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WWW Wednesday: Another 4 Books Read

Hello Everyone,

Last week I managed four books. I had a bit of a reading slump but also I just haven’t felt like reading. My Goodreads goal says that I’m five books behind schedule. Yikes! 😳

I hope to get some reading done today, and then there’s lots of time this weekend too. I should easily get caught up to schedule. Anyways, here’s what I have managed to read.

What have I finished reading?:

Z for Zachariah is a beloved reread, and I also learned it was a movie from Sundance. The movie did an admirable job but I still like the book better. 5/5 ⭐❤️

The Marsh Queen was a Netgalley arc, RTC to come but I wound up dnf’ing it. Beautiful writing but I was still so bored by the 50% and just decided to call it quits. 2/5 ⭐

The Ocean Was Our Sky was in relation to Moby Dick. I wanted to like it but I just had no connection to this at all. Moby Dick is a great classic and this tried but failed to capture me. I dnf’d. Beautiful artwork though! 2.5/5 ⭐

And finally. The graphic novel The Best We Could Do. I wanted to love this so much. But it started with a detailed woman giving birth and a c section was involved and it just was not what I was expecting at all. I generally don’t mind pregnancies that get complicated but I SO wasn’t in the mood for such. Gorgeous, stunning artwork. But I’m setting this aside for later. So technically not a dnf, just… not reading this now.

What am I currently reading?:

Ugh, technically nothing. I haven’t picked up a book in about four days now. But here’s where I am in my current reads. I’ll be so glad when I finally finish Jade City!

I’m setting aside Jade City. My buddy had to return her copy to the library and we got to about 200 pages. So temporarily on hold.

Then I’m also in the middle of this beast of a book:

This is almost eight hundred pages!

I’m about one hundred pages. There’s a lot to process here. It’s good writing and I’m enjoying it so far. But I’m pausing on this so that I can focus on something that’s not so hefty and I can think about this book for a while. (I still just LOVE that cover!)

Now these are what I am thinking about-for no particular reason-reading tonight:

I’m leaning most towards the Circus Rose because it’s a novel in verse. That should go by fast. And I also really really really want to read The City of Brass. I’ve put it off so long. I also want to read Red Rising to get caught up on the series but that’s a maybe. The rest are also maybes.

What am I thinking of reading next?:

Well I’ve still got Jade City and Glory Season, obviously. But there’s also these that I’m eyeing that I’ve put off for a couple years:

I’m serious about tackling my backlog. If only these stupid reading slumps would leave me alone lol. I’m hoping these will help against my reading slump. I’ve requested them from the library, now I’m just waiting for them to show up. But those are my current reading plans. Hopefully by next week I’ll be ahead on my Goodreads goal!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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January Tbr 2022: Fantasy, Series Starters, and #BeattheBacklist returns!

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the new year of 2022! May it be more forgiving than 21, especially in terms of reading slumps! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and had fun with your family. Now no more traveling please. Stay home, stay safe!

This year I plan on seriously tackling series. I want to read a lot of things this year and actually lower my tbr. I’ve got several Reading Challenges I’m interested in but not firmly joining. The only one I’m firm on is the #BeattheBacklist challenge. Here are some of the books I’m interested in for January!

I know this seems a lot, but I generally average out about 20-35 books a month with a few dnf’s here and there. I’m sure that I can easily get through most of these despite their size so long as the dreaded reading slump goes away. What are you all reading for January? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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Ebook Review: The Traitor Baru Cormorant

Hello Everyone,

Such a gorgeous cover!

Book Title: The Traitor Baru Cormorant

Book Author: Seth Dickinson

Series: Book One of Four

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Macmillan

Page Count: 400

Goodreads Summary:

Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

Trigger Warnings: Content and trigger warnings for homophobia (always in a negative light, but still very abundant throughout the story), racism, colonialism, sexism, misogynistic comments, talk of genital mutilation. (According to Google)

My Thoughts:

I was completely enthralled with the first fifty two percent of the book! While the plot wasn’t original (at least to me) the writing was beautiful and Baru was a strong, likable character.

The writing drew me in, though it certainly contained a lot of tough subject matter so please do pay attention to the trigger warnings listed.

