Stacking the Shelves – March 31, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / March 31, 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! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! Received for Review     I’ve still been requesting less books until I fully get back into my groove. But I did have some really exciting arrivals since my last post.     The Night Dahlia by R. S. Belcher – I really want to make time to read something by Belcher, they all sound amazing and have received glowing reviews that make it sound very much like something I would enjoy. Bonus points for getting those reviews from people I trust (like Tammy and Mogsy). This is a sequel, so I need to read Nightwise first, but I do hope to get to it. Many thanks to Tor for sending me this finished copy! Head On by John Scalzi – So far I’ve really enjoyed all of Scalzi’s books that I’ve read, particularly Lock In. I was really hoping he would revisit that world because it just has so much potential. And for anyone who hasn’t read Lock In, I heard this one can…

The Sunday Share – March 25, 2018
The Sunday Share / March 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

Review: Torn by Rowenna Miller
4.5 Stars , Reviews / March 19, 2018

Torn by Rowenna Miller was just a joy to read. I loved the concept of integrating magic with sewing and quickly found myself swept away into the world and character of Sophie. She is innovative, independent and loyal, though her loyalties wind up rather divided, putting her in a hard position. This is set very much in a have/have-nots world with the elite upper class, and the lower working class. The rich have an extreme amount of control. To even attempt to start a business, one must apply for a permit and most applications are quickly denied. And if there is an existing business that you would be competition for? Don’t even think about it. It adds enormous barriers for residents to raise themselves to a better quality of life. Sophie is a minority in addition to being from the lower class part of town, but has worked hard and risen to a respectible position that serves the upper class. She even runs her own shop and even has a couple of employees, which can seem like an unattainable dream for someone with her background and position. Charms were not historically desirable in the culture she is now a part…

The Sunday Share – March 18, 2018
The Sunday Share / March 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 – March 17, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / March 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! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! Received for Review   A Veil of Spears by Bradley P. Beaulieu – I have been loving this series, so am really excited to delve into the next one. Many thanks to DAW Books! The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell – This was a pleasant surprise arrival. I really enjoyed The Water Knife by Bacigalupi and have been curious about this collaboration. Many thanks Saga Press and Wunderkind! The Feed by Nick Clark Windo – I’ve mentioned this one before. It sounds really exciting, maybe because the addiction to online information is so relatable and the thought of losing that is really frightening 🙂 My thanks to William Morrow Sirens by Joseph Knox – This one sounds like a fun thriller with a bit of a body count. Look forward to checking it out. My thanks to Crown Publishing and Blogging for Books. Blood Orbit by K. R. Richardson – This was a surprise arrival and sounds really good. I’m currently…

Friday Firsts – Veil of Spears by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Friday Firsts / March 16, 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. Çeda knelt in a cavern beside a pool of water, deep beneath the des­ert’s surface. The cavern’s darkness enveloped her, as did the chill air. It smelled clean here, unsullied, a place that might have remained hidden throughout all the history of the Kings of Sharakhai, perhaps longer. In her hands she held a thick, golden bracelet. She turned it over, again and again, feeling its weight, touching the oval stone, roughing her skin against the intricate designs worked into the gold. “Speak to me,” she said. “This time, speak to me.” The echoes went on and on. The bracelet had once belonged to King Mesut, the Jackal King, but now it served as an indictment of all the Kings and even of the gods them­selves. It was not the band itself that provided evidence of their…

Audiobook Review: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
3.5 Stars , Reviews / March 12, 2018

I have to confess, I’ve had a mixed experience with Rachel Hartman’s other books. I did enjoy Seraphina, but I actually wound up DNFing the sequel. Because of that, I was unsure if I would read another book by the author. However, the description of Tess of the Road convinced me I had to give the book a shot. Luckily, Tess of the Road was an enjoyable read. I think I always will have a soft spot in my heart for female characters that want to break gender stereotypes and expectations and I especially like when they tend to break rules. There are flashback sections that show Tess being quite the troublemaker, or as her sister calls her a “spank-magnet”. But even though she would stir up trouble, she never did so with ill intent. Her breaking point with rules, family and expectations comes on full force and triggers her to forge her own way and take a path unexpected of her as she sets out on her own (using the girl dressed as a boy trope that I tend to be so fond of). Tess is not a perfect character, she does make mistakes and doesn’t always think about…

The Sunday Share – March 11, 2018
The Sunday Share / March 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