TBR Lows & Highest: #1


Hosted by: Howling Libraries
Description: Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending. Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”). Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it. Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending. List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”).

*Notes: I do this on my phone, so actually deleting the books have to wait until I get online with my laptop. I’ll be doing 10 books to start with!

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1: Keep. I really loved the first book, I don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet, except I’m terrible at finishing series!

#2: Keep! I adore this author.

#3: Keep! I also adore this author.

#4: Keep. This is part of what I grew up on but again never reached this part of the series.

#5: Keep. Another author I adore!!!

#6: Keep. I haven’t finished this series either? Why on Earth not?

#7: Keep. But I don’t remember book one at all except that I liked it.

#8: Reject. I’ve had this one on my shelf for years. I’m clearly not going to read it any time soon.

#9: Rejected. Sounds great to me but again it’s been sitting for years untouched. Maybe I might get it one day but I doubt it!

#10: Rejected. I like this author but not getting to this one either.

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And that’s it! I kept 7 and got rid of 3. Not a great start but I hope to improve with time!

What books are you keeping on your Goodreads? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

Thursdays Meme: Book From the Backlog

Hello friends,

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.
Hosted by: Carole’s Random Life in Books

*Notes: I tend to recognize and remember most books that I have added, though there are surprises. So I’ll scroll through and pick a few that I have forgotten about!

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Will I read it? Yes. Once I can locate a copy at my library.

Will I read it? Yup. I like this author though I’d forgotten about this book.

Will I read it? Yup. This sounds delightful with a character that’s a talking dinosaur that lives in the attic. *Want*

Will I read it? That cover is gorgeous but this one is a maybe.

Will I read it? Yup. This one sounds right up my alley!

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That’s all I have for now! I’ll be attempting to do memes all through the year. Let me know what you think. Have you read any of these? I’m hoping to get to them soon before I forget about them again.

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book

My 1st Meme of 2020: What Are You Reading?

Welcome friends,

What Are You Reading Wednesday @ Taking on a World of Words. It’s a weekly meme that asks you to answer the 3 Ws every week (What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading?What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

I’m just starting two books that I haven’t read but I am familiar with both authors and like their previous work.

I hope to finish both within a few days and then I have arcs to read as well!

Recently Read:

I just finished this yesterday and very much enjoyed it. I will be continuing on with the series!

Possibly Reading Next:

At the start of the year, the choices are endless. I also have a few reading challenges to knock out as well. I’d like to read the rest of the Martha Wells Murderbot series, Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire, and hopefully get through all my Netgalley arcs as well but considering how many I have that’s doubtful.

What are you reading this week? Have you read anything of what I mentioned? Let me know in the comments. If you’re new here, please like and subscribe!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

Blog Update: Merry Christmas!

Hello friends,

Merry Christmas to all. I hope everyone is having a delightful holiday. If you’re one who doesn’t celebrate the holidays, then I hope you’re day is going well. I’ve updated my blog, so that it’s easier to read and navigate. I’ll be making more changing, as I figure out what I want my blog to look like, apart from neat, clean and organized.

Next year Goals:

*Read 500 books

*Post more reviews

*Knock down that TBR cart from 8000 to 5000

*Clean out my shelves

*Organize

*Learn more complicated HTML

*Link EVERYTHING

And that’s all that I have so far. I’m hoping to get more productive next year in reading as well, and not have a huge reading slump again. The writing bug bit me hard towards the last half of 2019. I’m hoping it won’t be that way for next year. I might have to hide my computer, in order to read more than write, lol.

But that’s all I have to update y’all on.

