Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening By Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda [Review]

Monstress, Vol. 1: AwakeningRELEASE DATE:  July 13th 2016
AUTHORS: Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda
GENRE: Adult, Fantasy.
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
SUMMARY: 
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.

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Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) By Mark Lawrence [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  April 6th 2017
AUTHOR: Mark Lawrence
GENRE: Adult, Fantasy.
PUBLISHER: Harper Voyager
SUMMARY: 
“I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin”

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Continue reading

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) By Rachel L. Demeter [Review]

Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1)RELEASE DATE:  March 15th 2017
AUTHORS: Rachel L. Demeter
GENRE: Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Dark, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Rachel L. Demeter 
SUMMARY: 

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

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The Rose Mark (Black Rose Sorceress #1) By Connie Suttle [Review]

The Rose Mark (Black Rose Sorceress, #1)RELEASE DATE:  February 23rd 2017
AUTHORS: Connie Suttle
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic.
PUBLISHER: SubtleDemon Publishing, LLC

SUMMARY: 
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We belong to the King–those of us with the black roses tattooed on our left wrist, directly over our pulse. As if every beat of our hearts reminds us that we are not our own.

All the women with the fire burning within them are culled, tattooed and taken to the warriors, to provide more energy. Energy that the warriors will then use to defeat the barbarians from the ocean of sand. Women with black roses on their wrists are emptied of their power by those warriors, who care not that they die a shrunken husk.

In the King’s library, The Book of the Rose says to honor the tattooed women. More than anything, I want to spit on its pages. Continue reading

Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles #1) By AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller [Review]

Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles, #1)RELEASE DATE:  March 21, 2017
AUTHORS: AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller
GENRE: Young-Adult, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
SUMMARY: 
Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive. Continue reading

Death’s Queen By Janeal Falor [Review]

Death's QueenRELEASE DATE:  March 6, 2017
AUTHOR: Janeal Falor
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy.
PUBLISHER: Chardonian Press
SUMMARY: 
An assassin without a name, born to kill. Owned by a vicious man who refuses to call her anything but girl, she is forced to commit atrocious acts of violence. Vowing to take her future into her own hands, the seventeen-year-old decides to risk everything on one act of defiance—drinking from The Death Drink. The beverage kills most whose lips touch it—only allowing those who are destined to be royalty survive the first sip.

To the astonishment of the nation of Valcora, she imbibes it and lives, which crowns her queen. Thrown into a life of royal intrigue, she now has a purpose—to rule with the fairness she was never shown. Despite her altruistic plans, it becomes apparent that someone wants her dead. Continue reading

Hunted By Meagan Spooner [Review]

HuntedRELEASE DATE:  March 14, 2017
AUTHOR: Meagan Spooner
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy,  Retelling.
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
SUMMARY:
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast. Continue reading

Time Weaver: Heart of Cogs (Time Collector #1) By Jacinta Maree [Review]

Time Weaver: Heart of Cogs (Time Collector, #1)RELEASE DATE:  February 14, 2017
AUTHOR: Jacinta Maree
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy,  Steampunk.
PUBLISHER: Ragnarok Publications
SUMMARY:
I have a clock for a heart…
And the man who put it there tried to take it out.

Time Collectors are modern day genies capable of exchanging wishes for time. Elizabeth Wicker lives within a steampunk world riddled with the supernatural. Among the stories of witches, Bacts and other monsters, Time Collectors remain as the greatest hushed secret among the noble families.

They are temptation’s greatest tools. A contract with a Time Collector is a guaranteed death sentence, and for some the prize isn’t worth the price.
But when Elizabeth is struck down by a fatal heart attack, she finds herself trapped beneath a Time Collector’s blade. With no time left to offer, she makes a desperate sacrifice at a second chance of life. Continue reading

The Affiliate (Ascension #1) By K.A. Linde [Review]

The Affiliate (Ascension, #1)RELEASE DATE:  September 15, 2015
AUTHOR: K.A. Linde
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Romance
SUMMARY: 

On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm’s lifelong plans come to fruition when she’s chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks.

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene’s position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have…

King Edric himself. Continue reading

By Force (Forever Fae #1) By Sara Hubbard [Review]

By Force (Forever Fae Book 1)RELEASE DATE:  January 4, 2017
AUTHORS: Sara Hubbard
GENRE: New-Adult, Fantasy, Romance.
SUMMARY: Kidnapping Isame would set them free…

Isame wanted freedom: the freedom to travel, the freedom to explore, but most of all, the freedom to choose the life she wanted over the life—and the husband—her parents had chosen for her. But when Isame leaves home to accept another man’s proposal, she happens across five fierce, handsome warriors. She wonders why they’ve travelled so far from home, but she never imagines their purpose might have something to do with her. Not even after they kidnap her.

Remmie is a man of honor and fierce loyalty. So when his king commands him to find a specific young woman on the island of Copaxa, he’s prepared to obey. But he’s not prepared for the woman to change everything. Isame is special. He can see it from the start. But how can one puny woman make him question everything he’s always known, including the rightness of doing what he’s promised? Continue reading