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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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Short and Sweet Review: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison


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by Kim Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Synopsis: 

Rachel Morgan lives in a world where a bioengineered virus wiped out most of the world’s human population – exposing the existence of supernatural communities that had long lived alongside humanity. It’s her job as a white witch working for Inderland Security to protect the humans from things that go bump in the night.

For the last five years Rachel has been tracking down lawbreaking Inderlanders in modern-day Cincinnati, but now she wants to leave and start her own agency. Her only problem: no one quits the I.S.

Marked for death, Rachel will have to fend off fairy assassins and homicidal werewolves armed to the teeth with deadly curses.

Unless she can appease her former employers by exposing the city’s most prominent citizen as a drug lord, she might just be a dead witch walking.

How am I reading this?
Kindle

My friends reviews?
4 and 5 stars.

When am I reading this?

October 2nd

Harpie’s Thoughts:

I first read this one before I joined goodreads. I remembered it having potential, Rachel being annoying and a tad obsessed with Trent, Jenks being amazing, not trusting Nick, and something about tomatoes. And nothing else.

So, when it won the BOM poll, first I grumped about it, then I grumped a bit more, and then I realized that if I ever was to read the series, I would need a re-read and RL issues apart, now was a good time to start. A few one-clicks later, I was a proud owner of a kindle copy.

Anyway, I ended up upping it a star from my first reading.

Does that mean I like Rachel more?

HELL NO.

I still think she’s annoying, her reactions to Ivy are over the top, her obsession with nailing Trent is too much, all the breaking and entering that is done on this book is waaaaaay too easy, and she almost touches the special snowflake status. Almost.

So why the better ranking?

Because I moved past my irritation with some characters and looked at the book. The plot, worldbuilding and writing style are *really good*. And then we have the characters. They as complex and full of flavors as a delicious sachertorte. They have solid backgrounds (mostly hidden). They have layers. They have so much potential and things to learn and for us to discover that make us want more.

It’s a solid first book. Sure, the first 30 -40% makes us wish we could slap Rachel, tag her and put a I’m too dumb to see the big picture hat on her head. Is not an easy book/story to get into. But the trip it promises on the lung run, may be worthy.

Plus Jenks!!! I could read the whole series just for him

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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.”
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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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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 .

416 Pgs. |Heat: 3 | Series Info
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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Link to Follow Tour:  http://tastybooktours.com/tours-master/2017/3/8/white-hot-ilona-andrews

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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.