November Reads Round Up

MONTHLY READS ROUNDUP

A brief summary of my November reads with links to the full reviews.

When Darkness Breaks (The Underground Guardians #1) by Brianna West

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I gave this book 5/5. A fantastic new aspect of the Promiscus Guardians world. Demon guardians protecting Earth from the Underworld, and an Angel and Demon romance at its hottest. Convincing characters, and a highly anticipated love interest who doesn’t disappoint.

Earth’s Knot by Katie Deann

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I gave this book 2.5/5. This novella felt more like a prequel/ first chapters to a larger story without a beginning, middle, or end. Great concept that fell short due to the length of the book. The entire series would benefit from a reworking into a full length novel.

A Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson

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I gave this book 4.5/5. A very quick read, but a sweet Christmas romance of unrequited love, childhood sweethearts, and all the usual YA romance tropes that I like to indulge in. Christmas novellas have to have a happy ending in my opinion, and this one was too cute.

The Christmas Bake-Off by Abby Clements

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I gave this book 3.5/5. A fun, Christmas tale of a village bake-off with sabotage the fore front of the narrative. A ‘who dunnit’ of the baking variety. A quick read, that warms the cockles of your heart, but doesn’t have very much romance or character development.

 

Naughty or Nice Anthology by Various Authors

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I gave this book 3/5. A brilliant concept. All the authors use the same writing prompt to create a Christmas tale about Charlotte and Daniel. Enjoyable, quick read shorts, but sometimes it felt a little monotonous. I had to pace myself between stories as one Charlotte was blending into another.

 

Eleonore by Faith Rivens (ARC)

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I gave this book 5/5. What can I say? This novella is right up my reading street. Kick ass heroine and mother, a romance with history, believable story telling in the urban fantasy genre, and on point dialogue. A brilliant debut from this author.

 

 


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Review: Eleonore by Faith Rivens

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Eleonore (An Inionaofa Novella) by Faith Rivens 5/5

15281174_1346723905379023_1254892873_n(1).jpgEléonore Dormant’s life is a precarious balancing act: librarian by day, demon hunter by night and single mother around the clock. Each day brings its challenges and she brings her A-game. It helps that coffee and a bottle of painkillers are always in supply.
For six years, she’s protected the streets of Montreal from all manner of demons and the consequent evil that they would wreak on her city. But even a resumé like hers isn’t enough to prepare her for the unforeseen night when she becomes the hunted.
A sorcerer, an enigmatic Elder, has placed a hefty bounty on her head and the demons are eager to claim the reward for her capture. They bear down on her, disrupting her mode de vie and endangering her son’s life all in one fell swoop. But Eléonore is ready to fight whatever Hell deigns to send her way to save him. The path she pursues will lead her to new places and old faces.
One thing is certain, Eléonore’s about to get into a whole hellhole of trouble.

Thanks go to the author for giving me an ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest opinion.

Review:

Eleonore is a demon hunter; a legacy passed down by her late father. She is a heroine by night, and then goes back to her most important job by day- mother to her six year old son. When she becomes the hunted, and her son’s life is put in jeopardy, Eleonore must discover the truth behind the bounty on her head, and put an end to the evil that threatens her life.

This is Faith Rivens’ debut work, and she has burst onto the scene with a bang. From the first page, I knew I would be suckered into the great writing, the AMAZING dialogue, (seriously, that dialogue feels effortless), and the well constructed narrative. Demon hunting, urban fantasy always sits well with me, and I have read many such books, but what sticks out with this one?:

1. Eleonore is a kick-ass heroine, but also a mother protecting her child.

2. The romantic aspect has history.

3. The writing style is on point.

This is not just another urban fantasy with the usual tropes and cliches. This is a well thought out, well edited book with well developed characters and sub characters. I highly recommend this novella. As a thirty year old mother who grew up with an addiction to Buffy, this novella has satisfied my needs to read a narrative that includes a strong huntress who has a semi-normal existence and family life that I can relate to in some way. If Eleonore can do it, I can, right? Okay, maybe not, but it’s nice to follow her adventures.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Muse-ical Inspiration

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My muse-ical inspiration at the moment is Wax Fang’s 2007 release, Majestic. My husband currently has this on his playlist, and it has slowly but surely been influencing my writing over this last week.

The intro is long, but worth it:

You may have heard this song when it was on American Dad, so I thought I’d share that bizarre video too:


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Indie Book Advent

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I’m excited to be sharing this post idea with you all. Starting on the 1st of Dec and ending on the 24th, I shall be posting an indie book advent. This means that each day will feature a different indie author’s book/books.

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by an Indie Book Advent? I hope you join me through the festive period to discover some new reads.

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Review: Naughty or Nice? Anthology by Various Authors

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Naughty or Nice? Anthology by Various Authors 3/5

15129978_1338980429486704_1630797314_nInspired by roaring campfires and the cold nights of the Pacific Northwest, a group of HarperImpulse authors came together to write their own round robin style romances.

In this special festive Written Fireside, the authors ran a competition to give a reader the chance to start each story in the anthology with their own opening paragraph. Georgia Beyers was the winner and now you can find out how each author followed that paragraph with their incredible storytelling.

So settle down, grab a mince pie and join us for a Christmas by the fire…

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon.

Review:

I was intrigued by the interesting concept of the writing prompt. The authors held a competiton for the prompt, and the winning prompt was used and adapted by every author in this anthology. As a reader, you get taken on many varying tales from that one prompt.

I had to pace myself when reading these stories because a lot of the Charlotte characters started blending in to one. A couple of the authors handled the prompt imaginatively and worked out a narrative to include protagonists with names other than Charlotte or Daniel.

