Book splurge!

I’ve been so down this week that I decided to cheer myself up by buying some stuff off my wish list. Most of them are books I’ve been wanting for a while, so there’s nothing very recent on here, but I thought I would share a couple all the same.

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The Red Rope of Fate by KM Shea. Here’s the book description:

“In a land where humans and elves find it difficult to communicate, Tari—an elf—is bound to Captain Arion—a human military officer—in a ceremony designed to promote friendship between the two races. When the ceremony is over the pair discover that the impossible has happened: they can understand each other in spite of the language barrier.

Thrown into a storm of politics, Tari and Arion are put in danger by those who want humans and elves to remain separate.

To make matters worse, Tari realizes she has fallen in love with Arion, who has the emotional capabilities of a rock. As both societies dictate that an elf and a human can never be together, Tari must conceal her feelings. Unfortunately the taciturn Arion is watchful and attentive to Tari’s well being, constantly pushing her to her limits with his loyalty, friendship, and dreadfully informal habit of touching her.

If Tari and Arion survive, their tumultuous relationship will either strengthen their countries’ alliance, or cripple the human courts of nobility. The deciding factor will be Arion, and his indecipherable feelings for Tari.”

OK, this one was actually free, but I like this author’s fairy tale books a lot so I thought I would try a fantasy and see if it’s just as good. I’ll let you know!

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The Body Politic by Catherine Aird. Book description here:

“What’s the value of one British engineer when stacked against the exclusive mining rights to a rare, strategically important, and extremely valuable mineral?

The British-based Anglo-Lassertan Mineral Company finds itself in hot water when one of its engineers, Alan Ottershaw, hits and kills a pedestrian while driving in a foreign country—a nation that happens to be “on the sunny side of the Iron Curtain,” with thick veins of the strategically important mineral querremitte. This particular country has draconian laws about killings, so Ottershaw is relieved when he’s whisked back to Calleshire before the foreign police can throw him in jail. But now that the Lassertan government is threatening to strip the mining company of its most valuable contract, poor Mr. Ottershaw begins to worry about his safety—and when he dies suddenly in a war reenactment, it looks like a very convenient solution to everyone’s problem.

A little too convenient, if you ask Calleshire detective C. D. Sloan, who, along with his bumbling sidekick, Constable Crosby, must investigate the death. It seems that nearly everyone in town would prefer to forget that the Lassertan debacle ever happened—but why has a man been following around the Calleshire MP dressed as the Grim Reaper? Who has been sending death threats and live scorpions via post? Detective Sloan is on the case.”

This one I bought because I love this police mystery series and I have had a lot of trouble finding a copy of this one in print. It’s finally on Kindle so I decided now was the time to get it.

What books have you brought home lately? Tell me in the comments!

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Top 5 Fairy Tales of 2017

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From Booksource Banter

It’s the time of year to list your top reads of the year! And since I always have a tough time sorting such lists, I’ve given myself a theme of the top fairy tales/myth based books. I’ve narrowed it down to these 5.

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The Princess and the Pea by A G Marshall

Alaric is under pressure to marry a princess. His family’s right to rule is being questioned, but with the right princess besides him, that would all be resolved.  He finds the perfect woman – except that she’s a powerful warrior, not a princess, and she’s just awoken from an enchanted sleep to save the kingdom. I loved the way this took a familiar fairy tale and updated it. The friendships between the princesses were really refreshing too. Give this author a try.

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The Princess Game by Melanie Cellier.

Celeste is not asleep, but she might as well be. She’s under a powerful enchantment that turned her from brilliant to foolish. Only she knows that her mind is still as alert as ever. The only way to break the spell is to find someone who loves her for more than her looks, but for that hidden mind as well. I think this was my favorite from the series because it’s so unexpected.

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Endings by KM Shea

I loved this series of King Arthur and her knights, but it was the final book that really put it over the top for me into a 5 star read. The author wrapped everything up so beautifully that I was practically in tears. Just great.

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The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

I have gushed about this series again, but it’s just that good.  If you haven’t tried her books, you are missing out.

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The Green-Eyed Prince by Brittany Fichter

This novella takes the story of the Princess and the Frog and sets in an African setting. Queen Kartek’s people have been attacked by an evil sorceress and her only means of helping the people has been lost. A misshapen stranger offers to retrieve the magical item but only if she will marry him. I loved this one for the setting.

So that’s my list. I have plenty of others that almost made it, if you want more! What’s your favorite fairy tale?

You Call This a Joke?!

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Author: AM Sohma

When Kit starts her new submersion video game at the VR arcade, she’s surprised to find herself not in the science fiction world she expected, but back in the fantasy themed world of Retha. It seems her cousin, who works for the company, decided to play a little joke on her by sticking her in the wrong game with a joke character – a elf dancer with virtually no attack skills and precious little defense either. To make it even harder, he sort of branded her as an outlaw.

But the joke turned serious when the game system malfunctions and Kit, along with hundred of other players, are all trapped inside the game. The only way out is to win, and Kit’s chances are pretty much negligible unless she is able to team up with some stronger characters.

If you’ve read my blog for long, you know I have a weakness for this genre, lit-RPG fantasy. Ready Player One by Ernie Cline is one of my all-time favorite books. I also loved Omnioptia Dawn by Diane Duane and Awaken Online by Travis Bagwell. So this one was right up my alley. I loved the idea of Kit being stuck with this frivolous character when she’s fighting for her life. It made the stakes that much higher.

This book is written by KM Shea, under a new pseudonym for her sci-fi books. Like her fairy tale books, this is clean for sex and language – in fact, conventional swearing is not possible in the game, with a funny story there – but there’s not much romance in this one yet. There’s a few hints, but nothing at all so far, which is fine too. I give this one 4/5 stars.