Spotlight & Giveaway | Cinderella's Inferno by F.M. Boughan





CINDERELLA'S INFERNO Digital Assets
Title: CINDERELLA'S INFERNO (Cinderella, Necromancer #2)
Author: F.M. Boughan
Pub. Date: May 28, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 324
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Purity cannot abide the darkness.

It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.

Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.

To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.

Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.

But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.

Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?


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Title: CINDERELLA NECROMANCER
Author: F.M. Boughan
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Pages: 324
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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CINDERELLA,NECROMANCER is CHIME meets ANNA, DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.

Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters.

When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom.

Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.

Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival.

But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?

As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster. 



About F.M. Boughan:
F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she's been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).

Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird... among other things.

F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman




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Review | A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub. Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 626
Format: Paperback

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Goodreads Blurb: 

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
 


My review:


I don't know where to start from with this review.
After finishing this book, my feelings and my thoughts were literally all over the place.
And, I finally knew for certain that I did the right thing by stalling in starting to read this book until my exams had passed. Because, when I started it, oh boy, I just never seemed able to put it down. Like, ever. Again. Ahh.

Anyway, I should probably stop rambling and start a proper review.

I would like to begin from a comparison with the first book in the series, ACOTAR*. This book, I really didn't care for it for about the first 200 pages, as I explained in my review of it. And, I wasn't entirely at fault there, if I say so myself, because, honestly, it was like a prologue to the whole epic-ness that followed in ACOMAF**. Like, literally the lengthiest prologue I've ever read, but still.
The thing is that I didn't particularly care for almost anything for the biggest part of the book, and what bugged me the most, was that I did not really care for the protagonist, Feyre. When that happens, I find it really hard to love a book. In fact, I only really liked Tamlin. I might even say I loved him and found him utterly adorable.

Oh boy, was I wrong... oh boy...

ACOMAF came and just flipped my whole world around. And, trust me, I had seen how much everyone raved about Tamlin, and Rhysand, and Feyre (I mean, ACOWAR*** and even ACOFAS**** are even out, and I just finished the second book, so...). So, I was already suspicious that something is going to happen, and I was extra ready to defend Tamlin and protest against anything that attempts to prove my feelings for characters wrong.


I am not sure as to whether the following could count as spoilers, as I detail a bit the beginning, but it might spoil an important aspect of Feyre's romantic relationships, so proceed with caution!


I realized something was wrong between my previous couple, Tamlin and Feyre, right from the very first pages (if not the very first lines). When the heroine woke up in the middle of the night to vomit, after another horrible nightmare, and noticed that Tamlin did not even stir, even if she was not certain that he was asleep.
When similar behaviour continued, where they just shoved everything under the rug and refused to acknowledge their individual, as well as interpersonal, problems, I knew that this relationship was doomed. Any similar relationship would be, not jut Tamlin and Feyre's but just saying.

And then... then...

So many conflicted feelings, so much inner turmoil, so many questions about everyone's behaviours and motivations, and mostly? So. Much. Adorableness! And, well, sexiness, too.

And, I won't even talk about Velaris and the fact that I felt my heart being ripped out and then put back into its place at the end...

I really really do not want to go into too many details, because I would hate to spoil the crucial parts of this book. I want everyone to feel all these feelings I felt while reading this book.
I mean, as I am not blind and everyone has been raving for years in bookstagram about it, I knew that something is going to change between Feyre and Rhysand.
And, I might also add that Rhys brings out the best in Feyre. A few chapters into the book I started feeling like Feyre is indeed a heroine, and not just a character whose story is being narrated to us, neutrally and from a distant point of view (even if it is in the first person) - much like I had during the most part of ACOTAR.

But, I never thought it would come to a point where it would make that much sense to me. Where I would not only support, but love their relationship so much.
A point, even, where this book became one of my favorite reads.

Because this is a book I am DEFINITELY reading again. Once I'm through with ACOWAR and ACOFAS, I will start the series again. Because knowing now so many things I didn't before, I will even gladly read the first book (most likely skim through the first two parts and read the rest word by word, but still...).

Ah, overall, what an experience... Off to start ACOWAR now!!

All in all, 6/5 stars to this masterpiece, because literally,
I do not even care if the rest of the series is not as good as this book, 
ACOMAF earned its rightful  place in my heart and in my favorites' list, 
and can never be budged down from there.


*A Court of Thorns and Roses
**A Court of Mist and Fury
***A Court of Wings and Ruin
****A Court of Frost and Starlight

Review & Giveaway | Power of Five by Alex Lidell


POWER OF FIVE
About the Book:
Title: POWER OF FIVE
Author: Alex Lidell
Pub. Date: May 4, 2018
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 312
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Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow—or resist. 

