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.

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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!

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

SHORT STORY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: The Darkening (Halloween Read!)

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Title: The Darkening
Author: Chris Sarantopulos
Series:
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Amazon Digital Service
Page Count: 300
Received: As an arc from the author
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 3.5/5 stars
Notes: Perfect read for Halloween!

Horror’s not generally my thing, but for Halloween I try to make exceptions. This was surprisingly not bad at all. While it was certainly dark and spooky, it didn’t make me cringe or want to toss the book through the window. A bonus, in my experience. While I wish I liked horror stories more than I do, I’m still not enthused about it, though I do try. So with that in mind, please be aware that the rating could be higher for someone else that’s a lot more enthused about horror in general!

This was a good experience for me, reading outside of my comfort zone. The author is definitely talented at drawing a person into a story, showing rather than telling what’s all going on. I liked the build up and anticipation, the mystery of it all, and the horror wasn’t too gruesome or disturbing for me. If that’s a negative in your book (I know some who would be utterly disappointed if they weren’t freaked out several times during a horror book) then apologies, but for me, it made it more bearable.

I think I may check out more of the author’s books, should I be in the mood for more of this genre, and I am pleased to have read this even if it brought me out of my comfort zone. So thank you to the author, and for those who wish to buy it, here’s the amazon link to it as well.

I’m giving this a 3.5/5 stars, rounding up to a low 4. I hope to be able to read more horror later, but for now I think I’ll stick with my preferred genre, which is-as most of my followers probably know-fantasy. Thank you to the author for providing me with an arc of your book, and I hope you enjoyed reading this review! Happy Halloween to all!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Top #5 Favorite Bloggers So Far

This is a list that will be updated monthly, perhaps yearly, I’m undecided as of yet. This isn’t an official ‘contest’ or anything, it’s just blogs that I like and help me find the books that are best attuned to me. These bloggers won’t know that I’m making this post, it’s all a surprise!

Blogger #1: Confessions of a YA Reader

Recently nominated for a blogger award, that does not at all affect this list of being in the top five. Confessions has regularly posted about books that I love, books I’ve never heard about but fallen in love with, and some books that I am most interested in reading simply because they have posted them. With creative book photos, and almost constant new content, I’m very much in love with this blogger!

Blogger #2: Beware of the Reader

This was a recent blogger find that somehow popped up into my feed, and I really adore most of their posts. While they’re more into romance than I am, they definitely step up the game in their content and postings about books. Beware of the Reader also has a cool header and banner that I love, as well as a catchphrase: beware of the reader for she has lived a thousand lives!

Blogger #3: The Quill to Live

This is where I find a good chunk of my favorite fantasy books! With numerous reviewers on this blog, I can’t relatively pin down who exactly runs it, but it’s one of my absolute favorites to frequently check up on, due to the sheer amount of books that are reviewed here! It’s a recent find, which means plenty of posts that I still haven’t read through yet!

Blogger #4: Meltotheany

While the blog title is a bit of a mouthful, this blogger has excellent taste in books and games! Too be honest, I mostly pay attention to the books as I rarely do games (The Sims and Skyrim are my go to games). With a lovely blog full of interesting content, I’m sure you’ll find loads of cool stuff here!

And finally, drumroll please!

Blogger #5: Bookwraiths

Another blogger that’s primarily fantasy books, but there’s also the occasional comic book/graphic novel thrown in too! This blogger constantly surprises me with lists of top ten favorites, classic fantasy novels I’ve either never heard about or already know about and love to death, and is just generally a fun place to browse around and check out what books have been posted!

And that’s it! That’s my current top five bloggers to browse through and read for book recommendations! This doesn’t count towards the YouTube Book Bloggers, however, which may or may not get it’s own post before too long if people are interested in such.

Know someone I should follow? Just let me know in the comments, and I’ll check them out-of the library! Terrible pun, I know. Sigh.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Goodreads Quick Update

I actually have enough time online today to check on my TBR pile on Goodreads. After sorting it by date added and starting from the very beginning, I realized that a LOT of my books are duplicates, books already read that Goodreads didn’t save my review, or some other kind of book that I’ve deleted but it popped back up into my pile anyway. Sigh.

