Blog Updates for Jan. Weeks 1-3

This post will be a bit something different, as I’m attempting to be a bit more organized about what all I’m doing. So, there will be a handful of charts, a list of ARCs unread of last year + this month, and some revelations about the upcoming changes for Pass Me That Book.

January Book Mail Received:

A Gleam of Light (Book One) by TJ and ML Wolf
The Dragon’s Glare (Book Two) by TJ and ML Wolf
Beyond the World (Book Three) by TJ and ML Wolf
The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty*
The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams

*YASSSS, BOOK TWO IS HERE!!!!!
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Books Read In January:

1.Arabella of Mars by David Levine 4/5 stars
2.The Witch, the Worm, and the — by Christopher Paolini 5/5 stars
3.The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder by — 4/5 stars
4.A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor 4/5 stars
5.The Ruin of Kings by — 5/5 stars (Netgalley Arc)
6.Last Things by Jacqueline Carey 5/5 stars (Edelweiss Arc)
7.Gift of Griffins by V.S. Escalada 4/5 stars (Tor Arc)
8.Terrier by Tamora Pierce 5/5 stars (re-read)
9.The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso 5/5 stars
Upcoming Book Reviews:

1. Conspiracy of Lies
2. Watch Over
3. Lying Beneath the Oaks
4. Trouble on the Books
5. Families and Other Seasons
6. Sparrow Squadron
7. A New World: Contact (LGBT Pick of the Month)
8. The Rise of the Watcher
9. Between Before and After
10. Little Darlings (Anticipated Read)
11. Murder at Belgravia
12. Shadows of Leia
13. Finding Katrina M. (Anticipated Read)
14. Prince of Air and Darkness
15. Upon a Burning Throne (Anticipated Read)
16. The Obsoletes (Anticipated Read)
17. The Things We Cannot Say
18. The Next to Last Mistake (Anticipated Read)
19. Romanov (HUGE Anticipated Read)
20. From Suffragete to Homesteader
21. The Spitfire Girls
22. A Danger to Herself and Others (HUGE Anticipated Read)
23. The Little Book Cafe
24. The 19th Bladesman
25. Blackberry and Wild Rose (Anticipated Read)
26. The Daughter of Temperance Hobbs (Anticipated Read)
27. The Ventriloquists
28. Heir of Ra
29. Fog Season (Sequel to Favorite Read of 2018)
30. Courage to Be Counted
31. The Winter Sister (Anticipated Read)
32. The Grass People
33. A Dress For the Wicked
34. The She Wolf of Kanta
35. How to Fracture a Fairy Tale
36. The Winter Road (2018 Anticipated Read)
37. Thin Air
38. Freezing Point
39. A Baker Street Wedding (Retelling/Anticipated Read)
40. The Confectioners Guild
41. Skylark’s Song
42. Cogheart
43. Ragnarok Unwound
44. A Spark of White Fire
45. The Glory of the Empress
46. Salt
47. The Letter for the King
48. Rellania
49. A Kingdom of Copper
50. A Gleam of Light

Fifty book reviews behind, egads, how did it get this bad?! I blame December, I slacked off quite a bit, and I suffered three family deaths back to back, so it’s reasonably understandable why I suddenly really didn’t feel like reading much of anything. I hope to get all these posted within the months of Jan./Feb./Mar., and get rid of all the arcs on my Netgalley lists ASAP, because they’ve been lingering for ages. The shame! The horror!

Upcoming Guest Posts:

The Quiet You Carry Author Guest Post Discusses Her Book
The Bold Mom Drops in and Discusses Halloween Reads for Valentine’s Day
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*trying to get more guest authors/bloggers to drop in, if interested comment below!

Aside from that, it’s been productive. I’m working on writing my own books and I have plenty of other projects going on at the same time as well, such as many short stories, learning graphic design, and enduring the upcoming cold weather that’s about to hit the house again. I hope to do more updates like this daily, and keep track of all the ARCs and books that I’m reading. If you like it, let me know in the comments please!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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McKillip Through the Ages: A Guide

This is something new that I’m doing, and it was first published over at Fantasy Souls (https://fantasysouls.home.blog/), where the title of the article is the same as this post. It’s my first published article, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Go take a look if you’d like. Or you can read it here!

