Sunday, October 8, 2017

Review of Aaru by David Meredith

Goodreads Summary: "

…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…" -Friedrich Nietzsche

Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony, and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.

She is sixteen years old.

Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive supercomputer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.

Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.
What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed.

Goodreads Ratings: 3.96 stars with just over 60 reviews

Genre Listing: Science Fiction, New Adult, Fantasy

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First things first, I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Thanks, David for sending me a copy of your book! Readers, if you think that the name David Meredith sounds familiar I've also reviewed his book Reflections of Queen Snow.

I made a point to finish this book last night because I knew I only had 15% left at most. I've been trying to gather my thoughts on Aaru. I'm very conflicted on how I feel about this book because a lot of parts in this book shook me to my core for very different reasons. Aaru starts by following Rose, who is a teenage girl bedridden in a hospital, dying of cancer. During the first few chapters, I cried a lot. Rose passing really pulled at all of my heartstrings and then at first I resonated with Koren a lot. It brought back an influx of memories from when I was 17, and my mom passed. I related to Koren in the wake of Rose passing, because once upon a time, I was her. Death of someone close to you can definitely change you. David Meredith has an outstanding ability to play with a person's emotions.

On the flip side, of this, there were some emotional scenes that I honestly could not handle. I found the entire portion of the story with "Magic Man" completely repulsive. I almost didn't finish the book because of it. A lot of me taking so long to finish this book was because I had to put it down and get away from this character. I'll be honest, I was angry at the author for asking me to read this. The thing is, it's not that it was badly written. It's because of how flat-out creepy and terrifying Magic Man was as a character. It just took me putting the book down for a month or so to realize it. I'm still repulsed, but I'm assuming the intent, and really it makes for an incredibly well written and vile villain.

My slight interest in psychology is kicking in with this book. I'm trying to tame it, so I don't go full nerd on everyone. I really liked the concept of being able to save one's spirit and be able to communicate with the person still after death. I'm a little bit obsessed with death and the spirit world, so this really peaked my interest. I really liked how the residents of Aaru were able to create everything, and some even had obligations to welcome new residents.

There were some things that I generally disliked about the book as well. The way that Askr's accent was typed out made his scenes very hard to read for me. I think it could have just been explained once and then just assumed. I also didn't really like how Koren was portrayed once she got famous. At first, I thought that it didn't seem realistic, but then when I came back to the book, I realized that is probably how fame happens, especially given some of the tragedies that befall child stars.I think this goes back to me being repulsed by Magic Man.

Overall, Aaru sent my emotions on a complete rollercoaster. I'm really impressed with David Meredith's ability to make his books so emotional. I want to hate this book because of how repulsed I was with half of it, but I can't because it was incredibly well written and was a really interesting story. I would say that if you do read it, to really prepare yourself properly.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Book Review of The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Goodreads Summary: The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

Goodreads Ratings: 3.58 stars with a little over 4,000 ratings

Genre listing: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Witches

Get the book: AmazonBook Depository

Book Haul: Canadian Book Haul


I finally finished a book! It's sad that it's an achievement now and not just a regular thing, but that's what happens when you have several projects going on at once. I'll be completely honest, I'm abandoning the challenge I set for myself this year. It's not even remotely going to happen. At the rate I'm going, I'll be lucky if I can finish a book a month. I'm sorry for that, I hope you all will stay with me even if my reviews are sporadic at best. Because of this, I am no longer accepting requests from authors. I think I've got two out there that I promised I would read, and I will still try to honor that promise, but after that, I won't be accepting any more for a while, or if I do, I'm going to be really choosy about it.

Alright, on to The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I think I put a little too much stock into loving the cover of this book and the idea presented. I started to get really into the story, but my whim to read it faded fairly quickly. Truthfully I'm frustrated and disappointed in it. I think part of it taking me several months to finish, is because I just couldn't stay interested in it.

I'm going to start with the good. I thought that the heart glass magic was interesting, especially because it ended up having many purposes. I thought it was cool that they were exchanged in relationships, composed of memories, and changed colors to represent moods and illnesses. I also liked the different styles of magic that a witch could have and that dark magic didn't necessarily mean evil. I won't say this is where my list of likes ends, because the book did hold my interest somewhat, and I wanted to know what happened, but I found myself really frustrated with this book.

