Backlist Burndown Review: Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
Reviews / December 31, 2015

For me, Hobb writes the most addictive stories. Dragon Haven is the second book in her Rain Wilds Chronicles that is part of the larger Realm of the Elderlings story. For those not familiar, I highly, highly recommend reading all of her series in order. I’ve mentioned in other reviews the reason for my strong opinion on this is that I did not read them in published order because I did not realize how they connected. So, because of my unconventional reading order, I actually read all of the Rain Wilds books after reading all of her other published books to this point. I continue to be intrigued with the Rain Wilds, but I will confess If I was absolutely forced to rank all of the books, this is my least favorite of the series. And within this series, this particular book I think may be my least favorite. But, I still found it impossible to put down, and my least favorite book by one of my favorite authors is still a book worth reading. There was actually a lot to love in this book. While you may have had an idea of why Rain Wilders are marked and the…

Comic Review: Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
Reviews / December 28, 2015

Monstress is absolutely stunning comic with a dark story and artwork that is simply gorgeous. I really can’t stress enough how much I loved all the imagery. I will readily admit to being a complete novice when it comes to comics, having read pretty much just Saga and Locke and Key, but even as a novice I feel secure in saying that this is one comic that you just can’t miss. Even if you are not into comics, it is worth picking up, maybe discover a love for a different style of story telling.  And, as an added bonus (because quite frankly I would want to read this just for the art), the story is definitely quite intriguing as well. Maika may look human, but there is more to her than originally meets the eye. We are introduced to her as she is being auctioned off as a monster, the auctioneer touting her unique human appearance. The only flaw they mention her missing half an arm. So, we have a beautiful protagonist with a disability, labeled as a monster and a mysterious background! Definitely peaked my interest. In this first issue, we are introduced to a fantastic world that is portrayed…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Debut Authors from 2015
Top Ten Tuesday / December 22, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year OK, we all know I want ALL the books, so this week I am cheating, changing the theme and following up with my Top Ten (ish) New to Me Authors from 2015 post where I eliminated debut authors to get to 10(ish). I promised they would get their own dedicated list, so here it is this week!   Michael Livingston – Author of The Shards of Heaven The Shards of Heaven was an incredibly fun historical fantasy that really made me appreciate the time(set after Ceasar’s death). It also had a bit of an Indiana Jones feel and the magic was woven into the plot wonderfully. Highly recommend.     Becky Chambers – Author of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet I absolutely loved A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. It really makes me question why I’ve not read more space operas. It also has me checking to figure out when her next book is. I…

Review: Dead Ringers by Christopher Golden
2.5 Stars , Reviews / December 21, 2015

The concept behind Dead Ringers is definitely a bit creepy and as you get further into the book, there are some seriously haunting scenes. The thought of suddenly coming across another person that is so identical to yourself, to the point that even close family can not tell the difference is strange. I will admit at times something about this tested my willing suspension of disbelief, I think because it happened to a number of characters. But really I think the reason I was not as easily swayed had more to do with the number of central characters. Horror books really rely on the readers emotions for them to be fully effective. The best way to get a very emotional reaction from the reader is to get them to really, really care about the characters. There were more perspectives in this than there tend to be with horror (pretty sure there were 4), and while I understand the need, I do feel like it put a little bit of a barrier for the reader to really get attached to any of them just because the pages were split amongst several people which gives the author less time to form that connection with each…

Stacking the Shelves
Stacking the Shelves / December 19, 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! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! I don’t even know where to start! Received for Review                     I admit, I don’t read many comics. But when I saw the art for Monstress by Marjorie Liu, I had to read it. So many thanks to Image Comics for the review copy! This is absolutely stunning! I loved The Mechanical, so The Rising by Ian Tregillis was on my must read (or rather listen as I went audiobook with this series) list. Many thanks to Hachette Audio for the review copy!                     I just love the sound of The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis!! I get the impression it may be a more literary choice, which I really enjoy. I’m showing the UK cover because I don’t believe the US one has been released yet. Many thanks to Crown for the review copy! The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power sounds like an incredibly fun…

New Series or Standalones to Look For in 2016
Lists / December 17, 2015

During this season of List Making and Anticipation for the year to come, I really enjoy focusing on the books that anyone can jump into. This means brand new series and standalone novels that don’t require previous reading. As always, there are many great books to look forward to! I tried to mark if the book is a standalone or the start of a new series, but I’ll be honest, it’s not always easy to tell and sometimes books that are initially offered as a standalone wind up getting follow up book deals. For those interested in seeing a list of everything I am currently looking forward to, you can see my running list of 2016 Anticipated Releases that is updated through out the year as I hear of books and release dates. Its nothing fancy, just a list of dates and titles with links to reviews when I have them.   NEW STANDALONE The bestselling author of the ground breaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay is back with a new novel, Children of Earth and Sky, set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe. Against this tumultuous backdrop the lives…

Review: Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan
4 Stars , Reviews / December 14, 2015

With Angel of Storms, the Millenium’s Rule series continues to fascinate me. While I enjoyed The Black Magician Trilogy, I will confess to never loving it. This trilogy is turning out to be a much better match for me. Perhaps this is mainly because The Black Magician trilogy is young adult, where as this one,  I believe is not. Regardless of the reason, I tend to be captivated by this series and find it incredibly fun to read. This is the second in the trilogy, and while I felt like there was a good deal of progression in this book including wonderful details about the world, there is still so much left to resolve that I actually had to verify if this was a trilogy or a longer series. And it is definitely listed as a trilogy, so I suspect that final book is going to be packed with lots of excitement! For readers of the first book, I know many were hoping for a quick joining of Rielle’s and Tyen’s story lines in this book. For those that are new to the series, the first book, Thief’s Magic, is told through those two POVs with no apparent connection  between them. In the first book…