zondag 1 januari 2017

New books to look forward to for January 2017

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Happy New Year to all my followers, readers and friends! May 2017 be filled with great new books you will loose yourself in.

This is the list of new releases for the month of January 2017 I am looking forward to:

Christine Feehan – Power Game – GhostWalker 13 HC
Darynda Jones – Eleventh Grave in Moonlight – Charley Davidson 11 HC
Heather Graham – Law and Disorder
J.D. Robb – Apprentice in Death – In Death 43 PB
Jacquelyn Frank – Thirst – Energy Vampires 1
Joanne Fluke – Wedding Cake Murder – Hannah Swensen 19 PB
Kresley Cole – Shadow’s Seduction – Immortals after dark 18
Lisa Shearin – The Ghoul Vendetta –SPI Files 4
Patricia Briggs – Fire Touched - Mercy Thompson 9

I have read a total of 15 books and 2 novella’s in December 2016, and my total for the whole year of 2016 is 231 books and 10 novellas. 16 more books than in 2015, and I am happy with that.

I stopped blogging halfway through 2016, as my work hours went crazy and I did not want to spend more time behind the computer when I was finally home. Also, my computer crashed in July, and I have lost a lot of reviews and that still hurts. I hate my new computer, I just can’t get it to work as I want it to. It has the newest Windows and Office, and I hate it. It wants me to do things I don’t want to at all, and I just want to kick the thing.

But work at the office has suddenly become quiet, so I will have more time at home, reading, and perhaps writing a review or two again. Because I did miss it, and spending time at your blogs as well. Can you believe it, I have saved all those emails from your blog, and now have 14.000 unread ones in my email …. Not sure if I will ever catch up, but I will try to read a few a day. Who knows what gems of books I have missed!




© 2017 Reviews by Aurian


zaterdag 31 december 2016

New additions to my addiction

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My last new additions post for 2016, these are the new books from the last 8 months. Ofcourse I have read quite a few already by now. I have posted them not on alphabet, but in chronological order.

From Bookdepository:

Ellery Adams – Murder in the Secret Garden
Gail Carriger – Imprudence
Jayne Castle – Illusion Town
Christine Feehan – Shadow Rider
Victoria Hamilton – Much ado about muffin
Faith Hunter – Blood of the Earth
Stephanie Laurens – The Daredevil snared
Nora Roberts – Affair Royale
Nora Roberts – Montana Sky
Nora Roberts – Once upon a dream
Nora Roberts – Whiskey beach
Nora Roberts –The McKade Brothers: Devin and Shane
Nora Roberts – Shadow Spell
Christine Feehan – Dark Ghost
Yasmine Galenorn – Shadow Silence
Yasmine Galenorn – Flight from Mayhem
Jacquelyn Frank – Forbidden
Carolyn Brown – A cowboy Christmas miracle
Carolyn Brown – One Texas Cowboy too many
Carolyn Brown – Cowboy boots for Christmas
Carolyn Brown – Red’s hot cowboy
Carolyn Brown – Merry cowboy Christmas
Carolyn Brown – Just a cowboy and his baby
Carolyn Brown – Wild cowboy ways
Carolyn Brown – Cowboy seeks bride
Carolyn Brown – The trouble with Texas Cowboys
Laura Childs – Parchment and old lace
Deborah Blake – Dangerously Charming
Heather Blake – The witch and the dead
Victoria Abbott – The Hammett Hex
Victoria Abbott – The Marsh Madness
Victoria Abbott – The Sayers Swindle
Victoria Abbott – The Wolfe Widow
Beverly Allen – Bloom and Doom
Carolyn Brown – Emma’s Folly
Carolyn Brown – Just Grace
Carolyn Brown – Maggie’s mistake
Carolyn Brown – Violet’s Wish
Kresley Cole – Sweet Ruin
Jennifer Estep – Bright blaze of magic
Jennifer Estep – Unraveled
Karen Hawkins – Mad for the plaid
Susannah Sandlin – Black Diamond
Faith Hunter – Curse on the land
Nalini Singh – Wild Embrace
Nalini Singh – Archangel’s Heart
Leann Sweeney – The Cat, The Collector and the Killer
J.R. Ward – The Shadows
J.R. Ward – The Beast
Jean Johnson – The Blockade
Carolyn Brown – Willow
Carolyn Brown – Morning Glory
Carolyn Brown – Velvet
Carolyn Brown – Sweet Tilly
Carolyn Brown – Garnet
Carolyn Brown – Augusta
Carlolyn Brown - Gypsy
Carolyn Brown – Evening Star
Kevin Hearne – Staked
Jayne Ann Krentz – Secret Sisters
Suzanne Enoch – Hero in the Highlands
Darynda Jones – The curse of tenth grave
Eileen Wilks – Dragon Spawn
Stephanie Laurens – Lord of the Privateers