Happy holidays,

-Pass Me That Book

Monthly Wrap Up: November 2019

Hello Friends,

Welcome to my first wrap up that I’ve posted in the past few months. I skipped two of them, because I just didn’t feel like posting even though they’re written and ready to go. I’ll include them in my Goodreads Wrap Up book. I had to stop and see where I started to read this month, I’ve been slacking in keeping track, so I’m unsure if this is what I’ve read actually thus far. I could be a book or two off, but I’ll try not to be. I apparently lost the will to keep track a few months before the end of the year. I’m hoping to do better next year in regards to such! Here are the books read with ratings:

1. The Scotsman Who Swept Me Away by Hannah Howell 3 stars
2.The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfield 5 stars re-read
3.Wolf Lost by Sam Burns 5 stars LGBT pick
4.Kidnapped by the Pirate by Keira Andrews 5 stars LGBT pick
5.The Glovemaker Ann Weisgarber 3 stars
6.Prince for Sale by Caroline Gibson 5 stars LGBT pick
7.Wrong Way Home by K. A. Merikan 4 stars LGBT pick
8.The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan 4 stars
9.The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston 4 stars
10.The Year We Fell From Space by A.S. King 4 stars
11.Brine and Bone by Kate Stradling 3.5 stars
12.Interview with Diana Gabaldon by Andrew Gull 4 stars
13.The Secret Book and Scone Society 5 stars re-read
14.A Hidden Magic by Vivian Vande Velde 4 stars re-read
15.Mystic City by Theo Lawrence 3.5 stars re-read
16.The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee 5 stars LGBT pick

Not many five star books, unfortunately. I’m hoping to do better in the month of December. One month left, until the new year. Next year, I’m going to attempt to be more active in posting reviews, as well as more prompt. In the meantime, hope everyone’s Thanksgiving holidays were good, even as we’re nearing Christmas and I’m a bit late in posting. Cheers.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Book Review: The Winter Witch

 

The Winter Witch

Title: The Winter Witch
Author: Paula Brackston
Series: Book 1
Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
Page Count: 400
Received: Library
Type of Book: Paperback, Physical Copy, Library Loan
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 3.5/5 stars
Notes: I loved the writing style, but the depressing mood the story set was not what I was after at all.

The Winter Witch is a book that’s been on my radar to read for a couple years now, and I’m pleased I finally got it done. The cover is one of my favorites, it’s a perfect holiday read, and the atmospheric writing and characters are beautiful and well wrought. With an air of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, I was certain that this would be a new favorite.

Fledgling witch Morgana must defend her love, her home, and her life in this enthralling tale perfect for fans of Discovery of Witches

In her small early nineteenth century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana, who has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic. Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see her married, and Cai Jenkins, a widower from the far hills, seems the best choice.

After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life. But she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana’s affections. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there—a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.

-Summary as seen on Goodreads

This, however, was rather depressing, and almost lax in that there wasn’t hardly anything going on. I liked Morgana a lot, and I liked that the character had chosen to be mute. I rarely find that in adult fiction, and I feel as though it were well handled. But the sheer amount of bullying, hateful and cruel comments, and general disregard for her intelligent simply because she chose not to speak was a serious mood killer at times. I appreciate the author attempting to be historically accurate with this, and I rather enjoyed the descriptive scenes of passages throughout the book. It alternated between character povs as well, but I didn’t mind overmuch, as it neatly flowed throughout the story.

Overall, I’m giving this a 3.5 raising it to 4 stars out of 5. Strong writing, great main characters…if it wasn’t just so depressing and moody for Morgana, I might have enjoyed it more. I might try the author again in the future. Strongly recommend that the reader keeps a box of tissues on hand for possible triggers in regards to abuse.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Last of the Year: TBR

Hello friends,

I have several books on my radar that I’m attempting to squeeze into the last two months of the year, in order to reach my goal of 250 books on Goodreads, the highest amount of books read in the year that I’ve ever attempted. I’m four books AHEAD of schedule, so that’s good at least, but I’d like to be done before the end of this month.

Goodreads Stats: 218/250

Which means that I have 32 books remaining. I’m choosing the top books on my radar to get through, and crossing my fingers that I can get through them. That’ my goal. These are all books that I somehow missed in the last year. These books are from these categories: Library Ebooks, Arcs, Best Sellers, Gifts/Loans, Library Requested, Blogger Rec’d, YouTube favs, and so on. I’ve pulled books from so many different places, and I’m hoping to get to every last one of these, and not continue with the dreadful reading slump of the previous two months! Here’s to fingers crossed, and the books listed below:

If there are duplicates, apologies, as this was a hastily thrown together post. I have another post coming of all the arcs that are due on Netgalley + Edelweiss, which I think will wind up being a 2-parter. Have y’all read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, and good luck to all our TBRs at the end of the year,

-Pass Me That Book

November TBR: Ninth House + Seanan McGuire + Monthly Wrap Up Fail

I’ve been really in a reading mood lately, and I’ve been struggling with a terrible slump as well. I’ve been slumpy the past three months, and it’s frustrating and annoying. @HowlingLibraries understands this, her posts about overdue arcs, terrible reading slumps, and so forth are exactly the same sort of issues that I’m going through myself.

