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Discussion (Part Two): Series/Authors Backlist Titles To Focus On for 2022 (A Hefty List Continued!)

Hello Everyone,

As I’m writing this, the year is wrapping rapidly to a close and I’m still reading quite a bit. I plan to get a lot more serious in reading and reviewing next year as this past year I had a bit of a hiatus. Now it’s time to focus on my blog once again, and that means making priorities of book series to complete/finish for the next year. Here’s more authors and series I’m determined to get to!

Obviously I have quite a bit of books. 55 exactly on this list. I don’t have all of them listed that are on my wishlist that would take up far, far too much space. I’m not going to type up the list but if you want titles feel free to ask and I shall send you the titles in the comments. What’s on your tbr for next year? Anything good?

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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New Release Review: Ash Princess

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Title: Ash Princess
Author: Laura Sebastian
Series: Book 1
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Page Count: 435
Publisher: Delacourt Press, Penguin Random House
Type of Book: Library loan, Hardback, New Release, Highly Anticipated Read
Rated: 5/5 stars

It’s not often that I have books that truly live up to my expectations, but Ash Princess was an epic four and a half hour story that drew me in and didn’t release me for air until the very end. I felt rage for the Ash Princess, loneliness, and yes, I even cried once towards the end-which rarely happens in books. I can count on both hands how many books have made me cry, and this book has now been added to that list. Be fair warned, this has a fair bit of graphic violence, whipping, slavery, and detailed death scenes mentioned throughout this book. It is not for the faint of heart.

Ash Princess was an anticipated read way back when I first created my Anticipated Reads page. I saw it on Amazon, when it was saying that you could pre-order the book. Low and behold, it arrived at my library unexpectedly last week, so I snatched it up planning to read it for the Memorial Day holiday that I had going on at my families house.

It was an excellent choice.

Ash Princess is filled with rebellion, slaughter, broken promises. It’s filled with princesses, kings who deserve to die horrific deaths for all they’ve done, a kingdom in ruins. It’s got all the good things that a fantasy fan, especially those who love graphic violence, would love in an epic fantasy. It’s got maps at the front of the book; there is definitely some epic world-building within as well.

Now on to the book.

“The last person who called me by my true name was my mother, with her dying breath.”

It’s the first line of the book, and it drew me in utterly and completely. I watched as Theodosia watched her mother be murdered before her eyes, her kingdom fall, and herself become prisoner to the Kraiser, a cruel man that rules his kingdom through fear and fear alone.

Fast forward a few years later, when she’s closer to being an adult, and she’s starting a rebellion, plotting her escape, and planning on freeing her people from the tyrannical monster that constantly hurts and abuses her and those she cares for.

The ending was one that I didn’t see coming. Theodosia is renamed “Thora” by the Kraiser, and his people call her by that name, as well as crowning her ‘Ash Princess’, but it’s a fake name with a fake individual. She hides herself away, and slowly…ever so slowly…the people come to her from out of the shadows, and help her back to her throne, so that she may free her people from the mines where citizens go mad from the gems and their powers.

It’s a plot that’s well constructed, characters that are so lifelike you feel as if you’re standing there with them. I loved every moment of this book, and definitely plan on buying it ASAP, because it’s worth getting it so that I can have it to read it again in the future. The twist at the end with what happened to Cress was also awesome. And for those of you doing the Scallywagathon, this also has sirens mentioned within. Granted, they’re a very tiny part of the story, but there you are. It does have pirates, however, though they come in more towards the end of the book than the start of it.

This book was awesome, and I applaud the author for a fabulous job well done!

I look forward to book two “Lady Smoke” which comes out in the Spring of 2019. I cannot wait until it does, and will of course be checking with Netgalley, Edelweiss, and Penguin Random House for an ARC of it, if I’m lucky enough to get my hands on such a copy.

