Circe By Madeline Miller [Review]

CirceRELEASE DATE: May 10th 2018 
AUTHOR:
Madeline Miller
GENRE: 
Adult, Mythology, Fantasy, Retellings, Magic.    
SUMMARY: 

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home. Continue reading

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The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern [Review]

The Night CircusRELEASE DATE: May 24th 2012 
AUTHOR:
Erin Morgenstern
GENRE: 
Adult, Fantasy, Magic.    
SUMMARY: 

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

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Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) By Grace Draven [Review]

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1)RELEASE DATE: September 25th, 2018
AUTHORS:
Grace Draven
GENRE:   
Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
PUBLISHER:
Ace Books
SUMMARY:

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. 

But this year is different. 

Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion–and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan. Continue reading

Best Served Cold By Emma Hart [Review]

Best Served ColdRELEASE DATE: September 25th, 2018
AUTHORS:
Emma Hart
GENRE:   
Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
SUMMARY:

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Which is a real problem when the attraction runs red-hot.

Trust me. I know. The only reason I decided to renovate my family’s ice-cream store was to serve up a sundae full of revenge for my a-hole ex who opened an ice-cream store right next to mine.
It was supposed to be simple.
Renovate. Reopen. Put his peachy butt out of business.
Until he decided to get under my skin—and broke my toe.
Now, I’m stuck with Chase in my store every day, helping me renovate. But he’s also in my head, and I’m spending a little too much time up against his abs.
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The Nightshade’s Touch(The Messenger Chronicles #3) By Pippa DaCosta [Review]

The Nightshade's Touch (Messenger Chronicles, #3)RELEASE DATE: September 01st 2018
AUTHORS: 
Pippa DaCosta
GENRE:  
Adult, Sci-fi, fantasy, Adventure, Reverse-Harem, Magic, Fae, Romance.
PUBLISHER: 
Crazy Ace Publishing
SUMMARY:

Be careful which star you wish upon… 

The unseelie—banished by Oberon long ago—are stirring awake, and there’s one name on their poisoned lips: Nightshade. 

Kesh is beginning to settle into her role as Halow’s messenger, saving people from the fae with the help of Kellee, Talen, Arran and Sota, but if she has any hope of making her wrongs right, she must trust those around her. Without them, there is no Messenger. Friends, lovers, more. But one has a secret. A secret so dark it threatens to change everything Kesh believes in. A secret that could change the fate of Faerie, Halow, and all of humanity. 

When the fae abandoned the stars long-ago, they left behind more than fairytales. 

They left behind their monsters. 

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The Serpent(The Immortal Dealers #1) By Sarah fine [Review]

The Serpent (The Immortal Dealers, #1)RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2018
AUTHORS: 
Sarah Fine
GENRE: 
Adult, Urban-fantasy, Magic.
PUBLISHER:
47North
SUMMARY:

 One woman is in a world of otherworldly trouble—and she’s going to have to bet her life to save humankind.

Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger has put her dreams aside to look after her eccentric mother. Case in point: saving her from a mysterious stranger who’s just stormed the terrified woman’s antique store wearing a rattlesnake tattoo, leveling threats, and brandishing the weirdest deck of cards Ernie’s ever seen.

When Ernie grabs some of the cards and runs, she’s launched into a world she never knew existed—one her mother may know more about than she’s revealing. Continue reading

Spinning Silver By Naomi Novik [Review]

Spinning SilverRELEASE DATE: July 10th, 2018
AUTHOR: 
Naomi Novik
GENRE:   
Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Retelling. 
PUBLISHER:
Macmillan
SUMMARY: 

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold. Continue reading

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) By Mark Lawrence [Review]

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #2)RELEASE DATE: April 03rd 2018
AUTHOR: 
Mark Lawrence
GENRE:  
Adult, Fantasy, Magic. 
PUBLISHER: 
Ace
SUMMARY:

In Mystic Class Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the ambition of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a blade, and the vengeance of the empire’s richest lord. Continue reading

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) By Jay Kristoff [Review]

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2) RELEASE DATE: September 5th 2017
AUTHOR:
Jay Kristoff
GENRE:
Adult, Fantasy, Action, Adventure.  
PUBLISHER:
St. Martin’s Press
SUMMARY:
Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. 

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The Dark of the Moon (Chronicles of Lunos Book 1) By E.S. Bell [Review]

The Dark of the Moon (Chronicles of Lunos Book 1)RELEASE DATE: August 15th 2017
AUTHOR:
E.S. Bell
GENRE:
Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Romance.
PUBLISHER: 
E.S. Bell
SUMMARY:

Centuries ago, dragons broke the old world and scattered the pieces across the oceans. On this new world of islands swathed in seas, sailors are kings, and the moon god holds dominion…

Selena Koren is the moon god’s most powerful Paladin; a skilled warrior and blessed with the most potent magic. She also bears the god’s terrible wrath. Ten years before, during the bloody Zak’reth War, Selena summoned the seas to destroy her enemy’s armada. The Zak’reth screamed and drowned and died, but so too did four hundred innocents. In its fury, the god smote Selena with a terrible wound: a crescent-shaped hole in her chest that breathes its icy breath every moment of every day so that she never knows warmth. Continue reading