I’m going to sweep through and delete everything that isn’t relevant, and with that in mind, I’m not going to do Down the TBR Pile just yet. Several of these I can already say that I seriously have no interest in.

Aside from that, I’m busy editing my book, and working on cleaning my room.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Top #5 Books in my Goodreads TBR

I have quite a few books in my Goodreads To-Be-Read pile, or Want to Read pile (3,190 to be exact) and the number just seems to keep climbing. I really need to thin the pile down and so I have picked five books to read in the next week, if I can get a hold of them within that timeline, along with the ARCs and Library Books that I have as well.

These are the current top five books, though one (Fascmilie) is out of print, so I’m not sure that I can get a hold of it. I’m really hoping to be able to find these on Amazon, the local library, the ebook library system I have, or some other way.

Titles-Authors:

Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson

Facsimile by Vicki L. Weavil

Lotus and Thorn by Sara Wilson Etenne

City of Savages by Lee Kelly

Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein

If I can’t get these five books, then I shall move on to other books on my pile and go from there. I am attempting to be a bit more organized, and get rid of the many books in my Goodreads pile. Hopefully this new thing I’m trying will help!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

 

Netgalley Review: Fawkes

 

Fawkes

I was not yet ready to turn to stone. 

Title: Fawkes
Author: Nadine Brandes
Series:
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Page Count: 500
Publishing: Thomas Nelson
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: THE HYPE IS DESERVED!

Fawkes starts off with a bang, instantly capturing my attention and having me read a 500 page book in less than a day!

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Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

-As Described on Goodreads

Then I read the first sentence: I was not ready to turn to stone, and I was HOOKED. From the very first sentence, this book was a true treasure to read. Thomas Fawkes was an easily identifiable character, the book was filled with twists and turns that I did not see coming, the world-building was unique and well written. I adore this book, and am putting it on my ‘to-buy-immediately’ list, because it’s well worth sitting on my shelves for when I want a re-read.

This book ripped my emotions apart several times. There’s a violent plague going on in this book, and the main character is affected, but with only one eye so that he wears an eyepatch most of the time. He hopes to get a mask from his father after passing a test in order to make it so that people don’t see his affliction and so that he can have the power to help change things. When his father doesn’t show up as he’s promised to do, Thomas Fawkes takes matters into his own hands and goes out to find him.

This book was a delicious read, from beginning to end, and I can’t give you enough reasons why you should read it, only that it needs to be added to your TBR post-haste! It’s got thieves and spies and London and plagues and magic and….what more could you want?

Giving this book a very well deserved 5/5 stars for it’s beautiful voice and unique world-building skills!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Author: Anne Blankman
Series: Book One
Genre: YA, Historical
Page Count: 400
Publisher: Belzhar+Bray/Penguin
Type of Book: Arc, Paperback
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes:

This was a fascinating book. It tells the story of Herr Hitler in a unique light, from the perspective of a family member. Gretchen Mueller calls Herr Hitler “Uncle Dolf”, and is one of the most esteemed girls in the country of Germany during the ‘rise of the Fuhrer’. She has no idea of what’s really going on, believing everything that her Uncle tells her to be true. She is a favorite of Herr Hitler because her father gave his life, protecting him from bullets. She lives a life that is privileged, cherished, and full of fear of her brother who is obviously a psychopath-devoid of emotion, cruel, a bully, and abusive.

Gretchen tells of how she searches for answers to why her father died with bullets in his back instead of his front, for hadn’t he been shielding Herr Hitler? But with every turn she finds answers she doesn’t like, truths that are hard to ignore, and danger around every corner. Her life becomes a confusing mess, and she realizes how few friends she really has, and that there is no one, not even Hitler himself, that she can trust.

