Modest Musings

Welcome to Modest Musings!

This is were we tell you about the books we have acquired this month.  Whether it is through purchases, NetGalley or one of our many book list emails.  Please feel free to tell us what you think and if there is a particular book you are interested in seeing us review.  We hope you enjoy what we found this Month!

Jessica’s Musings

9565548Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin by Robin Lafevers – Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman – It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever? Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it. The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

downloadWith this Curse by Amanda Dewees – Can a curse strike twice in a woman’s life? In 1854, seventeen-year-old chambermaid Clara Crofton was dismissed from Gravesend Hall for having fallen in love with Richard Blackwood, the younger son of the house. Alone in the world, Clara found a tenuous position as a seamstress, but she always blamed the Gravesend curse for the disaster that had befallen her–and for Richard’s death soon after in the Crimean War.

A proposal…
Now, more than eighteen years later, Richard’s twin, Atticus, seeks out Clara with a strange proposal: if she will marry him and live with him as his wife in name only to ease the mind of his dying father, Atticus will then endow her with a comfortable income for the rest of her life. Clara knows that he is not disclosing his true motives, but when she runs out of options for an independent life, she has no choice but to become Atticus’s wife.

A deception…
For Clara, returning to Gravesend as a bride brings some triumph… but also great unease. Not only must she pretend to be a wellborn lady and devoted wife to a man whose face is a constant reminder of the love she lost, but ominous portents whisper that her masquerade brings grave danger. “This house will take from you what you most treasure,” her mother once warned her. But the curse has already taken the man Clara loved. Will it now demand her life?

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Matched by Allie Condie – Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

greta and the goblin king 500x750 (2)Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs – While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon. To survive, 17-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape. But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back . . .

Lynn’s Musings

9781599906614_p0_v3_s260x420The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted – Lucy Sexton is stunned when her mother’s identical twin sister shows up at the family’s front door one day. Separated at birth, the two women have had dramatically different upbringings, and Lucy’s mother, Aliese, will do anything to make it up to Helen-including taking Helen into their home and turning her into a lady that all of society will admire. Aunt Helen’s transformation is remarkable. But is it just Lucy’s imagination, or does Helen seem to enjoy being mistaken for Lucy’s mother? Then, on New Year’s Day, Lucy is horrified to find her aunt and mother tied to chairs in the parlor. One of them has been brutally murdered-but which twin has died? Surely her daughter will know…

Filled with shocking twists and turns, The Twin’s Daughter is an engrossing gothic novel of betrayals and secrets that will keep readers guessing until the end.

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Bound: Alex Caine Book One by Alan Baxter – Alex Caine, a fighter by trade, is drawn into a world he never knew existed – a world he wishes he’d never found.

Alex Caine is a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches. His powerful secret weapon is an unnatural vision that allows him to see his opponents’ moves before they know their intentions themselves. An enigmatic Englishman, Patrick Welby, approaches Alex after a fight and reveals, ‘I know your secret.’ Welby shows Alex how to unleash a breathtaking realm of magic and power, drawing him into a mind-bending adventure beyond his control. And control is something Alex values above all else… A cursed grimoire binds Alex to Uthentia, a chaotic Fey godling, who leads him towards chaos and murder, an urge Alex finds harder and harder to resist. Befriended by Silhouette, a monstrous Kin beauty, Alex sets out to recover the only things that will free him – the shards of the Darak. But that powerful stone also has the potential to unleash a catastrophe which could mean the end of the world as we know it.

23743603Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall – Every so often, I read a manuscript that makes me forget where I am and what I am meant to be doing. Miramont’s Ghost had that exact effect on me. I dove so deeply into the settings—first in France in 1884, then moving to the town in Colorado they called “Little London”—that I began reading like I did in my bookstore clerking days, hungrily turning the pages and glaring at anyone who dared to interrupt me. I dreamt of reading it when I was engaged in mundane things like doing laundry or carpooling, even while I was cooking or shopping. It was that powerful.

And if that wasn’t enough, enter the final knockout punch. This tale is inspired by the real story of Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, Colorado, which has been shrouded in mystery since it was abandoned in 1900, soon after it was built by a reclusive French priest.

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Shovel Ready: A Spademan Novel by Adam Sternbergh – Spademan used to be a garbage man.  That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out shell of its former self.

Now he’s a hitman.

In a near-future New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to “tap in” to a sophisticated virtual reality, and those who are left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets.  When his latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist, he must navigate between these two worldsthe wasteland reality and the slick fantasyto finish his job, clear his conscience, and make sure he’s not the one who winds up in the ground.

185636New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear – Abigail Irene Garrett drinks too much. She makes scandalous liaisons with inappropriate men, and if in her youth she was a famous beauty, now she is both formidable and notorious! She is a forensic sorceress, and a dedicated officer of a Crown that does not deserve her loyalty. Sebastien de Ulloa is the oldest creature she has ever known. He has forgotten his birth-name, his birth-place, and even the year in which he was born, if he ever knew it. But he still remembers the woman who made him immortal. In a world where the sun never sets on the British Empire, where Holland finally ceded New Amsterdam to the English only during the Napoleonic wars, and where the expansion of the American colonies was halted by the war magic of the Iroquois, they are exiles in the new world – and its only hope for justice!

 

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The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder by Garth Nix

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The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder by Garth Nix from Ghosts by Gaslight

 

GBGBook Description:  Edited by Jack Dann (World Fantasy Award-winning co-editor of Dreaming Down Under) and Nick Gevers (acclaimed editor and book reviewer), Ghosts by Gaslight is a showcase collection of all-new stories of steampunk and supernatural suspense by modern masters of horror, fantasy, sf, and the paranormal. An absolutely mind-boggling gathering of some of today’s very best dark storytellers—including Peter Beagle, James Morrow, Sean Williams, Gene Wolfe, Garth Nix, Marly Youmans, Jeffery Ford, and Robert Silverberg—Ghosts by Gaslight offers chilling gothic and spectral tales in a delightfully twisted Victorian and Edwardian vein. Think Henry James’s Turn of the Screw and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a decidedly steampunk edge, and you’re ready to confront Ghosts by Gaslight.

My Review: Have you ever wondered what happens when Sherlock Holmes decides a case is to esoteric even for him? He calls in his cousin of course. Ever wondered who takes over when Lestrade is on vacation? Why that would be newly promoted Inspector McIntyre naturally. On the outside this story may look like it’s about the B team but really it isn’t. There isn’t a B team in history that is this interesting.

This story is about Sir Magnus Holmes. He, along with his almost- doctor caregiver Susan Shrike, are special specialists. Sir Magnus specializes in the occult and they are sent to help McIntyre solve a perplexing case. It involves an officer who chases down a suspect only to find he is simply a coat filled with daffodils. And that’s why Sherlock Holmes sent Sir Magnus.

I won’t give away anymore. I’ll just say that I was honestly sorry when this story was over. I hope there are books out there somewhere, sometime about Sir Magnus and Susan’s adventures. I would love to read them. Can you imagine Sherlock Holmes taking on magic? You don’t have to. It’s all right there in The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder.

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Brilliant Mothers of the Naked Waifs by VL Durand

Welcome to Wattpad Wednesday, where we feature an Author who has an interesting tale to tell.

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Brilliant Mothers of the Naked Waifs 

by VL Durand

About the Author:

VL Durand began poetry blog writing and social commentary in 2008. She is the author of several books on prose and poetry. She just completed her first book for children called ‘The Big Blue Bird’ with a second one reported in the works. She also paints, writes songs, plays the triangle, sings in the shower and collects old jazz recordings. She is currently roaming the streets of NYC looking for inspiration.

Book Summary:

This book is a collection of poetry celebrating life. It brings a passionate voice to the subjugated and the free, the lover and beloved, the abused and empowered. It questions, provokes, encourages, embraces and gives wings to the poet in all of us.

