Book Reviews

No Spoiler Review ~ Spellbinder

Spellbinder is the second book in the Moonshadow trilogy, which is Thea Harrison’s spin-off series of her Elder Races series. What really caught my attention about this series (aside from an intriguing world based on Celtic Fae mythology and amazing reviews) was the fact that this was a NY published author’s indie debut. After I read Moonshadow (Book 1) I was a fan of Ms. Harrison’s. So, while waiting for Spellbinder, I sought ought her related series, published by Berkley. I don’t know how I managed to miss these books before, because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all so far.

I will write a review of Moonshadow (Book 1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️), but the story of Spellbinder is not totally reliant upon it. Though reading Moonshadow, where Morgan is the villain, will definitely enhance the experience of his redemption story in Spellbinder.

Morgan. Ah…Morgan. I love villains having their stories told. Give me an immensely powerful tortured dark mage any day! Apparently Morgan makes an appearance in the Elder Races novels too, but I’m only on book 4, so still looking forward to that. He was a very evil villain in Book 1 of this series, but once we learn the how and why of it, it’s very easy to start rooting for him. The author also did a great job dealing with his inner conflict over the evil he has done.

Sidonie was a really lovable heroine. She’s a gifted and famous violinist (even the Djinn come to see her perform) with OCD and social anxiety. Still she manages to grit through even the horrible parts of her journey with respectable gumption, and she never makes any stupid mistakes, which is refreshing. She and Morgan bond over music as well, which was beautifully done and also fitting with the Arthurian mythos, since Morgan is not just a wizard but also a bard.

Another intriguing aspect of this story that did make me a little nervous was the whole Arthurian legend retelling. That mythology is one of my absolute favorites, so I can be touchy about people messing with it. Morgan is the Merlin figure in this version, which is a little different. But I was so pleased with it! It was subtle and twisted into Thea’s own world and mythology so well. And proper homage was paid to The Lady of the Lake and Excalibur to tie things together nicely. I’m excited to read Book 3 – Lionheart!

The best part of this book was the slow burning romance done right. For the first half of the book, Morgan and Sid don’t even see each other. I know that sounds weird, but it works; you’ll just have to read and see. When things finally do start to steam up, it is so emotionally gripping, and sweet, and hot all at once. Ahhh, love these two together. Also, you’ll be happy to know that their HEA does NOT come easy, and I was genuinely worried (and rooting) for Morgan and Sid until the very last page. I also really love that Ms. Harrison’s romances never feel quite over because of her skill at weaving an overarching series plot.

I will be sorry to see this series conclude.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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A Very Bookish Summer Update

Wow, this summer is flying by!

Maybe that’s par for the course when I have a new release, and I’m kinda digging that I’m staying so busy (it helps keep me focused) but also a little worried as my deadline for my next book is approaching a lot faster than my word count is growing (eep!).  But, I have had a LOT of stuff going on, and August is going to be a writing month for me, with as little distractions as possible.

Quick Summer Re-Cap:  

  • Wild Heart had a fabulous release, and spent over 30 days on the top 100 list for my category!
  • Rain of Ash got a new cover and also spent some time on the top 100 lists
  • Signed an audio deal for Rain of Ash – I’m so excited to share more soon!!!
  • Discovered #Bookstagram (and spent at least a weeks pay on books and props)
  • I’ve read at least 3 books that are review/recommendation worthy (will post those soonish)

Still to Come: 

I have some pretty exciting plans for this fall too, but I’ll save those for another post.  On to ALL THE BOOKS…  

What is #bookstagram? you may be wondering.  Or, if not, I’m still gonna tell you.

Bookstagram is an online community of readers who are connected on Instagram.  Basically, we take pretty pictures of pretty books, fandom merch, and other bookish things, and discuss books with each other.  So, two of my favorite things, really.

I was made for this. 

Once I discovered it, I instantly felt like I FOUND MY TRIBE.  Bookworms…I knew I was one, I just didn’t know where the super-secret clubhouse was.  There is always something to see, share, or participate in, and the community is so welcoming.  I’ve even already made some local friends and right now I’m doing a BUDDY READ… did you know a buddy read was even a thing!?!?  I didn’t.  But, it’s basically a one-on-one or small group book club for introverts (no leaving your reading nest).  Like I said, these are my people!  The bookstagram community is also extremely generous.  There are tons of giveaways, follow-trains, challenges, and shout-outs.  

And. The. Merch.

So much merch.  I had no idea.  I’ve been on the author train for a while, and I knew that most authors print up bookmarks or postcards, but it seemed like the sort of thing you only hand out at conferences, and thus a waste for me.  Not so.  Bookstagram is all about fandoms and collecting as much bookish stuff as you can and then displaying it.

I’m so inspired by all the bookish merch and fandom goodies and all the amazingly talented creativpreneurs I’ve discovered on Booksta.  In fact, I have some plans in the coming months to put together some of my own giveaways, including custom-made Zyne Legacy merch that I am so frickin excited about.  So, stay tuned. rubs hands in glee

If you’re curious about Bookstagram, check out the following hashtags, or FOLLOW ME and some of my favorite accounts linked below.

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I hope you have an amazing rest of your summer–happy reading!