Sharing Saturday Sixty

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Image result for becoming the dark princeAs I stated in my previous Sharing Saturday I will discuss the cover of a novella from Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series.  It is amazing and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!  The set publish date is July 15th which is sixteen days from now.  The world through Thomas’ eyes should be fascinating and these sixteen days will seem endless. Ahhhh. I am so excited! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday even if the torture of waiting for this book seems overwhelming.

 

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Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Image result for princess of thornsPrincess Aurora’s mother, Sleeping Beauty, died young and since that time Aurora has been blessed with fairy gifts.  In the ten years since that time, she has learned that magic comes with a price and for her, it is the inability to ever know romantic love.  When her brother is captured Aurora dresses as a boy and sets off to find an army and free the only person she is free to love.

Prince Nikalaas is living on borrowed time.  He has mere weeks to convince a princess to marry him before his eighteenth birthday when he will turn into a swan.  He is determined to find the only princess willing to marry him, Aurora but when he meets her brother – or so he believes- he is blackmailed into helping raise an army.

As an ancient prophecy’s final conclusion comes ever closer, Aurora and Nikalaas learn that there are worse things than the end of mankind.  There is an impossible love and a forbidden hope…

This book was phenomenal! I was held within its thrall of stunning world building and fierce characters whose stubbornness made for an amazing amount of banter.  The two main characters made the tale despite the somewhat predictable plot line.  Princess Aurora and Prince Niklaas spent the entire book engaged in a fierce dialogue filled with hilarity and denial about their growing attraction.

The two main characters filled this story and I simply loved them.  Aurora is stubborn and wild, always throwing herself into danger without thinking.  She has fairy gifts which she uses to outsmart all of the forces allayed against her.  We as a reader connect to her because of all the mistakes she makes and the realization that they are in the past and all you can do is attempt to be better and fix the mistakes.

Niklaas is like Aurora and perfectly challenges her and argues for what he believes is right.  He wants to escape his father and find a loving wife and family.  He is extremely protective of Aurora even as he fights her on every matter.  His wordplay with the princess was amazing and it made up the substance of the book.  Without it, the book would have been boring and hard to get through.

Beyond the characters, the world building was quite interesting.  It combined fairy’s, ogres, sleeping beauty, and magic for a weird and dark world.  I liked it for it was a different take on the timeless tale of sleeping beauty where the prince isn’t perfect instead he is a cheating, lying, greedy man.

Image result for predictable gifHowever, the plot twists were slightly predictable.  As an avid reader I can usually figure out some plot turns before they occur but this book only surprised me a couple of times.  It was good for a sweet, slightly dramatic, book but I felt that the author could have done more to make the actual plot line interesting.  But as I have said before it was made up for by the phenomenal characters.

In the end, I would recommend this book.  It was intriguing but at times it was overly dramatic.  Princess of Thorns was a new take on an old tale and it was pulled off quite well leaving me with the view that one should read it but take into account that it is slightly predictable.

 

Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

Image result for poison's kiss bookMarinda can kill with a single kiss and she has done so to dozens of boys all in the service of the raja.  Every boy she has kissed has been an enemy to kingdom until she is ordered to kiss the man she is in love with.  With this command questions rise to the surface as to the true nature of the boys killed and the threat they actually posed. Marinda begins to query as to who her real employers are and once the thread begins to unravel there is no going back and absolutely no guarantee of survival. 

Poison’s Kiss was a completely stunning book that I could not put down.  The world building and characters were raw and phenomenal.  I wanted to know everything about everything and I simply can’t wait to start the second book after I write this review.  

The world building was so unique.  I adored the snakes, the lies, and the truth of a girl struggling to find a place in a world that hides everything from her.  The book seems to be built around Indian culture and mythology and I simply loved the idea of the visha kanya or “poison maiden”.  The world was enthralling and I want to find out more about it in the second book.

