Nefertiti’s Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1) by A.W. Exley

Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.

London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father – sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumoured to hold the key to immortality.
Her Majesty’s Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she, somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti’s Heart, a fist sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord, Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive.

Self-preservation fuels Cara’s search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.

Author: A.W. Exley

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
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Slipstream: The Song of the Selkies by Callahan Demasky, Patricia

Parasol McBride was living an unremarkable life until the autumn of her 45th year. She would wake in her living room, with no recollection of where she had gone the night before. She soon discovers her hearing is more acute and that she can smell qualities on people: avarice smells like fish; kindness smells like sandalwood and crayons. A chance encounter with a homeless woman has Parasol questioning her sanity as the woman tells her of their nightly meetings at the beach and the changes that are soon to take place. Parasol soon finds herself in Ireland as she seeks the truth about her heritage and a secret left for her in the wildness of the Irish landscape. Slipstream is a story of a woman finding her true self and of a magical journey, full of ancient folklore that will lead her to her true home.

Author: Callahan Demasky, Patricia

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Steel Road (The Ardent Halo Book 1) by Edie James

Sundered for a reason, the world is two-sided. But mankind defied the sanctions, conjuring a passage from the Old World through the equatorial ring of flames and inhabiting the elven hemisphere. As this invasive species disseminates, conflict ensues, centuries pass, and an industrial revolution begins.Now, reparations must be made.A human-elf hybrid is murdered to spark a cleansing fire but is denied passage to the heavens. Instead, Dreyah is reborn headstrong and impetuous but more so than any other teenager, is uncertain about her place in the world. Seeking revenge for her murder, Dreyah traverses Udia, a realm that was devastated by an old war between her two peoples, and the circumstances highlight her greatest dilemma; she must choose a side in the coming days.Years ago, Cambria’s king gave Kennason to a foreign prince as a gesture of peace between their two realms. But after the death of her second husband and a marriage of mutual distaste, Kennason abandons the Andanes and returns to her homeland where magic is not tolerated but steam and pistons charm the masses. Reunited with family and in the solace of an emerging romance, she grasps contentment, but when she is abducted by renegade wizards, painful family secrets reveal there was more to Kennason’s banishment than a simple gift.When Old World monsters begin menacing Cambria, this exiled queen and murdered teen find their parallel tracks are bound together by history, prejudice, betrayal, and blood as they race to uncover old truths in the first installment of The Ardent Halo story.

Author: Edie James

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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All’s Fair (Fair Folk Chronicles Book 4) by Katherine Perkins

Late December is a magical time of year. Magical enough for the forces of the Fomoire to truly begin their conquest.Many people travel and consider new things during a gap year before college. Megan of the Unseelie, all of 18 now, is spending hers hurrying between realms and trying to figure how to stop the Fomoire from running rampant over all worlds when the Winter Solstice arrives.Now Megan must rally her friends and allies one more time in a last, desperate mission. Especially because some on both sides say all those worlds are doomed.

Author: Katherine Perkins

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Dragons of Desert and Dust (Dragons of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air) by Susan Brown

A boy with the Heart of a Dragon…Dragons of Desert and DustFourteen-year-old Angel Cerillos is stuck living with foster parents at a second-rate desert motel while his mother is in the hospital. Despite threats from a local rancher and his greedy foster father, Angel is determined to scour the harsh desert for turquoise nuggets that could pay for his mom’s care. Without them, all he has of value is a carved, two-headed turquoise serpent, left to him by his mysterious father. It’s a hard life. But the desert spirits are awakening, and the mythic power of his dragon talisman spins Angel into terrifying danger.What readers say about Dragons of Desert and Dust…”Dragons of Desert and Dust pulls you in. You can taste the dry dusty air and your own heart thumps wildly as you’re taken on Angel’s adventure in the desert of New Mexico.” – Heather WongAn intense story with graceful pacing that puts you in the shoes of Angel Cerillos as he longs for adventure and freedom in the New Mexico Desert. I simply could not stop reading!” – James HenryAngel is on a desert treasure hunt, searching for valuable turquoise stones with enough power to break through the dusty chokehold on his life. Will the visions that appear and the dragon talisman he wears be enough for him to soar as the eagle does, to freedom and a noble destiny? – Torri McEntireAll books in the Dragons of Earth, Water, Fire and Air series are individual, stand-alone books.

Author: Susan Brown

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews