Audiobook Review: A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall
4 Stars , Reviews / August 18, 2015

A Crown for Cold Silver is bloody, dark and wonderfully witty. It is packed with action, suspense, plots for power. Oh, and of course, the massacre that kicks off the book. I’ll be honest. This is one of those books that is hard to keep track of, particularly in the beginning. If I hadn’t seen this mentioned elsewhere, perhaps I would think it was just me even though I’ve read plenty of epic fantasy with large casts. Much like Malazan or Black Company, the reader is dumped into the story and has to piece information and history together as is it is given. I decided to just go with the flow. Honestly, there were times I had trouble keeping characters straight in the beginning. Perhaps I was tired, not sure, but it all came together. And, I have to say I enjoyed every minute of the book even when I did feel slightly unsure if I was keeping up to speed as I should be. Why? Well, I just loved the overall tone and ‘attitude’ of this book. I quite often mention I am very picky about humor in books. This book, while would never get classified as a Comedy…

Stacking the Shelves – July 5, 2015
Stacking the Shelves / July 5, 2015

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 am pretty sure I read Handmaid’s Tale at some point, but it’s been so long, I can’t even tell you for sure, or much about it, other than I am pretty certain I really enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to read another Atwood for a while now, and this book looks like a great choice. It sounds quite different and compelling, so I look forward to reading it. Many thanks to Double Day books for providing me a copy of this via NetGalley.     Do I need to say anything? Abercrombie. Third in the trilogy. YES! I need to read this one! Many thanks to Del Rey for providing me an eARC of this one for review.     I’ve read Frohock’s novella, The Broken Road earlier this year, and enjoyed it so much I shortly thereafter read Miserere. I quite enjoy Frohock’s prose and style and am really looking…

Tenaciously Stacking the Shelves
Stacking the Shelves / December 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way.   The holiday giving season came a bit early! I unexpectedly received this in the mail. It features short stories from a number of my favorite authors, so I’m really looking forward to it:     And the digital pile: eARCs   Golden Son by Pierce Brown – I loved the first, and have to admit to diving straight into this one as soon as I could. So far it is just as intense and addictive as the first! Many thanks to NetGally and Del Rey for this one! The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan – I really enjoyed the first two and am anxious to see how the trilogy plays out in this final book. Many thanks to Orbit for offering this for review. A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall – This is the ‘new to me’ author/book I am most excited for in 2015. I’ve heard great things from an early reader and have heard it compared to some of my favorite authors. It does not come out until March, but may find itself next in…

Waiting on Wednesday – A Crown for Cold Silver
Waiting On Wednesday / December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon.   I featured this on my list of 10 new series/standalones to look for in 2015, but I wanted to feature it by itself as well to make sure no one missed it. I love a dark epic fantasy, and I really love when it features a main female character. Really looking forward to getting my hands on this one!   Title: A Crown for Cold Silver Author: Alex Marshall Expected publication: April 14th 2015 Publisher: Orbit An outstanding, game-changing epic fantasy debut featuring an unforgettable female warrior. FIVE VILLAINS. ONE LEGENDARY GENERAL. A FINAL QUEST FOR VENGEANCE. Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history. Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army…

10 New Series or Standalones to Look For in 2015
Lists / December 7, 2014

This time of year runs rampant with lists, which I love. I like to list out books that are coming out that anyone can jump into, books that are either first in a series or stand alone. Narrowing it down was hard, I tried to include variety and there are still many great books coming out that are not on my list (you can see my on-going list for 2015 releases here). So, here are my top 10 picks listed in order of expected release date:   Title: The City Stained Red Author: Sam Sykes Expected publication: January 27th, 2015 (NOTE: The Kindle edition is already available) Publisher: Orbit  The first book in a new trilogy from the acclaimed author of the Aeon’s Gate series. A long-exiled living god arises. A city begins to break apart at the seams. Lenk and his battle-scarred companions have come to Cier’Djaal in search of Miron Evanhands, a wealthy priest who contracted them to eradicate demons — and then vanished before paying for the job. But hunting Miron down might be tougher than even these weary adventurers can handle as two unstoppable religious armies move towards all-out war, tensions rise within the capital’s cultural melting pot, and demons begin…