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September TBR: New Releases + ARCS!

This month is all about reading new books. My libraries (I have two, because I alternate between two different places) have new releases that I’ve been dying to read, and a few I’ve put off reading until the sequels are out, so now I have no excuse, and am eagerly going to be reading these gorgeous beauties!

My Ambitious TBR Pile:

 

Now, will I be able to read all of these? I really rather doubt it. I might manage, if I keep up the pace, and don’t loose focus. These are also just a handful of books that I really want to read, some of them at least over 500+pages! I sincerely hope that I can get through these, and not lose interest like I’ve been doing here lately (rather a lot, actually).

So those are most of the books that I’m definitely wanting to knock out of my TBR pile for the month of September. A few of them are quite fitting for this month with horror or fall related themes. See if you can guess which ones!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

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Happy Release Week: DL Pitchford

 

 

It’s happy book birthday to DL Pitchford for her third book in the “If We Had No Winter” series. There will be four books, as far as I know, in this lovely contemporary romance series about Billie Dixon as she grows and changes with all the drama that surrounds her.

If you haven’t picked these books up yet, I highly recommend them. They’re angsty, emotional, and filled with enough drama to turn these books into a tv series/movie series! There’s plenty of action, romance, and plot to keep one entertained for hours on end!

I have read all three books, and eagerly anticipate book four, which can’t come fast enough. This week was the release of book three, and it’s available here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CQLZMP6/ref=x_gr_w_glide_bbie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_glide_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07CQLZMP6&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

(Please let me know if the link doesn’t work, as I’m new to this sort of thing!)

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.

Posted in Young Adult Book Reviews

ARC Review: The Longer We Dwell

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Title: The Longer We Dwell
Author: DL Pitchford
Series: Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 400
Publisher:
Type of Book: ARC Release, Paperback
Review Word Count: 300
Notes: Love the new covers!

The second release of the Billie Dixon novels picks up a few months after the first book left off, with Billie still struggling to fit into life as she sees it. There’s loads of angst, heavy emotional upheavels, and painful life lessons learned throughout this book. I really enjoyed it, though it was a bit heavy for me at times, I’ll admit. And while I liked this one, I still liked book one better, for some reason.

I can still totally see this book series as a movie series. It’s good writing, the storyline clips along at a fast pace, and there’s loads of character development as well-that’s one of the major things that I like about this book, actually, is it’s character developments. We actually see how they fare with their problems, and consequences of their actions along the way.

I also like that it takes place near home; I recognize almost every place listed within the book. It’s cool, seeing places I know in fiction that I love to read about.

I will note that this book also deals heavily with alcoholism, so if you have issues in regards to alcholic mothers/family members, then I would be careful in reading this due to triggers. I have a slight family history, but no one I know is a super heavy drinker like in the book, so, yeah. It’s interesting and unsettling at times.

I still like Billie’s character best out of all of them, though Xander has grown on me as well. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about them by the third book, but I definitely still want to continue reading their story, and see how it flows, and if it will have a happy ending.

As it is, I’m giving this book 4/5 stars, and am eagerly anticipating book three.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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Kindle Arc Review: Blood and Wolf

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Title: Blood and Wolf
Author: Eva Truesdale and S. M. Gaither
Series: Book 1
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Page Count: 215
Publisher:
Type of Book: Arc, Kindle Format
Rated: 5/5 stars

This book was a dark adventure, right up until the very cliff-hanger end. Elle was an excellent, relatable character that one could immediately like and sympathize with. Full of almost uncontrollable, uncontainable power, she struggles every day to make sure she doesn’t break the world.

And once every few years, a council comes together to test her skills, and make sure she’s not weak like they think in her ability to keep things contained. Desperate to either kill her or get rid of the power that breaks the wall between the worlds once and for all, the Sorcerers take her and lock her up.

She’s “rescued” after bargaining with one sorcerer boy who wants her help in making things truly stable, truly peaceful in the supernatural community by stopping her ability once and for all by going after three mysterious keys. With the help of her two best friends, the four of them search for the keys and deal with many various different kinds of supernatural creatures in the world.

