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August Reads: Monthly Wrap Up!

A lot of books were read this past August. (A LOT of books received for my birthday, with still more to come! I’m going to do a belated birthday post nearer to the event, since it counts as part of my birthday book haul. There’s also the October Book Fair which I cannot wait for!)

 

There’s a few novellas, and a couple of short stories from Tor, as well as at least two books from Wattpad that I’ve read too, so I’ve read 33 books this month in total, 35 if you count two graphic novels, of which I do not for various reasons.

I haven’t uploaded a good deal of reviews, such as Worldshaper, and a few others, but those will definitely be coming along ASAP.

My September TBR pile is coming up next, so stick around! There’s more books to be shown off, and with September being my birthday month, there will be a few hauls as well!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

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Weekly Wrap Up: Wow this week flew by!

I’ve read a lot of books this week! Several of which were 4 or 5 star ratings! I spent an entire day reading a 400 page book, even, on Friday which turned out to be a 5 star rating!

 

 

Books Read:

Halls of Law-V.M. Escalada 5/5 stars!

Badd Motherf*cker-Jasinda Wilder 5/5 stars!

The Midnight Dance-Nikki Katz 4/5 stars

The Dark Heroine-Abigail Gibbs 4/5 stars

Irontown Blues-John Varley 4/5 stars

The Unbinding of Mary Reade-Miriam McNamara 5/5 stars!

Fawkes-Nadine Brandes 5/5 stars!

Under the Midnight Sun-Lore Graham 3/5 stars

Prisoner of Night and Fog-Anne Blankman 5/5 stars!

The Maltese Incident-Russel Morgan 4/5 stars

Total Books Read: 10 books! I thought I’d read more than that, but that’s probably because several of these were over 300+pages, so all in all definitely a good reading week. I’m now 38 books behind schedule on my Goodreads challenge, I’m down to 3000 books on my ‘TBR’ pile from the original 4200, and I’ve also donated several books from my physical stash, at least three shelves full, so there’s that as well.

12 more days until my birthday, counting today! My birthday is September 1st, and I’m going to Penned Con in St. Louis, so I’m probably going to get even more books! There’s also the added factor that I’ve received more arcs, and so…we’ll see just how many I wind up with!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

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Kindle Ebook Haul: Whoops

I got 50+kindle ebooks! Several that have been on my radar for a while, and even a few new releases that I’m itching to read. My only problem now, it seems, is what do I read first? (I’ve already read the three Binti books, and will have a post on them shortly, and I’ve already read and reviewed Age of Myth as well!)

 

 

I hope to have read and reviewed some of these before too long. Let me know which ones are your favorite and which ones I should read first!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Posted in Mystery/Thriller Book Reviews, Romance

Paperback Review: The Ghost Writer

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Title: The Ghost Writer
Author: Alessandra Torre
Series: No
Genre: Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Page Count: 310
Publisher:
Type of Book: Paperback, library loan
Rated: 4/5 stars
Review Word Count: 1,000
Notes: Why are all mystery/thriller books I read depressing?

The Ghost Writer took me out of my comfort zone and into a place of depression, words, and cows giving birth. It was a story initally of cancer, but there was a lot of other things thrown into the mix too. I’m honestly not sure how to write this review without giving away a lot of spoilers, but I will go ahead with the warnings first before you decide based on the cover that the book might be what your interested in.

WARNINGS: main character has caner, main character is OCD (at least, it read that way to me), trigger for little girls being raped by a trusted man/family member, triggers for on point representation of cancer, light swearing, detailed scene of a cow giving birth (if that’s a troubling thing for you to read), it will rip your heart out and shatter it to pieces kind of book

This book took my heart and stomped on it. It’s a good book, the characters are very lifelike, and I *adore* novels being written inside of a novel! I loved the main character, Helena, though I hated the ending of the book so much that I wanted to fling it across the room because it wasn’t fair how things ended. This book is an emotional roller coaster ride! There was so much going on, and I was shocked when I finished this book in three hours!

The reason I give it 4/5 stars is because of the trigger warnings above. This book hits close to home in a few scenes towards the end that made me near tears. It’s a dark topic, not just of the cancer, but of the story that Helena has to tell about her family living the perfect lie.

She seems quite oblivious to everything about her family, but then she’s got her own issues to deal with, and she doesn’t know to look for things like that either until it’s far too late.

Helena, the main character, is a fire-cracker. She is strong willed, passionate about her books and not much else, and loves solitude best of all. But in the last few months as the cancer progresses, she admits that she needs help in finishing her book before she dies. I had a lot of issues with this book, but the ending was the absolute most depressing ending I’ve read in a while.

My favorite scene out of the whole book is probably the scene of the cow giving birth, if you couldn’t tell. Living out in the country and seeing cows all the time, and once having a cow as a pet, that kind of thing makes for awesome reading in a book. Not sure how other people would feel about it, which is why it’s included in the triggers.

