Book Review: Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) by Lola Dodge


Release Date: 13th October 2015
Source: Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★☆



Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.

The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.

Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?

The Review

So this review has been a long time coming. I just want to apologise to the author and the Ink monster crew for taking so long to actually read this awesome book.
Right, where do I start?
Quanta is a Red helix with clairvoyant powers currently held prisoner by the seligo. The all too famous Dr. Nagi uses her powers to locate other Red helix subjects and also if he gets lucky the shadow ravens.
Altair Orpheus is a broody scientist and the son of a powerful senator who will stop at nothing to get into Dr. Nagi’s research in order to save of red helix subjects for the shadow ravens.
Just when he thinks he struck gold and gets accepted into the research, he meets Quanta. Tair, is drawn to Quanta in ways he can’t understand and Quanta can’t see much of the future past Altair. But its up to them to find a way out of the seligo that does not end in death.
What did I think? Well, I really don’t know why it took me so long to read this book. Three word’s “I Loved it!”
This is my first Lola Dodge book and I think I love her already.
First off, I really liked Quanta as the lead. She was just perfect, not whiney or naive. I liked her determination and fighting spirit, even when it seemed the odds were stacked against her she just kept fighting. Tair!!! wow, I think I’m in love with him *swoon*. Now he was just superbly awesome especially towards the end ( I won’t give spoilers)
Darren (Yuk!) I didn’t like him one bit, he just seemed greasy and smelly (for lack of a better word)
I enjoyed the pace of the story and the plot, and I keen to see where the Shadow ravens story is heading, at the moment only Cipher and Quanta seem to be the focus, I am keen to see the bigger picture and how they plan to take out the seligo.

Blog Tour Stop: Quanta Reset (Shadow Ravens #3) by Lola Dodge



Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens #3) by Lola Dodge
Genre: YA
Release Date: September 27th 2016
Publisher: Ink Monster


About the Book

Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.

Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.

The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.

While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power…

Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.


Quanta’s POV

Futures fizzed through my dreams.
Tair and me giggling and smiling. Then Tair and me running and dying. Tompkins staring blankly into space.
The Ravens and Eva and Nagi. Millions of possibilities swirled. The past tugged at me, too. Like an underwater cave of phantoms, dying to pull me in.
Darren’s chemical-green eyes bored into me while he cackled from the darkness.
I woke up panting. And on the floor.
Gulping deep breaths, I tried to concentrate on my stinging back, hoping the pain would push away the ghosts. There were a million and one terrible things in those dreams, but one image stuck out more than all the others:
A future Quanta on her knees, clapping her hands to her ears, surrounded by limp bodies. So, so many bodies.
I pulled my blanket down around me and tried to even out my breathing. If my vitals spiked too much, Tair would come running, and I’d have to explain. I didn’t want to explain, even to him.
The nightmares didn’t bother me. Darren was dead, and he could laugh all he wanted now that he wasn’t breathing.
The past was like a bonfire I’d passed through. It couldn’t hurt me anymore. But the future… It’s just a possibility.
I hugged the blanket tight. It doesn’t have to happen.
Either way, it sucked that reality was my biggest fear.
I couldn’t let myself kill that many people. I’d end it before it went that far.And wasn’t that another chipper thought?
I grabbed the closest paper and pencil from the floor and started sketching. A time ghostly forest hovered at the edge of my vision, and I focused on it, losing myself in the shapes of the trees and mountains. By the time the paper was filled, my cold sweat was gone and panic had stopped making my vision shake.
Action. I had to do something or I was going to lose it.
But what?
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Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Blog Tour Stop + Review: Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2) by Kat Ross



Blood of the Prophetby Kat Ross
Series : The Fourth Element #2
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


About the Book

Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.

The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…

It’s only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King’s dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius’s mother with it. But they’re not the only ones looking.

The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…


The Review

If you  haven’t read book 1, then please stop now as this has some spoilers.
You can read my review of book 1 here – The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross

The book pretty much picks up from where book one left off. Although they escaped all the madness in the city of Persepolae, it seems they must return to Karnopolis to find the prophet who can free the daeva’s in the coming war with the queen of Bactria.
So Darius, Myrri , Tijah and Nazafareen leave for Karnopolis to meet with an ally known as Arshad.
Meanwhile, a necromancer and former Magi Balthazar is on a mission to also find the prophet and in the process crosses paths with the former water dogs. Will they be able to rescue the prophet before it is too late?

