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The Queen of Ieflaria (Tales of Inthya #1) by Effie Calvin

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Rating – 3/5

Synopsis –

Princess Esofi of Rhodia and Crown Prince Albion of Ieflaria have been betrothed since they were children but have never met. At age seventeen, Esofi’s journey to Ieflaria is not for the wedding she always expected but instead to offer condolences on the death of her would-be husband.

But Ieflaria is desperately in need of help from Rhodia for their dragon problem, so Esofi is offered a new betrothal to Prince Albion’s younger sister, the new Crown Princess Adale. But Adale has no plans of taking the throne, leaving Esofi with more to battle than fire-breathing beasts.

Review –

Who doesn’t love a good fantasy read with princess and magic and well dragons! The plot is pretty awesome too. But the execution is darn frustrating.
When a novel is turn into a movie, everything is rushed like in Harry Potter movies. This novel feels like the movie version of the story. It seem like the writer is trying to finished the book within a fixed word count and a very short one too. I love the story, the plot and everything(come on even the cover is fantastic!), but I’ll never get why everything was rushed or edited. I said edited because that how it feels like while reading it, like a part of the story/scene was just removed or cut off.
I was very excited to read about the magic vs science part, I don’t have a clue to why the writer brought it up in the first place if she wasn’t going to actually go through with it. I had wanted to know why he God of magic left out Princess Adale and few other things, but instead there were lots of details on the different kinds of Gods which seem irrelevant to the plot. That made me even more frustrated because somehow the writer manages to include that in the story and fails to put the things that are much more relevant and needed to be there. If it were written as it is supposed to be I would have loved it very much and I’m even sure it would be a 5 star.
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Shadows of the Soul (Xena the Merciless #1) by Melissa Good

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Rating – 5/5.

Author’s Note – 

For years now, Lunacy has been after me to write a Conqueror story. I never was that fond of Armegeddon Now, but Lunacy lives in Miami, and knows where my house is. So – as a compromise, I decided to write a sorta kinda conqueror type story and here it is.

This is the first book in the Xena the Merciless series.

Cover by Calli’s Creations (www.calliscreations.com)

Synopsis – 

Gabrielle is taken as a slave by Xena. (This is me speaking and not an official one!). There was no synopsis for this one, but well, why would we need synopsis for a Xena/Gabrielle fiction?!

Review –

This is one of my favourites (I’ve three other!) among the Xena and Gabrielle fan fictions. If you are a conqueror story fan, I highly recommend it. I don’t however recommend it for a light read because there’s lots of abuse and exploitation scenes (it’s Xena, so I wasn’t surprised). But oo.. you’ll fall in love with the couple once they are in love, and it’s not a love that comes easily which makes it very real and touching. The book though long is wonderful. The character growth, the slow burn, the chemistry, the plot, the sex scenes, everything was wonderfully written. Even though it’s long, I couldn’t put down the book once I’ve started reading it. I mean come on.. It’s written by Melissa Good, it’s as closed to published work as it can get for a fan fiction! Loved it very much! Highly recommended for all those conqueror fan fiction lovers.

Link –

http://www.merwolf.com/ffiction.html#xm

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Princess of Dorsa (The Chronicles of Dorsa #1) by Eliza Andrews

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Rating – 4/5

Synopsis –

The fate of an empire lies in the hands of one untested princess.

Princess Natasia is the eldest child of the Emperor Andreth, ruler of the Four Realms. If she were a boy, she’d be the unquestioned heir to the throne. But as a girl, her main duty in life is to marry someone her father can shape into his successor.

Everything changes when an unknown would-be assassin nearly takes Tasia’s life. Someone wants to destabilize the Empire — but who? Was the assassin aligned with the power-hungry Western lords, who have always rebelled against the Emperor? Was he hired by the barbarians in the East, who are fighting against the Empire’s subjugation? Or was he a member of the mysterious Cult of Culo?

Unsure of whom he can trust, the Emperor realizes that his daughter might be his best option for an heir. There hasn’t been a female heir to the throne in living memory, but as palace intrigue becomes increasingly dangerous, the reckless, rebellious, and stubborn princess suddenly has to face the responsibility of learning to lead.

Will she rise to the occasion? Or will the Empire fall at the hands of one of its many enemies?

For fans of epic fantasy… with an LGBTQ twist.

Review –

This one is a surprise. I’m a big fan of ‘Game of Thrones’ so when people compare it with a f/f version of that, I couldn’t have avoided it even if I tried.
And oh goodness, it doesn’t disappoint. It’s not as must brutal as GoT but still brutal enough, and the story is written in 1st person so it’s nothing like ‘Songs of Fire and Ice’ and also there’s much less sex than GoT and no incest(if you are worried about it!). But the interesting thing is that, like Got, this on has or I believe will have a one true mythical villain just like the ‘White walker’. The only difference, here it’s more of a fire creature and not ice. Just as the author said, this is pretty much a lesbian version of GoT. The plot, the settings everything is similar. Conflicts, betrayals, murder, and of course everything happens for want of the throne. While the four realms are eyeing for the throne, a new and powerful enemy slowly grew it’s size away unchecked and disregarded as myth.
Ooo..but this isn’t all there is that I can’t wait to read more, Princess Natasia is like Daenerys Targaryen and my favourite Josyln, who is a bodyguard of the lovely princess, is very much like Jon Snow. Although, there are many similarities with GoT and this, this book is just as different and interesting. I can’t wait for the second part and to learn more about Josyln. The story is just getting started, both the twist and turns that are being put in a single book was amazing and keep me hooked the whole time. I would have loved it more if there was at least two POV’s, since there are many plots and subplots and more plots, twist and turns in the story, but nevertheless it’s still amazing.
Highly recommended. If anyone is looking for an epic fantasy, I’m sure this one won’t disappoint.
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Soul Unique by Gun Brooke

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Rating – 4/5

Synopsis –

Greer Landon is a successful art gallery owner. She has created an empire by discovering and developing new artists. When she agrees to visit an art school in Boston, she encounters a woman, Hayden Rowe, whose paintings take her breath away. Greer realises Hayden is not a student, but lives in a remote wing of the school and the maddeningly frustrating headmaster is her mother.

