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…

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #15

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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New Releases October 2019

Once again, we have a month jam-packed with so many amazing SFF releases across the ages!  I’ve already had a chance to read a few of these, so you can find my reviews of Smarter Than a Monster up now and Master of the Phantom Isle should go live very soon!  I’m working on The Never Tilting World right now for review and have a review copy of The Library of the Unwritten to read next!  Hopefully, I’ll be able to squeeze one or two more into my reading schedule this month as well 🙂

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Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns

Hardcover, 456 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Although the synopsis sounded like my dream book, I was hesitant to start this one as I’d thought I’d love this author’s debut and then didn’t.  I can happily say that whatever issues I’d had with An Enchantment of Ravens had no bearing on my enjoyment of this book.  AT ALL!  This book had great pacing, intriguing but mysterious characters, solid world building, everything that a five star book needs to get starred reviews.  If you are on the fence at all, then fall on the side of READ IT RIGHT NOW!  I cannot stress enough how thoroughly I loved this one.

I especially loved that the character, who grew up in a library (like I always wanted to do), loves all things books (just like me), has an attachment to a cat (cat-lover here!), and a fascination with learning everything (I have way too many hobbies), is named Elisabeth, which isn’t quite my name since I spell it with a ‘z’, but I’ll take it!  I can definitely understand why everyone wants to see themselves in their favorite books/genres.  It’s rather addictive!

Anyway, are you still reading this review?  Why?  Go read the book!  Like, right now!  Go!

Sorcery of Thorns

Owlcrate exclusive cover variant

Summary:

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Fangirl Friday: Nevernight series by Jay Kristoff

Today, I want to gush and nerd out about one of my favorite series, which also happens to be one of the best written trilogies I’ve ever read.

NEVERNIGHT

There are many reasons that my love of this series has grown into obsession, but mainly I think it’s because of the fabulous fanart I’ve been inspired to make.  Recently, in a pottery class, I crafted 2 versions of the ever-present crow dagger.  The first one had some promise but ultimately didn’t match my vision.

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #9

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading