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The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey

Hi all! Sorry for the silence! I can’t remember if I updated readers that I was expecting last summer so…surprise! I had twin boys about a year ago now. I have been working on getting the mom thing down and now that my little ones are a little more independent, I have been able to pick up a book more often (not much more I am afraid).  I cannot fan girl over Ms. Jaffrey enough and so I thought I would start with her second installment of the Sovereign Series to get me back in the groove. I was not disappointed!

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Silver queenTitle: The Silver Queen
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Series: Sovereign 02
Publish Date: October 17 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal , Fantasy

Source: Provided by author

Publisher’s DescriptionThe last city on Earth is contaminated. Now blood is the only thing that can wash it clean.

Julia is trapped inside the Blue as the Nobles fight over the few humans who are still alive. When the dust settles and she finds herself shackled to a new master, she knows she must escape or die.

Meanwhile, Cam has gathered a handful of comrades and is on his way into the Red to rescue his queen. But not all of his friends can be trusted, and not all of them will make it back alive.

The Silver Queen is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Josie Jaffrey has done it again with another amazing read. It is dark, gritty and filled with devious twists that once again had me wanting to throw the book across the room (trust me this is a good thing)! Ms. Jaffrey brings characters of depth, natural dialogue, expands upon her world building.

I absolutely adore Lucas and Julia! She is tough and isn’t going to let anyone or anything stop her. Even when she faces death not once but twice! He grows over the course of the novel into a powerful young man!

Once again there is a cliff hanger ending that makes you want to rush out and get the next book. Sorry this review is short and sweet but over all I love love love this book. I badge4v5hope I can get to read the last novel in this series (maybe, eventually like when the boys are in college?).

 

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

Check out these other reads!

Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, The Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine, Immortal: Love Stories with Bite edited by P.C. Cast

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Necropolis PD by Nathan Sumsion

How can a normal college kid get sucked into Purgatory without even trying?  Can a human even survive in the land of the dead?  Can the dead be murdered and be more dead?

Purchased by reviewer

Title:  Necropolis PD
Author:  Nathan Sumsion
Publish Date:  April 2, 2019
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source:  purchased by reviewer
Publisher’s Description:  How do you solve a murder in the city of the dead?

Jacob Green was just an average college student. But three months ago, he ran through the wrong door and found himself trapped in the city of Meridian – a literal necropolis, concealed from the modern world, made up of forgotten places and populated entirely by the dead.

As the only living, breathing resident, Jake has struggled to scrape out an existence while waiting for the Necropolis Police Department to decide his fate, and it’s not looking good. But when an unusual string of crimes hits the city, Jake’s overseer and tormentor, NPD Detective Marsh offers him a deal: Jake’s life in exchange for helping them solve the worst series of crimes in the necropolis’ history.

Someone, or some thing is killing the dead, and if Jake can’t figure out who’s responsible, he could be next.

Necropolis PD is a hidden world fantasy that combines mystery, horror, magic, and more than a little humor. This book is perfect for the living and recently-departed alike.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I will admit that I was a bit apprehensive about trying this book.  New author.  First time out, probably needed polishing.  Fairly violent, no sex, zombies, ghosts, other dead like creatures.  Urban Fantasy from a gamer.  I had a very strong ‘we’ll see’ attitude.

This book was one of those books that I could not put down and although I had to it was still running laps in my brain.  I am still awed after reading it.  The writing was absolutely incredible.  The descriptions and the characters were so alive, especially the main protagonist, Jacob Green.

Jacob is a college student that has absolutely no idea that he is special.  He has no idea that his life is to irrevocably change when he tries to help at a tragic car accident.  He chases a monster into an underworld place that leads to unimaginable things.

The story is pretty straight forward.  It’s a mystery as to why or how Jacob is in the underworld.  It’s not clear why the monsters keep him alive even though they torture him within an inch of his life. I mentioned before that the detailed writing is amazing.  This story is told in first person with Jacob telling the story. As the story progresses, I feel like I’m in 1977 watching Barney Miller TV show with Beetlejuice characters thrown in for good measure.  This comparison is a good comparison because I loved both.

