Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Great reads!

So...the last weekend was a lazy one, which, of course, means I spent it reading. :)
A bit over a week ago I received an email from Lindsay Buroker, asking whether I would like to read and review her new novel Deathmaker (Dragon Blood) - hell yeah! What a question! :)

Title: Deathmaker (Dragon Blood #2)
Author: Lindsay Buroker
Genre: Steampunk
When Lieutenant Caslin Ahn joined Wolf Squadron, she was prepared for the reality that she might one day be killed in the line of duty. She was less prepared for being shot down, assumed dead by her own people, and dragged off to the Cofah Empire as a prisoner of war. As if being thrust into a dungeon and interrogated wasn't bad enough, the sadistic commandant decides to give her a cellmate: the notorious pirate Deathmaker. Given the crimes he's committed against Iskandia, Cas owes it to her people to try and kill him. 

Part warrior and part scientist, Tolemek "Deathmaker" Argoson has not only slain thousands with his deadly concoctions, but he has a special loathing for Iskandian pilots. It was Ahn's commander, Colonel Zirkander, who ruined his military career, forcing him to leave his country in shame and join a pirate organization. Years later, he uses his dreadful reputation like a shield to keep people away; all he wants is to be left alone to work in his laboratory. But when fate lands him in a cell with Zirkander's protégé, he sees a chance for revenge. Why kill the lieutenant when he can use her to get to his old nemesis? 

There's just one problem: it's hard to plot against your enemies when you're in prison with them. Cas and Tolemek will have to work together if they hope to escape the Cofah dungeon. In the process, they may find that neither is what the other expects, and that they have far greater problems to worry about than ensnaring each other...

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Once again Lindsay Buroker does not disappoint - and I'm starting to doubt that she ever could!

This book had pirates, pilotes and steampunk. I couldn't put it down. It pulls you in from the very first sentence and then the fast-paced action, subtle romance and great banter between the characters makes you turn page after page after page.
In "Balanced on the Blade's Edge" Buroker had introduced us to an amazing and utterly interesting world that I didn't want to leave, and so the opportunity to discover even more of it was like Christmas coming early. A steampunk world filled with airships, war and magic...
Great read!

And another great book made it's way into my hands...Seasons by Mario Saincic

Title: Seasons
Author: Mario Saincic
Genre: Romance
Jessica Baxter leaves the city of Ft. Worth behind and accepts an offer to work on a wine farm on the Italian island of Sardinia. Excited at the prospect, she doesn't expect to get stranded on her first day. Her life takes a peculiar turn when a British architect reluctantly offers to help. 

Graeme Di Marco moved from the glamour of London in search of a peaceful life for his family. Soon after he arrives on the island, tragedy strikes and he ends up raising a high spirited six-year-old by himself. Not only is the guilt he carries for his wife's death all consuming, he now has to put up with an American that's full of sass. 

Graeme and Jess battle to get along, but little do they know that his father and daughter are playing cupid behind the scenes. Nastassja, the little girl, sprinkles her magic and the two of them soon fall in love; but will the memory of his loss drive them apart? 

Seasons is a story about finding love when you least expect it. Pain fades, but how long does it take for a tear to dry?

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars
After reading the first chapter I knew I was in trouble; I couldn't put the book down and had to read it in one day. Mario Saincic's style of writing is very welcoming and pulls you in with the first sentence - and won't let you go.
A story unfolds that is filled with dreams and fears and that sweet hope that love can be found when we least expect it. Subtle, sweet and strong, it was a journey I loved to embark on.
The characters are loveable and so easy to relate to because they are so real you simply have to laugh with them and feel with them. Especially Nastassja...you want to see an angel in action? Well then, read this!