DNF Reviews: Outlander, Blackbird, and Tempting the Best Man

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
Genre: Historical Fiction | Romance
Length: 864 pages
Published on 19th February 2015 by Arrow
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Diana Gabaldon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased from Amazon for Jenny’s annotated birthday present

Synopsis: 1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.
But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.

Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.

Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

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Graphic Novel Review: Paper Girls, Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang and Matthew Wilson
Series: Paper Girls #1
Genre: Graphic Novel | Science Fiction
Length: 144 pages
Published on 5th April 2016 by Image Comics
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Brian K. Vaughan: Goodreads
Cliff Chiang: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Matthew Wilson: Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis:
In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.
Collects Paper Girls #1-5.

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ARC Review: Book of Fire by Michelle Kenney

Book Of Fire by Michelle Kenney
Series: ?
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopia
Length: 384 pages
Published on 25th August 2017 by HQ Digital
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Michelle Kenney: Twitter | Goodreads
Physical ARC recieved from YAHQ Digital at YALC

Synopsis:
Life outside the domes is not possible. At least that’s what Insiders are told.

Twins Eli and Talia shouldn’t exist. They’re Outsiders.Their home is a secret. Their lives are a secret. Arafel is a secret.

An unexpected forest raid forces Talia into a desperate mission to rescue her family while protecting the sacred Book of Arafel from those who would use it as a weapon. As Talia and her life long friend Max enter the dome, she makes some unexpected discoveries, and allies, in the form of rugged Insider August, that will change the course of her life forever.

She’ll stop at nothing to save her family but will she sacrifice her heart in the process?

The Fire Sermon meets Gladiator in this brilliant YA debut.

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ARC Review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Series: The Nightside Saga #1
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | LGBT
Length: 404 pages
Published on 3rd October 2017 by Entangled: Teen
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Tristina Wright: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Digital ARC received for review.

Synopsis:
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

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Graphic Novel Review: Taproot by Keezy Young

Taproot by Keezy Young
Series: Standalone?
Genre: Graphic Novel | Fantasy | LGBT
Length: 127 pages
Published on 26th September 2017 by Lion Forge
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Keezy Young: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Review copy received via NetGalley

Synopsis:
Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him.

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Book Tour Review: Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn

Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn
Series: Fire Lines #1
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Length: 298 pages
Published on 26th September 2017 by Bewick Press
Purchase: Amazon
Cara Thurlbourn: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eARC recieved from the author via Fay Rogers

Synopsis:
When your blood line awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom?

Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of life beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council’s ruthless Cadets.
But when Émi turns seventeen, sparks fly – literally. Her blood line surges into life and she realises she has a talent for magick… a talent that could get her killed.
Émi makes her escape, beyond the wall and away from everything she’s ever known. In a world of watchers, elephant riders and sorcery, she must discover the truth about who she really is. But can the new Émi live up to her destiny?

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Review: The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee

The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
Series: Silver Metal Lover #1
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Fantasy | Romance
Length: 291 pages
Published on 4th May 1999 by Spectra.
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Tanith Lee : Website | Goodreads
Read Jenny’s copy as part of TBP

Synopsis:
Love is made of more than mere flesh and blood….
Tanith Lee is one of the most thought-provoking and imaginative authors of our time. In this unforgettably poignant novel, Lee has created a classic tale–a beautiful, tragic, erotic, and ultimately triumphant love story of the future.

For sixteen-year-old Jane, life is a mystery she despairs of ever mastering. She and her friends are the idle, pampered children of the privileged class, living in luxury on an Earth remade by natural disaster. Until Jane’s life is changed forever by a chance encounter with a robot minstrel with auburn hair and silver skin, whose songs ignite in her a desperate and inexplicable passion.

Jane is certain that Silver is more than just a machine built to please. And she will give up everything to prove it. So she escapes into the city’s violent, decaying slums to embrace a love bordering on madness. Or is it something more? Has Jane glimpsed in Silver something no one else has dared to see–not even the robot or his creators? A love so perfect it must be destroyed, for no human could ever compete?

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DNF Review: Queen of Extinction by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre

Queen of Extinction by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre
Series: Queen of Extinction #1
Genre: Fantasy | Retelling
Length: 388 pages
Published on 23rd January 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Gwynn White: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Erin St. Pierre: YouTube | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy recieved for review from the author

Synopsis:
A magical princess. A kingdom in danger. A fight to the death for the throne.
Princess Aurora never thought she’d have to rule Ryferia. That was her brother’s job, until his brutal murder at the hands of their uncle. She knows the law. A marriage is her only chance to take the throne, and to free her people from Artemis’s evil rule. Aurora gambles for her kingdom, invoking the right to hold a deadly marriage trial.As the most gifted—and ruthless—princes and lords battle to the death for her hand, Aurora falls under the spell of two mysterious suitors. Both are determined to win her hand and her kingdom for their own ends. But the princess has allies, as well as a secret power long outlawed in her kingdom…Will Aurora find true love and save Ryferia or will the trial’s winner destroy them all?Queen of Extinction is a fresh take on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale. If you like fairytale retellings, magic, steampunk, and romance, then you’ll love the first book in a new trilogy by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre.

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Poetry Review: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Series: women are some kind of magic #1
Genre: Poetry | Feminism
Length: 208 pages
Published on 23rd March 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Amanda Lovelace: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy bought for myself – both the indie and the published version.

Synopsis:
the princess saves herself in this one is a collection of poetry about resilience. It is about writing your own ending.
From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.

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Review: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #5
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Length: 327 pages
Published on 3rd March 2011 by Harper Collins Children’s Books
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Melissa Marr: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
PCopy bought for myself with a gift voucher

Synopsis:
The fifth and final breathtaking instalment in the darkly seductive and best-selling WICKED LOVELY series, about the collision of mortal and faery worlds! The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan left Huntsdale to wander aimlessly but after centuries of leading his court it was not long before the reality of being Summer King became too pressing. Violence seemed more inevitable by the day and the Summer Court was not yet strong enough to face conflict, so Keenan made a dangerous deal with the water fey. It is a desperate bargain he makes to strengthen his court against the coming war. Aislinn tends the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. She knows she must be a powerful queen to hold her court together, while Bananach becomes more and more dangerous, and she is losing faeries to her. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. Her court is still powerful, but she must remain focused on keeping them that way and not get distracted by Keenan when he shows up at her door again. The Dark Court is thrown into chaos when they are rocked by tragedy. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life. They all know what Bananach seeks — the raven-faery is the embodiment of war and discord. She and her growing number of allies want mutiny and murder. Love, despair and betrayal ignite the Faeries Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win! and some will lose everything. The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr’s bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

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