Arc Review: Salvation Day

Salvation Day

Title: Salvation Day
Author: Kali Wallace
Series: ?
Genre: Science Fiction, Adult Fiction
Page Count: 300
Publisher: Berkeley
Type of Book: Arc, Physical Hardback
Received: Publisher
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5
Notes: Highly recommended for fans of The Expanse, Illuminae, and Binti.

This was an awesome, adventurous ride from the very beginning, building into a mystery that you didn’t know where it would end up at, though you kept hoping you would know the answer. The writing is strong, the characters are full of depth and each have their own unique backstories, and everyone’s agenda is complicated…you’ll fall for this world just as easily as I have, especially if you enjoy watching the show The Expanse.

I should warn readers not to get attached to characters. This author must have taken liberties from George RR Martin with how often he talked about death, dying, killing characters, and so on.

The story here was just so well done. The build up suspense was well executed, the hostage scenario at the beginning was tightly woven and you just were eager to see where everything landed at the end of the book.

I sincerely, sincerely hope there’s a sequel. Or more to come from one of my new favorite authors.

5/5 stars for a beautifully written space adventure romp with ghost ships, hostages, mysterious viruses, and loads of character deaths you didn’t see coming. My thanks also to the publisher for sending me a copy, I’ll be putting this with my Expanse collection at once.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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Arc Review: The Girl in Red

The Girl in Red

Title: The Girl in Red
Author: Christina Henry
Series: Standalone?
Genre: Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Page Count: 300
Publisher: Berkeley
Type of Book: Arc, Physical Copy, Paperback
Received: Publisher
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5
Notes: Delightful!

I’ve been meaning to try Christina Henry for a while, since I first heard of her through CodiesBookCorner on Youtube. Codie talks about Christina Henry so highly, so I decided I had to jump on the bandwagon, and muck my way through her books. The Girl In Red was offered as an arc, so I politely asked for a copy, and was sent it almost at once. Thank you kind publishers! This shall remain a favorite on my Arcs shelf!

While I typically don’t read a whole lot of retellings, this-as I said-was recommended from a trusted BookTuber. So I went in tentatively, not knowing what to expect. What I found surprised me. While it was a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, the main heroine was not so weak, and was a strong female character (one of my favorite things to read of these days) and she was a battle ax warrior woman of the Amazons!

Not really, but it certainly seemed like it.

She goes on a quest, she has an evil enemy, she has a weapon of choice, and she doesn’t back down despite her fear of becoming a killer. The plot is intricately woven, the characters are strongly depicted throughout the book, and the story itself while based on the original Riding Hood tale, was uniquely done in that it didn’t feel like a tired repeat.

I very much enjoyed this book, enough to really want to read more Christina Henry novels. I’m not a fan of retellings, however, so it will all depend upon my mood, but I’m definitely willing to give this author another go in the near future. Perhaps I might read her Alice book for Halloween? Won’t that be fun?

Overall, a solid 4/5 stars, and a desire to see more from this author. This is definitely one that I recommend readers try, especially if they don’t generally read retellings.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Arc Review: Priest of Lies

Priest of Lies

Title: Priest of Lies
Author: Peter McLean
Series: Book 2
Genre: Fantasy, Adult Fiction
Page Count: 400
Publisher: Ace
Type of Book: Arc, Physical Copy, Paperback
Received: Publisher
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Ah, the build-up of anticipation! Now I just need the next book…

The sequel to the Priest of Bones was an excellent and much needed grimdark fantasy read at its finest. With a build up of plot, characters, and another look into the past of the world they’re in as well as what might come, I very much enjoyed this wonderful installment into the series, and thank the publisher for a copy which in no way or shape changes my review.

The characters were more fleshed out. We saw more action, more Tomas, and more war. I liked every part of this book, and it’s easily one of my most favorite grimdark fantasies that I’ve read to date. It ranks right up there with Anna Smith Spark, and Ed McDonald.

