I just cannot say enough how much I loved this book/novella (whichever you prefer calling it). It’s everything I never knew I needed rolled into one amazing story. And it sets the scene perfect for what’s to come in the series, which I also cannot wait to read and continue. And since it was so short I was just left wanting more and more while also feeling satisfied with what the story entailed.
What I loved most about this one is all of the action jam packed into this tiny package. I mean, it felt like a full length book with everything that occurred. And the other aspect I loved the most is the Asian inspiration. I have a soft spot for anything Asian inspired and this fantasy combination was the perfect mixture for my tastes. And it wasn’t just the same old same old redone, it was a refreshing combination of new and old.
This book was just one of those things that is a joy to read. I instantly fell in love with the world throughout and knew that I would want to continue reading this series for a long time. So I’m just going to need everyone to check out this world so we can all gush about it.
About the Author
JC Kang’s unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.
Dark magic dwells in the thoughts we hide, waiting…
With my brother’s death came the crown and all the trappings that accompany it. Now, my father–the most dangerous man in Magaelor–seeks to control my future.
But fate has other plans.
Thrown into mer-filled waters, I’m dragged into the rival kingdom of Berovia. Surrounded by those who murdered my brother and wished my entire family dead, I must find my way back to my kingdom. There, a marriage between myself and the dark fae prince could bring peace to a century’s old division between the fae and sorcerers. But dark revelations and deadly lies threaten to destroy my destiny. I must make the choice between my duty, family, and heart before it’s too late. Will I allow myself to become the Queen of everything? Or be reduced to a cautionary tale as the princess of nothing?
The Fate of Crowns is a YA epic fantasy adventure about a sheltered princess who travels between magical kingdoms, discovering a world different to what she’d believed.
Get book one now. The anticipated sequel, The Princess of Nothing, releases February 2nd 2021.
I feel like indie authors are killing the fantasy game. There have been just so many unique and well written ones that I’ve found ever since I started going that route and The Fate of Crowns is now a much beloved addition to that list. I just really dove into this book and didn’t want to put it down until I finished it. So, make sure you have a large chunk of time when you pick this one up!
Given that this was a fantasy book there were a lot of characters throughout the story. Some got a bit more depth and others were just briefly introduced, but the combination made it all flow together well. The one thing I would’ve liked a bit better was a bit more world building, but I know not everyone likes that so beggars can’t be choosers. But asides from that I loved the story and I appreciated that even though the pacing was quick there was still a solid plot.
This is one of those books that is going to easily appeal to many readers. And it’s also one of those books that will pull you in and leave you flipping the pages as fast as you can. So, don’t wait to snag this one up!
About the Book
Rebecca lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and son. Originally from England, you can find her drinking tea, writing new worlds, and designing covers. She writes young adult fantasy. She devoured every book she was given and fell in love with magical worlds, and when she got older, her imagination grew with her. She implements royalty into her books because she adores historical monarchies.
When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, you can find her traveling, and hosting book signings with Spellbinding Events.
The Fate of Crowns, Book one, releases January 5th 2021 with the following four books releasing between February and June.
Centuries ago, against the will of the mages, the humans hunted and killed the Primordials.
All except one.
Now the creature has blighted the lands. It cast a spreading net of darkness over dozens of villages where now only demons can dwell. All of Arcathain is in danger unless the spread can be contained.
It’s up to the Shadow Crusade to slay the last Primordial, destroy the Shadowthorn, and return their homeland to the light of day.
And who better to carry the title of savior than the recently orphaned, vengeful, and reckless, Halira Devonshire?
Shadow Crusade is the first in a NA, gothic, epic fantasy series with badass demon huntresses, immortal creatures, epic world-building, and a budding romance. If you enjoyed books by Cassandra Clare, Jay Kristoff, Shannon Mayer, and KF Breene, then Shadow Crusade will keep you reading long into the night!
I was introduced to Jessaca Willis last year with her Reapers of Veltuur series and I absolutely fell in love with her dark style. So, as you could guess, I jumped at the chance to read this one. And it did not disappoint. There was just so much to love and just so many characters you couldn’t help but to love to hate.
