Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (52)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. We hadn't done Waiting on Wednesday since early last year, but we recently decided it's about time to bring it back.  So here's this week's WOW pick:
Blood of the Earth was originally scheduled to be released this week and I remember being confused and disappointed when my preorder was cancelled earlier this year. But Faith Hunter just announced that the draft is completed and I'm excited that it looks like the book is really happening.
The heroine, Nell, was already introduced in the Jane Yellowrock series. She's in something of a Kimmy Schmidt situation having grown up in a cult and lived a very sheltered life even once she left it. She also has mysterious elemental powers that no one really understands yet. I'm curious about her character and what type of creature she'll wind up being.
 I'm also excited about the possibility of Psy-LED being a big part of the series. I love those paranormal cop stories and the team that Hunter has already established. Since Rick isn't really welcome in Jane Yellowrock's neighborhood anymore this looks like a great opportunity to see more of them.

24452922Blood of the Earth
(Soulwood #1)
Faith Hunter
Release: August 2, 2016
Goodreads Amazon
Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.

Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.

Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…

What books are you waiting on?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Coastal Magic Featured Author Reading Challenge

Goldilox is a featured blogger at Coastal Magic Con again in 2016. But I'm pretty far away from Florida and not really in a position to travel. I'm thinking the Featured Author Reading Challenge is a great way to feel more involved so I'm going to give it a shot.
The Challenge is really straightforward: read 17 books from the 60 Coastal Magic Con Featured Authors in 17 weeks. (That's how long until the Con.) There are even some authors on the list that I was planning to read anyway, so that makes it a little less daunting. And there are prizes! One Con attendee and one non-attendee who complete the Challenge each win.
Check out the Challenge on Facebook or on the Coastal Magic website for more details and the list of Featured Authors or to find out how to register for the convention.
And hopefully, watch for that Featured Author Reading Challenge graphic at the end of some reviews in the next few months.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Read This F@!%ing Book (49)

Welcome to a feature I'm going to post on Mondays called:
Read This F@!%ing Book!
This is a feature for me to push my favorite reads that just aren't getting enough attention! 
I'm also opening it up to anyone who would like to guest post. Do you have a book that you just LURVED but feel like its not getting the play it deserves? Email me to let me know and I'd be THRILLED to have you post about it here! Especially if its something I haven't reviewed yet - that's even better (but not necessary)! If you're interested email me:

 This week's post comes from our very own: 
Rose Red!

Read This F@!%ing Book Post 49: Spindle's End by Robin McKinley

(Click book cover to go to Goodreads page)

Remember me saying I was rereading a lot of my favorite books from my childhood and teen years? Well, it's been nonstop Robin McKinley books at my house for the past couple of weeks. My best friend once told me that Robin McKinley is an acquired taste. Which I can see from watching him read her books. If it's not apparent yet, I absolutely adore her books, but even I will admit that a lot of people won’t. McKinley has an unusual way of writing sentences that sometimes turn them into paragraphs. It is a very unique style and it’s one that I LOVE!

The one word that comes to mind to describe this story is ‘odd’. It’s a wonderfully odd fantasy placed in an odd setting and filled with odd yet loveable human and animal characters. The narrative style is detailed, quirky, and often had an edge of subtlety that required the full attention of the reader. It is so beautifully written. McKinley masterfully wove an elaborate story of high adventure, mischievous magic, mystery, foreshadowed the potential greatness of the involved characters and then somehow broke all of the stereotypes that the reader was expecting. Who else but Robin McKinley would write a book where magic works on inanimate objects as well as living things? Imagine having to convince your tea kettle that it is in fact a tea kettle and not something else. Overall, the story feels homey to me. Every time I read it I want to jump inside the book and live in the little cottage with Aunt, Katriona, and Rosie forever.

