One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews – Innkeeper Chronicles #3

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Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.

Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.

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Discalimers: This book is the third book in an ongoing series and is likely to contain spoilers for both itself and its predecessors. You have been warned.

Why we chose it: Ilona Andrews constantly impress us. 

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Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

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Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep.

A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit…undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it’s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.

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Disclaimers: This review may contain spoilers for both the book it focuses on and the previous nine books in the series. You have been warned.

Why we chose it: Jane Yellowrock is a winner.

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Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh

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One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

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Disclaimers: We received a digital copy of this book via NetGalley courtesy of the publisher (Gollancz, a division of the Orion Publishing Group). This review may contain some things you consider to be spoilers for both the book in question and the books that came before it. You have been warned.

Why we chose it: We like us some Elena and Raphael. These books are a guilty pleasure of sorts.

Review: Opening up Archangel’s Heart was a different experience to any of the previous books in the series and there are eight of them so we have to commend Nalini Singh for making something familiar seem fresh and new.

We were greeted with a prologue that felt mysterious and wonderful and it was evident that this prologue wasn’t going to be some seemingly throwaway piece of information that wouldn’t become important until much later in the novel. Instead it was the cornerstone of the entire plot and we really loved it.

Secrets and angel wings are totally our thing.

Discovering more of Elena’s past, the past of her family was an interesting thing to explore. Pairing that up with angelic politics and the personal growth of multiple characters was great. It really made more good storytelling and while we predicted some of the twists and turns, there were some things that we expected to happen that just didn’t. We definitely appreciated that.

Let’s talk about Aodhan. Let’s talk about how much we love Aodhan and how far he’s come in the time since we were first introduced to his character. No longer is he a fragile beauty who glitters in the sky, but finally he is once again and highly capable and dangerous member of the Seven. We never saw him as a warrior or as someone other than Illium’s best friend who’d had some really awful things happen to him. And that’s because he wasn’t. He was quiet. He was reserved. He avoided most physical contact. In Archangel’s Heart he is still quiet and reserved and against most physical contact, but through Elena we got to see the humour and intelligence and kindness beneath it all.

(That was such a clever way to link back to our main character, wasn’t it?)

Another thing that was different about Archangel’s Heart was how very Elena and Raphael focused it was. In recent Guild Hunter books the story has branched out into the lives of Dmitri and Honor, Ashwini and Janvier and a whole host of others that have proved for an intriguing narrative. Occasionally chapters focused on Elena and her Archangel lover, but otherwise they became a sort of background feature.

In this story, it’s all about the original couple and they’re just excellent.

It’s important to note and this point that sex scenes really took a backseat to the mystery for our characters here and we’re okay with that because we think if there had been many, they would have forced. We like how Nalini Singh focused on the stabby, stabby and whodunit instead.

Being introduced to the Luminata raised a so many red flags in our mind that we’re surprised alarm bells didn’t suddenly go off. Having read so many books where there are secretive and powerful organisations we just knew that they weren’t going to be good.

Elena spent a great deal of the book uncovering secrets and learning what was really happening in the Luminata compound and how it and the town beside it tied into her family history. We don’t want to spoil, so we’ll just say that everything she discovered and everything we discovered through her helped to further bring all the information we have on her into a clearer light.

We constantly enjoy how secure Elena is in her relationship with Raphael, how she doesn’t complain about having a plain face or how she simply can’t believe she could be the one for him. It’s a rarity in romances featured in New Adult books and that’s a shame. Elena knows who she is and what she is and she’s comfortable with it. Plus, she’s pretty handy with a crossbow.

To conclude, Archangel’s Heart was a really great instalment in the series. It had elements of mystery and action and we were so pleased to get back inside Elena’s mind because it works in such a wonderful way. Violence is always a viable option for her and we like it so very much. Guild Hunter novels always leave us wanting for more and this one was no different in that respect. Nalini Singh should get a medal because we love her urban fantasy books and we don’t think that’s ever going to stop.

THANK YOU FOR READING OUR REVIEW! Who do you want to see more of in the next book? Would you like to visit the lands of Michaela like we do or do you want a story focused on wicked, yet neglected Venom? An Ilium and Aodhan romance?Or Illium and Aodhan finding other partners? Please let us know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to follow us on:

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Magic Binds by Ilona Adrews

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Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

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To All The Books We Read Last Month

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To all the books we read last month we’ve got to admit that we’re really grateful because August was an upside-down month for us that had some glorious moments in the most unexpected places.

