Err Day I’m Killin’ It.

It’s half way through the first month of 2018 and I’ve been killing it in the reading department. (That’s why there have been less sassy un-book-related posts.) It helps that it’s unbearably frigid outside so I try not to leave the house other than to go to work or take the dogs out to go to the bathroom.

I was immediately accepted to read a book I had requested on Netgalley (The King of Bones and Ashes) and now check daily to see if I’m lucky enough to get accepted for some big releases for this year that I’ve requested. (Iron Gold, Burn Bright and Scourged) Currently, I limit my requests due to paranoia that they’ll all get accepted at the same time. Controlling myself is hard. The excitement I felt after getting accepted for one book is addicting. I’m a fiend for that next thrill.

I was also asked by a Goodreads friend to read and rate/review their book. I said yes before I really looked into the book and it’s a children’s story. Not really my department but it’s free on Kindle Unlimited so I’ll keep my word and squeeze it in before my month is up.

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How has 2018 been treating you thus far?

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Stillhouse Lake – Book Review

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Publishing Date: July 1, 2017

Publishing Co.: Thomas & Mercer

Pages: 292

Goodreads Synopsis here.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Imagine you’re the American dream. Midwestern housewife with two kids and a steady, reliable husband. He tinkers in the garage after work and you attend PTA meetings and after school events. Nothing rocks the boat for years and years. Until one day, someone accidentally drives their vehicle through your yard and into the garage revealing your quiet, dependable husband to be a ruthless serial killer. You have my attention.

The rest of the story is of a mother living in paranoia, trying desperately to keep her kids safe from people who want to hurt her and her children because they don’t believe she’s innocent, despite a trial that finds otherwise. They change their names, run and try to rebuild. Until someone in their new town begins murdering girls in the exact same manner as her ex-husband.

I’ll admit that this one was kind of a let down. I loved the concept and I was pumped to read it but it fell flat. Everything was predictable right down to the multiple red herrings. I knew fairly early on who the murderer was going to be and I was right. The “shocking” ending wasn’t so shocking. I saw that one coming a mile away, knowing that this is a series and there would have to be something to explain a second book. Gwen, the mother, has super level paranoia but doesn’t think a certain curiosity from a near stranger was an odd question? Or that someone who has been helping her all along did it out of a sudden change of heart? She put too many eggs in baskets that I wouldn’t have touched with a ten foot pole if I were in her shoes.

Milk and Honey – Book Review

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Published Date: November 4, 2014

Publishing Co.: Createspace

Pages: 204

Synopsis link to Goodreads here.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

She was a rose

In the hands of those

Who had no intention

Of keeping her”

It’s been awhile since I sat down and read any poetry and this reminded me of the beauty I was missing out on. A good poet speaks to the heart.

Not every poem is amazing and some are so short they are more like statements but, the message the author conveys is powerful. We need more of this in the world. More of women not judging but raising each other up. Of accepting yourself and loving yourself. Fighting against sexism. Standing united.

If you’re looking for fuel for your feminism, your political activism or an inspiration to be kind to one another, pick this up. You can read the whole thing in an hour and walk away with the motivation to make a difference in the world.

Theft of Swords – Book Review

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Published Date: November 23, 2011

Publishing Co.: Orbit

Pages: 681

Synopsis link to Goodreads here.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Two books in one, just the first reason for a book wyrm to love this novel.

Book One: The Crown Conspiracy

Royce and Hadrian are hired for a last-minute-needs-to-be-now thieving job. Their first rule is that they don’t take same day jobs. They need time to properly research for every possible outcome and difficulty. Unfortunately for Royce, Hadrian harbors a secret heart of gold and will do just about anything to help anyone. Sometimes that means he accepts a job without talking to his partner about it first.

A job that seems cut and dry but ends with the two of them being caught and accused of the murder of a king.

Royce and Hadrian are very clever but mostly in this case, lucky. They catch a break with the princess who convinces them to kidnap her brother, the prince and keep him safe from her uncle and the church that may be trying to destroy their rule. In their quest to keep the prince safe, they help an all powerful wizard escape confinement by the church. It remains to be seen whether this wizard is good or bad. The church certainly seems to think he’s evil but we all know how much churches love to lie.

From hired to steal a sword, to saving a kingdom, Royce and Hadrian have their work cut out for them.

