Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Really Short Reviews: Psy-Changeling Novella Edition Part Two!

Guys! The release of Wild Embrace, the latest novella bind-up for the Psy-Changeling series, is here! And I couldn't be more excited to review it for you! In celebration of this new collection, I reviewed the novella, Whisper of Sin, and the other Psy-Changeling collection, Wild Invitation, here. Today, I'm also going to be reviewing the remaining standalone novella, Secrets at Midnight, as well as Wild Embrace. I'll be reviewing them the same way as last week's post where I'll make a comment on where each story falls in the series and give you my overall opinion of the novella.


Secrets at Midnight
(Psy-Changeling #12.5)
Nalini Singh
Release: August 2, 2016
A changeling will do anything to find and keep his mate in this smoldering story from New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh. 

Bastien Smith is frustrated. A changeling male should be able to track his mate anywhere—through fire and hail, snow and rain. But he keeps finding and losing her scent in the city streets, ever since he first became aware of it two weeks earlier, when the elusive fragrance awakened the leopard within him...

Then Bastien is suddenly confronted with his prey. Kirby is an all-too-human woman who wants Bastien just as much as he wants her. But he can’t deny what his body and senses are telling him: there is a raging chaos inside of Kirby that he doesn’t understand, secrets that whisper awake at midnight and cause her terrible pain. If they’re to have any chance of forever, then he must solve the mystery that is Kirby...

Secrets at Midnight originally appeared in Night Shift.
Review by Rose Red:

Place in Series: Secrets at Midnight takes place after the events in the twelveth book, Heart of Obsidian, and features Mercy's brother, Bastien.

Opinion: I adored this novella! The mystery surrounding Bastien's disappearing mate held me riveted until he meets Kirby at a packmate's house. I loved how their romance and relationship developed and how Bastien took his time with Kirby who kept getting hit by surprises. I easily fell head over heels for Kirby. She was small and fierce despite not knowing her past. I can't wait to see more of them in later books.

Rating:
    1/2
  4.5 / 5 Stars!




Wild Embrace
(Psy-Changeling #15.5)
Nalini Singh
Release: August 23, 2016
The “alpha author of paranormal romance”* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible...

Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries...

*Booklist, starred review

Review by Rose Red:
 
Novella: Echo of Silence
  
Place in Series: Echo of Silence is set after the events in the second book, Visions of Heat, and features the Stefan who is always referenced as the Arrow stationed on the deep-sea station, Alaris. We never really meet him in the series so you could read it after book two but I'd recommend reading it after Heart of Obsidian.

Opinion: I have been wanting to know about the mysterious Arrow who has been mentioned randomly throughout the series once the Arrows were a larger part of the narrative. All we knew was that Stefan had been stationed at the deep-sea station Alaris and not why. Although it had been hinted that he hadn't been suitable to continue Arrow training even though they consider him one. We got to find out why in this novella as well as meet Tazia, one of the engineers on Alaris. I loved watching Stefan and Tazia finally come to see each other as individuals outside of their positions. Their romance was sweet and different from others in the series. Tazi had a different upbringing and it came to play in their unconventional courtship. I loved the hell out of their story and I hope we see more of them in upcoming books!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Novella: Dorian
  
Place in Series: Dorian is kind of tricky to nail down in the series because it's a collection of memories set before Slave to Sensation and after Hostage to Pleasure. I'd definitely recommend reading it after Hostage to Pleasure or Branded by Fire.

Opinion: While I loved this short, it was my least favorite in the collection. It's a vignette-style collection of memories that revolve around Dorian's latency and him getting to shift for the first time. It was adorable and I loved getting the peak at teen Dorian, Mercy, Vaughn, and Lucas. It was an enjoyable and happy addition to the anthology even though it was super short.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Novella: Partners in Persuasion
  
Place in Series: Partners in Persuasion takes place somewhere between the end of Kiss of Snow and the start of Allegiance of Honor. I'd be tempted to place directly in between Shards of Hope and Allegiance but I'm not sure.

Opinion: This novella was freaking adorable! We've seen a mating between a dominant male and a submissive female and plenty of relationships between dominant males and less dominant females, but this novella focuses on a relationship between a dominant female and a submissive male. Not only that but it was also between a leopard and a wolf. IT WAS SO GOOD! This novella was all about the romance and watching Felix and Dezi's relationship develop was one of my favorite things. Of course, they hit a few snags and had some setbacks but they persevered and they are absolutely adorable together! I love them! I hope we see more of them in later books.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Novella: Flirtation of Fate
  
Place in Series: I want to say that Flirtation of Fate takes place after Allegiance of Honor but in reality it could have taken place anytime after Tangle of Need.