Last month because it’s now officially September even if only by a small margin we wrote eight blog posts. Seven of which were book reviews and one was an interview with the lovely @angelspearlreads who’s blog you can check out here. At the end of this post you’ll be able to find a collection of links to all our posts, but first…

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United As One by Pittacus Lore

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The seventh and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! With United as One, this action-packed series comes to a surprising, breathtaking, and utterly satisfying conclusion. The Garde didn’t start this war, but they’ll do whatever it takes to end it once and for all. . . .

The Mogadorians have invaded Earth. Their warships loom over our most populated cities, and no country will risk taking them head on. The Garde are all that stand in the way, but they’ll need an army of their own to win this fight.

They’ve teamed up with the US military, but it might not be enough. The Garde need reinforcements, and they’ve found them in the most unexpected place. Teenagers from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam, have developed abilities. So John and the others must get to them before the Mogs, because if they don’t their enemies will use these gifted teens for their own sinister plan.

But after all the Mogadorians have taken from John—his home, his family, his friends, and the person he loves most—he might not want to put any more lives in danger. He’s got nothing left to lose, and he’s just discovered he has been given an incredible new Legacy. Now he can turn himself into the ultimate weapon. So will he risk his life to save the world, or will he realize that power in numbers will save us all?

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Disclaimers: This is the seventh book in the Lorien Legacies series and as such this review will contain spoilers for the previous mistakes. This review may contain spoilers for United As One itself. You have been warned

Why we chose it: We were curious with how the series would wrap up.

Review: It’s come to our attention that writing a review that is for the most part a negative review is extremely difficult. Writing coherent reasons behind our negative emotions and thoughts on a book is far more challenging that putting into words positive thoughts. This the fourth and final time we’re going to try this, here we go.

United As One was not a satisfactory conclusion to a book series which started out great. The first three books, particularly books two and three were great. We loved getting to read from Marina’s point of view and Six’s point of view. We were never really fans of John, but we could tolerate him because all the voices the books were written in felt different.

In United As One we only had John and Six speaking in alternative chapters and if it wasn’t for the opposite character’s name being used we would never have been able to tell them apart. They kind of blended into one and that really disappointed us. It was one of the first major aspects to the writing in this book that hit us.

The second would be how that major thing that happened with Sarah in book six was never actually dealt with. It was done is such a way that we felt no emotion about it and it was if Sarah’s entire story-line had been only to provide some minor love triangle vibes and to be John’s love interest. We hated how it was handled, it made us very angry how she became just a throwaway character and that’s another big problem in United As One.

Many, if not all off the secondary characters introduced to us in this novel and the previous novel are two dimensional, throwaway characters. We were given very little, if any in some cases, backstory to these characters. They had no actual affect on the plot and seemed to us to be there as fillers. Something to cover up the terrible faults in both the voices of our main characters and their lack of believable development. Something to also cover up how rushed and really how terribly executed the plot was.

For a large part of the book we have our characters preparing for the final battle. The one that would essentially decide the faith of all humanity. It was to be expected. What we didn’t expect was how little we actually see them levelling up in a sense to face The Mogadorians. Sure there were meetings and…missions, but it was all so boring. They attack a ship, the plan changes because John has become this stone cold man…..

That’s it. That’s our problem with this book in one word. It was boring. We cared nothing for the outcome and developed a sense of indifference towards characters we had previously liked. There were a few moments where Nine made us laugh, but other than that we were emotionally distant from the events in United As One

If you’re a fan of the series in general or even a fan of the book, you shouldn’t let our thoughts change your opinion. If you’re a new reader who wants to try this series out for yourself then do. You could love everything about it including the final book. We know we’re in a minority group with our opinion on United As One, but we’ve done the best we can to coherently convey our feelings towards it.

It was hard because of that indifference we’ve mentioned and it was strange how vastly different our opinion has been over the course of seven books.

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To All The Books We Read Last Month

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Disclaimer: We are not working with or affiliated with any of the book purchasing companies we have left links to below. We have not been asked by the publishers to give you these links either. 

On July 03 2016 the creator of Arkon and Annie, the one behind our dual voice wrote the first post for this blog. It was title Hello! We didn’t think that after this post we would join NetGalley and end up being approved for a total of eleven books despite how fresh we were and still are to the book blogging world.

It was shocking and amazing and we’ve many publishers to thank, many viewers as well, but first…..To all the books we read last month, Thank You!

