My Currently Reading Pile

We all have TBR piles that just keep on stacking up, whenever we see new books coming out, or when we see friends recommending books. My pile is currently respectable, if a bit long. I’m almost done reading The Sisters Mederos, and thoroughly enjoying it, but after that comes several books from the library that I seriously need to get read/reviewed/returned. Here’s my stack of books that I’m working my way through!:


These aren’t all the books on my TBR, of course, but these are the most immediate ones on my kindle and nightstand. I should have a review up and ready for The Sisters Mederos in the next few days, and continue knocking down others on my current tbr in the process.

In other exciting news, I sent off my first manuscript to a publisher! Fingers crossed, everyone!


Mini Book Haul!

Went to Half Priced Books an hour before they closed, and picked up a small handful that equaled about $30. For the few I got, the price didn’t make me happy, but these were books that are pricey on Amazon, and some aren’t on BookOutlet (I don’t think). Anyways, here are the shiny new books, all of them book ones of a series (of course).

All of these have been on my wishlist for ages, but of course they’ll have to wait until I get some ARCs knocked off my reading list. I still have several ARCs to read (as usual), but I’m excited to have these waiting for me. Especially that Jim Butcher, because I found books 2, 3, and 6 at my favorite bookstore a while back. I hope to eventually collect the entire series, as well as the series for all these others too.

I hope you all enjoyed this mini book haul. I had four others that I also got, but they didn’t fit into my fantasy blog. (The Girl in the Glass Castle, a SIGNED Lauren Willig mystery book, and a Georgette Heyer that my mother bought for me while she was away!)

I’m also still working on my website, so expect to see some changes throughout the next few months!

Thanks for dropping by.



NetGalley Review: The Song of Blood and Stone


Title: Song of Blood and Stone (Book 1)
Author: L. Penticoff (?)
Series: 1 of ?
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Page Count: 338
Type of Book: Uncorrected Proof, Kindle ARC
Rated: 5/5 stars

This book was a highly anticipated read for me, and while it was vastly different than what I expected, it was still a phenomenal read. Full of darkness, magic, characters struggling to survive in harsh environments, and other things still, I really enjoyed this book and thank the publisher on Netgalley for providing me a copy of it. Eventually, I want to get a physical copy of the book because it’s just that good.

While it does the annoying thing of swapping between two characters, it does so effortlessly to the point that I don’t really mind it. It tells the story of Jasminda (cool name!) and Jack, two characters that meet by chance, it seems. Jack is beaten and unconscious when she finds him out by her cabin in the wilderness away from town. Jack is convinced he comes from the other side of the Mantle, a barrier that’s been between two countries at war for decades it sounds like.

Jasminda’s father was from the other side, while her mother was originally Lagrimari. It seems that such pairings were unheard of, and Jasminda is looked down upon in the town because of it. Most folk in town think of her as a witch, though she only ever uses her Earthsong for good. When she meets Jack, she is already going on 24 hours of no sleep due to searching the mountain for her missing Papa and two brothers, whom she believes to have perished years ago in a dreadful storm but were never found. Her mother also gone, due to an illness in the body, Jasminda has been alone for years now, and is fighting off the tax collectors who want to take her farm and land. She has less than ten days to come up with enough money to save her family’s farm.

But when she finds Jack, the farm somehow becomes less of a problem than it has been, as the two of them struggle to survive against the soldiers from the other side who want to take Jack back for questioning as he’s considered a spy. Jasminda attempts to help him as best as she can, and the two of them play their parts as best as they are able.

*There is one brief scene that alludes to Jack nearly being sexually abused by the male soldiers, but Jasminda saves him, and a more graphic scene as well of Jasminda almost getting the same treatment at her farm as well. Nothing overly detailed, but it might be triggersome for some readers.

We watch as Jasminda and Jack leave a burning home behind, and Jasminda is forced to follow Jack into a country she knows next to nothing about, with only her Earthsong to help her along the way. Together, the two of them attempt to stop a tyrannical man who has been stealing Earthsong from people-babies even-for decades, building up his power so that he is unstoppable. It will take courage, strength, and all the powers combined to help the two of them survive.

I highly recommend this book, because it’s full of unique characters, an interesting magic system, and it makes me think vaguely if The Legend of Shannara meets The Sword of Truth series, then it would be a perfect child of those two combined series. It’s a strong, well written novel that contains several interesting characters with a storyline that I’m sure many will love.

Five out of five stars!

