Curse and Consequence: Dive in Review

 

Hello another blog tour is stopping by the blog today. This time it’s for Savannah Jezowski’s new novel Curse and Consequence. It a fun regency inspired fantasy, with . . . oh, maybe I should be saving that for the review.

 

About the Book

When Love visits Ravenhead Hall, sparks fly…quite literally.

Miss Rea Abernathy only wants to honor the family who has taken her under their wing, rescuing her from a life of poverty. But thanks to two determined suitors, she finds herself in a state far worse than the one from which her benefactress saved her.

When Mr. Sedgwick Whitby sets his sights on his mother’s sweet-tempered pig keeper, his orderly life is thrown into chaos: Rea’s station is less–than-desirable, and another gentleman may be pursuing her. Hoping to get his annoyingly charming twin brother out of the way, Sedgwick purchases a simple curse from a disreputable faery which consequently plunges them all into a misfortune far more serious than troubles of the heart.

With time running out to break the curse and tempers flying high, can Sedgwick and Rea set things right and find love after all? Jane Austen meets dragons in this frolicking fantasy romance about a comely pig keeper, two wealthy gentlemen, and the curse binding them all together. Perfect for fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Gail Carson Levine.

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Dive in Review:

Curse and Consequence by Savannah Jezowski is a magical fantasy with regency flare.
The Whitby twins are as different as night and day. Hugh is a wild play boy who never grew up. Sedgwick is responsible, but is willing to do anything (even unresponsible things) to prevent his brother from having a chance with the woman he loves.

I loved the interplay between the two brothers. It was over the top hilarious but also not unheard of for siblings.

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This that interplay I mentioned.

The setting really made the story for me. I don’t think would have worked in any other time period. Both boys are such a product of their high class life style, even though each claims to be the progressive one, that they can’t even get out of their curse without reactivating it.

The best part though was the little dragon Rea. She was cute and adorable but full of fire.

Can’t wait to read the next one.

*I was given an ARC of this novel for the purposes of reviewing.*

 

About the Author

Savannah Jezowski lives in Amish country with her Knight in Shining Armor and a wee warrior princess. She is the founder of Dragonpen Designs and Dragonpen Press, which offers author services such as cover design, developmental edits, and interior formatting. Her debut novella “Wither” is featured in Five Enchanted Roses, an anthology of Beauty and the Beast, and is a prequel to The Neverway Chronicles, a Christian fantasy series filled with tragic heroes and the living dead. She is also the author of When Ravens Fall, a Norse Beauty and the Beast retelling. She is featured in several Fellowship of Fantasy anthologies, including Mythical Doorways, Tales of Ever After, and Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales. When she isn’t writing, Savannah likes to read books, watch BBC miniseries, and play with cover design. She also enjoys having tea with her imaginary friends.

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Stars Descend: Dive in Review

 

About the Book

The elves have come down from the sky in their ships, their countenances full of light and their bodies, power. But they rule over us humans with iron fists, and without mercy.

Vampires stalk the streets, lurking in shadows and the cover of darkness. Their lust for blood is never sated, and the nights are filled with the screams of their victims.

I’m just a street rat, a trash picker. I didn’t expect him to choose me. The Prince of Elves could have anyone, so why me?

Even as my heart sings at the elf’s close proximity, I still love the boy who left me, disappearing into the city’s corrupt underworld. I don’t even know if he’s still alive.

Stars reign. Rebellion brews. And with my already uncertain future disintegrating into chaos, I don’t know who to turn to, or who to trust.

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About the Author

Kara Jaynes is a fantasy and children’s book author. She loves rainy days, long walks, and fairy tales. She’s been writing since she was very young, and has more stories in her head than she could possibly write.

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My Dive in Review:

Stars Descend by Kara Jaynes, has a most interesting premise. What if Elves were from space and their mission was to heal polluted planets. *Cough* Vulcans *Cough*

Naturally humans see them as a threat. As Overlords come to concur. The Elves are logical and seemingly emotionless. But I approve of their fashion sense.

