I can’t believe it is May already, this month has some amazing books coming out.
Book: A Court of Frost and Sunlight (A Court of Thorn and Rose #3.1)
Author: Sarah. J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis: The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it
My Thoughts: I love this series and I have bought the Illumicrate Starfall edition, as I wanted to make this book more of an experience than normal. Below are my reviews of the other three in this series.
Book: Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock #12)
Author: Faith Hunter
Publisher: Ace Books
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal.
Synopsis: Jane Yellowrock used to hunt vampires, but now she must fight–and win–beside them.
As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can’t let that happen.
Preparing for the duel requires all of Jane’s focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight. Only two things are guaranteed: nothing is sacred, and no one is safe
My Thoughts: This series is one of my favourite urban fantasy series, I have loved learning about Jane Cherokee Heritage and her shape shifter ability. Also I love Jane Beast she is great at getting to the point.
Below is my review on book 11 in the Jane Yellowrock series.
Book: The Smoke Theives
Author: Sally Green
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis: A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.
In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.
As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?
My Thoughts: This book has a really interesting world, and a great group of characters. You can read my full review HERE.
Book: The Beast’s Heart
Author: Leife Shallcross
Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton
Genres: Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Young Adult
Synopsis: I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.
I am the Beast.
The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.
My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.
My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.
And now I might lose her forever.
My Thoughts: This book is a beautiful written retelling of Beauty and the Beast from the Beast perspective, my full review can be found HERE.
Book: War Storm (Red Queen #4)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis: Victory comes at a price.
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart-and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her-Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolish everything – and everyone – in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
My Thoughts: I have enjoyed this series and grew to love Mare. I am exited to see what happens next after Cal made his choice at the end of Kings Cage.
Below are my reviews of this series;
Book: Death is Not Enough (Romantic suspense #21, Baltimore #6)
Author: Karen Rose
Genre: Romance, Crime, Mystery
Synopsis: Gwyn Weaver is as resilient as anyone could be. Having survived an attempted murder, she has rebuilt her life and reclaimed her dignity and strength. She’s always known about her feelings for defence attorney Thomas Thorne, but as her friend and a colleague there could be no chance of anything more… or could there?
Thorne has known violence and pain all his life. He’s overcome the hardships that have been thrown at him thanks to his own steel, and the love of his loyal friends. Now he’s thinking it might finally be time to let his guard down, and allow himself to let in the woman he’s always admired from afar.
Then Thorne’s whole world is torn apart — he is found unconscious in his own bed, the lifeless body of a stranger lying next to him, her blood on his hands. Knowing Thorne could never have committed such a terrible crime, Gwyn and his friends rally round to clear his name.
But this is just the beginning — the beginning of a brutal campaign to destroy Thorne, and everything he holds dear…
My Thoughts: Karen Rose is one of my favourite authors, I have never been dissapointed with any of her books. I was re introduced to the Baltimore crew last year in the Monster in the Closet and I am interested to see what happens next for them.
My previous Karen Rose Reviews;
Book: The Queens of Innis Lear
Author: Tessa Gratton
Publisher: Harper Voyager UK
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling
Synopsis: The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.
The king’s three daughters – battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia – know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.
Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war – but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided
My Thoughts: I am really interested to read this book, I love books with magic, prophecy and war in book. I wonder which sister will win?
Book: FuryBorn (Empirium #1)
Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Fantasy Young Adult.
Synopsis: Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other
My Thoughts: I am currently reading an Advanced copy of this book, so far I am enjoying the book, especially the epic fight/ trial scenes.
Book: Kiss Me, Kill Me
Author. J.S Carol
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Synopsis: She thought she could trust him. She was wrong . . .
When Zoe meets Dan she can’t believe her luck. He’s everything she is looking for in a man – intelligent, charming, stable, supportive.
Until they’re married.
Then Zoe realises that Dan is controlling, aggressive, paranoid.
And there’s no way out.
Or is there?
When Zoe discovers that she’s pregnant, she realises that the only way she can keep her baby is to leave Dan.
But that’s harder than you think.
He found her once before, and she knows he can find her again.
But Dan has plans of his own – plans that don’t necessarily include Zoe.
But then, even the best laid plans often go awry, and you really need to be careful about who you trust . . .
My Thoughts: I enjoyed reading James Carol other books based on the character Jefferson Winter. His writing works great with my reading style and I always enjoyed his story telling so I am intrigued by this story.
My Reviews on J.S Carol previous books;
Synopsis and book photos from Goodreads.
This month it seems like a have a lot of reading to do.
Thanks for reading