Elle slowly falls for the boy who rescued her, Soren, and I instinctively know that the boy is bad news. She seems to be stupidly liking him far too much, and what’s worse is I am too-he is cheeky, snarky, and apparently attractive enough for Elle to sit up and take notice. The two of them become closer.

Which ends in utter disaster.

Unable to tell you more without spoiling the entirety of the story itself, I can only say that this is an adventure filled fantasy that needs to be read. It’s fun, it’s fast paced, it’s full of interesting unique characters, and there is plenty of magic and power around to stop a small army.

Overall, this is a 5/5 stars, and I cannot wait until book 2 comes out! Book 2 apparently arrives April 20th, 2018 if your so inclined to check the authors out and see about preordering their book should it become available. Links available below this review, and if they don’t work please let me know! I’ve only just started linking books/authors to amazon, after all.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

 

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Paperback Book Review: Here and Then

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Title: Here and Then

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Mira Books

Page Count: 250

Type of Book: Paperback, Loaned

Rated: 5/5 stars

This was a fun, quick, entertaining read. I loved the character Beth, and how she handled her situation, though I did think she was awfully quick in jumping into bed with Mr. Too Handsome Too Stand Near Without Fireworks Going Off.

This was a time travel romance, which is my favorite kind of trope, and I really liked how this was done, though I wished it would’ve explained more of the science behind it than the necklace just somehow taking Beth back into time again and again. I understand why the science wasn’t explained, but I feel like it could’ve been.

I did enjoy the banter between Beth and the Sherriff. I also enjoyed when she took him to her time period, and introduced him to pizza, the television, cars, and much better coffee than what he’s used to. There’s some satisfaction in showing him around, and letting him see that she’s from a time period where women are allowed to vote, wear pants, and act mostly like men.

I will warn that this book has men that are preset in their thoughts about women being helpless, weak creatures. Women aren’t allowed to vote in that time period that Beth finds herself in, after all. Women were also not allowed to play poker/cards. They couldn’t wander the streets in trousers/pants because it was unseemly for a woman to do so. They couldn’t swear, they couldn’t drink, and most of all, they couldn’t own land. We’ve certainly come a long way, though it still makes me outraged at the unjustice of it all, the unfairness. It’s still, sadly, going on today, but things are slowly getting better.

I really enjoyed this, despite the way women were treated back then, and despite certain comments that were made. I do warn readers that there is one attempted scene where a banker tells Beth that if she doesn’t sleep with him, he’ll ruin her and make sure she’ll never have money again, but aside from that nothing to violent in the book. It alludes to events of the first book, which I hadn’t realized that this was a series, but now I am going to go and hunt down book one, and see if there are others in the series, because it’s too fun not to read.

5/5 stars!

{Review also posted on Goodreads and Amazon.}

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Paperback Book Review: Shades of Milk and Honey

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Title: Shades of Milk and Honey

Author: Mary Robinette Kowal

Series: Book 1

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Publisher: Tor

Page Count: 208

Type of Book: Library Loan, Paperback

Rated: 5/5 stars!

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Shades of Milk and Honey is a glamorous book (sorry, couldn’t resist!) that has several nods to Jane Austen, but filled with magic and musical elements that I adored. The characters are similar to Jane Austen characters, but have their own unique flaws and historiies that I found interesting. The main character, Jane, is a strong female character that wishes she was as pretty as her sister, but her talents make up for her lack of beauty.

I didn’t much care for her sister, to be honest-I found her rather attention seeking brat who complained constantly that men only wanted her for her beauty, and she didn’t have Jane’s talents to keep them interesting. I wanted to strangle her several times, but at the end of the book she made up for her annoyances.

Jane was easily my favorite character of the book, though I did love Vincent as well. Her mother was a bit of a ‘fair’ lady, meaning she didn’t deal well with stress or with danger. I found her almost as annoying as Jane’s sister.

The magic system in this book was fascinating. Glamours to fix houses so that they were prettier and far grander than they normally were? Awesome!

I greatly look forward to reading the next few books in the series. I have no idea how many there are-five? six?-but they all have gorgeous covers, and I am eager to dive into the next one. I plan on making this series one of my featured “Jane Austen” series to look into, when I have the time (lol, free time what’s that?).

Overall, 5/5 stars!

Now,

-Pass Me That Book!