Book Two: Avempartha

Royce and Hadrian are once again hired to steal another sword. This one magical and locked inside an elven tower with no obvious signs of access. Did I mention guarded by a mythical beast called a Gilarabrywn? Kind of a dragon meets scorpion.

While they try to figure out this conundrum with the escaped (and Church’s most wanted) wizard, Esrahaddon, the Church is converging on the small village they are staying with all the knights and nobles of the kingdom, to present a tournament against the beast and crown whoever wins Emperor. The Church wants to crown an Emperor that they can control and do away with small kingdoms. They claim that the winner can be none other than the Heir of Novron, although in reality, they have what they believe is a magical sword that will defeat the beast with the lord they prefer to control.

Staying out of the eye of the Church is rather hard in a very small village, especially if you’re a master swordsmen like Hadrian. They just can’t believe that one wouldn’t want even the chance of being Emperor.

Overall, I really loved this whole story. From the amount of epic adventure to two protagonists that drip with sarcasm at every turn. What’s not to love? That ending left me dying to get my filthy little hands on the next book.

The King of Bones and Ashes – Book Review

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Published Date: January 23, 2018

Publishing Co.: 47North

Pages: 320

Synopsis link to Goodreads Here.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First off, I would really like to thank the author and publishing company for accepting my ARC request despite having zero street cred on Netgalley. I tip my invisible top hat to thee.

The story surrounds three witches from different walks of life, watching as witches disappear and the elders fight to hang onto power. Alice has been locked away in an asylum for a number of years after witnessing her brother commit suicide. Evangeline runs a strip club and Lisette carries on her mother’s voodoo shop despite no longer carrying the faith herself. The witches in present day New Orleans are scrambling to retain their power, or any power really. Magic is slowly diminishing from the world and sometimes the only way to hang on to any power is to cut off parts of dead witches. Sometimes, witches don’t die quick enough and someone is getting creative.

The three protagonists bring together the various aspects of the story and together they may have to face the evil to save themselves and their families with power they didn’t realize they had.

This is mostly a family drama with some magic thrown in. I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed myself. J.D. Horn writes very good characters, whether you love them or love to hate them. He also seems to have done an extensive amount of historical and occult research and that really added to the depth of the world building. It was an urban fantasy with a limited amount of the pop culture references that usually plague the genre.

The King of Bones and Ashes could almost stand on it’s own as the drama is wrapped up fairly well and there are only a couple unanswered questions remaining. However, I look forward to finding out where the next book takes our three magical ladies.

Bookstagram – Week 1

I know not everyone uses Instagram so I decided to attempt (I say attempt because I’m easily distracted) to do a weekly review of my awesome book related posts here on my blog. But if you DO have Instagram, you can follow me here.

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“Buried in blankets and comics trying to forget that it’s 14 degrees outside.”
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“Time to get this epic fantasy party started.”
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“First book haul of 2018!”

2018 Bookish Resolutions

Happy New Year folks! Bookish resolutions are almost always the only resolutions I follow through on. I don’t think I ever posted about it but my goal in 2017 was to continue with series I had started and then not continued despite loving them. I have this thing where I keep trying new series after new series (there is so much to explore!) and forgetting to continue on with said awesome series I have already started.

I am pleased to report that I was 68% successful in that mission! It was a small list, 13 to be exact, but I progressed in most of them.

My second bookish resolution last year was to read more stand alone novels to help decrease my TBR list. I was only 20% successful in that mission. That was a list of 45 books, much larger.

So my resolutions this year are to carry on with continuing/completing series. I have added an additional 13 series to my previous list. I did not add any more books to the Stand Alone list but I want to keep chipping away at that.

What are your 2018 bookish resolutions?? 

Currently Reading Tag

Well hell, I’ll fit in one more blog post before the end of the year. The lovely Mischenko tagged me in this fun little questionnaire, and if you have not checked out her blog yet, you should. I mean it’s called Read Rant Rock & Roll., why wouldn’t you follow her??

How many books do you usually read at one?

At maximum, two. Most of the time I only read one but sometimes I’ll have a physical book and then a Kindle book going at the same time. Anymore than that and one book isn’t getting finished for a very long time.

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Locke & Key, Vol. 2 – Comic Review

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4 out of 5 stars

This volume was a little less creepy but still interesting and definitely hanging out in a class of it’s own. There are certain story lines where I sit and wonder, “Where did this author pull this from his eccentric brain?” This is one of those. The artwork continues to be great and I am set on continuing this series.

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