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The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

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

Gilded kingTitle: The Gilded King
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Series: Book 01 of the Sovereign Series
Publish Date: Expected Publication June25, 2018
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Source: Provided by Author

Publisher’s DescriptionIn the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.


Luna Lovebooks says… Luna_Lovebooks_100

‘Of course. You want to hear the fairytale, don’t you?’

Ms. Jaffrey quickly became one of my favorite authors when I read her Solis Invicti Series. I, of course, jumped at the chance when she asked me if I would be interested in reading the first book in a new series set in the same world, where the events of the Solis Invicti are mere legends and fairy tales. Hey, all fairy tales have a seed of truth right?

Two stories are brilliantly melded into one without shortchanging the other. We read of Julia in the Blue. A world of humans ruled by Nobility in the last city on Earth. Julia is well written in her struggle to keep with the status quo but also her wonder at what really lies beyond the walls of the Blue. This internal battle continues even after she is assigned to be an Attendant for a young Silver named Lucas, who also questions their world.

But we also get to catch up with an old acquaintance, Cam, in the Red – a wasteland filled with death (or so the humans of the Blue believe). Cam searches for Emmy and it is through this search that we learn about the events that happened in between the two series. We also learn that the Red really is a dangerous place as the monsters of the previous series have grown in numbers – but for a horrifying reason.

This tale is told through Julia and Cam’s alternating point of views and when the Red starts to bleed into the Blue and world collide, it is explosive. We get both Cam and Julia’s emotions and insecurities and hopes and maybe even budding romances.

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Characters and world are both well written. The only issue I had is that while these are two separate stories, I feel like you really should read the Solis Invicti series before this one. It is not necessary, but I feel like you will get more out of the secondary characters if you have their background and the history behind the fairy tale. Overall I enjoyed this promising new start but I didn’t devour it the way I did the prequel series. I give it 4 silver studs.

Other recommendations…

Solis Invicti Series by Josie Jaffrey, The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Secret Keepers Series by Jaymin Eve

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

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Excerpt From Gilded King By Josie Jaffrey

Luna_Lovebooks_100It is no secret that Josie Jaffrey quickly became one of my favorite authors. I love her vampire novels! So when she asked me to review the first book to her new YA series I jumped at the chance. I am also excited that I get to share a snippet of that with you today! Read on my fellow bookworms and stay tuned for my review!The Gilded King promo slide(1)

At the very furthest point of the temple, at the end of the double row of pillars that processed towards it, there was a pedestal mounted on a stepped dais. A figure was laid out on top of it. For a moment, Julia froze, thinking it was a real person lying there, slumbering in the temple, but something didn’t fit.

 

The figure wasn’t breathing. It wasn’t moving at all.

‘Come on,’ Lucas said, leading her down the aisle towards it.

‘Is it a statue?’ she asked.

‘A tomb, really.’

As they walked, he snuffed out the lamps that lined the walls, until finally the only illumination came from the rounded alcove into which the dais rose. It was a bright island in the centre of the darkness, and in the middle of it the statue shone: a man, wearing fine clothing in an unfamiliar style, with a blanket of stone covering his body. His exposed skin was tinged with a sheen of gold that glowed like the walls of the temple.

‘He looks so real,’ she said, reaching out to touch the golden curls that crowned his head. They were slick under her fingers, so intricate they might have been moulded from a real person.

‘They say he was.’

‘You mean this is his coffin?’ The pedestal certainly looked like a tomb. It was wide and deep enough to accommodate a body.

‘No,’ Lucas said, ‘I mean that this is him, that this statue was once alive.’

Julia’s hand had been tracing the lines of the face, but now she snatched it away. ‘You’re not serious.’

‘I am.’

‘This is why you brought me here,’ she said.

‘Of course. You want to hear the fairytale, don’t you?’

 

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Dark Lands: War of the Sentinels by Lyn Kelly

The cliffhanger strikes again! The next installment of the Dark Lands series is a fast pace read that leaves you wanting more.

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

DArk landsTitle: Dark Lands: War of the Sentinels
Author: Lyn I. Kelly
Series: Dark Lands Series 03
Publish Date: September 19, 2017
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Source: Provided by Author

Publisher’s Description:Welcome to the Dark Lands…again. In one explosive instant Sundown Thompson has found herself lost in the Dark Lands past, a world with which she is both familiar and estranged. The Willkeeper has no record of her. The Glorian Council does not recognize her. And the names Webb, Raven, Caleb, and Just Jake mean nothing to those around her. In the third book of Lyn I. Kelly’s Dark Lands series Sundown must tenuously navigate between a future she knows all too well and a past not prepared for what is coming. All the while an unrestrained evil known as Hekla, born during the living world’s creation, marches across the centuries intent on entering the Dark Lands and claiming what he perceives as his birthright. With horrors from Sundown’s future finding their way across time, she and her new allies, some familiar, some new, must stop these nightmarish intercessions before the past and future collide and the Dark Lands is irreparably marred.


Luna Lovebooks says…

I really enjoyed the third installment for the Dark Lands series. I think it may be my favorite yet! I really enjoyed getting to look into Glorian’s past. Once again the story is well written and action packed. Kelly does a great job of tying in the previous installments without giving too much away.

Sundown gets her turn to shine in this novel and we learn more about her power over time and the consequences it has for Glorian and the Dark Lands. My favorite new badge4v5character is Lucien although it is a tragic meeting. I also love how we learn about some of the quirks that characters from previous novels have. We are talking impetuous here people! There were times that the time loop – space time continuum thing can be a bit confusing if you think about it too much, but it doesn’t distract from the story.

