You may or may not have heard of the return of this fabulously fun event in the blogosphere. If not, you can read up on the details here. I’ll wait.
Done that? Still interested? Yay! In that case, here’s a little bit about what you can expect for my part here, during November…
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Final review of the month! (One, where the hell did October go, and two, I need to start posting these reviews sooner…) This issue of Apex is quite a thought-provoking one, both on account of the stories that stood out for me and some of the non-fiction work. Details on both below!
Still busily looking ahead to November for Sci-Fi Month (which you can read more about here very soon!), but for now it’s spotlight time!
There are just seven days to go until the sequel to Liz de Jager’s YA debut novel, Banished, is released – and this urban fantasy fangirl can. Not. Wait! Take a look below at the cover and tasty synopsis-y goodness.
No one trusts a doppelganger, and for good reason. Behind every stolen identity lies murder.
For Theodor Crane, his latest crime comes with a new family, a new job, a new set of troubles, yet there’s no escaping his past lives.
On the precipice of war between humans and supernaturals, Theo is thrust in the middle, charged with maintaining the balance while keeping his true identity a secret. Conspiracies and old hatreds lurk just below the surface, creeping to a head as the veil between the two worlds slowly crumbles. Failure means reigniting an age old conflict. Success means living a lie for the rest of his days. Either way, Theo loses.
Series: Clandestine Daze #0.5 | Genre: Urban fantasy | This edition: Review copy (Kindle) | Publisher: Tim Marquitz | Publication date: 28th October 2014 | My rating: 4/5
Series: Jane True | Genre: Paranormal fantasy/romance | Format: ebook (Kindle) | Publisher: Nicole Peeler | Publication date: October 15th 2014 | My rating: 5/5
WARNING: These are SHORT STORIES written for established fans of the Jane True Series.
You know her, you love her, you wanted more of her…
Anyan can’t wait to get Jane away for a romantic getaway to Bar Harbor–their first since the twins were born. But everything goes awry when Anyan catches Jane accidentally sexy dancing for another man…who happens to be quite dead. Jane, convinced there’s been foul play, wants to investigate, but Anyan just wants to get it on. One naughty wager later and Jane gets her way…but will Anyan eventually get his way with her?
As the warning in the synopsis states, this short story is best read if you’ve already read the Jane True novels, of which there are six, and they are all awesome. So if you haven’t read them yet, go and do that, then get this and read it. If you’re in any way a fan of paranormal fantasy with a decidedly naughty twist, you don’t want to miss these.
If, on the other hand, you are one of the aforementioned established fans, then read on for my thoughts!
Series: Outlander #1 | Genre: Romance/fantasy | This edition: Paperback (UK) | Publisher: Arrow Books | Publication date: March 4th 2002 | My rating: 4/5
In 1945, Claire Randall is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon in Scotland. Innocently she walks through a stone circle in the Highlands and finds herself in a violent skirmish taking place in 1743. Suddenly she is a Sassenach, an outlander, in a country torn by war and by clan feuds.
A wartime nurse, Claire can deal with the bloody wounds that face her. But it is harder to deal with the knowledge that she is in Jacobite Scotland and the carnage of Culloden is looming. Marooned amid the passion and violence, the superstition , the shifting allegiances and the fervent loyalties, Claire is in danger from James Fraser, a gallant and courageous young Scots warrior. Jamie shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire, and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
I’ve been giving this book a lot of thought since I finished it, and it’s proved to be one of those books that gets more interesting the more I think about it. It’s taken me this long to write this post, mostly due to Real Life but also due to the fact that with all of the thinking, I’ve come to realise that it’s a better book, and perhaps even more important, than I first believed…
Whew! Life is returning to something resembling normal here at Fort Rainbow, and with it, I am settling back in here at the blog. Good thing too, because there are all these great-sounding books to talk about!
Let’s start with this – a very interesting sounding collaborative effort being published by Ragnarok…
Series: Vestigial Tales #4 | Genre: YA, fantasy | This edition: Kindle | Publisher: Penglass Publishing (Laura Lam) | Publication date: September 15th 2014 | My rating: 4/5
“He always mourned that moment, when the high began to fade. It was like he moved from who he wanted to be to having to face the reality of who he was. He’d rather feel supernatural. More than Drystan Hornbeam, a seventeen-year-old-boy who had made a lot of foolish mistakes and didn’t seem to be changing his habits anytime soon.”
Before Drystan became the White Clown of R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic, he was a Lerium addict struggling on the streets of Imachara. When a mysterious woman gives him a chance at a new life, he takes it, even if it means falling even deeper into the dark underbelly of the capital of Ellada. Drystan knows that selling Lerium to the powerful men and women who bet at the high stakes card tables is perilous, especially when he still battles his own addictions. Yet when he meets a man who can help him learn to cheat at cards and swindle them out of enough money to start a new life, he dives headfirst into more danger.
Genre: Fantasy | This edition: Hardcover (ARC) | Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books | Publication date: 2nd October 2014 | My rating: 5/5
You’ve got to be careful when you’re chasing a murderer through Bulikov, for the world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and all worship of them banned by the Polis, reality folded; now stairs lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals disappear into thin air.
The murder of Dr Efrem Pangyui, the Polis diplomat researching the Continent’s past, has begun something and now whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners. Only one woman may be willing to pursue the truth – but it is likely to cost her everything.
WELCOME TO THE GLEAM: A WORLD OF STRANGE INHABITANTS AND STRANGER SECRETS.
Most people live and die in luxury inside the Black Pyramid at the centre of the Gleam, but there are others who eke out a precarious living outside, in the lawless wilderness of the Discard.
Alan’s family was massacred by Pyramidders when he was a child. In an act of mercy, one of the soldiers took him back to the Pyramid to be raised there. But Alan has never been able to let go of the past; he has grown up angry, resentful and desperate for answers. When his continued questioning of Pyramid authority gets his wife beaten up and their son threatened, he has no choice but to return to the Discard.
When his voluntary exile isn’t enough to pacify the Arbitrators, he is given an ultimatum: bring them a mushroom with great powers, or see his son suffer.
Wild Alan is about to to embark upon a journey far deeper into Gleam than he ever wanted to go… and discover more than he bargained for.
Series: The Factory Trilogy, #1 | Genre: Fantasy/horror | This edition: Hardcover (ARC) | Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books | Publication date: 4th September 2014| My rating: 4/5