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Favorite Reads #3

Posted by on November 21, 2014


This next book I had almost forgotten about it. Not for the lack of adventure and characters and what not. No, it was because I had read it a few times in an online critique group before 2014. And I LOVED it. The characters, the humor, the action, and a goooood story line to tie it all together.

Storm Chase by K. M. Carroll. Published at the end of 2013, I didn’t get to finally read the finished product until January. So…technically it counts as one my favorite reads this year, but that isn’t the only thing this author has released this year.

So without further ado:

Storm Chase

Carda Chase is looking forward to high school graduation, kicking back for the summer, and enjoying the thrills that Phoenix, Arizona has to offer.When fire and lighting explode from his hands, Carda is plunged into a secret world of magic. The magical legacy of the Strider of Chronos–the mage with the powers of both time and space–has passed to him. Fortunately he has allies–his sister Michelle has gravity powers, catgirl Xironi has space powers, and rival Indal is a time mage werewolf. Between them, they might teach Carda enough about his powers to keep him from blowing himself up.And they have to work fast, because now Carda is responsible not only for the well-being of Earth, but the multiverse. As the otherworldly Council breathes down Carda’s neck, a rogue space mage runs loose, committing magical crimes in his attempts to free a fallen angel from her inter-dimensional prison. And as her prison weakens, she plots to destroy the worlds–especially Earth.

Read my review here.

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Indal, chronomancer and werewolf, has been in exile for six months, and survived everything the desert could throw at him.

Now he has to survive multi-world gangsters.

His friends, Carda and Michelle, drag him home and present him with Michelle’s corpse–sent back in time from the near future. But Indal’s efforts to check out the timeline reveals that the corpse is a killer construct, out to murder them all.
While trying to discover who sent it, Indal stumbles into a crime ring of smugglers, blind alchemists, magic-stealing elves, and breakdancing gravity mages. They want him and his friends dead.

Because plans are in motion to that will shake the entire multiverse. And only Indal and his friends can stop them.

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81M2s7QeExL._SL1500_ (400x640)Revi is an assassin on her first assignment–and she’s not willing to kill a child.

When she goes on the run from her assassin brotherhood with a knife that opens doors between worlds, she runs afoul of three factions: inter-world police, the other assassins, and a shrewd bounty hunter named Jacob Argent.
And he’s the only one interested in keeping her alive.

Now unwillingly allied with Jake, Revi flees across the war-torn world of Tyrona. Against a backdrop of warring factions on floating continents battling via zeppelins, robot suits, and flying monsters, she tries to survive being both pawn and prize in a cosmic chess game between two mega-chronomancers. But worst of all, she’s developing feelings for Jake–her enemy.

Jacob Argent is a lonely bounty hunter on an assignment–locate the missing person known as Revenant. But when he locates her, he must protect her from the assassins and police–and the growing attraction of his own heart.

Now Jake must work through his grief over his dead fiance, before Revi is lost to him forever. Because his actions have earned him the personal hatred of a super-mage called the Oracle, who means to kill Jake any way he can.

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Turned: A Werewolf Romance
91cbR2lTkVL._SL1500_ (401x640)A loveless marriage. A werewolf curse.

In the rainy near-Earth land of Grayton, Bernard and Charlotte Preston lead separate lives. An arranged marriage has left them with plenty of money and a cold relationship. She craves social esteem–while she wishes for the love her marriage has never contained.

He is an alchemist who is desperately seeking a cure for the werewolf curse. Yet he, too, is plagued by loneliness and a wistful admiration for his distant wife.

When the werewolves attack Lyedyn City the night of the Spring Ball, Bernard and Charlotte together fall under the curse. Retaining only their sanity, they flee the wolf hunters and hide deep in the forest. Hungry and afraid, the estranged couple work together to survive … and the love they’ve never had begins to blossom.

But their new found love may be cut short by the ruthless man who controls the werewolves, and never wants a cure discovered.

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For a chance to win your choice of my 2014 Favorite Reads Countdown, all you have to do is comment. There will be six posts in all, giving you the chance to enter six times. Of course, I’ll be thinking and scheming of fun things we can do to earn more. At the end of the countdown, all names will be placed in a hat and one will be drawn. Winner will be announced December 19th, and he or she will be able to choose from any books mentioned during the 2014 Favorite Reads Countdown. So have fun and read responsibly!

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Honorable Mentions
Favorite Reads #5
Favorite Reads #4
Favorite Reads #3
Favorite Reads #2


Thanksgiving is next week here in the USA, and I intend to stay off the internet, but our countdown will resume the following week. Hope you all have a great weekend and the week to come. If you’re traveling for the holidays, stay safe & warm!

***A chance to earn extra entries***

Do you know someone who loves fantasy? Who might enjoy one of the novels mentioned in the countdown? Refer them to any one of the countdown posts and have them comment, saying you sent them. You’ll get an extra entry for every person who mentions you by name. There’s only one more Friday left! I will stop accepting entries on Wednesday, December 17th at 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time Zone. It’s been awesome interacting with you all!


25 Responses to Favorite Reads #3

  1. Rebekah Michele Clark

    Sounds interesting and action packed for sure! I like all the sci-fi/fantasy/mythical elements involved !

  2. L. E. Carmichael

    Gorgeous covers. Books sound fun too. 🙂 Have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Bethany A. Jennings

    Yeah! Some of my favorites too! 😀

  4. sparksofember

    I remember hearing about Turned before but not the other stories. They sound quite epic. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Really? I love Carroll’s take on the werewolves and the romance. And her other stuff is quite epic. World-jumping, action, chase scenes, and monsters…the creativity and her writing style, I love it. If you check them out, let me know how you liked them. 🙂

  5. Kessie

    Goodness, you listed them all! I do hope you enjoyed them all. Thanks so much for the promo! 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      of course! I am in the middle of Chronocrime right now. Soooo good! And I can’t wait to dig into Wraithblade. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Jill

    I read and enjoyed Storm Chaser this summer. Bought Chronocrime, and it is rising on my TBR list at the moment. 🙂 I’m glad you’re recommending this series–it is really fun!

  7. sarahtps

    These sound pretty cool, especially Wraith Blade. Storm Chaser and Chronocrime sound interesting, but the werewolf bit makes me wary. How does the author handle that, exactly? (If you can tell me without giving major spoilers.)

    • J.L. Mbewe

      I hear ya! I’m not exactly sure how to describe what she did differently without giving away major spoilers. What about the werewolf bit are you wary about? Are you referring to the three you mentioned or Turned? Thanks for stopping by!

    • Kessie

      Sarah: The werewolf thing takes the regular movie monster and changes it around. Instead of transforming at the full moon, his transforms when he uses his magic. Instead of silver killing him, it keeps him from transforming. Also, instead of the human body stretching and doing the gross metamorphosis thing, Indal actually has two bodies–one in real space and one in hyperspace. To transform, his soul swaps bodies, and that body rotates into real space.
      There’s actually a chapter in Chronocrime where his girlfriend works to tame his wolf side with doggie treats.
      So, yeah, he’s a werewolf, but in a superpower sense, not a horror sense.

      • sarahtps

        I thought I’d replied here . . .
        @Mrs. Mbewe: I’m referring to the three I mentioned. What I’m concerned about is how the werewolf thing is handled, but Kessie answered my question pretty well. 🙂
        @Kessie: Cool. That sounds like something I’d be pretty much cool with. I’ll have to check these books out, then.

  8. Georgina C

    These sound REALLY GOOD! Definitely a series I want to look into. 🙂
    I’m really enjoying your Favorite Reads posts and you’ve already introduced me to several authors through your posts. Thanks for sharing so many good reads with us!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Awesome! I love introducing new adventures to people. I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the posts! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. P. Creeden

    Love the new covers and didn’t now #3 was out yet!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Pauline! I did like the old Storm Chase cover, but this one is more eye-catching with the colors and all. I think Wraithblade’s cover is my favorite thus far. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. The Artist Librarian

    Hmm, I’m definitely intrigued (especially the werewolf depictions Kessie mentioned). Thanks for sharing!

  11. Allison Ruvidich

    I’ve never actually heard of this before. Must investigate! : )

    • J.L. Mbewe

      They are so good. Urban fantasy or stories set in more modern times aren’t usually my first choice, but I just love her stories. The characters, their quirks and all the action and adventure. Let me know if you get around to reading them and if you liked them or not. 🙂

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