Also be sure and check out our review of VL Durands children’s book The Big Blue Bird and our Author Interview.

Book Trailer Review for Henge by Realm Lovejoy

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Date: 11/11/14
Summary
from Goodreads:
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no
longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to
be trusted.
Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an
extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will.
Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In
the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite
group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is
rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user,
takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is
Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many
rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see
her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire
magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the
challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic?
Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

 

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“Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written

beginning to a planned YA series.”–Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Realm Lovejoy is a writer and an artist. She was raised in Washington State and the alps of Nagano, Japan. Her father is a Japanese ex-monk and her mother an English teacher from Rhode Island. Her art is influenced by both the East and the West.
Realm aspires to tell stories through her writing and art.She is agented by Jessica Regel.

Her upcoming YA sci-fi novel is titled CLAN, due 2013.

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Author Interview with VL Durand

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1. Do you like your ice crushed or
cubed?

“Cubed – I am drawn to shapes and like to watch cubes melt and assume different forms along the way – once I saw Henry Kissinger’s face in a cube and most recently it was a bulldog…”

2. If you could be any children’s book character who would youPippi_photo_266x450px_266x0
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“Pippi Longstocking!”

3. If you could have a super power what would it be?

“It’s not considered a super power but I really wish time machines existed – I would love to go back in time to witness Paris in the 20’s for example or meet EE Cummings or Truman Capote as he was writing In Cold Blood.”

4. What is your favorite color?

“Blue like The Big Blue Bird!”

5. What did you want to be when you grew up?

“What didn’t I want to be! I had so many interests – I thought of pursuing everything from medicine to photography!”

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1. We know from your blog that you once met Shel Silverstein, who
would you like to meet in the future?

“If I could have a dinner party and invite anyone living today, the guest list would include: Noam Chomsky, Harper Lee, Stephen Fry, Thuli Madonsela, Armistead Maupin, Edward Snowden, Itzhak Perlman, Annie Leibovitz, Julian Schnabel and Nan Goldin.”

2. Where do your characters come from? The inspiration for your drawings?

“The character of The Big Blue Bird originated from a poem I wrote for a children’s volume of poetry I was working on and wanted each poem to have a picture to accompany it. For most of the poems, I simply went to the internet to find one from the free picture websites you can use without danger of copyright infringement. I couldn’t find a picture of a blue bird, that fit the picture in my head of her, so I drew one instead. From that single drawing, I could suddenly see the poem as a children’s book.”

3. Why did you decide to become a children’s author?

“I didn’t decide! It just bloomed from the poetry I was attempting to write. I thought I would create a book for my nieces to have something from me to read to their children one day. I received such encouragement with the result – to publish it in some form – so I did. Sometimes life whispers in your ear – tells you what to do.”

4. Besides Shel Silverstein what children’s authors have inspired you?

download“I love simple drawings in children’s books – It was what I was attracted to as a child and still am. Like Shel Silverstein’s drawings in ‘The Giving Tree’ and ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ I also like the Pigeon series of books by Mo Willems. Not that I don’t appreciate very elaborate beautiful illustrations; there is just something I find charming about simple line drawings. I also love colorful abstract paintings. I like to add a bit of abstract, if I can, to my work.”

5. We have noticed that the Big Blue Bird is a full figured bird. Was this intentional and is it a commentary on full figured woman being properly represented in the media?

“Yes, it was intentional. I am constantly irritated by the preoccupation bordering on obsession [that] most people have with their bodies – so many people equate their size with their worth. It is such a manufactured concept with no inherent truth – we are told what is beautiful and we believe it – it’s that simple. I have four nieces and my sister was telling me one day about a comment my youngest niece Sara made to her about being called chunky or fat. She is neither, but is naturally a mesomorph where her sister Hana is an ectomorph like my sister. So standing next to her sister she appears thicker, thus producing the absurd comment. The majority of media tells us we are most worthy if we are very slender and tall. Character, honesty, integrity and personality are distant considerations and it’s beyond pathetic. We are now a society where looking good is better than being good. Facade is the paramount concern, so is it any surprise we are in a situation where there is so much vapid wrapped in pretty packages? I wanted to show The Big Blue Bird is happy and admired just the way she is!”

