Hardback Book Review: Reap the Wild Wind

Reap the Wild Wind

Notes: Fixed the cover as well as the title of the review thanks to WayTooFantasy! Thanks for the assistance!

Title: Reap the Wild Wind
Author: Julie E. Cznezda
Genre: Science Fiction, Adult
Series: Book 1
Publisher: DAW
Page Count: 600
Type of Book: Hardback, Book I Own
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: A slow burn science fiction novel that leaves the book wide open for book two.

I liked this book. I didn’t love it, but the writing was decent, and while it seemed to take forever to finish, I also enjoyed the slow-building plot, the characters, and the world-building involved. The aliens were definitely alien enough for me to have trouble picturing them, and the world was incredible with lots of climbing trees, and avoiding nasty monsters, and just general awesomeness all around.

I really liked this book, but again, it’s not going to be one of my all time favorites I think. I can’t say why for sure, because I don’t know myself. It’s a good book, there’s plenty of action and adventure and survival to be had within, and there’s loads of science as well as fiction too. It’s got everything that a person could want. So I don’t understand why I didn’t love it-perhaps because I just wasn’t connected enough to the characters? Granted, I came to really like them about halfway through the book, when things really started getting interesting, and there was a lot more action going on…

I’m giving this a 4.5/5 stars. Perhaps book two will make me like the series even more? I hope so. I plan on requesting it at the local library, since I don’t own a physical copy. I’m glad to have read this one, and knocked it off my tbr shelf. It took me four days to get through 600+pages, something that doesn’t usually happen, but then there was a lot of backstory, describing everything, and characters to get through. I still look forward to book two, however. Let’s hope it’s even better than the first book!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

September Reads: Almost 35 Books!

I can’t believe I was so close to reaching 50 books read in the month of September! And so many of them were such high rankings! This month was a real roller coaster ride of reads, and I have the feeling that October is going to be even better!

{Note: I don’t have covers for all the books I’ve read.}

 

Books Read for September

1.Priest of Bones| 5/5 stars
2.A Brazen Curiosity| 4/5 stars
3.The Highlander Who Protected Me| 4/5 stars
4.The Phantom Tree| 2/5 stars
5.Begone the Raggedy Witches| 4/5 stars
6.Undertow (Book Two)| 4/5 stars
7.Heart of Mist| 4/5 stars
8.Daisy’s Run| 4/5 stars
9.Eros| 4/5 stars
10.The Lady in the Cellar| 3/5 stars
11.Eve of Eridu| 4/5 stars
12.Miss Copp Just Won’t Quit| 4/5 stars
13.Sea Witch| 3/5 stars
14.The Wedding From Hell Part 1| 3/5 stars
15.The Wedding From Hell Part 2| 3/5 stars
16.Lost| 4/5 stars
17.Arclight| 4/5 stars
18.A Thousand Shall Fall| 2/5 stars
19.Game of Secrets| 5/5 stars
20.Hounded| 5/5 stars
21.Prisoner of Night and Fog| 4/5 stars
22.School of Wizardry| 3/5 stars
23.Stupid Perfect World| 3/5 stars
24.The Late Great Wizard| 5/5 stars
25.Worldshaper| 4/5 stars
26.The Magicians (re-read)| 5/5 stars
27.A Darker Shade of Magic (DNF)| 3/5 stars
28.A Necromancer’s Romance| 4/5 stars
29.Dark Wolf (Book One)| 3/5 stars
30.Malice of the Dark Witch| 5/5 stars
31.The Prince of Shadows (re-read)| 5/5 stars
The Iron Tower Trilogy (re-read)| 5/5 stars

I really enjoyed all of these, aside from a couple of them, and am definitely hopeful to read as many books if not more for the month of September. I’ve also started Instagram as PassMeThatBook, you can find the link at the bottom of my webpage, or just search my blog name and it should come right up! I don’t have a lot of pictures on my :Instagram yet, but I’m slowly building up on that as well.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book!

ARC Review: Kingdom of Ruin

Kingdom of Ruin

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}

Top #5 Underrated Books I Love

 

These are five books that I haven’t seen talked about much lately. While I have seen “Song of Blood and Stone” on a couple of blogs, these others I haven’t seen hardly at all, so I am helping to promote their beauty as well as their unique world-building, on my blog.

My top five underrated books are as follows:

1: Heart of the Empire by Carrie Summers-filled to the brim with action, world-building, intense characters, romance, and war this is one of my favorites of this year and last.

