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.


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.


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:


Great Expectations

Tod Carnish

Rafa Brewster