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Most Anticipated Releases Summer 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

I can’t believe it is already time to talk about the books I am really excited for this summer. I feel like I just wrote up the spring post and yet, here we are. As per the usual, these posts are set up to cover a particular season, and this one will go through the books in the months of June, July, and August, that I am highly anticipating the release of.

Now, I will just go ahead and say this…the book release schedule I keep in my blogging notebook has several more books than I will talk about here. This is because some of them are sequels to books I haven’t read. I am still excited about them, but they aren’t books that I’ll be trying to read pretty much as soon as they’re released. This post is for the ones that I need to get my grabby little hands on so I can read them.

Honestly, this season includes my #1 most anticipated book release of the year. And I try not to rank books, but it is the sequel of my absolute favorite book from last year, and I would love to have this particular book in my hands right now. I have a signed ARC of the first book from BookExpo last year, and I bought a first edition hardcover on release day as well.

Okay, let’s just get this party started.

First up, let’s talk about the month of June.

Release Dates: Save the Date by Morgan Matson (June 5), Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (June 5), Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone (June 5), My Hero Academia Vol 13 by Kohei Horikoshi (June 5), Final Draft by Riley Redgate (June 12), The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (June 26).

So, clearly for the month of June there are a few contemporary books I’m looking forward to. Technically, I have actually read Final Draft already, so I should have a review up for that soon. But I have enjoyed every Morgan Matson book I’ve read, so I’m eager to see how cute this one will be. Of course I am so ready for the next volume of My Hero Academia because things are getting really good and I need to know what happens next. And of course I need the finale of The Glittering Court trilogy. Hmm…actually, I might need to do a Glittering Court re-read in preparation for this release.

And now let’s move on to the month of July.

Release Dates: Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (July 3), One Punch Man Vol 14 by ONE (July 3), Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (July 10), Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (July 10), European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss (July 10), Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (July 24)

I absolutely adore The Great Library series, so this fourth book naturally had to be on this anticipated list. When it comes to One Punch Man, it technically breaks my rule of needing to be caught up on a series to anticipate an upcoming release, but I read volumes of manga super quickly so I will definitely be caught up before this one is released. When I read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I was pretty much hooked on the book, and this new release has a similar cover design, and also seems to be sort of a folklore/fairy tale reimagining, so I am so ready to read it. Last year I read the first book of Theodora Goss’ series and I enjoyed following the daughters of some famous gothic/horror characters, so give me the next one already. Especially with that cover. Seriously, the July releases have some great covers. Honestly, I think Record of a Spaceborn Few might be my favorite cover of the Wayfinders series so far, though they are all stunning–well, the UK covers are stunning; I can’t stand the US covers.

Finally, let’s talk about August.

Release Dates: Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson (August 7), These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (August 7), My Hero Academia Vol 14 by Kohei Horikoshi (August 7), Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (August 28).

Okay, so Dance of Thieves is the start of a new series that takes place in the same world as the Remnant Chronicles series. I still need to finish that trilogy, but I’m still really excited about this one. I’m just a bit worried about potential spoilers, so this probably won’t be a book I read immediately after release. Plus I own the Remnant Chronicles in paperback and this is a hardcover release. And I guess I don’t need to talk about My Hero Academia in this section of the post, because you guys already know that I love the series. Then there is The Towering Sky, which is the final book in the Thousandth Floor trilogy. This series was not one I normally would have picked up, but I am legitimately trash for these books.

The final book I’m looking forward to in August is Access Restricted, which is my #! most anticipated release of 2018. The first book, All Rights Reserved, was my favorite read of 2017, and I will just continue to rave about how amazing it was and how everyone should pick it up. I read All Rights Reserved as an ARC, so this wait for book two has seemed extra long for me. I am so ready to devour this book already.

Okay, well, that is all I have for today. What books are you looking forward to this summer? Let’s talk books in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (15)

Hey all, Dani here.

I am trying to prep up some of my posts for this upcoming weekend. See, in the US, this weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and normally I don’t actually do much (aside from maybe grill up burgers or something like that). But this year, my fiance wants to take me to his grandmother’s home for the weekend because the village she lives in holds a moonshine festival and he wants to show me around. The good thing (or not so good depending on how you look at it) is that this village is in a very hilly and forested area of Ohio and there is pretty much no cell phone signal at all. Which means no calling, no texting, no internet.

So I’ll pretty much be going phone free from Friday afternoon until Monday afternoon. This means that I might not be able to respond to comments and such until I get back home, but my fiance has told me that his grandma does have a computer…and a landline phone. Perhaps I’ll pop on once or twice over the weekend just to check in.