So, like I said there are a lot of characters that you might not love so much, but… you know… still love. And that’s because these characters are beautifully morally grey and imperfectly perfect. Which you know I absolutely live for in books. And characters aside the plot is crazy so buckle up for some mysteries and twists and just a whole bunch of…. yeah, well, I’m not gonna actually tell you. So read it to find out.
But yeah, this was one heck of a read and I definitely might have found myself losing some sleep to binge it. So don’t start this one late at night if you aspire to go to sleep at some point in the night. But make sure you don’t miss out on this one! And also check out her other works while you’re at it.
About the Author
JESSACA WILLIS is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the dark, the horrifying, and the paranormal.
She studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees, and incorporates themes from her education (family dynamics, mental health, oppression) into her writing.
Jessaca is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves to cosplay at conventions, play video games or read comics in her downtime, and to binge-watch the latest fantasy and sci-fi television series. Along with a bunch of other self-proclaimed nerds, she lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies.
Her debut series, The Awakened is an apocalyptic fantasy series about four people from across the world, trying to learn to live with their powers after society has collapsed.
Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line of Thoarne, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne of Orynthia. Every generation, a single Haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.
Upon her Ascension to adulthood, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’Haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets. As she adjusts to her new life, Luscia uncovers a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.
Raised on superstitious rumors about Boreal’s penchant for sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’Haidren to the House of Darakai, inevitably clashes with Lusica when she arrives in Bastiion. But when his position is threatened by an old rival, Zaethan is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with the Boreali al’Haidren to secure his claim.
Following a disturbing stream of innocent bloodshed across Orynthia, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, the path to peace should never be trusted.
Ok, for a while I was avoiding all court/political intrigue YA novels. Why? Because I over-read the heck out of them. BUT, I’m back and ready to devour this… genre?… again! I read a few last year and I’m thinking that this year my reading resolution needs to be to get these types of books back into rotation. And let me tell you, House of Bastiion was the PERFECT start to my 2021 reading resolution!
Now, you know I have to talk about it, but the worldbuilding in this books was just absolute perfection. I grew up on Tolkien and that of course led to my obsession with NEEDING to know everything about the worlds I’m reading about. So I appreciate how much we were expertly given so much information woven in with the story. And with a story with so much political intrigue you kind of need that worldbuilding for everything to make sense and fit together.
So yeah, in case you can’t tell: this book is good. And well worth the read. Like seriously, go read it. Binge it. Devour it. And take your mind off of all of the crazy things that seem to keep popping up.
About the Author
K.L. Kolarich is a debut New-Adult Fantasy Fiction author, based out of Nashville, TN. An individual plagued by sarcasm, conviction, and an ever-present distraction of fable and lore, K.L. Kolarich dreams in the day and writes through the night. With too many cats and not enough wine, Kolarich resides in the woods away from the noise, happily married.
When fate tears Estelle Verndari from an ordinary world, dreams become a sinister new reality. In Kiliac, different is dangerous. Different means magic, and magic is punishable by death.
Lost and alone in a forest of nightmares, Estelle is saved by Rose, a man with fire in his eyes and blood on his hands. But she must learn to survive this brutal new world if she ever hopes to make it home. As the forest becomes a sanctuary, Rose captures her heart, and Estelle discovers a secret magic in her soul—the ability to heal in a world full of ruin.
But an ancient power is calling her name. A tyrant king is drowning the forest in death, and taking up arms to defend it means giving up on finding her path home. If Estelle’s secret is uncovered, everything she’s grown to love will be destroyed.
Apparently night time reviews are my *thing* now. I think the shorter days have just completely thrown off my sense of time and being and I just keep losing my days. BUT ANYWAYS, this book deserves all of the love and then some. It’s just one of those books that takes you by surprise and makes you really fall for it. It has so many elements done so so well that it just all weaves together into an amazing story.
The friendships in this book is something special and the bond between these characters is really refreshing. This is a story more about these bonds than it is about a girl losing herself in love with a boy. And the character development is sublime and I wish more books had such growth in the characters. Plus this book gets dark. And you know that’s an instant win for me. I love me some dark and gritty themes because I always feel as if it makes the book more realistic in a sense.