Books I’m “Planning” On Reading

So I’ve been gone awhile, and I’m attempting to play catch up with reading because I’ve only read a small handful of books this past month. Pitiful compared to the start of the year, really, but to be fair I’ve been busy working on writing my book than I have reading, and I’m almost done writing which means that next month will be filled with books, A Wrinkle in Time movie, and more books! I’ve worked out what books I really want to get to this upcoming month, and I have all of them I just need to start reading them!

Books I’m Planning On Reading:FirstRow




I have all of these books, either on my laptop, kindle, or in physical form. Four of these are ARCs to read (Dragon’s Realm, Ride On, The Price Guide, Song of Blood) so they go first! Then after those, I can work through my eight Library books that I have, and then go through there. Who thinks that I’m going to be able to read all of these in a month! Yeah, I don’t think so either, but a girl can dream…

Paperback Book Review: The Summer Country


Title: The Summer Country
Author: James A. Hetley
Series: 1 of ?
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Ace
Page Count: 360
Type of Book: Paperback, Book I Own


Based off the title of the book, and the brightness of the cover, this is actually kind of a dark fantasy book filled with fae, druids, magic, a dragon, and cats. There’s even falcons and other types of birds listed in the book towards the back half of the story as well. This book has an odd assortmet of animals all around, actually, some that might surprise you in the end.

This book features a young woman named Maureen, who is dealing with a traumatic event from her childhood and trying to get over it and be normal as an adult. She was raped as a child by Buddy Johnson, a boy that her sister had gone out with at the age of fourteen when she was just beginning to understand why she liked boys and why boys liked girls. Maureen still hasn’t gotten over it, and doesn’t trust males with a ten foot pole.

It eventually turns from the normal world to the magical world, where a man is following her and that man-named Brian-eventually brings her into an ancient war of prophecies, women with power, and ancient blood that still sings. This book is a like that of a fine irish whiskey-so says Charles de Lint, and I strongly agree with him, even though I’ve never had whiskey, let alone irish whiskey in my life. It looks like an innocent light-hearted fun book, but there’s a war going on that both sides are determined to win for various reasons.

As to the story itself-its not original in that there’s Pendragons and Merlins and Arthurs type story, but the way its written, and the feel of the story is like a breathe of fresh air in a foreign country that you’ve forgotten about over time. There’s different kinds of magic involved-both good and bad, and there’s all kinds of plot twists that you don’t see coming.

I really loved the depth of the characters in the book, the villains were definitely evil enough to be realistic, and the heroes weren’t always brave either which made me happy for variety. There’s also music, and poetry-a lot of Shakespeare mentioned towards the end of the book. There’s a variety of all kinds of magical things in here to tickle your fancy, if you’ll give it a try.

I’m fairly sure that this is the first in a series, but not positive. And I’m currently checking on Goodreads to see if it is or not…and, yes, it is! Book one of yet another series that apparently I’m now invested in.


4.5 stars!

Paperback Book Review: Binti


Title: Binti

Author: Nnedi Okorafor

Series: 1 of ?

Genre: Science Fiction

Page Count 91

Publisher:  Tor

Type of Book: Paperback, Novella

Rated: 4.9/5 Stars!

Binti was a belated Christmas present by my grandmother who asked what I wanted this year, and I said books. I gave her a list of some of the most anticipated reads, and what kind of things I liked, and she found Binti among them. Granted, it was a lot shorter than either of us realized, but it was also very entertaining. My only single complaint was how short it is! I want more! 91 pages isn’t nearly enough for the excellent world-building that the author does!

I’ve been seeing this book pop up all over my social blogs that I follow, and am glad to jump on the band-wagon while the book is still fresh and popular. I also am pleased to add to the hype of this book, even despite how ridiculously short this book is. It was also yet another read for my mother, who only has time for ridiculously short books, and she too enjoyed this one immensely.

I really am interested to see if this will be turned into a television show or movie set. It would be a fascinating movie/tv show, and I know a lot of people would be eager to see it if it came to be.

Binti, herself, is one of my most favorite literary characters of the year. I really admire her strength in going out and achieving her dreams…even if her dreams are waylaid by mysterious dangerous aliens that only she can communicate with. I really felt as though Binti was a different version of Uhura from Star Trek, but only more bad ass than usual!

I can’t say enough good things about Binti. It was wonderful, epic, grand in scope. The characters were fascinating, and her people were intriguing. I loved everything about Binti, but I do wish that it was longer, and just…

I need more.

