Monday, October 24, 2016

Book of the Order Series by Philippa Ballantine

Book of the Order Series by Philippa Ballantine
Published between 2010-2013
Summaries on Goodreads
Buy Geist on Amazon
Buy Spectyr on Amazon
Buy Wrayth on Amazon
Buy Harbinger on Amazon

I’m not sure why this series is labeled as steampunk on Goodreads because it isn’t really…I would consider this more of high fantasy as opposed to regular fantasy especially with all the geistlords and creatures running amok in this series.  Also, I have mixed feelings about this book/series.  This was my first high fantasy novel, I think, at least in a while, and it’s not a genre that I’m supremely familiar with or fond of so it was a little slow going for me to get into the characters and the plot.

First things first, there were way too many characters, names, creatures and whatnot going on.  I felt like I was constantly confused or simply two steps behind when someone appears.  Other than the core crew: Sorcha, Merrick, Raed and later, Zofiya, I was thrown around when someone else appeared.  I just felt like there were too many different terminologies and names that it just felt really disorganized.  For example, there’s the geist world out there but apparently each geistlord has their own name and that’s in addition to the lesser geists out there and their names.  Then there are also the normal people and the Deacons who go by either Deacon [last name] or just simply the first name.  And, none of the names are common names so it was even harder for me to connect the dots. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall GIVEAWAY - Week 2 Book Reveal

If you haven't entered yet for my FALL GIVEAWAY, go now!

Or wait until you see the next available book that I will be including in the box.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman
Published November 1, 2015
Summary on Goodreads
Buy on Amazon

I am very conflicted with this book, to be quite honest.  While there were multiple things that I enjoyed, there were also quite a number of things that I wish either occurred or was explained a little more thoroughly.

Let’s start with what I really enjoyed: the layout.  I found this way of writing was incredibly unique with the text made up of IMs, emails, surveillance cameras, and even the AI’s own conscious.  It was definitely a very good way of getting different people’s perspective and their version of what happened because, let’s be frank, a shit ton was happening in this book.  Right from the very beginning, there was a ton of action from escaping the planet due to corporations bombing the place to being pursued by said corporations in outer space to the AI going on some psychotic melt down to some crazy virus killing everyone.  So, definitely, this unique way of laying it out there for the readers was a great way to understand the whole picture.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Cassandra Palmer Series (#5-7) by Karen Chance

Cassandra Palmer Series (#5-7) by Karen Chance
Published between 2011-2015
Summaries on Goodreads
Buy Hunt the Moon on Amazon
Buy Tempt the Stars on Amazon
Buy Reap the Wind on Amazon

I have to say, I used to be such a big fan of Cassandra Palmer but now that I went back to the series and was catching up on the last few books (apparently it’s still not done as there’s supposed to be a book 8 sometime next year), I realized how much I dislike Cassie.

In the beginning, I was doing catch up on reminding myself what went on in the earlier books since it’s been a while.  Honestly I should stop reading series that is still ongoing after 10 years and only has like 7 books out.  I think if you’ve been writing for 10 years, you either need to be done by now (i.e. Harry Potter) or at least have a shit ton out (i.e. Anita Blake series with 25 books in 12 years) so your readers don’t have to wait a minimum of 2 years for the next one.  How do you expect them to remember exactly what went on?  Do you expect them to put aside all books so yours is still fresh in their mind or do you expect them to reread the entire series again or do you expect them to just remember cause your book(s) were just that good??  I’m really curious.  With that being said, I’m going to put aside the Cassie Palmer series now because it doesn’t seem like there is any kind of ending in sight and I hate that feeling of catching up and you’re in that limbo for the first half of the book where you kind of remember but not really.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Now, I know a lot of y'all love them giveaways so I'm excited to do another one.  This time, the rules will be a little different.  There will be 10 BOOKS (similar to my Summer Giveaway) but rather than disclosing all of them at once, I will be disclosing them one at a time on Fridays (4PM ET) until the end of the giveaway.  So it'll be a semi-surprise until the very end.  Most of the books will be YA but there will also be some Adult/MG novels thrown in there as well to get a more diverse collection.

The Deets:
One (1) LUCKY Winner
US only (sorry Int'l peeps - another time!)
Run from TODAY to 12/18 Midnight

The Prize:
TEN (10) Books

Oct. 14th - Book Reveal: 
The Good Sister by Jamie Kain

Oct. 21th - Book Reveal:
Romancing the City in the Dark by Ann Jacobus

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