Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Review: Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

Posted May 26, 2015 by Ginny in Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review: Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy
The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy
Series: The Twelve Kingdoms #3
Genres: Epic, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on May 26th 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 438
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by: Ginny
Also in this series: The Mark of the Tala
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Book Description:

Three daughters were born to High King Uorsin, in place of the son he wanted. The youngest, lovely and sweet. The middle, pretty and subtle, with an air of magic. And the eldest, the Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king.

Ursula's loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior's spine. She protects the peace of the Twelve Kingdoms with sweat and blood, her sisters from threats far and near. And she protects her father to prove her worth. But she never imagined her loyalty would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other--that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior.

She also never expected to decide the destiny of her sisters, of her people, of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Thirteenth. Not with her father still on the throne and war in the air. But the choice is before her. And the Heir must lead...


My Thoughts:

I began reading Jeffe Kennedy’s work a little over two years ago… and it’s been a really wonderful journey to take with her through her contemporary, erotic novellas into this full-fledged fantasy romance series.

When I began this series with “The Mark of the Tala” back in June of 2015, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Sure, she’d written some fantastical shorter novels before, but this seemed different somehow. I wasn’t wrong.

Jeffe Kennedy has joined the ranks of other amazing fantasy writers in creating her own world with its own rules and creatures; it gives you a full escape from reality and you’re swiftly whisked away into the Twelve Kingdoms and the drama and magic that unfolds.

In this third, and final book of the series, you finally get to see things from Ursula’s perspective. Ursula reminds me a little of Brienne of Tarth, from “Game of Thrones”, though the cover art would suggest a slightly more feminine-looking woman. But I digress —

Ursula is the eldest child, the big sister and the heir to the High Throne, much to her father’s dismay. Her father is a man’s-man, close-minded and small. And the depths of his deception surprised even me. But Ursula has been raised to be the son her father never had — a warrior with a code of honor. She’s always been good at handling her father, and taking the barbs he throws her way with the grace that would make any lady proud — she’s a beautiful contradiction.  She’s always attempted to make her father proud until the end of book two when she finally fully defies him and goes her own way to help her sisters.

Enter in Harlan, who is taken with her immediately — a mercenary hired by her father as extra protection for himself, due to his own personal paranoia. Their love story is a beautiful one, and definitely one of the better ones I’ve read in a while. I like the symbiotic relationship they have and how he’ll allow her to be herself, but also demands that she let him see behind the mask that she shows the world. He breaks her down in the best of ways and together they triumph.

This series has left me with a serious book hangover. Do not read this as a standalone novel — buy all three and enjoy the marvelous world that Jeffe Kennedy has created for us all… afterwards, put your own review up and show some love. I am incredibly happy that I was given the chance to review this, and to come full circle after reviewing the first book. You can be damn sure that I’ll be buying the hard copies of books 2 & 3.

Review: A Captain and a Corset by Mary Wine

Posted June 2, 2013 by Sherri in Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Science Fiction & Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review: A Captain and a Corset by Mary Wine
A Captain and a Corset by Mary Wine
Series: Steam Guardians #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance, SciFi
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 4, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

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Book Description:
Airship Captain Bion Donkova has devoted his life to enhancing his navigational powers. When he discovers Sophia Stevenson has inadvertently received the gift of every captain's dreams—the rare and powerful root crystal—he is just about ready to throw her overboard.

Sophia's not so enchanted with her newfound powers—especially when she becomes the target of a corrupt airship deadset on using her powers for evil. When Sophia goes missing, Captain Bion drops his grudge and thunders to her rescue. Once the two are free of danger, it doesn't take long before old grudges return, tempers flare, and red-hot passion ignites.


Reviewed by Quiana:
We’re introduced to Sophia Stevenson whose recent accident has left her with a unique ability.  As a result of this ability, a secret order known as the Illuminists become interested in her.  The Illuminists invite Sophia into their world and partner her with airship captain Bion Donkova.  Bion is responsible for Sophia’s navigator training.  From the start there’s an instant physical attraction, but other than their attraction, the two don’t get along.  When Sophia is kidnapped by a member of the Helikeians, Bion does everything in his power to get her back.

There were a couple of things I liked about this book, but I had quite a few issues with it as well.  What I liked about this book, besides the world building, was the way the author explored Sophia’s feelings about the differences that existed between a Victorian society and an Illuminists’ society.  In a nutshell, in Victorian society women were looked upon as inferior to men, but Illuminists looked upon men and women as equals.  Therefore, as a member of the Illuminists, Sophia had the freedom to make choices for herself.  It was rewarding to see Sophia’s progression into a self-reliant woman over the course of the story.

Now, for things I had issues with.  The pacing of the plot was kind of slow in some places so at times I was bored.  As I got deeper into the story, I had the complete opposite experience.  The story became too chaotic, with too many villains and too many twists and turns.  Also, not only were the secondary characters kind of bland, but so were the hero and heroine.  Sophia was okay, but I disliked Bion.  Sure he was protective of Sophia and attracted to her, but he was also often dismissive and rude to her.  I just didn’t like their dynamic and found no interest in their partnership or romantic relationship.

A Captain and a Corset, book two in the Steam Guardians series, was my first foray into the steampunk romance genre.  Author Mary Wine’s exotic world of airships, Dimension Gates, Pure Spirits and Navigators was fascinating.  But the overall plot, characters and romance failed to produce a good story and an entertaining read. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).

Titles in Series (Click Link for UGR’s Reviews):

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  • A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious, Bk #1
  • A Captain and a Corset, Bk #2

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