2: Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope-this one gets a fair bit of negative reviews, but also a handful of positive reviews. I’m one of those positive people who really enjoyed reading this book. It’s full of magic, romance, a kingdom at war, and so much more!

3: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal–this is a kind of Jane Austen magical retelling, which that right there should capture your attention. It’s filled to the brim with magical theories, mystery, romance, and adventure. The magic just makes the Jane Austen retelling bit even more awesome, in my opinion.

4: The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross-another magical filled book, complete with war, romance, and mystery. This one is one of those that are talked about a bit more than the others, but not near enough.

5: Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett-this one is a slightly new release, which means it hasn’t had much of a chance to be talked about, but it’s still one of those I love and wanted to include on the list.

 

Well, what do you think? Am I missing anything crucial? Or should some of these not be on the list at all? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

Paperback Book Review: Here and Then

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Title: Here and Then

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Mira Books

Page Count: 250

Type of Book: Paperback, Loaned

Rated: 5/5 stars

This was a fun, quick, entertaining read. I loved the character Beth, and how she handled her situation, though I did think she was awfully quick in jumping into bed with Mr. Too Handsome Too Stand Near Without Fireworks Going Off.

This was a time travel romance, which is my favorite kind of trope, and I really liked how this was done, though I wished it would’ve explained more of the science behind it than the necklace just somehow taking Beth back into time again and again. I understand why the science wasn’t explained, but I feel like it could’ve been.

I did enjoy the banter between Beth and the Sherriff. I also enjoyed when she took him to her time period, and introduced him to pizza, the television, cars, and much better coffee than what he’s used to. There’s some satisfaction in showing him around, and letting him see that she’s from a time period where women are allowed to vote, wear pants, and act mostly like men.

I will warn that this book has men that are preset in their thoughts about women being helpless, weak creatures. Women aren’t allowed to vote in that time period that Beth finds herself in, after all. Women were also not allowed to play poker/cards. They couldn’t wander the streets in trousers/pants because it was unseemly for a woman to do so. They couldn’t swear, they couldn’t drink, and most of all, they couldn’t own land. We’ve certainly come a long way, though it still makes me outraged at the unjustice of it all, the unfairness. It’s still, sadly, going on today, but things are slowly getting better.

I really enjoyed this, despite the way women were treated back then, and despite certain comments that were made. I do warn readers that there is one attempted scene where a banker tells Beth that if she doesn’t sleep with him, he’ll ruin her and make sure she’ll never have money again, but aside from that nothing to violent in the book. It alludes to events of the first book, which I hadn’t realized that this was a series, but now I am going to go and hunt down book one, and see if there are others in the series, because it’s too fun not to read.

5/5 stars!

{Review also posted on Goodreads and Amazon.}

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}

Paperback Book Review: The Summer Country

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Title: The Summer Country
Author: James A. Hetley
Series: 1 of ?
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Ace
Page Count: 360
Type of Book: Paperback, Book I Own

 

Based off the title of the book, and the brightness of the cover, this is actually kind of a dark fantasy book filled with fae, druids, magic, a dragon, and cats. There’s even falcons and other types of birds listed in the book towards the back half of the story as well. This book has an odd assortmet of animals all around, actually, some that might surprise you in the end.

This book features a young woman named Maureen, who is dealing with a traumatic event from her childhood and trying to get over it and be normal as an adult. She was raped as a child by Buddy Johnson, a boy that her sister had gone out with at the age of fourteen when she was just beginning to understand why she liked boys and why boys liked girls. Maureen still hasn’t gotten over it, and doesn’t trust males with a ten foot pole.

It eventually turns from the normal world to the magical world, where a man is following her and that man-named Brian-eventually brings her into an ancient war of prophecies, women with power, and ancient blood that still sings. This book is a like that of a fine irish whiskey-so says Charles de Lint, and I strongly agree with him, even though I’ve never had whiskey, let alone irish whiskey in my life. It looks like an innocent light-hearted fun book, but there’s a war going on that both sides are determined to win for various reasons.

As to the story itself-its not original in that there’s Pendragons and Merlins and Arthurs type story, but the way its written, and the feel of the story is like a breathe of fresh air in a foreign country that you’ve forgotten about over time. There’s different kinds of magic involved-both good and bad, and there’s all kinds of plot twists that you don’t see coming.

I really loved the depth of the characters in the book, the villains were definitely evil enough to be realistic, and the heroes weren’t always brave either which made me happy for variety. There’s also music, and poetry-a lot of Shakespeare mentioned towards the end of the book. There’s a variety of all kinds of magical things in here to tickle your fancy, if you’ll give it a try.

I’m fairly sure that this is the first in a series, but not positive. And I’m currently checking on Goodreads to see if it is or not…and, yes, it is! Book one of yet another series that apparently I’m now invested in.

 

4.5 stars!

Netgalley Review: Keep Her Safe

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{Look! I reviewed in time! And I thought I wouldn’t make it! Ha!}

Title: Keep Her Safe
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: ?
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 448
Type of Book: Netgalley Ebook
Rated: 5/5 stars!

 

I rarely like thrillers. I rarely read thrillers. And yet, I’ve heard so much about this book that I had to try it out. And wound up falling in love with it, as cliche as it sounds. This book surprised me. It kept me up till 1 in the morning, eagerly flipping through to the very end. And what a bitter sweet ending it was!

I’ve never before read a K.A. Tucker book. I haven’t even really heard of K.A. Tucker until this book started floating around the blogs that I read that isn’t mainly scifi/fantasy. But the main attraction of this book was the cover, and it sounded interesting. It’s described as Making a Murderer meets Scandal. I’ve never watched Making a Murderer though I have, on occasion when nothing else was on, watched Scandal. And it fits, though I like to think of it as more along the lines of Law and Order: SVU meets Scandal.

To get into the nitty gritty-there’s suicides. There’s murder. There’s a scene that talks about child sexual abuse. There’s that same child who runs away. It’s got a teenager struggling to live in a shitty trailer park home, surrounded by drug dealers, wife beaters, and other such lovely people. *note the sarcasm* Basically if you have a rough past, and triggers, stay away from this book. Because it has all the *feels*.

I liked Noah best out of the characters of this book, but I also really identified with Gracie, the girl who lived in a horrible trailer park. The two of them together were my favorite parts of the book, and some of the only happiness that they found together. Both had terrible family history with one another, that made them separate and bring them back together years in the future. The both of them work together to fix what their families had wrought upon the world.

But every character had a deep personality that was startling and refreshing. Every one of them had reasons for doing things, reasons for living-reasons for dying. It made for a gripping read, and I read every page with avid interest.

My only complaint was the ending. I like happy endings. And this ending, while it had some good points, was more terribly sad than anything. Supposedly there’s a companion novel to this, though I don’t recall what the title was.

Nonetheless, this book is definitely worth reading, though be prepared for staying up all hours of the night trying to finish!

In the meantime, now that I’m done with this book, you can

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Paperback Book Review: Leviathan Wakes

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Title: Leviathan Wakes
Author: James S. A. Corey
Series: Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction/Space Opera
Page Count: 560
Publisher: Orbits
Rated: 4.5/5 stars!

Leviathan Wakes is an impossibly big monster of a book. It sucks you in and there is so much of it, that you keep reading and reading and wondering if there is ever going to be an end to it. But it’s also on hell of a fun ride!

It reminds me very strongly of Firefly, in regards to the crew. In regards to the plot, it kinda makes me think of that young ya novel called “Illuminae”, which was a lot of fun too, and this book has just as much casting if not more so. It makes George R.R. Martin’s killing off characters seem small in comparison as well, so don’t go getting attached to anyone.

The chapters alternate between two character POVS: Miller and Holden. At first, I was more interested in Holden, but towards the end I felt more for Miller than I did Holden. Usually I just stick with one of character pov, and be done with it, but apparently not this time. This time, I had to go back and read chapters that I skimmed over because I wanted my favorite character, and wound up missing things anyway.

This book’s plot is a monster of a thing. You won’t see things coming. Which makes it all part of the fun.

Though admittedly, I did get rather angry at the ending. I mean, really? That’s how this first book ends? I can’t say because of spoilers, but…come on! That isn’t how things are supposed to go! At least, that’s not how I wanted things to go!

The book is long, true. At 560 pages, it took me three and a half days to finish it, mostly in part because I had to go back and read over what I skimmed as well. It’s long, but it’s well worth it. You’ll find yourself laughing often, it’s got loads of humor, and plenty of sarcastic assholes as well-my type of characters.

We’ve even got Reavers zombies in this massive space opera drama, which made it even cooler and more fun than I thought possible.

I’m all for getting the second book, because if it’s as fun as the first one, then why would I want to miss out on it? Apart from length, this book earned every star I gave it which in total equals 4.5 stars. A very high rating, and well deserved!

I definitely look forward to these two authors writing as one, but in the meantime, I’ve other books to read too while I wait. So-

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