TBR Thursday: My, What a Pile of Books!

How can another week of November be almost gone already? I didn’t read anything this week, due to it being NaNo (I breached 50k and reached close to 65k despite it being the beginning of the month because I can’t sleep and that gives me way more time to write, so finished NaNo early, yay!) but this next week, boy do I have a lot of catching up to do!

I have reviews that are due:

 

Just Approved Edelweiss Arcs:

 

ARCs Coming Via Mail:

 

New Releases to Catch Up On:

 

And several other arcs from Netgalley, library books, and random other books that I’ve purchased as well! I’ve quite a bit of catching up to do, not the least bit which includes the entire Invisible Library series! I’m overwhelmed but pleased with the arcs that I’ve gotten, and really hope to finish all of these before the reviews are due!

What are you all reading at the moment? Anything good? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book

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WWW Wednesday| New ARCs!

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm where I’m hoping to start doing this kind of thing more often. This is one where you answer the three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

~*~

Currently Reading, well I’m fixing to start reading the entire Invisible Library series in anticipation of the newest arrival.

Invisible Library Series{picture from pinterest}

I’ve read the first one, but haven’t read ANY of the rest of the series, so I should spend at least three days flying through the series to read the latest book.

Recently Finished, is Heart’s Abroad, which was a solid 4/5 stars. It hasn’t put me in a slump, I’m just away from all my books at the moment! (denial)

Reading Next, uh. Well clearly the Invisible Libraries is up next, but after that I think I’m going to be reading between these three choices:

 

That’s what I have planned, anyway. I have so many books on my TBR right now, that I’m beginning to get into panic mode, wondering how I’ll possibly finish these before the end of the year. I’ve been in a bit of a slump since the beginning of the week, and haven’t read hardly anything this whole month so far, which is disappointing, but I’ve been reading so much lately too that the break is a bit nice and relaxing.

But those are my plans, and I hope all of you are doing well for the month of November (remember, remember, the fifth of November-stop it brain. We cannot read Fawkes for the third time!). Let me know if you’ve read any of these, and what your book plans are in the comments, will you, because I’m curious to see how everyone else is handling their tbr piles!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Top #5: ARCs On My TBR Shelf

Since everyone is doing their Top # Whatever Tuesday, I figured that I would jump on the bandwagon with a bit something different. My Netgalley has about 10/15 books to read, and my Edelweiss has a few as well, but I’m just picking from my Netgalley account.

 

These are four of the ones that I’m most excited four, though I am disappointed that the Ruin of Kings is a sampler only. I hope to get the whole book at some point, and not just the first few chapters!

Drumroll for the #1 Anticipated ARC on my Netgalley please!:

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale

I was so excited to receive this one! I might have squealed when I got accepted as a reviewer for one of my top most favorite authors, and the introduction is by another favorite author! I’m hoping to start this one soon!

So what are your top five ARCs? Let me know in the comments, because I’m really intrigued to see what other people manage to pick up.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

ARC Kindle Review: Hearts Abroad #1

Hearts Abroad

Title: Hearts Abroad
Author: Skye McNeil
Series: Book 1
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Page Count:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, Amazon Gifted
Received: from the publisher/author
Review Word Count:
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: @BewareoftheReader you might enjoy this one! I know how much you love a good romance story!

Notes2: First time I’ve tagged anyone here on wordpress, hopefully I got it right!

I love fluffy romance, but I generally have to be in the right mood to read them. This was one of the better fluffy romances that I’ve read, and ranks right up there with Mary Poppins and all the fluffy Harlequin holiday movies you can probably think of. It’s a feel-good love story, complete with twin little girls and a billionaire single dad.

I really liked this one. I won’t say I loved it, because I don’t think I’m there yet, but I can definitely see myself re-reading this again and again in the future, because it’s just that much of a fun book to read. I really liked how this one had art exhibits, planes, and even an enormous library. Scotland was mentioned quite a bit, and as the next book may take place in Scotland, I’m definitely interested in reading the continuation of the duology? Series?-not sure how many books will be in this, but they’re definitely well worth reading.

There’s even an Alfred in this book, and he’s even compared to the same Alfred from Batman, which I found hilariously awesome.

