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  • MTMC Book Tour - Zeus by Carly Spade

    Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for Zeus by Carly Spade hosted by MTMC Tours. This is the sixth book in the Contemporary Mythos series, an Adult Mythology/Contemporary Romance published on April 25, 2022! Check out my review, an author interview below and don't miss the link to a giveaway! Title: Zeus Series: Contemporary Mythos #6 Author: Carly Spade Publication Date: April 25, 2022 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy Romance, Greek Mythology Pages: 224 Format: eBook, Paperback Purchase a copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Blackwell's Add on Goodreads! 4.75 Stars Synopsis A god-king disguised as a criminal defense lawyer... Zeus/Zane, King of the Greek gods, holds the world in his palm in both his mortal and godly form… until Hera leaves him, forcing him to uphold Gaea's clause: There must always be a Queen, or he loses his title and part of his power along with it. Time is short. Too bad the one woman he has his sights on wants nothing to do with him. Or does she? An empath criminal prosecutor... There's nothing Keira Bazin dislikes more than defense lawyers. So when she discovers Zane Vronti, one of New York's finest, has been brought in on her newest murder case, it's anything but good news. Tensions flare as the two immediately butt heads, but there's something about Zane she can't put her finger on. His emotions are the strongest she's ever felt--borderline overwhelming. Power. Lust. Command. Can she fight her growing attraction for him? Does she want to? My Review Zeus has been the God I’ve been most excited for after meeting him in the other books in the series and wow Carly did not disappoint! – Each book in the Contemporary Mythos series can be read as a standalone but there are easter eggs and cameos that pop up in each book which is very fun to see if you read the whole series. And I have to say I didn’t much like Zeus in the other books, but he was so perfect in this and is now my favourite! Zeus was so different from all the other Gods and he is a shameless womaniser with a secret soft side that he shows no one except his rescue dog Levin and eventually Keira. This book gave us rivals to lovers, opposing lawyers, two very passionate and strong workaholic people. Zeus was arrogant and cocky (he is the God King so..) and I loved it. On the other hand, we have Keira who is an empath and spends every waking moment working, she’s strong and bold and kind. When Zeus decides to seduce Keira, he finds he has met his match. He has to find a wife or risk losing his crown, and whilst he could have practically anyone since women cannot resist him, when he meets Keira, and she stands her ground he knows he wants her to be his Queen. She stubbornly and passionately refuses him repeatedly and fights her attraction and growing feelings for him as much as possible. It makes for a very entertaining, tension filled and steamy read! "I'm onto you, Vronti." "I wish you would be." Zeus is known to meddle to get his way and he tries to do exactly that to get Keira to marry him but suffice to say it doesn’t quite go as planned. Keira demands more from him, and he finds he’s actually willing to give it to her. I loved that Zeus actually wanted to earn Keira’s love and that we get dual POV means we really get to see the real Zeus. We’ve met him in previous books and the real him is very different, we get to see underneath the front he puts on. And whilst is very much has flaws we get to see him vulnerable and tired and real and I couldn’t not fall in love with him. Carly manages to get Zeus to share his feelings but in a way that fits with him still being the arrogant King of Gods. It works so beautifully. "I didn't expect any of this to happen. Not Hera leaving. Not running into you. And especially not... having my entire world turned fucking upside down - by you." I loved the whole story, I adored the banter and innuendos and out right come on’s. Zeus was an shameless flirt with an enormous ego but then what else would you expect from the King of the Greek gods? I loved his relationship with Keira and that they challenged one another, and that Keira met him head on and never backed down. She was his perfect match and I loved that they worked so well together. Keira made him work for it and in the process Zeus’s hard exterior cracked enough to actually let out some of his true self. I loved that he made some progress with his family and that he finally found his person. And I have to say I loved Olivia (Keira’s best friend) she was absolutely hilarious. And all the cameos were excellence, and when Hades and Poseidon pop up to help, I couldn’t stop laughing. I loved every minute of this book and Carly couldn’t have picked a better setting and mortal life for Zeus. Carly brough a new and fresh take on Zeus and I love the way she integrates the Greek Gods into the modern world. The clash of opposing lawyers just added to Zeus and Keira’s relationship, and I couldn’t be happier with how the book turned out. The writing was excellent with Carly vividly bringing the story to life, I know that as the series has progressed Carly’s wiring has evolved, and I’m just addicted to her books now. She’s an auto buy author for me now and her books always make me smile and laugh and fall in love with her characters. This was a truly perfect end to the Contemporary Mythos series (though I have hopes we’ll see these characters again) and its definitely the steamiest and sexiest book to date! Zeus is my now my favourite characters of the series and he was the perfect character to end the series with. Let's take a lot at some of Carly's answers to some of the questions I was dying to know! 1. Hi Carly! Thanks for chatting with us today about the final book in your Contemporary Mythos series! Can you tell us what inspired you to write about modernised Greek Gods? I've always loved to read contemporary romance but whenever I attempted to write it myself I missed the magic. I've also always been heavily into Greek mythology but because there's so much of it out there in the book world I told myself I wouldn't tap into it until I felt I had something unique. And that's when I realized a modernized world with Greek gods/myth could also let me write those contemporary romance tropes I love. 2. Which has been your favourite book in the Contemporary Mythos series to write? I really enjoyed writing Eros because it was pure pure FUN. I've always wanted to write a straight rom-com that reminded me of the rom-coms from the late 90s/early 00s and this was my chance. Zeus though, was also super fun because it was my first dual POV, I let my spice flag fly, and it took me two years to figure out the redemption angle for Zeus. 3. Favourite piece of writing advice? When you're finally ready to put your books out in the world, it's a vulnerable experience. You're essentially baring your soul for all to judge. The most important thing to remember is, you cannot please everyone. Every author will have readers who didn't enjoy their work as much as others. But those that DID enjoy it. They are who you focus on. They are who you cater to. 4. Can we ask for a sneak peek about what projects you're working on next? I'll be making a special announcement some time in the fall this year, but what I will say is: You haven't seen the last of the Mythos characters. Goodreads links to Carly Spade's Contemporary Mythos series: Book 1 - Hades Book 2 - Apollo Book 3 - Ares Book 4 - Eros Book 5 - Poseidon Book 6 - Zeus INTL Tour-wide Instagram Giveaway! Head over to my Instagram account to enter the tour giveaway where one reader will win a signed Zeus paperback and swag. If International, the book will be sent via Book Depository and First Class mail art print, signed bookplate, and bookmark. Ends on May 28th, 2022. Winners will be announced on @mtmctours’ Instagram account. ------- Tour Schedule: May 16 @thedevourerofwords - Bookstagram & Book Blog May 17 @katiesreadingnow - Bookstagram May 18 @elle.cheshire - Bookstagram & Book Blog May 19 @jenniaahava - Bookstagram May 20 @pavlinamich - Bookstagram & Book Blog May 21 @mysocalledliterarylife - Bookstagram May 22 @happyheartlifestyle - Bookstagram & Booktok May 23 @the_bookaddict - Bookstagram May 24 @book_withquotes - Bookstagram & Book Blog May 25 @jl_books - Bookstagram About Carly Spade: An adult romance writer who has been writing since she could pick up a pencil. After the insanity of obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s degree in cybersecurity, creating worlds to escape to still ate at her very soul. She started writing FanFiction (which can still be found if you scour the internet 😉 ), and soon felt the need to get her original ideas on paper. And so the adventure began. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two fur babies, and revels in an enemies to lovers trope with a slow burn. Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram

  • A Guide to Urban Fantasy

    The general definition of Urban Fantasy is a book set in a real world urban setting, often in modern day. Of course, this encompasses a whole range of books and is a pretty loose definition and so you can get a lot of different types of books included in this. I have curated a list of some of my favourite Urban Fantasy books for you - I've added links underneath each one if you're interested in more details! Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews - This is one of my OG favourites, and it follows Kate as she navigates a world where magic and technology have clashed... "The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail. It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrapers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds. In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back." This is a complete series and a great introduction to Urban Fantasy, set in Atlanta In this crazy world where people have had to adapt to the magic apocalypse. Kate is badass, snarky, fiercely loyal and can't help protecting people despite the detriment to herself. The journey she goes on is full of adventure, near death experiences, love and friendship. Each book is intense and amazing, I'd highly recomened! (It's got one of the slowest slow burn romances and it is exquisite and painful and beautiful.) Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas - This one admittedly leans more to the fantasy side though it still has an urban fantasy setting with the main character being party girl, going to clubs, university, bars, normal city jobs as well as having the fantasy aspect. It is a city full of humans, half-humans, fae, wolves, witches, sprites and all manor of other magical creatures. If you've ever read a SJM book then you'd know she does not hold back. This book is intense right from the start. It is an adult book and deals with a lot of adult themes. It has a lot of built up but is an epic story. It mainly follows Bryce but as it's such a big world, there is a large cast of characters which we meet and follow. This book pulls at the heartstrings and is quite the journey. The sequel has recently been released which is even more insane and epic and beautiful and painful. Not a light read but definitely worth reading! The Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout - This series is set in modern day Americaand follows Layla, a half demon, half gargoyle teenage girl. She doesn't fit in with her gargoyle guardians and when she meets a dangerous yet sexy demon who's offering to protect her from demons, she risks the wrath of her adoptive clan and the trust of a boy she’s loved forever by partnering up with him. This series could also be classed as paranormal romance as its heavy on romance, but I tend to think of it as urban fantasy. This would be a great choice for fans of mature YA books, it has a great plot involving demon uprisings and possible end of the world scenarios as well as a lot of heartbreak and love and learning. Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine - If you're a fan of Vampires and of YA books, then this is the series for you. This is a complete series and it has a lot of books in it. It follows student Claire Danvers as she moves to a small town university in Morganville. She foes because she is two years younger than most students and she thinks it will be safe. But Claire Danvers stumbles into a secret: Morganville’s owned by vampires. And so is everybody in it. With the help of new friends Michael, Eve and Shane, she might have a fighting chance of surviving the toughest little town in Texas … not to mention her killer classes. An addictive YA series following Claire and her friends as they try to survive - its not made easy as they suffer one disaster after another. Enemies become allies, allies become enemies and the danger never ends. A cast of characters I loved, full of changing dynamics and character growth. Only a Monster by Vanessa Len - This is very entertaining easy read set in modern day London - though it involves visits to London in a few different time periods! The story follows Joan... "Joan is half-monster. And what's more, her summer crush Nick isn't just a cute boy - he's hiding a secret as well; a secret that places Joan in terrible danger. When the monsters of London are attacked, Joan is forced on the run with the ruthless Aaron Oliver, heir to a monster family who are sworn enemies of her own." I loved the story and it took some unexpected turns as I had zero idea of the plot going in. It is YA and doesn't have much in the way of romance though I expect this to change in the sequel. A excellent story with a unique idea of monsters and their powers. I'd recommend it especially for anyone not looking for a long series to commit to. Only the first book is released but it didn't end on too much of a cliffhanger so its a good one to try out Urban Fantasy. I hope you find some new books to love from this list! I love sharing them with you and if you do read any I'd love to hear your thoughts. What are your favourite Urban Fantasy books? Or some you are excited to read? Links for the first book in each series if you'd link to know more: Kate Daniels series (Magic Bites) Crescenty City (House of Earth and Blood) The Dark Elements (White Hot Kiss) Morganville Vampires (Glass Houses) Only a Monster (Monsters #1)

  • Series Review: The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

    The Dark Artifices is a trilogy in the Shadowhunter universe, it is the third series written in this world. In order the books are; Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, Queen of Air and Darkness. The Shadowhunter universe is full of so many amazing characters. If you're one of the readers who read it as the series were released then you're probably already family with the world. This is the third series released in the Shadowhunter world and is set 5 years after the events of The Mortal Instruments series. However, if you haven't started yet then I know the number of books can be very overwhelming! I know starting is intimidating and no series is for everyone but I think the shadow hunter books are well worth reading. I've added two different reading orders for you below that might help with understanding the order and making it easier to start. The first order is the order in recommended by Cassandra Clare as it means reveals and character arcs tie into one another across series, plots, and timelines. However its does mix up series, personally I prefer to read one series at once, in which case I would recommend the second order which is in order of series release. And the third list is to give you an idea of how the series are set chronologically. Series Review - kept as spoiler free as possible The Dark Artifices is set five years after the events of The Mortal Instruments and focusses on the Blackthorn family who reside in the Los Angeles Institute. When I first started this series I have to say I wasn't very invested and whilst I enjoyed Lady Midnight (Book 1) it didn't grip me. However it did set up a lot of the plot and introduced a whole new set of characters. This was the same case I found for The Infernal Devices, where book one was a lot of set up and introduction but the rest of the series was amazing. Unusually I found that I didn't connect much with the two 'main characters' Emma and Julian. Now I say main characters because they technically at the forefront of the series, especially so in Book 1, however as the series progressed the other characters were explored much further and I found their storylines so much more compelling. I thought the way this was done was excellent, Clare allowed the books to expand to focus heavily on all the characters giving them lots of attention rather than just focusing on Emma and Julien. Cristina, Mark and Kieran were stand out characters for me. I absolutely loved them and their storyline was wonderfully done and then romance between them felt so beautiful and pure. The honesty of Faeries made their interactions all the more meaningful and intense because for the most part there was little miscommunication or arguing because they spoke their truths which was so refreshing! I loved the plot and Mark and Kieran and their complex relationship both with each other and with Faerie. Seeing this develop over the trilogy was one of my favourite parts. I loved seeing Mark become more confident and happy his place in the world and own his two selves. The links with these characters and the Cold Peace (something introduced due to the events of The Mortal Instruments) was very well done and connected the plot together nicely. The plot of the series involved a lot of intricately woven storylines coming together, centering around the idea of a faction of Shadowhunters creating fear and hate, their bigotry and prejudice dividing them and how the grabs for power affected the shadowhunters and downworlders. It was intense and the hate I felt for some of the characters was so strong but I loved the plot and thought it was executed very well, Clare had an excellent way of building up to it all, bringing in familiar characters from other series as well as adding layer of other storylines. So much went on in each book and seeing it all come together in Queen of Air and Darkness was magic. I loved that we got so many familiar characters popping up in this series - lots of characters from The Mortal Instruments! - and seeing how those characters were doing after the 5 years was amazing and made me so happy to see them building families and living their lives. The links between series is something really special I think. It is rare to have a world that has so many series attached to it and they take place in a variety of time periods which allow Clare to bring in so much history that, if you've read the other series, means a lot and makes so many moments special. I also really liked that Clare brought in a lot of relevant topics and aspects - things that require a modern setting to explore fully, such as what it means to be transgender or autistic in a world that doesn't understand, as well as bringing in relationships that don't fit the expected mould. I thought she explored these things well and whilst they were present they weren't over emphasised or over exaggerated in an unrealistic way, these things were just fact and a part of the characters which I loved. There were a lot of different dynamics between characters, especially within the Blackthorn family. The family were the centerpiece of the whole series and they quickly became a favourite of mine, they were all so compelling and the love of family such a beautiful theme to have running through this series. There is a lot more I could say but let me just leave you with the thought that I have loved every Shadowhunter series I have read. For me, the first book in the series is always full of set up and takes a little while to get though but the remainder of the series is epic and puts you through the ringer of emotions. It is such a complex and intricately linked world, and I can't help but love all the characters and get invested in all of their stories. It is a world well worth investing time into because if you love it then there are so many books to throw yourself into! Reminder: This is a Young Adult series.

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