Fantasy

July Wrap Up

Books Read

Shifter Made (Shifters Unbound, #0.5)MicroThe CorinthianRoyal Passion (Royal, #2)Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)Written in Red (The Others, #1)Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9)The 100 (The 100, #1)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)Making It Up As I Go AlongVision in Silver (The Others, #3)Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4)Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsEtched in Bone (The Others, #5)Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)

Highlights

The Corinthian

The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer ★★★★☆

My second Heyer book I enjoyed almost as much as the first and far more than my third (I think my third was The Convenient Marriage which I DNF’d because the MC drove me crazy). The Corinthian follows Penelope and Sir Richard fleeing London in an attempt to escape unwanted marriages Getting tangled up in a robbery, a murder, and star-crossed lovers on the way.

It was a very enjoyable, light -hearted story.

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Written in Red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop ★★★★★

Oh, my god, this was amazing!! I read the first book for a reading challenge and quickly gobbled up the rest of the books in the series. I ordered the next two before I had finished this one and the two after those before finishing the second book!

Written in Red is the first book in Bishop’s The Others series. Set in an alternate America called Thasia, where humans and paranormal beings, known as the Terra Indigene, exist side by side (mostly…). The Others rule the realm but some humans aren’t too happy about that and cause all kinds of trouble with dire consequences. We mainly follow Meg Corbyn and Simon Wolfgard along with the other residents of the Lakeside Courtyard. Meg is a blood prophet on the run from those who imprisoned her and kept her as property for the sale of prophecies. She finds her way to the Lakeside Courtyard where Simon hires her as their Human Liason. The Others are intrigued by Meg and decide to protect her but by doing so they take on a lot more than they could ever have realised.

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Pleasure of a Dark Prince

Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

Another fantastic book from Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Pleasure of a Dark Prince is the 9th book in the series but backtracks to the second book giving us a story that was hinted at in A Hunger Like No Other. What I love about Cole’s writing is how she writes tension and keeps you wanting to read more and more. Every single time I start one of her books it is impossible for me to stop!!

Pleasure of a Dark Prince follows Lykae Garreth MacRieve (hello book boyfriend!!) and Valkyrie Lucia the Huntress on the search for an ancient weapon in the hopes of ultimately destroying a god.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou ★★★★☆

My first book by Angelou and it won’t be my last. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings chronicles Angelou’s youth from the time she and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother and uncle in Southern USA. It encapsulates some beautiful, frightening, liberating and loving moments of life.

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Well that’s it for July. It was a very good reading month. I enjoyed almost everything I read, even the ones I didn’t mention in my highlights.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books.

Slade House – David Mitchell

28953095Title: Slade House
 
Author: David Mitchell
 
Genre: Horror
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.82/5
 
 

Synopsis: Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

 
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What I thought about the book: This book sounds so creepy, right?… Well, it’s a little bit meh. It certainly has it’s creepy moments but with the story broken up into a cycle of decades, I felt like I was reading a prologue over and over again. The story only really takes off near the end and then it was really interesting (bit late by then though!).
I found out after reading that this book is set in the same world as The Bone Clocks which I haven’t read. I enjoyed this one enough to get The Bone Clocks, it seems to be a bit more popular (by a bit, I mean double readership).
 
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My Rating: 
3 paws

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Goblet of Fire

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Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 
Author: J.K. Rowling
 
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
 
Series: Harry Potter #4
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.52/5
 
 
Synopsis: The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller.
 
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What I thought about the book: (I find it so hard to review Harry Potter…so many people have read them and have already formed their opinion it kind of seems pointless…) Amazing book!! We get a bit of fun with the tournament and then it all kicks off. The books get darker and much more serious from here.
When I read the books for the first time, this was my least favourite. I didn’t like the Triwizard Tournament and I was shocked by the character death. I enjoyed it a lot more this time. There’s so much foreshadowing in the books I never noticed before.
 
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My Rating: 
5 paws

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The Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling

464164Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
 
Author: J.K. Rowling
 
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
 
Series: Harry Potter #3
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.52/5
 
 
Synopsis: Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…
 
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What I thought about the book: I just can’t decide if this one or Order of the Pheonix is my favourite….
Prisoner of Azkaban gives us a little break from having Voldemort breathing down our necks, establishes the wizarding world more and gives a lot more character development. The story is starting to mature, it’s the turning point for the books going from Children’s to Young Adult.
Since I’ve read this twice already I decided to listen to the audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry. Fry is awesome but he occasionally makes the characters sound whiny especially Hermione.
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My Rating: 
5 paws

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Thorn Queen – Richelle Mead

6643839Title: Thorn Queen
 
Author: Richelle Mead
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Dark Swan #2
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.12/5
 
 
Synopsis: Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire. She’s paid
to bind and banish creatures from the
Otherworld.
But something happened after her last battle. She became queen of the Thorn Land. With her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind, the job’s really not all it’s cracked up to be.Now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one seems willing to find out why. Or to put an end to it. Not that Eugenie’s fazed by spilling fey blood, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle, and dangerous — and nursing a very personal grudge.

Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in a power she can barely control. She may be a reluctant queen, but she’s vowed to do her duty, even if it means facing the darkest and deadliest side of her nature.

 
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What I thought about the book: A lot of people don’t know Mead has written series for adults (she wrote Vampire Academy) and this is definitely for adults. There is a lot of sex and sexual situations in this book but it never crosses the line into erotica. Amazingly it all fits the story.
Eugenie is a better rounded character than usually seen in urban fantasy. She kicks ass but she also makes mistakes and not in the stupid way characters do sometimes. She makes an educated mistake.
 
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My Rating: 
4 paws

Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones

24763621Title: Wintersong
 
Author: S. Jae-Jones
 
Genre: YA Fantasy
 
Series: n/a (but I’ve heard there’s a sequel on the way)
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.68/5
 
 
Synopsis: Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favour of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

 
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What I thought about the book: This read like a long analogy for transitioning from girlhood to womanhood. I have nothing against that but I’ve already gone through it and don’t want to reminisce.
Wintersong is often referred to as a retelling of the Labyrinth and there are some similarities but I wouldn’t consider it as such. The feel is very different. The Goblin King here is a more sympathetic character and Liesl is self-sacrificing prior to her sisters kidnapping. I would say it was inspired by the movie, not exactly a retelling.
It was a pretty good book, I can certainly see why it’s so popular, just maybe not for me.
I absolutely adore the cover though!
 
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My Rating: 
3 paws

Kiss of a Demon King – Kresley Cole

3585344Title: Kiss of a Demon King
 
Author: Kresley Cole
 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Series: Immortals After Dark #7
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.35/5
 
 
Synopsis: From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes — and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive.

HIS OBSESSION…
Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions: the evil beauty who surrenders her body, but not her heart.

HER DOWNFALL…
Rydstrom Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs.

THEY WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO WANT EACH OTHER THIS MUCH…
With each smouldering encounter, their shared hunger only increases. If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice for her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to save his sorceress?

 
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What I thought about the book: Great addition to the series though I didn’t enjoy it as much as previous books. It was very similar to Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night (Rydstrom even mentions it in the book) but not as good. I found the ending a little anticlimactic but overall it was a fun read.
 
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My Rating:
3 paws