Jacob is self deprecating and although he doesn’t know even a smidge of what is going on, he has a brain and common sense to put pieces together.  I love this character and his support cast because of how well they were fleshed out…um…so to speak (some of the “zombies” were missing flesh – ha).  Jacob doesn’t learns quickly and he doesn’t frustrate me like some characters who just can’t get the drift.

I loved this book and I hope it will become a series.  I’d read this author again, for sure.

 

 

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Nell’s Book Hunt 3/3/19

 

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

  • I really love The Protectors series by Teresa Gabelman.  I know, it’s vampire romance that isn’t really deep, mind stretching literature, but it’s a guilty pleasure.  I figure everyone needs to veer from their normal genre into a little bit of easy reading.

TitleNicole
Author:  Teresa Gabelman
Series:  The Mate #1
Release date:  February 27, 2019
Description: Nicole Callahan, mate to fierce and brooding VC Warrior Damon DeMasters, has been trying to find her place in his world. Without a doubt, it’s been interesting, but she believes there’s a lot more she can offer the children she spent so much of her human life fighting for.

The Mate series delves into the kickass world of the Warriors’ mates and how united, they can make a difference—just like their badass Protectors. Follow along to see how these exceptional women’s newfound freedom affect those around them and which Warrior may or may not support their feisty independent mate’s new and exciting path.

 

  • This does not have to do with a new release.  I was excited to find a website that is dedicated to “geek” jewelry.  It’s amazing and it’s not junk jewelry.  This is high quality stuff associated with books like The Dresden Files or The Iron Druid Chronicles.  There is also Zombie related jewelry or Prince Dracul a/k/a Dracula – his signet ring.  It’s fun to look at, but remember, this is quality stuff so it has a price tag that might be a little more spendy than expected.  Oh, and check out the animal section.  There are some very beautiful pieces.  The website is called  Badali Jewelry.

    I’m delinquent on the Kris Michaels front.  She has released three books and they are all from the Kings of Guardian series.  I am a rotten, rotten supporting fan.  Seriously? Who doesn’t read a new release the minute it comes out?  I should be punished.  Yes, put me in a room, all alone, with nothing but a blanket, bathroom, recliner and those three books.  Yeah…that’ll teach me.

Title:  Drake
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Kings of Guardian #11
Release date: October 30, 2018
Description: Life wasn’t fair. Drake Simmons and his identical twin, Dixon, had had that lesson beaten into them early and well. Their past had so savaged their souls no amount of “confronting their demons” could heal them, but Drake’s twin refused to acknowledge that truth. For the first time in decades, Drake watched Dixon embark on a dangerous assignment without him. So, he did the only thing he could do; he prayed hard and pushed forward. While visiting with an old mentor, Drake’s past reintroduced itself in the shapely form of one hell of a distraction. Her name was Dr. Jillian Law, and it appeared people were intent on killing her.

Of all the people in the world her father could have asked to protect her, why did it have to be him? She’d known Drake, and of course Dixon—you didn’t get one without the other—through her teens and early twenties. For years, she’d painfully adored Drake with the raw passion a young woman could only feel for her first love. He’d never viewed her as anything other than a friend, and she’d hidden her feelings behind her thick glasses and shy behavior. Since then, she’d earned her Ph.D. and had invented a solar power source that provided almost limitless, cheap, energy— a device for which someone was willing to kill her. If circumstances were determined to throw them together again, the least she could do was make Drake see her as Dr. Jillian Law. She wasn’t “Silly Jilly” anymore. The girl was gone, forever, but the woman who remained had never forgotten Drake.

Though torn and distracted by the absence of his twin, Drake grows to realize this benign shadow from his past might be the key to his future—if he can keep her alive.

Title: Christmas with the Kings
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Kings of Guardian
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Description: You are cordially invited to a Christmas with the Kings. I hope you enjoy this heartfelt holiday novella honoring love and joy, hosted by the King Family.

