September 30, 2015

Shelley Liked It: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Series: Becoming Jinn 1
Format: Paperback | 384 pages
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.

Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.

Sinners, Saints + A Giveaway: Devil and the Deep by Megan Tayte

Devil and the Deep
Ceruleans 4
Megan Tayte
Heaven Afire
September 30, 2015
YA Fantasy


Scarlett is living her happy-ever-after, back in the real world. Only the ‘happy’ part is proving problematic.

For starters, there’s the isolation. Being a Cerulean among humans is fraught with risk, so her time with people can only be fleeting. Which means being with Luke but not being with Luke.

Then there’s her Cerulean light, her power over life and death. Less awesome talent, as it turns out, and more overwhelming responsibility. And it comes with rules – rules that are increasingly difficult to obey. But what’s really pushing Scarlett to the precipice is something much bigger than herself, than her life in the cove. A force to be reckoned with:


When long-buried truths are exposed, will Scarlett keep her head above water – or will she drown in the blood-dimmed tide that is unleashed?

September 29, 2015

Loved It: A Bad Boy for Christmas by Jessica Lemmon + Giveaway

Series: Second Chance 3
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Forever Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that's a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe . . .

With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they'll have to decide if they're ready to give each other the best gift of all-love.

September 28, 2015

Liked It: Bread of the Dead by Ann Myers + Giveaway & Recipe

Series: Santa Fe Cafe Mystery 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Mystery

The Day of the Dead is approaching in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and cook Rita Lafitte is busy decorating sugar skulls, taste-testing pan de muerto (bread of the dead), and refashioning her post-divorce life. She loves her job at Tres Amigas Cafe and feels like she’s found a good home for herself and her teenage daughter…until her kindly landlord is found dead next door, seemingly from suicide.Although Rita discovers evidence of murder, the police aren’t convinced, especially one of the lead detectives who’s also Rita’s ex-husband. To uncover the truth behind her friend’s death, Rita teams up with her octogenarian boss Flori, the town’s most celebrated snoop. Soon, their investigation encompasses other crimes, including break-ins and the murder of their number-one suspect. Rita won’t feel safe until the killer is caught. But when she unearths a long-buried secret, will she become the next victim?

September 26, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

Series: Shadows of Asphodel 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: May 11, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Source: Publisher
Recommended By: Candace's Book Blog
Genre: Adult Fantasy | Steampunk

She never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer.

1913. Austria-Hungary. Ardis knows better than to save a man on the battlefield. Even if he manages to be a charming bastard while bleeding out in the snow. She hasn’t survived this long as a mercenary without some common sense.

When she rescues Wendel, it isn’t because he’s devilishly handsome, but because he’s a necromancer. His touch can revive the dead, and Ardis worries he will return from the grave to hunt her down. Besides, a necromancer can be useful in this world on the brink of war.

A gentleman of questionable morals, Wendel drops to one knee and pledges his undying loyalty to Ardis. She resists falling for him, no matter how hot the tension smolders between them. Especially when she discovers Wendel’s scars run much deeper than his skin, and it might be too late to truly save him from himself.

3.5 Cauldrons

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [169]

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 

September 25, 2015

Quick Hits: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes & Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas #deathbyMaas #EpicFantasy


It's been a polarizing week for me. A few days ago it was erotic thriller day, today it's epic fantasies. I've been in my reading cave for most of the week, totally lost in these worlds. I know a lot of you have read FALLING KINGDOMS (which is a Cherry Popped feature), as well as QUEEN OF SHADOWS. I'll be quick and just give you a rundown of my "feels" for both these books.

Happy Friday!

September 24, 2015

Duran Duran, Paper Gods, and Rock Starred with Karen Booth

Rock Starred: Love My Way
Karen Booth
Contemporary Romance | Rockstars
March 12, 2015

When her fiancĂ© destroyed her with a “Dear Katie” letter a week before their wedding, Kate Stillman still took a vow--it would be a cold day in hell before she gave a man anything more than one night. Free from emotional entanglements, her photography career is skyrocketing, there's the occasional hot one-night-stand, and her heart is off-limits. It's the perfect plan until a Miami getaway brings her face-to-face with Peter Barrett.