This book is just such a joy to read and it’s incredibly fast paced. So grab your blankie and some hot cocoa, cuddle up, and be ready to be surprised by this delight of a book. And psssttttt, there’s animals for all my animal companion story lovers. You know that makes you want to read this even more *nudge, nudge, wink wink*!
About the Author
Clare Kae has always been a dreamer, finding her place in worlds and characters that seemed more real than what should have been expected. Though, when she’s not daydreaming about faraway worlds, she’s teaching primary school children in Australia.
Born and raised by a wonderful family, and lots of spotty dogs, Clare had innumerable opportunities to see the world and enjoy life the way she wanted to growing up – especially via endless amounts of tea and books. For that, she will be forever grateful. She now lives with her incredible fiance and two dogs – one spotty and one not.
When daydreaming became something more, and words flowed out of her head like rivers, Daughter of Dreams and Dread was born. Now an indie author, Clare is a newbie to the journey, but an excited soul to say the least.
For fans of Labyrinth, Sarah J. Maas, and Laini Taylor.
There are three rules to surviving the Fae—and I’m about to break every single one.
Rule #1. Never cross into Faerie.
When I’m chased across the enchanted border and caught by its sinister ruler of the sky, the pretty trickster with a clever tongue offers me a deal.
Rule #2: Never bargain with a Fae.
But I don’t have a choice. For thirteen days, I have to survive in his mountainous maze of crooked bridges, deceptive stairways, and devious inhabitants. Refuse, and my sisters will suffer as punishment.
Rule #3: Never fall for the enemy.
I should have known my sexy captor wouldn’t play fair. The deeper I plunge into this dangerous world of Solitary Fae, the more I’m entangled in their ruler’s seductive web of desire—and the forbidden temptations he offers.
The price of losing this wicked game is everything I love. But winning might just cost me my heart.
Step into the Dark Fables World, where defiant mortals and deceitful faeries clash. Kiss the Fae is the first book in Natalia Jaster’s romantic fantasy series, Vicious Faeries. If you like slow burns, enemies-to-lovers, angst with heart, and magical plot twists, get ready for a book hangover.
NA/new adult: sexual content and language. For mature readers 18+.
Happy day late book birthday to this beauty! I was going to post my review yesterday but I was hoping Insta hashtags would get turned back on today (I’m not bitter at allll), but I guess who knows when that will ever happen! BUT ANYWAYS, wow, this book! I mean, I expected a lot from it because it’s compared to some of my all time favorites and is steamy, but dang it still blew me away!
Where do I even begin with this review though? The fact that the pacing of the story was absolutely perfect? The chemistry between the characters? My absolute love of the characters? The fantasy and fae elements? All of the above? Yes, let’s go with all of the above! This book just literally had it all done and instead of feeling like a steaming pile of old leftovers it was expertly executed and amazingly crafted. So yeah, if you can’t tell I’m fangirling a little over this book.
There’s just something about fae and their wickedly tricky and cruel ways that gets to me. And a new adult book with fae in it just adds a whole other level that I desperately need more of. Plus I got my beloved enemies to lovers trope so I am a happy camper! But the book is just so well written, and honestly that trumps everything for me. Plus, have you seen that cover? I mean, *muah,* perfection!
About the Author
Natalia Jaster is a fantasy romance author who routinely swoons for the villain.
She lives in an enchanted forest, where she writes steamy New Adult tales about rakish jesters, immortal deities, and vicious fae. Wicked heroes are her weakness, and rebellious heroines are her best friends. She’s also a total fool for first-kiss scenes and fanfiction.
Her series include Foolish Kingdoms, Selfish Myths, and Vicious Faeries (set in The Dark Fables extended universe).
When she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her perched atop a castle tower, guzzling caramel apple tea, and counting the stars.
**Cracked Coffins contains profanity, mature themes, sexual violence, and general violence. It is recommended for a mature 17+ audience.**
THE PAST HAS RISEN.
After Marianna Cortez overdoses on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, the strange circumstances surrounding her survival make her doubt that the normal life she desperately wants will ever be within reach. Yet, when Denendrius Sovetta steps out from the shadows of her past, he brings with him the hope that things could be different.
But Denendrius is a twisted vampire from Ancient Rome with a chaotic past of his own. Marianna can’t ignore the cracks in his sweet façade for long. As she discovers her connection to him, she learns more about his dark past and its influence on hers.
