Lists, Rowena Rambles, TBR

July TBR

Hello!
Decided to try and be a little bit more organized about things for July, especially as  I am finally back at work on the 6th (which I am more excited for than I ever thought possible). I’m still working away on the IFA Summer challenge – and there will be more mini reviews up tomorrow – but as I am reading on a whim with regards to that one, which is fun, because I never really know what I am getting in to. So, this tbr is going to be from the tower (aka. bookshelves) of books that I have been meaning to get to for ages now.

At the moment I am currently reading:

  • The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) – R.F.Kuang (netgalley e-arc)
  • The Story of Silence – Alex Meyers (netgalley e-arc)
  • Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson (audiobook)
  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar (audiobook)
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown (audiobook)
  • Northern Wrath – Thilde Kold Holdt (netgalley e-arc)
  • The Bone Shard Daughter – Andrea Stewart (netgalley e-arc)
  • To Sleep in a Sea of Stars – Christopher Paolini (netgalley e-arc)
  • The House of Styx – Derek Künsken (netgalley e-arc)
  • Ashes of the Sun – Django Wexler (netgalley e-arc)

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Cover Reveal, Crime

*Cover Reveal*: Not the Deaths Imagined – Anne Pettigrew

Hello!

Today I am absolutely delighted to participate in the Cover Reveal for ‘’Not the Deaths Imagined’ by Anne Pettigrew, which is due to be published by Ringwood Publishing on the 1st August 2020.  I hope that you will support the author by preordering what promises to be a very exciting read!

Book Summary:

In a leafy Glasgow suburb, Dr Beth Semple is busy juggling motherhood and full-time GP work in the 90s NHS. But her life becomes even more problematic when she notices some odd deaths in her neighbourhood. Though Beth believes the stories don’t add up, the authorities remain stubbornly unconvinced.

Soon, Beth’s professional reputation is challenged. There follows a chilling campaign of harassment and she finds her professional reputation – and family – are put at risk.

Is a charming local GP actually a serial killer? Can Beth piece together the jigsaw of perplexing fatalities and perhaps save lives? And as events accelerate towards a dramatic conclusion, will the police intervene in time?

From the author of Not the Life Imagined, this slow-burning tartan noir novel from a Bloody Scotland Crime Spotlight author follows Beth on another quest for justice. Reflecting Pettigrew’s own medical expertise, Not The Deaths Imagined re-affirms the benefits of growing up in a loving family and the need for friends in hard times, while offering insight into the twisted development of a psychopathic mind.

***** ***** *****

Drum Rolls

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Fantasy, Traditionally-Published

Book Review: We Ride the Storm (The Reborn Empire #1) – Devin Madson

Hello!

Today I am reviewing ‘We Ride the Storm’ by Devin Madson, which is up there as one of my favourite reads of the year. I had fallen in love with the cover and premise and first sight, and was over the moon to receive an e-arc from netgalley.

*Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Summary:

War built the Kisian Empire. War will tear it down.

Seventeen years after rebels stormed the streets, factions divide Kisia. Only the firm hand of the god-emperor holds the empire together. But when a shocking betrayal destroys a tense alliance with neighboring Chiltae, all that has been won comes crashing down.

In Kisia, Princess Miko Ts’ai is a prisoner in her own castle. She dreams of claiming her empire, but the path to power could rip it, and her family, asunder.

In Chiltae, assassin Cassandra Marius is plagued by the voices of the dead. Desperate, she accepts a contract that promises to reward her with a cure if she helps an empire fall.

And on the border between nations, Captain Rah e’Torin and his warriors are exiles forced to fight in a foreign war or die.

As an empire dies, three warriors will rise. They will have to ride the storm or drown in its blood.

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Fantasy, Traditionally-Published

Book Review: Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) – S.A. Chakraborty

Hello!

Today I am reviewing one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 and the final installment in the Daevabad trilogy – The Empire of Gold. I picked up this series when both City of Brass and Kingdom of Copper had been released, and devoured them in quick succession and I had been counting down the days for book 3 and it didn’t disappoint!