But it also means that hopefully I’ll be able to get in some pretty good reading time.

And honestly, that’s what I’m here to talk about today…reading. I’m really enjoying these weekly reading update posts because it has helped me keep up on a blogging schedule, and for the most part has kept me focused on reading more so I can actually have an update. Add this series of posts to my reoccuring Manga Monday reviews, and I’m almost feeling like a good book blogger again. If I try to keep myself to a minimum of three posts each week, I only truly need to come up with one extra review or book tag or whatever each week. Though I still want to catch up on reviews as well, so bonus posts are definitely possible.

Anyway, let’s talk books. In the past week I have finished The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I’m going to try and have a review up soon-ish, but I don’t know exactly when it will be up. I am adding it to my list of reviews-to-write. I also managed to read Blue Exorcist, Volumes 1 & 2, and my reviews for this manga as well as for The Ancient Magus’ Bride will probably be up after I have caught up with all of my reviews for My Hero Academia and One Punch Man.

My current reads include Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon. Still…but I’m making more progress. I do hope to finish this book over the weekend. I am also trying to read through the first volume of Overlord, though this is the original light novel, not the manga. This was one of the books my fiance picked for my May TBR, and I do enjoy the anime, so I’m hoping that the novel will be awesome as well.

Finally, what I plan on taking with me this weekend to read is Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, Furyborn by Claire Legrand, and The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde. I have been wanting to read Ace of Shades since I finished Foody’s first book and heard she was working on another one. And the story just sounds so interesting. Speaking of interesting books, I only heard about Furyborn a few months ago while watching a subscription box unboxing, but I have been super excited to read it ever since. First off, look at that cover. And then take in the story synopsis; it sounds so darn good. Finally there is the newest release by Jen Wilde. I adored Queens of Geek when I read it last year, so of course I’m excited to read it. Also, it is probably good to have a contemporary read in my weekend TBR as well, right?

Yes, I realize that none of the books I’m taking with me this weekend are on the May TBR my fiance gave me. Look, guys, I am sometimes awful at following TBRs. I have gotten through like half of the TBR…I think anyway. Besides, I mean, goodness, I actually somehow forgot that the third book in The Trials of Apollo came out in May, and now I need to reread the first two books so I can jump in it, because I think I need a bit of a refresher on what Apollo/Lester (lol) has been up to.

Oh, and I’ll be back tomorrow with my Most Anticipated Releases of Summer 2018 post. Because apparently it is actually almost summertime already. That is crazy.

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GLBT Book Month is coming!

Hey all, Dani here.

What I love about the online book community, about so many of you amazing readers/reviewers/bloggers/vloggers, is that we have seen this increase in the past couple of years of a desire to read more diversely and to expand our reading habits. We try books outside of our preferred genres and we try books with characters we might not have otherwise picked up on our own. We read more books about different cultures or races and certainly we have seen more books coming out with main characters who are POCs or who have a different gender or sexual identity. And that is great. I love that we can expand our world by taking in the stories of people who are different from us (or the same as us).

It is fantastic, and so once again, I plan on for the most part, focusing my reviews in June to GLBT book month, and highlighting reads that have characters and/or authors who fall on the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum. GLBT Book Month started in the early 1990s as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month. Starting in 2015, the American Library Association branded it as GLBT Book Month, though honestly that name doesn’t quite do the month justice as it excludes many in the community.

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The main point is that it is a celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. I expand that out to aesexual, pansexual, intersex, queer, those who are questioning their identity, and more.

Right now I have two books that I have read in May where I am setting up the reviews to be released in June, as they feature characters who are questioning their sexuality and I think they will be great stories to highlight for GLBT Book Month. And I have a few other books already planned for my June TBR that should also be in the spotlight a bit more.

If you are looking for books that fall on the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum, you can always look up the Rainbow Book List, or the Over the Rainbow Books. There are a lot of great suggestions and recommendations there. I made a recommendations post of my own last year, so you can check that out as well if you’re interested.

Now, to make sure we are all on the same page with my June blog posts, I will still be doing my Manga Mondays review posts, and my What I’m Reading posts on Wednesdays. You’ll just find that at least one day a week–probably Fridays–I’ll be posting reviews for GLBT Book Month reads. I know the reviews for Ship It and Final Draft will be coming on Tuesday June 5th and Friday June 8th.

Other books I’m hoping to get to in the month of June include:

Of course, I will also take any recommendations from all of you wonderful book friends for books that also fit in this amazing and diverse category of reads.

And I do believe that is all I have to say for today. Have you read any great LGBTQIAP+ books this year? Are you planning on reading some in June? Let me know in the comments. Have a fantastic weekend everyone, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (13)

Hey all, Dani here.