Overall, 4/5 stars, and I would very much like to have the next book in the series, ASAP.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Arc Review: Eye Spy

 

Eye Spy

Title: Eye Spy
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: Book 2 of the Family Spies
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: DAW
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Hardback, Arc
Received: publisher
Rated: 4/5 stars
Review Word Count: 500
Notes: unsatisfactory ending, leaving it wide open. Mentions of assault, asexual main character, and lots of drama + danger in this latest installment
Abi’s ‘gift’ is unique in that she can sense where things are stressed and about to break apart. It doesn’t become evident until she’s on a popular bridge with her friend, the Princess Kat, and then it’s a mad dash to save everyone, including themselves from disaster. Abi’s new gift has potential, as it’s the only one of its kind. Abi’s unique as well, in that she’s asexual-she doesn’t have any interest in either gender romantically at all.

This wasn’t my favorite Valdemar book. I definitely enjoyed Perry’s story more than this one, but while it wasn’t my favorite it was still a quick and enjoyable read. There were lots of action scenes, some small spots of angst, and Mercedes Lackey tackled assault of a girl in school fairly well I thought.

It echoed current events of today; from dams threatening to break apart, assault and bullying, how asexual characters deal with their realization that they’re not interested in anybody…it all tied in very nicely with the plot, though I was unsatisfied with the ending, and now require book three to see how she handles Dudley Rump, our chief villain in this book-who seems to be a sniveling though wealthy coward determined to get his goals completed, most of which seems to make Abi miserable after she humiliated him when defending herself.

I can’t say too much more within the review, because that would give away the plot. Mags had very little appearance in here as he’s getting older, along with that of his family. I’m still entertained by Mercedes Lackey, so of course I’m definitely still going to be reading her works.

Overall, 4/5 stars for a solid reading experience, and definitely continuing onwards with book three. My thanks to the publisher for sending me an unsolicited copy, and I sincerely look forward to seeing more of Mercedes Lackey’s works.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Arc Review: The Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey

The Hills Have Spies

Title: The Hills Have Spies
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: Book 1 of the Family Spies
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: DAW
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Mass Market Paperback (it doesn’t match my book two hardback!)
Received: publisher
Rated: 5/5 stars
Review Word Count: 500
Notes: The new generation of Herald Mags.

While I’m sad we’re not getting more adventure stories from Mags point of view, Perry is still almost as interesting as that of his father. This series continues to be one of the longest ones that I’ve ever read, as it is well over 40+books and counting. I’ve started reading these books when I was in my teens, and seen many a herald come (and tearfully go) and adore this series with all my heart.

Perry’s story is interesting, though. He mindspeak-not just with Companions, but with any animal, be it magical or otherwise. I thought it a cool ‘gift’ to have, and handy as well when you’re training to become a spy and can use animals to help you escape troubling situations, overhear conversations too far out of reach, or see things beyond areas that you can’t see. Perry is a good lad, strong, capable, and determined to be just like his hero of a father, Herald Mags.

Trouble abounds, and father and son set out to go and take care of it, with lots of little interesting scenes filled along the way. Perry picks up a crow as a familiar, along with a few other animals as friends, and things progress. The story evolves quite nicely, and there’s adventure and danger at every turn.

This felt a little rushed, to be honest, in some places. However, I still enjoyed this story, and there are two more children that Mags has that I’m interested in reading about, a boy and girl each. Amily is also one I’m interested in, being Mags wife from the previous series.

Though not my most favorite of the series (that would be Vanyel), this was still a quick and exciting adventure to page through within a few hours. I’m definitely going to check out the next in the series, and probably continue reading these books as if they were candy. 5/5 stars for a lovely time in Valdemar and highly recommend for those who haven’t read the books yet.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Arc Review: Choices by Mercedes Lackey

Choices Mercedes Lackey

Title: Choices
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: Tales of Valdemar/Anthology
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: DAW
Page Count: 400
Received: publisher
Rated: 4/5 stars
Type of Book: Paperback
Notes: a collection of short stories, one of them being from Mercedes Lackey herself, tells various tales of various characters in the lands of Valdemar.

This was an interesting anthology. On the one hand, I really liked these new stories, on the other they obviously hadn’t come from Mercedes Lackey, but that’s not a bad thing. With fresh new voices as well as some familiar ones (Janny Wurts was a surprise and a treasure to read here, and the only other author that I recognized), this anthology definitely is one of my favorites.

