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Urban Fantasy Review: Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley

Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley (The Chequy Files #2)

Egalley thanks to Little, Brown and Company

Synopsis from Goodreads
In this spirited sequel, The Rook returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic—and slimy—supernatural war.

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers—and the bureaucratic finesse—to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:

The Checquy—the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural
threats, and…
The Grafters—a centuries-old supernatural threat.

But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women, who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war.

STILETTO is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks.

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 "Do we know for sure he's dead?" asked the marine biologist. They both looked at Odette.
"I'm fairly certain," she said. "He's cold, has no discernible pulse, and smells of rotting meat."
"I dated someone like that once," remarked Codman." A graduate student, a medieval historian."
I know it took me ages to read this book, but it was so meaty, snarky and inherently British, that I kept putting it away and digesting.

Urban Fantasy Mini Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #2)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn...and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper…

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 As I'm reading extremely slow right now due to busy timetable, you have to excuse my mini-reviews, peeps.

Sweep in Peace was another serialized read I intentionally waited for so I can read the whole book in one go. I'm just not a big fun of crumbs. I'd rather have the whole cake in one bite. And I have to say, not only it was worth the wait, it was FABULOUS! The non-stop action, superb fight scenes, wry humour and an unexpected bittersweet ending... It was everything I learned to expect from Ilona Andrews's writing and more.

Dina is a gorgeous protagonist, there is a deep well inside her, and the rest of main characters are not simple as well. I love the urban fantasy/science fiction mixture in this series, and I can not wait for next book. Definitely, one of the reading highlights of 2015 for me. Very much recommended

My review of Clean Sweep

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Так как читаю я сейчас чрезвычайно медленно из-за очень загруженного расписания, то уж извините пожалуйста мою мини-рецензию!

Илона и Гордон Эндрюс сериализовали эту книгу в прошлом году на своём блоге, но я сдержалась и купила её в законченном виде, так как не любительница крошек со стола, лучше уж съесть свой кусок пирога в один присест. И книга эта конечно стоила моего ожидания, ну шикарные просто боевые сцены, нон-стоп экшн, тонкий юмор, непростые персонажи и горько-сладкий поворот сюжета в конце... В общем, всё, что я обычно ожидаю от книг Эндрюсов.

Дина - прекрасный персонаж, да и остальные характеры оказались очень сильными. Читала с огромным удовольствием и зачислила эту книгу в одну из лучших с прошлого года. Очень рекомендую

Моя рецензия на книгу первую.

Damian Blog Tour Stop: a Mini-Interview with D.B. Reynolds and a Giveaway!

Hey, folks!

You know how much I enjoy this author, right? Her VAMPIRES IN AMERICA is a fantastic blend of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and by this I mean that it combines an adrenaline-fueled rush of action, tough heroines, powerful heroes and sizzling hot romance to the delight of fans of both genres. If you are a fan of sci-fi genre, she also wrote an absolutely kickass SHIFTER PLANET, which was one of the best reads for me in 2015.
So, when I heard that there will be a spin off of Vampires in America and it will involve sorcery, I couldn't contain my excitement. You do not need to read the previous series to understand Damian, but it sure helps to understand Nick Katsaros and his backstory (at least read COMPELLED, a novella before Damian). 

Anyway, DAMIAN. So much potential for deliciousness here, peeps! Having read and reviewed it, I can't wait for the next book in series. This series is going to be a winner.

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Damian Stephanos honed his skills in battles fought with magic as much as swords. Caught by a deadly spell that left him trapped for centuries in darkness and obscurity, he is finally freed, only to discover that his enemy still lives. Determined to find him—and to free his brothers in arms—he first must fulfill his blood debt to the woman who released him from his torment. Unfortunately, being so close to this enticing female is another type of torment altogether . . .

Cassandra “Casey” Lewis is a hunter. Possessing the rare ability to sense magic, she spends most of her time shadowing arcane collectors, and more often than not, stealing the dangerous artifacts she pursues. Her job is risky, especially when she’s stealing from one of the most powerful sorcerers alive. But having a gorgeous warrior by her side is a definite bonus. He’s great in a fight . . . and in other places, too.

Following a trail of dead bodies, the two of them must join forces to track down the sorcerer who cursed Damian, and who now plans to turn an ordinary magical device into a deadly weapon. Risking everything, including their hearts, they’re about to discover that trusting each other might be the hardest thing of all.

Apple: http://apple.co/1Xo4waW

I was bursting with curiosity so I badgered Donna with a few questions...

Welcome back to the blog! So, what's the dish on Nick Katsaros? Have you always known there is more to him than met the eye or he just evolved as a character in your head into someone new one day?

Thanks for having me again, Karina.

As for Nick Katsaros, I always knew there was something more going on with him, that's why, when he left Cyn's condo on the "morning after" in RAPHAEL, I had her thinking about how Nick exuded a "dark masculine energy," and then when he drove off in his Ferrari, how he took all that energy with him and left "an empty feeling behind." Cyn didn't realize it then, but she was sensing his magic, and missing it when it was gone.

