Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient) by S.M. Beiko * RELEASE DAY*

Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1)

As the winter ice begins to thaw, the fury of a demon builds — all because one girl couldn’t stay dead . . .

Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student — dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) — but she’s uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness mysterious ancient power . . . and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox.

American Gods meets Princess Mononoke in this powerful first installment of a trilogy sure to capture readers’ imaginations everywhere.

Roan is one of the most relatable characters I’ve seen in the YA world.

The author has built an entire world that we humans can’t see, but is full of magic,symbolism, and ancient powers and struggles. And Roan has a big role to play in this parallel world.

The characters developed very well during the story and I was glad to see this teenaged girl without some romance involved, fighting her own battles.

I think this is what good YA Fiction/Fantasy is all about!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ECWPress  Release is October 17, 2017

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A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne (Book One of the Seven Kennings)

A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings, #1)

In the start of an enchanting new series, the New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles creates an unforgettable fantasy world . . . one that is forever changed when an army of giants invades. The kingdom’s only hope? The discovery of a form of magic that will call the world’s wondrous beasts to fight by the side of humankind.

As a fan of the Iron Druid Chronicles, I had high hopes for this new series by Hearne.

The writing is fantastical and intricate. There were so many different characters and places and all of them had their own language, gifts and then there were the giants.

It was a lot of work to try to remember everyone and who was who. I have to say that this is one series I think I’ll pass on. Even my husband who is a huge fan, couldn’t get past the first chapter.

If you are a fan of Hearne, definitely give it a read! It may be just your cup of tea!

Netgalley/Del Ray   Release October 17

PECAN PIES AND HOMICIDES * A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery* by Ellery Adams

Pecan Pies and Homicides (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery, #3)

Her Charmed Pie Shoppe is open for business, but baker Ella Mae LeFaye is about to discover solving a murder is not as easy as pie… 

Owning the Charmed Pie Shoppe and serving enchanted treats in the magical town of Havenwood, Georgia, seemed like a little slice of heaven for Ella Mae LeFaye. But now her hopes for both a lasting romance with Hugh Dylan and business success are starting to seem like pie in the sky, and Ella’s left wondering: Where has the magic gone?

When an enchanted grove is set ablaze, Ella realizes she has more grave problems. With her magic waning, she’s going to have to sleuth from scratch to stop an arsonist who has no respect for sacred ground—or human life…

This was one of the books in the Meet Cozy Author Ellery Adams post I did. I started with this one because…well I’m from Georgia and I love pecans! And magic!

The town is charming. The characters are so real. This is a town I want to live in! And eat in!

Since her mother gave her all for the grove and her people, Ella and the entire town seem to have a case of the doldrums. And with the winter festival coming, they need to snap out of it. While Ella cooks up dozens of pies with an extra dollop of magic, someone in town is cooking up trouble. Murder trouble.

The food descriptions alone are drool worthy! And yes, there are recipes in the back. Meat pies? Uh, yes, I’m there! Red Hot Apple Pie? That’s mine too. I can’t wait to catch up on the ones in this series that I’ve missed. This is definitely a big Yes for me!

Favorite quote:

“When a friend or a family member is solicitous, it feels good. But when a person you don’t know from Adam cares about your welfare, there’s something special about that. It strengthens your faith in your fellow man, makes you believe there is goodness everywhere, just waiting to show itself”.

Well Done!  (Berkley Crime)

Strange Practice: A Greta Helsing Novel by Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing, #1)

Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family’s specialty for generations.

Greta Helsing inherited the family’s highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. In her consulting rooms, Dr. Helsing treats the undead for a host of ills – vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is just the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta’s been groomed for since childhood.

Until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.

As the first in this new urban fantasy genre featuring Dr. Greta Helsing, this was quite unlike any I had read before. Yes, the Helsing is from the Van Helsing, but instead of hunting down vampires and sending them to the great beyond, Greta is a physician to the undead. Vampires, Vampyres ( yes there is a difference), ghouls, banshees, demons, mummies,werewolves, you name it and she probably treats it.

The core group of  undead in the book are a colorful and mostly likeable group. When one of their own is attacked and is unable to heal himself, Greta is called in. He has been stabbed with an odd cross-shaped blade containing some type of poison.

There are  a few things going on here at the same time. A killer is loose in London, leaving bodies with cheap rosaries in their mouths. What do these murders have to do with the rogue group of monks murdering undead and human? And what kind of power do these so-called monks have with their weird glowing eyes and murderous ways?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all of the characters. Greta was a bit of a hard one to read in the beginning but by the middle I was enjoying each and every one of them. I mean who knew there were little ghoulettes? Baby ghouls! And making functioning limbs for mummies. There was a lot of fun reading going on with this one and having read the tease for the next one, I will be reading it too!

Well done Ms. Shaw!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Books Just Keep On Coming!

The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross (The Curious Affair Of, #2)  A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings, #1) Little Secrets

The Slave-Trader's Letter-Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and Other Tales of the African Slave Trade Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing, #1)

Just a few of the books I’m reading now and the ones TBR. I am actually reading 2 books from 2 different genres so I’m not getting mixed up on who is who! So far the Strange Practice is quite good! This new series from Kevin Hearne is a slow starter but we’ll see how it goes!

What has everyone else got on the TBR shelf that I need to get?

xx Patricia

 

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (YA) Congratulations Linsey!!!

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1)

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.

Sal is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

This was an interesting cast of characters. YA is not my normal genre, but the cover looked interesting. I see the reviews are all over the map on this one, with some people getting a bit snitty.

Personally I enjoyed the characters and the ingenious ways they thought up to eliminate each other from the competition. I am guessing there will be a second book out continuing on with Sal’s adventures. And I’m very interested to see where this author takes us!

Thanks Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire!

What’s on the Reading List this week?

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Well last week’s books are done. Reviews in the draft folder waiting for release days. All in all they were pretty good. I only had one that was a waste of time, but the sad part is that it could have been good. Sometimes we forget quality is better than quantity.

So this week we have:

The Dark Lake by [Bailey, Sarah]

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic Book 1) by [Harper, Molly]

Scion of the Fox: The Realms of Ancient, Book 1 (Realms of Ancient, The) by [Beiko, S. M.]

A lot of different genres here but I think they are all going to be good! I just finished Catherine Coulter’s Enigma. One of the FBI Series that I adore. And it was really good! More about that later!

xx Patricia