Robin: Lady of Legend was not the book that I thought it was going to be. It was better. I've read many Robin Hood tales of varying ilk. R.M. ArceJaegRobin: Lady of Legend was not the book that I thought it was going to be. It was better. I've read many Robin Hood tales of varying ilk. R.M. ArceJaeger's version is by far one of the better ones. I was often thrilled, worried, and excited for Robin as she journeyed from young girl to man of legend.
Robin didn't set out to be a hero. All she wanted was a life that didn't involve the chains of marriage and fancy dress. So she did what any rational woman would do when presented with the trap of marriage, she ran. Instead of running to another city, Robin uses her woodland and fighting skills to create a safe space for herself in the forest. Surviving and thriving on her own, Robin makes a critical mistake when she saves a child. One child, becomes a few children, becomes a handful of adults, until she's running a small village. The catch? When she saved the boy, she did it dressed as a man. Can she stay true to herself, while hiding who she is, in the only safe space she knows? Read it to find out....more
Darn it Drake! Okay, I know I'm yelling at characters already, but Ash in the Blood is book two in Lyn Forester's Poison World. It follows the continuDarn it Drake! Okay, I know I'm yelling at characters already, but Ash in the Blood is book two in Lyn Forester's Poison World. It follows the continuing adventures of Reagen and Drake as they hunt down the illegal Ash distributors. With bodies still piling up, they are racing to get the drug off the street, find a missing person or two, and not get dead on accident. The question is, can they?
In this second book we see a deepening of the working relationship between Reagen and Drake, one that is bordering on true friendship. During their investigation we are presented with some unresolved issue and some unique people that cause a bit of havoc in Reagen's life. Drake is still a lover of food and (mostly) oblivious to the clues Reagen is picking up. I'm currently fascinated with the introduction of a new, unnamed, character, who came into the book with a solid hit that had me reeling with curiosity!
Lyn Forester's second offering is more in-depth than her first. Her writing is only getting better and I can't wait for the third book!...more
The anthology is a compilation of reverse harem stories. Basically, one girl and multiple boys.
My rating is based solely on a single story, Lyn ForestThe anthology is a compilation of reverse harem stories. Basically, one girl and multiple boys.
My rating is based solely on a single story, Lyn Forester's House of Glass. It's the first in her Poisoned Houses series that follows Caitlyn, aka Sparks, and her boys, Declan, Felix, and Connor. It's a sweet coming-of-age story set in an alien world. While the characters are a bit older than the normal coming-of-age story, Caitlyn is a bit naive in the way her world works. Ms. Forester's story is truly delightful, but it definitely felt the first in a series. I'm hoping for more in Caitlyn's story, it just feels like a beginning and I'm waiting for the rest of the tale! ...more
Lyn Forester's House of Glass, the first novella in her Poisoned Houses series, follows Caitlyn, aka Sparks, as she travels off to finishing school atLyn Forester's House of Glass, the first novella in her Poisoned Houses series, follows Caitlyn, aka Sparks, as she travels off to finishing school at the Academia for Planetary Alliance (APA). A school for children of politicians, where they learn the fine points of protocol for a world where humans and halions have mixed together to create a flourishing society.
Sparks, once an up-and-coming disc-bike racer, got caught at a Night Pirate race when one of the racers went down in flames. As punishment, her father sends her to the APA, where she finds herself adrift before running into the boys she used to race against. Declan, Felix, and Connor find themselves enamored of the real Sparks, who is much more than just the goggle-wearing disc-bike racer. In this strange world of politics and manners, can Declan, Felix, and Connor break Sparks out of her isolation? Can they teach her that their world is a better place than the one she grew up in?
Ms. Forester's story is a truly delightful tale about finding a place to belong, no matter how unusual it may seem. From the start, House of Glass felt like a first novella in a series, so we are left craving more when we reach that final page. I'm waiting (impatiently) to find out where Caitlyn, Declan, Felix, and Conner end up. Here's hoping book (novella?) two is just as good as the first!
Adding a small disclaimer: I wanted to give this a four star rating, but I rarely give four stars to first novels, let alone first novellas. I also first read it in an e-book compilation called Falling For Them. I liked it enough to pre-order the stand alone. ...more
The fifth book in Anne Bishop's The Others series is the finale of Meg and Simon's story. The first four books of The Others series readers were keptThe fifth book in Anne Bishop's The Others series is the finale of Meg and Simon's story. The first four books of The Others series readers were kept on the edge of our seat as the conflict between the terra indigene (shifters, sanguinati, elementals, and elders) and the humans built to a crescendo and erupted into war. The human's thought they had won themselves a victory. Namid's teeth and claws showed them how wrong they were. Many of the human controlled settlements and cities are gone, wiped clean of the human pests, but a few places still survive. Now the Elders must consider how much human they want keep, if they keep any at all. To figure that out, they are looking to Lakeside's Courtyard. Specifically at Meg, the not she-wolf sweet-blood and broomstick girl, and Simon, Wolfguard leader of the Lakeside Courtyard.