6. How do you feel about females being represented in media and what do you hope the impact will be on Children’s books?

“If you review the women ideal throughout history you see a transition based on a fashion industry who seem to find the wide hips and large breasts of women undesirable. Their designs appear to be created based on those physical traits most resembling males
– narrow hips and flat chests. This spills over into mainstream press,
painting a portrait of the ideal woman, which most women
cannot achieve without near starvation. In the 1800s women were pursued who were voluptuous, this is captured in the art of the age, demonstrating further how much media controls how we view ourselves and each other. The bottom line – there is still too much emphasis on women as sex objects and on façade in general. I would like to see more children’s books with positive characters of all shapes and sizes and color; sending the essential message that outside doesn’t matter only heart.”

7. Where would yo like to see the children’s book industry in 5 years?

“Flooded with my books! 😉

Actually, I would like to see less of a distinction between traditional supportindie_lgand self-publishing. There is an immediate negative reaction in learning a book is independently published and I disagree with the perception. Granted, since everyone can publish a book of any quality, there is much to sort through but I think dismissing these books (as many blog reviewers, contests, traditional publications and literary agencies do) closes the opportunity for many, many wonderful books of all genres to see the light of day and that is misfortune for all of us. I wish to thank you at The Modest Verge for being one of the increasingly few blog reviewers who embrace independent authors!”

8. Do you think all Children’s books should have a moral compass?

“No, I think there is a place for silly books that just take the child on an adventure without any ‘moral to the story’ included but I personally like to add a little segment to provoke thought or discussion in my books since I realize I am speaking to minds that are molding and really want to affect a positive impact with my books.”

9. We have read that you are also a poet. You have some posted on Wattpad of which we are big supporters. Do you have more poetry books in the works?

“Thank you – so you are the ones who have been reading the posts! 😉

30012354-256-k458093I have two volumes I am editing at the moment – one is the same title I am posting under on Wattpad (not sure for how long) called Brilliant Mothers of the Naked Waifs and the other volume is called Baying at a Blood Red Moon. They will both be out early this year I hope !”

10. What future children’s books do you have in the works?

“The next book is called Banners and Seebeex Fly Away which will be Available on Amazon February 2, 2015 img_03631 and I am finishing A Big Blue Christmas that I began over the holidays. I also have a few in the beginning stages so [I’m] not sure what they will be yet!”

We would like to thank VL Durand for answering our questions. Please visit her at the links below and if you missed Viola’s Kids Corner review of The Big Blue Bird you can find that below as well.

VL Durand can be found:

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Visit V.L. Durand’s shop where you can find her creations.

See our review of The Big Blue Bird:

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Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

The Boy in her Dreams by Laekan Zea Kemp

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by Laekan Zea Kemp

Book Summary:

When Roman wakes from a six month coma, the first thing he sees is the girl of his dreams. Except Bryn isn’t confined to the dream-state anymore and neither is he. He’s awake and alive and as the memories of how he and Bryn fell in love come rushing back, so do the memories of why he’s lying in that hospital bed in the first place.

Plagued by guilt, Roman makes a decision that alters both their fates and as Bryn fights for her life in a German hospital, Roman must fight for her forgiveness before it’s too late. Because Roman and Bryn weren’t the only things to wake out of Bryn’s dreams. The shadows seem to be hunting them both and a strange side effect of Roman’s miraculous recovery may be the only means of stopping them. That is, if he can reach Bryn before she slips too deeply into the very dreams that seem to be imposing more and more on their waking lives every day.

