Favorite New Series: The Accidental Sorcerer

Why is this series not talked about more? Gerald is a cool character, and the first book was awesome. Full of things that go boom, a tortured hero, a princess that wears business suits and can do magic, and an intriguing plot that actually felt unique and original. Granted, the ending was rather depressing, but now that I have books two and three borrowed from the library, I plan on reading the rest of the series this week, and seeing if my opinion of the books keep up to a 5 star rating.

 

Gerald Dunwoody is a wizard. Just not a particularly good one. He’s blown up a factory, lost his job, and there’s a chance that he’s not really a Third Grade wizard after all. So it’s off to New Ottosland to be the new Court Wizard for King Lional.

It’s a shame that King Lional isn’t the vain, self-centered young man he appeared to be. With a Princess in danger, a talking bird who can’t stay out of trouble, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects that he might be out of his depth. And if he can’t keep this job, how will he ever become the wizard he was destined to be…

THE ACCIDENTAL SORCERER is the first novel in the Rogue Agent trilogy, from one of fantasy’s newest stars

~As seen in the Description on Goodreads

 

I’m really enjoying the series so far, however. The first book is 600+ pages, so it’s definitely going to feel like a long read, but each book is non-stop action from the very first chapter, so definitely well worth it. I’ll keep ya’ll updated on each book, if you’d like, and what I think as the series progresses, but so far…

5/5 stars for a rip-roaring good time!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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Top #3 Most Dangerous Female Creatures in Novellas

Greetings, all, human or other!

This post is a little different, as you might notice, because I’m hoping it’ll be put forth on Tor.com, one of my most favorite places to visit on the web. Shameless plug? Perhaps. Regardless, this is an article I decided to attempt after reading so many books with kick-ass characters in it! Murderbot, Binti, Medusa, to name but a few…

 

#1: Murderbot. We all love her, and we all want to be her in our secret heart of hearts, but know such a thing can never be. She’s awesome, she’s a mystery, and she’s bad-ass. Of course, most of us aren’t even sure if she’s a she. But for four novellas, the story seems much larger than what it is, and I can only hope that the series becomes a tv show on Netflix, because it would be well deserved.

#2: Medusa. She’s almost as much of a bad-ass as Murderbot. She’s definitely more on the creepy end of the scale, but she’s still got heart and bravery and wit. Her story is only one book so far, but it’s an awesome story nonetheless. I really hope it gets expanded further, and this is another one that would be a killer Netflix series.

And finally….

#3: Binti. She has three books that are fixing to be in its first ever omnibus edition, which is pretty awesome. I love her, and her people, and the entire story of her adventures is pretty out there. It’s a cool series to read, if you haven’t read it yet already, and I highly recommend that you do. She’s just as much of a strong character as Medusa and Murderbot, and I’m sure you’ll fall for her just as much as I have.

And that’s the Top Three Most Dangerous Female Creatures that I’ve picked! I plan on expanding this next year, in the hopes that more novellas are written with such strong female protagonists. It’s astonishing to see just how much novellas have grown in the last year alone, and I wish all the authors luck in their endeavors. Let’s just hope that Murderbot doesn’t join forces with Medusa and Binti…

For the three of them together could take over galaxies!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

December TBR: Let’s Play A Game

There are many different categories of this ‘game’, from my Amazon Wishlist to books on my nightstand. Each category has ten books listed. Each book is one that has likely been sitting on my TBR for months/years or is brand new and everyone has hyped about it. In this month of December, let’s see just how many of these books I can finish before the end of 2018 shall we?

Top Ten Amazon Books On My LONG List: (Least Likely to Get To)

(Note: I have no idea how many books I have on my Amazon Wishlist.)

 

Top Ten Books in my Long Goodreads TBR List: (hopeful to request at library)

(Note: I have 3400 books in my Goodreads TBR.)

 

Top Ten Books in my Library Ebook System Waiting For Me To Read: 

(Note: I have 518 books in my Ebook Library Wishlist.)

