Resurrection: A Historical Adventure Novel (Legend: Book 3) by Kylie Stewart

Resurrection: A Historical Adventure Romance Novel (Legend Book 3)

Title: Legend

Author: Kylie Stewart

Publisher: TCK Publishing

Date of publication: September 10th 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: 202

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: Legend

Set in Stone – Book 1 (review here)

The Duke’s Curse – Book 2 (review here)

Resurrection – Book 3

Where you can find Resurrection: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

“A matter of chance…” 
Avalon’s soul is whole once again, but the curse still remains. He must learn to control newfound powers in order to protect Alexandria from Mordred. But how can he protect her from a man set on destroying him completely? 

“A matter of choice …” 

Alexandria York has to make a choice—to forgive Avalon’s lies or walk away. Their bond not only flows through blood, but now runs soul deep. The choice to stay with the man she loves could cost them both dearly. 

The Legend Series 

Avalon and Alexandria vow to stand together to face Mordred. When news of Lancer’s corruption reaches Caliburn Estate, they have to move swiftly to protect Alexandria before it’s too late. 

The Knights of the Round Table begin to assemble as they prepare for war. They soon discover the war isn’t just coming for them, but the entire world. 

The story of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table takes a modern turn, filled with adventure, love, and betrayal.

Trigger Warning: None

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Heartless (Kings Series: Book 3) by Alana Des

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Title: Heartless

Author: Alena Des

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: September 20th, 2017

Genre: romance, fantasy

Number of pages: 405

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: Kings Series

Mated to the Werewolf King – Book 1 (review here)

The Warlock’s Nemesis – Book 2 (review here)

Heartless – Book 3

Where you can find Heartless: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Treason has consequences and Riley knows them all too well. He has betrayed Lucifer and now he is on the run. 

As an Angel of Deception and the son of The Sex Goddess, Riley has always been reckless; and it’s finally catching up with him. With his heart engaged by the devil himself, he is slowly losing his soul, but when he meets Oriana something in him stirs. Used to women falling all over him, Riley becomes captivated when she is able to resist his charm. 

The unlikely pair is thrust together while murder, intrigue, and mayhem run amok during a newly raging Vampire war. Can these two souls save each other in a world that’s crumbling around them?

Trigger Warning: rape, kidnapping

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Blood Guard (Mission: Book 1) by Megan Erickson

Blood Guard (Mission #1)

Title: Blood Guard

Author: Megan Erickson

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: September 12th, 2017

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Number of pages: 230

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: Mission

Blood Guard – Book 1

Blood Veil – Book 2 (expected publication: November 2017)

Where you can find Blood Guard: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

Trigger Warning: None

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Sexy Greek God Kidnappers by Austin Kalin

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Title: Sexy Greek God Kidnappers

Author: Austin Kalin

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: September 6th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Number of pages:

POV: Alternating 1st person

Where you can find Sexy Greek God Kidnappers: Amazon

Sam: 

It’s the first day of summer break and I’m officially done with high school! My softball team just won the championship and it’s my two-year anniversary with Brett. Everything’s coming up Sam right? WRONG. When I found Brett cheating on me, things went from great to bad, to horrible. Of course, my bestie Kyrn ran over for a night of binging on ice cream and chick flicks. That was the plan at least…know what wasn’t in the plan? Being kidnapped by a group of guys that look like they were sculpted by the hands of God. Even less expected was when one of my captor’s growled “Mine” at me…and yes, I did say growl.

Xavier: 
The moment I laid eyes on Sam I knew she was my mate and I would do whatever it took to have her. When your soul is linked to another, rules go out the window, and nothing or no one can keep you apart. I’ve followed her scent to her front door and there’s no turning back now – she will be mine. When Sam approaches me from the darkness I hear my pack gasp as they say in unison “She’s human.” But guess what? I don’t care. 

Trigger Warning: Kidnapping

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Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Title: Mask of Shadows

Author: Linsey Miller

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Fire

Date of publication: September 5th, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, GLBQTIA

Number of pages: 352

POV: 1st person

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis (via Goodreads): 

Sallot Leon 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.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But 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. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

My review:

I was pretty excited to read Mask of Shadows. When I first read the blurb on the NetGalley posting, it caught my interest. The last fantasy novel I read with a genderfluid character were The Farseer/The Tawny Man/The Fitz and The Fool series with The Fool being the genderfluid character (and before anyone asks, I have read all of those series plus 2 that aren’t listed).