As much as I love it, Spindle’s End is a book you have to take with a pinch of salt. It is not perfect. I found some parts of the story frustrating but I had forgotten them by the end. One thing I really admire about Robin McKinley is that she doesn’t give you the ending you expect. It did not end the way I hoped it would but I’m glad it ended the way it did. This is definitely a case where the author knows best. The story needed to end the way it does even if it wasn’t the way I would have wanted it to. It all ties in with how McKinley focuses so much on the characters and their development. She actually develops Rosie’s character from infancy to womanhood and that is a time-consuming investment for both her and the reader. But it is oh so worth it in the end. All of the classic elements of the original fairy tale are included such as the princess in hiding. The story takes on a life of it’s own and is quite unlike any fairy tale retelling I’ve ever read.

This is a fantastic story that is done perfectly. You fall in love with the characters slowly and then all at once. The ending was both unexpected and satisfying in the way that you hate and love the author simultaneously for. Spindle’s End was exceedingly well done.

Recommended for fans of: 
I recommend this to fantasy readers who enjoy epics like J.R.R. Tolkien’s.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Releases: Buy, Borrow or Beg?

Buy, Borrow or Beg is our monthly new release feature. Each of the co-bloggers is going to tell you which books they're most excited about and whether you should buy - the ones we preordered or plan to stand in line for, borrow - the ones we'll be stalking at the library, or beg - the ones we've gotten for free as review copies or prizes that you'll be begging us to tell you about. Let us know what you're eagerly awaiting this month in the comments.


25452936Wicked Ever After (Blud #4) by Delilah S Dawson
Releases October 5 Goodreads Amazon
Tish and Criminy's encore and the Blud series finale. I'm thrilled to be getting another book in the series, but I'm so sad to see it end.

Owl and the City of Angels (The Adventures of Owl #2) by Kristi Charish
Releases October 5 Goodreads Amazon
Owl is like the Sheldon Cooper of UF heroines - part awkward gamer geek, part world-renowned antiquities thief. She started to come out her shell in the first book in the series and I'm looking forward to watching her grow. I also love this series unusual mythology.

The Professor Woos the Witch (Nocturne Falls #4) by Kristen Painter
Releases October 16 Goodreads
Just in time for Halloween, there's another installment in this fun series. If you like small towns with big personalities or lighter PNR like Molly Harper, give Nocturne Falls a try.

Single Undead Mom's Club (Half Moon Hollow #4) by Molly Harper
Releases October 27 Goodreads Amazon
Speaking of quirky small towns, Half Moon Hollow is another one of my favorites. I binged the first three books in the series so I feel like I've been waiting forever for this one.


23358109Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Releases October 13 Goodreads Amazon
I have no idea what this book is actually about, other than it's a YA about Black Widow. That's good enough for me.

The Devious Dr. Jeckyll (Electric Empire #2) by Viola Carr
Releases October 27 Goodreads Amazon
I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but I hadn't seen Penny Dreadful yet when I read it. Some of the same figures from Victorian literature in both, though the book isn't as dark. Now I'm in danger of Lit. Major Relapse. I'll try not to compare and contrast you to death in the review.


24402674Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2) by Jennifer Estep
Releases October 27 Goodreads Amazon
I loved Cold Burn of Magic, the first book in this series. I loved the town of Cloudburst Falls and the fact that everyone in it carries a sword. This series feels a lot like Elemental Assassin to me, in a good way, but with a younger heroine. And did I mention the swords?

Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1) by Lila Bowen
Releases October 27 Goodreads Amazon
I've been hearing about "Weird West Buffy" on Twitter for a year now. It still sounds like the greatest thing ever!


Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) by Brandon Sanderson
Releases October 6 Goodreads Amazon
I am a major Brandon Sanderson fangirl and I am SO excited to get my hands on the latest installment of his Mistborn series! I need more Wax and Wayne in my life! I actually have no idea what this is about because I haven't let myself look, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I have the ebook, physical book, and audiobook all pre-ordered so I can read it as soon as I get my hands on it wherever I am.

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan
Releases October 6 Goodreads Amazon
I don't read a lot of middle grade/young adult crossover books, but I'm a huge fan of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus books. I'm so excited that he's writing a new series and that it's based on Norse mythology! I've been intrigued by the Norse mythos since I read Lord of the Rings as a teenager. I can't wait to read this book! Uncle Rick seriously knows how to write engaging and hilarious books as he sneakily teaches you mythology! Bring on this new series! Magnus Chase, I am ready to meet you!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Releases October 20 Goodreads Amazon
Illuminae has been getting lots of buzz from my YA blogging friends! So many of them have loved it that I can't not get this book. I'm intrigued by the premise and the fact that it's written in an unconventional format. I can't wait to read it and see what all the hype is about!


