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.

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4th Year Anniversary: Now What?

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

(Obviously I’m going to read, lol.)

Greetings, friends!

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

New Things:

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

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

Old Things:

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

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

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

Still, I’m in this for the long haul!

Inbetween Things:

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Thrifty Thursday: Windwalker by H. G. Chambers

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

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

Here’s the Goodreads description:

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Mailbox Monday: 1st Post

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

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

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

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

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

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

as seen on Goodreads.

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

The Sunday Post: What Have I Read?

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

Currently I’m reading this monstrous book:

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Stacking the Shelves: 1st Post for the year

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

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

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

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

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

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

AND FINALLY

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

March TBR: Ambitious Pile

Welcome!

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

Fantasy Picks:

Science Fiction:

YA Books:

Graphic Novel:

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And that’s it!

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

First Mini Haul: March 2019

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

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

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

contact

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.

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: Families and Other Enemies

famiilies and other enemies

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.

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.

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.

Freebie Historical: Get it while you can!

MasksofWar

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