ARC Kindle Review: Hearts Abroad #1

Hearts Abroad

Title: Hearts Abroad
Author: Skye McNeil
Series: Book 1
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
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Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, Amazon Gifted
Received: from the publisher/author
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Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: @BewareoftheReader you might enjoy this one! I know how much you love a good romance story!

Notes2: First time I’ve tagged anyone here on wordpress, hopefully I got it right!

I love fluffy romance, but I generally have to be in the right mood to read them. This was one of the better fluffy romances that I’ve read, and ranks right up there with Mary Poppins and all the fluffy Harlequin holiday movies you can probably think of. It’s a feel-good love story, complete with twin little girls and a billionaire single dad.

I really liked this one. I won’t say I loved it, because I don’t think I’m there yet, but I can definitely see myself re-reading this again and again in the future, because it’s just that much of a fun book to read. I really liked how this one had art exhibits, planes, and even an enormous library. Scotland was mentioned quite a bit, and as the next book may take place in Scotland, I’m definitely interested in reading the continuation of the duology? Series?-not sure how many books will be in this, but they’re definitely well worth reading.

There’s even an Alfred in this book, and he’s even compared to the same Alfred from Batman, which I found hilariously awesome.

Overall, I’m rating this a 4/5 stars for the delightful atmosphere this book had, and the perfect timing in wanting to read an entertaining and fluffy hearted romance. My thanks to the publisher/author for providing me with this light atmospheric novel, and I highly recommend it to romance and contemporary fans all.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Netgalley Review: The Stars Now Unclaimed

The Stars Now Unclaimed

Title: The Stars Now Unclaimed
Author: Drew Williams
Series: Book 1
Publisher: Tor
Page Count: 500
Type of Book: Arc, Paperback
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Received: Netgalley ARC
Rated: 4/5 stars
Notes: Science fiction, how I love thee.

While not a book I would have selected were I at a library or bookstore, I selected this one out of the list of books available for review because I’d heard a lot about it, and I’d just finished reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and was definitely in the mood for more of the same. I’d hoped this was similar, and while it’s a good book, I don’t think the two quite match up.

This was a slow burner of a read for me. Science fiction is either super fun and fast paced (see listed book above, as well as The Expanse series, as well as several others) or ridiculously slow and heavy paced with SCIENCE! And while I like science just fine, sometimes there’s lots of paragraphs that explain how things are, and so on. I’m pleased to say that this wasn’t one of those books, and while it wasn’t as fun as The Long Way it was still pretty entertaining to read!

I’m behind on reviews, so I’m posting this late, but overall I really did enjoy this book. It was fun, lots of characters and action and drama. Not sure I’m going to go out and buy a copy, but perhaps one day if I have space/money/time I might.

Overall, I’m giving this a 4/5 stars!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Book Review: Murder Feels Awful

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Title: Murder Feels Awful
Author: Bill Alive
Genre: Mystery, Humor, Suspense
Series: Book 1
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Publisher:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook

 

If Sherlock Holmes had the power of empathy, this would be how the books would feel…

Sorry, couldn’t resist that little pun up there.

Murder Feels Awful is a fun mystery to read for a few hours, filled with excitement and enthusiastic! kids that love empathes even as they try to get the empathes to help solve a murder. It was a fun, adventuresome, over the top characters all of whom had their own agendas and motives. There was even a surprise bad guy that is being reserved for book two, and I am all kinds of curious about him. A killer by the name of ‘Numb’. Similar to Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty…if I’m not mistaken as to how that’s going to go down…

This book was long, but definitely well worth reading. It had enough detail to guess most of how it would end, but the ending still had a few surprises that made me actually feel surprised. I guessed who the killer was, but was actually wrong for a change and for different reasons that I suspected. (I should note that this book does not have trigger warnings for child abuse, I’ll have to put that in a note to the author.)

There were several cliff hanging moments in the book, including one bit with a car called Thunder (I love that name for a car, I might just use it myself), and it all felt very much like watching a cheesy, fun, ridiculous kids murder-mystery movie complete with nods towards Sherlock Holmes and Poirot and a handful of other references as well.

I can’t say much more without revealing spoilers, but I will say that this is one not to be missed. The author certainly has talent with making the characters come alive (see what I did there?)!

Overall, I give this a 5/5 stars for an enjoyable few hours.

Now,
-Pass Me That Book

 

Paperback Book Review: Traitor’s Blade

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Title: Traitor’s Blade
Author: Sebastien de Castell
Series: 1 out of ?
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 370
Type of Book: Library Paperback
Rated: 4/5 stars

Traitor’s Blade took me by surprise. On the one hand, I loved the characters and the world that the book contained. It was a fun read, fast paced, gritty and full of sarcastic characters that those who follow my blog may know by now that I love sarcastic assholes. Especially funny, caring, tough but soft in the center sarcastic assholes.

This book started off strong, and just kept right on going. It didn’t pause in the plot, the action, or the death scenes-this guy clearly took a page out of George R. R. Martin’s book, because I swear it felt like a character died in every chapter. There’s torture involved, a particularly harsh scene with a horse at the end that made me cringe in sympathy and horror, and there’s even a girl that made my heart bleed due to her tragic backstory, and how she acted throughout the book.

The characters may have made the story, but I think it was really Falcio-the main character-who brought the story home. His sharp wit, his bitterness at the unfairness of the world, his don’t stop until you die attitude made me fall hard for his character.

My only real complaint was the end of the book, setting it up for book two. It wasn’t a strong cliffhanger that just cuts off abruptly, it did wrap things off, but there was a lot of unresolved issues, it felt like.

Still, I really loved this book, and was surprised at how much I wound up enjoying it. A lot of reviewers either loved it or found it lacking, some even giving it two stars. I think the story itself was a fine way to pass an afternoon.

Four and a half stars out of five.

Now that I’ve finished this book, however, I need another one. So,

-Pass Me That Book

{This review was posted on Goodreads and my blog at Pass Me That Book. You can find the link to my blog on my Goodreads homepage.}

 

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-

Pass Me That Book!