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Rise of the Branded by Scott Keen


Rise of the Branded
Scott Keen
(Scar of the Downers, #2)
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating: 5/5

Pursued into the wild by the soldiers of Ungstah, former slave Crik and the other freed Downers encounter the magical and terrifying nature of their world. They face spectral Shepherds, man-eating Rukmush, and the ancient giants of the earth. When two of their group are captured, Crik is distraught and powerless.Meanwhile back in the city, Durgan, former Captain of the King’s Guard who allowed Crik and his friends to escape from Ungstah, is now a Downer, one of the Branded. Amid the murmurings of an uprising among the Branded, Durgan just wants to be left alone to search for his missing son. But in the process, he discovers how dark the powers of Sulfus the king truly are. Durgan must take a stand in the coming war between the Branded and the powerful armies of Sulfus.

To kill any hope of escape for the city’s Branded, the army comes after Crik and his friends to make an example of them. The answers for Durgan, Crik and freedom for all Downers lie hidden in the dark recesses of the Northern Reaches, in the treacherous places Crik and his companions are about to enter.

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Book Review || Scar of the Downers (#1) by Scott Keen


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Scar of the Downers
The Scar of the Downers Series
Scott Keen
Publication date: February 27th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
WiDo Publishing
274 pages

Rating 4.5/5

Branded on the slaves in the Northern Reaches beyond Ungstah, the scar marks each one as a Downer. It is who they are. There is no escaping this world. Still, strange things are stirring.Two foreigners ride through the Northern Reaches on a secret mission. An unknown cloaked figure wanders the streets of the dark city of Ungstah. What they want no one can be sure, but it all centers around a Downer named Crik.

Crik, too scared to seek freedom, spends his days working in his master’s store, avoiding the spirit-eating Ash Kings, and scavenging food for himself and his best friend, Jak. Until he steals from the wrong person. When Jak is sold to satisfy the debt, Crik burns down his master’s house and is sentenced to death.

To survive, Crik and his friends must leave behind their life of slavery to do what no other Downer has ever done before – escape from the city of Ungstah.

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway| Book Review| Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux


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Gold Rush
Jennifer Comeaux
Published January 9th, 2017
eARC via Xpresso Book Review

Young/New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports
338 pages
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Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

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Book Review|It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot


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It’s All Absolutely Fine
Ruby Elliot
Published November 17th, 2016 by Orion
NetGalley, Kindle
256 pages
Comics, Memoir, Graphic Novels, Humor, Sequential Art, Mental Health

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IT’S ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE is a darkly comic, honest and unapologetic illustrated account of the daily struggles with mental health. Ruby Elliot, aka Rubyetc, is the talent behind the hit tumblr account, ‘Rubyetc’, which has over 210k followers and growing. Taking readers on a journey through the ups and downs of life, the book will encompass everything from anxiety, bipolar disorder and body image to depression and identity, shining a light on very real problems – all framed with Ruby’s trademark humour and originality.Ruby balances mental health with humour, making serious issues accessible – and very funny. With the superb talent to capture the essence of human emotion (and to make you laugh out loud), this book is as important and necessary as it is entertaining. IT’S ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE will include mostly never-before-seen material, both written and illustrated, and will be an empowering book that will make you laugh, make you think, and make things ok.

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Book Review|Just One Bite by Nora Snowdon


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Just One Bite
Dances With Werewolves #1
Nora Snowdon
Kindle via NetGalley & Xpresso Book Tours
Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, Erotica-ish
72 pages

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Rosie has met the man of her dreams… Or could it really be her nightmares? After fabulous sex, he suddenly disappears. He re-enters her life in time for her to discover he’s being forced into a shotgun wedding.Lucas finds in Rosie everything he’s ever wanted in a mate. Only problem is, she’s human. His werewolf parents want him to marry a nice girl with a fur coat, but the woman they’ve chosen is a bitch in more ways than one. When his fiancée Annabelle accidently bites Rosie she is thrown into a whole new fuzzy lifestyle.

If Lucas can just downplay the negative aspects of being a werewolf – fleas, the desire to chase motorcycles, and Uncle Harold – maybe he can convince Rosie that Annabelle’s bite is actually a good thing. Now that she too is a werewolf, they can be together.

Can Lucas win back the love of his life? Can Rosie love a man who moonlights as a wolf? A sexy comedy that will have you howling…

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Book Review|Do You Hear What I Hear?: A Detective Shelley Caldwell “Hot Christmas” by Patricia Rosemoor


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Do You Hear What I Hear?: A Detective Shelley Caldwell “Hot Christmas”
A Detective Shelley Caldwell story Book 5
Patricia Rosemoor
Kindle, NetGalley

Novella
50 pages
Published November 29th, 2016 by Pronoun
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The song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the middle of the Cold War with Russia. Now Christmas is around the corner and live-in lovers Detective Shelley Caldwell and Jake DeAtley are in a cold war of their own. Shelley has all wonderful memories of Christmas, while Jake, born of a mother turned vampire while pregnant with him, has none. They’ve come to a compromise that she can decorate “her half” of every room, but there can be no Christmas tree. Then a case of hit-and-run leaves a dead body and a magical Christmas tree. With her woo-woo instincts ablaze, Shelley can’t resist bringing home the tree, heating up the war with Jake. There is more to the tree than either knows. Will it bring them back together or push them farther apart.~Shelley and Jake met in the novel “Hot Case,” deepened their relationship in “Hot Trick,” and appeared in short stories “Hot Corpse” and “Hot Song.” Each case has a different paranormal/urban fantasy bent and villain. And a little much-needed humor.

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I got this novella from NetGalley. Initially, I thought that it was a novella in its own right, especially since lately I’ve been reading a lot of short stories or novellas. As you can see, it’s not.It is my own fault ,though; I wasn’t paying attention. It was still a good read and I managed to understand it, although without the backstory it was a little bit harder to get certain details. 

The story is cute and has some funny moments. It’s mostly about the main characters relationship and solving their differences. There are supernatural creatures, so there is a paranormal element. 

I don’t want to say more because I will give too much away, especially since the novella is so short. 

I will advise you, though, to read the backstory as well. Don’t jump into it. I mean, you can do that and you’ll be able to enjoy it, but you will not get the whole picture. 

I think I will give the novels a try since it seems to be an interesting story overall. 

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Book Review|Princess Lemonella by Saarein te Brake


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Princess Lemonella
by Saarein te Brake, Sassafras De Bruyn (Illustrations)
Original Language: Dutch

Children’s Fiction, Children’s Fairytales
32 Pages
Kindle, NetGalley
Published October 11th, 2016 by Clavis
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Princess Lemonella is born angry. She always looks sour and never smiles.
When the king and queen try to find a prince for her, she sends all the candidates away.
Until one prince just rides past her …

A funny and romantic fairy tale about how love can make you smile.
For princes and princesses aged 5 years and older.

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