Swords and Scoundrels (Duelists Trilogy #1) by Julia Knight
Releases October 6 Goodreads Amazon
Brother and sister champion duelists turned highwaymen? I have to admit that I'm super intrigued by this book. You hardly ever see fantasy books that revolve around main characters that are brother and sister. I haven't seen a lot of buzz about this book and the few Goodreads reviews so far have been mixed. I'm planning on getting it from my library so I can give it a try and have my own opinion on it.

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Releases October 20 Goodreads Amazon
I absolutely adore the Welcome To Night Vale podcast so I'm going to totally read the book! I actually have no idea what this book is about other than it takes place in Night Vale. To be honest, that's good enough for me. I still haven't decided if I'm going to get it from my library or buy the audiobook that is narrated by Cecil Baldwin (the voice of Night Vale) yet, but I need to choose soon.

Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1) by Lila Bowen
Releases October 27 Goodreads Amazon
I don't exactly know much about this book other than the author calls it her weird little western and knowing Lila Bowen (aka Delilah S. Dawson) this book is going to be a trip! It's been getting some awesome reviews from some of my most trusted blogging friends as well as great word of mouth from some of my favorite authors! I'm intrigued to say the least.


Owl and the City of Angels (The Adventures of Owl #2) by Kristi Charish
Releases October 5 Goodreads Amazon
I enjoyed the first book in this series and I was so excited to get an ARC of this book! It did not disappoint! In fact, I loved it even more than the first one! Owl is totally awesome and such an unconventionally strange character that you can't help but love her! My review will be up in the next few weeks! Also, check back later this month for a special guest post from the author!

First & Then by Emma Mills
Releases October 13 Goodreads Amazon
This book is being marketed as Pride & Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights. I'll admit that pitch intrigued me enough to request it on Netgalley even though I don't read a lot of YA contemporary. I've been hearing positive things about this one so I'm excited to read it.

Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2) by Jennifer Estep
Releases October 27 Goodreads Amazon
Cold Burn of Magic, the first book in this series, is one of my favorite books of this year and one of the few YA books I've managed to finish. I'm so excited to see what kind of shenanigans and trouble Lila and the gang get into in this book! I'm so happy I got an ARC of this one! I can't wait to read it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (51)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. We hadn't done Waiting on Wednesday since early last year, but we recently decided it's about time to bring it back.  So here's this week's WOW pick:

Is it just me or have we been waiting forever for the last book in The Lunar Chronicles series?

I need this book in my life! I needed back in February when we all thought it was going to be released instead of Fairest. I've been dying to learn more about Princess Winter as well as see what shenanigans our favorite group of rebel misfits get up to in this book. Especially after what happened at the end of the last book! I have absolutely no idea where this story is going to go and that absolutely delights me and downright terrifies me. Marissa Meyer has shown that she doesn't pull her punches when it comes to her characters in the previous books and I'm nervous for all of my darlings!

The best thing I've learned about this book so far? It's going to be 800 pages long! That kind of makes up for the fact that I will have waited twenty-one months for this book by the time I get my hands on it.

(The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Marissa Meyer
Release: November 10, 2015
Links: Goodreads Amazon
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
What book are you waiting on?

Goldilox's Greatest Hits Volume 9

Goldlox's Greatest Hits is our monthly wrap up feature. We'll recap our favorite books we've read this month and show you some of our favorite posts that you might have missed, as well as what's coming up next on Goldilox and the Three Weres. The feature's getting a bit of a makeover this month, so let us know what you think.

What We Reviewed

Rose Red says Jenn Stark's Immortal Vegas series just became an auto-buy. She gave the first book, Getting Wilde, 4 stars. She called  Time Salvager by Wesley Chu "the sci-fi/dystopian/thriller mashup that I never knew I wanted" and gave it 4.5 stars.

