News: The Speculative Herald is now live
News / September 27, 2015

  The first post for Speculative Herald went live today! You can go check out the post: Introduction: Our Most Anticipated Books for Fall 2015! We also have a great line up this week with reviews for the latest releases from Jim Butcher, Margaret Atwood, Brandon Sanderson, Kameron Hurley and Ferrett Steinmetz. Follow The Speculative Herald on Twitter, Bloglovin, Facebook. Or go visit The Speculative Herald to follow by email or WordPress.    

Stacking the Shelves – September 26th 2015
Stacking the Shelves / September 26, 2015

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! My plans to reduce my TBR pile is not going so well. Here I have the latest evidence of the irresistible books that continue to find their way to my home. And I welcome every one of them. Received for Review   The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston I was thrilled to be invited to the blog tour of The Shards of Heaven. It’s an alternate history that “reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.”  Featuring a quest, vengeance, Cleopatra, and much more. This book sounds fabulous! I can’t wait to read it and am excited to get the opportunity to interview the author as well. Many thanks to Tor! The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M. H. Boroson This was a surprise arrival that had not been on my radar, but once I read the description I am quite intrigued: “With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl…

Backlist Burndown Review: California Bones by Greg van Eeckhout
4 Stars , Reviews / September 25, 2015

California Bones is a gritty, slightly canabalistic urban fantasy, but trust me, it’s quite a good read. I know, how can something be “slightly canabalistic“? Either there are canabals or there are not. Well, there are. But, it’s osteomancers that eat other osteomancers once they run out of their special magic bones to chomp down on. (Osteomancers are the magic users). But not all osteomancers go to that extreme. There is definitely one rather creepy scene that sets the tone for this, and leaves a lasting impression on both the reader and Daniel. But what reader doesn’t like lasting impressions? Especially when they are creepy! As you may have gathered, the magic in this book is attained by consuming bones, and not just any bones, but the bones of mythical creatures. Fun things like basilisk teeth, kraken spines and griffin claws. Our protagonist Daniel had a very powerful father, who fed Daniel fed bones regularly since he was just six years old. Somewhere along the way, he became so saturated with magic that it changed him. He no longer needs to consume bones, but can draw power from within himself. Being powerful sounds great, right? Well…It also comes with quite a…

Review: The Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey plus GIVEAWAY for The Bloodbound and The Bloodforged
4 Stars , Giveaway , Reviews / September 22, 2015

For those that have not yet read book 1: I encourage you to go read my review for The Bloodbound, and enter the giveaway below where you can win a copy of *both* books.  I also recommend skipping this review as while it is spoiler free for The Bloodforged, it does contain spoilers for The Bloodbound.       The Bloodforged carries the series further into conflict and gives the reader another fun and exciting adventure as this series continues to be a captivating and fun page turner that flies by. There are challenges that are physical, political and strategic. There are moments of romance and heartbreak. The whole book almost seems to be an emotional rollercoaster as the characters are desperate and driven to extremes to try and survive and stop this war. This book does have a decidedly darker tone to it than the first. It also does not have quite as strong of a romance aspect. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there is still some romance and a couple of heated moments between characters, but it takes more of a side seat in this compared with the strong love triangle that was in the first book. This allows the book to get…

Audiobook Review: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
4 Stars , Reviews / September 14, 2015

I was quite intrigued by the description of this book, but when I heard the audiobook clip, I pushed it to the must read (listen) list. The narration in this book is more of a production than just simply reading. Don’t get me wrong, it is not overdone, but there is mood music in places, sound effects in the background whenever we are listening to a  recorded session, little details added. Also, this a book with a good amount of emotion and panic, so the narrator had to crank it up to really get that level of turmoil and desperation across. Despite hearing this was a very visual book, I absolutely don’t feel I missed anything with the audio version, actually, this is one of those cases where I think the performance probably heightened my experience with the story. The Dead House is a haunting and desperate tale of two girls residing in a single body. Carly Johnson comes out during the day, Kaitlyn Johnson comes alive at night. The girls are both different and almost defined by the time of day they are in control. Carly is nice and sweet and everything made of light. Kaitlyn is impulsive and daring,…

Stacking the Shelves – September 12, 2015
Stacking the Shelves / September 12, 2015

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’ve been trying to cut back on my requests and purchases until I manage to do some catch up, but no one can resist completely! And also because of this, all the books I have gotten in the past few weeks I am very excited for! Received for Review                 Mystic by Jason Denzel – This was my WoW post this week, as I am really looking for to reading this one! I absolutely love books that feature a protagonist breaking through the social barriers and making waves by doing something that they’ve been told is not their place or right to do. I also love books with a strong female protagonist, and this book sounds like it would feature both of these in a wonderful way. Add in the mystery magic of the Myst, and I am completely intrigued, I honestly can’t wait to read it. Many thanks to Tor books for sending me this early review copy. The Killing Kind by Chris Holm – This finished copy was…

Review: The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey
4 Stars , Reviews / September 10, 2015

There are some books that are just incredibly fun and addictive reads. For me, The Bloodbound was one of those books. I read this in just over a day, shunning whatever it is I should have been doing. Honestly, as much as I read, I don’t do that very often. I feel like this is a book that encompasses all the elements that are fun, even if familiar. It’s a book that reminds me why I enjoy reading the genre, and why I enjoy certain tropes so much (I don’t think trope is a bad word, they are out there so much because we readers love them!) I want to be very upfront, this book is a bit different for me in that is has a very strong romance element. Romance is often a thing I struggle with in books even when it is not a prominent part of the plot. I have always stood by the claim that I am by no means anti-romance and that actually enjoy it from time to time. The Bloodhound is proof of exactly that. There is a strong romance aspect, but I remained quite engaged. There is also a love triangle and I can…