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Gothic Romance Review: Beneath a Waning Moon by Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven

Beneath a Waning Moon by Elizabeth Hunter & Grace Draven 

review copy from the authors

Synopsis from Goodreads
Two delightfully dark tales of Gothic romance from Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven.

In A VERY PROPER MONSTER, Josephine Shaw spends long nights filling the pages of her Gothic stories with the fantastic and the macabre, unaware that the suitor her father has arranged is one of the dark creatures she’s always dreamed. For Tom Dargin, courting an ailing spinster was only one duty in a long life of service to his sire. But after he meets the curious Miss Shaw, will Tom become the seducer or the seduced? Can a love fated to end in tragedy survive a looming grave?

In GASLIGHT HADES, Nathaniel Gordon walks two worlds—that of the living and the dead. Barely human, he's earned the reputation of a Bonekeeper, the scourge of grave robbers. He believes his old life over, until one dreary burial he meets the woman he once loved and almost married. Lenore Kenward stands at her father’s grave, begging the protection of the mysterious guardian, not knowing he is her lost love. Resolved to keep his distance, Nathaniel is forced to abandon his plan and accompany Lenore on a journey into the mouth of Hell where sea meets sky, and the abominations that exist beyond its barrier wait to destroy them.

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 A VERY PROPER MONSTER is utterly, utterly gorgeous. In fact, it's Elizabeth's finest work so far. The writing is poetic, the story is heart-breakingly beautiful. I finished it last night and cried. This doesn't happen to me often.

The Postman Knock #137

I love you all, peeps, but I just got back from Porto, and rushing through this post. Photos will come later.


WICKED EVER AFTER was lovely. BENEATH A WANING MOON on the other hand was absolutely gorgeous! Buy it now! STALKED BY FLAMES was a solid four star post-apocalyptic fantasy, and I freakin' adored DUMPLIN'. At last, CARESSED BY ICE was just alright.


Thanks to the author and Audible!

A couple of them were daily deals, the rest were good prices as companions to kindle books.


Love you all and I'm out.
Going to sleep now.

Friday Mini Reviews #47: Jim Butcher, Veronica Henry & Dana Marton


White Night by Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden #9)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
The inspiration for the Sci Fi channel television series

In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too...

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This is where it really gets darker and more twisted, peeps. Again, Thomas is on the forefront of the plot, and I love him to bits. Also, Harry playing the role of his scorned lover is hilarious. Thomas, Molly and Harry work as a pretty good team, and you would not be able to catch a break in this book, it's so full of action. Recommended.
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Именно в этой книге действие повышается на уровень, становится темнее, закрученнее. Томас играет хорошую роль, и его как зарактер я очень люблю. Вообще, Дрезден, Томас и Молли - это прекрасная команда. Эпизод с Гарри, играющим ревнивого любовника томаса - просто ржачка. Читайте или слушайте.

The Long Weekend by Veronica Henry 

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

In a gorgeous quay-side hotel in Cornwall, the long weekend is just beginning...

Claire Marlowe owns 'The Townhouse by the Sea' with Luca, the hotel's charismatic chef. She ensures everything runs smoothly - until an unexpected arrival checks in and turns her whole world upside down.

And the rest of the guests arrive with their own baggage. There's a couple looking for distraction from a family tragedy; a man trying to make amends for an affair he bitterly regrets . . . and the young woman who thinks the Cornish village might hold the key to her past.

Here are affairs of the heart, secrets, lies and scandal - all wrapped up in one long, hot weekend.

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If there is one word to describe this book, it's MELANCHOLY. There is so much more under the surface of seemingly cheating or shallow characters, that you end up changing your point of view a few times before you get to the end. It's unhurried, lovely and sad, but there is a happy ending, and it made me smile. Recommended if you want something less upbeat and more philosophical.
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Если бы эту книгу можно было описать одним словом, то это была бы "меланхолия". Столько всего здесь происходит под слоями видимых характеров пустышек и обманщиков, что своё мнение о них я меняла несколько раз. Книга неспешная, душевная, грустная и всё же с хэппи-эндом. Мне понравилось.

Reluctant Concubine by Dana Marton (Hardstorm Saga #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads

"A terrific epic fantasy ~ magical, compelling, and romantic!" Susan Mallery, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author

"It's impressively easy to become immersed in Marton's fantasy world. Readers will find it impossible not to care what happens next..." Kirkus Review

An ambitious, vividly imagined epic fantasy. Marton has created a promising and immersive world that is, at the same time, darkly brutal... the splendor of the author's vision cannot be overlooked." RT Book Reviews

To escape punishment, Tera, a maiden healer sold to barbarians must hide the truth: she has not yet come into her healing powers. Born into a much gentler world, she struggles to survive in a land of savage warlords and their cruel concubines. When ancient prophecies begin to come to pass, can the healer-slave save the realm and awaken the High Lord’s heart?

"I ADORED.. (the hero). From his initial appearance and those gentle words of promise that no harm would come to...(the heroine), to his accepting manner of all that was her, to his tenderness shown when a barrier for which he waited so patiently to fold was finally crossed. He has to be one of my favourite male counterparts I've read in a while. LOVE him." Bookaroo-Ju Review

"The writing is just beautiful. It flows sometimes like water. I don't know how else to describe it other than to say i enjoyed how it felt reading it." 5 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick Stars

For anyone who enjoyed the fantasy worlds of George Martin's Game of Thrones, C.L. Wilson's Lord of the Fading Lands, Elizabeth Vaughan's Warprize, or the memorably crafted healer heroines in Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, THE THIRD SCROLL is the next epic adventure to get lost in. 

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Alright, the premise is good. The setting is good. The potential is there... But I couldn't help comparing this one with Warprize, and it keep coming up short. There is no either coherency to the plot or a strong, charismatic love story, and the book which started strong, lost me by its ending. Otherwise it's an enjoyable enough read.
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Задумка хорошая, построение мира интересное, потенциал есть... Однако я не могла не сравнить эту книгу с Военным Призом, и не в лучшую сторону. Нет чёткой сюжетной линии или харизматичной любовной истории, и глазу зацепиться за что-то конкретное сложно, поэтому книга, которая началась сильно, под конец меня потеряла. А так, неплохо.

October Blog Ahead Challenge Starts Today!

Hey, everyone!
I did this challenge (which is purely from bloggers for bloggers) last year and it really helped me to get my behind into gear. This year I have fallen behind dreadfully in my post scheduling and ended up skipping days when I was too busy to review or reviewing the book the night before the post was scheduled to go live.

This October I am determined to pre-schedule as many posts as I can.

Mostly it will be Friday Mini-Reviews which have been on my back burner for almost a year. 
I need to catch up with all the books I've read so I can review them fresh after reading.

So far I have 14 posts with 3 mini-reviews in each to schedule, 
and 27 posts with only one book in mini-reviews ready to be reviewed 
(blame JD Robb's series, which I've been binging on this year).

I also need to do November and December Releases posts, 
and create authors event for Christmas + send invites hoping they will be accepted.

These are my goals along with regular ARC reviewing this month, and God help me with getting it all done.

I'll let you know how it went at the end of the month...

Wish me luck!
Over and out.

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