There are several books on my radar for November. It’s also Believeathon, but I highly doubt that I’ll be participating in any readathons this month. My priority goal is to simply knock out as many books as possible, instead of just the 15/20 books that I’ve been managing the past couple of months and that’s with forced attention to it. I’m hoping to knock out several arcs on my Netgalley, because that’s becoming a serious issue. I’ve got library books that are due. I’ve also several physical books that I *still* haven’t gotten to. The situation is critical. I need to get some serious reading done for the month of November.

So with that in mind, I’m putting up all the books that are on my radar that I’m going to read. I’m going to try to read 50 books this month. I know that sounds like an enormous amount, but there was at least two months previously that I almost made 50 before, reaching 45. So if I just push myself to actually read, damnit, I should get this well taken care of. {I’m also going to write reviews as soon as I finish reading the damn book, so that I don’t forget to do that later either.}

Also, apologies for failing the wrap up for the previous two months. I typed things out but never posted them, and really don’t feel like doing so. However, I vow to do so for November, especially with all that I plan on reading as well!

So, 50 books for November. Have I picked one up yet? No. But today is paying bills day, and so far I haven’t had a chance to do so. I’m going to read every couple of hours before bed, and first thing in the morning. I’m going to try to prioritize. Hopefully this will work. Thanks to @HowlingLibraries for kicking my ass into gear. Her posts about managing arcs are very inspirational!

Here are the books on my radar. (Apologies to those who are fixing to scroll, as well as for the above ranting at myself.):

Top Five Books I’m Reading This Month:

 

Random Books I Plan to Get To: 

 

Believe-a-thon Children’s Books I’m Reading: 

 

Those are just some of the books that I plan on getting to this month. Currently, I’m reading “The Glovemaker” by Ann Weisbarger, and next up is “Wine and Punishment” by Sarah Fox.  I’m going to TRY to do the believathon, but I highly doubt I’ll manage to with everything happening in November. Still, I fly through Children’s fiction pretty quick, so who knows, I might be able to manage reading all these books regardless. That’s my plan, anyhow.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Book Review: Mistress of Mellyn

Mistress of Mellyn

Title: Mistress of Mellyn
Author: Victoria Holt
Genre: Adult Romance/Suspense
Series: No
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Page Count: 400
Received: Yard Sale
Format: Physical
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: A rather nice, slightly spooky historical romance intrigue novel for Halloween.

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Mistress of Mellyn is not my first Victoria Holt that I’ve read, though it has been a while since I’ve picked one of her books up. I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy her writing; the spooky atmosphere, the details, the characters-all of it is rather really well done. This one was just not quite spooky enough, but it definitely had a dark mysterious vibe to it that was ripe for Halloween, and made me glad that I selected this one for one of the last books of the month to read. I found myself reading this over the course of four days, letting the rich atmosphere build, until it reached a satisfying conclusion.

Goodreads Summary:

Mount Mellyn stood as proud and magnificent as she had envisioned… But what about its master–Connan TreMellyn? Was Martha Leigh’s new employer as romantic as his name sounded? As she approached the sprawling mansion towering above the cliffs of Cornwall, an odd chill of apprehension overcame her.

TreMellyn’s young daugher, Alvean, proved as spoiled and difficult as the three governesses before Martha had discovered. But it was the girl’s father whose cool, arrogant demeanor unleashed unfamiliar sensations and turmoil–even as whispers of past tragedy and present danger begin to insinuate themselves into Martha’s life.

Powerless against her growing desire for the enigmatic Connan, she is drawn deeper into family secrets–as passion overpowers reason, sending her head and heart spinning. But though evil lurks in the shadows, so does love–and the freedom to find a golden promise forever…

I liked the main character. She was gutsy, strong and had a no-nonsense manner about her that wasn’t off putting though sometimes seemed unreasonable in certain situations. I felt she could have handled the children better in some parts, but otherwise, she was not abusive or cruel towards them at all. There were some questionable teaching methods involved, but as this is an old book, I let that slide. Otherwise, I thought she handled everything nicely.

The mystery element was one of a ghostly nature. She’s apparently a dead ringer for the children’s mother, who passed away several years ago, or so people have claimed, but the stories don’t match up. The mystery is well woven, and kept me guessing until the end, though I suspected I knew where it was heading, I was surprised when I realized that I’d guessed wrong which is always nice in reading.

Overall, I really liked this. Strong writing, great characters, and a good read for Halloween. I gave it four out of five stars, and will continue on with reading more of Victoria Holt’s books.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Book Review: Foul Play

Foul Play

Title: Foul Play
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Adult Romance
Page Count: 250
Publisher: Harper Fiction
Type of Book: Paperback, Owned
Received: Thrift Store
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 3.5 stars rounded up to 4/5 stars
Notes: A silly yet pleasant, a great read for fall

I randomly picked up one of my many, many Janet Evanovich books that I hadn’t read (I think I’ve about thirty of them I’ve not gotten my way through yet, I really need to re-read the series at the start too of Stephanie Plum) and finished this in one sitting, admittedly skimming through a large portion in the middle.

The book was silly, but not bad. I liked Amy and Elliot. I liked the animals. I liked the ridiculous situations that the characters got in. It didn’t wow the pants off of me as a story, but I still was entertained regardless. Amy reminded me similarly to Stephanie, in a weird kind of way. A subtle similarity that barely surfaced. I believe these books were pre-Stephanie Plum, though I could be wrong. I’d have to check on Goodreads to be sure.

The plot is as follows from Goodreads

When Amy Klasse loses her TV job to a dancing chicken, handsome veterinarian Jake Elliott rescues her with an offer to be his receptionist. Jake just can’t resist a damsel in distress, and Amy certainly doesn’t mind Jake’s charming sincerity.
Then suddenly the job-stealing chicken disappears and Amy is suspected of foul play. Amy and Jake search for clues to prove her innocence. But will Jake be able to prove to Amy that love, too, is a mystery worth solving?

Overall, I liked it. I’m glad I read it, because it was fun. I’m getting repetitive, so I’ll just end things here. If you’re a fan of Janet Evanovich? I’d recommend trying this when you don’t feel like reading anything serious during the holidays. It’s a good fall read, and with lots of funny moments, I found myself grinning quite a bit through this one.

3.5 rounded up to 4/5 stars.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

The TBR Pile

This page is being edited. Please forgive any errors, as I’m working my way through my Goodreads and adding books as I go along. Eventually, I will also organize by category, genre, and year release date, but for now it’s a beautiful chaotic mess. Enjoy!

Book Review: Material Witness

Title: Material Witness

Author: LA Mondello

Series: book 1

Genre: Adult Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Page Count: 300

Received: Amazon freebie

Rated: 4/5 🌟

Review Word Count: 500

Notes: This was a lot of fun. Definitely more action than romantic but I like that!

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Hello all,

I really enjoyed this free read from Amazon. Purchased way back when so no idea if it’s still free or not. I’ve also never read this author before but will definitely try to make a dent in the other series that they have as they write mostly romance it seems.

(Back into reviewing and this review already feels awkward in writing but hopefully I’ll get into the swing of things before too long!)

Anyway.

This is romantic suspense. Featuring a woman character named Cassie, who is researching for her books at a rather suspicious bar in a bad part of town, she encounters trouble almost instantly in both terms of a tall dark and handsome fellow as well as a drive by shooting that she barely survives… becoming the primary witness to the murder of a dangerous individual.

Swept up into the police station and pressured into being kept safe by the FBI, Cassie gets far more research for her mystery series than anticipated as she gets treated like she’s in witness protection…but not quite. With the detective who helped save her life at her side, and the only person she currently trusts, the two work together to get their lives back… while falling for each other in the process.

