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Release Date Review: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Book Info: 352 pages Published August 28th 2018 by Ace

Series: Kate Daniels #10

Genres: Urban Fantasy

Source: I received a free ARC from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: 

Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can’t-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

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Let me start by saying two things:

1)I *hate* last book in a series installments – because I’ve been disappointed in the past and more times than I can count

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2)Kate Daniels is my all-time favorite series.

So, combining the two? Is nerve racking and exciting and I was both scared to death and curious to read it. Because let’s face it, no matter how much I don’t want it to end… I also need to see both Curran and Kate having their HEA ride to the sunset.

Every single book in the series, every event, every time I’ve screamed at Curran for not being supportive, or was mad at Jim for being a self-centered egoistic erm…. person.. set the foundation to this book. It doesn’t felt rushed, or forced. There were not “where the hell did that came from?” moments here.

It all made sense.

It even made me a bit mad at the authors because how can we complain about a series ending, when the ending is done THAT way?

It is done.

Done.

And it was glorious.

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The only question that reminds is: my favorite series just ended… how… how do we move on? How can I continue on living when there is not Kate #11 on the horizon?

There’s a few stages:

You refuse to let it go. You set up a series read in preparation for it and a book of the month discussion. You refuse to let it go. You reread your favorite parts over and over. You cry again when you are supposed to, and laugh when you’re supposed to, and feel the pain and fear over and over again.

You tell yourself it isn’t over yet. After all, there are Hugh’s books and maybe Julie’s

You stalk reach for the beta readers and start talking non-stop about the book, the theories, the correlation to Iron and Magic, mix up the two stories and so on.

You check the author’s blog for news and be completely giddy with excitement with them. If you haven’t checked their Hey, Don’t Be Sad  post, here are the highlights:

  • Is not a permanent goodbye
  • They want to do a Roman’s series
  • There will be 2 more Hugh books
  • More stuff is coming

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So… that’s how I go on. How about you?

 

 

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Release Date Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Book Info:
336 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Ace
Available on hardcover, audio, paperback and kindle

Series: Alpha & Omega #5

Genres: Urban Fantasy

Source: I received a free ARC from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: 

Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other–one that lurks too close to home…

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

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I’ve noticed a pattern lately with my ARC reviews. Is not that I don’t read the books on time – I mean, not always, anyway – I do read them, but writing a timely review? that’s another matter. Not that the book is hard to review or I don’t like it. Because that isn’t the reason. If you follow my goodreads updates, you’ll see that they usually are 4.5 and 5 stars. So, what is the problem? I’ll tell you what the problem is. The book is so good, and means so much to me that I want for the review to be outstanding. A perfect and flawless word combination that translates every feeling, every twist, and every thing that shares to the world the awesomeness of what I have just read.
Patricia Briggs’ books, are usually part of that group. And let me tell you a little secret, no matter how much I stall, there is no way to translate all. So, the only right thing to do would be stop procrastinating. After all, Done is Better than Perfect, right? At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Maybe one of these days I’ll start listening.

 

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Anyway, back to Burn Bright. I guess the only way to do the book the deserved justice is to tease people enough that they will stop whatever they are doing right now and rush to get the book, IMMEDIATELY!
Ready?
  • It makes you rethink the Mercy Thompsom books – that’s right. There is this tiny tiny detail, that had me WHAT?! Sure, I’m a bit plot naive, since there’s a lot of stuff I never see it coming, but WHAT?! That.. that makes me want to re-read all Mercy books in a different light and try to see things in the right framework.
  • It shows you Leah as you never seen her before. Does it make you like her? Is she really mean at heart or did she turn that way by lack at choice? Do she thinks about the pack about everything else or has her own reasons? I guess you’ll have to read to find it out.
  • It focus on Mates. Mate Bonds. Mate Connections. Death of a Mate. You want to see your heart shattered into pieces? This is the book for you.
  • Wildlings are as interesting as scary and getting to know more about them is something you don’t want to miss out.
  • Charles and Anna are amazing. I keep saying I prefer this series to Mercy, and as much as it pains me saying it, this book solidifies that preference.
  • Bran. We learn a few more Bran layers. And the jury is still out about them.
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5 fiery stars. I said it before, and will say it again. This is Patricia Briggs’s world and I’m just visiting. I will continue visiting. Will you?
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Release Date Review: Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Book Info:
388 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Ace Books
Available on mass market paperback and kindle

Series: Souldwood #3

Genres: Urban Fantasy

Source: I received a free ARC from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: 

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

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Flame in the Dark must be my most highly anticipated book of 2017. Not only are the two previous books on my top 3 of 2016, I adore the main character. And the support crew. And the worldbuilding. And the unfinished business. Okay, I love everything about this series. It has the best from the Jane Yellowrock universe, without the focus on vampire politics (which I kinda hate and only tolerate because Jane and her crew are so good). So yeah, it sucked me right in.
I am loving Nell’s growth. Sure, there was a moment where I kinda screamed “what? No no no no, I don’t like it. Faith Hunter cannot do that to me and my precious characters”.  I get the why it was there. It was needed. I don’t have to like, have I? And Nell’s justification for her decision didn’t set well with me either. Good thing her actions proved what her heart really felt, otherwise I’s be terrible upset.
As usual, the mystery and the parts involved and context was very well put, intricate and with dept.
And the ending, although not being a cliffhanger – thank the writing gods – leaves you wanting for more. It would be a good ending for a trilogy. Knowing we are going to have more, makes it perfect. For now.
5 fiery stars. I said it before, and will say it again. PICK THE BOOKS AND START READING THEM. It will be worth it. Harpie’s Promise.
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Better Late Than Never Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs


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by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Genre: Urban-Fantasy

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

Once upon a time I was killing some time in one of my usual bookstores and came across this appealing cover of a book called “O Apelo da Lua” (the Portuguese edition of Moon Called). You know the saying never judge a book by its cover? Well, I am no ashamed to confess it was the cover that make me notice it. Then I read the blurb. And snapped a picture for later. Fast forward a few years later, and Mercy Thompson continues to be one of my favorite series. And installments like this one remind me of the why.

It was… a Mercy Thompson book like we hadn’t know in a long time. Remember the old Mercy? The one that couldn’t rely on Adam and the pack to keep her out of trouble? The resourceful Mercy, the little coyote that everybody underestimates and ultimately pays the price? Well, that Mercy is here. Full-force and better than never, because now, she has a lot more to lose, a lot more to fight for. And the growth she experienced as the series progresses allows for a Mercy Thompson the old world is not ready for.

Did I mention we also have Adam? And let me tell you, I had my doubts about Adam. Not that he’s not a great alpha, or a great mate. But I always thought we never saw Adam’s true potential blooming. Maybe because we usually see him from Mercy’s eyes. Well, we now have the chance to see Adam in all his glory and it takes the spotlight and grabs the attention like hot Brad Pitt surrounded by a sea of zombies.

I was a bit wary at the change between POVs… specially when I realized we would be on two different timelines. Well, thank you Patty for proving me that you know what is best for you books, because it made the experience so much better.

In a nutshell, Mercy is here to stay, and that series is as fresh and dynamic now as it was at the beginning. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and grab Moon Called as soon as you can.

Oh, and check here for a handy timeline for the mercyverse aka novels, shorties and spin-off reading order – includes graphic novels.

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“I’m a mechanic; I fix things that are broken. I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote. I have powerful friends. But when it comes right down to it, my real superpower is chaos.” -Mercy”
― Patricia BriggsSilence Fallen

“My love,” he said, his voice intent, “you are welcome to all that I am, all that I have. I would destroy the planet for you. I was even diplomatic for you, which was a bigger sacrifice. A little power drain is nothing.”
― Patricia BriggsSilence Fallen

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Harpie’s Daunting Reading Plan till 2018

My TBR pile is the size of mount Everest.

