share those next week. Ziggy, the miniature Schnauzer, is also in those pics, so be sure to pop around on March 3rd!

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Deathmaker

Deathmaker

Deathmaker (Dragon Blood Book 2) by [Buroker, Lindsay]

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Title: Deathmaker (Dragon Blood Book 2) | Author: Lindsay Buroker | Pages: 254 | Genre: Steampunk/Epic Fantasy | Recommended Ages: Upper Young Adult and Up

Book Description:

When Lieutenant Caslin Ahn joined Wolf Squadron, she was prepared for the reality that she might one day be killed in the line of duty. She was less prepared for being shot down, assumed dead by her own people, and dragged off to the Cofah Empire as a prisoner of war. As if being thrust into a dungeon and interrogated wasn't bad enough, the sadistic commandant decides to give her a cellmate: the notorious pirate Deathmaker. Given the crimes he's committed against Iskandia, Cas owes it to her people to try and kill him.

Part warrior and part scientist, Tolemek "Deathmaker" Targoson has not only slain thousands with his deadly concoctions, but he has a special loathing for Iskandian pilots. It was Ahn's commander, Colonel Zirkander, who ruined his military career, forcing him to leave his country in shame and join a pirate organization. Years later, he uses his dreadful reputation like a shield to keep people away; all he wants is to be left alone to work in his laboratory. But when fate lands him in a cell with Zirkander's protégé, he sees a chance for revenge. Why kill the lieutenant when he can use her to get to his old nemesis?

There's just one problem: it's hard to plot against your enemies when you're in prison with them. Cas and Tolemek will have to work together if they hope to escape the Cofah dungeon. In the process, they may find that neither is what the other expects, and that they have far greater problems to worry about than ensnaring each other...

Deathmaker is a full-length 85,000-word novel. It is set after the events in Balanced on the Blade’s Edge, but it can be enjoyed even if you haven’t read the first book.

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My Review:

This book is a sequel to Balanced on the Blade's Edge, but it's also a standalone. It begins with our heroine, Lieutenant Caslin Ahn, as a prisoner of war having to share her cell with someone who is known as Deathmaker. He's dangerous and threatening. Ahn knows that her chances of escape are slim, but she needs to escape and get back to her people and Deathmaker might be her only ticket out of the dungeon. Deathmaker wants to use Ahn to get to her colonel, Zirkander, whom he has a serious grudge against. Will they be able to work together or even learn to trust each other?

Lindsay Buroker writes compelling characters and every one of her books is a page-turner. I must say that two of my favorite characters are now Ahn and Deathmaker, aka Tolemek. It's funny, because I didn't think I could love anyone as much as Ridge Zirkander and Sardelle from Balanced on the Blade's Edge and it was hard switching to new characters. You should be pleased to know that they all come back together in the third book, Blood Charged.

About the Author:
Lindsay Buroker
Lindsay Buroker

Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but has itchy feet and moves every couple of years. She's currently living in Bend, Oregon.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Amanda at the Beach and a Linky


We really enjoyed our time at the beach on South Africa's West Coast. Even though we've been back home since early January, I still have photos to share. And, today's pics are some of my favorites!






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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Marie’s Big Adieu

Marie’s Big Adieu

Marie's Big Adieu: A story of moving away from a friend. by [Rittershaus, Tamara]

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Title: Marie's Big Adieu | Author: Tamara Rittershaus | Illustrator: Giulia Iacopini | Publisher: PenMagicBooks LLC | Pages: 20 | Genre: Picture Book

Book Description:

A stunning keepsake book of friendship, moving away, and starting new.

Moving is hard, especially when you leave your best friend behind. When Marie moves from the country to the city, will she have to say goodbye to her friend forever?

A rhyming story of friendship for anyone who’s said a “big adieu”.

Marie’s Big Adieu acknowledges the fear and grief of those “big goodbyes” and validates the child’s struggles in new situations.

The beautiful illustrations and poignant poetry will connect to the heart of any child who has moved away from a best friend. A perfect gift for a family moving with children, ex-pats, immigrants, or anyone who’s said a “big adieu” to a best friend.

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My Review:

This is a beautifully written and illustrated picture book about a child, named Marie, living in a cross-cultural environment. Marie is happy and well-adjusted, but she discovers that her dad has a new job and they have to move. Leaving her best friend behind is the hardest. As you follow along the lyrical script, you will find out how she copes with change.

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Best friends

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Sailboats and Seagulls with a Linky

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Traitor of the Entitled

Traitor of the Entitled
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Traitor of the Entitled: An Obsidian Queen Novella by [Cook, Shannon Lynn]

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Title: Traitor of the Entitled: An Obsidian Queen Novella | Author: Shannon Lynn Cook | Pages: 97 | Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book Description:

It’s not easy being a fix-it girl in a sea of fire-wielders and healers, but Chloe doesn’t mind all that much. All her adult life, she’s kept her head down and ran her one-woman tech repair business, keeping out of everyone’s way and drawing as little attention to herself as possible.

Life is good. Or at least it is until Chloe meets Eric, a six-foot-four gladiator lookalike with the ability to simultaneously wield a gun in one hand and soothe a kitten with his other.

He’s a knight marshal.

He’s not to be trusted.

He’s also the nicest guy Chloe’s ever met.

Now Chloe’s life is careening down a dangerous path, and Eric just might be the only person she can rely on. But can she trust the enemy? And when it comes down to it, is he truly an enemy at all?

Author’s Note: Traitor of The Entitled is a novella-length companion to the Obsidian Queen series that takes place between Knights of Obsidian and Creatures of Midnight. It’s not intended to be read as a standalone.

Obsidian Queen Reading Order:

Guild of Secrets
Princess of Shadows
Knights of Obsidian
Traitor of the Entitled
Creatures of Midnight (Coming in 2020)

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My Review:

This is the story that needed telling! There are some pieces missing that we have to guess at in Knights of the Obsidian (Book 3) and those pieces get told through Chloe's POV in this novella, Traitor of the Entitled. The story also takes us past those events to set the scene for the next book in the series, Creatures of Midnight, which will be released in 2020. Eric, one of the knight marshals, shares the spotlight with Chloe. He gets to really shine and not just be a supporting character. This is an exciting and crucial novella with lots of feels. There's also a big reveal. Read it! You won't be disappointed.

Disclosure: I received an ARC. This is my honest and voluntary review.

About the Author:

Shannon Lynn Cook

Shannon Lynn Cook is a pen name for an Amazon bestselling author who woke up one day and decided life would be more interesting with magic and lots of love interests. (For her characters, not herself.)

She drinks too much sweet tea, prefers pie to cake, and hopes to someday own a hairless cat of her very own. Shannon lives in Colorado with her beloved (romance-hating) husband, two creative kids, and several extremely demanding fur babies.

Shannon also writes sweet young adult contemporary and fantasy fiction as Shari L. Tapscott. 



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