In the meantime, you need to read this book and read it now. It’s definitely worth it! After all, if I give 5/5 stars, it can’t be all that bad, can it? Especially when the back of the book has four words that I know will perk your interest: Princess. Prisoner. Orphan. Rebel

In a land without a Queen, it’s time for a Princess to Rise.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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Young Adult Book Reviews

Kindle Arc Review: Blood and Wolf

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Title: Blood and Wolf
Author: Eva Truesdale and S. M. Gaither
Series: Book 1
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Page Count: 215
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Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Format
Rated: 5/5 stars

This book was a dark adventure, right up until the very cliff-hanger end. Elle was an excellent, relatable character that one could immediately like and sympathize with. Full of almost uncontrollable, uncontainable power, she struggles every day to make sure she doesn’t break the world.

And once every few years, a council comes together to test her skills, and make sure she’s not weak like they think in her ability to keep things contained. Desperate to either kill her or get rid of the power that breaks the wall between the worlds once and for all, the Sorcerers take her and lock her up.

She’s “rescued” after bargaining with one sorcerer boy who wants her help in making things truly stable, truly peaceful in the supernatural community by stopping her ability once and for all by going after three mysterious keys. With the help of her two best friends, the four of them search for the keys and deal with many various different kinds of supernatural creatures in the world.

Elle slowly falls for the boy who rescued her, Soren, and I instinctively know that the boy is bad news. She seems to be stupidly liking him far too much, and what’s worse is I am too-he is cheeky, snarky, and apparently attractive enough for Elle to sit up and take notice. The two of them become closer.

Which ends in utter disaster.

Unable to tell you more without spoiling the entirety of the story itself, I can only say that this is an adventure filled fantasy that needs to be read. It’s fun, it’s fast paced, it’s full of interesting unique characters, and there is plenty of magic and power around to stop a small army.

Overall, this is a 5/5 stars, and I cannot wait until book 2 comes out! Book 2 apparently arrives April 20th, 2018 if your so inclined to check the authors out and see about preordering their book should it become available. Links available below this review, and if they don’t work please let me know! I’ve only just started linking books/authors to amazon, after all.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

 

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My Top #5 TBR Thursday!

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It’s TBR (To Be Read) Thursday, and today’s book choice is Ash Princess, which I received from my public library! It’s a book that I’ve been wishing to have for a while now, it’s popped up on quite a few different blogs that I follow, and I’m eagerly awaiting tonight where I can finally sit down, crack open the spine, and read the book that I can now cross off of my wish list.

#1: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian is a young adult fantasy that sounds pretty awesome. It’s got war, magic, queens, murder, rebellion…all the good stuff that you know you’re going to enjoy.

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#2: The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara is another one that’s on my radar to read this weekend. It’s got pirates and girls in disguise. Need I say more?

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#3: The Tory by TJ London-I have kinda sort started this already, so far I’m enjoying it. It’s a good historical read, and I love that cover! This is yet another new arc that I have, that I need to review, so it’s definitely on my TBR list!

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#4: Heart of Mist Book 1 by Helen Scheuerer-this has been on my TBR for ages, but I’ve been putting it off till the trilogy is close to complete. Now that I know it is, I’m fixing to start reading this ASAP, because just look at the cover! Not to mention, its FANTASY, and we all know that’s my weakness!

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#5 The Source of Magic by Cate Rowan-I requested this one at my library (along with several others, of course), and am awaiting its delivery, hoping I can review it before too long. Another cover that is quite beautiful, don’t you think?

 

And there you have it! My Top #5 TBR books for the coming week. Next week, even more fantasy, young adult fiction, and arcs!

Until Next Time,

-Pass Me That Book.

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My Currently Reading Pile

We all have TBR piles that just keep on stacking up, whenever we see new books coming out, or when we see friends recommending books. My pile is currently respectable, if a bit long. I’m almost done reading The Sisters Mederos, and thoroughly enjoying it, but after that comes several books from the library that I seriously need to get read/reviewed/returned. Here’s my stack of books that I’m working my way through!:

 

These aren’t all the books on my TBR, of course, but these are the most immediate ones on my kindle and nightstand. I should have a review up and ready for The Sisters Mederos in the next few days, and continue knocking down others on my current tbr in the process.

In other exciting news, I sent off my first manuscript to a publisher! Fingers crossed, everyone!

