#ReadIndie Book Review: The Sorcerer’s Concubine by Jaclyn Dolamore

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Born of wood, cloth, and a substantial dose of magic, Velsa is a Fanarlem, a beautiful artificial girl. Raised to be a concubine, she has seen her friends at the House of Perfumed Ribbons sold off to be the pets of wealthy men. Now her own dreaded day has come. Grau Thanneau is a kind and handsome sorcerer who expects to own a spectacular piece of spellwork–he doesn’t realize that everything he has been told about Fanarlem is a lie. Velsa is not a dull-witted doll, but an intelligent and luminous soul who captivates his heart. Neither of them expected to fall in love, in a land where the law will never recognize her as his equal…
When Grau brings Velsa with him as he serves in the border patrol, they encounter odd magic sent from the High Sorcerer’s palace–or is it magic at all? War is brewing, and with it, the winds of opportunity. Velsa has powers of her own, powers no Fanarlem girl should have, but when the enemy attacks, she might be the only one who can stand against them.

An unfamiliar wave passed over her for just a moment─ that someone was taking care of her, protecting her, delighting in her delight.       It was not without uneasiness. For all his promises, she was still a possession, and he had complete control of her destiny.

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#ReadIndie Book Review: The Road to Amazing by Brent Hartinger

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Russel Middlebrook is gettin’ hitched!
The wedding is taking place in a remote lodge on an island in Puget Sound. Russel and his husband-to-be have invited all their close friends to spend the whole weekend together beforehand.

And for the first time in his life, Russel is determined to not be neurotic, and not over-think things.

But that’s before things start going wrong. Who expected a dead killer whale to wash up on the beach below the inn? And what’s this about a windstorm approaching? Then there’s the problem of Russel’s anxious fiancé, who is increasingly convinced the whole thing is going to be a disaster.

Meanwhile, the wedding is taking place near the ruins of a small town, Amazing, where, a hundred years earlier, the people supposedly all disappeared overnight. Why does it feel like the secret at the end of the road to Amazing has something to do with Russel’s own future?

Can Russel’s friends Min, Gunnar, Vernie, and Otto somehow help him make it all make sense?

It’s funny, because contrary to what the religious nutjobs tell you, I think gay guys like weddings more than anyone else. And it isn’t that we’re mocking the institution of marriage, or because we want to destroy it all to hell. It’s because we really, really want to get married.

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#ReadIndie TBR


Last week I posted about my involvement in the #ReadIndie event that’s going on. Here’s a link to the post ICYMI. But in a nutshell, between 1st and 16th December we will be posting reviews for indie books. I already have one review written and ready for posting but the goal is at least two reviews. Therefore I came up with a few books that have my interest that I will be trying to read and review between now and #ReadIndie ending.

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#ReadIndie 2016 Announcement!

It feels weird to be writing for my blog again. But unlike my last post, this one brings good news.

I’m participating in an event beginning on 1st December called #ReadIndie. #ReadIndie is an event co-hosted by Tracy @ Cornerfolds and Christina @ Books & Prejudice that aims to promote indie authors.

As Tracy said in her announcement post yesterday, #ReadIndie isn’t a readathon per se. It’s not about how many indie books you can read. It’s about posting reviews for these indie books to spread the love. Tracy does a great job explaining everything so I will leave a link to her post here.

As some of you may have realised from my last post, I’ve been having a pretty rough time getting anything done and read. So for this event my goal is to post at least two reviews, not including the one already written and sitting in my queue.

I already have a tbr of three books in mind and a pool of a whole lot more to consider. However, my TBR will come in a separate post.

For now, sit back and follow the review team listed below and the hashtag #ReadIndie for any info on the event. I’ll be keeping my eye out for any new adult fantasy or new adult LGBT reviews so if you have some in mind tweet me @bookmanIII.

Review team:

Tracy @ Cornerfolds (host) | Christina @ Books & Prejudice (host) | Amber @ DuLivre | AJ @ Read All the Things | Bee @ Quite the Novel Idea | Cat @ Cat’s Shelf | Denee @ Novel Reveries | (me) | Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog | Jessica & Olyvia @ A Midsummer Night’s Read | Shauna @ b00kstorebabe | Stephanie @ Bookfever

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