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

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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 Arc: Lying Beneath the Oaks

lying beneath the oaks

Title: Lying Beneath the Oaks
Author: Kristin Wright
Series: Standalone/Debut
Genre: Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Bella Rosa Books
Page Count: 300
Review Word Count: 600
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 4.5/5 stars
Notes: Read for the Buzz-Word-a-Thon! Really liked this one!

This book was beautifully crafted, well written, with strong characters, and definitely well researched material. Molly’s character was fascinating, and I loved her story though it definitely had some trigger warnings for child abuse. So, here are the warnings first before I dive into the full review:

Warnings: child abuse, suggested child sexual abuse, suggested child trafficking, attempted murder of both child and adults, suggested rape of adults and child, some swearing, steamy romance bedroom scenes, sexism, light racism (only one character), talks about fires, talks about hurricanes, a few chapters regarding religion/going to church, other

This book, though certainly dark and twisted at times, made me almost long for a trip back to Louisiana or any of the places down south for its rich atmosphere. Of course, having been to the south, those emotions were few and far between. There were also plenty of triggers in the book that made me want to flinch away and hide, but the book tells such a good story that I was mostly able to ignore it.

Molly is a complex, blunt, and strong female character. She’s served time for possibly accidentally killing her mother, and has paid for it for years. There’s lots of interesting (and depressing) history there, but the focus of the story is her waking up married to a complete (handsome) stranger named Cooper, who happens to belong to a wealthy southern family.

It’s a fascinating story, completely with twisted plots that I didn’t see coming, though a lot of it I did notice right off. I loved Aurelia, the town eccentric, who is one of my favorite characters. I loved Mia and the golden retriever and just all of this book shown with creative clever schemes and strong characters so that I couldn’t turn away from it. I read through it in most of a day, and wish that there was more available, and that I could have seen the bad guy getting his due, aside from the tiny snippet of it at the end of the book-that’s my only real complaint, really, is that we didn’t see him getting published enough.

I really liked reading this book, and highly recommend it-especially if you love gothic, southern crime/romance fiction. It’s rich in detail, and you won’t regret reading it, unless you absolutely loathe reading about the south. 4.5/5 stars!
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: Conspiracy of Lies

conspiracy of lies

Title: Conspiracy of Lies
Author: Kathryn Gauci
Series: Standalone
Genre: Historical/Mystery
Publisher: ?
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 3 stars
Review Word Count: 300
Notes: Not what I was expecting. Heavy sigh.

I gave up at 40% in reading this book. With so many five star reviews, I thought this would be a great read. It was an okay read, but I didn’t connect with the characters, or the plot, hardly at all. While the mystery was interesting enough to keep on reading-just what did happen to Marcel?-I couldn’t force myself to continue as the characters kept giving Sarah grief over her divorce with Alastair and basically treating her as if she was mentally incompetent, and that her mother’s heart attack was her fault. At least, that’s the way it read to me.

The historical bits were fascinating. I liked reading about the first attacks, the newscasters, and the stories the family told about experiencing the war in France. It was interesting, and well researched. My main problem with the story was just the characters. I didn’t connect with them, and found Peter and Alastair and others to be quite annoying.

Others may enjoy this story more than I, but I still appreciate being given the chance to read it. My thanks to the publishers for approving my request, and apologies that I can’t leave a more glowing review.

3/5 stars, and my second book for Buzz-Word-a-Thon.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Netgalley Review: Families and Other Enemies

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Title: Families and Other Enemies
Author: Christiana Dodd
Series: Short Story
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Harlequin
Page Count:
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 3 stars
Review Word Count: 300
Notes: It’s got the word ‘lies’ in ‘Families’ so that counts for Buzz-Word-a-Thon, right?

Well, this was a bit different from my usual read, though it was short so I could easily knock it off the list. This has a potential minefield of triggers, though, so let’s just get into that before doing the review!:

Warnings: child abuse, homelessness, attempted murder, murder, spousal abuse, one scene bashing lesbians (old aunt stuck in her times), hospital scenes, church scenes, veterans, homeless veterans, homeless teenagers, drugs, addicts, abuse, amnesia, dementia, other

I don’t remember an entire year of my life.…
I still don’t remember, but I know what happened now.
I had a baby, and that changes everything.

Kellen Adams has fought battles, saved lives, earned the respect of her colleagues and the love of her friends. But now, can she triumph against the greatest challenge of her life — her family?

-Description from Goodreads

This was a fast short story to read, but also a hard hitting one. It touched on a lot of issues, and some of it made me angry and uncomfortable (such as the old aunt), so it’s not going to be one of my favorite short stories, I don’t think, but it was still a good important read.

There was a bit of mystery, life and death situations, people doing good, people doing bad. I can’t give away too much without revealing the entire plot, but the main point of the story was a woman survived her husband’s attempt to murder her only to get amnesia in the process and switch identities with her cousin who looks almost exactly like her. It was an interesting take, and I liked the main character, though I questioned her intelligent at times.