How did the idea for Stone Warriors come to life?

While I always knew Nick was a sorcerer, he needed a back story to make him interesting. I didn't want him to be just another magic user, and I'm a sucker for a tragic history. As with so many of my ideas, the inspiration for my stone warriors came to me in the shower. All that pounding hot water must be conducive to free-floating consciousness. I've had the notes for my stone warriors sitting on successive computers for years, and I'm so happy that I finally have the chance to share their stories with my readers.

And last, a small peek ahead. What shall we expect after Damian and how many books are in this series?

The series will be five books total, with the four Stone Warriors getting their books, and then Nick getting his HEA in the fifth book. The next book is teased at the end of DAMIAN (because that's what I do) and it's going to feature the youngest of Nick's warriors, Kato Amadi. He's described in COMPELLED as reveling in the bloodshed of the battlefield, and in the violence that feeds the dark magic residing deep in his soul.

D. B. Reynolds is the RT Award-winning author of the Vampires in America series of paranormal romance, and an Emmy-nominated television sound editor. She lives with her husband of many years in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s. Visit her blog at www.dbreynolds.com for details on all of her books, for free stories and more.



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Friday Mini Reviews: Tiffany Reisz, Victoria Aveyard & J.D. Robb

The Confessions: An Original Sinners Collection by Tiffany Reisz


Synopsis from Goodreads
Three Sinners. Three confessions. And all the dirty little secrets you could possibly desire... 

Father Stuart Ballard has been Marcus Stearns' confessor since the young Jesuit was only eighteen years old. He thought he'd heard every sin the boy had to confess until Marcus uttered those three fateful words: "I met Eleanor."

So begins the 40-page "The Confession of Marcus Stearns," a moving coda to the RITA Award-winning Original Sinners series. Originally published as a limited-edition paperback for the 2014 RT Booklovers' Convention, and available worldwide for the first time.

This collection also includes "The Confession of Eleanor Schreiber," a companion 36-page story written exclusively for The Confessions.

And, finally, all secrets are revealed in "The Confession of Tiffany Reisz," an exclusive, in-depth interview.
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This novella consists of Soren's confession to Father Ballard, who is an amazing character; Nora's confession to the same priest years later and Tiffany Reisz's interview where she sheds light on her further writing plans which was exciting. Soren shines through as always, I just love his demeanor and brutal honesty about himself. Nora is as flirty and devilish as usual but is faced with realising and making peace with some truths about herself. A good short read.
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Эта повесть состоит из трёх исповедей. Исповедь Сорена отцу Балларду после того, как он встретил Элеанор. Исповедь Элеанор двадцать лет спустя и наконец интервью автора о своих дальнейших планах. Как обычно, Сорен завораживает своей брутальной правдивостью, Нора дьявольски остроумна и отчаянно флиртует, однако Баллард заставляет её осознать некоторые неприятные вещи о себе и примириться с ними. Наконец, интервью раскрывает дальшейше планы Тиффани, что очень интересно. Неплохая книга.

 Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
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 Where do I start with this disaster? Primitive writing, sloppy world building, the main twist which could be spotted a mile off, the main heroine talking about her feelings rather than showing them. The fighting was interesting, but was far and few between. The only reason I didn't DNF because it was on audio, and I listened to it on autopilot. Not recommended. Not when there are authors like Kristin Cashore, Sherry Thomas and Sabaa Tahir among others, who do YA fantasy much much better.
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Где мне начать с этой катастрофой? Примитивный слог, ленивое построение мира, главный сюрприз сюжета виден за милю, главная героиня говорит и говорит о своих чувствах вместо того, чтобы их показать. Сражения были интересными, однако очень редкими. Единственная причина, по которой я книгу эту не забросила это её формат на аудио, так как слушала я её на автопилоте. Не рекомендую, особенно потому что существуют такие авторы как Сабаа Тахир, Кристин Кашор и Шерри Томас, которые пишут в жанре подросткового фэнтези ГОРАЗДО лучше.

 Memory in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #22)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

Eve Dallas is one tough cop. It should take more than a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady to make her fall apart. But when that lady is Trudy Lomaitbard, all bets are off. Just seeing Trudy at the station plunges Eve back to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized young girl—and trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits smiling in front of her.

Trudy claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve is doing. But Eve’s fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise—and a blackmail attempt by Trudy proves his suspicion correct. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead. And when her murder comes to pass, Eve and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.
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 I love how protective Eve and Roarke are about each other, and this book is a perfect example of that trait. This is more of a clash of characters without a ton of action, a case of blackmail, awakened inner demons and straight out, classic who'd-done-it investigation. Recommended.
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Я люблю как Ив и Роарк сражаются друг за друга и всегда готовы подставить друг другу плечо. Эта книга медленная, с минимальным экшном и с большим классическим у-кого-мотив? расследованием, шантажом и борьбой с внутренними демонами. Рекомендую.
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