Bloodbath (Harrietta Lee Series Book 2)

– by Stephanie Ahn

 

After finishing Stephanie Ahn‘s debut and Book 1 of her Harrietta Lee Series, “Deadline,” literally in a blink of an eye (novella length only), that left me wanting more (Harry’s ongoing adventures plus a certain demon!), I had to read Book 2 right away! Plus, I was dead curious about Ahn’s sophomore writing and storytelling skills. Needless to say, I devoured it at top speed and came out of it totally and completely entertained, satiated, satisfied, and more inspired and thrilled than ever! Ahn is most definitely a talented writer and tale-spinner of the wildest, most daring, uninhibited and imaginative kind in the world of urban fantasy!

Bloodbath.” Yes, that’s the word Ahn used to title the 2nd installment of her Harrietta Lee series. And yes, it means what it means, literally and figuratively, and she made no qualms about it, whatsoever, in bringing that title to life in weaving the sequel to Harry’s adventures as a disgraced blood witch earning her keep as an “unofficial” P.I. in the streets of New York! Ahn definitely nailed the “sequel” formula perfectly, imo: BIGGER. BETTER. MORE. Much, much more.

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Chosen

– by Brey Willows

 

Just read Brey Willows‘ “Chosen.” Firstly, it wasn’t what I expected…in a fantabulous way, I can’t even! Yes, I went in preparing meself to read and feel about all the ghastly horrors of climate change (which I was dreading because of the knowledge that we’re actually heading that way IRL, what with all the horrifying signs and evidence of it already!), with the usual depressing, doom-and-gloom dystopian, post-apocalyptic atmosphere suffocating the air everywhere, violence and brutality signifying human decay, the lot. But that wasn’t the case!! At least it didn’t give me that expected feeling of hopelessness, which delighted me to no end! Me heart and mind literally did a little happy jiggle! Thank you, Ms. Willows, for smashing me awful preconception (I blame me past experience!) to smithereens, good and proper, renewing me faith in your brilliant story ideas and creativity!

Ok, before I start gobbin’ off, I must mention that “Chosen” was vastly different than the “Afterlife Inc. Trilogy.” What I mean is, this book, compared to the Trilogy, had a more deeply enriched and solemn “voice” from the start. Obviously because of its subject matter. So it wasn’t a surprise so much as it was a delight, like hearing a fresh sound that really sparked me interest right there and then. It’s like “Afterlife” was “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Chosen” was “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Both fabulously executed but for different occasions and emotional levels. Anyway, me mind wasted no time adjusting to the tune change with eager anticipation. And whereas “Afterlife” was a hyperactive, 100-mph mad dash of a perfectly executed roller-coaster-thrill-type piece, “Chosen” was much quieter and calmer, more deliberate, unhurried, presented at a decidedly restrained pace. And I appreciated Willows for that, for having the understanding that telling this story had to have a solid footing in every step of the journey, so the reader is grounded at all times.

As such, I had time to absorb every word and expression voiced out, ponder their meanings and contemplate the implications of every description of the circumstances that Willows deftly laid out in a world where the climate was earth and humanity’s grim reaper. Willows’ character elaboration was what I was looking for – detailed, nuanced, and had implications of what their choices, paths and journeys were to be as the story progressed, be it as the “chosen” ones (a group of scientists and highly-skilled specialists of certain targeted fields who were basically rounded up by the government/military to be shipped off to a brand new planet, whether they chose that path or not! Pfft! Chosen my arse! Pretty ironic to use that word, innit? I see what you did there, Willows! I’m on to ya, you genius!) or the ones left behind.

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Compass Rose

– by Anna Burke

After a captivating read of Anna Burke‘s latest novel, “Thorn,” obviously I HAD to read her debut work, “Compass Rose.” The critics were right. By gosh, what a fantastic, thrilling, captivating ride indeed! This swashbuckling action-adventure where I got to read about pirates, mercs, and the military all converging in the high seas (not to mention monsters!), marking their territories and warring for more was exceptionally depicted with persistently vivid visualisations of each and every situation, environment, surroundings, all described with such realism that I was transported to every scene that Burke created, like I was there meself, observing every action and sequence….virtually!