This story—all tied up in shiny paper and wrapped with a satin bow—is an offering to all those readers who have fallen in love with the characters in Kings of Guardian and the Guardian Shadow World series and made them their own.

Please note: THERE IS NO BACKSTORY INCLUDED IN THIS NOVELLA.

This novella is not for you if you haven’t read the previous books in this series. You will not understand the characters or the dynamics. If you have not read all the Kings of Guardian and Guardian Shadow World series, please consider not buying this story.

For my readers who have followed me on this journey… I hope you enjoy a glimpse into the family life of my Guardians.

Title:  Dixon
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Kings of Guardian #12
Release date: February 26, 2019
Description:   Alone, isolated from the vast resources of Guardian, Dixon Simmons reentered a world that had left him impossibly damaged as a child. He stepped back into that evil by choice. To protect all he’d come to love, he was willing to pay whatever price was demanded—even if the price was his soul.

She went by many names. Her true identity was as dead as her heart. Until him. The man was every bit as lethal as she was and deliciously sexy. Dixon Simmons piqued her interest, and what started as lust turned into another “L” word. She gave a “forever after” with him no hope. They’d have to stay alive for that to happen.

Caught in a violent abyss of ultimate malevolence and ominous threats, two damned souls find in each other a redemptive love that defies reason. However, redemption comes at a high cost. They must first save the world from a merciless force known only as Stratus.

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Devils and Details by Devon Monk

On our second visit to Ordinary, Oregon, things heat up as the god powers are lost, people turn up dead, new players come to town, and more secrets are revealed.

Title: Devils and Details
Author: Devon Monk
Series: Ordinary Magic, Book 02
Publish Date: August 31st, 2016, by Odd House Press
Genre: Urban fantasy
Cover: Lou Harper, Cover Affairs
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionCaught between the devil and the deep blue sea…

Police Chief Delaney Reed is good at keeping secrets for the beach town of Ordinary Oregon–just ask the vacationing gods or supernatural creatures who live there.

But with the first annual Cake and Skate fundraiser coming up, the only secret Delaney really wants to know is how to stop the unseasonable rain storms. When all the god powers are stolen, a vampire is murdered, and her childhood crush turns out to be keeping deadly secrets of his own, rainy days are the least of her worries.

Hunting a murderer, outsmarting a know-it-all god, and uncovering an ancient vampire’s terrifying past isn’t how she planned to spend her summer. But then again, neither is falling back in love with the one man she should never trust.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested Ivana says…

As with the first book in this series, there were a couple of story points I didn’t care much for, but overall, I really enjoyed this visit to Ordinary, Oregon.

I mention in my review for Death and Relaxation that something happens at the end that I feel was too little reward for the sacrifice. Unfortunately, part of the plot of Devils and Details is built on this event, so I was constantly thinking about that while I was listening. There is also the fact that neither Delaney nor her sisters, who are supposed to be the experts at Ordinary guardianship,  recognize that a blatant violation of the agreement made between the gods and Ordinary would cause a problem. That bothered me, especially since the rule was made very clear to the reader. That aspect felt too forced in order to make the rest of the story work.

The last bit I didn’t care for was the introduction of a shadowy para-government agency. There is so much going on in Ordinary already that it didn’t feel necessary or fully developed. But perhaps more will come of that in future books.

Despite those story elements, the characters and quirks of Ordinary are fun and compelling, as is the mystery. Bertie and her manipulations, Crow and his cockiness, Odin and his stubbornness, Death and his wacky outfits, Old Rosi, and the werewolves are all wonderful characters that I love visiting. I care about these characters and the town, and that, for me, is what makes for a good story.

Other reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

…you might try the Scarlet Bernard series by Melissa F. Olson, the Madison Fox series by Rebecca Chastain, or the Nicki Styx series by Terri Garey.

Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk

NEW: Audiobook review added.

Small town politics, family legacies, lost loves, vacationing gods, mysterious deaths, and lots and lots of rhubarb. Be sure to check out this fun series by Devon Monk!