I rate this book an almost even 5 stars, only one part of a star taken off because its so short.

And now, as I’m adding the rest of the Binti series to my Amazon wishlist, you can,

-Pass Me That Book


Paperback Book Review: Traitor’s Blade


Title: Traitor’s Blade
Author: Sebastien de Castell
Series: 1 out of ?
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 370
Type of Book: Library Paperback
Rated: 4/5 stars

Traitor’s Blade took me by surprise. On the one hand, I loved the characters and the world that the book contained. It was a fun read, fast paced, gritty and full of sarcastic characters that those who follow my blog may know by now that I love sarcastic assholes. Especially funny, caring, tough but soft in the center sarcastic assholes.

This book started off strong, and just kept right on going. It didn’t pause in the plot, the action, or the death scenes-this guy clearly took a page out of George R. R. Martin’s book, because I swear it felt like a character died in every chapter. There’s torture involved, a particularly harsh scene with a horse at the end that made me cringe in sympathy and horror, and there’s even a girl that made my heart bleed due to her tragic backstory, and how she acted throughout the book.

The characters may have made the story, but I think it was really Falcio-the main character-who brought the story home. His sharp wit, his bitterness at the unfairness of the world, his don’t stop until you die attitude made me fall hard for his character.

My only real complaint was the end of the book, setting it up for book two. It wasn’t a strong cliffhanger that just cuts off abruptly, it did wrap things off, but there was a lot of unresolved issues, it felt like.

Still, I really loved this book, and was surprised at how much I wound up enjoying it. A lot of reviewers either loved it or found it lacking, some even giving it two stars. I think the story itself was a fine way to pass an afternoon.

Four and a half stars out of five.

Now that I’ve finished this book, however, I need another one. So,

-Pass Me That Book

{This review was posted on Goodreads and my blog at Pass Me That Book. You can find the link to my blog on my Goodreads homepage.}


Netgalley Review: Keep Her Safe


{Look! I reviewed in time! And I thought I wouldn’t make it! Ha!}

Title: Keep Her Safe
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: ?
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 448
Type of Book: Netgalley Ebook
Rated: 5/5 stars!


I rarely like thrillers. I rarely read thrillers. And yet, I’ve heard so much about this book that I had to try it out. And wound up falling in love with it, as cliche as it sounds. This book surprised me. It kept me up till 1 in the morning, eagerly flipping through to the very end. And what a bitter sweet ending it was!

I’ve never before read a K.A. Tucker book. I haven’t even really heard of K.A. Tucker until this book started floating around the blogs that I read that isn’t mainly scifi/fantasy. But the main attraction of this book was the cover, and it sounded interesting. It’s described as Making a Murderer meets Scandal. I’ve never watched Making a Murderer though I have, on occasion when nothing else was on, watched Scandal. And it fits, though I like to think of it as more along the lines of Law and Order: SVU meets Scandal.

To get into the nitty gritty-there’s suicides. There’s murder. There’s a scene that talks about child sexual abuse. There’s that same child who runs away. It’s got a teenager struggling to live in a shitty trailer park home, surrounded by drug dealers, wife beaters, and other such lovely people. *note the sarcasm* Basically if you have a rough past, and triggers, stay away from this book. Because it has all the *feels*.

I liked Noah best out of the characters of this book, but I also really identified with Gracie, the girl who lived in a horrible trailer park. The two of them together were my favorite parts of the book, and some of the only happiness that they found together. Both had terrible family history with one another, that made them separate and bring them back together years in the future. The both of them work together to fix what their families had wrought upon the world.

But every character had a deep personality that was startling and refreshing. Every one of them had reasons for doing things, reasons for living-reasons for dying. It made for a gripping read, and I read every page with avid interest.

My only complaint was the ending. I like happy endings. And this ending, while it had some good points, was more terribly sad than anything. Supposedly there’s a companion novel to this, though I don’t recall what the title was.

Nonetheless, this book is definitely worth reading, though be prepared for staying up all hours of the night trying to finish!

In the meantime, now that I’m done with this book, you can

-Pass Me That Book

Paperback Book Review: Leviathan Wakes


Title: Leviathan Wakes
Author: James S. A. Corey
Series: Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction/Space Opera
Page Count: 560
Publisher: Orbits
Rated: 4.5/5 stars!

Leviathan Wakes is an impossibly big monster of a book. It sucks you in and there is so much of it, that you keep reading and reading and wondering if there is ever going to be an end to it. But it’s also on hell of a fun ride!

