Title: Eubeltic Descent (Eubeltic Realm #1) Author: Nadine C. Keels Pub date: August 22, 2018 Pages: 200 Amazon|Goodreads
Your soul will remember…
As a woman who wasn’t born to wealth or privilege, Abigaia has mastered the art of thievery. And she’s come to hate it. Not only is she plagued by guilt, but her shadowed upbringing and silent ways cause most of her town to question her sanity.
Yet, Abigaia’s eccentric father always taught her to be proud of her heritage. Her ancestry lies across the sea, in a prominent realm she’s read about but has never seen.
The man who desires Abigaia’s hand in marriage doesn’t share her hope of seeing the Eubeltic Realm. But disaster erupts in their path, and Abigaia’s dream may have a greater purpose—if that famed domain of her ancestors is now in crucial need of her.
Nadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”
With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. Through her books and her blog (Prismatic Prospects), Nadine aims to spark hope and inspiration in as many people as she is privileged to reach.
Poison and Honey (Dark and Otherworldly #1) Goodreads|Amazon Published July 15th 2020 136 pages
Leigh Morgan has known that magic existed ever since an unearthly monster abducted her sister. It’s why she’s in Otherworld now, posing as a servant in its dark, decadent palace. She’s gathering intelligence and working with a small band of allies to bring down the Others and free their human captives. Her mission depends on blending in, so the last thing she wants is to attract the attention of a cunning prince.
Dredarion Rath wants one thing: to disgrace his older brother and prove himself the worthier heir to the throne. And out of all the servants in the palace, he chooses Leigh to help him. Just her luck.
Now Leigh has to keep her work a secret from a bewitching man who sees right through her–and who’s not nearly as cold and inhuman as he seems. She can’t screw this up, or the humans forced into servitude will never go home. But juggling two conspiracies at once, it’s only a matter of time before it all comes crashing down, and the man she’s falling for has her executed for her betrayal…
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A farm girl. A prince. An assassin. A spy. All intertwined in a dangerous game where the players may die.
Daelyn leads a simple life farming—that is, until she catches the eye of the Prince of Hesstia and is invited to a night at the royal festival where it is said his brother will push for him to choose a bride. Little does she know, her chance encounter with the handsome prince is a scheme under the orders of the Queen of Delhoon, the Prince’s enemy.
War is brewing again and threatens to consume both nations. Daelyn finds herself trapped between the opposing sides, and opposing men vying for her affection. In this dangerous arrangement, any wrong move could have Daelyn killed. Every decision she makes could swing the pendulum of who will rise and who will fall in the first book of the RISE series.
RISE has an interesting plot. That is undeniable. I generally enjoy the idea of characters finding out that everything, their life and the world around them, is not what they thought it was. I felt that it was done well in this story.
My only issue is the fact that I don’t necessarily care for these characters all that much. Daelyn is the most believable considering the circumstances of the storyline, followed by her mother Madison (but I did not like her). There’s just something about Boaden that makes me not like him. I can’t pinpoint what or why. As for the prince, I don’t quite get his motivations or his interest in Daelyn.
Despite my reservations, I’ll likely read the next book in the future.
I listened to him breathe for a solid few minutes. I knew Rusty well enough to know when he sat still, just breathing slow and soft, he was thinking. Sometimes he was just thinking about what was for dinner, but that night sitting on that rock with me, he was thinking about his future. It rolled off him, steam from hot skin on a cold night.
I waited long enough to finish my thought that he turned to look at the side of my head and watched me say, “I wish you weren’t so mean to me.”
“I was a kid, Lynn,” he said, his voice desperate.
“You’re a man now, Rusty.”
“Yeah.” He turned on the rock to face me, taking up too much space on the one-person seat. Clenched cheeks clung to the rough surface for dear life. “I ain’t mean to you like that anymore. I’m just teasing. And you’re mean to me. I tried to say something nice about your hair tonight and you told me to shut up.”
I looked up at the moon. “What else was I supposed to say?”
“Thank you. Just say thank you.”
Our voices had grown louder and echoed back at us. “Well… I don’t know how to be with you any other way,” I said hushed.
“I ain’t expecting you to.”
“What are you expecting?” I turned to look him in the eye. His face just inches from mine.
“Nothing. Sure as hell not this.” He waved his hand through the dark. Moonlight gleamed off his blue eyes.
I looked away before truth spilled out of my mouth. “Garret told me….”
He got quiet, still. “Yeah?”
“Is that why you’re out here with me?”
He sighed. “Fuck.” Water splashed between us when he kicked his foot. “Damn it, Garret,” he mumbled.
“Yes. Someone had to have the balls to say it.”
“I have balls,” he shouted, and his echo said it three more times.
“Not enough to tell me you love me.” I swallowed the word, but it bobbed in the back of my throat, threatening to spill out.
I turned to look at him. His mouth hung open. No words escaped. Tan skin was muted in the moonlight, but his eyes sparkled. Bright white and ocean blue.
