Science Fiction / Fantasy

The Muses Read: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Young Adult | 0 comments

The Muses Read: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

Greek mythology. It’s kinda my thing. In fact, I know more about Greek mythology than the average reader would – which always makes me simultaneously excited to read takes on the old myths, and incredibly nervous to. You know what’s also my thing? Gorgeous covers. They’re basically the tall, dark, and handsome of KJland. Cannot refuse them.   Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones Blurb: She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her. Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of “Whack Job” in her home town of Adel, Georgia. Fed up with prescription meds and therapists, she wishes for a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone’s jokes and mockery. Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true. After a vicious attack and learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. While on a mission to discover the Most Beautiful, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process. Find it at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble Muse KJ’s Thoughts Prophecy of the Most Beautiful was an easy read for me. Light, easy – exactly what one wants in the summer. Chloe already knows she’s different than most other girls. She just doesn’t know how. She thought maybe she was losing her mind…when really fate had so much more in store for her. The book starts with action – and doesn’t leave you wanting. You’re swept into adventure quickly, traveling along with Chloe from each confusing (to her) new twist and turn, meeting characters from the old myths…who have often adapted to the modern times in interesting ways. The characters are creative and entertaining. How would a god or demigod act if they were trying to be a part of today’s society? You just might get that answered. It’s pretty obvious immediately who the Swooner McSwoonster is. And that’s okay, especially because he’s Irish. WE MAKE EXCEPTIONS FOR THE ACCENTS, OKAY? I did wish Chloe was a little younger – I felt as if her personality would have been better matched if she was maybe sixteen, than an eighteen year old about to graduate high school. Did I solve the prophecy? Errr..no. Not even with all my mythology background. Do I want to know what happens next? Yes. Do I want to go hang out with Dio? Maybe. Probably. Yes. Don’t tell my mother. All that said, diehard mythology buffs may have issues with some of the creative licensing taken with a few of the deities. It all makes sense with the plot – but deities have been modernized, and in some cases their stories are altered to fit the story. I will note that I read an early ARC so I can’t comment on editing and formatting of the final novel. Giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway About The Author : Diantha Jones Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes...

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The Muses Read: RIOT by Sarah Mussi

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Reading, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Young Adult | 0 comments

The Muses Read: RIOT by Sarah Mussi

I’ll admit it – as much as I love young adult dystopias, I’ve started growing a little wary of them. It could be a personal issue, but I’ve noticed with some dystopias that even when I enjoy them….I feel like it’s a madlibs. Insert new action in generic plot here. Does that mean I’ll say no to an exciting sounding dystopia? Please. That’s like asking me if I’d say no to a giant cheesecake. Impossible. I picked up RIOT hoping for an exciting and intelligent (I mean, all that focus on politics!) take on dystopia – I wasn’t disappointed.   RIOT by Sarah Mussi Blurb: It is 2018. England has been struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking.The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment.The country is aghast. Families are distraught, teenagers are in revolt, but the politicians are unshakeable: The population explosion must be curbed. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need. Less means more.But it is all so blatantly unfair – the Teen Haves will procreate, the Teen Havenots won’t.It’s time for the young to take to the streets. It’s time for them to RIOT:OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE, OUR BODIES, OUR FUTURE Find it at: Amazon   Muse KJ’s Thoughts I started this book furious. Absolutely furious. And I knew that meant that Sarah Mussi was doing a good job – I was supposed to be furious. And I was. Tia is the daughter of an important bureaucrat – and also EVE, the face of an illegal underground revolution protesting justice. Cobain is wanted by the government. He says he doesn’t know why. Is that the truth? Luck – is it bad or good? – brings them together. The characters are easy to acquainted with. I found Cobain to be interestingly stronger, despite the story being told through Tia’s eyes. It could have been Tia’s voice – at times hearing her thoughts made her seem far more naive, immature and irrational than a young woman who was such a genius hacktivist could possibly be. But…just because you’re good with computers doesn’t mean you’re good at everything, I suppose. Cobain is…well, if I’m ever in a dystopia, I’d like him please.  Cobain + Tia is an interesting dynamic, but the way they respond to each other is refreshingly raw, realistic, and honest (to the reader). I did appreciate the growth of Tia throughout the book, because obviously you’re going grow when slammed into a situation like this. (Even if I still rolled my eyes and yelled at her a few times.) There’s absolutely no way you could emerge from the same person you were at the beginning, and I don’t believe that either Cobain or Tia did. RIOT is the most realistic dystopia I’ve read, which makes it…stomach turning at points. You can see how modern society can easily get to this point, which really leaves you thinking. I suppose we’d call this a contemporary dystopia, if such a thing exists. There are some important questions brought up: How much do you trust the government? How far is too far for a country to protect its own future? Is it wrong to fight for what you believe in? Over all, I finished...

