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

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New Release Review: All the Wandering Light

All the Wandering Light

Title: All the Wandering Light
Author: Heather Fawcett
Series: Book 2
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 430
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release
Received: Library
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4.5/5 stars
Notes: Another sequel finished. Alas, book three is not out so now I have to wait. *cries*

River. Kazmin. Ragtooth. Azar-at. Lusha. These characters have devoured my soul within 400 pages of complicated story plot, action, adventure, treachery, royalty, and even death. There was so much going on that I lingered through the pages, and took most of a day to read, as opposed to just a few hours. I don’t know why I spent a week putting off this book, and now after having finished reading book two, I do know-I didn’t want this world to end, again, for the second time on such a drastic cliffhanger.

You can’t trust River. But then he goes and does things like saving Kazmin’s life again and again. He even saves Lusha’s life. He helps her with Azar-at. He does things that keep confusing Kazmin to no end, and towards the end of the book even River appears confused by all that he’s been lead to believe. For he isn’t quite what he thought he was.

On that mysterious note, there’s also the added fact of the group chasing down a falling star one that has the power to raise the dead. It’s powers are limitless, but that’s the power that their afraid River will use it for. Whoever has the star can command literal armies of the dead.

There’s also the added fact that Ragtooth, who had been thought dead at the end of book two, is no longer dead in this volume…but he’s also not quite himself. We learn more about him towards the end of the book, yet still mysteries carry.

The writing is so vivid and detailed within this book, that I truly hated finishing it. I know it’ll be months before I get book three, and even then the story will remain firmly etched in my mind (probably not, but it feels like it will, though we all know I’ll likely forget all that happened by the time book three rolls around).

This was my first read for Feburary. As far as first reads go, this was glorious, and I really hope the rest of the month proves to be this entertaining. I completely skipped the first week, and we’re now into the remaining three weeks of the shortest month of the year because I just couldn’t be bothered to read, and I was working on writing my own books as well, so…

Not too many reads for this month, but the one that I started out with? Absolutely perfect.

4.5/5 stars, and I definitely am getting book three as soon as it releases!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

January Reads: Weeks 4-6

Welcome to the second part of the January Reads post, with more details and lists! This last month of January wasn’t as well read as the first half, and I’m hoping that February will change that. Here is a detailed list of all the things that I’ve purchased, read, bought, reviewed, and added to my TBR. It’s quite a long list, so prepare for a bit of a read through. If you make it all the way to the end, then awesome and I really appreciate you reading through all this!

Books Received in the Mail:
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
A Gleam of Light (Book One) by TJ and ML Wolf
The Dragon’s Glare (Book Two) by TJ and ML Wolf
Beyond the World (Book Three) by TJ and ML Wolf
The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams

Books Read + Reviewed for January:
Contact by MD NEO
Conspiracy of Lies by Kathryn Gauci
The Belgariad Series by David Eddings
Lying Beneath the Oaks by Kristin Wright
Families and Other Lies by Christina Dodd
Arcs Approved Via Netgalley:

Half-Life by Gregory L. Norris
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig*
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim*
Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding*
Watch Over by Amy Reece
A Dream of Death by Connie Berry
Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang
In Search of a Witch’s Soul by D. Lieber
Sparrow Squadron by Darius Jung*
Between Before and After by Maureen Doyle McQuarry
The Rise of Winter by Alex Lythe=My Wish Came True!
Finding Katrina M. By Elisabeth Elo*
The Obsoletes by Simeon Miles*

*The ones with the stars are the my most anticipated ones to read

Physical Books Bought:

Once Upon a Midnight Moon by CArol Finch
The Courtship by Anna Deforest
Rules of Surrender by Christina Dodd
Too Wicked to Tame by Sophie Jordan
Texas Blossom by Kathleen Drymon

*The Library had a mini-romance book sale, and so I purchased a few for some romance readathons. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have bought any books at all for last month, aside from the free ebooks.

