Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 End of The Year Survey


I haven't done this survey from Jaime at Perpetual Page Turner since...um 2014?? I am very lazy, don't judge me. BUT since I had New Year's Eve off, I figured I would attempt to do it again this year. This took me all day to do this, so I hope you enjoy my efforts! Here we go!
*As a quick note, a lot of the links to books are my amazon associates links. It just means that if you click into them and buy anything through it I get some portions of advertising fees from amazon. It's at NO COST to you.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

#ARCReview: You'd Be Mine By Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
Format: Egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.
 
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Suicide, Drug use & Alcoholism

This book was an interesting one, but I have to be the first to admit that Country Music is really not my thing, and since this book was about young Country Music stars it didn't really fit with the type of stuff I read. That is totally on the reader in me, not on the book itself, so I would take my review with a little grain of salt. This book just wasn't for me, but I still was invested in the characters that I was glad I read it. It's a solid book, just not one I would be shouting at everyone to drop everything to read it.

Friday, December 21, 2018

#ARC Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: January 15th, 2019

Format: egalley*

My Rating: 1/2

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
I was a little unsure about this novel from Roshani Chokshi, mostly because I am SUPER picky when it comes to historical fiction. I'm not really into Regency or Victorian era books, so when I saw that this one took place in 1889, I was really skeptical that I was actually going to enjoy it. However, Chokshi's awesome writing and her ability to craft a awesome alternate history world put my fears at rest.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Deanna Plays: Gwent Gets a Major Upgrade


Deanna Plays is a monthly feature on this blog where every third Thursday of the month I talk about something related to video games. Sometimes these are reviews of the games themselves, sometimes it's a list of books to read if you play X, and anything in between!

Today I am going to be talking about Gwent, the free strategy card game from the makers of The Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red. 

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

#TopTenTuesday: Winter 2018 #TBR


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Let's see what I pretend I actually will read before the year is over! Most of these are going to be ARCs because I need to get my shit together and actually read all the ARCs in my queue.

*as a note, some of these links below are my affiliate links, which means I may receive a portion of the advertising. It's at NO cost to you!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Bookish Thoughts: Howl's Moving Castle Book Vs. Movie SPOILERS


I haven't posted on Bookish Thoughts in a long time, so I finally have something new to talk about. I recently reviewed the Audiobook of Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Recently we watched the Studio Ghibli adaptation, so I wanted to put together a Bookish Thoughts to discuss the differences and how I feel about them. There will definitely be spoilers ahead, so be forewarned!

Read on if you don't mind SPOILERS!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Audiobook Review: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: November, 4th, 2008
Format:
 Audiobook narrated by Jenny Sterlin
My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone. 
I knew that Howl's Moving Castle was a movie, but I didn't know that it was actually based on a book! I only found out because it was on sale with Audible a few months ago, so I snapped it up. This book actually came out in the late 80s, so it's a bit dated, but the way it's written makes it not feel dated because it does feel like it's written in an earlier time so it doesn't feel like the modern time makes a difference.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ARC Review: The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay

The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: February, 5th, 2019
Format: egalley*

My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
A romance bookstore owner finds her own happily ever after with a single dad in a new romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Dog Has His Day.

Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect and one heck of a father...not to mention tall and sexy. He's everything a hero should be, and Lord knows, Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise's romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can't help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true...

Ryder is drawn to the shy, curly haired professor who hires him to convert the Victorian house she's inherited from her aunt into a romance bookstore. Attracted to a woman for the first time since his divorce, Ryder finds himself wishing for a future with Maisy that he knows is impossible. Ryder has never wavered from his plan to leave the small town of Fairdale, North Carolina, so he can give his daughter the life she deserves. But suddenly he's not so sure. And the closer he gets to Maisy, the harder it's going to be to walk away.
I don't usually read what I would consider traditional romance books, but that doesn't mean I am opposed to them. I tend to like YA romance books better just because there is less sex in them. I am not opposed to reading adult romance books, and I have started to consider that I actually do really like books where the main focus is on the romance. Here's the great thing about romance books that it took me a really long time to figure out, the women in these books have a lot of agency and they are always getting what they want. So this book, The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay is definitely what I would consider a "traditional romance book" but I still wanted to give it a try, and turns out I did really like it!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Audiobook Review: A Potion to Die for By Heather Blake

