Audiobook Review: Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter
2.5 Stars , Reviews / August 29, 2016

Blood of the Earth is the first in a new series by Faith Hunter. It is a spin-off from her Jane Yellowrock books, which I have not read, and so I confirmed this would be a good entry point before reading. I definitely never felt I was missing information, or was hindered by having not read Jane Yellowrock. That said, I did feel like my reading experience definitely lacked something. This is a hard review to write because while I can’t say I actively disliked much about this book while reading, I also can’t say there was much about it that I did like or enjoy. The trick is figuring out why that is and expand beyond just the general ‘meh’ impression this book left on me. I guess my first roadblock was that I never felt a connection with the main character, Nell, despite feeling like I really *should* like her. Nell has been living by herself on property left to her by her late husband. She has a very unique and special connection with the land around her. Her ownership of this land is a point of contention with the church/cult she grew up in (but has since…

Backlist Burndown Review: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu

This book released last year, and somehow I missed it. What I didn’t miss was how many Best Of lists it made at the end of the year. A clear sign I overlooked something good, and so I had to find a way to fit it in (and this is not a short a book). A perfect Backlist Burndown choice! Turns out I am very glad I chose it this month. Epic fantasy is what drew me into the Fantasy genre, and its always so wonderful to read the first in a new series. This book is no exception. I was immediately hooked thanks to Çeda, the main protagonist. She is everything I love in a strong female lead character. She is not just strong willed and determined, but also a fighter that can kick some serious ass. I know women characters can be strong in many other ways, and I always appreciate that, but I have to confess, I do love it when they can also stand their ground strong in battle, or in this case, the fighting pits. So right away, I felt like I was going to really enjoy this one just based on how quickly I connected with Çeda. Then…

Friday Firsts – Bite by K. S. Merbeth
Friday Firsts / August 26, 2016

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well.   “Need a ride?” His grin looks more like an animal baring its teeth. His teeth are yellowed and chipped, with gaps between showing where others have been knocked out. There’s something starkly predatory about him, which is the first reason I shouldn’t say yes. The second is I’m small, alone, and unarmed. Any of those could be a death sentence in a place like this. And there we have the third reason: By “a place like this,” I mean a torn-up, full-of-potholes road running through the middle of nowhere. It’s the only thing marking the landscape for miles. There’s nothing but empty desert and the ruins of old cities in every direction. Nuclear war can do that to a place, I guess. But the point is, there’s no one around to hear if I scream. Plus, even…

Audiobook Review: Bite by K. S. Merbeth
4.5 Stars , Reviews / August 22, 2016

Bite is not the book I was expecting, but I loved every minute of it. For some reason, when I read the synopsis for this book, I got it in my head this was a horror book which was completely wrong. Don’t get me wrong, there are some horrors in the book and world, but it’s a very exciting post-apacolyptic story that follows the journey for survival by one young woman. The world and land has been devastated by nuclear weapons, water and food are scarce, and the surviving people live in a free for all type of world where raiders and worse roam, destroying any  semblance of order or safety. Our protagonist is a young woman, traveling completely on her own for several years since the death of her father. This is a dangerous world for anyone to be on their own, but probably particularly so for women. But she is often mistaken for a boy, which probably works to her benefit. Her life changes when things start to look the darkest for her. She is hungry and thirsty, traveling alone in the desert. She starts to resign to her fate when she crosses paths with a group of outlaws that pick…

Stacking the Shelves – August 21, 2016
Stacking the Shelves / August 21, 2016

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! Another great several weeks for book additions! Received for Review Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley Beaulieu – I read Twelve Kings of Sharakai for my Backlist Burndown book this month and loved it watch for my review on Friday)! So I was quick to jump on the chance to read this prequel novel. Many thanks to DAW for the review copy! Facefaker’s Game by Chandler J. Birch – This book doesn’t release until November, but sounds like a blast and I’m eager to check it out. Many thanks to Simon & Schuster/ Simon451 for ARC for review. The Empty Ones by Robert Brockway – This series sounds like a lot of fun, and I have the first one already even if I’ve not read it yet. So this surprise arrival from Tor is a good reminder to get on that! Many thanks to Tor! Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta – This was another surprise arrival. It’s the second in a series, so I need to find out if the first is required reading, but does sound…

Friday Face Off “The blood is life… and it shall be mine!”- a cover which features ‘blood’
Friday Face Off / August 19, 2016

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted at Books by Proxy. Every Friday two books will be lined up to be judged solely on their covers (that thing we are never supposed to do, but you know we all do it!) This weeks theme: “The blood is life… and it shall be mine!”- a cover which features ‘blood’   Every single NOS4A2 cover I looked at had blood spattering somewhere. Some more subtle than other. I have to admit, I love the holiday edition covers for this book! The wreath of bloody skulls for the UK, and the bloody gingerbread man for the US.   [socialpoll id=”2381994″]   Let me know which book you picked! I really like the original UK cover, but have to admit, those holiday covers are in close competition for my favorite.  I waffle between the wreath and the gingerbread man, but I think I’ll go with the US Holiday one as my favorite (today anyway).  

Friday Firsts – Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Friday Firsts / August 18, 2016

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well.   16 JULY 1916 “The Germans were flanking us at Delville Wood when I died.” Ginger Stuyvesant had a dim awareness of her body repeating the soldier’s words to the team’s stenographer. She tried to hold that awareness at bay, along with the dozens of other spirit circles working for the British Army. Even with a full circle supporting her, she ached with fatigue, and if she weren’t careful that would pull her back into her body. It wouldn’t be fair to force Helen to assume control of the circle early. The other medium was just as exhausted. Around them, the currents of the spirit world swirled in slow spirals. Past events brushed her in eddies of remembrance. Caught in those memories, scent and colour floated with thick emotion. The fighting at the Somme had kept the entire Spirit…

Review: Red Right Hand by Levi Black
2.5 Stars , Reviews / August 18, 2016

Red Right Hand started out strong for me, letting me hope it would live up to my expectations. However, I am going to start this review with a disclaimer that I decided this was not quite my type of book, and while I had high hopes for it, I think that was because I did not have a clear picture of what the book would be like. And some of that is my fault. Charlie, our protagonist comes home to be attacked by some sort of evil/hellish hounds. A mysterious Man in Black comes to her rescue and sets her life on quite a different course. The Man in Black may have saved her, but as Charlie learns more about him, she becomes uncomfortable. She stays with him more because she can’t think of an alternative or a wait out. So, some of the things that did not work for me are probably likely to the Lovecraftian element that was clearly a trait of the book. This is something many people love, but I am not one of them. Also, since I have read very little Lovecraft, I know I missed references and connections to his work. I prefer my horror to be…