Upcoming ARCs

I’ve gotten a fair few ebook ARCs in my gmail lately. Some I’ve requested, a few of them are from authors who asked me to review their books on Amazon-and I’ve been getting a lot more of those kind of requests. Most of the time the books are good. But there are a rare few that I just didn’t care for at all. These are the books that I’m going to hopefully read soon and post reviews as promised. Two of which I needed to write reviews for before the end of December, but at the rate that I’m going, that’s going to be an epic fail. Sigh. Anyway, here’s the list:

1: Traitor’s Crux by Jessica Prather

2: Witchy Eye by D. J. Butler

3: Blood Rose by Danielle Rose

4: A Summer of Witches by M. Ganendran

5: Dragon Bone by Aldrea Johnson

So yeah, those are going to be the next books that I concentrate on. Some of the covers don’t look very appealing, and a couple of them look nice. It varies. The stories all sound interesting, though, now its just a matter of choosing which one to start with. I’m at least hoping to finish all of these before the end of the year and post reviews at that time as well. Other goals I have are:

*review every book on my shelves at home (that’ll take a while)

*make my blog a bit more organized in finding the books you want to read the review of

*somehow gain more traffic on my blog, to draw in more publishers/authors

 

And that’s what I’ve been up to lately. In between all of that, I’m still working on finishing my first book. It’s a YA epic fantasy novel, and one that I think is really good. I’ve got an editor looking it over now. I’m hoping to have it up sometime next year. Anyways. That’s all for now.

Happy holidays everyone,

Now-

Pass Me That Book!

Hardback Review: Even the Darkest Stars

Title: Even the Darkest Stars
Author: Heather Fawcett
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 304
Genre: YA Fantasy

Review:

This book was high on my expectations list, and did not disappoint. The cover fit extremely well with the story, which made me happy. I loved the dark blue cover of the book, and the title, which was initially what made me snag this book from the library. I now want to buy my own copy at some point in the future, it was that good. My only complaint was that it left off at a cliffhanger (readers of this book might groan at the obvious pun).

This book had it all-pet foxes as familiars, witches, demons, dragons, mountain climbing in dangerous terrain, and searching for an item as a means of a quest. The characters were driven, each in their own way, towards their own goals. You didn’t know who to trust, who to believe in when they had their scenes. Although I think my favorite scene was imagining baby dragons heading towards Chirri’s cabin.

Magic was complex, there was history of their world, and the Nightwood was a fascinating topic that I wished was discussed more often, because it contained witches who had a long time grudge against the human empire from blocking them off from the rest of the world. There was also ghosts in this book, which was a startling surprise, and there were explorers…

I just loved this book so much.

The author drew me in slowly, and built up until I had reached the very end. I knew that their situation wouldn’t be resolved when I had fifty pages left, and by the time I hit fifteen pages before the end of the book I realized that this was going to be one of those authors whose books I would snap up in a heartbeat in the future. She writes as though everything is desperate, the characters are at deaths’ door, there’s no more choices left…

And it’s exciting reading, full of adventure, magic, and mystery. There’s Lusha with her ravens, and poor Aimo, and River, and Ragtooth, and all of the characters I just loved to pieces. The story was epic, the book lived up to its expectations, and I couldn’t ask for more-but I am. I want book two. I want it now. Please don’t tell me that this is how the story ends, because if that’s the case, then that’s a terribly sad ending.

Overall, I give this book five stars. It was worth the wait, and I’m glad that this is still helping me out of my reading slump as well.

Go, read the book. I’ll wait.

Until then,
Pass Me That Book!

Thanksgiving Book Haul!

I bought more books and I can’t deny

I got more than I wanted to buy

There’s always a reason why

I’m not allowed to go in alone. 

It doesn’t rhyme, I know, but it’s the honest truth-I spent maybe forty-five minutes and came out with nine books, *barely* staying in budget. I don’t know if any of the rest of you have this issue about loosing track of time when in a bookstore, but it’s one of my ultimate curses! Down below are the new books that I’ve received:

And those are the books that I’ve gotten. Apparently, “She” is a classic, and I hadn’t realized it at the time when getting it. It was only two dollars at Half Priced Books (20% off allll items, which made my budget much better), and most of the books I got were under $5, the most expensive book I got being the brand new The TwistRose Key at just under $7. I would’ve gotten more books, if I’d the money. I especially wanted to buy book three and four of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, but it was out of budget.  Maybe next time?

