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Review: The White Road by Sarah Lotz

The White Road will creep under your skin, fill your mind with all the ghastly things and make you leery of participating in activities like, oh, let’s say caving or mountain climbing. I was totally going to go climb Everest next year, really!  Never mind that I have a bum knee, a bum ankle, and maybe I’m scared of heights and...

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Review: Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Fate is an emotional roller-coaster of a book that is heartbreaking, bittersweet and absolutely perfect. This book is not just a perfect ending to The Fitz and Fool trilogy, but also to The Realm of the Elderlings series so far. So much so, that my only negative reaction is fear that there may not be another series in this...

Review: Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

It may have taken a few months, but I am finally ready to hand out my first 5 star rating for 2017. And as much as I loved the Unhewn Throne trilogy, Skullsworn has taken seat for my favorite of Staveley’s book. One thing Staveley did well in Unhewn Throne was create fascinating secondary characters that you wish had more...

Review: The Fireman by Joe Hill

Fun fact, Hill mentioned in the foreward/introduction that the title of his book came from Bradbury’s original title of Fahrenheit 451. The Fireman felt very different from Hill’s other books. There is not the magical call of Christmasland, though there was a nod to it in the book as well as  a slew of references to other genre books, particularly Harry Potter....

Review: Black Wolves by Kate Elliott

Black Wolves may be a daunting read as it is a massive book and I know sometimes readers are deterred by that. The thing is, though, it is also a massively impressive book. Scaling it down would be a disservice to the story and quite honestly the story deserves to be read. I have not formulated my ‘best of the year’...

Review: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet commanded my complete attention from the very beginning, and was a book that I longed to continue reading any time real life got diverted me from its pages. Rosemary Harper is the newest crew mate for The Wayfarer. Her past is a bit mysterious, but you quickly learn she is bright and...

Review: Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb

This review will be spoiler free for Fool’s Quest, but if you have not read Fool’s Assassin, all I will say is this book is even better and I urge you to read my review of Fool’s Assassin instead. So, even if it has been a little while since you read Fool’s Assassin, hopefully you remember the insanity that ensued right at...

Review: Day Four by Sarah Lotz

Day Four will make you cringe, laugh and shudder.  It shows you the horror that can exist in humanity, it provides you haunting events and things that you can’t explain in any sense of the world we know and live in. It will creep you out in so many ways. But, it will also entertain you and make you laugh. There...

Review: When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord

When We Were Animals is a beautifully chilling story about humans and the animals within us. I absolutely love the prose and Gaylord’s way with words. He takes you right into the town and into the mind of our protagonist, Lumen. Lumen Fowler grew up in a small town with a peculiar nature. For three nights of each full moon teenagers...

Review: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Legendary. I’m tempted to leave me review at that, but will elaborate a bit. The style of this book is superb. Often with a debut novel, people are curious who you might compare this author to. I had heard some reference to GRRM before reading this. And what I will say, is that the complexity of the story and the size...