 

 

Top Ten Kindle E-books I Own On My TBR: 

(Note: I have no idea how many kindle e-books I own. Additional Note: The Tethered Mage will be a re-read so that I might remember plot for Book Two if I succeed in getting hold of it.)

 

Top Ten ARCS on my TBR Wistlist:

(Note: I have five books on Edelweiss, and 16 Arcs in my Netgalley Account, plus one physical arc that I received in the mail making for a total of 22 ARCs.)

 

 

Top Ten New Books I Own On My Wishlist:

(Note: I have no idea how many new books I have, as I have not done a physical count in a while.)

 

 

Top Ten Books on my Nightstand: 

{Note: I have about thirty books on my nightstand, and throughout my room that are in my immediate reach.}

 

{Additional Note: Game of Thrones will be a re-read, as I have never finished reading the series, and only recall certain bits of the television show.}

And that’s it! Those are all the books that I *want* to get to, but again I highly doubt I will read every single one of these. Especially those from the Amazon wish list, because several of those are still a bit out of budget. Which ones should I read first? Which looks most appealing? Which have you read already? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Monthly Wrap Up: November Reads

I read a lot of books in November. Around 30, in fact. For everyone else, the month of November seemed to have flown by, but for me it seemed to drag a bit. Whereas my favorite month (October) flew by with abandon. I read a couple of 600+page books, some fanfiction, and worked on writing my own book as it was NaNoWriMo-and was really pleased at winning the first NaNoWriMo that I’d attended! Tonight, I’ll be watching Fantastic Beasts 2, which is exciting, and I’ll be working on reading Girl of Paper and Fire for most of today, when not working on my blog. But that’s enough of the things that aren’t books-here’s the books that I’ve read for November:

 

There’s a few others that I didn’t get photos of, mostly because they aren’t released yet. I also haven’t gotten some of these reviewed yet, such as the Mercedes Lackey books, the Enchanted Castle, and a couple of others. I’m behind on reviews, mostly because I’m working on updates for my blog, as well as working on my book getting published.

My December TBR is coming up next, and then possibly either some reviews, or some new changes to my blog, haven’t decided which yet. I’m really looking forward to tonight, however, for tonight as I said earlier, I get to watch Fantastic Beasts 2! (Sadly not at IMAX.)

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: The Quiet You Carry

The Quiet You Carry

Title: The Quiet You Carry
Author: Nikki Barthlemew
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: Flux
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Review Word Count: 600
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Loads of trigger warnings in here for depression, anxiety, suicide attempt, child sexual abuse, physical abuse between spouses, foster care system, and I think that’s it.

Get your box of tissues ready, because this book was an emotional roller coaster ride! Complete with lots of triggers and terribly depressing scenes. There was at least one scene that made me almost cry because of how angsty it was. Therefore, of course I’m going to give this book a high rating, not only because of how emotional it was and the fact that I love reading emotional books like this, but because of how realistic and true it rang with every page.

I wasn’t ever in the foster care system, so I was lucky that way. But I knew exactly what the main character, Victoria, was going through in several parts of this book. It made me cringe each scene, wondering how she was going to get out of it, and if the bad guy in the book (the dad in this case) was going to get put away. The answer is, he drives off, fleeing from cops, and we never see what happens to him.

It takes place as Victoria is planning on attending college, but has a year of high school remaining. After getting shoved out of her home in the middle of a freezing cold winter night, social workers take her away to a foster care system where she resides, attempting to figure out how to fix everything, and why her father would lie about her like that.

She meets Connie, the ‘foster mother’ of a small home for girls, and follows rules, and feels as though she has no control over anything anymore. Her father won’t speak to her, her sister and stepmother refuses to talk to her as well, siding with her father. She fears for her sister, and what will happen in leaving her within her father’s grasp for long periods of time.