Gretl gave the House Immortal series finale, Crucible Zero by Devon Monk, 4.5 stars.

What We Recommended

This month Read This F-ing Book posts featured Ilona Andrews's  Kate Daniels series, Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, and the Damar series by Robin McKinley.

We also just celebrated the third anniversary of Read This F-ing Book. Check out our anniversary post! The giveaway is open until October 5.
And we brought back Waiting on Wednesday recently. This month's picks are Soundless, Thinning the Herd, and The Aeronaut's Windlass.

What We're Watching

Some months our reading, and therefore reviewing, gets completely derailed by a Netflix binge. And a lot of times my binges can be blamed on someone raving about a show on social media. So this month I decided to pay it forward.

I'm totally taking credit for the fact that my co-bloggers are both obsessed with Killjoys! I mentioned it in my Sell Me on SciFi post and now it's everywhere. It's recently been featured on Heroes and Heartbreakers and The Mary Sue. Yup, that was all because of me ;) This one's not on Netflix yet, so check On Demand, or iTunes.

A couple of my favorite authors loved Justified. I got Amazon Prime last month so I finally got to watch it. I love Raylan Givens! And Walton Goggins is always amazing. I've even added the books that the show is based on to my wish list.

While I'm waiting for season 6 to start streaming, I decided to get my lawman fix with Longmire on Netflix. I didn't realize it was possible to be even more rural than Harlan, Kentucky, but Durant, Wyoming manages it. Sheriff Longmire's county borders a Cheyenne reservation, and the Native American politics and culture in the show make it unique among crime dramas.

What We Found

You might remember me raving about Carolyn Crane's Associates series in a few different posts. I recently got a postcard from one of the Associates! After I figured out that I didn't have a stalker, because I totally forgot I signed up for these, I decided this is the coolest thing ever.

What We're Working On

It's almost time for Goldilox and the Three Scares again! The event starts at the end of the month. We're lining up authors and giveaways for you as we speak.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy F@%!ing Anniversary RTFB!

Three Years ago today, Goldilox debuted Read This F-ing Book.

I discovered several of my favorite series because of those early RTFB posts. Since then we've featured so many of our favorite books and series and hopefully introduced our readers to some new favorites. And we're about to post our 50th installment!
Here's a look back at the history of RTFB. (Click to see the original posts.)
Read This F-ing Book (1) The Bloodlines Series By Richelle Mead
Read This F-ing Book (2) The Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep
Read This F-ing Book (3) Transplanted Tales by Kate Serine
Read This F-ing Book (4) The Disillusionists Trilogy by Carolyn Crane
Read This F-ing Book (5) The Dreg City Series by Kelly Meding
Read This F-ing Book (6) The Charlie Madigan Series by Kelly Gay
Read This F-ing Book (7) The Maker's Song Series by Adrian Phoenix
Read This F-ing Book (8) Renegade by J.A. Souders
Read This F-ing Book (9) The Rhiannon's Law Series by J.A. Saare
Read This F-ing Book (10) The Shaede Assassin Series by Amanda Bonilla
Read This F-ing Book (11) The World of Lupi Series by Eileen Wilks
Read This F-ing Book (12) The Jane Yellowrock Series by Faith Hunter
Read This F-ing Book (13) Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein
Read This F-ing Book (14) The Celestial Blues Trilogy by Vicki Pettersson
Read This F-ing Book (15) The Haven Series by Kalayna Price
Read This F-ing Book (16) The Kitty Katt Series by Gini Koch
Read This F-ing Book (17) The Dark Mission Series by Karina Cooper
Read This F-ing Book (18) The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
Read This F-ing Book (19) The Sin City Collectors Series
Read This F-ing Book (20) Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Read This F-ing Book (21) The Blud Series by Delilah S. Dawson
Read This F-ing Book (22) The Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal
Read This F-ing Book (23) The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin
Read This F-ing Book (24) Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
Read This F-ing Book (25) The Immortal Empire Series by Kate Locke
Read This F-ing Book (26) The Study Series by Maria V. Snyder
Read This F-ing Book (27) The House of Comarre Series by Kristen Painter
Read This F-ing Book (28) Can't Buy Me Love by Rin Daniels
Read This F-ing Book (29) Jackaby by William Ritter
Read This F-ing Book (30) The Iron Seas Series by Meljean Brook
Read This F-ing Book (31) The Others Series by Anne Bishop
Read This F-ing Book (32) The Legend Chronicles by Theresa Meyers
Read This F-ing Book (33) The Darkest London Series by Kristen Callihan
Read This F-ing Book (34) The Roaring Twenties Series by Jenn Bennett
Read This F-ing Book (35) The Jessica Series by Beth Fantaskey
Read This F-ing Book (36) The Jane Jameson Series by Molly Harper
Read This F-ing Book (37) The Downside Ghosts Series by Stacia Kane
Read This F-ing Book (38) The Wait For You Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Read This F-ing Book (39) The Plum Orchard Series by Dakota Cassidy
Read This F-ing Book (40) The Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs
Read This F-ing Book (41) The Generation V Series by M.L. Brennan
Read This F-ing Book (42) The Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh
Read This F-ing Book (43) The Cassandra Palmer Series by Karen Chance
Read This F-ing Book (44) The Midnight, Texas Series by Charlaine Harris
Read This F-ing Book (45) The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
Read This F-ing Book (46) The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews
Read This F-ing Book (47) Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Read This F-ing Book (48) The Damar Series by Robin McKinley
We'd also like to thank everyone who's guest posted over the last three years.
If you have a book that you'd like to see us feature, let us know. We'd love to have you!