After reading quite some cowboy books by Carolyn Brown during my vacation in Italy, I am determined to buy not only her cowboy books, but her whole backlist. Unfortunately, most are way over 10 euros, so I will have to do a few each month. And Linda, thank you again for introducing me to those wonderful books. Can you believe it, I have even downloaded some of the honky tonk music they are always listening to and referring to in those books! Now, I have to listen to it some day … perhaps while reading one of her books …

A birthday present from Carien:
Jean Johnson – The guild – SIGNED!
Heather Graham – Flawless – SIGNED!
Laurell K. Hamilton – A shiver of light
Carolyn Brown – Darn good cowboy Christmas
Carolyn Brown – Hot Cowboy nights

A birthday present from Freya:
Carolyn Brown – The cowboy’s mail order bride
Carolyn Brown – How to marry a cowboy
Carolyn Brown – Billion dollar cowboy
Carolyn Brown – The cowboy’s Christmas baby

Second hand books:
Hannah Jayne – Under Wraps
Jennifer Rardin – Bitten to death
Lindsey Sands – Love Bites
Christine Warren – One bite with a stranger

Swapped with Blodeuedd:

Kate Baxter – The last true vampire
Jaci Burton – The perfect play
Trudy Canavan – Priestess of the White
Amanda Carlson – Cold Blooded
Amanda Carlson – Full Blooded
Amanda Carlson – Hot Blooded
Robyn Carr – Temptation Ridge
Shirley Damsgaard – The witch’s grave
Cynthia Eden – Never cry wolf
Leigh Evans – The thing about wolves
Jane Graves – Hot wheels and high heels
Jill Sorenson – Caught in the act
Zoe Winters – Blood Lust
Laura Wright – Eternal Captive
Laura Wright – Eternal Kiss
Anthology – A Winter Wonderland
Anthology – So I married a demon slayer




© 2016 Reviews by Aurian



zondag 4 december 2016

Gini Koch - Alien Nation

Book 14 in the Katherine 'Kitty' Katt series, to be published December 6, 2016.
Genre: sci-fi fantasy
Cover: action filled

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It's a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, made more stressful when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system.
Then a cryptic request from an old adversary pulls Kitty out of the White House and into an explosion - and an even more explosive situation. Not only is the Mastermind back in the game, influencing the Club 51 True Believers to find and destroy all Centaurion bases, but he's also found a dangerous benefactor and created some frightening new cloning abilities.
And, just to make things a little more challenging, those alien spacecraft are coming to ask Kitty for protection, and asylum on Earth. Police stations being blown up and war helicopters in play aren't enough to keep Kitty down, especially when she's got some new alien friends helping out.
But what these aliens share will rock the world - the other aliens on their way to Earth are fleeing an enemy so terrifying that even a Z'porrah ship is trying to get to Earth for safety and protection. And if Earth isn't able to stop this threat, there may not be anything left of humanity.
Now Kitty and Company have to figure out where the Mastermind is and stop him, before any new aliens land. And then they have to save the world from a deadly invasion. Or, as Kitty calls it, Thursday.


Jeff and Kitty Martini, the new President and First Lady are busy trying to do some damage control in politics, when Kitty is called away to tend to some new crisis. A new alien invasion is coming to Earth! Are they hostile, or friendly? But before they get to Earth, Kitty’s help is wanted by the K9 squad and a strange prisoner they have arrested a while ago. Is it really one of the Crazy Eight? Or is it a ploy to lure Kitty outside the White House and its protection? The possibility to find out the whereabouts of the new lair of the Mastermind if it really is Casey and she has truly defected, is enough to make Kitty come to the police station.
Even when weird turtle statues keep popping up in her vicinity…

While Jeff is busy being President, Kitty is fighting home grown terrorists to defend Caliente base with the help of her surprising new alien friends.

The mastermind keeps plotting and planning the downfall of Alpha Centaurian though, and especially that of his nemesis, Kitty’s best friend Chucky. And he just might succeed in that, if Kitty can’t unite all of Earth’s governments and religions to stand and defend Earth against this new threat from outer space… Will he get the last laugh this time, or is he still no match for the awesomeness and resourcefulness that is Kitty?


The 14th book in the series, and it is still going strong, never predictable or boring. I enjoyed this latest instalment a lot. It is filled with action and intrigue and new alien friends to get to know. There is also time for romance for some of her friends and allies and it is very nice as new couples are forming. I do love Kitty’s strength, compassion and sense of humor, not so much her taste in music, although it sure helps her out of tough situations.

I do wonder if Gini watched the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy”, and got some ideas for the looks of some of those new aliens.

10 stars.



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© 2016 Reviews by Aurian

zondag 3 juli 2016

New additions to my addiction

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My third new additions post for 2016, these are the new books from the last 4 months. I have read quite a few already.

From Bookdepository:

Amanda Quick - Garden of Lies
Carolyn Brown - Love drunk cowboy
Laura Childs - Ming tea murder
Jude Deveraux - Ever after
Jennifer Estep - Bitter Bite
Jennifer Estep - Spider's Trap
Jennifer Estep - Cold burn of magic
Sabrina Jeffries - The study of seduction
Stephanie Laurens - The lady's command
Susannah Sandlin - Wild man's curse
Ellery Adams - Breach of Crust
Susan Wittig Albert - Bittersweet
Duffy Brown - Braking for bodies
Faith Hunter - Shadow Rites
Terri Brisbin - Rising Fire
Christine Feehan - Fire Bound
Anne Bishop - Vision in Silver
Stephanie Laurens - A buccaneer at Heart
Nora Roberts - The Collector
Eileen Wiks - Death Magic
Eileen Wilks - Unbinding
Julie Hyzy - Grace sees red
Christine Feehan - Shadow Rider

Bought in a Bookstore in Berlin:
Jim C. Hines - Libriomancer

Free books from the LoveLetter Convention:
Annie West - A vow to secure his legacy
Michelle Willingham - Unlaced by the Outlaw

For review:

Gini Koch - Camp Alien
Suzanne Johnson - Pirate's Alley

Won at Preternatura blog:
Heather Graham - Flawless

Swapped with Blodeuedd for new books:
Anya Bast - Raven's Quest
Michelle Belanger - Conspiracy of Angels
Jacy Burton - Surviving demon island
Amanda Downum - Kingdom of Dust
Amanda Downum - The bone palace
Amanda Downum - The drowning city
Angie Fox - A tale of Two Demon Slayers
Clay and Susan Griffith - The Geomancer
Molly Harper - Nice girls don't life forever
Michele Hauf - His forgotten forever
Sarah Morgan - Maybe this Christmas
Lynsay Sands - The Immortal Hunter
Lynsay Sands - The Rogue Hunter
Elizabeth Vaughan - Destiny's Star



© 2016 Reviews by Aurian

vrijdag 1 juli 2016

New books to look forward to for July 2016

This is the list of new releases for the month of July 2016 I am looking forward to:

C.L. Wilson – The Sea King – Mystral 2
Bailey Cates - Spells and Scones - Magical Bakery Mystery 6
Catherine Coulter - Insidious - FBI 20 HC
Gail Carriger - Imprudence - Custard Protocol 2 BD 22-03
Kari Lee Townsend - Perish in the Palm - Sunny Meadows Mystery 5
Stephanie Laurens - The Daredevil Snared - Adventurers Quartet 3
J.D. Robb - Brotherhood in Death - In Death 42 PB
J.R. Ward - The Angels' Share - Bourbon Kings 2 HC
Jayne Castle - Illusion Town - Harmony
Jennifer Estep - Unwanted - Elemental Assassin
Joanne Fluke - Wicked
Johanna Lindsey - Make me love you HC

I have read a total of 15 books this month, and 1 novella. As you have noticed, I have stopped writing reviews, and although it is hard, I just don't have the time or energy to write them. So I will tell you what I have read lately. My reading resolutions? Out of the window as well.

I have absolutely been glomming Eileen Wilks' Lupi series. I love it to pieces, I have read 6 books in the past few weeks. Only one more to go, sadly, though the new one has been pre-ordered. Highly original and suspenseful.

I have also read some more cowboy books by Carolyn Brown. Filled with humor and strong heroines and hard and hot cowboys. Love them, and sadly, I have no more on my TBR for the moment, but I have requested some for my birthday next August.

J.R. Ward - The King. Liked it, but certainly did not love it as the early books.
Christina Henry - Black Lament: I will keep reading this series, as I do enjoy it a lot. It keeps surprising me and Maddy is a feisty/stubborn heroine.
July Hyzy - Graces takes off. A lovely cozy mystery series, but the plot was obvious.
Darynda Jones - The dirt on ninth grave. Great book, want the next one!
Barbara Taylor Bradford - Holding the dream. The second Emma Harte book, and I do long for a re-read of the first one. Perhaps my birthday present for my self this year, the rest of the series.
Christine Feehan - Spider Game. Too much sex, too much dominance, not enough plot or story. And I used to love this series so much!
Hamilton Crane - A few more Miss Seeton stories, still going strong!



© 2016 Reviews by Aurian

zaterdag 4 juni 2016

Anthology - Strange Brew

An anthology of stories edited by P N Elrod, published July 7, 2009.
Genre: urban fantasy
Cover: good

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Today's hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic!

A lot of famous authors in this anthology, and the stories are sweet and short. I do know all the authors, but not all the stories/series those stories take place in.

Patricia Briggs - Seeing Eye

A blind witch is asked for help by a werewolf, to find his kidnapped brother, who is an undercover policeman. As the kidnapper is her evil father, Moira feels obliged to help him. But when touching him while working a spell, she can actually see again!
Great story, with a happy ending, and this couple is mentioned again the Patricia Briggs' books. I enjoyed it, but I have read it before in other anthologies.

8 stars.

Jim Butcher - Last Call

When Harry Dresden needs a beer and a sandwich, he goes to his favourite pub, where he finds all the patrons in need of medical attention. Apparently, someone has tampered with the beer, and it is up to Harry, his apprentice and police detective Murray to figure out who, why and stop them from.

A nice little story, and as Harry has an apprentice, a lot farther in the series than were I am at yet.

7 stars.

Rachel Caine - Death warmed over

Holly is a resurrection witch, and the police want her to resurrect the famous Andrew Toland, again. If she refuses the job, they will ask the next in line, and that is her biggest enemy, a woman who enjoys torturing those the resurrects. And so, very reluctantly, she complies. She had real trouble putting Andrew back to death the last time, and she doesn't look forward to the heartbreak again.
When she brings back Andrew, he remembers everything about last time and his previous life, and that should not be possible! How can she be in love with a dead man? But it is Holly who needs protection as someone is killing resurrection witches, and the police send to protect them…

A great story I enjoyed. I have read a short story with this couple before and it was nice to read the start of it. I am not sure if this is part of a series I have not read yet by Rachel Caine.

8 stars.

Karen Chance - Vegas Odds

Again a short story about a mage I have read another short story about before, but I think this one is the sequel of the previous one, so I was glad to have some back story. Lia is attacked in her own home, and nearly killed by her own students. But the one who is supposed to be behind it, is not the real one, something closer to home is behind it all, to protect his own secrets and evil deeds …

Good story, lots of action as I am used to with Karen Chance, and I hope to see Lia again. Part warmage, part werewolf and part human make for a very interesting mix.

9 stars.

P.N. Elrod - Hecate's golden eye

Charles Escott and vampire Jack Fleming form some sort of private investigation firm, and they are hired by Miss Mabel Weaver, to steal her precious yellow diamond pendant back from her cousin, before she can sell it to a collector. The stone has been in her family for generations, and she inherited it from their grandmother, while cousin Agnes inherited the house.

I haven't read anything by this author yet, but I liked the writing style, and her take on a vampire with Jack Fleming. I will try something else from her hand.

7 stars.

Charlaine Harris - Bacon

I am not a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series, and this story seems to belong to that series. Vampire Dahlia takes her revenge on the witch and the werewolves who killed her husband, and I enjoyed reading this. I might try more of Charlaine Harris after all.

8 stars.

Faith Hunter - Signatures of the Dead

I think this is the very first story in the Jane Yellowrock series, and as I am a huge fan of it, I was glad to finally read this story. I don’t think I would have liked it as much without having read some of the books in the series, as there is not much of a background on Jane and her friend Molly. But knowing the series I really loved this short story, as there is some mention of it in start the series.

9 stars.