Between the unread physical books on the shelf, Kindle freebies, books on my TBR shelf on goodreads, ongoing series, new releases I didn’t know I wanted to read till I was researching for this post, ARCs I have requested that are number #11 in a series I only read the first 2 or 3 installments (yes, plural), ARCs requested and unread, and goodreads discussion groups read ahead, the LIST NEVER ENDS. And you know what? I wouldn’t want it other way.

Well… maybe being a little more organized with my ARCs archiving dates… Sure, winning the lottery would be nice too, but although it would give me more free time to read, it would also allow for me to have a castle full of books, which means I could add all the books to my TBR… and unless I could have a time-turner to create reading pockets, I would turn into a poor rich girl, crying ugly tears because I have all the books in the world and no way of reading them all. *slaps shelf*

We can’t have that.

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 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.

Which would be more accurately translated as the Harpie’s Daunting Reading Plan till 2018. Specially because some of the ARCs do not correspond to the book in the series Im currently at, meaning there’s a bit of reading required to get there.

Hi, my name is Sonia and I have a NetGalley addiction. It has been 3 days since my last request.

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NBRC October BOMs

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UF Wednesdays

 

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New Releases

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NetGalley

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Anything on my list that strikes your fancy?
What’s your TTT?

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Short & Sweet: Illegal Contact (The Barons, #1) by Santino Hassell

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

What to do when you are recommended a book, have great expectations for it and have the luck of getting approved for a NetGalley ARC? Well, let me tell you what not to do. You. Must. Not. Procrastinate it.

Ahem. That being said. I had a LOT of expectations for this book. And was also scared to read it. Why? Two main reasons:
1)The person who recommended gave it 5 stars, and was pretty excited about it, specially because it was written by a gay male.
2)A romance book written by a MALE author? – Yes, I admit, I have some pre-made ideas about this. Here’s the drill. I absolute adore MM romance. And, true to the Romance Guidelines, it usually follows the formula: meeting-fighting attraction-banter & teasing-go down and dirty-fight/break up – HEA.

So yeah. I procrastinated. A LOT. And then picked it up. And skies opened up and angels sung because IT FOLLOWED THE FORMULA AND IT WAS GLORIOUS!!!!!!

Gavin and Noah were perfect examples of stereotypes… on the outside and inside. You know, the hot, big ill tempered bad boy with a golden heart and the nerdy Clark Kent with a filthy mouth and inner fire. I loved them. to pieces. I loved their interaction even more. I loved how they changed each other.

The support characters were well written. And also fit flawlessly into the expected roles.

And the “crisis/breaking” part? It was so good that I actually burned dinner because I was crying so hard I didn’t realized the food was getting a shade a bit too dark.

Overall, it is your Tried & True romance book. That keeps up to any expectation you have, and is exactly what you are bargaining for when searching for it.

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The Harpie’s Reading Madness March Plan

So… due to real life I manage to read…. ONE book in January and ONE book in February.

This.

Stops.

Now.

Well I managed to finish a book already this month – And I read almost 70% yesterday – so yey me! Maybe this last sentence will be more than wishful thinking.

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I’ll present to you…

The Harpie’s Reading Madness March Plan:

NetGalley
Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) by Patricia Briggs Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6) by Seanan McGuire

UF Wednesdays
Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, #3) by Faith Hunter Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock, #4) by Faith Hunter Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock, #5) by Faith Hunter Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock, #6) by Faith Hunter Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock, #7) by Faith Hunter Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock, #8) by Faith Hunter

yes, I’m well aware that there’s more books in there than Wednesdays in March… remember the ONE book read in February? That’s the result.

NBRC
Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

And because there’s not such thing as too many books in the reading plan
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1) by Neal Shusterman Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor Final Girls by Mira Grant

I think I’m forgetting something… I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something… oh well…

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The Harpie Wants To Know

So.. Anything on your March Reading Plan you want to share?