Just One More Chapter

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. 

-Vera Nazarian

 

I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time. 

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Scythe - Neal Shusterman

I highlighted like a pro with this book BUT, as a whole, it wasn't as amazing as its quotes (if that makes sense). The plot was peppered with sporadic action/horrific violence while the rest seemed like it was trying to be deep and introspective....a recipe for disaster?? NOPE, it worked! Kind of...was it on the boring side?? Yes! Was the burgeoning love unnatural and painful to witness? Yes! BUT it was ok...not my new favorite but it was a semi interesting read.

The Diabolic - S.J. Kincaid

~~~~DNF~~~~

 

I tried...The fact that a slew of you LOVED this book kept me going as far as I did but I just can't do it. I made it to 56% but I couldn't scrounge up enough interest in all things Diabolic AND since there are so many yummmy books out there I'm moving on. There was nothing horribly wrong but there also wasn't anything terribly right either. The one character that did pique my interest was Tyrus. He was supposed to be crazy/eccentric but turned out to be mildly Mad-adjacent. It felt like he suffered from poorly crafted character persona instead of slowly percolating character development of Awesomeness. All of the other characters felt flat and I couldn't care less what happened to them. Even the world building was bland....OOOOORRRRRR maybe I am just itching to move onto some of the tasties out on the market right now. Either way I'm calling it... it flatlined for me BUT I still look forward to reading all of your reviews...especially reviews that praise the books I couldn't get into or vice versa.

McGuire's Wayward Children is my own personal door to Whimsy and Logic, Fairyland and Underword and I LOVED every minute of it!!

Beneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire

THIS BOOK WAS PURE NONSENSE!! It was also a dabbler...a sweet sweet dabbler that dabbled (obviously my word of the day) in areas that most authors either steer clear of or try to tackle and too often fail. Seanan McGuire presented many cases of Adversity and how 4 brave kids overcame the troubles that plagued them. This book also touched on body issues and anxieties dealing with someone's mass as opposed to their Being. She broached topics such as what a true friend is and what it means to fit in somewhere, especially when you are being the most authentic you, 100% real. Other topics arose like the (mis)handling Of people with disabilities and how they themselves, as well as those around them, cope with the truth of what they deal with and how they wish they were treated. The very fabric of Reality was examined and it was determined that Reality is real/right in different ways for different people. I loved seeing kids of Logic deal with a Nonsense world and everything that entailed. Things like Death and what it means to truly be Alive are placed under the litterary microscope and dissected in the most beautiful ways. The writing was exceptional, as always. The development of the Worlds was phenomenal! You could feel the magical air in the Land of the Dead and taste the sugary sweetness in the Land of Confection. The character's flaws, anxieties, strengths and epiphanies were so tangible that my heart skipped, raced, broke and recovered in all the right places.

 

If you are already a fan of this amazing series then you'll be richly rewarded with this new addition! If you are on the fence about whether or not to pick up this gem, I hope this review convinces you to jump off that stodgy old fence and open your own door to lands you couldn't possibly imagine without a tour guide. THIS BOOK IS SURREAL and CAPTIVATING!! I feel like McGuire's Wayward Children is my own personal door to Whimsy and Logic, Fairyland and Underword and I LOVED every minute of it!!

worth the wait!

Soul Finder (The Immortal Gene Book 2) - Jacinta Maree, Becky Stephens Editing

I just this very moment finished Soul Finder after having to first reread Soulless due to brain mushiness...It's a thing...I think...anyhow, I feel that I must go on record saying that this series has unceremoniously and repeatedly accosted my emotions..having all sense of Right and Wrong hijacked, held ransom and awaiting the final verdict found only in book #3 !! Proper words fail me at the moment BUT what I can articulate is Holy Gritty Hell shackled to a Crazy/Hot/Volatilly Codependent Love/Lust/insane romance (?!?)!! sound confusing and garbled? I agree! If you are in the market for a dark, disturbing, extremely well written dystopian series (with the same feel as Susan Ee' s Penryn & the End of Days series) then drop whatever it is you are presently doing and pick up book#1 Soulless...after much sleep deprivation you'll thank me for it later!! If you're still on the fence then I'll give you my 2 cents worth and suggest that you should try it, it's definitely worth the time!!