Okay, so there were a lot of cliches for Christmas romance shorts, but that’s what we dive in for. It’s a ‘curl up with a mince pie or box of chocolates read’ that you can pick up and stop as and when you like. There were a few stories that were a little too predictable, and one where Daniel’s name suddenly changed to Ben??? How was that not picked up in the edit? But otherwise, a fun read to get me in the Christmas spirit.


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Obsessed By Books Indie Book World Awards 2016 Nominee

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Whoop Whoop! I’ve been nominated for the Obsessed by Books Indie Book World Awards 2016 in the ‘Best Urban Fantasy Author’ catergory. I’m more than a little chuffed!

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I would appreciate the support of my EVO readers on this one. All you have to do is follow the link to the facebook post and tick my name. Thank you in advance.

Vote for K.J. Chapman here!

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Review: The Christmas Bake-Off by Abby Clements

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The Christmas Bake-Off by Abby Clements 3.5/5

15129895_1336915766359837_720848101_nWith Christmas just around the corner, the residents of Skipley village are gearing up for the annual bake off, and tensions are high.

Winning means a lot to everyone involved – talented cake-shop owner Katie dreams of baking stardom, Rachel wants to prove she’s more than a stay-at-home mum, and John hopes his culinary skills will impress the woman he loves.

But when the judges discover that some cakes have been tampered with, the villagers’ loyalties are called into question – whose ambition would stretch to sabotage, and why?

I downloaded this ebook for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

What’s more dramatic than a WI bake off? A WI bake-off that has been sabotaged. All is fair in love and baking, right? Wrong! Skipley’s annual bake-off quickly turns into a ‘who dunnit’, and the villagers start doubting each other. Why would someone sabotage a friendly, village bake-off?

This quick read can be read within the hour and is definitely off the back of the Great British Bake Off programme. Following different villagers in their quest to win the bake off and show off their skills to a famous judge, you get a glimpse into each different life, their reason for entering, and how they all fit together in the community.

The culprit of the sabotage is quickly discovered, and I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a bit more dramatic, but you cant expect much more at a local WI competition, right? Although, you never know when cake is involved.

There were a lot of characters for such a short story, and I would have liked a little more time to delve into each persons back story, but I knew their motivations and that kept my interest. The romance and the way it is linked to the competition was a sweet aspect.

At the end of the book, there are some recipes which was a fun little find, not that I’m a lover of baking. Perhaps I’ll get my hubby on it and I’ll judge the results.

A fun, Christmas short story with a healthy dose of competition, cakes, and romance.


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Review: A Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson

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A Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson  4.5/5

15050401_1331256326925781_1554412895_n.jpgHolly and Caleb had been best friends as children, growing up on the same street, but as teenagers they couldn’t be further apart. When Caleb unexpectedly asked Holly to help him pick out a Christmas gift for his girlfriend, neither of them anticipated where it would lead.

I downloaded this ebook for free from Amazon Kindle.

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Holly is a sixteen year old girl who feels invisible. Her childhood friend has grown up and away from her, and when he joined a popular gang at school, he changed for the worse. A few years have passed, and knowing that Holly is still the same dependable Holly, Caleb asks her for advice in regards to a Christmas gift for his popular girlfriend. The outcome of their shopping trip might just prove how much they have both matured, and where their future may lead.

Just what I wanted to read in a Christmas romance. There are the usual YA romance tropes, but that is a good thing. I wanted a bad boy and an ordinary girl, forced together back together to discover their true feelings. Of course, all this during the festive period makes it all the sweeter. What can I say, I’m a Christmas romance soft touch.

This novella is short and can be read within an hour. A fun read inbetween novels and even better because it is currently free (at the time of this review). A warm the cockles of your heart Christmas romance novella.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Thrown To The Blue, by K.J Chapman

Thanks Phil for the release day support!!!

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Well it’s Friday, so let’s share some exciting book news. My friend and author K.J Chapman has released another fabulous looking book. Hot on the heels of her gritty, dark, yet captivating Evo Nation Series, K.J has changed tack somewhat, spreading her wings with a fantasy based novel. I have been fortunate enough to read her work, and know that this will be another great success. I look forward to turning the pages of Thrown To The Blue…..

Synopsis:

Foretellings have no place for goodness, only greatness. Princess Ezrahli is far from good, but she is a great woman in a conventional Kingdom, followed by whispers and scorn. However, across the waters is un-convention, magic, and fable. Her existence has been foretold in the battle against dark magic, and destiny shall weave itself into her life because darkness cannot be fought with goodness, only greatness.

Smuggling and sorcery leads to…

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Thrown to The Blue Release Day

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The day is finally here! Thrown to The Blue is available from Amazon Kindle!!! You can get your copy here. If you would like a copy to review, then please let me know.

Blurb and Cover:

thrown-to-the-blueForetellings have no place for goodness, only greatness. Princess Ezrahli is far from good, but she is a great woman in a conventional Kingdom, followed by whispers and scorn. However, across the waters is un-convention, magic, and fable. Her existence has been foretold in the battle against dark magic, and destiny shall weave itself into her life because darkness cannot be fought with goodness, only greatness.

Smuggling and sorcery leads to adventure, and adventure leads to destiny. Reed is a prince of the streets, but what he lacks in title, he makes up for in skill; a skill that sets him on a path already written in fate. Can he be more than what is expected? Can he enable greatness in another and survive the process?

Vengeance is a motivator, but it can never be your friend. In the end, it will ask for sacrifice, and only the great will pay the fare.

Why not check out what my beta and ARC readers had to say?  Thrown to The Blue on Goodreads.

A huge thank you goes to my beta readers and ARC readers. And to everyone who has shared or publicised this release.


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