Review: The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes
3 Stars , Reviews / March 10, 2015

I’m going to come right out and say, this is not quite how I would typically write a review. My reviews are usually filled with my reaction to the book, but this one has more reaction and less detail than normal. So, you’ve been forewarned. When I started this book I was quite taken and was expecting a very quick read because initially it was.  This book has a ton of action and some fun characters that seemed to be in the middle of “something” but you really didn’t know what. I had no idea this is a follow up series to Aeon’s Gates. Perhaps that is a “Shame on me” for not doing my homework. But I’ll be honest, I kind of wished I had known that. Initially I felt like the style of this book was similar to The Black Company or Malazan where there reader is just dumped in the middle of events and expected to pick up the story as it is told. I liked those books, I enjoy being a go-with-the-flow type of reader. But then I started recognizing a couple of key phrases. I may not have read Sykes’ first series, but I was familiar with the…

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…

Tenaciously Stacking the Shelves (November 2014)
Stacking the Shelves / November 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way.   I haven’t done one of these posts in a couple of months, but decided I have collected enough by now that I should. Though I am leaving out anything I have acquired and reviewed already.  I’ve been in a bit of a slump this past week, so this is a nice reminder that I have some serious reading to do! And it all looks great!     The World of Ice & Fire The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martine, Elio M. Garcia, Jr. and Linda Antonsson (Purchased) – I couldn’t resist. This is not something I intend to sit and read cover to cover, but rather flip through form time to time. It’d make a great coffee table book, but the puppy would probably make confetti out of it, sooo, I’ll have to figure out something else.   The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander – I won this form Library Thing’s Early Reviewer giveaway. It’s a bit different for me, but I like the sound of it,…