Mesmerised by Hayden and her art, Greer learns the young woman has Asperger syndrome. Hayden awakens something in Greer she didn’t know she was capable of. Having suffered from a profound loneliness for most of her life, Greer develops an overshadowing love and protectiveness toward Hayden. As she learns more about Hayden and her heartbreaking family situation, Greer is amazed at how courageous and brilliant she is. Can there be a future with a woman like this, and will Hayden, who can only put words to her emotions through her paintings, return her feelings?

Review –

I was expecting an angst-fest when I pick this up. I love stories that touch my heart, that made my heart ache and tears flow freely. This is one of those, but with less angst and more sweet and lovely moments. The story doesn’t do much bullshitting. It start off right away with no warm up, it doesn’t sidestep and still manages to do it brilliantly. It is a little fast pace for a romance novel, not the romance exactly, but the pace of the story itself was fast. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful read.Highly, recommended.
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Requiem for Immortals (The Law Game #1) by Lee Winter

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Rating – 4/5

Synopsis –

Professional cellist Natalya Tsvetnenko moves seamlessly among the elite where she fills the souls of symphony patrons with beauty even as she takes the lives of the corrupt of Australia’s ruthless underworld.

The cold, exacting assassin is hired to kill a woman who seems so innocent that Natalya can’t understand why anyone would want her dead. As she gets to know her target, she can’t work out why she even cares.

Review –

It’s been quite a while since I read a thriller. And I’m glad I picked this one.
I’m all about bad ass women, but somehow I’m not a big fan of Requiem. I love a slow burn, but I was almost starting to get pissed when Requiem was still like “I don’t do love” at the very last chapter(fyi there’s an Epiloge)!
The plot was great, the mystery remains a mystery to me till it was revealed(which doesn’t happened as often as I would liked), the character development was realistic as much as it made the slow process want to strangle requiem. Other than some power play issues which I didn’t see the point of, this is a wonderful read. Highly recommended!

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Gnarled Hollow by Charlotte Greene

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Rating – 4/5

Synopsis – 

Unemployed English professor Emily Murray has been given a chance of a lifetime: to work and study inside Gnarled Hollow, the former estate of one of her favourite authors. She doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but by the end of her first day, she knows something is wrong. The house has a disturbing habit of changing dimensions—and not just physical ones. Rooms go missing, doors close on their own, and time has a strange tendency to disappear. Emily is joined by other scholars, among them the beautiful art historian, Juniper Friend. Together they begin to research the history of the house, refusing to abandon their work despite the appearance of a mysterious, frightening presence. Spurred on by their desire to uncover the mysteries of Gnarled Hollow and its ghostly inhabitant, they’re determined to uncover the truth, even if it means risking their own lives.

Cover Artist: Sheri Halal
Genres: Crime & Mystery / Paranormal & Urban Fantasy / Romance

Review –

Okay, I’m not someone who is easily scared, but this one creeps the hell out of me. Aside from some confusing and unexplained twist like the effects of the toy soldier and the only hands with no body thing, I enjoyed it very much. Even as scared as it felt, I can’t put it down. The mystery element of the story is well written and exciting as for the romance, it seems okay, but the story main focus being the mystery of the Gnarled Hollow and the chemistry of the group as a whole, it seems appropriate. I could never guess what will happened next or why something was happening the way it happened or anything that is supposed to be a mystery. The atmosphere in the house was well portrait and the pace of the story was perfect. It did seemed a little rushed at the end, but considering it’s main focus is on the paranormal mystery, I didn’t see the harm as the mystery was solved by then. I really enjoyed exploring and solving the mysteries of the Gnarled Hollow as the story goes. I highly recommended this book for the paranormal book lovers. A wonderful and satisfying read.

*ARC provided by Bold Stoke Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Is She, Isn’t She? by Kelly Kristina Ace

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Rating – 4/5.

Synopsis –

Ashley has a dark-haired, tantrum-throwing problem: Jeanie, the new bar girl. Jeanie says she’s straight, but Ashley can’t help herself. She hasn’t wanted someone this much for a long time.
She knows she’s setting herself up for disaster, as she tries to seduce the sexy brunette. Jeanie will never belong to Ashley. Jeanie’s not interested in girls.
Or is she?
Ashley’s in for a wild ride of sex, drama and violence with the unpredictable Jeanie. Will Jeanie just use Ashley to experiment before she hightails it back to men?
Or does she love her?
Only time will tell…

Review –

If I had to give ratings just for the sex scenes, this one would be a perfect 5 star! As for the story, it is filled with manipulations, bad communication and zero growth of both the main protagonist. If you are looking for a sweet and lovely story, this one isn’t it. But if you are looking for lots of drama, hot and steamy sex which is sure to make you all hot and bothered, then this one is it. The writing is pretty decent except for the ending which is the most disappointing part of the story.
I highly recommend it for people whose looking for great sex scenes, and I’m not talking about just in the bedroom!