There’s a lot of abuse in this book, and it’s pretty heavy hitting at times. I was really impressed with how the author handled this, she weaves a story well, and the writing is splendid, and rings true for the situation, as well as the characters themselves. She’s obviously done her research, and my hat goes off to her for doing such a terrific job in pulling such a topic off in YA literature.

I’m giving this a 5/5 stars, because it was beautifully written, and the rating is well deserved. I definitely am now invested in any of the authors future works, because if her books are just as good as this one all the time, then she’s going to continue to be one of my absolute favorites! I highly recommend reading this, even buying this, as soon as it comes out!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

New Release Review: For a Muse of Fire

 

For a Muse of Fire

Title: For a Muse of Fire
Author: Heidi Higil
Series: Book 1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Page Count: 500
Type of Book: Hardback, Library Loan, New Release
Received: from the library
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: The wait is over, the anticipation was worth it, and I have a new favorite book!

This book was compelling, fascinating, and driven by the characters. It was definitely different from anything that I’ve read before, filled with fliers for shows, wanted posters, actual three pages worth of song lyrics, poems, and told in the form of a play, as well as regular book format. It was beautifully done, and my imaginary hat goes off to the author for a fantastical job well done!

Told in various languages as well, this book features strong female characters, dancers at adult clubs, rebellion, a unique magical system, music, lyrics, and even a girl with a secret that can’t be discovered least she be killed or worse.

{Insert Goodreads Book Description}

I’ve been wanting to read this for months, and now that I have I shall take it off my Anticipated Reads page. I loved it, though will admit that it was a bit of a slow build to an epic finale, that I sincerely hope this is a book one, and that the cover art does the book justice. It’s sad, a lot of the time, but its also got drama, shadow puppets, and even death plays a major character in this novel.

I haven’t read the author’s previous series The Girl From Everywhere and now it’s soared to the near top of my list of ‘needing to read and needing to read it now’ books. The author is a new favorite of mine, and does a splendid job in capturing readers attention from the very first page. You are drawn in until the very end, and I read this all in one sitting, it was that good.

This marks yet another book that reached far beyond my anticipated reads and I know there will be many more to come despite it being almost December, for this year has been filled with favorite after favorite read.

I feel that if you love breathtaking, original fantasy stories, then you will definitely appreciate this gem of a book. 5/5 stars for a book that was well worth the wait, and I eagerly look forward to reading more by this author!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

New Release Review: Beneath the Sugar Sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky

Title: Beneath the Sugar Sky
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: Book Three of Every Heart a Doorway
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Tom Doherty
Page Count: 200
Type of Book: Hardback, Library Loan, New Release
Received: Library
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Now to wait for the next book to come out!

As I close the third book to Every Heart of Doorway series, all I can think about is how I’d like for all the characters to meet each other, and that I still liked the character Jack best of all. Jack would’ve liked Cora, I think. I also think that Christopher is my favorite, but I also really love Nancy, Rini, Nadya, Kade, and everyone else too. Perhaps the last book in the series just might bring all the characters together? Or so I hope, anyway.

This book tells the tale of Rini and how she’s trying to find her mother to save her Nonsense World, as well as herself, from spinning out into nothingness. Rini is, at first, a bit hard to like but towards the end of the book I really find her a nice enough character though not the story I was most interested in being told (that would be Christopher’s story).

The story itself was fast-paced, full of fascinating ideas, and had a lot of baking involved. From baking up an escape from the north tower, to baking other things, this was a wild, fun, and sometimes slightly confusing ride. I liked how it all played out towards the end, with a major twist that made me want to read book one all over again.

I can’t say much more without spoiling the book, but I will say that I want to read Christopher’s story quite badly, and I want to see how Cora fits in (I identified with both her and Jack most of all), and I want to see the Magicians making an appearance with this story too.

That last one, I doubt will ever happen, but a girl can dream.

