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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?

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Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

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Book Info:
328 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Roc
Available on mass market paperback, kindle, ebook and audio

Series: Souldwood #2

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 Timesbestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the second Soulwood novel tells the story of a woman whose power comes from deep within the earth…
 
Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own…

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more…

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Being stuck in a reading slump sucks. Specially when so many good titles were released this year and I have them, right there, and don’t feel the pull to grab them. When I first got approved for Curse on the Land on NetGalley, I didn’t just think *happy dances* No. I literally started dancing… and jumping up and down on my tiptoes… and did some geekly sounds and moves… And before someone asks, there are no photos or videos… so… it may or may not be true *winks* … And then the book stayed there… untouched… making me feel guilty for not being able to read it… until now. And I simply loved it. To pieces. Remember me saying book #1 was the best read of the year? Well.. it was… till now. Curse on the Land takes the cherry on top of the cake.
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Goodreads updates:

12/05 – marked as currently reading
12/05 – 51%
“What to do when you want to do some anti-stress coloring and noisy family is all around you? You get one of your Most Wanted in audio format plug in your earphones, grab your pencils and the world just. stops. #bestideaever”
12/06 – 72%
“No matter how many times it is referred that Occam is blond, for me, he looks like Morgan from Criminal Minds. And there is no turning back!!!
I love Faith Hunter. Picking a sweet character to go to all dark… unexpected and ultra cool!!!!”
12/07 – Marked as read
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Reasons you should read Curse on the Land:

1. You want to try a Faith Hunter’s book but are intimidated by the amount of books on  the Jane Yellowrock’s series. (I do recommend read Soulwood #1 first though, because the series needs to be read in order). Also, reading this one may cause the desire to read Jane. Specially with one little development that will have you want to know what happen to get there.
2. You are a Urban Fantasy fan – yes, if you don’t like paranormal elements, this is not the series for you. But if you do, what are you doing there reading this instead of rushing to the bookstore/library?
3. You like your main characters to be strong and independent under a layer of sweetness and calm. You know, the time that doesn’t scream bad ass but still have sass and can surprise you to the core. Yes, Nell needs to be saved from time to time. But, in her case it’s on purpose. She lived her live oppressed and trusts no one. Now, she’s learned that she will never be alone again, and has friends and people she can depend on. Her journey is so enjoyable to read that my heart was breaking to know it would be a trilogy only. Good thing that little detail is now on the verge of changing. Because Nell is a force to recon with
4. You like to see cult raised members to break free and set a live for themselves. There’s two things I love about this: One, seeing Nell finding a place on the world, and learn a new life full of possibilities after all she has been through. And two: Her relationship with her family, that still abide by the cult’s rules. They understand each other, and they respect their choices without trying to convince the other party they’re wrong and that they should change. I also liked to see Sam. He’s a mix. he belongs to the cult, but he agreed on some outside rules, and make both work. AMAZING.
5. You like to see sweet characters go dark. And doubts raised.
6. You like stabbing and betrayal. Read this book. You will love it.
7. And finally, you like romance but despise insta-lust. The romantic hints are so sweet. Also, I want a Occam for myself. I’ll even rub his belly when he goes all furry on full moon… assuming I don’t become dinner, that is.

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It’s Nell Day!! A Most Wanted Release Date

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Curse on the Land aka the most wanted one of the second half of 2016 is OUT!!!!

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Timesbestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the second Soulwood novel tells the story of a woman whose power comes from deep within the earth…
 
Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own…

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more…

Review to be posted soon