Closing this review up, because it’s at two pages now, and I still have more reviews and things to do, so I’m leaving this at 4.5/5 stars! Wonderful novel though very emotional.

Until next time,
Pass Me That Book.

Posted in Mystery/Thriller Book Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction Book Reviews

New Release Review: Vox

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Title: Vox
Author:  Christina Dalcher
Series:  Don’t think so
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes:

This was a gut-wrenching novel that made me hate it just a little, or at least hate how the future could become. In a futuristic world where women can only speak 100 words a day, it was reminiscent of “The Handmaid’s Tale” but made took the story and added new layers of awful. Women have no control, and all their funds and possessions are legally owned by their husbands or next of kin. They’re required to wear bracelets (it can be any color or design, as long as it was simple and elegant) that caused an electric shock that felt more and more painful if you speak more than a hundred words.

Jean is the main character, and she describes how she went from speaking the normal amount of words a day, to almost nothing. Her daughter, Sonia (I *love* that name) is in the same boat, but starts going mute, saying nothing at all. Her sons are oblivious, aside from Steven, the oldest, who is a bit of an ass about it all.

This book has strong feminism qualities, LGBT characters, dark angsty vibes, and it will make you hate. Especially if you are a woman. The unjustice of it all, the way the men are so full of themselves and talk down to women as if we were nothing more than animals that need to be properly trained and made so that we are completely obedient for them…I see the irony in saying this, but I have no words for describing how much hate I feel about all of it.

I still loved the story, especially the main character. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a character’s point of view who was over 40, closing in at 45 and this was a refreshing change, and she was a smart woman who had earned a degree, and was strong and brave.

I have to say that my absolute favorite character, however, is probably Jackie. After being kept silent for a handful of years, the first thing she says made me grin so wide that my cheeks still hurt writing this.

If you’re active in the feminism community, I encourage you to read this book. If you’re active in the LGBT community I encourage you to read this book. If you’re active in the community in keeping people from being caged up, tortured, put in slave camps, and treating women like we’re no better than animals, I highly encourage you to read this book.

Awarding this 5/5 stars, not because I was given an arc of this book, but because I really loved it, and the message it spread: fight against this. Make some noise. DO NOT BOW DOWN IN SILENCE.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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Monthly Wrap Up #2: Lots of Books

Another month comes and goes. This month I was a progressive reader, trying to read every book under the sun, including a bunch of arcs. I still have a lot, but I’ve dropped from 55 ARCs to 34 which is a massive improvement, I think. I’ve stopped asking for ARCs aside from sequels that are coming out, of course. Aside from reading, I’ve been working on my writing as well, trying desperately to get published. I’m still debating self-publishing but am attempting to go traditional tho so far seven rejections still hurt.

 

This isn’t all of the books, as I don’t have all the photos, but I think I’ve roughly read about 50 books this past month. Some I didn’t finish because I didn’t like it, or because it was a sampler instead of the whole book (here’s to looking at you 84k), but otherwise it was an overall enjoyable book month.

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Kindle Ebook Review: Cursed: Broken

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Title: Cursed: Broken
Author: X Aratare
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, M/M
Page Count: 250 pages
Publisher: Raythe  Reign
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: An LGBT, M/M Book Review

Nick Fairfax didn’t want to spend a year at Bane’s home. But to save his family, he was willing to sacrifice a year of his life.

This was an enthralling book, right from the start. A cool twist on a favorite classic fantasy of mine, where two men play the characters of Bell and Beast. There were several nods towards the original story, but the author seemed to make it her own in its own way as well. I definitely liked Nick best, as Bane was not just a cool shape-shifting immortal that’s been cursed by a Priestess in India way back in the day, but Bane was also something of a childish ass, especially towards Nick.

I will warn readers: there is one attempted rape scene towards the end of the book in regards to the main character, Nick. It’s intense, but Bane does come and save the day before it’s too late. There are also warnings for: abusive, cold hearted fathers, mentions of slavery in the fact that Bane has taken Nick on as an ‘intern’ for a year, and a dreadful cliffhanger at the end of the book, as it’s book one of a…trilogy? Series? I’m not sure.

This is a heavy duty romance, meaning there is smut in this book. Nick and Bane both grow close midway through the book, as the two actually try to talk to one another instead of just Bane being an ass. Bane’s Bengal white tiger that’s inside him is also very interested in Nick, and there’s one heavy scene of the tiger pinning Nick to the forest floor…I’ll let you imagine what happens next. 😉

Overall, I liked the book. A lot. I rate this book 5/5 stars, and I like it enough that I might just purchase book 2 to see where it goes, but I’m not going to do so immediately because I have far too many other books to read at the moment. It’s a book that if you’re not squeamish about detailed sex scenes between two men, then you should like this quite a bit. I will warn readers that it’s for 18+ only!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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Weekly Wrap Up #3: Fantasy Galore

Apologies for the lateness of this post, I couldn’t get online until now. As the title for this post suggests, this is my third weekly wrap up! I read a lot this week as well, a large jump especially compared to the nine books read last week. This week I read a total of 15 books, due to some new releases that I was excited for, along with some favorite authors flung in, and some amazon freebies/99c books that I snagged by chance. Onto the books!:

 

Books read (in no particular order):

Onyx and Ivory 5/5 stars, 500 pages {review to come}
Brief Cases 5/5 stars, 300 pages{review posted}
The Longer We Dwell 4/5 stars 400 pages {review posted}
Digging into Cydonia 2/5 stars 300 pages (review to come)
84k Sampler pages (review to come)
Sun and Shadow: Awakening 4/5 stars 400 (review to come)
Caine’s Reckoning 4/5 stars 300 pages (no review)
Out of the Blue 2/5 stars 200 pages (review to come)
Ride On 300 pages 4/5 stars (review already posted/re-read)
Ten Days in August 4/5 stars 300 pages (review to come)
Companions of the Road 4/5 stars 200 pages (review to come)

Let me know if I missed a book in the reviews listed below. This is a new thing that I’m trying, where I keep up with not only the books I’ve read in the week, but also what I rated them, and their page count.  More posts to come, as I’m playing catch-up with my reviews and such. Apologies for this being late! What books have you read this week? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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New Release Review: Brief Cases

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Title: Brief Cases
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Anthology/Dresden Files
Genre: Fantasy, Urban, Adult Fiction
Page Count:
Publisher:
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release, Library Loan
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars

Jim Butcher continues to remain a high favorite of mine in regards to fantasy. I have always loved the Dresden Files verse, and this new anthology is just as good as the series itself. While I skipped a couple of the last stories (spoilers because I haven’t read that far into the series yet), I am happy to report giving this book 5/5 stars for it’s awesome story-building, characters, and plot. Several familiar faces popped up other than Harry Dresdens, as well as new faces that I quickly grew to love. I think my favorites out of the anthology was probably the “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” stories, as they were fun, family-friendly, and fast-paced.

It also reminded me that this is yet another series that I’ve not yet finished. I’m currently lingering over book six? Book seven? And clearly I need to do a re-read, because the last thing that I recall happening in the Dresden Files books clearly was Dresden saving a bunch of puppies from a fire that he didn’t start or was the cause of. (Of course, I think we all know better.)

Brief Cases was one of my most anticipated reads because of the author, not the cover, and because it’s Dresden. While I’m sadly the only one in my family who reads the Dresden Files series, I will swear that it is absolutely worth the time to invest in. It’s fun, it’s full of all kinds of supernatural creatures, and it’s a great way to learn about new kinds of magic.

I definitely look forward to continuing the series, and this just made me wish to continue it further. I’m hopefully going to get more of the series checked out, and am still trying to buy all of it too. I currently have the first four books of the series, as well as book eight sitting on my shelves. So you can definitely see that I am an investor into this world.

As it stands, I give this a 5/5 stars for being its usual awesome fun read!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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ARC Review: Kingdom of Ruin

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Title: Kingdom of Ruin
Author: Bianca McKay
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Page Count: 248
Publisher:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Format
Rated: 5/5 stars
Review Word Count: 300
Notes: Received the Arc from the author, this does not-in any way-reflect my review, thank you to the author for giving me a copy of the book

Firstly, I must warn readers that this book is intended for 18+years of age and up only. There is an attempted rape scene, abuse towards women, abuse towards children, intense battle sequences, harsh language and graphic violence. I highly recommend reading only if you are of age.

A strangely beautiful, lyrical tale, this is the story of the Lord of Death the Elven King Ecaeris and the people of Duine. In Duine, there is a man named Frederick and his wife Lillian and their son Henry, along with their daughter Emerald. Emerald is a child of darkness, though tries hard to like the sunshine, and light, and flowers and things that most people of Duine like. She is a strange, unnatural person that most fear and shun, especially after her outburst in the local church when she asks the Priest what he’s using the money donations from the already incredibly poor people are for.

The story is lyrical, enchanting, and full of mystical magic that is fascinating to read. I read through the book within a couple of days, and really liked the character of Emerald. I did find that Ecaeris was a bit of an ass, though he had his moments at times. He was the most powerful figure in the book, knowing exactly when mortals die, and could do all kinds of powerful sorts of magic. Pulled to Emerald’s beauty, he gladly takes her from her father and pulls her towards his home.

The story flows well, and the characters are incredibly lifelike. I really enjoyed Emerald’s character the most, sympathizing with her and her trials during her time at Duine. The writing was rather good, the storyline felt original, and I sincerely hope that there will be a book two to look forward to in the future.

The only downside was the cliffhanger ending of Azariah. The ending was intense, and left dark tones for the hopeful sequel of Kingdom of Ruin.

In the end, I’m giving this book 5/5 stars for an entertaining, magical couple of afternoons in a world that was enchanting and unique, despite also being full of violence.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

{Review also posted on Goodreads and Amazon}