Book Review: The Far Pavilions

Hello Everyone,

Not the best cover but not the worst!

Book Title: The Far Pavilions

Author: MM Kaye

Series: Book One of Two

Genre: Adult Fiction, Historical, Adventure, Romance

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Page Count: 1000

Goodreads Summary:

A magnificent romantic/historical/adventure novel set in India at the time of mutiny. The Far Pavilions is a story of 19th Century India, when the thin patina of English rule held down dangerously turbulent undercurrents. It is a story about and English man – Ashton Pelham-Martyn – brought up as a Hindu and his passionate, but dangerous love for an Indian princess. It’s a story of divided loyalties, of tender camaraderie, of greedy imperialism and of the clash between east and west. To the burning plains and snow-capped mountains of this great, humming continent, M.M. Kaye brings her quite exceptional gift of immediacy and meticulous historical accuracy, plus her insight into the human heart.

My Thoughts:

This book took me a solid week to read! Long winded, lots going on, a bit sexist here and there but those were the times, and I felt as though I would never finish reading this book. I learned there’s a part two. I’m not sure I’m going to read that, lol.

My Review:

This book was a struggle for me right from the start. While I was liking the adventure and the characters, it felt as though it went on and on and on. A 1000 pages of epic adventure, romance, and historical fiction at its best. While people adored Gone With The Wind this was the epic I wanted! The writing was lush, beautiful, and detailed.

I know a lot of newer book reviewers might not be enthusiastic about reading this 1000+ page time, but I’m insisting that it’s worth it! The ending is bittersweet, and the characters and setting will sweep you away. From India to England there’s something new to devour from each page.

The story starts with a premature baby being born in winter and the mother dying due to her not used to the fiercely cold winds. The story expands. It touches to n war. Cholera takes the baby-main character-father and uncle’s lives. More are lost. Travels are had.

This book does have it’s horribly sexist moments. While it’s a relic of the time it’s set in, there are certain things that are hugely sexist in the book. There’s dry spells here and there when it feels like nothing happened. And the ending was a slow burn that felt bittersweet; exactly as those on Google and Goodreads both have stated.

I feel as though this, while a hefty tome, is well worth the effort in reading. Especially if you’re a fan of Gone With The Wind and Outlander. This is equally as huge and well written as the pair.

My Rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

September TBR: I Haven’t Done One Of These In Ages!

Hello all,

Lots of things happening in September. September first is my birthday!!! 🎂🎉🎂 Happy birthday to me!!! (I’ll be 32 for those curious.)

Series September is also going on, meaning you try to knock out as many series as possible.

Magical Readathon is happening but I doubt I’ll participate in that one.

Becca’s Bookopolathon which I think I misspelled lol, is also happening. I’m not sure I will participate in this yet or not?

Big Books September is something I’m doing for myself in reading as many big books as I can seeing as we’re at the home stretch of the end of the year.

Here’s my potential tbr subject to change:

All the books I want to read!

Now I have read Eragon books 1 + 2 but I don’t think I’ve read book 3 and I know I haven’t read the last one.

I have read the Poppy War but not the remaining two.

I have read ALL of Pawn of Prophecy first original set up until the second series midway through.

And I’ve read book one of Sabriel but not the rest.

See a theme going here? Lol. I’m hoping to grab these from my local library and finish these all off hopefully. The rest I haven’t listed are ones that I’ve not read. These are some extras that I’m contemplating for series + big books:

Extra books I’ve been meaning to read!

I probably won’t get to all of these lol. And I’m still struggling in writing reviews, but I really am behind and hopeful that September can be my catch up month. Y’all can join me in #BigBookSeptember. I’d love for you to spread the word! Just tag me on Twitter as @Lovesbookandtea! What’s your tbr looking like? Read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

History or Mystery? Top Six Books On My TBR

Hello everyone,

I’ve got quite the hefty tbr going and so I thought I’d share some that I’m looking forward to reading here soon (I hope!). In no particular order these books are high on my wishlist to read:

A historical fiction piece about a group of men surviving in Alaska while the leader’s wife makes her own efforts to survive.
After losing her husband to war, a woman begins to become a well known midwife and leads a revolution.
A married couple become separated by war and husband believes that his wife has died when a chance encounter shows otherwise a few years later.
A woman goes on a hunt for lost art, and becomes involved in a mystery a painting believed to have been destroyed might actually be around after all.
A woman homicide detective returns to Ireland after clues show up of a long ago missing woman.
A woman begins to question that the man she loves might be a serial killer.

Each of these have elements history or mystery that I’m eager to explore. Some are new releases, while others are are backlist titles I’ve been meaning to get to for ages. Are any of these ones y’all have heard of? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Kindle Ebook Read: A Walk Between Stars

A Walk Between Stars

 

Amazon Book Review: A Walk Amongst the Stars

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Title: A Walk Amongst the Stars
Author: Tyler R. Parson
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery
Series:
Publisher:
Page Count: 235
Type of Book: Amazon Buy, Freebie or .99, Kindle Ebook
Rated: 5/5 stars

I found that the cover is what drew me in, as well as the subject matter-a mystery set in space, and a story of survival. I LOVE survival stories, and I also love a good mystery. Therefore, I felt I would surely love this.

