30 November, 2018

REVIEW: A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness


Title: A Discovery of Witches
Author:  Deborah Harkness
Series: #1
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Witches
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Release: February, 2011
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 579

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Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

29 November, 2018

28 November, 2018

27 November, 2018

REVIEW: DRAGON SPEAKER by Elana A. Mugdan


Title: Dragon Speaker
Author: Elana A. Mugdan
Series: The Shadow War Saga #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Pen Works Media
Release: July 15th, 2016
Source: E-book
Pages: 366

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BLURB: Everyone knows this story: an unlikely young hero is chosen by divine providence to save the world from a terrible evil.

Except Keriya Nameless is crippled, without the ability to wield magic—in fact, she's the only person who doesn't have powers of her own. The god who chose her is a mysterious dragon with a knack for exploiting loopholes in rules. Oh, and that terrible evil the world needs to be saved from? Maybe it’s not quite as evil as everyone says.

As Keriya ventures into the magical realm of Allentria, she learns things aren't black-and-white, and not everything is what it appears to be. Her quest would test the courage of even the bravest hero, and as the chosen Dragon Speaker, she quickly learns she's at the center of an age-old war . . .

A war that will decide the fate of everything.

26 November, 2018

25 November, 2018

COVER OF THE MONTH


We are always told to not judge a book by its cover but... this is exactly what we will be doing! Cover art should also be appreciated. Am I right? ;)

In this meme we will be choosing 5 covers every month from books published on said month
e.g. for january we will choose a cover from a book published in january


24 November, 2018

REVIEW: VORTENA by Neven Iliev

Title: Vortena
Author: Neven Iliev
Series: Everybody Loves Large Chests
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Publisher: Creative Spaces
Release: October 21st, 2018
Source: ebook
Pages: 444

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What happens when one takes a murderous psychopath and forces them to team up with a cowardly tinkerer? Though not a question that Jeremiah ever expected to ponder, he is nevertheless looking forward to seeing what the aforementioned duo will cook up. Success or failure does not matter to Richard, only that the journey be entertaining.

Things are far less jovial for the one under Tom's 'care,' however. Stuck in the monster-infested wilderness, lacking the usual backup, hunted by the Empire's top brass and tasked with an incredibly vague and obtuse Quest, Boxxy will face a world of uncertainty and adversity. However, this is nothing new. Pain, suffering and loss are things that have been commonplace since day one, and Boxxy is not only entirely undaunted, but also eager to share those valuable lessons with its new 'companion.' With things both shiny and tasty on the line, the crafty killer has every intention of showing that lich who's boss.

Assuming Boxxy manages to find it, of course.

CONTENT WARNING: Profanity, gore, violence, explicit adult content

 

23 November, 2018

REVIEW: WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE GONE WILD by Diana Rowland

Title: White Trash Zombie Gone Wild
Author: Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie
Genres: Zombies, Paranormal
Publisher: DAW
Release: October 6th, 2015
Source: ebook
Pages: 325

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Angel Crawford has buried her loser past and is cruising along in undead high gear--that is, until a murder-by-decapitation sends her on a hazardous detour. As Angel hunts for the killer, she uncovers a scheme that would expose zombies to the public and destroy the life she's built, and she's determined not to rest until she finds out who's behind it.

Soon she's neck-deep in lies, redneck intrigue, zombie hunters, and rot-sniffing cadaver dogs. It's up to her to unravel the truth and snuff out the conspiracy before the existence of zombies makes headline news and she's outed as a monster.

But Angel hasn't quite escaped the pill-popping ghosts of her past--not with an illicit zombie pharmaceutical at her fingertips. Good thing she's absolutely sure she can handle the drug's unpredictable side effects and still take down the bad guys...or maybe she's only one bad choice away from being dead meat--for real this time.

Angel knows a thing or two about kicking ass, but now the ass she needs to kick might be her own.

 

22 November, 2018

21 November, 2018

20 November, 2018

REVIEW: DRACUL by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker

Title: Dracul
Author: Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker
Series: -
Genres: Gothic, Vampires
Publisher: Putnam
Release: October 2nd, 2018
Source: ebook
Pages: 512

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The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a riveting novel of gothic suspense that reveals not only Dracula's true origins but Bram Stoker's -- and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.

It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here...

A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents' Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen -- a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen -- and that the nightmare they've thought long ended is only beginning.

 

19 November, 2018

18 November, 2018

17 November, 2018

REVIEW: BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray

Title: Beauty Queens
Author: Libba Bray
Series: -
Genres: YA, Humor
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release: May 24th, 2011
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 396

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BLURB: The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras.

But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness.

16 November, 2018

REVIEW: BAND SINISTER by K.J. Charles

Title:  Band Sinister
Author: KJ Charles
Series: -
Genres: LGBT, Historical Romance
Publisher: KJC Books
Release: October 11th, 2018
Source: ebook
Pages: 224

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Sir Philip Rookwood is the disgrace of the county. He’s a rake and an atheist, and the rumours about his hellfire club, the Murder, can only be spoken in whispers. (Orgies. It’s orgies.)

Guy Frisby and his sister Amanda live in rural seclusion after a family scandal. But when Amanda breaks her leg in a riding accident, she’s forced to recuperate at Rookwood Hall, where Sir Philip is hosting the Murder.

Guy rushes to protect her, but the Murder aren’t what he expects. They’re educated, fascinating people, and the notorious Sir Philip turns out to be charming, kind—and dangerously attractive.

In this private space where anything goes, the longings Guy has stifled all his life are impossible to resist...and so is Philip. But all too soon the rural rumour mill threatens both Guy and Amanda. The innocent country gentleman has lost his heart to the bastard baronet—but does he dare lose his reputation too?

 

15 November, 2018

14 November, 2018

13 November, 2018

REVIEW: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA by Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca


Title: The House of Bernarda Alba
Author:  Federico Garcia Lorca
Series: -
Genres: Fiction, Play, Classics
Publisher: Dramatist's Play Service
Release: October 1st, 1998
Source: Paperback
Pages: 49

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The Focus Student Editions are designed for Spanish language courses in literature and culture. Prepared with non-native Spanish speakers in mind, these editions include an introduction (in Spanish), the complete work, and linguistic and cultural notes in Spanish, a current bibliography and study questions.


This Focus student edition is a Spanish drama of women in the villages of Spain. The play centers on the events of a house in Andalusia during a period of mourning, in which Bernarda Alba wields total control over her five daughters.

12 November, 2018

11 November, 2018

10 November, 2018

REVIEW: RAG AND BONE by K.J. Charles

Title: Rag and Bone
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: Rag and Bone 1
Genres: LGBT, Historical Fiction
Publisher: KJC Books
Release: April 17th, 2017
Source: ebook
Pages: 202

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It’s amazing what people throw away…

Crispin Tredarloe never meant to become a warlock. Freed from his treacherous master, he’s learning how to use his magical powers the right way. But it’s brutally hard work. Not everyone believes he’s a reformed character, and the strain is putting unbearable pressure on his secret relationship with waste-man Ned Hall.

Ned’s sick of magic. Sick of the trouble it brings, sick of its dangerous grip on Crispin and the miserable look it puts in his eyes, and sick of being afraid that a gentleman magician won’t want a street paper-seller forever—or even for much longer.

But something is stirring among London’s forgotten discards. An ancient evil is waking up and seeking its freedom. And when wild magic hits the rag-and-bottle shop where Ned lives, a panicking Crispin falls back onto bad habits. The embattled lovers must find a way to work together—or London could go up in flames.

This story is set in the world of the Charm of Magpies. Previously published by Samhain.

 

09 November, 2018

REVIEW: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving

Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Author:  Washington Irving
Series: - 
Genres: Horror,, Short Stories, Fiction,
Publisher: Tor Classics
Release: January 15th, 1991
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 108

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Sleepy Hollow is a strange little place...some say bewitched. Some talk of its haunted valleys and streams, the ghostly woman in white, eerie midnight shrieks and howls, but most of all they talk of the Headless Horseman. A huge, shadowy soldier who rides headless through the night, terrifying unlucky travellers.

Schoolteacher Ichabod Crane is fascinated by these stories....Until late one night, walking home through Wiley's swamp, he finds that maybe they're not just stories.

What is that dark, menacing figure riding behind him on a horse? And what does it have in its hands?


And why wasn't schoolteacher Crane ever seen in Sleepy Hollow again?

08 November, 2018

07 November, 2018

06 November, 2018

REVIEW: WOLFSONG by T.J. Klune

Title: Wolfsong
Author: TJ Klune
Series: Green Creek 1
Genres: LGBT, Paranormal
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release: June 20th, 2016
Source: ebook
Pages: 400

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Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

 

05 November, 2018

04 November, 2018

03 November, 2018

REVIEW: THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller


Title: The Crucible
Author: Arthur Miller
Series: -
Genres: Fiction, Plays, Historical, Drama
Publisher: Penguin Classics,
Release: March 25th, 2003
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 143

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Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch-hunts" in the United States. Within the text itself, Miller contemplates the parallels, writing, "Political opposition... is given an inhumane overlay, which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence.

02 November, 2018

REVIEW: HOW THE WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE GOT HER GROOVE BACK by Diana Rowland

Title: How the White Trash Zombie got her Groove Back
Author: Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie 4
Genres: Zombies, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: DAW
Release: July 1st, 2014
Source: ebook
Pages: 328

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READERS HUNGER FOR ANGEL CRAWFORD...

It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends—and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction...

 

01 November, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018


November is the National Novel Writing Month, where you have your 30 days to write 50.000 words, and make it your novel!

Now's the time to start.