Overall, I liked it. It’s definitely worth a re-read in the future, if I feel up for it, and I give it 3.5 out of 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

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

ARC Review: A Brazen Curiosity

A Brazen Curiosity

Title: A Brazen Curiosity
Author: Lynn Messina
Series: Book 1
Genre: Historical Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Potatoworks Press
Page Count: 175
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Apparently, I’m in the mood for historical books, instead of all the fantasy I’ve been reading!

This was a fun book, almost as delightful as The Highlander Who Protected Me! With smart characters, a charming heroine, and an equally amusing hero (duke), I really liked this one and will probably add it to my list of favorites on Goodreads. It’s not a completely original mystery-body in the library, who did it?-kind of theme going on, but it’s well written, enjoyable, and completely believable.

Another good read for the start of fall, I found myself really loving the main heroine, and how she was eager to solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Otley in the library. Coming upon the body and the Duke, she sets about to see if it was the Duke who killed Mr. Otley, or someone else. Of course, the Duke doesn’t want her to interfer because she’s just a woman and doesn’t need to go diving into such a grim business as murder, but doesn’t try to really stop her either which I found a refreshing change.

There were a few women in the book that I found rather annoying. The elderly women who fainted at the mere mention of a dead body, or having to be ‘soothed repeatedly for five minutes’ before getting to the confession of the killer. Come on, really? I mean, I know it’s the time period, but it just makes me feel rather annoyed at them all for being such insipid characters.

Overall, it was a fun mystery with a hint of romance towards the end of the book. I really liked the characters, the way it all turned out, and the satisfying feeling it gave me at the end. I’m rating this a 4/5 stars, because while it was a fun book overall, there were times when the characters were just annoying. I definitely look forward to the next book in the series, and may even attempt to get an arc of it. If not, I’ll see about picking it up some other way.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

ARC Review: Irontown Blues

 

Irontown Blues

Title: Irontown Blues
Author: John Varley
Series: Book One
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery
Page Count: 304
Publisher: ACE
Type of Book: Paperback, New Release, ARC
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Thanks very much to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! While it alluded to some earlier series that I hadn’t read at all (the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5) this was still an overall fun, quick, and lovely atmospheric and futuristic gem of a book. Sherlock was an excellent character, despite being a bloodhound, and I found myself greatly interested in the storyline, characters, and how it turns out in the end. The dark sense of humor throughout the book was excellently woven into the plot, and made me laugh in delight several times. I am now a fan of the author, and definitely look forward to investing into the rest of this series.

A new noir science fiction novel from a master of science fiction set in the Eight Worlds series about a detective on the hunt for biohackers who have created a dangerous new disease.

-As read on Goodreads

I really enjoyed this new start to a series that is as promising as it looks, and am invested in reading the rest of the series as it comes out. I hope to find book two soon, and snag it either as an arc or a book purchased from the store, either way. Sherlock the dog was my favorite character of all, I believe, though I really did enjoy Chris, as well as his mother who liked to work with rare and extinct animals.

I also think that the entire series-both its predecessor series and this new series, ought to be turned into a Netflix show. It could quite possibly give The Expanse a run for its money, though its definitely different than that of the Expanse, it does show some of the same kind of world-building vibes at times.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: A Necessary Murder

A Necessary Murder

Title: A Necessary Murder
Author: MJ Tjia
Series: Book 2
Genre: Mystery, Historical
Page Count: 280
Publisher: Legends Press
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 2/5 stars
Notes: I wish I had book one to start with!

A Necessary Murder drew me in by its beautiful cover. Sadly, when requesting it on Netgalley, I didn’t realize that it was actually book two of a series. I mucked my way through about half of the book before giving up. My mind wasn’t in the mood for a mystery it seemed, even though this seems to be along the same lines as mystery author Victoria Thompson and/or historical fiction author Anne Perry.

Its a well written book, but I just had no connection to the characters. I wanted to-they were all likeable enough, but I’m not sure if I just wasn’t in the right headspace for this kind of novel, or what the issue was. I just didn’t care for anybody in particular at all.

I’m sorry that this isn’t a more positive review. I wish it was. I really wanted to like this book, but it just fell flat for me. I hope others enjoy it more than I did, and as it stands I’m giving this book 2.5/5 stars, mainly for the cover and the interesting description of plot.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley, but I think this is a series that I’m going to pass along to someone else from now on.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Paperback Review: The Ghost Writer

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Title: The Ghost Writer
Author: Alessandra Torre
Series: No
Genre: Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Page Count: 310
Publisher:
Type of Book: Paperback, library loan
Rated: 4/5 stars
Review Word Count: 1,000
Notes: Why are all mystery/thriller books I read depressing?

