2019 New SFF Series and Standalones
Lists / January 8, 2019

Alright, it’s somehow already 2019! So, I decided I should make a list of the New Series and Standalones for the year. It’s pretty much impossible to get all the books on these lists, so here is a good sampling of ones I’m excited for. Please feel free to leave ones I’ve not included in the comments. I apologize for the mish-mash order. I usually try to group them better or organize by release date or genre, but the new WordPress is not my friend right now, and I decided I’d rather post than spend the time sorting the list with the new block style that is not as easy to just move chunks at a time (Yes, I can easily move blocks, but each book has about 4 blocks that are not easy to move all together)   Gods meddle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from the throne in this breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god…

Review: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Reviews / October 16, 2017

After reading and loving Certain Dark Things, I had no doubt I would read whatever Moreno-Garcia published next. That turned out to be The Beautiful Ones. Just from the synopsis I could tell it would be incredibly different from the vampire underground world created in Certain Dark Things, but I have to confess, I was hoping to still find a bit of that darkness in The Beautiful Ones. Well, I can’t say I found this to be dark like that, and will advise you that you can not read this book looking for world or tone similarities to Certain Dark Things. Moreno-Garcia did create great characters in both, but that is where the main similarities end. As opposed to most of the books I read, the romance aspect was the strongest plot point in this book. You can also find character growth, and a lesson to embrace who you are, etc. But ultimately, this book was about relationships and romance. I am not stating that as a negative, honestly, sometimes its nice to read a book like that. But I like to know ahead of time so I can save it for when the mood strikes, so keep that in…

Stacking the Shelves – May 6, 2017
Stacking the Shelves / May 6, 2017

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 still been trying to show some restraint with my book request, but always easier said than done! 🙂 Anyway, I am excited about the books I received over the past couple of weeks! Received for Review This one has a great line up authors! Many thanks to Pyr for sending a copy my way! Huge thanks to Ace for this early review copy! I still need to catch up with the first one, but hear it is supposed to be good! Many thanks to Tachyon for sending me the review copy! I have been meaning to read McKillip for a while, and was delighted to be able to get a review copy of this reprint. Plus, look at the gorgeous cover! I am seriously looking forward to this one. Bite was a favorite of mine from last year, and so excited to get another one. Many thanks to Orbit for the review copy. This book sounds quite different from Certain Dark Things, in fact, it sounds closer to the Glamourist Histories books I…

Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
4 Stars , Reviews / January 16, 2017

I love a great vampire book when it has a good dose of darkness to it, a feel of danger that overwhelms the romanticism. Certain Dark Things is far from the darkest vampire story I’ve read, but it still has a great balance and in addition, it also has a very interesting setting. The story takes place in Mexico City, which has it share of problems in this book, but vampires are not supposed to be one of them. A declared “vampire-free”zone, task forces seek out vampires that dare to enter. Our protagonist, Domingo, does what he can to survive in this city of crime and gangs. He collects garbage, sifts through it to find usable/sell-able items. He is pretty much alone in this city, and finds himself enamored with a beautiful woman he sees on the subway. When she approaches him, he is ecstatic, and also has no idea what he is in for or how his life with change from this chance encounter. Atl is a vampire that is not only trying to lay low in this vampire free zone, but is also trying to hide from other vampires. Her relationship with Domingo is both sweet and compelling (I…