We’re at the middle of the week already? Where is the time going? I feel like this year keeps speeding by faster and faster. According to my Goodreads for my reading challenge I am at 40 books read, which technially puts me roughly 6 books ahead for my goal of 100 books, but I somehow feel like I’m behind. That’s probably because of precisely how many books I read last year, so I’m not close to where I was at this time last year.

But my social life has gotten a bit more full compared to last year. This year I work a good shift at work and it gives me evenings and weekends free, so I’m able to do stuff with friends. Sadly that also means it is a bit harder to schedule in reading time…and I prioritize reading time over writing up blog posts, so I end up with a massive backlog of posts I want to write and it makes it seem like I’ll never have enough time to actually catch up.

I’m trying though. Honestly if I can manage to figure out time in my week where I can fit in about two hours of blogging time, I could probably write up 3 or 4 posts, which would be really nice.

Anyway, welcome back to my What I’m Reading series of posts, where I talk about what I’ve read recently, what I am currently reading, and what I am hoping to read soon.

When it comes to the books I’ve read since this post last week, I finished The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol 2.

Okay, so for current reads, I can honestly blame one of my co-workers for changing all of my reading plans. Last week for laundry day I legitimately planned to read through three volumes of manga…and then I asked a co-worker how she was doing with her progress reading the Outlander series by Diana Galbadon. This led to over an hour of talking about the books and the TV series, and I had to admit that I had stopped 100 pages into Dragonfly in Amber because I got distracted by other books. And I haven’t watched season 2 of the show yet, either.

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So, my laundry day reading plans changed, and I took my awesome big floppy paperback edition with me…and then promptly realized that I didn’t remember enough of what actually happened in that 100 pages I had read previously, so I had to start over from the beginning.

This is really fun because this book is definitely not on the TBR my fiance picked out for me for the month of May. What also doesn’t help with my reading through that TBR is the fact that my fiance and I met up with Signy Cullen on Friday and we ended up at Barnes & Noble…so I bought a decent stack of books, a few of them that I would love to be reading right now.

For what I would like to start reading soon, I really should get started on my May TBR, but I also have been really looking forward to one of the books I just picked up, so I’m going to make a deal with myself. My next read will be a TBR read, and then when I finish that, I can read Ship It by Britta Lundin. The TBR read I will read will probably be The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, because I have heard great things about the trilogy and have been meaning to read it for a while now.

 

 

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Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Hey all, Dani here.

Look everyone, it is an ARC review. I feel like a cool book blogger now. Just kidding, I usually feel like a decently cool book blogger, and that’s because I have so many of you wonderful people following my blog and enjoying my posts. I haven’t been doing as many book reviews as I would like lately, but that’s okay. Sometimes we need to step back a bit. But, I’m actually spending some time scheduling and writing up reviews of all of my backlog books, so you can expect a lot of reviews coming over the next couple months.

Anyway, let’s stop rambling and start talking about this awesome book I devoured. Oh, I almost forgot, I also need to say thank you to the publisher, Wednesday Books, for sending me an ARC of this book. This did not affect my review in any way; Sky in the Deep was one of my most anticipated releases for 2018 because it sounded amazing.

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Summary

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Okay, so on the back cover of the ARC this book is described as part Wonder Woman and part Vikings. I have not watched Vikings so I can’t exactly speak to how true that statement is, but I can say that what I got was a story about a badass female warrior who goes through a journey that tests how she thinks of both family and loyalty.

Literally this book opens with the characters going to battle, so it is a pretty action packed beginning. That aspect alone quickly grabbed my interest,and I just wanted to keep reading. Then Eelyn was taken by the Riki, the enemy clan, and the story really started to fly by from there.

I was seriously so hooked by this book. I didn’t want to go back to work and I didn’t want to have to put the book down for hours at a time. But being a proper adult and having a job and chores and errands to run sometimes gets in the way of reading time.

I very much enjoyed the characters and seeing how the relationships changed and developed as the story progressed. This might be one of my favorite reads of 2018 so far. I guess my only complaint is that everything wrapped up in just one book. When I got 30 or so pages from the end, I started to convince myself that this had to be the first book of a duology, and I would have been completely happy if that had been the case. But everything ended up concluding in the remaining pages, and so now I am left wondering what Adrienne Young will write next, because I am definitely adding her to my list of authors to keep an eye on.

Where to Buy

You can pre-order this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore. It will be released very soon, on April 24th.

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What I’m Reading (9)

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, it is Wednesday again already. It feels like the weeks are just starting to go by faster and faster. Soon enough I’ll be working on my favorite reads of January-June 2018, and that is crazy to think about.

