REVIEW – Urban Fantasy/ Mythology \ See No Evil

See No Evil
(Soul Eater #3)
by Pippa DaCosta

Oh Ace my beleaguered nameless one, when will those terrible gods leave you in peace?


The Soul Eater series are not stand alone and must be read in order. Each book has it’s own completed story arc, though the main story/mystery is built on through each successive book. The author cleverly weaves both parts together, with each book providing answers, along with new puzzles, in equal measure.


It goes without saying that each time Bastet’s name was mentioned my heart crumbled a little more. The devastation that will result when the truth is revealed will, I’m sure, be far reaching and long lasting.. Oh, and what a great character Cat is turning out to be. I love how the author has included not one but two strong, fierce and do-what-it-takes females in the story. I also quite like Shu’s opinions of Cat and Ace, she may be a black souled demoness but Shukra is also a pretty decent person too.


Occasionally I felt that scenes were rushed, every now and then I found myself re-reading passages in order to fully digest their content. Having read newer work by this author I can see how her writing has improved and grown stronger. This is still a really good story and well worth reading. I’m totally hooked on the series and am so glad it’s already complete!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Urban Fantasy
Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31207131-see-no-evil

Synopsis

“Wanted dead or alive sounds like a lot more fun when it’s not my head on the block.”

Word is out, the soul eater has gone rogue and not even the might of Osiris can stop him. Or so everyone believes. That would suit Ace just fine, but after he narrowly escapes an assassination attempt, he knows it’s just a matter of time before those around him end up in the gods’ crosshairs.

After 500 years on earth, it’s time for Ace to go home. But what awaits him in the Halls of Judgment could be far worse than any fate on earth.

Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Dawn Breaker (Daybreaker #3) by Pippa DaCosta

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56228917-dawn-breaker
Release Date – December 2021 (though likely to be much earlier than this in reality)

Synopsis
Coming 2021, the Daybreaker series concludes in its explosive finale, Dawn Breaker.

WARNING BOOK 1 & 2 SPOILERS BELOW


With Rafe missing, demons claiming half the night station, and the vampire queen closing in, Lynher and Kensey are left with nowhere to hide. Backed into a corner, they must fight.

But can two human orphans harness the magic of the night station to stand against the vampire queen?


Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. See the guidelines at the bottom of the linked post, and jump on board!

Shelf Control – Deep Blue Sea

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42901030-deep-blue-sea


Synopsis
On the Night of Bleeding Hearts, when the moon is fat and the ocean calm, Blue and her siren sisters transform.

With poisonous songs on their lips and bloodlust in their hearts, they emerge from the waters to comb the shores, hunting lost souls, thieves and pirates, men with violence in their veins. For each death gifts the sirens a new song to sing.

As the most ruthless and cunning of her sisters, Blue is a legend among her kind. But on this night, when the sea delivers the sirens a stricken merchant vessel, Blue discovers a thief among the crew. A thief with a warm heart and a troubled past.

And now Blue has a choice. Kill a good man or lose her voice.

Forever.

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

REVIEW – Urban Fantasy/ Mythology \\ Chase The Dark

Chase The Dark
(Soul Eater #2.5)
by Pippa DaCosta

Short stories don’t usually wow me as much as this one did. I guess it helps that I’ve already gotten to know Ace, Shu and all the supporting characters. I liked how the story focused very much on the action, there were no unnecessary fillers, everything had it’s role to play.


Like the previous books this leaves you with as many questions as answers, though in a way that does make you feel as though progress is being made. I wouldn’t say you could read this stand alone and get the full benefit, it is very much a part of the series. You could read the series without having read this, but why would you want to miss out on the fun? 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Urban Fantasy
Goodeads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34953901-chase-the-dark

Synopsis
New York’s sewers are infested with gators. As Ace Dante investigates, it becomes clear there’s something far worse beneath the streets, and it’s out for revenge.

(Chase The Dark is Soul Eater Series side story. It can be read as a stand alone or at any time during the series).

REVIEW – Urban Fantasy/ Mythology \\ Witches’ Bane by Pippa DaCosta

Witches’ Bane
(Soul Eater #2)
by Pippa DaCosta

Every time I read the phrase “More than darkness” my heart broke a little more. I’m sort of hoping for a witch type miracle on that one! And oh the twistiness of those old Egyptian Gods, I’m loving how as the series unfolds so the layers, secrets and manipulations of the gods are revealed. The classic tale of a good boy gone bad, gone good, gone bad and now not really sure where he stands on the moral line.


Ace Dante is such a complex character, and just who exactly is he? We are continually teased about the curse he is living under and about his past wrong doings. Thankfully Ms DaCosta reveals just enough to keep us hooked, but leaving enough in reserve to keep us guessing too. The Soul Eater series must be read in order, each book has a complete story but there is also a story arc running throughout the series.