Opinion: We've been watching Kenji and Garnet dance around each other since they were first introduced into the series and I've always wanted to know what happened between them after they show back up after a walk during Hawke and Sienna's mating ceremony in Tangle of Need. I didn't expect the murder mystery portion of this novella but I enjoyed the hell out of it. It was fun seeing Kenji and Garnet work together but it was also confusing when you can immediately tell that they care for each other and are trying not to. I loved them together and I guessed early on what was keeping Kenji from chasing after Garnet but it didn't lessen how much I enjoyed reading this novella. It was such an excellently written novella! I'm so happy that we finally have Kenji and Garnet's story as canon and I can't wait to see more of them in later books!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Overall, I loved this novella collection just as much as I've loved everything else in this series. All the stories in here made me even more excited to see what Nalini Singh comes up with in this next arc of the series.
 
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley

Overall Anthology Rating:
    
  4.5 / 5 Stars


 
My reviews of other books in this series:
Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review + Giveaway: A World Without You by Beth Revis

A World Without You
Beth Revis
Release: July 19, 2016
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Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.”

At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofía, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Soíia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofía, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age.

But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s not actually dead. He believes that she’s stuck somewhere in time—that he somehow left her in the past, and that now it’s his job to save her. And as Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofía, he must decide whether to face his demons head-on or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves.

Review: 

There are some books that you start with the intention of reading a chapter or two and then going on to whatever else you have to do for that day. And then there are books like A World Without You by Beth Revis, which you open up and never put back down again until you're finished.

This book falls into a genre I don't read a lot of, young adult contemporary, but also manages to bridge between contemporary and fantasy through the main character's delusions of super abilities. I absolutely adored this book and can comfortably say its one of my favorite reads of 2016 so far. I was so excited about how much I loved it, that I decided to give away a copy from The Book Depository!

Check out my thoughts (spoiler-free) on A World Without You by Beth Revis and then enter to win your own copy on the Rafflecopter form below!

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  5 / 5 stars



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Friday, August 19, 2016

Weres Wanna Know: Do you have a bookish hobby?

Weres Wanna Know is a new discussion feature where we share a topic that's been on our minds and invite you to share your thoughts as well.



It's been a while since we've done a Weres Wanna Know post. It's also been kind of a rough week and I don't really want to have a serious discussion. So let's do something fun!

Do you have a bookish hobby or a geeky collection?

In high school I learned to make jewelry but I hadn't done it in years except for turning an occasional earring into a pendant. (Big earrings and curly hair don't get along.) Then about a year ago I started making book-inspired charm necklaces. You've seen some of them in giveaways on the blog.
Now I'm working on adding other elements and figuring out what else I can make. I did a keychain recently. Here's the Harry Potter necklace I'm working on now. I'm trying to decide if I should add more to it.


So what's your bookish hobby? Do you write fanfic? Paint your favorite characters? Collect zombie teapots? Create spreadsheets to keep up with who's still alive on Game of Thrones?

Share a photo or a link and tell us about it. Maybe we can inspire each other.



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Really Short Reviews: Psy-Changeling Novella Edition Part One!

Guys! We're less than a week from the release of Wild Embrace, the latest novella bind-up for the Psy-Changeling series, and I couldn't be more excited! In celebration, I decided to review all of the previously published Psy-Changeling novellas. Since these are novellas or novella bind-ups, I'm going to review these a little differently. I'm going to make a comment on where each story falls in the series and give you my overall opinion of the novella. That way I don't spoil them for anybody.


Whisper of Sin
(Psy-Changeling #0.6)
Nalini Singh
Release: February 2, 2014
A PSY-CHANGELING NOVELLA BY "THE ALPHA AUTHOR OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE" (Booklist)

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her phenomenal Psy-Changeling world as a woman in peril finds herself in the arms of a dangerously beautiful shapeshifter…

San Francisco is under threat from a violent gang…a gang that has no idea who they’re challenging. The DarkRiver pack of leopard changelings has already claimed the city as their territory, and they will fight with wild fury to protect its residents. Emmett, a lethally trained leopard soldier, isn’t about to let outsiders muscle in on his home ground—especially when they target a human named Ria.

