Arc Review, Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

WOW!

Andy Weir went above and beyond on this one, and that’s saying a lot.  After reading The Martian years ago, Andy Weir became one of my favorite authors.  He has a way of writing about difficult concepts and abstract ideas while saying it in a way that makes complete sense.   He explains scientific and mathematical concepts while addressing them and using them to push the story onward which is perfect for readers like me that do not easily grasp these kinds of things.

This book, Project Hail Mary,  stayed humorous and light-hearted while dealing with complex world issues including moral issues.   A man, who has no memory of who he is, wakes up in a strange place.  After pulling from information he naturally knows and using the tools provided to him … there is only one explanation: He is in space! But where? And why? And how?

All these questions and more are answered throughout the novel and it’s incredible! I highly recommend this to fans of Andy Weir and fans of Scifi in general!

And a huge thank you to Netgalley for this Arc!!

ARC REVIEW! Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen

Wow! Hello book 3 in the Dark Shores series!! This was a thrilling installment and I’m just blown away!
In Gilded Serpent all of the main characters from the first 2 books are present,  not necessarily together,  but the reader will see their separate points of view… and it’s incredible.   Jensen goes so deep into character development that it’s scary good, literally in some cases. 
This was a long book, but it is a MUST READ! I promise! If you haven’t gotten into this series yet, now is the perfect time!
I just can’t believe I have to wait for the next book!!! Cliffhangers much?

ARC Review, Dustborn by Erin Bowman

I loved the idea of this story, the sandy and hot atmosphere reminded me of Dune and Mad Max. There were, however, a few things I did not love but I will get to that shortly.
Delta is a badass female MC and she has a good reason to be. Not only does she live a hard life at Dead River, but she also is one of two people with a secret map to The Verdant branded on her back. One night she takes her sister to receive help with her pregnancy and although Delta loses her sister to childbirth that night, she takes the baby and returns to her people, her family… only to find out that raiders trashed their settlement and took her family to Bedrock which is where a man known as the General rules like an overlord.
The story honestly just gets better and better. What I had difficulty with was not being able to really feel that the characters were being genuine and realistic when they communicated with one another. The way they spoke felt forced to me personally.
I do think this was a fun and fast paced read, definitely original with some mystical touches to it.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this arc. All opinions are my own.

Victories Greater than Death by Charlie Jane Anders, ARC Review

Tina is just your average teenage girl… whom is also an alien with a beacon in her chest that will go off when it’s time to start her new life… in space. And yes, it’s just as cool as it sounds!
When Tina’s beacon goes off, her and her best friend, Rachael, make a run for it. They are soon surrounded by the enemy aliens (super creepy enemy aliens), but they are still doing their best to escape. Luckily, a friendly face appears… or, at least, a face that doesn’t look murderous, Yatto the Monthaa. Yatto (they/them) takes both Tina and Rachael to The Royal Fleet… and things get even more exciting.
This story is a tale of the best group of misfits working together, a tale of what it means to really be a hero, and ultimately a tale of peoples coming together to fight oppression. I couldn’t help but cheer everyone on at the end, but don’t worry…. there will be more! And I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

The Murder Game by Carrie Doyle, ARC Review

I was really excited to start reading this and I was not disappointed!


Luke and Oscar are best friends and roommates at an elite boarding school, St. Benedict’s. Everything is normal, these two high school buddies planning to sneak out and meet a couple girls and hang out at a make-out spot in the woods. However, this is when things get crazy, they have a scary and strange experience and find out the next day that a female member of the staff was murdered that night right around where they were hiding.


So much goes on in this book. Luke has a mysterious past that leads him into privately searching for the murderer. Not only was Luke overwhelmed with suspicion, but I was too… for pretty much everybody else in this story at certain points.

I thought this was a fun and fast-paced read. I did think there were some predictable points but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it.

Sweet and Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley, ARC Review

Too much love can be dangerous, but too little love can be a curse.

I’d like to start by saying this book has a great map! If you know how I feel about maps then you know how important this is imo.

Tamsin is a witch and will cast spells for the citizens of her village for a very particular price: love. More specifically, the love that person feels for another. She does this because of a curse that took her ability to love, and Tamsin needs and desires to simply FEEL again.

Wren is the opposite of Tamsin in so many ways. She is vibrant and full of feelings and possibly a little naive. She is also a Source which means she is full of magic that can supplement a witch’s own power.

When a plague comes, a sickness that can steal a soul and make the whole world volatile and vicious, everything starts changing for Tamsin and Wren. They begin to work together and start on a journey to the Witchlands to help stop this black magic.

This story is exciting, twisty and turny, and even full of not just magic but references to classic fairytales that make this book even more fun. I adored the light romance and the interesting conversations between Wren and Tamsin that included some funny comments. Overall, an enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend!

A Gentle Tyranny by Jess Corban, ARC Review

In the Monarchy of Nedé the men, also more widely known as brutes, are gentled. This is something the reader will learn much more about throughout the book.
Reina, or Rei, is a 17 yo girl living in a finca (a kind of farm or ranch) with her mother and sister and the little gentles that her mother raises with love. However, when Rei is selected as a candidate for the succession to be the next matriarch (a role her grandmother currently fills) all of her plans are put on hold. Her whole life she has been training to be an Alexia, which is a female warrior known for their prowess on a horse while facing down enemies.
Rei is kind, open minded and a little badass, which only makes it harder for her to fit in with the other candidates for the succession. The Nedé have a lot of restrictions and rules about society, particularly concerning a woman’s destiny. Another restricted area of this place is the gentles themselves, which Rei has a soft spot for.
This story immediately captivated me and I though the writing style was well done and very enjoyable to read. My only complaint is that the ending didn’t quite live up to what it could have been .

The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme, ARC Review

What an intense ride!
Mara works at her father’s vineyard but instead of spending all her time amongst the vines and land, she is often found cooking meals for all the male workers. Definitely not what she longs for in life. However, Mara has a secret. A magic that gives life and helps those grapes in the vineyard grow to their full potential.
Alac is the second born son to the king of the Thungrave line. The king is consumed by a stolen magic that has turned dark. Like Mara, Alac is also under restrictions and his ultimate dream is to learn how to make wine starting with the first steps, working in a vineyard.
Mara is kidnapped by the horrible Nelgareth who explains his plans to put her on the throne as the rightful heir because of her magic. He really is ultimately an evil, despicable character though.
When plans are made and steps are taken, this book turns into a whirlwind of surprises and sometimes, heartfelt moments. Battling magic and evil, not to mention a budding romance, makes this book a good read.

Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal, A Quick Review

Curse of the Divine by Kim Smejkal was such an interesting read. Much like the first book, I didn’t love the beginning but as I kept reading, the story opened my eyes and I saw the depth behind the imagery. These books question reality and the line between life and death, not to mention the sincere way the characters deal with grief. I wound up really loving this series and do recommend it.

Comes out February 9th!

Isoldesse by Kimberley Grymes, A Quick Review

Isoldesse is a light science fiction read. The cover of the book is stunning, depicting four of the main characters. However, there were so many characters by the end that it honestly left me confused. So much happens in this story. Kenna, a young college aged Earthen, is given an Arcstone that is just the beginning of changing her life. Not to mention all the other storylines that flip her world and her friends, completely upside down. I would recommend this to fans of an interesting scifi for young adults, however I must reiterate that by the end of this book I felt that too many different things were going on and it was hard for me to focus. And thank you Netgalley for this ARC!