How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks Review

In How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks, Luciana leaves everything she has ever known to marry a man feared throughout the land but, in the process, save the life of the father she never knew. Enacting the charade that she must is much harder than Luciana anticipated, and not only must she navigate a social structure she has no experience with, she must decide if she can trust the man that everyone fears, her betrothed.

Lord Leo, the infamous Beast of Benwick, has accepted the lonely existence that his power over lightning has caused him until he meets Luciana and he starts to yearn for more. As the danger around the two of them escalates, will Leo be able to save the woman who has brought light into his dark life, and, more importantly, can he save her from his devastating touch?

I will admit, by the end of Kerrelyn’s Love at Stake series, I had kinda lost interest. Don’t get me wrong, I devored the beginning of the series and they are high on my list of favorites to reread but I just wasn’t that into the last few books. BUT (and this is a big but) I flew through How to Tame A Beast in Seven Days, I love the world that Sparks’ has created. The friends/blood sisters who were raised together not knowing who they are but setting off to save their world one fantastic (presumably) book at a time are intriguing and just the right mix of strength and weakness . Now realize that I enjoy reading fantasy novels (David Eddings and Terry Pratchett anyone?!) so its not too surprising that I would enjoy a good fantasy romance novel. However, Sparks has done a fabulous job world building, the character development is believable and intriguing, and I literally finished How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days and immediately went looking to see when the next novel will be released (August 2017) because I can’t wait to read it. I highly recommend How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days whether you have read fantasy novels before or not.

You can read an except here.

The Embraced Reading Order:

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days

So I Married a Sorcerer (August 2017)

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Title: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days

Author: Kerrelyn Sparks

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 415

AISN: B01KFWX5CC

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: January 26, 2016

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

The Paper Magician by Charlie Homlberg Review

paper craneCeony Twill has worked so hard to fulfill her dreams of becoming a Metal Magician but on the eve of her graduation she is asked to become one of the few Paper Magicians and once bonded to a specific type of material she will only be able to perform magic with that material. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg begins with Ceony arriving at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane but not everything is as it seems when it comes to paper magic and sometimes we are lead to where we need to go even when it wasn’t part of our original plans.

When Magician Thane is attacked soon after Ceony’s arrival, it will take all her ingenuity, courage, and determination to save him from the practitioner’s of the forbidden dark arts.

I picked up The Paper Magician because it has been awhile since I read a true fantasy (as opposed to a paranormal/scifi/fantasy mix) and awhile since I read a Young Adult novel. The Paper Magician is an interesting fantasy novel, very different from most of the high fantasy I have previously read. In the world Holmberg has created, you only get a glimpse of the outside world as Ceony spends most of her time in the cottage or in a specific spot trying to save Thane (I’m not going to say too much because it will give away part of the novel) but the rules of magic are interesting and the few characters are well developed but it is Holmberg’s way with words that I really enjoyed. The images she weaves are, dare I say, magical.  Little pearls of wisdom are disbursed throughout the novel and are so spot on, “The ghostly images lasted only a moment longer before fading away, as all unread stories were wont to do.” But ultimately the great theme of the novel is summed up as this “Everyone has a dark side! But it’s their choice whether or not they cultivate it.” The Paper Magician is a fun fantasy novel that is well worth a read and I look forward to reading The Glass Magician. 

You can read an excerpt here.

The Paper Magician Series Reading Order

The Paper Magician

The Glass Magician

The Master Magician

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Title: The Paper Magician

Author: Charlie N. Holmberg

Format: eBook

Page Nos.: 226

AISN: B00HVF7OL0

Publisher: 47North

Release Date: September 1, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

Dragons and Dirigibles by Cindy Spencer Pape Review

Melody Mackay is an inventor for the Order of the Round Table, while a role not traditionally held by women, Melody isn’t about to let gender stereotypes stop her from fulfilling her calling. But in Dragons and Dirigibles by Cindy Spencer Pape, Melody crash lands on the front lawn of Victor, Earl of Blackwell, too bad she finds herself attracted to the very conservative, very appealing Victor.

Victor is struggling to keep things together at Black Heath, unexpectedly inheriting the title of Earl when his brother dies and becoming guardian to his young niece, Victor doesn’t have time for things like sexy inventors. When things go awry and Victor needs Melody’s help, will they be able to move passed their stubbornly held ideals to allow for love to grow between them.

Dragons & Dirigibles is another fun addition to the Gaslight Chronicles. I didn’t see the twist at the end coming (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you) but I loved the various steampunk contraptions used by the characters, especially the submarine at the end of the story. Melody was another great female character from Spencer Pape and fans of Wink will enjoy Melody’s energy and attitude. Once again, I felt like the story was a little short (and maybe a little rushed on how quickly Melody’s health recovered from her horrible crash) but the action was entertaining and the romance delightful.

Gaslight Chronicles Reading Order

Steam & Sorcery

Photographs & Phantoms

Kilts & Krackens

Moonlight & Mechanicals

Cards & Caravans 

Ashes & Alchemy

Dragons & Dirigibles

Ether & Elephants (Feb. 2015)

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Title: Dragons and Dirigibles

Author: Cindy Spencer Pape

Format: eBook

Page Nos.: 125

AISN: B00I15VLBS

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: May 19, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Golem in my Glovebox by R.L. Naquin Review

Zoey Donovan is an Aegis, like her mother before her, a caretaker and safe-haven for the monsters and mythical creatures that live in hiding from the human world. In Golem in my Glovebox by R.L. Naquin, Zoey finds out she is the only remaining Aegis, all the rest have gone missing, so Zoey does the only thing she can think of–she sets out to find out what happened to them. In the midst of her searching she learns that her mother may still be alive, now Zoey must find her before someone captures Zoey as well.

I admit I love the Monster Haven series, a fun mix of fantasy, paranormal, romance, and humor. Golem in my Glovebox, was a great addition to the series. While you can read Golem in my Glovebox without having read the previous books in the series I do think it is less confusing if you read them in order (and you can come to love Maurice, the closet monster). While I love reading about Zoey and everything she goes through (I love her big as life heart) it is Naquin’s supporting characters that steal your heart without upstaging the main characters. Not always the easiest thing for an author to do. For example, I really want a Maurice to take care of me and Gris the Golem who is struggling to find his humanity (because he is a created nonthinking creature who has gained the ability to reason) is a fabulous addition to the series. Like I said, I recommend that you read the series in order for the best experience, they are all quick reads and well worth your time.

Monsters Haven Reading Order:

Monster In My Closet (you can read my review here)

Pooka In My Pantry  (you can read my review here)

Fairies in My Fireplace 

Golem in My Glovebox 

Demon in My Driveway ( October 2014)

Phoenix in My Fortune (2015)

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Title: Golem in my Glovebox

Author: R.L. Naquin

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 218

AISN: B00GKBIRM6

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: Aprile 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.