Sharing Is Caring, So Here We Are

Did you know I started a new blog earlier this month? No, probably not; I was pretty quiet about it. I love reviewing books but I’ve become obsessed with Bookstagram lately and wanted to be able to participate in the book blog tours. I didn’t want to use See Sadie Read because I don’t want this to be a promotional site, but one where I can (and do) post honest reviews.

The solution was to simply start a purely promotional blog. Promotional in the sense that I haven’t read the books yet. I’m still being discerning in what gets a place. What I didn’t expect was that almost every tour seems to come with a giveaway. There is currently $370 worth of gift cards up for grabs over on Sadie’s Spotlight. (Oh ya, that’s the name.)

It wasn’t my initial intention to cross-post from these two blogs. But it occured to me that I should at least share the giveaways! So, every Friday (or there abouts if I get distracted) I’ll drop the available giveaways. Go check them out, maybe win som ‘cash’ and if you’re really lucky a book or two.

Review of Haunted and Harrowed, by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt

Some time ago I picked up a copy of Haunted, by Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt, from Amazon as a freebie. I honestly meant to read it ages ago, but somehow it ended up buried in the TBR. But when the authors sent me a copy of Harrowed for review, I got the opportunity to read them together.

Description of Haunted:
Noel Chandler had a good reason for leaving the L.A.P.D. for New Orleans, but when he walks into a burned out Garden District mansion, he discovers there are some things he can’t outrun. The spooks can find him anywhere.

As the resident historian for the cable show Haunts and Hoaxes, Professor Adam Morales keeps an open mind about the supernatural. Or that’s what he tells himself, until he meets a man who puts that principle to the test. Noel’s smart, sexy, and has killer cop instincts. One glance from his bedroom eyes has Adam ready to believe anything.

But is Noel haunted, crazy, or just another hoax?

Review:
I enjoyed this. I liked the characters and the setting. Plus, having read the Hours of Night series, it was fun to see what was happening around the events of those books. I did think the ‘romance’ progressed a little too quickly and I didn’t feel the ending was particularly satisfying. It felt like a preamble to something else, which I suppose it is. I’m really glad to have held off and gotten to read this together with the longer book, Harrowed. But the writing is excellent and I can’t wait for more.

Description Harrowed:
There’s nothing scarier than the truth…

Noel’s got issues. Like, he doesn’t know what to call his lover. Are they boyfriends? A fling that got out of control? Something more? Even worse, he may sometimes get waylaid by a random ghost or two.

Or else he’s losing his mind.

Now Adam? He’s stable and solid and warm; the kind of guy Noel never knew he wanted. He’s also the historian on Haunts and Hoaxes, which gives him a professional interest in Noel’s “special talent”.

When the ghosthunting crew turns up something weirder than normal at a Louisiana plantation, Adam convinces Noel to check it out. Instead of finding a haunt, they uncover a mystery. Noel used to be a cop and he grabs the chance to investigate something real. DNA is evidence. No matter what Adam says, the ghosts don’t prove anything.

But the past is done hiding and the spirits are going to have their say. Noel better figure out how to listen, because Adam’s job, their relationship, and even his sanity are at risk.

Review:
As much as I liked Haunted, I liked Harrowed more. Being a full-length novel gives it the heft I appreciate. It also gave me two complicated, flawed heroes trying to make the most of a difficult situation. I’ll admit that I got frustrated with Noel’s unwillingness to face or speak about his experiences, even when he and Adam were explicitly trying to explore them. While I academically understood why he kept his secrets (emotions don’t always make sense), I felt it went on until it started to grate on my patience.

I also very much appreciated the subject matter the book works with. It’s not an easy history and it would have been very easy for the writing to fall into didacticism. Or rather, I suppose the book is an example of didacticism (there’s certainly a lesson in it), but never comes across as too heavily didactic. I actually hate when authors let their sermon overwhelm their story in a fiction book. Preston and Rancourt don’t let that happen and I appreciated it.

All in all, I’ll call it a success.

Giveaway

As an added bonus, the authors happen to be running a giveaway for a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card. It’s running through the end of the month.

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Review of Tiny and Fierce, by Margo Bond Collins & Eli Constant

I Picked up a copy of  Tiny and Fierce, by Margo Bond Collins and Eli Constant through Booksprout.

Description from Goodreads:

In a galaxy where humans are considered the least of all races, she’ll build a crew that adores her strength and style.

When Tommelise took over her family’s deep-space salvage company, she never expected to stumble through a wormhole into a whole other galaxy full of strange alien races ruled by a cruel empress.

She learns she’s not the first human to wind up there—but all the others were captured and sold as slaves. She’ll have to fight to stay alive.

She thought all she wanted was to find a way home. But then she fell in love—three times over—and learned that together, her men would fight three times as fiercely.

Now, to keep her loves alive, she’ll have to free an entire system.

Review:

Utterly and completely bonkers, but kinda sweet too. I appreciate that, of the three men in the harem, only one is truly humanoid. The others, walk up-right (most of the time) but have alien anatomies that make for interesting reading and one eye-opening sex scene (the only one in the book and it’s mild). The plot is pretty ludicrous and things happy pretty helter-skelter. (I mean Lise manages to trip and fall through TWO uncharted wormholes in occupied space, for example!) But it’s still enjoyable all the same.

I didn’t like that the women the crew rescued were continuously referred to as the “slave women,” “slave stock,” “slaves,” etc. Emphasizing their status as former slaves over that of autonomous women. There was only one group of women. “The women” would have sufficed and made them feel like actual individuals and less like commodities, serving the theme of the book better I think.

All in all, however, I thought it a pretty piece of fluff and don’t consider the time I spent reading it wasted.