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out... Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn. 

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to... a female. A mortal female. 

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing—a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone... especially for Lera herself. 

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel. 



My review:

This is the very first novel of a brand new series. And, what an introduction to the series!
Lera and her quint's story had grasped my undivided attention from the very first paragraph, so well-written and adventurous from the first 'till the last chapter, making you craving for more and urging you to get the next book right away.
It's really no wonder I read "Power of Five" in one sitting.

At this point you might be wondering what I meant by "Lera's quint" earlier. So, first things first.
Our story starts with the four male Fae mighty warriors watching over the newly (and magically) appointed part of their group. They are called a quint, which should always consist of 5 Fae members.
So, what is going to happen to their quint when magic decides that Lera, a mere 20-year-old female mortal should join them?

The short answer? A truly earth-shattering sequence of events.

The only thing that is certain is that this bond can prove dangerous not just for the mortal Lera, but for everyone, in many different ways.

At this point, I would also like to add that, although this book is a reverse harem, it surely isn't just for fans of this particular genre.
In contrast, if you like anything from fantasy and Fae, to strong, independent women and tall, brooding males, you will positively adore this novel.

It was also so well-written and -structured that it only made me more itchy to find more of the author's works and add them to my TBR pile immediately.


All in all, 5 stars for an amazing read that kept me 
glued to my kindle until "The End" and
a story I can never recommend enough.





About Alex:
Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Excerpt & Giveaway | The Venerate Order by Troy Dukart



THE VENERATE ORDER
About the Book:
Author: Troy Dukart
Pub. Date: February 26, 2018
Publisher: Creativia
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 217
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Strafe Rocknus has suffered hard losses in his life, but now things are looking up for the college graduate. 

He has a sizzling girlfriend, good friends and a bright career ahead of him. But one day, Strafe awakes in a mysterious cavern, discovers an ancient artifact, and unwittingly ignites a war that spans two worlds: his own, and one he never knew existed. 

With the abyss of the unknown before him, Strafe enters the swirling darkness. Desperate, he must navigate a new and hostile world on the brink of catastrophe, and learn the truth of who he is, while facing a darkness with the power to destroy everything Strafe has ever cared about. 

Soon, he will discover that his greatest strength comes from those he fights for.

 Excerpt:

When we walked in, I noticed that the sword was in the same spot where I had put it the day before.

“Professor, why didn't anyone put this away? What if someone were to take it?” I said to him.
He smiled at me, looked at the sword and said, “I tried to move it. Nobody could steal it if they'd wanted to. You see, it won't budge an inch. It might as well weigh a ton! Also, it glows white and blue around non-violent people, like the nurses, but when a gang member was brought in with a knife wound, I was told it glowed bright red as they passed by. That is why I am truly intrigued to see this cave you have found.”
The sword wouldn't budge? It reacted to a person's nature as well?
“Please take it with you Strafe. The Mayor has requested our presence at his office,” the Professor informed me. When I went over to grab it, I picked it up with ease. I could see curiosity in the professor's eyes when I did this.
We exited and drove across town to the Mayor's office. When we were escorted in, I noticed there were many men talking with the Mayor, wearing unusual uniforms that I didn't recognize. And, they were all wearing the same pendant as Mayor Chiller.
“Gentlemen, please come in and sit down,” the Mayor gestured toward some vacant chairs. The room felt hostile, as though it were full of wolves.
“Pardon my curiosity, but who are these people? Are they FBI?” Professor Sighter asked. One man with slicked back, blonde hair stepped up and offered to shake his hand. The professor noticed the man's eyes had red-colored irises. He declined.
“Please allow me to introduce myself and the others. My name is Tiras Strand. I am the United States representative of the Federation of Worldwide Ancient Societies or FOWAS, based in Oslo, Norway. It is an honor to meet you, sir. I believe you are familiar with us Professor?”
“Yes I am,” Sighter responded, “Your people have quite a history, I might even say a reputation. My colleagues have heard of priceless artifacts going missing under your trust, suspecting they had been sold on the European Black Market.”





About Troy:
Troy Dukart is the author of the Venerate Saga (The Venerate Order, The Venerate Redemption, sequels to follow).

Troy grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. Troy is recognized by Toastmasters International as an Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze.

He's lived in Japan as well as California. He loves to travel.

Make sure to stop by his website and sign-up for the newsletter to stay in the know!



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