It reminds me very strongly of Firefly, in regards to the crew. In regards to the plot, it kinda makes me think of that young ya novel called “Illuminae”, which was a lot of fun too, and this book has just as much casting if not more so. It makes George R.R. Martin’s killing off characters seem small in comparison as well, so don’t go getting attached to anyone.

The chapters alternate between two character POVS: Miller and Holden. At first, I was more interested in Holden, but towards the end I felt more for Miller than I did Holden. Usually I just stick with one of character pov, and be done with it, but apparently not this time. This time, I had to go back and read chapters that I skimmed over because I wanted my favorite character, and wound up missing things anyway.

This book’s plot is a monster of a thing. You won’t see things coming. Which makes it all part of the fun.

Though admittedly, I did get rather angry at the ending. I mean, really? That’s how this first book ends? I can’t say because of spoilers, but…come on! That isn’t how things are supposed to go! At least, that’s not how I wanted things to go!

The book is long, true. At 560 pages, it took me three and a half days to finish it, mostly in part because I had to go back and read over what I skimmed as well. It’s long, but it’s well worth it. You’ll find yourself laughing often, it’s got loads of humor, and plenty of sarcastic assholes as well-my type of characters.

We’ve even got Reavers zombies in this massive space opera drama, which made it even cooler and more fun than I thought possible.

I’m all for getting the second book, because if it’s as fun as the first one, then why would I want to miss out on it? Apart from length, this book earned every star I gave it which in total equals 4.5 stars. A very high rating, and well deserved!

I definitely look forward to these two authors writing as one, but in the meantime, I’ve other books to read too while I wait. So-

Pass Me That Book!

Paperback Book Review: Glimmerglass


Title: Glimmerglass
Author: Jenna Black
Series: Book 1/?
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 295
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Type of Book: Library, Paperback
Rated: 4.2/5 stars

“I was trapped in Avalon. My Aunt was hunting me, my dad was in jail, and the only people who seemed to be on my side were a pair of Fae teenagers I barely knew.”

Dana Hathaway is the main character of this book, with an alcoholic mom and a father she’s never known who is supposedly a powerful Fae that lives in Avalon, which is in England (I believe). Avalon is a magical place on Earth, in an alternate Earth, where there are two worlds that intersect-Fae and Mortal. Most mortals don’t know about the Fae, or don’t believe in them. Dana Hathaway knows, however, that she is not normal. She is a half breed-half human, half Fae, and that makes her a Fairiewalker.

This book reminded me very strongly of a couple of other favorite fae type stories: The Iron Daughter series by Julie Kagawa, and the Switched series by Amanda Hocking. I really enjoyed this book, though I did wish that the main character wasn’t quite so naive. She runs away from her mother after her mother embarrasses her at a voice recital, and flees to her father…never realizing that this might have consequences. For one thing, she winds up meeting her Aunt Grace who is not as she first appears, and then she meets Ethan and Kimber who are siblings, in another dangerous situation. There are many attempts made on her life, and the usual ‘why is everything and everyone trying to kill me’ trope.

Turns out, she’s wanted by all kinds of fairie; but especially wanted dead, if she can’t be controlled, or coerced to a certain side. She’s finally safe at her dad’s-seemingly, of course. She doesn’t trust him, not after everyone’s lied to her, tricked her, tried to kill her, and so forth.

Glimmerglass is a well written book, but the characters can be frustrating at times. My favorite character was easily Finn the bodyguard. Who reminded me very strongly of Artemis’s bodyguard in the book series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.

This is the first book of a series, which I didn’t realize upon snagging this from the library, but that’s fine with me-I get to read more of an interesting world filled with action, adventure, and intrigue-as well as the cliche’d romance, as well.

I highly recommend this series for all to read, because of its unique storyline, and interesting plot. 4.2 out of five stars!


-Pass Me That Book!

