Top Ten Tuesday – 12 Books More People Need to Read
Top Ten Tuesday / April 17, 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 FREEBIE – So, I’ll pick TOP 12 Books More People Need to Read (because picking just 10 was too hard) The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark (review is coming very soon) – Great start to a new, grim, epic fantasy Soul of the World by David Mealing Black Wolves by Kate Elliot Borderline by Mishell Baker The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston The Holver Alley Crew (or The Thorn of Dentonhill) by Marshall Ryan Maresca The Facefaker’s Game by Chandler Birch The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman Bite by K. S. Merbeth The White Road by Sarah Lotz

Review: The White Road by Sarah Lotz
5 Stars , Reviews / May 22, 2017

The White Road will creep under your skin, fill your mind with all the ghastly things and make you leery of participating in activities like, oh, let’s say caving or mountain climbing. I was totally going to go climb Everest next year, really!  Never mind that I have a bum knee, a bum ankle, and maybe I’m scared of heights and also am a wimp, maybe I could have considered it anyway. But nope. Not now. None of my more rational reasons for never climbing Everest are nearly as convincing as reading this book. My knee may hurt, but it doesn’t haunt me night and day and give me the creeps. Maybe this is fiction, maybe there really aren’t haunted caves or mountains, either way, I am very content staying planted on the ground (not beneath or above) letting other people figure that out. I will bask in the experience vividly given to me via Lotz’s book. Kind of like how I felt about cruises after reading Day Four. Lotz has cemented herself as one of my favorite horror authors with this book. The characters are real and fascinating. The book is just downright creepy! I love it! The dark sense…

Stacking the Shelves – February 11, 2017
Stacking the Shelves / February 11, 2017

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   Skullsworn by Brian Staveley – I felt like the Unhewn Throne trilogy got better with each book, and Pyrre was one of the secondary characters that I wanted to know more about. Thrilled to get this prequel story focused on her. Thanks to Tor Books!   The White Road by Sarah Lotz – When it comes to horror, Sarah Lotz kills it. Her previous two books, The Three and Day Four, I rated 5 stars. So excited to have a copy of her latest book. Many thanks to Mulholland Books for the review copy!   The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger -This is easily one of my most anticipated debuts for 2017, a new epic fantasy series that sounds, well, epic! Many thanks to Thomas Dunne Books for the early copy!   Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker – Borderline was an amazing read! For those not familiar, the protagonist is a parapelegic due to a suicide attempt. I was afraid the book…

2017 New SFF Series and Standalones
Lists / December 12, 2016

Once again, it’s time to look ahead and get excited for what the new year has in store for us. Here’s a list of upcoming releases that I think are worth keeping track of, all either first and series or standalones. I read predominantly Fantasy, particularly epic fantasy, and my list definitely reflects that. This list wound up twice as long as I aimed for, and I know there are still more great books coming out not listed.   Looking forward to something you don’t see on the list? Share it in the comments!   EPIC FANTASY         FANTASY          SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   EPIC FANTASY       Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy. The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place – a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires. The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be…

Review: The Apartment by S. L. Grey
4 Stars / October 4, 2016

Looking for a fantastically creepy book to start off October? The Apartment by S. L. Grey may be just what you need. It is a haunting tale told through alternating perspectives from husband and wife, Marc and Steph. Both have been traumatized and then things start to get …. creepy. I’ve read Sarah Lotz’s The Three and Day Four and loved them both. This is the first time I’ve read one of the books she co-authors with Louis Greenberg under the pen name S. L. Grey. It definitely did not disappointed and makes me think twice about house swapping for vacation. Marc and Steph’s relationship is definitely in need of work. In addition to dealing with the house invasion, Marc also has a traumatic history involving his first family, before he met Steph. So, when the opportunity arises to “get away” and take the honeymoon they never had, they leave their young daughter behind and head to Paris hoping this will get them back in touch with each other, make everything good again. Unfortunately, once they get to Paris, they encounter one problem after another, and their romantic, relaxing time away  starts to feel more like hell. The apartment is nothing as advertised, in a virtually abandoned…

