Category: fantasy

The Silver Queen – Book Review

What blood contaminates, only blood can cleanse.The last city on Earth is contaminated. Now blood is the only thing that can wash it clean.Julia is trapped inside the Blue as the Nobles fight over the few humans who are still alive. When the dust settles and she finds herself shackled to a new master, she knows she must escape or die.Meanwhile, Cam has gathered a handful of comrades and is on his way into the Red to rescue his queen. But not all of his friends can be trusted, and not all of them will make it back alive.The Silver Queen is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.


Review

I was very excited to jump into this book after Gilded King, especially after reading that Emmy and Sol were back….. YES!
Josie keeps to the original characters of this series, Lucas, Julia, Cam and Felix.  However the character perspectives are Julia and Cam.
I asked Josie on Twitter when will we be meeting these characters again, she has informed me February 2019, just in time for my Birthday.
I did ask if Emmy and Sol will be the point of views, but we will continue to see this story from Julia and Cam’s view.  The ending though (oh my god it’s cliffhanger material).

What I liked about this book was the continuity, drama and growth.  Cam and Julia are back, and facing more drama and destruction than ever before.
The flip between each character in each chapter is fluid.
I enjoyed Julia’s journey more in this book, she to hell and back, as a result became a fierce independent woman.  

The ending was very well done, throughout the book we’re left guessing why Emmy is so reserved, secretive.  When Sol and Emmy finally meet….. well you have to read to see it’s an OH MY GOODNESS moment.   This is why I am super excited for the next instalment.  The name I do not know as Josie is still writing.

The book didn’t really leave me with any feelings, apart from suspense, this book mainly focuses on their journey’s rather than relationships.  Can they save the Blue, and return their Queen back to their King.

What I disliked – I wouldn’t say there was any real dislikes with this book, however I found the story slower than the first.  I did find I skipped a few lines here and there (oops don’t tell me off). However I can tell that Josie is trying not to rush, she wants us to enjoy the story and get to know these characters, as well as dipping into the other characters surrounding them.  On the other hand, everything sped up in the last 75%.

I have always loved Josie’s stories this year.  My love for these characters kicked off with Emmy and Sol in the Solis Invicti series which I read earlier this year.  Then the release of the Sovereign series drew me back into reading when I was in a funk.
I do prefer the first book in this series compared to this one, only because I felt the pace was a lot slower and there was more action once we reached 80%.
I am excited to read the next instalment.  This series is suitable for younger readers, definitely plenty of fantasy, vampire creatures.

I gave this book an overall rating of 4/5 stars.   But I hold high hopes for the 3rd book early next year.


Links to the series I have reviewed and Promoted –
Solis Invicti Series:

Book 1 –
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/01/27/a-bargain-in-silver-by-josie-jaffrey-book-review/

Book 2 –
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/02/03/the-price-of-silver-book-2-solis-invicti-series/

Book 3 – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/02/10/bound-to-silver-book-3-solis-invicti-series-book-review/

Book 4 – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/02/17/the-silver-bullet-solis-invicti-book-4-giveaway/

The Sovereign Series – 

Book 1 – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/11/30/book-review-the-gilded-king-sovereign-series/

Interview – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/11/27/interview-with-josie-jaffrey/

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November Wrap up 2018

Hey all, a little bit late but thought lets have a look back at November.  Since really trying to put more posts out, some more unique, as well as more effort put into my book related posts, I have noticed my views increase which makes me a lot happier.  I want to include content you will all love.
So lets look back at November….

Book Review – The Gilded King (Sovereign Series).

I have come to the conclusion that my reading slump is down to the fact that I am just not enjoying Torment from the Fallen series.  I have kept trying and will continue to try and finish it.  However it feels more like a task.   I began reading The Gilded King 2 days ago now, after the author announced on Twitter that it is currently free to download on kindle.  And I was not disappointed.  In fact after this post I will be buying the second book to find out what happens next.

Free to download via Kindle.  

In the last city on Earth, death is just a step into the trees.

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, who believes in fairytales that her world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are going to come down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

Review

First of all you could read this as a stand alone however I would recommend you read the previous series Solis Invicti (Series of 4 books).

The Gilded King was addictive.  Drawing me back into the fantasy world of vampires and Weepers.  Josie did an amazing job once again (Round of applause), I was captivated and thrown into a new world set centuries ahead of time.   Josie did not disappoint,  as a reader you are given two perspectives of this new world.  One from Cam a Silver from before the world was taken by the Fall (You will understand this reference in the book).  And another Julia, a server who has known nothing other than the world she is now in, born into a world controlled by vampires, controlled by the nobles.
Two very different people, but both set at the same time experiencing, and fighting through the current changes that effect everyone.