Hardback Book Review: Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway

Title: Every Heart a Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: Book 1
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Tom Dohurty Assosiates, LLC
Page Count: 175
Rated: 5/5 Stars

Type of Book: Library

Every Heart a Doorway was a fantastical book. I loved all the characters, and it was one of those rare books that included a girl turned guy, an asexual female character, and twins! It starts off with a woman named Eleanor who persuades parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and other such relatives to send their children who weren’t ‘quite right’ after having vanished to her Home for Wayward Children. These are children who have opened doorways into other realms, other universes…and been sent back after a long period of time and now have to adjust to their lives once more. This is a place where Eleanor teaches them to adjust, or helps them to have a place to stay until they can figure out how to find the doorway back again.
Nancy is one such girl, and she arrives with her suitcase full of clothes and unease. She had been pretending she hadn’t left for so long, that when Eleanor asks her where she’d gone, she still lied through her teeth. But slowly, ever so slowly, she begins to realize that these people, these children, are just like her. While they haven’t gone to the universe she had, they still had gone to their own respective universes through various kinds of doorways.
Then a murder happens, and another. And soon they begin to realize that its not safe in the home. Someone is killing them, and they think it’s Nancy, or Jack-the girl who trained as a doctor in her world. Jack and Jill, her identical twin sister, are both struggling to keep together, while Nancy finds friendship with Jack, Kade, Sumi, and others.
The entirety of the book made me think of a darker version of Miss Peregrin’s Home For Peculiar Children, which I also loved.
While this review is short, the book was short as well at only 175 pages, I managed to finish it in one sitting in under two hours, trying to prolong this book because I loved it so. This is another book that I’ll treasure, and hopefully one day be able to go out and buy a copy of it.
At any rate, that’s this book review done, and now-
-Pass Me That Book!

Paperback Book Review: The Fifth Season


Title: The Fifth Season
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Publisher: Orbit
Page Count: 468
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Type of Book: Library

If you don’t like books that swap between character povs, then this book probably will irritate you. But persist, and you will be shocked and rewarded and delighted at the end of the book. I cannot tell you without spoiling you, so I will make it so its harder to read and you can skip over it: the three characters are the exact same person who changes their name at different ages.

My favorite pov was Damara. She was, whole-heartedly, something new and fresh and original. I can’t say why I identified with her so much, only that I really, really got involved with her story. I spent the entire afternoon flipping through her chapters alone, and then when the book was done realized that I had to go back in order to fill in some of the blanks. I hate that about books, but it was also kind of fun doing that at the same time. For reasons above, see the spoiler as to why one has to go back and re-read the other characters to figure out what happens.

This book was different. It was new, and fresh, and original, and dealt with things in a new way. There were some things that I hated about it *SPOILER link* where Schauff breaks Damara’s hand just to see if she has control, for example.

Otherwise, this book wowd me, though it took a bit to do so to be honest. The writing was rather excellent, and this is the first NK book that I’ve read, and the first of a series. I don’t think I’ll read more of her books in this series, though I’m itching to test out The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, as it sounds a bit more my speed.

I read this book in mostly one sitting, being interrupted once for dinner. I highly recommend giving it a go, and can definitely agree with the hype that this book received, and that it was well worth the Hugo and Nebula Awards that it won as well.

4.5 stars out of 5.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book!

Also as a sidenote: I’ve included a new thing with the organization of each review, where I say ‘type of thing’ at the end of title and author and so on. ‘Type of Thing’ has many variations such as: library book, wattpad novel, amazon ebook, random find, paperback, hardback, etc…I’m still trying to be very organized when it comes to books, as you can clearly see.

Hardback Book Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass

Title: The Aeronaut’s Windlass
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Book 1
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy
Page Count: 630
Publisher: Tor
Rated: 4.5/5 stars!