As per usual with these books, I’m giving this a 5/5 stars, because it’s unique, awesome, and carries with it a good message for all at the end.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Paperback Review: Over Ruled

 

A Over Ruled Book

Title: Over Ruled
Author: Brittney Joy
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Author
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: Paperback
Received: From the Author
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes:

This is a hard book to review. I spent a couple of days thinking the review over while reading other books, and wondering what to say.

The writing for this was strong, and I really loved the characters. I liked Nancy a lot more than I liked Princess Jade, but I understood Princess Jade’s character. I liked the plot, and how evil the queen was in the story. I liked the magic, and the mystery that sent tension soaring.

Two girls. One Kingdom. No way out..

Princess. Royal. Prisoner. Jade is the heir to the throne, but her mother, the Queen, isn’t willing to give up her title— ever. Queen Katrina doesn’t see her daughter as her legacy, but as a threat that has to be stopped. Jade has never left the palace, and is trapped inside its boundaries… but she wonders if the walls are meant to keep her safe, or keep her imprisoned.

Peasant. Pauper. Savior. Nova left the Kingdom of Sterling before she could crawl— now that she’s returned with her father to rescue her orphaned cousin, it’s nothing short of a nightmare. Magic is used to control the people, and the monarchy is a dictatorship. Within the kingdom, Nova is hunted for a power she doesn’t even know she has… yet.

One boy will intertwine their lives— or tear them apart. Chael is the secretive and handsome royal guard that might have the answers to save both girls, but he’s hiding something dark. An ally with questionable motives, both Nova and Jade have no choice but to trust Chael… and to fall for him.

But the lengths the Queen will employ to secure her crown are unforgivable. In the Kingdom of Sterling, the only thing more powerful than betrayal is magic

I didn’t like how the romance went for this book. I liked the characters, and I preferred Nancy over Princess Jade, but I still enjoyed all the delicious plot and twists and turns that kept on coming. I also didn’t like that cliffhanger, either, but it was a good stopping point for the book, and I can see why it ended there.

I definitely am looking forward to book two, where it shows how the characters advance from the pitfalls their in, what kind of ruling might occur, and if they find what they’re looking for. I’m giving this a 5/5 stars for a strong set of characters, and a really delightful bunch of plot twists.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Oh Cool: Now Listed in Feedspot!

Today’s post brings a pleasant surprise, as I opened my email to find that I was one of many awesome YA book blogs selected as a Top #100 favorite blog on the net by Feedspot.com.

AwardedonFeedspot

This was highly unexpected, and I feel tremendously honored to be one of the ones selected. Thank you so much to Feedspot for considering me one of the best YA blogs on the internet, and I look forward to checking out the list to see if there are any new and awesome blogs that I haven’t encountered to follow.

Congrats to everyone else who was listed as well!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy I Haven’t Read

There’s a lot of new fantasy books that I still haven’t read yet. I’m really hoping to get to these soon, but let’s face it, with the amount of arcs that I have, I doubt that’s going to happen any time soon.

 

I have pretty much all of these in ebook format, which is the sad thing. I hope to get to them soon! In the meantime, I am hoping to enjoy thanksgiving with family and chill from all the amount of books that I have to read so far.

Happy thanksgiving to all!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Freebie Historical: Get it while you can!

MasksofWar

Masks of War is a historical short story that’s fascinating, compelling-and a freebie on Amazon at the moment. Written by one of my favorite authors, I may be a bit biased in how much I enjoyed this, but I will say that for those fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Lord John Grey.

SHORT STORY

For Lieutenant Grey, after the loss of a leg, the Great War was over… leaving him fighting another war within. The Tin Noses Shop gave him purpose, but it wasn’t home. What he needed was a little hope, and perhaps a little magic.

