Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

ARC Graphic Novel Review: Unnatural, Vol. 1 by Mirka Andolfo

Unnatural, Vol. 1 by Mirka Andolfo
Series: Unnatural #1
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 112 pages
Publishes on 27th Novmeber 2018 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon
Mirka Andolfo: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received for review from publisher via Edelweiss+

Synopsis:
Leslie J. Blair is a simple pig girl, she loves sushi and she is trapped in a job that she hates. She lives with Trish, her best friend. In her world, which is full of anthropomorphic creatures, with a totalitarian government that interferes in the personal lives of its citizens, up to the point of allowing only relationships between individuals of the same race. The transgressors are punished. They are accused of being… unnatural!
Leslie dreams of something different for herself. But these dreams are becoming dangerous, especially because they feature a mysterious wolf. And, when she wakes up, she thinks that she is being watched… And, as if that were not enough, on the day of her twenty-fifth birthday, Leslie receive an email that she would never have wanted to receive. But she still does not know it’s just the beginning …The hit Italian comic, a fantasy, erotica, romantic suspense series by MIRKA ANDOLFO (Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, DC Comics Bombshells) will bring you in a colorful but terrible world, where personal freedoms are superfluous. Follow Leslie on a breathtaking plot, between thriller and fantasy with a touch of sensuality.

Collects issues #1-4

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Book Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
Series: The Smoke Thieves #1
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adults
Length: 494 pages
Published on 3rd May 2018 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Sally Green: Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from WHSmith

Synopsis:
A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief.

Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands.Five nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner’s block.

In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town.

And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war.

Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

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Excerpt

Exclusive Excerpt: Moonshadow’s Guardian by Dianna Gunn

All stories are rooted somewhere in truthMoonshadow’s Guardian | written by Dianna Gunn

Shortly after my last guest post with RoAnna I had a wonderful email from Dianna looking to collab with me!

Not only did she want to help share copies of her upcoming book (now out for the world to see and love) Moonshadow’s Guardian with my book club, she also asked if I’d be interested in guest posts too.

I have one of those here for you now where she has provided an exclusive excerpt so keep reading for a sneak peak.

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Book Reviews, Received for Review, YALC

ARC Review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | LGBT
Length: 374 pages
Published on 6th November 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Natasha Ngan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC received from publishers at YALC

Synopsis:Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

Presented by James Patterson, Natasha Ngan’s lyrical, searing, visceral fantasy, Girls of Paper and Fire, will remind us how precious freedom is–and the price we must pay to achieve it.

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Book Tours, Excerpt

Book Tour Extract: Forsaken Genesis by M.J. Marinescu

Forsaken Genesis by M.J. Marinescu
Series: Deluge Prophecies #1
Genre: Fantasy | Cyberpunk
Length: 266 pages
Published on 25th September 2018 by Tellwell Talent
Purchase: Amazon
M.J. Marinescu: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Synopsis: The world has changed in more ways than one. Most humans live in the safety of the hive cities, massive industrial complexes walled off to the outside world. Yet, the dangers of the wilds are no longer limited to the outskirts. Rumours abound of strange things in the night. Sightings of subhumans and citizens being abducted, whisked off by men in vans or worse. The Department of Control keeps a close eye on the citizens of Avalon but who are they protecting?

Melissa thought the world outside the facility would be safe. Free from the pain and the incessant tests of the men in white coats but what she finds is a world unknown. Fleeting memories call to her like a siren song pleading for her to remember. Can she figure out her strange dreams and the shadowed figure who hounds her in her sleep? She must discover who she is and come to terms with the truth that may have been kept from her for good reason if she hopes to survive in this strange new world

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval

Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 144 pages
Published on 20th November 2018 by Lion Forge Comics
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Tony Sandoval: Deviantart | Blogspot | Goodreads
eARC received from publishers via netgalley

Synopsis:
Mila is a quiet, solitary teenager ready to put another boring summer vacation behind her until she meets Agnes, an intriguing adventurous girl who turns out to be a ghost. And not just a regular ghost, but one carrying the essence of a fallen king, and a mouth full of teeth that used to be guardian warriors. She introduces Mila to a wondrous world of secret places and magic that exists deep beneath the ocean, and the occult battle for freedom that approaches…

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: Herakles Book 1 by Edouard Cour

Herakles Book 1 by Édouard Cour
Series: Herakles #1
Genre: Fantasy | Mythology | Graphic Novel
Length: 160 pages
Published on 4th July 2018 by Lion Forge Comics
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Édouard Cour: Website | Goodreads
eReview copy recieved from Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis:
Author Edouard Cour revisits one of the greatest Greek myths by painting the often-heroic Herakles as, well . . . somewhat of a jerk. Crude and stubborn at times, in little glimpses we meet a man—half-human, after all—with a psychology more complex than he appears, entangled in guilt over the ghosts who have haunted him since childhood. A mournful sadness seizes him as he crosses the fleeting silhouettes of a woman and her three children. “Friends or foe, all those who cross his path end up stiff and worm food,” ​​comments Linos, the ghost of his childhood music teacher.
Brimming with pathos and dark humor, this portrait of Herakles is a graphic whirlwind leaving little respite and often revealing beautiful surprises.

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Book Reviews, Manga, Received for Review

Manga Review: The Tarot Cafe, Volume 1 by Sang-Sun Park

The Tarot Cafe, Volume 1 by Sang-Sun Park
Series: The Tarot Cafe #1
Genre: Manga | Fantasy
Length: 528 pages
Published on 24th July 2018 by TokyoPop
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Sang-Sun Park: Goodreads
eCopy recieved from NetGalley

Synopsis:
Meet Pamela, a tarot card reader who helps supernatural beings living in the human world. She’ll help anyone, whether they’re a love-stricken cat, a vampire spending eternal life running from his one true love, an unattractive waitress looking for the man of her dreams, or even a magician who creates a humanoid doll to serve the woman he loves. Although she is good-natured, there is a deep dark secret that she must deal with before she can move on to the next life.

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Book Reviews, Received for Review

ARC Review: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
Genre: Fantasy | Short Stories | Young Adult
Length: 336 pages
Published on 26th June 2018 by HarperCollins
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Ellen Oh: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Elsie Chapman: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC recieved from Harper in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings: these are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.
Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renée Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong.

A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place.

From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish. For fans of Neil Gaiman’s Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie’s New York Times–bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel: Skin & Earth by Lights

Skin & Earth by Lights
Series: Skin and Earth #1-6
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 200 pages
Published on 17th July 2018 by Dynamite Entertainment
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Lights: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy recieved from NetGalley

Synopsis:
The full collection of Lights’ masterwork is here! Based on Lights album of the same name, Skin&Earth is a story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is lead down a dark path by new lovers that reveals a twisted fantasy world and her own true nature. Set in a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the Tempest Corporation, the adventurous tale of loneliness, deceit and self-discovery that ties in with the 14-track corresponding album is compiled for the first time here with the complete comic book series and album in one epic interactive collected edition!
Written and drawn by alt-pop phenomenon Lights.The collected edition includes:
-All 6 issues of Skin&Earth comic book
-Interactive ShareCodes to access the full album, music videos and other bonus content
-Links to exclusive merch
-Variant art from Jim Lee, Joby Harris, Derek Lewis, Gianna Rose and Matt Mitchell
-New bonus content
-Personal introduction from Lights
-Dustjacket and special cover

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