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 Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes  by Suzanne Collins,  A Strange Review

So I’m tired, it’s almost 4 AM and I’ve been up reading this book and honestly I feel kinda crazy now.  Okay, if you did not get the underlying message of The Hunger Games series then Collins is pretty much spelling it out here, “Do you understand what I am trying to say here????” Yes, I am pretty sure I’ve got a grasp on her point of view. I’m not trying to belittle it, I think this needs to be loud and clear, particularly at this time.

What really stood out to me about The Hunger Games was the violence,  and the violence forced on children and young adults and the media’s constant coverage and the public viewpoint.   This book really delves into the issue of control, the control a government has over its people whether good citizens or perhaps rebels and the idea of what would happen without that strong handed control.  This is one of the things blatantly spelled out. This was further demonstrated by what the main character,  Coriolanus Snow, went through personally, leading to the ending that I expected but  still found very unsettling.  

Unsettling is really a good word for all of this, including this time period I’m living through,  where I personally live, my personal government and how I feel like everything is so insane and… yeah. Unsettling is putting it mildly.    Rereading The Hunger Games and following that with Suzanne Collins new book only makes me feel more secure in my own beliefs which I am not going to share.  This highlights some factors that I believe are truly lurking behind the eyes of some people and behind some closed doors that kind of have become more open lately.  

Honestly, I did not say any of the things I planned to say about this book… mainly, what the books storyline is about,  a brief description,  anything? Yeah, its 4 AM and I love sleeping so much, what happened? I dont like posting controversial things and I’m trying not to but did I mention its 4 AM? I’m going to probably make a cup of coffee and just stay up, my kitten thinks its morning now, so just HUSH! Leave me alone, be quiet. 

All Systems Red by Martha Wells, A Review

Okay, I am not sure that what I am about to say is 100% true but I think it is: This is the best book I have read all year. This may even be the beginning of a beautiful (new to me) book series relationship because I believe this is going to have to fit into my most beloved series category. Of all time. I relate to Murderbot so much that I feel like Martha Wells must somehow know me and has been watching me secretly. I, also, like to wear my armour, especially around humans. I wish I had an opaque helmet to hide my facial expressions behind too but for right now the symbolic idea of armour will have to do for me. I love this so much, it made me feel less alone and like someone understands… a priceless and lovely tale! I highly recommend this!

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, A Short Review

This is such a great series to get into right now, very powerful and very intriguing. I find that the immersion of magic into the “real world ” scenarios and politics is a pleasant surprise. I didn’t realise how steeped in magic this series was when I began it and I really have come to appreciate it. This book in particular deals with the character Hellene, and the difficulties she faces, the choices she has to make, the thought processes behind those choices and the impact those choices have, particularly right back on her, is so interesting and also, devastating. She is the heart of this book and I cant wait to read more.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, A Review

This book has so much strength to it, and the fact that I was able to get a signed copy has made me literally feel stronger for reasons I cannot totally explain. The main characters are both very loveable, charismatic and only serve to enhance each other’s stories. Laia has everything taken from her and has no idea how to fight back for it, how to have the courage of a lion and show no fear. Elias is fighting in a different way, he is literally a fighter, a mask, and also trying to find his escape to a freedom that doesn’t involve hurting anyone. I highly recommend this first book in the series and thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, A Review

Katniss and Peeta have survived the last Hunger Games only to now face the Quarter Quell and a host of other issues. Katniss has been unaware until now what her trick with the poisonous berries has caused, the revolution that is seething within all of the districts. She has unwittingly become not only the catalyst, the spark lighting this flame, but the leader of this rebellion.

I am enjoying my reread of this series, however, I do not know if it’s me personally or this specific time period or perhaps both, but the content of these books is hitting me much harder than they ever have before. I am finding new meaning and associations that I did not recognize when I initially read these books when they first came out.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, A Review

The first point in this books favour is that it has a map! Which is a must for an excellent fantasy read. Following points in this book’s favour are the strength of brotherhood felt between the main characters and the laugh out loud moments even in the most desperate of situations.

The very first section beginning this book completely caught my attention and I was immediately sucked into the world of Locke Lamora. I must say that I felt like I knew for sure where this book was going, what the outcome would be, and I am so happy I was completely wrong. I do not enjoy guessing an authors plot and I gladly was very surprised by the major events that changed everything.

I highly recommend this for fans of fantasy! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!