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Book Review: Mina Cortez by Jeffrey Cook

I’m just going to collapse face first for a moment. I don’t know what has been with me the last few months. My brain has apparently been on some sort of strike.

But I’m here now! I think! And with me, I bring you another review! -commence gasps, ooh’s and aah’s-

“But when even her history teacher knew she was all set to become a lifelong florist, she had to admit it. She was doomed.”

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Book Review: An Oath of Wintersteel by JM Guillen

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a hard week this has been for some odd reason. My anxiety just decided to kick in a lot this month, along with a lot of things going on with the family. If you are inclined to prayers, they are most welcome.

But right now I have my coffee, my hellion is eating breakfast and I am in a decent mood! Which means it is time to talk our favorite thing: books. And seriously, I got a good one for you this week. It is a new book by JM Guillen. I’ve had another one of his books on my to-read list for awhile now, but I’ve had some other books I needed to read first (ones that were in exchange for reviews, which reminds me…there will be a review for Jeffrey Cook’s First Light coming up this week also!). Then I got the chance to pick up this book in exchange for a review, and damn.

And it took me forever to pick a quote to post with this. The one I really wanted might have given away too much…as it is, this book is super freaking quotable.

Eso ci que eso.” He shrugged, his last word on the matter. That one phrase summed up so much about Domingo: Whatever shall be, shall be.


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Book Review: Unforeseen by Allison Barnard

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

While reading All’s Fair, I also began Unforeseen (or well, vica versa). It was definitely interesting to be reading a fey YA fantasy and then jump into a YA dystopia. The differences were definitely stark. I just recently began Brandon Varnell’s A Fox’s Love, D.R Perry’s Barely Awake, and AJ Downey and Jeffrey Cook’s There But For The Grace so those reviews should hopefully be upcoming within the next week or two. (And let’s be honest, we all know I am reading more than just those three, right?)


“I’ll have to apologize and lie about being stressed or hormonal. Men usually don’t ask questions once hormones are mentioned.”


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Book Review: Untamed by Madeline Dyer

Okay I am about to have to step up my reading game here. I have a whole lot of books I get to read. Yay!! In light of receiving quite a few in exchange for reviews, I’m going to be changing up my reading list a bit. After this review, my next one should be Children of Dreki: Tyr by NR Tupper. Then I’m going to change my reading schedule around a bit. 🙂

But anyways…on to our dystopia!

Lesson four: Never let yourself be Enhanced. Once it’s done, there’s no going back.


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Book Review: Domechild by Shiv Ramdas

I have mentioned before what some of my “literary turn offs” are. It was back in my review on Red Rising, but if you missed that it’s okay, I will reiterate 😉

I’m a huge fantasy nerd. Give me wizards, dragons, elves, drow, orcs, elementals, magic, sword fighting, pirates, fey, et cetera any day and I will gobble them up. (Figuratively of course, I think I stopped eating paper sometime in elementary…). I’m also a lover of historical fiction, fairy tales, mythology, and I’ve been known to sit down and enjoy a good, old-fashioned piece of regular fiction every now and again. Really, I’ll almost read anything.

However, there are (so far) two styles I tend to stay away from. The first is any book I can tell is going to be just plain sad (examples: The Fault in Our Stars, Marley & Me). I know how those books are going to end, thank you!

The other style is those futuristic/post apocalyptic books with a lot of robots and that sort of thing.  I just don’t really like robots and all that jazz. This got to where my friends would get annoyed because while I love Warhammer, I thought 40k was crap. They can have their robots, I’ll take my elves and dwarves. (Interestingly enough, I wonder if this reflects a deeper level of our subconsciousness. I think of it as a science vs magic sort of thing, or even science vs faith. Thinking on it, many of the people I know who loved 40k were borderline atheists.  Or maybe I’m looking too far in….lol )

So Shiv Ramdas’ Domechild was a bit of a stretch for me. It’s a futuristic book that has robots doing everything and a lot of history in the book deals with the nanotechnology sort of stuff. Not up my alley in the least. Many people in the NaNoWriMo group I am in however (which includes the author) highly recommended it, and I needed a book with a one word title.  So I sighed and wrote it down and took my leap of faith.

Seriously. Wow.
I couldn’t put it down.
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Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

So now I am behind on my book reviews, but hey…that happens right? At least I am attempting it (lol).

“I am the Reaper, death is my shadow.”

I have had Red Rising by Pierce Brown on my “to-read” list for awhile, over a year at least. I kept putting it off because…well….the thought of a story on Mars was a bit of a literary turn off for me.  I have only had three books that take place in space actually catch my attention, most are too sci-fiy and roboty for me. (If you are wondering, the three are Ender’s Game, Enchantress From The Stars, and Shade’s Children. Arguably, the last takes place on Earth, but it still encompasses what I generally turn away from in SciFi/fantasy)  I’m working in broadening my horizon in that area.

Red Rising though….Man, I am so mad I kept waiting for so long.  This book was AMAZING. Plus, Pierce Brown is apparently a fellow Potter fan so there is always that.

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Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

As you can see, I am a little behind and all mixed up on my book reviews (amongst many other things). On the topic of books, I have almost completed my “official” reading list so you (and I) can see what will be coming up.

Week Four of the 2015 Reading Challenge was a book with a number in the title. I had a few books I considered for this (And none of them with ‘half’ because, well frankly that doesn’t always refer to a number. But I digress.) and finally settle on Ray Bradbury’s infamous and commonly banned Fahrenheit 451.  Somehow I never ended up having to read this in high school, nor in the eight years since.  I decided to fix that.

This is the 50th anniversary edition which has a fun interview with Bradbury at the end

Okay, so let me admit my shortcomings here. Serious, serious shortcomings.  I had next to no idea what this book was about. I mean, I knew it had something to do with a fire fighter and that it was one of the most frequently banned/challenged books. That is it. Is that sad?  I hope not…

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