If you’re interested in me writing up a review for any of these, please don’t hesitate in asking in the comments. I’m torn about which one to start, but I have to wait until I finish the few library books that I’ve gotten. I just started the City of Lies novel by Victoria Thompson, and I’m also reading The Library of Fates (by a different author) as well.

So what books did you wind up getting for Thanksgiving? Are you reading anything good? Let me know!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful bookish thanksgiving!

That’s me signing off.

Now, pass me that book!

ARC Review: Author Tony Daniels

I received this book, as well as the Amber Arrow book (both by Tony Daniels, and books 1 and 2 in a series) by Baen publishers who were kind enough to send me ARC review copies. I loved book one, and book two was just as good as book one, though seemed not quite there.  I have never before read Tony Daniels, though I’ve heard a lot of good things from various fantasy fans that his works are fantabulous. The location was a bit weird for me in the books-it mentioned Romania, and Mississippi and a handful of other random places from time to time that seemed historically accurate but confused me a good deal.

Firstly, thanks to http://www.baen.com for giving me these beautiful ARCs. They are gorgeous, and I will treasure them. The maps were beautifully made, and the storyline was epic in every sense of the word. I particularly loved the characters, and the whole Game of Thrones feel to it.

The books are filled to the brim with action, and book two is the same. There’s action, adventure, romance, and grave peril for all the characters at some point or other within these two beautifully written books. I have thanked the provided in email, but I’ll thank them again because these are truly unique books that I am glad to have been given a chance to read. I really cannot wait to get my hands on book three, and see how the trilogy ends. Tony Daniels is one of my new favorite authors, and one most definitely not to be missed!

Wulf is an engaging character, and I loved all the boys learning to fight, and the dragons, and the girls in this book are particularly awesome. There is so much going on, that one needs to re-read it, which is why it took a bit for me to write up these reviews. There is quite a bit of world building, and I was really enchanted by the falconry scene in the first book, as well. Both books are now one of my favorite series, and I definitely look forward to getting the third one at some point in the future.

Both books are going to be read again when the third one comes out, and I hope that book three comes out sometime soon, because both of the first books left off as cliffhangers! Danger is lurking everywhere for our characters, and there is the threat of war, as well as the loss of several loved ones in the first book. Don’t get attached to the characters, there is every chance they might die in the end.

As it is, the books are awesome, and I’m very grateful for receiving them. To those who’ve yet to go and read the books, what are you waiting for? It’s got dragons and dukes and falling stars and a fantastic new world to live in!

Until next time,

Ria Potter (Pass Me That Book!)

Here is the Goodreads Link to the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27205855-the-dragon-hammer

Here is the link to the Author’s Homepage: https://www.facebook.com/Tony-Daniel-fiction-writer-271126209957/

 

ARC Review: Moroda by L.L. McNeil

Title: Moroda (Book 1 of 6)
Author: L. L. McNeil
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Rated: 5/5 stars!
Provider: Author

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.

 

Book Review: Hanna Who Fell From the Sky

I won this book on a giveaway from Marzie’s Reads (https://www.facebook.com/marzies.reads/). She is a very well read, nice person all around!

Book Title: Hanna Who Fell From the Sky

Author: Christopher Meades

Rating: 4/5 stars!

Book Provider: Marzie’s Reads

My Review:

Hanna Who Fell From the Sky is a beautiful, lyrical book that will likely make me go out and read other books that this author publishes in the future. Hanna has a snappy wit, a strong backbone, and is overall a wonderful character. Her storyline reminded strongly of “It Ain’t Me Babe” by Tillie Cole, only without the bikers, and dark pasts. She was spared all that, though apparently it was a close call in some scenes.

This book features strong religious themes, child abuse, and a mean drunk alcoholic father if you have triggers.

The characters in this were a mix bag of tricks-Hanna was easily my favorite, but I liked all her brothers and sisters as well, I hated Jessamina, Jotham, and a few of the others. I disagreed strongly with the church she attended. The entire thing is something that I wish wasn’t true, but sadly happens in the world regardless.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I flew through this book in about three days, trying to make the book linger but quickly finishing it at the same time so that I can write up a review. I really recommend this book, it’s beautifully written and well worth the read.

Four out of five stars!

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