I read the A. Windless book in two and a half days, because I wanted the story to linger so it took a little longer to finish. Jim Butcher proceeds to be one of my most favorite fantasy authors in the fantasy genre! While this was a completely different world from that of Dresden Files, not to mention his other fantasy series that is underrated (in my opinion) the Furies series {look up name of series}, this one is still very “Jim Butcher” in that it’s unique, got loads of characters I adore, and has lots of drama, talking cats!, and airships.
This book starts off with a duel between a girl (a very ‘large’ girl!) and a guy that’s an entitled a**. It progresses to include talking cats, friendships that you didn’t see coming, enemies that you want to kill just because they’re that evil. The airship kinda makes me think of a blend between Firefly and Enterprise, especially in regards to the crew. Whether Jim Butcher made Journeyman out to be like Scotty of the engineering department, I don’t know. But that’s how I saw him as.
Gwen, Benedict, Rowl, Captain Grimm (or, in the cat’s terms Captain Tall Trees), and Littlemouse…I adored the entire cast. The bad guys were appropriately bad, and the good guys were awesome to the point that I couldn’t begin to decide who was my favorite. At first I thought it was Gwen, then I changed my mind to Benedict, then to Rowl, then to…well, you get the idea. There is quite the cast of characters in this book, that almost makes up having to read 630 pages! That’s a fair bit of reading to be done, and while I’m a fast reader, there’s a lot going on in this here monster of a book. Jim Butcher’s descriptions of airships in general is extensive. How one would fix engines so that they would go faster. How wood is so expensive for repairs. How the crew would mutiny if fed terrible food made by the Captain again. (I loved that scene.)
And then there’s Littlemouse, who has a cat! Or rather, the cat has her. Littlemouse, being not so little either. She was a brave, strong, true friend to all, especially to Folly and Gwen. And how could I have forgotten to mention Folly earlier? She is one of my real favorites! For some reason, I lean most towards the maddest character driven people in fantasy novels. Who knew? Then there’s her old Master Farus. He reminded me a lot of the old man in the Dragonlance series. What was his name? The old man who liked flinging fireballs…I have a very strong feeling that he and Master Farus would get a long splendidly. Those two would make for a dangerous combination.
Then there are the ships themselves. Captain Grimm’s Predator was my personal favorite, but I liked the ship names-the Itasca! The Valiant! The Thunderous! So many strong ship names!
I could blather on and on about this book, of which I didn’t think I would love nearly as much as I did by the end of it. My only real complaint was that ending. Jim Butcher, you stole my heart with this book, and I need another, please. I especially want more stories about cats coming in to save the day!
There were some mysteries-more than some, I think-left by the end of the book, though I can see why the author left it off as he did. At 630 pages, its a monster of a book, and there is still a large amount of the story to be resolved. The Enemy may have gotten away, and the Predator may need to be repaired (again) and they may have lost a large number of people throughout the book…
But at the end of it all, this was a truly unique, originally, heart in your throat read.
My hat goes off to you, Jim Butcher.
If by some chance you happen to see this review, I do hope you like it. A friend of mine insisted that I didn’t need to write a ten page review of the book, much though I wanted to.
So cheers,
Pass Me That Book!

Bookstore Trip!

Today I get to go to the bookstore!

Which means that there will be more bookish hauls in the future. I’ve been reading less due to writing my own books, but I’m still actively reading throughout the day. I’ve a few that I’m working on now that are PDF files, but having physical books are always better, I think.

I plan on getting some more swords and sorcery type fantasy novels, because I’ve been feeling like reading those lately. I also want to find a copy of The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I’ve seen the show, and I read the book once before but its been some time, and I really want to own my own copy.

So, a trip to the bookstore, and I’m at the library now writing this up. Books abound! Its looking to be a beautiful day involving lots and lots of books!



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Upcoming ARCs

I’ve gotten a fair few ebook ARCs in my gmail lately. Some I’ve requested, a few of them are from authors who asked me to review their books on Amazon-and I’ve been getting a lot more of those kind of requests. Most of the time the books are good. But there are a rare few that I just didn’t care for at all. These are the books that I’m going to hopefully read soon and post reviews as promised. Two of which I needed to write reviews for before the end of December, but at the rate that I’m going, that’s going to be an epic fail. Sigh. Anyway, here’s the list:

1: Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather

2: Witchy Eye by D. J. Butler

3: Blood Rose by Danielle Rose

4: A Summer of Witches by M. Ganendran

5: Dragon Bone by Aldrea Johnson

So yeah, those are going to be the next books that I concentrate on. Some of the covers don’t look very appealing, and a couple of them look nice. It varies. The stories all sound interesting, though, now its just a matter of choosing which one to start with. I’m at least hoping to finish all of these before the end of the year and post reviews at that time as well. Other goals I have are:

*review every book on my shelves at home (that’ll take a while)

*make my blog a bit more organized in finding the books you want to read the review of

*somehow gain more traffic on my blog, to draw in more publishers/authors


And that’s what I’ve been up to lately. In between all of that, I’m still working on finishing my first book. It’s a YA epic fantasy novel, and one that I think is really good. I’ve got an editor looking it over now. I’m hoping to have it up sometime next year. Anyways. That’s all for now.

Happy holidays everyone,


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Paperback Review: The Outstretched Shadow

Title: The Outstretched Shadow
Author: Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
Series: Book 1 of 3
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 725
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Rating: 5/5 Stars

I’ve read Mercedes Lackey ever since I was thirteen years old, and first picked up “Arrow’s Flight”, the very first book in her Tales of Valdemar series. She’s one of my absolute favorite writers, and I have at least three series that I haven’t started reading yet, so that I could still have a few worlds to play in, in case she for some reason can’t write anymore. I’ve pretty much read everything she’s put out, especially everything to do with the Valdemar series. It was one of the first major, long, and epic fantasy series that I remember stepping into, right along with The Wheel of Time Series, The Dragonlance novels, and many others. As an effort to review every book that I have in my room, this is one of the first that I picked up and read again, for the third time, for a refresher so that I can actually remember small details-certain characters, and places, for example. It’s been at least three years since I last looked at this book, though I have read other books by the author Mercedes Lackey. James Mallory is a new one, however, and I’ll certainly have to step into his other writings as well.

