LEAVES OF FIRE (THE NEWIRTH MYTHOLOGY #2) BY MICHAEL B. KOEP

Leaves of Fire (The Newirth Mythology #2)

Imagine paintings that hold the secrets to the meaning of life and death—or scribbled words that can alter the past and reshape the present. We know art imitates life but in Michael B. Koep’s thriller fiction trilogy, the author brings the arts to life in an action-packed tale spanning seven centuries.
In the spring of 1338, young William of Leaves knows only of remedies, herbs and his mother’s kindness. When he is forced to watch as she is dragged to a witch’s pyre by a mob led by the Bishop of London, the mysterious immortal apothecary, Albion Ravistelle, promises the boy a chance at vengeance.

In present day, psychologist Loche Newith and Julia Iris must come to terms with Loche’s prophetic writings that have changed the course of history and shaped the lives of William, Helen, and countless others. As a war breaks out between the immortals on earth and Albion Ravistelle, Loche must accept the realities he has authored and cross over into death—he must enter again into Basil Fenn’s paintings to find a way to end the conflict.

In Part Two of The Newirth Mythology, Leaves of Fire, Koep entwines these lives and lifetimes as he explores myth, memory, revenge and the hope of forgiveness.

The Invasion of Heaven, the first in this series told the story of the Painter and the Poet. This second book is about the Healer.

An author whose writings are prophetic and change the course of history. The first one was a bit of a slide into madness, which isn’t always bad as we see in this book.

A battle between Gods and the ones who are tasked with keeping them where they are.

I’m really torn with writing a lot about this book because I loved the way I fell into it and got sucked down the rabbit hole along with the Poet and the Painter.

Almost like Stephen King meets Dan Brown!  But fresh, original and just when I was getting a little tired of the same old reads Mr. Koep comes along and blows me away.

You don’t have to read book one first, but I would anyway.

Great job!

Silence Fallen: A Mercy Thompson Novel by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen (A Mercy Thompson Novel) by [Briggs, Patricia]

In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…
Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

Oh my we wait so long for a new Mercy Thompson book! The last couple were a bit dark, but this one is more Mercy and Adam. Yes, she gets kidnapped, again. But this bad ass girl can protect her pack and get the job done.

Told from Mercy and Adams point of view, it is easy to read and always fun. Mercy is both fun and a bit snarky and I love that about her. Some of our old friends are back and some new ones come in.

Though a bit of a complicated plot, it ties up nicely and now we sit and wait for Ms. Briggs to give us our next Mercy adventure!

If you haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series, well why not?  I would suggest that you start with the first one though so you know who is who.

I would have had this review done earlier but as soon as I got the book OU Boy snatched it out of my hand and ran to the bedroom with it. I think he may have snarled at me a few times! So yes, guys or gals, this series is delicious!

The Turn By Kim Harrison

 

The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death by [Harrison, Kim]

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turn, the official prequel to the series that will introduce you to a whole new side of Rachel Morgan’s world as they’ve never seen it before!

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague-torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, and Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

In this  prequel to The Hollows Series, we get to see  Trent’s parents and how they met and what went down between them and the rest of the world. Rachel isn’t born yet and as much of an ass as Trent is, his daddy is way worse!

I loved this book. But then I haven’t missed any of Kim’s books. Especially the Hollow series. It was great to see how the characters we now either love or hate got to be the way they are. And now I get the tomato thing!

I really don’t want to give anything away here. Especially because my fellow readers over here aren’t quite done with the book.

Yes, I loved it and yes, I would buy it again. Can we just talk about how beautiful the cover is? Thank you Ms. Harrison for this peek into the past!

Listen (Earthen Witch #3) by Sarah Doughty

Listen by Sarah  Doughty
Listen, an Earthen Witch Book #3, continues the story of Aisling Green, who not long ago discovered that she is an Earthen Witch. As she discovers what this means and comes to grips with what she is capable of the Bad people just keep coming.What do they want? Why her powers of course! Not that even she is aware of just how powerful she is.
In Book 3, Liam and Jon have gone missing and Aisling and friends are determined to find them. But battling an unseen evil isn’t that easy and just surviving seems doubtful.Along their peril filled journey, they find unexpected enemies and allies. But fighting Renata will not be an easy task, nor will rescuing her friends. Will they go to war to survive?

Sarah has a gift for writing. Where some authors use an excess of descriptive words, Sarah is able to perfectly convey not only the people and places, but feelings.

I know that there are a lot of fans of the Earthen Witch Series and I’m not spoiling anything for you here. If you haven’t read the first two, please do. You won’t be disappointed!

Sarah has a blog Heartstring Eulogies at   thesarahdoughty.wordpress.com  where she writes amazing poetry and shares her life with us.

You can find Sarah’s other works on Goodreads or here  https://goo.gl/aeLCMm

Penguin Random House Fall Debut Fiction 2016

I was really excited to see this! Debut Fiction is always fun. And this list is really good.