To celebrate RTFB's anniversary and 50th post, we're giving away five first books in series that we've featured here. One winner gets copies of:
Bitter Spirits (Roaring Twenties #1) by Jenn Bennett
Blood Rights (House of Comarre #1) by Kristen Painter
Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs
Firelight (Darkest London #1) by Kristen Callihan 
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh
and swag from some of the series we've featured on RTFB.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review: Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

Time Salvager
(Time Salvager #1)
Wesley Chu
Release: July 7, 2015
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Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one’s hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity’s demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history.

James is a chronman, undertaking missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. The laws governing use of time travel are absolute; break any one of them and, one way or another, your life is over. Most chronmen never reach old age; the stress of each jump through time, compounded by the risk to themselves and to the future, means that many chronmen rapidly reach their breaking point, and James Griffin-Mars is nearing his.

On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets Elise Kim, an intriguing scientist from a previous century, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, and in violation of the chronmen’s highest law, James brings Elise back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, somehow finding allies, and perhaps discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.

Review by Rose Red:

I’ve been a fan of Wesley Chu’s books since I first read his The Lives of Tao. Time Salvager definitely has a darker, more gritty vibe than the Tao books. The future is not the nice, shiny golden age that we all expect. Humanity is barely hanging on. They may be able to travel through space and they’ve colonized many planets and moons, but they’ve lost a lot of their technological advancement because of wars and other things. Earth, itself, is a toxic dump that everyone with any means left a long time ago. In order for humanity to survive, they have to send people back in time to salvage resources they need. It is not a great time to live in. This book was the sci-fi/dystopian/thriller mashup that I never knew I wanted. I loved it! It had everything I love about science fiction! What enthralled me from the start was the dark and depressing take on time travel. I don’t know about you but I’ve gotten sick of time travel books and movies that emphasize the time paradox where you go back in time and do something that results in you never being born or completely altering history. That’s not how it is here.

Things involving time travel in this book get pretty timey-wimey really quickly: time ripples, time lag, preserving the chronostream. But there are rules. Very strict rules that allows Chu to ignore most of this because the Time Laws are designed to avoid making ripples in the timeline. They only take resources that would be destroyed in events soon after salvage, so anything missing would automatically be assumed that it was destroyed in whatever calamity that had occurred. The most important rule though is to never bring anyone from the past back with you. Sometimes ripples can’t be avoided. You accidentally save someone who was supposed to die in World War 2, and they go on to have a family? No matter, a car crash will kill them all, so their descendants don’t exist and so can’t contribute to change. You get rogue chronmen that don’t want to go back to their time so they hide in other periods. Most of the time the timeline can heal itself which sets things right. Other times, Chronocom sends in an auditor to correct things. The timeline is something of a fluid thing and subject to change, but capable of being repaired. I really enjoyed the way Chu handled time travel.

