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

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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

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.

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: Courage to Be Counted

Courage to Be Counted

Title: Courage to Be Counted
Author: Elerie Grace
Series: Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Bugle Call Books
Page Count: 400 pages
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 3/5 stars
Review Word Count: 500
Notes: Interesting, just not for me.

Not for me, sadly. I wanted to like, I really did, and I give that cover 5/5 stars but the story itself just didn’t work for me. There’s nothing wrong with it, and the writing was perfectly fine, but I just didn’t care or connect with any of the characters. It seemed to be meant for a different audience, though I’m not quite sure how to explain it. My grandmother read it and very much liked it-more than I did-so perhaps it’s an age thing? While I appreciate historical fiction, and have an special fondness for WWII stories, I just wasn’t enthused about this one.

Vivian was still a likable character, but there was a fair bit of sexism in this story, as well as unrequited love between characters at the beginning of the story (poor Hank), and I didn’t like how the army/military treated women as though they were only there because they had no other men available. I get that it’s historically accurate, and as mentioned before, I appreciate historically accurate stories.

As the bombs fall on Europe, their new love must survive a deadly war…
Vivian Lambert wants to do her part. When she wins a coveted overseas post with the Red Cross, she focuses on her war service. Falling hard for a sexy pilot wasn’t part of her plan.
Jack Nielsen has a mission. Motivated by patriotic duty and desire to avenge the death of his best friend, Jack commands a ten-man B-17 crew. Keeping himself and his men alive in the fire-filled skies over Europe will require Jack’s full focus. Romancing a headstrong Red Cross Girl is a distraction he knows he shouldn’t indulge.
While Vivian’s work takes her across France and into the heart of Nazi Germany, mounting casualties drive Jack to confront his dwindling odds of survival. As Allied forces converge on all fronts, can Vivian and Jack’s relationship withstand an excruciating battle between love and duty?
Courage to be Counted is the first book in the Clubmobile Girls series of thrilling historical romances. If you like brave military heroes, trailblazing heroines, and romance under fire, then you’ll love Eleri Grace’s page-turning tale.
-Description As Seen on Goodreads

I hope to try this book again in the future, and see if I have a different opinion when I’m older. I thank the publisher as well as Marzie for introducing me to this book. It was an interesting read, even if it wasn’t to my tastes. Overall, I’m giving this 3/5 stars, and a DNF at 65%. Good luck to the author, and may the odds be ever in their favor.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Top Ten Tuesday…But On a Wednesday

Welcome all to another late post by yours truly! I have ten arcs that I’m dying to get to inbetween the other library books, random ebooks, and books I own. The arcs are all either coming out soon or won’t be released for months/years. Some aren’t arcs but new releases as well. Here are my top ten most anticipated reads!

1)

The Last Astronaut by David Wellington

Releases: July 23, 2019

I just received this one this morning and look forward to reading it!

2)

Do You Dream of Terra Two by Temi Oh

Releases: March 7, 2019

This sounds like a good one, and the title is what caught my attention. I hope to get this one soon.

3)

The Beholder by Anna Bright

Releases: June 4, 2019

The cover is beautiful, and I wants it!

4)

A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

Releases: March 5, 2019

One of my favorite Sherlock retellings!

5)

Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett

Releases: June 4th, 2019

That cover! The sequel is finally here! Must have it now!!

6)

The Women’s War by Jenna Glass

Releases: March 5, 2019

This has been on my radar for ages.

7)

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

Releases: November 26, 2019

It’s fantasy and Nora Roberts. What more do you need to know? Also that cover!

8)

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James

Releases: March 7, 2019

After having read her book Loneliest Girl in the Universe I’m definitely eager to read this one!

9)

Beware the Night by Jessika Fleck

Releases: March 2019

Another one I want to read just for that gorgeous cover!

And finally last but not least…

10)

Earth to Charlie by Justin Olson

Releases: April 16, 2019

This looks lovely, and it sounds right up my alley. I look forward to grabbing a copy soon!

Those aren’t all my anticipated reads, but a small taste of what I’m looking forward to. I hope you enjoyed this post!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: Conviction

Conviction

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

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

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

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

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

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

But I digress.

