Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday #465, April 8th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

The Fiery Crown by Jeffe Kennedy
Expected Publication: May 26th, 2020
From Goodreads:
A desperate alliance. A struggle for survival. And a marriage of convenience with an epic twist of fate come together in Jeffe Kennedy's The Fiery Crown.

WILL THEIR LOVE STAND THE TEST OF TIME

Queen Euthalia has reigned over her island kingdom of Calanthe with determination, grace, and her magical, undying orchid ring. After she defied an empire to wed Conrí, the former Crown Prince of Oriel—a man of disgraced origins with vengeance in his heart—Lia expected the wizard’s prophecy to come true: Claim the hand that wears the ring and the empire falls. But Lia’s dangerous bid to save her realm doesn’t lead to immediate victory. Instead, destiny hurls her and Conrí towards a future neither could predict…

OR TEAR THEIR WHOLE WORLD APART?

Con has never healed after the death of his family and destruction of his kingdom—he’s been carefully plotting his revenge against his greatest enemy, Emperor Anure, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. When Lia’s spies gather intelligence suggesting that Anure is planning an attack against Calanthe, Con faces an agonizing choice: Can he sacrifice Lia and all she holds dear to destroy the empire? Or does his true loyalty exist in the arms of his beguiling, passionate wife—’til death do they part?

Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke
Expected Publication: May 26th, 2020
From Goodreads:
Ren Kolins is a silver wielder—a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her a fortune to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.

Behind the castle walls, a brutal group of warriors known as the King’s Children is engaged in a competition: the first to find the rebel leader will be made King’s Fang, the right hand of the King of Erdis. And Adley Farre is hunting down the rebels one by one, torturing her way to Ren and the rebel leader, and the coveted King’s Fang title.

But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out. 

Yeah, I have a copy of The Fiery Crown, and I'm so glad because I loved the first book! And Of Silver and Shadow, it sounds fantastic, and I can't wait to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #469, April 8th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

I'm currently reading A Stroke of Malice, and I'm really enjoying this mystery! 
 I read Sword in the Stars, and it was an epic read, I enjoyed this conclusion to the duology!
I'm going to be reading Chaos Reigning, and I can't wait to devour it, it sounds fantastic!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Teaser Tuesday #469, April 7th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber, page 83.

"I watched the icy liquid turn pink as I scrubbed the evidence of my recent efforts from my hands. Despite the gloves I wore, blood and other fluids always seemed to seep through to my skin."


Yeah, that sounds gross and awful and unfortunate! Must read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, April 6, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #461, April 6th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #460
Teaser Tuesday #468
WWW Wednesday #468
WOW #464
Will the Time Come #461
Third Sentence Thursday #451
Random Reads #437
First Lines Friday #464
Book Blogger Hop #130
The Reward Challenge Update #446
How Well I Stuck to It #298
Wrote that Review Update #295

Week 14 Reviews:
Breaking and Entering 101
The Final Deception
Spells for the Dead
Dark Divide
Badlands Witch
Reveal Me
Imagine Me
Badger to the Bone
Switched
The Vittra Attacks
Torn
One Day: Three Ways
Ascend
Ever After

24 Hour Reading Challenge:
2nd March Sign Up
Update 1
Update 2
Update 3
Update 4
Update 5
Update 6
Update 7 and Wrap Up

Random:
My March 15% Off Book Outlet Order

OK, so I got 28 posts in 7 days, it was a pretty great week, I read some really great books, and had a good number of posts be created and be posted, so I'm happy with that! And there's some really fantastic books to read this week that I can't wait for! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Chaos Reigning, Ghost Money, Immortal AngelOnce & Future, Sword in the Stars, and A Stroke of Malice.

Interplanetary intrigue and romance combine in this electrifying finale to the Consortium Rebellion series.

As the youngest member of her High House, Catarina von Hasenberg is used to being underestimated, but her youth and flighty, bubbly personality mask a clever mind and stubborn determination. Her enemies, blind to her true strength, do not suspect that Cat is a spy—which makes her the perfect candidate to go undercover at a rival House’s summer retreat to gather intelligence on their recent treachery.

