Waiting on Wednesday – Zer0es by Chuck Wendig
Waiting On Wednesday / April 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon. Chuck Wendig. Hackers. Sabotage. Online troll. Do I need to say more?? I am so looking forward to this one! Title: Zer0es Author: Chuck Wendig Expected publication: August 18th, 2015 Publisher: Harper Voyager     When five hackers — an Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab Spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll — are scooped up by the U.S. government and told they face prison sentences or worse, they take the deal that’s offered them: working as white-hat hackers in service to their nation. Forced into an uneasy alliance, threatened by their warring personalities and sabotaged by rival hackers, the five begin to fear for their lives as their orders grow increasingly dark and strange. But it’s only when they discover the truth behind the sinister NSA program that they realize the stakes go well beyond anything they could have imagined . . .

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
5 Stars , Reviews / February 12, 2014

  Guy Gavriel Kay has been on my “must try” list for years. I have heard him recommended so many times and I have come across devoted fans that will praise his prose endlessly. And on top of that, he writes stand-alone novels, so there is no fear of commitment here. With all of that, I have no idea why I have not read one of his novels previously. But, I nominated The Lions of Al-Rassan for one of my book club reads and happily it won. No more excuses, it was time to actually read. So, now that I have read it, do I think it is worthy of the praise I have heard? Absolutely. Kay’s prose is just wonderful to read. Lions of Al-Rassan is a historical fantasy with very little magic. Similar to K. J. Parker’s work, this one is a fictional world that mirrors ours. But the strengths of this book are different than Parker. Kay’s prose has a more fluid feel, while Parker has more mystery/layers. I don’t think one is better than the other; they just have a little bit different feel reading them, even though in some ways they are similar. One of…

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence (Mild Spoilers)
5 Stars , Reviews / December 5, 2013

This is not quite a spoiler free review. I discuss my reaction to an event early in the book that is often mentioned in reviews.   When I picked this book out, it was before I found the online fantasy community that I now turn to for recommendations and reviews. This is a book that I pretty much just stumbled upon because my library had it available as an ebook. Most of their selection consists of Paranormal Romance and Young Adult and this looked to be neither, so I checked a couple reviews on Amazon and decided to download it. I’m not sure what I expected, but it was likely not what I got. This was my not first taste of “grimdark” but somehow, it seemed the darkest and most shocking and I absolutely loved it. My reading history was dominated by horror, not fantasy and while this is not classified as horror, it does have the same dark overtones and the feeling that characters are not as safe as you might get in horror books. It had many of the elements of fantasy (that were still new to me) and brought in some of the feelings and tones of…

Dreams and Shadows by Robert C. Cargill
4 Stars , Reviews / October 25, 2013

  Dreams and Shadows by Rober C. Cargill will open your eyes to the darker side of the fae as it illustrates a very interesting take on fairy tales. The creepy, disturbing, and frankly terrifying nature they bring to the human world.  The story follows the life of two boys. Ewan, who was raised among the magical and mystical creatures in the Limestone Kingdom and Colby, who lived a more normal human life. Each boy lived in a separate world than the other has ever known. That is until their paths cross. Cargill has crafted an eerie setting where familiar beings of folklore are introduced to and interwoven with a world that on the surface appears much like ours.  In this world however, a suspicious look, a glimpse of movement in the shadows, or just a feeling that something is terribly wrong could be much more than just your imagination. Ewan, born to an idyllic family should have led a normal happy life surrounded by love and nurtured by his adoring parents. But, that was not the path his life took. Instead that picturesque life was stolen from him after he caught the eye of someone from the fairy world….