a slow percolator....but worth the Time...tee hee

Everless - Sara  Holland

I am extremely conflicted about what to rate this. I don't mind admitting it...my name is Beth and I suffer from Old Lady Syndrome at times. In order to combat my memory lapses I take notes periodically with the hope of remembering to put into words everything I felt along the way. At first I was disheartened with the pacing. Then there was the lack of character development and to be completely honest, the plot as a whole was flailing. Yes the writing was very good. Yes the premise was unique BUT it felt very much like a setup book where there is very little going on definitively...no meat, no potatoes, just me starving for a decent plot, skimming and flitting about all the while stewing in resentment- waiting for book #2 to come out so that things can finally start in earnest. Around 64% there was still nothing major going on. The MC suffered from the doldrums and nothing was holding my attention fully. The identity of Jules's parents and the reasoning behind why the queen was so feared were the most interesting questions posed and even those inquiries did not compel me to keep turning pages. Only the preorder price and my own stubbornness kept me going. All of these factors usually amount to a surefire recipe for disaster BUT I am elated to report that I persisted! Not only did I persist but the last 30% was redemption incarnate!! And that ending...oh boy that ending left me fiending for more. I ended up loving someone I initially loathed (as we were often led to do) and detesting someone that I had eventually warmed up to (although done so with a healthy amount of well earned trepidation). The main twist blindsided me. The way in which it unraveled, though laborered in the beginning, was skilfully crafted. As it approached the finish line it commanded my attention and I ate it up in record time. Now now, I know some of you can inhale books at an inhuman rate (and I'm more jealous about that than I care to admit) BUT here I reference my own (oft times sluggish) pace so please take the previous statement with a grain of salt.

 

In the end I found myself caring for the characters which was a wonderous feat in and of itself because I would have balked at that claim around the halfway mark.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book and if you find yourself hung up, dejected and thinking of putting it in the DNF pile then I hope you persevere as well because the ending is not only twisty and turny but it also sets up high expectations for the next book in the series. Happy reading!

How to Hang a Witch - Adriana Mather

I really shouldn't be surprised at how much I liked this book, almost all of my GR friends sang its praise. The plot was in-depth, elaborate, never boring and unabashedly addictive. I was bewitched (hehe) by the characters (especially the dashing Elijah) even despite the unanswered, messy Love Triangle. The full cast of characters were diverse and authentic. The MC was unapologetically sarcastic, stubborn, realistically flawed, a tad annoying but overall likeable. I would have given this 5 stars if the writing would have been better. Even though the subject matter came across as extremely well researched and very entertaining, the writing was a bit sophomoric. In no way was the writing "Bad" but it was most certainly middle of the road Meh.

 

I was shocked to find out there was a second book because the first wrapped up satisfyingly neat and sweet with a dash of tear inducing heartbreak. There were twists and turns abound and though I played the "Who Dunnit" game almost the entirety of the book, in the end it turns out that I had the identity of The "Big Baddy" figured out relatively early on. I definitely recommend this witchy book that had me enraptured from about the 20% mark on.

Book #2 is now close to the top of mount TBR.

The Female of the Species - Mindy McGinnis

"I live in a world where not being molested as a child is considered luck"

 

This was BRUTAL!! This book was raw and beautiful and will stay with you for a VERY long time! I love, love, LOVED the writing which was stunning and real. I'll admit it, I'm here, just having finished this book, and I'm broken into pieces crying. It's not that civilized, sniffling, dab at your eyes and it's done kind of crying. It's the soul abraded, snot dripping cry that leads my hubby to ask why I choose to read things that tear me apart emotionally.


This was told by 3 different characters perspectives, all of whom I fell in love with which is extremely rare. Usually I am skipping through one characters ramblings just to get back to another I liked best. That was definitely not the case here, even the supporting cast were amazing. I might go as far as to say that this contemporary story has some of the best character development I have read in a LONG time! All three MCs were human, strong yet weak at the very same time. They were complex and realistic and ultimately it HAD to be done with dueling POVs..I can not picture the story working better any other way. If you can imagine it, amongst all of the griminess and heartache there was romance and thankfully it was sans insta-love. I want to tell you to run out and read this asap because of the breadth of its beauty and the skill in which it was executed...BUT it feels weird telling you to do so because I know that the subject matter is merciless and that you too will be lacerated and laid bare...a puddle of sobbing feels. I don't want my GR friends to hurt but if you're okay with a bit of pain and some tear stained pillows then I HIGHLY recommend this book!!

Invictus - Ryan Graudin

This was Time, Multiverse, Alt-Life done right....ohhhh so right! If not for the slow beginning and the fleching annoying, made up curse words this would have definitely been rated higher. I do love a good Time Travel book and this wasn't good, it was GREAT!! After the slow as molasses (and just as interesting) begininng the action was well paced, the Historical aspect seemed to be researched and therefore felt extremely organic/possible/authentic. There were twists and turns and loop-de-loops abound...even though we were easily (and very willingly) led to the only ending that would have felt right, when the curtain closed on the Epilogue, it was still immensly satisfying (with just a dollop of I Need More STAT)!!

 

As I have stated (ad infinitum), I am a sucker of the greatest magnitude for a well executed Time, Space, Multiverse Travel book and this..with its pivot points/paradox a plenty...not only did NOT disappoint but delivered so beautifully that I'm searching for yet another Time romp for my next literary adventure as of this very moment...well, as soon as I'm finished typing here. I'll let you know how I fare BUT with respect to Invictus...if you are like me and harbor a (not so) secret obsession with all things Time/Space-y then this book will definitely entertain, tickle those fancies as well as dally in the realms of Causality and the nature of our Being to boot.

 

Enjoy!!

a magical tale revolving around the mystical African mythology...lore so engrossing that you won't come up for air until the very last word of the epilogue!

Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor

This was an awesome MG/YA fantasy that was steeped in the Otherworldly, ever elusive art of the Juju and other African mysticisms. Akata Witch was an engrossing Coming of Age tale of 4 African children (2 transplanted from America) who were immersed in the intricacies and secret nuances found primarily in Nigerian folklore. I love a good story based on a cultures' Mythology...especially ones that are completely foreign to me...you never know that you don't know something until you're exposed to the truth of things but what I NOW know (my apologies, I can't seem to stop saying that word at the moment) is that I am bewitched and that I have fallen hopelessly in love with this world! The book was about 4 young kids making what is essentially a Coven and the perils associated with their World. The MC is an Albino girl who learns of, as well as hones, her newfound powers in a refreshingly new (if such a thing can be called that wrt this genre that is oft times overly trope-ic...don't judge, it's a thing, I think) manner. The world building was phenomenal and incredibly imaginative BUT more importantly, it was undeniably and blessedly Unique!! The characters were endearing and perfectly humanly flawed (which I love love LOVE!). I adore a good yarn that has its characters actually working for their progress and growth... working to become worthy of a whole books' praise and notoriety. Even the tertiary characters were crafted with precision as well as being undeniably interesting. The whole book was addictive from the first chapter on and was in a voice & tone that I rarely come across... which again labels it as ridiculously refreshing! I am anxious to see what is in-store for our 4 young leading personalities and especially for our Free Agent/MC Sunny. I highly recommend this book and am (not so) patiently awaiting book #2!!

 

End of rambling...

In my overly verbose opinion, this is a reverently explored Middle Eastern tale that revolves around a copiously traversed subject matter...Djinn

The City of Brass - S.A. Chakraborty

WOW, I absolutely inhaled this book!! The writing was seamless. The world was devine. The middle did drag a bit but royal politics and in-depth character development can tend to lend itself to this type of dilemma. I decided not to penalise the rating too harshly because of this though I did waiver back and forth between 4 & 4.5 star...BUT seeing as how the sluggishness was coupled with some great writing... a grand and unique premise (especially for a topic so fervently explored)... a plot that had me constantly questioning everything I had presupposed along the way...I couldn't help but bump up the rating sooooo a well deserved 4.5 stars it is.

 

Now onto the dual POVs. Imo the very distinctive POVs played perfectly off one another, a frequently attempted endeavour that many stories fail to accomplish. The backdrop seemed both masterfully crafted as well as meticulously researched creating an undeniably authentic atmosphere. The characters were breathtakingly, "humanly"flawed. Nahri, our heroine, was a little annoying at times but ultimately her loyalty and overall potential was endearing. I can definitely see camps for favored male characters being formed down the road. Who was my favorite you ask?!? Well I won't go into too much detail but I will say that though Dara seems like the perfect companion/protector, I couldn't help but root for sweet naive Ali. Speaking of camps, it's probably obvious from my previous admission BUT fair warning: there was a most salacious love triangle percolating (though very minimally acted upon) which happened to be the impetus for much of the drama SO if that's not your thing...you've been warned.

 

I couldn't help but obsessively check Chapter and Location progress. This is usually a bad sign in my world BUT here it was for all the right reasons. I watched the pages fly by wishing to stall the inevitable and THAT hasn't happened to me in a long while....sad, I know, but true.

 

Anyhow, ultimately many MANY questions went unanswered, leaving me with a nagging hunger for the next book, STAT. So hurry up please, I NEED answers!!!

great writing with an amazing plot...I highly recommend!!

The Bird and the Sword - Amy Harmon

Holy enchantments, I've been ensnared and I never want to be set free again. This book is pure Magic wrapped in vivid and intricately poignant prose. These prose are things of absolute wonder might I add. They are not too flowery as to trigger an allergic reaction (like a migraine or spasms that lead to throwing the book at the wall repeatedly) or drab enough to be used as a sleeping aide. What they ARE are incandescent literary weavings that transported me(fully immersed and wholey invested) to a completely original world of amazement and helped my imagination SOOOAAARRR (don't fault me, I had to say it). This hauntingly beautiful, character driven tale is so much like the lore of old that I was bewitched...bewitched I tell you!! You know the ones...those fairytales filled with Gallantry and Honor...Betrayal and Horror...Abilities and Redemption...Beauty in various forms (especially those in hard to reach places) and all the delicious Naivete turned Triumph a dreamer such as myself can tolerate on an empty stomach (no, Halloween candy does not count!)! This yarn was expertly spun and revolved primarily around Lark (our Teller/Commander). The characters were fantastic! Even the secondary and tertiary ones felt so real I could just about taste their desperation and fear amongst their deviously wicked machinations. Boojohni was a perfect supporting character and Tiras..oh my word King Tiras... how you have beguiled and won me over wholeheartedly! I won't gush on and on BUT I will say that this wrapped up so neatly that it felt like a stand alone. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that but I am certainly curious to see what's next.

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) - Kendare Blake

This is a fast paced, blood soaked, twisty turny rollercoaster Love story that builds up to a high octane scream yet ends with a slow, limping whimper. This book has love stories of all kinds...Love of Family (both blood and adopted), Friends, Power, Abilities, Home and Romantical Insta free amore to boot.

The writing felt clinical, like it was merely reporting the facts which ultimately kept me from getting immersed or connecting with the characters and their ordeals. The writing was raw and the pacing fast but never felt rushed as a result. The characters were beautifully crafted and the world was one that I really enjoyed visiting but would HATE to stay in. We all (not so secretly) have our favorite sister and I adore reading everyone's reviews to see the rationale behind their choices. For me I always loved Mirabella and recently found myself enjoying Arsinoe more and more. Yes Mirabella is believed to be the strongest, the most beautiful and a pampered, spoiled (man stealing) lump. She may be some of that but she is also: extremely capable of inflicting serious bodily harm yet refuses to direct that against the sisters she not only remembers but loves..truly loves.

