Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Sequels I Need to Read
Top 5 Tuesday / April 30, 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 Sequels I Need to Read I hate when I think back on a book and know I loved it, but realize somehow I let the sequel go by unread. This is a list of my top 5 and it is definitely in order of how I am prioritizing them. Right now I am hoping to get to the first one in the next month or so (I have been in a reading slump, and this is one of my largest regrets reading (or rather not reading) wise.

Review: A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
4.5 Stars , Reviews / April 29, 2019

This is a book that is more about the human element than the bigger picture of the world. How people’s lives can be defined, shaped, altered by a single moment. It is about those passing moments and memories. There are no guarantees in life, just because you feel something should be doesn’t mean it will happen or be that way. This book is full of danger, excitement, betrayal and love. Kay continues to prove his skill at storytelling is on a different level from most authors. Within the first hour of reading this book I was quickly reminded that even though I know I love reading Guy Gavriel Kay’s books, reading a new one is a fresh and strong reminder of how much I love them and why. I had a hard time putting this book down because I just kept wanting more, I was invested in the characters, their lives and the potential I could immediately see in them and the story. I wanted to see where things would end up. There is a decent size cast of characters and perspectives in this and I loved reading each character’s individual story. I feel like every character was important and…

Giveaway: The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst
Giveaway / April 27, 2019

Today I have one hardcover copy of The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst to giveaway (US only, sorry!). If you missed my review, be sure to check it out. This was a great read and is a good entry point if you’ve not read her Renthia trilogy yet (it is set in the same world, but can be read independent). a Rafflecopter giveaway

Throwback Thursday – My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Throwback Thursday / April 25, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  This week’s choice is My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland. This was a fun, fast read with a great lead character. I have to admit, I was a bit unsure about this one before I read it, but was incredibly glad I did. Now I just need to catch up with the series! I’m so used to thinking “zombies” equates to placing a book in the horror genre. But honestly, I think I am going to file this one under Urban Fantasy, because while yes, there are zombies and a serial killer, both things that could very easily, and maybe even typically, go the way of horror, the tone of this remains light hearted thanks to…

Top Ten Tuesday – First 10 Books I Reviewed
Top Ten Tuesday / April 23, 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  (First Ten) Books I Reviewed (These do not have to be formal reviews. A small sentence on a retailer site or Goodreads counts, too! Submitted by Rissi @ Finding Wonderland) This list is quite the throwback to 2013. I actually was surprised to really think about that and realize I’ve been reviewing for 6 years because it often feels like I’m still “new” at this. This list has a number of books that are still favorites to this day, a couple where I am not sure I would rate quite the same if I were to review them now and some that still deserve more attention.

Review: The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso
4.5 Stars , Reviews / April 22, 2019

It’s always bittersweet when a series you enjoy comes to end. The Unbound Empire was no exception for me. The book was full of action, drama, dire threats against the empire, and balanced with great friendships (and yes, romances) that all left me a happy reader. I enjoy Caruso’s books because for me they strike a great balance of being very easy to read and interesting plot. Sometimes as books get more complex, they get longer and sometimes slower to read because there is more to take in. And sometimes when books are “easy” to read, it can feel like there’s not much there, you just enjoy the ride as it happens. I feel like Caruso is in between. It’s not overly complex. The bad guys are bad guys (well, except Witch Lords who are originally seen as “bad” are given a different light with Kathe), but the antagonist, Lord Ruven, is definitely just a “bad guy”. There’s not really any shades of grey with him, but there doesn’t need to be. The other characters in the book have enough complexity in them to feel like they are more than just caricatures (which is something I often notice in books…

Throwback Thursday – The History of Luminous Motion by Scott Bradfield
Throwback Thursday / April 18, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  If you have a backlist book you want to feature in someway, please feel free to join in!  This week’s choice is The History of Luminous Motion by Scott Bradfield. I read this in college at a time where I was not reading much and definitely way before I even thought about reviewing. Since its been so long, I have been curious if it would hold up as well on a re-read, but at the time I absolutely loved it. It’s a book that has stuck with me for over 20 years, so to say it was an emotional and impressive read is an understatement. Also, I’m not sure what it says about me that my roommate bought this for me because she thought of me when she read the description (because it has a very disturbed…

Top Ten Tuesday – Rainy Day Reads
Top Ten Tuesday / April 16, 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  Rainy Day Reads (submitted by Shayna @ Clockwork Bibliotheca)I had a really hard time deciding what would constitute a good “rainy day read” for me, because honestly, just getting to have a rainy day read is what I love and the books can vary. But I decided to go with books that I found very addictive quite quickly. I also tried to keep them under 400 pages with the thought of “quick reads”, but there are some that went over.