As previously mentioned, I only recognized one name aside from Mrs. Lackey, and that’s Janny Wurts. I haven’t read anything from the author, though she’s been on my TBR pile for years, I just haven’t found her books easily. My library doesn’t have her books, and they’re outside my budget on Amazon. I may break down and see if Book Outlet carries her works, because I’ve been curious about her writing for years. “Beyond Common Sense, She Persisted” was one of my favorite short stories out of the collection, and if she writes that well all the time, then I have found a new favorite author. If you’re familiar with Janny Wurts, perhaps y’all might help me figure out where to start in regards to reading her massive list of novels.

Another favorite short story I enjoyed was “Of Crows and Karsites” by Kristen Schwengal. This was a completely new to me author, but the story was very enjoyable though I wished it could have been expanded into something more, as most short stories seems to be lately for me. The characters had a strong voice in this one, and I liked the overall feel of it as well.

My third favorite short story? “Women’s Need Calls Me” by Mercedes Lackey herself. Classic Mercedes Lackey, in that it’s got the tone, characters, and abilities down pat. I always love returning to this world, and this was no exception. I’m greatly looking forward to Volume Two of The Hills Have Spies (review for volume one next), and am eager to share with you my thoughts on those books as well.

Overall, I’m rating this a solid 4 out of 5 stars, for wonderful world-building, fabulous new authors to check out, and the latest new favorite short story from an all time favorite author.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

Upcoming Books: TBR + Anticipated Reads for 2019/2020

Hello friends.

Instead of a normal TBR, because we all know that’s a laugh these days and I don’t always follow through with planned reading, I decided to try a little something different. I’m going to post my most anticipated reads, and the books that I hope to read for the month as one combined post.

 

All of these are new releases, and I’m greatly looking forward to every one of them. They all sound awesome, but the one I’m most excited for is tied between Sarah J Maas and The Deep by Alma Katsu. What new releases are you all looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

Monthly Wrap Up: June 2019

Well, this month wasn’t bad but towards the end of the month, the very last week of-I read absolutely nothing. I was just petered out on reading for a bit, I guess, or there was nothing that truly caught my attention that I didn’t have on hand at once. Such as Book 2, Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs. Or that new Aeronaut’s Windless by Jim Butcher book that still hasn’t been released. *mournful sigh* Still, 30 books this month isn’t bad at all, and better than last month even. I’m hoping to double that amount next month (hahaha!) and get some more series finished and short stories read. Here are the books that I’ve read that are my favorites:

Books Read:

1.The Eagle Has Landed by Neil Clarke (arc) – leftover from May
2.Pirate by LV Lloyd 5/5 stars LGBT Pridemonth Read
3.Alone by Skye MacKinnon 5/5 stars
4.Magic of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain 5/5 stars
5.Independence by Alasdair Shaw 3/5 stars
6.Moonlight in the Valley by Wilson Harp 4/5 stars
7.Compromised by Raven McAllan 5/5 stars
8.Sold to the Enemy by Sarah Fine 4/5 stars
9.Highland Promise by Alyson McLayne 4/5 stars (re-read)
10.Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn 2/5 stars (re-read)
11.Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell 3/5 stars
12.The Bear by Andrew Kravik 5/5 stars
13.Virgin River by Robyn Carr 3/5 stars
14.In too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz 3/5 stars
15.At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan 5/5 stars
16.Natural Evil by Thea Harrison 4/5 stars
17.The Vampire Club Book 3 by A Aratare 5/5 stars
18.Stilettos and Stardust by DL Pitchford 4/5 stars
19.Basic Instincts by Larissa Ione 5/5 stars LGBT Pridemonth Read
20.Baby I’m Howling For You by Christine Warren 5/5 stars
21.Locked In by Aiden Bates 4/5 stars
22.The Many Lives of the Doctor by Richard Dinnick 4/5 stars Graphic Novel
23.Moon Called by Patricia Briggs 5/5 stars
24.Would Be Witch by Kimberly Frost 3/5 stars
25.Over Sea, Under Stone by Suzanne Collins 5/5 stars (reread)
26.Going Dark by Monica McCarty 5/5 stars
27.Loss of Heart by Evan Gilbert 2/5 stars LGBT Pridemonth Read
28.The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson DNF at 50% 3/5 stars
29.Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs /5 (still in the middle of reading from yesterday)

And those were the books that I read, just at 30 books. Some reviews still need to be posted, but I’m still playing catch-up with Netgalley, Voracious Reader Arcs, Edelweiss Arcs…I’m sure you get the idea. How was everyone else’s month? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

Waiting on Wednesday: My Dreadful TBR

Hello friends.