The changes wrought in Lakeside's Courtyard between Meg, a human blood prophet, and Simon, the Wolfguard leader, have sent ripples of change through Namid. In this small progressive Courtyard there is now a human pack protected by the others. All of Namid's creatures have turned their eyes upon them to see how this strange new mix of others and humans have managed to work together to form something new. It's an uneasy mix, with both sides still trying to find a balance, who have managed to do their best to save lives. Sometimes the smallest, most insignificant ripple can shatter that peace and tip the balance into extinction. Can Meg and Simon overcome their own fears, worries, and faults to save a world?
Etched in Bone is not a sweeping story, nor is it an easy or polite book. It doesn't travel a million roads or cross multiple countries. In a way, it is a simple story. A sweet, vicious, frustrating, and wonderful story about the bonds between family, both the family you are born into and the family that you choose for yourself. There is deep rooted fear of rejection, a need to belong, and the learning sometimes you have to let go of your past in order to shape your future. Many favorites from earlier books make appearances and some new faces join the cast of beloved misfit monsters.
Knowing Etched in Bone is the final Meg and Simon story, I worried. I've fallen in love with the characters in this world. I don't want to let them go and I know I'll revisit them the next time I re-read the entire series. All I know is that I cried at the end and hugged the book to my chest. It was a fitting end. A good end. And yet, there is still hope in the future for the tangled world of Namid. If you haven't read this series, I urge you to. It's wonderful. ...more
I'll be the first to admit that boy love is not a genre I actively pursue, but if it has characters or storyline I enjoy, I'll happily read it. I wasI'll be the first to admit that boy love is not a genre I actively pursue, but if it has characters or storyline I enjoy, I'll happily read it. I was gifted with an advance copy, but hadn't had time to sit down and actually read it. All I knew was that it was a coming-of-age love story featuring two boys. Over the weekend I finally sat down and started reading. I was glad I did.
You to Me is set in a modern world full of transitions. When a child is born, they are genderless (now this isn't heavily explained so I'm not sure if children are with both genders or if they are truly genderless). Around pre-teen age children go through their first transition becoming either male or female. At age 18 they go through their final transition into adulthood by becoming horned or tailed. Literally growing horns or tails over the course of a few hours.
Best friends since (practically) birth, Masa and Sota are both on the cusp of their final transitions to tailed or horned. Sota has the perfect plan. He and Masa will transition into tailed, find best friends to marry and live next-door to each other for the rest of their lives. Only things don't go quite as Sota plans. There is one major kink in the plan. There is also the added complication of Ken, recently transitioned horned and resident bully, who has his sights set on Sota and will stop at nothing to get him. Change, confusion, misunderstandings, and bullies, what more could possibly go wrong? Will Sota get his perfect plan? Will Masa be able to convince Sota that change is good?
Not only did I fall in love with Sota's spunkiness and Masa's steadfast determination, I adored the secondary characters, Mei, who is forceful and blunt, and Shiro, who is delightfully awkward and usually blurts out thoughts without a filter. It was also a surprise to have a lot of interaction with Sota's mother and Masa's parents, who themselves are perfectly amusing and sweet characters.
You to Me charmed me. I found myself laughing and worrying over Sota and Masa. I also blushed a bit because there is some adult content in this book. I know I'll be re-reading this one when I need a good popcorn romance novel. Looking forward to the next in the series!...more
The Boy will give you nothing, if you haven't read the Tearling series. From the first moments of meeting Lazarus, you know he is more than he seems aThe Boy will give you nothing, if you haven't read the Tearling series. From the first moments of meeting Lazarus, you know he is more than he seems and will do whatever it takes to keep Kelsea safe. Yet in The Boy, we find where he began, in the dark tunnels below the world. A dark slice of story to accompany the world of the Tearling. ...more
I've read thousands of books in my lifetime, it's rare that find myself shocked by the ending of a book. The Fate of the Tearling actually surprised mI've read thousands of books in my lifetime, it's rare that find myself shocked by the ending of a book. The Fate of the Tearling actually surprised me. Erika Johansen's series has a reoccurring theme of choices and sacrifices. I just didn't expect the sacrifice to be so great.
Once again, I find good luck in having all three books to read right in a row. Having to wait for the final book might have left me behind the complexity of the overall story arc. As I have with the first two books, I want to give readers a warning, this series is not going to be what you're expecting. It takes place in the future and in the past, magic travels through the living and the dead, and anyone who loves books will appreciate that the heroine herself loves books.
Queen Kelsea Raleigh now Glynn made a choice that saved her country but left her in the hands of a madwoman. The Red Queen is not who she seems to be and Kelsea knows it, sees it with the sight that is hers alone. But the Red Queen knows her limits now and keeping Kelsea alive and locked in her dungeon may not be enough to keep either of them alive. New threats are abound, with the Mortenese rising up against the Red Queen, the mysterious magical maniac called the Orphan free to hunt as he wills, and Kelsea is still living two lifetimes of memories, can she survive long enough to outwit all those who would see her and Tearling fall?