With his claims that they’re meant to be together and his brutal means to keep her from leaving him, Marianna seeks to find the truth and escape Denendrius’s grasp before her history has a chance to kill her future.
Have you ever had a book give you whiplash? Because I feel like this one did. Every time I started thinking to myself, “wait, maybe I was wrong!” I WAS PROVEN WRONG YET AGAIN! I went into this expecting a love story with vampires. And NOPE, it was not this! This was a heavy and graphic story about obsession and a really abusive relationship. And I couldn’t look away.
This is probably one of the most graphic books I’ve ever read. And that’s because it covered so many taboo topics. This is not the typical vampire story that I’ve come to know and expect. These vampires are mean and take pleasure in pain and are just as twisted as vampires are meant to be. Maybe even a little more. But I wouldn’t say that vampires were the main focus of this story. Having vampires was more of just a side note to all of the other dark and twisted topics (see the trigger warnings) riddled throughout.
This is not a book that you will be able to read in one sitting. I had to pace myself and take breaks from it. But even when I wasn’t actively reading it I was still thinking about it. Something about it stuck with me and made me want to read more even when I knew I needed a break. It’s a difficult story to get through and nothing is held back, but it’s still got that something that makes you finish.
About the Author
Beronika Keres is a fantasy, thriller, and horror writer. After deciding in the second grade that she was destined to be an author, she has spent her life honing her craft and pursuing her dream. Fueled by coffee, she can often be found chasing plot bunnies and writing books.
When she isn’t writing, she can be found spending time with her family and enjoying the forests, mountains, and lakes of where she resides in British Columbia, Canada.
An ancient evil is stirring. The old gods are growing restless. Can she stop the coming storm?
A Devastating Sickness
For decades, the Kethran Empire has been plagued by a strange illness that leaches the very life and soul from its victims.
The Girl Who Survived
Casia is one of the Fade-Marked—one of the few people who caught this sickness and lived. Why she lived is a mystery even to her and the outcast crew of mercenaries she calls her family. It also makes her an intriguing target for the young, enigmatic king-emperor, who claims he wants to work alongside her to find a cure.
Unfortunately, working alongside him also means working with the handsome but infuriating captain of one of the most prestigious branches of the Kethran Army.
A Soldier With No Past
This infuriating Captain Elander also has secrets: A past that Cas can’t seem to uncover, a powerful but strange brand of magic, and a deep distrust of the very monarch that he’s sworn to serve. She feels oddly drawn to him in spite of these things…
But can she really trust him?
The Fate of an Empire
As the bodies pile up and strange monsters begin to wreak havoc throughout the realms, Cas and Elander will have to work together to protect their world whether they trust one another or not. Because one thing is clear: Something ancient and evil is stirring in the shadows of Kethra.
And the empire will not survive its full unleashing.
But how can they save a world where nothing and no one is what they seem to be— including Cas herself?
Ok, so I haven’t read any books from the Serpents and Kings trilogy but holy heck, after reading this book (which is set in the same world) I have been MISSING OUT! I had really high expectations going into this book because, well, just look at this cover! And the synopsis is just just exciting! And I am here to say that after reading it I still think everyone and then some needs to read this book.
Ok, this book is thicc and I LOVE IT! I am such a sucker for extensive world building (as usual, here’s looking at you Tolkien for making me this way) and I just loved how I got to spend so much time in this world. And it’s the perfect combination of adventure and slower parts. I love books with a lot of action and I love books with a lot of descriptors. BUT, when I find a book that has TOO much of either I tend to get bored. And The Song of the Marked didn’t fall into that trap! It was just so well done and had an amazing cast of characters that I absolutely loved getting to know!
So, now that I’m done with book one I’m going to be wallowing and waiting for book two. I mean, it should take too long. Right? BUT, in the meantime I have a whole other trilogy to binge! But if you love fantasies and epicness and adventure and new worlds you definitely have to pick this one up! It’s the perfect stay up late and lose some sleep read!
