Waiting on Wednesday – Half the World
Waiting On Wednesday / December 31, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon Abercrombie is one of my favorite authors and Half a King is probably hands down my favorite book that has been categorized as Young Adult. I am really looking forward to the next in the series. Title: Half the World   Author:  Joe Abercrombie Expected publication: February 12th 2015 Publisher: Harper Voyager Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War.Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill.   Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland’s deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.   Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon. Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption. And weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful,…

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman
4 Stars , Reviews / December 30, 2014

One of the things I find fascinating about Buehlman’s works is how different the settings and time periods are. I read Between Two Fires first and have to admit to wondering if he could write another time period as well, especially something more modern like The Lesser Dead which is set in 1970s New York with a vampire as the narrator. Well, all I can say now is Buehlman is a master of setting and mood, he can absolutely write diverse settings and still immerse the reader to the point where they feel like they are right there in the middle of all the gritty gory details. I love the snarky insights that Joey Peacock delivers, his character is so important for this story to work. If you don’t like Joey Peacock (or at least enjoy reading about Joey Peacock), there’s no point in reading this as it is told from his perspective. Joey is stuck for eternity in his early teen body, not exactly your typical package, but his personality is anything but young and naive. Living in our world, vampires are forced to be ruthless sometimes and Joey is no exception. He is hard and gives a wonderfully clever and dark view of the world…

14 Favorites of 2014
Lists / December 28, 2014

I love reading Best of Lists, but making them can be quite hard. Here’s my list of favorites from 2014 broken down by subgenre. FAVORITE HORROR     FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION   FAVORITE FANTASY   FAVORITE FANTASY DEBUT

Tough Traveling – Kings

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? KINGS KINGS come in four kinds: Puppet Kings, Bad Kings, Good Kings (rare), and Long Lost Kings. I’ve been out of the loop for a while, and am excited to jump back in. 🙂 It’s fun coming up with these lists, and I’ve missed it. Wow. This is another week where I’m tempted to do a ASoIaF edition. There’s just so many Kings to choose from!! So I’ll do two lists for each of the 4 types of kings. One ASoIaF, and on one from other series so I don’t bore everyone 🙂 I am going to put a disclaimer that my ASoIaF ones might have spoilers. Read at your…

Golden Son by Pierce Brown
5 Stars , Reviews / December 24, 2014

Bloodydamn! This is one hell of a second book, it’s just as dark and deadly and addictive as Red Rising. This is turning out to be a hard review to write because I can’t stop thinking about the ending. I wouldn’t say it eclipses the rest of the book since the rest of it is what brought about the ending, but it certainly makes it harder for me to focus (in a good way). And just to give an early heads up, this is not a cleanly closed, happy rainbows type of ending. The beginning definitely felt reminiscent of Enders Game, more so than anything in Red Rising. Darrow is entrenched in battle that will determine the course of the book. Since most of the battles in Red Rising were on the ground during their time at the Academy, the opening battle in space just felt different. I’m not saying that because it’s a negative point or even something unexpected (I mean, we knew he would be commanding a fleet). This book carried the strengths of the first book onward. Once again, Darrow examines the cost of both life and the quality of life, the option of free will/choices for…

SF Signal Mind Meld
News / December 24, 2014

I am quite excited to have been asked to participate in a SF Signal Mind Meld! I always enjoy reading them and seeing the mix of answers. So to participate is really an honor. My rambling/non-sensical/fan-girly response is part of today’s question: Q: What was your favorite live action or animated genre television show of 2014? What made it so enjoyable? Go read the responses! Some really interesting picks in there. (And I’m sure there’s much suspense as to what show I may have picked. Yes, yes, I know, my answer is shocking!)  

Tenaciously Stacking the Shelves
Stacking the Shelves / December 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way.   The holiday giving season came a bit early! I unexpectedly received this in the mail. It features short stories from a number of my favorite authors, so I’m really looking forward to it:     And the digital pile: eARCs   Golden Son by Pierce Brown – I loved the first, and have to admit to diving straight into this one as soon as I could. So far it is just as intense and addictive as the first! Many thanks to NetGally and Del Rey for this one! The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan – I really enjoyed the first two and am anxious to see how the trilogy plays out in this final book. Many thanks to Orbit for offering this for review. A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall – This is the ‘new to me’ author/book I am most excited for in 2015. I’ve heard great things from an early reader and have heard it compared to some of my favorite authors. It does not come out until March, but may find itself next in…

Waiting on Wednesday – A Crown for Cold Silver
Waiting On Wednesday / December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon.   I featured this on my list of 10 new series/standalones to look for in 2015, but I wanted to feature it by itself as well to make sure no one missed it. I love a dark epic fantasy, and I really love when it features a main female character. Really looking forward to getting my hands on this one!   Title: A Crown for Cold Silver Author: Alex Marshall Expected publication: April 14th 2015 Publisher: Orbit An outstanding, game-changing epic fantasy debut featuring an unforgettable female warrior. FIVE VILLAINS. ONE LEGENDARY GENERAL. A FINAL QUEST FOR VENGEANCE. Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history. Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army…

The Shining Girls By Lauren Beukes
4.5 Stars , Reviews / December 14, 2014

When I first read the blurb above, I have to admit, this book sounded amazing. Then I read Broken Monsters and couldn’t help but wonder why I hadn’t read Beukes before then. Now that I’ve read The Shining Girls, I am just wondering when her next book comes out, and trying to make sure I find time to read Zoo City. After reading just two of her books, Beukes has found her way on to my “must read” list. For any fans of Joe Hill out there (another author firmly on my “must read” list), I strongly encourage you to read Beukes as I feel their fan bases should have a good deal of overlap. The plot and characters are so well done. Once again, we the POV of the bad guy. I know not everyone enjoys this, but I absolutely love it. This is not a mystery of “whodunnit” for the reader, but rather how and if the other characters will be able to piece together what is happening. Harper is a serial killer that has the convenience of time travel to both stalk his victims and also to escape without a trace once he has finished his gruesome…

NOT A REVIEW: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Did Not Finish , Reviews / December 12, 2014

I almost made it through this book. Almost. I got to about the 80% mark, so close it seemed a waste to not finish as I hate marking the review as DNF. But, I just couldn’t do it. I’ve been in a reading slump and found my lack of excitement for this book was not helping me. I also knew if I set it aside I would never come back to it. So there it is. I decided to move on. Before I go further, I want to add that I felt a stronger obligation to continue with this book because pretty much every blogger (and some non-bloggers) I know had really positive things to say about it. I think everyone gave this either 4 or 5 stars. That’s a solid indication this book is worth reading. So, now how to sum up my reaction to the book? This is the hard part, because if I didn’t think the book had any merit, it’s unlikely that I would have read as much as I did and coming here and sharing all the things that made me stop reading would be much easier. The premise is interesting.The protagonist, Maia, is nice…