Series Review: The Summer Sisters Trilogy

Blessed Be 
The Summer Sisters Book 1
byTeresa Keefer
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Alana Summers was quite content with her life. A peaceful farm tucked in a
wooded area by the lake with her pets for company. A shop in the
small tourist town where she sells a potpourri of items that reflect
everything about her. She’s at peace. She’s Wiccan.
Logan Farmer is the local sheriff. Small town boy who went to the big city
and joined the police force. Then he came home where he belonged. He
is deeply rooted in his Native American heritage.
Both had grown up knowing that there was more to the world that could be
explained or seen. But neither of them knew that their peaceful lives
could be disrupted in an instant by a legend long buried. A tale that
had been told to them by Logan’s grandmother when they were young
along with a warning that the ancient legend could replay during
their lifetime.
But was it really an ancient paranormal evil come to roost or were the
recent events merely the doings of a warped human mind? Or had the
human’s events shaped the return of the evil?

My Review

“Blessed Be” has a little bit of everything I like. It has witches, romance, evil invading a peaceful town, that mystery building up as the page turns and that need to find out what will happen next. I loved this first book a lot!

Alana and Logan lead a quiet and nice life in their small town, having a good relationship with neighbors and fellow townspeople. She has a small shop with anything that would make your home more inviting and some casual remedies and incantations here and there. Logan is the local authority, always making sure the people feel safe and that unwanted gossip is stopped quickly. All this until something strange happens and all signs indicate that evil is back in town. Legend, witchcraft and much, much more will come together and form this beautiful beautiful book!

The interactions between our main characters are so beautiful and genuine. They even start to wonder when have their feelings become more than friendship. I loved them a lot, I loved how each used their own influence to protect one another and I loved how they manage to find the strength and the legacy they had inside.

Speaking of beautiful, the entire atmosphere in the book moves from warmth and welcoming to cold and potentially dark, once the evil starts coming. I loved how the author made the transition in these scenes and how she built up the tension. The characters are also well presented and described and even from the beginning we get a glimpse of what is waiting for us in the next books.

All in all, I loved book 1 and I am so so lucky I have review copies for the other two books. This is my first read by Teresa Keefer and I am very excited to check out more of her books! Now, excuse me, while I go finish more of The Summer Sisters!

 
 
Threefold
The Summer Sisters Book 2
 
Teagan Summers has a secret that she thought she had tucked away forever.
That is, until she was summoned to her home town of Lakewood to help
with banishing an ancient evil that had come to pay a visit to the
sleepy town. Then, she was faced with another woman whose secret
wasn’t so secret anymore.
Devon Brock knew he had to help his friend, Logan Farmer. Logan had helped
him out too many times to turn his back and say no. However, he
didn’t realize that he would be called upon to pull out his law
license to defend a poor woman who had killed and mutilated her
husband on Halloween night. And he sure never expected to have to
deal with spoiled Teagan Summers as part of it.
Devon and Teagan join forces as they work valiantly to not only defend a
murderess, but to help Teagan’s sisters and Logan Farmer as they
battle an unseen evil that threatens to destroy the small town of
Lakewood. And as they work together, they also form a tentative truce
that they both know could lead to more.
  

My (partial) Review

Ok, a disclosure first: I am half way (actually exactly half way) through this book, so my review will focus now on what I’ve read so far, with the promise of coming back with a more detailed opinion.

“Threefold” follows the action from Book 1, but brings us another sister, with a completely different personality. If from her presentation in “Blessed Be”, I did not like her so much, now we get to know the inside of her story and why Teagan is so …. Complicated.

We have the same incredible atmosphere, topped with a difficult relationship and with charqacters that apparently cannot stand each other. Teagan and Devon will have to overcome their dislikes and work together. Two very stubborn people with a common goal.

So far I like it a lot, I have no clue what’s  happening here and I am so anxious to finish it! I still have to read Book 3, which makes me happy that I still have some good time left enjoying this series. After giving “Blessed Be” 5 stars, “Threefold” does seem to go in the same direction. We’ll see.

 

Namaste
The Summer Sisters Book 3
 
Riana Summers had spent most of her adult life trying to find herself. The
youngest of the three Summer Sisters, she just couldn’t resist sowing
her wild oats and she had done it across the country. When her
sister, Alana, had summoned her to come home to Lakeview because she
was needed to do her part to hunt down and destroy an evil entity
which had been playing havoc on her hometown, she did so with the
intention of returning to her stand-up comedy gig in Las Vegas. She
had no idea her brief trip home would turn to months and that she
would end up finding out who she really was. Or that she would find
herself face to face with a man who could get her to want to settle down.
Eric Michaels had been born and raised to be a farmer. It was what he did
best. So, when the opportunity to be the foreman at a farm near a
place called Lakeview, he had jumped at the chance. What he hadn’t
planned on was getting sucked into a paranormal nightmare. Things he
couldn’t even begin to fathom. Including finding himself deeply
attracted to a woman who could create magic with the tips of her
fingers.
As the conclusion of the Summer Sisters trilogy comes to an end, will
they be able to destroy the force that had unearthed itself from its
deep dark grave to destroy them?
 

My Review

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Teresa Keefer is an indie romance author with an avid love of books. She
started writing poetry in high school and after encouragement from a
dear friend, wrote her first full length romance novel in 2007.
Coming Home was finally released as a self-published book in 2011.
Teresa holds an MBA in Human Resources and attended law school for two
years. She lives in rural Indiana with a menagerie of animals and
enjoys the peace of working in the garden and yard of her home. She
has three adult daughters and seven grandchildren and enjoys
crafting, cooking, reading, and studying spirituality in her spare
time when she’s not writing or working at her day job.

Her household includes a spoiled dog, three cats, two goats and a
stubborn miniature horse. 
 
 
 
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Book review: Yuki’s Luck

Yuki’s Luck
Smith Pact Duo Book 1
by Ja’Nese Dixon
Genre: NA Romance
 

He’s stolen her heart, it’ll take luck to get it back.

Just her luck, one evening after too many shots, Yuki wakes naked tangled
in Dylan’s expensive sheets. Yuki Smith doubts her mother’s
judgment on men, life, and definitely on naming her “lucky.”
Dylan Jameson is her twin’s best friend and all the things she’s not.
Filthy rich, focused, and drop-dead gorgeous. And beneath it all he
is a really great guy. Then he messed it all up by asking for what
she could not give, commitment.
Dylan heads to Ireland, somehow he took her luck with him. Now
Yuki must board a plane to god-knows-where, to encounter
god-knows-what, hoping for a chance to tell Dylan the truth. Because
he’s captured her heart and something tells Yuki she’ll
need luck to get him back.
Friends become lovers in Yuki’s Luck with strong family ties, alpha men,
and professional women in beautiful Dublin Ireland.  This BWWM
romance will have you happily reading non-stop until the last word.
 
 
Asher’s Sonnet
Smith Pact Duo Book 2
 

Armed with her sexiest f*ck-him dress and a hall pass…

Asher Smith is a complicated man. He’s hardworking, loving, but distant.
And the only way Jasmine Smith can have him fully is to make him
think he’s lost her for good.
Fed up she asks for a hall pass and he said yes.
Barely holding back her tears, he witnesses the crime scene: her string
bikinis, lingerie, and her sexiest f*ck-him dress are packed and
aimed to kill. 
Jasmine books a flight for a week in Cancun with Yuki, her friend and his
sister, willing to do whatever it takes to get his attention. 
This trip will be the death or rebirth of her marriage. It’s up to Asher
to decide.
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love presents a challenge for this
couple. On the rocks, an alpha male and strong woman will push their
love to the limits. This novella will have you glued to the couch
until…The End.
 
 
Smith Surprise
Smith Pact Duo Book 3
 

When it comes to love, age ain’t nothing but a number.

Rhonda Smith had to open her big mouth when she promised Asher and Yuki, her
grown children, that she’d open her heart to love. And she intended
to keep that promise until she learned dating ain’t what it used to be.
Now there are apps for that. Not to mention speed dating, blind dates,
and singles gatherings. To top it all off, there’s Netflix and
chills, and social media.
God help her.
She’s a widow with nothing to lose, hoping for a second chance at her
happily ever after, even if it means surviving absurd dates and
kissing a few toads to find a suitable, mature man. 
But when Jaxon Reinheart unexpectantly adds his name to her dance card,
Rhonda throws caution to the wind. The much younger, single dad,
plans to show her that love and chivalry are alive and well.
If…she’ll let him.
A May/December romance between a widower and a single dad that begins
with a family pact. This BWWM romance features alpha men, strong
women, and a family defined by love not blood. 