*I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review*

My Review:

I was so excited when I received this book.  I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen with Roman and Bryn.  This story picks up exactly where the last one left off.  Roman has just woken up from his coma and as you can image he is feeling guilty and like he isn’t worthy. So he pushes Bryn away.

Meanwhile for Bryn things are getting harder and it’s time for her to head to Germany.  As she goes thru the motions with Dr. Banz and Vogle she meets a little girl named Sam who they believe also has KLS but dreams just like she does. Only Sam’s “abilities” are different”.  She finds things that are lost and important in her dreams.

While Bryn is in German trying to find out what is going on with her Roman is reconnecting with his father and learning how to live again.  But the guilt of what he did to Bryn is consuming him to the point where he realizes he must find her.  Once they are together again we start to learn that Germany has opened up a whole new world.

Bryn is the Dreamer, and Roman is her protector.  There are Rogues and more shadows then we can image. This book has twists and turns like you would not believe, but as with The Girl in Between the author spins a creative and very imaginative tale that draws you in and makes you feel like you are there. There are many new characters in this book and some are not what they seem.  The point of view continues to change from Roman to Bryn which is done nicely.

I look forward to the next book and can’t wait to see how this story ends. temp-4

 

 

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The Big Blue Bird by VL Durand

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by VL Durand

Book Summary:

“Trust is essential for true friendship.” Can two creatures as different as a bird and a snake be friends? This is a charming tale of a chance meeting between a lonely bird and a debonair snake and what happens when their budding friendship is faced with an accusation of betrayal. This story reminds us all of the great gift of friendship and the power of faith and trust.

Viola’s Review:
It’s a good story. You shouldn’t be mean to anyone. Good people are nice. My favorite part is when they go up in the tree and take a nap. I want to read it every night. I wonder what the bird and snake are going to do next.temp (7)

 

 

Jessica’s Review:

This is an excellent book to show children the value of true friendship.  It also shows how not everyone is the same and just because your different doesn’t mean that you are not a nice person. When snake tells the butterfly that her demeanor is not pretty to him it was nice to hear Viola say “that wasn’t very nice, the butterfly shouldn’t be like that”.

On Tuesday we’ll have our interview with VL Durand. She answers our questions about diversity in children’s books and that ever nagging question: Crushed or cubed?

The illustrations are wonderful.  VL Durand has captured the essence of a great children’s book. Jessica signature

 

 

 

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Anastasia by V. M. Sawh

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by V. M. Sawh

Book Summary:

Welcome to Good Tales For Bad Dreams, a short-fiction series of re-imagined fairy tales. Each story is set in a different time and place. Some will be familiar, others will not. So, strip bare your assumptions, open your mind and see these tales told like never before.

This is the story of Anastasia, a sister of the Black House, and a wicked stepsister to the girl who would be Cinderella.

My Review:

It goes without saying that I love a good re-imaging of a classic fairy tale, and Anastasia is no exception. In this version Anastasia is a sister at the Black House.  Stepmother is the  Madam of the brothel and Drucilla is another Sister.

Anastasia is good at what she does, but she has gone a long way from home and down many paths before she came to the Black House.  While there, Stepmother inflicts cruelty upon her and she realizes it is not the place she thought it was.  So she sets off for the castle.

At this point it is worth mentioning Rella. The shy girl who lives at the Black House, but only cleans it. It is her mission that has brought Anastasia to the castle and the Prince.

Anastasia is a smart woman who knows what she wants and how to get it.  Her story is well written and a new and very imaginative tale.  I look forward to picking up the next adventure in the Good Tales For Bad Dreams series.

This is a quick read and free on wattpad. It leads into the story of Cinder which you can find on Amazon. Jessica signature

 

 

 

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Cursed Blood by Svetlana Ivanova

Welcome to Wattpad Wednesday, where we feature an Author who has an interesting tale to tell.