My biggest frustration with this book is the timeline. I feel like it was being told from both ends of the plot and it made it really confusing. The chapters were all about her life and becoming an Asha. Then in between each chapter is a scene where something happens and she's stranded in a cave telling her story to a bard. It felt like as a reader I was reading the beginning and end at the same time to figure out the middle of the story. It was incredibly confusing and really took away my ability to enjoy the story. What's worse is I don't feel like the book ever got to that something. The book ended, and I didn't feel like the story was actually revolved. I know it's the first in a series, but the timelines never really synched up. The book ended, and I just felt like it made no sense. I think I actually closed the book and said "Wait... What?" out loud.

I didn't really feel like there was any personality in the main characters. Tea read as very monotone and dull to me, as did Fox and many others. The only character I really resonated with was the dragon who just wanted to be left alone. I'm not sure if that says more about me as a person or the book. I kept hoping for it to get more 'Witchy, ' but it never did. I don't really get why the main focus of these Asha was to go to parties and entertain. Beyond the heart glass magic, and  Tea raising Fox from the dead there wasn't a whole lot of magic in it. Most of the magic spoke of was vanity magic used in wardrobes and hair pieces. It felt more like I was reading a story about a house of courtesans with a little bit of magic than a story about a bad-ass necromancer witch.

I have so many questions about this plot. It probably doesn't help that the details got muddled for me. I don't know if this is due to how long it took me to read this book, but I felt like it was hard to keep track of the different kingdoms. The 2nd book won't be out until 2018. I'm not sure if I'll read it or not. I kind of want to so I get some answers, but at the same time, I don't really care to read this writing style again. I imagine it's going to work along the same timeline, and I'll just be frustrated again. I'm pretty bummed about this book. I wanted to love it, I really really did.  It had so much potential, but there are just some things I can't get past.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review of Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Goodreads Summary: Thou shalt kill.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
Goodreads Rating: 4.29 stars with over 9,900 ratings
Genre Listing: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy
Get the book: AmazonBook Depository
Reading Challenge: #40 A Dystopian Novel
Link to Book Haul: Canadian Book Haul


I'm not sure what it says by me as a person that I'm completely fascinated by anything involving a grim reaper type of being. Scythe by Neal Shusterman was no exception to this. I was instantly drawn into this dystopian adventure. I think something that instantly drew me in was the concept that everyone was immortal because science and technology had advanced so far. The average person is several hundred years old, and life for them is just about maintaining. The Scythedom is supposed to be a compassionate group that's incorruptible, but we soon find it's anything but.

I liked so much about this book that I'm probably going to gush. I thought it was extremely clever and well thought-out. I was constantly surprised by it, and it never felt like I was able to predict what was going to happen next. I really liked the idea that the scythes were supposed to be these compassionate beings who suppose to be morally above everyone else. The details in the book were very interesting, including each Scythe getting to chose the color of their robes and the method of kill they used. It all made for a very nice touch.

Character wise I think Scythe Curie was my favorite, and I appreciated the different insight into the Scythe life that she and Scythe Faraday provided. I really enjoyed the different Sychte journal entries that were provided to give a more in depth view of the characters. I didn't really feel like I related to Citra or Rowan, but I didn't despise them. I thought the romance between the two of them was kind of silly, but it provides the necessary motivation for a lot of the key pieces of the story. Overall, I just didn't feel like Citra and Rowan had a lot of depth to them initially, though I ended up really liking both of them in the end.

I felt like Citra's choice in Scythe name was excellent. In my mind, I was trying to piece together who she would pick, and I wasn't even remotely close. I think there's a bit of tongue and cheek humor with a lot of the book, and I appreciated it. I had told one friend while I was reading it that it was "deliciously morbid."

I have a feeling that this series is going to be one of my favorites. I can't recommend Scythe enough.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book Review of Flyte by Angie Sage

Goodreads Summary: It's been a year since Septimus Heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As Apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the fine arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the Princess and enjoying the freedom of the Castle.
But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?

Bringing fantasy to new heights, Angie Sage continues the journey of Septimus Heap with her trademark humor and all of the clever details readers have come to love.
Goodreads Rating: 3.99 with over 56,000 ratings
Genre Listing: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic
Get The Book: AmazonBook Depository
Reading Challenge: #28 a Book with a Green Cover

Book Review

Flyte is the second book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. I completely adored the first book Magyk. It was clever and imaginative that had a great sense of humor. Flyte somewhat fell short for me, comparatively. It lost a lot of the dynamic between the characters that I appreciated. It all just felt kind of flat.

There weren't any real surprises in the plot line, and I felt like Simon made a terrible villain. He mostly just came across as a spoiled brat who didn't get his way. I think part of why I liked Magyk so much was because of the various little side stories and thought processes that were shown for other characters. Flyte still had them, but it was more about Septimus vs. Simon instead and lost a lot of the adventure feeling.

