Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
3 Stars , Reviews / August 30, 2018

So, forewarning, I am going to present a very unpopular opinion here. It will take almost no effort for you to go find any number of glowing reviews for this (there is a lot of love out there for it), so keep that in mind as I voice my dissension here. The story is about Miryem, the daughter of a money lender. I like that her character is strong, and that she takes charge in situations, is able to step in and do what she can to improve their business. She is also fair and level headed. Her role as money lender causes her to cross paths with Wanda, a peasant girl who we learn is a very hard worker and victim of circumstance. There are additional POVs as well, but I never connected with them as much as these two. Honestly, this is one of those books where I found myself not caring about or connecting with most of the characters, and just struggled with the storyline because of it (I typically struggle to enjoy a story if I don’t get that care about the characters). I was, at best, apathetic about the story. That is a horrible way…

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…