I really enjoyed how fast paced this was, how the characters were smart, and the amount of danger was exciting at times. Definitely give this a try if you like the tv show Castle.

4/5 🌟!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

Brief Mini Hiatus Over: Back to Blogging!

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Hello all,

As you might have noticed, I spent an entire month mostly away from the blogosphere, mainly because I wasn’t reading as much as I should have. There’s been a lot of things going on at home; moving downstairs into a new bedroom, getting kittens, loosing the last chicken out of the batch of twenty-five that we started with so that we are now chicken-less, so on and so forth. This next month I hope to change all that.

I’ve updated my website so that it’s more fall/winter appropriate. If there’s any issues, please let me know at once. I’m not the best at this kind of thing yet, though I’m learning still, and will hopefully be soon buying the personalized package for my website, and owning my domain name at last, if things work out the way I want.

In reading news, I read three kindle e-books today. All of them a mere 3 or barely a 4 star read, so I doubt that I’ll post reviews on them, though I might later change my mind (all contemporary romances too).

Other plans that I would like to do is to add all my want to read books onto a single page here on my blog to keep track of. But that will take *ages*. I’m not sure that I will ever get around to doing that. Perhaps one day.

I hope y’all like the new changes for the season. Let me know if there’s anything else I should be thinking of working on with this little ol’ website of mine.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Mini Book Haul: Publishers Like Me On Netgalley

I’ve gotten approved almost every book that I’ve requested here as of late on Netgalley. Over half of them are ones that I really don’t expect getting approved of. I’m needless to say very behind on posting reviews. Last month, my birthday month, was ridiculously busy so that I didn’t read as much a usual and the writing bug bit me hard as well. So, apologies for the unexpected mini-hiatus on my blog.

 

This isn’t all of them, not by far. I thought about putting them all up one post that I’ve gotten. If you’d like to see all the others, let me know in the comments, and I’ll work on it. As it is, I’ve lost my 80% feedback ratio because of all the ones that I’ve been approved as of late. It’s currently resting at 25% feedback ratio, and I’m hoping next month to seriously knock out a lot of these, and get my feedback ratio back up to at least 50%. That’s the plan, anyway.

Have y’all read any of these? Should I share every book in my Netgalley right now as a giant massive haul? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

{Late} Monthly Wrap Up: August 2019

Another month gone, and it’s my birthday as I’m posting this, and I turn 30. Here are the books that I’ve read for the month of August. August seems like my worst month of reading yet, even compared with February, though I did beat my record of DNF’ing books in a month, unfortunately. This was one of the crappiest months in regards to reading, with very few 5 star books that I found.

1.Dragonfly by Leila Meacham 3/5 stars
2.For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund 3/5 stars
3.Today We Go Home by Kelli Estes 5/5 stars*
4.Daggerspell by Katherine Kurr 4/5 stars
5.Chambers of Culdi by Katherine Kurtz 2/5 stars
6.Kidnapped by the Cowboy by Pam Crooks 3/5 stars
7.As You Desire by Connie Brockway 3/5 stars
8.House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig 3/5 stars
9.Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine 2/5 stars
10.Out of the Storm by Jody Hedlund 3/5 stars
11.And Then They Were Doomed by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli 2/5 stars
12.Ruby’s Spoon by Anna Lawrence Pietroni 3/5 stars
13.Noelle at Sea by Nikki Shannon 4/5 stars
14.Plaid to the Bone by Mira Marlowe 3/5 stars
15.The Magicians by Lev Grossman 5/5 stars Re-Read/LGBT Pick

Wow, only a single LGBT pick for the month of August, along with one re-read. 15 books is one of my lowest read months, but I plan on changing that for my birthday month, September. September 1 is my birthday, and I turn 30, y’all. I’ve gotten nearly $100 in birthday money, which is way more than what I normally get, and a ton of ebooks and one physical book that a family member bought as I’m collecting the series slowly and B&N actually had book three in stock for a change. (Throne of Glass: Book Three if you’re wondering.) Well, that’s another wrap-up. Let’s up September beats August way out of the water in terms of how much I read.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Arc Review: Today We Go Home

Title: Today We Go Home

Author: Kelly Estes

Series: Standalone

Genre: Adult Fiction

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook

Received: Netgalley, Publisher

Review Word Count: 500

Rated: 5/5 stars

Notes: Beautifully written and captivating!

