Title: The Collector of Dying Breaths
Author: M.J. rose
Source: from publisher for France Book Tours
Review Summary: Although the writing of this book included bits that were melodramatic and bits that were dry, I really enjoyed the action-packed plot, complex characters, unique mythology, and rich grounding in historical fact.
Jac L’Etoile has been hiding from her past. She’s avoided joining the family perfume business, is skeptical about her visions of past lives, and tries not to think about her ex-boyfriend Griffin. However, her brother’s death will force her to confront all three as she tries to finish his final project: reconstructing an ancient formula for reviving someone using their dying breath. Through her visions, she learns about the originator of the dying breath project, René le Florentin. René is both a perfumer and a poisoner for Catherine de Medici. Only by learning about René’s tragic death can Jac hope to avoid the same fate. Continue reading
Today I’d like to thank Sophie at Paper Breathers for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I’ve really enjoyed interacting with Sophie who is a fellow grad student and fellow eclectic reader, so it meant a lot that she thought of me for this award. Here are the rules for this award:
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This cover reveal is singular in two respects. First, I’d like to begin with a promise that cover reveals and canned content aren’t going to become a thing. Participating in a cover reveal is something I’m doing on this occasion because of the second unique thing about this cover reveal. It is a cover reveal for a book I enjoyed immensely and I think it was an unusually good decision to redesign the cover. The new design reflects the fact that this isn’t just another young adult story about a princess. Although those can be good too, this is something far more unique. Continue reading
This week’s host is Lynn of Lynn’s Book Blog and covers chapters 14-19. Here we go! Continue reading
Title: The Almost Girl
Author: Amalie Howard
Source: from publisher for review
Review Summary: The romance was a tiny bit frustrating, but the author’s skillful writing made it hard to put this book down.
Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. [...] But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.[...]For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more. (Source) Continue reading
Title: Board Stiff (Xanth, #38)
Author: Piers Anthony
Source: from publisher for review
Review Summary: I didn’t love the writing style and found the plot a bit weak, but the creative world building was awesome.
Irrelevant Kandy is a beautiful young woman, but she’s also bored and tired of men who only appreciate her looks. This leads her to make the following wish: “I’m board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance”. Unfortunately, the wishing well noticed her typo and literally turns her into a board! Fortunately Kandy might actually be going to get the rest of her wish too. Just not in the way she expected…