Katiebird Reviews The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

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The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose

Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.

M.J. Rose’s prose has a very descriptive style that lends itself to the historical period that she tends to write in. It was easy to get lost in Paris with Sandrine, her main character. This is the second book that I’ve read from this author, and enjoyed it so much….

 

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Katiebird ODs on Outlander…

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In less than a month, the Outlander mini series on Starz is going to resume!! I am so excited that I decided to move forward in my reading of the series by Diana Gabaldon, and start Drums of Autumn. At the same time, I am also rewatching all of the previous episodes of Outlander.

That is what I mean by OVERDOSING. LOL! Check out my thoughts on the series and the fourth book, Drums of Autumn.

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Katiebird reviews The Sweetest Dark series by Shana Abe

The Sweetest Dark series by Shana Abe

 

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Book Summary:

The Sweetest Dark is filled with thrilling romance, exciting adventure, and ancient magic. Shana Abé brilliantly captures the drama of post-Victorian England, while unfolding a passionate love story that defies time.

“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”

Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.

Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.

 

It’s been awhile since I have reviewed a YA paranormal romance for BT. It’s the genre I enjoy reading the most. If you haven’t read a YA paranormal romance book in a long time, or maybe didn’t think it would be something you would enjoy, I truly believe that this series should be an exception. Shana Abe has such a beautiful, colorful, and detailed writing style that you can’t help falling in love with this story.

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Katiebird Reviews: The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

Steam Punk is a paranormal genre that I’ve enjoyed reading for a long time. This is the second part to a post I started last week.

You can check out my first post here, where I reviewed the two series, The Chronicles of Light and Shadow by Liesel Schwarz and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

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In this post I want to talk about the amazing and hilarious book series The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger.

“I suspect that might be the difference between a drinker and alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.” Gail Carriger

Well, bottom’s up then! One should never “drink” alone, right?

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Excerpt and Giveaway: Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion

Today we’re taking part in a pre-release event for Kat Bastion‘s book, Forged in Dreams and Magick. We have an excerpt for you to read and giveaway to enter…

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Elena reviews : A Love by Any Measure by Killian McRae

An Irish lass. An English lord. A love that overcomes all boundaries. August Grayson has secretly dreamt of the girl living on his family’s Irish estate since childhoods spent together in Killarney. Now a proper Lord of the British
Empire, he knows that Maeve could never be more than just a distant fantasy. Still, if only…

Maeve O’Connor owns nothing in this world but her good name, which proves just enough to win a proposal for a marriage of convenience to a good, Irish lad. Until the wedding, however, she’s in dire straits. Rent on the cottage she and her father share is due, but there simply isn’t the money to pay. Driven to desperation, Maeve hopes Lord Grayson, childhood chum turned dashing English rogue, will prove lenient when she comes seeking clemency.

The temptation presented proves too much, and August offers Maeve a compromise: should she permit him twice as long on each succeeding visit to do whatever he wishes in pursuit of his pleasure, he will consider her rent paid. Starting with a mere five seconds, pulses soon out race the ticking clock, as August’s desires become Maeve’s own. Passion blinds them to the challenges closing in on both the Irish and English fronts, threatening to destroy the love they’ve only just rediscovered.

Working to bridge that which divides them, tempting fate with each stolen kiss, and torn between desire and obligation, Maeve and August must strive to overcome all and find a love by any measure…

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Review: The True Memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp

Exiled in Paris, the frail, elderly Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs. A lifetime ago, she was the vain, ambitious, impossibly charming prima ballerina assoluta of the tsar’s Russian Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg. Kschessinska’s riveting storytelling soon thrusts us into a world lost to time: that great intersection of the Russian court and the Russian theater. Through Kschessinska’s memories of her own triumphs and defeats, we witness the stories that changed history, from the seething beginnings of revolution to the end of a grand, decadent way of life that belonged to the nineteenth century. Based on fact, The True Memoirs of Little K is “an engrossing tale of love, loss, and history”

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Review: The Last Keeper by Michelle Birbeck

Fifteen hundred years ago, Serenity Cardea took the life of the only vampire she ever regretted killing—Henry, her sister’s husband. With her sister brutally murdered, Serenity had little choice but to grant Henry the only request he had: death. Centuries later, Serenity is no closer to discovering who betrayed them or instigated the massacre of her brothers and sisters.

