Overdrive: What’s On My Wishlist TBR? PART 1

For those that prefer the app Libby, I prefer the older Overdrive App. Its cleaner, and easier to load when you don’t have wifi, in my honest opinion. I like that it loads pictures easier, and its better to navigate. While I like the idea of Libby, its just not worked itself out well at all for me. I still keep it on my phone, same as Hoopla though I rarely use either. Hoopla frustrates me with the far limited number of check outs and timing than Overdrive does as well. So. What’s on my Overdrive App? Well, a lot of series, a rare few standalones, and a smattering of YA with Adult winning against the YA titles as of late. Do you have pen and paper handy, as well as Goodreads open? You’ll want to take down a lot of these titles!:

LGBT+ REP, ASIAN REP, CHINESE REP, DISABILITY REP, YA/MG LITERATURE :

This isn’t all of it, of course. There’s loads more YA/MG if I put up all of them we’d be here all day. As is these are high on my wishlist at the moment, and I’m eager to get to them soon. Are you planning on reading any of these? Heard anything good? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

New Release Review: Damsel

Damsel

Title: Damsel
Author: Elana K. Arnold
Series: I really hope this is book one
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: New Release, Library Loan, Hardback
Review Word Count:
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Ah, the anticipation is over!

I finished this book in less than two hours. It was just over 300 pages. Even for me, that is a quick read. It stole my heart, stomped on it, and ripped it into shreds. The best thing about it? THAT ENDING!

This had all the feels, and then some. It had scenes that made me feel true rage towards a character which is a rare thing for me. It made me want to kill the ‘hero’ of the story, and in violent and painful ways for acting like such an incredible ass. What’s weird is that I also liked him at the start of the book and was rooting for him…until about a quarter of the way through the book, in which he basically just killed any feelings I had for him by SPOILER {killing a mama lynx for no reason and almost killing its baby too}.

Warnings: get your box of tissues ready, people. This book was brutal in the feels department, it has cats being killed, dragons being brutally slayed, one scene the main female character is led around a castle with a chain and leash, one suggested attempted assault, there’s a scene where a girl burns her hand, and main character death at the end of this book but it is SO WELL DESERVED. Oh, and one troubling scene of animals being tortured into submission, one brutal scene of that where a man sews a birds eyes shut.

This book features a dragon, a prince going off to slay the dragon to save the damsel, bring the damsel home so that he can be king, and is told alternatively between the girls point of view, and the boys. The girl is named Ama and the boy is named Emory.

Ama is confused, because she doesn’t remember anything from Emory saving her from the dragon. She doesn’t remember her name, her parentage-nothing. Emory tells her that she’s beautiful, and that he rescued her so that she could be his queen, and so on and so forth.

Now, it leaves it wide open to guess exactly where Ama comes from, if readers are smart and pay attention to all the signs that are given. There’s quite a few nods towards who Ama was before Emory rescued her. I won’t say anything, however, only that I really rather hated Emory in the end, as well as most of the men in this book.

This book had a lot of issues in regards to it being a ‘man’s world’ and that ‘women needed to learn their place’. I found it annoying but also realistic and wanted to strangle a fair few of the characters because of it. I must also note that I really liked the serving maids, as well as the glassblower (a glassblower in a fantasy book is awesome, even if he started out as a misogynist ass!) and the queen and all her cats. The overall cast of characters in the castle was interesting and I really wanted to read more about everyone and all their back-stories.

I really loved this book. I really hope that there’s going to be a follow up, because while it ended on a somewhat dark note, it also granted Ama her freedom again and was a happy note for her too. I’m sure that a sequel could be managed from this, and am eagerly looking forward to such if there is one.

I’m obviously giving this book a 5/5 stars, and am so pleased that this being an anticipated book reached all my levels of expectation and then some. My hat goes off to the author for a spectacular job well done. If you haven’t already gotten to this book yet, I highly recommend doing so. If you like fantasy, cats, dragons, and magic then this is definitely the book for you!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

New Release Review: Devil’s and Thieves

Devils and Thieves

Title: Devils and Thieves
Author: Jennifer Rush
Series:
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 335
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Release Year: 2017
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release, Library Loan
Rated: 5/5 stars

Romance, magic, biker gangs, missing people, and festivals play out in this epic young adult fantasy novel that had me hooked deep and made it so that I finished the book in less than three hours! It was a fun, energetic, intense, dark, passionate book that kept me flipping through the pages until the very end, where I sighed with happiness at another five star read for the year, and one book that is going to be lableled amongst the top ten reads for 2018, I’m fairly sure. There seem to be a lot of great books out this year, which is awesome, and this one just became another one of the ‘greats’.

I could smell the magic even now, so potent that it collected like a film on the back of my throat.
It made me want to breathe deep.
It made me want to run.

The main character is a girl who has magic, but supposedly can’t use it; every time she tries, she gets ill to the point of fainting and/or vomiting. She’s scared of it, and hiding it from all those she loves. Despite the fact that the biker gangs all have various types of magic, of course, so that seems kinda dumb to me, but she didn’t want to cause more worries for her mother, or her dad who had walked out on the family way back in the day when she was about six years old.

