While fun, THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS was an action packed smorgasbord of a novel, full of random plot arcs and frequently undeveloped characters. It was as if the authors didn’t know what they wanted to write – fantasy, romance, adventure – and tried to smash everything into one book. Though fast paced and never boring, THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS nevertheless suffered for it.
Monthly Archives:: August 2014
This is one of those times I have to step back from a book that had me chair-dancing in glee and not rate it based on the end-of-book squeeage I felt, but to search for a little objectivity in my review. Reaction alone, this would be a five plus. Plus a few more.
It’s the last day of the month which means it’s time to check out what we’re reading next month in: Want to know what titles came out in previous months? View previous Hot Off The Press posts —————————————– *Release dates are subject to change. Click ‘+ Description‘ to reveal the full description. Please visit our Titles Received For Review page to see which of these titles will be reviewed this month. 40 Adult Titles Releasing in September 48 YA Titles Releasing in September What are your must have titles for September? Tell us in the comments. Authors/Publishers: have a book coming out… Read more »
A big welcome to Jenn Lyons who is here to telling us what she learned from writing Blood Chimera and celebrating the release of Blood Chimera, (published on August 12, 2014 by World Weaver Press). What I Learned From Writing Blood Chimera by Jenn Lyons How to Finish Stuff This was a big deal for me, you understand. Blood Chimera was my third novel (technically, it was my fifth, but those first two trunk novels shall never rise from the crypts where they lie buried and tied up with chains.) I hadn’t finished the first two either, but was stuck in ruts on… Read more »
One of the most common tropes in romantic literature and even romantic comedies is the couple who at first absolutely hate each other and eventually fall in love after some trials and tribulations or hilarious hijinks. EVERNIGHT takes this type of relationship and starts right out the gate with Thorne seriously threatening to kill Holly. I was kind of surprised to see the death threats starting out so soon in the story so I was quite interested to see just how these two would go from wanting to commit homicide to love.
If you’re a blogger interested in joining in on the commenting fun, fill out our Guest Commentator form here! The Gifted Dead by Jenna Black Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by Aardwolf Press Source: Goodreads Covers in Series N/A Politics and magic make dangerous bedfellows. Deep within the Order, the seeds of corruption have taken root. While younger generations of the Gifted have embraced modern democratic values, a secret society of old-guard zealots seek a return to the past, when only European men of distinguished bloodlines held power. Now, three venerable European families and a maverick American each plot to… Read more »
Giveaway courtesy of Amanda Carlson celebrating the release of Ante Up, Sin City Collectors (published on August 18, 2014 by Amanda Carlson). Want to win a copy of Ante Up or Aces Wild? Enter via the widget below. Plus, check out our review of Aces Wild, and check back later for our review of Ante Up! 10 copies of winner’s choice: Ante Up or Aces Wild Available on August 18, 2014 by Amanda Carlson Description: Diesel Jones is a shifter who has issues with the moon, but he quickly finds that Sofia Cabrera, a clever witch who just moved in to town, is his… Read more »
A fun, zany romance, HIS SECRET SUPERHEROINE gives the familiar “big secret” romance trope a superhero twist. With an underlying message about tolerance and risk, the surface of this story zips along with funny dialog and don’t-need-super-sight-to-see-it-coming conflicts.
A big welcome to A.J. Larrieu who is here to telling us about Urban Fantasy and the Heroine’s Journey and celebrating the release of Dangerous Calling, The Shadowminds #2 (published on August 18, 2014 by Carina Press). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. Urban Fantasy and the Heroine’s Journey by A.J. Larrieu Thanks so much to Kate and the whole team at All Things Urban Fantasy for letting me stop by today! It’s always a pleasure to have the chance to discuss one of my favorite topics—urban fantasy and its heroines. I don’t think there’s any other genre that… Read more »
Sucked in by the intriguing cover and blurb, I found myself captivated by STORM SIREN the minute I started reading. Though sometimes light on the world-building, in STORM SIREN, Weber creates a cast of fascinating characters, with lots of action, and tons of plot twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.