Cat’s overprotective older sister reluctantly agrees, but on one condition: Cat cannot go alone. Alexander Sterling, a quiet, gorgeous bodyguard, will accompany her, posing as her lover. After Cat tries, and fails, to ditch Alex, she grudgingly agrees, confident in her ability to manage him. After all, she’s never found a person she can’t manipulate.

But Alex proves more difficult—and more desirable—than Cat anticipated. When she’s attacked and nearly killed, she and Alex are forced to work together to figure out how deep the treason goes. With rumors of widespread assaults on Serenity raging, communications down, and the rest of her family trapped off-planet, Catarina must persuade Alex to return to Earth to expose the truth and finish this deadly battle once and for all.

But Cat can’t explain why she’s the perfect person to infiltrate hostile territory without revealing secrets she’d rather keep buried. . . .
The fifth book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

The Los Angeles Firestorm killed over a hundred thousand people, set in revenge against necromancer Eric Carter for defying the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. Carter feels every drop of that blood on his hands. But now there's a new problem.

Too many ghosts in one spot and the barrier separating them from the living cracks. And when they cross it, they feed off all the life they can get hold of. People die. L.A. suddenly has a lot more ghosts.

But it's not just one or two ghosts breaking through: it's dozens. Another mage is pulling them through the cracks and turning them into deadly weapons. Eric follows a trail that takes him through the world of the Chinese Triads, old associates, old crimes. And a past that he thought he was done with.

Carter needs to find out how to get things under control, because if more ghosts break through, there's going to be even more blood on his hands.
In a sizzling new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, a gorgeous mortal encounters his greatest temptation…

For almost a century, Ildaria Garcia has been on the run, a trouble magnet with a knack for taking down bad guys. Lately, her vigilante tendencies have drawn unwelcome attention to her fellow Immortals. Forced to relocate, Ildaria is supposed to lay low in a new town. Instead, she quickly entangles herself with six and a half feet of muscular, tattooed trouble.

Joshua James Simpson Guiscard, aka G.G., knows a lot about Immortals—enough to make him wary. Yet from the moment Ildaria walks into his club, he feels desire stronger than anything he’s known. Accepting the fact that they might be life mates is disconcerting. But when her past catches up to them, G.G. faces a choice—confront his demons at last, or lose a passion that’s hot as hell.
In this epic sequel to Once & Future, to save the future, Ari and her Rainbow knights pull off a heist... thousands of years in the past.

Ari Helix may have won her battle against the tyrannical Mercer corporation, but the larger war has just begun. Ari and her cursed wizard Merlin must travel back in time to the unenlightened Middle Ages and steal the King Arthur's Grail---the very definition of impossible.

It's imperative that the time travelers not skew the timeline and alter the course of history. Coming face-to-face with the original Arthurian legend could produce a ripple effect that changes everything. Somehow Merlin forgot that the past can be even more dangerous than the future...
Lady Kiera Darby and her husband Sebastian Gage are looking forward to relaxing with new friends at an exciting yearly soiree, but they soon learn that murder never takes a holiday in the latest riveting installment in this national bestselling series.

Scotland 1832. After enjoying a delightful holiday with her family, Lady Kiera Darby is looking forward to finishing her new friend, the Duchess of Bowmont's portrait, as well as attending the duchess's annual Twelfth Night party. Though she normally avoids such fashionable events, Kiera trusts the attention will not be focused on her, but rather her notorious hostess and her family. But upon their arrival at the opulent Scottish estate, Kiera and her husband and fellow investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, swiftly deduce that all is not merry in the duke's household. The family appears to be under a great strain, and someone seems determined to cause mayhem among the guests with a series of forged notes.