Smart and sexy guitarist Peter has been pursuing Katie with texts since she photographed his band. Now that they're reunited in the flesh, there's more than mere flirtation. He wants her. Now. Katie gives in to their sizzling chemistry, thinking a rock star will appreciate her one-night rule. Instead, Peter balks and extends an invitation for a second night of pure abandon, an offer too tempting to refuse. When they part, Katie learns how well her rule protected her heart. Time away from Peter only leaves her wanting him more. Every steamy, late-night phone call makes her wonder if she can love again. But when Peter returns and her trust is tested, Katie must overcome her past to see that love her way was never the way at all.

Previously published as 'Love My Way'. The 2015 re-release has an all-new first chapter and expanded scenes.


If you're a follower and/or fan of Karen Booth, you'll know that she writes amazing music-themed romances, and she's also a HUGE fan of  Duran Duran. And so am I. And it's our mutual love for Simon LeBon and the band's hits that had me begging KBooth to stop by today and review Duran Duran's latest album, Paper Gods.

September 23, 2015

Gush & Gripe: Bad Reviews, Don't Take It Personal [Kristi Charish Piggyback]

Today, I am shamelessly piggybacking on Kristi Charish's article about how authors AND reviewers navigate the Temple of Bad Reviews. I strongly recommend you all read it at some point because it's a balanced commentary reflecting both sides of the coin.

I know this topic has been beaten to death, and just like zombies and immortal, otherworldly beings, the case that is Author & Street Team v. Reader/Blogger refuses to die down. As book bloggers, I think we're closer to the flame than the average reader because we're in the frontline and our voices are "louder" to some degree. As we are applauded for well-written reviews, we also take the most heat when we rate a book 3 stars or below. Here's where KC's article comes in. She eloquently speaks from both the standpoints of author and reviewer:

Let me ask you this: would you rather have an honest review even if that means it's a 3 or below, or a BS 4 or 5 because you don't want your star rating to suffer? To remind you of the standard review disclaimer: Copy recieved for free in exchange for an honest review. By giving me your book, you've also given me permission to rate and review your work based on my experience with it.

I for one have encountered at least one author who took my review personally, and if memory serves, I even gave it a good rating with a few critiques because there were aspects that didn't work for me (as a side-note, you know who you are, Dear Author). My first reaction was sadness, then when that eased, I got pissed off. I can only speak for myself, but when I end up disliking a book, more often than not, it's a case of it's not you, it's me followed by a list of why it didn't work for me.

The way I see it, I'm just ONE reader and even though I have a certain degree of influence, I don't make decisions for others. They can make their own judgments based on the package as a whole (blurb, cover art, average star ratings, and other reviews). So if you're novel is as strong as you believe it is, then my high/low rating shouldn't devastate your ranking and sales. 

Now if your book isn't on fire then I suggest you look at that same package. Do you have enough reviews? Are those reviews curated? What's the ratio between reviews from sales versus those from review requests and book tours? From a customer stand-point, it looks dubious if you have less than 100 ratings and it's mostly 4s and 5s from people who didn't purchase your book.

In closing, allow me to reiterate that Talk Supe is a personal blog, therefore my reviews are subjective. My responsibility as a professional reader ends on reviewing your book. The rest are fringe benefits including (but not limited to) gushing about it in social media and virtually forcing it down my follower's throats (sorry guys!). Your star rating, book sales and reputation is not part of my job description, so if I end up disliking your work and its not ranking high, it's just pure coincidence. Don't take it personal.

Talk Supe

Book #Giveaway [Winner's Choice]: Rockin' Reads

rockin reads

Everyone needs a Rockin' Read! Stop by Sept 23rd to 30th and find out which reads have rocked 2015 for us! There will be a giveaway on each blog so don't forget to visit them all!