There are 9 different titles with a couple of chapters each to peek at.

And the winners are…..

  1. The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel by Katherine Arden (Jan.2017)
  2. The Mothers: A Novel by Brit Bennett  (Oct. 2016)
  3. Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black (Sept. 2016)
  4. The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart (Oct. 2016)
  5. The Nix: A Novel by Nathan Hill  (2016)
  6. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies  (Sept. 2016)
  7. Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo Mbue (2016)
  8. The Mortifications: A Novel by Derek Palacio ( Oct. 2016)
  9. First Light by Bill Rancic (Nov. 2016)

I am definitely adding The Bear and the Nightingale, The Mothers,The Education of Dixie Dupree, Behold the Dreamers and First Light to my TBR list!

Thank you to Penguin Random House!

The Witch’s List by Andrew Cairnes

Sandy Beech doesn’t believe in witches and the supernatural. However, certain strange events occur which put his skepticism to the test: a burning book, a falling crucifix, a mysterious illness, and a fire in a convent which kills all twelve nuns. On her death bed, Bernadette, the last surviving nun, warns him to control his lusts and avoid African women. Sandy finds this difficult, since he is attracted to exotic, dark-skinned women and after his hedonistic university exchange year in Paris, marries Rocky from the Ivory Coast. Five years later, childless and with the marriage souring, they decide to visit Rocky’s home country. Sandy is drawn into a world of strange beliefs and practices: he finds out about the Witch’s List – a list of people destined to die, and is attacked by various animals starting with a ferocious dog in Abidjan. He delves further and further into the realm of African witchcraft, but the horrific truth remains obscure… The Witch’s List is the first of a trilogy.
The description of the book and the cover hooked me when I was asked to read and review this book.
“Once you’re on the Witch’s List, you are as good as dead.” That was the best hook for me!

Sandy is living and going to school as a normal Scottish lad. Not so popular, but good at hiding from the bullies. This is where he discovers an old book about witches and black magic. He and his friend are really more interested in the sexy pictures but one day decide to test the book against the Bible. When the book catches fire, Sandy is not quite sure what to think.

As he goes off to school in France, he falls hard for a beautiful African girl. Even though he has been warned by the nun, Bernadette and others to stay far away from African women, he just can’t. He falls in love and marries what he thinks is the love of his life.

Until a trip back to the Ivory Coast to visit her relatives. From here things took a strange turn and I am really glad to hear this is a trilogy as I had a lot more questions!

One of the things I liked best about Mr. Cairn’s writing was the use of the every day Scottish language. Sandy and his friends talk exactly the way they would in their part of the world and I enjoyed that.

What a really good book for us history buffs too. We wait impatiently for the next one!

 

About the Author:

Andrew Cairns wrote “The Witch’s List” in 2014-2015 – about fifteen years after a memorable one-month visit to the Ivory Coast in 1999. The book is inspired by some of the experiences and stories which he heard out there, and also by his experiences of growing up in Scotland and moving to France where he has lived/worked most of his adult life.
Keep up to date with information/events on “The Witch’s List” and the next two books in the trilogy, by following his blog/facebook page:
https://thewitchslist.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/thewitchslist

Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning

 

Feverborn (Fever, #8)

Feverborn is the eighth book in The Fever Novels by New York Times Bestselling author Karen Marie Moning. She is also the author of the Highlander Series. Feverborn was released in January of 2016 by Delacorte Press/Random House LLc.

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect after Burned but I am glad that I kept with the series, and that’s what it is ..a Series, installments on an epic story. When you know that then you are aware that the end is never The End. Where one story leaves off, another one begins.

In Feverborn Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Dani/Jada are all back, this time with Mac leading the story. This is the eighth book in the series and although you don’t have to read them all in order, I can’t imagine not doing it! But for those new to the series Ms. Moning has added an entire section in the back of the book explaining who is who and what is what.

When the walls between the Fae and Man fell, Dublin and the entire planet were up for grabs. You have your good fae, and your bad fae, along with your good humans and your bad humans. Only certain people can actually see the Fae and Mackayla Lane is one of those few.

The only way to put the walls back up and save the earth is to find the long lost Song of Making. The beginning of all Life. Unfortunately no one knows where it is but they are willing to bet Mac knows something and it seems that everyone wants her dead or wants to use her as a tool to get what they want. Thank goodness for Barrons,who always has her back as well as her heart.

We learn a lot more about the Dani/Jada story in Feverborn. No one or no thing is what it seems to be in this series. The Keltar are at odds with the Nine immortals concerning some unfinished business from the cliffs. The Immortals that “died” are getting back to their lives, but someone is controlling things and putting Mac, Jada/Dani, and all of the immortals in danger.

As fights are fought and wars waged, Mac and Jada will have to face their worst fears. Themselves