I also liked how he handled the mental health of the chronmen. They all suffer from differing levels of PTSD. It makes so much sense. These time travelers are repeatedly sent back in time to major disasters to salvage things but to not interfere with the events. Watching that much death and destruction has to wear on a person. Not to mention, how jarring it would have to be having to travel back to better times only to return to a pretty crappy present. It makes sense for the chronmen to be suffering mentally and emotionally. It’s a rough lifestyle.

One thing I’ve come to appreciate about Chu’s work is that he always has a cast of diverse and complex characters to lead the story. It’s always a treat to read his books because he writes such realistic characters. They feel like proper and real people and not just stereotypes or caricatures. James Griffin-Mars is a complicated lead. He’s not always a great guy and he does some stupid things while frequently being selfish and surly. He was so unlike most SFF protagonists I’ve read. I’ll be honest, I didn’t like him at first but as the book progressed he grew on me. Even with his gruff manner, he was quite a refreshing character with how different he was from most sci-fi protagonists. Elise, on the other hand, has an air of innocence and hope to her. It fit her well because she is someone who believes that what she’s doing can change and improve the world. She’s optimistic and that’s a trait that humanity has lost over the centuries. I love that while she has hope, she’s not naive. She understands just how bad off things are in James’s time when compared to hers. Despite what had to be a shocking transition, she adapts to everything while staying the person she was in her time. I will say that one of my favorite characters overall in this book turned out to be Grace, the Mother of Time, and that was not something I expected when I started reading. She was absolutely fascinating!

I loved this book and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel. Time Salvager does a fantastic job setting up for a fast-paced sci-fi thriller series that is brimming with potential and you really can’t ask for much more in a first book. GAH! I need book two! May 2016 is so far away! I need to know what happens!

Recommended for fans of: 
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Zero World by Jason M. Hough

  4.5 / 5 Stars!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (50)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. We hadn't done Waiting on Wednesday since early last year, but we recently decided it's about time to bring it back.  So here's this week's WOW pick:

I have a confession to make.

I've never read a Jim Butcher book.

I know. I love urban fantasy but yet I haven't picked any of the Dresden Files books. I am kind of ashamed of that. I do have have the first nine books scattered throughout Mount TBR. I just need to read them.

I decided earlier this year that The Aeronaut's Windlass will be my first Jim Butcher book and I'm going to stick to that decision. It's the start of a new series plus it's a steampunk book with airships! It sounds like a great starting place to me! I don't know much about this book other than that but I'm so excited to read it! So many of my blogger friends who got ARCs have loved it! I need this book in my hands ASAP! I hear it even has a talking cat in it.

The Aeronaut's Windlass
(The Cinder Spires #1)
Jim Butcher
Release: September 29, 2015
Links: Goodreads Amazon
Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…
What book are you waiting on?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Read This F@!%ing Book (48)

Welcome to a feature I'm going to post on Mondays called:
Read This F@!%ing Book!
This is a feature for me to push my favorite reads that just aren't getting enough attention! 
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Read This F@!%ing Book Post 48: The Damar Series by Robin McKinley
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I've recently been rereading some of my favorite books from when I was a kid. It's been fun reconnecting with some of these older books that I read ragged. Much of my pre-teen and teen years were devoted to reading everything I could get my hands on by Robin McKinley. Her books are what got me into reading fantasy. I had never read any fantasy books before I read The Blue Sword and it immediately hooked me on the genre. Before I read it, my reading tastes were totally different and ran along the lines of classics like The Swiss Family Robinson, The Boxcar Children series, and Nancy Drew books. Let’s just say that if I hadn’t picked it up my reading tastes would probably be very different today. So today, I kind of want to write a different post for Read This F@!%ing Book. I want to tell you why you should read this book as well as how much this book got me into one of my favorite genres and how that influenced what I read today.