Physical Library Books Received:

All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett
Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David Levine
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright
Legion by Brandon Sanderson (Three Books in One)
The Cold Is In Her Bones by Peternelle ran Arsdale
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
The Gilded Wolves by Roshoni Chokini

Library Ebooks Downloaded to Kindle:

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Zero Sum Game by Stefani Deoul
Hull Metal Girls by Emily Skrutskie

Free Ebooks Purchased:

Facing Home by Danielle Stewart
Elemental Shining by Maddy Edwards
Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux
Clarity by Loretta Lost
Mail Order Bride Escape by Victoria Moon
Forever Road by Catie Rhodes
Kingdom of Magicians by Timothy L. Cerepoka
In Her Name: First Contact by Michael Hicks
Shattered Love by Nivia Borrel
Rise of the Forgotten Sun by Jon Monson
Matador by Stewart Matthews
Silent Night by Tom Barber
Wolfe by Kelly Oliver
The Black Sheep’s Shadow by Ayre
The Star Realm by Julie Elizabeth Rowell
Valley of Embers by Stephen Kelliher
Infected by Terra Ellis

And those are all the books that I’ve gathered/read/purchased/libraried this month! Next month, I’ll do something similar towards the end of the month once more. I hope you enjoyed this post, as it was a pain to put together, and keeping track of things is usually annoying and difficult for me, though I’ve been trying to do better with that lately. If there’s any mistakes or anything, please let me know. What books did you get last month? Anything good? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Book Review: The Belgariad Series

 

Title: Pawn of Prophecy/Queen of Sorcery
Author: David Eddings
Series: Yes
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher:
Page Count: 600 (300 respectively for both first books)
Review Word Count: 1000
Type of Book: Paperback
Received: I honestly don’t remember, I’ve had these books for years
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Read for 24in48, which starts tomorrow!

 

I just read through books 1 and 2 of The Belgariad, and really enjoyed both of them. Of course, this is my fifth time re-reading book 1 “Pawn of Prophecy”, but I have never finished the series, due to it taking me literal years to find and collect all the books to the series that had matching covers. I’m planning on just binge reading the entire series in the next couple of days, but there are a few things that I wanted to talk about in regards to the books.

#1: Murgo’s: From what I recall, aren’t they a main race in the Wheel of Time series? *Check into that* Did David Eddings rip off Robert Jordan, or vice versa? Are Murgo’s also part of the Tolkien franchise?

#2: Brill: he reminds me very strongly of a character in the Wheel of Time series as well. Perhaps ya’ll might remember the Peddler Padar Fane*? *check name* He also had a bad habit of showing up when not wanted, and turned out to be pretty much as evil as evil gets.

#3: Salmassra: She reminds me strongly of this scene from Outlander, when she kidnapped Jamie’s nephew Ian. Garion didn’t suffer nearly as much as poor Ian, yet the scenes ring rather similarly, for me.

#4: Aunt Pol: Garion’s words of her living for four thousand years and being a cold heartless woman ring true, yet there’s also her unexpected caring side from time to time. Still, I don’t much like her as a character. I find her to be rather manipulative and overly harsh towards others at times.

#5: Riding/Walking/Running: There’s a lot of all three going on quite a bit through these books, as they travel to fulfill the prophecy. Normally, I like reading about these parts, but sometimes it can get rather redundant.

#6: Prophecy: Most prophecy’s are annoying, and don’t live up to their full potential and I’m sure you could name several books/series that do such. I’m truly hoping that this will be one that just knocks the socks off of me, and actually has strong reasons for having a prophecy and isn’t just petty squabbling between gods and manipulations from lesser mortals.

#7: Slavery: Serfs or slaves, the books are hard hitting towards that particular subject. I do hope that the issue gets resolved towards the later end in a believable way.

#8: Bathing: I like that the characters are always concerned about bathing. Actually, that’s a lie. It seems that Pol is the only one concerned, and forces the rest of them to bath quite a bit. Unless you’re a girl, the men can’t seem to be bothered with it. It’s…quirksome.

#9: Horses: I *love* that Hettar understands the horses so. One of my favorite scenes in the first two books is how Durnik sits on a horse, and the horse sighs, and Hettar laughs and…well, you’ll just have to read it, but if you understand horses at all, you’ll find it amusing too.

And #10: The Length: The books read far too quickly. I flew through 300 pages in less than four hours, they go that fast, because they’re that fun. There’s so much rich detail, action, and conversation that it makes for an easy read. I hope that the books start getting longer, but they all appear about the same size, so probably not.
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And there you have ten thoughts from me about the Belgariad Series by David Eddings. Have you read the series? If so, please don’t spoil me, I’m only just about to start book three. Chat about books 1 + 2 in the comments, if you will, because I really want to talk about them with someone whose read the series. Otherwise, 5/5 stars for both books 1 + 2, and I definitely plan on finishing the series as the week passes.

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: Conspiracy of Lies

conspiracy of lies

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Netgalley Review: Families and Other Enemies

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.

