New Arcs: Thanks Parliament House!

I was recently gifted with some arcs from a wonderful publishing company known as Parliament House. They were kind enough to send in arcs that I’d specifically requested, and I look forward to reading and reviewing as soon as possible! Of course, I have a large number of arcs not just from Parliament House, but also from Kensington House, Netgalley, and many other places as well. The rest of this month will be a mad dash to finish as many arcs as possible. But let’s see what Parliament House sent me, shall we?

 

 

All these look wonderful, but I think my most anticipated read out of the choices above is probably “Between the Sea and Stars”, as the cover is just lovely, and the storyline sounds so intriguing.

Again, my thanks to the publishing house, and I look forward to reading all these. Expect reviews soon!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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Netgalley Review: Murder at Morrington Hall (Book 1 of a delightful new series!)

Murder at Morrington Hall

Title: Murder at Morrington Hall
Author: Clara McKenna
Series: Book 1
Genre: Mystery, Historical
Publisher: Kensington Books
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 5/5 stars
Review Word Count: 1,000
Notes: My, that was a lovely read!

This was utterly delightful, and exactly the kind of book I’d been hoping for here as of late. A cozy mystery but with plenty of drama, a tiny spark of rebellious romance, and a good old fashioned ‘who-dun-it’ air!

Stella is an excellent female detective, and I loved her personality. While I hated most of the others around her, who are overbearing and downright hateful towards her at times, I did enjoy her steadfastness and intelligence, her wit and her daring throughout the book. She drove the old American cars without caring who saw. She wore trousers beneath skirts, rode horses and cared for them, baked in a kitchen despite the fact it was far beneath her station, was kind to servants and remembered their names and helped them whenever she could…just a basic, all american good lady.

Yet she’s taken aback and furious when she learns that the reason she and her family are visiting in England at a prestigious families house isn’t for the upcoming Derby and her horses, but because of an arranged marriage her father had created between her and Lyndy. She hates to be thought of as nothing more but a prized stallion to be bartered with and traded about. Even worse the implication once she’s done her duty and produced an heir and a spare, then he could just push her aside and find plenty of mistresses to fill his time with, never giving her any time of day unless it was important enough for him to do so.

There’s a fair bit of ‘women aren’t meant to do that’ in this book, which was infuriating to say the least, but Stella remains stubborn and prideful, though the others call her head strong and dangerous. I mean really, just because she bucks tradition, she’s considered to be ‘full of herself’? That’s ridiculous! I understand it was the times back then, but many women and men I very much wish to strangle. Grr…

Stella and Lyndy both talk, and get to know one another as they are now for all intents and purposes, engaged to be married. Stella wishes to speak with the vicar, and so while giving her a tour of the house, the two of them wind up to the library where they find the vicar…quite obviously dead, and in no mood to talk.

There’s an eventual missing horse, missing jewels, a meeting with the King while at the Derby, and more exciting adventures throughout this wonderful first novel. Stella is a true inquisitive lady, determined to figure out who killed the priest that was supposed to be the one to marry her, while Lyndy attempts to figure out who stole the jewels and their families latest and newest horse that was part of the wedding deal from Stella’s father.

(No harm comes to the horse at the end of the book, for those that are worried. It’s returned safe and sound, with not even a scratch on him-bonus points to the author for making sure the animal remains unharmed!)

I really enjoyed this book, and am now adding this author to my favorites list. This was clearly well written and researched, and there was a large cast protrayed so that one could continue to guess and still be surprised by the end of the book. I was half-right in who committed a certain crime, but the author surprised me completely with who was actually the killer, so more bonus points towards her as well. Though I’d paid attention, there were a couple of things I hadn’t considered towards the end of the book, and that was how she’d managed to surprise me, the sly writer.

5/5 stars for a splendid read, and I definitely aim to read more of this series as time goes on. For those that like Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series, you might give this a try. Same kind of style, though not in journal format, it’s still got the adventurous feel and strong female character to enjoy reading throughout.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: The Lieutenant’s Nurse

The Lieutenant's Nurse

Title: The Lieutenant’s Nurse
Author: Sara Ackerman
Series: ? Works as a Standalone
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 2.5 rounded up to 3/5 stars
Notes: Pretty cover, meh story.

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Sadly, there was a lot of discrimination against women in this book. Doctor’s acted like all-knowing assholes towards women, and the women barely stood up for themselves, afraid if they did they’d be fired and/or worse. It infuriated me how a lot of the nurses in this book were treated, as if they were to be tolerated for their unusual ways and not meant to be taken seriously in a ‘man’s world’. Ugh!

The historical aspects of the book were fascinating to read, set before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Normally the historical books that I read are focused ON the event, not the months leading up to the attack. It was an interesting read, and I give it slight bonus points for taking a different approach than what most authors generally use.

I know very little about Pearl Harbor. My grandfather’s time, and I didn’t have much interest in American History. I was more interested in Ancient History like with the Mayans and the Greeks and the Romans. Pearl Harbor was only of vague interest because I knew my grandfather knew people who were a part of that history, so that was part of why I selected this book for review. Another reason was because I wanted to read more ‘recent’ history, and because the story itself sounded interesting.

And it was, though not as good as I hoped it would be. It seemed to be strongly geared towards Eva finding a man to help her be more ‘controlled’ and less independent. It was very frustrating to read her falling for such an egotistical ass, and while eventually the guy lead character grew on me, it was a very long eventually to get there and he still wasn’t my favorite book boyfriend ever. It seemed to me like Eva was trying to hard to be the well-liked and normal nurse, as opposed to getting shit done and taking no prisoners approach.

Overall, I’m giving this 3/5 stars. Originally, it’s 2.5 rounded up to a solid 3 because of how interesting the historical bits were, and I *did* like Eva’s character, I just didn’t much like the story.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Netgalley Review: Death Comes to Dartmoor

Death Comes to Dartmoor

Title: Death Comes to Dartmoor
Author: Vivian Conroy
Series: Book 2 of the Merriweather and Royston Mysteries
Genre: Mystery, Cozy, Thriller
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Netgalley Read, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 4/5 stars
Review Word Count: 500
Notes: Second in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone! It does reference things from book one that had me confused, but only towards the very end of the book, and a couple of things from the start of it. Otherwise, book one doesn’t have to be read at all to read this one.

Death Comes to Dartmoor has strong vibes of Sherlock Holmes and Charles Dickens in way of dark vibes and mysterious creatures that are killing girls left and right in the middle of the night. With plenty of deaths, the villagers are frightened and turn mob-like, causing much trouble amongst the small village of Dartmoor. There’s lots of action, adventure, and near death experiences for our characters from beginning to end of this book, with mysteries aplenty as well. Who killed the girls? Why would someone pin the blame on an old man? And what of the connection to their friends?

This was an enthralling read that had me from beginning to end, and I found myself rapidly turning page after page, attempting to guess who it was that killed them. I was right about the killer but wrong about the reasons, so the author gets bonus points for that as well.

If you like dark mysteries that are spooky, and full of atmospheric death scenes, I highly recommend you reading this series. It’s got something for everyone, and while long the payout is definitely well worth it!

4/5 stars!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Netgalley Review: Penne Dreadful

Penne Dreadful

Title: Penne Dreadful
Author: Catherine Burns
Series: Book 1 of the Italian Chef Mystery Series
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Page Count: 500
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Type of Book: Netgalley Read, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 5/5 stars
Review Word Count:
Notes: A wonderful start to a new mystery series that will surely leave readers hungry for more!

I should start this off with a warning to readers: don’t read this book without snacks nearby. Especially tasty snacks. Because this book has described food that made me hungry and craving pasta for lunch (which I successfully had while reading this book!) and it’s description of food is definitely on par with a lot of chefs that I’ve met who know what they’re talking about when they talk about food. The type of food in this book is my favorite kind too-pizza, pasta, and many other things besides (except for eggplant. Blagh.)

This was a fun, yet depressing at times, mystery book. There was a murder, plenty of suspects, an overly helpful cat, another murder, several attempted murders, blackmail, robbery, and even a happy ending. This book was a non-stop action ride from beginning to end, and I spent two days flying through the pages wanting to know who would was the killer. I was half right in my guess, but forgot several factors, and was therefore still taken by surprise at the end. Clever of the author to do so!

I highly recommend this author’s book. It’s very fun, it’s a quick read, and it’s definitely one to be added to my shelves at home. Her writing is flawless, and her characters are realistic and entertaining each with their own secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end.

5/5 stars!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: Conviction

Conviction

Title: Conviction
Author: M. D. Neu
Series: Book Two
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, LGBT, Futuristic
Page Count: ?
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Release Date: March 15th
Type of Book: Ebook, Kindle Book, ARC
Review Word Count: 1000
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: This series continues to delight. It went a different area than what I expected, though still pulled through with a happy ending with plenty of things to resolve in the next book.

