A violent storm, affectionately known as Maria, sweeps through California and changes the lives of many in its path.
I think that’s the shortest Goodreads Summary I have ever posted!
Storm promised to be a good thrilling time, but I was bored. This was meant to be a slow build but not only was I bored, I just wasn’t feeling it. So what’s “it” about? Storms. Sorry. Couldn’t help it lol.
Storm is about a hurricane named Maria. It’s about her slow build up to a place in California that’s desperately in need of water, suffering a drought. This was set back in the early days but it kinda felt similar to today’s choppy weather. It’s good writing and interesting notes about how weather is gathered and what scientists in weather all do and how they do it. It’s about preparing for the unexpected and horrific strong hurricane’s that comes out of nowhere. It’s about survival of the fittest.
It wasn’t a bad read. I dnf’d at about 45% of the way through, however. I might return to it though I doubt it.
Trigger warnings: starvation, murder, rotten teeth scene, gore, death of dogs, demonically possessed chickens, dark magic, child abuse, off screen rape, abusive husband, light language (?)
After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra—the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter—has finally realized that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself.
Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince—if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning.
On her quest, Marra is joined by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. Together, the five of them intend to be the hand that closes around the throat of the prince and frees Marra’s family and their kingdom from its tyrannous ruler at last.
I flew through this book in one sitting! It was sooo good! I really hope that this spins into a series though it doesn’t need to. It’s fun, fast, and just the right sort of dark that I love in fantasy stories. This is my first T Kingfisher and it won’t be my last!
Marra is a fascinating character. I think she’s one of the first covenant raised children in a book that I actually liked. She wasn’t overbearingly religious and there was barely a hint of religion in here. I liked her attitude and her humor. She was easily identifiable with.
The story begins with her sisters. Damia is married off to a king, and she winds up dead. It’s suspected murder but nothing can be proven. Her other sister, Kania, goes to marry the same thing while Marra hides in a covenant. The family is pulled apart and Marra realizes that no one is going to rescue them. She has to do the rescuing and to do that she may need to kill a king.
She makes a few friends here and there. A witch that has a demonically possessed chicken. A forty year old sell sword. A bonedog whose name is Bonedog.
The quest is good, and fun for the reader, but for the characters they encounter all sorts of trouble along the way. And at the end there’s a brief feeling of loss and grief though we leave off with a happy ending.
I adore books like these. I love the dark atmospheric setting, the slow build up and the characters were all handled perfectly. I’m happy to rate this 5 stars. If I could, I’d give it ten stars in that I had such a good time! If you’re looking for a pick me up, I definitely recommend this one!
It feels even longer since I wrote a Netgalley review than a regular review. I’m hoping that this turns out well, but if any links aren’t working please let me know in the comments! I would really appreciate it!
Iron Widow is proclaimed as Pacific Rim meets Handmaid’s Tale and from what I read it’s a story about a girl getting vengeance for her murdered Big Sister and getting into a lot of trouble along the way. First in a series written by Xiran Jay Zhao. It’s Chinese history and mecha science fiction for YA readers, from what Penguin Books says. This book blew me away, though it took me a bit before I was hooked and grabbed it left me wanting more.
Book Title: Iron Widow
Book Author: Xiran Jay Zhao
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Series: Book One
Page Count: 400
The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.
When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.
To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.
I actually started writing notes at a quarter of the way through the book. It was intense reading (and I had no idea it was 400 pages, it flew by fast!) But I still loved it. I did have my issues with the book, but it thankfully came with trigger warnings listed at the front! (I wish more authors would do this!)
Trigger Warnings: misogyny and femicide, rape mentioned, physical and emotional abuse, suicidal ideation, alcoholism, blood and gore, murder, torture, torture of a child
This is not a book for the faint hearted or those easily offended.
Wu Zitan is a girl fixing to go off to war for her family, as she has no desire to be married. She also doesn’t want to die but it’s common knowledge that girls don’t live long upon serving the men in the army. Wu Zitan is only going so that she can get vengeance for her Big Sister who was killed recently. (Unsure if this is a SPOILER) she succeeds… and falls into worse trouble.
I loved Wu Zitan’s character. She was strong willed despite shit after shit flung at her, and she still triumphed against all odds though that cliffhanger was definitely not what I saw coming. I had suspicions for something else entirely but it’s nice to be surprised. I liked that there wasn’t a love triangle. I won’t say anything because I don’t want too many spoilers. But I’m happy for how the relationship turned out. The books cliffhanger is still frustrating and I need the second book. I can’t begin to rate this highly enough but I believe it’s earned it’s rating!
My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book. I definitely look forward to the sequel!
