If you haven’t read, Heroine Complex, you missed out one of the most unique, relatable, and new superhero origin stories of last year. Do yourself a solid: pick them both up and move them up your reading list. [Read more…]
Silence Fallen is a thrill ride with unexpected turns and surprising (but welcome) appearances that manages to cleverly advance the overall series story arc while satisfactorily filling in more than one character’s backstory. [Read more…]
This is a unique revenge tale that takes an abrupt turn when life and new enemies intrude. Hendee (squared) create a riveting and rich landscape and lay out an adventure at turns horrific and triumphant. [Read more…]
This story reminds me of a “Six Characters in Search of an Author” sort of telling, with a bit of Midsomer Murders by way of Machiavelli as interpreted by Rod Serling added in; meaning that if you enjoy intrigue and redemption along with your space opera, this is one book to add to your “must read” list for 2017. [Read more…]
For anyone even remotely interested in the early and recent history of the successful and failed space exploration missions launched from this tiny planet of ours, this newest book by Rod Pyle is a gem. [Read more…]
Having seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters and been completely enchanted by what I thought was a return to the original Star Wars heart, I couldn’t wait to hear more story and character details, all of the things that couldn’t possibly fit into a movie.
That “more” is well worth the listen. [Read more…]
If you’ve haven’t read the original “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” trilogy, and you’re a fan of fantasy, then you’ve missed out on some remarkable writing. That being said, you do not need to have read how this sojourn into war began to enjoy this trip into the World of Osten Ard. [Read more…]
Nest is a dark, terrifying tale that is deliciously impossible to put down. It made my view of the world less rosy, and I believe it’s left me with a stronger awareness of the dangers that face us all, especially women. Any book that makes me rethink the nature and truth of my reality is, by default, a good one. [Read more…]
Successful short fiction requires different writerly skills than crafting a novel, and for the most part, Maberry’s stable of writers performs admirably. Maberry himself starts off the anthology with a strong introduction that answers that perennial question “Why read horror?” with straightforward conviction. [Read more…]
Ahsoka is a bridge novel, connecting the end of her journey in Clone Wars to her reappearance in Rebels. It is a welcome addition for those already fans of Star Wars audiobooks and of this breakout character, but not one recommended for listeners new to the Star Wars novel- or audio-universes. [Read more…]
This is a book about a group of high school students trapped in their school while diseased ex-humans roam the area in search of them. If that sounds familiar, it should; it’s not the first YA novel that could be summarized thus.
But this non-stop action-fest distinguishes itself quickly from others in the genre. The Rains more or less fits into the “zombie apocalypse” subgenre of Young Adult, but it veers away from the tropes of that genre fairly quickly. [Read more…]
Each of the stand-alone stories in the anthology Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong connects to one of the characters from the previous books, some of them the secondary characters, some of them the main character of a previous novel. But each one offers additional insights, revelations and in the case of some, a conclusion to a storyline. Of the individual offerings, I have to say I liked each story. Most of them were compelling and involved a character that resonated for me, a character that I wanted to read more about. [Read more…]
I began this book with no expectations but I do love a good fairytale. And this is an excellent fairytale, taking the concept and reworking it in ways I haven’t seen very often before. I was blown away from the first paragraph. She hooked me from that moment on, dragging me down into the depths of her world like stepping into the proverbial fairytale. [Read more…]
Do yourself a favor and read City of Stairs first and then read City of Blades. But take your time, breathe it all in as you sit pool side. After reading this book I felt that the way the world is, we need a Sigrud in every town to protect us from other worldly dangers lurking in coastal areas. H.P. Lovecraft would be proud and perhaps has passed the proverbial torch. But then again maybe I’m being melodramatic. [Read more…]