{I must warn readers that there is one suicide in this book, a dear friend of Gretchen kills herself towards the back half of the book. There’s also her brother that abuses her, and there was one scene where Herr Hitler asked if she wished to become her beau/lover and she flees in confused fear.}

The book was very well done, there was plenty of action, romance, and mystery throughout the entirety of the book, all up to the happy non-cliffhanger ending, of which pleased me. I really like this author’s writing style, and definitely look forward to reading more of her books in the future. While this book was a bit darker for a ya novel than I was expecting, the historical details were very well done, and I really enjoyed seeing things from a unique perspective in regards to that of Hitler.

I give this book a well deserved 5/5 stars, and plan on buying a hardcover version if one is available sometime in the future. If you’ve not read this yet, I strongly recommend it!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

An Unexpected Book Poll

Hello all, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday! I’m having some bookish struggles at the moment. Aside from the two ARCs that I am reading, I have no idea what to read next on my bookshelves at home that are overflowing with books that I have yet to get to! So, I need a little help, and I’ve created a book poll! Just tell me in the comments which one you want me to read and review most, and the one with the most comments wins!

 

Yes, most of these are arcs, and I haven’t read a single one of these. I am so behind! I’m about halfway through The Final Six, and should finish it within the next couple of days, and I’m definitely reading the two arcs “Link” and “Blind the Eyes” next, but after that, I have no clue with what to pick. And these aren’t even all the books that are on my TBR! So, please pick one, and tell me which one you most want me to read and review! I look forward to all of your comments!

My Top #5 TBR Thursday!

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It’s TBR (To Be Read) Thursday, and today’s book choice is Ash Princess, which I received from my public library! It’s a book that I’ve been wishing to have for a while now, it’s popped up on quite a few different blogs that I follow, and I’m eagerly awaiting tonight where I can finally sit down, crack open the spine, and read the book that I can now cross off of my wish list.

#1: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian is a young adult fantasy that sounds pretty awesome. It’s got war, magic, queens, murder, rebellion…all the good stuff that you know you’re going to enjoy.

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#2: The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara is another one that’s on my radar to read this weekend. It’s got pirates and girls in disguise. Need I say more?

The Tory

#3: The Tory by TJ London-I have kinda sort started this already, so far I’m enjoying it. It’s a good historical read, and I love that cover! This is yet another new arc that I have, that I need to review, so it’s definitely on my TBR list!

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#4: Heart of Mist Book 1 by Helen Scheuerer-this has been on my TBR for ages, but I’ve been putting it off till the trilogy is close to complete. Now that I know it is, I’m fixing to start reading this ASAP, because just look at the cover! Not to mention, its FANTASY, and we all know that’s my weakness!

The Source of Magic

#5 The Source of Magic by Cate Rowan-I requested this one at my library (along with several others, of course), and am awaiting its delivery, hoping I can review it before too long. Another cover that is quite beautiful, don’t you think?

 

And there you have it! My Top #5 TBR books for the coming week. Next week, even more fantasy, young adult fiction, and arcs!

Until Next Time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Top #5 Underrated Books I Love

 

These are five books that I haven’t seen talked about much lately. While I have seen “Song of Blood and Stone” on a couple of blogs, these others I haven’t seen hardly at all, so I am helping to promote their beauty as well as their unique world-building, on my blog.

My top five underrated books are as follows:

1: Heart of the Empire by Carrie Summers-filled to the brim with action, world-building, intense characters, romance, and war this is one of my favorites of this year and last.

2: Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope-this one gets a fair bit of negative reviews, but also a handful of positive reviews. I’m one of those positive people who really enjoyed reading this book. It’s full of magic, romance, a kingdom at war, and so much more!

3: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal–this is a kind of Jane Austen magical retelling, which that right there should capture your attention. It’s filled to the brim with magical theories, mystery, romance, and adventure. The magic just makes the Jane Austen retelling bit even more awesome, in my opinion.

4: The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross-another magical filled book, complete with war, romance, and mystery. This one is one of those that are talked about a bit more than the others, but not near enough.

5: Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett-this one is a slightly new release, which means it hasn’t had much of a chance to be talked about, but it’s still one of those I love and wanted to include on the list.