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McKillip Through the Ages: A Guide

Patricia A. McKillip. Almost every serious fantasy author knows her name, because she’s that good at what she does. Some books of hers I like more than others, but the fact remains that she is a prolific, amazing writer that everyone should read when diving into fantasy for the first time. She opens peoples eyes to the wonder of fantasy and imagination, to romance and adventure, to war and death. She has been a fan of mine since I was thirteen years old, and my mother handed me a book labeled “The Forgotten Beasts of Eld” and I had devoured it in a single day.

She’s a good way to start reading more fantasy. She’s diverse, has strong female characters, realistic imagery, and believable plot lines. She’s as famous as they come, right up there with Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Bear, and many many others. She’s one of my all time favorite authors, but few people are reading her works any more-at least, few that I’ve noticed.

She writes strong high fantasy, as well as magical realism. Her latest book Kingfisher, is one that I haven’t yet read, though have been saving for a rainy day. Kingfisher looks to be just as impressive and engrossing as her other books in the fantasy genre, though I have admittedly heard mixed reviews-both good and bad-about the upcoming novel.

However, despite the mixed reviews, Patricia McKillip remains firmly one of my top ten favorite female fantasy writers, for various reasons. I’ve read almost all of her books, and I recommend that you do as well, especially if your new to fantasy. Yet it doesn’t matter if you start with her first published novel, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld or her latest novel, Kingfisher, released in 2016 by ACE books. All of her books are worth giving a try in my humble opinion, new and old.

And for those of you who wonder who does the cover art for her books. From what Google and the Author’s Website has told me, it is the fabulous artist: Kinuko Craft. She has a page on the author’s website for your perusal though you cannot get in touch with the artist through that page from what I’ve read on the website: http://www.patriciamckillip.com/Craft/

Patricia McKillip has had author interviews from various peoples over the years as well, from Locus way back in 1992 and 1996, as well as for the 25th World Fantasy Convention written by her husband and that one is called “Voyages”. All interviews can be found on her website here: http://patriciamckillip.com/misc-interviews/

One of my favorite quotes from her during one of her many interviews is:

“I started writing because I was too young to know better.”

I did the same, because isn’t that how all great writers start? I don’t believe myself to be a great writer, let alone as good as the great Patricia McKillip, but one day I can only hope to be as well written and prolific as one of the many female authors that I’ve always greatly admired.

However, until I become as famous a writer as Patricia McKillip, I will continue reading books instead. For isn’t that what writers are always saying? Read read read, write write write?

In closing, keep writing Patricia McKillip. Because I will definitely keep reading!

Happy New Year: New Year, New Arcs!

There’s lots of new arcs that I was recently approved on Netgalley. I’ve done two reviews thus far, but am behind-again-but only because I’m working on other things too. It being the new year, there’s also little time for reading/writing with family over for the holidays, which makes it more challenging as well. But I decided to do a brief post where I display the upcoming ARCs that I plan on reading and reviewing. Here are the new books that I was approved on Netgalley, several of which I am eagerly anticipating!

 

I’m quite excited for “Romanov”, “Fog Season”, and “A Danger to Herself and Others” but I really am eagerly anticipating all of these, and can’t wait to start reading them! I hope I can get to them soon, because my Netgalley reading list is starting to become rather alarming.

Other books that I’m currently reading:

The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

The Winter Road by Adrian Selby 

I should have reviews up for those three books soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for that, as well as several other updates I’m planning on doing. I’ve been working like made on the secret project, hoping to get it up soon. Otherwise, this is all the news that I really have to share with at the moment. I hope everyone had a lovely new year, and got approved arcs as well.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: Realm

A Realm

Title: Realm
Author: Alexandra Weis
Series: Standalone
Genre: Historical Romance (Adult Fiction)
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Page Count:
Type of Book: Netgalley ARC, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley, from the Publisher
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Not available on Goodreads yet, so have to wait to review this there.

This was a long book with over 60+ chapters. It took me about four and a half days to read, it was long, but worth it. I loved the history of this book, the Greeks and the Persians, and I loved the characters and world-building. The storyline was good, but a little over halfway I was just wanting to be done already. There was so much there, that I think the author would’ve done better if she’d split the book in two. Or perhaps its just my short attention span these days, lol.

A woman unlike any other, she will conquer the unconquerable and be loved by a man who is worshipped as a god.
When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.
Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide. Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.
However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.
History tells his story. This is hers.

-As seen on Netgalley.

