Audiobook Review: Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen
2.5 Stars , Reviews / November 3, 2016

DISCLAIMER: I normally write spoiler free reviews. In this case I really wanted to talk about some of the diversity features of Conspiracy of Ravens. There may be spoilers in regard to that aspect of the book. Last year, Wake of Vultures was an unexpected hit for me. I just loved the western vibe, I loved the protagonist. As a bonus, it also featured the girl dressed as boy trope. The protagonist for this series is gender fluid, she is physically female, and in the beginning of the first book, while preferring masculine tasks and roles, was still identifying female. The second book, she has had more time to mature, gain experience and is now identifying as a male stuck in a female body. Unfortunately, Conspiracy of Ravens just did not work as well. I felt the over all pace of the story was slower. In the first book, I loved getting to know and understand Nettie/Rhett, learning about the magic and creatures. I loved reading about Nettie’s fight for survival. I never once felt like the book was slow. And the ending of the first book! It was exciting, and promised so much more story to come. That is…

Audiobook Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
4.5 Stars , Reviews / August 24, 2015

The Fifth Season is a book that is not obvious in its strengths until you read it through to the end. Don’t get me wrong, this is a book that had me hooked from the beginning, but one that I felt even more appreciation for after finishing and seeing how the multiple storylines tied together. This is a book that will make you uncomfortable at time, feel heartache at others, and almost certainly you should always be grateful that you do not live in this world, as amazing as some of the abilities sound, the world is hard and harsh. But I don’t want to sound negative, because┬áthis book is nothing short of amazing. The Fifth Season takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, one where the human population has been decimated. Disasters happen on a regular basis, causes lands to inhabitable, wiping out populations, so the people are perpetually preparing. This is the beginning of such a season, a season of death. The book follows three story lines, all of which I found captivating and heartbreaking. The people of this world do not have it easy, don’t expect a happy feel good type of story, because this is dark. Brilliant,…