Backlist Burndown Review: The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aarron
Reviews / March 31, 2017

I chose this book for both a Backlist Burndown feature (it’s been on my TBR for a while) as well as my Swords and Sorcery square for Reddit Fantasy’s Bingo. Quite frankly, I was quite excited to finally have an excuse to bump this up my priority list and finally read it. I’ve heard the series highly recommended and, really, who doesn’t love a story about a thief? Especially one who gets to use magic and has some pretty interesting friends. Not to mention the gall of trying to increase the bounty on his head. It just sounds like an incredibly fun book and set of characters. The story, overall, is fun, starting out with Eli, the greatest thief of all time, stealing not the typical salable items, but rather a King. I mean, sure, you hear stories of princesses being stolen in the night and held for ransom or whatever other nefarious reasons someone might have to steal them. But stealing a king is a bit more unexpected, not to mention ambitious. I think I had two issues with this book, which unfortunately, turn out are not trivial when it came to my enjoyment. First, while one the surface,…

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for March 28, 2017
New Releases / March 28, 2017

Curious what new books are releasing? I am highlighting the new releases that caught my eye for this week. Let me know if you see anything new, interesting or any must reads! I am sure I missed some worthy books as well, so please feel free the share!   FANTASY        SCIENCE FICTION   FANTASY       SCIENCE FICTION       FANTASY        SCIENCE FICTION    

Review: Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker
Reviews / March 27, 2017

Phantom Pains continue’s Baker’s wonderfully fresh style of keeping Urban Fantasy a bit more “real” and grounded without compromising on the fantastical. Millie’s life might be full of the extra ordinary, she might be a person that a reader can admire, may be able to deal with fae and break their magic with a touch, but there’s no denying her life is trying. I don’t envy her harsh reality of being a double amputee, but at the same time, her story and challenges are just part of her life, they don’t prevent her from being able to liver her life and do what needs doing. The author does not gloss over her disability, nor does she dwell on it, but rather  incorporates all of the extra challenges Millie faces as just a part of how she lives and copes. And while Millie is not always upbeat, she does an amazing job handling both her disability from losing both legs as well as her borderline personality. I find it interesting how the author can explain some of the Borderline personality traits and behaviors that Millie struggles with in a way that helps us understand her, gives us better insight when she might be…

Friday Firsts – Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky
Friday Firsts / March 24, 2017

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. The Salvation Army Santa Claus narrowly escaped having his bell ripped from his hands and shoved down his throat. Lucky for him, the six-foot-tall, silver-eyed former goddess hoofing it down Broadway had recently decided to limit her less socially acceptable behaviors. But if the street had been a little less crowded and the streetlights a little less bright, Selene DiSilva might have made Christmas in New York just a little less annoying. To avoid the jarring tinkle of Yuletide charity, she hopped lightly over an icy, pee-stained snowdrift and jaywalked across the street. But she couldn’t escape the signs of the season. At the end of the block, a Christmas tree stand hogged the sidewalk, its wares bedecked with colored lights. She peered up from beneath the brim of her WNBA New York Liberty cap at the…

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for March 21, 2017
New Releases / March 21, 2017

Curious what new books are releasing? I am highlighting the new releases that caught my eye for this week. Let me know if you see anything new, interesting or any must reads! I am sure I missed some worthy books as well, so please feel free the share! FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR FANTASY       URBAN FANTASY       SCIENCE FICTION         HORROR   FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR

Stacking the Shelves – March 18, 2017
Stacking the Shelves / March 18, 2017

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! Received for Review Sins of the Empire by Brian McClellan. OK, I’m excited to have more after the Powder Mage trilogy, so was excited to get my hands on this first in a new series by McClellan. I enjoyed each of those books more than the last. Many thanks to Orbit for the review copy! Wilders by Brenda Cooper – I have read some high praise for Brenda Cooper’s other books, so am looking forward to finally reading one of her books. This one is the start in a new series, so seems like a great point to jump in. My thanks to Pyr!   A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden My. From the blurb “an epic novel of vengeance, faith, and the power of myth.” – Umm, Yes, Please!! Many thanks to Thomas Dunne books for the review copy. Soul of the World by David Mealing  – This may be my most anticipated debut epic fantasy this year. It just has the sound of…

Friday Firsts – Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker
Friday Firsts / March 17, 2017

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. ** If you haven’t read Borderline: there are spoilers for that book in this quote so I recommend skipping down to my impressions below as well as checking out my review for Borderline. **    Here’s the thing about PTSD: it doesn’t understand the rules. When I was seven, for example, I stepped in a nest of fire ants and ran screaming for two blocks, so crazed with pain and panic I didn’t notice I’d run over a broken bottle until I saw the smears of red on my front steps. And yet I still spent every summer barefoot after that, at least until I got drunk at twenty-five and lost both feet in a seven-story fall. Then there was that time I choked the life out of a bloodsucking mantis-woman who’d just killed two of my friends….