Backlist Burndown Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
4.5 Stars , Reviews / September 30, 2016

At the end of every year, I think no matter how many books you read, there are a few that people rave about that you for some reason skipped over. Walk on Earth a Stranger was one of those books for me. Admittedly, I do not read a ton of books labeled as YA, so that could be part of the reason why this one fell under my radar. But, its also books like these that make me stick to my Backlist Burndown initiative. What I found most striking about this book is the character’s voice. It just came across as authentic, making everything in the story that much more interesting. The protagonist’s personality really shines on every page. It pulled me in from the first paragraph, and quite frankly left me wanting to hear more even after the story was done. It’s hardly a secret, I love the girl dressing as a boy trope, so I was even more excited about this book once I found out it also incorporated that! I know, I’m silly and predictable that way, but we all have to have our favorite tropes, and that is one that I really enjoy. Maybe partially because the…

News: The Speculative Herald is Recruiting
News / September 25, 2016

I wanted to reach out and let everyone know The Speculative Herald (TSH) is looking for some additional contributors. We have have had some good interest so far, but I wanted to give all potentially interested parties the chance to apply before making any decisions, especially as we are looking to add multiple team members. So, if you love SFF books, and love talking about them, check out our details: The Speculative Herald is a collaborative blog focusing on the latest in speculative fiction and we are currently recruiting new regular contributors (for either new/upcoming release reviews or non-review content). What are we looking for? Pretty much any solid content related to speculative fiction. We would love to add some team members for more new/upcoming release reviews, but also for non-review content as well. If you would be interested in contributing a News Roundup post or something else to keep us all up to date on the latest goings on, let us know! We are excited to see what others may have to offer. How often? For regular contributors, we expect at least one, but preferably two or more content posts a month. For current bloggers, review content is not exclusive to TSH….

Friday Firsts – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Friday Firsts / September 23, 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. People often shit themselves when they die. Their muscles slack and their souls flutter free and everything else just … slips out. For all their audience’s love of death, the playwrights seldom mention it. When our hero breathes his last in his heroine’s arms, they call no attention to the stain leaking across his tights, or how the stink makes her eyes water as she leans in for her farewell kiss. I mention this by way of warning, O, my gentlefriends, that your narrator shares no such restraint. And if the unpleasant realities of bloodshed turn your insides to water, be advised now that the pages in your hands speak of a girl who was to murder as maestros are to music. Who did to happy ever afters what a sawblade does to skin.   Kristoff, Jay….

Review: The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey
4 Stars , Reviews / September 22, 2016

Curious about the The Bloodbound series or Erin Lindsey? Head on over to Reddit Fantasy today and you can ask Erin Lindsey anything during her AMA! Be it about her books, writing, hobbies, or just something random and fun! Ah, the final chapter in a trilogy. It is always bittersweet when pick up that last book in series, excited to find out what comes next, yet wondering how the final chapters will go for characters you have grown to love during the series, sad to think that your journey with them is almost at a close. I have really enjoyed the books in the Bloodbound series, so I definitely felt this going in. There’s almost a sense of nervousness if I will be satisfied the end of series. No one wants to depart on a bad note, and it is hard know that even if you love it, there’s no guarantee you will get to read more about the characters. But, excitement to read overshadows all of that, and so I dove into The Bloodsworn without hesitation. The Bloodsworn takes off immediately, with our beloved characters facing situations more dire than ever before as they face the prospect of the complete loss of their land and…

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Audiobooks You Should Listen To
Top Ten Tuesday / September 20, 2016

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 Audiobooks You Should Listen To I was very hesitant to try audiobooks in the beginning, but figured it was worth a shot. Turns out I love them and they have quickly become a staple for my reading habits. Every book I mention below, I felt had amazing narration or it would not be on the list! 🙂 Between Two Fires is a wonderful blend of fantasy and horror. This book pretty much blew me away. I often stray away from this author, for fear of books being “too weird” for me.  I found This Census-Taker to be absolutely fascinating as I tried to puzzle the pieces together. This one also has a tinge of horror to it. Neil Gaiman does an brilliant job narrating his own work, and I feel the audiobook for The Ocean at the End of the Lane greatly benefits from his performance. It’s always re-assuring when you have the author narrating because you know absolutely every little inflection and nuance in speech is exactly as they meant the…

Audiobook Review: Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
4 Stars , Reviews / September 19, 2016

N. K. Jemisin is certainly a gifted story teller, and the world she is crafting in The Broken Earth series is fascinating. This second installment gives readers a better understanding of both the magic and the world, it advances the plot and lets you start to speculate on where the story might go next, and how the trilogy could end (for good or bad). The relationships in the book continue to develop and the characters are all terribly human (meaning that they all have shades of grey to them, there is not purely “good” or purely “evil”). In this book we get three perspectives, one is Essun (from the first book) and another is Nassun (Essun’s Daughter). I have to admit, I loved getting more information on these two, but particularly Nassun. It was very interesting seeing Essun through Nassun’s perspective.We learned more about each of these women, their motivations and their magic. Now, I want to mention if you haven’t read Obelisk Gate yet, and read Fifth Season last year, you would probably benefit to brush up on what happened. While I loved Fifth Season, I found myself saying “oh, yeah! I forgot about that!” more in this book than typical epic fantasy second…

Friday Firsts – The Apartment by S. L. Grey
Friday Firsts / September 16, 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. Chapter 1 Mark The wine’s gone to my head, I realize, as I sway into the kitchen to get another bottle. I’m at that perfect stage of tipsy when I feel padded and warm, forgetful. Carla’s belting out her trademark laugh—that Wiccan cackle that’s hearty enough to scare ghosts into corners. And somewhere, softly, tentatively, under Carla’s vital bray, Steph is laughing too, a sound I haven’t heard for weeks. Since. Grey, S. L. The Apartment. Blumhouse Books – Anchor Books. Quote taken from an Uncorrected Proof. Final Edition may vary.   My First Impressions This book is told through two POVs, husband and wife Mark and Steph. So far it is very easy to read, the type of book you quickly get lost in. I am really curious about their past as well as what is…