Katiebird Reviews The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard

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The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel trilogy comes the hotly anticipated follow-up to The Raven, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…

Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart…

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy.

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness…

Both Tamie and Gel have given their praises on this amazing book this week. I just wanted to throw my hat into the ring as well…

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Katiebird reviews Shadowhunters

One of my all time favorite YA series ever is now a TV series on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). It’s called ShadowhuntersIt has vampires, warlocks, werewolves, demons, and angels; and hot guys of course!

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Katiebird reviews the Forever Mores series by Scarlett Dawn

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The Forever More series by Scarlett Dawn
King Hallwhere the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.
 
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing:  survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.
 
Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution. 

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The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.

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King Tomb — Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.

Think Harry Potter meets The Mortal Instruments, but definitely New Adult. All of the main characters are seriously cool, and become thick as thieves. Serious heartbreak and a cliffhanger at the end of the first book. Check out my original post on the first book here.

I recently read the other books in this series and absolutely loved them!! Without giving too much away, I want to share what I loved about each book.

 

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Katiebird reviews The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

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The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery exposes the unsuspecting Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious and dangerous enemy.

Unbeknownst to the Professor, the illustrations he secretly acquired years ago were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld. Now one of the most dangerous beings in Italy is determined to reclaim his prized artwork and exact revenge on the Emersons, but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne …

Set in the city of Florence, “The Prince” is a prequel novella to “The Raven,” which is the first book in the new Florentine Series Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard.

“The Prince” can be read as a standalone but readers of The Gabriel Series may be curious about the connection between The Professor’s world and the dark, secret underworld of “The Prince.”

Fans of the Gabriel series will love this book for a number of reasons. It should be no surprise that everyone here at Bookish Temptations are big fans, so I was thrilled to get back to reading about one of our favorite couples…

 

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Katiebird reviews Her Favorite book series of 2014

As we get closer to the end of the year, I like to take the time to look back at all of the amazing books I’ve read, in preparation for our Best of the Year lists. We take those lists seriously here at BT, by the way. 🙂

Three of my favorite book series came to an end this year, and I don’t want to miss out on sharing my thoughts on the final books and the series themselves. If you’ve read my profile at the bottom of my posts, you probably noticed that I am the resident paranormal romance girl here, both YA and New Adult. This is definitely my favorite genre, so it should come as no surprise that I love these books!

 

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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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Katiebird Reviews the Steam Punk Genre, Part 1

I want to share with you my love of the paranormal genre called Steam Punk. It’s been a personal favorite of mine, and I have recently read a few book series that fit into this niche.

Because I am going to review the book series instead of individual books, I decided to break this post into two parts.

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First, let’s define what I mean by “steam punk”.

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