Aurora Blazing was another intergalactic adventure with a strong female protagonist, Bianca, who is mastermind hacker with some serious computing skills. Another girl after my own heart like her sister, Ada from Polaris Rising, but in different ways. I mentioned her tech skills, but her strengths definitely don’t end there. She finds ways to gain an advantage by knowing as much as she can, and as many secrets as she can gather and hold on t...

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Leckie’s previous series had a polarizing effect for her readers. The perspective and narrative was original and unlike anything I had read before. It told the story from the perspective of not just an AI, but a hive-mind AI. There was also a non-genderization element that, for me, really highlighted how hard wired my brain is to want to know gender. It was interesting to me. I think it was very well executed, but unusual enough that while ...

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After reading the Blackthorn and Grim series by Marillier, I just knew I had to read more of her work. While I’ve not yet made time for backlist books, this start to a new series was irresistible. It also had a double whammy for expectations. First, I loved her other books so much, that my standards for Marillier are pretty high. Second, I found the premise of this series a must read no matter who the author was. The protagonist is a women who ...

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I have to admit, I am a sucker for the girl dressed as a boy trope, so this book had an immediate edge for me. Maia dreams of becoming the best tailor in the empire. However, a dream is all that it can be as women are not allowed to be tailors, a career reserved only for men. So instead, she works quietly behind the scenes of her father’s business, gaining skill and experience, but knowing that she can never take over or become the face of ...

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Fray is another enjoyable book in the Unraveled Kingdom. Political unrest and revolution have created an uncertain path and future for the empire, and Sophie finds herself at the center of the conflicts. Engaged to the Crown-prince, but also rooted in the community that is looking for change, she has loved ones and friends on both sides of the conflict. She’s a strong protagonist who fights her battles using intelligence and using her relat...

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read...

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I really enjoyed this one. It was an impulse request because when I was looking for my next book to read, it just sounded like a better fit for what I was in the mood for than anything I had on hand. I started reading it immediately and am quite glad I did. Turns out there’s a great story here. As with so many books I love, this features a strong female protagonist. Romy started life in Beggar’s Ring, the poorest and most downtrodden ...

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The Fated Sky is set a number of years after the end of The Calculating Stars. A colony has been established on the moon, and they are working to develop a colony on Mars. I continue to really enjoy this series. Kowal creates very intriguing characters, keeps the pace moving well and just writes very readable and compelling stories. If you missed reading the first one, I highly recommend you go check it out. It is an alternate history set in the ...

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This is a book that is more about the human element than the bigger picture of the world. How people’s lives can be defined, shaped, altered by a single moment. It is about those passing moments and memories. There are no guarantees in life, just because you feel something should be doesn’t mean it will happen or be that way. This book is full of danger, excitement, betrayal and love. Kay continues to prove his skill at storytelling i...

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It’s always bittersweet when a series you enjoy comes to end. The Unbound Empire was no exception for me. The book was full of action, drama, dire threats against the empire, and balanced with great friendships (and yes, romances) that all left me a happy reader. I enjoy Caruso’s books because for me they strike a great balance of being very easy to read and interesting plot. Sometimes as books get more complex, they get longer and so...

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Top Ten Tuesday – Titles with Numbers
Top Ten Tuesday / October 1, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is : Book Titles with Numbers In Them (You could really challenge yourself and do numbers 1-10 or just any numbers at all. Submitted by Emma @ Words and Peace) SO I tried to stick to only books that I have read and have read and I tried to go sequentially. However, I go...

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Review: Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik
4 Stars , Reviews / September 30, 2019

Aurora Blazing was another intergalactic adventure with a strong female protagonist, Bianca, who is mastermind hacker with some serious computing skills. Another girl after my own heart like her sister, Ada from Polaris Rising, but in different ways. I mentioned her tech skills, but her strengths definitely don’t end there. She finds ways to gain an advantage by knowing as much as she can, and as many secrets as she can gather and...

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Review: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
2.5 Stars , Reviews / September 9, 2019

Leckie’s previous series had a polarizing effect for her readers. The perspective and narrative was original and unlike anything I had read before. It told the story from the perspective of not just an AI, but a hive-mind AI. There was also a non-genderization element that, for me, really highlighted how hard wired my brain is to want to know gender. It was interesting to me. I think it was very well executed, but unusual enough t...

Top 5 Tuesday – Dystopian Novels
Top 5 Tuesday / August 20, 2019

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? I love Joe Hill’s horror books, and was actually a bit surprised after I started reading this to find it really wasn’t horror. But it was still fantastic, it was definitely worth the time invested to read it (this book is huge!) Red Rising is one of my favorite series for any genre. This books are so exciting and add...

Review: Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier
5 Stars , Reviews / August 19, 2019

After reading the Blackthorn and Grim series by Marillier, I just knew I had to read more of her work. While I’ve not yet made time for backlist books, this start to a new series was irresistible. It also had a double whammy for expectations. First, I loved her other books so much, that my standards for Marillier are pretty high. Second, I found the premise of this series a must read no matter who the author was. The protagonist is a ...

Stacking the Shelves – August 4, 2019
Stacking the Shelves / August 4, 2019

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! I have some great additions again this time!  Received for Review   The Nightjar sounds fantastic, a great contemporary fantasy set in London. I am looking forward to checking it out. Many thanks to Tor Books! OK, I was really excited when this one showed up. I really enjoyed The Last Days o...

Throwback Thursday – The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Throwback Thursday / August 1, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time...

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Backlist Book on my TBR
Top Ten Tuesday / July 30, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is a Freebie, and I found myself lately thinking more about the backlist books I want to read, so I decided it was the perfect time to highlight them....

Throwback Thursday – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Throwback Thursday / July 11, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time...