It was a bit of a quick read at less than fifty pages, but it was a good one and I really liked it. It was a bit sad at times, and with some hefty duty war themes so beware o that. Aside from that, I don’t think I have any further warnings for the really nice short story. I also found the historical aspect of it fascinating, as I mentioned earlier, and the author left a link to an article of how she got inspired to write the story:

Link to Article: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-27592604?fbclid=IwAR2POMLGzlYWlJ8DUa0BRC_1Hu6oBKaKYR8YOxYRvsthHjFszZM-fwXwmQ0

Link to Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2918424.J_Kathleen_Cheney

Link to Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GZT5QJJ/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07GZT5QJJ&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

I’m unsure of how long it’ll be free, so as the title suggests, you might get it while you can!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Paperback Book Review: Magician Apprentice

Magician Apprentice

Title: Magicians Apprentice
Author: Raymond E. Feist
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Bantam
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Paperback
Received: Purchased
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Why did I wait so long to read this book?

I’ve found my next favorite “Pawn of Prophecy” series. Of course, it’s not the same at all, but it feels like it tried the same epic fantasy style, the great characters, and romances. It had the same feel good feeling Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings as well.

The story opens up with Pug attempting to outrun a storm after being out and about, and instead getting ill luck by twisting an ankle after falling of some rocks by the rocky shore, and trying to get through the woods yet being attacked by a boar and being rescued by a hunter and taken to the hunter’s companion who happens to be a magician. We learn that Pug is an orphan at the castle, and that his choosing day is coming up, where he chooses what kind of career he wants-rather, which craftmaster will take him on. It’s a whirlwind of activity when later on almost no one chooses Pug, and then the magician steps forth and asks him to be his apprentice. And, lo, we get why the book is now called ‘the Magicians Apprentice’.

There’s lots of dastardly good deeds, horse and sword training, friendships and rivalries, a princess that needs saving a time or two, and even magic performed throughout this book. On the whole, it reminded me very strongly of Pawn of Prophecy, as I mentioned, and I believe its from the same era as well. I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to read this book-I’ve had it sitting on my shelves for a few months now, but I’ve such a backlog that it took me a while to pick up the book and dive into yet another fabulous fantasy series that’s been around for ages.

There’s shipwrecks in this book, a dangerous journey through snowy mountains and jungles, dwarves, elves, and even another world using magic to get into this one. It’s fantastical and magical, and I highly recommend giving this series a go, especially if you haven’t read it yet!

5/5 stars for a fun few hours with Pug and his friends, and I am definitely looking forward to buying the rest of the series so that I can continue the entertaining journey of how Pug eventually gets the rank of Master Magician.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: Murder Feels Crazy

Murder Feels Crazy

Title: Murder Feels Crazy
Author: Bill Alive
Series: Book 3
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
Publisher:
Page Count:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Received: from the author
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Cliffhangers suck.

I spent about four hours reading through another exciting adventure of Pete and Mark the Empath solving crime and defeating evil and really enjoyed it. It was as fun as the first few books, with a tad bit more danger than normal towards the end. We get to deal with drug addicts, furries, and drama throughout this book. There’s danger, mystery, and romance all wrapped up together.

Pete continues to be his usual witty self, with his roommate Mark continuing to use his powers for good. But in this book, Mark begins to question whether or not he wants to continue solving cases, while Pete begins to realize that Mark has a shady history than even he realized.

There’s at least four murders in this book, plenty of suspects, and a familiar threat at the end comes back to haunt Mark. But I won’t give away spoilers since Pete hates them so much. (Hi Pete!)

It’s a fun book, with plenty of humor to ease the tension and the fact that we keep learning about Mark’s empathy power is cool as well. I like when there’s always a new thing to be learned.

My main complaint about this book was the cliffhanger. Now I have to wait another year before Bill (rather, Pete) types out the next book. Especially since it’s the kind of cliffhanger where you really want to see if a, uh, hypothetically…a main character gets killed…

And with that in mind, I’m going to wrap up this review, because it’s long enough as it is at about four hundred words. While the review is short, the book definitely isn’t, but it definitely is worth continuing the series, as I’m highly recommending the series rating this one 5/5 stars. Because the characters are realistic and make all the difference, but the storyline is intriguing, and there’s also great whodunit’s…

In any case, read the series. I promise you won’t regret it.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Book Review: Purgatorium

Purgatorium

Title: Purgatorium
Author: J. H. Carnathan
Series:
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal/Supernatural
Publisher:
Page Count: 700
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook, ARC
Received: from the author
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: My thanks to the author for a copy of the book, apologies the review took a bit to post!