A Potion to Die for By Heather Blake
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: November, 15th 2013
Format: Audiobook narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer

My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
TROUBLE IS BREWING…

As the owner of Little Shop of Potions, a magic potion shop specializing in love potions, Carly Bell Hartwell finds her product more in demand than ever. A local soothsayer has predicted that a couple in town will soon divorce—and now it seems every married person in Hitching Post, Alabama, wants a little extra matrimonial magic to make sure they stay hitched.

But when Carly finds a dead man in her shop, clutching one of her potion bottles, she goes from most popular potion person to public enemy number one. In no time the murder investigation becomes a witch hunt—literally! Now Carly is going to need to brew up some serious sleuthing skills to clear her name and find the real killer—before the whole town becomes convinced her potions really are to die for!
 

I wouldn't normally have picked up this book, or have even discovered it had Jorie from Jorie Loves a Story not raved about the audiobook narrator on twitter. It just so happened that my library had this on overdrive, and I put it on hold not expecting to get it so soon! I actually read this back in November, but held my review since I had been focusing on SciFi reads last month. If you like cozy mystery with a dash of magic, this book is for you!


Sunday, December 9, 2018

#BeattheBacklist2019 Reading Challenge


I've never participated in Beat the Backlist before, and I'm not sure why not! This is the perfect thing for me to participate in because I am always reading older books and I am always so behind on all the books I want to read. You can check out the full event on Novel Knight's blog

This year there is even a fun little mini-event to declare your Harry Potter House and when you read books you earn House points. It's just for fun, but I'm declaring my allegiance to House Ravenclaw!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Review Cross Ups: Anyone's Game By Sylv Chiang

Cross Ups: Anyone's Game By Sylv Chiang
Publisher: Annick Press*
Release Date: September 11th, 2018
Format: Hardback

My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
What’s up with Cali? Why does she keep changing her gamer tag?

It’s summertime, and even though his good friend Cali moved to another city, Jaden can connect with her online almost every day to play their favorite game, Cross Ups. His mom has loosened her rules on how often he can play, and he has an amazing new controller that will make him even better at tournaments. But then he gets roped into a dorky summer camp with his buddy Hugh, and Cali starts acting really weird . . . So when a last-minute tournament spot opens up in Cali’s city, Jaden jumps at the chance to go. 

But things go badly from the start. Jaden loses his controller on the train, and his reunion with Cali is awkward. She’s unhappy, and Jaden can’t figure out why, especially when she’s getting better and better at Cross Ups—and may even win the tournament. 

With its sharp dialogue and relatable characters, Anyone’s Game, the second book in the Cross Ups series, chronicles the ups and downs of middle school with a relevant, contemporary twist.

Thanks to Annick Press for sending me the second book of Sylv Chiang's Cross Ups Series!

In the second book, we see a little more of how Cali is fairing in Montreal with her Dad and his new girlfriend. Cali is having a really tough time, but it's not just because of having to live with a screaming baby sister. I think Cali's life can be relatable to a lot of kids of divorced parents. It's tough for kids enough in middle school trying to find their place in life, so Cali's struggles felt very real to me. I appreciated that the author wanted to tackle the topic of harassment in gaming and what female gamers go through, but I feel like it falls a little flat with it coming from Jaden's perspective. I think this story would have been more impactful if it came from Cali's point of view.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Review Cross Ups: Tournament Trouble by Sylv Chiang

Tournament Trouble
Publisher: Annick Press*
Release Date: March 13th, 2018
Format: Hardback

My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
An exciting new middle reader series from a debut author.

