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The Archivist by V.S. Nelson

    Death is not the end There is no God waiting for you in paradise. No afterlife where friendships severed by death are reformed and families reunited. There is only the Aether, a dimension of insatiable hunger that will possess you no matter the life you led or the beliefs you held. Yet there is hope for a lucky few. Archivists, existing between the world of the living and the world of the dead, can offer salvation… for a price. Taking your essence in the final moments before death, they become your afterlife, allowing you to speak with those who remain. When the last archivist is tricked into murder by troubled teenager Sun-young Kang, he finds himself the centre of a suicide cult that die at his feet. But there is more to these deaths than the Archivist realises. Someone is coming for him. The Archivist may be the closest thing to a god that walks the Earth, but is that enough to keep those he cares about safe? May the Aether be merciful. This book broke my heart! Squeezed it so damn hard it shattered to pieces and got pulled into the Aether, where nothing but hunger and death resides. Oh. My. God – I mean Archivist – as clearly God does not exist in the V.S. Nelson’s created world, but an Archivist does. With a godlike ability he can possess souls, granting them life after death while possessing their essence. He almost pulled me in, too, with his calm… Read More »The Archivist by V.S. Nelson

    The Marauders of Sazile by Romana Drew

      Aliens, called Hocalie, come to Earth, cute, furry, and apparently harmless. They didn’t even bring weapons. They say they’re searching for one person to represent Earth at the Intergalactic Trade Center on Rosat. The right person. Thousands of people apply. Earth’s governments vie to get their representatives picked. The Hocalie listen to all the suggestions. Then they choose Robin Mayfield, a young artist. Only after they are in space, and it is too late to turn back, do they tell Robin why they picked her. The Hocalie believe that only she can stop an intragalactic war. But they won’t tell her how she is supposed to do that. No one knows who the Marauders are or why they are attacking different worlds. They appear out of nowhere to attack then disappear just as fast. They never make any effort to communicate and never respond to any form of communication. The Marauders of Sazile is a fast-paced space adventure. The Hocalie are ever so gentle, but clever enough to hold their own against even the worst enemy. The Langons are technologically advanced but arrogant, self-centered, and domineering. The Marauders only want their world back. Throughout her adventures, Robin keeps a journal. She also draws pictures of the people and places she visits. The Marauders of Sazile is Robin’s Journal. Some of her illustrations are included. The way The Marauders of Sazile is built up is extremely interesting. The fact that it started off as a series of Facebook posts and got… Read More »The Marauders of Sazile by Romana Drew

      Havoc by Paityn Parque

        They had all killed themselves. Waking up in the heart of Engine, Shadow only has one goal in mind: destroy the place that made her life hell. Easier said than done. Put in a horrifying position as Engine’s assassin, she has no other choice but to follow their twisted ways. Stripped of everything she’s grown to rely on, Shadow must keep her team safe and come up with a plan. But nothing was ever as it seemed. Her sanity starts to slip as answers are discovered. Escape soon becomes a dire thirst—her team is jeopardized—and time is running out. Jack never wanted to end everything. But he had to die; someone needed to save her. Fixated on keeping his team alive, Jack realizes that there’s no going back. Or escaping. She wants to get revenge—but that would cost their lives. Severely injured and divided on different sides, Jack must find the foundation that started it all to heal him. Otherwise, they were all going to die. With Engine picking them off one by one, the team must find a way to escape—all with one life. I had such a pleasure beta-reading for Paityn and fell in love with the characters all over again. It was such an easy thing to do since they all got their own perspectives!!The journey takes our beloved group to the heart of Engine where they have a completely different battle to face altogether. Powerless at the hands of the enemy they begin plotting an escape.It… Read More »Havoc by Paityn Parque

        Through Fire & Ruin by Jennifer Becker and Alice Karpiel

          Some lies are ruin… For centuries, humans have been at the mercy of the fae. With the border between Earth and Liraen spelled shut, humans have no desire to entangle themselves with the fae world again. But what if they are humanity’s only hope? LORA has been warned of the fae her entire life. Yet when a deadly virus sweeps Earth, Lora risks everything to find a cure. Spinning the perfect lie, she makes a deal with Eyden, a mysterious fae trader. As Lora struggles to keep the promises she has made to both her family and Eyden, she is forced to dig deeper into the twisted world of Liraen — her web of lies unravelling. AMIRA has spent years trapped by her brother in her childhood palace. Her engagement to the soon-to-be High King of Liraen is her only hope for the freedom she has been longing for. As the future Queen, she seeks to finally leave her painful past behind. But she soon discovers that the palace holds dark secrets — bringing up memories Amira had long since tried to erase. As power games are woven, promises are broken, and desperate lies are revealed, Lora and Amira both find themselves at crossroads. Will they risk it all and face ruin? This book stole my soul, ripped out my heart and crushed it between the very pages. Wow.  I fell in deep right on the get-go when Lora was introduced. A strong, stubborn female lead that is sure to… Read More »Through Fire & Ruin by Jennifer Becker and Alice Karpiel

          Scary Seer

            With Halloween less than a week away, it’s Anastasia Stuart’s last chance to drum up some business for her palm reading and new age store. Instead, she spends her time drawing and wishing for someone to show her the darker side of attraction. Desires she’s never told anyone else.When Watson Adler comes into her shop and purchases a love tea despite professing his doubt over it’s efficacy, she’s left flustered and a little irritated. However, she can’t stop thinking of him, and a handful of encounters with him over the next few days leaves her wondering if something spookier than random chance is pushing him into her path.Will he be the answer to her deepest desires, or someone scarier than she can ever imagine? Soooo… Hmm… Yeah, that just happened. I must say I’m not surprised I managed to see myself in Anastasia, because somehow, even as they are all essentially different, all of Cyprus Hart heroines resemble me in some weird way. I’m in no way as crazy as Ana – because yes, we have another crazy female right here. Totally bonkers! Still, some of her personality quirks hit home in a maddening way. The other ones made me feel embarrassed and awkward as I read through them. I’ll never admit it again, but perhaps they felt too close to my own quirks as well. Either way I might or might’ve not been reading this book blushing. Okaay, Ana… She has a wild thought process. She gets lost in… Read More »Scary Seer