This was a strange and fascinating book. Imagine you are in a coma, and you have to fight your demons to get free. It’s a bit of a mystery, suspense, paranormal type book that I thoroughly enjoyed, and though it’s long, the book is worth it.

I really liked the characters and the idea itself. While I’ve read a lot of books with characters trapped in another world while they are in another world, this is still a different take on the cliched theme.

I’d like to thank the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of a review, and this in no way changes my opinion of the book. I really enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading more books from the author in the future. The author is a good writer, and with strong characters and plot, complete with heart and bravery at the center of the story.

I’m giving this a solid 4/5 stars for a well written story with fascinating characters and an interesting storyline!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

TBR Thursday: My, What a Pile of Books!

How can another week of November be almost gone already? I didn’t read anything this week, due to it being NaNo (I breached 50k and reached close to 65k despite it being the beginning of the month because I can’t sleep and that gives me way more time to write, so finished NaNo early, yay!) but this next week, boy do I have a lot of catching up to do!

I have reviews that are due:

 

Just Approved Edelweiss Arcs:

 

ARCs Coming Via Mail:

 

New Releases to Catch Up On:

 

And several other arcs from Netgalley, library books, and random other books that I’ve purchased as well! I’ve quite a bit of catching up to do, not the least bit which includes the entire Invisible Library series! I’m overwhelmed but pleased with the arcs that I’ve gotten, and really hope to finish all of these before the reviews are due!

What are you all reading at the moment? Anything good? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book

WWW Wednesday| New ARCs!

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm where I’m hoping to start doing this kind of thing more often. This is one where you answer the three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

~*~

Currently Reading, well I’m fixing to start reading the entire Invisible Library series in anticipation of the newest arrival.

Invisible Library Series{picture from pinterest}

I’ve read the first one, but haven’t read ANY of the rest of the series, so I should spend at least three days flying through the series to read the latest book.

Recently Finished, is Heart’s Abroad, which was a solid 4/5 stars. It hasn’t put me in a slump, I’m just away from all my books at the moment! (denial)

Reading Next, uh. Well clearly the Invisible Libraries is up next, but after that I think I’m going to be reading between these three choices:

 

That’s what I have planned, anyway. I have so many books on my TBR right now, that I’m beginning to get into panic mode, wondering how I’ll possibly finish these before the end of the year. I’ve been in a bit of a slump since the beginning of the week, and haven’t read hardly anything this whole month so far, which is disappointing, but I’ve been reading so much lately too that the break is a bit nice and relaxing.

But those are my plans, and I hope all of you are doing well for the month of November (remember, remember, the fifth of November-stop it brain. We cannot read Fawkes for the third time!). Let me know if you’ve read any of these, and what your book plans are in the comments, will you, because I’m curious to see how everyone else is handling their tbr piles!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Top #5: ARCs On My TBR Shelf

Since everyone is doing their Top # Whatever Tuesday, I figured that I would jump on the bandwagon with a bit something different. My Netgalley has about 10/15 books to read, and my Edelweiss has a few as well, but I’m just picking from my Netgalley account.

 

These are four of the ones that I’m most excited four, though I am disappointed that the Ruin of Kings is a sampler only. I hope to get the whole book at some point, and not just the first few chapters!

Drumroll for the #1 Anticipated ARC on my Netgalley please!:

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale

I was so excited to receive this one! I might have squealed when I got accepted as a reviewer for one of my top most favorite authors, and the introduction is by another favorite author! I’m hoping to start this one soon!