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The Muses Read: The Date From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Young Adult | 2 comments

The Muses Read: The Date From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Mythology. Have I mentioned it’s my thing? When some kids were watching Care Bears, I was glued to a children’s book of Greek Gods. And then I’d go watch Care Bears, because let’s be real, they were pretty adorable. And like the Gods, they lived in the clouds. Tempt me with a mythology based YA book, and I’m going to be intrigued.  Have Persephone be an important goddess in that book, and I’m sold. So, I had to read The Blooming Goddess Trilogy by Tellulah Darling…and share my thoughts with you…and let y’all win a copy.   My Date From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2) by Tellulah Darling Blurb: Sophie Bloom’s junior year has been a bit of a train wreck. After the world’s greatest kiss re-awakened Sophie’s true identity as Persephone (Goddess of Spring and Savior of Humanity), she fought her dragon-lady guidance counselor to the death, navigated mean girl Bethany’s bitchy troublemaking, and dealt with the betrayal of her backstabbing ex, Kai (sexy Prince of Darkness). You’d think a girl could catch a break. Yeah, right. With Zeus stepping things up, it’s vital that Sophie retrieve Persephone’s memories and discover the location of the ritual to stop Zeus and Hades. So when Aphrodite strikes a deal that can unlock Sophie’s pre-mortal past, what choice does the teen goddess have but to accept? The mission: stop media mogul Hermes from turning Bethany into a global mega-celebrity. The catch? Aphrodite partners Sophie and Kai to work together … and treat this suicide mission as a date. Which could work out for Sophie’s plan to force Kai to admit his feelings for her–if she doesn’t kill him first. Add to that the fact that BFF Theo’s love life and other BFF Hannah’s actual life are in Sophie’s hands, and suddenly being a teenager—even a godlike one—seems a bit like … well, hell. Whatever happened to dinner and a movie? The YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology fireworks continue to fly in My Date From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book two of this teen fantasy romance series. Breaking up is easy; dating is deadly.   Find it at:  Amazon  | B&N  | Kobo  | Book Depository Other Books In The Series My Ex From Hell Blurb:   Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following: a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.) b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame. Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy teen yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world. Literally. This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed. Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her. Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe … … and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld....

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Golden Dunes of Renhala: Interview with Kailey

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in New Adult, Reading, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy | 2 comments

Golden Dunes of Renhala: Interview with Kailey

There’s something you might not know about me (Muse KJ). If I read a book and fall absolutely in love with it, I want to become friends with the author. Maybe even BFFs. The Renhala series is one of those series that I fell in love with, was pleased I knew the author, and immediately contact her to beg-request she write another in the series.  Did I succeed with that? Not sure. But I DID get you an exclusive interview with Kailey, the protagonist of Renhala.   The Golden Dunes of Renhala (Renhala, #2) by Amy Joy Lutchen Blurb: How do you live with a secret so dark and so deeply woven into your being that it threatens to smother your very existence, with no known way out? Use it to your advantage. Kailey Rooke, karmelean, and now a possibly unethical karma-for-hire, has spent the past year jumping from project to project without any real hope for salvation. With repercussions from her actions at every turn, she discovers that as time goes on, she loses a bit more of herself to that which feeds on her anguish–that which is thriving inside her own body. When a new contract to find a missing girl arises, Kailey attempts to put her past and its associated problems on the back burner, but she soon finds out that treachery and deceit lie shortly ahead in Golden Dunes, only giving face to new problems, with one leading right back to her childhood past. She struggles to complete her contract as her own life teeters on a fulcrum, constantly tipping according to karma’s whim. How long will she keep her balance? Which way will she fall?   You can find Golden Dunes of Renhala here: Amazon B&N Kobo   Interview with Kailey Kristen, thank you so much for having me today. I’m a bit nervous, but I know this is going to be fun. *takes a deep breath, then slowly releases* Okay, ask away… I’m ready! I think… *sips a bit of tea* Can we start with a heavy hitter? What lessons have the past year brought you? It is a new year, and all. Don’t put a cake out to cool in front of a hungry greble or woodsprite? Just kidding. Believe in yourself. You have to have faith in your abilities to cope, manage, and even overcome, if need be. We are all strong no matter what we think of ourselves. We may have to dig deep, but deep in that well is a treasure ready to be discovered and shared with the thirsty. How has karma changed you? You know, I really wish I could say that knowing karma is the real deal makes me a better person—perhaps even the perfect person, but I can admit I am far from it. I can say, however, that I make a more conscience effort to do what’s “right.” I’m human though, and humanity as a whole, blessed with free will, is allowed to stumble every now and then. As long as you aren’t falling down a perpetual staircase, you’ll manage through life—as long as you remember to make the occasional deposit in the karma bank! You seem to be surrounded by hunky men. What makes a man swoonworthy? A swoonworthy man is one that grabs your breath as well as your heart with one simple act. Now depending on the day, time, weather, positioning of the planets *smiles*, that one act could be a shared smile, or a flexing of a well-muscled body, or the intoxicating touch of a giver. *shudders* Kristen, I think you...