This tells the story of Emily turned Jesse Wilson, a young woman donning man’s clothing and joining her brother in the war to save her family after her Pa and oldest brother are killed by senech rebels. A girl disguising herself as a man is one of my favorites tropes in fiction, and so I jumped at the chance to read this book. It’s a wonderful story; it alternates between her story and another woman’s tale during the present day, a woman named Linda who lost her sister Sarah to a war as well. Linda finds the diary that inspired Sarah into becoming a soldier, and dives into Emily/Jesse’s tale, and soon is captivated over her story. She reads the story to get over the loss of her sister, she reads the story to see what happened with Emily, and she reads the story because she has rarely heard of a woman becoming a man to join a war back in the civil war era.

This was a beautiful, yet long tale-it took me four days to read through, and admittedly I liked Emily/Jesse’s chapters better as they were far more interesting to me, but overall there were quite a few things I liked about both women characters. I should note warnings for PTSD, typhoid/detailed sick scenes in hospitals, civil war battle scenes, attempted suicide, and sexist assholes scattered throughout the story. There’s a mindfield of triggers scattered throughout for anyone whose ever been involved in war, or has a sibling/relative that was in the war, so take caution in reading this book, please.

But it is an important book, as the story shows that women aren’t just willing to be shoved aside, and treated as simple creatures. They’re willing to stand up for what they believe in is right, and won’t take no for an answer. They can fight with guns, crawl through mud just as well as a man can, and I admire these women in this book, because they are badasses.

My one complaint is the dual character pov, alternating between past and present. But the author handled that so well, that it’s a minor complaint, so. I’m giving this book a 4.5/5 stars, and rounding it up to a solid 5 because it’s well deserving of it. I plan on buying a copy to add a physical copy to my shelves here at home, it’s that lovely of a story. There are several sad scenes scattered throughout, so be prepared for a box of tissues when reading this book. Trust me, you’ll need them if your heart isn’t made of stone.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Book Review: Daggerspell

Daggerspell

Title: Daggerspell
Author: Katherine Kurr
Series: Book 1
Genre: Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Spectra
Page Count: 600
Type of Book: Paperback
Who Recommended it: My mother
Received: bought secondhand
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: It didn’t end on a cliffhanger!

Daggerspell was an interesting fantasy novel. I loved the start of it; Jill’s character seemed to really develop as she lost her mother, and then met her silver dagger father who is labeled one of the most dangerous men in the country. Jill leaves her little village with her father after her mother dies, and winds up traveling across country, helping his father stopping family fueds, finding coin, and so forth. Jill has her own secrets too though, much as her father doesn’t like it-she can see and speak to the Wildfolk, Fae creatures. He forbids her from attempting to do so again, even as he explains that were people to see her doing such strange actions, they would consider her a witch.

This was a fun fantasy, and I wish I’d read it when I was years younger, back in my teens would have been preferable, because it definitely felt a bit dated at times. There’s some neat battle scenes, some love interest, a prophecy of sorts revolving around Jill, and lots of history and magic explained throughout the book but not wordy and never in the boring fantasy way that some books seem to have.

For those who were wondering if this book was worth it? I feel as though it is. It’s entertaining, though not wholly gripping it’s definitely got potential as a series, and though I’ve heard it from many people that book two is easily the worst in the series? I’m still willing to press on and see where the story goes.

4/5 stars for a unique and fun read, though not quite as powerfully fantastical as some other classic fantasy I could name, still definitely worth giving it a try.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

TBR Thursday: 6 Books I aim to Read and FINALLY get them off my waiting list!

This month is not just Arcs that I need to prioritize. I should be posting reviews, but I’m doing this instead. These are six books that I’ve had sitting on my shelves for over 2 years. So they need to be read, or go away!

