A promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Catalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.


Cat has powerful magic and is able to tell the lies from the truth. She has been running from her heritage and concealing her powers so as to not alert the world (and particularly her homocidal family) to her presence. There are three kingdoms from north to south. The northern kingdom (where Cat is from) is closest to the source of magic while the southern kingdom is the farthest. This means that the most powerful magicians are in the north and the farther you travel south, the weaker the magic. 

Griffin is the second in line for the rulership of the Southern kingdom. He and his family liberated the south from corrupt magician rulers who subjugated the people. Although he has conquered the kingdom, his family are non-magicians and he needs the support of Magicians in order to hold the kingdom againt invasion by the other kingdoms that are magically strong.

He kidnaps Cat to help him and his family in gathering support and navigating the dangerous waters of politics. Although the kidnapping and blackmailing part din’t sit well with me initially, Cat is strong both physically and emotionally. She doesn’t get pushed around and gives as good as she gets. Eventually Cat and Griffin come to an understanding. 

Cat’s very cut off from and wary of people. But as she travels with Griffin and his team, she gets closer to them and starts to consider them as family. Against her will, she comes to care for them. Cat’s character is absolutely lovable in a prickly sort of way. The other characters are very well developed and you fall in love with them even though you only know them from Cat’s perspective. 

The world is wonderfully developed and is created on the basis of Greek mythology. The romance element is present from the first and steadily devlops but it does not over power the plot. All-in-all, its an awesome Fantasy Romance up there on my shelf with C.L. Wilson’s Tairen Soul series. It’s been some time since I found such a great new series and Author. 

It’s definitely 5/5 stars!

Swear on This Life

I’m not much for contemporary romance but this is one novel that captivated me.I read quite a lot of Harlequin during a phase some years ago but it was mostly flushed from my system after overexposure. Swear on This Life already attracts you just by its name. At least it did me. Emiline, who is struggling to produce a good piece of writing, stumbles upon a book by a debut author, J. Colby, who is being lauded as a gifted writer.

When she goes through a few chapters of the book, she realizes that the book is about her childhood and that means that the writer can be no other than Jase, her childhood best friend and sweet heart. What’s more is that he has written the novel from her perspective. It continuously surprised her that Jase had penned down her thoughts so accurately, sometimes to the point that she herself did not realise her feelings.

She struggles with finishing the novel and keeps pausing after crucial parts of her life are revealed. She doesn’t want to finish it. Even as she meets Jase again, and realises that her feeling haven’t changed at all, she denies and ignores all of that.

Just, it was beautiful. There were somethings that didn’t entirely sit well with me. I din’t blame Jase for the way they separated (though I was tempted to) but I definitely couldn’t understand why he din’t come for her. I mean two-three years is already a long time, although they were children when they seperated, so I suppose that would have been a given but twelve years…? I just could’nt understand that. No explanation was offered nor asked for.

This book reminded me of another on my TBR list. I haven’t read it yet but from its synopsis, it just somehow made me remember The versions of us. She reads about Jackson and Emerson, and how their life turned out in the novel and how it might have been theirs (Emiline and Jase’s) and within the novel, there is another possible version of the future in the form of a book written by Jackson, the protagonist in Jase’s book who is modeled after him. And Emiline realizes that if she had taken a different turn (or a similar one), one of those versions could have been her life.

Summary

23492533When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

Swear on This Life@goodreads

The Alphabet Book Tag

Thank you to Jacquie (Rattle the stars) for tagging me. I had a lot of fun while completing this tag although it took quite a while to go through my Read list and comb through what I had already read but not put on my list. Thankfully I found out that I had books starting with almost every alphabet that I had read except one. Did you guess it? Of course you did! Yes, its X. But I finally found a book I wanted to keep on my TBR list from that letter.

This is only the second time I’ve been tagged and I have yet to complete the first tag (which I will in the very near future). But this is one really great tag. And T is the worst letter. There are so many great books (including all Patrick Rothfuss’s) that start with the letter T that its a nuisance.