Blog Updates for Jan. Weeks 1-3

This post will be a bit something different, as I’m attempting to be a bit more organized about what all I’m doing. So, there will be a handful of charts, a list of ARCs unread of last year + this month, and some revelations about the upcoming changes for Pass Me That Book.

January Book Mail Received:

A Gleam of Light (Book One) by TJ and ML Wolf
The Dragon’s Glare (Book Two) by TJ and ML Wolf
Beyond the World (Book Three) by TJ and ML Wolf
The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty*
The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams

*YASSSS, BOOK TWO IS HERE!!!!!
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Books Read In January:

1.Arabella of Mars by David Levine 4/5 stars
2.The Witch, the Worm, and the — by Christopher Paolini 5/5 stars
3.The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder by — 4/5 stars
4.A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor 4/5 stars
5.The Ruin of Kings by — 5/5 stars (Netgalley Arc)
6.Last Things by Jacqueline Carey 5/5 stars (Edelweiss Arc)
7.Gift of Griffins by V.S. Escalada 4/5 stars (Tor Arc)
8.Terrier by Tamora Pierce 5/5 stars (re-read)
9.The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso 5/5 stars
Upcoming Book Reviews:

1. Conspiracy of Lies
2. Watch Over
3. Lying Beneath the Oaks
4. Trouble on the Books
5. Families and Other Seasons
6. Sparrow Squadron
7. A New World: Contact (LGBT Pick of the Month)
8. The Rise of the Watcher
9. Between Before and After
10. Little Darlings (Anticipated Read)
11. Murder at Belgravia
12. Shadows of Leia
13. Finding Katrina M. (Anticipated Read)
14. Prince of Air and Darkness
15. Upon a Burning Throne (Anticipated Read)
16. The Obsoletes (Anticipated Read)
17. The Things We Cannot Say
18. The Next to Last Mistake (Anticipated Read)
19. Romanov (HUGE Anticipated Read)
20. From Suffragete to Homesteader
21. The Spitfire Girls
22. A Danger to Herself and Others (HUGE Anticipated Read)
23. The Little Book Cafe
24. The 19th Bladesman
25. Blackberry and Wild Rose (Anticipated Read)
26. The Daughter of Temperance Hobbs (Anticipated Read)
27. The Ventriloquists
28. Heir of Ra
29. Fog Season (Sequel to Favorite Read of 2018)
30. Courage to Be Counted
31. The Winter Sister (Anticipated Read)
32. The Grass People
33. A Dress For the Wicked
34. The She Wolf of Kanta
35. How to Fracture a Fairy Tale
36. The Winter Road (2018 Anticipated Read)
37. Thin Air
38. Freezing Point
39. A Baker Street Wedding (Retelling/Anticipated Read)
40. The Confectioners Guild
41. Skylark’s Song
42. Cogheart
43. Ragnarok Unwound
44. A Spark of White Fire
45. The Glory of the Empress
46. Salt
47. The Letter for the King
48. Rellania
49. A Kingdom of Copper
50. A Gleam of Light

Fifty book reviews behind, egads, how did it get this bad?! I blame December, I slacked off quite a bit, and I suffered three family deaths back to back, so it’s reasonably understandable why I suddenly really didn’t feel like reading much of anything. I hope to get all these posted within the months of Jan./Feb./Mar., and get rid of all the arcs on my Netgalley lists ASAP, because they’ve been lingering for ages. The shame! The horror!

Upcoming Guest Posts:

The Quiet You Carry Author Guest Post Discusses Her Book
The Bold Mom Drops in and Discusses Halloween Reads for Valentine’s Day
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*trying to get more guest authors/bloggers to drop in, if interested comment below!

Aside from that, it’s been productive. I’m working on writing my own books and I have plenty of other projects going on at the same time as well, such as many short stories, learning graphic design, and enduring the upcoming cold weather that’s about to hit the house again. I hope to do more updates like this daily, and keep track of all the ARCs and books that I’m reading. If you like it, let me know in the comments please!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

McKillip Through the Ages: A Guide

This is something new that I’m doing, and it was first published over at Fantasy Souls (https://fantasysouls.home.blog/), where the title of the article is the same as this post. It’s my first published article, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Go take a look if you’d like. Or you can read it here!

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McKillip Through the Ages: A Guide

Patricia A. McKillip. Almost every serious fantasy author knows her name, because she’s that good at what she does. Some books of hers I like more than others, but the fact remains that she is a prolific, amazing writer that everyone should read when diving into fantasy for the first time. She opens peoples eyes to the wonder of fantasy and imagination, to romance and adventure, to war and death. She has been a fan of mine since I was thirteen years old, and my mother handed me a book labeled “The Forgotten Beasts of Eld” and I had devoured it in a single day.

She’s a good way to start reading more fantasy. She’s diverse, has strong female characters, realistic imagery, and believable plot lines. She’s as famous as they come, right up there with Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Bear, and many many others. She’s one of my all time favorite authors, but few people are reading her works any more-at least, few that I’ve noticed.

She writes strong high fantasy, as well as magical realism. Her latest book Kingfisher, is one that I haven’t yet read, though have been saving for a rainy day. Kingfisher looks to be just as impressive and engrossing as her other books in the fantasy genre, though I have admittedly heard mixed reviews-both good and bad-about the upcoming novel.

However, despite the mixed reviews, Patricia McKillip remains firmly one of my top ten favorite female fantasy writers, for various reasons. I’ve read almost all of her books, and I recommend that you do as well, especially if your new to fantasy. Yet it doesn’t matter if you start with her first published novel, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld or her latest novel, Kingfisher, released in 2016 by ACE books. All of her books are worth giving a try in my humble opinion, new and old.

And for those of you who wonder who does the cover art for her books. From what Google and the Author’s Website has told me, it is the fabulous artist: Kinuko Craft. She has a page on the author’s website for your perusal though you cannot get in touch with the artist through that page from what I’ve read on the website: http://www.patriciamckillip.com/Craft/

Patricia McKillip has had author interviews from various peoples over the years as well, from Locus way back in 1992 and 1996, as well as for the 25th World Fantasy Convention written by her husband and that one is called “Voyages”. All interviews can be found on her website here: http://patriciamckillip.com/misc-interviews/

One of my favorite quotes from her during one of her many interviews is:

“I started writing because I was too young to know better.”

I did the same, because isn’t that how all great writers start? I don’t believe myself to be a great writer, let alone as good as the great Patricia McKillip, but one day I can only hope to be as well written and prolific as one of the many female authors that I’ve always greatly admired.

However, until I become as famous a writer as Patricia McKillip, I will continue reading books instead. For isn’t that what writers are always saying? Read read read, write write write?

In closing, keep writing Patricia McKillip. Because I will definitely keep reading!

Happy New Year: New Year, New Arcs!

There’s lots of new arcs that I was recently approved on Netgalley. I’ve done two reviews thus far, but am behind-again-but only because I’m working on other things too. It being the new year, there’s also little time for reading/writing with family over for the holidays, which makes it more challenging as well. But I decided to do a brief post where I display the upcoming ARCs that I plan on reading and reviewing. Here are the new books that I was approved on Netgalley, several of which I am eagerly anticipating!

 

I’m quite excited for “Romanov”, “Fog Season”, and “A Danger to Herself and Others” but I really am eagerly anticipating all of these, and can’t wait to start reading them! I hope I can get to them soon, because my Netgalley reading list is starting to become rather alarming.

Other books that I’m currently reading:

The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

The Winter Road by Adrian Selby 

I should have reviews up for those three books soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for that, as well as several other updates I’m planning on doing. I’ve been working like made on the secret project, hoping to get it up soon. Otherwise, this is all the news that I really have to share with at the moment. I hope everyone had a lovely new year, and got approved arcs as well.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: Realm

A Realm

Title: Realm
Author: Alexandra Weis
Series: Standalone
Genre: Historical Romance (Adult Fiction)
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Page Count:
Type of Book: Netgalley ARC, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley, from the Publisher
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Not available on Goodreads yet, so have to wait to review this there.

This was a long book with over 60+ chapters. It took me about four and a half days to read, it was long, but worth it. I loved the history of this book, the Greeks and the Persians, and I loved the characters and world-building. The storyline was good, but a little over halfway I was just wanting to be done already. There was so much there, that I think the author would’ve done better if she’d split the book in two. Or perhaps its just my short attention span these days, lol.

A woman unlike any other, she will conquer the unconquerable and be loved by a man who is worshipped as a god.
When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.
Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide. Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.
However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.
History tells his story. This is hers.

-As seen on Netgalley.

My main gripe with this is that it seems while there was a strong female lead character, most of the other women weren’t fighters, and looked to her for her bravery and strength. She’s so much stronger and better than the rest of the women that I encountered in the book, it grew a bit annoying. Though I still liked Roxana’s character, sometimes she grated on my nerves.

