Category: fiction

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 17*Devils With Halos Cover Reveal

Title: Devils with Halos
Series: Malignant #1
Author: Natalie Bennett
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: October 31, 2018
Cover Design: Raven Designs
Release Alert

Ma-lig-nant
Adjective.
1. Malevolent
2. Very virulent or infectious.
 
Charm is deceptive. 
We were taken in the middle of the night.
 
Beauty is deceitful.
They called it an institution for the diseased.
 
Freedom is an illusion.
Our choices were no longer our own.
Our bodies became their exclusive property.
Our lives no longer mattered.
 
Survival is subjective.
We’d all done terrible things.
We all had demons.
We all had secrets.
And the truth would destroy everything. 
Natalie Bennett is the creator of erotic stories that always come with a warning label. She writes about depraved alpha a**holes and women that love to hate them. Her books don’t follow any specific tropes, have no set word counts, and tend to deviate from traditional HEA’s.
 
When she isn’t in front of her computer she’s spending time with her husband and their three little boys.
 
Natalie is an avid fan of caramel frappes, horror movies, Shameless, and of course, reading.
 
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*Blogtober day 14* Sunday Roundup

Been a busy week trying to keep up with posting everyday, I am trying but now I need to schedule some more for next week.

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Lets check out my posts this week in case you missed them:

*Blogtober day 8*Goodread’s Monday

*Blogtober day 8*Famous – New Release

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

*Blogtober day 9*What Makes Us Stronger

*Blogtober day 10*My Sons Bookshelf – Children’s Books.

*Blogtober day 11*Best Books To Read For Halloween – By Goodreads

*Blogtober day 11*The Messenger Book Tour

*Blogtober day 12*Cosy Place To Read

*Blogtober day 13*The Blogger Tag

 

Still Currently Reading:

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Favourite Songs:

High Hopes by Panic At The Disco

Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water

 

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*Blogtober day 10*My Sons Bookshelf – Children’s Books.

Hello my lovelies, a different bookshelf today…. my son is 3 months old and we have started introducing books to him. He loves colourful and is really starting to take interest. I have even added two books that were mine when I was young.

His room is quite small so we opted for some bookshelf ledges from Homebase. This is only a small collection I plan to add so many more. His first two shelves include :

  • A world of Winnie the pooh ( this was mine from when I was little, lots of stories and a well loved book).
  • Double book pack Room on the Broom and a snail on the whale, which is on the reverse (baby shower gift).
  • The tale of Benjamin bunny (received this on my baby shower).
  • Tyrannosaurus drip ( from our stay in Bristol hospital a charity called cots for tots gave every child in the NICU a book. This was Clayne’s and he loves it).
  • Beatrix potter ( collection of stories, again this was mine from childhood).
  • Lion king.

  • Beowolf
  • Old Mac Donald heard a parp. ( got this as a baby shower gift did not realise I had to make noises in the story haha, was a laugh between me and Craig).
  • Shiver me timbers.
  • The other two little books I received from my health visitor as a way to encourage all children to be read to by their parents.

 

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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 8*Famous – New Release

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Stumbling across a girl bleeding to death in the snow isn’t my idea of a good time. Neither is risking this life I’ve so carefully built that’s based on never being found.

If I leave her, she dies.

If I help her, my whole life goes to hell.

Well, fuck.

Kate
After my ex did me dirty and left me to bleed to death in the show, I should have died.

But I didn’t.

The guy who saved me? He’s got a secret as vast as the white wilderness around us.

If I leave, I die.

If I help him, my whole life changes.

What now?

Each book in the Labeled series can be read without having ready any other and in any order. This book is a standalone with dirty language, steamy scenes, and a happily ever after. Enjoy!

Only £0.99 via Amazon Kindle UK