Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, The Murderbot Diaries 4, A Short Review

This is the fourth and last book in The Murderbot Diaries miniseries. The story continues but the ending of this is completely satisfying. Dont get me wrong, I am going to continue reading. But I have adored these short novellas and Murderbot feels like a person I know, they feel like they are with me. I struggle so much with communicating and letting people in and social anxiety, and Murderbot has become this very significant character to me that genuinely helps me feel like I can get through things. Best series I have ever read!

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Skyhunter by Marie Lu, My thoughts on the extended excerpt

The first thing I want to say is, I love Marie Lu! The second thing, is if you love Marie Lu then you are going to adore her new book! Talin is a Striker for the nation of Mara, meaning she kills ghosts that are attempting to infiltrate and attack their land. This is another super creative story by Marie Lu, full of action. Its intensely edgy but still has the heart that makes Lu’s books so enjoyable. And I cant wait to get a copy of the full book and devour it! Also, thank you to Netgalley for this sneak peek!

The Bone Ships by R. J. Barker, A Review

This book has a gorgeous map, not to mention its gorgeous cover which admittedly attracted me to pick this up and I was not disappointed. Joron Twiner was a Shipwife on a ship of the dead named Tide Child, at least until he met Lucky Meas. Meas became the Shipwife (or captain) that Joron needed, that his crew needed, and ultimately changed them from feeling miserable and worthless on this ship of the dead, a ship for criminals, to being proud and accomplished with an incredible goal that kept them going and kept me really interested and excited.

There is a lot going on in this book that Barker used to create such a distinctive world. The main two things he did was made a unique language, at least some terms and he also created strange cultural devices that act as somewhat like superstitions to having real effects on bone ships. Both the language and culture Barker used really made this world and this story have a dark, eerie and yet fascinatingly beautiful feeling.

I recommend this as a great “Pirate ” read, if you are looking for battles on sea mixed with battles on land and even a leviathan of legend, then this is perfect. I know that the next time someone asks me about pirate fantasy books this is going to be the first thing I name.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth, A Short Review

This was such a great reread almost 8 years after the first time I read it. I had no idea I would still love this book so much! What I loved most of all was the sweet romance between Tris and Four. I do not know if it affected me as much the first time I read this but this time I felt like a lovey ball of goo just adoring every moment they had together. Honestly, I am not sure if I have really matured much over the years! I highly recommend this to first time readers and rereaders alike. So much fun, definitely fierce and just the right amount of romance.

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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, A Short Review

This is such a heartwarming book of short stories all centering on Simon’s time at the Shadowhunter Academy. He may have “Demon Amnesia” but he has amazing friends who are there to help him along the way. This really is a must read for fans of Cassandra Clare’s World because there are actually a lot of details in this that cant be missed!

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Rogue Protocol, The Murderbot Diaries #3, by Martha Wells

Once again, Murderbot hit me straight in the heart. The ending of this book particularly is gut-wrenching. Murderbot may come across as uncaring or unemotional, but that is one of the biggest problems when others judge Bots or humans that are socially awkward. For myself, a lot of my social issues are because I care almost too much. Right now, I want to watch an episode of Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon and call it a night.

The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts

This is some serious storytelling. This first Volume of The Wars of Light and Shadow series came out in 1993. The 90’s were a good decade for some awesome fantasy books and this is no exception. I did find it hard to get into in the beginning and I think that is because Wurts spends a long time doing a great job of setting up the characters so the second half of the book really impacts the reader. A story about two half-brothers that are thrown together in a new world and asked to use their powers to fight an evil that lies over the land. However, this battle against this specific evil creates another evil, an evil that tries to consume them.

I recommend this for anyone willing to take the time to enjoy this. For me, this was a long read, but I am really glad I stuck with it.

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Artificial Condition, The Murderbot Diaries 2, by Martha Wells, A Review

I dont really like giving away what happens in series, especially series I love and really want everyone to read so… I’m just going to say, again, how much I love this. I have never met a character in a book that I relate to so much as Murderbot. Murderbot is for anyone with insecurities about themselves, not knowing how exactly to fit in, how to act around other people… anyone with problems with socializing… if you feel uncomfortable around the majority of other people. I feel all of this and more, I really struggle with simply “being human” which is brought up in this book. And that is amazing. It is amazing to have this character and have these stories.

Read and enjoy!! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, A Brief Review

This was a joy to read. A brief look at the glamorous life of Magnus Bane. I need to say, if you are interested in reading this, definitely read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series first! This answers some questions I had about Bane and it also helped me understand his character more. This book of short stories really made me like Bane as a person a lot more than I already did because I got to see him a little more clearly. I was able to see what really makes him who he is, and now I cant help but absolutely adore him! It proves that sometimes people need to simply understand each other and what makes us “people”. To try to understand, and when we understand each other we can see the whole person, not just the outfit or the glitter. And like people everywhere, there is much more to Magnus Bane than what is on the surface.

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The System of the World by Neal Stephenson, Volume 3 of The Baroque Cycle,  A Review

I cannot believe I finished The Baroque Cycle! It is a major undertaking and it seemed at first as if I would never complete it.  Now that I have and now that I see the story as a whole I am just amazed by Neal Stephenson’s creativity and his ability to tie so much together making this unique and unpredictable story. Stephenson is quite long winded. What I mean is that he does not leave out a single detail. While I personally love this kind of writing, this slow but incredibly insightful journey of a tale, many would probably become bored or lose interest so I wanted to point this out. I recommend this series to anyone who loves historical fiction with a fantastical flair and a sometimes dry but witty and clever sense of humor.