Blitz: The Fourth Element Trilogy!

The Fourth Element Trilogy: Boxed Set by Kat Ross
Release date: September 22nd, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
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Gladiator meets Romeo and Juliet in this “spellbinding fantasy” trilogy (Kirkus Reviews) set in ancient Persia!

They are the light against the darkness.

The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.

And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…

So begins an epic story of adventure, romance and betrayal that leads to undiscovered magical realms and a final confrontation with a demon queen bent on destroying them all.


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About the Author:

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat’s books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com.

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End of the Year Book Tag

Book Blitz_I wasn’t tagged but I miss doing tags. For me right now it’s all about baby steps back into blogging regularly. I saw this tag on Linda’s Little Library and it was originally created by Ariel Bisset. Ok….to the questions we go!


The Questions:

    • Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? Yes, sadly I started a bunch before taking my break due to work. I’m currently in the middle of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith and A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.
    • Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year? Nope! I honestly haven’t read anything this fall! Ok…that’s not true. I did finish The Lady of Royale Street by Thea de Salle (LOVED IT!).
    • Is there a new release you’re still waiting for? There have been a bunch but I’ve just had their release pass me by. Like I was beyond excited about The Language of Thorns because Leigh Bardugo is simply the greatest. Plus, who doesn’t want more from the Grisha series?!?! But sadly I still need to get my hand on it. *sigh* I have a feeling that I’m going to be buying a lot of books this holiday season.
    • What are three books you want to read before the end of the year? There are so, so many! I really want to get to The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco.
    • Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year? You never know! I’ve read some pretty amazing books this year that are pretty hard to top – The Rose & the Dagger, Cold Summer, Blood for Blood, The Dark Days Pact – but I’m more than happy to add another to my list!
    • Have you already started making reading plans for 2018? Hahaha nope! My main plan is to start reading again and to keep up with the blog. I need to somehow find a way to balance work, life and blogging. But I’m moving forward with positivity!

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

34386617This week I’m looking forward to The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor. I stumbled upon this series while browsing through some diverse book blogs. It has become one of my absolute favourites – the world, the characters, the commentary on social issues such as race, culture, customs, etc. – everything is just so well done. And…the author does it in very few words. Binti and Home, the first two novellas in the series, were both quite short (under 200 pages). It blows me away with home much she can transmit with so few words. If you haven’t read this series seriously get on it! This book is set to be released on January 15th by Tor.

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Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene–though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR. To be totally honest, I haven’t read very much since August. Work has taken up all my time and drained the energy from me. However, with the holiday break coming up I really want to get reading again. I miss it so much! *sobs*

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? 

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders. I’ve decided to take this topic and go in a slightly different direction…Ten Books That Feature Characters Forced into Leadership Roles. I love books that tell the story about a character that due to dire circumstances have to step up to help their loved ones. Ok…here we go!

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? 

Mini Reviews: The Lady of Royale Street & Colorless

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

32620396The Lady of Royale Street by Thea de Salle

Release date: August 21st, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Romance, new adult, contemporary
Format: eBook

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Alex DuMont is everything his brother Sol isn’t: regimented, serious, and devout. Between twelve-hour workdays, service to the church, punishing daily workouts, and bi-weekly therapy sessions, Alex is, as Sol once put it, “a kettle perpetually whistling as it boils itself to death.” So when Sol announces his marriage to Arianna Barrington, heiress and society sweetheart, Alex is the absolute worst choice to be his best man. Sol asks anyway and Alex reluctantly agrees. It’s only a week, after all, and Alex should be able to stop himself from throttling his big brother for a meager seven days. Probably. Maybe.

Theresa Ivarson is Arianna’s best friend and the maid of honor. A decorated photojournalist who interrupts her globetrotting to stand beside her friend, Theresa is beautiful, witty, and unafraid to speak her mind. So when she is faced with working with the best man from Hell, a Viking who doesn’t know how to smile, is bossy, and about as pleasant as a cactus, the sparks are bound to fly—and not in the good way. To make matters worse, Sol and Rain’s wedding planner was hit by a bus the week before their special day, and Alex and Theresa find themselves at the center of a list-ditch effort to pull the wedding together. But when you can’t decide if you want to kiss or kill someone, something’s bound to break.

I discovered this series by Thea de Salle a few months ago from people posting about it on Twitter. It’s new adult and features a ton of sex which is usually not my “thing”. I’m usually a fantasy and oh-so-cute romance book kind of person, but I was intrigued by what people were saying. And they were all right….this series is AMAZING! I devoured this book along with its predecessors (The King of Bourbon Street and The Queen of Dauphine Street) within a month. If you haven’t read them seriously get on it!

The Lady of Royale Street was a fun and quick read! The story resolves around the Sol and Rain’s upcoming wedding. Nothing has gone as planned and in an effort to to avoid the day from turning into a complete disaster, the two enlist the help of Theresa (Rain’s best friend) and Alex (Sol’s brother). The problem? From the first time they meet these two are at odds, constantly bickering about every single thing.

Alex and Theresa were super adorable together. Their banter was some of my favourite from the series. It was witty and fast paced and had me smiling a lot while reading. Also, unlike the other relationships featured in the series, theirs felt natural. It was a slow build and one that developed by spending a large amount of time together. The one thing it did lack was the super steamy sex scenes that the other books had. I guess I was expecting more of the same? That said, this book had something the others lacked, which was an examination into religion, sex and desire. Both characters were religious and struggled with their beliefs and the feelings they had about each other and their actions. I honestly hadn’t read anything like it before.

Although it wasn’t what I was expecting, I loved every bit of The Lady of Royale Street. The characters were adorable, the dialogue brought a huge smile to my face and the blend of old and news characters was wonderfully done. I hope this isn’t the end of the series. There are so many more secondary characters to focus on, plus who doesn’t love New Orleans? Go out and buy all three books. YOU ARE MISSING OUT if you haven’t read this series. *sigh* I want more please!


I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

34625067Colourless by Rita Stradling

Release date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Rita Stradling
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Format: eBook

DNF — 55%

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In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.

Their only target: Annabelle.

Rita Stradling is an author with totally original ideas and the description of Colourless really caught my eye. Honestly, I thought that this book would be amazing. I guess I should have known better because as much as I adored the first two books in her Dakota Kekoa series, I really haven’t had much luck with her other books.

I read about 55% of this book and put it aside. I’m not even sure why I read so much of it. But then again, I really wouldn’t label it as “reading” but more as “skimming”. I was reading a few work in a sentence or a paragraph a page and just going through the motions. There was no spark, nothing that kept me interesting or wanting to read. The main issue? The lead character Annabelle was not likeable at all. She thought too highly of herself, like everyone owed her. How am I supposed to connect with that? She just irritated me to no end! Ugh!

The pacing and writing of the book also didn’t do it any favours. Alright, the first few chapters did contain some potential. They were full of mystery and intrigue…but after that it all just became so dull. The mystery and intrigue turned into pure confusion. I stopped caring because everything bounced around. Why were there so many perspectives? Was that necessary? Why did all the characters sound the same? Who was talking? My mind just kept on wandering and reading this book unfortunately felt like a task, not something that I wanted to do. Maybe I should have put it down sooner but I really wanted to try to finish it.

So, while Colourless had a fascinating plot idea nothing really took off after the first few pages. I’m sad that this book turned out this way. It was the first I picked up after not reading for weeks due to work. I guess in the future I’ll steer clear of Stradling’s books, although I would really love for the third book of the Dakota Keko series to be released. It feels like ages since the second book came out.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Halloween freebie! I usually don’t read scary books or at least any that are Halloween themed, so I decided to share ten books about witches that I look forward to reading.

Also….this is my first post in quite some time. I hope to get some reviews and other posts up very soon. Little by little I’m finding more time to work on the blog. I’ve really missed reading and posting on here.

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? ❤