Following the continuation of Book One “Contact” which I read last year, and really enjoyed, I was delighted to find myself approved for this book within hours of requesting it. Therefore, my thanks to the publisher Nine Star Press, and I am pleased to have read and am reviewing almost immediately within receiving it. (If only all my requests worked out this way!)

Todd Landon is recovering from the attack that took his husband, and many of the Nantreaa that had arrived at Earth last year when they had first visited San Jose. He’s still grieving the loss, but he’s determined to help these visitors of another world settle in without too many hiccups along the way. Yet others are bound and determined to prevent them staying, fear, bigotry, and outright hatred making it difficult for him to do his job as well as he can.

Then there’s Mi’cen and his family. With the political aspects of this book proving to be challenging, as well as interesting in reading, Todd’s attempt at getting to know and understand Mi’cen’s family is fascinating to read and see through his eyes. I loved Todd’s interaction with Faa, a small creature that can speak, and I also liked how everyone was their own person and unique to the story. Each character breathed life to the pages that otherwise would have seemed to be dull and overly political when dealing with an alien ‘invasion’, though really the Nantreaa are more political refugees than anything, as they are trying to find a safe place to stay after their planet was destroyed, their sun having gone supernova.

The whole situation is a bit impressive build-up, and I found myself devouring each page. I really like the author’s writing style, and he explains things reasonably well without pandering or info-dumping the reader. My one complaint was the religious aspects of the book. Granted, it wasn’t bad, and more debatable between aliens and humans which is understandable, but attempting to sway aliens over to a god that they know nothing about? No. Sorry, but I don’t think that would actually fly. Not to mention “God is mysterious, his ways of hurting people always has a reason”-I never liked nor believed that was a good line to tell worshippers. You need to have a better reason than that to make innocent people suffer. Sorry, but that’s just my opinion.

Though since the religion aspect did actually matter and come to play a part in the story-surprising me completely, actually-I actually didn’t mind it overmuch. I found it was actually helpful in the plot as well, because of course when introducing aliens to a human world, they’re going to touch base on religion at some point or another, and it seemed that much more realistic than anything else.

But I digress.

The plot was excellent. The world-building was cool, and the aliens were unique and fascinating. I would have liked to have learned more about their technology, animals, and history, but it focused more on the characters than the actual history of the Nantreaa this time around. I’m hoping that those things will be more explored in book three, or perhaps four if this is a series and not a trilogy.

Overall, I’m definitely giving this a 5/5 stars, because this was a delicious LGBT science fiction with politics, humor, some pretty hefty action towards the end, and a HEA but with enough unresolved issues that it still leaves things wide open for at least two more books. I highly recommend reading these if you like realistic characters, believable science fiction, and a fast paced plot. Book three cannot come fast enough!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

4th Year Anniversary: Now What?

It’s been four years since I started this blog?! Where has the time gone?! What do I do now?

(Obviously I’m going to read, lol.)

Greetings, friends!

Today is a special post in that I’m explaining why I started the blog, how it’s progressed, and what happens next.

New Things:

There’s going to be a lot of changes here soon. Here’s a list of what to expect:

  1. New Review Policy, Contact Page, and Bio
  2. New background!
  3. The Secret Project page will be revealed
  4. New content, plus more frequent reviews
  5. More frequent guest posts, author interviews (hopefully), and possible giveaways
  6. More blog hopping? Not sure how that works tbh
  7. New menu organization!
  8. Other?

Old Things:

This blog has been around. I’ve grown as a reader; and can safely say that when I started this blog, I never expected to have almost 200 followers, new friends, and new books…lots of them!

Lately the blogging has been challenging but still as fun as ever. I’m learning new things all the time, and meeting with lots of cool people (online at least).

That’s not to say it hasn’t been hard. Figuring out what to read lately is a real challenge, and reviewing seems to be getting more and more complicated.

Still, I’m in this for the long haul!

Inbetween Things:

This blog would not be here without support of my followers, so thank you. Not only has my blog turned 4 but I’ve also hit 4k views on my blog too. That’s crazy!

I plan on doing some more posts here daily,but for now I’m just going to sit back and cheer as my blog continues to grow and change.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Thrifty Thursday: Windwalker by H. G. Chambers

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Description: The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point), then share a post about it.hrifty Thursday

This is a freebie that I picked up today so haven’t read it yet but plan to at some point. It sounds fascinating and I hope it’s a full length book because Goodreads says it’s book one but it’s also described as a prequel so…

Here’s the Goodreads description:

Winged raptors, deadly sand-warriors, and a rebellious girl who breaks all the rules.