All twelve-year-old Jaden wants to do is be the best at Cross Ups, the video game he and his friends can’t stop playing. He knows he could be―if only he didn’t have to hide his gaming from his mom, who’s convinced it will make him violent. After an epic match leads to an invitation to play in a top tournament, Jaden and his friends Devesh and Hugh hatch a plan to get him there. But Jaden’s strict parents and annoying siblings, not to mention a couple of bullies and his confusing feelings for his next-door neighbor Cali, keep getting in the way!

Tournament Trouble marks the first book in a planned series by Sylv Chiang, a captivating new voice in middle reader fiction. With sharp dialogue and relatable characters, it chronicles the ups and downs of middle school with a relevant, contemporary twist. Accompanied by Connie Choi’s lively illustrations, Tournament Trouble invites readers into Jaden’s world, and will leave them eagerly awaiting his next adventure.
 

I don't normally read a lot of middle grade, but when the publisher reached out to me because of my interest in video games, I jumped on the chance to start this series.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

#TopTenTuesday: Winter Reads


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's topic is Cozy or Wintry Reads. I feel like half of these are going to be books about hockey, because you know my MO. I'm not sure if i'm actually going to make it to ten books here, but let's try! 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Holiday Gifts for The Book Lover in Your life


I don't usually do posts like this, but in the spirit of the holidays and because I'm basically stalking #TBTBSanta on twitter right now, I wanted to put together my two cents with a holiday gift guide for the bookish lover in your life. If you don't know about #TBTBSanta it's a secret Santa gift exchange that is hosted my The Broke and The Bookish. Sign ups are already closed, and I'm ahead of the game having already sent my package out, but now I want to find out who has me! Who has me??

Sunday, December 2, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth November Wrap Up


November is over, which means that #RRSciFiMonth is now over! I feel like I didn't read and review as much as I wanted to. I also wanted to do more discussion posts, but I also was trying to do NANOWRIMO this year for the first time so I was splitting my free time trying to do both. Then Spyro Reignited came out, so I got sucked into that. So safe to say I FAILED at NANOWRIMO, but that's okay at least I tried. This wrap up post is going to be very scifi heavy since we are wrapping up the event! 

For December, I might be a little sparse on the blog. I'm a little behind on reviews and books for review requests, so I'm hoping to get some reviews posted, but I tend to go a little dark after SciFi Month, especially due to the Holidays. This year, I'm traveling again for Christmas, and I know I'm not going to have internet, so definitely not going to be writing a lot of posts then. Hopefully I can schedule stuff beforehand!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

ARC Review: White Stag by Kara Barbieri

White Stag by Kara Barbieri
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: January 9th, 2019
Format: egalley*

My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.
 
This is one of those books that upfront I was not really a fan of and was really unsure of but by the end I was pretty happy with how it ended. It's also one of those books that I have a hard time figuring out how to review it. I gave the book the benefit of the doubt with these, because this is a debut so improvement can always be made on your writing.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Audiobook Review: Morning Star (Red Rising #3) By Pierce Brown

Morning Star By Pierce Brown
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Format: Audiobook narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds

My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.
 
Remember when I reviewed Golden Son last week and said "Pierce Brown straight up gutted me" with that book? HAHAHAHA! I WAS A FOOL! In the third book in his Red Rising series, Brown took me on a wide ride of emotions. For awhile in this book I was also REALLY mad at him for what he had done to these characters. He is straight up EVIL! So I have a lot of feelings about this third book, but I am also going to be really vague about them in this review, because otherwise I would be giving away a lot of massive spoilers.