About the Author
As a kid, S.M. Gaither spent way too much time playing video games like Final Fantasy and reading every book she could get her hands on instead of doing silly things like her assigned homework. As an adult…Well, not much has changed. Her goal is to write books that distract others from their life’s obligations, too, thus creating an army of fellow procrastinators over which she can reign supreme. These days, her personal favorite places to procrastinate are in the mountains near her North Carolina home, in the company of her husband, their daughter, and their very spoiled dog.
A realm of monsters. A world of lies. She belongs to both.
My name is Emberly, and everything I’ve ever been told is a lie.
Monsters don’t exist. Wrong. The nightmarish spectrum world is just my imagination. Wrong. In a few months, I’ll finally be free. Wrong.
It takes being dragged to a secret training academy in the mountains to unravel the truth. My captors–an elite race of angel-born warriors called Nephilim.
The deadliest of them all is an arrogant shape shifter, Steel. He’s gorgeous, lethal, hot-headed . . . and convinced I’ll be the death of them all.
Maybe he’s right. As soon as I show up, the monsters that have haunted me my entire life breach the academy walls. My only hope of saving my new friends is learning how to control my powers, but when a stunning betrayal hurts someone I care about, I have an impossible choice.
Stay and fight for a place to belong . . . or decide once and for all that I’m better off alone.
Enter the spectrum world, a realm in-between worlds where shadow beasts draw blood, reality is a maze of twisted lights and sounds, and life goals are whittled down to just one: survive.
Fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Cassandra Clare will love this Crescent City meets Crave mash up!
So I’m writing this review SUPER sleep deprived because I just HAD to finish this book last night! Well, this morning! To say I was excited for this book is a bit of an understatement. I mean it was compared to two of my favorite authors, Cassandra Clare and Jennifer L. Armentrout! And, as you can see I obviously loved it since I chose to lose sleep because I couldn’t put it down.
So what I loved about this book was just how unique it was! We have some creatures that we’re used to seeing but it is a brand new world! The spectrum realm is just so unique and I loved learning more about it along with Emberly. I also cannot wait to see how else it expands in the second book as we continue to learn more and more. Then there are the characters in this book, or maybe I just want to talk about our resident love-hate relationship between Steel and Emberly. PHEW! There was a LOT of steam between the two and I just adored the feistiness as they bantered back and forth.
So, the one bad thing about this book is that I have to wait for the second one. Things went WILD at the end and I was just reading faster and faster all the while dreading that I was running out of pages. So yeah, I’m not ready to be done with these characters and I’m especially excited because we’re just on the cusp of having so many questions answered! So here I’ll be, twiddling my thumbs while I wait for book two.
Out of Context Quotes
So, as I was reading I kept highlighting (it’s a bad obsession) quotes. And after a while I realized that a LOT of these would be quite comical out of context, so I’m going to share my favorite ones with you:
Let me go, you overgrown turkey!
Seriously, close your mouth, you look like a trout.
If you don’t let me go I’m going to hunt you down and make sure you’re the centerpiece of my Thanksgiving meal!
You want me to put what in where?
I’m pretty sure Steel was walking funny for a full week after our fight. I look back on that week with fondness.
A gargled cough comes from my left and I turn in time to watch mild dribble out of Greyson’s nose.
Personally, I think it’s that sparkly vampire dude’s fault. That relationship was messed up.
Shhhhh. Bring it down a notch, Cow Boy.
Stop trying to regale her with your Twilight epiphanies. Nobody wants to hear them.
Not only is he holding a feather, but he has some sort of magic orb or light ball wrapped in his coat.
R.I.P. pink angora sweater. You were cute, and kept my books hidden from the Forsaken and most of Seraph Academy. Thank you for your service.
Dude, there was this sparkly glitter bomb that flew through the air, peeing out sparkles or something. It was trippy.
Wait, if you don’t have any . . . bits . . . then how do you go to the bathroom?
Can you let go of my hair and my . . . Tinkle please.
About the Author
Julie Hall is a USA Today bestselling, 11x award-winning author.
She writes YA paranormal / fantasy novels, loves doodles, and drinks Red Bull, but not necessarily in that order. Julie’s daughter says that her super power is sleeping all day and writing all night… and well, she wouldn’t be wrong.
Julie currently lives in Colorado with her four favorite people – her husband, daughter, and two fur babies.