Anyway, today I’m here with my short weekly post where I talk about what books I have finished in the past week, what books I’m currently reading, and of course, the books I’m hoping to start very soon.

I’m actually liking this little weekly post series. In some ways I feel like it is helping me finish off books a bit faster. Plus I have a day each week where I know what I’m blogging about, so I don’t have to stress about which post to plan or write or whatever.

Let’s just talk about books now.

Okay, so in the books I’ve finished reading in the past week category, I have Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, and Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy.

 

As for what I am currently reading, I have just picked up my copy of Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. I’m in a bit of a contemporary mood at the moment, but since I don’t have many of those waiting to be read at the moment, I’m sure I’ll be back to fantasy after I’ve finished this.

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Finally, what I am hoping to start soon, provided I can finish my current reads quickly, is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. With everything I’ve heard about this book, and how interesting it sounds, I’d really like to read it soon. Of course, I don’t think this is a book I want to take with me to work. I think I’ll end up getting so lost in it that I’ll really forget that I have to get back to work.

Then again, I also really need to read The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg. It isn’t a very long book, so I imagine I won’t need too long to read it. We’ll see what happens.

All right, well that’s all I have for today. Let me know what books are at the top of your recent reads or your TBR. I’d love to chat about books in the comments.

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What I’m Reading (8)

Hey all, Dani here.

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are all having a great week. Just as a heads up, I am pre-writing my next couple of posts right now because I won’t be on my phone or computer much over the weekend. My fiance and I are celebrating our one year anniversary by having an overnight in a hotel with a nice dinner and all of that. I’m pretty excited about it because our room has a jacuzzi tub and that just sounds really nice. So if I don’t reply to any comments over the weekend, it is because I am spending my time offline with the amazing man in my life.

Anyway, welcome back to the post where I talk about the books I have recently finished reading, the books I am currently reading, and the books I am hoping to start reading soon.

As for the books I’ve recently finished, I made it through Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston, and I will have a review up pretty soon. I also managed to finish reading my ARC for Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, so again, there will be a review up soon. Seriously, I feel a great need to talk about both of these books.

My current read is Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi. This is the first book from Rick Riordan’s new imprint, and I’m hoping this will give me some slight Percy Jackson vibes, but with Hindu mythology instead of Greek. And soon I am hoping to start reading The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg, so I can be ready to read and review my ARC of the upcoming fourth book in the series.

Oh, and I suppose I should do a brief Camp NaNoWriMo update here as well. Currently I have written 1,742 words out of my goal of 10,000. According to my stats page for Camp, to reach my goal I need to write 334 words each day, so for today I am supposed to be at 1,336 words. By this time next week I should at least be at 3,674 words, so with any luck I’ll be able to stick to all of this. Right now it is easy enough. The middle/end of the month always seems to be the hardest. Honestly right now I think I have about half of a chapter finished, but that is still more writing than I’ve done in months (er…a year or so…I don’t know it’s been a while).

One of the main reasons I’m including the Camp NaNoWriMo progress here is that I think it will keep me more accountable for actually writing each day and trying to keep up with an overall wordcount.

That is about all from me today. Let me know if you’re reading anything interesting in the comments because I would love to know. Also, I’m always looking for books to add to my never-ending TBR. I’ll be back soon with more posts.

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March Wrap Up and April TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, where did March go? Seriously. I am trying to figure out how we are 25% through 2018 already. Time is flying by so quickly now, and that is crazy to me.

Anyway, let’s just jump into what I read in the month of March. As always, if I have a review already posted on my blog, I will include the link to that post just in case you missed it or want to check it out. I’m working on clearing out my backlog of reviews so expect many more in the upcoming months.

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (4.5 stars)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (4 stars)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (4 stars)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (4 stars)

Vox Machina Origins Issue #5 by Matthew Colville, Matthew Mercer, Olivia Samson, and Chris Northrop (5 stars)

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (3 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 11 by Kohei Horikoshi (5 stars)

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz (5 stars)

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (5 stars)

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner (4.5 stars)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (5 stars)

Overall not a bad month, though I probably could have and should have read more Middle Grade novels.

All right. Well with the wrap up complete, it is time to move on to my March book haul. There were a lot of great releases in March, so obviously I ended up getting quite a few books, but overall I didn’t go overboard and have a massive haul, which is nice. This is the part where I share my book haul photos and then show off my monthly OwlCrate unboxing–and spoiler alert: I loved this month’s box.

Seriously, I managed to get through the month only buying a handful of books. That is pretty impressive.