I’m really enjoying this series so far. There is a well rounded cast of side/supporting characters, a demoness side kick and now a mysterious cat shifter, taking our intrepid duo to a trio. Can’t wait to read the next book! 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Urban Fantasy/ Mythology
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30899389-witches-bane

Synopsis
I didn’t earn the name Godkiller, but in three days I’ll own it.

Witches are disappearing all over New York, and Ace Dante couldn’t care less. Until one holds his friend at gunpoint, demanding Ace take the job.
The witch produces his girlfriend’s severed arm, bearing an unusual hieroglyph, and Ace starts to care a whole lot more. He recognizes that mark. It’s connected to Ace in ways he doesn’t yet understand. But why is it on a dead witch’s arm?
Missing witches and severed arms aren’t Ace’s only problems. With a new name around his neck—Godkiller—Ace has a promise to uphold. He has three days to kill the god, Thoth. Or risk Osiris’ wrath. The last time he defied Osiris, he earned a curse that crippled his life and turned him into Osiris’ puppet for eternity.
This time, Osiris won’t be as lenient. Ace must kill Thoth. An impossible task. It takes a god to kill a god, and Ace is just a washed-up mercenary. Isn’t he?
As the spells are cast and the truth is revealed, Ace realizes there’s only one way out.
He must become the monster the gods fear him to be.

The Soul Eater has a new name, and now, nobody is safe.

Photo by Ion Ceban @ionelceban on Pexels.com

REVIEW – Urban Fantasy/ Mythology \\ Hidden Blade by Pippa DaCosta

Hidden Blade
(Soul Eater #1)
by Pippa DaCosta

Second Reading
Oh the feels I got from this book, you can’t help but love the very broken and on the wrong side of the line Ace. I loved his banter with Shu. I loved his tender moments with Bast. And that restaurant scene at the end – yeah, I may have shed a tear or two. I’m off to read Witches’ Bane….

First Reading Review
Wow, this is so much darker than The Veil series and Girl From Above, however it is just as good. For some reason it took me a little while to get into the book, it might just have been my state of mind because when I picked it up for the second time I was soon into the story and didn’t put it back down until I had finished it.

The book is entirely from one point of view, the male main character called Ace Dante – well that’s what he’s called in New York, elsewhere he goes by The Nameless One or Soul Eater. There are so many mysteries about Ace to learn and I am sure Ms DaCosta will slowly reveal the answers as the series continues. I liked Ace, he has a darkness to him but you can sense that he does have some goodness hidden inside him somewhere. He reminded my a little of Akil, The Prince of Greed from the Veil series, at times. I did struggle a little with the references to all the Egyptian gods – perhaps a little personal research would have made things clearer.

The story jumps right in from the off, with the action and pace continuing non-stop until the end. You can tell that there are a multitude of schemes being plotted by the various gods, one or two are revealed in this part of the story, but I sense that there is something SO MUCH BIGGER lurking in the background. This book focuses on Ace’s connection with Bastet, the goddess of cat’s and pregnant women, and why her ‘followers’ are being murdered. There are lots of other sub-plots too, some of which are not resolved in this book. That being said this could be read as a stand-alone, rather like you can watch the first Star Wars film or the first Hunger Games film and not need to watch the rest. However you just know you are missing out on more wonderfulness, as well as seeing the bad guys get their comeuppance and the hero get resolution.

I really like Pippa DaCosta’s writing style, it has such depth and complexity and it is so very difficult to guess what will happen next. I can’t wait to read the next book.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Urban Fantasy
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30031040-hidden-blade


“They call me devil, liar, thief. In whispers, they call me Soul Eater. They’re right. I’m all those things—and more.”

Kicked out of the underworld and cursed to walk this earth for all eternity, the soul eater known as “Ace Dante” finds solace in helping others avoid the wrath of the gods.
But when warrior-bitch, Queen of Cats, and Ace’s ex-wife, Bastet, hires him to stop whoever is slaughtering her blessed women, Ace is caught between two of the most powerful deities to have ever existed: Isis and Osiris.

The once-revered gods aren’t dead. They’re back. And Ace is in their way.

Welcome to a New York where the ancient gods roam. 

REVIEW – Omegaverse/PNR // Please, Alpha

Please, Alpha
(His Willing Omega #2)
by Merel Pierce

Please, Alpha is a super hot follow up to Yes, Alpha, with a chemistry so hot my fingers were in danger of being singed as I turned the pages.


