Stacking the Shelves – September 29, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / September 29, 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 very happy to get a physical copy of this one, if you missed my review, I really enjoyed it! And the cover is gorgeous. Many thanks to Ace! I’ve not read anything by Czerneda yet, but have wanted to. This may be a great chance as this is the first in a new series. My thanks to DAW books! I find Maresca’s books to be fun (you can see my quote on the publicity insert), and here is yet another new series (he has published a lot in a relatively short time frame). I’m looking forward to reading it. Again, my thanks to DAW! Harper Voyager was really good to me again! Both The Accidental War is a fourth in series, and The Shattered Sun is a third in series,  so I’m not likely to get to them real soon, but both series sound good and I do hope to get to them. I am hoping to make the time…

Top Ten Tuesday – Back to School
Top Ten Tuesday / August 28, 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 Back to School –  Books that take place at school/boarding school (at least in some part)

Review and GIVEAWAY: Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Reviews / March 5, 2018

Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe is the latest in Maresca’s on going series in the Maradaine universe. It’s the sequel to Holver Alley Crew, which I have to admit is my favorite book 1 in any of his series so far. I’m happy to report that this follow up is just as exciting and fun as the last one. I’m also really excited to share that we have a GIVEAWAY for The Holver Alley Crew, so be sure to enter below! Verci and Asti are still working with their crew, with the ultimate goal of finding whoever was responsible for the fire that destroyed Holver Alley. They have all had to make some adjustments as they have been displaced by the fire, they also are keeping their huge payday from the last heist underwraps, and living the modest lives that might be expected, trying to not draw attention to the themselves. There is tension as Verci’s wife wants him to live a clean and straight life, and blames his brother Asti for always dragging him into the less than legal activities the Rynax brothers always seem to find themselves a part of. And really, who can blame her? He is her husband…

Review: Imposters of Aventil by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Reviews / September 19, 2017

Imposters of Aventil carries forward with the fun and excitement I’ve come to expect from the Maradaine series. The Thorn has a habit of getting himself in compromising positions sometimes, and bending (OK, maybe breaking) the law to suit his end purpose fighting the drug trade. But in this, he finds himself the suspect in cases he has nothing to do with. There is an imposter who is using the guise of the Thorn while stirring up trouble with both the constabulary, but also the gangs. Effate also appears to have made its way onto campus. Both of these things make Veranix’s work as the Thorn considerably more dangerous, but also motivates him. Like he needed more motivation to fight the effate drug trade! Previously I have said that I think Maresca’s series could be read independently and in any order. I mean, I guess you still could, but with this book I would no longer recommend it. This may be the third book in the Maradaine series, but it prominently features Minox and Satrine from the Constabulary series and knowing their background makes this book feel more complete and satisfying. For example, the Constabulary series provides the reader with…

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…

Review: Holver Alley Crew by Marshall Ryan Maresca
4 Stars , Reviews / March 13, 2017

Holver Alley Crew is the first book in a new series by Marshall Ryan Maresca. I have to say, I find this publishing schedule a bit fascinating. Keep in mind, all of his series are executed in a way that (at least so far), they can be read in any order and can be read independently of each other. This is the third series Maresca is publishing, and the other two trilogies are not yet complete. But, that’s not because he writes slow, on the contrary! These books are being released at a pretty good pace.  I love the idea that this third one will keep the story going after the other two finish. It’s just interesting, and I’m not sure I’ve seen concurrent series quite like this before. Now, for those unfamiliar with Maresca’s other two series, Maradaine and Maradaine Constabulary, despite being concurrent and in the same city, they can easily be read independently of one another. The first starts with The Thorn of Dentonhill which is set in a magic school, but also gives a view of the city’s crime through the eyes of a vigilante (who happens to also be a student at the magic school). I find this series…

Guest Post and Giveaway: Why We Love Heists by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Giveaway , Guest Post / March 9, 2017

Today I am happy to welcome Marshall Ryan Maresca to Tenacious Reader. His latest book, Holver Alley Crew, released this past Tuesday (March 7, 2017) and is the first in a new series. I have to confess, this is probably my favorite of his books so far. And it features a fantastic heist. As part of the blog tour, Mr. Maresca was kind enough to share a blog post about heist stories (which you know we all love)! Also, don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY below! Why We Love Heists By Marshall Ryan Maresca   The heist story is a really strange staple of our pop cultural landscape, isn’t it?  I mean, as a society, we love a story where a bunch of thieves and criminals are our heroes.  Which is weird, isn’t it?  Because we hardly laud such people in real life. But in books and movies, there’s something about a good heist.  We want to see a well executed plan to break into somewhere that is supposed to be secure.  We want to root for the people who are stealing from someone else and thwarting the authorities.  From Oceans 11 to The Lies of Locke Lamora to Six of Crows to The…

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for March 7, 2017
New Releases / March 7, 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          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   FANTASY                     URBAN FANTASY       SCIENCE FICTION         HORROR       FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   Etched in Bone Bishop, Anne 3/7/2017 Gather Her Round Bledsoe, Alex 3/7/2017 Silence Fallen Briggs, Patricia 3/7/2017 The Bone Witch Chupeco, Rin 3/7/2017 Archangel Fortune, Margaret 3/7/2017 Smells Like Finn Spirit Henderson, Randy 3/7/2017 The Holver Alley Crew Maresca, Marshall Ryan 3/7/2017 Sins of Empire McClellan, Brian 3/7/2017 Magic for Nothing McGuire, Seanan 3/7/2017 Seven Surrenders Palmer, Ada 3/7/2017 The Lovecraft Squad Probert, John Llewellyn 3/7/2017 The Song Rising Shannon, Samantha 3/7/2017 Lotus Blue Sparks, Cat 3/7/2017 Hunger Makes the Wolf Wells, Alex 3/7/2017 Empress of the Fall Hair,…