Sixteen-year-old Kiva Fariq has always dreamed of soaring on the four-winged raptors that scour the desert skies. But the windwalker sect is closed off to women. What’s more, the flying predators are said to kill any woman attempting to bond them.

Undeterred, Kiva attempts the perilous windwalker trials in secret. Should she survive, she will face an even greater challenge: bonding a raptor of her own. When signs of an ancient enemy appear upon the plains, she desires more than ever to protect her people. But the threat is closer than anyone realizes, and will soon bury them all in a tomb of sand and stone—unless she can stop it.

I love stories with dragons especially when girls are the main character! I really look forward to reading this, though no idea when I will get to it.

What are your thoughts on this book? Have y’all read it? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Mailbox Monday: 1st Post

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Description: Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy.

A new meme (for me) that I’m testing out! I didn’t get any physical copies of arcs last week *cries* but got approved for an exciting highly anticipated read on Netgalley!!!

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

as seen on Goodreads.

I can’t wait to read this as it sounds perfect and cute! So what did y’all get to read recently? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

The Sunday Post: What Have I Read?

It’s Sunday again. I am still maintaining my blog updates, yay, so bonus points for that. Otherwise what have I read? Ummm…*scratches head*

Currently I’m reading this monstrous book:

Its almost 800 pages, and I’m at page 200. I’m not really enjoying it yet? This author has been mostly okay so far. I hope this changes though.

I also read an arc! That I have had for a few months now, whoops. I’m planning on catching up on my arcs, hopefully, because I’m dreadfully behind. This is the arc I have read and will review soon:

Overall I enjoyed it. Three stories I liked more than the others but definitely glad to have kept up with the Valdemar universe. Some new and old favorite authors in this lovely anthology.

Well that’s all I’ve been reading. This week I hope to do much better in reading/reviewing. What have y’all been reading? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Stacking the Shelves: 1st Post for the year

Welcome to Stacking the Shelves a meme created by @Tynga’sReviews. I have planned on being more up to date on my blog, so have decided to start joining in more memes, tags, and so on. Anyway on to the books!

I was approved The Familiars by Stacey Halls on Netgalley. This is described as: A beautiful tale of women, witchcraft, and the fight against power. Sign me up!

I may have screamed in delight and shock when I was approved Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout quite possibly one of my favorite authors ever. This is described as: a new novel set in the world of the Lux with gargoyle protectors and demons Yes please!

I was approved this beauty as well The Sun and Moon Beneath the Stars by K. Parr which is described as: an LGBT f/f romance about two women one a palace slave and the other a selfish princess. This one comes with a LOT of warnings though so I’m unsure of reading it.

Another book I was approved for is King of Flames by Kathryn Ann Kingsley which sounds just awesome and is described as: a woman working as a forensic autopsy technician wakes up with a mysterious tattoo on her arm and slowly learns that normal will never be real again. This sounds delightful.

Can I just say that I love #CandlewickPress? They really publish some great books! So I was thrilled when I received The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capatta, another LGBT book that’s described as: The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods. Can I just say YESSSSS PLEASE!!!!

AND FINALLY

I was approved this one just today so yay! Queen of Sea and Stars by Anna McKerrow is looking like another romantic fantasy and is described as: As a child, Faye Morgan was always an outsider, shunned for the ancient and powerful magic that runs through her veins… This too sounds awesome and I definitely look forward to reading it.

Well those are my new arcs approved on Netgalley. Nothing yet in the mail but the day is still just half over. Thanks for dropping in. Any of these look interesting to you? Have you read these? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

March TBR: Ambitious Pile

Welcome!

It’s the start of the month and I have a TBR to share with all my bookish friends! This month is going to be ambitious-not just with reading, but updating and reviewing more too. Or so I hope! On to the books!

Fantasy Picks:

Science Fiction:

YA Books:

Graphic Novel:

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And that’s it!

For now anyway. If I read through all these I’ll be shocked. Several if not all are over 400* pages. And Priory is MASSIVE. Almost too big to hold!

I hope y’all have a better TBR pile than me this month. Because apparently I like ambitious goals I likely won’t fulfill lol.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

First Mini Haul: March 2019

I bought some books! Big surprise right? Yeah yeah, I know I don’t need more but I couldn’t resist adding to my collection!

