Tor #FearlessWomen Blog Tour: VICIOUS by V. E. Schwab – Blackout Poetry and Excerpt
Excerpt , FearlessWomen / May 29, 2018

Today, I’m excited to share another #FearlessWomen title. It’s an excerpt from Vicious by V. E. Schwab, which releases today. This is a reissue of Vicious in anticipation of the publication of the sequel VENGEFUL on September 25, 2018. I read and enjoyed this one quite a bit, check out my full review. With this one, we were also given the option of doing black out poetry. At first I was a little hesitant as I’m not particularly artistic, and also did not want to mark my actual book. But I decided I could take a picture and play with digital “art” (I’m using the term lightly here). It was fun, but coming up with the poetry part was definitely easier for me. So check out an excerpt below, in addition to my first attempt at blackout poetry!   About FearlessWomen (from Tor Books) Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.” Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa…

Stacking the Shelves – August 22, 2015
Stacking the Shelves / August 22, 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                 Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier – Based on all the rave reviews of Dreamer’s Pool, I had to read it for myself, and loved it. I am so looking forward to this book and was quite excited to see it show up. Once again, Ace Roc is spoiling its Ace Roc Star team!  So many thanks for this book!!                   Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen – This was one that caught my attention early this year. Quite excited its getting close enough I now have a copy I can read! I mean, it has the girl dressed as a boy trope that I love, then she suddenly acquires a new type of sight, I really, really am looking forward to this. Many thanks to Orbit! Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie – If you read either my review for Ancillary Justice or Ancillary Sword, you…

Audiobook Review: Vicious by V. E. Schwab
4 Stars , Reviews / August 3, 2015

Vicious is an intriguing and dark super hero/villain story. Eli and Victor are college roommates, friends, and research partners. Their studies into what makes EOs (“extra-oridnarys” – people with supernatural powers) have come to an exciting juncture. A hypothesis so strong that they go to the extreme, turning mere observation, into experimentation. Ah yes! The joys of being young and so full of and sure of yourself that you are willing to blazingly ignore all caution and jump full into an experiment where the cost of being wrong would be your life. Hey, why not?! Well, while they may have successfully turned themselves into EOs, the experiment was not without a terrible cost, one that really shapes their lives and motivations for the rest of the story. Neither Victor or Eli are perfect people, they both have faults. Some serious faults.  Like, bordering (or crossing into) psychiatrically committable faults. Eli comes across as the more friendly, sociable one. But, he also seems to be the scarier of the two. The story takes place in multiple timelines. During their experimentation, and then 10 years later. In the later timeline, Victor has escaped from prison and is trying to reconnect with Eli. I right away seemed…

Stacking the Shelves – May 24, 2015
Stacking the Shelves / May 24, 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                 Corsair by James Cambias – This just sounded like a fun Sci-Fi book with space pirates and hackers, I’ve already listened and reviewed this one (and enjoyed it!). My thanks to Audible Studios for the review copy! Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen – I’ve heard many great things about this one. Since I don’t read a lot of YA, I had missed it until now, but I was in the mood for something lighter, and this really fit the bill and now I’ll be ready for Hidden Huntress which is coming out soon! Watch for my review of Stolen Songbird sometime this week. Once again, many thanks to Audible Studios! A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca – I will admit, detective stories usually don’t appeal to me a whole lot. But after enjoying The Thorn of Dentonhill so much, I’m really looking forward to checking this one out (the first in a parallel…

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…