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Books I’m “Planning” On Reading

So I’ve been gone awhile, and I’m attempting to play catch up with reading because I’ve only read a small handful of books this past month. Pitiful compared to the start of the year, really, but to be fair I’ve been busy working on writing my book than I have reading, and I’m almost done writing which means that next month will be filled with books, A Wrinkle in Time movie, and more books! I’ve worked out what books I really want to get to this upcoming month, and I have all of them I just need to start reading them!

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I have all of these books, either on my laptop, kindle, or in physical form. Four of these are ARCs to read (Dragon’s Realm, Ride On, The Price Guide, Song of Blood) so they go first! Then after those, I can work through my eight Library books that I have, and then go through there. Who thinks that I’m going to be able to read all of these in a month! Yeah, I don’t think so either, but a girl can dream…

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Paperback Book Review: Glimmerglass

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Title: Glimmerglass
Author: Jenna Black
Series: Book 1/?
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 295
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Type of Book: Library, Paperback
Rated: 4.2/5 stars

“I was trapped in Avalon. My Aunt was hunting me, my dad was in jail, and the only people who seemed to be on my side were a pair of Fae teenagers I barely knew.”

Dana Hathaway is the main character of this book, with an alcoholic mom and a father she’s never known who is supposedly a powerful Fae that lives in Avalon, which is in England (I believe). Avalon is a magical place on Earth, in an alternate Earth, where there are two worlds that intersect-Fae and Mortal. Most mortals don’t know about the Fae, or don’t believe in them. Dana Hathaway knows, however, that she is not normal. She is a half breed-half human, half Fae, and that makes her a Fairiewalker.

This book reminded me very strongly of a couple of other favorite fae type stories: The Iron Daughter series by Julie Kagawa, and the Switched series by Amanda Hocking. I really enjoyed this book, though I did wish that the main character wasn’t quite so naive. She runs away from her mother after her mother embarrasses her at a voice recital, and flees to her father…never realizing that this might have consequences. For one thing, she winds up meeting her Aunt Grace who is not as she first appears, and then she meets Ethan and Kimber who are siblings, in another dangerous situation. There are many attempts made on her life, and the usual ‘why is everything and everyone trying to kill me’ trope.

Turns out, she’s wanted by all kinds of fairie; but especially wanted dead, if she can’t be controlled, or coerced to a certain side. She’s finally safe at her dad’s-seemingly, of course. She doesn’t trust him, not after everyone’s lied to her, tricked her, tried to kill her, and so forth.

Glimmerglass is a well written book, but the characters can be frustrating at times. My favorite character was easily Finn the bodyguard. Who reminded me very strongly of Artemis’s bodyguard in the book series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.

This is the first book of a series, which I didn’t realize upon snagging this from the library, but that’s fine with me-I get to read more of an interesting world filled with action, adventure, and intrigue-as well as the cliche’d romance, as well.

I highly recommend this series for all to read, because of its unique storyline, and interesting plot. 4.2 out of five stars!

Now,

-Pass Me That Book!

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Hardback Review: Even the Darkest Stars

Title: Even the Darkest Stars
Author: Heather Fawcett
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 304
Genre: YA Fantasy

Review:

This book was high on my expectations list, and did not disappoint. The cover fit extremely well with the story, which made me happy. I loved the dark blue cover of the book, and the title, which was initially what made me snag this book from the library. I now want to buy my own copy at some point in the future, it was that good. My only complaint was that it left off at a cliffhanger (readers of this book might groan at the obvious pun).

This book had it all-pet foxes as familiars, witches, demons, dragons, mountain climbing in dangerous terrain, and searching for an item as a means of a quest. The characters were driven, each in their own way, towards their own goals. You didn’t know who to trust, who to believe in when they had their scenes. Although I think my favorite scene was imagining baby dragons heading towards Chirri’s cabin.

Magic was complex, there was history of their world, and the Nightwood was a fascinating topic that I wished was discussed more often, because it contained witches who had a long time grudge against the human empire from blocking them off from the rest of the world. There was also ghosts in this book, which was a startling surprise, and there were explorers…

I just loved this book so much.

