Review: Slender Man by Anonymous
4 Stars , Reviews / October 31, 2018

OK, this is one seriously addictive and creepy read, and is a perfect pick for Halloween (or any other time of year if you are in the mood). The atmosphere is fantastic, and I love the epistolary style its told in. Fragments of journal entries, text messages, reddit posts, police interviews and recordings are used to lead the reader through a suspenseful mystery. It also makes for a much quicker read, which can be a positive thing when you are anxious to find out what is going on. The protagonist Matt is our main character and we get a good chunk of the narrative from his journal entries, but we also get information from an assortment of other sources such as text messages, news articles, as well as notes from his psychiatrist to his parents about their sessions. Matt attends a private school in Manhattan and aspires to be a writer. However, he feels incredible pressure from his dad to become a lawyer (following in both his parents’ footsteps). He has an interesting relationship with a childhood friend, Lauren, who is now a very popular girl at his school (he’s not popular in case you wondering). They don’t exactly intentionally…

#WickedReads Blog Tour: Blackout Poetry! for Beasts Made of Night
Blog Tour / October 30, 2018

  PenguinTeen is running a really fun Blogger Campaign right now, perfect for Halloween week! We had to pick from a selection of candies. Each of the candies corresponded to a book, but we didn’t know which one. Then, we just had to wait for our package to show up with some treats and our surprise book, or in my case, books! For my post, I decided to do blackout poetry (I might not be the most artisitc person, but I have fun with it). So here’s my creation. Be sure to check out the details below on Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi, which sounds fantastic!   Thanks to PenguinTeen for this Blogger Campaign and the amazing WickedReads package! Books and chocolate!! What better combo is there?     Seventeen-year-old Taj is the most talented sin-eater indentured by the Guild, a ruthless organization of mages that runs a lucrative trade absolving the rich. In the walled city of Kos, mages have a dark magic that allows them to call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin beasts–lethal creatures spawned from feelings of anguish and guilt. Every time Taj slays a sin beast, an image of…

GIVEAWAY: Lady Astronaut Books by Mary Robinette Kowal
Giveaway / October 29, 2018

I wound up with extra copies of both The Calculating Stars and Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal. This series was part of the Tor Books FearlessWomen Blog tour, and it was easy to see why! It’s an alternate history with lady astronauts pushing gender and racial boundaries while trying to save the human race. I loved the first one, which features a number of strong women characters paving the way to space and am looking forward to the second! So my extras mean I am excited to spread the joy that it this series to someone else. . a Rafflecopter giveaway About the Author Mary Robinette Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the 2011 Hugo. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies. She is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass (Tor 2012). Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American…

Stacking the Shelves – October 27, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / October 27, 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 only been a week since my last Stacking the Shelves, but I had so many exciting books show up this week, I decided to do another one already.   Received for Review   First, there was a #WickedReads package from PenguinTeen! This was a fun one, full of books and chocolate!! (Is there a better combination?? I dont think so!) And look at those covers! I love them! And I may have to use a couple of the tattoos next week for Halloween! Many thanks to PenguinTeen and Razorbill!     … … And then I had two complete (and crazy exciting) surprises! Two Stranger Things books. One is a Behind the Scenes companion book, and the other is done in the style of a kids book (and is really fun). Absolutely love the packaging on the bigger one. In fact, I’m having a hard time bringing myself to unwrap it as I love the FAIR sticker so much. But I will, I know I will, because I also have to see what’s inside!!…

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Magic (in the title)
Top 5 Tuesday / October 23, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 books with magic So when you have a Fantasy blog, and read mainly fantasy books (which typically feature *MAGIC*), how on earth do you pick the Top 5? I debated several ways to go about this. The Top 5 Magic Systems. The Top 5 Most Powerful Magicians. The Top 5 Most Creative Magics. But I took the easy way out and went with fantasy books that actually feature the word Magic in the title.            

Review: Cold Iron by Miles Cameron
4.5 Stars , Reviews / October 22, 2018

So, I want to lead with that I really enjoyed Cameron’s The Red Knight, However, while there were parts of it that I loved, there were also areas where it seemed to lag and there were so many characters that even for an epic fantasy, it felt hard to keep up with all of them at times. So even though I wound up loving the story over all, the pacing issues in Red Knight caused the sequels to fall down my priority enough that I never managed to make the time to read them. Cold Iron is a completely different read from The Red Knight. It had absolutely none of those pacing issues I experienced in Red Knight and is a simpler story structure since there is just a single POV, which always helps quite a bit. I by no means mean that this is a simple story. Just that with a smaller cast and with the single perspective, there are not breaks in the flow as you switch from one character’s story line to another’s. It was straight and to the point, we met and learned about our protagonist, Aranthur, and experienced his journey through the book. This is a…

Stacking the Shelves – October 20, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / October 20, 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 was really excited about this one, and have already read and loved it. My review will be up this week! Thanks to Orbit for sending this my way! This one sounded like a great (and fun) change of pace. Many thanks to Saga Press and Wunderkind for the review copy! I’ve always really enjoyed the Green Rider series, and the books are typically 5 years apart, so I was happy to see the chance to read more in that world with this novella. Plus, love the artwork! My thanks to DAW books! … I’m behind on this series, but everything I’ve read by Scalzi, I have enjoyed, so I should get on it. Thanks to Tor! This one sounds like an exciting read! I’m really looking forward to reading it. Thanks again to Tor! … And WOW! Check out this package from Tor for the #FearlessWomen tour!I was really excited to get this big box of goodies. And even more exciting,…

Top Ten Tuesday – Longest Books I’ve Ever Read
Top Ten Tuesday / October 9, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Longest Books I’ve Ever Read This week was easy to generate, but I decided to go over 10 books until I hit 10 authors since so many of the books are series that had multiple books hit the top 10 (thanks George R. R. Martin and Brandon Sanderson). I don’t really remember The Order of the Phoenix being long enough to make the list, but guess it was! Also, I always have mixed feeling about really long books. On one hand, you get way more bang for your buck, and as long as its well done, the story can be way more complex/exciting. On the other hand, the length and time commitment required to read it makes it harder to read as many other books, which can be a bit of a deterrant. That said, with the exception of the Goodkind book, I loved all the rest of these longer books and am really glad I made the time to read them (multiple times in some cases).   A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice…