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    Legacy

    Legacy (Wintercraft, #3) by Jenna Burtenshaw The veil which marks the division between life and death is falling. Lost souls are seeping through to roam Albion’s graveyard city of Fume. Kate Winters’ recent memory is lost. Relieved to be heading home to Albion, Kate can’t shake the feeling that Dalliah Grey, the woman she’s supposed to be working for, is not to be trusted. Disgraced warrior Silas Dane plans to rescue Kate and save Albion from the advancing armies seeking to profit from the confusion. But the veil will not be easy to repair and Silas knows sacrifices have to be made. Kate must return to the dark secrets detailed by her ancestors in the ancient book of WINTERCRAFT and learn from their mistakes to save herself. (goodreads.com) So, true story, I had just finished watching season one of Game of Thrones and it’s going to be a very long time before season two is available on DVD and I might be going through some serious withdrawal, and seem to always be talking to my dogs and husband in a really bad British accent, because after watching 10 episodes of GoT I only want to talk with a British accent. ANYHOW because of this, my brain is all obsessed with GoT and all it’s awkward, graphic, BOOBIES, fantasy porn world with swords and horses (I SO want to star on a show where I get to ride horses all the time. I do NOT want to be a show where I…

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    Blackwatch

    Blackwatch (Wintercraft, #2) by Jenna Burtenshaw Kate has escaped the clutches of the High Council and Silas has left Albion for the continent. But their lives are forever linked and as the veil weakens, causing Albion’s skilled to fear for everyone’s safety, Silas and Kate find themselves drawn together by the mysterious and corrupt Dalliah Grey. (goodreads.com) Well, golly! I liked this book even more than Wintercraft. I have a serious love of Silas Dane and I am happy that this book had much more of him between the pages. (That sounds so wrong when I write it out though…) Blackwatch had action and adventure and a lot of hiding from creepy soldier people. It had humour and sadness and engaging dialogue. There was just so much that was enjoyable in this book. I will say that this second book felt much less like YA fantasy and more like High Fantasy, I think because a lot of it focused on Silas and he’s certainly not a teenager. I gobbled this book up so fast I wish it had been a little longer because I was completely stunned when it was over and I still needed more! The one qualm I have about the story is that when the description of what Kate sees in the veil or about the veil itself happens I tend to phase out. I am not a big description-oriented person when I read. I like the dialogue. The description is so well, er,  descripted that my…

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    In My Mailbox #43 – It’s Too Early to be Witty Edition

    In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KRISTI!!! All my IMM posts can be found here! Thanks to Penguin Group Canada for the review books and to my husband for allowing me to splurge on Book Depository books. 😉 For Review: EONA – Alison Goodman Where She Went – Gayle Forman (review) Haunting Violet – Alyxandra Harvey (Turns out I was wrong – I have read an Alyxandra Harvey book! I read Broken in August 2009. I am pretty sure she’s the same author since that spelling of Alyxandra is really rather unique!) Bought from Book Depository UK: Blackwatch (Wintercraft, #2) – Jenna Burtenshaw Ondine – Ebony McKenna Mentioned in this video: Jenny @ Wondrous Reads Kristi @ The Story Siren  

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    Wintercraft

    Wintercraft (Book 1) by Jenna Burtenshaw Ten years ago Kate Winters’ parents were taken by the High Council’s wardens to help with the country’s war effort. Now the wardens are back…and prisoners, including Kate’s uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane — the High Council’s most feared man — recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. His spirit was damaged by the High Council’s experiments into the veil, and he’s convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace. The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft — a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft. To help Artemis, Edgar and herself, Kate must honour her pact with a murderer and come face to face with the true nature of death. (goodreads.com) If you’re looking for a MG/YA epic fantasy type story, then Wintercraft is just what you need. I was intrigued by the plot and although I did find my mind wandering at times during some of the description, this book was an entertaining read and satisfied my fantasy bug. Paranormal books are ok and…

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    In My Mailbox #40 – the happy new year edition

    In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren … and I end up adding a ton of books to my wish list every week. All my IMM posts can be found here! That exciting pile o’ books in the above photograph are all the ones that came to my house this week! The exciting thing about ordering books from The Book Depository is that they come all individually wrapped and seem to show up one at a time making my week of mail very exciting. The only day this week I did not receive a happy bookish parcel was Friday. Bought from Book Depository UK: Seven Sorcerers – Caro King (already finished, title links to review!) Shadow Spell – Caro King (already finished, review on its way) Ash – Malinda Lo (currently reading at the time of this post) Wildthorn – Jane England Wintercraft – Jenna Burtenshaw What didn’t come from the Book Depository? Is the copy of Arrow by R.J. Anderson I pre-ordered and apparently shipped on December 24. All of these other books shipped December 29-31! I am slightly worried about Arrow now. 🙁 Bought from AmazonUK via Jenny @ Wondrous Reads (THANK YOU SO MUCH!): Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2) – Chloe Neill Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3) – Chloe Neill I like the UK editions of this series better than the ones I can get in store here. After loving the first book, I kept these two on my wishlist until I could order online again. Christmas…