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Book Summary:

Daevabad has fallen.

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.

But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.

As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved . . . and take a stand for those they once hurt.

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Fantasy, IFA Summer Challenge, Review, Self-Published

IFA Summer Challenge: Mini Reviews 2

Hello,

So very belated after a week of being ill, this is a catchup on my reads from week 2 of the IFA Summer challenge. Week 3 – while I was ill, I read a lot but mostly traditional published books so I will be getting back into the indies in the week coming.

***** ***** *****

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Fantasy, Genres, Paranormal, Review

Blog Tour (Book Review) – Black Magic’s Prey (Siren Song #1) – Kristen McTiernan

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Hello!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Black Magic’s Prey’ by Kristin McTiernan, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. I was delighted to participate and help kick off this tour in this tour, and I hope that you will check out both the author and the book.

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review.’*

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Book Summary:

Hiding is no longer an option.

Tess has been stalker-free for fifteen years. She’s been living in trailer parks and preparing to run at any minute—all because in ninth grade she turned down the wrong Brujo. He comes from a long line of male witches and even back in high school, his powers were terrifying.

He used those powers to punish Tess. To make her do things. Awful things.

Now she has a new life. She’s got a good job, a decent Airstream trailer, and a best-friend-maybe-girlfriend. She’s careful not to reveal too much about her dark past.

But none of that matters. No matter where Tess goes, he will always find her. Unless she’s willing to trust a man who may be even more twisted than her stalker’s curse.

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Fantasy, Review

Book Review: Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders (Dominion of the Fallen #3.5) – Aliette de Bodard

Hello,

Today I am reviewing ‘Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders’ by Aliette de Bodard which is out next month, and I hope that you will check out this fantastic book.

*Disclaimer – I received an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Summary:

Lunar New Year should be a time for familial reunions, ancestor worship, and consumption of an unhealthy amount of candied fruit.

But when dragon prince Thuan brings home his brooding and ruthless husband Asmodeus for the New Year, they find not interminable family gatherings, but a corpse outside their quarters. Asmodeus is thrilled by the murder investigation; Thuan, who gets dragged into the political plotting he’d sworn off when he left, is less enthusiastic.

It’ll take all of Asmodeus’s skill with knives, and all of Thuan’s diplomacy, to navigate this one—as well as the troubled waters of their own relationship….

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Fantasy, Review, Traditionally-Published

Book Review: The Bone Ships (The Tide Child #1) – RJ Barker

Hello!
Today, I am delighted to finally be able to review ‘The Bone Ships’ which shamefully has been sat on my shelf since last October when I picked it up at MCM London. I wish that I had read it sooner, but I’m thankful that I’ve read it now and fallen in love, and it has certainly bumped RJ Barker’s first trilogy further up the TBR pile (the first book of which has also been sat on the tower for far too long).

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Book Summary:

Two nations at war. A prize beyond compare.

For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.

The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.

Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war.

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Review, Thriller

Blog Tour (Book Review) – Everything to Lose (Gavin Shawlen #2) – Gordon Bickerstaff

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Hello!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Everything to Lose’ by Gordon Bickerstaff, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. I was delighted to participate and help kick off this tour in this tour, and I hope that you will check out both the author and the book.

*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review.’*

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Book Summary:

Scientists claim their new sports drug will boost the performance of every athlete in the world. The Lambeth Group send scientist, Gavin Shawlens, to investigate the claim.

The product is stolen, top athletes disappear, and the research team are unaware that their product has a dangerous side effect. Gavin must stop the sports drug launch before more people die.

When Gavin disappears – Zoe Tampsin searches frantically to find him before he becomes the next victim.

As if Zoe hasn’t got enough on her plate. Past events in Gavin’s life catch up with him. A powerful US general decides that Gavin must die to prevent exposure of a 60-year old secret capable of world-changing and power-shifting events.

The chase is on…

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