I haven’t read a single book all week. Mostly because I have no idea what to read, but also because:

  1. Rain-we are in the middle of building an addition to the house and all this rain is not helping.
  2. Book slump is worst slump ever.
  3. Lazy. All I’ve been doing is sleeping, and preparing to move from upstairs of my house to downstairs. My room is a disaster!

So yeah. I’m desperately behind on arcs, library books, ebooks, and so on. The only things I’ve read actually are Wattpad books which don’t count because they’re not finished. So, I’m planning on rectifying this week by reading nonstop.

My library books I need to read as pictured above. Currently I’m picking up Otherland by Tad Williams, Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Jill Shalvis, and Going Dark by Monica McCarty.

I hope to finish at least two by tonight! Then I will be reading arcs on my Kindle:

These are the top five Netgalley arcs leaping at me to read, so Reviews of these may come quickly as well.

Aside from that, I really don’t know what to pick up next. I definitely have plenty of books for a while! What are y’all reading? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

Bookish Post: Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I’m still taking a break from reviews, as mentioned in my previous post, however I thought I’d share my progress of my Goodreads Challenge. Prepare for a large number of books shown that I hope to read, and lots of scrolling. Apologies in advance if I increase your own TBR lol, sorry/not sorry.
Goodreads Update

I’m 13 books ahead of schedule, which is awesome but technically I cheated by reading more short stories and graphic novels this year. So I’m more accurately on point than ahead. What else do I want to read by the end of the year? Well, here are the top 50.

 

And those are the top ones that I sincerely hope to get to by the end of the year. Not all the ones, of course, but the ones I’m most anticipating, including the rest of the Sarah J Maas series. What books are you guys looking forward to? What’s your mid-year status? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Monday Update: Currently Reading

I may be off for a little while, as I’ve several books that I’m trying to catch up and read. I’m currently starting Tad William’s epic fantasy series Otherland, each book which is about 800+pages. I also have oodles of Netgalley books that I’m attempting to get caught up on as well.

Currently Reading:

Otherland Volume 1 by Tad Williams

Baby I’m Howling for You by Christine Warren

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan

The Nightchaser by Amanda Brouchet

The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic

There’s also the oodles of Netgalley reads that I have to get to. The list above are some of the library books that I’ve checked out, and I also have a few kindle books that I’d like to get to as well. So I’ll be offline for a while, but still try to respond to comments when they pop up on my phone.

Otherwise, not much is going on. I’ve managed to finish writing book two of a trilogy that I’m working on, and I plan to edit and fix up the series once I’m finished with it. Aside from that, it’s just staying indoors out of the rain.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Book Review: Virgin River

Virgin River

Title: Virgin River
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Book 1
Genre: Romance, Adult Fiction
Publisher:
Page Count: 500
Status: Completed
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook
Received: Library Loan
Rated: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Notes: Trigger warnings for detailed pregnancies, abandoned babies, army men returned from war, brief mention of spousal abuse, teens making poor choices, and occasional harsh language, as well as lots of injured patients, background death of a husband

This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations of what I wanted out of a romance. While the romance was very sweet and well handled, I just didn’t come away feeling super attached to the characters. I really liked Jack’s character, but Mel seemed a bit over the top and really dramatic. To be fair, she did have a lot going on but she seemed overall whiny and just not what I was in the mood to read about.

I should note, this is apparently being turned into a Netflix series, another reason that I snapped up the book to read and see if it was worth trying out. I love medical dramas, especially medical dramas set out in the wilderness where there isn’t as much medicine, help, or whathaveyou. The medical scenes in this book where well handled, coming from a grandmother who was a nurse and my mother who was a nurse, I recognized a fair bit of this book was definitely well researched. My hat goes off to the author for a splendid job, and I will be passing this book along to my grandmother who likes this type of romance more than I do.

I spent maybe three and a half hours with this 500 page chunker, fyi. I simply flew through the pages, staying up till eleven o’clock to see what happens with Mel and Jack. The author’s writing style makes me think vaguely of Nora Roberts and Susan Mallory; the book was easy to read, and there was plenty going on…it was just too “cute” and “awwww” for me, if you get what I mean. I wanted a bit more than just mellow romance that was barely a 4 out of the 10 romance scale for hotness.