However, matters swiftly turn from irksome to downright deadly when the merrymakers stumble upon a decomposing body in the castle's crypt. This corpse is certainly no laughing matter, especially when it is identified as the duchess's son-in-law, the Earl of Helmsdale, who had purportedly traveled to Paris more than a month earlier. It is evident the man met with foul play, and Kiera and Gage step in to investigate, at the duchess's insistence. Kiera and Gage must swiftly reexamine the facts, for a ruthless murderer walks among them and may well be a member of the duchess's own family. Kiera soon discovers just how deep the killer is willing to dig to keep their secrets from ever seeing the light of day.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Wrote that Review Update #295, April 5th

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Breaking and Entering 101, The Final Deception, Spells for the Dead, Dark Divide and Badlands Witch, Reveal Me and Imagine Me, Badger to the Bone, Switched, The Vittra Attacks, Torn, One Day: Three Ways, Ascend, Ever After, so I have 7 of 7 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #298, April 5th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 15:
Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik, Ghost Money by Stephen Blackmoore, Immortal Angel by Lynsay Sands, Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy, Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy, A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 2. Check.

Old NetGalley: NA.

Edelweiss: 2. Check.

Old Edelweiss: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 2. Check.

So this is a slightly long week, but I've already read 2 of these books, and the others might not take too long to read! So hopefully I'll be able to read them all!

Week 14:
Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi, Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan, The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi, Spells for the Dead by Faith Hunter

vs.

Breaking and Entering 101 by Honor Raconteur, The Final Deception by Heather Graham, Spells for the Dead  by Faith Hunter, Dark Divide by Carrie Vaughn, Badlands Witch by Carrie Vaughn, Reveal Me by Tahereh Mafi, Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi, Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston, Switched by Amanda Hocking, The Vittra Attacks by Amanda Hocking, Torn by Amanda Hocking, One Day: Three Ways by Amanda Hocking, Ascend by Amanda Hocking, Ever After by Amanda Hocking

Well, I only read 2 of what I wanted to read, and I read 9 that I wasn't planned on. So it worked it pretty week! I'm happy with this week, and I can't wait for next week! 

The Reward Challenge Update #446, April 5th

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read Breaking and Entering 101 which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, The Final Deception which counts 5 times as a Edelweiss Book, End of Series 2020 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book and a WoW Book, Spells for the Dead which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book and a WoW Book,
Dark Divide which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, Badlands Witch which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, Reveal Me which counts 4 times as a 2020 Dystopia Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book and WoW Book,
Imagine Me which counts 5 times as a 2020 Dystopia Book, End of Series 2020 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book and WoW Book, Badger to the Bone which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book and a WoW Book, Switched which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, The Vittra Attacks which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, Torn which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, One Day: Three Ways which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, Ascend which counts 3 times as a End of Series 2020 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book, Ever After which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book.

So I have 41 counts which translates to $20.50 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Week 14 Reviews: Switched, The Vittra Attacks, Torn, One Day: Three Ways, Ascend, Ever After





From Goodreads:
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She's not the person she's always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she'd ever admit. But it isn't long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he's come to take her home.

Now Wendy's about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that's both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she's meant to become…

From Goodreads:
This short story, included in some editions of Switched, book one in the Trylle series, is an alternative perspective on events that take place in chapters six and twenty-two of this first book. As such it may contain spoilers.

From Goodreads:
When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she's a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she's about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they'll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who's strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.

From Goodreads:
One day: Three Ways is a bonus short story attached after the second installment of Trylle trilogy, Torn.

From Goodreads:
Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn't surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe. But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it's the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn't the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she's about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end. 

Everything has been leading to this moment.  The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she's ready to fight for it.

From Goodreads:
A never-before-published bonus short story after Ascend of Trylle trilogy.

My first review of Switched, Torn, Ascend
My Review:
I really enjoyed reading these books again! I think this is the longest I've gone between the first read and the reread, because it's about 7 1/2 years. Since the 3rd series in this world is coming out, well, I had to reread these books, since I pretty much forgot what happened in them. I'm glad I did, because these are really enjoyable books!

I have 2 favourite things about this series. Her relationship with Loki, because he's hilarious and has so many similarities with her. And the 3 short stories, because they gave as a look at what other characters besides Wendy was doing, The Vittra Attacks is what first introduced us to Loki, if you read the 2012 versions, not the indie published ones, I believe. And we got to see the happy ending for Wendy and Loki, and it was just so darned sweet, cute, and adorable and I'm so glad that we got it!

