Netgalley Review: Empire of Sand

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Title: Empire of Sand
Author: Tasha Suri
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Page Count: 500
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars

I think this might be one of my top #5 books of the year. I’m still in awe of this book that I’ve just finished reading. I read a few chapters here and there the past couple of days, but when I reached chapter fifteen, I didn’t stop reading for almost an entire day, and now it’s currently resting at 9pm at night. That’s a lot of attention from one book. I just couldn’t stop. Merh was such a fascinating, empathetic, and completely believable character. The world-building was breathtaking and enormous, and there was just so much going on in each chapter, it was almost bewildering. It was a grand, epic fantasy adventure that I’d been craving since I’d last read The Expanse, or Outlander, or even Harry Potter-but in a completely different and wholly unexpected way.

Merh struck a deep cord in me, with her trying to keep her family safe from the Emperor and his people, while avoiding her mother’s side of the family and striving to be the quiet, obedient daughter of the Governor. She’s strong, however, and likes to test the bounderies of what she can and cannot do. But things begin to backfire, when her mother’s roots begin to show…and she begins to loose control of the peace she’s carefully built for herself over the years. Her stepmother hates her, and wants her away from her sister, while her father is slowly growing away from her, in large parts thanks to her hateful stepmother. Things are taking a dark turn.

And then the story opens up into such a wild and emotional ride with so many things that I didn’t see coming that I can’t help but keep flipping page after page. It’s imaginative, and glorious to read such a tear-jerker and gut-puncher of a story. Prepare to have tissues on hand, I nearly cried a few times, and it takes a lot to make me cry over a book.

Warnings: minor character deaths, suggested rape, attempted annihaliation of a race, forced arranged marriage, characters that you will hate, and scenes that might make you cry…

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book, and deeply thank Orbit for approving me of a copy. I read the description of the book, saw the line on the cover that read “magic is in her blood” and knew that this was going to be one of my all time favorites, and I’m thrilled to say that I was absolutely right. I’m planning on buying this book when it comes out, to add to my top favorites, it’s that good. Needless to say, I’m giving this book 5/5 stars for its beautifully written tale of love, danger, and magic.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book.

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!

Paperback Book Review: The Fifth Season

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Title: The Fifth Season
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Publisher: Orbit
Page Count: 468
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Type of Book: Library

If you don’t like books that swap between character povs, then this book probably will irritate you. But persist, and you will be shocked and rewarded and delighted at the end of the book. I cannot tell you without spoiling you, so I will make it so its harder to read and you can skip over it: the three characters are the exact same person who changes their name at different ages.

My favorite pov was Damara. She was, whole-heartedly, something new and fresh and original. I can’t say why I identified with her so much, only that I really, really got involved with her story. I spent the entire afternoon flipping through her chapters alone, and then when the book was done realized that I had to go back in order to fill in some of the blanks. I hate that about books, but it was also kind of fun doing that at the same time. For reasons above, see the spoiler as to why one has to go back and re-read the other characters to figure out what happens.

This book was different. It was new, and fresh, and original, and dealt with things in a new way. There were some things that I hated about it *SPOILER link* where Schauff breaks Damara’s hand just to see if she has control, for example.

Otherwise, this book wowd me, though it took a bit to do so to be honest. The writing was rather excellent, and this is the first NK book that I’ve read, and the first of a series. I don’t think I’ll read more of her books in this series, though I’m itching to test out The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, as it sounds a bit more my speed.

I read this book in mostly one sitting, being interrupted once for dinner. I highly recommend giving it a go, and can definitely agree with the hype that this book received, and that it was well worth the Hugo and Nebula Awards that it won as well.

4.5 stars out of 5.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book!

Also as a sidenote: I’ve included a new thing with the organization of each review, where I say ‘type of thing’ at the end of title and author and so on. ‘Type of Thing’ has many variations such as: library book, wattpad novel, amazon ebook, random find, paperback, hardback, etc…I’m still trying to be very organized when it comes to books, as you can clearly see.

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