Though I enjoyed the first half of the book, it started slipping as Baru is an accountant and… numbers just aren’t my thing, okay? It was hard until I just dnf’d at 60% of the way through. Who knows? I may go back to it but for now I’m just going to keep mulling about how much I liked the first half of the book that I’m still thinking of it a week and a half later.

My Rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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ARC Review: Kingdom of Ruin

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Title: Kingdom of Ruin
Author: Bianca McKay
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Page Count: 248
Publisher:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Format
Rated: 5/5 stars
Review Word Count: 300
Notes: Received the Arc from the author, this does not-in any way-reflect my review, thank you to the author for giving me a copy of the book

Firstly, I must warn readers that this book is intended for 18+years of age and up only. There is an attempted rape scene, abuse towards women, abuse towards children, intense battle sequences, harsh language and graphic violence. I highly recommend reading only if you are of age.

A strangely beautiful, lyrical tale, this is the story of the Lord of Death the Elven King Ecaeris and the people of Duine. In Duine, there is a man named Frederick and his wife Lillian and their son Henry, along with their daughter Emerald. Emerald is a child of darkness, though tries hard to like the sunshine, and light, and flowers and things that most people of Duine like. She is a strange, unnatural person that most fear and shun, especially after her outburst in the local church when she asks the Priest what he’s using the money donations from the already incredibly poor people are for.

The story is lyrical, enchanting, and full of mystical magic that is fascinating to read. I read through the book within a couple of days, and really liked the character of Emerald. I did find that Ecaeris was a bit of an ass, though he had his moments at times. He was the most powerful figure in the book, knowing exactly when mortals die, and could do all kinds of powerful sorts of magic. Pulled to Emerald’s beauty, he gladly takes her from her father and pulls her towards his home.

The story flows well, and the characters are incredibly lifelike. I really enjoyed Emerald’s character the most, sympathizing with her and her trials during her time at Duine. The writing was rather good, the storyline felt original, and I sincerely hope that there will be a book two to look forward to in the future.

The only downside was the cliffhanger ending of Azariah. The ending was intense, and left dark tones for the hopeful sequel of Kingdom of Ruin.

In the end, I’m giving this book 5/5 stars for an entertaining, magical couple of afternoons in a world that was enchanting and unique, despite also being full of violence.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

{Review also posted on Goodreads and Amazon}

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Paperback Arc: The Legend of Zelkova

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Title: The Legend of Zelkova
Author: S. A. Valden
Series: Book 1
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Adult Fiction
Page Count:
Publisher:
Type of Book: Paperback, Arc
Rated: 4/5 stars

The Legend of Zelkova is about a young woman named Zelkova, a badass female who loves Carya, and is sent on a mission with a few others to rescue/retrieve the missing prince of her kingdom. The King puts her in charge of the group, of which one of the members, a man named Malus, doesn’t like so he challenges her to the position, as he has never been bested by a fight, and doesn’t believe that women should be in charge. Zelkova wins, and Malus continues being an ass throughout the book, though slowly changes.

Zelkova is powerful, magical, strong, smart, and beautiful. She leads the four to retrieve the missing/kidnapped prince, and along the way the other four gain gifts/magical abilities as well. Malus winds up gaining the fire element, the others get various abilities/elements as well. Soon, the group is a powerful force to be reckoned with, but not without consequences.

This book was a wild ride that I really enjoyed, especially with the light hearted LGBT feels between Zelkova and Carya. I liked that the book was a fun, adventuresome read. There were intense battle sequences, deep meaningful conversations between the characters, and an overall fun feel to the story as I read along.

My one complaint was that the elements who kept giving these gifts were always mysterious and vague about the group needing their powers. Why is it that those types of powerful beings can never inform the individual of what they are getting themselves into? Sure, they get special unique powers to help save innocent people, but a little information wouldn’t be such a bad thing now and again. Not mysterious riddles, or vague sentences that leave the person (Zelkova mainly) more confused than before. Everything does get explained, but that’s just one of my issues with the book.

That, and Malus being an ass in the beginning of the story. One does warm up to him eventually though, at the end of the book, he is nowhere near close to being my favorite character. (That would be Zelkova, of course.)

I did enjoy this book enough to possibly look for book 2, whenever it comes out. It’s a fun book that I’m sure fantasy lovers will love, and while it was a bit of a long read, it was an entertaining one as well.

