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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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Interview with Josie Jaffrey

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Hey all,  I wanted to bring something a little different today.  Earlier this year in February I reviewed the series Solis Invicti by Josie Jaffrey and fell in love with her books.  Above I have included picture links to all her current books available for free on kindle unlimited.  So be sure to check them out. 
Josie was very kind and accepted my offer for an interview.  The Gilded King is on my to be read.  I am super excited.

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until the beginning of 2017 that I started thinking I’d like to write as a career. At that point I’d already self-published three books, but it was more of a hobby than anything else. It’s only been in the past year that I’ve applied myself to it in a more determined way.

For more on how and why I started writing full time, you can check out this YouTube video: WritingVlog #3 | Ancient History

How long does it take you to write a book?

About three months, although I’ve always got a decent idea of the plot before I start the actual writing. When you self-publish like I do, the most important thing is to keep producing more books. That’s what keeps you afloat, and keeps readers engaged, so at the moment I’m aiming to release three or four books a year.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Well,as you can probably imagine, it’s quite busy! I now write practically full-time(although I’m a company director as well, which takes up some of my time). I split my year into quarters and dedicate each quarter to a new book. About 8-10 weeks goes into producing a draft, and the rest into editing. In practical terms, that means for a 100,000-word novel (which most of mine are) I’m writing 2,500 words a day, five days a week, for 8 weeks. That takes up most of my working day (about 6-8 hours), and the rest of my time goes into all the other business of self-publishing (formatting, emails with my cover designer and book bloggers, advertising, social media, YouTube videos, research, interviews like this etc.). I usually end up working about 12-14 hours a day. I try to take one day off a week, but that rarely actually happens. That’s obviously not sustainable long term, but at the moment I’m trying to make the most of my workaholic impulses while I still can!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure whether you mean the quirk in my writing process or the quirk of my writing itself.

In terms of process, I’m a writing binger. I like to sit and write solidly for 8 hours, with no interruptions. I’m not someone who dips in an out of a story -I Find it easier to be fully immersed.

In terms of my writing, I think there are two things that characterise my authorial voice: one, I like poetic but concise descriptions; and two, all of my stories are about imbalances of power, control and manipulation, both in political situations or in the context of relationships.

How did you come up with the characters?

I usually start with relationships and work backwards from there. That is to say, I rarely come up with one character at a time. Instead, I think of a relationship dynamic I’d really like to include in the novel (whether friendship, a rivalry or a romance), then work out how I need to form the characters on either side of it in order to make that dynamic as crunchy and satisfying as possible.

The creation of the characters for the Solis Invicti series was a little different,because they’d been evolving in my head for a long time before I finally started writing A Bargain in Silver. For more on that, you can check out this YouTube video: BookExtras | Solis Invicti Origins

How do books get published? 

My books are all self-published, so at the moment I do everything myself, with the assistance of a cover artist and beta readers. That requires some significant feats of organisation on my part, particularly when I’m publishing so much so quickly. To anyone who is thinking of starting self-publishing, I’d say this: start small, and give yourself time to work out how all the various self-publishing platforms work. Don’t try to publish four books a year right from the start.

My aim is to be a hybrid author eventually, self-publishing my Silver books and placing my more commercial work with traditional publishers. I’m currently scouting around for an agent for my latest manuscript, a YA thriller, so watch this space for updates on that.

Jericho Writers have some really helpful resources for those starting out in traditional or self-publishing. For more info, check out this YouTube video: Writing Vlog#4 | Jericho Writers

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

My ideas usually come in the same way that my characters do: I think of a situation I want to create, then build a setting and basic plot around it. Once I’ve dropped the characters into that setting, the details of the plot often present themselves naturally because I just wind up my characters and watch them go. That’s a very simplistic way of describing it, but I find that if I try to let myself be guided by the characters rather than forcing them into-particular actions, I end up with a story that feels more satisfying.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

A Bargain in Silver was the first full novel I completed, when I was 30. I honestly don’t think age matters at all with authors, the important thing is your practical writing experience. The more you write, the better you get, so a twenty-year-old who’s written five novels is likely to be writing much better work than a sixty-year-old who’s never finished a novel. Life experience does count for something, but the thing that is most likely to improve your writing craft is actually practising it, and finishing what you start.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read a lot. I used to row, but a knee injury scuppered my training and I still haven’t got back into it. At the moment I have a smaller ambition: make it to the gym!

