Review: Sisters of Fire by Kim Wilkins
3.5 Stars , Reviews / January 31, 2019

Sisters of Fire picks up 4 years after Daughters of the Storm left off. It has a good amount of action, plotting, scheming, betrayal, etc. Each of the sisters are on their own path. Bluebell is working with her father, the King, and continues to have quite the fearsome reputation as a warrior. Rose has been cast aside and banished by her husband and is raising her younger child in a remote area. Her daughter Rowan is also featured with her caretaker who have been living in an isolated wood. I really enjoy that pair of characters and enjoyed seeing Rowan grow her independent and motivated personality. Ivy is Duchess and her older husband is quite frail. She continues to have questionable judgement and can be a bit selfish/vain. Ash is travelling with a mysterious companion that seems a bit scary at times, but have been hunting for a dragon across the lands, each for their own reasons. And then there is Willow. Willow seems to have gone a bit off the rails with her zealotry and has taken the villain route with her life and training (not that she sees it that way, but villains rarely do). It’s an…

Top Ten Tuesday – Most Recent Additions to Mt. TBR
Top Ten Tuesday / January 29, 2019

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 January 29: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List So, this one was easy. I just sorted Goodreads by Date Added, filtered out a couple I know have been on their longer, but sometimes the dates wind up wonky if I change the status or add a tag like ‘2019-release’. Anyway, here it is, the last 10 books I added. There seems to be a good mix of stuff in here:

Top Ten Tuesday – 2018 Shame List (or Books I mean to read last year but didn’t)
Top Ten Tuesday / January 22, 2019

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 Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To I feel like this week is a bit of a walk of shame, and airing of all I didn’t accomplish. But at the same time its a great chance for me to revisit and recognize the books I REALLY did want to read, but that pesky time factor  and real life just got in the way.   (listed in no particular order) Let me know which of these you’d read first, and feel free to share your missed books from last year as well!

Review: Polaris Rising
4 Stars , Reviews / January 21, 2019

Polaris Rising is a steamy fun adventure with two main characters who just happen to be the two biggest fugitives (for one reason or another). Ada is a younger daughter of the leading figure of one of the three High Houses in the universe. Needless to say, her father is incredibly powerful and her name carries quite a bit of weight. But when her father tries to press her in to a marriage she does not want, Ada flees her home and makes a life for herself outside of her house. Unfortunately for her, her father did not just forget about her but instead put a huge price on her head, the second highest bounty in the universe. Ada is the kind of kick ass heroine who will not give up and bow to daddy, but will rather use her determination, skill and cunning to plan a way to escape. One of my favorite things about Ada is her intelligence and her determination. And her ability to kick ass. I guess there are a lot of things I love about Ada, but the fact she relies on more than just fighting skills or her womanly wiles was certainly a huge…

Stacking the Shelves – January 20, 2019
Stacking the Shelves / January 20, 2019

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   … This was a complete surprise. It’s a prequel story about Eleven’s mother, and if there is one character I want to know more about, its obviously Eleven. I’m hoping I find the time to read this one. Many thanks to Del Rey Books! Wow! This was such an exciting package to open. I have really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and am so looking forward to this one!! Thanks to Orbit! This sounds like a fun series, but I’ve not yet read the first one, so it might be a bit until I get to this one. Many thanks to Tor for the copy! … Smoke and Summons was one I hadn’t heard of, but it does sound like a good read. Hoping I might find the time to check it out. Many thanks to 47North and Wunderkind for the copy for review. It’s been a little while since I’ve read a good dystopian thriller, and this…

Top 5 Tuesday – Reasons I Love Reading
Top 5 Tuesday / January 15, 2019

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 reasons I love reading I feel like I’ve been in such a slump for the past year, I thought this was a great topic to focus on! Live Vicariously through characters While I like to think I’m a complete bad-ass, I know better. I actually have a nervous/anxious/chicken like personality in real life, so there are so many cool and exciting things I would NEVER actually have the nerve to do in real life, but get to experience through reading. It tends to be a richer, more detailed experience than watching TV. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good binge watch, and keep up on certain shows. TV is great to watch with family/friends. But honestly, it usually feels completely different, like a shallower experience that doesn’t stick with me as long. It also helps keep my vocabulary up, which I like. I can do it anywhere! Thanks to ebooks, even if I don’t remember to bring a book with me and find myself with unexpected down time (waiting in a Dr’s office or whatever),…

Review: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway
3.5 Stars , Reviews / January 14, 2019

Dark of the West is the story of revolution, war, and of course, of forbidden love. It’s told through alternating perspectives from Athan, who grew up in constant war and is the third son of a ruthless and powerful general who is leading a revolution. Aurelia grew up somewhat sheltered as a princess of smaller kingdom that has not experienced war firsthand at home. I really enjoyed both perspectives. Athan is a pilot who is getting ready to go through testing to determine his placement after his training ends. He is the clear favorite of his mother who hates the constant war and wants Athan to find a way out of it, a way to stay safe and not waste his life. This makes her the opposite of his father who lives and breathes war and strategy and expects the same of his sons. If Athan had his way, he would follow his mother’s preferred path for him. He is extremely intelligent and a very skilled pilot, his father’s ideal combination, so Athan’s strategy is to hide as much of that from his father as possible. But his father is determined to use Athan however he can, and will use…