The Alchemists of Loom

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1)Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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Mask of Shadows

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1)Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

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Readathon of Kings Wrap Up

Readathon of Kings

This readathon was for the last weekend of April (27th-30th April) for the Dutch holiday, King’s Day. My TBR is here.

Challenges:
1) Read a book with Orange OR red-white-blue on the cover
2) Read a book by a Dutch author
3) Read a book involving Royalty
4) Read a book you bought because it was cheap

I actually completed my TBR! I read a lot of other books because I was sick and didn’t do anything else apart from read but I finished reading Air Awakens and Vicious. With these books, I completed three out of four challenges.

Air Awakens was definitely not as good as I was hoping it to be. My review is here but basically, the bad parts of the book were so bad for me that they overshadowed the good parts.

Vicious, on the other hand, I loved. My review is here. I think I’m going to get a paperback copy as soon as I’m back in the UK, that’s how much I loved this book.

This was a really fun readathon and I’m glad I did it, especially since I managed to read two books that had been on my TBR for a while.

 

Friday 56: Mask of Shadows

This blog meme happens every Friday, hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you share an excerpt of a book you’ve read.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

I chose Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller.

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1)

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A Very ARCish Readathon Wrap Up

a very arcish readathon

My TBR for this readathon is here but basically this readathon was about reading as many ARCs as possible during the month of April, perfect timing as I had just signed up with NetGalley.

During the month of April, I finished six ARCs from NetGally, although I think I started Rose Petal Graves before April so that may not count!

I finished:

All of the above link to my review of each books. I enjoyed nearly all of them but I think my favourite to read was An Unnatural Vice, followed by Strawberry Summer.

I think this readathon might have been a bit long for me, I forgot it was going on at times, but I did appreciate how perfectly timed it was. Thank you very much to Bookshelves and Paperbacks for hosting this readathon!