The vampires want dominance—over their food, the other races . . . the world. To get it, they’ve systematically hunted down and slaughtered the only ones standing in their way. The Keepers.

As a Keeper, Serenity is tasked with protecting the delicate balance between the creatures of the world: Vampire, Witch, Were, and Human. Her kind exists to ensure that no single race sways the balance, dooming the world to destruction.

They’re on the brink of extinction, with no sign of return. Now only two remain, and Serenity’s last brother is facing death, leaving her standing alone against a never-ending tide of vampires, all wanting one thing: power.

Then she meets Ray Synclair, a history professor in training with a passion for centuries past, and the harsh reality of her limited time comes crashing down on her. He is her weakness. His mortality is the countdown on Serenity’s life, and with each passing second, it comes closer to the end, for both of them.

She must uncover the secrets of her people’s past and find out who betrayed them—and who is still doing so—before it’s too late.

Serenity’s days are numbered, and Ray will be drawn into a world of myth and legend, where just being alive is enough to get him hunted down.

Because the only way to kill a Keeper is to kill their partner . . .

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Review: Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell…

 From the Publisher: Jennifer Lee Carrell’s highly acclaimed debut novel is a brilliant, breathlessly paced literary adventure. The action begins on the eve of the Globe’s production of Hamlet when Shakespeare scholar and theater director Kate Stanley’s eccentric mentor Rosalind Howard gives her a mysterious box, claiming to have made a groundbreaking discovery. Before she can reveal it to Kate, the Globe is burned to the ground and Roz is found dead…murdered precisely in the manner of Hamlet’s father.

Inside the box Kate finds the first piece in a Shakespearean puzzle, setting her on a deadly, high stakes treasure hunt. From London to Harvard to the American West, Kate races to evade a killer and solve a tantalizing string of clues hidden in the words of Shakespeare, which may unlock one of history’s greatest secrets.

Here’s what I thought…

The first thing I want to tell you is that I don’t normally review books like this one. Why? Well it’s just not the type of book I’ve been reading the last couple of years. Mostly I’ve been reading romance, erotica, paranormal, or a combination of the 3. The genre best suited for this book is mystery/historical fiction. I used to read a lot of  both of those genres. What caught my eye and then my attention? The book’s cover art.

I’m usually loathe to compare books or writers but I think if you like Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code, or Lost Symbol this is a book you’d enjoy as well…

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Tamie’s Fantasy Boyfriends…Part 2

I thought it was time to do a fantasy boyfriend part 2. There’s so many yummerific fictional guys to choose from… today I think I’ll choose… James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, aka JAMMF,  or Jamie from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Jamie Fraser stole my heart about a year and a half ago when a friend insisted I read Outlander. Once I started I just couldn’t stop, and I read the entire series back to back to…well you get the picture. 7 books in all and Ms. Gabaldon does not write short books. But… the characters and story were so fantastic that I became addicted with a capital A. Jamie is tall, well built with broad shoulders and a slim waist…O my fave. He has the most arresting blue eyes and hair almost like a lion’s mane. It’s thick and longish, and the colors of fall: auburn, cinnamon, and streaks of blond. YOWZA!                                                   Did I mention that he’s Scottish…yep, so that means an accent to die for comes with this delectable hunk. He’s a jack of all trades, meaning he does whatever he has to, and he’s good at everything he does. He’s an excellent lover by all accounts wanting to give pleasure every bit as much as he likes to receive it. MmmHmm…my kind of dood.

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