I liked the story of Stella, a street savvy girl who winds up getting caught by the Elven prince, who of course realizes he can’t live without her.

The prince of the Elves is the main love interest for Stella, it is hardly love at first sight. Actually Elves are driven by touch. So when Elderan touches Stella, he is grasped by an immediate need to, well you know. Despite this plot point the book is clean and Elderan learns that Earth Girls are not easy. Stella insists on getting to know each other first.

Oh yeah, and then there were vampires. Twilight has nothing on this love triangle. When vampires suddenly start walking the streets of Liberty (formerly Seattle), a rival for Stella’s heart comes back from the dead.

I am not a fan of triangles but this one has interesting implications.

My one and only complaint is that the second book doesn’t seem to be available yet.

My Dive in Review:

Stars Descend by Kara Jaynes, has a most interesting premise. What if Elves were from space and their mission was to heal polluted planets. *Cough* Vulcans *Cough*

Naturally humans see them as a threat. As Overlords come to concur. The Elves are logical and seemingly emotionless. But I approve of their fashion sense.

I loved Stella, a street savvy girl who winds up getting caught by the Elven prince, who of course realizes he can’t live without her.

The prince of the Elves is the main love interest for Stella, it is hardly love at first sight. Actually Elves are driven by touch. So when Elderan touches Stella, he is grasped by an immediate need to, well you know. Despite this plot point the book is very clean and Elderan learns that Earth Girls are not easy. Stella insists on them getting to know each other first.

Oh yeah, and then there were vampires. Twilight has nothing on this love triangle. When vampires suddenly start walking the streets of Liberty (formerly Seattle), a rival for Stella’s heart comes back from the dead.

I am not a fan of triangles but this one has interesting implications.

My one and only complaint is that the second book doesn’t seem to be available yet.

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Flight of the Raven: Dive in Review

Here it is the sequel to the novel I told you about three days ago! You can read that post here. 


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Flight of the Raven
(The Ravenwood Saga #2)
By Morgan L. Busse
Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family’s destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new life as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill.

While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself.

With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: embrace the Dark Lady’s offer, or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other offers freedom. But time is running out, and soon her choice will be made for her.

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Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the steampunk series The Soul Chronicles. She is a Christy and INSPY Award finalist and won the Carol Award in 2018 for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.

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My Dive in Review:

Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse is an amazing story about a woman’s search for meaning.

At the end of Mark of the Raven we leave Selene in a hurried escape from her home, leaving behind her family and everything she knows to begin an unplanned marriage to Lord Damien. This sequel is everything I hoped it would be. It was emotional and thought provoking. It explores the desire we all have to know why we are here and what we are meant to do.

I am not a romance reader but I found myself deeply invested in whether Selene and Damien would make the most of their marriage. This is one of the few books that delves into relationships right. It realistically shows how hard they can be, because you are never really sure what the other person is thinking. 

But the true stand out character of this book was Selene’s sister Amara. She struck me as unnecessarily antagonistic towards her older sister who was never anything but loving. In this book Amara takes on the responsibilities of being heir to house Ravenwood. She realizes the struggle her sister had to deal with but takes it on in order to protect her younger sister. I found the circular nature of her character arc satisfying and ultimately redemptive for the character. I went from hating her to wishing she had a bigger part in the book, though her part is still really important.

The ending was both sorrowful and hopeful. I am looking forward to the next installment of this saga.

*I was given a free copy of this novel by the publisher for the purpose of giving my honest opinion.*

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Mark of the Raven: Dive in review.

Hello, I’m posting a dive in review today for Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse. Mostly because this Friday I’ll be posting a review  for book two, Flight of the Raven, as part of the blog tour. I thought you might want to hear about the first book first so you can either read it in a three days or avoid spoilers for this book by not coming back to hear about book two.