Fast forward three months later and I still hadn’t read it.

I finally picked it up, and read it on my phone and was astonished at finishing it nearly three and a half hours later. It was a quick, fun read with suspenseful moments, and dire situations. While the mystery itself wrapped up neatly, the survival bit felt a little too quick, despite the long periods of the main character, Briggs, being trapped outside an alien spaceship that was tugging him towards his own kind.

The writing was excellent, and Briggs was a character that I empthasized with. He was in a terrible situation, but making the best of it. He had no other humans around, and the species that rescued him-Manti-weren’t very talkative. Being stranded, in the middle of nowhere, with limited supplies…while it read fine, I definitely wouldn’t want to be in that kind of situation.

The only bit that made me wince in the book was when he took off his helmet to stuff food into his mouth. The aliens didn’t share the same kind of oxygen, and it was extremely cold to the point of instant death if he stepped onboard. I found the aliens fascinating, and really want to know more about them. The Manti are bug like creatures, that are intelligent and strange.

Briggs finds a friend in one of them, Steward One, who helps keep him company and keeps him from going insane, alone out in the universe for days on end with almost no one to talk to. The two of them become fast friends, and its while they’re on their way hauling Briggs to his people, that Briggs sees something he shouldn’t…and reports it to Steward.

Their laws are different from humans, and their chain of command is essentially the same, but also vastly different at the same time. While they have Captain and Stewards, they don’t follow the same set of commands that our race do. It was all very interesting in reading.

By the end of the book, it became a happy ending resulting in a new friendship, and Briggs turning into a hero, even as he managed to get back to safety, thanks to the Manti and their assistance. It was a fun ride, and I enjoyed every second of it. I hope that there will be a book two, to see if Briggs will come back to the Manti or explain more of the universe that Briggs is in, for there definitely seems to have left a lot to explore in this universe.

Overall, I rate this a 5/5 stars for a fun few hours.

Now,
-Pass Me That Book.

ARC Book Review: Murder Feels Awful

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Title: Murder Feels Awful
Author: Bill Alive
Genre: Mystery, Humor, Suspense
Series: Book 1
Page Count:
Publisher:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook

 

If Sherlock Holmes had the power of empathy, this would be how the books would feel…

Sorry, couldn’t resist that little pun up there.

Murder Feels Awful is a fun mystery to read for a few hours, filled with excitement and enthusiastic! kids that love empathes even as they try to get the empathes to help solve a murder. It was a fun, adventuresome, over the top characters all of whom had their own agendas and motives. There was even a surprise bad guy that is being reserved for book two, and I am all kinds of curious about him. A killer by the name of ‘Numb’. Similar to Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty…if I’m not mistaken as to how that’s going to go down…

This book was long, but definitely well worth reading. It had enough detail to guess most of how it would end, but the ending still had a few surprises that made me actually feel surprised. I guessed who the killer was, but was actually wrong for a change and for different reasons that I suspected. (I should note that this book does not have trigger warnings for child abuse, I’ll have to put that in a note to the author.)

There were several cliff hanging moments in the book, including one bit with a car called Thunder (I love that name for a car, I might just use it myself), and it all felt very much like watching a cheesy, fun, ridiculous kids murder-mystery movie complete with nods towards Sherlock Holmes and Poirot and a handful of other references as well.

I can’t say much more without revealing spoilers, but I will say that this is one not to be missed. The author certainly has talent with making the characters come alive (see what I did there?)!

Overall, I give this a 5/5 stars for an enjoyable few hours.

Now,
-Pass Me That Book

 

Paperback Book Review: Traitor’s Blade

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Title: Traitor’s Blade
Author: Sebastien de Castell
Series: 1 out of ?
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 370
Type of Book: Library Paperback
Rated: 4/5 stars

Traitor’s Blade took me by surprise. On the one hand, I loved the characters and the world that the book contained. It was a fun read, fast paced, gritty and full of sarcastic characters that those who follow my blog may know by now that I love sarcastic assholes. Especially funny, caring, tough but soft in the center sarcastic assholes.

This book started off strong, and just kept right on going. It didn’t pause in the plot, the action, or the death scenes-this guy clearly took a page out of George R. R. Martin’s book, because I swear it felt like a character died in every chapter. There’s torture involved, a particularly harsh scene with a horse at the end that made me cringe in sympathy and horror, and there’s even a girl that made my heart bleed due to her tragic backstory, and how she acted throughout the book.

The characters may have made the story, but I think it was really Falcio-the main character-who brought the story home. His sharp wit, his bitterness at the unfairness of the world, his don’t stop until you die attitude made me fall hard for his character.

My only real complaint was the end of the book, setting it up for book two. It wasn’t a strong cliffhanger that just cuts off abruptly, it did wrap things off, but there was a lot of unresolved issues, it felt like.

Still, I really loved this book, and was surprised at how much I wound up enjoying it. A lot of reviewers either loved it or found it lacking, some even giving it two stars. I think the story itself was a fine way to pass an afternoon.

Four and a half stars out of five.

Now that I’ve finished this book, however, I need another one. So,

-Pass Me That Book

{This review was posted on Goodreads and my blog at Pass Me That Book. You can find the link to my blog on my Goodreads homepage.}

 

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