The Fate of Tearling comes down to the choices of one woman. I think her choices will surprise you. It may even make your heart ache with her loss and yet find hope in the advise of one who doesn't know her at all. A fitting end to a great series. ...more
Invasion of the Tearling is the second novel of a trilogy by Erika Johansen. I'm glad I read this series after all three books were available. I thinkInvasion of the Tearling is the second novel of a trilogy by Erika Johansen. I'm glad I read this series after all three books were available. I think, if given time between books, I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much as I did. Now before I go any further I want to give a warning, this series is not going to be what you're expecting. Unless you're expecting a post-apocalyptic, time traveling, magic infused, book lovers ride (just like I said in the first review).
Queen Kelsea Raleigh managed to win the loyalty of the Queen's Guard. She also managed to survive her first clash with the Red Queen. Now Kelsea finds herself living two lives. The one she was born to and one that may only be a memory from a time before the founding of Tearling. Can Kelsea follow the clues of another persons memories to find the answers that may save her world?
The first time the world broke into two perspectives, I found myself confused. Then both myself and Kelsea figured out what the worlds magic was doing. She kept it a secret, I kept reading. The first book was about choices and sacrifice. This book just solidifies that feeling. Hurtling towards and end that I'm not sure any of us will see coming....more
I stumbled upon Erika Johansen's Queen of the Tearling, as a new to me author, when I didn't know what I wanted to read. I was in the mood for a fantaI stumbled upon Erika Johansen's Queen of the Tearling, as a new to me author, when I didn't know what I wanted to read. I was in the mood for a fantasy when I read the description and this seemed to fit the bill. What I didn't realize is how entertained I would be by a reluctant, book-loving girl who decided to fight to be the queen she was born to be, by saving a world that expected her to fail. Now before I go any further I want to give a warning, this is not a sword and sorcery fantasy, no matter what you read or how many times it's described as one. This series is a post-apocalyptic, time traveling, magic infused, book lovers ride. Be aware, nothing is as it seems.
Princess Kelsea Raleigh has been raised in exile. Her guardians, the Glynn's, hid her away from all human contact. The only world Kelsea knows are the ones written between the covers of the Glynn's extensive library. On her nineteenth birthday the Queen's Guard arrives on the Glynn's doorstep to escort Kelsea to the Keep in order for her to take her place on the throne and hopefully save Tearling from the Red Queen of Mortmesne. From her first steps beyond the border of the only home Kelsea has ever know, she is forced onto the path were every choice could bring salvation or ruin. She never wanted to walk the path life has forced her upon, but she finds herself strangely drawn to the world of Tearling in order to fix what her ancestors have broken. With a Queens Guard she has to win over, a magic stone, a small gift of sight, and all the knowledge she's found in books, can Kelsea live long enough to fix what's broken? Or will her choices cause them all to fall?
This book isn't perfect, it has it's flaws, but it's strangely compelling. I'm going to repeat what I said before, this book is not a fantasy book. It's magic is undefined. It's world has hard edges. It's people have survived the fall of the world before. It's a tale about choices and sacrifice....more
Six of Crows is a book I didn't know I needed. Desperately. I'd read and adored Leigh Bardugo's first Grisha series. It was dark, forbidding, and remiSix of Crows is a book I didn't know I needed. Desperately. I'd read and adored Leigh Bardugo's first Grisha series. It was dark, forbidding, and reminiscent of old Russian fairytales. Six of Crows is nothing like that. It's dark, with a viciously delightful levity to it. It's a tale about a heist, harking back to the old 50's noir books. Each of the six characters has a depth of self that holds their fears, worries, and even loves. They are not good people. You will grow to love them.
Kaz, a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Matthias, a convict with a thirst for revenge. Jesper, a sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. Wylan, a runaway with a privileged past. Inez, a spy known as the Wraith. Nina, a Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
In the Barrel, the criminal underworld of Ketterdam, it pays to be more dangerous than any other criminal around. Kaz Brekker, the boy from nowhere, is that dangerous. His mind is always four moves ahead. His cane is iconic. His gloves are armor. Kaz has always has a plan and the iron will to enact his plan. When Kaz is hired for an opportunity to pull of the most impossible heist, his desire for money overrides his common sense. But he has a plan.
Kaz handpicks five other unique individuals to embark on the impossible heist, kidnapping a political refugee (more likely a prisoner) from the Ice Court, a fortress full of fanatics that's never been breeched. It's a suicide mission, even from the best of criminal men. But Kaz, yes, he has a plan. If he can convince his handpicked Crows to become a crew. Their formation seems more fraught with misfortune than the heist Kaz planned. It won't be easy. They may not make it out alive. But each of the crows, Wraith, Nina, Matthias, Wylan, and Jesper, have nothing and everything to lose if they manage to pull of the impossible.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It has a complexity that snares you, draws you into back alleys and dirty deeds. The characters are so broken, your soul weeps for them, even as you cheer them on. Tiny moments of text burn into your memories. Leigh Bardugo is a master of her craft with a lyrical voice that sooth savage beast while drawing us in deeper to the story. I crave more. Try it. I think you'll like it....more