Only five books. I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy/romance lately, especially the dark ones filled with violence and angst for the characters. But I also found a Rick Riordan HARDCOVER for a $1 which is insane and awesome. So yeah, happy with the books!

Up next is my March TBR post and some book reviews.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Monthly Wrap Up: February Reads

I only read 12 books for February? That’s depressing, though a couple of these were fairly hefty at nearly 600+pages, so I guess that’s not too bad, plus February is one of the shortest months of the year, so there’s that as well. Plus there was a lot going on in February including lots of cold and snow and ice, which we’re fixing to get more of here soon again. Yay. *insert sarcasm* I also read a LOT of fanfiction towards the end of the month. Primarily: The Avengers, Deadpool, Spiderman, The Orville, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter fanfiction, along with a tiny bit of Stargate. I apparently really missed reading fanfiction! Anyway, on to the books!

 

Now, these aren’t all the books that I’ve read shown, these are only my top favorites of last month, the bottom two standing out the most, though I really loved Black God Drums and Cold Is In Her Bones almost as much as those two. I really sincerely hope that there’s a book three for All the Wandering Light, and I KNOW there’s a book three for Arabella of Mars, and definitely look forward to that as well. Here’s a list of what I’ve actually read:

All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett 4/5 stars
The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark 5/5 stars
Arabella and the Traitor of Mars by David Levine 4/5 stars
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James 4/5 stars
The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross 5/5 stars
The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle Van Alsdale 5/5 stars
Lady of Light and Shadows by C. L. Wilson 3.5/5 stars
Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang 3/5 stars (review to come)
A Pirate’s Love by Susan Ward 4/5 stars
Hunter’s Oath by Michelle West 4/5 stars
The Mountain’s Call by Caitlin Brennan 3.5/5 stars
Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan 4/5 stars

+a bunch of fanfiction that I’m considering beginning to keep track of, because some of these fanfics are incredibly long

Up next is my March TBR post, which will feature a lot more books. Have you guys read any of what I did this month? Agree with the ratings at all? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Guest Blogger: The Bold Mom Shares Horror Recs for Halloween, er Valentine’s Day!

Welcome everyone to my first guest blogger @theBoldMom who is a prolific reader of all things dark and wonderful. Today she will share some lovely book recommendations for Valentine’s Day.

Very often I see myself swimming between books and stories that could step in horror and dark fantasy. The limit? It certainly depends on the reader and the level of darkness they are able to absorb. I think I’m not alone on this island, so I’d like to talk about some books which fantasy and
horror lovers will enjoy, each one from a different perspective.

DESERT SHADOWS by Joshua Dowidat is one of the books I have deeply enjoyed. Dowidat sets
a stage of darkness and childhood memories to afterwards, holding your hand through a forest of ghosts and demons where you can’t flee from. I’m never tired of recommending this book.

SHADOWMANCER by Jeremy Mac
Jeremy Mac is a very special writer. He tells you a tale of darkness and taboo’s that will engulf
you once you grab the book.
Disguised as erotica, Mac brings you nightmares born in your own… shadow.
https://www.amazon.com/Shadowmancer-Jeremy-Mac/dp/1986469557

BEWARE THE DEMONS BETRAYED by Alan L Perkins
This book is a massive study in sorcery and demonology. An amazing narration makes you wander off into old centuries and curses. Beware though, Perkins knows how to throw at you disturbing material and the way he tortures doomed souls will steal your sleep.

https://www.amazon.com/Beware-Demons-Betrayed-Forgive-Sorcerers-
ebook/dp/B01MQI1N2P/

THE SILVER FEATHER by Joanne Van Leerdam
A little tale full of nostalgia, loyalty and… death. A bedtime story dark as night. How a lost spirit can leave you… or drag you to her grave. A kind of love that can demolish dimensions and deceive the Reaper itself.
Amazingly narrated, Van Leerdam leaves a print in your mind.

It’s surprising how often these two genres melt in one title. The darkness sews them and you
can lo longer be sure of what they are making you feel. All of these are wonderful reads, and I
honestly hope you enjoy them.

Thanks for all the great recommendations, @theBoldMom! 🙂 I’ll definitely be sure to check these out. If you want to, you should also check out the Bold Mom’s horror and fantasy page here:

https://www.theboldmom.com

She posts lots of awesomeness daily, from book recs to author services to fantasy articles. I’m sure you will find something to like there.

