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.

Edelweiss Review: The Unbinding of Mary Reade

TheUnbindingofMaryReade

Title: The Unbinding of Mary Reade
Author: Miriam McNamara
Series:
Genre: YA, LGBT, Adventure
Page Count: 300
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook, New Release
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Get your box of tissues ready!

Wow, this book! This book definitely tops my LGBT pick of the month! With pirates, adventure, and heartbreak around every corner, it’s hard not to fall for this little treasure. (See what I did there?)

Warning: physical abuse between husband/wife, cheating, and at least one blink and you miss it attempted suicide towards the end of the book

Mary Reade is a girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can have more freedom. After her mother helps her to become a man, Mary lives her life as a pirate, learning how to fight and sail and survive out on the high seas.

It’s there, out in the open ocean on board a ship that they’re battling, that she meets Anne Boney, a beautiful woman that Mary falls hard for.

This book sparks so many emotions, that I had to have the tissue box close to hand several times. There are so many unfair things about women back then that infuriates me as well. And I’m still not to happy with all the forced religion either. Such a horrible time, but also such a magical time. It’s hard to describe exactly how this book made me feel when reading it, I’m sad that I put it off for so long, but I had quite a few other books to get to first.

I highly recommend this book, especially if like an honest feel-good lesbian pirate story that showcases the good in people as well as the bad. It’s an epic romance that deserves higher praise and isn’t getting nearly enough attention as it’s been getting. Being Bi myself, this book hits hard and is completely merciless in examining just how horrid men can be about women in disguise.

5/5 stars and I am definitely adding this to my automatic ‘to buy’ list!

-Until next time,
Pass Me That Book.

Netgalley Review: Fawkes

 

Fawkes

I was not yet ready to turn to stone. 

Title: Fawkes
Author: Nadine Brandes
Series:
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Page Count: 500
Publishing: Thomas Nelson
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: THE HYPE IS DESERVED!

Fawkes starts off with a bang, instantly capturing my attention and having me read a 500 page book in less than a day!

FawkesReviewImage{Look, I did art! For a review!}

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

-As Described on Goodreads

Then I read the first sentence: I was not ready to turn to stone, and I was HOOKED. From the very first sentence, this book was a true treasure to read. Thomas Fawkes was an easily identifiable character, the book was filled with twists and turns that I did not see coming, the world-building was unique and well written. I adore this book, and am putting it on my ‘to-buy-immediately’ list, because it’s well worth sitting on my shelves for when I want a re-read.

This book ripped my emotions apart several times. There’s a violent plague going on in this book, and the main character is affected, but with only one eye so that he wears an eyepatch most of the time. He hopes to get a mask from his father after passing a test in order to make it so that people don’t see his affliction and so that he can have the power to help change things. When his father doesn’t show up as he’s promised to do, Thomas Fawkes takes matters into his own hands and goes out to find him.

This book was a delicious read, from beginning to end, and I can’t give you enough reasons why you should read it, only that it needs to be added to your TBR post-haste! It’s got thieves and spies and London and plagues and magic and….what more could you want?

Giving this book a very well deserved 5/5 stars for it’s beautiful voice and unique world-building skills!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Author: Anne Blankman
Series: Book One
Genre: YA, Historical
Page Count: 400
Publisher: Belzhar+Bray/Penguin
Type of Book: Arc, Paperback
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes:

This was a fascinating book. It tells the story of Herr Hitler in a unique light, from the perspective of a family member. Gretchen Mueller calls Herr Hitler “Uncle Dolf”, and is one of the most esteemed girls in the country of Germany during the ‘rise of the Fuhrer’. She has no idea of what’s really going on, believing everything that her Uncle tells her to be true. She is a favorite of Herr Hitler because her father gave his life, protecting him from bullets. She lives a life that is privileged, cherished, and full of fear of her brother who is obviously a psychopath-devoid of emotion, cruel, a bully, and abusive.

Gretchen tells of how she searches for answers to why her father died with bullets in his back instead of his front, for hadn’t he been shielding Herr Hitler? But with every turn she finds answers she doesn’t like, truths that are hard to ignore, and danger around every corner. Her life becomes a confusing mess, and she realizes how few friends she really has, and that there is no one, not even Hitler himself, that she can trust.

{I must warn readers that there is one suicide in this book, a dear friend of Gretchen kills herself towards the back half of the book. There’s also her brother that abuses her, and there was one scene where Herr Hitler asked if she wished to become her beau/lover and she flees in confused fear.}

The book was very well done, there was plenty of action, romance, and mystery throughout the entirety of the book, all up to the happy non-cliffhanger ending, of which pleased me. I really like this author’s writing style, and definitely look forward to reading more of her books in the future. While this book was a bit darker for a ya novel than I was expecting, the historical details were very well done, and I really enjoyed seeing things from a unique perspective in regards to that of Hitler.

I give this book a well deserved 5/5 stars, and plan on buying a hardcover version if one is available sometime in the future. If you’ve not read this yet, I strongly recommend it!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.