I have enjoyed getting lost in this book over the last couple of days.  The characters growth and relationships are gradual.   There is more flirtation between characters in this series so far compared to the last, previously in the Solis Invicti, I found myself reading Emmy jumping into relationships.  More sex and less of a gradual friendship/Romance.  However that was the beginning of the world ending so maybe Emmy was just living her life to the fullest.

I enjoyed reading from both perspectives which is rare for me.  However if I had to pick one, I would choose Cam’s, Probably because I wanted him to find Emmy, I miss the old characters, and the hope of meeting them again was just too exciting.

There wasn’t a lot of “flashbacks” like most do when two series have the same storyline, this prevented boredom.  Thank goodness, this just made me more engrossed by the new characters.  Amazing.

Emmy is missing (read the previous books), Sol is in a deep death like sleep in a temple awaiting his love to return.  The Blue now has a new Empress, yet the sanctuary once filled with normal civilisation is falling to ruin.  The blood supply low, and the humans are just getting by with scraps.

Cam is a loner now, travelling continents to search for his Queen.  Since Emmy was taken “To protect Sol” they were told, his life has not been the same.  He has spent centuries trying to find Emmy to restore the Blue back to it’s original form, with hopes to finally get his King back.  But meeting Felix makes things complicated, more of a self discovering journey.

Julia knows nothing other than the Blue.  All she dreams of is a world away from within these walls, where she can find other humans and try to have a somewhat normal life, other than the one she was abandoned in by her parents.   I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the past series through Julia’s learning.
Emmy and Sol are just a fairytale to her – A vampire who silvered to a mortal, the mortal returns the love, and then they become golden.
Little does she know is that there is more truth to this fairytale and Lucas wants to open her eyes to the truth and possibilities hidden from the humans.

About The Author

I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

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Archangel’s Prophecy Has Arrived.

I am beyond excited to read this book.  Eek I am not going to be as fast as everyone else with a review as things at home are crazy.  But I intend to spend this week focusing on this book.  I have been waiting a whole year 🙂 some of the reviews already out are making me so excited.

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*Blogtober day 9*TTT – Autumn – Goals, Bucket List, And TBR

Whilst browsing around I came across a great post idea by Kathy@Books and Munches.  Her Top Ten Tuesday for Autumn, she included her Blog goals up until the end of December, Bucket list and a list of books to read by the end of the year.  Thought I would jump on the idea.

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Seasonal Goals

Book / blog – related:

  • Post 3 times a week.
  • Post on Instagram 3 times a week.
  • Do less promotional post.
  • Improve my photography/ link photos.
  • Read 8 books before the end of the year

Personal / health – related:

  • Get a better routine at home
  • Get out the house more, join some baby groups.
  • Try to cook more healthy dishes
  • Start my journey to my goal weight.

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Bucket List

  • Watch Hocus Pocus like every year.
  • Go for an Autumn walk.
  • Start swimming with my boy.
  • Try a pumpkin latte

Autumn TBR

Now this is a huge challenge for me.  I am still reading Torment which is taking me a while. But I really want to read these 8 books before the end of the year.

 

What are some things you want to do this Autumn / Fall? Or Spring?
Reading goals, other goals, bucket list?
Tell me all about it; maybe I’ll even add to my own!
What’s your favourite thing to eat / drink that has pumpkin in it?

 

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*Blogtober day 6*Top 10 anticipated Book releases in October

Thought we could all have a little look at the top 10 releases on Goodreads becoming available in October .  Check out the link to see many many more.

 

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*Blogtober day 5*October TBR

I saw  a post by a fellow blogger called Kathy mentioning Owntober.  For Owntober I choose books to read of my own.  No ARCS or requests but books I want to read.  This is exciting.  Torment is a current read but taking me a little longer than planned.  So I have only added 3 books to read in October due to being a busy mum.

Torment (Fallen, #2)
How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future . . . and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened . . . what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series…where love never dies.

The Crane Diaries: Homecoming
New Orleans is a city known for its paranormal history—and it’s the place Emma Rose Crane, AKA Mattie Hathaway, has come home to.

She hopes she can start over in New Orleans, where her ability to see ghosts isn’t so freaky. She’s even starting college, but the whole thing would be a lot easier if she weren’t faced with a family she barely knows, all while dealing with the loss of someone she loved.

Can she really escape her past and be semi-normal? Even with her sister Mary and best friend Eric by her side, it’s going to be a wild ride once she agrees to help Mary’s new friends investigate a “haunted” house.

The house’s new occupants are terrified, and the ghost seems to be attacking their little girl, leaving everyone desperate for answers. Emma isn’t sure what to think when she discovers Dr. Lawrence Olivet was also invited to investigate.

Will her gifts be enough to save the family that is currently being stalked in their own home? And when some of her own family’s long-kept secrets come to light, will her fresh start be over before it even begins?

The Gilded King (Sovereign, #1)

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

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