Overall, I’m rating this a 4/5 stars for the delightful atmosphere this book had, and the perfect timing in wanting to read an entertaining and fluffy hearted romance. My thanks to the publisher/author for providing me with this light atmospheric novel, and I highly recommend it to romance and contemporary fans all.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

New Release Review: The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen

Title: The Lost Queen
Author: Signe Pike
Series: Book One
Genre: Historical
Publisher: Touchstone
Page Count: 600
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release
Review Word Count:
Received: Library
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Vivid, creative, and utterly captivating!

I voted for this book in the Historical Section of the Goodreads Choice Awards of 2018 just a day ago, in the first round of voting, because it was well deserved (and because I hadn’t yet read any of the other books, but shhh, let’s not go there). This book was captivating, from the first page to the very last. While the ending was a sad one, it was a good one, and I am hopeful that there will be a second book to follow up on everything. Even though it had things mostly wrapped up, killing off a good number of the characters at the same time, it still had things unresolved-as history often does.

The writer is a good story-teller, weaving the tale with practiced ease. The characters are lifelike, there’s loads of things going on, and I learned a few things-such as Boudica came about again and I’m beginning to think she was a hell of a badass, nearly wiping out the Romans so. I really need to do some more information on her, because she sounds like someone worth knowing about.

That’s the main reason that I am giving this five out of five stars, because if it’s a historical book it should make me want to go out and do more research on the time period, and the people it talked about. Not only do I want to learn more about the Pendragon era, but I also want to learn more about Boudica and how she nearly wiped out the Romans-if that’s true at all, and not another wild tale by the main characters brother.

This was a fascinating story, and I loved the characters (though don’t ask me to pronounce their names aloud!) and the book itself was a delight, despite the sad ending. I’m glad to have been able to read it, and I hope to one day get my own copy to put on my shelves.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Anticipated Reads: My TBR Hates Me

Last night I was procrastinating in writing for NaNoWriMo (of course) and browsed Amazon for any new and upcoming releases that I wasn’t aware of yet, because I’d been putting off doing that and I actually have Wi-Fi at the moment. Turns out, there’s a LOT of books coming out that I can’t wait to get my hands on. After doing this, I’ll post the books on my Anticipated Reads page-sometime soon-but I felt this would be a fun post! On to the books!

 

So many pretties! Some of the covers are just breathtaking, and I want them, I want them now! Sadly, I will have to wait, as only a few are out on pre-order, and even then I’d still have to wait after pre-ordering too. My shelves won’t thank me for this, but a lot of these are absolute must-have’s due to the authors being my most favorite authors.

What are your upcoming anticipated reads? Anything fantasy that I didn’t catch? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

NaNoWriMo: Books I’m Reading for the Month of Writing

This month is all about writing. I’ve already written a few books, but I’m not published, and I’m not going to be published for a while yet, I don’t think.  That’s why I’m not letting NaNoWriMo stress me out so. I’ve also got a heck of a TBR pile, so sit back and be prepared to scroll through lots of book photos!

 

Ambitious pile, especially with NaNo. Let’s see if I can do this! What is your TBR pile looking like? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time

-Pass Me That Book

October Wrap Up: My Favorite Month is Over Already?!

As this is a wrap up post, it’ll be a bit longer than it normally is. I have a chart of the books listed down below, but I’m not doing every photo of every book I read this time around, as I just don’t feel like it. I’m posting my top favorite book photos, however, because they’re well deserved.

My Top Five Favorites:

 

Books Read in October:

1.Reap the Wild Wind| 600 pages, 4.0 stars (see review)
2.Daughter of the Forest| 500 pages, 4.5 stars (see review)
3.The Quest| 300 pages, 3.0 stars (review due)
4.Empire of Sand| 500 pages, 5.5 stars (see review)
5.Pride| 300 pages, 2.0 stars
6.Monstress| ?, 4.1 stars
7.A Wizard’s Forge| ? pages, 4/5 stars (see review)
8.Evenfall| 400 pages, (see review)
9.Hammered| 300 pages, 4/5 stars (review to come)
10.Aurian| 600 pages, 5/5 stars
11.Lord of the Fading Lands| 500 pages, 5/5 stars (see review)
12.Hexed| 300 pages, 4/5 stars (review to come)
13.The Turnaway Girls| 300 pages, 3/5 stars (see review)
14.The Bartered Brides| 400 pages, 4/5 stars (review to come)
15.The Stars Now Unclaimed| 200/300 pages, 4/5 stars (review to come)
16.Damsel| 300 pages, 5/5 stars (review to come)
17.No Man of Woman Born| ? pages, 5/5 stars (see review)
18.Shadow of the Fox| 400 pages, DNF’d after the first chapter
19.A Fading Sun| 300 pages, 4/5 stars (see blog tour post, see review)
20.A Rising Moon| 300 pages, 4/5 stars (review to come)
21.Agents of Dreamland| 100 pages, 3/5 stars
22.The Darkening| 300 pages, 3/5 stars (review to come)
23.The Dream Gatherer| 100 pages, 4/5 stars (review to come)