 

Ok, bring on book #3. I'm (not so) patiently waiting.

Heck yeah this was good!!

An Unkindness of Magicians - Kat Howard

Oh My Lord I can not express how EXTREMELY impressed I am after finishing this book...I want to scream it..I loved loved LOVED this fantastically creul/beautiful book!!! The writing is amazing. The characters are rich and complex and interesting and loveable/loatheable like all well executed characters should be. The Magic is not new. Tithes must be paid for the use of magic and there are those with Power that abuse it and the people who are naive and/or powerless to stop them...but are they??..the Magical World as a whole felt insulated and seedy, hierarchical and often futile but ultimately redeemable and hopeful. Many MANY times I am in the midst of things, right in the thick of it, and when I am forced to put down the book and face Life I find myself contemplating whether or not to pick the book back up again or cut my loses and strike out anew. Usually I begrudgingly pick things back up but An Unkindness of Magicians never gave me a choice. I stole tiny moments whenever and wherever I could to giddily devoure this preorder. This book had me at the start and still hasn't seen fit to let me go.

this is like a flowery, whimsical dream on a rollercoaster where you are blindfolded and constantly asking "where are we going?" and "are we there yet?"...in a good way

Caraval - Stephanie Garber

In a world where nothing is certain but your unwavering love for your sister and the undeniable fact that you're dad is an evil lump of rotted plum smelling $h!t, what will you do to escape? What will it take to save your sister in the process? What alliances will you forge and what sorted things will you allow in those pursuits?

 

This dreamy, beautifully whimsical, oft times overly colorful, action packed marvel will keep you guessing until the epilogue and long after. PLUS there are phenomenally developed characters and even a few swoon worthy ones (no Insta love ANYWHERE to be found). Who will you root for and who will you absolutely detest? Who can be trusted, can anyone be? I was team Julian all the way. Now I won't tell you if they get their Happily Ever After but I will tell you that the journey they did take together was perilous and full of surprises EVERY twisty turny chance it got. I listened to this one on audiobook which was not only an enjoyable way to share this with the hubby (who happened to love it as well) BUT was economical to boot because there were innumerable plot twists and untimely deaths that my ereader would have been thrown against the wall in protest...repeatedly. Now I don't want to spoil a single expertly crafted moment for you but I will say that I didn't want it to end and I'm SOOO freaking curious to know what happens next, what was promised and who exactly is Legend?!?!? I wish I could experience it again anew but alas, I cannot but you...you can so why are you still here? Go on now and enjoy every last morsel this book artfully dishes out! You'll (most likely) thank me later

a beautifully written Adult Dark Fairytale wherein topics such as Love (of family as well as the romantic sort), Sacrifice, Devotion, Faith and true Happiness are explored

Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones

This is a love story, first and foremost, of varying types with a dark atmosphere and a very non PG vein. It is not one of those prenatural boy meets lonely outcast of a woman who proceed to fall in love against all odds and live happily ever after. What it IS is a beautifully written Adult Dark Fairytale wherein topics such as Love (of family as well as the romantic sort), Sacrifice, Devotion, Faith and true Happiness are explored. There are definite uncomfortable moments like when Elisabeth is constantly described as being homely, only possessing beauty through her tenacity and musical prowess. I thought it was nice though..to have Beauty defined as something more than the Adonis-like allure. I think it's a depiction too often lacking in most literature nowadays. Anyhow, back to the glowing review, Wintersong is a seriously character driven fantasy where the world building and character development are supurb. There are times of sluggish pacing... Especially where feelings and enviroments are likened to musical attributes (such as tempo and key). These were confusing to me BUT it works overall and it is SOOO worth it. I cried...yes I'll admit it, I might have even wept like an orphan on mother's day... ALRIGHT?!? I felt wrung out and anxious like exposed nerves being tap danced on. No... Everything was most desidedly NOT alright. My heartstrings were being played like the virtuoso sonatas eluded to in the book. If you feel like you are slogging through the plot I highly recommend sticking with it if for nothing else than for the ending!