Top Ten Tuesday: Spreading the Love – Post Three During Stay Home Order

I decided that I wanted to create a list that highlights some very awesome books and authors that you could check out during this trying time.  There are so many that could use your support, but I’ll try to keep my list brief and readable.  Likely, I will do more of these in the future as it looks like we have awhile to go before we get to return to normal.

So, in no particular order, I present a list of marvelous books that you should check out if you want to escape this reality for awhile.

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Book Review: Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder

Chasing the Shadows

Published November 18th 2019

I’m a bit later with this review than my original plan as I was hoping to get the book read and review posted closer to its release last week.  But I am glad I didn’t rush just to get it done.  With no further delay, here’s what you need to know about this delightful story!

As you may recall from my post for book one (found here), I especially enjoyed the pacing and mysteries presented.  Well, this time the pacing was still wonderful and the mysteries started to unroll just the right amount of answers while presenting new possibilities.  The author continues to develop well-rounded characters in both the main cast and the side characters.  I was riveted by how she gave us just enough information to keep the story going and my brain thinking about what all the hints and clues could be leading to.

I’m very glad that the author sent an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite books to read this year.  I can only hope that the author will have the third book done soon!  I can’t wait to see where the story goes next and how the characters grow with it.

Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder returns with the next page-turning instalment of the new sci-fi series: Sentinels of the Galaxy Year 2522. Lyra Daniels is dead.

Okay, so I only died for sixty-six seconds. But when I came back to life, I got a brand new name and a snazzy new uniform. Go me! Seriously, though, it’s very important that Lyra Daniels stays dead, at least as far as my ex-friend Jarren, the murdering looter, knows.

While dying is the scariest thing that’s happened to me, it morphed my worming skills. I can manipulate the Q-net like never before. But Jarren has blocked us from communicating with the rest of the galaxy and now they believe we’ve gone silent, like Planet Xinji (where silent really means dead).

A Protector Class spaceship is coming to our rescue, but we still have to survive almost two years before they arrive – if they arrive at all. Until then, we have to figure out how to stop an unstoppable alien threat. And it’s only a matter of time before Jarren learns I’m not dead and returns to finish what he started.

There’s no way I’m going to let Jarren win. Instead I’ll do whatever it takes to save the people I love. But even I’m running out of ideas…

Book Review: Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder

Finally catching up on a book from a favorite author that had been on my TBR for over a year.  This one was a lot of fun!

Navigating the Stars (Sentinels of the Galaxy #1)

Paperback, 455 pages
Published November 19th 2018 by Harlequin
So, I stayed up to 2am to finish this book and can’t believe I didn’t try to read it closer to its release! The pacing and plot were so compelling that I finished this book in 3 days, staying up late each time because I couldn’t find a natural break where I wanted to stop reading. Luckily, book two is coming out in a couple of weeks! Which gives all of you time to read this one, so you’re ready for Chasing the Shadows.  Trust me, you’ll want to pick up Chasing as soon as you turn the final page in Navigating.  While there isn’t a huge cliffhanger, Maria knows how to keep the mystery and adventure fresh through the end.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

Dawn Study (Soulfinders, #3)

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Mira Books
Last year, I reread the Poison Study trilogy in anticipation of reading the new Soulfinders books featuring Yelena and Valek.  I haven’t had a chance to start, but I’m stoked that Dawn Study comes out next week, and I truly mean to read these sometime this year!  I love these characters and Snyder’s writing is easy and quick to pick up.
If you haven’t had a chance to read any of her work, I suggest trying Poison Study.  They only get better from there 🙂

Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person’s resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.