I also just finished reading The Tethered Mage for the second time, and that’s why it’s not included on the list, because it was a re-read, but it still stood out as being an impressive piece of fiction. This month has been filled with a LOT of really great reads, actually, and I hope that November is the same. So far, the two books that I’ve read are actually really awesome, and I’m crossing my fingers it remains the same. Up next are a few reviews, my November TBR, and that’s pretty much it.

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

New Release Review: Damsel

Damsel

Title: Damsel
Author: Elana K. Arnold
Series: I really hope this is book one
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: New Release, Library Loan, Hardback
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Ah, the anticipation is over!

I finished this book in less than two hours. It was just over 300 pages. Even for me, that is a quick read. It stole my heart, stomped on it, and ripped it into shreds. The best thing about it? THAT ENDING!

This had all the feels, and then some. It had scenes that made me feel true rage towards a character which is a rare thing for me. It made me want to kill the ‘hero’ of the story, and in violent and painful ways for acting like such an incredible ass. What’s weird is that I also liked him at the start of the book and was rooting for him…until about a quarter of the way through the book, in which he basically just killed any feelings I had for him by SPOILER {killing a mama lynx for no reason and almost killing its baby too}.

Warnings: get your box of tissues ready, people. This book was brutal in the feels department, it has cats being killed, dragons being brutally slayed, one scene the main female character is led around a castle with a chain and leash, one suggested attempted assault, there’s a scene where a girl burns her hand, and main character death at the end of this book but it is SO WELL DESERVED. Oh, and one troubling scene of animals being tortured into submission, one brutal scene of that where a man sews a birds eyes shut.

This book features a dragon, a prince going off to slay the dragon to save the damsel, bring the damsel home so that he can be king, and is told alternatively between the girls point of view, and the boys. The girl is named Ama and the boy is named Emory.

Ama is confused, because she doesn’t remember anything from Emory saving her from the dragon. She doesn’t remember her name, her parentage-nothing. Emory tells her that she’s beautiful, and that he rescued her so that she could be his queen, and so on and so forth.

Now, it leaves it wide open to guess exactly where Ama comes from, if readers are smart and pay attention to all the signs that are given. There’s quite a few nods towards who Ama was before Emory rescued her. I won’t say anything, however, only that I really rather hated Emory in the end, as well as most of the men in this book.

This book had a lot of issues in regards to it being a ‘man’s world’ and that ‘women needed to learn their place’. I found it annoying but also realistic and wanted to strangle a fair few of the characters because of it. I must also note that I really liked the serving maids, as well as the glassblower (a glassblower in a fantasy book is awesome, even if he started out as a misogynist ass!) and the queen and all her cats. The overall cast of characters in the castle was interesting and I really wanted to read more about everyone and all their back-stories.

I really loved this book. I really hope that there’s going to be a follow up, because while it ended on a somewhat dark note, it also granted Ama her freedom again and was a happy note for her too. I’m sure that a sequel could be managed from this, and am eagerly looking forward to such if there is one.

I’m obviously giving this book a 5/5 stars, and am so pleased that this being an anticipated book reached all my levels of expectation and then some. My hat goes off to the author for a spectacular job well done. If you haven’t already gotten to this book yet, I highly recommend doing so. If you like fantasy, cats, dragons, and magic then this is definitely the book for you!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: The Stars Now Unclaimed

The Stars Now Unclaimed

Title: The Stars Now Unclaimed
Author: Drew Williams
Series: Book 1
Publisher: Tor
Page Count: 500
Type of Book: Arc, Paperback
Review Word Count:
Received: Netgalley ARC
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Science fiction, how I love thee.