September 21, 2015

Darquepunk: Monster Stalker by Elizabeth Watasin

Monster Stalker
Darquepunk 1
Elizabeth Watasin
Sci-Fi Fantasy
September 21, 2015

Horror follows vampire Nico to a new world, and an old horror within her responds; kill it before it kills her. Nico jeopardises everything on a lone, redemptive path rescuing victims of the underworld and hunting the nightmare that created her—a monster only Nico knows is there.

A paranormal sci-fi noir. Darquepunk science fiction for the gothic, different, and queer. Gen X, gender fluidity. Polyaphroditic. Cyberpunk.

Some sexual content; Mild language; Violence; sexual violence.

September 19, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Recommended By: My Guilty Obsession
Genre: Young Adult Steampunk

In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.
His sweetheart, Mary—gone.
His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay.

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged [168]: #PointBreak

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 

Switching it up this week :)

September 18, 2015

Loved It: The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie + Fun Facts

Series: The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Atria
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical Fiction

A sumptuous and sensual tale of power, romance, family, and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King. Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France's most "well-beloved" monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed.

Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear.

Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters: Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne, four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail.

Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot - and women - forward. The King's scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters:sweet, naive Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne, will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.

In the tradition of The Other Boleyn Girl, The Sisters of Versailles is a clever, intelligent, and absorbing novel that historical fiction fans will devour. Based on meticulous research on a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie's stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood; of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough.

September 17, 2015

Shelley Loved It: Ward Against Disaster by Melanie Card

Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer 3
Format: E-Book | 276 pages
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher
Genre: YA Fantasy | Magic | Romance

Ward de'Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman's gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is…well, dead.

Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic.
When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic…blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever.

September 16, 2015

Loved It: Blade Dance by D.L. McDermott

Series: Cold Iron 4
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 21, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Boston schoolteacher Ann Phillips knows better than to trust the Fae, but when one of her second graders turns up to class with both arms covered in magical tattoos, she has no choice but to turn to Finn MacUmhaill, the dangerous and charismatic Fae crime lord who controls Charlestown, for help.

Finn MacUmhaill, leader of the Fianna, has had his eye on Ann Phillips for months, but a recent showdown with an old enemy has left his house broken. Between the crippling blow dealt to the Fianna and his son’s recent defection, he hasn’t had time to woo the pretty redhead. When she turns up on his doorstep asking for his help, he thinks he’s found the way to win her, but before he can act, the child goes missing, kidnapped by a rogue Druid who has discovered the key to destroying the wall between worlds.

Now, Finn and Ann must ally themselves with an old adversary—the treacherous Prince Consort—to save the boy, or risk the destruction of the wall that keeps the corrupt Fae Queen and her Court at bay.

September 15, 2015

Unrated: The Sleeping King by Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin

Series: TBA
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Epic Fantasy

Dees has won a Golden Heart Award, two RITAs for Category Suspense and Adventure and has also twice snared RT's Series Romantic Suspense of the Year. She is a great storyteller, and the adventures in her more than fifty novels are often inspired by her own life. Dees is an Air Force vet-the youngest female pilot in Air Force history-and fought in the first Gulf War. She's had amazing adventures, and she's used her experiences to tell some kickass stories.

But as much as she loves romances, Cindy's other passion has been fantasy gaming. For almost twenty years she's been involved with Dragon Crest, one of the original live action role-playing games. She's the story content creator on the game, and wanted to do an epic fantasy based on it, with the blessing and input of Dragon Crest founder Bill Flippin.

The Sleeping King is the first in an epic fantasy series, featuring the best of the genre: near immortal imperial overlords, a prophecy of a sleeping elven king who's said to be the savior of the races . . . and two young people who are set on a path to save the day.

