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I am extremely busy on the farm right now, peeps (you can find what I'm doing through FB page Olives and Acorns) and wilting in the terrible heat. As a consequence, my reading schedule suffered and while reviews will continue trickling in, normal schedule won't resume until September. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Historical YA Fantasy Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (The Diviners #2)

Egalley thanks to Atom

Synopsis from Goodreads
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities...

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

Release date: August 25th 2015
Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository | Audible US/UK


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Lair of Dreams like everything else Miss Bray writes is mind-bogling. It's big. It's insanely atmospheric and it's creeptastic.

The Postman Knock #132

Morning, everyone!
It's a cool morning (hooray!), and I feel like a soggy sausage. Late night last nigth at friends' house with lots of food and drink, which we are totally not used to anymore :)
Here is an amazing sunrise I saw this week, and I hope yo all have a lovely day while I'm nursing myself back to normal...


I've already reviewed A FASHIONABLE INDULGENCE here and really liked it. I finally finished LAIR OF DREAMS (it was a long book) and loved it. So gorgeous and quite scary! And of course J.D.ROBB's books only get better with time, so I enjoyed listening to them as well.


Thank you, Audible Studios!


My first Brandon Sanderson was on Daily Deal on Audible UK :)

This is it, peeps. I'm still very busy and have only time to listen to audiobooks and read a little before I go to bed. Another couple of weeks and I should get back to normal.
Yours truly,

Friday Mini Reviews #44: Shona Husk, Tracey Sinclair & Jacqueline Carey

Out of Place by Shona Husk (Face The Music #2)

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Every band is desperate for that first big break – but what happens after that?

Ed Vincent, front man of Selling the Sun, has a really bad case of second album jitters. Nothing he writes measures up to the expectations placed on him after the success of the first album. The tensions between band members are rising and everything seems to be falling apart just as they get started. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be: not every band gets to write their name on the pages of history. But the band has always been Ed’s dream, and if Ed gives up, will he have any dreams left?

Chasing dreams is something that other people do. Olivia Doyle put her life on hold after a car accident killed her fiancé and nearly claimed her life. Now with a three-year-old son and a part-time job, she knows she is stuck in a rut, but has no idea how to climb out. Then she meets Ed.

He can’t have the distraction of a relationship, and she has no time for anything casual. On the surface, they’re in completely different places, but love has a way of finding middle ground.
Amazon kindle US/UK

First time I'm reading Shona Husk and surely not the last. I enjoyed her depiction of ordinary, normal people. Both Ed and Olivia were slightly naive, awkward and optimistic. I loved Australian slang and very tentative intimate moments. You know that feeling of absolute awkwardness and trivial things mixed in between sex when people just start their relationship? Miss Husk showed it really well, and it felt real and true. Comforting read, recommended.
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Читала я Шону Хаск впервые, но и не в последний раз. Понравилась мне она. Её герои - обычные люди, нормальные, немного наивные и оптимистичные. Мне также понравился австралийский слэнг и робкая интимность между Эдом и Оливией. Знаете когда люди начинают новые отношения, как первый секс между ними -  это смесь неуклюжести, обыденности и неуверенности в себе? Мисс Хаск перелаёт это прекрасно. Советую, уютная книжка.

A Vampire in New York by Tracey Sinclair (Dark Dates short story)

Ecopy from the author

Synopsis from Goodreads

It should be fun to be a vampire in the city that never sleeps. But it can be hard to stand out if everyone else is already wearing black and staying up all night – especially if you’re more ‘short, ginger and nerdy’ than ‘tall, dark and handsome’. Lonely, broke and bored of blood bags, Barry is finding death a big disappointment – until he stumbles into the circle of the rich, mysterious and ridiculously hot vampire Laclos, vacationing in New York to escape his recent troubles in London.

Instantly smitten by this sexy stranger, Barry joins Laclos on an after dark tour of the city, from its glamorous hotspots to its seedy underside. But Laclos moves in a dangerous world where not everyone is so taken with his charm – and it’s starting to look like he hasn’t managed to leave all of his enemies back in England…

Barry is about to learn you need pretty sharp fangs if you want to take a bite out of the Big Apple.

A Vampire in New York is a Dark Dates short story 
 Amazon kindle US/UK

Aaah, I want more Laclos! That cheeky, hot sod! *grinning* This is a very short story in which an unlikely path of a new, hapless vampire in New York crosses the dangerous, seductive path of Laclos who is on holiday in this city. Obviously, our favorite vamp can't stay out of trouble, and moreover, he relishes it. Fab and unexpectedly hot. Cass knows how to choose her men, that's all I'm saying.
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 Ах, нам нужно больше Лаклоса! Какой же он хитрющий, горячий плохиш с шикарным чувством юмора. Это очень короткая повесть, в которой жизнь нового вампира в Нью-Йорке - робкого и неуклюжего пересекается  на мгновение с гламурным, опасным существованием Лаклоса, который приезжает в этот город в отпуск. Да уж, Касс знает как выбирать своих мужиков...

Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey (Moirin's Trilogy #2)


Synopsis from Goodreads

Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel's Legacy series, delivers book two in her new lushly imagined trilogy featuring daughter of Alba, Moirin.


Far from the land of her birth, Moirin sets out across Tatar territory to find Bao, the proud and virile Ch'in fighter who holds the missing half of her diadh-anam, the divine soul-spark of her mother's people. After a long ordeal, she not only succeeds, but surrenders to a passion the likes of which she's never known. But the lovers' happiness is short lived, for Bao is entangled in a complication that soon leads to their betrayal.
 Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository | Audible US/UK


In my opinion. this was the best book of the last trilogy, and perhaps the longest. So much happened! Moirin got Bao back, got kidnapped by religious nuts from Aurelia (which is based on medieval Russia), got out and had go after Bao again. A lot of heartbreak and a lot of fantastic secondary characters. Really enjoyed it, although it can't compare in epicness with first and second trilogy in this world.
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По моему мнению, это лучшая и самая длинная книга этой трилогии. Здесь так много всего происходит! Мойрин находит Бао, но её похищают религиозные фанатики из Аврелии ( основанной на средневековой Руси), когда она наконец возвращается туда, где оставила Бао, тот уже ушёл дальше в горы и попался в руки зловещему Ордену ассассинов, и теперь ей придётся перейти через Тибет в Индию и наконц воссоединиться со второй половинкой своей души. Очень понравилось, хоя эта трилогия конечно уступает в эпичности первой и второй трилогии, написанной в этом мире.

Historical M/M Romance Audiobook Review: A Fashionable Indulgence by K.J. Charles

A Fashionable Indulgence by K.J. Charles (A Society of Gentlemen #1)

Audio copy courtesy of Audible

Synopsis from  Goodreads
In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation.
When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.

After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.

Amazon kindle US/UK | Audible US/UK


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I'm a fairly recent fan of K.J. Charles, and I find everything she writes witty and charming. So far both her historical fantasy series and an Edwardian mystery I read proved to be very entertaining, and so as her high octane contemporary thriller.

This new series, A Society of Gentlemen, will take a little more time to warm up to, but I've no doubt, will be just as successful.

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