The story picks up several weeks on from where Book #1 left us. I felt that we really get to know Meghan and Daniel in this “episode”, and what a delightful pair they are. Daniel is very different from the typical omegaverse Alpha, whilst still maintaining all of the power, authority and downright delicious dominance of the dynamic. His gentle patience with the very vulnerable, and at times closed off, Meghan was beautifully portrayed. He knew just when to push, when to hold and when to purr.
Meghan grew in both confidence and her ability to submit and follow Daniel’s lead, and this was totally down to how he nurtured their relationship.


I could feel the characters emotions, and was totally drawn in by their connection. So I was desperately hoping that foreshadowing would be wrong, but oh Ms Pierce what a cruel woman you are. Unlike the first book, this ends on a heart breaking cliff-hanger and now I desperately need to know what happens next! 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Omegaverse Contemporary Romance
Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57204541-please-alpha


Synopsis
Meghan is everything I knew she would be. Beautiful, sweet, and oh, so willing.
She was made for me, and I’m determined she’ll be more than just my submissive.
Now, someone else has set eyes on what’s mine.
But I’ll fight to keep her.

Please, Alpha is an Omegaverse/BDSM romance. It is the second in the ‘His Willing Omega’ Series and is NOT a stand alone.




Can’t Wait Wednesday // Wednesday Shelf Control

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

#CWW – Curse of the Dark Prince
(The Prince’s Assassin #3) by Ariana Nash

The final part of an epic fantasy romance trilogy, I can’t wait to find out what happens to Vasili and Nico. I really enjoy the author’s prose and characterisation – she always manages to make me love the bad guy in the end!

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55940345-curse-of-the-dark-prince
Release Date – 19th March 2021

Synopsis
With the powerful cities of Seran and Loreen having fallen to elves, and the dark flame escaping its bonds, Prince Vasili Caville’s plight has never been more desperate. But for the first time in his lifetime, he’s not alone. With the formidable Nikolas Yazdan at his side, not all is lost.
But Nikolas has changed. The Yazdan legacy has caught up with him, and as strong and stubborn as he is, nobody can resist the flame’s call for long. For all his words of honor and sacrifice, Vasili fears he’s losing Nikolas, and with him any chance of defeating the elves for good.
Love, power, control. To save both himself and Nikolas, Vasili must surrender it all and embrace everything a Caville is destined to be. For beneath the broken palace, hidden inside its heart, lies the answer to everything. And all it will cost, is love.

The Prince’s Assassin series comes to its explosive conclusion in Curse of the Dark Prince, the third and final book. Coming early 2021.

Deep Blue Sea (Heartstone Thief #1.5) by Pippa DaCosta

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42901030-deep-blue-sea

This book has sat on my kindle for far too long, particularly considering I really enjoy everything Pippa DaCosta writes. I’m planning on reading this during March, making it the 10th TBR book I will have read this year. It doesn’t sound many but it’s already more than I managed in the whole of 2020 so I count it as a huge win!

Synopsis
On the Night of Bleeding Hearts, when the moon is fat and the ocean calm, Blue and her siren sisters transform.
With poisonous songs on their lips and bloodlust in their hearts, they emerge from the waters to comb the shores, hunting lost souls, thieves and pirates, men with violence in their veins. For each death gifts the sirens a new song to sing.
As the most ruthless and cunning of her sisters, Blue is a legend among her kind. But on this night, when the sea delivers the sirens a stricken merchant vessel, Blue discovers a thief among the crew. A thief with a warm heart and a troubled past.
And now Blue has a choice. Kill a good man or lose her voice.
Forever.

So my fellow book lovers – what are you currently reading and is it from your TBR list?

#SixForSunday

Six For Sunday – Favourite Colour

Today’s prompt is to share 6 book covers that feature my favourite colour. Part of me wants to say I don’t particularly have a favourite colour – and from my home and my clothing you probably wouldn’t be able to identify one either. I love colour full stop. However there is one colour which ALWAYS catches my eye when I see an item in it, and that’s purple. Hopefully I can find 6 books I’ve read that fit the bill!

Just An Illusion – EP by D. Kelly
A Contemporary Romance that is guaranteed to produce an ugly cry. It isn’t standalone, Just An Illusion Side also Side B must be read first. It is a great NA trilogy.

Black Light: Valentine Roulette by Various
An anthology of BDSM romance short stories. Normally I’m not a big fan of anthologies – I often only read or enjoy a few of the stories. However the Black Light anthologies always have a great cast of authors who produce some scorchingly hot BDSM scenes to indulge in.

Deacon by Kit Rocha
A hot SFR set in a dystopian future and featuring alpha males and equally strong females. This is a follow on series to the steamy adventure that is the O’Kane series. Whilst each book can be read standalone, it is one of those series’ that is best read in order.

Resistance by Pippa DaCosta
The sixth book in the science fiction/space opera 1000 Revolutions series, this can NOT be read standalone. It is a totally captivating series that will give you all the feels.