THE RULES:

Pick a book that is on your shelf or one that you have read in the past and fill out each letter of the Alphabet. The idea is to use books that you have either read or that are on your TBR list.

A-A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

B-Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter

C-City of Night by Michelle West

D-Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

E-Evenfall by Santino Hassell

F-Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

G-Graceling by Kristen Cashore

H-Heart Fortune by Robin D. Owens

I-Inheritence by Christopher Paolini

J-Jeweled fire by Sharon Shinn

K-Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

L-Lady of light and Shadows by C.L. Wilson

M-Magic in the Shadows by Devon Monk

N-No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole

O-On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

P-Possession by J.R. Ward

Q-Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop

R-Ride steady by Kristen Ashley

S-Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino

T-Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

U-Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

V-Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

W-Warlord by Elizabeth Vaughan

X-Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

Y-Yours for Eternity by Hannah Howell

Z-Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville

My Tags:

Inkpendaisy

Great Expectations

Tod Carnish

Rafa Brewster

 

Memories

I don’t write poetry, atleast not anymore and not for a long time now. But reading whimsicalthread‘s Yearning, made me remember something I’d written once (though I’m better at reading than writing). This is a sort of tribute then, I suppose…

Memories

Each moment that passes

becomes a distant memory,

an unreachable dream.

I embrace those memories

with all my might,

yet I cannot live in the moment

that has taken flight.

These memories have become nothing

but particles of my past

yet shining with such crimson light

even the moon cannot cast.

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisen

Gods! I’m still reeling and craving and just in a….stupor (more like a coma). Daze. I’m still just thinking up more adjectives.

Aah seriously!!

So I just read The Obelisk Gate today or more like just finished it an hour ago (right before dinner), it’s still fresh in my mind (too much so). I’ve been waiting quite some time for it, since I read The Fifth season, but I’ve kind of been dreading it too. I loved The Fifth season 26228034– the complexity of its characters, the world building, the concept. Even so, there was just so much tragedy and despair and no sun on the horizon (no possible happy ending in sight). And the character’s, well I can’t say I wholeheartedly approve them though they aren’t really in the wrong, and they certainly aren’t evil (at least in the normal sense of the word). Their motivation’s are partially known or obscured, depends how you look upon it and certainly not in tandem.

Well, in The Obelisk Gate, you get to see more of the other character’s and more into them. Nassun (Essun’s daughter), Hoa, and even Schaffa (Essun’s once Guardian). And Of course there is Essun. I think I like The Obelisk Gate better, if on nothing else than principle. There’s still that awful despair and impending sense of doom but at least it’s constructive. And there’s the fact that this book is ‘gravitational’, you just can’t help reading further, wanting to know. You understand more about the opposing factions, and who all are involved in or perpetuating the war. And that a lot of these round about concepts of orogeny come to and through the discovery of magic. That’s plenty to think upon, and you should properly discover the rest yourself.

Another thing and this is about both The Fifth season and The Obelisk Gate, since I read M.L.S weech’s post about third person limited omniscient and third person omniscient, I’m wondering, is this book a mixture of those two or is it second person and third person limited omnicient or another writing style. I never thought much about books in these terms, but after having read that post, can’t help but wonder.

It’s a 4.75/5 stars…

Of which I nabbed the .25 because, well, I think you know after reading my review.

Re-arranging the shelves

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I was re-arranging my shelves after giving them a thorough dusting when I actually got a good look at my collection after quite some time. There are books that I’d almost forgotten I had and books that now that I remember them (or don’t), I’d like to re-read once again.

Out of all these, The Castings Trilogy by Pamela Freeman is the one I read most recently, two years or so ago. I can honestly say that even though I picked it randomly, it was worth it.

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“The road is long and the end is death. If we’re lucky.”                    