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I’ve always wondered if I would like an infinity scarf or not, and now that I have one, I can honestly say that I rather like it. Oh, and this OwlCrate edition of Heart of Iron is so lovely. I mean, did you see the purple stained pages? So awesome. I got the Hanna Donnelly candle, but apparently there was a Kady Grant one as well. The mug is pretty great too; I’m excited to have another mug in the same size/style as the Harry Potter one from a couple months ago. Oh, and the book is actually signed this month, instead of just being a signed book plate. OwlCrate, you guys are doing wonderful things with your subscription box. I’m glad to be a subscriber. And I’m looking forward to the April box as well, because yet again the book is one on my highly anticipated list, which is excellent.

Finally, I suppose it is time to share my April TBR. Now I’ve done okay with my TBRs so far this year, reading typically around half or so of the books I mention, so I’m feeling decent about continuing to share the books I’d like to read in the month. Plus, the next session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon will be taking place on April 28th, so I’m thinking it should be a pretty good month of reading. But as usual, the readathon TBR will be up closer to the event, because I may change my mind on what I’m reading for the day. Actually I’m kind of hoping I can convince my fiance to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon with me.

Anyway, here is my tentative April TBR.

Of course the TBR can always change, grow, and/or shrink based on my reading mood. But there are a few of these that I really want to read, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to do it.

Then again, I’m also trying to get back into writing, so I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April as well. I’ve set a really low goal of writing 10,000 words on my novel over the course of the month, and hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish that while also keeping up with my reading.

I hope you all had wonderfully productive reading months in March. And if you feel like talking books with me in the comments, let me know what book you are most looking forward to reading in April.

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Review: Reign the Earth

Hey all, Dani here.

Happy Good Friday, and I hope everyone has a lovely Easter this weekend. Today I’m back with another review, this time for a recently finished book that I could not stop reading. It was so interesting. And in many ways I am now very grateful that I did not get an ARC of this last year at BookExpo, because it would have made the wait for book two even more frustrating.

Anyway, let’s get started.

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Summary

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarletwill hold readers spellbound. 

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Let’s just get this part out of the way first: I despise Calix. He is an awful human being, completely and utterly cruel and hateful. That’s a little obvious from the summary, but reading the book I felt this desire to reach through the pages and punch him–repeatedly. So, I guess I can give all sorts of compliments to author A.C. Gaughen for writing a character that makes me feel that way.

Speaking of, this is the first book by Gaughen that I have read, and it was fantastic. Now I find myself wanting to give Scarlet a try. I mean, I was intrigued by it anyway because it is a twist on Robin Hood, but now I really want to read it.

*Ahem* Anyway, back to this book. I enjoyed the worldbuilding. I didn’t think that this was a fantasy novel that overdid the descriptions of the land or the culture or the religion. It was just enough to highlight the differences between Calix’s people and Shalia’s people, and some of that came from the characters actually having discussions about how their cultures are different, which I rather liked.

The characters felt nicely developed too, like living and breathing people instead of words on a page. I liked Shalia and Galen and Danae and Kai and Kata. And I already talked about my feelings towards Calix.

I admit that there were a few things that I didn’t see coming and they surprised me, some in a good way and some in a not so good way. But I liked that I wasn’t trying to figure out what was going to happen. I just let myself soak in the experience of reading the book. Sometimes it is nice to just exist in the story as it unfolds instead of predicting what could occur later.

With everything that has happened in this book, and with how it ended, let me just say that I hope we get more information about the second book soon, because waiting for the next release will not be easy. Then again, I guess I do have a rather large TBR list so…maybe it won’t be that difficult after all. Still, my point is that I really want to know what happens next.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy of Reign the Earth from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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What I’m Reading (7)

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome to the middle of the week all over again, and my weekly post where I talk about the books I’ve read recently, the books I am currently reading, and the books that I am hoping to start very soon.

I’ve actually accomplished some pretty decent reading since my post last week. I finished re-reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and I flew through Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner. I’ll probably end up doing a book/movie review for RPO fairly soon, and I’m already working on writing up a review for CG, so expect those and various other reviews in the next days/weeks/months (because my backlist of reviews will keep me busy for a while).

My current read is Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston. I have been waiting on this book for so long, and I even had to wait until a couple weeks after the release day because this book was the one included in my March OwlCrate, so expect photos of this beautiful book in my March Wrap Up post coming soon.

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And what I am hoping to start reading soon is probably The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw, though I might start Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi first. I’m not sure. I’ll see what kind of mood I’m in after Heart of Iron.

Well, that’s all for me today. I’ll be back soon with another post. Until then, what books have you read recently and what are you currently reading? Let’s talk about books in the comments.