I actually liked Sal. She/He/They thought on his/her/their feet. The fact that she/he/they wanted to become Opal and went for it was great. Her/His/Their other reason for becoming Opal (finding the lords who refused to help her homeland and assassinating them) was pretty valid too. She/He/They thought that if she/he/they became Opal, that she/he/they could take on the lords as a side job.

I did think that the audition was a little reminiscent of The Hunger Games….but only, and stress only when the members of The Left Hand told them that it was a free-for-all. Once the auditioners were whittled down from 23 to 8, the free for all ended and they started to be eliminated by The Left Hand members or the remaining people were disqualified. Any similarities to The Hunger Games were ended. I mean, I read The Hunger Games and they battled it out to the last person (well, last two people in Katniss and Peeta’s case). Not here. The Left Hand members decided who was going to be Opal and let the remaining two people (in this case, it was referenced that there were more at previous auditions) go.

The masks kinda bothered me, though. I don’t like masks. I have a phobia about things covering my face and even reading about them skeeved me out. They had to eat with those things on and I can only imagine what the insides looked like….puke. So yes, I spent almost the whole book being grossed out and praying that the masks will go away…lol.

I also liked the romance between Elise and Sal. It was sweet and totally forbidden. I actually had a huge smile on my face during those scenes. Sal really had no clue on how to act because Elise was an Erland and he/she/they hated the Erlands with a passion because of what happened to his/her/their homeland. I also liked Elise’s personality. She was spunky and she definitely not afraid to stand up for who and what she believed in.

The main plot, the audition, ended the way I thought it would (giving nothing away). But the secondary plot about Sal and her/his/their obsession with getting even with the Erland’s took a very surprising, and sad, turn. Want to find out….read the book.

The end of the book was definitely a cliffhanger. As much as I dislike cliffhangers, this one worked and I really can’t wait for book 2!!

How many stars will I give Mask of Shadows: 4

Why: I enjoyed reading this book and it definitely kept me engrossed.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Late Teen

Why: Violence

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

A Jot of Blood (The Coventry Years: Book 1) by Katherine Bayless

A Jot of Blood (The Coventry Years, #1)

Title: A Jot of Blood

Author: Katherine Bayless

Publisher: Scry Media

Date of publication: August 11th, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Number of pages: 363

POV: 1st person

Series: The Coventry Years

A Jot of Blood – Book 1

Where you can find A Jot of Blood: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Adolescence is hard enough, but add magic to the mix and things have a way of getting complicated in a hurry. Even at Coventry Academy, one of the best schools in the world for the magically inclined, some ‘gifts’ mean nothing but trouble. What do you do when anything—your clothes, your food, the accidental brush of a fingertip—can instantly reveal the dark secrets of your closest friend … or, worse, a mortal enemy?

Coventry may have been Lire Devon’s haven since she was a little girl, but there are some who despise and even fear her rare clairvoyant power. Now, after years of simmering resentment, Lire’s nemesis, a sorceress with beauty, status, and well-connected friends, has thrown down the gauntlet. The challenge will push Lire’s resourcefulness to its limits and beyond—to a place where arcane dangers lurk and the price of power is knowledge too excruciating to bear.

Warning: The contents of this book include one surly werewolf, a snarky invisible prankster, and enough indelicate language to make a succubus blush.

Trigger Warning: Bullying

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The Warlock’s Nemesis by Alena Des

The Warlock's Nemesis

Title: The Warlock’s Nemesis

Author: Alena Des

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: August 23rd, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, romance

Number of pages: 780

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: King Series

Mated to the Werewolf King – Book 1 (review here)

The Warlock’s Nemesis – Book 2

Heartless – Book 3

Where you can buy The Warlock’s Nemesis: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

The world is devastated by a deadly virus which threatens humans’ very existence. In an alliance with the humans, the witch coven sends Alice as a healer. With resources stretched thin, and with no information on the cause of the sickness, what Alice can do is limited. However, whoever is behind the creation of the virus has another target in mind. Things take a sinister turn as Tannon, the powerful warlock faces his greatest nemesis yet. Will the identity of his nemesis be his downfall? Take this journey as Alice and the warlock join hands to find the solution to the extinction of all species, and fight the enemy who is so far away, and yet so near at the same time.

Trigger Warning: None

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