Well, that’s all for now everyone. I hope this turned out all right, and if any of the links don’t work please let me know!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

International Book Fairs of 2019

There’s many book fairs going on this year that I’m quite interested in, and here is a helpful list as well as a link towards those who might be interested in such themselves. Here’s the link to the page for your viewing pleasure:

https://www.kotobee.com/blog/international-book-fairs-2019/

There’s quite a few places holding fairs this year, and I do hope this list is quite helpful. It’s not my usual thing that I post, I admit, but I find keeping track of things like this very useful.

I hope to attend my usual Spring Book Festival near home, as well as the later one in fall, though I’m unsure about traveling to any of the others. What do all of you think? Interested in more posts like this? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Special Post Update: 1000 likes

Yesterday I received great news! I have reached 1000 likes on my blog. I’m also at 150 followers!!! This is awesome!

Granted I know that this is probably a small number for many blogger friends with hugeee followers, but I’m really proud of my accomplishments! I never expected to get this high.

Thanks to all of you for your support, and I hope you guys are having excellent and exciting numbers on your blog too!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

Weekly Updates: Feb. Weeks 1-3

February is already almost halfway over. This month I skipped the entire first week and read nothing but fanfiction. Mostly that of Doctor Who as I love Jodi Whittaker. I am writing four different doctor who fanfics, all of them over 5k to 10k words. I’ll leave links later, maybe, if people want it.

Books Read:

All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett 4/5 🌟

The Black Gods Drums by P. Djeli Clark 5/5 🌟

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David Levine 4/5 🌟

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James 4/5 🌟

The Beasts Heart by Leife Shellcross 5/5 🌟

The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale 5/5 🌟

Favorite of the month so far?

The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale 5/5 🌟 blew me away! I hope to buy and add this to my shelf someday! It’s a lovely retelling of Medusa, and the writing is just absolutely perfect!

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Currently Reading:


Just started reading this one today! I’m at page 69/415 so it will take me a bit, but once I start to recollect this world I’m sure that I will fly through this book. And after this one? Not sure yet, though there are several that I have been dying to get to, from Brandon Sanderson to Mark Lawrence to Lynn Flewelling.

What do you think should be my next read? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

1st Promo Post: The Beast’s Heart

Greetings all,

Today dawns snow and ice on the ground and the beginning of changes here on my blog. I mentioned in my January stats post that I wanted to do more than just book reviews this year. I wanted to do promo posts for books I love, author interviews, guest bloggers. This is all a slow learning process for me but I hope it goes well. If you have advice as more experienced bloggers I would be happy to hear it!

The Beasts Heart

Today’s Promo Post is for an upcoming release called The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shellcross.  This was one of my favorite reads for the beginning of 2019, and I love how it reads, the characters, the world, all of it. I’ve a review coming up soon, but felt that it was only appropriate to do a promo post first.

A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France–and told from the point of view of the Beast himself.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse . . .

-As Seen on Goodreads

Having already read this, I can say that this is well worth buying on Amazon, and that it’s less than $10 in paperback format. Here’s the link to that, if you’re interested:

Now, please let me know if the links don’t work because I’m still figuring out how to do all of that, despite being on my blog for nearly three years. I also hope you all go and check out this beautiful work, because it’s well worth it.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

New Release Review: The Black God’s Drums

The Black God's Drums

Title: The Black God’s Drums
Author: P. Djeli Clark
Genre: Science Fiction, Adult
Series: Hopefully a Book 1
Publisher: Tor.com
Page Count: 108
Type of Book: New Release, Paperback
Received: Library
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: So short, but oh so good! (Also that mention of Fillory at the acknowledgments at the end of the book!)

The Black God’s Drums swept me away for a solid half hour. I could have finished this book quicker, yet I lingered. It was short, but there was so much packed into it, that I find it’s hard to review such a beautifully well written read. I loved Creeper, and the Captain, and Feral was easily quipped my interest as to her backstory. The rich history and magic flared brightly through each page, and I tip my hat off to the author for one of my now top favorite reads of 2019.

Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart–Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie…

~As seen on Goodreads

I am hopeful to check out other authors works as they are published. This is well deserved of the hype, and I highly recommend you read this if you read nothing else for the rest of the year. It’s an impressive piece of fiction, and the first piece that I’ve read from this author. It brings to mind short novellas like Binti by Nnedi Orkorfar, and Murdberbot by Martha Wells, it’s that good. Novellas are definitely making a come-up, I think.

Overall, 5/5 stars for a gorgeous piece of fiction that I’m re-reading as soon as I finish posting this review.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book