Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms book 4)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first three books in the series, Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness, Stop! I don’t want to ruin one of my favorite series for you!

Please visit the Recaptains blog in you need a refresher on the first book in the series.

“CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorceress has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.”

In Gathering Darkness,  the four Kindred were located and scattered among the major players in the quest for control of elemental magic. King Gaius has gone to the Emperor of Kraeshia to seek an alliance. He desires to rule the world and holds the air Kindred. Princess Lucia is reeling the death of her first love and has unleashed the fire Kindred. Princess Amara killed her brother Ashur, stole the water Kindred and returned home to Kraeshia. Prince Magnus doesn't realize that Princess Cleo and Jonas Agallon recovered the earth Kindred. Who will win and who will lose in this latest installment of the Fallen Kingdoms series? And who will emerge from the shadows to throw Mytica off balance?

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Endure by Sara B. Larson (Defy book 3)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first two books in this trilogy, Defy and Ignite, Stop! I don’t want to ruin the story for you.

King Damien and Alexa have brought hope back to the people of Antion. Trying to rebuild the kingdom his father enslaved, a new threat had emerged from outside of the kingdom. Alexa wants to go after and save her friend Rylan. She also needs to find a way to kill Rafe and free herself from his control before she can do harm to Damien. Alexa had received a message from Rafe that she must come alone if she wants Rylan alive. If anyone else comes, he is dead. Word of General Tinso’s letter declaring war on Antion is circulating throughout the palace and people want to know what measures Damien if or will take against his Blevon. When one of King Armando’s black sorcerers escapes from the dungeon and makes it to the throne room, he unleashes a magical smog that causes Alexa and several others to fight against their friends. She knows that she really isn't fighting against Damien but it still doesn't make the situation any easier. When the smog dissipates, several of their friends are dead. Alexa, Damien and their surviving friends are devastated.

After the funeral pyres are lit, Damien leaves abruptly, causing concern amongst his friends and guard. Alexa goes to him and neither likes where their conversation is heading. Damien asks Alexa to stay with him. He cannot lose her as well. She loves Damien and has even accepted his marriage proposal but she loves Rylan as well. He has been there for her just like her twin brother Marcel, especially since Marcel's death.  If she didn't go after him, she would be unable to live with the guilt. Damien understands but thinks their goodbye will be their last, he doesn't think Alexa's luck will hold out. She promises to return and become Antion’s queen.

Will Alexa be successful in her attempt to rescue Rylan? Can she kill Rafe and set herself free from his curse? What is the real reason behind General Tinso’s act of war against Antion? Does Alexa return to Damien and become his queen?

Fans of  the Defy trilogy will want to see how Alexa’s story ends.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Rook by Sharon Cameron

"What will be has already been..."

When the Great Death struck the Earth, many believed that it was caused by the Ancients’ reliance on technology. A few think that the downfall of the Time Before came from the shifts in the Earth itself that allowed for the radiation to come in. Paris, the former City of Light, is now known as the Sunken City. Parts dropped into the catacombs beneath the city and society is now divided between the Upper and Lower. Premier Allemande condones the use of technology. To keep the people of the Sunken City in line, history once again repeats itself. The guillotine is used to remove the heads of the wealthy who secretly fund outlawed technology. Allemande believes that society will fail once more if people become too dependent on machines again. Several countries, including Spain and China, have broken the Anti-Technology PAct and now refuse to trade with the Commonwealth, crippling its economy.

Sophia Bellamy is about to enter into a marriage contract with the handsome and wealthy René Hasard to save her family from financial ruin. The Parliament of the Commonwealth revoked the last license for private printing from the family because their book, Wesson’s Guide to Paintings of the Time Before, clouded people’s minds and is now an illegal item. With twenty-six days left to pay his debts, Mr. Bellamy will lose the family’s estate since his son Tom doesn’t have the money or assets to inherit it. It is now up to Sophia to wed the son of a wealthy Parisian businesswoman to secure the funds to pay off her father’s debt and to fund Tom’s inheritance of the estate. Having met René just before their engagement party, she believes that he will be an agreeable match and she can continue her life as she pleases. Sophia spends her spare time rescuing her friends before Allemande’s Ministre of Security, Albert LeBlanc, can separate them from their heads. Her world is turned upside down when LeBlanc makes an appearance at her engagement party hours after her latest rescue of an entire family from the Sunken City before their scheduled executions. It turns out that LeBlanc is a distant cousin to Hasard but it isn’t long before she discovers that he has traced the Red Rook to the doors of Bellamy House, across the Channel Sea. A mystery or legend, the Red Rook leaves behind a red-tipped rook feather in place of Allemende’s prisoners. LeBlanc will keep the Hasard fortune and her family’s salvation in tact if she can supply him with information about the Red Rook. LeBlanc gives her one week.