Friday, November 23, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Review: The Last Star By Rick Yancey

The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P Puntam & Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 24th, 2016
Format: Hardback

My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.
This is one of those series that it's been some time since I read book two, that when I picked up this final book I forgot who all of these characters were. It also doesn't help that a lot of the characters, like Zombie, use code names or switch back and forth between their codenames, real names and their last names. Zombie is referred to as Zombie, Ben and Parrish in this novel, and at times I found it a little confusing and had to remind myself they were all the same person. Also, I felt like all the characters were way too dramatic in this book, unnecessarily so, and I didn't recall that to be huge in the first two novels. Was that just thrown in here because this is a YA series? So I hate to admit it, but compared to the first two books in the series this one was a let down.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Deanna Plays: All the Scifi Games I STILL Haven't played


Deanna Plays is a monthly feature on this blog where every third Thursday of the month I talk about something related to video games. Sometimes these are reviews of the games themselves, sometimes it's a list of books to read if you play X, and anything in between!

Okay, so...technically the third Thursday of the month was last week, but I forgot and it's my blog, so my rules, so I'm doing it this week. Since this month is still SciFi Month, I wanted to basically talk about my video game TBR, or TBP (To Be Played) ? Do we have a phrase for that in the gaming world? I don't know, but let's talk about all the games I haven't played because I spend all my time looking for all the question marks in The Witcher 3!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Audiobook Review: Golden Son (Red Rising #2) By Pierce Brown

Golden Son By Pierce Brown
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Format: Audiobook narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds

My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown's genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown's continuing status as one of fiction's most exciting new voices.
I read the first book in this series maybe a year or so ago, and you all know me I hem and hall when it comes to series. I just kind of forget about them! I also have this thing were I won't buy the second book in a series until I read the first one, because I don't want to end up not liking the series and be stuck with books I don't want. So that usually means I forget about a lot of series and never start other ones. However, for Red Rising, I saw that books two and three were part of an Audible 2-for-1 sale for members, so I am finally getting to this series much quicker. Pierce Brown has definitely trapped me in his web, and now there is no chance of me escaping. ALAS!

Monday, November 19, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us

The Abyss Surrounds Us By Emily Skrutskie
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: August 18th, 2016
Format: Kindle ebook

My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the giant, genetically engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup and teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea. 
The Abyss Surrounds Us is a book that I have been trying to get to for a long time. I thought it was a perfect book to read and review for #RRSciFiMonth. When it first came out, I remember a lot of bloggers talking it up and I did my normal, "yeah, yeah, yeah, I'll get to it." thing and again this is another book that I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read! Why do I continue to not listen to my fellow book bloggers? You usually are right, especially my sci-fi buddies!

Friday, November 16, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Audiobook Review: The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 2014
Format: Audiobook narrated by Luke 
Daniels
My Rating: ★ 1/2

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

ThreeBody Problem is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
 


This book is a hard one for me to review because I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. I also want to point out that a 3 1/2 star review isn't necessarily a bad review, it just means I liked parts of it but struggled with the rest. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Interview with J. Keller Ford - Author of the Chronicles of Fallhollow

I have a little something different planned for the blog today, to celebrate the release day of Bane of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford, I have a short interview with her that I want to share with you all.

If you missed it last month, I reviewed an ARC of Bane of The Dragon King here on this blog. The book is the third and final installment of Ford's YA fantasy series The Chronicles Of Fallhollow published by Month9Books. It comes out today, so it's now available for you to all go out and get it! I have been lucky to read ARCs of the whole trilogy, so it's little bittersweet for me that I have to say goodbye to these characters whom I have come to love.

ABOUT THE BOOK


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Fallhollow is at war. The sudden deaths of the only two heirs that could have saved it has plunged the entire land into chaos. Despite all the magic thrown at him, the Dragon King still lives. Hope for any sort of victory seems faint until Charlotte discovers a secret that could change the course of history.

Armed with the power to set things right, Charlotte embarks on a perilous journey with the sly and cunning Prince Izmayel Ascatar Venniver IV, Lord of the peaceful Edryd dragons. But her journey of peace is thwarted, and Hirth's most fearsome enemy plans to use Charlotte to destroy the kingdom and claim the universe as his own.

