Release Day Blitz & Review: To Nurture & Kill by E.M. Markoff!

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Title: To Nurture & Kill

Series: Ellderet Tale, #1

Author: E.M. Markoff

Audience: Adult

Genre: Epic Dark Fantasy

Formarts: E-Book and Paperback

Cover Artwork: [Pink Pigeon Studio]

Release Date: April 22, 2017


To Nurture & Kill Synopsis:

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Eutau Vidal owed nothing to anyone and lived his life as he wanted. But then his sister died, leaving her newborn son Kira in his care, and everything changed. The Purging sweeps on, spreading misery across the Land of Moenda as the Ascendancy wages its war of extermination against the Deadbringers. Now, torn between a promise to his dying sister and the desire to regain his freedom, Eutau struggles to care for his young nephew even as the babe begins to manifest dark powers of the most dangerous kind.

To Nurture & Kill is a tale of love and loss, the story of one man’s search for meaning amid the ashes of war. It is a standalone prequel to The Deadbringer, the first book in The Ellderet Series.


MY REVIEW:

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This was my second read by Markoff and I just can’t believe such a short thing made as much damage to my being as it did. It was captivating from the very first page and it managed to do the unthinkable: It made me forget about ACOTAR/ACOMAF as I read it. (I haven’t been able to read anything due to the release of ACOWAR that has me thinking about nothing else.) Markoff has what feels like an effortless ability to help you immerse yourself in her words, and nothing else. It also made me realize just how much I missed Markoff’s ruthless world and incredibly badass characters.
This novella follows Kira’s uncle, Eutau, who I’ve grown to love even more (and hate at times) thanks to this. We see a character development in him that had me tearing up at so many places from the overwhelming pride that invaded every part of me. There were a bunch of times where I just wanted to hug him and let him know he was not alone.
I always love a guy’s POV, especially when there is a baby in the mix. Because of that, this plot line made me super happy to explore. I also can’t praise Markoff enough for the subtle diversity she incorporated into it. It wasn’t shouting at my face at every turn, it was just a fact, and we easily moved on with the plot. In my opinion, this is EXACTLY what all authors should do when it comes to diversity, instead of having it be the main focus. It should be treated as a normality, because that’s what it is… I am forever grateful for this, Eileen!
Anyway, back to a lighter topic: I can’t believe Kira’s power still manages to amaze me with every glance I get of it. I want it all for myself but I guess I can live vicariously through him. I grew even more protective of these two than I already was from The Deadbringer.
This novella is divided into three parts and I was crying like an inconsolable baby as soon as that third one slapped me in the face.
This title is, by far, one of my absolute favorites! Markoff can do no wrong and I will recommend her words forever! (I’ll just have Kira bring me back from the dead so I can fulfill my promise.) I can’t wait for the next installment of this amazing world!

5/5 stars!


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Goodreads: [Goodreads]

Purchase: [Amazon]


To Nurture & Kill YouTube Playlist:

(A note from the author) Music is dear to me. Just like I can’t imagine a life without books, I can’t imagine a life without music. It motivates me in so many ways, and it is vital to my writing since it helps set the mood and excites the writing muse. The songs chosen for the To Nurture & Kill playlist were what I listened to over and over again as I wrote. The songs are in order and can be played while reading. Or read the book first and then listen to the playlist and have fun assigning the song to the story 😉

To Nurture & Kill Playlist:

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Author Bio:

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E.M. Markoff is a Latina writer who was raised on a steady diet of Mexican folklore, anime, Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe films, and unrestricted access to comics and books. Growing up, she spent many days exploring her hometown cemetery, where her love of all things dark began.

Upon coming of age, she decided to pursue a career as a microbiologist, where she spent a few years channeling her inner mad scientist. Despite enjoying her time in a lab coat, she always had a love of writing short stories and so, one day, she set the first word to paper and never looked back.

Currently, with the aid of her feline companion, she is working on the second novel in The Ellderet Series.

Send coffee.

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Review: The Billionaires by Calista Fox

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*ARC provided by St. Martin’s in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first read by Calista and I was sad to find out that it might not have been the best one to start with. I am always intrigued by taboo subjects which is why this was a very anticipating read for me.
We follow Jewel, Rogen, and Vin, a trio of billionaires with a rocky past of relationships and family drama. Both men are in love with Jewel and vice versa, which is where the taboo comes in. As much as I appreciated the sexier plot in the novel, I couldn’t really focus on the rest of the plot lines. I felt like Jewel didn’t have that special ‘umph’ when it comes to a main character. Rogen and Vin were easily distinguishable but they weren’t much better than her. Except for Vin. He’s a book nerd so our kindred spirits definitely had me gravitating towards him the most.
What I loved about the two men was the friendship between them. It was definitely tested and I enjoyed witnessing their reactions towards it all. Their loyalty and love for Jewel knew no bounds and it all had me in awe. There isn’t anything they wouldn’t do for her and it warmed me up inside. It made me respect them as the men they were and it was a much needed plus. Even though I have many negative things to say, I can’t wait to follow along with their story throughout the series and see where they end up.
Unfortunately, a lot that happened in the story that should have shocked me, didn’t even faze me. I felt like the plot line was moving too quickly and it restricted me from actually caring for it. Some things were resolved/done too easily so the believable aspect of the story was very much lacking as well.
With all that said, I am still more than curious about the lives of some side characters so I will most definitely be reading the rest of the books!

3/5 stars

Review: The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow!

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This book follows Nashville, an A+ human with enhanced abilities, and Carter, an immediate rival of hers. This was a dual POV story and I loved being in both of their minds. They each had their own voice and I enjoyed ever second of them.
Nashville was incredibly badass and I admired how she didn’t shy away from a kill. She knew what was expected of her and she delivered no matter what. I really hope to see more characters like her in the near future. I love it when main characters make me cheer them on as intensely as she did.
Carter is absolutely ridiculous, in the best of ways. It took me a while to put my finger on my opinion of him but eventually, he had me cracking up and ashamed that I ever doubted him.
A couple of negative things I have to say is that as much as I really liked the characters, I lacked a personal connection to any of them. I felt a wall between us and it impacted my reading experience more than I wanted it to. Another thing I have to point out is that I am a grammar Nazi when it comes to novels using my first language as a part of their story: Spanish. It was used in this book but not in the way that made any sense. It wasn’t being translated right and it erupted another wall between the characters and me. I just couldn’t get past it so I docked a star for it. There were also some plot twists that I saw coming so the shock factor wasn’t as great as it could have been.
With that said, I loved how short the chapters were so it turned into a quick read. I also really liked how the story wrapped up in the end.

3.5/5 stars