 

Well, what do you think? Am I missing anything crucial? Or should some of these not be on the list at all? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Netgalley Review: The Oddling Prince

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Title: The Oddling Prince
Author: Nancy Springer
Series: Unknown
Genre: Fantasy, Adult Fiction
Page Count: 275
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Type of Book: Paperback, Library Loan, New Release, Netgalley ARC
Rated: 5/5 stars

This was an arc that I received from Netgalley, but also a library book as well. I read the paperback edition instead of the PDF file version, but plan on reading that as well sometime in the future to build upon this review. This is my first read from Nancy Springer, a rather prolific author who generally writes fantasy and young adult. While I really enjoyed this, enough to give it five stars, I’m not entirely sure it’s my most favorite book of the year.

Let me explain.

This book was odd, in the fact that it had beautiful prose, epic battles, family in distress, fey, a magical ring that causes a lot of trouble, and brothers who love one another but are worlds apart. It’s a cleverly told fantasy story that builds up to a happy ending.

It comes from the title ‘odd’, due to the fey characters. The way the characters speak seems so strange sometimes, “Forsooth” and “Troth” are two of the many words throughout the book that seemed strange to me. I understand it comes from that time period, from the Scottish Highlands a place that I love to read about. Though it didn’t feel like it was of the scottish moors, rather it felt like an entirely different world that this book took place in, with a different language structure. While not at all unpleasant, it was definitely odd and unusual.

I did like all of the characters, aside from King Bardaric who seemed to be a bit of an ass for reasons unknown towards his two sons. While it was explained later on towards the end why he was so hateful and cruel towards them, I was still unsatisfied with those explanations. And his constant worry for others attempting to overthrow him to take the throne-what of it? It’s just a throne, it’s not like it’s the most important thing in your life, which is actually that of your wife and sons. You need to pay attention to them, not that chair that holds such power. Power isn’t the best thing ever, you know.

I did like how the women were represented in the book, though there was one instance where women who were close to thirty were represented as ‘old maids’ whereas it was perfectly logical to marry a 13/14 year old girl instead. I get that in that time period, people died closer to their 50’s, than they did nowadays towards their 70s/80s, but I still didn’t care for that at all.

The two main characters, Aric and Aldaric, were both interesting and unusual. I liked both well enough, but I felt that Aric could be a bit dense from time to time, while Aldaric was a bit strange, due to having been raised with the fey. I also liked their horse, Bluefire, who was pretty badass for a horse towards the end of the book.

The story was entertaining, and I definitely want to own my own copy eventually, preferably in a nice hardback edition that will sit with the rest of my favored fantasies. It’s a beautiful, unique, and gorgeous story that should be read by all ages. Nancy Springer has shot up high onto my list of favorites, and I am determined to go out and find more of her books, and devour them.

Final rating is 5/5 stars.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

ARC Review: Daughter of Havenglade

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Title: Daughter of Havenglade

Author: H.C. Harrington

Series: Book 1

Page Count: 219

Publisher: Unknown, Kindle Edition

Genre: Fantasy, Adult Fiction

Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Format

Rated: 2/5 stars

This was yet another book that I received as an arc that I wasn’t overally thrilled with. It’s not the writing, it’s the plot. I was lost and confused a few times, the mysterious wizard was annoying, and the quest seemed your usual typical fantasy like quest to me. I don’t know, guys, maybe I just didn’t read this right or wasn’t in the mood for a good fantasy when reading this.

I feel bad, because this is one of several others that I just didn’t care for. I’ve been reading a lot, and most of the books that I select as ARCs are either WOW THAT’S AMAZING or just plain old “meh”.

I won’t go into too much detail, because I don’t want to spoil it for others, but this book just didn’t grab me. Sorry to the author for the delay in posting this review, but I was trying to find the accurate words to describe how I felt after reading this book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, and honestly I just found this book lacking.