Snooping though LeBlanc’s room one night, Sophia is unnerved when she discovers an unfinished letter that he is writing to René. In it he tells René that the capture of the Red Rook is of the utmost importance. He should glean any information he can from his current situation but shouldn’t attempt to rush into a sacrificial marriage to Sophia. Angry, she realizes that LeBlanc has suspected Tom for awhile. She also ponders if René suspects the truth about her. Leaving LeBlanc’s room through a window, she hears a sword being unsheathed . Turning in time to keep from being hit in the spine, she gets cut in her side. Dropping quickly, the sword cuts her rope in half and she crashes to the ground where she blacks out.

Sophia awakes only what seems like minutes later to find the sword-bearing man dead with a knife in his chest. Hearing the foxes, she takes the knife, grabs her bleeding side and makes her way back to Bellamy House. She enters through a secret door and descends into an underground room that Tom has dubbed his sanctuary. She collapses on a cot. Sophia later awakes to find herself covered by a thick blanket, something tight around her middle and a man with his back to her. When he speaks to her over his shoulder, Sophia is startled to learn that it is René. He seems so unlike the man she met at their engagement party. She is sure that René has discovered the truth about her. Sophia is having problems trying to figure out this very different René Hasard from the one she first met. This René seems to be very dangerous but offers to keep her secrets if she will keep his once they are married. René sutures her wound. He leans down and Sophia thinks and kind of hopes that he will kiss her. Before anything can happen, René passes out from the knockout powder that Sophia placed in his drink. She leaves him behind and wonders how she will deal with LeBlanc later that night at dinner.

Is Sophia Bellamy the Red Rook? Who is René Hasard? Can Sophia trust him or is he really conspiring with the enemy? Does Sophia save her father from debtor’s prison and find a way for Tom to inherit Bellamy House? Can the guillotine be stopped once again? Will technology make a revival in the world? What happens when Sophia discovers that she isn’t the only one harboring a secret?

Based on The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy, readers will be entranced by Sophia’s story.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty (Lock & Mori book 1)

London, Present Day

March 4th was the day that James “Mori” Moriarty first met Sherlock “Lock” Holmes during a fire drill. Her drama teacher sent her to fetch him from his private laboratory in the basement beneath the theater. The two come to a standoff when he immediately pegs her but she has unnerved Sherlock. The two part and go about their day. Mori knows that it will be a bad night when she comes home. Her mother died six months earlier and her father is unable to deal with the situation. Mori not only acts as mother for her younger brothers when the drinking and reminiscing occur but as a distraction for her father’s ire. Her father does tell her to stay out of Regent Park because a murder has occurred there and is under investigation. Mori’s well meaning comment about the police needing her father on the scene to complete the job blows up. Physically abusive, he finally stomps off to his room and continues to drown his sorrows over his wife’s death. Mori ends up doing the one thing her told her not to do, she heads off to the park.

Mori and Lock run into each other that night in Regent Park. She heads to the deserted bandstand but once again notices a man, smoking a clove cigarette, leaning against a monument in the shadows. Paying him no attention, she dries her tears and attempts to pull herself together. Mori is disbelieving at first when the man speaks to her but soon realizes that it is Sherlock when he remarks that she never told him her name. He has seen her multiple times in the park at night but he never wondered about her until today. Mori tells him her name, since it is unlikely that her would ever guess that her real name is James. Sherlock asks her to follow him and she is baffled when her takes her to the active crime scene in the park.

Reluctant at first, Mori trails after him, even when he ducks under the police tape to hide in the woods. The two get an upclose view of the scene and notice the position of the body. They also hear what the police officers are saying about the scene and speculate that it was a robbery gone wrong. Sherlock proposes that the two of them could do a much better job and challenges Mori to the task. He knows that her father is a police officer. Even though Sherlock doesn’t know Mori all that well, he figures the two of them can solve the case first. He suggests they it a game and the first one to solve the case, wins. Mori wants to know the rules but Sherlock states that there will only be one; no transparency. She tells him that she isn’t sure and explains that her father can never find out. Mori states that they will have to meet in the middle of the lake where no one can overhear their conversations. Sherlock has a smile on his lips as he walks away after hearing Mori comment that the blood is fake.