One breath. Two. “I gotta take a leak.” He waded out of the lake and ran over to a tall tree that stood just in front of a set of head-high bushes. He turned his back to me.
“Just piss in the lake like the fish do, Rusty.” My voice echoed through the tight inlet. Our echoes made me nervous, like someone was gonna come out of the woods and catch me naked in the lake watching Rusty let loose a six-pack onto a tree.
I could hear his pee hit the ground and tried not to laugh when he said, “I ain’t pissing in there while you’re in there.”
“Since when?” Whether the emergency piss break was necessary or not, he’d successfully avoided the subject. I slid off the rock and let cool water cover my chest.
From the corner of my eye, I watched the top of his butt cheeks peek out from the waistband of his skivvies, two divots overtop. I wondered how I’d feel about him when morning came, when I wasn’t drunk.
The veil is thinning. Every day more undead creatures slip into Everra. Soon their most terrifying kin, spawn of the dark goddess Orestin, will emerge to devour all life. Master Historian Mycellane enlists an aging Knight and an inexperienced priestess to join him on a journey to obtain an ancient artifact-one that can bring an end to the incursion. But their salvation lies on the other side of the veil, in the Dead Waste of Myrcantos, and only one person can bring them through: a Myrcantan necromancer who remains loyal to the enemy. The path before them leads through a barren, unforgiving land. Ravenous abominations lurk in the shadows. But the greatest danger to their mission is the hatred and distrust they feel for one another…
About the Author
Alyssa grew up in New Jersey but she currently resides in Alabama. She has too many pets and not enough time for writing. Her favorite hobby after writing is reading. Books were her sustenance growing up, and she still devours as many as she can every week. Her favorite genres have always been female-authored fantasy and science fiction– think classics like Barbara Hambly, C.J Cherryh, Elizabeth Bear and Robin McKinley, as well as Rosemary Edghill, Catherynne M. Valente, Sarah Monette/Katherine Addison, Naomi Novik, V.E Schwab, Rachel Neumeier, Katherine Arden, and T. Kingfisher.
In Arilloa, the royal family uses their magic to win the respect of the ordinary populace. But Leonie, a princess and second in line to the throne, has a terrible secret: she’s barely magic at all. The only person to ever find out her secret is Armand, a boy training to become a Knifecloak, one of the elite castle guards.
Leonie’s younger brother Hiss, on the other hand, is a child prodigy with greater powers than anyone else in the family, capable of creating monsters out of thin air. One day Hiss goes missing and resurfaces at the head of a rebellion, using his powers to strike against the country and the crown. Monsters against soldiers, magic against normality. Leonie and Armand must find Hiss and stop him while the monster-driven war rages around them.
A Young Adult (YA) / New Adult (NA) novel with elements of both fantasy and romance.
Hiss is available for preorder on Amazon. The release day is October 1st, 2020. Be sure to add it here on Goodreads. I’ve already added Hiss to my TBR pile for future enjoyment since it sounds like a me-book. 🙂
Title: Court of Bitter Thorn (The Fae of Bitter Thorn #1) Author: Kay L. Moody Pub Date: August 18th 2020 Pages:354 Amazon|Goodreads
Faerie wasn’t supposed to be real.
Tricked by a fae prince, Elora is stuck in the Faerie realm far from her young sisters who depend on her for survival. Under the terms of her bargain, she can’t go home to the mortal world until Prince Brannick becomes the next High King.
Or until he’s taken out of the running…
Sabotaging Brannick’s chance at the crown will be much faster than helping him win. The fae prince may be charming, powerful, and wickedly handsome, but that won’t stop Elora from selling his secrets to the highest bidder.
By day, she uses her master sword skills to train the prince, while ignoring her growing attraction to him. By night, she conspires with a rival king in a nearby court whose plans could destroy half of Faerie.
If she gets caught, Brannick will kill her. But what’s life without a little bit of danger?
I’ll probably read anything by Kay L. Moody at this point. I just really love her writing styling and her storytelling. I’ll admit I’m picky about fae books and who I will read fae books from but Court of Bitter Thorn was something I actually enjoyed reading. I’m looking forward to a second book to see what happens next.
A Spectacle of Souls Jessica Julien
(Circus of the Stolen #1)
Published by: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Publication date: July 7th 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Caitlyn always thought she was just your average small-town waitress, but she’s anything but average. Suffering from frequent headaches and vivid daydreams, her oddities mask a secret hidden deep within her mind—one that could defeat even the cleverest of psychics.
When a mysterious circus arrives in town, Caitlyn is immediately drawn to it. While visiting the hypnotic show, she meets a seer who warns her of a gruesome future and urges her to stay away. But soon, Caitlyn finds herself ensnared in the show and the Ringmaster himself.