Caitlin Kittredge - Ginger

A short story in the Nocturne City series I believe. I haven't read anything by this author yet, but I liked this story and her writing style. A young witch with a werewolf cousin detective, who always is stronger and braver and faster, finally shows her own courage and saves some children in the process.

8 stars.

Jenna MacLaine - Dark Sins

Jenna MacLaine used to write the Sin Craven series, about historical vampires. It was and still is an amazing series and I loved it. But when the publisher pulled the plug on it, as far as I can find out, she never wrote another story. And that is a real shame as she is very good at it.
If you can find the books in this series (beautiful covers as wel!), give them a try!

So, discovering a new to me short story in this world was awesome, I enjoyed it very much.

10 stars.

All in all, a great anthology, with famous names and no duds at all. Recommended.

8 stars.



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vrijdag 3 juni 2016

Jess Haines - Smoke and Mirrors

The first book in the Blackhollow Academy series, published April 28, 2016.
Genre: urban fantasy
Cover: I don't like it.

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A girl who uses her illusions to fool the world into thinking she's just like all the other magi.
A dragon who sees through her lies.
Together they just might survive a world that wants to control or destroy them both.

Kimberly may wield ultimate cosmic power, but even a mage has to pay the rent. No one will hire her for her magic talents until she's got the credentials, so she's stuck in a crappy rent controlled apartment with her mother, yearning for treats she can't afford at her part time job in a cafe, counting down the days until she graduates the secret Blackhollow Academy school for magi. Only then will she have the certificate she needs to land her dream job in a coven.
The problem? She needs a familiar to graduate.
As an illusionist, she doesn't have the ability to summon or create a familiar of her own. Her only option is to convince a supernatural creature to let her bind it instead. Since having a powerful Other at her beck and call would guarantee her a place in a coven after she graduates - and legendary treasure hoards are an added bonus - she thinks binding a dragon as her familiar will solve all her problems...
Because sometimes a girl needs a dragon, not a knight.


I was asked by the author to review this book, which was a very nice surprise, and after reading the blurb, I quickly said yes. And I am not sorry at all, as I absolutely loved this story. It is set in the world of her Others, as Alec Royce is mentioned once and there were other familiar bits and pieces.

I soon fell for Kimberly, who does not have an easy life. She and her mother both work hard to be able to pay the rent for their shabby apartment and buy food and other necessities. She is a sorcerer in a world where sorcerers are reviled and killed on sight, so she has to hide that fact. Sure, she could use her powers to make her own money and buy what she wants, but she has standards and honor, and she won't do that, just to make life easier. I admire that about her. She goes to school, to work long hours in a small café, and then home to study. That's it. She doesn't have friends, although one might become one, or anything resembling a social life.
Kimberly is a last year student and Blackhollow Academy for magi. But her sorcerer's magic just can't do everything magi can do, so she uses a lot of her illusion magic to make it appear like she can do it. But one thing won't be possible to fake: to summon a familiar into a circle.
One of her teachers who knows what she is, suggests that she approaches an Other to ask for his of her acceptance of being bound as her earthbound familiar. And not just an ordinary Other: a Dragon! And she gives Kimberly an address and a name of someone who can help her: Cormack Hunter.
Cormack Hunter is a Dragon himself, but he hides the fact. He is not sure why Kimberly has been sent to him, but he does not trust it. So he wants to learn more about her first, before he reveals himself. But when he puts Kimberly in danger from a dangerous Wyvern called Viper, he is very sorry and will have to work hard to earn her trust back.

I enjoyed this story a lot, the places that Cormac takes Kimberly, the things she learns and about the Others she does meet. How she helps a herd of Centaurs and protects their land from a nearby werewolf pack.
The more Kimberly learns about familiars, and how the bond work, the less she wants to do it. But she needs to be able to bind a familiar to be able to graduate. And her dreamjob in a Coven doesn't seem so good anymore either. She will have to re-evaluate what she wants and how to live her own life. Kimberly is not a weak heroine, she is strong, and so is her magic. She can fight her own battles. And Cormac, he is a dragon, he is handsome, arrogant and rich, he is good in battle, what more can you want? But being around Kimberly changes him as well, makes him rethink what he has taken for granted. He can't buy her and she won't take charity.
There are no sex-scenes, but there are a few hot kisses.

I want more, and can't wait for the next book in this series. There are a lot of series out there, but this one feels fresh and original to me.

9 stars.



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