Also, Alexander seemed a bit like an entitled a**. Then again, so do most men of that era, thinking that they should own and control everything. I probably wouldn’t have lived long in that time period, lol.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely a refreshing change of pace from my typical read, and I always appreciate that when reading new books. Overall, I’m giving this 4/5 stars.
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: A Spell for Murder

A Spell for Murder

Title: A Spell for Murder
Author: Clea Simmon
Series: book 1
Genre: Mystery (Cozy)
Publisher: Polis Books
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Netgalley ARC, Kindle Ebook
Received: Netgalley
Rated: 5/5 stars

This is a cozy mystery book that’s seemingly told from the cats point of view. Need I say more? Well, apparently I must for this to be a full length review that’s more than a hundred words, so here goes.

{“It’s Harriet’s fault. It’s always her fault, not that she’ll ever admit it.” So begins A Spell of Murder: A Witch Cats of Cambridge mystery, the first in a new cozy series that mixes feline fiction with a touch of the paranormal, and a little romance as well.

Becca, newly single and newly unemployed, wants to believe she has psychic powers. With nothing but time – and a desire for empowerment – she’s studying to become a witch. What she doesn’t know is that her three cats – Harriet, Laurel, and Clara – are the ones with the real power. And when Harriet – “a cream-colored longhair with more fur than commonsense” – conjures a pillow for her own comfort, Becca believes her spells are finally working. Could that be why Trent, the coven’s devilishly handsome leader, has been showing her special attention? Or why Suzanne, a longtime coven member, draws her aside to share a secret – a confidence that may lead to murder?

-As seen on Goodreads}

I loved the cats. I loved how accurate they were described in their behavior, I loved the humor and feel-goodness of it all. It was a perfect read, and I hope to be able to continue the series soon. I really liked the whole mystery set up too, and I can honestly say that there are very few books that I’ve read where the cats are the ones to go on the case to solve a mystery. I think this will be one of my favorites. Especially with the magical elements, the witches, and the dark atmosphere throughout the book itself.

If you like cozy mysteries featuring cats, then this book will definitely be to your liking. It’s fun, it’s clever, and it’s thoroughly magical. 5/5 stars for a an excellent first read from a new author, and I definitely look forward to getting to the rest of the series!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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.

Favorite New Series: The Accidental Sorcerer

Why is this series not talked about more? Gerald is a cool character, and the first book was awesome. Full of things that go boom, a tortured hero, a princess that wears business suits and can do magic, and an intriguing plot that actually felt unique and original. Granted, the ending was rather depressing, but now that I have books two and three borrowed from the library, I plan on reading the rest of the series this week, and seeing if my opinion of the books keep up to a 5 star rating.

 

Gerald Dunwoody is a wizard. Just not a particularly good one. He’s blown up a factory, lost his job, and there’s a chance that he’s not really a Third Grade wizard after all. So it’s off to New Ottosland to be the new Court Wizard for King Lional.

It’s a shame that King Lional isn’t the vain, self-centered young man he appeared to be. With a Princess in danger, a talking bird who can’t stay out of trouble, and a kingdom to save, Gerald soon suspects that he might be out of his depth. And if he can’t keep this job, how will he ever become the wizard he was destined to be…

THE ACCIDENTAL SORCERER is the first novel in the Rogue Agent trilogy, from one of fantasy’s newest stars

~As seen in the Description on Goodreads

 

I’m really enjoying the series so far, however. The first book is 600+ pages, so it’s definitely going to feel like a long read, but each book is non-stop action from the very first chapter, so definitely well worth it. I’ll keep ya’ll updated on each book, if you’d like, and what I think as the series progresses, but so far…

5/5 stars for a rip-roaring good time!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Top #3 Most Dangerous Female Creatures in Novellas

Greetings, all, human or other!

This post is a little different, as you might notice, because I’m hoping it’ll be put forth on Tor.com, one of my most favorite places to visit on the web. Shameless plug? Perhaps. Regardless, this is an article I decided to attempt after reading so many books with kick-ass characters in it! Murderbot, Binti, Medusa, to name but a few…

 

#1: Murderbot. We all love her, and we all want to be her in our secret heart of hearts, but know such a thing can never be. She’s awesome, she’s a mystery, and she’s bad-ass. Of course, most of us aren’t even sure if she’s a she. But for four novellas, the story seems much larger than what it is, and I can only hope that the series becomes a tv show on Netflix, because it would be well deserved.

#2: Medusa. She’s almost as much of a bad-ass as Murderbot. She’s definitely more on the creepy end of the scale, but she’s still got heart and bravery and wit. Her story is only one book so far, but it’s an awesome story nonetheless. I really hope it gets expanded further, and this is another one that would be a killer Netflix series.