Until Next Time,

-Pass Me That Book

New Release Review: King of Ashes

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itle: King of Ashes
Author: Raymond El. Feist
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Book 1
Page Count: 460
Pages Read: 159
Rated: 3.2/5 stars
Type of Book: Library, Hardback, New Release

This is the first time I’ve ever read something by the famous author, just as he’s diving back into the fantasy genre and bringing us a fresh new fantasy for us to enjoy. Or so that’s what a lot of people are claiming. I managed about a hundred and sixty pages, before I gave up being bored with the characters. The first bit about the man, Declan, being given a baby that was meant to be slaughtered along with the rest of his family of the Firemane kingdom was fascinating, but then I grew rapidly bored from there. I WANTED to like this book more than I did.
I liked the characters, but there just didn’t seem to be anything going on that really caught my interest. Hati, the boy who was sent away as a baby thanks to Declan helping him to live, is living on an island where he’s being trained in the arts of trickery and deceit, spying and survival. He has two best friends, an anger issue, and a teacher. It was interesting enough to keep reading up to that point, in which case his teacher wants him to go and observe, and check things out about the city, and the people-see if he sees anything unusual. Hati sees strange characters and attempts to not get caught as he makes his way back to his teacher, who is pretending to be a false monk.
I don’t know why, but the story just didn’t grab me, and hold me tight. Perhaps its because I’m tired of the old ‘everyone betrays everyone’ plot that keeps cropping up. The sheer amount of blood and death in the first few chapters didn’t help much either. I get that it’s about the world-building, and using familiar clichés like baby survives a mass slaughter and comes back to kill those that betrayed his family, but it’s just not the type of thing that I thought I would enjoy reading. While the writing is done well enough, and the characters are interesting…
It just didn’t click with me.
And for that reason, I give the story 3.2 out of 5 stars. I hate giving books low ratings, because I know it hurts the author. But I’m sorry, I’ve vowed to give my honest opinion, and this is how I feel about this book: bored.
Hopefully my next book will prove to be an infinitely better read, and from an author I know and love.
Until then,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: The Bone Carousel

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Title: The Bone Carousel

Author: J. Peter W.

Series: Book 1

Page Count: 265 pages

Publisher: DP Books

Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook

Rated: 3.5/5 stars

I read this book over the course of yesterday, and it reminded me very strongly of a cross between the Fablehaven series and The Spiderwick Chronicles. I liked the idea of it, but I didn’t care for the ending, and I definitely didn’t care for one of the characters-Mucus Markus, the boy who spits a lot. I did like the girl Frankie, she made up a large part of the book that I enjoyed, and I did like Stevie as well.  I won’t tell you the ending of the book, because that’s rude and will have massive spoilers for the second book to come of which I don’t believe I’ll read because I’m just not invested.

Overall, the writing was good. The plot moved decently, if not very quickly in some spots, and it seemed a decent story, though it read more for a younger audience-or so it seemed to me.

While I do appreciate getting an ARC copy of this, I don’t think this will be one of my absolute favorites and that makes me sad. I always feel bad for leaving not raving reviews on books that I’ve read, and this is yet one more book that I’ve read this year to go into the “meh” pile of books for me.

Overall, I’d rate this book a 3.5/5 stars.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

{Review also posted on Amazon and Goodreads.}

Paperback Book Review: Here and Then

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Title: Here and Then

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Mira Books

Page Count: 250

Type of Book: Paperback, Loaned

Rated: 5/5 stars

This was a fun, quick, entertaining read. I loved the character Beth, and how she handled her situation, though I did think she was awfully quick in jumping into bed with Mr. Too Handsome Too Stand Near Without Fireworks Going Off.

This was a time travel romance, which is my favorite kind of trope, and I really liked how this was done, though I wished it would’ve explained more of the science behind it than the necklace just somehow taking Beth back into time again and again. I understand why the science wasn’t explained, but I feel like it could’ve been.

I did enjoy the banter between Beth and the Sherriff. I also enjoyed when she took him to her time period, and introduced him to pizza, the television, cars, and much better coffee than what he’s used to. There’s some satisfaction in showing him around, and letting him see that she’s from a time period where women are allowed to vote, wear pants, and act mostly like men.

