Top 5 Tuesday – Dystopian Novels
Top 5 Tuesday / August 20, 2019

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? I love Joe Hill’s horror books, and was actually a bit surprised after I started reading this to find it really wasn’t horror. But it was still fantastic, it was definitely worth the time invested to read it (this book is huge!) Red Rising is one of my favorite series for any genre. This books are so exciting and addictive. If you haven’t checked them out, I highly recommend you do! This is one of the most messed up fictional realities I’ve read. I absolutely loved it! It is also a book that explores some interesting topics and can give the reader a bit to think about. This was another fantastic (and possibly disturbing) read. The future world in this is harsh, and ticks This is a seriously amazing and must read book, no matter what genre you are a fan of. Seriously, just go read it.

Review: Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier
5 Stars , Reviews / August 19, 2019

After reading the Blackthorn and Grim series by Marillier, I just knew I had to read more of her work. While I’ve not yet made time for backlist books, this start to a new series was irresistible. It also had a double whammy for expectations. First, I loved her other books so much, that my standards for Marillier are pretty high. Second, I found the premise of this series a must read no matter who the author was. The protagonist is a women who is both a warrior and a bard, a real a bad-ass female lead. Seriously? Can you fit all those things I love into one character? Yep. Marillier nailed it. Liobhan and her brother are training and going through trials to become members of an elite warrior team, trained on Swan Island. From a physical standpoint, she is fierce. She will use any advantage she can when facing an opponent, which is probably a necessity when she’s fighting men who are much larger than she is. But she is also more than just a physical fighter When her and her brother are chosen for a real mission before they have even completed their training, they find out…

Stacking the Shelves – August 4, 2019
Stacking the Shelves / August 4, 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! I have some great additions again this time!  Received for Review   The Nightjar sounds fantastic, a great contemporary fantasy set in London. I am looking forward to checking it out. Many thanks to Tor Books! OK, I was really excited when this one showed up. I really enjoyed The Last Days of Jack Sparks and am really looking forward to see what Arnopp does with this one. So many thanks to Orbit!   Walk the Wild with Me sounds like it is full of adventure and fae. Thanks so much to DAW Books! OK, I have to admit that when I first saw this I thought it was an anthologie, but it actually is more like history of science fiction focusing on major figures during the Golden Age. Thanks to Dey Street Books Oh, this one sounds like it has a couple of great horror stories in it! Looking forward to checking it out. My thanks to Harper Voyager. The Emperor’s Fist is a book 4, but the publisher mentioned it can be read…

Throwback Thursday – The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Throwback Thursday / August 1, 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 The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks. This book is one that I read as as a Backlist Burndown book, and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I keep meaning to read more by Banks, and one of these days I will make the time. I found the concept of social standing being directly related to skill and success of playing games intriguing (and kind of fun). They also punish people for crimes by shunning them socially, supposedly this is motive enough to keep people in line (I have my doubts that it could actually work in real life). But regardless, I enjoyed the way this book made me think,…