As Fallhollow and the Kingdom of Hirth descend into a battlefield of bloodshed and death, David, Trog, and the warriors of Hirth march toward war with an impossible plan to bring down the Dragon King, destroy his armies, and return the kingdom to its former glory. All they need is a little faith, a few extraordinary surprises, and a lot of magic of the most unexpected, generous kind.

This book is the final dramatic and magnificent conclusion to the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy.
 
Let's dive into the interview!

Monday, November 12, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Review: Star Wars Canto Bight

Star Wars:Canto Bight By Saladin Ahmed, Mira Grant, Rae Carson & John Jackson Miller
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Release Date: December 5th, 2017
Format: Hardback

My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Soon to be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, welcome to the casino city of Canto Bight. A place where exotic aliens, captivating creatures, and other would-be high rollers are willing to risk everything to make their fortunes. Set across one fateful evening, these four interconnected stories explore the deception and danger of the lavish casino city

- An honest salesman meets a career criminal as a dream vacation turns into the worst nightmare imaginable, in a story by Saladin Ahmed.

- Dreams and schemes collide when a deal over a priceless bottle of wine becomes a struggle for survival, as told by Mira Grant.

- Old habits die hard when a servant is forced into a mad struggle for power among Canto Bight's elite, in a tale by Rae Carson

- A deadbeat gambler has one last chance to turn his luck around; all he has to do is survive one wild night, as told by John Jackson Miller.

In Canto Bight, one is free to revel in excess, untouched from the problems of a galaxy once again descending into chaos and war. Dreams can become reality, but the stakes have never been higher--for there is a darkness obscured by all the glamour and luxury.
I can't say that I was surprised when I came out of finishing Canto Bight and I felt really indifferent. I have found that as a reader I don't connect very well with short story collections. I felt similar with From A Certain Point of View, but since there are only four stories in this collection I thought I might enjoy it better. Alas, no such luck. I just found myself not interested in these stories. The writing wasn't bad or anything, I just didn't feel like I needed these side stories about characters I have never met. That might be a clue in to me as a reader and that's okay.

Since there are four stories in this collection, I am going to be dividing my review that way to talk about each individually. Let's get into it.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Comic Review: Star Wars, Vol.1 Skywalker Strikes

Star Wars Vol.1, Skywalker Strikes 
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
Format: Trade Volume

My Rating: 


GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebel band opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far--the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet! Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fight for freedom against the evil of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor! But when a Rebel assault goes very wrong, Han and Leia will have to think fast to make their escape--while Luke finds himself face-to-face with Darth Vader! In the explosive aftermath, a humbled Luke returns to Tatooine to learn more about his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. Meanwhile, Leia and Han undertake a vital--and dangerous--secret mission. But can they succeed without Luke? Plus: the menace of Boba Fett!

I've got another comic book review coming in hot today! Today i'm talking about Star Wars, Vol.1 Skywalker Strikes. This is the trade volume version that collects 1-6 of the single issue comics. This one is set in-between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Backs. You can tell because Luke is still wearing that ugly yellow jacket. Who told him that was a good look? No one in the Rebel Alliance told Luke how ugly that jacket was? Did they all just go, "Welp, he's a farmboy." Okay, I realize they probably had more pressing matters to attend to, but if you couldn't tell I hate that jacket. 😂

Thursday, November 8, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Audiobook Review: A Closed and Common Orbit By Becky Chambers

A Closed and Common Orbit By Becky Chambers
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: January 25th, 2017
Format: Audiobook narrated by Rachel Dulude

My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who's determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for - and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

After so many of my other #RRSciFiMonth friends urged me about how great this book series is, last year I finally read the first book. So yes an entire year later I am coming back for more by FINALLY reading the second book in the wonderful Wayfarer series. What I like about this series is that I feel like you probably don't really need to read them in order. I think you get clued into more if you read the first book, but since this book focuses on Pepper and Lovelace and their current situation I think you could jump in here and figure out everything. I know the third book also focuses on different characters, and I kind of really like series like that because it allows you to enjoy something without being tied to a character you might not enjoy.