September 14, 2015

Girl Crush Mondays + Giveaway: Aria Naveed of Kissed by Fire by Danielle Annett

Kissed by Fire
Blood & Magic 2
Danielle Annett
September 15, 2015
Urban Fantasy

As Friend of the Pack, Aria Naveed should be untouchable, protected by the most influential group in the Pacific Northwest. But someone is unleashing rogue vampires to hunt her down, and she is determined to find out why.

When Aria gains command of Sanborn Place and takes on a case involving a mysterious paranormal, her life is put in more peril than ever as she finds herself bound to an influential power player. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s puppet, but must tread carefully as she traverses the streets of Spokane, WA, or risk being overwhelmed by the forces moving against her.

As the only known pyrokinetic in the area, Aria is in high demand, but not for her services. It seems that to those in power, she’s worth more dead than alive, and if a mysterious enemy has their way, she won’t live long enough to find out why.

September 12, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Tea Time + Clockwork Heart [Short Films]

Today's Steampunk Sunday is going to be different. I've been featuring books most every week, but the truth of the matter is, Steampunk is more than a fiction genre. It's music, fashion, home decor, and movies! Here are a few short films for your enjoyment. 

September 11, 2015

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged [167]: #TheBastardExecutioner

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 

Switching it up this week :)

September 10, 2015

Loved It: Hexomancy by Michael R. Underwood

Series: Ree Reyes 3
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 14, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Fan-favorite urban fantasista Ree Reyes and her crew of Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture—take on their biggest foes yet in this fourth book of the Geekomancy series.

When Ree’s long time nemesis Lucretia is finally brought to trial and found guilty for the deadly attack on Grognard’s, the Geekomancer community breathes a collective sigh of relief. But Ree and her crew soon discover that Lucretia has three very angry, very dangerous sisters who won’t rest until Eastwood—a fellow Geekomancer—is killed.

What follows is an adventure packed with epic battles, a bit of romance, and enough geeky W00t moments to fill your monthly quota of adventure and fun.Fan-favorite urban fantasista Ree Reyes and her crew of Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture—take on their biggest foes yet in this fourth book of the Geekomancy series.

September 9, 2015

Shelley Loved It: Undertow by Michael Buckley

Series: Undertow 1
Format: Hardcover | 376 pages
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
Genre: YA | Speculative Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.

Michael R. Underwood on Geekdom and Speculative Fiction

Fanboy extraordinaire, Michael R. Underwood, is here today to talk about his latest novel, Celebromancy, and other geeky stuff.

**Note: This was originally posted July 2013, reposting because it's a fantastic article, and complements his upcoming book, HEXOMANCY.**

September 8, 2015

Loved It: Acts of Creation by Elisabeth Staab

Series: Evergreen Grove 2
Format: Mobi
Release Date: August 28, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult Romance

He’s living a lie.

Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies’ man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It’s all an act. Inside, he’s so full of self-loathing he’s on a fast-track to self-destruction.

She’s living in the shadows.

Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.

September 5, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Clockwork Menagerie by Karen Kincy

Series: Shadows of Asphodel 2.5
Format: Mobi
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Source: Tour Organizer
Genre: Steampunk

A companion novella to the Shadows of Asphodel series, from Konstantin’s point of view.

1914. Konstantin would love to hide in his laboratory and dissect the clockwork dragon captured from Russia, but the Archmages of Vienna have other plans. He finds himself shipped off to St. Petersburg as the scientific attachĂ© to an ambassador. His orders? Look, but don’t touch. Of course, he considers this an impossible request with so much enemy technomancy to explore.

To make matters worse, Konstantin has to work with the dashing zeppelin commander Himmel, a man who should also be untouchable. They can’t act on the smoldering attraction between them without risking it all. Faced with an illegal relationship and a devious rival technomancer, Konstantin might not return from this mission in Russia without conquering the forbidden.

Bought, Borrowed, 'n Bagged [166]: Hellboy, Miss Peregrine, The Avengers

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever.