Moonstruck by Nikki Rae Release Day

I have been a fan of Rae’s work since I was given the chance to review her series Sunshine back in 2014. Since then she has released a number of wonderful books, each as brilliant and captivating as the last. Her new books, Monstruck, brings us back to the Sunshine world with Myles and Sophie and this time we get to see Myles tell the story. I adore Myles, I loved his perspective we were given in Sun Damaged so to get a whole book is excellent and getting the chance to read more of the Sophie/Myles dynamic is a delight.

Synopsis:

Myles Lott left this town ten years ago. He never wanted to come back unless he had to. Now he has to. Sophie Jean, the girl he was supposed to protect from monsters of his world, has finally grown up. She’s familiar with monsters, just not vampires like him. Hers are harder to defeat; they’re in her own mind. Myles has returned to protect her and nothing more, but his feelings for Sophie develop quicker than he ever could have imagined. Torn between their worlds, Myles must fight for the girl he’s loved all along without causing any more damage. Unfortunately, a past enemy has other plans.

 

You can purchase Moonstruck via the following

Amazon | Amazon Aust

 

You can read my reviews of the series here

 

Nikki is offering a giveaway to go along with the release.

Enter to win the entire Nikki Rae e-book library and an Amazon giftcard!

Author Bio:

Nikki Rae is the head editor of Metamorphosis Editing Services and a writer who lives in New Jersey. She is an independent author and has appeared numerously on Amazon Best Seller lists. She is the author of The Sunshine Series and concentrates on making her imaginary characters as real as possible. She writes mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

 

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Books to Read if you Loved Harry Potter

While Harry Potter is such a wonderful series to read, the problem is there are only 7 books to read. Of course rereading them is always an option, but there are numerous books and series out there that can satisfy your need for stories as wonderful and magical as the wizarding world. But of course, if you can’t escape that wizarding world, there’s a few extras that allow you to keep reading about everything Harry Potter.

I’ve listed a selection of books below but there are many lists out there that offer suggestions to satisfy your cravings for magic and wonder. I’ve included these below as well.

Fiction

His Dark Materials

Readers of this blog know of my love of this series and I can personally guarantee that the feels, the drama, and the action you experience in Harry Potter are replicated in their own magical way in this series.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

If you liked the strong ties and references to mythology in Rowling’s series, then Rick Riordan’s series will be right up your alley as he brings mythology to life and offers a wonderful cast of characters.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

This is a wonderful book and series, Howl is a wizard with a floating castle and Sophie is a girl who is cursed and begins to work for him. It’s funny, a wonderful mix of magic and reality, and Howl is brilliantly dramatic which is all sorts of fun.

Artemis Fowl

This is a series that is absolutely wonderful! Artemis is a 12 year old genius who is determined to prove the existence of fairies. What he discovers though is an entire secret world with all sorts of creatures who aren’t too pleased to have been discovered. It’s a great mix of technology

and magic with great characters, fantastic storylines and as much emotion and adventure as the Harry Potter books.

 The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

This story is about Quentin Coldwater, a high school genius who gets admitted into a magical school and discovers the magical world. But things aren’t as wonderful as they appear (sound familiar)

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

I adore this book. It is a story of a young boy who loves book and is trying to cope with the death of his mother. He discovers a strange world where fairytales are real life, but these fairytales are not the same as the stories you know.

The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic by Emily Croy Baker

A woman who is unhappy with her life passes through a portal into another world, a world full of magic. She initially thinks this is a much better place, but the fairytale world is much darker than it first appears. The question is, will she return to her old life if given the chance?

The Alchemyst: The Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

A fun Harry Potter fact: the infamous Nicholas Flamel who created the Philosopher’s Stone is based on a suspected real figure who is rumoured to have created a Philosopher’s Stone to achieve immortality. This could be an interesting read if you want to know some more about him.

Non-Fiction Books

Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli

Anelli takes us on a personal journey through every aspect of the original and developing Harry Potter phenomenon and the decade in which it took over the world. Anelli was lucky enough to experience it all first hand, from stopping leaks, to interviewing the queen JK Rowling herself, and running the website The Leaky Cauldron. Fair warning, this one seems like a hit and miss for people. Super fans seem to love it, but have a sticky beak at the reviews to see if it would be your kind of thing. I think it would interested in reading it just to see her experience of it, but I don’t expect it to be a detailed account of everything Harry Potter.

The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasurey of Myths, Legends, and Fascinating Facts

A companion book of sorts filled with all the references and history behind the names of characters and all the wealth of knowledge Rowling has drawn on in creating her wizarding world.

There are a lot of obvious other books I could list but I will leave that up to the links or I’ll be here forever. If there are any books or series you’d recommend feel free to let me know in the comments below. Goodreads also has a list of books aptly titled If You Liked Harry Potter You Might Like… if you are looking for a much longer list. They also have a list called Best Books About Harry Potter which interestingly includes some books that seem like fanfiction that have been published, I’m certainly intrigued looking at some of these summaries. But among them are gems of non-fiction books if you have a scroll through.

Extra Bits and Pieces

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For The Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children
England mourns for her dead across the sea,
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow,
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again,
They sit no more at familiar tables of home,
They have no lot in our labour of the daytime,
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires and hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the night.

As the stars shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

– by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

Published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

Bindarra Creek Romance Group Read Now Up & Running!

The Never Ending Bookshelf

-image found via Noelle Clark’s blog

Awhile ago I posted about the Bindarra Creek Romance series and proposed a group read for anyone who would like to join in reading the 13 books in the series by 13 of Australia’s top notch authors.

At the time I was trying to set up a group on facebook so that we could chat each month about the books we were reading and what everyone thought about it. But life got in the way, and sadly personal matters have meant that I had to push the start of the group read back to May.

But it’s happening now. The facebook group read is set up. It’s a closed group too. Meaning that facebook users can see the group’s existence and who is a member of the group, but they can’t see what is posted in the group. To find the group, visit The…

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