A thousand years ago, the Eleven Domains were invaded and the original inhabitants were driven onto the road as Travelers, belonging nowhere, welcomed by no one.

Now the Domains are governed with an iron fist by the Warlords, but there are wilder elements in the landscape that cannot be controlled and that may prove the Warlords’ undoing. Some are spirits of place – of water and air and fire and earth. Some are greater than these. And some are human.

Bramble: A village girl whom no one living can tame, forced to flee her home for a crime she did not commit.

Ash: A safeguarder’s apprentice who must kill for an employer he cannot escape.

Saker: An enchanter who will not rest until the land is returned to his people.

As their three stories unfold, along with the stories of those whose lives they touch, it becomes clear that they are bound together in ways that not even a stonecaster could have foreseen – by their past, their future, and their blood.

This omnibus edition includes all three novels – Blood Ties, Deep Water, and Full Circle – together for the first time.

Heart of the Mirage by Glenda Larke
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The Exaltarch rules the Tyranian Empire through force and a network of spies known as the Brotherhood. In Kardiastan, Tyrans has forced out the Magor ruling class and imposed their own leaders.

Ligea Gayed, one of the top agents of the Brotherhood, is ordered to find a Kardiastan rebel leader and bring him to justice. A straightforward enough assignment for her, but all Ligea finds is mystery upon mystery. The rebels seem able to come and go at will and any attempt to pursue them across the desert ends in disaster.

Ligea has to face her own demons and her own violent past to discover the secrets of Kardiastan…

This was Glenda Larke’s first book I read and I liked her writing style. The same can’t be said about her character’s in this book, though I like her characters in the Stormlord series.
Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
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Something frightening is happening to time. Time tornadoes are ripping people from the present, never to return them, while a woolly mammoth inexplicably appears on banks of the River Thames. Eleven-year-old Silver and her guardian live in a house called Tanglewreck, which is somehow at the center of these mysterious time warps. A strange heirloom called the Timekeeper is hidden somewhere in the house, and Silver must find it and protect it . . . because whoever gets hold of the Timekeeper will have the power to control time-and life as we know it-forever.
 
‘Yet at my back I always hear
Time’s winged chariot hurrying near.
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity’
It’s a really great concept and an awesome kids fantasy. Though so-saying, it is kind of complicated for a kid but interesting.
I think it’s been at least 5 or 6 years since I read it.
Tommy Sullivan is a Freak by Meg Cabot
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Liar, liar.
Katie Ellison is not a liar.

It’s just that telling the truth is so . . . tricky. She knows she shouldn’t be making out with a drama club hottie behind her football- player boyfriend’s back. She should probably admit that she can’t stand eating quahogs (clams), especially since she’s running for Quahog Princess in her hometown’s annual Quahog Festival. And it would be a relief to finally tell someone what really happened the night Tommy Sullivan is a freak was spray-painted on the new wall outside the junior high school gymnasium-in neon orange, which still hasn’t been sandblasted off. After all, everyone knows that’s what drove Tommy out of town four years ago.

But now Tommy Sullivan has come back. Katie is sure he’s out for revenge, and she’ll do anything to hang on to her perfect (if slightly dishonest) existence. Even if it means telling more lies than ever. Even if, now that Tommy’s around, she’s actually-no lie- having the time of her life.

Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern

714985From naughty children to rebellious teenagers, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But just as as they’re discovering the joys of teenage nights on the town and dating disasters, they’re separated. Alex’s family move from Dublin to America – and Alex goes with them. For good.

Rosie’s lost without him. But on the eve of her departure to join Alex in Boston, Rosie gets news that will change her life forever – and keep her at home in Ireland.

Their magical connection sees them through the ups and downs of each others lives, but neither of them knows whether their friendship can survive the years and miles – or new relationships. And at the back of Rosie’s mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along. Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart, but when presented with the ultimate opportunity, will they gamble everything for true love?

I think it’s been quite a number of years since I read these novels but even so, they haven’t lost their pull.

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