So what are your top five ARCs? Let me know in the comments, because I’m really intrigued to see what other people manage to pick up.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

ARC Kindle Review: Hearts Abroad #1

Hearts Abroad

Title: Hearts Abroad
Author: Skye McNeil
Series: Book 1
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Page Count:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, Amazon Gifted
Received: from the publisher/author
Review Word Count:
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: @BewareoftheReader you might enjoy this one! I know how much you love a good romance story!

Notes2: First time I’ve tagged anyone here on wordpress, hopefully I got it right!

I love fluffy romance, but I generally have to be in the right mood to read them. This was one of the better fluffy romances that I’ve read, and ranks right up there with Mary Poppins and all the fluffy Harlequin holiday movies you can probably think of. It’s a feel-good love story, complete with twin little girls and a billionaire single dad.

I really liked this one. I won’t say I loved it, because I don’t think I’m there yet, but I can definitely see myself re-reading this again and again in the future, because it’s just that much of a fun book to read. I really liked how this one had art exhibits, planes, and even an enormous library. Scotland was mentioned quite a bit, and as the next book may take place in Scotland, I’m definitely interested in reading the continuation of the duology? Series?-not sure how many books will be in this, but they’re definitely well worth reading.

There’s even an Alfred in this book, and he’s even compared to the same Alfred from Batman, which I found hilariously awesome.

Overall, I’m rating this a 4/5 stars for the delightful atmosphere this book had, and the perfect timing in wanting to read an entertaining and fluffy hearted romance. My thanks to the publisher/author for providing me with this light atmospheric novel, and I highly recommend it to romance and contemporary fans all.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

New Release Review: The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen

Title: The Lost Queen
Author: Signe Pike
Series: Book One
Genre: Historical
Publisher: Touchstone
Page Count: 600
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release
Review Word Count:
Received: Library
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Vivid, creative, and utterly captivating!

I voted for this book in the Historical Section of the Goodreads Choice Awards of 2018 just a day ago, in the first round of voting, because it was well deserved (and because I hadn’t yet read any of the other books, but shhh, let’s not go there). This book was captivating, from the first page to the very last. While the ending was a sad one, it was a good one, and I am hopeful that there will be a second book to follow up on everything. Even though it had things mostly wrapped up, killing off a good number of the characters at the same time, it still had things unresolved-as history often does.

The writer is a good story-teller, weaving the tale with practiced ease. The characters are lifelike, there’s loads of things going on, and I learned a few things-such as Boudica came about again and I’m beginning to think she was a hell of a badass, nearly wiping out the Romans so. I really need to do some more information on her, because she sounds like someone worth knowing about.

That’s the main reason that I am giving this five out of five stars, because if it’s a historical book it should make me want to go out and do more research on the time period, and the people it talked about. Not only do I want to learn more about the Pendragon era, but I also want to learn more about Boudica and how she nearly wiped out the Romans-if that’s true at all, and not another wild tale by the main characters brother.

This was a fascinating story, and I loved the characters (though don’t ask me to pronounce their names aloud!) and the book itself was a delight, despite the sad ending. I’m glad to have been able to read it, and I hope to one day get my own copy to put on my shelves.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Anticipated Reads: My TBR Hates Me

Last night I was procrastinating in writing for NaNoWriMo (of course) and browsed Amazon for any new and upcoming releases that I wasn’t aware of yet, because I’d been putting off doing that and I actually have Wi-Fi at the moment. Turns out, there’s a LOT of books coming out that I can’t wait to get my hands on. After doing this, I’ll post the books on my Anticipated Reads page-sometime soon-but I felt this would be a fun post! On to the books!

 

So many pretties! Some of the covers are just breathtaking, and I want them, I want them now! Sadly, I will have to wait, as only a few are out on pre-order, and even then I’d still have to wait after pre-ordering too. My shelves won’t thank me for this, but a lot of these are absolute must-have’s due to the authors being my most favorite authors.

What are your upcoming anticipated reads? Anything fantasy that I didn’t catch? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book