Welcome to my train of thought. Just a warning, there might be turbulence. I'm a little eccentric, but hopefully you'll find something here that'll make the crazy worth it. Stay tuned for book reviews, ramblings on random things, and all sorts of stuff that tickles my fancy. But keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times. My brain is a scary place!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Iron Gold

Iron Gold Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Random House, for providing me with a Netgalley copy of the book in exchange for an honest review as a result of a contest!

You'll have to forgive my language, but DAMN YOU, PIERCE. How could you do this to me? Rip my heart out by making the stakes even higher, making me care about even more characters in this incredible world you've built, only to leave fates hanging in the balance and the universe on the brink of an even bigger war? HOW COULD YOU MAKE ME WAIT FOR MORE?

Okay, sorry, now that I got that out, I can take a breath and try again. DAMN YOU, PIERCE. Oh, sorry, there was more.

Pierce Brown has done it again. First, in the original trilogy, he built a world from the ground up, then tore it down spectacularly. Now, he's upping the stakes and bringing more characters into the fold... more characters for us to learn to love, and leaving more of our hearts available for him to rip out and shred into tiny pieces. You've done it to us before -- you know the ones I'm talking about, Pierce. You remember what you did to us in the first trilogy. And you know what you're doing now. And you know that, no matter how much pain you cause me, no matter how many of my tears keep you fed and satisfied, I will keep reading. Because the world, the characters, the stakes, the loss... it's all worth it. You've made a masterpiece, and keep on adding to it in masterful ways.

Dark Age can't get here soon enough.

Review to be posted on release date... but... damn. Stakes are definitely upped. Mistakes are definitely made. "Winter is coming" lol.

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Review: Down by Contact

Down by Contact Down by Contact by Santino Hassell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Yowza, this book was chock full of hotness. Fiesty dudes, getting busy with each other! Sexual tension you could cut with a knife! Emotional turmoil and angst!

Serioualy though, I loved this book so much I read it in a few hours. The first book was better, in my opinion, because, well, Gavin Brawley was super effing sexy! This one had some ridiculously heated scenes though, and definitely differentiated Simeon and Adrian from Gavin and Noah. They didn't feel like generic copies, like so many romance series following different couples each time seem to fall into.

Definitely thinking there will be a third (probably Rocky? paired with Wyatt maybe?), and will definitely be all in for that one too.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: Slave to Sensation

Slave to Sensation Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I took a chance last year (or was it 2016?) with my Wednesday UF group to try out Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series, and other than book three (which I didn't care for) and the overuse and abuse throughout the entire series of the word "sheath" as a metaphor for female genitalia, I really enjoyed it.

It took me a while to get to this series. It's a little more intimidating than Guild Hunter (as it's been going for a while more than GH, and thus has more books in the series), and I was in the middle of a bunch of series. But it's on my 2018 plan to read this whole series and catch up, and I'm glad I finally picked this up!

Despite the terrible name and cheesy cover, this story was a gem. Top-notch UF world and just the right amount of romance. I'd actually say it's right down the middle of PNR and UF, because, honestly, there was plenty of focus outside of the romance.

She's built a very intriguing world in this first book, and I'll definitely be jumping into book two sooner rather than later... *glances at giant pile of ARCs to get through first*

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones

Down Among the Sticks and Bones Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even going into this knowing the major details of how it would end didn't deter me from having a blast in the process. There's just something about Seanan and how she writes that makes me a faithful lapdog to her every whim. This one has so much sadness in it though!

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Review: The Clarity

The Clarity The Clarity by Keith Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to the publisher, Atria Books, and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I stumbled across this Read Now book on Netgalley and took a shot, and I'm glad I did. This was a fast-paced thriller that after the initial setup was basically nonstop action. It was such an interesting concept and was well-plotted. While I don't think the characters were as deep or developed as I would have liked, and the past lives thing didn't take as much of the forefront as expected, I still really enjoyed this novel. The little digital exchange in the epilogue hints at a potential sequel. If there is one, I'm there. :)

3.75 stars rounded up to 4.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Review: Zero Day

Zero Day Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars from me!

Seriously, if you are at all interested in movie-speed horror/thriller novels, then stop reading this right now, go to your local bookstore, your local library, Amazon, wherever you need to, and get your hands on The Hatching. Do it. Do it now, so you're prepared when the arachnapocalypse happens.

The final book starts with a few bangs -- some betrayals, attempted coups, crazy deaths, etc -- just like you'd expect if you'd read The Hatching and Skitter. And yes, you get quite a few more character deaths... duh. That's the point of Spidergeddon, isn't it? That some of the hoo-mens are going to kick the bucket. Or get infested with eggs and burst forth with a new swarm of spiders. Or get injected with a paralytic that eats away at your insides until they're mush while being wrapped up in spider-silk and dying a slow horrible death.

Seriously, you're still reading this? You haven't left to go to Barnes & Noble or The Shop Around the Corner or Fox Books to get your copy of the Hatching yet? LEAVE NOW. GO. SHOO.

While the ending is just slightly not as satisfying as *I* might have wanted, overall, it's a very satisfying ending and certainly shows the persistent fighting spirit of the human condition.

Okay, I'm not going to talk anymore because you're not listening to me. You're jingling those keys or whipping out that smartphone because you're hankering to get your copy, right? Well go on then. Don't let me keep you. Hey, what's that crawling up your leg?

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: The Raptor & the Wren

The Raptor & the Wren The Raptor & the Wren by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Saga Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!

I'm floored that a book that was mostly filler could be so much fun! I mean, fun isn't really the best word for it, because Miriam certainly isn't having fun. Losing people left and right, constantly surrounded by death and birds... it's not the best life, but she deals with what she's got. This book tied up a loose end or four (and some of those we weren't even aware were ends that somehow got loose!) and showed Miriam grasping more of her power.

I'm a little disappointed in how the book ended, and it felt like a copout. I guess I can kind of see how it could push part of the narrative of the next book, which is the last, but it just feels... copouty. Copoutlike. Copoutish. Whatever the made up word would be.

But still, I love how much Miriam has grown throughout the series, even though she's still got a filthy mouth (which I think is hilarious because she says what most of us are thinking, maybe in a cruder way, but she shares the feelings rather than internalizing them like most of us do).

So overall, I'd say 3.5 stars. One star lost for the copout ending, and half a star lost for being MOSTLY filler/positioning characters for the final book.

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