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Sci-Fi Time Travel YA Audiobook Review: Return Once More by Trisha Leigh

Return Once More by Trisha Leigh (The Historians #1)

audiocopy thanks to Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

Audible US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK


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 What a fantastic story, you guys! Get it in any format, it's worth it, and it's especially lovely on audio. This is exactly the type of YA I adore - fast-paced, serious, merciless and with no-nonsense attitude. I got teary-eyed a couple of times because of the love story, and believe me, - it was tragic...

Friday Mini Reviews #77: J.D. Robb, Nalini Singh & Becky Chambers

Eternity in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #24.5)


Synopsis from Goodreads
When club-hopping bad girl Tiara Kent is found dead in her plush Manhattan apartment, the killing has all the earmarks of a vampire attack. The ever-practical Lieutenant Eve Dallas has to deal with superstitious cops carrying garlic and stakes, as well as the ever-hysterical press. None of the wealthy young victim's friends seem to know much about the Dark Prince she has been secretly seeing. The chase to stop him before he kills again will lead Eve and her team into areas of the city that not even the most intrepid cop wants to visit, and into the very heart of darkness.
Audible US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
Oh, this was so much fun! is the Dark prince a vampire or not? What does Roarke believe in? It was a very cute, short story, and I did enjoy paranormal references. It made me think of Buffy. *grins* Recommended.
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Ха! Посмеялась я с этой повести. Вампир ли Тёмный Принц или он просто притворяется? Во что верит Роарк, который беспокоится о безопасности своей жены? Эта была хорошая, свеженькая и прикольная повесть с паранормальными оттенками, что заставили меня вспомнить Баффи. *смеясь* Рекомендую. 

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #5)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, emotionless...at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...
Audio US/UK | Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
Okay, Ashaya is a much better character than the previous book's heroine, and there was more plot and technical details here. I also enjoyed her connection to the psychotic twin and the ending. It was a pretty good read for this series if you discount the formula which makes men uber alpha and uber masculine and where all the girls are supposed to be extremely feminine. Ashaya's son was pretty awesome as well.
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Окей, Ашайя оказалась гораздо лучше как характер, чем героиня предыдущей книги, и здесь было больше сюжета и технических деталей. Мне также были интересны связь между Ашайей и её психопаткой сестрой, и её очень классный сын. Так что, если отбросить саму формулу серии, что представляет мужиков убер альфами и супер мачо, а женщин хрупкими и очень женственными, то оказалось совсем неплохо.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.
 Audible US/UK | Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
I absolutely loved this book! So imaginative and lovely. This sci-fi unusually for the genre has human/non-human interaction at the forefront of the plot, and the characters are absolutely gorgeous. The actual journey revolves around the inside dramas of the crew, which was fantastic. Definitely recommended eve to sci-fi newbies. I LOVED IT.
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Ну вот очень, очень мне эта книга понравилась! Душевно написано и с большим вкусом. И главное, что сюжет сосредоточен на человеческих (не-человеческих) отношениях внутри команды корабля. Поэтоу и диалоги и персонажи просто шикарнейшие. У каждого своя история и своя трагедия. Очень рекомендую. Подойдет новичкам жанра.

From Blogger to Author: How to Write a Decent Guest Post

Hey folks!

Any blogger or author knows that a guest post is a labor of love and a tricky one at that. Both parties want to make it interesting, both don't want to work too hard at it, especially if they are in the middle of promotion or busy time in their life in general.

I know how frustrating it can be and I'd like to share what I usually want to see in guest posts as a host. Please, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments. Or ignore it completely *grinning*

1. Keep it short, keep it simple.
Create bullet points with topics you want to talk about first and then expand them to 1-2 paragraphs each. 1 page in total is great! Don't make it longer than two.

2. No infodumping.
You are promoting your novel, so talk about why you chose the topic and what kind of research you needed to do, with an interesting trivia which you've used in your novel thrown in between. You don't need to share everything you found. The reader's eyes will glaze over and they will skip the rest of the post.

3. Keep it conversational.
Engage the reader, talk about what made your main character unique and exciting, share what made you fall in love with them.

4. Give promo info at the end of the post.
Your author bio, how to find you and a synopsis of your book should be given to the reader at the end. If you want to do a giveaway, ask readers a question relevant to your book (for example: what was the last book with the same topic they read and enjoyed?) to create an association.

5. Break the monotony of text with pictures.
Simply, it's easier on the eye and we are visual creatures on the whole, who engage and remember more that way. Make sure the images are safe to use (look for Creative Commons license, for example).

This is it! A very simple formula.

Let me know if it was of any use, ladies and gents, and please, feel free to share.

Fantasy Romance Early Review: To The Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi

To The Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi

Egalley thanks to Amazon Crossing

Synopsis from Goodreads
When the immortal Bai Qian finally meets her intended husband, the heir to the Sky Throne, she considers herself in luck—until an old enemy returns to threaten everything she holds dear.…

When a mortal woman enters the immortal world to be with her true love, she sparks a jealousy that ends in tragedy.…

And when a war god depletes his spiritual energy, his devoted student sustains his body with her own heart’s blood until the god’s scattered soul reassembles.…

Spanning a thousand years of tangled lives, To the Sky Kingdom is a story of epic battles, passion, evil, and magic. In its journey across worlds and time, it delves into the powerful forces that drive mortals and gods alike toward revenge, loyalty—and love.

Release date: Aug 23rd, 2016.

 Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository


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 God, this book was exquisite! Not for everyone, but I'm reading and watching a lot about Chinese mythology and culture these days, and the more you do the more you understand the nuances.

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