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!

Top Ten Tuesday – Backlist Books I Need to Read Like Yesterday
Top Ten Tuesday / November 6, 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 Top Ten Backlist Books I Want to Read The only thing hard about the list this week was getting it down to only ten books. There are so many backlist books I want to read, and they unfortunately fall by the wayside entirely too often. I used to make an effort to read at least one backlist book every month, but I just haven’t been able to do that this past year.  

Review: Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
Reviews / November 20, 2017

This is one book that I feel like I would have done better with in print rather than audio. It could have been borderline for me and the narration exacerbated the qualities that I, quite frankly, just found irksome. If I had read it in print, I could tone it down a bit by how I read the inflection. However, the narrator went the other direction, emphasizing all the things that made me cringe. The main reason this did not work better for me is that the main character, Lift, got on my nerves with all of her “awesomeness”. There’s not other way for me to say it. She is very childlike and the word awesome was used a truly awe inspiring number of times. And not in a good way. She is a character that some people will like. I know there are things out there that annoy me that others love (as well as the reverse). But for me, it was overload. She’s awesome, she’s slippery, she wants pancakes. Bleh. I get it. I don’t need it to be pounded into my skull repeatedely. I may have done better with the interludes in Words of Radiance, but honestly,…

Friday Firsts – Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
Friday Firsts / November 17, 2017

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. Lift had never robbed a palace before. Seemed like a dangerous thing to try. Not because she might get caught, but because once you robbed a starvin’ palace, where did you go next? She climbed up onto the outer wall and looked in at the grounds. Everything inside—trees, rocks, buildings—reflected the starlight in an odd way. A bulbous-looking building stuck up in the middle of it all, like a bubble on a pond. In fact, most of the buildings were that same round shape, often with small protrusions sprouting out of the top. There wasn’t a straight line in the whole starvin’ place. Just lots and lots of curves. Lift’s companions climbed up to peek over the top of the wall. A scuffling, scrambling, rowdy mess they were. Six men, supposedly master thieves. They couldn’t even climb…

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for November 22, 2016
New Releases / November 22, 2016

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          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION   FANTASY   URBAN FANTASY   SCIENCE FICTION     FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION   Apes and Angels Bova, Ben 11/22/2016 Tor Books Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection Sanderson, Brandon 11/22/2016 Tor Books Fireborn Dalglish, David 11/22/2016 Orbit The Operator Kim Harrison 11/22/2016 Gallery Books The Vindication of Man Wright, John C. 11/22/2016 Tor Books

Audiobook Review: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
4 Stars , Reviews / June 9, 2015

Firefight is a good follow up to Steelheart and I think has a great set up for the next book. There’s more great action that gives you that Hollywood blockbuster movie type of feel. But I have to be honest, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as Steelheart. One of the largest problems was that it just took me a while to get into the story. Even though it ended quite strong, I have to acknowledge that, as a reader, I wish this book had grabbed me earlier. I’ve thought a while on why I enjoyed Steelheart so much more than I did Firefight. Honestly, I think it comes down to I the fact that I enjoyed David’s backstory and how he grew into the the Epic hunting person he is more than the actual Epic fighting parts of the story. So, when this book opens with fighting an epic with kool aid filled water balloons (that’s so early in the book, I’m going to count it as a non-spoiler), I just really didn’t care. I often felt with Firefight that I was just not the target audience, which is true. It’s YA, and I historically don’t engage as well with…

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
5 Stars , Reviews / May 2, 2014

Wow. That could be my single word review of Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. If you read Way of Kings, go read this. If you haven’t, go read Way of Kings and then read this. Seriously, this is one of the most fun, most epic fantasy series out there. I am tempted to leave my review at that and while I will expand just a little, I am going to keep this fairly short. I have started and stopped writing this review numerous times over the last 6 weeks or so, sometimes as a spoiler filled commentary, sometimes a spoiler free review. I decided to just go with my basic reactions, a spoiler free commentary. Want more than this (something that is more real review, less general reactions)? Well, there will be a plethora of positive/raving reviews for this on genre blogs that will go into more detail., I could even point you to some if you like). My thoughts? I absolutely loved this. There is so much going on, but it’s still a fast paced page-turner of a book. Well, as fast as 1000+ pages can be.. This is the type of book that can pull someone into…

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
4.5 Stars , Reviews / September 15, 2013

  This review was originally posted on Wilders’ Book Review. In Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart, we are introduced to a world where life as we know it has been forever altered by Calamity, the bright red sun or comet became a permanent fixture in the sky. Since it’s appearance, the other change to the world was Epics. People that suddenly have a variety of unique powers that all defy physics, explanation or understanding. The common thread these Epics have, besides the scientific implausibility of what they can do, is their disinterest and mistreatment of humans. Our story centers in just one city of what is now known as the Fractured States. Newcago , which pre-Calamity, used to be known as Chicago, is a place void of light, happiness and normalcy. And this is one of the better towns. One epic, Nightwielder, keeps the city in perpetual darkness. Neither sun nor star shines down for the people of Newcago.The reigning Epic, Steelheart has the ability to turn materials to steel and is ruthless, he will kill on a whim, he’s impervious to fire and bullets, and any other weapon that a human would have access to. Our protagonist David has been planning (obsessing…