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White Hot by Ilona Andrews Blog Tour + Giveaway

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 I’m really excited to be part of the White Hot Blog Tour. Not only is my first time ever, it is also a book by my favorite author, which means I’m starting with a bang.
Cover issues aside, 2017 is the Hidden Legacy year. Not only did we had the re-release of Burn For Me, we’ll also have the next two on the trilogy published. And let me tell you, Wildfire cannot be on my hands soon enough.
But let’s talk about White Hot. It is freaking amazing. Best read of the year so far. We get to see how life goes after the “Price incident”. We get to see Nevada settling into her power. We get to see Mad Rogan as Connor. We have a new mystery, a solid plot, we get to see more of Nevada’s family. We have some twists and turns. Politics and power plays. We get deeper on the major conspiracy theory. And since we have a sizzling attraction, we get more of that too. And we have enough promises for Wildfire that make me think that I’ll need more stars to rate it.
If you are a Paranormal Romance fan, pick this series. If you are a urban fantasy fan, please don’t let the covers or the romance promises, and pick this series up. Is that good. It is as good… or maybe better than Kate Daniels. And I don’t want it to stop at three.
Best. Read. Of. The. Year.

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The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm . . . and their relationship burns hot

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice .

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Avon| Rel: May 30, 2017

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“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series—the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge—and are working on the next volumes for both. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

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Short & Sweet: Midnight Blue-Light Special

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Discount Armageddon back in 2013, and remembered loving it, and that it had cryptids and the awesome mice, a ballroom dancer and a hot enemy agent. Apart from that, all the details were a bit fuzzy, so, picking this one was met with equal parts excitement and fear of lack of context.

Well, I shouldn’t have worried at all. As the narrative went by all important details come rushing back in, and in vivid colors. Once more I loved Verity with a passion. She is reckless and sometimes makes poor choices, but her heart is on the right place, and I loved reading this installment.

Seanan McGuire present us with some awesome world and interesting characters. The cryptids never cease to amaze and we got to know more about the fascinating cuckoo powers/biology.

I will miss the New York gang. But they are safe for now, and will be better prepared for next time.

Time to meet another environment and to find out if insanity really runs in the family.

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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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Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Book Info:
328 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Ace
Available on hardcover, paperback, kindle, ebook and audio

Genres: Urban Fantasy

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

Synopsis:

Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

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Yes, it has been more than a month since I read it. No, I haven’t re-read it again. So why am I so late? BECAUSE I’M STALLING. BECAUSE IT’S HARD TO REVIEW. BECAUSE IT’S BITTERSWEET.

And also, because for a great part of the book I was convinced that, for the first time, I was going to hate a Kate Daniels story. It had a dejá vù feeling. It reminded me a lot of the conflicts I had reading Magic Rises – yes, the infamous book where we see Curran “flirting” with some bimbo shapeshifter, Kate having doubts and facing Hugh and last but not the least, we loose Aunt B forever. So yeah, I was scared.

Of course Ilona and Gordon are all kinds of awesome, which means by the end of the book they showed me that the parts I hated, the ones I had doubts, the ones that made me cry and curse all authors in existence because of all the feelings, made perfectly sense.. better yet.. THEY WERE NECESSARY.

Want some proof of the authors brilliance?

1. The impossible choice – they don’t make you chose between the love of your life and your unborn child… no, that would be too easy. No. They make you experience the choice. They made you live and feel and watch them die and fill you with pain and sorrow and despair and powerless to avoid the outcome that you end up in a heap on the floor reeling from the experience while the world resets near you back to normal but the loss remains. And whatever the outcome, you still get to see your life, your loved ones, your city, crumble and burn.

2. The Dark Side – Yes, Roland is evil and has no moral. Immortal beings usually are. But, is it only him or is his magic? All his children end up being like him… why not Kate? Well… easy, because she basically avoided to use her magic to stay away from drawing attention… when she starts to use it… well.. let’s say is not pretty. Let’s say that sweet Anakin turning into Darth Vader is easier to watch. Heck, if Luke had succumbed to the emperor’s charm I’d be less surprised. And hurt. Seriously, Kate turning dark? Every time she used her powers had me saying no no no no no…

3. The Plot – IT WAS GLORIOUS. The twists. The battle. The making me hate one of my favorite side characters. The reasons why Kate made the choices. Julie. Derek. Mahon. THOSE THREE WERE FREAKING AWESOME.

