Shadows of the Sky by Cecilia Dominic – Cover Reveal

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Today, Cecilia Dominic is sharing the cover of her soon to be released book Shadows of the Sky.  This will be the 4th book in a series I have been enjoying called The Fae Files. Shadows of the Sky releases on June 29th.

About Shadows of the Sky

Reine thought she’d reached the end of her Path… As it turns out, her challenges have just begun.

After she and Lawrence are whisked away to the hospital in the gargoyle enclave of The Aerie, Reine is torn between her responsibilities back in her kingdom in Faerie and wanting to see Lawrence healthy and whole. Plus, almost losing him means she can’t ignore her feelings for him any more.

Now that Lawrence knows who killed his father, he’s searching for a new meaning in life. A certain green-eyed Fae makes him fantasize about domestic bliss, but he knows she’s loyal to her kind. Plus, his mom isn’t a fan of his Fae bond-mate.

Reine and Lawrence soon discover that The Aerie isn’t the idyllic mountain town its inhabitants want others to believe. Loose ends multiply as Reine searches for the source of the spell sucking the life out of the town. Can she and Lawrence work together to unmask the villain and free The Aerie? Or will their conflicting desires and responsibilities tear them apart…and spell the doom of gargoyle-kind?

If you like snarky heroines, complicated slow-burn romances, thrilling mysteries, and hot heroes with heart, you’ll love Shadows of the Sky. Preorder the book and escape into the vivid world of Cecilia Dominic’s spellbinding Fae Files series today!

Note: these books can be read in any order, but it’s best to start with book 1, The Shadow Project.

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Prevent the Past, #2 3) by Rebecca Hefner – Two Book Reviews

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About A Destiny Reborn by Rebecca Hefner

Lost in a timeline that was never theirs…

Thrust into a world they barely comprehend, two time travelers are forced to survive with only each other as allies. Claire Finch, the kind, bubbly scientist, has sacrificed her hidden dreams for the cause: to prevent the apocalypse and save the world. Cyrus Montgomery, a tough, stoic soldier weary from the battle scars of war and barren dystopia.

Together, they traverse the unfamiliar circumstances, both fighting and denying their mutual attraction.

But destiny can be manipulated by unseen forces, and as they navigate the uncharted timeline, they discover a united strength they never possessed apart…and learn that true love ultimately prevails if the warnings of the past are heeded with caution and diligence.

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Review of A Destiny Reborn

If you are going to read any of the books in the Prevent the Past series, read A Destiny Reborn. This one can be read as a standalone. (Although, I recommend the entire series).

Before they time traveled, Claire and Cyrus were already attracted to one another, although neither had let on. When their trip to the past took them even further into history than intended, a great relationship between the friends may be the last thing they are thinking of. But it may prove to be the most important asset.

Claire and Cyrus working together to figure out how to live in the past is what made me fall for these characters. And while the romance was a foregone conclusion, I enjoyed the evolution of their friendship into something much more. I also enjoyed the connection to a younger version of Marie from book 1.

Throughout the story, the reader wonders how Claire and Cyrus are going to make it back to the mainstream of the story and connect with their friends. (Actually, you only wonder if you have not read book 1.) Being complicated, time travel cannot easily fix things. The final outcome for Claire and Cyrus and what it will mean for their friends proves to be perfect.

Thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

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About A Timeline Restored by Rebecca Hefner

Eli Hernandez spent decades cultivating an image of fear and domination as the nefarious leader of the New Establishment. Yet, deep inside, he still clutches onto the barest hope that his irredeemable soul has vestiges of virtue.

Alora Castillo lost everything one fateful day long ago as Eli looked on, unable to stop the carnage. Resolved to detest him, she must forge ahead when they are thrust together as unlikely allies.

As the ragtag team of time travelers strives to reconnect with their leader, dark forces hide behind the scenes, manipulating fate as the cycle carries on.

Determined to succeed and prevent the past, the team battles the evil regime, unwilling to accept failure. But accepting the yearnings of the heart requires forgiveness—a concept Alora dismissed long ago, no matter how fervently she secretly longs for Eli’s embrace.

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Review of A Timeline Restored

Alora and Eli seem to be the most unlikely couple. Alora views Eli as the enemy that destroyed her family. While Eli has done terrible things in his past, he wants the same thing as Alora – to prevent the catastrophe of the evil regime.

This is, perhaps, the most complicated story line of the series. In it, a group of people from the future work out how to live in the past while they plot and plan to save the earth from President Edward Randolph. Throw in enemies working against them who are also time travelers, plus that whole time paradox issue and you have plenty to sink your teeth into in A Timeline Restored.

While the blurb for this book talks about Eli and Alora, readers should know this story includes the rest of the Lainey’s scientific time traveling team (except for Claire and Cyrus from book 2). Each character has his or her very important role to play in saving the world.

Eli and Alora do have the biggest part of the story. Their love/hate relationship (or is it hate/love) is tempestuous and passionate, stormy and exciting. Both Alora and Eli will need to change how they view each other if this is ever going to work out. Of course it will work out. This is a romance. But the journey is bumpy.

Full of exciting action and steamy romance with a few twists that will sneak up on you, this series is best read in order. Plus there is that whole time travel thing. Read these books out of order at your own risk of paradox.

Thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

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The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley – Review

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About The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

For fans of The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and David Mitchell, a genre bending, time twisting alternative history that asks whether it’s worth changing the past to save the future, even if it costs you everyone you’ve ever loved.

Joe Tournier has a bad case of amnesia. His first memory is of stepping off a train in the nineteenth-century French colony of England. The only clue Joe has about his identity is a century-old postcard of a Scottish lighthouse that arrives in London the same month he does. Written in illegal English—instead of French—the postcard is signed only with the letter “M,” but Joe is certain whoever wrote it knows him far better than he currently knows himself, and he’s determined to find the writer. The search for M, though, will drive Joe from French-ruled London to rebel-owned Scotland and finally onto the battle ships of a lost empire’s Royal Navy. In the process, Joe will remake history, and himself.

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Review of The Kingdoms

The Kingdoms is one of the most original time travel books that I have read.  The story is intricate, utterly fascinating and impossible to put down.

A combination of intentional and unintentional time travel moves the plot back and forth in time.  Chapter headings help the reader keep track of when.  The story begins in an England that lost at the Battle at Trafalgar where the French occupy the land.

The main character, Joe, is out of place and time no matter what timeline he is in. From the time he steps off a train with no memories of who he is, Joe constantly searches for his identity.  The search takes him back and forth in time, and through England and Scotland.  While Joe is not the only time traveller, he does seem to be the lynch pin to the story.  His actions influence those around him which, in turn, influence events that may or may not change the future.

In his search, Joe receives a postcard mailed 93 years ago, sign by ‘M’.  Searching for ‘M’, leads Joe to the past where he is held captive in order to provide the English navy with technology from the future to help them defeat the French.  Since Joe has a daughter in the future, he is keen to return and does not want to cooperate.  However, interacting with the soldiers, Joe begins to develop relationships with his captors.  The constant desire to go home conflicts with his empathy with the English cause.

There is a subtle, slow-burn romance underlying the mixed up time line plot.  The relationship, that may seem to be just an aside, will be critical to the story.

The Kingdoms is rich in historical detail, actual and altered, including an occupied England and a wartime Scotland.  Warfare on the sea adds to the vibrant atmosphere.  Sharp characters with complex relationships breath life into this amazing tale.

Thanks to the publisher who provided a copy through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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