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The Postman Knock #109

Hey, peeps!
It seems like I haven't been able to read much this week again, mostly finished old reads, but one book I read was pretty glorious. How about you?


TRANSMUTED unfortunately was not a very good ending of the series for me, and I complained about it in my review on Friday.CHASING CHRISTMAS PAST was short and bittersweet. BITING NIXIE was a very funny tongue-in-cheek paranormal romance, and I very much enjoyed it.I'll continue with this series for sure! TRADE ME was amazing! One of the best books I've read this year. Also, it's Courtney Milan. Need I say more? At last, YESTERDAY'S GONE was a freebie from Audible UK, and reminded me of The Stand by Stephen King it was so chilling.

I also watched Dracula Untold and Belle.

While first one was absolutely dreadful just like I, Frankenstein, Belle was wonderful. Really sweet, beautiful period drama.


Thanks to Penny Reid, Netgalley publishers and April White!


I'm in the mountains today on a trip with our friends. Hopefully pics will come soon!
Have a fab week you all!

Steampunk Fantasy Early Review: Transmuted by Karina Cooper

Transmuted by Karina Cooper (The St. Croix Chronicles #6)

Egalley thanks to Carina Press

Synopsis from Netgalley
In this final installment of Cherry St. Croix's adventures, only one thing could compel the disgraced countess to return to Society—the threat of immortality.
All is not peaceful in the wake of the Midnight Menagerie's ruin. Although the Karakash Veil has been forced to flee its stronghold, the mysterious head of the criminal organization is not content to fade away.
Above the foggy drift, a priceless diamond vanishes. In the dangerous Underground, a murderous rampage demands retribution. The hunt for the mastermind behind these misdeeds sends me back to Society—and into the unforgiving embrace of the world I'd left behind.
Nothing is what it seems. Enemies, allies—and a man who struggles with a nature even devotion cannot tame. Torn between the scars of the past and fragile new beginnings, I must create balance in the world I have chosen—and with the people I have come to love. The game has changed; should the Veil achieve the immortality it craves, I will have nowhere left to run.

Release date: January 26th 2015.

Amazon kindle US/UK


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 Right. Let me explain the low rating first.

I've been a staunch supporter of this series from the very beginning. A flawed heroine, a steampunk setting, a dual life full of secrets and hidden identities, an obsession with a forbidden savage leading Karakash Veil's Menagerie. What's not to love?

Historical Fantasy Review: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (Glamourist Histories #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Shades of Milk and Honey is an intimate portrait of Jane Ellsworth, a woman ahead of her time in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality. But despite the prevalence of magic in everyday life, other aspects of Dorchester’s society are not that different: Jane and her sister Melody’s lives still revolve around vying for the attentions of eligible men.

Jane resists this fate, and rightly so: while her skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face, and therefore wins the lion’s share of the attention. At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, Jane has resigned herself to being invisible forever. But when her family’s honor is threatened, she finds that she must push her skills to the limit in order to set things right--and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

This debut novel from an award-winning talent scratches a literary itch you never knew you had. Like wandering onto a secret picnic attended by Pride and Prejudice and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Shades of Milk and Honey is precisely the sort of tale we would expect from Jane Austen…if only she had been a fantasy writer.

 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository


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Shades of Milk and Honey is absolutely lovely.  I picked this book up sometime in 2013, and only started reading it this December, which I declared ARC-free.

This is a tranquil, delicate and very beautiful read which I named one of my best reads of 2014. It's quietly charming, unhurried, and if you are a fan of Jane Austin, you are guaranteed to love it.

Release Day Fantasy Book Review: Ward Against Disaster by Melanie Card

Ward Against Disaster by Melanie Card (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #3)

Egalley thanks to Entangled Teen

Synopsis from Goodreads
Ward de'Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman's gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead.

Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic.

When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic…blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever.

Amazon kindle US/UK


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First of all, Entangled Teen imprint and the covers that increasingly feature Celia in a dress do this series an injustice, peeps. I think everyone automatically assumes that this is a paranormal romance and skips the books altogether. Well, I urge you NOT to do that because I've been with this author from the very beginning, and Melanie Card writes excellent fantasy!

So, if you are a fan of Sarah J. Maas, Maria V. Snyder and Kristin Cashore, read it.

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