And finally….

#3: Binti. She has three books that are fixing to be in its first ever omnibus edition, which is pretty awesome. I love her, and her people, and the entire story of her adventures is pretty out there. It’s a cool series to read, if you haven’t read it yet already, and I highly recommend that you do. She’s just as much of a strong character as Medusa and Murderbot, and I’m sure you’ll fall for her just as much as I have.

And that’s the Top Three Most Dangerous Female Creatures that I’ve picked! I plan on expanding this next year, in the hopes that more novellas are written with such strong female protagonists. It’s astonishing to see just how much novellas have grown in the last year alone, and I wish all the authors luck in their endeavors. Let’s just hope that Murderbot doesn’t join forces with Medusa and Binti…

For the three of them together could take over galaxies!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

December TBR: Let’s Play A Game

There are many different categories of this ‘game’, from my Amazon Wishlist to books on my nightstand. Each category has ten books listed. Each book is one that has likely been sitting on my TBR for months/years or is brand new and everyone has hyped about it. In this month of December, let’s see just how many of these books I can finish before the end of 2018 shall we?

Top Ten Amazon Books On My LONG List: (Least Likely to Get To)

(Note: I have no idea how many books I have on my Amazon Wishlist.)

 

Top Ten Books in my Long Goodreads TBR List: (hopeful to request at library)

(Note: I have 3400 books in my Goodreads TBR.)

 

Top Ten Books in my Library Ebook System Waiting For Me To Read: 

(Note: I have 518 books in my Ebook Library Wishlist.)

 

 

Top Ten Kindle E-books I Own On My TBR: 

(Note: I have no idea how many kindle e-books I own. Additional Note: The Tethered Mage will be a re-read so that I might remember plot for Book Two if I succeed in getting hold of it.)

 

Top Ten ARCS on my TBR Wistlist:

(Note: I have five books on Edelweiss, and 16 Arcs in my Netgalley Account, plus one physical arc that I received in the mail making for a total of 22 ARCs.)

 

 

Top Ten New Books I Own On My Wishlist:

(Note: I have no idea how many new books I have, as I have not done a physical count in a while.)

 

 

Top Ten Books on my Nightstand: 

{Note: I have about thirty books on my nightstand, and throughout my room that are in my immediate reach.}

 

{Additional Note: Game of Thrones will be a re-read, as I have never finished reading the series, and only recall certain bits of the television show.}

And that’s it! Those are all the books that I *want* to get to, but again I highly doubt I will read every single one of these. Especially those from the Amazon wish list, because several of those are still a bit out of budget. Which ones should I read first? Which looks most appealing? Which have you read already? 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.

New Release Review: For a Muse of Fire

 

For a Muse of Fire

Title: For a Muse of Fire
Author: Heidi Higil
Series: Book 1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Page Count: 500
Type of Book: Hardback, Library Loan, New Release
Received: from the library
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: The wait is over, the anticipation was worth it, and I have a new favorite book!

This book was compelling, fascinating, and driven by the characters. It was definitely different from anything that I’ve read before, filled with fliers for shows, wanted posters, actual three pages worth of song lyrics, poems, and told in the form of a play, as well as regular book format. It was beautifully done, and my imaginary hat goes off to the author for a fantastical job well done!

Told in various languages as well, this book features strong female characters, dancers at adult clubs, rebellion, a unique magical system, music, lyrics, and even a girl with a secret that can’t be discovered least she be killed or worse.

{Insert Goodreads Book Description}

I’ve been wanting to read this for months, and now that I have I shall take it off my Anticipated Reads page. I loved it, though will admit that it was a bit of a slow build to an epic finale, that I sincerely hope this is a book one, and that the cover art does the book justice. It’s sad, a lot of the time, but its also got drama, shadow puppets, and even death plays a major character in this novel.

I haven’t read the author’s previous series The Girl From Everywhere and now it’s soared to the near top of my list of ‘needing to read and needing to read it now’ books. The author is a new favorite of mine, and does a splendid job in capturing readers attention from the very first page. You are drawn in until the very end, and I read this all in one sitting, it was that good.

This marks yet another book that reached far beyond my anticipated reads and I know there will be many more to come despite it being almost December, for this year has been filled with favorite after favorite read.

I feel that if you love breathtaking, original fantasy stories, then you will definitely appreciate this gem of a book. 5/5 stars for a book that was well worth the wait, and I eagerly look forward to reading more by this author!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book