Friday Firsts – The Apartment by S. L. Grey
Friday Firsts / September 16, 2016

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. Chapter 1 Mark The wine’s gone to my head, I realize, as I sway into the kitchen to get another bottle. I’m at that perfect stage of tipsy when I feel padded and warm, forgetful. Carla’s belting out her trademark laugh—that Wiccan cackle that’s hearty enough to scare ghosts into corners. And somewhere, softly, tentatively, under Carla’s vital bray, Steph is laughing too, a sound I haven’t heard for weeks. Since. Grey, S. L. The Apartment. Blumhouse Books – Anchor Books. Quote taken from an Uncorrected Proof. Final Edition may vary.   My First Impressions This book is told through two POVs, husband and wife Mark and Steph. So far it is very easy to read, the type of book you quickly get lost in. I am really curious about their past as well as what is…

Review: Day Four by Sarah Lotz
5 Stars , Reviews / June 2, 2015

Day Four will make you cringe, laugh and shudder.  It shows you the horror that can exist in humanity, it provides you haunting events and things that you can’t explain in any sense of the world we know and live in. It will creep you out in so many ways. But, it will also entertain you and make you laugh. There is an incredible balance with the dark parts of this book that keep it from ever becoming too dismal. It is addictive and incredibly hard to put down. At the end of reading this, my largest issue is trying to find information on when Lotz’s next book might be coming out. Oh, and the fact that I will never set foot on a cruise, but that’s not so much an issue for me as for anyone who tries to convince me otherwise. I think the world can be split into two types of people. Those that enjoy cruises (or the thought of them) and those that don’t see the appeal. I’m of the latter type. Honestly, the thought of being in such an enclosed space with such a large group of people, all the organized activities, the shows, etc. none…

Stacking the Shelves – March 28, 2015
Stacking the Shelves / March 28, 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!   SOOO many books! I don’t even know where to start 🙂 I love that problem!   Digital ARCs                                   Grace of Kings by Ken Liu – I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, so I read the first chapter just to feel out the style, and absolutely loved it. I dropped what I had been reading to read this. Many thanks to Saga Press! Clash of Iron by Angus Watson – I loved Age of Iron, I am really looking forward to reading this one as well. Thanks to Orbit! We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory – I have seen a lot of reviews for this and Harrison Squared recently. This one in particular sounds like a book I will love (I think it is darker than Harrison Squared), so I can’t wait to read it! My thanks to Tachyon! Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan – I saw a blurbthat says its great…

Waiting on Wednesday – Day Four
Waiting On Wednesday / March 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon. I absolutely loved The Three. The story was creepy, and the format was so original (told through snippets of blog posts, news stories, interviews, etc). When I heard there was another book coming, it immediately went to my “Must Read” list! And blurbs by Stephen King and Lauren Beukes? Yes, please, now. Title: Day Four Author: Sarah Lotz Expected publication: June 16th, 2015 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company     The chilling follow-up to The Three, Sarah Lotz’s “hard to put down and vastly entertaining” debut (Stephen King). Hundreds of pleasure-seekers stream aboard The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for five days of cut-price fun in the Caribbean sun. On the fourth day, disaster strikes: smoke roils out of the engine room, and the ship is stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon supplies run low, a virus plagues the ship, and there are whispered rumors that the cabins on the lower decks are haunted by shadowy figures. Irritation escalates to panic, the crew loses control, factions form, and violent chaos erupts among the survivors. When, at last, the ship is…

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Loved Reading with Book Club (plus some I wish I had)
Top Ten Tuesday / January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme: Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club (or you could pick a specific kind of book club — like if you had a YA book club or an adult book club or a science fiction book club etc.) It’s late on Tuesday, but when I saw the theme, I decided I had to do the list. I’ve been running the book clubs at Fantasy Faction for a couple of years, and I help organize the Book of the Month for r/Fantasy’s Goodreads group, so when it comes to book club choices, yes! I have an opinion, and yes! I can make some lists!! I decided to break this one up though and do two sets of 5. The first was going to be my 5 favorite book club choices that I have already done, the other is 5 books I have read, but would have LOVED to do with a book club. But I got carried away with my first list, and decided to make…