Recognizing Caitlyn’s powers for what they are, and believing they are the ones he has been searching for, the Ringmaster is determined to claim them as his own. Trapped within the circus and the Ringmaster’s devious grip, Caitlyn realizes that to escape the seer’s foretold fate, her only choice is to fight. Banding together with Bevier, an imprisoned psychic, Meg, an eccentric seamstress, and Daniel, a handsome magician, Caitlyn falls into the Psychic Realm to thwart the Ringmaster and stop the show before they succumb to his control and are trapped forever in his spectacle of souls.
Born in the picturesque state of Washington, Jessica Julien is the marketing director of a boutique publishing company, a stay at home mom, wife, and wanderluster. When not drafting marketing plans or doing laundry, she spends her time writing young adult and new adult novels focused on the paranormal and supernatural inspired by her love of all things dark and twisty. With her vivacious imagination, witty personality, and ability to bring sarcasm to a new level Jessica creates unique worlds and characters that readers can’t help but hate to love and love to hate.
In her free time, Jessica can be found enjoying a cup of dark roasted coffee while snuggling under a blanket with a good book. When the weather is right she hops in the car with her husband, son, and dogs to road trip across the country where she delights in eating red vines, drinking iced lattes, and singing loudly in the passenger seat.
The Last Monster Hunter Luke Romyn June 30th 2020 191 Pages Amazon|Goodreads
Filled with fascinating characters and stunning adventures, The Last Monster Hunter will transport you to an enchanted realm where magic makes dreams come true.
Theodore Beckett knows nothing of magic until his bedroom wall smiles…
… and then tries to kill him.
Doors to a whole new world suddenly crash open for Theo, a world filled with monsters, magicians, and dragons. His role in this secret society slowly unfolds when Theo learns he is the son of its lost hero. The man who defeated the Orc King. Elijah Dros.
A new war looms, and Theo realizes his introduction might not be a coincidence. He may well be the last Hunter. But with nobody to teach him, how will Theo ever learn to protect himself, let alone others?
I’m waaaay behind as usual on my reading list but I thought I’d come back with a quick post of some upcoming 2020 books I’ll hopefully get around to this year when they drop.
Two travelers. One treasure. Will feuding twin princesses be the key to finding the priceless riches, or will Soryn and Lucas become casualties of a deadly royal conflict?
Childhood friends Soryn and Lucas leave their small village in quest of fame and fortune, thrilled at their good luck when a beggar man on the road tells them of a treasure hidden within the neighboring Kingdom of Dahut. In exchange for a bit of their food, the beggar offers directions on where these riches can be found, leaving out an important detail – the castle in which it is hidden is the home of Dahut’s reigning royalty, twin princesses in a violent battle for the queen’s crown.
Will Soryn and Lucas lose themselves in the brutal political fight between Princess Elana and Princess Vivian, or can the two of them preserve their friendship and their lives – while stealing the treasure from the depths of Castle Laurent?
A beastly prince. A beautiful servant. Can two imperfect souls learn to love before the last petal falls?
When a kraken attack leaves her family destitute, Rosemary Mercer strikes a bargain. She will serve Prince Darian for a year to erase her father’s debts. But there is more at stake than money, and the prince’s beastly curse changes more than his appearance. Can Rosemary uphold her end of the bargain without getting caught in the spell herself?
A lifetime of selfishness and pride has cost Prince Darian his humanity, his throne, and the means to make it right. As shadows gather around his kingdom, his only hope for redemption is the brave servant who refuses to be intimidated by his monstrous form. But would she still help him if she were free to leave?
Can Rosemary and Darian see past appearances and find the beauty within themselves? Or will they be torn apart by a plot much bigger than an evil curse?
The Matchmaker calls…
…and only the gifted will be selected.
As Mei and the other girls of her village are sent on a harrowing journey across the frozen plains, she wonders what exactly they are selected for. Their guide, a mysterious warrior with a giant fox won’t reveal any secrets, but seems to have a protective eye for her.
The new Emperor is said to be dangerous young man, with dark abilities. And, while the others think they’re being matched to become his Empress, Mei suspects something more.
Her hopes to honor her family name, and the magical red lantern are all that give her strength as dragons, mystical warriors, and sneaky gods stand in her way to the truth.
That–and the spirits of her ancestors.
“Our chaos is beautiful… and terrifying. Can’t you feel my heart beating in your chest? Because I feel your breath in my lungs.”
The dead don’t rise…
When I kill men, they usually stay buried.
There’s a corpse on the loose. My plan is to track it down and kill it (for real this time), before the Red Sisters discover what I’ve done.
Or worse, what I am.
They’ve already promised to make me pyre fodder. One more mishap and that empty grave is mine.
But well-laid plans become improvisation. Castles burn. Provinces are fled in the dead of night. Stupid girls get snared in cursed woods, and hearts never do as told.
The gods are dead…
Yet, I was cursed as I stared into neon eyes and saw the celestial light. I tasted the salt of a Bone Vow, and I’ve kissed poison from the lips of the Half-Wolf prince.
“It’s power. It’s weakness. It’s minuscule and infinite.”