The Ghost Writer took me out of my comfort zone and into a place of depression, words, and cows giving birth. It was a story initally of cancer, but there was a lot of other things thrown into the mix too. I’m honestly not sure how to write this review without giving away a lot of spoilers, but I will go ahead with the warnings first before you decide based on the cover that the book might be what your interested in.

WARNINGS: main character has caner, main character is OCD (at least, it read that way to me), trigger for little girls being raped by a trusted man/family member, triggers for on point representation of cancer, light swearing, detailed scene of a cow giving birth (if that’s a troubling thing for you to read), it will rip your heart out and shatter it to pieces kind of book

This book took my heart and stomped on it. It’s a good book, the characters are very lifelike, and I *adore* novels being written inside of a novel! I loved the main character, Helena, though I hated the ending of the book so much that I wanted to fling it across the room because it wasn’t fair how things ended. This book is an emotional roller coaster ride! There was so much going on, and I was shocked when I finished this book in three hours!

The reason I give it 4/5 stars is because of the trigger warnings above. This book hits close to home in a few scenes towards the end that made me near tears. It’s a dark topic, not just of the cancer, but of the story that Helena has to tell about her family living the perfect lie.

She seems quite oblivious to everything about her family, but then she’s got her own issues to deal with, and she doesn’t know to look for things like that either until it’s far too late.

Helena, the main character, is a fire-cracker. She is strong willed, passionate about her books and not much else, and loves solitude best of all. But in the last few months as the cancer progresses, she admits that she needs help in finishing her book before she dies. I had a lot of issues with this book, but the ending was the absolute most depressing ending I’ve read in a while.

My favorite scene out of the whole book is probably the scene of the cow giving birth, if you couldn’t tell. Living out in the country and seeing cows all the time, and once having a cow as a pet, that kind of thing makes for awesome reading in a book. Not sure how other people would feel about it, which is why it’s included in the triggers.

Closing this review up, because it’s at two pages now, and I still have more reviews and things to do, so I’m leaving this at 4.5/5 stars! Wonderful novel though very emotional.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book.

New Release Review: Vox

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Title: Vox
Author:  Christina Dalcher
Series:  Don’t think so
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes:

This was a gut-wrenching novel that made me hate it just a little, or at least hate how the future could become. In a futuristic world where women can only speak 100 words a day, it was reminiscent of “The Handmaid’s Tale” but made took the story and added new layers of awful. Women have no control, and all their funds and possessions are legally owned by their husbands or next of kin. They’re required to wear bracelets (it can be any color or design, as long as it was simple and elegant) that caused an electric shock that felt more and more painful if you speak more than a hundred words.

Jean is the main character, and she describes how she went from speaking the normal amount of words a day, to almost nothing. Her daughter, Sonia (I *love* that name) is in the same boat, but starts going mute, saying nothing at all. Her sons are oblivious, aside from Steven, the oldest, who is a bit of an ass about it all.

This book has strong feminism qualities, LGBT characters, dark angsty vibes, and it will make you hate. Especially if you are a woman. The unjustice of it all, the way the men are so full of themselves and talk down to women as if we were nothing more than animals that need to be properly trained and made so that we are completely obedient for them…I see the irony in saying this, but I have no words for describing how much hate I feel about all of it.

I still loved the story, especially the main character. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a character’s point of view who was over 40, closing in at 45 and this was a refreshing change, and she was a smart woman who had earned a degree, and was strong and brave.

I have to say that my absolute favorite character, however, is probably Jackie. After being kept silent for a handful of years, the first thing she says made me grin so wide that my cheeks still hurt writing this.

If you’re active in the feminism community, I encourage you to read this book. If you’re active in the LGBT community I encourage you to read this book. If you’re active in the community in keeping people from being caged up, tortured, put in slave camps, and treating women like we’re no better than animals, I highly encourage you to read this book.

Awarding this 5/5 stars, not because I was given an arc of this book, but because I really loved it, and the message it spread: fight against this. Make some noise. DO NOT BOW DOWN IN SILENCE.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

My May Reads for 2018

This month has flown by, whereas last month felt like it had gone so incredibly slow. This marks the start of ‘three more months until my birthday’ countdown, as well! I hope this year that I can actually be getting more books for my birthday, as usually birthday presents are a bit of a bust for me.

I’ve finished quite a few books last month, several new releases, arcs, and a few library finds fit into the pile. I’m very pleased with how much I’ve read, though I could have read more if I wasn’t working on writing my own book that I hope to have finished here soon. Anyway, here’s the books read:

Some of these I’ve yet to post reviews for, but that’s because I’m still working on my blog (book reviews still pending: To Kill a Kingdom, The Tory, etc.) I just got an email from a couple of publishers who are happy with how my blog looks, and are willing to send me more arcs to read, so that will keep me busy in the coming month as well! June is looking to be another excellent month in reading, and I look forward to it!

Now then, tell me which books you’ve read out of this post, which ones you think I should read next, and which ones I need to review asap! I look forward to hearing your responses!

Until the next time,
-Pass Me That Book