We watched Wendy grow up in these books. Mainly in Torn, where she takes on the responsibilities of the ruling family. Plus she starts to realize that things with Finn wouldn't work out, because of their different personalities. I really enjoyed watching her go on this journey!

For some reason, I kept expecting one of her friends to betray her. But like Elora said, Oren was an overconfident jackass, and while this wasn't in the vein that she meant it, well, he didn't have anybody infiltrated into her inner circle. And then I was afraid that someone was going to die. There was this one scene that really had me worried!

Loved reading these again, and I can't wait to read more of this world!

Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5
First Read: August 9th, 2012, August 30th, 30th, 2012
Read: April 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2020
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Books! And Ever After is a End of Series 2020 Book!
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: January 3rd 2012, February 28th 2012, March 2012, April 24th 2012, April 26th 2012

Switched:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Vittra Attacks:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Torn:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









One Day: Three Ways:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Ascend:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Ever After: 
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 14 Review: Badger to the Bone

From Goodreads:
She's the woman he's been hired to kidnap. But ZeZé Vargas has other ideas . . . like getting them both out of this nightmare alive. Just one problem. She's crazy. Certifiably. Because while he's plotting their escape, the petite Asian beauty is plotting something much more deadly . . .

Max "Kill It Again" MacKilligan has no idea what one of her own is doing with all these criminal humans until she realizes that Zé has no idea who or what he is. Or exactly how much power he truly has.

But Max is more than happy to bring this handsome jaguar shifter into her world and show him everything he's been missing out on. A move that might be the dumbest thing she's ever done once she realizes how far her enemies will go to wipe her out. Too bad for them Zé is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive . . . and honey badgers are just so damn hard to kill! 

My Review:
This book was fantastic and so great! It was hilarious as always, as bloodthirsty and dangerous as the previous books, and all in all a great read! I really enjoyed having Max find happiness with Zé, and for Zé to enter this world! It was such a ride!

Max and Zé were a really fun couple. Max because she's a MacKilligan, and kinda crazy. Zé, who is a cat who didn't know it. It was a really fun read. And then there's this asshole that's trying to recruit Max and her team, which was a bucket of fun!

One plot point for this series is the money that was stolen from the one side of the family, involving Freddie. And the hacker. And both plot lines are pretty much resolved in this book, and it was so great to read, I wasn't expecting that!

Before I read this book, I wasn't sure whether or not this series was done after this book or not. I'm still not sure, since this is the Honey Badger Chronicles, not the daughters of Freddy MacKilligan. Because we're introduced to some more female Honey Badgers, and one in particular. So there could be more, I'm just not sure!

This book was just so hilarious, and I enjoyed reading it so much!

Author: Shelley Laurenston
Series: Honey Badger Chronicles #3
Read: March 31st, 2020
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Kensington
Published: March 31st 2020
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 14 Reviews: Reveal Me, Imagine Me


From Goodreads:
This fourth companion novella to Tahereh Mafi's New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series is narrated by fan favorite character Kenji Kishimoto!

The explosive revelations in Defy Me have left readers reeling and desperate for answers. This fourth and final novella in the series will bring readers back to the world of the Shatter Me before the final novel installment hits shelves in winter 2020.

From Goodreads:
The explosive finale to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shatter Me series.

Juliette Ferrars.

Ella Sommers.

Which is the truth and which is the lie?

Now that Ella knows who Juliette is and what she was created for, things have only become more complicated. As she struggles to understand the past that haunts her and looks to a future more uncertain than ever, the lines between right and wrong—between Ella and Juliette—blur. And with old enemies looming, her destiny may not be her own to control.

The day of reckoning for the Reestablishment is coming. But she may not get to choose what side she fights on. 

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading these books. But they weren't quite what I was expecting for the ending. I mean, I kinda though it would be a pretty triumphant ending, like Ignite Me. But instead Juliette/Ella continued on a downward spiral. Bah.

