Monthly TBR/ArcApocalypse : Take Two

Welcome to my second month in doing Arc Apocalypse, with thanks to @Destiny from Howling Destinies for the use of such. I’m not doing an official arc ban, like she is, however, I have calmed down considerably in requesting arcs. This month, I have an actual TBR arc pile that I’d like to get through. I’m aware that it’s already a week into August, but I really don’t care. I’m determined in reading through more arcs. I’ve gotten two down, out of the almost three hundred on my pile, so that’s a smidge better, lol. Here are the arcs I’m hoping to knock out in August:

If I finish these nine, then excellent progress. I’m excited for all of these, but I think I’m most excited for The Bone Shard Daughter and The Forgotten Kingdom. Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments! Further progress to be made throughout the month. This isn’t the only TBR post that I have either. I’ve also got a few other books on my radar:

Between those four, I’ve also got going on:

The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs-currently on book five, and I ought to finish out the series by the end of the month

The Dresden Files Series-I’m currently on book six, and I hope to do a serious binge read of the series for one weekend, completing up the series except for Peace Talks and Battle Ground which I don’t have copies of yet.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson-I’m on a serious Brandon Sanderson kick, as you can probably tell. I recently re-read book one The Way of Kings, and really hope to get caught up before book Four comes out…whenever that will be.

And that’s all I’ve got so far for this month, in terms of what I’m reading! If you have any suggestions, do let me know.  I’m curious to hear what all of you are reading for this month. Also, this is the month before my birthday on September first, so super hyped about that!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Blog Update: I failed Arc Apocalypse

Well, Arc Apocalypse was a complete and utter failure.  Have I read any arcs? No. But that doesn’t mean that I hadn’t gotten lots of reading done. I did reading for  a few different readathons, as well as The Reading Rush which literally just started. Here are the upcoming posts that I hope to have before the end of the month:

  • The Reading Rush Conclusion
  • Readathons Updates
  • Monthly Wrap Ups (I’m behind)
  • Monthly TBR for August
  • Several Book Reviews Behind  That I’m Behind Schedule
  • Another Arc Update

I apologize for the unexpected hiatus; I haven’t been able to get online, despite the amount that I’ve read. I’ m hoping to return to regular scheduled posts before too long, and continue where I left off.

I’ve also made some site improvements. New banner, new background, and updated my “currently reading” post on the side. There are a few more things I’d like to update on the blog eventually, such as my TBR pile, along with other things that I’ve been putting off.

Hope everyone is staying safe and reading plenty of good books.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Announcement: #ARCApocalypse!

Hello Friends,

Starting this month, I will be attempting to read more arcs than finished copies. I’ve about 300 in my inbox from Netgalley, and about 60 in Edelweiss. I barely frequent Edelweiss these days, but I would still like to get that number down to zero in terms of reviews due.

So, my solution was to borrow @Destiny’s Arc Apocalypse, which she kindly gave permission in my doing last month. Thank you, Destiny! This will hopefully help in keeping up with arcs, and posting reviews on a more frequent basis. I will have a TBR set up soon, along with more information. If you’d like to join in, please do!

I’ve been really busy lately, but I’m struggling in posting on a regular schedule. If I don’t post tomorrow, be aware that it will be soon!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: The Trouble We Keep

The Trouble We Keep

Hello friends,

The Trouble We Keep by Cara Devlin is a historical second chance romance. It has a strong start, and keeps up the pace throughout the entire book. I liked the main character, Emma, as she strives to survive pregnant, alone and searching for her wayward brother. While this was christian fiction, it didn’t have hardly any of the religious praying going on that I’m used to in christian fiction, and read more like a romantic western than anything else, a fact that surprised and delighted me. The little bit of christianity I did see wasn’t overpowering in regards to the story, and tied in neatly with the era that the characters were in.

I loved the author’s writing style of this; how it flowed, and made the characters have real depth to them. Jo, Ms. Lewis, and Dean all felt lifelike. I loved the survival elements, how realistic everything read. I sat and read this in two hours, and am now definitely adding this author to my favorites list, and searching out for more of her books.

If you’re looking for a good survival story about strong female characters determined to survive no matter what even while pregnant, then I suggest reading this. Emma doesn’t back down from a challenge, and she definitely gives as good as she gets. My hat goes off to the author-if I had a hat like the fine ladies in this book that is. Five stars, and my thanks to the publisher for granting me an arc of this delightful novel.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: The Author’s Checklist

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Hello friends,

The Author’s Checklist is a nonfiction book that I honestly have no clue of which how to review. Y’all know that I rarely read non-fiction. Was this useful, as a guide for new beginners? Yes. I learned that I’ve been slacking in terms of editing my books and perhaps that is why no one is accepting my work, because of poor editing even if the story has good quality, if it’s that badly edited (or not edited at all) then it’s not going to get published no matter how hard I try.

I learned also that there’s a lot more work to be had in terms of publishing novels. I thought it was hard before-I hadn’t realized that there was even more tasks to be accomplished through editors, translators (if it got that far or popular as a book), copy editing, contracts, and a lot more paperwork than I realized. It’s a bit intimidating, actually, but I’ve started making plans in terms of how to get through the next stages of getting published.

This book was a strange read for me, yet I did like it. It was easy enough to follow along, even if it was slightly intimidating and uncertain at times in my finishing it. I’m overall giving this book a solid three out of five stars. And a warning to new authors that aren’t published everywhere-there’s always more work in writing involved than you think.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: Night Owls and Summer Skies

NightOwls

Hello friends,

Night Owls and Summer Skies by Rebecca Sullivan is a Wattpad book that I wanted to like so much more than I did. I made it about forty percent before giving up. The spacing of this book was weird. There were a large amount of grammatical errors, and the book clearly needed an editor.

That aside, the story itself had promise-a girl, Emma, is foisted off her mother into a camp for the summer, as her mother goes on her unexpected honeymoon. I say unexpected because her mother failed to mention she’d gotten married. And her mother is embarrassed about her daughter being gay. It’s a family complicated situation all around, but the essential bit is that Emma is not thrilled about spending the rest of summer at a camp-the same camp she learned of her parents divorce.

As far as books go, this wasn’t bad-it just didn’t wow me as much as the cover did, which that cover is absolutely gorgeous. I shouldn’t be suckered into a book based on a cover, but regretfully, it does happen now and again. This book was also read and chosen from me for Pride Month. I was hoping more from it, but it failed to deliver on my hopefulness.

Overall, I’m rewarding this 3 out of five stars, and I’m now off to choose my next book.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review + Novella: Chili Cauldron Curse

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Hello friends,

Chili Cauldron Curse by Lynn Cahoon is a delightful novella of witchiness, cozy murder mystery, and cooking all wrapped up in one. I don’t believe that I’ve read anything by this author before, but a short mystery from Kensington Publishers sounded like just the thing to read.

The story takes place with a chili cook off. Mia, our main character, runs the event in terms of cleaning up a food bank for her grandmother, whose a practicing Wiccan. Magic runs in the family, however Mia’s not near as powerful as her grams, though she tries. When she volunteers to assist in running the food bank to help feed the poor, with the chili cook off upcoming as an event, she doesn’t bargain on finding a dead body right before the event’s set to take place…the body belonging to Dorian Alexander, who happens to be her grandmother’s boyfriend.

Threats abound, magic occurs, and cats get inhabited by ghosts in this delightful cozy mystery. This was a fun paranormal mystery, with a spark of potential romance sideplot that was interesting to me as well. With a recipe in back for chili that I’m intrigued in trying one day during the winter holidays, I highly recommend this novella for those in the mood for a fun, light hearted read. I’m pleased to give this five stars, and I’m definitely going to keep reading more from this author in the future.

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book

Netgalley Review: On Wilder Seas

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On Wilder Seas by Nikki Marmery is a strange yet intriguing retelling of the Golden Hind. I don’t know anything about the original story, and the book itself was strongly written, with realistic characters, and a fascinating history of the ship and the people on it.

In truth, I’m unsure of how to write this review. The story, while well written, didn’t keep my interest after about half way through the book. It felt bogged down by a lot of details that I just wasn’t interested in. The women were strong, but the slavery aspects, as well as the rest of it, did not appeal to me in the slightest. I managed a solid sixty percent of the book before giving up. I wanted to like it more than I did. It had a strong start. It had strong characters, a plot, and plenty of high sea adventure. But there’s a fair bit of thievery, rape, and slavery within the book, and it just wasn’t right for my mood. That’s a ‘me’ problem. Not a story problem.

A lone woman on the high seas, Maria was a strong character one could easily identify with in her determination in terms of surviving the harsh environments with almost nothing to her name. With only a boy for friendship, and a man that employed her, the story was captivating…

I just lost interest in it.

My apologies to the author, and I’m giving this a solid three stars.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

Book Review: The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

Hello friends,

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight starts off with a strong opening, and is essentially  a ghost story set on a haunted farm, complete with horses and dark, edgy vibes throughout the story.  The story itself began with an opening chapter of a woman named Alice with a haunted kitchen, where a sugar jar moves by itself-and then explodes, causing her to call up a psychic that can hear ghosts speak-a gift that Callie never wanted. Arriving at the farm, more accidents and dangerous events unfold throughout both the farm, and her own place later on through the story. Ghosts, apparently, want her gone.

It’s thought that Alice’s husband, Henry, is the spirit causing the distress as he unexpectedly passed away. There was a lot of suspects throughout the story of who the ghost might be, some nice scenes with the horses, and a few clips of adventure where there’s a fire, a scattering of dangerous accidents, and even a romantic element thrown in with Alice’s grandson, Luke Turner. The three get together to buckle down, and solve the mystery…before someone else gets killed or hurt.

Overall, the writing was strong, and I quite liked all the characters. Everyone felt fully fleshed out and real, and I spent a solid three hours breezing through this story, as once you start, you don’t want to quit. I devoured the book in one sitting, and gave it 4.5 stars. I recommend it for those who enjoy a good ghost story during the summer, or even for Halloween, it would be a perfect read for that spooky atmosphere. The romance was also well handled, and I definitely find myself intrigued in checking out the author’s other works. This book was available through Kindle Unlimited, for those that wish to grab it for themselves, and I highly recommend it.

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

Book Review: Hawksmaid

Hawksmaid

Hello friends,

Hawksmaid by Kathryn Lasky is a retelling of Robin Hood and Maid Marion.

A children’s fiction story of Maid Marion, this was not at all what I was hoping for it to be, in that while it contained action and plot, it also contained Christianity and praying every few chapters. I liked the writing in regards to the Hawks and raising birds in general, and how Matty was a strong girl throughout the story, surviving harsh environments, however I felt the story wasn’t quite meant for me, and that younger audiences would definitely appreciate it more.

I appreciated the writing, and characters, however I doubt that I’ll come back to this book again in the future. Another book that’s been on my TBR shelf for years, I’m pleased at finally getting around to reading it, and getting it off the pile at last.

3 out of 5 stars.

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book