While not a book I would have selected were I at a library or bookstore, I selected this one out of the list of books available for review because I’d heard a lot about it, and I’d just finished reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and was definitely in the mood for more of the same. I’d hoped this was similar, and while it’s a good book, I don’t think the two quite match up.

This was a slow burner of a read for me. Science fiction is either super fun and fast paced (see listed book above, as well as The Expanse series, as well as several others) or ridiculously slow and heavy paced with SCIENCE! And while I like science just fine, sometimes there’s lots of paragraphs that explain how things are, and so on. I’m pleased to say that this wasn’t one of those books, and while it wasn’t as fun as The Long Way it was still pretty entertaining to read!

I’m behind on reviews, so I’m posting this late, but overall I really did enjoy this book. It was fun, lots of characters and action and drama. Not sure I’m going to go out and buy a copy, but perhaps one day if I have space/money/time I might.

Overall, I’m giving this a 4/5 stars!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: The Psychology of Time Travel

 

The Psychology of Time Travel

Title: The Psychology of Time Travel
Author: Kate Mascarenhas
Series:
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: ARC
Received from: Netgalley
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: That was interesting!

Imagine if you would, four women inventing time travel. You could only travel to the point in time when they made the machine, but still…to be able to see your family and friends again after they’ve perished, to see how things worked when they did…it’s a fascinating concept, that’s for sure.

Therefore, while the idea was good, I was surprised by how much I just didn’t care for any of the characters or their unique ambition in creating time travel. While initially it began as a cool concept, it soon became more about the characters and the lives they lived. Not something I was super interested in.

Still, the story itself was rather cool, and I really liked the first half of it, so I’m giving this a 4/5 stars. Bonus points for that splendid looking cover.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: The Turnaway Girls

The Turnaway Girls

Title: The Turnaway Girls
Author: Haley Chewins
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Candlewick
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count:
Rated: 3/5 stars
Notes: DNF’d at about 50% of the way through. Sigh.

I couldn’t finish this book. The writing wasn’t bad, and neither were the characters, I just couldn’t keep focused on it. Perhaps its my mentality state and trying to read so many books, one after the other, so that I can finish and write up my many belated reviews, but…I didn’t much like this one. It wasn’t grabbing me, and I didn’t feel any strong connection to it.

I’m sorry to the author, I know menial reviews like this hurt their product, but it just wasn’t for me. I’m going to try again in the future to read it, and finish it, but after weeks of forcing myself to keep flipping pages…

Meh.

3/5 stars for this book.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Netgalley Review: No Man of Woman Born

 

No Man of Woman Born

Title: No Man of Woman Born
Author: Ana Marsdell
Series: Anthology
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Acacia Moon Publishing
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: Netgalley ARC, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 600
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes:

No Man of Woman Born. The title is what caught my eye, it was catchy and interesting and sounded like the kind of thing I would read. Then I realized it was a collection of short stories, and while I’m not normally one for Anthologies, I definitely had to read this. It was exactly what I hoped for; true love, heroes, girls turned boys, boys turned girls, dragons, magic, witches…it was an amazingly, awesome experience reading this book.

I wish to thank the publisher for letting me have a copy of this on Netgalley. I was crossing my fingers, but wasn’t sure I would receive it, and am thrilled to have gotten it, and even more thrilled in reading it. Yet before I dive into the review, let’s go over the trigger warnings, shall we? Because there’s quite a few of them to list here.

Warnings: trans-characters in trying situations, non-supportive family members of a trans character, death of family members and children, imprisonment, murder, war crimes, suggested genocide of certain kinds of character, suggested rape

There’s various different kinds of short retelllings you might notice in here. The ‘sword from the stone’, not to mention the ‘sleeping beauty’; but there’s also quite a few that I didn’t recognize as being retellings. If they are, they’re done well enough that I’ve missed it, and it doesn’t state it in the story either.

I liked all the stories, though I think my favorites are probably “the Father’s Son” and “The sword from the Stone” remixed version. The writing was strong, the characters were believable, and I wish, I wish that I had found and read this as a thirteen year old teenager when I was confused about gender and everything else. While I’m not trans, I have a lot of trans friends, as well as gay and lesbian friends too. Most of my circle is part of the LGBT community, in fact. I have the feeling that had I read this as a teenager, it would have helped me to grow and figure a few things out a lot quicker.