The Outstretched Shadow is a new series, not set in Valdemar, but still interesting. It’s got elves, princesses, mysterious books that contain magical mysteries, good vs. evil, a likable main character, and a lot of world building. I read this, and wished that my own book that I’m writing was as epic in scope as this book is, its got so much rich detail in it! And it may seem like a long book, but you hardly notice. I opened it up at the first page, and almost three hours later I’m closing the book and wishing that I had the second one. This is one series that I haven’t yet reached book 2 of, let alone the second trilogy that follows. While I’ve collected Mercedes Lackey over the years (her books take up at least three shelves in my room), I’ve clearly fallen behind in this series. To be fair, I’ve read quite a bit of other books, and other genres, as well in that time span, trying to broaden my horizons.

But if your new to Mercedes Lackey (or James Mallory) then you won’t regret picking this book up. It starts off talking about a boy going searching for something new-stories, food, instruments-and finding himself buying some mysterious books. Books that hide themselves from other people, like the store owner, so he won’t get into trouble for buying them. As the story progresses, its clear these books are dangerous, and his father wants him to get rid of the books…or suffer the consequences, much like his sister had. But to Kellen’s (the main character) mind, he doesn’t have a sister-he’s never had one! And then, as things progress from there, everything falls apart and he finds himself fleeing the country in order to stay alive. There’s unicorns that talk in this book, there’s giant eagles, there’s elves, and centaurs, and a lot of demons. This book has every kind of mythical creature you could want in a fantasy story. Kellen is an awesome, if slightly naive fellow who isn’t much of a fighter, but rather a healer. He’s capable of so much more, however, as he goes on-especially with the help of his friends.

I usually try to compare this to other books, but the only thing I can think of is the Wheel of Time series, or perhaps the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. But those are vastly different than this series.

Regardless, if you haven’t read this yet you really should pick it up at your local bookstore, or library. It’s epic, it’s fun, and it’s got loads of action and adventure and magic just waiting to be discovered!

In the meantime, I’m off to find book 2 of the series so that I can continue to read this series.

In other words-Pass Me That Book!

Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

Okay, so this isn’t a review post. But it does feature books that are being released this year/next year, so its still book related, so that counts, right? I spotted these on random places: Pinterest, Amazon, author websites. I hope that these look as good as I think they do. I either picked these because of the gorgeous covers, the title is catchy, or because the author is someone I’ve read before, or because the storyline is interesting…you get the idea, right? Anyway, here’s the books that I’m interested in for the upcoming year:

All of these look really awesome, especially that last one, the YA fantasy book. It was one that I only just discovered, so I hope you guys look it up and add it to your wish lists! So many that are coming out are fantasy and retellings. While I’m tired of retellings, I’ll admit a couple of them look rather awesome despite their being retellings.

In any case, that’s this post done.

Now I’m off to read.

Pass me that book!

Hardback Review: Even the Darkest Stars

Title: Even the Darkest Stars
Author: Heather Fawcett
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 304
Genre: YA Fantasy


This book was high on my expectations list, and did not disappoint. The cover fit extremely well with the story, which made me happy. I loved the dark blue cover of the book, and the title, which was initially what made me snag this book from the library. I now want to buy my own copy at some point in the future, it was that good. My only complaint was that it left off at a cliffhanger (readers of this book might groan at the obvious pun).

This book had it all-pet foxes as familiars, witches, demons, dragons, mountain climbing in dangerous terrain, and searching for an item as a means of a quest. The characters were driven, each in their own way, towards their own goals. You didn’t know who to trust, who to believe in when they had their scenes. Although I think my favorite scene was imagining baby dragons heading towards Chirri’s cabin.

Magic was complex, there was history of their world, and the Nightwood was a fascinating topic that I wished was discussed more often, because it contained witches who had a long time grudge against the human empire from blocking them off from the rest of the world. There was also ghosts in this book, which was a startling surprise, and there were explorers…

I just loved this book so much.

