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The Rule of Luck (Felicia Sevigny #1) by Catherine Cerveny

The Rule of Luck

3 stars (release date Nov. 7, 2017)

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

This is a fun, quick SciFi/romance book. Although the book is set in the year 2950, it’s not really a true SciFi book. Other than the futuristic tech stuff which is mentioned in passing and the travel between planets, the book is at it’s heart a romance book. Continue reading “The Rule of Luck (Felicia Sevigny #1) by Catherine Cerveny”


The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

The Breakdown

2.5 stars

This was an ok read. Cass drives through the woods during a storm and sees a woman in a car by the side of the road. Cass isn’t sure if the woman’s car is broken down or in some kind of distress. Not wanting to get out in the pouring rain, she stops and waits to see if the woman asks for help. When she doesn’t she drives off and goes home. The next day she finds out the woman had been murdered. Too afraid to tell the police she saw the woman but didn’t stop to help, guilt starts to eat away at Cass and affect her relationships in her life. To compound the problem, she starts having memory problems and fears she is showing signs of the dementia that killed her mother. Continue reading “The Breakdown by B.A. Paris”

Places in the Darkness by Christopher Brookmyre

Places in the Darkness

3 stars (releases Nov. 7,2017)

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

This was a fairly good sci fi book and an easy read. The story takes place at a space station above Earth that is touted to develop the latest technology, while at the same time providing refuge to people trying to escape their problems on Earth. Everyone has a job on the station, sometimes more than one, and they take their free time very seriously. Black market booze, underground sex parlors, prostitution and fight clubs dominant the inhabitants’ time off. The peace is kept by a government security force, for which our lead character Nikki “Fix” Freeman works. She also has a lucrative side business providing security and problem-fixing for the more seedy businesses of the station. Continue reading “Places in the Darkness by Christopher Brookmyre”

The New Dark by Lorraine Thomson

The New Dark

3.5 stars (release date Nov. 1, 2017)

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

This was a pretty good post-apocalyptic YA Fantasy book. It’s the first in a series. The worldbuilding and character building was a bit light and parts of the story is predictable, but it was still entertaining. Continue reading “The New Dark by Lorraine Thomson”

A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings #1) by Kevin Hearne

A plague of giants

4 stars (release date Oct. 17, 2017)

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

This is the first book I’ve ready by this author, but it definitely won’t be the last. I really enjoyed this book and already look forward to the next book in the series. It starts a bit slow and seems to start in the middle of story which is confusing, but if you stick with it, you will be greatly rewarded. This is the first book in the series, so a great deal of it must be devoted to world building. This is high fantasy, which means we are introduced to a lot of characters, multiple countries and the various cities in them. But, there is plenty of fighting and action, so don’t despair. Continue reading “A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings #1) by Kevin Hearne”

Fool’s Gold (The Dragon Lords #1) by Jon Hollins

Fools gold

4.5 stars

I really, really enjoyed this book. It is fun and witty and full of action. It is one of the rare fantasy books that is actually funny. Like really funny, not corny funny. The characters interact with each other just like best friends do in real life. They give each other a hard time, never let anyone take themselves too seriously, and have their back when the going gets tough. Continue reading “Fool’s Gold (The Dragon Lords #1) by Jon Hollins”

Children of Blood and Bone (Children of Orisha #1) Sampler by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

4 stars (release date March 6, 2018)

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

Wow. This book starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up. I was only able to read the first 6 chapters. I can’t wait until the book is released so I can read the rest. Zélie Adebola’s mother was a maji and was killed by the King when the magic of the land disappeared. She is a social outcast and lives in fear of being sold into slavery. She inadvertently helps a rogue princess escape the palace guards and discovers that magic may be coming back to the land. Zelie vows to bring back magic and take revenge against the monarchy. I can’t wait to see how this all turns out! Continue reading “Children of Blood and Bone (Children of Orisha #1) Sampler by Tomi Adeyemi”

Tintagel by Ray J. Newell


1.5 stars

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

Sigh…I wanted to like this book. I think the concept of the book is good. The execution, however, is not. The writing style was painful and not fun to read. I read a lot of books. I read a lot of young adult books. I even read a few books for younger readers just to see what’s out there these days. That said, I couldn’t figure out who the audience was for this book. The writing style is definitely not something adults would enjoy, and it’s not sophisticated enough to compete with the myriad of outstanding young adult books out these days. It was hard to make myself read this book. Ultimately, I had to give up about half-way through. There are so many books to be read – I just couldn’t waste any more time on one I wasn’t enjoying.

Al Franken , Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Al Franken Giant of the Senate

5 stars

This book is even better than I thought it would be. Al Franken’s writing is effortless and he makes even the most boring subjects understandable and enjoyable to read. The book is an entertaining look into his first Senate election and his years as the junior Senator from Minnesota. He provides insights into the inner workings of the federal government and speaks of the need to work with Republicans, despite huge philosophical differences. I highly recommend you read this book.

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