I think for me the thing that Flyte was missing the most was the supporting details. I wasn't completely immersed in the story like I was for Magyk. I still enjoyed it, but I'm not going around and telling everyone I know to read it like I did with the first book. I did go ahead and put the third book on my Kindle, so I'm still into the story, just probably set my expectations too high for a sequel. I did appreciate that the book ended with little connection between the supporting characters, so it made up for some of the lack of detail. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Canadian Book Haul!

Greetings from Canada! The husband and I are visiting a friend, I thought I needed to hit up a Canadian Bookstore. We're heading back home, but today we decided to stop into a Chapters. It was really nicely set up, a little on the pricey side though even when you factor in the conversion rate. That being said, I'm pretty happy with the books I got. I think they are all going to be pretty interesting.

Book Haul

I actually didn't pick this one out. Chris did, it's one we've both been meaning to read, and I just haven't gotten around to buying it. I'm not usually one for alien stories, but I've been told I need to read it. I'll probably let the husband-person read it first before I dive into it. It's been rated over 860,000 times and has an average of 4.69 stars. 
Goodreads Blurb- "Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.
But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender's two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military's purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine's abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails."

As soon as we walked into Chapters, there was a shelf of local authors. I felt like I should definitely get a book from this shelf. This one sounded interesting enough, and it was a signed copy. I guess Mallory McCartney had been in the store recently doing a book signing. Here's the Goodreads blurb about the book- "Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war-ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory's arrival, she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.
With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King." This one is a short read at only 186 pages. 

I think I looked at The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper before and didn't pick it up. I'm really hoping this one will be decent and scary, and demonology isn't something I've read much on before. Here's the blurb from Goodreads- "A STOLEN CHILD, AN ANCIENT EVIL, A FATHER’S DESCENT, AND THE LITERARY MASTERPIECE THAT HOLDS THE KEY TO HIS DAUGHTER’S SALVATION
Professor David Ullman is among the world’s leading authorities on demonic literature, specializing in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Not that David is a believer—he sees what he teaches as a branch of the imagination and nothing more. So when the mysterious Thin Woman arrives at his office and invites him to travel to Venice and witness a “phenomenon,” David is hard-pressed to overcome his skepticism.
But there are forces at work beyond anything David can imagine, and they will stop at nothing to ensure that the professor does not escape their grasp. Against his better judgment, David, accompanied by his beloved daughter, Tess, finds himself traveling to Venice, where an unspeakable horror awaits.
Soon David is pulled into a journey that will redefine what he is willing to believe. Guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David races to save his daughter. If he fails, he will lose Tess forever." It doesn't have a lot of reviews yet and has a 3.3 average rating, so we'll see how it goes.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is a book I've been after for a very long time. I adored Libba Bray's writing style in both The Diviners and Lair of Dreams. I think in Lair of Dreams Gemma Doyle was very briefly mentioned, and I want to see if there's some tie-in to the two series. I have a lot of friends who have read this on Goodreads, and most of them have given it decent ratings, so I'm curious to see if I like it as well. 
Goodreads blurb- "A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy—jumble them all together, and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order."

Goodreads Blurb- "The children of world leaders, are held hostage in an attempt to keep the peace in this “slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel.
Greta is a Duchess and a Crown Princess. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Start a war, and your hostage dies.

The system has worked for centuries. Parents don’t want to see their children murdered.

Greta will be free if she can make it to her eighteenth birthday. Until then she is prepared to die with dignity, if necessary. But everything changes when Elian arrives at the Precepture. He’s a hostage from a new American alliance, and he defies the machines that control every part of their lives—and is severely punished for it. His rebellion opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the rules they live under, and to the subtle resistance of her companions. And Greta discovers her own quiet power.

Then Elian’s country declares war on Greta’s and invades the prefecture, taking the hostages hostage. Now the great Talis is furious, and coming himself to deliver punishment. Which surely means that Greta and Elian will be killed...unless Greta can think of a way to break all the rules."

I'll be honest, this was a total buy because of the cover, but it does sound interesting. I think it's going to end up being a little cheesy, so I'm not counting on being insanely in love with it. Just based on the back cover, it seems a little Hunger Games meets Red Queen. 

This is another book I picked up for the cover and title. It seems morbid and pretty at the same time. There's a bit on the back that caught my interest. "Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there's anything, I've learned from him in the years since it's that the dead hide truths as well as the living." It seems like a different twist on witches, so I'm all for it. Here's the Goodreads blurb-  "The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an Asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves." I think this is one of the books I'm most excited to read.

