Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Eagles in the Storm by Ben Kane

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.

Eagles in the Storm by Ben Kane
Eagles of Rome #3
Expected publication: March 23rd 2017 by Preface Publishing

Arminius has been defeated, one of the three eagles has been recovered, and thousands of German tribesmen slain. Yet these successes aren't nearly enough for senior centurion Lucius Tullus. Not until Arminius is dead, his old legion's eagle liberated and the enemy tribes completely vanquished will he rest. But Arminius is still at large, devious, fearless and burning for revenge of his own. Charismatic as ever, he raises another large tribal army, which will harry the Romans the length and breadth of the land. Into this cauldron of bloodshed, danger and treachery, Tullus must go - alone. His mission - to find and bring back his legion's eagle - will place him in more danger than he has ever faced before. Can he succeed? Can he even survive?

The first two books Eagles at War and Hunting the Eagles were really great so I have no doubt that the last and final book will be excellent as well. These books have been some of the best historical fiction I've ever read.

What book are you waiting for?
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review: The Maiden Seer by Tracy Ann Miller

Title: The Maiden Seer
Author: Tracy Ann Miller
Publication: October 1st 2016

Genre: Historical Romance
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 5/5

Amber, known in her homeland of Wessex, England, as the Maiden Seer, seeks refuge from her dark foretelling dreams of war. The rune readings she gives to her followers have also become too much to bear. She hopes to find peace of mind in her new life at the convent. But this can only happen after she first fulfills her blackest dream ... one in which she sees herself killing a man.

Konnar hopes the violent memories of his life as a Viking raider and tragic losses will be quieted when he leaves England forever. This upcoming task will pay for his future and provide for the village who depends on him. But, abducting the Maiden Seer and delivering her to the wealthy client goes wildly awry.

Amber seems to know Konnar's painful secret and claims to foresee a solution. While it enrages him that she negotiates her freedom with this knowledge, Konnar dares believe the prophetess can help him.

He is her captor, but hiding behind his might and violent history, is man in need of forgiveness. It is that vulnerable side of him that she learns to love, as she enlists him on her mission to help the king of England.

The Viking and the Maiden Seer journey throughout England to carry out her prophetic vision. Yet, they struggle with their mutual passion for each other, each unsure of the others true intentions.

But what could it mean, Amber's dark dream that began it all?

I'm still trying to get my thoughts together for this so bear with me if I ramble a bit in this review but oh my gosh, this book was amazing. I read the author's other book Loveweaver back in July. That book already ended up being one of my favorite historical romances of the year so far, but then I read this book, The Maiden Seer, which I loved  more! I had of course hoped to love it as much as Loveweaver but yeah, I then The Maiden Seer turned out to be even better. I couldn't get enough of the book!

This story is about Amber who seeks refuge in a convent from her life as The Maiden Seer because the rune readings she gives people and the prophetic dreams that haunt her become too much to bear. When she gets abducted by Konnar, a Viking, who got hired by Dierk the RavenHair to deliver The Maiden Seer to him. But things definitely go not as planned...

The journey of Amber and Konnar, for both of them, was very intense, I thought, because their relationship was quite complicated. He was her captor plus a viking and meanwhile she, a Saxon, would do anything to stay alive and get back home. And she had promised to find Konnar's lost little sister. They also clearly had trust issues, especially concerning each other. But they couldn't deny the attraction they felt for one another. 

Just like in Loveweaver, the chemistry between these two main characters was off the charts and the banter between them was just so fun to read about because they didn't get along for most of the book. The only time they did get along at first was when they were in bed together. I mean, seriously... at some point I just wanted to jump in this book and tell them to just be nice to each other. But that was why I thought it was so fun.

And let's talk about Dierk the RavenHair, the villain of this story... He was vile. Really, really vile. But that was what made him such a great villain, you know. The author definitely has a knack for making me hate her villains and yet I was always wondering and interested in what his next move would be. 

The story had also a bunch of great secondary characters. Like the Five (meaning five of Konnar's men). I loved the Five. I loved their loyalty to Konnar and their admiration of Amber and how they were fascinated by her Christian stories. I adored them all. And I also loved Adonia, she was super cute!

So this review turned out way longer than I had planned it to be but I just had so much love for this book. I can't decide what was better in this book. The writing, the characters, the relationship between Amber and Konnar, the steamy romance scenes or the story in general? Obviously all of these things put together made it one hell of a story. The Maiden Seer by Tracy Ann Miller is now my favorite historical romance of this year. 

         About the Author:

              Website | Blog | Facebook | Amazon

Although Tracy Ann Miller is primarily a graphic designer, (see her work at she has been writing novels for over 20 years.

She was an active member of the National Romance Writers of America with her local chapter, The Virginia Romance Writers. It was there she honed her craft by attending workshops, conferences, and by coordinating The VRW's Fool for Love Contest. But most of all, she learned to write by sitting at the computer and sticking with it.

Also don't forget to check out my review of Loveweaver! ♥

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Madness: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Monday Madness is a bookish meme hosted by Bookfever & Booklover's Teaparty

You know that feeling when you feel like you are gonna go mad if you do not get a certain book right away, when you are obsessed and all you want is that one book and you will be happy? That is what Monday Madness is about. All those books you that drive you mad.

Pick a book. Talk about it- why do you want it? What has drawn you to it? Why is it making you mad with want for it.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
The Illuminae Files #2
Published October 18th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her

The saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum may be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

The first book, Illuminae, ended up being one of my unexpected favorites last year so I really need to get my hands on Gemina. So far I've heard a lot of great things about it, which makes me even more excited to read the book.

And as always don't forget to check out Christina's post! ♥

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stacking The Shelves: October 22, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews.

I haven't been posting this week because tuesday morning I woke up very unexpectedly sick with the flu. I haven't even read since I got sick. Ugh. I'm not a 100% well yet but I feel a lot better now. AND I received Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer on thursday so that made things much better for me, even though I haven't been able to start reading it yet. I'm hoping to maybe start it today. 

The Courier's Tale by Peter Walker
Waterloo by Victor Hugo
Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer

Gifted To Me:
Pucked Over by Helena Hunting
Gifted to me by Christina from Booklover's Tea Party because she really wants me to read these books. Soooon... I hope.

Please leave me links to your book hauls so I can stop by! :)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Madness: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Monday Madness is a bookish meme hosted by Bookfever & Booklover's Teaparty

You know that feeling when you feel like you are gonna go mad if you do not get a certain book right away, when you are obsessed and all you want is that one book and you will be happy? That is what Monday Madness is about. All those books you that drive you mad.

Pick a book. Talk about it- why do you want it? What has drawn you to it? Why is it making you mad with want for it.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Published October 11th 2016 by Ballantine Books

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

This new book came out last tuesday and I needz it! The book obviously has a heavy topic, which is something I usually try to avoid but since this is Jodi Picoult we're talking about here I must have it because I've loved every book I've read by her so far. I also read the prequel Shine last month which already really impressed me so yeah... I hope I can buy this sometime soon.

And as always don't forget to check out Christina's post! ♥

♥ Holly's Boys ♥

Highly recommended story to check out!