Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Series Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


Roshani Chokshi is a new-to-me author and one to go on my auto-buy list. I initially received an advanced review copy of Crown of Wishes, not realizing it was the second book in the series. So that is what led me to pick up The Star-Touched Queen, Chokshi's debut novel, and I was blown away. What an outstanding entree into the writing world!

Monday, March 27, 2017

ARC Review: The Black Lily by Juliette Cross

Series:     Tales of the Black Lily #1
Pub. Date:March 27, 2017
Publisher:Entangled
Length:300 pages
Source:NetGalley

I can't tell you how excited I was when I learned that Juliette Cross was writing a series of retellings. I fell in love with her Morgons in the Nightwing and Vale of Stars series, so I couldn't wait to see what she would do with beloved characters from our childhood. And let me tell you... this is definitely Cinderella like you have never seen her before!

I won't rehash all of the world building because Juliette gives you a nice prologue giving the history of her fantastical realm of Varis featuring, much like the original fairytale, a hierarchical class system. The royal family consists of vampires, which are served by aristocrats, which are in turn served by peasants. Like many historical societies, the social stratification inspired a rebellion in the most harshly treated of the society. It is this framework of revolution in which we find The Black Lily

Friday, March 24, 2017

Audiobook Review: If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell

Series:     Disgraceful Dukes #2
Pub. Date:Jan. 17, 2017
Publisher:Tantor Audio
Narrator:Beverley A. Crick
Length:9 hrs 14 min
Source:Publisher

The Disgraceful Dukes series continues with If I Only Had a Duke featuring funny and endearing characters, reluctant romance and steamy interludes. The narrator, Beverley A. Crick, gave us an exceptional performance. She was a dab hand at Irish and Italian affectations (even when they were supposed to be bad), and was believable as both female and male personas. I will definitely look for more of her work in the future.