The girl is 18 year old Jemmie Carmichael, and she’s got enough drama in this book to turn it into a soap opera. She’s in love with a guy named Crowe, has a huge crush on him, and he happens to be the president of the magical biker gang the Devil’s League. He’s dangerous, not just in the sense that he could physically tear her apart, but he could also kill you with his magic.

Then there’s several other biker gangs as well, that they all have tense relationships with one another. They’re trying for peace, but there’s so much water under the bridge that it’s almost impossible. It doesn’t help when people start going missing either, including two people within the Devil’s League gang and Jemmie’s best friend, Alex-who happens to be Crowe’s sister.

The drama and romance escalate up and down, and Jemmie tries to find her balance amongst the gang, while trying to find Alex. She wants to be normal, and make all the right choices. She also wants to find her friend safe, and have a good relationship with her father.

I really loved the book, and I really hope that there’s a sequel because while it wrapped up the mystery of everything nicely, there was still what felt like openings for a book two.

In the meantime, I have several other arcs to read and am excited to get to them as well, while I put this one on my “To Buy” list ASAP, because it’s just that awesome, well written, and full of dark, intense, atmospheric, powerful, dangerous, wild magic.

5/5 stars and this author is now on my immediate favorites list as well!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

{Bold and quoted text from back of book; review also posted on my Goodreads Page}

Paperback Arc: The Legend of Zelkova

The Legend of Zelkova

Title: The Legend of Zelkova
Author: S. A. Valden
Series: Book 1
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Adult Fiction
Page Count:
Publisher:
Type of Book: Paperback, Arc
Rated: 4/5 stars

The Legend of Zelkova is about a young woman named Zelkova, a badass female who loves Carya, and is sent on a mission with a few others to rescue/retrieve the missing prince of her kingdom. The King puts her in charge of the group, of which one of the members, a man named Malus, doesn’t like so he challenges her to the position, as he has never been bested by a fight, and doesn’t believe that women should be in charge. Zelkova wins, and Malus continues being an ass throughout the book, though slowly changes.

Zelkova is powerful, magical, strong, smart, and beautiful. She leads the four to retrieve the missing/kidnapped prince, and along the way the other four gain gifts/magical abilities as well. Malus winds up gaining the fire element, the others get various abilities/elements as well. Soon, the group is a powerful force to be reckoned with, but not without consequences.

This book was a wild ride that I really enjoyed, especially with the light hearted LGBT feels between Zelkova and Carya. I liked that the book was a fun, adventuresome read. There were intense battle sequences, deep meaningful conversations between the characters, and an overall fun feel to the story as I read along.

My one complaint was that the elements who kept giving these gifts were always mysterious and vague about the group needing their powers. Why is it that those types of powerful beings can never inform the individual of what they are getting themselves into? Sure, they get special unique powers to help save innocent people, but a little information wouldn’t be such a bad thing now and again. Not mysterious riddles, or vague sentences that leave the person (Zelkova mainly) more confused than before. Everything does get explained, but that’s just one of my issues with the book.

That, and Malus being an ass in the beginning of the story. One does warm up to him eventually though, at the end of the book, he is nowhere near close to being my favorite character. (That would be Zelkova, of course.)

I did enjoy this book enough to possibly look for book 2, whenever it comes out. It’s a fun book that I’m sure fantasy lovers will love, and while it was a bit of a long read, it was an entertaining one as well.

Overall, I rate this book a 4/5 stars.

Until Next Time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Click here for a sneak peek at book 2!: https://legendofzelkova.com/

{Review will also be posted on my Goodreads and Amazon}

Kindle ARC Review: The Afterwards

TheAfterwards

 

Title: The Afterwards
Author: N. Heinz
Series: Book 1
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count:
Publisher: Kingston Publishing Company
Type of Book: Arc, Amazon Kindle temporary freebie
Rated: 5/5 stars

A mysterious beginning with a girl named Ruby who can see ghosts and works in a bookstore was sure to be an interesting read for a couple of hours. And I was right, this book was fascinating and very intense all the way through to the end. My only complaint was how short the book is, just ten chapters!

Ruby Wynn is a twenty year old virgin who can’t drive, works in a bookstore, is a loner, and loves her mom. After waking up one day with the entire world vanished, except for a mysterious man she met at the bookstore just the day before that introduced himself as Markus, she finds out that she’s a draem’ar, and that she is one of a few who was listed in a prophecy given by her late Aunt Agatha.

Cue the evil beings stepping in to try to kill both her and Markus. The two put up a valiant fight, remaining behind a barrier inside a strange home that reminds Ruby so much of her own home, except for certain magical differences, like how the food is prepared.

The battle between the Etherean and the two last humans escalates quickly, bringing the ridiculously short book to a cliffhanger that makes the reader instantly want to go out and buy the next book.

The writing is intense, the characters are very realistic, and the bad guys are fascinating if a bit predictable in the ‘hate humans, must kill’ approach. I really enjoyed this book, and encourage anyone who hasn’t read it to go and do so. It’s well worth it, and a fast read too so it will be easy enough to knock off that TBR pile that’s stacked miles high.

Thanks to Kingston Publishing for the arc, and this review is my own honest opinion. I hope book two is released ASAP, because this was a great read by an amazingly talented author.

Until Next Time,
-Pass Me That Book

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