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Cheating Death by April White: Happy Release and Giveaway!

Cheating Death is a conclusion of a superb time travelling series with a kick-ass female protagonist.
I've been supporting The Immortal Descendants series from book #1, Marking Time, which is free on all platforms, and I am just finishing Cheating Death now.
Happy release to April White!

Summary
In the thrilling conclusion to The Immortal Descendants series, a life has ended, the future is lost, and a war has just begun.
An explosion has split Time and Archer has paid the ultimate price, leaving Saira heartbroken and desperate to repair the rupture. But the blast has trapped Saira in an alternate future where Mongers are cornered predators and Death is the ultimate judge. If Saira and her larcenous friend, Ringo, ever want to see Archer alive, they must pull off the impossible – alter history at a moment in time to which they cannot return. But saving Archer will restore a timeline where Mongers have complete control, mixed bloods are hunted prey, and the Descendant world is spiraling into chaos.
As Saira uses her Clocking skills to prevent her worst nightmares from coming true, she travels from the dirty streets of Victorian London to the secret archives of the Vatican. She seeks a purpose that is greater than smashed hope, greater than lost love, greater than the prophecy that has shaped her very existence. She must use the lessons of history to free the present and shape the future. And in the end, Saira and her friends will face War and Death in the most important battle of all – the one for Peace.


The author gives away a copy of paperback or an ebook of Cheating Death (or any other book in this series if you need to catch up!) to one lucky commenter.
Just let us know in the comments what is your favourite time travelling book or movie?

The giveaway is open worldwide and ends this Sunday, Jan 29th.
Good luck!


Steampunk YA Novel Audiobook Review: Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley

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Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley (Alternative Detective #1)


audiocopy thanks to Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga, makes a living repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside one another. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher echelons of society; the native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there’s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated there generations ago and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm’s edges.

When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice, Berrit, she finds him dead. That same night the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers Ang a job investigating the death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city’s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon’s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah’s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.


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8/10

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 I have to give major kudos to this book for the creativity. It's rich, full of steampunk elements and takes place on the African continent. The narrator adds to the atmosphere with the cadence of her voice, and I just loved Steeplejack on audio partly because of her!

Friday Mini Reviews #93: Michelle Sagara, J.D. Robb & C.D. Reiss




Cast in Ruin by Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra #7)

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon's fief. All identical, down to their clothing.

Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them—and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over?

At least the investigation delays her meeting with the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin must use every skill she's ever learned to save the people she's sworn to protect. Sword in hand, dragons in the sky, this time there's no retreat and no surrender…
 Audible US | Amazon US | Amazon kindle US/UK | Book Depository

7/10
Another convoluted plot which didn't really need Kaylin to work which reminded me of that episode of The Big Bang Theory where Amy mentioned that Raiders of The Lost Ark movie didn't actually need Indiana Jones as it would have had the same result with or without him... So, same problem here, peeps. Wasn't impressed.
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Ещё один запутанный сюжет, которому Кейлин вообще-то была ненужна. Очень мне это напомнило эпизод Теории Большого Взрыва, где Эми упомянула что фильм Индиана Джонс: В Поисках Утраченного Ковчега" закончился бы также и с и без Индианы. Я была не впечатлена.


Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #36)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
In this new Eve Dallas thriller, Eve is surrounded by murder suspects from the high-stakes financial world.

On the steps outside an empty office in New York's financial district, a woman lies dead. It's a bitterly cold winter and her coat and other items are missing, which initially seems to point to a mugging gone wrong, but Lt Eve Dallas soon discovers that the body was dumped at the newly-renovated property. Now she has to find out why.

Marta Dickenson was an auditor, so Eve has a host of suspects among those who were under her scrutiny, not ruling out the fact Marta's sister-in-law is a famous judge. With the financial wizardry of Eve's husband Roarke at her disposal and the faithful Peabody by her side - when not distracted by the upcoming premiere they're all to attend - Eve starts the process of shifting through the motives of some powerful people to catch a killer.
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7.5/10
I continued with this series after a couple of months break and a phenomenal previous book, Delusion in Death. While I loved Eve taking corporate sharks down a notch, I felt like Calculated in Death paled a little bit in comparison. Still, a great read, recommended.
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Серию эту я продолжила после двухмесячного перерыва и феноменальной предыдущей книги серии. И хоть я и любила читать как Ив ставила на место жирных корпоративных котов, всё-таки книга эта проигрывала по сравнению с предыдущей. Всё же, рекомендую, читается и слущается прекрасно.


 Secret Sins by C.D. Reiss 

bought

Synopsis from Goodreads

Her name is Cinnamon. Cin for short. Band mates Strat and Indy don’t know anything about her except she’s smart as hell and sexy as heaven. They can’t agree who gets her, so they do the only thing two best friends could do. They declare her off limits to both of them.

Margie, AKA Cinnamon-you-can-call-me-Cin, has a thing or two to tell these guys.

Nobody “gets” her. She’ll let them know which one she wants when she can decide between them. Until then, their little pledges and promises aren’t her problem.

Her family is her problem. Her friends. And the world-famous blues rocker who has her cornered. He’s her problem too.

This may be one problem she can’t fix without some help.
 Audible US/UK | Amazon US | Amazon kindle US/UK | Book Depository

8.5/10
Aah, Margie! As usual, zero bullshit & pure awesomeness. This story felt raw and real, and I hope there will be more to it as the ending simply was not enough. It was also pretty hot! Loved it, devoured it in one gulp. Need more!
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Ах, Марджи! Как обычно, она не переносит пустые разговоры и показывает сильнейший характер. Эта история была как удар током, - сырой, неприхотливой, рваной, очень жгучей и надрывной. Безумно хочу продолжения. очень рекоменду.ю!

Historical M/M Romance Review: Wanted, A Gentleman by K.J. Charles

Wanted, A Gentleman by K.J. Charles 


Egalley thanks to Riptide Publishing

Synopsis from Goodreads
WANTED, A GENTLEMAN
Or, Virtue Over-Rated 

 the grand romance of
Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem
Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love
Act the First:
the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London
where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling
Act the Second:
a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts)
featuring
a speedy Carriage
sundry rustic Inns
a private Bed-chamber
***
In the course of which are presented
Romance, Revenge, and Redemption
Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires


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7.5/10

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This was funny, light and sweet, reminding me of Amanda Quick's historicals.

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