Stacking the Shelves – March 30, 2019
Stacking the Shelves / March 30, 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! Most of these were surprise arrivals, but they all sound amazing! Received for Review I was so excited to get an early copy of Beneath the Twisted Trees! I have been loving this series and really look forward to reading this next one. Thanks to DAW Books for the early copy! This is a series I have not started yet, but I do have a copy of the first one, hopefully I will fit it in because it does sound good. Many thanks to Ace Books! Fire and Heist was a fun read, so I’m looking forward to checking out another book by Durst. This one sounds really fun. My thanks to Harper Voyager! I’ve honestly been a bit on the fence if I will read this one. It sounds really good, I just haven’t been reading at the same rate as I had been so its more a time issue. Now that I have a copy though I may try to fit it in….

Review: A Veil of Spears by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Reviews / May 10, 2018

A Veil of Spears continues the fantastical excitement I’ve grown to expect from this series, starting immediately from where With Blood Upon the Sand left off. If ever there was an under read, under recommended series, I really think this is it. It has so much to offer and is so well written, I am always surprised I don’t hear it discussed more. Reading this book just reinforced that. The Moonless Host has taken a huge hit, but instead of giving up, Çeda devises a plan to try and deal another blow to the Kings, one that might not require so much manpower. Çeda is squarely in the sites of the kings as a threat, and so she needs to evade them while also continuing to scheme against them. The one thing she has going for her is that the kings no longer all trust each other. Divisions are forming, and if they don’t stand and work together, then taking them down will be, if not yet easy, at least less daunting. The divisions can create opportunities, which Çeda can not afford to not take. Since there are more moving parts, all of which have been set up very well, I felt like…

Top Ten Tuesday – Purple Cover Lover
Top Ten Tuesday / May 8, 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 :  Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title) I listed only books I’ve read, though a number of them I read before I started writing reviews (Lies of Locke Lamora, Way of Shadows, Beauty, Odd Thomas). BUT … this list is all about the covers, so here you go!   The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life. Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate. Fallon was warned. Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix. In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire. When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help…

Stacking the Shelves – March 17, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / March 17, 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   A Veil of Spears by Bradley P. Beaulieu – I have been loving this series, so am really excited to delve into the next one. Many thanks to DAW Books! The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell – This was a pleasant surprise arrival. I really enjoyed The Water Knife by Bacigalupi and have been curious about this collaboration. Many thanks Saga Press and Wunderkind! The Feed by Nick Clark Windo – I’ve mentioned this one before. It sounds really exciting, maybe because the addiction to online information is so relatable and the thought of losing that is really frightening 🙂 My thanks to William Morrow Sirens by Joseph Knox – This one sounds like a fun thriller with a bit of a body count. Look forward to checking it out. My thanks to Crown Publishing and Blogging for Books. Blood Orbit by K. R. Richardson – This was a surprise arrival and sounds really good. I’m currently…

Friday Firsts – Veil of Spears by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Friday Firsts / March 16, 2018

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well. Çeda knelt in a cavern beside a pool of water, deep beneath the des­ert’s surface. The cavern’s darkness enveloped her, as did the chill air. It smelled clean here, unsullied, a place that might have remained hidden throughout all the history of the Kings of Sharakhai, perhaps longer. In her hands she held a thick, golden bracelet. She turned it over, again and again, feeling its weight, touching the oval stone, roughing her skin against the intricate designs worked into the gold. “Speak to me,” she said. “This time, speak to me.” The echoes went on and on. The bracelet had once belonged to King Mesut, the Jackal King, but now it served as an indictment of all the Kings and even of the gods them­selves. It was not the band itself that provided evidence of their…

Tough Traveling – Beginnings

Tough Traveling is back! Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the original mastermind of Tough Traveling. And Laura is reviving it as a monthly feature over at Fantasy Faction. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, on the first of the month where we dig around to come up with examples of that month’s chosen trope in fantasy. We are using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. There will be link ups available over at Fantasy Faction, so join in and link up. This weeks theme?  BEGINNINGS   The Tough Guide states that you will begin in rather poor circumstances in an unimportant corner of the continent; a kitchen menial, perhaps, or a blacksmith’s apprentice. From there, the Guide advises that ‘you will be contacted by your TOUR MENTOR (normally an elderly male MAGIC USER with much experience) who will tell you what to do, which is almost certainly to discover you are a MISSING HEIR.’   Oh, what an appropriate theme for Tough Traveling 2.0. I have to confess that for my list, I went with the most memorable, powerful or even perplexing beginnings. Something that grabs you quick. I found a good number of these matched that blurb from…

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for March 28, 2017
New Releases / March 28, 2017

Curious what new books are releasing? I am highlighting the new releases that caught my eye for this week. Let me know if you see anything new, interesting or any must reads! I am sure I missed some worthy books as well, so please feel free the share!   FANTASY        SCIENCE FICTION   FANTASY       SCIENCE FICTION       FANTASY        SCIENCE FICTION    

Review: With Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P. Beaulieu
4 Stars , Reviews / February 27, 2017

The Shattered Sands trilogy was by far one of my favorite finds of last year. With Blood Upon the Sand continues to deepen the intrigue and entanglements, and displays the harsh desert environment is not the only thing to fear in Sharakhai. It will also take your emotions and bend them to its will, ripping them through fear to excitement, from horror to triumph (or maybe triumph to horror), from sorrow to jealousy, hope, betrayal. Where it lands, I can’t tell you, but be prepared for the roller coaster of events that will evoke a huge range of  emotional turmoil and excitement. I continue to love Çeda as a protagonist. She is fierce not just in battle but also in personality. It’s quite interesting to see her handle life as a Blade Maiden, becoming part of what should be a close knit team, while also still working in secret to take down the Kings. Her every day life and training stands in conflict with what has pretty much been her life’s mission. Çeda is also much more alone in the beginning of this book. Emre, who has always been there for her in the past, is part of the Moonless Host. That alone is hard…