My Review

 

A super short and quick read, “Yuki’s Luck” is trying to change a little bit the roles. Yuki is a woman with childhood issues that keep her away from committing to a relationship, even if it is with the one and only guy she had ever had feelings for.

This time, the girl is “the player”, or at least more of a player that Dylan. He has only ever wanted her, he has held on to the hope of someday being with Yuki and making her “his girl”. If they will succeed or not, it remains to be seen.

Now, I have nothing against short stories, if they have the proper balance between length and plot development. I wanted more things to happen, or at least I wanted to feel more tension, more angst. But we have good characters and good writing, so I am really pleased with the time spent with this book. Oh, and speaking about characters, Yuki is career focused. She is a workaholic, trying to prove herself in a men’s world. I loved this about her and another reason that pushed me to finish the book was to see what would happen with her job. Read it to find out J

All in all, great start, even if I wanted a bit more from the plot. I have a feeling that the next books will be even better from what we learn in “Yuki’s Luck”.  Until next time, happy reading!

 

Ja’Nese Dixon writes tales of romance laced with strong women and stronger
men. My happily ever afters are meant to inspire. So, if you’re
looking for a page turner that will leave you blushing, with your
heart racing, and lying to yourself about reading “just one more
chapter” then grab a book.
She is an avid reader and coffee drinker, who also loves to run, cook,
and quilt (and not in that order). Her ultimate goal as a writer is
to give you a little “staycation” with every story.
Ja’Nese calls Houston home with her husband, three kiddos, and a four-legged
diva dog. Visit her website at http://www.janesedixon.com if you
enjoy romance, suspense, and good sweet & spicy stories that inspire.
 
 
 
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Audiobook Review: Soul of Stone

Author: Traci McDonald

Narrator: Amanda Stribling

Length: 9 hours and 49 minutes

Publisher: TraciMcdonaldAuthor.com

Series: Ice and Stone, Book 1

Released: June 20, 2018

Genre: Romance

Danielle Lyndon, owner of a 200-year-old bookstore in Greenville, Alabama, has built a fortress of suspicion around her heart. A tragic fire has taken the lives of her beloved Grandmother and mother, leaving her with nothing but an ancient collection of magical books.

Facing what seems like an eternity of loneliness and abandonment, her life is inexorably altered late one night when a runaway teenage girl breaks into her store and Danielle receives a mysterious text message…from her dead mother.

The only person who can help her is Aaron Donnell, a reckless, tormented drifter with haunting silver-blue eyes who is searching for the burglar, his younger sister. Aaron somehow holds the answers to the mysterious texts, but he’s arrogant, dangerous, and is clearly no good for her. The problem is . . . . she’s falling in love with him.

Consumed with Aaron’s mysterious darkness and the prospect of locating the source of the texts, Danielle allows him to unwittingly drag her into an insane, mystical world where human trafficking is the usual, black magic reigns supreme, and inhuman power lasts forever.

Are the dark chasms of magic and eternity too wide and deep for love to cross? Is the collateral damage in their battle too high of a price to pay if it leaves someone with their soul encased in stone?

Traci McDonald is a blind author of clean romance novels, including Burning Bridger (Muse It Up, 2015), Killing Casanova (Crimson Romance, 2012) and the forthcoming Soul of Stone. She believes that falling in-love is the greatest risk of all, and her non-explicit romances are about hurting, healing and finding true love. Traci has been blind for 20 years. When she isn’t writing she is an editor for Ink and Quill Press and the co-host for a blogtalk radio show on The World of Ink Network. Traci is an active member of the National Federation of the Blind, on the board of her local writer’s guild, and a speaker for various writing conferences and book fairs. She is a full time wife and mother of three boys, an avid reader, and loves living in a small town on the fringes of Nevada’s Mojave Desert.

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This took me quite a while to finish, but it was not a bad time spent together with these characters. I liked the story and all its aspects and I think it’s a good start.

We meet here Danielle, in charge of a large collection of ancient books that are now a permanent resident at her bookstore. She must protect these books at all costs, even though she knows little of their history. One night, a woman breaks in, trying to acquire one of said books. However, her attempt is discovered and the woman is chased away. A few days apart, Aaron Donnell comes looking for his missing sister. To Danielle’s surprise, the woman is the one she caught in her bookstore. And here is how the story starts unfolding, little by little. You will find out what secrets is Aaron hiding and how they can help each other, these while enjoying the built of their attraction.

To be honest, I was more interested in the mystery aspect of the story, in the magic and in the secret the books are trying to protect. I did not feel the love building between the characters, but that did not bother me so much. Danielle is very (VERY) protective of those books and with a good reason. But she knows deep inside that in order to find out what is happening with or to her family, she needs help. I liked her and I liked her determination, her strength and her quick mind. Aaron on the other hand was not that much to my liking, as I did not feel a connection to him. He wanted to find his sister, but is easily distracted. He wants to protect Danielle, but he puts her in dangerous situations in the beginning.

The narration was great! Amanda Stribling performed impeccably the Southern accent and did a very good distinction between the characters. She captured the frustration and tension from each situation and for that she deserves my appreciation.

All in all, I cannot say I did not like it, but because of some small issues with the characters and because at some point the action dragged a little, I will give “Soul of Stone” 3.5 stars (rounded to 4). I am still looking forward to find out what happens in the next book and see how the story evolved. Enjoy 🙂

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Release Blitz: The First Time I Saw You

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THE FIRST TIME I SAW YOU
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Lorhainne Eckhart
The First Time I Saw You
Series: The Friessens # 16
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 22, 2018
When Gabriel Friessen puts up an ad looking for a roommate, he never expects to meet a down-on-her-luck gorgeous single mom with a meddling family, a crazy ex-boyfriend, and enough chemistry between them to heat the county.
Like his parents Andy and Laura Friessen, Gabriel knows what it means to face an impossible situation. What he doesn’t realize when he puts up an ad looking for a roommate he never expects to meet a down on her luck gorgeous single mom with a meddling family, a crazy ex-boyfriend, and enough chemistry between them to heat a county. The only problem is she doesn’t believe in happily ever after and sees falling in love as a mistake only fools make. But Gabriel can’t stop thinking about her, wanting her, and is determined to show her the road to love isn’t as dangerous as she believes.

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“Let me.” His hand covered hers, and he took the box from her before she could say anything. She pulled her hand back from the touch, which shot fire through her. There was no way in hell she was going to let herself feel that, so she fisted her hand and forced a smile to her face.
“You know what? I can carry my own boxes.” She forced the words out and took in the moment he registered what she’d said. He actually handed her back the box and stepped away, lifting his hands in the air. Of course, now she felt like a first-class bitch, but boundaries were imperative, and the last thing she ever planned on happening was getting sucked into another pair of dreamy eyes, a killer smile, and a rugged body she could stare at all day. No way. Been there, done that.
“After you…” he started just as the voices behind them grew louder. Her mom was walking up the sidewalk carrying nothing other than her handbag, whereas her dad was carrying two big suitcases. Her mom went on and on about something she didn’t have a clue about.
“Mom, Dad, this is Gabriel,” she called out as she stepped into the house and glanced at the clean floors and her shoes. “Is it okay if we leave our shoes on?” she said as her dad nodded and her mom shook Gabriel’s hand.
“Oh, so nice to meet you,” Chloe said. “Gabriel, is it? Tell me, what is your family name? Who are your people, and where are you from?”
Elizabeth took in what she could only assume was a thrown expression on Gabriel’s face. Yup, that was exactly what her mom was famous for.
He darted a glance back to her and shrugged. “Ah…don’t worry about your shoes.”
She kept walking, hearing him say something to her mom, who she knew would be dogging him with questions, a lot of questions. Then she’d report back to Elizabeth and everyone else exactly what she’d learned.

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With flawed strong characters, characters you can relate to, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart writes the kind of books she wants to read. She is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, and her second book ever published, The Forgotten Child, is no exception. With close to 900 reviews on Amazon, translated into German and French, this book was such a hit that the long running Friessen Family series was born. Now with over sixty titles and multiple series under her belt her big family romance series are loved by fans worldwide. A recipient of the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Readers’ Favorite Award for Suspense and Romance, Lorhainne lives on the sunny west-coast Gulf Island of Salt Spring Island, is the mother of three, her oldest has autism and she is an advocate for never giving up on your dreams.
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Audiobook Review: Why You Were Taken

Author: JT Lawrence

Narrator: Roshina Ratnam

Length: 8 hours 49 minute

Publisher: Author’s Republic⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: When Tomorrow Calls, Book 1

Release date: Aug. 7, 2017

In tomorrow’s world prowls a creative and ruthlessly efficient assassin who won’t stop until Kirsten is killed.

A troubled woman approaches Kirsten with a warning and a key and is later found dead. Was the woman just another victim of the Suicide Contagion, or is there something more sinister at play? The key leads Kirsten to the Doomsday Vault and a hit list of seven people – and her barcode is on it.

Edgy and original, Why You Were Taken is a dark cinematic thriller that will keep you guessing till the last.

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JT Lawrence is a bestselling Amazon author, playwright and bookdealer based in Parkview, Johannesburg. She is the mother of two small boys and a baby girl, and lives in a house with a red front door.

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Roshina Ratnam is actress, puppeteer, voice artist and lover of dumplings.
She has performed around the world mostly notably playing Opelila in Janet Suzman’s production of Hamlet which toured to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other highlights include For Colored Girls which received a Fleur Du Cap. Her puppetry work has seen her work with Handspring Puppet Company as well as the award winning political satire TV series ZAnews. She is currently a producer and performer with Pillow Fort Theatre which creates art focused for children aged 18 months to 4 years. Her work as a voice artist has seen her record several books and radio commercials over the years. Roshina Ratnam is a graduate of UCT drama school.

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What a great 1st book! I loved every minute of it and I am now looking forward to follow up with book 2.

“Why You Were Taken” contains twist after twist, action, suspense, a little bit of love here and there and it is written so that the reader is immediately mesmerized by this new world. We have technology at its best, but still, population is decreasing. How can that happen? What’s actually going on? Keke and Kristen are going to find out somehow. Everything starts from an innocent investigation, but soon Keke will stumble upon a conspiracy far beyond her imagination. Are these organizations looking to do good in the world or not? Well, usually they follow their own interest, but the plot offers so much more.

The main characters are so well created. They are strong women, with a moral compass that is hard to ignore. They want to uncover the truth, as their job requests, but not only for that. Loves may be at stake here. And come on, if someone handed you a list of 7 people that would die soon, you’d do something for sure. By the way, your name is in there too! Because that’s how this starts. We have friendships, we have desires waiting to be fulfilled, we have desire to live and be happy. These are just some of the items that drive our main characters.

The author has created a unique world and somehow made me see that some things can be saved only through our inner strength, not technology necessary. The narration is fantastic to say the least. I had no problem differentiating between the characters and I appreciated the accents the narrator used.

All in all, this is definitely a 5 star read and I look forward to see more of Keke and co. Loved it, recommend it!

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Audiobook Review: Fallen Star

Author: Allison Morse

Narrator: Christa Lewis

Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

Release date: May 30, 2018

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Who killed 1940s screen goddess Gloria Reardon? Her unsolved murder hypnotized the public with its scandalous details and shocked two generations.

Avid feminist and aspiring filmmaker Kate Bloom discovers long-lost footage that holds the key to who murdered her grandmother. Legendary movie star Gloria Reardon may be dead, but friends and lovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood’s heyday are still very much on the scene, and it seems everyone has something to gain or lose from Kate’s discovery.

Enlisting the youthful and brash film restorer Dylan Nichols as her closest ally, Kate becomes haunted by Gloria’s glittering past. Caught between glamorous Old Hollywood and the gritty, exciting New Hollywood of the 1970s, Kate is determined to find out what really happened to her grandmother and in the process becomes the killer’s new target.

Allison Morse is the author of two novels: The Sweetheart Deal and Fallen Star. Both published by The Wild Rose Press. She lives with her wonderful husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.

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Christa Lewis has been awarded 6 of the coveted Earphones Awards since 2015 for her narrations. She is an Audie Nominee 2018 in the Original Work category and a Listener’s Choice Awards finalist 2018 in the Short Story/Collections category. She has narrated over 100 audiobooks and works for Audible Studios, Blackstone Audio, Blunder Woman Productions, Brilliance Audio, DAW Books, Inc., Dreamscape Media, Hachette Book Group, Harper Audio, HighBridge Audio and Tantor Media, as well as for noted boutique audiobook publishers & independent authors.

Christa speaks accent-free German fluently, has been featured in AudioFile Magazine and her narrations have become Audible bestsellers in Young Adult and Literary Fiction. She is a classically trained actress and graduate of Boston University’s 4 year actor training program.

 

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I have so many feelings when it comes to this book and to what made me love it so much. I fell in love with the world, with the characters, with Kate and her determination to follow her dream, on one hand, and to find out what really happened with her grandmother, on the other.

We have a lot of elements that make this story great. The mystery is well built, I felt I knew enough of the characters to form an opinion, so the writing was perfect for me. The author is showing us, through the eyes of our heroine, the world of filmmaking in the 70s, but also a glimpse of the time when her grandmother used to be a great actress. We have two periods that we can easily compare to what we have now. So behind a murder investigation, a world opens up, in different times.

The main character is a strong woman, with clear objectives, trying to make due in a world of men, mostly. She is a feminist, she is confident and even inspiring. I loved her a lot and I loved her relationship with Dylan. And since we came to the romance aspect, even if we see very little of it, it does not affect the story at all, since the idea is to find out who murdered Kate’s grandmother. So if you are looking for a love like never before, this is not for you. But believe me, with “Fallen Star”, it’s not needed. With all the turns the story has, with the unexpected ending, this book is mind-blowing!

The narration was fantastic to say the least! Christa Lewis did such a wonderful job interpreting a wide range of characters, voices and accents. Especially with Kate, she has pointed out perfectly her emotions, her determination and frustration. I loved it and I loved her voice!

All in all, I believe this book is for every reader out there. It has a little bit of everything, blended in such a way that you will feel sorry it ends. I am happy to have discovered another great author and another great audiobook! 5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Allison Morse. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Book Review: Her Revolution

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by C.S. Hand
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release date: August 8th 2018

Summary:

For fans of Divergent, Red Rising, and The Hunger Games comes a gripping new tale of ambition, treachery, and love.

When what appears as a prank on arrogant ambassadors at an exotic vacation city turns out to be the first tremors of a revolution, the Enlightened Council of Castillia turns to its 11-year old undefeated military prodigy and her loyal Guardians for help.

After all, it was Innocence who liberated the Jewel of All Cities in the first place. Everyone knows she will be the last to let it slip from her grasp. But why would anyone want to leave Castillia? Its laws are just. Its Council is democratically elected. It has liberated more cities than any other Republic, past or present.

But Castillia has enemies, that’s for sure.

Sedition is the favorite trick of the southern Republic Ausonia. In fact, the exotic vacation city used to belong to Ausonia—and they have always wanted it back. But could those hedonists really organize anything between all their dancing and drinking? Or has Vesper, the mighty Republic to the North finally woken from its slumber? It has plenty of old scores to settle with Castillia and it’s palm-lined streets.

Squashing the uprising and re-uniting the town and her city could be the perfect way to end the most legendary military career Castillia has ever known and begin a new, exhilarating life as a prominent politician. But it also might just be the perfect way to start what Innocence has secretly always yearned for: her own Empire.

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My Review

This is one of those books that gripped me from the beginning. I am mostly a Romance reader, but indulging in a SciFi, dystopian from time to time is not such a bad thing, especially since it’s worth my time.

The plot is as intriguing as the blurb makes it. It’s a complicated and complex world, a mix between people and cities and politics and hidden agendas. The author did such a great job in imagining the places and the situations. It felt awesome!  What made me love it more, were the chapter headers, with the crowns and quotes. It brought me to the necessary mental state for the action to happen. Extra points for that, definitely!

The main character felt one tiny bit off, but I got used to her. She is very young and has to stand (too) strong and face all that’s coming but she makes a great heroine and I hope to see her grow in the coming books.

For a reader like me, who is not planning on reading “The Hunger Games” soon and has the “Divergent” books still wrapped up in the foil they came (for about 3 years, and I am not kidding, honestly! I can add a picture!), “Her Golden City” is a series worth following. I like the cover, I like the overall presentation of the e-book and I intend to get myself a physical copy and follow up with the series!

Let me know how this book sounds to you in the comments below or if you have read any similar series. Until next time, happy reading!

About the Authorchristopher-scott-hand-kissing-books

C. S. Hand loves philosophy, literature, and science-fiction and fantasy books. He studied British Romanticism at Cambridge before leaving to translate great science-fiction and fantasy books. You can read more about his 3 great loves here.

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