What did I think? So I won’t lie, I have been in a reading slump and this book didn’t manage to pull me completely out of it. But I will add that this is a really brilliantly written story.
I actually like all the characters in this book, as the author manages to create an awesome depth to them all.
We get to find out more about Darius and what he has experienced in his time when he lived in Karnopolis, there isn’t much concerning Victor in this book and I am really hoping he will be in the 3rd book.
I enjoyed the way the relationship between Darius and Nazafareen developed, they are my 2 favorite characters in the book.
Balthazar is truly a worthy villain in this book, I even fear him more than the so called queen of Bactria, this is because even when he is killing off his victims he does with interest, not malice. Now if that is not crazy person behavior I don’t know what is.
I have keen to see where the author is taking Nazafareen with the new discoveries in her abilities, she is a protagonist like no other, her strength and determination is amazing. Although her impulsive decisions might cause her more harm than good.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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About the Author

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.
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Book Review: The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross



Release date: 26th March 2016
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They are the light against the darkness.

The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.

And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…

The Review

Who thought this would be the book that will bring me out of my reading lull.
I got a copy of this book as part of a blog tour and trust me it is off to a brilliant start.
The story is about Nazafareen, she is part of a Nomad clan known Four-Legs. After her sister is killed by a wight, she decides to join the Water Dogs (the king’s elite hunters) and dedicates her life to protecting the king’s empire from the undead also known as the Druj. But to do this she must be linked with a daeva. Daeva’s look human but possess great powers which allow them to manipulate the elements but not without side effects. The escape of some ancient prisoners triggers a series of events that make Nazafareen question her faith, her team of Water dogs, the slavery of the daeva’s and their origin.

What did I Think?
Well damn! This was a really good book. It did start off pretty slow or maybe that was just me and my reading lull.
I liked this book as it was set in a game of thrones kinda set up, you know epic fantasy stuff.
The story is quite original as I don’t think I have read anything like this. The author put in some really great twists that I wasn’t expecting towards the end that had me all shocked.
I think I liked Nazafareen, she is almost the full package in terms of the heroine. She seems smart and not too chatty. I never heard her complain once, she was just impulsive and it took her a while to trust Darius.
I liked Darius too he struck me as the strong silent type which made him very interesting.
Let’s talk about Ilyas… now that dude is unstable. I knew this from the moment he showed up at the recruitment. And even the was he talked to his Daeva Tommas….need I say more? So I wasn’t surprised with the way things turned out.
What I liked was the fact that every character brought something to the story even the ever so random mages. And I can tell that the follow-up books are going to delve deeper into the story.

Cover Reveal: Cherished ( Beholder #3) by Christina Bauer


I think the covers in this series are just getting better with each book.  Another cover reveal from one of my favorite authors!

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Cherished by Christina Bauer
(The Beholder series #3)
Publication date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


About the Book

For Elea, there’s never been a better time to turn away from witch life. The Tsar is in exile. The Vicomte is dead. And Rowan? Falling for him only broke her heart. Instead of casting spells, Elea spends her days running Braddock Farm and enjoying the flirtations of the very handsome and non-magical Philippe. Everything is going perfectly, except for one problem.

Someone’s trying to kill her.

Shujaa is a Changed One, a Creation Caster mage whose mutated form makes him invincible in battle. Now that the Tsar and Vicomte are gone, Shujaa wants to rise and rule. To do so, he must eliminate all those powerful enough to oppose him, and Elea is top on his list. Anyone who offers her aid quickly ends up dead.

In the end, there’s only one person who can keep Elea safe while helping her defeat Shujaa: Rowan. Like it or not, Elea must team up with her old love. With Philippe along for the ride, Elea plans to team with Rowan without losing her heart this time. But that’s when all her plans fall apart…

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ChristinaAbout the Author

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English as well as Television, Radio, and Film Production. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Zerto. Back in the go-go 90′s, she founded her own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien’s text, it’s entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.

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