I will warn that this book has men that are preset in their thoughts about women being helpless, weak creatures. Women aren’t allowed to vote in that time period that Beth finds herself in, after all. Women were also not allowed to play poker/cards. They couldn’t wander the streets in trousers/pants because it was unseemly for a woman to do so. They couldn’t swear, they couldn’t drink, and most of all, they couldn’t own land. We’ve certainly come a long way, though it still makes me outraged at the unjustice of it all, the unfairness. It’s still, sadly, going on today, but things are slowly getting better.

I really enjoyed this, despite the way women were treated back then, and despite certain comments that were made. I do warn readers that there is one attempted scene where a banker tells Beth that if she doesn’t sleep with him, he’ll ruin her and make sure she’ll never have money again, but aside from that nothing to violent in the book. It alludes to events of the first book, which I hadn’t realized that this was a series, but now I am going to go and hunt down book one, and see if there are others in the series, because it’s too fun not to read.

5/5 stars!

{Review also posted on Goodreads and Amazon.}

Library Book Review: The Case for Jamie

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Book Review: The Case for Jamie

Title: The Case for Jamie (Book 3)
Author:
Series: Book 3
Page Count: 349
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Type of Book: Library Hardback
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult
Rated: 4/5 stars

The third book in the fabulous Charlotte Holmes is one of my favorite books of the year, and the series continues to grow with characters that make appearances and references to the first original Sherlock Holmes, in this case (see what I did there?) to the Reinchbach falls. I still favor Watson over Charlotte-while Charlotte grew on me through this book, I still liked Watson’s character rather more, for being more personable.

The two characters deal with the reappearance of Lucien Moriarity, who is up to his usual evil ways, though you admittedly don’t see a whole lot of that till the last half of the book. It’s the case of everyone plotting to make Jamie’s life miserable, and Jamie is utterly convinced that Lucien is behind everything, while everyone else is insisting Jamie is slowly growing crazy based upon the events of the last two books, well he knows that he has a new case on his hands. One where he hopes that Charlotte will come out of hiding and help him, despite his having a girlfriend named Emily.

I always found Emily to be a bit of a suspicious character, though I couldn’t place exactly why. I wasn’t surprised that she was (spoiler alert). Yeah, I’m not including spoilers, but I am pointing out how I felt about the characters.

Other than the characters of which I liked, the book felt to me that it dragged a bit through the middle, but at the end it was a resounding hit, meaning that I liked it enough to give it 4/5 stars. I definitely will continue with reading this series, as its loads of fun, though admittedly this book was a bit darker than the other two..

Overall, 4/5 stars for a job well done!

Now,
-Pass Me That Book

Kindle Book Review: Abducting Abby

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Title: Abducting Abby
Author: S. E. Smith?
Series: Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Page Count:  182
Publisher:
Type of Book: Free Kindle Ebook, Amazon Ebook
Year Published: ?
Rated: 4/5 stars

A bit more steamy than what I’m used to, however I thoroughly enjoyed this book regardless. Admittedly, I skimmed through the steamy bits, and the novel read just fine while doing so. I really loved the characters, the setting, and the other-worldliness of the aliens and their mating system. It was a fast paced read, one of which I spent a few hours flying through the pages, taking me only two days to read, having to stop only for real life issues such as dinner and sleep.

I’ve seen this book several times around Amazon and had been hesitant in reading it. I don’t remember why, only that I didn’t want to start another series being one of the major reasons. Well, now I’ve started yet another series regardless, and don’t regret it at all. Abby is a delightful character, kind and generous. She becomes way cooler towards the end of the book as well, though I’m not saying why due to spoilers. It does involve the dragons, however.

There are dragons, symbiotes, bounty hunters, serial killers, intelligent spaceships, and even art is mentioned throughout this book. It’s filled to the brim with action once the story gets going. I can continue listing reasons on why you should get this book, and the number one reason being it’s free on Amazon and other places as well.

Overall, I really liked this quite a lot and am now invested in getting book 2 to read in the near future, once I knock several of my arcs off the ever growing reading pile.

I rate this book four out of five stars, mainly because I wasn’t thrilled with the intimate romance, though a lot of others may like that kind of thing.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

{Review also posted on Goodreads and Amazon}