What does your family think of your writing?

Most of them are very supportive, although a little bewildered by my fascination with vampires. The first thing I hear at family gatherings is, ‘I liked the latest book, but you really must write something that isn’t vampires.’ And whilst I do have some non-vampire stories in the works, vampires are an addiction I’m never going to quit!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How much practice improves your writing. My first book was pretty difficult to finish, and sometimes felt like a monolith towering over me. Looking back now,I don’t think it’s my best work. These days I knock out a few books a year and it feels easier simply because I know I can do it, because I’ve done it before.The most important lesson I’ve taken from that is that persistence pays off.The hardest thing is getting started, but once you’ve got that first accomplishment under your belt, you stop doubting yourself so much. That’s very liberating.

How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?

I’m writing my eighth novel at the moment, and I have six currently published. I think my favourite of them all is probably The Gilded King, the first book in the Sovereign series. I’d been desperate to write it for about a year before I finally got started on it, and I’m really pleased by how it came out.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I mainly chat with readers on social media, usually Twitter and Facebook. Readers send me their book reviews and pictures of their pets (which I love – please send me pictures of your pets!), and we chat about bookish stuff. The question I’m asked most frequently is when the next book is coming out, so I’ll answer that now: February 2019!

Anyone who’d like to keep up to date with my writing can join my Readers’ Club here: www.josiejaffrey.com/subscribe

I also have an active Facebook Group you can join here: https://www.facebook.com/947769802008236/posts/1868892939895913/

And I answer questions from readers every week on my Sunday writing vlog. Just tweet me @JosieJaffrey using the hashtag #AskJosieJaffrey

Do you like to create books for adults?

I like writing for ages 14 and up, so a mixture of Young Adult and Adult. Writing YA is great because the YA voice really resonates with me, but I often want to write stories that are just a bit too adult to sit in the YA category. A lot of what I write is quite dark, and while YA readers are generally comfortable with moderate horror and violence, there are limits to what is suitable for that audience.

I also find it rewarding to mix it up. My first four books were Adult, and I’ve written four YA books in a row now, so I’ll be returning to Adult novels in 2019.

What do you think makes a good story?

I could give a million pointless rules for a good story, but really the only criterion is that it makes you want to keep turning the pages, for whatever reason. That’s all there is to it.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I honestly had no idea. The only thing I knew was that I never wanted to drive, I just wanted to ride everywhere on horseback. That might have worked if I had been living in 1840, but the practicalities of living in the English countryside in 2001 necessitated a driving licence.

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The Silver Bullet – Solis Invicti Book 4 – GIVEAWAY.

The silver Bullet book 4
“To think of death as a thing of beauty: that’s a threshold you can’t cross twice.”

The truth is out, and Emmy is faced with a choice she dreads: surrender her mortality, or allow her frailty to threaten the nascent society the Silver are building. With exile the only reasonable alternative, she struggles with feelings she can’t define and a duty she’s reluctant to accept.

While the Silver city hangs in the balance, Emmy must remake herself to redeem it and save her friends. Her reinvention forces her to choose sides, threaten alliances and risk becoming like those she fears: inhuman.

The Silver Bullet is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.

Pages- 317
Available – Paperback and Kindle
Goodreads –  4.69/ 5 stars
Amazon – 4.8/5 stars


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This ARC was sent to me in E book form, I was asked to give an honest review for a free copy.
Disclaimer:  There may be spoilers if you have not read the other 3 books!

Fourth week post the weepers coming out.  We follow Emmy and Ollie post another attack by Ben, accept this time Ben does not care about his own kind, everyone must go, or rebel with him.

Emmy annoys me, Sol has given her many chances to be with him, be safe.  Why can she not decide on a man, after all she has had Drew, Sol and now Ollie.  That is a lot of love triangles in just under 4 weeks.  But then again the feeling the world is ending can lead you to make last minute decisions.

Emmy passed the trials and is able to turn silver, however she now has a huge choice to make.  She has just found out that Sol, the leader has silvered for her – the biggest kept secret of all.  If Ben Succeeds in killing Emmy then he kills Sol, meaning one step closer to being the leader of the Solis Invicti.
Emmy still cannot make a decision argh.  She is stuck between a human life with hopes of a new beginning and perhaps a family one day, or does she turn silver, and go against everything she and her former friends believed in.

I cannot tell you too much more of the story as there would be too many spoilers.  This book is well worth the read to find out what Emmy chooses, the betrayal’s and the change in relationships, the drama and the plots.

What is the silver bullet?,  does Sol find the answer to save the humans and his own kind? or is Ben going to put down anyone in his path to seek power?

You must read this book, but read the series first.

Previous reviews for this series:
A Bargain In Silver By Josie Jaffrey: Book review
The price of silver: Book 2 Solis Invicti series
Bound to silver Book 3: Solis Invicti Series – Book Review


** GIVEAWAY **

9e53d0_4e7faf198ad04160b183cdd3f7622960mv2_d_2560_1440_s_2Because you all helped me reached above 400 followers I want to thank you all by hosting a giveaway.

The prize is the first book in the Solis Invicti series
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To participate in the giveaway simply like, follow and comment on this post.  The winner will be announced on the 28th February, giving plenty of time for you to enter.  Unfortunately this Giveaway only applies to people living in England due to postage.

Happy Giveaway.

Bound to silver Book 3: Solis Invicti Series – Book Review

Bound in Silver book 3

If you’re living against the clock, try not to do it in a cage.

Exiled from the city and from the affections of the vampire who had loved her, Emmy finds herself pushed into a captivity she never expected to experience. With the bond to her former protector broken, she knows that the chance to turn Silver is now a monstrous obligation rather than a glittering opportunity.

In an unfamiliar place among unfamiliar people, Emmy feels deserted by those Silver she had thought of as friends, out of sight and out of mind. If only her enemies were equally forgetful.

Bound in Silver is the penultimate book in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.

Pages: 227
Available: Kindle and paperback
Overall ratings:  
Amazon – 5/5 stars
Goodreads – 4.65 / 5 stars

Previous book reviews by me for this series
A Bargain In Silver By Josie Jaffrey: Book review
The price of silver: Book 2 Solis Invicti series


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Please read the first two books to understand this story, and the characters involved – This may be a spoiler if you haven’t read the first two books, links above.

I received an Arc copy of this book for an honest review.

Oliver/Ollie and Emmy are sent to spend time in a small one bed cell to serve their sentence for supposedly risking, and killing multiple humans and Silver ( not intentionally).  This book follows on from The price of silver where Emmy is trying to save her friends captured by the rebels.  Emmy is caught up in a planned explosion by the rebels which implicates her.  Ollie and Emmy are the only survivors post explosion, but Emmy cannot explain why she is still alive because before she lost consciousness she could have sworn she was dying, and definitely had broken bones.

Bound in Silver is based on the 3rd week from when the Weepers/Zombies become public in England.  Emmy has lost her bond with Drew, which no one can explain.
After being sentenced to her small cell with Ollie after being publicly named a rebel, Emmy is sworn to fail her challenges which have been set to turn Silver (No turning back now).
Emmy is forced to get to know Ollie on a more intimate level, enduring weepers at their cell door, 15 mile walks with no protection and constant scrutiny.

The prologue gave it away that Emmy makes it as far as the casting, however there is a bigger surprise waiting for her, not even Drew or her enemy Ben could have planned what was going to happen next.
Once the huge secret is revealed Ben is more determined to kill Emmy and those attached to her.

This book is left on a huge cliffhanger, I had to start book 4 – (The Silver Bullet) on the same day, I just couldn’t wait another day.  I was drawn in by the book focusing on just the two characters, their relationship, friendship and survival.
Emmy is still battling to decide what she really wants, who she really wants.  I found this part the most frustrating, I just wanted to reach into the book and shake Emmy screaming ” pick someone or let them go for goodness sake”.

Lots of sexual tension, sex, action, anger, secrets and huge reveals!

Will Emmy turn Silver, will she survive confinement and what awaits her at the trial….

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