Edit:The Bone Witch review

Chris actually saw this one and picked it out for me. It sounds really interesting and puts two worlds in historical London. One world has magic, the other doesn't. I like magic, and I like historical fiction, so I'm pretty interested. It's got a 4.0 average rating and 67,000 ratings. I'm pretty excited to read it. Here's the blurb from Goodreads- "Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive."

Eragon is another book that I've meant to read forever and just haven't gotten around to it yet. I figure if I actually have it on hand I'm way more likely to read it. This series is insanely popular and has been for a while now, so I'm interested to see how I feel about it. Goodreads blurb- "Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire."

This is another one that was chosen for the cover. I don't know what it was, but a lot of the covers were really pretty, and I was just drawn to some. This book sounds so interesting. I've already liked the grim reaper style of genre, but I think this is going to take it on an interesting twist where they're the only ones who can bring on death. Here's the Goodreads blurb- "Thou shalt kill.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own."

Edit: Scythe Review

I'm so excited about all of the books I bought today. I probably shouldn't have got more books when I just got a ton of books and am moving next week, but I'm in a different country on vacation. I was totally obligated as a reader and blogger to explore a book store that was new to me, right? Right.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 2017 Book Haul

I am so behind on this post. I've had these books sitting in a pile since June 3rd. I've yet to move them or even catalog them here. I'm caffeinated and cozy, so let's do this!  I made my annual trip to the Half-Priced Book Sale. This year, I went with my friend Sarah and her daughters. The trip was a lot of fun, and I realized that I read the same books as Tween.  I should probably take that as a sign I need to read more adult books, but I'm not going to. Anyways, we ended up also going to Barnes and Noble's as well, and I got stuff from their bargain table as well, because I have problems.

Book Haul:

Normally, I would post some stuff from Goodreads for my book hauls, but honestly, I'm feeling really lazy right now.  Plus this one is missing from Goodreads. It's rated 3.89 and seems to have good comments. I picked this up because it talks about a cursed amulet and treasure hunting. Sounds like it will be interesting.

I've heard a bit about this series, and it sounds interesting enough. I have a feeling it's going to be kind of cheesy, even for a kid's series. I'm still interested in it. A kidnapped fairy sounds like it could be fun. It's got average ratings on Goodreads, but a lot of readers, so we'll see how it goes! 

I used to love this movie when I was a kid, so I was ridiculously excited to find a copy of the book roaming around. Plus, it's short. Which is what I need in my life right now.  I cannot wait to read this! I really just want to sit down and read it right now, but I have a lot more books to show off, and that's not fair to Flyte by Angie Sage that I just started. 

I picked up a biography because it involves the Tudors. I didn't realize it was a biography, but I'm going to read it just the same. I love the drama surrounding this family. It has some questionable reviews, so we'll see if it keeps my interest. I'm not great with nonfiction. 

I will be completely honest I don't really know what this one is about. I fell in love with Nora's work from one book and needed to get more so I just grabbed whatever books had a pretty cover and seemed like they were either first in the series, the entire series in one book, or a stand alone. My new philosophy for book shopping is basically just grabbing books and hoping it works out. I probably can't go wrong with this with Nora Roberts.

I did that thing I do at the annual sale where I buy some random book in a series and not the first. This is apparently the sixth book in the series. I think it should be a law that the order of the series should be printed on the book with a very large number of which it is for dingbats like me. *Sigh* Good thing one of my friends just helped me sign up for and gifted me credits for my upcoming birthday. Oh, hey Add me on PBS My profile is lacking at the moment, but I just signed up last night.

I had heard a bit about this book before, and I thought it sounded interesting. Reading the little blurb makes me think it'll be a very twisted soap opera type of book. Nothing wrong with a little drama. I liked the first Pretty Little Liars Book (I need to finish up the series) but I liked Shepard's writing style, so I think that I'll like this quite a bit.

I figured since this was the full trilogy I should go ahead and get this. That way I don't have to worry about if I'm missing one of the books. I kind of like the idea of the entire series being in one book. This was another one I just kind of grabbed up because it was Nora Roberts. We'll see how much I like it. I really just kind of grabbed at things this sale. It makes it kind of like Book Roulette.

I have no clue what this about. I didn't read the back, and I'm not going to. It's J.K. Rowling's adult fiction book. Of course, I'm going to buy it and read it. Thoughts aren't necessary, yet.

