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?

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.

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.

Dawnshard by Brandon Sanderson, A Quick Review

Rysn travels with Chiri Chiri on her ship Wandersail to Aimia.  And really,  you just need to read and find out what happens because once again,  Sanderson has made the impossible possible!

I loved this short story.  It was heartwarming and full of fun characters that I love reading about,  particularly The Lopen.  I highly recommend this, especially to be read between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War.

Dark Shores by Danielle L Jenson, A Quick Review

Teriana is part of the crew of her mother’s Maarin ship, The Quicense.  But when the land they are currently trading with gets a new leader and finds out there is more to this world than the Cel, Teriana and her people are in a world of trouble.  
Marcus, a commander of one of the most dangerous legionnaire armies, is tasked with going with Teriana and travelling from the shores of the East to the dark shores of the West. 
This book includes an awesome trip by sea with a sea serpent and battles between the gods and more magic.   Not to mention… romance!
Can’t wait to read book two!

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, A Quick Review

“You are grieving,  Audrey Rose.  Grief doesn’t equate breaking.  You are rebuilding after something… destructive.  You’re coming back stronger. “

Audrey Rose and Thomas are in Romania battling for spots in Dracula’s Castle, AKA The Academy of Forensic Medicine and Science.   They may be prepared for anatomy classes, however the chilling murder/mystery that takes place comes as a complete surprise.

I loved this atmospheric and creepy tale.  Particularly because the setting in the castle and the dark and mysterious woods of Romania were so perfect after the evocative setting in the dark streets of London in Stalking Jack the Ripper. 
And of course… there is a little romance! 

The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth, A Quick Review

Chatsworth creates a marvellous and intriguing atmosphere with memorable characters and amazing steampunk style machinery all while keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.
This book is witty and unique while being full to bursting with fast-paced fun.  There is certainly something for everyone in The Brass Queen.

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!