Reveal Me was Kenji's POV, which was excellent, because he does have a a few very pressing concerns about what's happened in the past 1.5 books. And there was a development in his relationship-which continued on when he narrated half the chapters in Imagine Me. But he didn't act like he usually does, and there was a loose thread or two of his story, that I wish could've been tied up.

Imagine Me, it just didn't make a lot of sense. In a way, Juliette/Ella is in a place like she was in Shatter Me, like all her progress was knocked out. And that was sad to read. And I didn't get what was going on. Still don't.

The ending was a little rushed, and a bit disjointed, because we did switch back and forth between Juliette/Ella and Kenji. And then we had this weird 3 chapter epilogue narrated by Warner that was sweet, but I wanted more. It ended on a really weird scene, and we didn't even get to see their wedding! Bah!

These books were excellent reads, they were weird and not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed them!

Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #5.5, 6
Read: March 31st, 31st, 2020
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and they're 2020 Dystopia Books, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Books and WoW Books! And Imagine Me is a End of Series 2020 Book!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: October 8th 2019, March 31st 2020

Reveal Me:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Imagine Me:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 14 Reviews: Dark Divide, Badlands Witch


From Goodreads:
In brand-new stories spun off from the New York Times Bestselling Kitty Norville series, dark mysteries push the bounds of sanity. Cormac Bennett, ex-con and former bounty hunter, is a paranormal investigator with an edge: his partner is the disembodied spirit of a Victorian wizard, Amelia Parker. Together, they solve problems no one else can.

They're asked to investigate a mysterious death in the Sierra Nevadas: a man died of hunger —in a cabin that was fully stocked with provisions. The kicker? The cabin is located near Donner Pass, the site of the gruesomely ill-fated Donner Party, where forty men, women, and children died of exposure and starvation. The event was made famous by reports of cannibalism among the survivors.

Is the Donner site haunted? Is some evil force rising again after a hundred fifty years to wreak destruction? Can Cormac and Amelia learn the truth without being caught in the web? Well, they can try...

From Goodreads:
In brand-new stories spun off from the New York Times Bestselling Kitty Norville series, dark mysteries push the bounds of sanity. Cormac Bennett, ex-con and former bounty hunter, is a paranormal investigator with an edge: his partner is the disembodied spirit of a Victorian wizard, Amelia Parker. Together, they solve problems no one else can.

Cormac and Amelia travel to South Dakota, where an archeologist has hired them to examine an artifact for possible magical qualities. Cormac is skeptical, Amelia is intrigued. And it turns out – the whole thing is a trap. Cormac used to make his living killing monsters, and he made more than a few enemies back in the day. Who from his past is out for revenge, and can he and Amelia survive?

My Review:
I'm so glad that we got these stories! Apparently they're from the time right after the main Kitty series ended, and they stalled out. And then Carrie Vaughn realized they weren't full length novels like she'd been trying for, but novellas. And they work perfectly as novellas, I really enjoyed both of these stories, they were nice lengths, and such quick and easy reads!

Dark Divide was interesting because it was a place where Amelia was meaning to go, but didn't get around to it. And it's the place where the Donner Party happened, which is pretty important to the story, because the case that they're brought into investigate is about a guy who starved to death. So that was a really interesting story!

Badlands Witch, well, Cormac's past comes to bite him. And while there was a thread of two of this story that I'd like to explore (what was with the bad guy's past, she mentioned something, and I'd like to learn more) it was a really satisfying story, because Cormac had the chance to not have Amelia in his head. Really enjoyed how it all played out!

Also, a simmering plot line is their relationship maybe going in a romantic direction, however impossible it is. And it definitely hits a turning point in Badlands Witch, which was so great to read! I need more, of them working things out, and more of them investigating because it's so much fun to read!

I love that we get more of this story, and I would love to have more, besides The Immortal Conquistador and Kitty's Mix-Tapes!

Author: Carrie Vaughn
Series: Cormac and Amelia #2, 3
Read: March 31st, 31st, 2020
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing and this world, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2020 Books!
Publisher: Carrie Vaughn, LLC
Published: October 10th 2019, November 12th 2019

Dark Divide:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Badlands Witch:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars