Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Shackled

Shackled Shackled by Michael Wisehart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been meaning to try this free eBook for some time as it looked very interesting when I first saw its blurb. But then I got an email from the author mentioning a new, free audiobook version. Cool, I went to check it out.

And saw that Tim Gerard Reynolds was narrating... 🤘😄😎

Sold! Or not, since it was free... But you get the idea.

It didn't disappoint, either. This had a great story that Tim's voice brought to life, as it usually does. This is definitely making me want to go and use an Audible credit on the full length novel that this serves as a prequel for: The White Tower.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review: Red Sister

Red Sister Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been stewing on a review for this book for a couple of days now. I feel it definitely deserves one, but it's hard to put into words what it meant to read it. I don't want to just say "it's great" and leave it at that.

If Hogwarts was a convent for young novice nuns on a planet with a dying sun, located in an ice corridor, you might have an idea of the setting. Then imagine Arya Stark and a Chosen One prophesy, with some Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fight scenes and some Dark Tower mysticism thrown in, and you might get a feel for what this story is about...

But then, not so much. This is a combination of so many great things, yet uniquely original in its execution. Beautifully written, and will have me pushing the next book way up on my TBR..

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Review: The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given a beta-version ecopy of this book in exchange for honest, thorough feedback. Note that this is not the final version of the novel and might change significantly before it is published.

But here we are again. The 4th Chronicle, and 10th overall Riyria book does not disappoint. I can't say what happens, other than that it rocks.

If you're a fan of Hadrian and Royce, you will want to read this ASAP.

If you aren't a fan, why not? These books should be consumed immediately.

It's been a few years since I read The Riyria Revelations, but this has me gearing up for a re-read.

I'll re-read this as well once I can, as I'm looking forward to seeing whatever improvements make it to the final version.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Review: Age of War

Age of War Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given a beta-version ecopy of this book in exchange for honest, thorough feedback. Note that this is not the final version of the novel and might change significantly before it is published.

But like I said with the beta reads of the first two books in this series, it shouldn't change that much. This baby is awesome as it is and will only need small tweaks and edits to put it in the same ballpark as the other books.

Legends of the First Empire fans will not be disappointed. If you loved Age of Myth & Age of Swords, you will slap this one right up there on your favorites shelf beside them.

Be prepared to be amazed and dragged through an emotional experience. Yes, I'm vague, but I promised not to spoil and you really have to read it to feel it, anyway.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: The Dispatcher

The Dispatcher The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an eARC of this title from the publisher thought NetGalley, in exchange for an honest revew.

I loved this! Scalzi never disappoints. This story is perfect as a novella, just the right length to tell a complete story without dragging on too long. That said, there needs to be a novel or series set in this universe/reality. I would be all over that...

I won't say much of the details, as discovering them is much of the fun. Let's just say it's different than other Scalzi books as far as setting and background, but that it has his trademark snark, humor, drama, and great dialogue.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Original impression (April 2017): 2 stars - Meh...I'm burned out on spending a lot of time on stuff I don't want to spend time on.

Revised impression (July 2017): 3 solid stars. It turns out this book wasn't finished with me yet. I thought I had put it behind me, but it kept creeping back to my mind and I couldn't help but want to see where it would go....All in all, I was pretty impressed by the end, and I might even continue the trilogy....if it calls to me again..

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: Little Wren and the Big Forest

Little Wren and the Big Forest Little Wren and the Big Forest by Michael J. Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great little story set in the world of The Legends of the First Empire. Of course, once you get a taste you're going to want more....

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