The author drew me in slowly, and built up until I had reached the very end. I knew that their situation wouldn’t be resolved when I had fifty pages left, and by the time I hit fifteen pages before the end of the book I realized that this was going to be one of those authors whose books I would snap up in a heartbeat in the future. She writes as though everything is desperate, the characters are at deaths’ door, there’s no more choices left…

And it’s exciting reading, full of adventure, magic, and mystery. There’s Lusha with her ravens, and poor Aimo, and River, and Ragtooth, and all of the characters I just loved to pieces. The story was epic, the book lived up to its expectations, and I couldn’t ask for more-but I am. I want book two. I want it now. Please don’t tell me that this is how the story ends, because if that’s the case, then that’s a terribly sad ending.

Overall, I give this book five stars. It was worth the wait, and I’m glad that this is still helping me out of my reading slump as well.

Go, read the book. I’ll wait.

Until then,
Pass Me That Book!

Hardback Book Review: The Last Place On Earth

Title: The Last Place on Earth
Author: Carol Snow
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 298


I dove into this book and didn’t come up for air until I hit the very end, closing the book with a satisfication that I hadn’t done in an age. While there were books that I had liked here and there, there hasn’t been one that I really *clicked* with, and this book did it for me. It was all about surviving out in the wild, a trope that I really love, and learning how to get on after the fall of humanity. I saw where this book was going when the first few classmates that Daisy had started sick, but it was still an unexpected twist at the end. I liked Henry, I liked Kyle, and Karessa, and Kirsten was awesome. I liked Mrs. Hawking, and Daisy’s mother, and Peter. The characters were all identifiable. The situation was something that I believe fully possible, though I didn’t believe the solution to the epidemic was correct.
This is a book about “preppers”, families who go out into the wild to survive against any kind of ‘fall of humanity’ type of situation, anything from the zombie apocalypse to the buobonic plague. It’s all very fascinating, and some of it read like a horror novel as well, which was a bonus to me. Daisy spent most of the book searching for her best friend Henry, who mysteriously disappears. After breaking into his home to see if he left any clues (he did, a note that reads “save me”), she goes on a quest to find him. As she searches for him, there are all kinds of various survival situations. I was disappointed this wasn’t an “alien invasion” type book, but it still was one of my favorites. I believe fans of “The Fifth Wave” by Rick Yancy would really enjoy this book, it echoes that world very strongly.
The Last Place on Earth is going to be one of those books that lingers long after I read it, and I’m happy to say that it’s also helped shove me out of my reading slump that I’ve been in lately. I’ve read this one, and immediately after that I’ve read a handful of others as well that will soon have reviews posted at some point in time.
Five stars!

ARC Review: The Fires Beneath the Sea


Title: The Fires Beneath the Sea
Author: Lydia Millet
Genre: YA/Junior Fiction Fantasy
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Page Count: 248


This was a truly fascinating and unique read. There was plenty of action, and adventure, for it being a middle grade kids book. Lydia Millet definitely knows how to draw a reader into an entirely new world, filled with monsters in the form of water, sunken pirate ships, and a war that’s been going on for a long, long time.
Without giving away too many spoilers, Cara, Max, and Jackson-who can read minds, and is incredibly smart for a kid his age-are missing their mother, who seems to have left without a trace, leaving only behind a note for her family: I cannot stay, danger. Danger for whom? Cara misses her mother, and tries to be normal, even when things that aren’t normal happen around them-like her little brother talking to turtles, and otters appearing where they shouldn’t.
This book has all my favorite things meshed together, and I especially liked the scenes with the sunken pirate ship, and Max with his truck. There are all kinds of good things to find in this book, and I’ll say that the only bad thing was the terrible cliffhanger at the end, where the author leaves you wanting more.
This book will likely hit home for fans of “The Dark is Rising” by Susan Cooper, and “Deep Waters?” by Diane Duane, even ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeline E’Lengle. It’s got the same elements, the same kind of theme-kids saving the world, kids keeping their family together while battling dark forces. It’s a good trope, and one of my favorite kinds-especially when done right. This book is going to be right along with those books on my shelves at home. I really love how this book turned out, despite that wicked cliffhanger. Cara is someone that I emphasized with, and identified with as well. Jackson, and Max, both were also kids that I could understand, and even feel for at times. Everyone had a role to play in the book, even their dog Rufus who got his own impressive scene towards the end.
I commend the author for a really very lovely read, one that I will likely remember long after I’ve finished reading it.
Five stars!