Throwback Thursday – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Throwback Thursday / May 9, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  If you have a backlist book you want to feature in someway, please feel free to join in! (I’ll include a link-up for anyone who wants to participate) This week’s choice is Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Yes, I know this is a very popular and often recommended book, but it is one that I read before I started reviewing so I figured it was time to feature it. Yes, this is a popular book, you see it recommended all over the place. But the thing is? It deserves it. This book quickly pulled me in, Locke is such an enjoyable and relatable protagonist. An orphan who, unlike many protagonists in fantasy, doesn’t have any magical ability or fighting skills. His strength is his personality and his skill at deception and pulling cons. We meet Locke when he is young and alone in the streets….

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books I Want to Reread
Top 5 Tuesday / May 7, 2019

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 books I want to reread This first pick is because of all the books I’ve not read the sequels to, this is the one that I most wish I had made the time for. Now that its been so long, I feel like I need to re-read it before continuing the series. This one is because when I when I featured it for Throwback Thursday, I became very curious what I would think of it were I to read it now. The next three books are pretty much my 3 favorite series, so any chance to re-read them (not just the first one, but entire series), would be very, very welcome. Hobb’s books are such an emotional roller coaster. Any book that can drag my emotions through such highs and lows and leave me wanting moreis worth a re-read. One can never have enough of Locke Lamora and his crew of thieving orphans.  These books are a great mix of fun and darkness I feel like this series has the most complex and interesting characters. I…

Top Ten Tuesday – Places Mentioned In Books I’d Like to Visit
Top Ten Tuesday / February 26, 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  Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit (submitted by Georgia @justreadthemm) The Eolian My first pick is the The Eolian. A place where the top musicians come to try and earn their pipes (the highest honor, that will pretty much ensure they can work as a musician anywhere). There are so many reason why I love The Kingkiller Chronicles, and the magic of The Eolian is definitely one of them.   Glamourist Histories I honestly can not remember what the setting for this one was exactly, but it’s pretty much Regency with magic and glamours. It just sounds beautiful, so I wanna go. Camorr A city of canals, bridges, and elderglass (which can glimmer in the dark), towers of different colors, it just sounds beautiful. The Great Library I mean, the name says it all. Even if the people running this library are a bit evil, I still want to go. Just have to make sure not to piss off the killer automatons guarding it.    The Just City A place where the greatest…

Top 5 Tuesday – Cozy Fall Reads
Top 5 Tuesday / September 25, 2018

A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where we list 5 books for the given topic. We all love lists, right? Top 5 Cozy Fall Reads I’m not entirely sure what criteria I used for this list other than “Books I would most love to curl up and lose myself in again for the first time. A number of them just “feel” fallish to me for some reason, maybe because of travelling through woods and such.  

Top Ten Tuesday – Purple Cover Lover
Top Ten Tuesday / May 8, 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 :  Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title) I listed only books I’ve read, though a number of them I read before I started writing reviews (Lies of Locke Lamora, Way of Shadows, Beauty, Odd Thomas). BUT … this list is all about the covers, so here you go!   The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life. Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate. Fallon was warned. Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix. In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire. When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help…

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…