1) The Magicians Guild by Trudi Canavan I’ve heard such mixed reviews on this book. You either love it or hate it. I’m hoping that I’ll love it. I only have book one so if I do love it, the series may have to wait.

2) The Covenant Rising by Stan Nichols This seems to have mostly negative reviews on Goodreads but I won’t judge until I’ve read it myself. That cover is also quite lovely don’t you think?

3) The Chamber of Culdi by Katherine Kurtz My mother swears by this series. I’m really nervous to read this.

4) The Shadow of a Dark Queen by Raymond E. Feist Everyone raves about this author. I have never read their books but am finally plucking the courage to do so.

5) Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr I also have been told by my mother that this series is excellent, except for book two. So again-nervous!

And finally…

6) Royal Exile By Fiona McIntosh Almost all negative reviews on Goodreads. I hope that won’t be me as well!

And those are the six books that aren’t arcs I hope to read this month. Have y’all read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

Monthly TBR: Books I Hope to Read in August

Hello all, and welcome to another tentative TBR for the month of August. These are all likely to be repeats and some new ones thrown in for good measure, as there’s several that I’ve STILL not gotten around to reading, despite my eagerness for them. Let’s see what’s up for the month of August shall we?

 

Now a lot of these are arcs, so I’ll be concentrating on those most of all, as I’ve been trying to narrow the amount of arcs in my Netgalley profile. I’ve got an alarming number growing, and today didn’t help because I went and requested a good fifty+ more, mainly because I was bored and feeling ambitious for the month of August. I’m hoping to get through all of these, but we’ll see how that actually turns out, shall we?

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Monthly Wrap Up: July 2019

Welcome to my usual monthly wrap up! After this month, it’s a single month away from my birthday! So for August I’m going to try to read as many books that have been on my radar as possible. It’ll be the month of the most popular books only! Let’s see how many I can power through, shall we? Anyways, here are the books that I’ve read for July:

 

1.Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs 5/5 stars
2.Eye Spy by Mercedes Lackey 4/5 stars LGBT Pick
3.Wolf Mountain by Isabella Hunt 4/5 stars
4.Persephone by Seanan McGuire 5/5 stars
5.Worth Her Weight in Gold by Sarah Gailey 5/5 stars
6.A Burden Shared by Jo Walton 4/5 stars
7.Into Bones like Oil by Kaaren Warren 2/5 stars
8.Salvation Day by Kali Wallace 5/5 stars
9.Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley 4/5 stars
10.The Bride Test by Helen Hoang 3/5 stars
11.Second You Sin by Scott Sherman 4/5 stars LGBT Pick
12.Restoree by Anne McCaffrey 3/5 stars Re-read
13.Larceny and Old Lace by Tamar Myers 2/5 stars
14.Bound to Two Bears by Kelex 4/5 stars LGBT Pick
15.Torn Part 1 by Amy Silva 2/5 stars
16.His Sub by Ellis O’Day 4/5 stars
17.Pretend for Him by Jack Wolfe 4/5 stars
18.The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier 3/5 stars
19.Brief Cases by Jim Butcher 5/5 stars
20.The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham 5/5 stars
21.The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winters 5/5 stars
22.The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso 5/5 stars
23.Third Girl by Agatha Christie 3/5 stars
24.Tracking Game by Margaret Mizuschima 4/5 stars
25.Bond by Tasha Black 3/5 stars
26.The Girl in Red by Christina Henry 4/5 stars
27.Irresistible by Susan Mallery 4/5 stars
28.Priest of Lies by Peter McLean 5/5 stars
29.Dragonsblood by Todd McCaffrey, 4/5 stars
30.Grave Expectations by Heather Redmond 4/5 stars
31.The Woman in the Veil by Laura Joh Rowland 4/5 stars
32.The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden 3/5 stars
33.Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West 4/5 stars LGBT pick
34.Spellslinger by Sebastian de Castel 5/5 stars

Almost 35 books, better than almost all my other months so far this year. A lot of these I thoroughly enjoyed, and the month ended on a high note with a new favorite series! I’m determined to read double next month, as per usual, and am hoping to read a book a day-provided life doesn’t get in the way, as August is typically a ridiculously busy month. What all did y’all read for July? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book