Monday, September 29, 2014

The Victorian Era - Beauty and the Beast Style

Author: Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Piatkus
SeriesDarkest London #1
Release Date: 29 September 2014
Source: Publisher

Once the flames are ignited . . . 

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . .

Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

Review: Firelight - Kristen Callihan

I did not know what hit me. But there is no doubt that Callihan has bowled me over with this Beauty and Beast-esque tale. It's been a while since I have come across a paranormal romance that is well, incredible.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mixology: The Banned Books Edition

Mixology: The Art of Pairing Mocktails + Banned Books

Confession: When I see a book added to a banned book list, I feel this irresistible urge to add it to my TBR. What can I say, I'm a rebel. ;)

To celebrate banned books week this year I've picked out 6 banned books that I simply must read. Also a bonus, I've paired them with mocktails because nothing enhances my reading experience better than a lovely beverage. Well, except chocolates. Cheesecake. And Pizza. Oh well, you get the idea.

Enjoy the pairings!

o1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Sherman Alexie

“I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it. Yes, kiss it. That's right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that's kind of perverted or maybe it's just romantic and highly intelligent.” 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fighting Blogger's Guilt

Last month I spoke about my experience as a part time blogger
Julianne, my guest reviewer and blogger at Jules Bookshelf is here today to make some confessions of her own. This Daemon Black fangirl is also started college this year so finding the balance between life and blogging is sometimes quite a struggle. So here we go...




Friday, September 12, 2014

Warriors, Druids and the Iron Age

Author: Angus Watson
Release Date: September 9th 2014 
Source: Publisher

Bloodthirsty druids and battle-hardened Iron Age warriors collide in the biggest epic fantasy debut release of 2014.


Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. 

First, Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who's vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. 

Now Dug's on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join ­- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one rescued child and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that's going to get them all killed . . .

It's a glorious day to die.

Review: Age of Iron - Angus Watson

Shockingly, I've come across very few books that are set in Britain during the Iron Age. Watson's Age of Iron paved the way for my debut into this sub-genre and I can safely say that it was a delightful experience.

What little is known about this time period is mostly learnt from the POV of Julius Casear. Watson makes a bold move by creating an epic story that is based on the could-have-beens of this era. And the touch of fantasy? Brilliant.

One of the novel's strongest points is the characters. The story begins with Dug, part seasoned warrior and part world weary mercenary who is hoping for a comfortable life in Zadar's army. Lowa, a female archer in Zadar's army is a force to be reckoned with. And then we have Spring, a mysterious, young girl who is on the run-she was an intriguing characters who was wise beyond her years.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Are you fearless?

I fear many things.

Heights. Enclosed spaces. Failure. Rejection. A world devoid of books and gummy bears. A zombie filled apocalypse. Running out of time. Becoming invisible.

Fear has been a constant companion throughout my life. A gut wrenching, stomach churning unseen force that makes my mind race with questions. A voice that plagues me with what-if's.

Terri Cole spoke about this 'Mind Mafia' over at Tiny Buddha and she has gotten me thinking about this concept of living fearlessly. I dove into the post with a healthy dose of skepticism because the idea of being fearless has always seemed idealistic. 

Is being fearless even possible?