A girl raised by wolves in the 1800s and there is a slew of murdered lovers? IN. I don't even know if I need to say more about this book. There are only 800 or so ratings on this book, so I'm intrigued by it. The ratings look decent. I'm kind of excited about this. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Review of The King's Peace by Kevin Hammond

Goodreads Summary: The Kingdom is young, and yet it stands in great peril. Dark tales of the unnatural have reached the King's city.
The King is slain in his bed, and the storm on the horizon brings black ships closer to the coastal city of Erenon. Nathaniel, a clever thief, has stumbled upon a job that brings him to the home of the King when he is slain, and Nathaniel is unwillingly dragged into the quest to reach the southern garrison which has gone quiet in recent months. Strange powers are helping and hindering him, and the small company of soldiers dispatched to that garrison as war comes to the city.
They will find those horrors that plague the common man,
an ancient legend will unravel, and a deception so epic in scale it involves the Gods. The whole world of man and nations who live on the other side of the mountain range known as the Great Divide will come together in a war no one really understands, and as the kingdom fights
to survive, it will face an enemy they know nothing about.
Goodreads Rating:  5 stars with one rating
Genre Listing: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure
Get the Book: Amazon


Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, Thanks to Kevin Hammond for sending me a copy of his book, The King's Peace. I really enjoyed reading it. One of the first things to catch my attention in The King's Peace was the Thieves' Guild. I thought it was a neat concept to turn it into an organization where they somewhat run together and get assignments. It made it seem more like a business than a crime. I also think that there was a great bit of detail that went into describing the city and scenery. I felt like I could really picture the city that Nathaniel lived in. 

I was actually really surprised by this book. I read a lot, and sometimes because of that, I can predict where a book is heading after a while. That was not the case with The King's Peace. I had no clue where this book was going, so it was nice to actually be surprised. There were actually some parts that creeped me out, which added to the surprise factor for me. Not to give too much of the story away, but there's a scene with fairies that's pretty haunting. I actually had to stop and turn a light on aside from my kindle because I was getting creeped out.

While I really enjoyed the book, there were a few things that could have been improved upon in my mind. The main thing for me is the more characters got added in, the harder it got for me to keep track of. I made some connection with Nathaniel and Richard because they were definitely discussed the most and there was a decent amount of backstory to them, but the rest of the characters didn't really stick in my mind. Even in the sections where there were various Gods talking to one another, I had to kind of force myself to remember who they were. It just kind of made it harder to read and harder to pick back up if I hadn't read it for a few days. Normally, I think this would be a big deterrent for me in a book, but with The King's Peace, I got the sense that the story was bigger than the characters presented. I also admit that some of my lack of a connection/ having to remember what went on is probably likely to me having a lot going on lately. I'm not going to knock it down for that. The other thing is so completely minor, but I feel like just a touch of bringing in some synonyms would have gone a long way. It made some of the wording repetitive.

The thing that I enjoyed most about this story is the wording (aside from the previously mentioned repetitive words) in it. Just based on this book and chatting with Kevin a bit, I can tell he's got a really creative way to word things and a good sense of humor. I also really liked the irony of the title. It's called The King's Peace, but it's anything but peaceful. I want to share some of my favorite lines from the book to illustrate why I appreciate the writing.

"They say all men are equal in the beginning and the wise man does not give charity to another who has not made the effort to toil in the field, or fish in the rivers."

"The man was a wrinkled old weasel who would, and possibly had, sold his own mother for some coin."

"This gift had served him well and kept his innards from being removed from his body many a time."

"The question, succinctly put, had nothing to do with quiet resolution. The King's peace more often than not, enabled justification for bloodshed, as long as it was for the stability of the Kingdom."

"Just don't tell that to the horse."

"At least they were having a good time being lost."

"We did it together because that is who we are; neither good nor evil- we just are what we are."

"Even in solitude, you are not alone. There is a dual nature in all of us, paths we shall choose and those we are set upon.. choices. Powers are stirring in the mortal realm. There is little time... you have work to do."

Overall, I really enjoyed The King's Peace. I'm really glad that Kevin asked me to take a look at it, and was patient with me while I took my sweet time reading it. The book is only 288 pages long, it just took me forever because well real life is crazy. Even though I haven't played WoW (only watched it being played a few times) and played Diablo II a little bit, the King's Peace kind of reminded me of those games. I can't really put my finger on why, maybe it's the variety of creatures in the story, but they came to mind a lot while reading this book. Hopefully that kind of gives a sense of the story.