My main gripe with this is that it seems while there was a strong female lead character, most of the other women weren’t fighters, and looked to her for her bravery and strength. She’s so much stronger and better than the rest of the women that I encountered in the book, it grew a bit annoying. Though I still liked Roxana’s character, sometimes she grated on my nerves.

Also, Alexander seemed a bit like an entitled a**. Then again, so do most men of that era, thinking that they should own and control everything. I probably wouldn’t have lived long in that time period, lol.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely a refreshing change of pace from my typical read, and I always appreciate that when reading new books. Overall, I’m giving this 4/5 stars.
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: A Spell for Murder

A Spell for Murder

Title: A Spell for Murder
Author: Clea Simmon
Series: book 1
Genre: Mystery (Cozy)
Publisher: Polis Books
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Netgalley ARC, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 5/5 stars

This is a cozy mystery book that’s seemingly told from the cats point of view. Need I say more? Well, apparently I must for this to be a full length review that’s more than a hundred words, so here goes.

{“It’s Harriet’s fault. It’s always her fault, not that she’ll ever admit it.” So begins A Spell of Murder: A Witch Cats of Cambridge mystery, the first in a new cozy series that mixes feline fiction with a touch of the paranormal, and a little romance as well.

Becca, newly single and newly unemployed, wants to believe she has psychic powers. With nothing but time – and a desire for empowerment – she’s studying to become a witch. What she doesn’t know is that her three cats – Harriet, Laurel, and Clara – are the ones with the real power. And when Harriet – “a cream-colored longhair with more fur than commonsense” – conjures a pillow for her own comfort, Becca believes her spells are finally working. Could that be why Trent, the coven’s devilishly handsome leader, has been showing her special attention? Or why Suzanne, a longtime coven member, draws her aside to share a secret – a confidence that may lead to murder?

-As seen on Goodreads}

I loved the cats. I loved how accurate they were described in their behavior, I loved the humor and feel-goodness of it all. It was a perfect read, and I hope to be able to continue the series soon. I really liked the whole mystery set up too, and I can honestly say that there are very few books that I’ve read where the cats are the ones to go on the case to solve a mystery. I think this will be one of my favorites. Especially with the magical elements, the witches, and the dark atmosphere throughout the book itself.

If you like cozy mysteries featuring cats, then this book will definitely be to your liking. It’s fun, it’s clever, and it’s thoroughly magical. 5/5 stars for a an excellent first read from a new author, and I definitely look forward to getting to the rest of the series!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Top #10 Books I want to read for the Beginning of 2019

With the new year just days away, I’ve selected which books I want to read most at the start of the year. Here are my most pressing ones, from new releases to second in a series:

  1. First Rider’s Call by Kristen Britain
  2. The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye
  3. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
  4. Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
  5. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  6. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Roberson
  7. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
  8. Choices (Anthology) by Mercedes Lackey
  9. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  10. Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

These are just the top ten of course. I have way more on my TBR list but I hope to read all these at the start of the new year.

What books are you reading? Any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Favorite New Series: The Accidental Sorcerer

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

 

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

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

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

~As seen in the Description on Goodreads

 

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Top #3 Most Dangerous Female Creatures in Novellas

Greetings, all, human or other!

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

 

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

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

And finally….

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

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

For the three of them together could take over galaxies!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

December TBR: Let’s Play A Game

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Top Ten ARCS on my TBR Wistlist:

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

 

 

Top Ten New Books I Own On My Wishlist:

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

 

 

Top Ten Books on my Nightstand: 

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

 

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Monthly Wrap Up: November Reads

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

 

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: The Quiet You Carry

The Quiet You Carry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

New Release Review: For a Muse of Fire

 

For a Muse of Fire

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

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

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

{Insert Goodreads Book Description}

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

New Release Review: Beneath the Sugar Sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Paperback Review: Over Ruled

 

A Over Ruled Book

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

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

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

Two girls. One Kingdom. No way out..

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Oh Cool: Now Listed in Feedspot!

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

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

Congrats to everyone else who was listed as well!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy I Haven’t Read

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

 

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

Happy thanksgiving to all!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Freebie Historical: Get it while you can!

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

SHORT STORY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Paperback Book Review: Magician Apprentice

Magician Apprentice

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: Murder Feels Crazy

Murder Feels Crazy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Book Review: Purgatorium

Purgatorium

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book