Burke’s “Compass Rose,” at times, was reminiscent of Jules Verne’s classic sea voyage adventure literature, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea,” and at times reminded me of “The Pirates of the Carribean,” for me. Except, Burke’s voyage was infinitely better for me, imho, because of many factors, namely, all the badarse, kick-arse leading characters were WOMEN! Bloody hell YES! Having expressed just how much I loved Burke’s literary, lyrical writing style in “Thorn,” Burke continued to impress me to no end with her brilliant knack for creating a glorious sense of music in her richly descriptive, heart-tugging words in every scenario and dialogue/monologue that somehow transformed into lyrical notes in me head as I read on!

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Princess of Dorsa (The Chronicles of Dorsa Book 1)

– by Eliza Andrews

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At last! We have our very own lesbianGame of Thrones in lesfic!! YES! Eliza Andrews‘ recently released “Princess of Dorsa,” Book 1 of the Chronicles of Dorsa, delivered just as Andrews promised when she announced that she’d be giving us lesfic readers our very own Game of Thrones (GoT)!! I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to beta-read an advance copy (Ta, Eliza!) and re-read the final version when it was out on Amazon….will be re-reading this, tbh! Anyway, Andrews, with her usual knack for weaving compelling stories with her brilliant writing style, gives Mr. Martin a run for his money. I was reeling after devouring it literally in one bated breath. I wanted MORE!!!

There was so much going on in this Book 1, I was beside meself with utter amazement and awe because I couldn’t believe I was actually reading about this whole universe that Andrews so richly created, inspired by GoT‘s, complete with the fabulous Empire consisting of the Four Realms (with the West being the largest most populated, and the East being the desert, strange and exotic, rich with myths and superstitions that the West and other Realms steered clear of), conquered by an Emperor from a Noble House, with Wise Men (like the Maesters in GoT) as the Empire’s influential advisers besides the military commanders. The Empire, as in GoT, obviously was always under threats of rebellion or attacks either from within the walls of the Realms or beyond its territories. So, Andrews’ Empire was ruled by the noble house, House of Dorsa. Princess Natasia aka Tasia was the daughter of its king, Emperor Andreth, future Empress-in-waiting. The Wise Men from the House of Wisdom, just like the Maesters from the Citadel in GoT, were an order of scholars, healers, messengers and scientists. I was utterly enthralled by Andrews’ vivid descriptions of the surroundings, the designs, the colours, the outfits of the different characters. They were visually stunning in me mind!

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The Book Addict

– by Annette Mori

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Annette Mori‘s latest, “The Book Addict,” was me first book of hers that I read, thanks to the author herself who sent me a complimentary copy! And I must also thank Rachael Byrne (Lesbian Fiction Group by Les Reveur) for picking me to win some e-books from some lovely authors!

Not having had any experience with Mori’s writing previously, I was curious to discover her writing style and storytelling tone. And what better way to find out than to read her latest creation, eh? I was glad “The Book Addict” was me first Mori reading material because it’s about something I’ve always loved all me life – BOOKS! Only this time, it’s ENCHANTING books! Blimey!! I couldn’t wait to read it! Love me some creative stories!

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Fury’s Bridge + Fury’s Choice + Fury’s Death (Afterlife Inc. Series Books 1-3)

– by Brey Willows

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This commentary applies to all 3 books in the trilogy “Fury’s Bridge” (Book 1) “Fury’s Choice” (Book 2) and “Fury’s Death” (Book 3).

I recently had a blast reading Brey Willows‘ Fury Trilogy (Afterlife Inc. series)! Never had I encountered anything like this before! All the Gods, Demigods, Demons, Devils, Furies, Angels, even the Cosmos, the list goes on… from all types of religions, philosophies, mythologies that you can think of, gathering together, mingling with mere mortals?! Wow! Now THAT’s original!

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