I can’t review this book without spoiling it. I will say that there are quite a few scenes that are dark and heart-wrenching to read. So if you’re easily triggered or there are things you don’t like reading in fantasy books that deal with the LGBT community…I highly suggest not reading it.

But if you’re not scared away so easily, then I highly recommend reading this book. Because it is an important book, especially if you’re new to the LGBT community. It shows just how important gender identity is, and why it matters what you call a person.

I’m giving this a 5/5 stars because of how powerful the message is in this book, and I really hope that any who reads this review at least checks this book out and spreads the message that there’s a positive book for LGBT people to read that’s in the YA fantasy genre.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: Evenfall

Evenfall Book 1

Title: Evenfall
Author: Gaja J. Kos & Boris Ros
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Where: Requested on Booksprout
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Hey, Throne of Glass fans, this will be your new favorite series!

I found a new app called Booksprout that let you pick ARCs, and you could read and review it in exchange for the book. Similar to Netgalley, though I liked Booksprout’s design better though most of what was available seemed to be romance novels, mixed with fantasy and science fiction. Nothing wrong with that at all, but I like strong fantasy not just mere romance, in my books. So I selected this one.

“It’s not hurt that weakens. It is never hurt. ”

This was a powerful read, with strong characters and even stronger writing. There are plenty of beautiful quotes to choose from in this book, and the storyline is fascinating with its unique magical system; complete with Illusionists, Magicians, and Mages. There’s power that craves darkness, and a prophesied girl who will come and save everyone from its hateful, strangling grasp…the One, the Savior…

Warnings: attempted assault, lgbt characters, monsters, the end of the world, lies, manipulations, pawns, magic, women being looked down upon by men, the weak vs. the powerful, and you will need a box of tissues at least once.

But Ember doesn’t believe herself to be the savior. She doesn’t believe she has magical abilities. She doesn’t know what’s going on, and why she has to avoid the Crescent Prince Mordecai. All she knows is that she’s lost, she’s alone, and she has no idea how to find her way back home.

This was a truly wild ride of a fantastical fantasy story, complete with villains and heroes, dogs and even the stars in the sky played a part. I really enjoyed reading this book, and sincerely hope that there will be a follow up. This has definitely made one of my top favorites of 2018.
I’m giving this a 5/5 star rating, because that ending was breathless, and I am seriously wanting book two now, please, I must learn what happens. I hope to buy my own copy of it soon, and have it sit on my favorites shelf. I can’t wait until I can read the physical copy version, and I definitely look forward to reading more from these fabulous authors!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Book Preview Post: The Sunpath Cycle Series

“The problem with ghosts is that they don’t quite realize that they’re dead.”

A Fading Sun

I received both these books from DAW, so thank you for the books, and I greatly look forward to reading them. Technically, I just finished reading book one and wow, that was a strange but wonderful book to read. I do have issues with it though, and it also comes with plenty of trigger warnings, so first and foremost let’s get that out of the way before I go on talking about the books themselves.

Warnings/Spoilers: death of minor characters, slavery, war, women being beaten, implied rape, implied rape of children, torture, more death, death of a main character at the end of the book?, death of a child, death of a man in an m/m pairing, graphic descriptions of violence=and that’s all just for book one!

{Voada Paorach can see the dead. It is a family trait, but one that has had to remain hidden since the Mundoan Empire conquered her people’s land three generations ago. But this ghost isn’t the same as the others she has glimpsed, the lost souls she has helped to find their way to the land beyond life. This ghost demands that Voada follow a new path, one that will mean leaving behind everything and everyone she has known and loved.

Voada will come to understand the power that her people possess, but she will also learn the steep price that must be paid for such a gift.

Fast-moving and intense, A Fading Sun explores grief, sacrifice, ambition, and the forging of personality in the crucible of war.

As seen on Goodreads.}

I will also make note-if you go about pronouncing character names in your head as you read, like I do-fair thee warning, the names in this book are strange and sometimes long to try and pronounce. I tripped over several of them.