Mori has decided against playing Sherlock’s game the next morning. During play practice, once again Mori is playing her understudy part, Sherlock shows up. Unsure why he is there, she tries to back out of his game until he states that they need to talk to the girl whose part she has overtaken. Turns out, her father was the man killed the park the night before. Mori sends Sherlock away and tries to find out some information about Lily Patel, the girl for who she is the understudy. She eventually finds out that there will be a memorial on Saturday from Lily’s boyfriend when she says that she wants to offer her condolences. Sherlock and Mori attend the service. Alone out in the lobby, she sees the display of photographs they family put together. She is shocked to see her mother in a photo with Mr. Patel and several other people. She pockets the picture before a member of the family comes up to her. The white haired woman begins talking of the life Mr. Patel lived even after his troubled youth. She begins searching for the photo that Mori has taken, saying that a woman was at the center of it all. She looked innocent on the outside but was a real wolf once you knew her. Before she can cover her face, the woman remarks that Mori resembles her. Mori heads off to find Sherlock who believes the two of them have wasted their time. She keeps her new found information quiet from Sherlock, breaking their pact.

What secrets does Mori uncover about her mother and the photograph she lifted from the memorial service? Why was Mr. Patel murdered? Can her father’s rage at her stop or does it continue to escalate? Does Mori lay bare her dysfunctional home life to Sherlock? Who solves the case first? What happens when Sherlock discovers Mori’s deception after the two of them grow close?

Book two in the trilogy is expected to be published in 2016.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass (The Selection books 0.4, 0.5, 2.5, 2.6)

Meet Prince Maxon before he fell in love with America, and a girl named Amberly before she became queen. See the Selection through the eyes of a guard who watched his first love drift away and a girl who fell for a boy who wasn't the prince. This gorgeous collection features four novellas from the captivating world of Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, as well as exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content.

This series companion is a must-have for any Selection fan, and includes:
  • The Prince
  • The Guard
  • The Queen
  • The Favorite
  • Exclusive new scenes from The SelectionThe Elite, and The One
  • Introductions to each novella from Kiera Cass
  • A map of Illéa and other illustrations
  • And more!
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Half Wild by Sally Green (Half Bad Trilogy book 2)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Half Bad, Stop! I don’t want to ruin Nathan’s story for you.

Kept in a cage for two years by the Council of White Witches, Nathan was trained to kill his father, the most violent and feared of Black Witches. Now Nathan has escaped, and he dreams of a quiet life of freedom with Annalise, the girl he loves - but Annalise is a prisoner, wasting away in a death-like sleep. Nathan's friend Gabriel is missing, likely dead, and although Nathan has found his unique magical Gift, he can't control it. The Council's Hunters are on his trail, so he is always on the run. Nathan's only hope of survival is to join with new friends and old enemies in an alliance to bring down the Council, and they want Nathan's help: they, too, want Nathan to be a killer. Maybe that's the only way out. Maybe that's just who he is now. -

The story concludes on March 29, 2016 with Half Lost.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files book 1)

“First, survive. Then tell the truth.”

“This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.” - taken from

Even though this is a “hefty” book, readers will not be able to it down until the end to see how Kady and Ezra’s story turns out. Written in a unique style, I was afraid that I would be lost or easily bored. Definitely not the case. It turned out to be one of my favorite reads of the year. A sci-fi mystery with with an underlying twist of rebudding romance, readers will be left hanging for The Iluuminae Files book 2.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Winter by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles book 4)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first four books in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Fairest, Stop! I don’t want to ruin one of my favorite series for you.

Please visit the Recaptains blog if you need a refresher on any of the previous books in this series.

I don’t want to go into too much detail and ruin the story for anyone. Here is where Meyer left off all of our favorite characters. Earth and Luna are at war since Linh Cinder, aka Princess Selene, has escaped from prison. Emperor Kai was kidnapped just before his wedding ceremony to Levana thus foiling her attempts to be crowded Empress of the Eastern Commonwealth. Scarlet Benoit is being held prisoner as one of the displays in Levana’s zoo where Princess Winter has taken a liking to her. Everyone else is aboard the Rampion plotting their next move. When it is decided that the marriage ceremony will take place on Luna, the action heats up as Cinder is determined to take her rightful place on Luna’s throne.

Who will come to Cinder’s aid in her attempts to overthrow Levana? Can Earth be saved from Levana’s determination to rule?  Will our beloved heroines find their happily ever afters?

At over 800 pages to wrap up the storylines of eight different characters, readers are in for a treat to see how this fractured fairytale finally ends.

Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection, Meyer’s printed collection of short stories, is due out February 2, 2016.

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