Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher description:
Marjan, a crippled serving girl, has told Shahrazad — the Arabian Nights heroine who, after nearly a thousand nights, is running out of stories — a new tale, which turns out to be incomplete. In an adventure equal to any a storyteller might relate, Marjan faces the intrigues of the harem, the dangers of the streets, and the anger of the Sultan himself to find the needed ending. With its carefully researched Persian background and its wonderful sense of people and place this story gives vibrant life to a different culture and new excitement to an old tale.
Shadow Spinner 4 STARS
This is looking at the tale of The Arabian Nights from the point of view of a girl who, like all the other women there, see Shahrazad as the great lady who stopped the killing of women by a Sultan who had been betrayed by his first wife… and like the wonderful Shahrazad she loves to tell stories… but she learns that her hero is running out of stories and the tale Marjan has given her is incomplete and without an ending the peace that had come since she had volunteered to marry the Sultan will come to a bloody end… and so Marjan is suddenly sucked into a world she never imagined she could be a part of and is running out of time to save the day when there are many that are hoping and doing all that they can to make sure Shahrazad will fail in staying alive… it’s exciting and sweet and even has an interesting look at how love can bloom between 2 that doesn’t seem logical…
White Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz description:
Relationships are challenging enough for most single over-thirty women. For level ten parasensitive Clare Lancaster, they’re a minefield. The elite few who know her secret call her a human lie detector, and any falsehood, no matter how subtle or well hidden, sets her blood racing. Over the years, Clare has come to accept that someone with her extraordinary talents is unlikely to find a suitable mate. And she’s even resigned herself to the fact that everyone, to one degree or another, hides behind a facade.
Including her recently deceased brother-in-law. When Clare finds the body of Brad McAllister, the golden child of Stone Canyon, Arizona, the posh residents turn a suspicious eye in her direction. As Archer Glazebrook’s daughter, Clare is shielded from the law, but not the gossip. It seems that meeting the half sister and family whom she did not know until seven months ago was a mistake. Now her father summons her from California to play a role in his business empire, and Clare doesn’t intend on making the same mistake twice. But after meeting Jake Salter, Archer’s “business consultant,” she is convinced that things aren’t what they seem. Salter’s careful conversation walks a delicate line between truth and deception, revealing and resisting. Something sparks and sizzles between them – something more than the usual electricity between a man and a woman.
Caught in a dizzying storm of secrets, lies, and half-truths, Jake and Clare will plunge into an investigation that demands every bit of their special gifts. Together, they must overcome their mutual distrust in order to unravel a web of conspiracy and murder.
BOOK 2: White Lies 4 STARS
This is the first book I read in this series and the one thing I like about the Arcane Society books is that you can read them in whatever order because although its all about the same society the main characters are different for each story… so it never gets old… the arcane society is a group of people that have extra abilities… in this case the woman can see when someone is lying and the degree of how bad a lie is… like a white lie or a ‘I’m blatantly lying to your face cause I probably really want to kill you’ lie… and since everyone lies she has had to learn to deal with the constant barrage of color lights thrown at her (cause it’s like an aura that gets brighter or whatnot, it’s explained in the book)… but it’s an adventure and love story and mystery all wrapped into 1… and with so many different sorts of abilities and at different levels it makes the characters very unique and adds a strange layer to the problems at hand… definitely something different that I would suggest checking out…
Immortal Descent by R.G. Dole
Okay so I was planning to wait until I actually had a more fixed date on when the book was coming out to share this… but I was too excited about the cover done by Eric Wilder who also does The Grimm Report… and had to share… but it shouldn’t be too much longer because it has been completely written… I’m just in the final editing stages…
This was originally named The Last Immortal… but that title got ditched for the way cooler Immortal Descent… anyway this is the sorta second book to Immortal Longings… it’s a future look at Eric Lupir’s life… and well I probably should also figure out a good description for the book… basically this is a couple of centuries after the last book ended… Eric is now all alone in the world… but Cynthia Weathers, a descendant of Gordon Weathers who helped Lucus and Lexi in pt. 2 of the first book, is sent to find Eric because someone is killing off his descendants in a manner that seems vampiric… and yet there are no more vampires just as there are no more werewolves… but there are plenty of other paranormal creatures out there and that is what the Weathers family deals in… but even this is bigger than they can handle and so they have to go find the last true immortal on earth…
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen description:
Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899. Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City’s elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone–from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud–threatens Elizabeth’s and Diana’s golden future.
With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city’s gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan’s most celebrated daughter disappear…
In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.
