DASHAVATAR MATSYA: The First Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman Title: MATSYA – The First Avatar Series: Dashavatar (Indian Mythology) Genre: Mythology Retelling Author: Sundari Venkatraman Source: Kindle Edition provided by the Author Lord Brahma is highly disturbed Vedas are stolen from him the moment he goes Read more…
Title: RISING FROM THE ASHES: A Short Story: Prequel to Knitted Tales 2 Genre: Mythology Author: Rubina Ramesh Source: E-Book provided by The Book Club She was one of the most beautiful woman Asura Sambara had laid his eyes on. Possessing a beauty of this magnitude became his passion. Sambara Read more…
Title: The Girl in the Tower Series: Winternight Trilogy Genre: Fantasy, Folklore Author: Katherine Arden Source: ARC provided by the Penguin Random House The magical adventure began in ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman is forced to choose between marriage or life Read more…
Awesome thriller!!! Title: The Seer’s Daughter Author: Athena Daniels Series: Beyond the Grave Genre: Paranormal Romance Source: Reading Alley To save her, he must let go of everything he ever believed. Upon returning to her hometown for her grandmother’s funeral, Sage Matthews is terrorized by a series of strange Read more…
Title: The Forest of Darkness
Author: Kate Wendley
Series: The Forest of Darkness
Genre: Paranormal Romance
I received a copy of this series of three books for reviewing through Reading Alley.
Just to be fair, I would be reviewing each book in separate sections.
WARNING: – These books have adult content.
BOOK-1: MASTERING DARKNESS
Can love keep his humanity from slipping away?
The gruesome duties of being the Master Vampire of the Atlanta territory are enough to tempt Anthony into turning off his emotions for good and becoming the monster he sees in the mirror, once and for all. But a flirtatious chance meeting with a beautiful human shocks his heart into remembering sensations he thought he’d long lost the ability to experience. Oblivious to the supernatural world existing in the shadows all around her, Kaia has secrets of her own, though, like why she’s the only human living at Wild Woods, home to Anthony’s bitter foe.
Years after escaping a traumatic past, Kaia finally has a life she’s proud of, and maybe, also, a man. But as her nice, safe world unravels before her eyes, she has to decide what’s more important… safeguarding her secrets, or letting herself find love with a monster…
MY TAKE ON M D
Title: Rose Petal Graves
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Series: The Lost Clan
Genre: Thriller Fantasy
PEEK – A – BOO
Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever.
Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.
Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.
As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.
MY TAKE ON R P G
Author: Stephanie Garber
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
MY TAKE ON CARAVAL
Title: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Series: The Bear and the Nightingale
Genre: Fantasy, Folklore
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and calls on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
MY TAKE ON TBATN
Author: Demelza Carlton
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Retelling
A sleeping beauty. A kingdom frozen in time. Only one can save them all.
Once upon a time…
Lord Siward intended to go hunting, but when he stumbles upon a ruined castle and accidentally wakes the mysterious maiden sleeping inside, he knows his holiday is over.
With the kingdom in trouble, Siward should be protecting the realm, but every time Rosamond looks at him, he gets lost in the girl’s green eyes. Who is the mysterious beauty, and why does he feel she holds the key to the kingdom’s deliverance?
MY TAKE ON AWAKEN
Author: Sarah Noffke
Series: The Lucidites
Genre: YA Fantasy
PEEK- A- BOO:
Around the world, humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights.
In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.
And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.
Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?