Mark of the RavenLady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

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58383678_10156297355360208_3797897425025236992_oMorgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the FOLLOWER OF THE WORD series and the steampunk series THE SOUL CHRONICLES. She is a Christy and INSPY Award finalist and recently won the Carol Award for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel. Visit her online at http://www.morganlbusse.com.

Mark of the Raven: Dive in Review.

Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse, is a gripping fantasy tale, with detailed characters and deep world building.

The main setting of Castle Rook has a very Gothic feel to it, even though the setting is meant to be medieval I think. It has secret passages and grand halls, and hidden secrets. It’s as though the entire building is shrouded in shadows and haunted by mystery, completely consumed by the hate leeched off of its past inhabitants.

The world building is astounding, seven great houses rule seven nation states. To help the seven houses each was given a gift. Water, Fire, Wisdom , healing, light , Courage, and Dreams. (I still think courage stands out as not being very useful, but they have dragons so that makes up for it.) I have a soft spot in my heart for story worlds featuring hereditary elemental gifts.

I can not say enough good things about this book. I loved the build up as Selene learned to use her gifts and the mystery as more of the inter house politics came to light. But most of all I loved the Characters.

The third Person POV characters are Lady Selene from House Ravenwood (the dreamers), and Lord Damien from House Maris (the water benders). The former is a conflicted young woman who has just learned that she comes from a family of assassins. The later is a young man who, because of great tragedy, has found himself as the leader and protector of an entire nation. They are both well written characters who are both flawed, but yet seek to do the right thing.

The thing I loved most was the romantic aspect. Selene and Damien are not a love at first site couple. In fact they seem convinced that they could never feel anything for the other because heirs do not marry other heirs. It’s a slow build up, more curiosity than anything. They are so different from each other.

Another thing I loved was the way religion was handled. In this world there are two forces. The Light and The Dark Lady. The light is more powerful than the dark and the light shines brightly inside the souls of it’s followers. The Dark Lady seeks only her own power.

It is Selene’s doubt’s about the Dark Lady and her curiosity about the light that shines in a young man’s soul that truly sets this book apart.

This is book one of a saga, so be forewarned that l you will be left wanting more, but rest easy knowing there will be more to come.

*I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher for review and promotional purposes. A favorable review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own*

To Court a Queen: A Dive in Review

Today I have an exciting review for you. It’s a sneak peek of a new fantasy release from H.L. Burke.

About the book:

to court a queen_internet use(1)He doesn’t want to get married, but he wants to be a frog even less.

 Knight errant, Devin, takes a shortcut through the woods, only to be captured by fairy forces. The fairy queen has run out of breathing males to fight for her hand, and Devin, while not ideal fairy stock, is breathing–for now.

 Telling a vain fairy queen you’d rather not be her one true love is a ticket to life on a lilypad, so the knight agrees to face three challenges to win Queen Agalea’s hand. When a clever servant girl offers to help him navigate the trials in order to stop the constant bloodshed of the courtship ritual, Devin jumps at the chance. However, as he balances “flirting” with his “beloved” and overcoming tasks specifically designed to kill him, he finds his heart drawn to his new partner in survival.

Right now you can preorder it for only 99 cents. But act fast the price goes up February 1st. Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MYG7526

The release date is Febuary 18.

Author Bio:

heidi-107H. L. Burke is the author of multiple fantasy novels including the Dragon and the Scholar saga and The Nyssa Glass YA Steampunk series and Coiled. She is an admirer of the whimsical, a follower of the Light, and a believer in happily ever after.

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To Court a Queen By H.L. Burke, A dive in review:

 To Court a Queen is a new snark filled romp from author H.L. Burke. Her trade mark style of sarcasm filled fantasy is always a delight to read.

 In this adventure a knight on errant leave, stumbles into fairy territory and into one twisted version of a love test. Devin does not want to marry the fairy queen, but he wants to die even less.

