Let’s Talk About… Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman

I have finally read the third installment of The Blood of Gods and Royals series! Once again, I’d like to thank the lovely people over at Glasstown Entertainment for reaching out and sending me a copy and asking me to do a Q&A with Eleanor Herman herself. You can take a look at my blog tour post here to get more insight on where the story is headed in the fourth and final book: Dawn of Heroes (date TBD)

Synopsis from Goodreads

The ancient power of Snake Blood threatens the known world. While Prince Alexander struggles with a very deadly inner demon, his betrothed, Zofia, is on her way to him, to unite their kingdoms…even as she begins to realize where her true allegiance lies. The fierce Cynane meets her match-not in her future husband, the deranged king of Illyria, but in her great-great-grandfather, Talus, possessor of Smoke Blood, who will teach her the true meaning of betrayal. And marooned together on an island in the Mediterranean, romantic tension blooms between Katerina and Hephaestion as they learn of lost civilizations and discover a device that could help them do the impossible: kill the last living god.

This review is going to be packed with spoilers so don’t read on if you want to read this book! I think it’s worth sticking around for, the story is only getting more interesting and mysterious, and I have high hopes for the final book! So definitely give it a read if you’ve already started this series.

My rating: 4 stars Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman”

Let’s Talk About… Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

I’ve made it no secret that Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors, and this book did not disappoint. What can I say? I’m a sucker for the Richelle Mead formula: Strong female leads, dangerous plots, mysterious but intriguing and hopelessly attractive male counter-parts. Like what more do you actually need to make a fantasy novel? She does, I’ll admit, write series in which the first book is a bit slow to start because she’s building a complex new world. So, naturally, the first half of the book was spent hanging in some confused space before the real action started. I think Richelle does a good job of pacing when certain information is revealed to keep the info-dumping at bay and I appreciate that. The fact that there were mysteries within and between each of the characters really added to the tension in solving the plot’s mystery.

Synopsis from Goodreads

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

There’s so much going on in this story that I cannot make it spoiler free! So stop here if you don’t want to be spoiled on how Mae and Justin fare in the first book of the Age of X series. Also, this is an adult targeted Science-Fiction Fantasy series, so there are sex scenes and such that would be inappropriate for Richelle’s younger readers. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead”

Let’s Talk About… On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .

I had wanted to read this novel as soon as it came out in the UK, and when my friend gave me a copy last winter I was so excited to finally be able to read Carrie’s new book! Except I never got around to reading it before my next semester of school started. So O the Other Side made it onto my summer reading list and I’ve finally read it! Just in time for a new Carrie Hope Fletcher novel to be released. I haven’t even ordered All That She Can See yet, but I’m sure I would love it after reading Carrie’s first novel.

Overall, I loved just sitting down and reading this novel. Once I dedicated some time to it, I sped through this book and finished it in a couple of days. It was a great feel-good, sweet novel to read on summer break and I highly recommend reading this book!

Usually I take notes while reading, but I read On the Other Side with out a pen and sticky notes in hand because just wanted to enjoy the story and not think about anything too hard. Sure, there were moments when I wanted to make little comments about how the writing could have been stronger, or how the ends didn’t always quite meet up for me. But I think Carrie has a real talent for creating a captivating world for her readers to experience. The “other side” in this novel is everyone’s personal heaven, and Evie’s is her old apartment that she rented or a year at 27 years old. But in order to open the door to her old apartment, she needs to lighten her heart by telling her most hidden secrets to the most important people in her life that are still alive. Evie visits her son, August, her daughter, Isla, and her one true love, Vincent Winters. Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher”

Let’s Talk About… Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

If you’ve read Legacy of Kings, you already know a bit about Alexander and his fictionalized story in this series. For those who haven’t, Eleanor’s series is about young Alexander the Great and his rise to power. This series is full of evil, magic, war, and love. I think anyone who enjoys history with a little action will like this series, so check it out if you haven’t already! I also recently did a Q&A with Eleanor on this blog where I asked her about the whole four book series, you can head to that post here!

Synopsis from Goodreads

In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust.

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

My rating: 4 stars Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman”

Reign of Serpents Blog Tour: Q&A with Eleanor Herman!

I’m so excited that the lovely folks at Glasstown Entertainment asked me to host a blog tour stop for Eleanor Herman’s new book Reign of Serpents (Book 3 in the Blood of Gods and Royals series)! I read Legacy of Kings, which is the first book in the series, a couple of years back, and I thought this fictionalized story of Alexander the Great was intriguing and very fun to read. I had the pleasure of asking Eleanor some questions about the series so far and where the story is headed in the fourth and final book! Read on to learn more about Eleanor Herman’s series and where the story is headed… Continue reading “Reign of Serpents Blog Tour: Q&A with Eleanor Herman!”