Let’s flashback to the 90s. 1995 to be exact. 
Nine year old me was browsing through the books in the local library and I found this beautiful book called The Blue Sword. The cover drew me in. I was so intrigued by the pretty horse and awesome glowing sword on the cover, I just had to check it out. As soon as I was home, I sat down and read it in one sitting. That book made me a Robin McKinley fangirl for life. It had everything I never knew I had wanted. There were kidnappings, magic, horses, swords, a kick butt heroine, and just a hint of romance. I loved it. Like loved it so much that I immediately reread it. I actually reread it four times before we went back to the library a week later.

I was obsessed! I wanted more of the world and more of the horses! The magic system is still so different from any magic systems I’ve ever read and it’s been about twenty years since I’ve first read this. Also, the world building is epic! There are horses, magic swords, battles, seers, and political intrigue! Gah! It’s just plain amazing! I’m still fascinated at how much thought and effort went into just how the Hillfolk ride their horses in this book alone. But everything in this book is like that.
When we returned the book, I asked my librarian if The Blue Sword was part of a series. She just smiled knowingly and lead me to where all of McKinley’s books were located. Let’s just say that my librarian made sure that I went home with The Hero and the Crown, the companion novel in the Damar series, as well as with Beauty, McKinley's first Beauty and the Beast retelling, in my hands. And I loved them every bit as much as I had The Blue Sword.

The Blue Sword Was My Gateway Book.
It became my gateway book into fantasy. Every time I returned to the library after that, the librarian always had a couple books set aside that she promised that I would love because I loved The Blue Sword. I devoured each and every book she gave me after that. And guess what? She was right. I loved all of them! And each one was always a fantasy novel. That librarian recognized the intense love I was developing for that genre and she kept the fire stoked. She and the books she gave me became a lifeline. I didn’t have a lot of friends because I was that weird girl who read all the time. I was the one who loved books and horses more than sports and gossiping. Each book offered an escape and I took it every chance I got.

Over the next several months and years, my librarian introduced me to some of my favorite books of all time. After I finished Hero and Beauty, I was introduced to Patricia C. Wrede and her delightful Mairelon the Magician books as well as her wonderful Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Those were quickly followed by Ella Enchanted, Gom on Windy Mountain, and The Hobbit. Which then led to me devouring the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy. From there it snowballed dramatically. I quickly picked up Sabriel and my first Shannara book. And then the wonderful and magical Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released and books with magic and mythical creatures became cool in my small town. I was no longer the weird kid who read all of the fantasy books she could get her hands on. I became the person that people came to for book recommendations after that. Ironically enough, that’s something that hasn’t changed and I still read fantasy with an undying fervor. My current bookshelves and life wouldn’t be the same without this little book’s influence because it didn't only set me up to read high fantasy. It gave me the foundation to discover other fantasy genres that I love  through some of my favorite authors from that time like urban fantasy and paranormal romance when Robin McKinley released Sunshine or historical paranormal romance when I picked up Sorcery & Cecilia by Patricia Wrede.

I think the most important moment in my reading life can be pinned on that moment when I picked up The Blue Sword for the first time. It started my life long love affair with fantasy and all of its awesome subgenres. That book and that librarian helped shape who I am as a reader and as a person today. I shudder to think of all the books I would never have found if I hadn’t read it and asked my librarian that all important question that lead to all of this. I wonder if I would have been brave enough to pick up the books I love today without it. I can’t imagine my life without steampunk, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, or Brandon Sanderson books in it. I’m so grateful that Past Me was so intrigued by the cover and that my local librarian knew exactly what books I needed to build my fantasy foundation. I wouldn’t be the same if I hadn’t taken it home that day. 

You All Need To Read These Books!
The Blue Sword is still my favorite Robin McKinley book and it's considered a fantasy classic. You definitely need to read it! If it helps, it was also a Newbery Honor book in 1983, if those kinds of things float your boat. If I’m to be honest. this is the McKinley book that I push on everybody followed closely by its companion novel. Even though The Blue Sword is technically the second book in the series,  I highly recommend it picking it up first. It is a better introduction to the world and makes The Hero and the Crown a less confusing and more enjoyable read.

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