 The best part of this story was the human fairy dynamic. Fairies can not lie and therefore do not understand snark. Sir Devin speaks in a steady stream of sarcasm. So nearly every exchange is a humorous miscommunication.

 coming 2019Devin is a very good looking rouge and he doesn’t care about the odds, like a certain sci-fi character. You will laugh out loud when you see who this story is actually dedicated to. It totally fits. Devin is everything I want in a man, funny, smooth, able to take direction, and he can think on his feet too.

 The next best character is Savine, she is a fae from a race of cat like elves. Do not call her a cat elf! She is the most adorable fantasy character I think I’ve ever read. It is through her intelligence and persistence that Devin is able to survive the night let alone even consider facing the evil queen’s trials. And I ship them so hard.

 If you are looking for a fast light hearted read with a modern take on classic fairy tale gropes then look no farther. To Court a Queen has just the right amount of everything.

 * I was given an advanced copy of this book in order to disseminate my honest opinion of it to the masses. Mission accomplished.*

Dive in Review: One Flew through the Dragon Heart

Hello readers, Today is January sixteenth and it is Appreciate a Dragon day. So today I am giving you a book review of a book that has a Dragon in it. If the title sounds familiar to you it’s because I hosted a cover reveal for this book back in October. Please note the awesome dragon silhouette behind title in cover image.

About the book:

A Chinese Legend. A British Secret. Star-Crossed Lovers with Incompatible Magic.

51whzhtwuul._sy346_Flew works as a professor of wielder instruction at Rembrandt Academy, hoping to erase the regrets of his youth along with the resulting debt. But when he comes face to face with his biggest regret—the woman who broke his heart, Adelaide Favan—Brixton soon realizes his troubles have only begun.

Unable to control her magic, Adelaide knew leaving Brixton was the only way to protect him when they were younger. Now she discovers he is the key to recovering the Dragon Eyes, a legendary treasure connected to her magic and her family’s disgraced legacy—and she knows the risk is great, to both his life and her heart.

With others seeking the power of the Dragon Eyes, Brixton and Adelaide must outwit their foes and face down their families to save London from an ancient legend that sleeps beneath the magic portal in their city.

But the renewed passion growing between them may prove to be the greater peril …

One Flew Through the Dragon Heart is the first book in a new steampunk series by C.S. Johnson, blending together history, romance, mecha-dragons and magic against the glittering backdrop of 1880’s Victorian London.

CS JohnsonC. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me.

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Dive in Review:

One Flew Through the Dragon Heart by C.S. Johnson is a steampunk fantasy.

The setting is an alternate London where a gaping magical portal hovers over parliament. This portal not only gives the citizens of this world magic abilities but it also holds a secret. A secret that someone is trying to let out.

This novel also features a great addition to Dragon lore. It totally explains why dragons hoard treasure. It also explains why someone would name a huge gemstone “the dragon’s eye.” It’s Awesome and trust me you really want to know what this is. I also loved that there was an actual Dragon in the book and it wasn’t just a tease. Perfect book for appreciate a dragon day.

I loved the magic system created for this story world. White magic and black magic are taken literally in this color based magic system. White creates and Black destroys. Guess what happens when two people with opposite magic fall in love. Suspense, tension, and adventure.

The main POV characters, Brixton and Ada were great. With personality and chemistry they make a couple worthy of shipping. It was a great twist on the star-crossed lovers troupe.

Without spilling spoilers all I can say is that I loved this book and eagerly await the next Installment. Also if you love steampunk, magic, romance , Dragons or all of the above. you will totally want to read this book.

*I was given a free ecopy of this book for promotional purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and are my honest opinion.*

 

I’m more beast than beauty

Today I’m part of the blog tour for Kill the beast. A book I’ve waited a very long time to read. I just adore all things beauty and the beast. So when I heard about this retelling I just knew I had to have it.