Title: Priest of Bones
Author: Peter McLean
Series: Book One
Page Count: 600
Type of Book: ARC, New Release, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Fans of Game of Thrones, take note. This is definitely the book for those waiting for the next season!
Peter McLean, my hat goes off to you sir. I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely romp through another world filled with bad-ass characters, even more bad-ass women, children with cool abilities, war, death, more death, more war, spies, queens, even a lesbian character thrown in for flavor.
I lingered over this book for five days. I am generally a fast reader, and can finish a book this size rapidly, but I just didn’t want this book to end, there was so much going on. Characters had their own agendas, the main character was all over the place trying to deal with everything that could go wrong going wrong almost as soon as he took one step forward. The poor guy couldn’t seem to catch a break, every time a situation was dealt with, another rose in it’s place.
I think my most favorite character was Bloody Anne. She was truly awesome, her back story made me cry (which is not an easy thing to do), and she’s just all around awesome. She makes me think of a medieval wonder woman set in an alternate fantasy world, she’s that cool. But then I also liked Will the Woman, Black Billy, and all of the others. Every one of them had a unique back story, and a unique talent that made them useful for the Priest.
I cannot wait for the next book. I’m adding this one to my immediate ‘must buy’ list, which has grown quite a bit throughout the summer. I’m hoping that book two will come out quickly, because this is a story that I really want to see what happens next.
Title: Moroda (Book 1 of 6)
Author: L. L. McNeil
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Rated: 5/5 stars!
Moroda was an amazing fantasy novel set in the world of Linaria where there are dragons, air ships, and villages full of thieves, liars, merchants, and vigilantes. It reminded me very strongly the first Dragonlance novels; most of the characters even resembled some of my favorites. I read this book in three days, lingering over my favorite scenes. I loved the characters all meeting up together in the forest during a dragon attack, I enjoyed the airships quite a bit-especially the races. There is just so much awesomeness in this book that I can’t tell you because then it would just be all sorts of spoilers in this review.
I thank the author quite a bit for letting me have a copy of this book. It’s well worth buying, however, and sometime soon I hope to have my own paperback copy. It might be a while, as my wishlist is a long one. But it is added to my ‘want to own list’!
Moroda is a high fantasy with fascinating characters and a long, detailed plot that will keep you going till the very end.
Welcome to another book review! This one is for Archetype, Book One of Two. Duology books are rare for me. It’s either a series, trilogy, or standalone. But this one was worth reading and now I need book two!
The cover is fairly accurate for the story. Emma wakes up, confused, lost, and uncertain as to what’s going on. She slowly recovers from an “accident” and has amnesia. I generally am not a fan of amnesia stories, but the author does a fantastic job with it here. This story has made me an instant fan of hers, especially the way she surprisingly weaved cool astronomy tales into it!
Emma’s mind is a jumble, but I like her inner self, who guides her in who to trust, what to say, and where to go. The sarcasm is flawless, and I give her five stars for the unexpectedly awesome humor throughout.
The plot wasn’t what had grabbed me, but the fact that it’s described as a “breathtakingly futuristic suspense”. Though the romance wasn’t overly heavy in the details, and those scenes were mostly past the halfway point.
Fans of joggers and running would like this book!
If I am missing anything else, it’s because I don’t want to spoil a truly unique reading experience. The author is a fabulous writer, and I highly recommend reading/buying the book asap.
This book was just as good as I hoped, and I thought that I knew how it was going to end but the author shocked me by doing something completely different.
Stephen moves to a small town called Spencer, which is a dried up nowhere town filled with nothing to do. The town’s myth of The Winged Ones fills his time, and he falls for a girl named Cars, who has a brother named Devon who becomes his friend.
What follows is a likable cast of characters, a hauntingly beautiful tale of friendship and a town with more secrets than one might expect.
This book was way better than I thought it would be! Not that I thought it would be bad, but the cover seemed to make me think of Game of Thrones, sorta.
Overall, the plot was brisk and filled with excellent writing. I didn’t like how it kept swapping between characters, but understood that it was necessary in relations to understanding the characters reasons for doing things.
I will definitely be reading more of the series once I thin down my other books on my to-read shelf!
Why did I not read this series as a teenager? I have the feeling that if I had this book would have been very influential to me. Tiffany Aching is exactly the kind of character I love, and the Wee Free Men are a determined bunch of heroes. There’s even a cat named Ratbag!
I already have the fourth book, thanks to it being a gift from my mother. Must remember to thank her again. But now I need to own the rest of the series post haste!
If you haven’t yet read the series, I highly recommend it. The pushing point for me was Going Postal, also part of the Discworld series.