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Cursed Blood

by Svetlana Ivanova

About the Author:

Hi, my name is Sveta, short for Svetlana, which is a very common Russian name. I have a middle name to surprise people once in a blue moon since I’m also half-Cambodian and my middle name is Ratana, and fyi, I’m always writing books involving my heritage. So deal with it.

I’m 20 for now and study in college with a major that has nothing to do with writing but numbers, and principles and shit. But the good thing is I don’t hate it.

My specialty is LGBT romance and supernatural/fantasy/sci-fi genre, and another fyi, I regrettably haven’t read much of the genres I’m writing in, which means I have no clue if people point out references from other works. I guess I’m the most under-read writer I’ve ever met.

The difference between Clark Kent and me is that, instead of saving people’s lives as a hobby, I write to save their bored souls.

Book Summary:

Vivienne Petrovna has an ordinary genius life in the Ultara Academy, but then something about her begins to change. A presence of a beautiful, yet mysterious girl comes into her school and insists on having her after she discovers one of life’s biggest shocks. Going through a strange evolution called Awakening, Vivienne thinks it’s the least of her trouble, until she’s found out about her family secret and starts to realize the whole world is not what it seems. There are other predatory creatures living among humans— and worse, they want to destroy her.

Serpent Priestess Of The Annunaki by Katrina Sisowath

Serpent Priestess Of The Annunaki by Katrina Sisowath

 

SPABook Description: The Annunaki on Nibiru lack precious metals, stones and minerals, which they desire, food on Nibiru is also running low. Their solution: establish a colony on a distant planet teeming with wildlife and vegetation. When the Annunaki discover they are ill equipped to labor under the harsh conditions found on Earth, they create a workforce called humans, a hybrid manufactured from their DNA and a species known as hominid.

The Serpent Priestess Ninkha and her husband Lord Enki are charged with this task, battling not only the challenges faced adjusting to life on Earth, but Enki’s brother, Enlil, as well. Will the humans live as Enki and Ninkha envisioned–able to learn, create and above all, reason? Or will they subjugate themselves to Enlil and his rule willingly?

At stake is the future of the Priestesses of Damuth, who, along with their serpents, service the Annunaki with their own blood, providing those who partake of the cocktail of blood and venom the ultimate in achieving a higher state of consciousness, along with youth, vigour and longevity. If Enlil, whose disdain of them is well-known, wins, what will happen to them?

To protect themselves and their descendants they form the ‘Dragon Court’, but is it enough?

Serpent Priestesses or Witches, Gods or Demons,

Aliens or Ancestors, Oppressors or Creators?

Perhaps all of the above…………..

 

*The author sent us a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

My Review: I want to begin with one word: Dragons. Every Annunaki (the people of this story) are bonded to a dragon when they are born. That bit of information is in chapter one and the story only gets better from there. This has a large scope and reads like epic fantasy which I suppose it is. When I say big I honestly mean big. This book covers a lot of ground.

It is also monumentally creative and well written. I couldn’t help but be reminded of The Kings Blood by Sabrina Zbasnik. Both of these authors managed to create sweeping worlds full of mythology and brightly painted characters and civilizations. If you enjoyed The Kings Blood then Serpent Princess of the Annunaki should be the next book you read.

This book is complicated. You have to pay close attention. There is an enormous amount of mythology. It’s very interesting but you have to pay attention. In addition to the intense mythology years pass in this book so you have to watch out for that as well. When it starts out the characters are just fifteen.

It’s worth noting that the names in this book are complicated and sort of look like each other. It’s something else to pay attention to. Katrina Sisowath has a great glossary on her website that will help you keep all of the characters straight. It will also tell you all about the characters and who they were in history.

This story puts a new spin on creation myths. If you are a history buff you’ll enjoy that aspect as I did. I haven’t heard one yet that included space ships so this was entertaining. The author managed to twist science fiction with history and make a beautiful flower out of it. If you love your ancient history with a sci-fi flourish then you’ll love this book. Even if you just love history give this a try because Katrina Sisowath obviously knows her ancient history.

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