Anticipated Reads: My TBR Hates Me

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

 

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

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

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: No Man of Woman Born

 

No Man of Woman Born

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: Evenfall

Evenfall Book 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: A Wizard’s Forge

The Wizard's Forge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Kindle Ebook Review: Larkspur

 

A Necromancer's Romance

Title: A Necromancer’s Romance

Author: V.M. Jaskierma

Series: Book 1

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Page Count: 50

Publisher:

Type of Book: Novella, Kindle Ebook, Temporary Freebie

Review Word Count:

Rated: 4/5 stars

Notes: Darker than what I typically read, but still worth it!

This was a strange, dark, and lyrical tale of a necromancer. It’s a bit unusual, as I typically am not a dark romance reader, though I’ve heard of this from a few friends and decided to give it a try.

Pierre Salvador is a surgeon and the heir to a duchy, returning to court after years away at University. Now the childhood friend he left behind has grown-up–and is still not wed. But she does not know of his dealings with Mora, the Lady of Death, or what the jealous goddess wants him to do in return for her dark magic.

~Description from Goodreads

I did think that this could use more, the slow build crescendo to the end was nicely done, though it left readers hanging. I liked Pierre, and I liked the idea behind the story as well. I was honestly more interested in the boy who wanted to bring back a girl (won’t say more due to spoilers), but the entire novel speaks of even more stories to be had in the next volume of the adventure.

I’m not going to say that this was one of my favorites, though it is one that I’m still thinking about days later. The ideas for the story are intriguing, and I would love to see how much more in depth the necromancy becomes. Will it be as unique as Dresden Files, for example, or will it not deal with magic but more of the romance? I have added the next book to my wish list, and hope to soon be able to purchase it when I am able.

As it stands, I’m giving this novella a 4/5 stars for creativity, a nice slow-build of a plot, and for the fascinating characters!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Kindle Ebook Review: Heart of Mist

Heart of Mist

Title: Heart of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Book 1 of ?
Publisher: Talem Press
Page Count: 500
Type of Book: Purchased, Kindle Ebook,
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Why do I wait so long to read such wonderful books? Because I’m an idiot, that’s why!

Warning: one attempted rape scene, an alcoholic character, bullying, murder, slavery, and death feature throughout this story. If you have triggers, then please keep these scenes in mind, as some of them are quite intense.

This book has been getting nothing but excellent reviews, and I am pleased to be one of many adding yet another excellent review to the pile. I really enjoyed this book, though the one thing I didn’t care for was the shifting of characters throughout the chapters. If it had just stuck with two characters, that would have been fine, but it took Game of Thrones theme and introduced us to various different characters, all with their own unique stories and impact.

I loved the main character, Bleak, most of all. While Bleak isn’t her real name, and we discover who she truly is towards the end of the book, Bleak’s a cool character because of the unique ability she has of being a mind-reader…along with so much more power that she has no idea about and isn’t ready to handle. She’s pretty bad-ass, and while she’s also got her faults, that just makes her a much more realistic character. I found it refreshing to have so many unique voices in a fantasy setting, most of those being bad-ass women more than capable of defending themselves.

My other complaint, however, is the cliffhanger ending. While it leaves it hanging wide open for book two, we also discover the name ‘oremere’ is significant in this series. It, as well as the mist, makes me feel like there is a lot more to this story than what we’ve learned in book one.

Needless to say, I’m giving this 4/5 stars. The reason it’s not five stars is because of the shifting character viewpoints, and a couple of characters I just did not identify with at all. Even so, I’m definitely interested in getting book two which is being released (has been released?) quite soon!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

ARC Review: The Late Great Wizard

The Last Great Wizard

Title: The Late Great Wizard
Author: Sara Hanover
Series: ?
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: DAW
Page Count: 350/400
Type of Book: ARC, paperback
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5 stars!
Notes: Perfect reading for the beginning of fall, complete with a haunting, house fire, and even wizards along with dwarves!

~*~

How can I share how much I love this book? This book bit me hard! I got it in the mail and spent the next three hours reading until I finished it, and wished that I could read it again! It’s lovely, and it’s absolutely the book that broke my reluctance in reading. It’s filled to the brim with magic, mystery, and even a missing person!

Things for those who haven’t read it that might interest them:
-A missing father
-A mysterious house burning
-The Mob
-Magic
-New York City
-College students
-a phoenix
-dwarves
-mysterious evil villains
-even a kidnapped/missing wife

This book instantly shot to the absolute top favorite list of fantasy novels! I loved every bit of it from beginning to end. Tessa is a cool character, Brian is a fascinating one, and there’s plenty of action, mystery, and family drama to be had within this book to make you wanting more.

It does lead up to a wide-open ending, meaning that there could definitely be a book two, but it doesn’t label it as a series on Goodreads, so I’m unsure if it’s actually a series or not.

I seriously hope there’s going to be a sequel to this book, because it’s built up enough of a backstory to warrant the return of several characters that I want to know more about. This was a book that will be one that I want to buy as it comes out on shelves, and I believe I’ll buy the hardcover, it’s that good! I’m definitely giving it 5/5 stars, and I hope it gets the detention it definitely deserves! I may re-read this for Halloween, because it’s got the perfect atmosphere for such a holiday!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Book Spotlight: Elmwean’s Lodge

 

ElmweansLodge-Cover

Elmwean’s Lodge is the first of a series of novelettes that follow the adventures of Professor Reyl and Auburn Thorn. The sequel is scheduled for Christmas.
Also, two new short stories are coming out this Autumn, that center around new characters and are set in different timelines of the Horizon.
Horizon is an original storytelling world and an aspiring gaming universe. The Tales of Horizon ebooks and online content are offered for free on the website: https://www.talesofhorizon.com

This series looks quite interesting, and I plan on reading the first book here soon! I would very much like to read it now, but I have four books going at once, and a bit of backlog as well. So many ARCs are piled up onto my computer, I’m afraid I’m very quickly running out of space!

I  plan on reading this along with a few other books here within the week, provided Real Life doesn’t get in the way of my reading time. This is one of the ones that I’m definitely looking forward to the most, and it’s available on the website mentioned above for those who wish to view it themselves!

I hope everyone enjoyed this brief book spotlight.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

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