Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Tor.com
Many thanks to Tor.com for sending me a review copy (in exchange for an honest review)! I’ve been loving their novellas with all their nuance and different takes on storytelling.
This one had a lyrical quality to the writing and felt like a fairy tale or a bit of folklore. It does include a bit of M/M romance, which usually makes me uncomfortable. But the author handled it well and I thought it was rather tastefully executed.
The first part of the story did seem to meander quite a bit, but rather than detracting from the story, I felt like it added another layer to help the reader fall into the world easier. Since it is such a short book, you almost needed that to pull you in.
I’m not as familiar with the Green Man mythology, but I believe that people who like it will find a sprinkling in our main character. All of the characters felt realistic and down to earth, and I liked how they blended into the setting seamlessly.
Definitely take the time to pick this one up and check it out soon! I mean, it’ll only take like an hour to read 🙂
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Today I’m participating in the blog spotlight tour for Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau, which releases in just 5 days from Sourcebooks Casablanca! I was drawn in by the cover, which isn’t unusual for me. Those swirly cool colors and mesmerizing tiger eyes really got my attention. But also, Sourcebooks Casablanca published a recent favorite series from Amanda Bouchet and I was ready to dive into their newest fantasy romance. And I’m so glad that I did!
Comparing this to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Assassin’s Creed is pretty accurate. Other spot-on comparisons would be Pokemon or even Throne of Glass. Assassins and magical animals are some of my favorite tropes and together they work surprisingly well.
The beginning of this debut is a bit slow and muddled. I don’t think the author was able to define the world’s rules early on to establish whether this was a pure fantasy setting, urban fantasy, or historical fantasy. I did occasionally find myself questioning what was going on based on my assumptions about what kind of setting it was. Luckily, that didn’t deter me from becoming engrossed in the characters and the beasts as they stole the show. There was enough mystery and promise of information that I finished this book in just a few days. I think if you can get past the bumpy world building, you’ll find a fun, fast-paced read that will leave you begging for the next book.
It’s time to share all the wonderful books that have either come out already this month or are scheduled to do so very soon! May was super stuffed with awesome and June has quite a few amazing ones as well.