Emmett has one word for the smart stranger with her curvy body and tough spirit: mine.

Possessive, dominant, unyielding in his demands and desires, Emmett is unlike anyone Ria has ever before met. But while the sexy leopard changeling makes her body ignite, his kisses molten and his touch addicting, she’s no pushover and she has a few demands of her own. This leopard has met his match…

"Please note that Whisper of Sin is a reissue. It was first published in the multi-author anthology, Burning Up. This is the worldwide stand-alone ebook release for those who wanted to buy only this novella from the anthology.

For those of you who have Wild Invitation, this novella wasn't in that collection."
- Nalini Singh

Review by Rose Red:

Place in Series: Whisper of Sin was previously published in the Burning Up anthology and is also available as a separate ebook. The story is set before events in Slave to Sensation while DarkRiver is first establishing its hold over San Francisco. In my opinion, you'll probably have more appreciation for the characters if you're already familiar with the world building so I would recommend reading at least book one first.

Opinion: Whisper of Sin is the first Nalini Singh novella I ever read and while it's good, it's not my favorite. I loved Ria and her family! They're a bunch of firecrackers! I'll be honest that my favorite part of this novella is Ria's grandmother! She had me giggling every time she made an appearance. As for the romance between Ria and Emmett, I thought it was cute. I ship it. What I really loved is that we got a glimpse of how DarkRiver became such a power in San Francisco. They weren't always the powerful Pack that we see in the series.
Rating:
   
  4 / 5 Stars



Wild Invitation
(Psy-Changeling #0.5, 4.5, 9.5, 10.5)
Nalini Singh
Release: March 5, 2013
In Beat of Temptation , innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond?

In Stroke of Enticement , a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man—and the animal—in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true.

Plus 2 NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED NOVELLAS

In Declaration of Courtship , Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”

In Texture of Intimacy , SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys—and unexpected challenges—of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence.

Review by Rose Red:

Novella: Beat of Temptation
  
Place in Series: Beat of Temptation is a prequel novella set before events in Whisper of Sin a few years after the attack on DarkRiver that is mentioned in Slave to Sensation. In my opinion, you'll probably have more appreciation for the characters if you're already familiar with the DarkRiver Pack as well as Tammy and Nate. I would recommend reading at least book one first.

Opinion: I had read half of the series before I picked up this novella collection so I already knew and loved Tammy and Nate and their relationship. They're like the ideal that I hope each new book's couple can achieve. So learning about how they came to be mated was fascinating! I will admit that I almost didn't recognize Tammy and Nate in this because they've changed so much in the years between this novella and Slave to Sensation. I adore them together!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Novella: Stroke of Enticement
  
Place in Series: Stroke of Enticement is set after Mine to Possess and can be read when ever after that.

Opinion: I adore Annie and Zach! They're only brief mentions in the series until Heart of Obsidian but this story makes them one of my favorites! Annie is not crippled but her leg isn't 100% how it should be either. How she ties into the rest of the series is quite awesome too. I loved watching her gain confidence in herself despite being told for years that she couldn't do what others did because of her leg. And I adored how Zach treated her! To him her leg was no big deal and I loved that! I hope we see more of them as the series continues! That being said, as much as I love Annie and Zach, the novella felt a little too rushed to me.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


Novella: Declaration of Courtship
  
Place in Series: Declaration of Courtship takes place in between Passion of Play and Kiss of Snow and should be read in between the two. It's also available in ebook as a standalone novella.

Opinion: This novella is the first time we see a relationship develop between a submissive and a strong dominant and I found it fascinating! Things that weren't problems in the other books come to the forefront of this one! I loved watching Cooper chase Grace and I adored how Grace learns to handle the SnowDancer lieutenant. They balance each other well and I can't wait to see more of them!

There's an epilogue to this story that can be found on Nalini Singh's site here and it's super cute! Although, the epilogue itself should be read after you finish Kiss of Snow.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Novella: Texture of Intimacy
  
Place in Series: Texture of Intimacy takes place directly after Kiss of Snow and should be read before you continue on to Tangle of Need. It's also available in ebook as a standalone novella.