The author drew me in slowly, and built up until I had reached the very end. I knew that their situation wouldn’t be resolved when I had fifty pages left, and by the time I hit fifteen pages before the end of the book I realized that this was going to be one of those authors whose books I would snap up in a heartbeat in the future. She writes as though everything is desperate, the characters are at deaths’ door, there’s no more choices left…

And it’s exciting reading, full of adventure, magic, and mystery. There’s Lusha with her ravens, and poor Aimo, and River, and Ragtooth, and all of the characters I just loved to pieces. The story was epic, the book lived up to its expectations, and I couldn’t ask for more-but I am. I want book two. I want it now. Please don’t tell me that this is how the story ends, because if that’s the case, then that’s a terribly sad ending.

Overall, I give this book five stars. It was worth the wait, and I’m glad that this is still helping me out of my reading slump as well.

Go, read the book. I’ll wait.

Until then,
Pass Me That Book!

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Hardback Book Review: The Last Place On Earth

Title: The Last Place on Earth
Author: Carol Snow
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 298

Review:

I dove into this book and didn’t come up for air until I hit the very end, closing the book with a satisfication that I hadn’t done in an age. While there were books that I had liked here and there, there hasn’t been one that I really *clicked* with, and this book did it for me. It was all about surviving out in the wild, a trope that I really love, and learning how to get on after the fall of humanity. I saw where this book was going when the first few classmates that Daisy had started sick, but it was still an unexpected twist at the end. I liked Henry, I liked Kyle, and Karessa, and Kirsten was awesome. I liked Mrs. Hawking, and Daisy’s mother, and Peter. The characters were all identifiable. The situation was something that I believe fully possible, though I didn’t believe the solution to the epidemic was correct.
This is a book about “preppers”, families who go out into the wild to survive against any kind of ‘fall of humanity’ type of situation, anything from the zombie apocalypse to the buobonic plague. It’s all very fascinating, and some of it read like a horror novel as well, which was a bonus to me. Daisy spent most of the book searching for her best friend Henry, who mysteriously disappears. After breaking into his home to see if he left any clues (he did, a note that reads “save me”), she goes on a quest to find him. As she searches for him, there are all kinds of various survival situations. I was disappointed this wasn’t an “alien invasion” type book, but it still was one of my favorites. I believe fans of “The Fifth Wave” by Rick Yancy would really enjoy this book, it echoes that world very strongly.
The Last Place on Earth is going to be one of those books that lingers long after I read it, and I’m happy to say that it’s also helped shove me out of my reading slump that I’ve been in lately. I’ve read this one, and immediately after that I’ve read a handful of others as well that will soon have reviews posted at some point in time.
Five stars!

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Book Review: Hanna Who Fell From the Sky

I won this book on a giveaway from Marzie’s Reads (https://www.facebook.com/marzies.reads/). She is a very well read, nice person all around!

Book Title: Hanna Who Fell From the Sky

Author: Christopher Meades

Rating: 4/5 stars!

Book Provider: Marzie’s Reads

My Review:

Hanna Who Fell From the Sky is a beautiful, lyrical book that will likely make me go out and read other books that this author publishes in the future. Hanna has a snappy wit, a strong backbone, and is overall a wonderful character. Her storyline reminded strongly of “It Ain’t Me Babe” by Tillie Cole, only without the bikers, and dark pasts. She was spared all that, though apparently it was a close call in some scenes.

This book features strong religious themes, child abuse, and a mean drunk alcoholic father if you have triggers.

The characters in this were a mix bag of tricks-Hanna was easily my favorite, but I liked all her brothers and sisters as well, I hated Jessamina, Jotham, and a few of the others. I disagreed strongly with the church she attended. The entire thing is something that I wish wasn’t true, but sadly happens in the world regardless.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I flew through this book in about three days, trying to make the book linger but quickly finishing it at the same time so that I can write up a review. I really recommend this book, it’s beautifully written and well worth the read.

Four out of five stars!

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