From the back cover:

9781943788040-Perfect.inddRo remembers the castle before. Before the gates closed. Before silence overtook the kingdom. Before the castle disappeared. Now it shimmers to life one night a year, seen by her alone.
Once a lady, now a huntress, Ro does what it takes to survive—just like the rest of the kingdom plunged into despair never before known. But a beast has overtaken the castle. A beast that killed the prince and holds the castle and kingdom captive in his cruel power. A beast Ro has been hired to kill. Thankful the mystery of the prince’s disappearance has been solved, furious the magical creature has killed her hero, Ro eagerly accepts the job to end him. But things are not as they seem.
Trapped in the castle, a prisoner alongside the beast, Ro wonders what she should fear most: the beast, the magic that holds them both captive, or the one who hired her to kill the beast.
A Beauty and the Beast retelling.

Michele-Israel-Harper-HeadshotMichele Israel Harper spends her days as a work-at-home mom and her nights typing away furiously on her laptop. Sleep? Sometimes… She has her Bachelor of Arts in history, is slightly obsessed with all things French—including Jeanne d’Arc and La Belle et la Bête— and loves curling up with a good book more than just about anything else. Author of Wisdom & Folly: Sisters, Zombie Takeover, Beast Hunter, and Kill the Beast, Michele prays her involvement in writing, editing, and publishing will touch many lives in the

Why I Identify with the Beast: A Dive-in Review

Beauty and the beast is my favorite Disney movie for one reason. Belle is an introverted, book reading, brunette. I am an introverted, book reading, brunette. That is where the comparison ends.

 I am not patient and I am not kind. I lose my temper and get irrationally angry, I judge people by how they look. I would rather wallow in self pity bemoaning the unfairness of life, than take any responsibility for my own actions.

 I am much more Beast than Beauty.

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Me and author Michele Israel Harper at the costume banquet during Realm Makers. I’m the beast.

 This is why a Beauty and the Beast retelling is made or broken by one thing. The Beast.

The beast gets the story ultimately he’s the one who changes. It is literally his character arch. He gets to grow up. He gets to make up for his selfish ways and because of that he is more relate-able. 

So why is the beast so overlooked? Why is he, so often, not even given a name? (I’m looking at you Disney.) You could go on about the patriarchy and their desire to make women conform to their ideals of demure servitude. You could cry Girl Power and write essays about how beauty is symbolic of wresting the power from the aforementioned patriarchy.

 Or you can do what Michele Israel Harper did. She gave us this amazingly flawed beast who learns his lesson and finds love and learns that action is always better than self pity. He has a name!

But she didn’t stop there.

 Michele wrote an amazingly flawed beauty too. Rosette is angry and hot tempered and believes rumors and judges the beast on his fierceness. She won’t listen. And she literally has murder in her heart. The book is called Kill the Beast after all.

 This isn’t just a Beauty who feels like a real person. She feels like me. I can relate to a beauty who makes mistakes and who isn’t held up as some unattainable example of what women should be. And yes she still likes books.

 Michele based her novel on the original french version but she also includes many Disney nods for those who can’t separate fairy tale from mouse tail.

 Finally a retelling about Beauty and the Beast, that makes me feel for both Beast and Beauty.

I just want to keep Gushing about the wonderfully twisted ending but I shouldn’t spoil it for you. At least you don’t have to wait four years to read it. Because it’s out now.

Buy it here:

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9781943788040-Perfect.inddThere is also a prequel novella set just before Kill the Beast. It’s called Beast Hunter and you can find it here: https://www.love2readlove2writepublishing.com/books/beast-hunter/

A curse has overtaken Ro’s kingdom, blackening the soil, wiping out crops, and bringing ruin. The only people who thrive are the huntsmen, brought in to stem the flow of ravenous creatures. When Ro kills a wolf, an idea begins to form. Could she become a huntress? Before she can act, her father trades her life for his—to a magical beast.

It provides a lot of back story and is just super fun in it’s own right.

I’m giving away a signed copy of the novella Beast Hunter (signed by the author not by me) to one of you lucky readers. Just click through and fill out the Raffle Copter form. (unfortunately this is a physical prize so I need to limit this to United States Only.)

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What’s your favorite version of Beauty and the Beast?

Don’t like Beauty and the Beast, what’s your favorite fairy tale retelling?

 

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