4. The Line Not to Cross – Omigosh… that line and the way she was always so close that we could feel it and the consequences… *inner fan dying breath*

5. Christopher and Barabas – It’s curious.. I never trusted Christopher. Maybe because his rescue seemed like planting a bad seed on Kate and Curran’s future. And he was always so frail. His story is finally discovered and I am in such awe of him and so deeply ashamed of doubting him. They are now one of my favorite pairs of the series and I really really really want their HEA. And maybe some novella *hint hint*

6. The humorous moments – Gotta love the sassyness and the sarcasm and Roman. Roman was a delicious addition to the book. Seriously, having the priest of the god of evil as a wedding planner? Who thinks of those things.

There is much more to say. Roland, Curran, and a few things that annoy me. But, I’m leaving those for another post. I’m rereading the series, so I’ll definitely be back to this one.

In the end, it may not be the easier one to read. It also may not be my favorite to go. But, it is, hands down, THE BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Paperback, 435 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Scholastic
Available on hardcover, paperback, kindle, ebook and audio

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Some riders live.
Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

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You know those books that are on your radar for a long long time, and then you buy them and spend a lot of time looking at them abandoned on the TBR pile and when you finally pick them up you ask yourself why on earth did it took me so long to pick it up?

This is one of those books and the answer is because you weren’t ready to handle it and now you are.

The Scorpio Races is beautiful. It’s awesome. It’s magical. It’s a must read SO STOP EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING AND READ IT. Better yet, get it and let it whisper and call to you, and when you finally hear its song on your blood you’ll know is time to read it.

“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”

This book is about impossible choices. Why? Because you can’t decide who you want to win the race that’s why!! It’s told in first POV, by both Puck and Sean. And both are excellent and complex characters that you will love to pieces so when both need to win the race you end screaming at the book WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME??? Because no matter what the outcome you know you will be shattered and cannot choose. How will the author make this bearable?

“Tell me what it’s like. The race.”

So we have water horses hungry for meat that can eat your face off and somehow they decide it’s a good idea catch said horses and run them on the beach?! Crazy. Sadistic. Stupid. But the slow building to that point and everything that leads there is so artfully written that it made me put everything on hold while I was reading. No stopping. Not until the end.

“He is slow, and the sea sings to us both, but he returns to me.”

The book is magic. It appears like a subtle thing, and you can feel it in your bones, you can taste the salt and feel the water, and the danger and the pull. It also awoke a very ugly side of me because for a certain character I was wishing for crippling and pain and despair and rejection… death on the race eaten by savage horses, the most probable case scenario could not be enough.

“The sky and the sand and the sea and Corr”

And November cakes. Don’t forget November cakes. My book edition has the recipe. And it also has some extra scenes. Which I totally ignored, because I was flabbergasted by the end. Well.. I tried to read them. But I couldn’t focus. It made me feel like I was killing the moment. I ended up reading the last page 5 times because it was so beautiful and heart shattering and compelling and just perfect.

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Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Book Info:
357 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by  NAL
Available on hardcover, paperback, kindle, ebook and audio

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian

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

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Synopsis:
Ink and Bone introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history—continues. . . .

With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control. . . .

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I was really excited when I was approved for the eARC. Then life happened and I couldn’t read it before release time or archiving date. heck, it took me a whole month to be able to finish it – And no. It isn’t the book fault. I actually read it in THREE sittings. The time between each was too long. It also helped me to keep emotions in check. More or less. Because I finished it little more than an hour ago and the only thing I can think of is WHAT. THE. HELL. JUST. HAPPENED?!

Minor spoilers ahead because it is near impossible to take it all from my system without them.

The book is crazy good. It has everything. Twists. Plots. Conspiracy. Back stabbing. Tears and smiles and death and mayhem and every bookworm nightmare that involves fire.

Yes, the books ends up with no end in sight. Same as last one. That, is not a cliffhanger – well I guess technically, it is – having one of the main characters grabbed by motorcycle men and a stake driven into his heart while his friends scream, that my friends, is a cliffhanger… and the only reason I survived it was because I had next book on hand.