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

27828473Title:  Death and Relaxation
Author:  Devon Monk
Series: Ordinary Magic Book 01
Publish Date:  June 20, 2016, by Odd House Press
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Cover: Lou Harper, Cover Affairs
Genre:  Urban fantasy
Source: ebook provided by the author, audiobook purchased

Publisher’s Description: Police Chief Delaney Reed can handle the Valkyries, werewolves, gill-men and other paranormal creatures who call the small beach town of Ordinary, Oregon their home. It’s the vacationing gods who keep her up at night.

With the famous Rhubarb Festival right around the corner, small-town tensions, tempers, and godly tantrums are at an all-time high. The last thing Delaney needs is her ex-boyfriend reappearing just when she’s finally caught the attention of Ryder Bailey, the one man she should never love.

No, scratch that. The actual last thing she needs is a dead body washing ashore, especially since the dead body is a god.

Catching a murderer, wrestling a god power, and re-scheduling the apocalypse? Just another day on the job in Ordinary. Falling in love with her childhood friend while trying to keep the secrets of her town secret? That’s gonna take some work.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

Audiobook review, Jan 2019

I read this book back in June of 2016 but didn’t end up finishing the series at that time because … life, ya know? So I picked up the first three books in the series in audio so I could catch up.

The series is read by Khristine Hvam, who also narrates the Jane Yellowrock book. It took my brain a bit to adjust to that voice representing a different world, but not too long. Hvam is awesome and did a fantastic job.

I always find it interesting how the mood I’m in at the time really affects how a book sits with me. I remember when I read this book the first time, I was pretty tickled with it, but later couldn’t recall many details. This time around I listened to it (which I think involves processing the story very differently) and enjoyed it a lot, but was feeling more critical—not in the negative sense, but in the sense that I was paying more attention and evaluating with a deeper eye.

For example, there is something that happens near the end of the book that bugged me this time around because it felt like the sacrifice wasn’t worth the reward; there was a bit of foreshadowing that felt MacGuffin-ish or never fully explained; and the romance aspect was a bit too melodramatic for my taste at times.

However, I really enjoyed the mystery, the mythology, the characters, their relationships, and the world overall, so I still enjoyed it quite a lot. Plus there’s humor, which is a treasure at times. I had read some darker fantasy just prior to reading this series, and the lighter, more optimistic feel of this series was a wonderful change.

So I have to say that I’m still pretty tickled with this series, particularly in audio. It’s engaging and optimistic, and I’m invested in the characters. Ordinary, Oregon seems like a great place for a vacation. 4 stars.

Text review, June 2016

What drew me to this book: I’m a big fan of Devon Monk; I love her Allie Beckstrom and House Immortal series. So when I saw she had a new series coming out, I was pretty excited. Plus, the cover, designed by Lou Harper, is lovely.

Why I kept reading: Death and Relaxation is a lighter series than I’m used to from Monk, but I really liked it. It’s a murder mystery, a light urban fantasy, and a bit of paranormal romance all in one book.

The small town of Ordinary is home to many things—the Reed family, the Rhubarb festival, and every type of supernatural creature and divine immortal imaginable. The Police Chief, Delany Reed, gets to deal with it all, including vacationing gods, old boyfriends, the death of a god, and the rehousing of the god’s power. Oh, and judging the Rhubarb festival—and she doesn’t even like rhubarb.

At one point, I thought I had the romance part of this book figured out; but I was totally wrong. At least, so far. I never did have the murder figured out. I like that! The end of the book hints that there are much bigger things in store for Ordinary. With so much going on in this small town, I have no doubt there will be more good things to come.

Why I recommend it: Monk’s new book is great entertainment. It gives you a little taste of several genres and the mystery is unpredictable. The town and characters are interesting and quirky, as you might expect from a small town. The ending is satisfying and yet hints that things are about to get serious. I’m really looking forward to the next book.

If you like this book…

…you might try the Scarlet Bernard series by Melissa F. Olson, the Madison Fox series by Rebecca Chastain, or the Nicki Styx series by Terri Garey.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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