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Fountains of the Soul (The A.I. Chronicles #2) by Ray Else

Empire of Silence (Sun Eater #1) by Christopher Ruocchio

The Forsaken Throne by Jeff Wheeler

A Reaper at the Gates (Ember Quartet #3) by Sabaa Tahir



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Empire of Silence (Sun Eater #1) by Christopher Ruocchio

empire of silence

3.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in a new, big epic fantasy series. This book is told from the perspective of one main character toward the end of his life, after all of the big events in his life had occurred. The story centers on Hadrian Marlowe, an elite man from the ruling class. He is the presumptive heir to his father’s lands, however his life path doesn’t quite take the route he anticipates. He flees his father’s land and winds up stranded on a strange, harsh, unsophisticated world. Continue reading “Empire of Silence (Sun Eater #1) by Christopher Ruocchio”

Beartown (Beartown #1) by Fredrik Backman


5 stars

Never again do you find friends like the ones you have when you’re fifteen year old.

Beartown is a small town deep in the forest. People say it’s dying. That people should just give up and move on to bigger and better towns. But despite their history of losing, the people of Beartown are hopeful. Tomorrow the Beartown Ice Hockey Club’s junior hockey team plays in the semifinals of the country’s biggest youth hockey tournament. Hockey is like a religion to the citizens of Beartown, and the team actually has a chance to win this year. Continue reading “Beartown (Beartown #1) by Fredrik Backman”

Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey #1) by Deanna Raybourn

silent in the grave

4 stars

This is the first book in a historical mystery series set in the late 1880s in London. In the first book we meet Lady Julia Grey. She is a lady in her late 20’s unhappily married to her childhood friend, Sir Edward Grey. She comes from an aristocratic family, one of nine siblings. While at a dinner party in their home, Edward collapses and dies. Continue reading “Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey #1) by Deanna Raybourn”

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

These broken stars

4 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I’ve read other books from these authors and really enjoyed them, and this book didn’t disappoint. I read it in two days!

Our two main characters are traveling through hyperspace on a luxury spaceliner named Icarus. Lilac is the 16 year old daughter of the richest man in the universe. Her father is overprotective and doesn’t let Lilac go anywhere alone. She has bodyguards with her 24/7 and he actively discourages any boy from showing interest in his daughter. Lilac, never knowing if someone wants to be near her for her money, influence or access to her father, has built up a protective wall around her to keep everyone at a distance. She works hard to project an aura that she is superficial and flighty. Continue reading “These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner”

Marked (Alex Verus #9) by Benedict Jacka


4 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I started reading this book before I realized it is book 9 in the Alex Verus book series by the author. I haven’t read any other books in this series, but was still able to follow the storyline and enjoy the book. This was a very good urban fantasy book. It kept my attention and makes me want to go back and read the first books in the series. Continue reading “Marked (Alex Verus #9) by Benedict Jacka”

Storm Glass (Harbinger #1) by Jeff Wheeler

storm glass

4 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the author’s Kingfountain book series, so am really pleased that he’s started another series to savor. The author does a good job of worldbuilding and once again creates interesting characters that the reader can get invested in. Continue reading “Storm Glass (Harbinger #1) by Jeff Wheeler”

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Fun home

2 stars
This is our June book club book. My thoughts about the book? Meh. It was interesting insomuch as the story was told as a graphic novel. Other than that, I didn’t really find anything any more compelling than any other books about dysfunctional families. Alison is gay. When she tells her family, she discovers that her father is also gay but was never allowed to live freely as a gay man. In the story the author reflects on certain events in the past and tries to decipher the meaning. This book became a big deal because it was banned by some public libraries and other outlets. As autobiographies go, I wasn’t too impressed and didn’t find the story very interesting. There are much better books on the subject than this one.

Silver Stars (Front Lines, #2) by Michael Grant

silver stars

4.5 Stars

I love this book series!! The second book is just as good as the first. The story picks up shortly after the events of Front Lines. It’s the summer of 1943. The American forces have now set their sights on Sicily and Italy. Frangie, Rainy, and Rio are no longer green soldiers. Each one knows the horror of combat and the lengths they will go to save themselves and their fellow soldiers. While North Africa was bad, the upcoming battles will be so much worse. Women soldiers are becoming a symbol for equality, with the three women leading the way.

The story is so compelling and I couldn’t put it down. I found myself reading late into the night. If you haven’t started reading this series, do so now!!

Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson

Lies yu never told me

4 stars

I received a free sneak-peek of the first few chapters of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is an interesting and intriguing YA book. The story follows two main characters that have never met, but share a similar misfortune in falling for the wrong people.

Quiet, shy Elyse is cast as the lead in the school play. She is not used to the spotlight and her insecurities make her vulnerable. Gabe is dating a headstrong popular girl that treats him poorly. He tries to break up with her, but she’s having none of that. Just when the story was heating up, I ran out of chapters.

I’m definitely intrigued enough to want to read the rest of the book. I will complete this review once I do.

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