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New Release Tuesday: The Golden Dunes of Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Reading, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: The Golden Dunes of Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen

You know how I (Muse KJ) feel about a book when I finish a book and promptly contact the author to bat my eyes and beg them to write a sequel. You especially know how I feel when I take it upon myself to review and rave on release day, and even contact said author again to ensure I know when release day is. All’s fair in love, war, and book obsessions. Bonus for you: Not only do you get my review, but the opening book in the series, Renhala, is currently free on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble to celebrate the release of The Golden Dunes of Renhala!   The Golden Dunes of Renhala by Amy Joy Lutchen   Blurb: How do you live with a secret so dark and so deeply woven into your being that it threatens to smother your very existence, with no known way out? Use it to your advantage. Kailey Rooke, karmelean, and now a possibly unethical karma-for-hire, has spent the past year jumping from project to project without any real hope for salvation. With repercussions from her actions at every turn, she discovers that as time goes on, she loses a bit more of herself to that which feeds on her anguish–that which is thriving inside her own body. When a new contract to find a missing girl arises, Kailey attempts to put her past and its associated problems on the back burner, but she soon finds out that treachery and deceit lie shortly ahead in Golden Dunes, only giving face to new problems, with one leading right back to her childhood past. She struggles to complete her contract as her own life teeters on a fulcrum, constantly tipping according to karma’s whim. How long will she keep her balance? Which way will she fall? Muse Kristen’s Thoughts If you recall my review of the opening to the series, it reminded me that I needed to read more urban fantasy. As my to read list has gotten out of hand, I haven’t had the time to read much more – until I found myself back into the world of Renhala. As it’s been six months since I read the first book, I was a little concerned but quickly discovered that it was an easy opener. While the book isn’t  a stand alone, you can quickly catch yourself up if it’s been awhile since you’ve read the first. If you’ve read the first recently, don’t worry! The refreshers are subtle enough that you won’t feel as if you’re being bogged down with backstory. I’m extra critical of the second book in a series, because often they seem to slump (even if it’s just a little). Not the case here. The Golden Dunes of Renhala revved up the action, while increasing the intensity and complexity. We’re seeing directly inside Kailey’s head, as her life becomes more chaotic and hard to manage. I found the book hard to put down – switching from Kindle to phone so I could read it over the stove as I cooked, only putting it down when bacon threatened to splatter it. It’s easy to get lost in Renhala, especially with the vivid world-building. New creatures. New lands. This visit to Renhala is full of adventure, swoons, shocks…and some deeper darkness than the first book. There’s a gritty realism to this fantasy. Did I mention there are swoons? “His kisses travel down my neck and over my stomach until I feel I may die here and now, forever satisfied from a lover’s touch.” And per usual, there are creatures who...

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The Muses Read: Daughter of ISIS

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Paranormal / Supernatural, Reading, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Westerns | 6 comments

The Muses Read: Daughter of ISIS

  KJ Confession: I spent years of my childhood studying Egypt and Egyptian mythology. Family members would drop off giant books that I could barely hold so I could pour myself all over them. It only makes sense that I HAD to read this book. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1) by Kelsey Ketch Release Date: 10/26/13 Blurb: “Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.” Their worlds collide in California’s high desert. The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction. Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death. The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.   *Note: Content for Upper YA* Buy Links: Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo Muse Kristen’s Thoughts What happens when your grandmother dies suddenly, and you end up having to leave London for a small town? What happens when you’re trying to escape the Egyptian culture and the reminder of your mother’s death, only to end up in a town thriving on it? What happens when the one boy you shouldn’t fall for is the only one that pulls you in like a magnet? Or when the girl you shouldn’t fall for is the only one you can’t charm? I know I’m going to love a character when she thinks: “Brilliant, where’s Hermione when you need her.”  You know how I feel about interesting characters – and Daughter of Isis didn’t fail. Natara is witty, tough, and realistic. You’ve got to be tough as it is if you’re moving from London to the middle of nowhere in California. Ever try being the new kid? It’s not fun. It’s especially not fun when the town player (Seth) has his eyes on you as the next conquest.  If I didn’t already love her from the Hermione comment, I’d have fallen in love with her when she brought her own water bottles to a party. You heard me. Brought water bottles to a high school party. Girl’s got guts AND brains. My kind of heroine. Seth is complex, clever, and made me swoon even when I didn’t want to. Every single time I thought I had this boy figured out, guess again. His character has the most interesting growth path in the story, which has me wondering if his life will ever be parallel to any of the gods from mythology.  Q and Ky had me glaring at the book, and muttering remarks under my breath. (This is...

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