Opinion: This novella is my absolute favorite of this whole collection! I adore Walker and Lara! It was so cute watching them learn to live together after they mated in Kiss of Snow. Walker has a fascinating and tragic history so it takes him a while to learn to trust and I loved watching him come to rely on and trust Lara. I also adore everything about Lara so it was a given that I'd love this story. Walker and Lara are one of my favorite couples in the series!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!

Overall Anthology Rating:

   
  4 / 5 Stars


My reviews of other books in this series:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (94)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's this week's WOW pick:


Guys! Guys! Next week we get new Psy-Changeling novellas! I'm so excited! Not only do we get to find out about what the heck is going on between Jem and Kenji, we finally get a story about the mysterious Arrow, Stefan, who is stationed on the deep-sea station, Alaris! I'm so excited for this book! I need it to be next Tuesday already!



Wild Embrace
(Psy-Changeling #15.5)
Nalini Singh
Release: August 23, 2016
Goodreads Amazon
The “alpha author of paranormal romance”* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible...

Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries...

*Booklist, starred review
What book are you waiting on?

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Sight by Chloe Neill



You all know that we love Chloe Neill and her books a ridiculous amount here on Goldilox and the Three Weres. So we're ecstatic that we get to participate in the blog tour for The Sight, book two in the Devil's Isle series! Rose Red and Gretl are bringing you a review of the book, a swag pack giveaway, and information on Chloe's awesome tour wide Grand Prize Giveaway.


The Sight
(Devil's Isle #2)
Chloe Neill
Release: August 16, 2016
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ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both...
Review:
We're doing something a little different with this review - a pros and cons list. You might notice that the pro list is much longer. We really loved The Sight!

Pros
  • The Heroine
Claire is one of my favorite parts of this series. She is often afraid but she doesn’t let her fear stop her from doing what she needs to. She has a backbone and I like that. I love that she’s sensible and thinks out most of her actions. She’s always trying to do her best by everyone and I respect that.
  • The Magic
Not only do we see Claire training to be a bounty hunter, we get to see her training to use her powers. This book portrays her powers and her learning curve in a much more believable way than in book one where Claire discovers she has magic and five minutes later she’s saving the world.


  • The Villains
I liked that the “villains” in this book aren’t supernatural, but human zealots. Just like in our world, they’re dangerous and I loved seeing how that transferred into Claire’s world. The cult-like faction made for a different kind of villain than we usually see in UF (even though it's not the first time we've seen it from Neill.)
  • The Supporting Cast
I love that even though Claire has no family of her own anymore, she makes one out of her friends. I need more Moses, Gunnar, Tadji, Burke, Gavin, and Eleanor in my life! I also get excited about new types of supernaturals, so I loved the scenes where Claire traveled around Devil’s Isle and learned about its diverse inhabitants.



Cons
  • Potential love triangle
I’m so sick of love triangles! Without being too spoilery, I didn’t think there really was a love triangle. Rather one of the characters is messing with the other two, but it was just weird and kind of creepy.

  • That ending!
Maybe it’s not quite Hard Bitten level rip your heart out and stomp on it, but OW MY FEELS! And I’m not sure that I like the fact that Neill always has the hero doing something idiotically tragic that leaves the heroine bereft in every series.

    1/2
 4.5 / 5 Stars!

and

Our reviews of other books in this series:
The Veil by Chloe Neill


Thanks to the author we have an awesome prize pack to giveaway on our stop of the tour!
The prize pack will include:
  • Devil’s Isle tote bag, pen, and sticker sheet
  • Royal Mercantile Koozie and bookplate
  • The Veil screen wipe
  • Chicagoland Vampires and Devil’s Isle bookmarks
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The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter Chloe’s Grand Prize Giveaway, which will run August 8 through August 19 on Chloe’s web site.

What’s included in the Grand Prize Giveaway?

The Sight Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, August 8 – Paranormaly Yours
Tuesday, August 9 – TSK, TSK What To Read?
Wednesday, August 10 – Redd’s Reads | The Book Crumb Trail
Thursday, August 11- Dandelionn Wine  | Vicarious Bookworm
Friday, August 12 – NovelKnight | Urban Fantasy Investigations

Monday, August 15 – Parajunkee | Book-Marks The Spot
Tuesday, August 16 (Release Day) – YA Reads | The Saucy Wenches | Bad Ass Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 17 – Goldilocks & The Three Weres
Thursday, August 18 – The Book Nympho | Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
Friday, August 19 – The Book Swarm | TruBookiesReview | Lake’s Book Reviews | | Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust

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