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What I Loved

Jess. It is impossible not to love Jess. He has so many flaws and qualities that mix up in a very enjoyable package. His background and his loyalties never cease to amaze me. He was a little naive though. I shouted a few times that smugglers would prefer rare volumes to press… but hey. he will find out that eventually, right? right? His family still confuses me… Brandon specially. I still can’t figure him out, maybe in next book.1

Glain, Santi, Wolfe, Morgan and the rest of the gang – yes, even Dario, although sometimes I would love a good punch at him. They are complex characters with LOTS of layers. But their friendship is the high point on all this. The way they throw their believes away and risk hopes, dreams and future, heck, their own life to save one of their own is a thing to behold. This books shows us a completely different side of Wolfe. I’m still not sure what to think… but, it fits what he been through.

The story. It was a action packed book. It has tender moments. It has angst, peril, death, treason and unexpected allies. The book has it all. And it is written in a way that makes us swallow all and not think as too much.

The automata. Scary, killer machines, that can also be like pets. LOOOOOOOOVED the purring lion.

The new destination. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE HOW THE STORY UNFOLDS. And I need the next book like no tomorrow.

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What makes me itchy

The inconsistency. So. Jess finds out that the message to go to the warehouse was a fluke. And then what does Brandon tell him? The rendez-vous point was the warehouse. Come again? But wasn’t it a ruse? Who send that message and why isn’t that person there? And how on earth did his father lose his codex but manages to be unscathed?

Jess’s apparently immortality. I lost count how many times he bled on this book. Or suffered injured. He banged his head so many times that an excessive number of concussions would be caused. He actually feels the aches and pains at the moment at hand. But one solid nap after and he’s good to go, unlike his friends that actually need recovering time. Which is annoying at least (*)

(*) Cait @ paper fury has an awesome post on this strange phenomena, aka the snowflake factor

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Quotes:
“Hard habit to break, friendship.”
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“One thing you learn early growing up a girl—people always talk, whatever you do,” Glain said.”
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“Anything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.’” “Stupid”
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Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

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Book Info:
352 pages
Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 by Roc
Available on paperback and kindle

Genres: Urban Fantasy


Source: I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.

Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.

Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…

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So much to say about this book. But first things first. When I saw the book was at NetGalley, I only saw Faith Hunter and New Series before hitting the request button. Only AFTER being approved did I realized that 1)It was a spin-off and 2)There was a character development I would miss and being spoiled about if I read it before being up to date.

Sadly, I only managed to read Skinwalker before diving in into this one – yep, Steven is still disappointed with me – but, I must confess that after three or four pages all my guilty thoughts vanished. Why?

Because I TOTALLY LOVED THE BOOK. Omigosh Nell is such a great character. She has layers and layers, and is the living proof that we CAN LEARN THINGS BY READING FICTION BOOKS.

The support cast is also great. I loved how different they where and how well they mesh together. Even Rick. I don’t know how his story developed to make him how he is  (and now I’m dyyying to know more) but his distance and distrust felt real and I totally ate everything the author sent my way.

Plus it has a cult. And someone breaking free of it. We don’t have those around here in Portugal – at least to my knowledge – and I’m always sucked in by those stories. Not the cult mentality, that is a cultural shock I can’t see past it, but, what does it take to brainwash people to accept that kind of mentality.

My favorite thing on the book? Nell’s magic. If my childhood wishes of being a witch came through I’d be something like Nell. Earth Magic Rocks. And it has darkness too and it craves blood and it can turn alive. Seriously, a vampire tree? All kinds of awesome.

There isn’t a single negative thing I can thing about this book. It was borderline perfect. The villains are complex and twisted and the story revolves in a way that keeps the reader unable to set it down till the very end.

I always complain about how Sookie’s tasks were depicted on her books but Nell’s are refreshing, not over the top and have always little details we enjoy learning. And  her sense of humor rocks. Her catnip use is even better than Kate Daniel’s and that’s something I never thought I’d be saying.

In a nutshell: I LOVED IT! It has layers and layers and delicious moments. It has sass. It has funny moments. It has surprises. It even has a hint of a love interest. Sweet and deserved. And I want the next one like no tomorrow.