Image result for strength and courage gifWhat truly inspired me was the characters, though.  The main character, Marinda was a girl brought up to believe that killing people through her poisonous kisses was a service needed by the raja.  She hates it though and it was painful to see her struggling to find peace against the tide of men she killed.  She took care of her brother and it was horrifying to see how the people she worked for used his sickness to manipulate her.  As a reader I felt sympathy for her as she found the courage to keep going despite the sins in her name.

The side characters added additional support and emotion to the book.  They were not as fully developed as Marinda but it was still stunning to witness their struggles and hopes in the cruel world they lived in.  However, I feel like the love story was just thrown in and underdeveloped.  I mean Marinda and Devin barely knew each other and yet suddenly they’re in love.  

Besides this I loved the book and would definitely recommend it to all.  It is a must read for the author brings to life the intriguing tale of a maiden whose kiss is deadlier than any sword. 

Sharing Saturday Fifty-Nine

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It has been a while since I have posted and so today I have decided to keep it short and sweet.  Next week the cover for Becoming the Dark Prince will be revealed.  I am so excited for this novella from Thomas Cresswell’s point of view in the series Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.  It’s expected publishing date is in July and I absolutely cannot wait to see the world through Thomas’ point of view!  I hope you all have a phenomenal weekend as we wait for the cover reveal!

A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Image result for a touch of goldKing Midas was able to turn items into gold but he relinquished the power when he almost lost his daughter to this supposed gift.  Ten years later Princess Kora still bears the consequences with skin that shines golden and gifts that continually grow harder to hide.  

Kora remains hidden in the castle attempting to ignore the swirling gossip of the courtiers but when a duke arrives he seems to be able to see beneath the golden skin.  Their courtship is interrupted when a thief steals the golden pieces needed to keep the King alive.  With the unique ability to sense gold Kora sets out on a journey to recover the missing gold learning that everything is not as it seems.  And that gold and the power it holds is more dangerous than she ever imagined. 

This story based on the tale of King Midas and his golden touch was a phenomenal adventure that dragged me through the mind of a girl turned to gold by her father and his curse.  The characters pranced through my mind and the world building painted a vivid story that left me wondering what happens next.

The main character, Kora struggles to find her place in a world that is disgusted by her mere presence due to the golden hue of her skin.  In this story we see her go beyond the girl who is afraid and resigned to the hatred that surrounds her to one finding her acceptance and way in the world.  She begins to realize that her curse does not shape her and that she can be free and in control.  It was phenomenal as a reader to watch Kora’s growth and I loved her character even if I was at times annoyed by the fear that seemed to consume her.

Image result for predictable gifThe other side characters added a vivid array of emotions and flaws that made a complete cast.  I will state now that I knew immediately who the love interest would be and that the Duke (slight spoiler here) was not all that he appeared to be.  In the romance aspect, the tale was predictable but besides that, I loved pirates and their effect on the tale.

Besides the characters, the world building was gorgeous.  We see pirates, a lawless island, and sea creatures which all added to this stunning book.  Not to mention, the evil pirate of this tale who’s obsession with skulls was fascinating.  I will say that this book did not do a good job of sticking to Greek culture or history but if one simply takes the tale out of Greek context and sees it as a separate world it is perfect.

So, in the end, despite its flaws, I loved the tale of King Midas’ touch and the resulting consequences of the golden touch.  A sequel for this book called A Curse of Gold has been announced but will not be coming out for some time.

Sharing Saturday Fifty-Eight

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It is the first of the month and a Saturday so I have decided to share with you the book I just finished, my current read, and my plans for the next.

I just finished Sea Witch by Sarah Henning.

I am currently reading The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco.

My next read will be a Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye.

I hope you all have a stunning weekend filled with wonderful reads.

 

Sharing Saturday Fifty-Seven

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Saturday is upon us once more and today I have decided to share with you a gorgeous photo I took a month or two back.   The profile photo for my Instagram page, writeyourdestinyw is actually this image.  I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

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