Reign to Rule by Zoey Ellis
This is third “Reign to” book and part of a fantasy omegaverse series that must be read in order. I would recommend reading the Crave trilogy first, for background, though Reign is set on a different continent and this trilogy can be read separately.

Daddy PI by EJ Frost
A DD/lg story that is one of the best kink books I have ever read. The attention to detail is fantastic and the author cleverly weaves in consent and discussions without making the book feel like an instruction manual. One of my favourite reads of 2020.



30 Day Challenge

Day 18 – A Villain You Liked

There are so many villain’s I have liked and they all have one thing in common – Pippa DaCosta! I’m going to chose Eledan from The Messenger Chronicles though I could equally have chosen Akil from The Veil Series.

Pippa has a way of writing bad guys that, whilst never actually becoming good, have enough redeeming moments that they burrow their way into your heart. You can’t trust them – they have often have their own agenda – but somehow you still have a sneaky admiration for them.

Review //\\ Night Scourge

Night Scourge (Daybreaker #2) by Pippa DaCosta

Oh the twistyness, the lies, the machinations, the secrets, the plots and plans! To do good sometimes you have to run with the wolves and be a little bit bad. But tread carefully Lynher because the wolves are devious liars!


Night Scourge picks up straight where Twilight Seeker left us, with Jack and the Vampire Guard trapped in hell, the Vampire Queen temporarily defeated and the Night Station somewhere new. Lynher and Kensey’s relationship is strained, especially since Kensey doesn’t love the Station in the same way that Lynher does.


The plot is a complex tapestry, woven from many different threads. At the moment we, along with Lynher, can only see small parts of the cloth, leaving us having to guess at what pattern those missing parts hold. Lynher blunders along, making the best decisions she can based on what she knows. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that she doesn’t know a lot, since her life so far seems to be based on lies. However she continues to fight for humanity with the weapons she has and with every last ounce of strength in her body.

My gaze fell to the notebook with its inaccessible secrets, then back to the demon who belonged to me. Maybe I should have felt bad for trapping him, but it felt right. He felt right. The station had its reasons, and I trusted it more than I trusted myself.

In the first book I was very much #TeamJack but OH!, Ms DaCosta, have you managed to turn my head and my heart with the seductive incubus that is Rafe. I liked him in book #1, but I grew to love him in this book. Now I’m torn because – Jack! Not only can you not keep a good vampire down (and I do mean that good) but you might just need his help in very unexpected ways. Whilst we’re discussing those male characters I must mention Etienne, who definitely redeemed himself in this book. I had thought he might become another Nye but now I’m scared he will be an Arran or Brendan.


When she has to abandon the Station, just how far from home is Lynher? Were Angelo’s rantings a foreshadowing? The conclusion of that would be so twisted and messed up, something I most definitely wouldn’t put past Ms DaCosta!!! Or are her origins a lot more shocking? Is there a reason Kensey hosts the Day side of the Station, whilst she is most at home in the Night? Whatever the answer is, it’s definitely going to have repercussions. As will the risks she has to take, given that she only has her sense of right from wrong and her wits to rely on. Oh the risks she takes when she plays her version of the game “he loves me, he loves me not” but instead substitutes “s/he lies to me, s/he lies to me not”.


Dark things are in store for the Daybreaker before it is safe at Night. Lynher is playing a very risky game of poker and can only guess at the hand others are holding, high stakes indeed.

I couldn’t trust him. But I could use him.
But it was wrong, wasn’t it? Hadn’t I just realised how using Rafe and Etienne had been cruel? But Rafe hadn’t killed countless people. He hadn’t aided the vampire queen and managed bloodfarms. And Etienne was as much a victim as those who came through my station in need of help.
Jack was no victim. He wasn’t good. But I could use him to do good. And that surely made controlling him right?

Title – Night Scourge
Author – Pippa DaCosta
Genre– Urban Fantasy
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50570996-night-scourge

“You were raised among Dark Ones and each one wants a bite of you.”
Adrift in a strange land and with the Night Station weakening, Lynher has never felt more alone.
Guests are leaving. The Station platform is silent. And there’s nobody left to save.
So when a member of the European resistance wanders in off the street, offering a new life outside the Station, Kensey can’t refuse. But Lynher can. The Dark Ones are circling. The Station is vulnerable. Now is not the time to abandon it.
But the Station has secrets. Secrets that test Lynher’s faith in those she loves, secrets about her, about the Night Station, and about the most dangerous vampire of them all:
Jack.
Lynher cannot leave, but how can she stay when the truth is more terrifying than any monster?
“Guard your soul, dear traveler, for Night is long and the dark hungry. “