How did I forget about this? I should hand my fantasy lover card back. A whole month dedicated to fantasy and I’m not prepared. Ok I can do this… I can rave about fantasy for a whole month.
A big thanks to Imyrl, Lisa and Jorie for hosting. You can find all the info HERE.
This month I’m hoping to catch up on some arcs as I got approved for more than expected. I may have picked up a whole heap of fantasy lately and I’ve got more coming, so I’ll show those off in the coming days and fingers crossed I will get a couple of reviews up. I’m way behind.
Here we are, the kids go back to school this week, work has quietened down after the Christmas craziness and I have to do adult things like get my car serviced and all the after school activities are back on. I love having my kids home but little Sir spent more time playing Fortnite than he should have and as much as the family did lots of awesome things, I didn’t get to participate in all of it. I did get to see Dolittle today which I thought was brilliant. I laughed louder and more than anyone else in the cinema.
My reading plans Continue reading “February Fun Times”
It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise by Rob J. Hayes
Recently I’ve been in an almighty reading slump and as a result a reviewing slump. I haven’t even attempted a review in over six weeks. I have such a backlog of books that I loved and wanted to review that I think the only way to get through them is mini reviews. Using this method I’m hoping to clear out the backlog by the end of the year, which will help me alleviate the guilt I’m carrying about it.
To clarify, just because I haven’t given a book an in-depth review, it doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. It’s purely a reflection of my mental state combined with laziness. The memory fog has been real.
It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise by Rob J. Hayes
Jacques Revou and Isabel de Rosier are at the height of their careers. Of course those careers are as professional charlatans, thieves without peer. With the completion of their final heist, they decide it’s time to retire and settle down. But they have not escaped unnoticed.
The king’s spymaster, Renard Daron, has a job for the thieves, one only they can perform, and he does not take no for an answer. With the threat of destitution and death hanging over their heads, Jaques and Isabel must take on their greatest roles yet, the Baron and Baroness Bonvillain.
Can they ferret out the treasonous elements within the government? Can they escape the clutches of the nefarious Seigneur Daron? Can they regain the fortune so unfairly taken from them?
And, can they finally complete their one last job?
– From Amazon
Jacques and Isabel are fantastic characters. Their devotion to each other is a joy to read, they know each other so well that half the time it feels like we are intruding on their personal jokes. They are completely in tune with one another and it’s so nice to have this pure relationship (I use that term loosely, they are thieves after all) against a backdrop of blackmail, scandal and political intrigue. They have each others back and love each other deeply. They are talented in the art of deceiving those around them and can play just about any role. Jacques is the more playful of the two, he enjoys stealing for the sake of it. It’s not just about getting rich, it’s about planning the job and figuring out how to get around all of the barriers in their way. Isabel is the true actor, she is mesmerising.
“Politics is like a fist fight only without the rules and good etiquette.”
I enjoyed the setting. The world was going through a time of change, while those on the outer fringes still used lanterns, in the city electric lights were in fashion. It had a steampunk vibe with airships and automatons. It takes a thief to catch a sunrise is an absolute pleasure to read. It is full of adventure, intrigue and thieving. It’s fast paced and will surprise you through out. I was absolutely convinced that I knew what was happening and how it would, I was 100% wrong.
Also Shawn King did the cover design for this, and if I’m not mistaken a lot of Rob’s other books, and as always he absolutely nailed it.
You can get your own copy from – AMAZON
Author – Rob J. Hayes
Released – March 2015
Published – Self-published
Self-published fantasy month edition
Of course when I decide I’m going to join a start posting Top 5 Wednesdays on occasion, I pick the time it goes on hiatus for the summer (June, July, August). While there may be no new prompts, it means I get to explore some of the ones I have missed. For all the info you need to join, checkout the Goodreads group HERE. Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday”
Self-Published fantasy month edition.
A weekly post where I can brag about my new books? Yes please. Granted I definitely won’t have something to post every week, I’ll just do it as required. I will be including everything from my purchases, to NetGalley, gifts and books from authors.
For more information head over to Tynga’s Reviews.
I loved The Heart Of Stone, it’s a heart-wrenching book that just punches you in the face with brutality and feels, plus world building and characters that suck you right in. The hardest part about finishing THOS was the devastation of leaving Lesky and Task. I’m pretty sure in my review, which you can find HERE, I said that I hoped at some point Galley would write more in this world. There was such a treasure trove of characters and history that he could have gone forward or backwards in time and come up with something brilliant.
Well it turns out he already had, I just hadn’t found it yet. Continue reading “Shards – A Story of The Realm by Ben Galley”
‘She grinned in the dark and clutched her knife. The knife was always there. Touch of iron. Touch of home.’
I read a lot of fantasy. A LOT of fantasy. I like my fantasy dark. Give me a bleak world, give me a broken down government, give me heroes who are total badasses, who have a little psychopath in them. I like the morally grey. It takes a lot to shock me. Well Touch of Iron shocked the shit out of me. I had to put the book down and take a breather. It is violent, it’s bleak, it’s brutal. It’s fucking wonderful. Continue reading “Touch Of Iron by Timandra Whitecastle”
It’s back, and I’m almost prepared. This month long celebration of self-published fantasy began last year and I was super excited but a reading slump hit me in the face right as September started. Fingers crossed for a better attempt this year. A big thanks to Jason over at Off The TBR for coming up with it. Head over to his blog to see what he has planned. Continue reading “Self-Published Fantasy Month”
“And it was done; I no longer had a face. I wasn’t Constanter; I was Silverlegs, and in that moment I felt like I could take on an entire army.”
A Roman style setting, vicious, well written battle scenes, epic sword fights. A female mc who refuses to be used and abused. Hell yes. Fantasy has been spoiling me lately with some fantastic books and Silverlegs by Camilla Monk is another top notch read. (How badass is the title and cover by the way!!) Continue reading “Silverlegs part 1- Seeds of Rage by Camilla Monk”
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where we get to feed that part of our soul that loves lists, by coming up with 10 things related to a certain topic. Top Ten Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and Bookish) and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future topics can be found HERE. This weeks topic is:
This week is a freebie, we have to come up with our own topic.
Top 8 Self-Published authors Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday”