Read in November

Number of Books Read: 13

Below are the books I read in November but didn’t have time to review this month.


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Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Hidden Legacy #1

Rating: A

A brand new series from the Andrews’ writing team. Nevada Baylor is hired to bring a dangerous fire-starter in to his family before he causes more damage to the city. This is a wonderful start to the Hidden Legacy series. I loved that Nevada’s powers were more defensive, which is different from Andrews’ other heroines who typically have more offensive powers. I look forward to the next book in the series which is slotted to come out sometime next year.


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Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Shifters Unbound #5

Rating: C

Carly Randal gets pulled into the world of Shiftertown after accepting help from the cat shifter, Tiger. Not the greatest installment in the series, but not bad either. Everything was just too easy for Carly and Tiger, which made reading the book a little boring.


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The Winter King by C.L. Wilson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Weathermages of Mystral #1

Rating: C –

After conquering the summerlands in the name of vengeance Wynter takes one of the Summer King’s daughters as his bride. This is one of those books where the heroine spends almost the entire story being neglected and abused by everyone around her. Everyone hated her because of where she came from and they made their opinions really clear, even Wynter. I hate martyr story-lines and this was definitely that. Despite this, CL Wilson’s writing style is engaging and I might eventually pick-up the next book in the series just for that.


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Tethered by Meljean Brook

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Series: Iron Seas #2.5

Rating: A

Yasmeen and Archimedes are blackmailed into helping a friend find a missing relative.  I absolutely loved this short story featuring the main characters from Heart of Steel. They are both dealing with their emotional hang-ups while trying to take care of one another as they head into a dangerous job. I would love to see more of this pair together and I’m hoping that Brook will eventually decide to give them another book to themselves.


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Tarnished Knight by Bec McMaster

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Steampunk Romance

Series: London Steampunk #1.5

Rating: B

Esme is devastated when she finds out that vampire John Doolan has no plans to make her his thrall. The two spend the length of this short story circling each other. I read this to see if I’d be interested in starting the series.  The world here wasn’t anything especially new, but the writing was interesting enough that I’ll give one of the full length books a shot.


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Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Kate Daniels #6

Rating: A

Kate Daniels and crew venture overseas in a bid to get medicine to stop shifters from going loup. I loved this book to pieces. The setting outside of Atlanta was a breath of fresh air for this addition to the series. I loved how vulnerable Kate is with everything that is going on with Curren and the pack. It was also great to see a ramp-up in tension centered around Roland. It feels like the stakes are finally raising in the series and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.


RIVETED, A Novel of the Iron Seas

Riveted by Meljean Brook

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Series: Iron Seas #3

Rating: B+

Annika is from a hidden village in Iceland and has spent the past four years searching for her sister when she runs into David. David is bent on fulfilling a promise to his mother that threatens to expose Annika’s people. While set in the same world as the rest of the Iron Seas series, this book can stand firmly on its own. There are no connections between the other books in the series so this would be a good introduction to the series if you’re not wanting to start with The Iron Duke.

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The Kraken King

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The Kraken King

Author: Meljean Brook

Publish Date: 2014

Genre: Steam-punk Romance

Series: Iron Seas, book 4

Rating: A –


In The Kraken King (book 4 in the Iron Seas series) pulp adventure writer, Zenobia Fox, has had a target on her back ever since her brother acquired a fortune on one of his treasure hunts. Now anyone looking to make a quick buck knows that kidnapping her will easily get a ransom from her brother. Tired of living in fear and closeting herself away, Zenobia takes the chance to sail with her friend to Australia. But misfortune loves Zenobia as she quickly finds herself caught in the midst of a brewing conflict over a war machine and is suspected of being a spy.

I’ll admit that I haven’t been following Meljean Brook’s “Iron Seas” series all that close. I read the first novel, The Iron Duke, but didn’t have the urge to jump into the rest of the series. Now, however, I definitely want to go back and read the other books because The Kraken King was fantastic. It feels like Brook has a much better grasp on the world and where she wants to go with it than she did in The Iron Duke.

The world centered on here is a much differnt atmosphere than was featured in Iron Duke, which I liked a lot better. I was pretty impressed with the different politics that Brook incorporated as Zenobia and crew traipse across the continent. It gave the impression that this is a country that is divided and barely hanging onto peace time. Adding to this was the turmoil of the war machine and how the burden of it has fallen onto just a handful of average people.

One thing that Brook continues to do right is that she doesn’t include past main characters from the series unless they serve a function to the plot. This is one area that a lot of long running romance series fail in. Often characters will be inserted into the story to show just how bright and shiny their lives are now, which drags the plot down. So, instead of dreading seeing past characters appear in Brook’s novels, I’m excited because I know they’re appearing for a reason. This was the case here as we got an appearance from Archimedes and Yasmeen from Heart of Steel.

All in all, The Kraken King was a lot of fun. Also, I don’t feel like I missed anything by skipping Heart of Steel and Riveted to get to this one. Can’t wait to see what Brook will come out with next.