Review: Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins
4 Stars , Reviews / February 27, 2018

Daughters of the Storm just grabbed me from the very beginning. I found the story to be fun and well paced, and the range of characters kept it interesting. There are five sisters, all daughters of the King, who is declining in health. Each of these women are incredibly different and each interesting in their own way. The oldest sister, Bluebell, is a fighter that has pretty much shunned any marital or remotely feminine expectations of her. She is an amazing (and well known) warrior that has a very strong personality. I have to admit, I enjoyed her fierceness quite a bit. Rose is a sister that has been married off to help secure peace with a neighboring kingdom. She is a Queen, but she wants something different for her life. She feels trapped and would obviously prefer to flee if given the choice. Ash is interesting as she is quite powerful with magical abilities. She is way more powerful than anyone says she can be, so she keeps some of it to herself. And then there are twins, Ivy who kind of reminded me a bit of Sansa in the early Game of Thrones books (a bit eager for…

The Sunday Share – February 24, 2018
The Sunday Share / February 25, 2018

The Sunday Share is a new meme I’m going to try out that lets you share links to content you’ve enjoyed (or posted) from the past week. It is similar to what Anya used to do over at  On Starships and Dragonwings. I have looked for other options since that stopped, but unfortunately haven’t found one yet, epecially one with a solid focus on speculative fiction. So I decided to test out running one here on Tenacious Reader. I know we all like to discover new blogs, reviews, discussions, guest posts and especially those giveaways that we may have otherwise missed during the week. So, feel free to share your links, and also they can be your own, but don’t forget if you just found a new blog or read an amazing review, be sure to spread the love and link those as well. And you don’t need to limit to blog posts, there are amazing reviews and posts on Goodreads, Reddit (r/Fantasy), feel free to link those too. Reviews: Giveaways: Guest Posts, Discussion Posts, Excerpts, etc

Friday Firsts – The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
Friday Firsts / February 23, 2018

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 One Knives. Knives everywhere. Coming down like rain. Down to close work like that, men wrestling in the mud, jabbing at each other, too tired to care any more. Just die and get it over with. Half of them fighting with their guts hanging out of their stomachs, stinking of shit, oozing pink and red and white. Half-dead men lying in the filth. Screaming. A whole lot of things screaming. Impossible to tell who’s who any more. Mud and blood and shadows and that’s it. Kill them! Kill them all! Keep killing until we’re all dead. The knife jabs and twists and the man he’s fighting falls sideways, all the breath going out of him with a sigh of relief. Another there behind. Gods, his arms ache. His head aches. Blood in his eyes. He twists…

Review: The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear
3 Stars , Reviews / February 19, 2018

The Stone in the Skull kicks off strong with a unique and visual scene of a group of mercenaries featuring two of the main characters. Gage is an automaton and the other one? He is called The Dead Man. OK, it got my attention! Then when the setting changes, I honestly became more invested and quickly preferred the perspectives of Sayeh and Mrithuri, two powerful women who are each ruling their own kingdoms. Gotta love a book that features not just one, but two powerful women that can control the fate of their land. So, my first impressions this book were really strong, however, I am was disappointed that my overall experience was not on that same level. This is one of those books that I leave feeling quite conflicted. It started strong and through out, there were parts and passages of it that I loved, convincing me that I would have an overall positive experience. Unfortnately, something held me back. While I love the premise of this book, and I actually quite like most of her prose there seemed to be a pacing issue as well as inconsistent strength of perspectives. As the book progressed, I realized I found myself…

The Sunday Share – February 18, 2018
The Sunday Share / February 18, 2018

The Sunday Share is a new meme I’m going to try out that lets you share links to content you’ve enjoyed (or posted) from the past week. It is similar to what Anya used to do over at  On Starships and Dragonwings. I have looked for other options since that stopped, but unfortunately haven’t found one yet, epecially one with a solid focus on speculative fiction. So I decided to test out running one here on Tenacious Reader. I know we all like to discover new blogs, reviews, discussions, guest posts and especially those giveaways that we may have otherwise missed during the week. So, feel free to share your links, and also they can be your own, but don’t forget if you just found a new blog or read an amazing review, be sure to spread the love and link those as well. And you don’t need to limit to blog posts, there are amazing reviews and posts on Goodreads, Reddit (r/Fantasy), feel free to link those too. Reviews: Giveaways: Guest Posts, Discussion Posts, Excerpts, etc

Stacking the Shelves – February 17, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / February 17, 2018

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! Received for Review It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! I am still always surprised and excited when a publisher decides to send me a book, those mystery book packages are always a real highlight in my day/week/month. And I had a number of mystery packages this time as I’ve cut back on the number of books I’m requesting right now as I get back in the groove of reading and reviewing. (I had a bit of a slump as my routine went out the window for a while, and I’ve been finding my way back into a new routine, I’m getting there, and excited about all these books I have to choose from now).   Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel – I am not sure I would have picked this one up on my own, but I have heard wonderful things about it and was excited to see it show up. Many thanks to Saga Press and Wunderkind!   Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon –  I am…

Audiobook Review: American War by Omar El Akkad
4.5 Stars , Reviews / February 12, 2018

American War is one of the most striking and visual books I’ve read in quite a while. It creates an almost palpable atmosphere and setting, and really immerses the reader in this world of war and plague. The writing is just absolutely beautiful, even if the world is not. The premise is America is being ravaged by a second Civil War, triggered by an oil shortage and some southern states refusing to adhere to new regulations designed to curb global warming. At the same time, the population is also being decimated by a plague. We learn about it all through the story of Sarat who is living in a camp for displaced people after her father was killed. Sarat is a very interesting character, she has a strong spirit and is not one to conform easily. She does not necessarily fit in easily, but she finds her own place and purpose and journey makes a great read. I found every page immersive and the world was quite frankly too easy to relate to or envision. This is a book that is a bit of a slow burn, but for those that appreciate a strong setting and a book that makes…

The Sunday Share – Feburary 11, 2018
The Sunday Share / February 11, 2018

The Sunday Share is a new meme I’m going to try out that lets you share links to content you’ve enjoyed (or posted) from the past week. It is similar to what Anya used to do over at  On Starships and Dragonwings. I have looked for other options since that stopped, but unfortunately haven’t found one yet, epecially one with a solid focus on speculative fiction. So I decided to test out running one here on Tenacious Reader. I know we all like to discover new blogs, reviews, discussions, guest posts and especially those giveaways that we may have otherwise missed during the week. So, feel free to share your links, and also they can be your own, but don’t forget if you just found a new blog or read an amazing review, be sure to spread the love and link those as well. And you don’t need to limit to blog posts, there are amazing reviews and posts on Goodreads, Reddit (r/Fantasy), feel free to link those too. Reviews: Giveaways: Guest Posts, Discussion Posts, Excerpts, etc