I’m definitely going to insist that if you like ghosts, fascinating magical systems, and bad-ass warrior women then go out and get a copy because holy crap, the author does know how to torment their characters so! It’s heavy reading, but I still managed to really get to finish book one in less than a day, and only put off reading book two because reasons.

http://a.co/d/iCs0DvJ

There’s the link to the Amazon page, if you’ve a mind to purchase it. If the link doesn’t work, please let me know. I’m still trying to figure links out. In the meantime, I’m going to go and write up my review of book one, and I hope ya’ll liked this little book preview of a series.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Paperback Book Review: Lord of the Fading Lands

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Title: Lord of the Fading Lands
Author: CL Wilson
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Avon
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Paperback, Library Loan
Review Word Count: 1,000
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Ah, feel the love in this book!

As most followers of mine probably have guessed, I’m not one for romance. But if it’s meshed with fantasy and done really well, then I am all for the romance. Take this book for example. You have a woodcarver’s daughter + the King of a magical species = Instalove! Granted, normally I detest Insta-love, but this was well done and the King is very sweet and not at all an overbearing ass which is something you see all to frequently. But before we get into the nitty gritty review, let’s get on with the warnings, shall we? Because there may be quite a few trigger warnings in this book for readers.

Warnings: one sexual assault, forced betrothal, a man that doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘no means no’ especially when the woman you attack repeatedly tells you no, the King tells you know, her parents tell you know, and the High Council tells you no. Evil mages doing naughty things to women in the bedroom, manipulations, political intrigue, a mother that can be rather harsh and unknowingly cruel towards her daughter by calling her ugly and telling her she didn’t think she would ever get marriage from anyone let alone a king…hmmm. Not sure there’s anything else you might need but a box of tissues.

This book was fun to read, and it’s been a while where I can honestly say that it was fun because of the emotional roller coaster ride! There’s loads of entertaining scenes, and plenty of romance, adventure, political intrigue, and bad guys aplenty in this book. I spent most of the day flipping through the pages, wondering how things could get resolved in time for the ending, and alas there is a happy cliffhanger. I say happy cliffhanger because the characters are together and happy, but there’s obviously loads of things unresolved, leading up to book two. I checked on Goodreads and there’s at least four books in this series, but I’m not positive that’s the grand total.

This book wow’d me with its believable characters. It was the characters that made this book, and the world-building only helped spur it along. I’m irritated that I’ve left this on my TBR for so long but pleased that I have yet another series to attempt to finish*.

The story is as follows:

Ellie is a woodcarver’s daughter, who is often told by her mother who only wants what is best for her that she is hopelessly ugly and possessed by dark spirits so she can never hope to get a man. She had always thought her oldest adopted daughter would be unwed, and happily left her to her own devices, which was reading books about the Fae. Ellie, knowing she has no prospects, is horrified when her parents decide to let Den marry her; a fat little man that doesn’t understand the phrase ‘no means no’.

A whole country away, the King of the Fae senses his mate in distress, and after touching the forbidden object known as The Eye (no, not from Lord of the Rings, stop that) it shows a woman in the country he loathes, and so he travels to it, in the hopes of finding his Truemate.

There he finds her, and rescues her from the man who insists that she is his wife to be. Den doesn’t want her for her ugly looks or her skills, of which she doesn’t have hardly any, or even of her lack of money. He wants her for her magic-and he knows he can gain a mountain of wealth using her for her magic. Hence, he schemes with a suspicious sea Captain, and the two of them plot.

Meanwhile, Ellie is meeting the Queen of the Country, she’s learning the Fae language, learning about their magic, and getting to know the King better so that in three weeks they can be married. It would have originally been one week, because the King can’t stand the country and has to fly back home as soon as possible so that he can mate with his mate, but her parents talked him out of one week to three weeks, and that they have to properly be wed in a church.

There’s quite a lot of politics that get flung in later, and there’s some ruckus about an attempted murder, but the book does end on a happy note which made me happy as well. I liked the characters, and the worldbuilding, and the twin daughters, Ellie’s little sisters, were utterly adorable. It was all very well done, and I’m definitely interested in book two, but don’t need to read it immediately.

Has anyone else read this series, and is it worth continuing on? If so, let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

ARC Review: A Wizard’s Forge

The Wizard's Forge

Title: A Wizard’s Forge
Author: AM Justice
Series: Book One
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:
Page Count:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars!
Notes: Apologies to the author for the long awaited review!