Overall this is my favorite so far out of the Dark Lands series. It is well written with plenty of action and twists. Of course there has to be another cliff hanger ending that makes you want to know what is going to happen next and the fate that awaits the characters. I can’t wait to see what the next installment has in store for Webb and the residents of the Dark Lands! I give it four time rifts.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

Check out these other books taking place in alternate realities: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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

En by Michelle Reynoso

He is real, He has my brother (somewhere), Enlitra is in jeopardy, and I’m the only one it seems who can solve all those things.”

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

ENTitle: En
Author: Michelle Reynoso
Series: Proposed Book One of The Girl, The Pendant, and the Portal Series
Publish Date: February 21, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Provided by author

Publisher’s DescriptionHigh School senior Faith McDaniels is struggling to find a place to belong. She never knew her father. She lost her mother to cancer three months ago. Now Faith is starting a new life with her brother Eddie in the small town of Madison, but this ‘fresh start’ is more than just a move to a new town and a new high school, it’s the beginning of a series of strange events that puts her on the precipice of discovering that pendants and portals, other worlds, and energy-bending are not just ideas from a fantasy story. It is her life. A life that is about to get even more complicated when Faith discovers her own extraordinary abilities to bend and manipulate energy, a power that can be the bridge, or the barrier, to saving the world of Enlitra and her own world.

But nothing is easy or straightforward in Faith’s life, as she soon discovers her abilities are the same as the fiend who is trying to destroy both worlds. Now Faith must decide how to protect the people she loves without becoming the dark entity herself.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna Lovebooks says…Luna_Lovebooks_100

I first met Michelle through NANOWRIMO (if you are a writer and don’t know about national novel writing month you should check it out at nanowrimo.org. It is a great program for professionals and amateurs alike.) and when she finished this novel I asked if she needed reviews. En is a delightful, imaginative tale and I am so glad I asked if I could review it for her and share with all of you.

I will admit that it took me longer than it should have to read this, not because the novel didn’t interest me, but because fae life – like human life – is hectic! When I was able to pick it up I found myself flying through the chapters wanting to find out what happens next. The plot is fairly easy to follow. There are a few instances of jumping from our world to that of Enlitra, but they are not confusing jumps and if they are it is because  Faith herself is confused. This new world is truly imaginative as it is made up of energy and impossible feats can be done.

While I understand Faith’s attitude in the novel, I found it quite irksome. Her brother was just trying to look out for her but she did act as many teenagers would after a parent has passed and being transferred to a new school. I don’t know if I should admit this but I found myself rooting for Tomas instead of Paul. Yes, Tomas was a jerk to Faith in the beginning, but he apologizes and helps Faith several times. Paul just comes off as a jealous jerk at times.

This novel is a great start to a new series and I hope it takes off. I found a few minor errors that more than likely will be fixed for the final (i.e. Faith tries to change an acorn badge4v5into an apple and later when she recalls doing it the acorn has turned into a branch). I can’t wait to find the final copy and read it, and I look forward to the rest of the series as well.

 

Other recommendations…

Check out these other novels where teens travel to other worlds through one way or another:

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Shattered Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima, Sea of Ink and Gold Series by Traci Chee

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

Those Which Remain by Angela V. Cook

Once again, I plunge into the world of a teenage succubus!

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

Title: Those Which Remain
Author: Angela V. Cook
Series: Pieces Duology, #2
Publish Date: January 28, 2018
Genre: YA fantasy romance
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionIn Into a Million Pieces, seventeen-year-old Allison solved her sister’s murder, barely escaping an attempt on her own life. Now, with the past behind her, Allison is finally getting a taste of teenage normalcy—going to school, hanging out with her best friend, and sharing it all with her loving boyfriend, Ren. Life is good.

But it doesn’t stay that way. It never does for a succubus.

When Allison’s nature draws in a predator, shattering her sense of trust and safety, she realizes the succubus curse is behind all the darkness and heartache in her life. Determined to end it, she tracks down a distant relative with knowledge about the curse. But more questions are raised than answered when Allison meets the mysterious and wealthy Leona Doriano. Suddenly thrust into a dangerous world of money, power, and deadly secrets, Allison must find a way to break the curse—a curse not everyone wants broken—before she’s drawn in too deep.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Percy Procrastinator says…

The author’s previous book, Into a Million Pieces, is a captivating book about the life of Allison and Jade, two teenage twins who are succubi. Ms. Cook really made me care about Allison and Jade, even through their teenage angst, something I don’t usually like. I also enjoyed the mythology of the succubi and wanted to know more. So I was ecstatic when the author emailed me the next book.

Jade’s move to her other family has not been easy. She’s dealing with her teenage angst of fitting into a new school, making new friends, and having a long distance relationship. On top of that, while she loves this new family, including an aunt and grandma, she worries that one of her many secrets will come out and they won’t want her anymore.

Things go well until the holiday and the grandma’s favorite child comes back from college for the break. In a chilling scene, Allison’s dark nature comes out, and the uncle is drunk. Afterward, he threatens to reveal a secret if she doesn’t keep quiet.

That pushes Allison to search for answers about her family’s curse and how it happened. And does she find answers! Answers to questions she didn’t even know she had! The curse has taken her family into even darker parts of human society, and they are pulling Allison into it the longer she stays with them.

The story captivated me and kept me reading until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures with Allison. I desperately want to give this book a five, but here is why I can’t. The story ends Allison’s journey. I’m sure Ms. Cook could find a way to keep going with her story but I worry it would feel forced. I want to know more! More about the supernatural world, what other supernaturals could be out there, and most important, see what Allison does with the curse and with her knowledge when she is older. I think that could be a great series. As it is, I give the book a high four (which the site editor is rounding to five). If you enjoyed the first book, this cannot disappoint.

Our reviews in this series…

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

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