Overall, not bad but not sure I’ll continue trying out the author. Depends on what mood I’m in I guess. 3.5 out of 5 stars, and the jury’s out whether I’ll try out the Netflix series.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Book Review: The Bear

The Bear

Title: The Bear
Author: Andrew Krivak
Series: Standalone
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Page Count: 300
Status: Completed
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: I very much loved this book, it was beautifully rendered! Well deserving of 5 stars!

Lyrical and beautifully written prose throughout the whole book with a moving story about a girl struggling to survive in a world devoid of humanity. I’m so glad that I decided to ask for the arc of this on Netgalley. This is from an author I’ve never even heard of before, but rest assured I’m definitely invested in this author now. I should note that I’m also unfamiliar with this publisher, but am more curious about them as this is my first book read by this publisher, I do believe.

The Bear is a survival story. It’s a story about war, death, and the strength to move on when all you want to do is give up and surrender to the dark side. It’s a story about characters and people who have become the last two human beings in the world, an old man and his daughter. The story focuses primarily on the daughter, and how she grows up to become a strong, independent woman…alone in the entire world.

I found that you did have to suspend belief for some of the story, but otherwise it was very well done, and I greatly adored the writing and prose in this book. It’s well deserving of the five stars.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Book Review: Mystic and Rider

Mystic and Rider

Title: Mystic and Rider
Author: Sharon Shinn
Series: Book 1 of 5
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Ace
Page Count: 500
Status: DNF’d at 45%
Type of Book: Mass Market Paperback, Owned
Received: I honestly don’t remember where I got this, I got it *years* ago
Rated: 2/5 stars
Notes: Recommended for people bored and desperate to read fantasy with shapeshifters.

Perhaps my notes might be harsh, but this book did not live up to the expectations that I’ve been hearing about on Goodreads. Just another reason I don’t typically trust most Goodreads Reviews unless its from people I know and trust in regards to reviewing books.

Let me start off with the good:

The book opened up with a fascinating first chapter told from a barkeep’s point of view, as his attention is drawn towards a young nobleman, two foreigners, and his own band of thieves, not to mention his indentured slave, Cammon. He thinks that all those attending his bar that night are going to die, even if overpowered by sheer numbers. But when the young nobleman turns out to be a young noblewoman, that’s when things change. The two foreigners rescue Cammon from indentured servitude because they believe him to be a Mystic-though they didn’t originally set out to rescue Mystics they were on a quest for the King, for they are King’s Riders.

Now the bad:

I wanted the story to be from Cammon’s pov. It wasn’t. I wanted something besides hysterical fear from normal humans over Mystics power-seen that all too often in fantasy books before. I wanted something that wasn’t political intrigue between houses focused on the group that’s NOT Cammon. In fact, the half of the book that I read Cammon is barely in the story at all. There’s also shapeshifters, firestarters, and healers in this book.

Overall, while the plot was interesting it didn’t hold my attention for long. I’m giving this a 2/5 stars and moving on.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Blog Post: 10 Pending Arcs I’m Excited For on Netgalley

There are a lot of arcs on my list I’m waiting approval for (30 to be exact) but I went with the top ten to be easily more managed, and because the ten I have will be the most recognizable. Here are the top ten based on my must have at once in no particular order!

 

I’m fairly sure at least half of these most book readers will recognize-they have been everywhere as of late, from Booktubers to Bloggers to Tweeters. I think I’m most excited for In the Hall With a Knife-I was a HUGE Clue nerd growing up, to the point I made my siblings hate the game lol. Second most excited for book is probably The Harp of Kings. Also, another installment from Sherry Thomas! At last!