A while back I got on twitter and made a request of this book to the author, and I think it was almost a month (or two?) ago. My computer battery died, I got behind on reviews, though I did manage to read quite a bit because of it. I am heartily sorry for the long awaited review, and I sincerely hope that you like the review that I do now. This book is also going to be featured in my ‘Indie Must Read’ gallery off to the side, because it IS a must-read book!

This book drew me in, in part because of the cover. I know, I’m terrible judging books by covers, but sometimes I can’t seem to help myself. But it also helped that it was a fantasy and you guys know I’m always a sucker for a good fantasy story. My one regret is that I chose the start of yet another series. I have so many of them to read!

This book had it all-strong female characters, lots of action, adventure in spades. There were pirates, high seas, and even magical powers. There were girls being awesome, and plenty of world-building to go around too. I really liked this one for its science meshing in with the magic. The spaceship that landed on the planet, the people reciting logs for years to come even though those logbooks have long since lost meaning…it definitely painted a very vivid picture, and the book reminded me very strongly of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern at times for it.

Overall, the writing was good. The characters were very entertaining, and I definitely had a good time in reading it. I’m hopeful in getting book two soon, because if I don’t get it soon then it will be just one of many series that I’ve started and never finished, and I’m trying to get better about that. So, I’ve added book two to my amazon wishlist, and am eager to get started on it.

I’m giving this a four out of five stars, for an enjoyable time well spent while reading this fun and entertaining book. My sincere thanks to the author for providing me with a copy!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Top #5 Novellas On My TBR

I didn’t ever read Novellas before Murderbot came out, unless you count fanfiction novellas, but those weren’t physical books that I could hold in my hands and read. Novellas weren’t an important thing to me, as much as the next big hefty book that had at least 300+pages. But now, there are lots of Novellas coming out, and I’ve discovered others that have captured my attention aside from Murderbot that I’m eager to read. I found the Binti scifi series, which I absolutely adore, though perhaps not as much as Murderbot, though it is close. Now these are some of the latest Novellas that I’ve come across, and each of them not only have pretty, pretty covers but fascinating storylines!

#1: Keeper of the Dawn

Keeper of the Dawn

{Click the title to go to the Goodreads page for a description of the book, same thing for the next five books.}

This is high on my list, and one of the first novellas that I’ve found as well. The cover is nice to look at, though not my favorite (Murderbot!) and the storyline is definitely right up there with things I love. And with a strong female character, or so it seems, I’m definitely wanting to get my hands on this little story.

#2: Temporary Duty Assignment
Temporary Duty Assignment

I rarely read romance, because most of the time it’s annoying and the characters are all mushy and it’s all smutty romance. It’s not my favorite category, but there are times when I’m in the mood for a good action/romance plot! This looks like one of those, and so I’ve added it to my list! I also really love this cover!

#3: A Glimmer of Silver
A Glimmer of SilverThis one sounds absolutely fascinating, and is water based! I love water based stories, especially science fiction water based stories! And it’s also a coming of age which is another favorite thing to read! I’m eagerly anticipating this one, and again, just look at that cover!

#4: Accelerants

Accelerants

This sounds like it’s more my thing, with lots of fantasy elements and  a girl who controls fire is always awesome. And might I just point out, yet again, how beautiful the cover is? I really love this cover, and it’s close to beating out my top favorites with how pretty that art is!

And last but not least:

#5: Agents of Dreamland
Agents of Dreamland

How can I not list one of my favorite authors on this list? Caitlin R. Kiernan is a huge fantasy author that I love, and didn’t realize that there was a novella of hers coming out until I started making a list of novellas to read. Now I’m eager to read this, and the title and the fact that it’s science fiction, my second favorite category to read, is making it even harder to wait in reading this novella!

 

And those are my #5 Novellas that I’m eagerly anticipating, now that I’ve done some research, I’m going to request quite a few from the library. Seeing as they are quite short, each of them about 100 pages or so, I’m thinking that these can be read quickly. If you have more suggestions for novellas that I haven’t listed here, feel free to post them in the comments! I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

A Few Updates

I’ve finally gotten time to update my Anticipated Reads page! While it doesn’t contain every book that’s on my wishlist, it does contain several new things, so go check it out!

I’m also reading these books at the moment:

 

So reviews for these will come up soon as well. I’ve also been working on getting an agent for my novel, but so far no such luck.

How’s everyone else’s week going? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.