April was a bit slower with publication releases, which was good because I got busy reading June releases for review! Unfortunately, that means I didn’t get through very many of the April titles like I wanted, but there’s still time, right? I can always come back to them later.
I love that Rainbow Fish is still teaching children important life lessons and etiquette! I remember the original story being a favorite when I was a child, and I’m so excited that I can share this book with a new generation. I had forgotten about this little fish for a while, but there are so many new stories that I want to read and share with all the children in my personal and professional life. I highly recommend this series. Especially since almost all the books include iridescent scales throughout! So pretty 🙂
Review copy provided by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which did not affect from opinion or review.
A brand new title in the bestselling Rainbow Fish series!
Everyone loses once in a while. But being a good sport when you lose isn’t always easy—not even for Rainbow Fish. A lighthearted look at accepting loss without losing your sparkle!
It’s already time to look back on March to see what books came out that I just didn’t have time to read! Surprisingly, I was able to read more March books than January and February books. But maybe that’s just because there were so many more releases. Who knows? Anyway, here’s the releases I want to read but will have to wait a bit.
Two days ago, I saw a tweet from the Book Smugglers about the release of their first title in the Novella Initiate, Keeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn. They sent me an epub to read (which in no way affects the honesty of this review), and I found myself wanting to devour it without stop once I got started. Unfortunately, that was late at night after a long day, so my eyes kept closing and I had to stop about 2/3 in. But I picked it up again this morning!
This was a fantastic, short read! It was almost perfect; I just wanted more world building. But that’s a problem I have with any short fiction pieces. I always find myself wanting more.
What I did get was great characters and a plot that spoke to me on a deeper level. It was something I needed right now when my life is mental turmoil. The whole story is based on being able to achieve your dreams and goals, but you may not make it there the way you thought you would. It was very uplifting to read a story where the protagonist just follows down the path that was chosen for them because of a prophecy or fate. Lai knows what she wants, her path is littered with affirmations that she’ll get it, but then she fails and has to readjust.
Along the way, she discovers more about herself and the world she lives in. We also get a beautifully told female/female relationship that doesn’t feel forced, nor is it just there. It provides support and stability for Lai when the rest of her life is in turmoil.
Since this is a novella, I don’t want to give away too much, so I’ll stop here. But know that I loved this piece, and can’t wait to see what else the Novella Initiate has to offer us.
Sometimes failure is just the beginning
All Lai has ever wanted is to become a priestess, like her mother and grandmother before her, in service to their beloved goddess. That’s before the unthinkable happens, and Lai fails the trials she has trained for her entire life. She makes the only choice she believes she can: she runs away.
From her isolated desert homeland, Lai rides north to the colder, stranger kingdom of Alanum—a land where magic, and female warriors, are not commonplace.
Here, she hears tales about a mountain city of women guardians and steel forgers, worshiping goddesses who sound very similar to Lai’s own. Determined to learn more about these women, these Keepers of the Dawn, Lai travels onward to find their temple. She is determined to make up for her past failure, and will do whatever it takes to join their sacred order.
Falling in love with another initiate was not part of the plan.
Keeper of the Dawn is a tale of new beginnings, second chances, and the endurance of hope.
Hardcover, 376 pages
DREAM MAGIC, A SHADOW MAGIC NOVEL
by Joshua Khan
Disney-Hyperion | On Sale April 11, 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 9781484737620 | $16.99 | $17.99 Can. | 352 pages | Ages 8-12
Ebook ISBN: 9781368002462
Even though I loved Shadow Magic and was intrigued by this cover, my fear of spiders almost stopped me from reading this amazing story. But I’m glad I chanced the nightmares, which I didn’t have thankfully, because this book was just as good as the first one. The crystalline spiders were indeed quite creepy, but they totally fit with the story and I loved that they were so integral to the plot as they added a sense of urgency to the characters. I liked them so much that I drew up some of my own to share 🙂
I just finished reading Silence Fallen, which is book 10 in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. The series is adult urban fantasy and features shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, and fae in the Northwestern states. I can’t remember when I first started reading it, maybe around book 4 or 5? But I have been impatiently waiting for each new addition ever since. Since some of you may not know this series, I decided not to review book 10 on its own, but to give you some overall insight into the full series. You know, to get you hooked!
Here are my top 5 reasons to pick up this series and never put it down!
- Quick reads due to fluid writing
- Each book stays around 300 pages and avoids purple prose
- Seems like once I start a book, I find myself only setting it down to use the toilet or sleep
- Fantastic characters
- Mercy is the driving story, so she gets her own numbered reason
- Adam, werewolf alpha that also has a sensitive and fun side
- Coyote, a Trickster that makes the occasional appearance
- Even the side characters that appear briefly get nuance built into them
- Cover art
- Dan Dos Santos is a genius of his craft, and these covers are all splendid
- Details match the interior story without spoilers
- Main character growth and maturity
- Unlike some series where the main character becomes invincible quickly, I don’t see Mercy having that problem
- Every experience (plot) has a profound and noticeable effect on the heroine
- Mercy has flaws, redemptive qualities, and as much personality as a human
- Mercy makes mistakes and learns from them
- Fantastic beasts and monsters
- Besides the big bads of werewolf, vampire, witch, and fae, we are introduced to other creatures from folklore
- No big bad is limited by the archetype (ie. Stefan the vampire loves Scooby-Doo)
- Monsters are not just good or evil, they exist on a spectrum
Hopefully, this gives you enough knowledge to get a sense of Mercy’s world without spoiling any of the major character developments or plotlines. If you’ve already read this series, please share why you liked or disliked it! Did I miss something important for this list?
This list is a tad bit late as it’s almost time to make my March releases list, but I wanted to make sure I shared several titles that I’m truly excited about, but they just didn’t fit into my reading schedule yet.
Dying to Read-Look for my Review Later
Books I Plan to Read as Time Allows:
Yeah, February was a big month for sequels and new series starts. It may be awhile before I can get back to even a third of these, but I will get them read eventually as they all sound amazing!