Review: Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik
4 Stars , Reviews / September 30, 2019

Aurora Blazing was another intergalactic adventure with a strong female protagonist, Bianca, who is mastermind hacker with some serious computing skills. Another girl after my own heart like her sister, Ada from Polaris Rising, but in different ways. I mentioned her tech skills, but her strengths definitely don’t end there. She finds ways to gain an advantage by knowing as much as she can, and as many secrets as she can gather and hold on to until she finds an advantageous way to use them. Aurora Blazing is the second in a trilogy but follows a different set of characters from the first book. For those that missed the first one, I think this book probably could be read out of order as the main storyline will work independent of the first book. However, I would highly recommend reading Polaris Rising before this. There are secondary characters in this book that were main characters in the first book (and the characters in this one were secondary in the first), so there are spoilers for the first book if you read them out of order. Plus, even though I did enjoy this one, I think I enjoyed Polaris Rising a bit…

Stacking the Shelves – February 16, 2019
Stacking the Shelves / February 16, 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! Received for Review   I have some really fun additions this time. About half are second in series and the others are first.  I loved the first in this series quite a bit and am excited to see there is finally another a book. So many thanks to Ace Books! This book wasn’t really on my radar before a copy showed up, but I have to admit it does sound intriguing. I plan to keep my eye out for reviews and to see if I have time to fit it in. Many thanks to Wunderkind and 47 North for the review copy. This book was a bit of an impulse request for me, but it was so much fun. If you missed my review, be sure to check it out! Many thanks to Harper Voyager! This was such a fun package to open!! I loved all of the books I’ve read by Leckie so far so am really looking forward to this one. So many thanks to Orbit books! I really enjoyed the first in…

Guest Post: Jessie Mihalik Shares Five Books Featuring Her Favorite Rebellious Characters
Guest Post , Lists / February 8, 2019

Today I am happy to welcome Jessie Mihalik to Tenacious Reader. I loved her book Polaris Rising, which just released this week (if you missed my thoughts on it, be sure to check out my review). One of the things I loved about  Polaris Rising is the rebellious nature of Ada (the protagonist), so I’m excited to have Jessie join us to day to list 5 books featuring her favorite rebellious characters. Five Books Featuring My Favorite Rebellious Characters By Jessie Mihalik I love rebellious characters. From the quiet rebellion of a hidden secret or a forbidden love to the in-your-face rebellion of a character working to shatter the status quo, rebels drive plots and keep pages turning. Here are five SF/F books featuring my favorite rebellious characters. All Systems Red is a tale of a rogue security android who has overridden its governor module and dubbed itself Murderbot. Rather than going on a murdering rampage, though, Murderbot would much rather watch hours and hours of entertainment videos while nominally keeping its human charges alive—not because it particularly cares for them, but just so it doesn’t get recalled and scrapped. Unfortunately for it, someone wants the humans dead, and Murderbot must rouse itself to…

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 – November 10, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / November 10, 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 I was really excited about both of these arrivals from Tor. The Traitor Baru Cormorant was really good, so I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel. And City of Broken Magic sounds like a fun read. Many thanks to Tor! … …   These were both surprise arrivals from Harper Voyager. I’d not heard of Vita Nostra before, but that amazing cover got my attention immediately, and reading the synopsis, I am excited about it! I have some catching up to do before I can read Shattered Sun, but I have heard good things about the series. My thanks to Harper Voyager! … … A couple more surprise arrivals. Mage Against the Machine sounds like it could be a fun and exciting book, plus, look at that cover!! (It’s even more impressive in real life). My thanks to Saga Press for the review copy! And Astounding is a non-fiction look at science fiction, which sounds like to could be interesting if I’m…