Welcome to the first book corner of 2020!
Disclaimer: These books are review copies from Hidden Gems or the author.
My new kindle makes reading much easier, and I’m on target to smash my Goodreads goal of 20 books in 2020! In this post we’ll travel through steampunk fantasy kingdoms, visit the world of faerie, and enjoy a fast paced trip through an urban fantastical New York 🙂
An enjoyable, fast paced, Urban Fantasy!
Content warning: Mature, but not explicit, sex scene.
The main character, Nick, was likeable, and Kat, the other main character, was awesome: Untethered’s version of a mage. The supporting characters were well developed and I liked the villains, especially Needle. No one was truly evil: Every character had reasons for their actions.
The magic system was intriguing, and the writing well paced. It was hard to put the book down as I wanted to know what happened next. The world building was realistic, a future version of New York, and I’m intrigued to read more of the series.
The only thing that was a little disappointing was the resolution: The last two chapters, for me, didn’t satisfactorily tie up enough loose ends and I didn’t really understand what the characters were doing next. I still liked it a lot though 🙂
A mystical, chilling, journey into the world of faerie.
Second in The Dark Court Sisters series, (Book 1 is Dark Desires), The Inn follows Kelly as she investigates disappearances in the town of Bremen. Her quest leads her to a chilling inn full of dark fae and creatures of the night, where she confronts her past and her heritage.
Kelly is a sassy heroine with powerful magic, which she draws on to solve the problems she faces. She’s not easily scared and quick to think on her feet, even when faced with the horrors of the basement and the mysterious Wild Hunt!
The world building is beautiful, with little details, like the flickering wings of the hidden fae, woven into the story. The story itself is chilling, and the magic the fae use to conceal themselves within the human world is mystical. An enjoyable short story 🙂
Slow burn enemies to lovers, with fantasy steampunk elements and awesome characters!
I nearly didn’t sign up for a review copy of The Fractured Empire because I’m pretty picky when it comes to romance, but when I saw the author had used a quote from Doctor Who before the first chapter, I knew I was in safe hands.
Addie is the daughter of a wealthy man with a powerful company. Her mother and sister were killed in an explosion that Clark’s adopted dad took the blame for. Clark works for a secret organisation. When his mission causes his world to collide with Addie’s, they’re thrown together in a whirlwind adventure, but their growing feelings are overshadowed by their pasts.
The romance feels slow burn, which is perfect as I’m not a fan of insta-love. (Plus it features the bed-sharing trope, which is always a winner :D). Clark is skilled and adorable, and Addie is strong willed and clever. I adored their alternating POV chapters.
I also loved the prequel chapters before each present day chapter, the world-building, and the characters, especially Locke, Perry, and Gunther. The bond between Clark and his two adoptive brothers was probably my favourite part of the entire book.
So why 4 stars? The book ended on a cliffhanger and there were too many loose ends. I want books, even when part of a series, to tie off the main plot nicely. I like the characters and want to read more though, when I stop feeling so irritated by the ending of book 1!
Thanks for reading!
Have you read any of the above books? Read anything similar, and equally awesome, recently? Do cliffhanger endings in series irritate you too? Let me know in the comments!
Next week? My January updates, in which Merlin will feature heavily!