Review: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
4 Stars , Reviews / December 24, 2018

I want to start this by clearly stating Foundryside was a very enjoyable read. I was pulled into the story within the first page because it starts strong and I was immediately curious and captivated by Sancia, a thief in the middle of a complicated job. The strengths of this book get ramped up more as we learn about what she stole, and get to know not just more about it, but to know it as well. It turns out the item she was sent to steal not only puts a price on her head, but it becomes a bit sentient, as well as and has quite an amusing personality. She takes to calling it Clef, because if you exchange words/thoughts with a thing, it makes sense it should have a name. As much as I really did enjoy this book, I feel like I am forever destined to just not love books by Robert Jackson Bennett quite as much as everyone else. My reading experience with him seems to be that I can without a doubt recognize the books are well written and understand why people love them the way they do. But there always seems to be one…

Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday / December 18, 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 : Winter 2018 TBR I know that I might not get to all the books I want to read this winter, but here’s the list of the top 10 books I absolutely would read given all the time. The first on the list was from this year, a book I know I need/want to read, so I am going to try and prioritize it. The rest are all releases between now and the end of February that I’m anxious to get my hands on and look forward to reading!   What are the top books on your TBR this winter?

Review: Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
3.5 Stars , Reviews / December 17, 2018

While most people enjoy a good heist (at least as a story), no one appreciates heists more than the wyverns featured in the world Sky Hawkins lives in. It’s pretty much just like our world, but with a race of people called wyverns (or as Sky likes to call them: were-dragons). They are descendants of dragons that came to this world and love their hordes of treasure. What people outside of the wyvern community don’t realize is that wyverns are basically raised to be thieves, and running their first heist is a critical right of passage that will determine your status among wyvern society. Sky is the youngest and only girl in a very wealthy and powerful family. The personalities of her older brothers vary. And while her family has been wealthy and powerful, they are not the well respected family they once were with wyvern society. There was some sort of scandal involving her Sky’s mother who disappeared last year that caused the people they once considered friends to turn on them. Sky doesn’t know or understand what happened, she just knows on top of losing her mother, she has lost so many things in life since then, her…

Excerpt: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway
Excerpt / December 13, 2018

Today I am happy to host a spotlight for Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway, featuring the new cover design as well as an excerpt. First, I love the the new cover, it is simple, but there are details in the corners that spark interest.  And I love the sound of this one and have it loaded to read sooner rather than later. Check out the excerpt below and let me know what you think!

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get To In 2018
Top 5 Tuesday / December 11, 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 I Didn’t Get To In 2018 So, this has admittedly been a slower than normal year for me reading wise. That means the number of books I haven’t gotten to that I REALLY REALLY wish I had is bigger. When making this list, I noticed all my top choices were subsequent books in series I’ve already started and love. I think maybe that’s because I am familiar enough with it to know what I’m missing by not having read them yet. I know I loved the initial books, so I just feel I’m missing out even more than a completely new to me author/series.   What are the books you most regret not finding the time to read this year?

Review: Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost
Reviews / December 10, 2018

So, I rarely read paranormal romance, which this book falls squarely into, but you know, sometimes the mood just strikes to read a book were passions run high. I’ve not read any of Jeaniene Frost’s other novels, but evidently this one, while a first in series,  is set in the same world as other books and features a character, Ian, that has been a secondary character from her existing works. I had no problems at all entering with this series. If I was missing knowledge or connections for backstory or references I think it was trivial and definitely did not impact my enjoyment of the book. There’s a chance there could be references that other readers may pick up on that went over my head, but as a new reader this felt like the start of a brand new series and worked quite well. Anything I needed to know was provided as part of the story. I mention this because I have read some books where it was quite evident I was missing something important by not reading the previous series. So for anyone concerned, this absolutely felt like a great starting place. Evidently Ian has been a fan favorite…

Stacking the Shelves – December 1, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / December 1, 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     Harper Voyager was very good to me again. I got a surprise copies of the Where Oblivion Lives by T. Frohock. I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read by her, so I’m hoping to find the time for this one. I’d not heard of The Lost Puzzler, but it sounds fascinating, so I’m going to try to read this one. I’ve not read the other books in the Ian Douglas series, so I’ve got some serious catching up to do to get to this one. Many thanks to Harper Voyager! … … … Were-dragons and a heist? Fire & Heist wasn’t on my radar before, but it sounds incredibly fun! My thanks to Crown! DAW also sent a couple of unexpected books. Tales from Plexis is a collection of short stories, which I have a horrible track record of prioritizing, so I may not get to this soon, but perhaps if the mood strikes I could give one of the…