Book Reviews, Books and Me

Review: Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

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Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine 5/5

13457784_1200438010007614_688908890_nWith an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control.

Thanks go to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Paper and Fire is due for release on July 5th 2016.

Review:

Book one, Ink and Bone, introduced us to a world where the Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed and knowledge is governed and seen as power. But with power comes corruption. Book two, Paper and Fire, kicks off with Jess, who is still dealing with the loss of his best friend, and knowing that the girl he loves is locked away in the Iron Tower against her will.

Caine’s ability to write believable, diverse characters is just divine. I enjoyed coming into book two and feeling like I was reuniting with old friends. I knew the dynamics and the respect and trust between the characters from book one. I love love love the intimate relationships in this book- Wolfe and Santi, Jess and Morgan, even Khalila and Dario. There is something so honest and unique in each.

The narrative starts with a welcome revelation. Book one leaves us thinking one thing and book two blows it out of the water, setting the ball rolling for this epic novel. This revelation also proves all the main character’s loyalty and bravery within a few chapters. The story was well paced and action packed.

The concept is still as original as ever, never verging on the ordinary with imaginative and innovative world building. What more do you want?

You must read this series.

I need book three, like, yesterday!!


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.

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WIP Update #2

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Hello! This update feels a long time coming. I haven’t posted much other than reviews, interviews, and promos on my blog of late, so I need to get back in the swing of it.

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Word Counts:

Since my last update, I have only managed a further 3.5k words on the EVO Ghost draft. I have, however, written 12k on a new idea. I took a short hiatus from EVO Ghost to have a little break from the EVO world and embark on a new journey. I’m pretty sure I will continue with the new idea at a later date, and I am thinking it might make an interesting novella. I haven’t written anything on EVO Ghost for the past fortnight due to various priorities, but I plan to end the dry stint tonight with some writing sprints.

Book Review Requests:

Another reason for my low word count is the time I have spent requesting book reviews. Researching, emailing requests, and then responding to acceptances has taken up a LOT of time. It’s all part of the fun of indie publishing, right? I was pleasantly surprised with the response I have had, and I’m keeping everything crossed that the reviewers like both EVO Nation and EVO Shift.

ARC Reading:

Yep, I’m reading two ARCs at the moment. I’m fully engrossed in both, and this is not a positive in regards to my WIP, however, it is reading bliss. I’d like to read and review both within two to three weeks, so I’m not looking to let up anytime soon. Oh yeah, I’m also reading Brandon Sanderson’s The Well of Ascension: Mistborn #2. I think I might have to shower, eat, sleep, and read at the same time to get through them all.

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Needless to say, opting out of CampNaNo was a wise move for me, but I hope to join in during November. I’m enjoying reading the blogs of those who are participating, and can’t wait to have a crack at it myself. Who knows, I may be starting my new series at the end of the year…


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Book Reviews, Books and Me

ARC Review: Dawning by Brianna West

I have had the great pleasure of reading an ARC of Dawning by Brianna West. I have been patiently waiting for this book, book three in the Promiscus Gaurdians series, and I was not disappointed.

Check out my reviews of the first two books in the series here: Awakening and Metamorphosis. West also has a spin off series, Guardians in Love. Check out my review of the first book in the series here: Victor.

Dawning (Promiscus Guardians Series Book Three) by Brianna West 5/5

15139279_1339022859482461_320764885_nBlurb: 

Izzy and Lucas have been through quite the ordeal over the last year: chased down by demons, hunted by Dark angels, and sought after by a sadistic, gorgeous mother-in-law. Now they’re back, and there’s a lot of loose ends to tie up. Like the army of juiced up toddlers, the flamboyant villain, and the sociopath, Mother Dearest. Not to mention, it’s now their sole duty to seek the help of the seven kings in the In-Between realm, which sounds easier than it is.

Dawning follows Izzy as she is once again the woman of the hour, the woman who can bring the realms together, the woman with that special something-something that everyone, including her vindictive, crazy mother-in-law, are working tirelessly to capture. Being special never felt like so much work. Saving the world was never something Izzy planned to do, but she’ll have to if she doesn’t want the mortal world to end, or any others for that matter.

My Review:

The fight against the dark stepped up a notch in this book. On top of sadistic kings from other realms, demon kids, dark angels, and evil mother in laws, there are dragons- yep, dragons! The action in this book was brilliantly paced and allows the main character, Izzy, to up her game, kick ass, and prove to her Vampire- Angel Beau, Lucas, that she is one tough cookie.

The relationship dynamic between Izzy and Lucas is tested in book three and for the better. Izzy, who has been in a constant power struggle with protective, but loving Lucas, has more than one opportunity to prove herself capable, and there are positive relationship developments in that respect. I was fist pumping the air like, ‘you go girl’ and ‘about time, but way to go, Lucas!’

There is a third wheel in the relationship and that story line tugged at my heart strings more than a little. I hope the third wheel can find happiness in book four. It will make my heart happy. The usually fun loving, slightly perverse, but equally adorable character is pining, and my heart aches for them. That’s what I call great character development.

Now, for the bit that I know everyone is interested in- the steamy romance. Ho ho ho, does it spice up to another level or does it spice up to another level?! It wouldn’t be a paranormal romance with out the paranormal and the romance, right? There are more hunky men for Izzy to ogle, and West makes light work of the steamy scenes between Izzy and Lucas. You want to know more? Then, get the book!

In summary, another brilliantly woven tale with the right dose of action, paranormal, and hotties. What more could you want? My favourite paranormal series of 2016!


Dawning is available for pre-order:  preorder your copy here. Release date: 29th April 2016.


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.