Even though we’ve had mixed reactions to some of them it was absolutely amazing having the opportunity to explore new worlds and characters. Some we loved. Some we didn’t. Some with were set in worlds of magic and angels. Others in settings on our Earth that were far more familiar, but still fiction to us.

It’s been a brilliant first month in the book blogging world, but enough with an introduction. Let’s dive into the books we read this month.


The first book we were approved for on NetGalley is Everything Love Is by Claire King. It’s a slow burn, but a novel filled with wonderful writing ans storytelling. You can find our review of it here . It’s a standalone novel published by Bloomsbury on July 28 2016 and we feel so lucky to have read and reviewed it before the publication date.

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Isn’t the cover just gorgeous? You’ll be able to find links to places where you can buy it in our review, but if you simply want to go straight ahead to them Everything Love Is can be purchased on AmazonBarnes and Noble or The Book Depository .You can also find it on Goodreads here to see what others thought.


The next book we got from NetGalley was We Awaken by Calista Lynne. Even though we didn’t really like it, it’s quite possible some of you will. You find our review of it here. It was published by Harmony Ink Press on July 14 2016.

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Once again another beautiful cover. This book can also be purchased on Amazon,  Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. You can also find it on Goodreads here to see what others thought.


After only mentioning two books we can already tell this is going to be a long post to write and format and find links for. We’re not complaining though. We read more a nice amount of books this month. Who can complain about that?


The third book and one we were surprised to find we enjoyed is City of Shadows by Pippa DaCosta. It’s important to note that it’s the second book in the London Fae series so you’d obviously have to read the first book first…..something we didn’t do. However if you have read the first book or are simply curious as to what we thought you can find our review here.  The book was published by Bloomsbury Spark an imprint of Bloomsbury on July 07 2016.

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While we coulnd’t find this book on The Book Depository we found it on Amazon or Barnes of Noble.


Another book by Bloomsbury now and this one is The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles. We believe it’s his first book for young adults and it was a decent first venture. Now the book doesn’t actually come out until February 09 2017 so you can imagine how happy we are to have read it so early. Our review will be up on February 02 2017 so if you want to come back then…please do 🙂

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The people over at Bloomsbury make such wonderful covers don’t you think? You can pre-order the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. You can also add it to your to-read shelf here.

Note: The publication date differs depending on the site.


We received The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras from St. Martin’s Press and while we had issues with it we have a review ready to be posted a week before the book’s publication on Novemeber 01 2016.
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You can pre-order this on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository and check out Goodreads.


The seventh book we received was Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith. We really liked the idea of a more modern book about angels set in a fantasy/dystopian world. Today is actually the book’s publication day and you can find our review of it here. It’s published by Switch Press who we’re going to have to have a closer look at. See what else they publish.

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You can buy this book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. You can also check it out on Goodreads to see what other people are saying here.


This is the last book we got from Bloomsbury this month and it was another one that surprised us. Danielle Paige wasn’t an author who we thought we’d ever like after her Wizard of Oz inspired series, but we’re looking forward to more of her work and our review of Stealing Snow will be published a week before the book’s release on October 06 2016.

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You can pre-order the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. And as we’ve said….six times before you can find out what people are saying on Goodreads here.


Holding Up The Universe is one of the best reads from this month..possibly in the top ten of the year and it’s likely that in the coming months it’ll still be up there. It was so much fun writing our review because it was full of emotion

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All lover of All The Bright Places go pre-order your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository because you know how good Jennifer Niven is. Alternatively if you haven’t read All The Bright Places by this wonderful lady check out Holding Up The Universe on Goodreads here.


This book wasn’t what we hoped it would be. It ended up being more middle grade and for some reason we haven’t posted our review on here….whoops.

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If you want you can go buy it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. Make sure to check out Goodreads though so you know what you’re in for.


We read only a few books this month not given to us by NetGalley and one of those is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. We’re not entirely sure of when it came out, but we’ve recently reviewed it and absolutely loved it.

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If you loved the Grisha trilogy or even just like the idea of this wonderful fantasy book then you can buy it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. We highly recommend that you do.

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This book. This Savage Song was so utterly amazing. Emotions and monsters, V. E. Schwab is a wicked genius. We said here how her characters are the driving force and so there’s so many good things in her books

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Go buy her book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or The Book Depository. Also check Goodreads here to see what everyone thinks.!


PHEW! This was a fun post to write, but difficult because we wanted to provide multiple links for everything.We’re quite happy we’ve done it. We really enjoyed going back over what we read in July. We were actually surprised with the amount of books we read. It felt like far less.

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