Review: Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1) by Gwenda Bond
4 Stars , Reviews / February 4, 2019

Suspicious Minds was not quite what I expected, but it turned out to be a wonderful read that gave a great backstory on Eleven’s mom, and how Eleven came to be in Dr. Brennar’s care and more about the origins of Dr. Brennar’s crazy experiments and meddlings with the natural world. Pretty much it was full of lots of the things we’ve wondered about since the show started. Terry Ives is a college student in the 1960s and while there is a lot of turmoil in the world at this time, she is somewhat sheltered in her college life, but she wants to feel like she is doing something more, something more meaningful. It’s this desire that gets her tangled up with Dr. Brennar, whose research project seems like an honor to participate in and “important” in some way to her. She basically signs on to be a human guinea pig for a study that she really knows nothing about. As the study progresses, Terry definitely starts to see signs that maybe everything is not quite as on the up and up as she first thought, and that there might just be cause for concern. I quite enjoyed Terry and…

Top Ten Tuesday – Most Recent Additions to Mt. TBR
Top Ten Tuesday / January 29, 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 January 29: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List So, this one was easy. I just sorted Goodreads by Date Added, filtered out a couple I know have been on their longer, but sometimes the dates wind up wonky if I change the status or add a tag like ‘2019-release’. Anyway, here it is, the last 10 books I added. There seems to be a good mix of stuff in here:

Stacking the Shelves – January 20, 2019
Stacking the Shelves / January 20, 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! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! Received for Review   … This was a complete surprise. It’s a prequel story about Eleven’s mother, and if there is one character I want to know more about, its obviously Eleven. I’m hoping I find the time to read this one. Many thanks to Del Rey Books! Wow! This was such an exciting package to open. I have really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and am so looking forward to this one!! Thanks to Orbit! This sounds like a fun series, but I’ve not yet read the first one, so it might be a bit until I get to this one. Many thanks to Tor for the copy! … Smoke and Summons was one I hadn’t heard of, but it does sound like a good read. Hoping I might find the time to check it out. Many thanks to 47North and Wunderkind for the copy for review. It’s been a little while since I’ve read a good dystopian thriller, and this…

Review: Stranger Things – Worlds Turned Upside Down
Reviews / November 12, 2018

This is a book that just made me smile the minute I received it and any time I would pick it up after that. The entire book is so incredibly retro, straight down to the worn look, complete with plastic protector to prevent further damage. I mean, even the FAIR condition sticker from Melvad’s General Store on the front brings me joy. So much in fact that it took me like a week to summon the courage to remove the outer most plastic wrap because I was afraid that sticker was not part of the actual finish of the book. I don’t know why I had this silly fear, but I did. Luckily I decided the urge to see the inside was enough I had to risk the initial plastic coverage. You can imagine my delight when I realized the sticker was actually under the protective wrap, and was in fact a part of the finished book. The plastic I removed was thin and tight enough, that when I inspected it, I thought the sticker was on the outside.This is just one tiny example of the details they put in to this book that make it transport you to a…

Review: Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins
4 Stars , Reviews / February 27, 2018

Daughters of the Storm just grabbed me from the very beginning. I found the story to be fun and well paced, and the range of characters kept it interesting. There are five sisters, all daughters of the King, who is declining in health. Each of these women are incredibly different and each interesting in their own way. The oldest sister, Bluebell, is a fighter that has pretty much shunned any marital or remotely feminine expectations of her. She is an amazing (and well known) warrior that has a very strong personality. I have to admit, I enjoyed her fierceness quite a bit. Rose is a sister that has been married off to help secure peace with a neighboring kingdom. She is a Queen, but she wants something different for her life. She feels trapped and would obviously prefer to flee if given the choice. Ash is interesting as she is quite powerful with magical abilities. She is way more powerful than anyone says she can be, so she keeps some of it to herself. And then there are twins, Ivy who kind of reminded me a bit of Sansa in the early Game of Thrones books (a bit eager for…

Friday Firsts – Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins
Friday Firsts / February 2, 2018

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well. I have to admit, this one has pulled me in really quick. There are multiple POVs and so far I’m happy with all of them and am just super curious to keep reading. Always a great sign! This prologue is a different POV, I haven’t quite figured out how much we will get from it since I think this is really the story of the daughters.   Prologue A thousand times he had murmured her name in the soft darkness; now, though, he didn’t know her name. He didn’t even know his own. The rain had set in outside the bowed wooden shutters. Endless mornings under dark-gray, swirling clouds that unburdened cold water from one end of Almissia to the other had turned the roads to stinking mud: Gudrun could not send for a physician, and she…

Review: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
5 Stars , Reviews / January 15, 2018

Anytime I read the first book in a new series that follows one I love as much as Red Rising, I approach with both a huge dose of excitement but also a touch of apprehension that it won’t live up to the previous series. I am so excited that Iron Gold lived up to every expectation I had and maybe even set some new ones for the rest of the series. It has all the traits that Ioved in the Red Rising series, but the current story stays fresh and exciting. Iron Gold is set about 10 years after the last one left off and the peace that Darrow and Mustang worked to achieve is beginning to show signs of serious strain. There is the threat from the Ash Lord, but internally there is also politcal strife as groups try to jockey for power. Darrow is faced with some incredibly hard choices and some of his decisions, quite frankly, just don’t go over well. It is interesting seeing him go from being the favored son of the land, a living superhero of his time, to, well … you’ll have to read to find out, I don’t want to go into…

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for April 11, 2017
New Releases / April 11, 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! SCIENCE FICTION           SCIENCE FICTION     

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for February 21, 2017
New Releases / February 21, 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         SCIENCE FICTION    FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION       FANTASY        SCIENCE FICTION   

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for February 14, 2017
New Releases / February 14, 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 FANTASY   URBAN FANTASY   SCIENCE FICTION   FANTASY          URBAN FANTASY           SCIENCE FICTION In Calabria Beagle, Peter S. 2/14/2017 Winter of the Gods Brodsky, Jordanna Max 2/14/2017 Miranda and Caliban Carey, Jacqueline 2/14/2017 Portal of a Thousand Worlds Duncan, Dave 2/14/2017 Gilded Cage James, Vic 2/14/2017 Lincoln in the Bardo Saunders, George 2/14/2017 Ubo Tem, Steve Rasnic 2/14/2017