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Fantasy Early Review: The House of Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory

The House of Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory (One Dozen Daughters #1)

Egalley thanks to Tor Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Valdemar series and romantic fantasies like Beauty and the Werewolf and The Fairy Godmother. James Mallory and Lackey have collaborated on six novels. Now, these New York Times and USA Today bestselling collaborators bring romance to the fore with The House of Four Winds.

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes.

Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain.

Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own—but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won’t give him up without a fight.

Full of swashbuckling adventure, buoyant magic, and irrepressible charm, The House of the Four Winds is a lighthearted fantasy romp by a pair of bestselling writers.

Release date: August 5th 2014.
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US| The Book Depository | Fishpond


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Alright, folks. Truth be told, this is my first Mercedes Lackey book, and while it was utterly charming it was too middle-grade for me.

Urban Fantasy Early Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #7)

Egalley thanks to Ace

Synopsis from Goodreads
No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

Release date: July 29th 2014.
 Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository | Fishpond


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*very slight spoilers*
This is why I love Ilona and Gordon Andrews! For their explosive, mind-blowing, action-driven, charismatic books. Their Kate Daniels series for me personally is like a Holy Grail of urban fantasy, and yes, Anne Bishop came close to it this year, but Kate and Curran have something Simon and Meg don't have yet – lots and lots of mutual history.

Anyway, let's put my ramblings into a more coherent review.

The Postman Knock #89

My reading record is abysmal this week, ladies and gents, so I'm not even mentioning it. We had my cousin coming to visit, and I'm manic with harvesting and canning our veg, so I had no strength to finish any book :)

I've downloaded one freebie from Amazon though

In other NEWS:

Susan Illene, my author friend, revealed  the cover for her upcoming urban fantasy, Darkness Clashes, at Bitten by Books (there is an international giveaway for $50 Amazon card if you want to enter!), and I'm chuffed to bits. I gave feedback to the photoshoot she had for this cover a couple of months ago, and she happened to choose the shot I loved the most, so yay! Can't wait for this book :)

Also, 50 Shades of Grey trailer? Holy sh*t! I have a feeling the movie will be so much more interesting than the books :)

This is it for me, peeps, have a nice weekend and I'll get back to commenting and being active online in couple of weeks, I promise.

Here is a pic courtesy of my cousin wonderful camera of me and Al... She has talent, that girl! I loved it.

Mystery Thriller Early Review: Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland

Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland (Scotland Yard #2)

Copy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Doyle is assisting Acton in investigating a turf war between the Russian mafia and a Sinn Fein splinter group, with the warring sides in a fight to the death over who will control a money-laundering operation at the local race course. The London CID is racking up a body count and Doyle can dredge up little sympathy for the victims—that is, until she notices there is very little forensic evidence at any of the scenes.

In the second book of the Murder series, Doyle and Acton find themselves trying to outwit enemies foreign and domestic as they work to untangle the reason that the underworld war has spun out of control.

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


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 If you remember my review of Murder in Thrall last year, you know that I rated that book one of my best reads of 2013.

Acton and Doyle despite their vague resemblance to Sherlock and Watson are one of the sexiest, most dysfunctional and scariest couple there is in fiction, and that sh*t is only gonna get darker in Murder in Retribution, ladies and gents.

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