Overall, I rate this book a 4/5 stars.

Until Next Time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Click here for a sneak peek at book 2!: https://legendofzelkova.com/

{Review will also be posted on my Goodreads and Amazon}

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Kindle ARC Review: The Afterwards

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Title: The Afterwards
Author: N. Heinz
Series: Book 1
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count:
Publisher: Kingston Publishing Company
Type of Book: Arc, Amazon Kindle temporary freebie
Rated: 5/5 stars

A mysterious beginning with a girl named Ruby who can see ghosts and works in a bookstore was sure to be an interesting read for a couple of hours. And I was right, this book was fascinating and very intense all the way through to the end. My only complaint was how short the book is, just ten chapters!

Ruby Wynn is a twenty year old virgin who can’t drive, works in a bookstore, is a loner, and loves her mom. After waking up one day with the entire world vanished, except for a mysterious man she met at the bookstore just the day before that introduced himself as Markus, she finds out that she’s a draem’ar, and that she is one of a few who was listed in a prophecy given by her late Aunt Agatha.

Cue the evil beings stepping in to try to kill both her and Markus. The two put up a valiant fight, remaining behind a barrier inside a strange home that reminds Ruby so much of her own home, except for certain magical differences, like how the food is prepared.

The battle between the Etherean and the two last humans escalates quickly, bringing the ridiculously short book to a cliffhanger that makes the reader instantly want to go out and buy the next book.

The writing is intense, the characters are very realistic, and the bad guys are fascinating if a bit predictable in the ‘hate humans, must kill’ approach. I really enjoyed this book, and encourage anyone who hasn’t read it to go and do so. It’s well worth it, and a fast read too so it will be easy enough to knock off that TBR pile that’s stacked miles high.

Thanks to Kingston Publishing for the arc, and this review is my own honest opinion. I hope book two is released ASAP, because this was a great read by an amazingly talented author.

Until Next Time,
-Pass Me That Book

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ARC Review: Daughter of Havenglade

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Title: Daughter of Havenglade

Author: H.C. Harrington

Series: Book 1

Page Count: 219

Publisher: Unknown, Kindle Edition

Genre: Fantasy, Adult Fiction

Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Format

Rated: 2/5 stars

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

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

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

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

Until Next Time,

-Pass Me That Book

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ARC Review: The Bone Carousel

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Title: The Bone Carousel

Author: J. Peter W.

Series: Book 1

Page Count: 265 pages

Publisher: DP Books

Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook

Rated: 3.5/5 stars

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

{Review also posted on Amazon and Goodreads.}

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Kindle Book Review: Abducting Abby

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

{Review also posted on Goodreads and Amazon}

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Paperback Book Review: Shades of Milk and Honey

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Title: Shades of Milk and Honey

Author: Mary Robinette Kowal

Series: Book 1

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Publisher: Tor

Page Count: 208

Type of Book: Library Loan, Paperback

Rated: 5/5 stars!

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Shades of Milk and Honey is a glamorous book (sorry, couldn’t resist!) that has several nods to Jane Austen, but filled with magic and musical elements that I adored. The characters are similar to Jane Austen characters, but have their own unique flaws and historiies that I found interesting. The main character, Jane, is a strong female character that wishes she was as pretty as her sister, but her talents make up for her lack of beauty.

I didn’t much care for her sister, to be honest-I found her rather attention seeking brat who complained constantly that men only wanted her for her beauty, and she didn’t have Jane’s talents to keep them interesting. I wanted to strangle her several times, but at the end of the book she made up for her annoyances.

Jane was easily my favorite character of the book, though I did love Vincent as well. Her mother was a bit of a ‘fair’ lady, meaning she didn’t deal well with stress or with danger. I found her almost as annoying as Jane’s sister.

The magic system in this book was fascinating. Glamours to fix houses so that they were prettier and far grander than they normally were? Awesome!

I greatly look forward to reading the next few books in the series. I have no idea how many there are-five? six?-but they all have gorgeous covers, and I am eager to dive into the next one. I plan on making this series one of my featured “Jane Austen” series to look into, when I have the time (lol, free time what’s that?).

Overall, 5/5 stars!

Now,

-Pass Me That Book!

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