BOOK 1: The Luxe 3 STARS
The first half of this book was a bit slow going… it was a little confusing because of the multitude of characters that were being introduced… some of which weren’t even all that important… but once it picked up pace and you began to see how everything was being tied together it really became and interesting and twisting novel… it gave a nice mix of the late 1800′s upper class crowd with some real sweetness and then straight ruthlessness… how they were trying to double cross each other judging each other for lots of times the same actions they’ve committed… but the good in there was a realistic and genuine and even showed the growth and change that people can go through when they come to recognize such… but they weren’t all upper class… there were those of the lower ones… their maids and stable boys that showed the other side of things as well…. how some don’t care about the class system and just want to make a living… and others will do anything to get their hands on money… truly a diverse lot that shows how entangled we all are regardless of how we see ourselves… and I honestly am looking forward to reading the next book…
BOOK 1: The Vampire King by Heather Killough-Walden
BOOK 2: The Phantom King
BOOK 3: The Warlock King
The Goblin King description:
Damon Chroi has known the weight of ruling in loneliness for thousands of years. The tall, painfully handsome fae lord was born with so much power, the fae kings not only envied but feared him, and banished him to a forbidden realm to be forgotten. There, he was tasked with ruling over the deadliest creatures known to the fae worlds, and his veritable battle as their sovereign is never-ending. As one of the 13 Kings, his destiny foretells an end to his solitude with the appearance of an equally powerful queen. But that kind of power is hard to come by. And power or not, Damon can’t imagine any woman willingly joining him in the eternal misery to which he has been tasked.
Until he meets the beautiful, strong and selfless Diana Piper.
Diana has been hiding a potent secret from the world for decades. She was born with abilities others would fight to win, and kill to keep. To make matters worse, she is a sensitive soul who, despite the danger it poses to herself, uses these powers to make the world a better place. Forever in harm’s way, overworked and head strong, Diana one night comes across the ultimate challenge in the form of a wayward fae beast – and in the process, crosses paths with its indomitable king. A light can only shine in the darkness so long before someone takes note of it. And Diana not only manages to gain the instant attentions of Damon Chroi… but of those who would do anything to see him – and the other 13 Kings – dead.
BOOK 4: The Goblin King 5 STARS
While all her characters have felt real and alive… this book some how brought a new life with it… Damon and Diana bonding over their love of the movie Highlander… and Damon the Goblin King loving My Little Ponies just brought humor and common silliness that made these characters become real people… no more of those paranormal men who have lived centuries and are bored with the world… Damon may have been around a long long long time, practically trapped in the Goblin kingdom, but he loves Netflix and likes Shutterfly pony the least… and hearing witches complain about jobs they’re only working to look normal cracked me up… it was exciting and action packed… but it also had those moments that we’ve all had in our everyday lives that is just absolutely ridiculous to hear from these powerful people and yet nice… if you’ve reached this novel then you pretty much already know what to expect… things are getting darker and harder for all the good guys but Killough-Walden managed to make this story rife with humor and movie references that you can’t help but love and in so doing love the characters all the more… a truly wonderful book…
BOOK 1: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
BOOK 2: The Golden Lily
BOOK 3: The Indigo Spell
The Fiery Heart description:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.
In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .
But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.
Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe
BOOK 4: The Fiery Heart 3 STARS
The main thing that kept it from being a 4 or 5 star book is, first off, the writing… it wasn’t quite up to par and it fell rather flat in the beginning… which is a crucial part of any book… it was mainly my love of Adrian and Sydney that kept me going… and personally I don’t like books that are in first person point of view that switch that person every other chapter… I have to stop and remind myself who ‘I’ is and that just throws off the flow a bit… though I do understand why Mead did this because it became rather crucial later on, but for most of the book it just felt a bit off…
yet the plot and the climatic ending was enough to consider it really good and worth the read… and it was nice to finally understand Adrian as we now get to see the world through his eyes… and Zoe was an interesting obstacle for the new love birds… she was a character you felt both sorry for and was irritated by, which seems to be what Mead was going for… though with her in the mix and Neil, the added dhampir, it didn’t leave much room to see Sydney’s extra life… you just saw her with Ms. Terwilliger or at Adrian’s… and so the friends and life she had built up suddenly weren’t there any more… the parts that was so great about the other books was seeing Sydney’s joy in that life and I know that not everything can be put in this book and I wouldn’t say there were really any wasted moments… but it just didn’t have the wonderful story line that made me fall in love with this series… though the whole build up and the ultimate end makes me want the next book out in a hurry… though I do hope Mead doesn’t do what she did with Vampire Academy and make this series one book too long…
BOOK 1: Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz
Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick
The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Nicholas Winters’s efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation of male descendents who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents-and the curse of madness.
Plagued by hallucinations and nightmares, notorious crime lord Griffin Winters is convinced he has been struck with the Winters Curse. But even has he arranges a meeting with the mysterious woman Adelaide Pyne, he has no idea how closely their fates are bound, for she holds the missing lamp in her possession.
But their dangerous psychic experiment makes them the target of forces both inside and outside of the Arcane Society. And though desire strengthens their power, their different lives will keep them apart-if death doesn’t take them together.
BOOK 2: Burning Lamp 4 STARS
Another great edition to the Arcane Society… This is the 2nd in the Dreamlight trilogy and if you’ve read the first there are some similarities that can be expected given the nature that they’re both about the Winter’s curse… but even so it still held surprises and twists and wonderfully created characters… I have to say that this is about a crime lord and social reformer who’s objective is to bring down the crime lords empire in Victorian England… definitely 2 people who go together about as well as oil and water… really I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of these books… the people and their gifts and how everything comes together… great writing… a wonderful adventure… and as usual the ultimate love…