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

4th Year Anniversary: Now What?

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

(Obviously I’m going to read, lol.)

Greetings, friends!

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

New Things:

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

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

Old Things:

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

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

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

Still, I’m in this for the long haul!

Inbetween Things:

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Thrifty Thursday: Windwalker by H. G. Chambers

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

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

Here’s the Goodreads description:

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Mailbox Monday: 1st Post

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

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

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

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

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

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

as seen on Goodreads.

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

The Sunday Post: What Have I Read?

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

Currently I’m reading this monstrous book:

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Stacking the Shelves: 1st Post for the year

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

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

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

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

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

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

AND FINALLY

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

March TBR: Ambitious Pile

Welcome!

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

Fantasy Picks:

Science Fiction:

YA Books:

Graphic Novel:

~•~

And that’s it!

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

First Mini Haul: March 2019

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

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.theboldmom.com

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

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

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

International Book Fairs of 2019

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Special Post Update: 1000 likes

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

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

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

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

Weekly Updates: Feb. Weeks 1-3

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

Books Read:

All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett 4/5 🌟

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

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

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

The Beasts Heart by Leife Shellcross 5/5 🌟

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

Favorite of the month so far?

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

~•~

Currently Reading:


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

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

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

New Release Review: Arabella and the Battle of Venus

Arabella and the Battle of Venus

Title: Arabella and the Battle of Venus
Author: David Levine
Series: Book Two
Genre: Science Fiction, Adult Fiction
Publisher: Tor Books
Page Count: 415
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release
Received: Library
Review Word Count: 600
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Ah, Arabella continues to delight! This was a perfect read to read after the heartbreaking trauma of “All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett”!

Arabella returns in this dazzling sequel where instead of Mars being the main planet she’s on, it’s Venus. New characters are introduced, as well as old. Her fiance remains true, except he’s been captured and labeled a prisoner of war along with his remaining crew. It’s up to Arabella to harness a new crew to go and save the day.

These books are so delightfully fun! While some of the men are incredibly sexist, and her brother is a bit racist towards her fiance, it’s still full of wit, humor, and sarcasm to delight all readers. There’s plenty of intrigue, as well, and dangerous attacks in space on the ships. A new delightful captain, Daniel Fox Captain of the Touchstone, is equally fun to read!

Brave, a gambler, handsome, and full of wit, I really wanted Arabella to marry Daniel instead of Captain Singh. I digress, however, as this isn’t just about one character that I fell for. This is about Arabella going gallantly into the unknown to face Bonaparte who has escaped and is attempting to restore his empire once more, even as she’s attempting to free her fiance. There’s banter, adventure, and danger throughout this novel, and I treasured every page.

The wait for the next book is going to be just awful. *sighs miserably* Even so, this book was an utter delight, and I give it 4.5/5 stars for an enchanting and entertaining read.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: Contact by M.D. Neu

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Title: Contact
Author: M.D. Neu
Series: Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 300
Publisher: Ninestar Press
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars
Received: Netgalley
Notes: Death of an lgbt character, but makes sense for the plot. Harsh swearing from two different characters, and a bomb attack about halfway through the book in a populated city.

This is a hard book to review. While I flew through the pages, there’s several things that I didn’t much like about the book-the harsh language, and the death of an lgbt character made it a bit darker for me to read. The harsh language was almost off-putting for me, though I skimmed through a lot of that.

There wasn’t much in the romance department, though the obvious love between the main gay couple was evident and real, and I liked it. There were some issues that I had Jerry and his attitude towards Todd, but it made the character seem more realistic as well.

There’s small handfuls throughout this book of characters bashing LGBT characters, but it improves over time. Todd’s brother started out as hateful and mean, but eventually grew out of that, into something that was a bit more bearable.

The science, aliens, and first contact approach with this book was great. I really liked the detail that the author put into the storyline; it was almost as if I was living it, though unfortunately that’s not the case. I think the coolest thing was Faa and the purple mountains comment.

I definitely look forward to reading book two. The ending was a little bit of a cliff-hanger, though without a lot of ‘must have book two now’ it was more of a, what will happen next kind of thing.

4/5 well deserved stars.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.