What are y’all looking forward to on Netgalley? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Unrealistic TBR: June 2019

Welcome to my Unrealistic June TBR, where I make a list of books that I want to read but will probably never get to, as that seems to be the case a lot of the time these days! Many of these are new releases, or arcs, that I’m planning to read, when I’m not suffering from allergies due to the summer air that hates me. Here are my planned reads:

 

Overall, that’s twenty books that I’d *like* to read, but I’ve been mostly mood reading here lately, and in a pretty hefty slump off and on as well. This month is not looking good for reading, especially as I’m overwhelmed with arcs. I hope to actually get to some of these, though a few of them I don’t have and will have to request at the library. What are y’all reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Cheapies and Freebies: Books Bought in May 2019

New Book Tag! I’ve started to keep track of all the  e-books that I’ve acquired in a month that are NOT arcs, and are typically either Kindle Freebies or less than $5 on Amazon. Last month, I purchased quite a hefty few despite the 80+ Arcs that I have to read on Netgalley. *dies forever* Here listed are all the books with author names, though I did not save prices, I will remind myself to do that for this month and onwards. Strikethroughs indicate ones read. *laughs hysterically, because there are none read!* And onwards we go! {Note: this is in no particular order, because I have no idea the order of which I got these, except City of Masks was the last book I got in May.} Listing just my favorite covers as well, because otherwise that’s a LOT of covers to put into the post!:

1.City of Masks by Ashley Capes (got it free, now it’s $3.99)
2.Magic of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain (still free!)
3.The Spirit Child by Alison Naomi Hunt (still free!)
4.The Exchange by M. F. Lorson (got it free, now it’s $3.99)
5.Straight From the Heart by Sam Burns (LGBT Read for June) {got it free, now it’s $3.99)
6.The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (got it .99c; now it’s $9.44)
7.The Knight’s Secret by Jeffrey Bardwell (still free!)
8.Descent by Sloane Murphy (got it free, now it’s…unavailable?)
9.Iron Breaker by Zaye Feli (LGBT Read for June) {still free!}
10.Royal Bastards by Andrew Shavarts (got it for .99c, now it’s $7.99)
11.Aerisan Refrain by Sarah Ashwood (got it free, now it’s $3.99)
12.Forest of Lost Secrets by Emmett Swan (got it free, now it’s $2.99)
13.Sons of Stars by Nia Rose (still free!)
14.The Brotherhood by Philip Smith (got it free, now it’s $3.99)
15.The Imposter Prince by Wendy Rathbone (LGBT Read for June) (got it free now it’s $3.99)
16.Never Die (New Release) by Rob J. Hayes (got it for .99, now it’s $4.99)
17.Reign of Mist (Sequel) by Helen Scheuerer (got it for .99, now it’s $4.99)
18.Tree of Ages: Complete Trilogy by Sara C. Roethle (still .99!)
19.As Fire is to Gold by Mark McCabe (got it free, now it’s $2.99)
20.The Twelfth Keeper by Belle Malory (got it free, now it’s $2.99)
21.The Finding by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson (still free!)
22.Flying By the Seat of My Knickers by Eliza Watson (still free!)
23.Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (got it for .99, now it’s $7.99)
24.A Diamond in my Pocket by Lorena Angell (still free!)
25.A Study in Murder by Debra Snow (got it free, now it’s $2.99)
26.Serenade by Heather MacKenzi (still free!)
27.Dragon’s Price by Daniel Potter (got it free, now it’s $2.99)
28.Predator by Liz Meldon (got it free, now it’s $2.99)
29.Dark Siren by Eden Ashley (free)
30.The Prince of Dragons by Tameri Etherton (still free!)
31.The Fuller’s Apprentice by Angela Holder (still free!)

And there you have it. Thirty books gathered and sitting in my kindle waiting impatiently to be read. I’m hoping to at least get through some of these next month when I post the list again and show how many I’ve gotten through. Some are quite short, some are ridiculously long (Priory, I’m looking at you!), and some are just the right length. I might post the amount of ARCs that I got, though that will be easily four times as long as this list! Maybe the ones I’m most excited about? Not sure. Let me know in the comments what you think, and I hope you enjoyed the deals that I brought you, as well as this ridiculously long list of unread e-books.

Also, I tag these lovely people to do the same thing next month or this month since it’s early enough: @BewareoftheReader, @abookutopia, and @howlinglibraries. You don’t have to, of course, this is all just for fun!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Anthology Review: The Eagle Has Landed

The Eagle Has Landed

Title: The Eagle Has Landed
Author: Anthology/Neil Clarke
Series: Standalone
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Skyhorse
Page Count: 600
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook, Arc
Received: Netgalley
Review Word Count: 1000
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Definite recommendation for SciFi nerds!

This was a fascinating anthology about the moon landings, or people living on the moon and I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. I’ve been reading a lot of short fiction lately, from anthology collections to Tor’s Free Short Story Archive, to random other tidbits I’ve found here and there. My goal is to read one short story a day, perhaps more depending on what mood I’m in, or how impactful the story was and how much it lingers with me. And now that I’ve finished it, rating the stories on my goodreads review, I can say that this was a very well done anthology with several 4 star and 5 star short stories within, including two favorites which I really loved.

My overall two favorite stories were “A Walk in the Sun” by Geoffrey A. Landis and “How We Lost the Moon” by Paul J. MacAuley. Both were excellent, and there were several others that were high on my list of favorites as well. Neil Clarke definitely knows how to put together an anthology of great fiction, and I’m more interested than ever in seeing what other books he’s put together.

This took me two weeks to finish, rather a week and a half but put me in a little slump when I was done. I liked each story that was in here; there was nothing that I outright hated, which was unusual for an anthology for me, as there have been times where a few stories I simply could not stand-this was not the case here. Definitely made for science fiction, with little else in this book, I highly recommend it for scifi nerds like myself who love survival stories, as well as exploratory tales, and races against time.

My overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars, though I’ve settled on a 4/5 stars instead of rounding up, due to the slump it put me in as well as the few stories that simply weren’t to my taste. I feel that this will make a great read for those who are studying astronomy, or the moon, or the history of astronauts.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Monthly Wrap Up: May 2019

I started off strong, but towards the 10th I read barely anything. Then around the 15th I picked up books again, and just sped through several in a row. At the end of the month, I wound up finishing 25 books (counting Tor’s free short fiction + graphic novels), which is pretty awesome. Here is the list of books with the page count and rating attached!

My Favorites:

 

Least Favorite:

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Books Read:
The Bride Sale by Helen Scamp; 400 pages, 4/5 stars
The Prince of Shadows by Curt Benjamin; 500 pages, 5/5 stars (re-read)
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Sacasa; 200 pages, 4/5 stars
The Vampire and I by J. P. Bowie; 400 pages, 4/5 stars
The Aliens and Their Omega by Tabitha Austin; 300 pages, 3/5 stars
The Omega Prince by Lia Cooper; 300 pages, 2/5 stars
Scorched by Mari Mancusi; 300 pages, 5/5 stars
Lachlan by Hazel Hunter; 300 pages, 4/5 stars
Courage to be Counted by Eleri Grace; 400 pages, 3/5 stars: DNF at 65%
The Ventriloquists by ER Ramzipoor; 600 pages, 3/5 stars DNF at 35%
The Next to Last Mistake by Amalie Jahn; 300 pages, 2/5 stars
The Time for Murder is Meow by TC LoTempio; 300 pages?, 3.5/5 stars
Little Witches by Leigh Dargoon; 150 pages, 4/5 stars (graphic novel)
Through Lya’s Eyes by Justine Carbone; 100 pages, 3/5 stars (graphic novel)
Earth to Charlie by Justin Olson; 300 pages, 5/5 stars
The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams; 400 pages, 5/5 stars
The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler; 300 pages, 4/5 stars
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden; 200 pages, 4/5 stars
Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling; 300 pages, 4 /5 stars
We Hunt the Flame by ; 500 pages, 2/5 stars
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin; 900 pages, 5/5 stars (re-read)

Free Tor Short Fiction Read:
Where Would You Be Now Carrie Vaughn 4/5 stars
Bitter Grounds by Neil Gaiman; 3/5 stars
The Martian in the Wood by Stephen Baxter; 3/5 stars
One/Zero by Kathleen Ann Goodman; 3/5 stars
Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson; 4/5 stars

And those are the books and short fiction that I read for the month of May. It was a good reading month, and I hope to do better for June. I hope all of you did well too, and if not better luck next month!

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

Book Review: Through Lya’s Eyes

Through Lyra's Eyes

Title: Through Lya’s Eyes
Author: Carbone/Cunha Justine
Series: Book 1
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Europe Comics
Page Count:
Type of Book: Comic Book/Graphic Novel
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 2/5 stars
Review Word Count: 100
Notes: This might possibly be my shortest review to date!

This was a strange read for me, and wound up being a DNF. While the artwork is lovely, the storyline just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t connect with the characters, and I’d seen this kind of plot before. Overall, 2/5 stars.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book