King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair

Today’s review is about KING OF BATTLE AND BLOOD by Scarlett St. Clair. It’s the first book in the Adrian x Isolde series. This is a dark fantasy romance with vampires, arranged marriage, and the beginnings of a “truth will out” reveal.

Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Series: Adrian x Isolde, 1
Age Category: Adult
Publisher: Bloom Books
Publish Date: November 30, 2021
Print Length: 400

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ARC Review: The Hemlock Queen by Hannah Whitten

Today’s review is about THE HEMLOCK QUEEN by Hannah Whitten. It’s the second book in The Nightshade Crown trilogy. I really enjoyed this darker continuation of the series. Moreover, it expands on the origin story of the gods and a goal generations in the making.

Author: Hannah Whitten
Series: The Nightshade Crown, #2
Age Category: Adult
Publisher: Orbit
Publish Date: April 9, 2024
Print Length: 480

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ARC Review: The Last Phi Hunter by Salinee Goldenberg

Today’s review is about THE LAST PHI HUNTER by Salinee Goldenberg. This debut novel incorporates Thai folklore and inspiration from THE WITCHER. Ex, a phi hunter, seeks glory by killing a great demon. However, he must set aside his primary goal and instead help a woman through spirit-filled lands.

Author: Salinee Goldenberg
Series: None
Age Category: Adult
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publish Date: April 9, 2024
Print Length: 384

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SFINCS Review: The Collector’s Lost Things by Jessica A. McMinn

Today’s review is about THE COLLECTOR’S LOST THINGS by Jessica A. McMinn. It’s a novella that follows a young assassin on his current mission. It brings him back into contact with his childhood friends, for one of whom he harbors feelings. This story is one of recognizing who is important in one’s life.

SFINCS logoThis review is brought to you by my participation in the Speculative Fiction Indie Novella Championship (SFINCS). SFINCS, pronounced “sphinx”, is a yearly competition to recognize, honor, and celebrate the talent and creativity present in the indie community. It’s a sister competition to both SPFBO and SPSFC, and it highlights greatness in the novella format in all areas of speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, horror, etc.). I am part of Team Behind the Musings. You can find out more about us here.

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ARC Review: An Education In Malice by S.T. Gibson

Today’s review is about AN EDUCATION IN MALICE by S.T. Gibson. It’s a retelling of CARMILLA set in 1960s Massachusetts at a historical women’s college. This dual point of view novel portrays a dark academia environment, vampires, and uneven power dynamics.

Author: S.T. Gibson
Series: None
Age Category: Adult
Publisher: Redhook
Publish Date: February 13, 2024
Print Length: 368

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