What Are You Reading? (616)

Posted August 12, 2022 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Casee

I’ve been binging Abigail Owen’s Inferno Rising series. I’m currently reading The Cursed King, the fourth and final book in the series. I adore the world that Owen has created here. I can’t wait to read the rest of her books. I’m also rereading Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley. I loved it when I first read it and I don’t know why.

I’ve been listening to the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. I’m just finishing Archangel’s Legion. Sooooo good.

Holly

I finished re-reading the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, including all of the novellas and spin-offs. Now I don’t know what to do with my life. I’ve opened several books, but nothing is speaking to me at the moment. I might try a historical this weekend to see if that will break my slump.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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Review: Dragons are a Girl’s Best Friend by Isla Frost

Posted August 10, 2022 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Dragons are a Girl’s Best Friend by Isla FrostReviewer: Holly
Dragons Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Isla Frost
Narrator: Tess Irondale
Series: Fangs and Feathers #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 6, 2021
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited, Purchased
Point-of-View: First
Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
Content Warning: View Spoiler »
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 326
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Why did the dragon cross the road? To eat the stupid human, probably.
Welcome to post-revolution Las Vegas. Now a haven for gambling, debauchery, and supernaturals.
Of course, it's the idiot humans with new magics of their own that cause the most trouble. That's where I come in.
My job as a rookie cop in the Rapid Response unit is to deal with the ongoing teething problems of the magic revolution. Teething problems which often involve actual fangs, among other things. But as one of the idiot humans myself, and saddled with an oddball magic that's frequently more hazard than help, that's easier said than done.
Oh, and the ill-tempered dragon? She's my police partner. (Ditto on the more hazard than help thing.)
So when some jackass comes up with the bright idea to take the entire city hostage? Yeah, I'm in way over my head. But my adoptive family is right in the crosshairs, and I didn't become a cop to sit on my hands while others suffer.
You'd better wish me luck.
Warning: This urban fantasy series contains danger, mayhem, humor, and heart, with characters you'll fall for—including a vampire with an unbeating heart of gold, a book-hoarding dragon who eats criminals for breakfast, a mysterious supernatural who's as hot as the desert he slunk out of, and a human heroine who'll fight to save them all.
Fans of Kim Harrison, Annette Marie, Ilona Andrews, K.F. Breene, Hailey Edwards, or Patricia Briggs, dive into this thrilling new world for a feel-good, action-packed adventure with a dash of slow burn romance.

Dragons are a Girl’s Best Friend by Isla Frost is the first book in the Fangs and Feathers Urban Fantasy series. I got the ebook from Kindle Unlimited and purchased the audible add-on so I could switch between reading and listening. I liked the narrator a lot.

Lyra works for the Las Vegas Magical Police Department Rapid Response Team, so basically she’s a magical rookie beat cop. Since the Supernaturals of the world gave humans magical abilities, the type and amount of magic you have matters. Since Lyra’s only magical ability is to “borrow” someone else’s power through touch, she’s considered mostly a dud. That doesn’t stop her from jumping headfirst into a new case when the entire magical part of the city is taken hostage.

Based on the cover and description I thought this was going to be a light-hearted, fun Urban Fantasy. Though there are shades of snark and humor, the content is darker than I expected. I enjoyed Lyra, the Main Character, and her partner, Aurelis, the dragon. I thought this was a very engaging read and I zipped right through it. There is a hint of romance to come, but nothing really on page.

I’m looking forward to the next book.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Fangs and Feathers


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Review: Storm Echo by Nalini Singh

Posted August 8, 2022 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Storm Echo by Nalini SinghReviewer: Casee
Storm Echo by Nalini Singh
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #6, Psy-Changeling #21
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: August 9, 2022
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Length: 11 hours and 14 minutes
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five-stars


NYT bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into the hearts of two fractured people in a world on the brink of a psychic Armageddon . . .

Silence has fallen. The Psy are free to feel emotion. Free to love. But Silence was never a prison for Ivan Mercant. The biggest threat to his future lies dormant in his brain—a psychic monster that wants only to feed. And now, the brutal leash he’s kept on that monster is slipping. He prepared for this day, for the end of Ivan Mercant . . . but that was before he met Lei.
As primal as she is human, this wild changeling brings color into his life, laughter to his soul. Then the dream shatters in a rain of blood, in silent bodies in the snow. Lei is gone. Vanished without a trace . . . until he meets strangely familiar eyes across a busy San Francisco street.
Soleil Bijoux Garcia is a healer who has lost everything. She exists in a world of desolate aloneness . . . till the day she finds herself face-to-face with a lethal stranger. The animal who is her other half knows this man, but her memories are tattered fragments. Sorrow and a need for vengeance are all that drive her. Her mission? To kill the alpha of the DarkRiver leopard pack.
But fate has other plans. Soon, a deadly soldier who believes himself a monster and a broken healer might be all that stand between life and death for the entire Psy race.

Ivan Merchant has always known he was different. Not in just his abilities, but different on a level that can’t be explained.

As a security specialist for the Merchant empire, Ivan often travels to changeling packs to continue his education. While training with a pack in Texas (??), Ivan finds himself injured in the forest. That’s when he meets Lei, a changeling healer that fascinates him. While Ivan has never been fully Silent, he abides by the backbone that is Silence. To do so would unleash something in Ivan that even he can’t control. Everything he believed in up to that point is changed when Lei walks into his life. Night after night, Lei & Ivan meet, bonding in a way that Ivan would never have expected.

After weeks of meeting & Ivan telling Lei all his secrets, they agree to meet the following day where Lei will tell him all her secrets. Except she doesn’t show up. Ivan is crushed, though he will never admit it. At that point he accepts who he is; someone that could never hold onto someone like Lei.

When a local changeling back is brutally attacked by the Psy, a twist of fate puts Ivan at the scene. Every changeling is dead except for one. Ivan’s Lei. Brutally injured, Lei is taken to the local hospital where she disappears. Ivan spends fifteen months looking for Lei, not willing to give up. Then he sees someone that looks and doesn’t look like Lei.

Soleil is in San Francisco for one reason. To kill the alpha of DarkRiver. It was Lucas Hunter that executed her pack, including her grandmother and the cubs. When Soleil realizes everything she thought she knew wasn’t true, she is crushed. Even though she soon realized that she could never hope to kill Lucas Hunter, she had a mission. Now she has nothing and no one. Until she catches an elusive scent that can only mean one thing. Not only that, she’s found a Psy that her cat knows belongs to her.

Watching Ivan fall for Lei strictly in his POV was magical. It was a slow burn and so emotional to read. When he believes that the one chance at happiness slipped away, he’s crushed. It was so moving and heartbreaking to read. When he finds her again, he’s convinced that his chance of happiness has passed. The feelings that the two have for each other are not to be denied. All Soleil has to do is convince Ivan to take a chance on her. Of course nothing is ever easy in this series & Soleil has her work cut out for her. Reading about the sacrifices these two made for each other was extraordinary. Nalini has grown so much as a writer. She has a talent that few authors match. It’s not just the individuals, it’s about Pack. It’s about family. It’s about togetherness. It’s quite literally spellbinding.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Psy-Changeling

Psy-Changeling Trinity

five-stars


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Monthly Reads: July 2022

Posted August 4, 2022 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 5 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

July was a great month for me! I read 17 books.

Free (Chaos #6) by Kristen Ashley | 3.75 out of 5
Storm Echo (Psy-Changeling #21, Psy-Changeling Trinity #6) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
Burning Ash (Forgotten Brotherhood #3) by N.J. Walters | 4 out of 5
Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling #3)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4.75 out of 5
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling #2)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Bjorn Cursed (Forgotten Brotherhood #4) by N.J. Walters | 3.75 out of 5
Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling #5)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling #10)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
The Jackal (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #1) by J.R. Ward | 3.75 out of 5
Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling #12)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 5 out of 5
Shield of Winter (Psy-Changeling #13)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
The Rogue King (Inferno Rising #1) by Abigail Owen | 4.25 out of 5
The Blood King (Inferno Rising #2) by Abigail Owen | 3.75 out of 5
Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter #1)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 5 out of 5
Rough Ride (Chaos #4.5) by Kristen Ashley | 3 out of 5
Archangel’s Kiss (Guild Hunter #2)(reread)(audio) by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite book of the month was The Rogue King by Abigail Owen. She is a new-to-me author & I am enjoying the dragon world immensely. My least favorite book was Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley. It was a novella, but it still didn’t pack the same punch as a full-length novel.

Holly

July was a strange month for me. I started strong, but then we traveled a lot and my reading fell off as the month went on.

No More Secrets (Blue Moon #1) by Lucy Score | 4 out of 5
Fall into Temptation (Blue Moon #2) by Lucy Score | 4 out of 5
The Last Second Chance (Blue Moon #3) by Lucy Score | 3.75 out of 5
Her Hometown Man (Sutton’s Place #1) by Shannon Stacey | 3.75 out of 5
An Unexpected Cowboy (Sutton’s Place #2) by Shannon Stacey | 3.5 out of 5
Things We Never Got Over (Knockemout #1) by Lucy Score (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Beyond Innocence (Beyond Duet #1) by Emma Holly | 3.25 out of 5
Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4 out of 5
Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels #3.5) by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews (reread) (audio) | 4 out of 5
Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5) by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Curran POV (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling #12) by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Shield of Winter (Psy-Changeling #13) by Nalini Singh (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels #3) by Loretta Chase (reread) | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was No More Secrets by Lucy Score. My least favorite was Beyond Innocence by Emma Holly. I liked the book, but a lot of it was problematic.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged this month. If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite – and least favorite – reads of the month were.

Monthly Reads: July 2022

So…what was your favorite read of the month? And your least favorite? Use the Gleam Widget to enter! Good luck!


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Monthly Recap: June & July 2022

Posted August 3, 2022 by Casee in Features, Giveaway Winners | 2 Comments

Hey guys!

The Monthly Recap is exactly that, a monthly recap of what we’re reading, reviewing, and blogging about on Book Binge. We’ve also got some winners to announce for our monthly giveaways. If you missed anything on the blog last month, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s what you missed on the blog…

What We Reviewed

Holly reviewed Stranded And Spellbound (Ever Dark Ever Deadly #3) by Jenna Collett | DNF
Holly reviewed A Ruin of Roses (Deliciously Dark Fairytales #1) by K.F. Breene | 3.75 out of 5
Holly reviewed When He’s Sinful (The Olympus Pride #3) by Suzanne Wright | 3.25 out of 5
Casee reviewed Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1) by Dianne Duvall | 3 out of 5
Holly reviewed In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians #3.5) by Dianne Duvall | 3.5 out of 5
Casee reviewed A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones #1) by Dianne Duvall | 4.25 out of 5
Holly reviewed Hunted (Pack of Dawn and Destiny #1) by K.M. Shea | 3.75 out of 5
Holly reveiwed American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton | 4.25 out of 5
Holly reviewed Unzipped (Lucky in Love #4) by Lauren Blakely | 3.5 out of 5
Holly reviewed Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1) by Dianne Duvall | 3.25 out of 5
Holly reviewed Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie | 2.75 out of 5
Casee reviewed The Lasaran (Aldebarian Alliance #1) by Dianne Duvall | 4 out of 5
Casee reviewed The Segonian (Aldebarian Alliance #2) by Dianne Duvall | 4.25 out of 5
Casee reviewed Fury Unleashed (Forgotten Brotherhood #1) by N.J. Walters | 3.5 out of 5
Holly reviewed The Danu by Kelly Lucille | 3.25 out of 5

What We Posted

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Giveaway Winners

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Monthly Reads: May 2022

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Winners: Please shoot us an email at admin[at]thebookbinge.com then let us know which book you choose, and where you would like us to send your prize. You have two weeks to get back to us before we choose another winner.

That does it for this month’s recap. We hope that you’re all having a great day and we hope you look forward to what we have in store for August.


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