Title: Sacred Fate (Chronicles of Ylandre, Book 1)
Published: September 14, 2009
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Publisher Website: link
When Rohyr Essendri, Ardan of Ylendre, claims Lassen Idana in exchange for offering protection to his provincial town, it’s expected that he will serve the Ardan as a concubine and nothing more. But even in the moment of their first meeting, there was something that Lassen felt that he simply couldn’t explain. But life at court isn’t easy and when Lassen realizes his feelings for Rohyr, they’re complicated by Rohyr’s impending marriage to another, cementing Lassen’s place as someone to merely keep the Ardan company in his bed while someone else holds his hand and bears his heirs.
I’m not much for mpreg stories, so I was a bit skeptical of this one. And even though that was a definite element of the story, it didn’t distract from the parts that I truly enjoyed – high fantasy, nobility, betrayal, star-crossed lovers, etc. There is an element of dubious consent here (how does one really say no to the king even if he wanted to), but I think it is dealt with well and seems to be less dubious than one might first expect on the surface.
Title: Love Means…No Shame
Author: Andrew Grey
Publication Date: September 14, 2009
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review: I’d heard many great things about this series and had been meaning to start it for a while. I believe I even read a short that comes after the first book a while back. And really, I have to say this book does not disappoint. Andrew Grey once again delivers a touching story that engages the reader in the characters and the world in which they live. I found myself with Geoff and Eli every step of the way and I’m very excited to continue with this series to see where things end up.
Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Review: As the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire definitely delivered more than I expected. While this installment doesn’t seem to move with the same pace of the first book and is a bit less action-focused (especially early on), Collins continues to draw the reader into the world of Panem as we get a chance to learn more about this nation and the people who live in it.
Unlike the first book, I did not see many of the twists in Catching Fire coming before they occurred – which I always rank as a plus. On that same token, though, I was so taken with the story, its twists and turns, and the confusion through which Katniss has to navigate and stay strong (not just for herself, but for those she cares for), I don’t think I spent much time feeling the need to guess where the story was headed. I strapped myself in on the roller coaster and just enjoyed the ride.
I was just as glued to this book as I was to the first, and I fully expect the same will be the case with the final installment of the trilogy. I will say this – I have never felt myself more invested in a cliffhanger in a book series prior to reading this book. The ending will leave you not only speechless, but scrambling to get your hands on Mockingjay.