Book Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1)

Hardcover, 469 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Ace

After reading and loving Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, I decided it was time to take a stab at the other assassin book release that was garnering lots of attention.  I had been putting this one off because I didn’t care for one of the author’s other books, but I finally took the plunge.

And I’m glad that I did!

A great audiobook investment, I devoured this story and couldn’t wait for moments when I was able to listen to the story, so I found myself grabbing my physical copy to read ahead several times.

Not so much an assassin novel as a coming of age story.  I loved reading about Nona’s physical, mental, and spiritual growth as she developed.  The relationships and personalities presented here were refreshing and pulled on my heartstrings.  There were plenty of twists and reveals to keep the story interesting and compelling as well as plenty of internal points of reflection.

I can’t really remember any major negatives, but I was expecting something slightly different based off the description.  That’s probably about it.

Can’t wait to dig into the sequel soon!

Summary:

I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

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Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

Hardcover, 512 pages
Expected publication: August 21st 2018 by Crown Publishing Group

Having sat in a book buzz at ALA Annual last month, I learned about this fun new book that comes out in just a little over a month.  I haven’t read anything by this author before, but hearing him speak about this title made me intrigued.  I was lucky enough to snag a copy, so I hope to be reading it soon!

Summary:

In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself–the first in a dazzling new fantasy series from City of Stairs author Robert Jackson Bennett. 

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle.

But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic–the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience–have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims.

Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them.

To have a chance at surviving–and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way–Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

Book Review: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1)

Hardcover, 500 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Simon Pulse
I participated on the Devil’s Own street team last year and had a blast doing all the promotional challenges.  The only thing I wasn’t able to do was fit in reading the book!!  Luckily, I’m back on Audible and used a credit to purchase this lovely book to listen to at work 🙂

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Ghost, The Owl by Franco

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Hardcover, 53 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Diamond Book Distributors
I was ridiculously happy to learn that one of my favorite artists, Sara Richard, had a comic/graphic novel coming out this year!  After hearing this exciting news, I found that NetGalley had digital arcs for people to review.  When I downloaded it the first time, I honestly just went through and looked at all the gorgeous art without “reading” the story.  Owls are a favorite for Sara Richard to make into art, and she’s gotten really good at them.  Ghosts also lend themselves well to her art nouveau styling, and the match makes this book absolutely fabulous!

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Book Review: Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks

Sanity & Tallulah

Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

This is a really fun graphic novel that uses a lot of science. It may not all be correct science as we know it (taffimatter seems a bit farfetched), but I enjoyed that the author didn’t dumb done the science even though this is marketed toward middle grade readers. In fact, I would argue that the science jargon might make the reader inclined to ask questions and do some research if it sparks their interest. For those readers less interested in the science aspect, there are plenty of things to latch unto in this story. Thing one is a three-headed kitten! Initially what caught my attention. LOL Also, this story takes place on a space station that’s deep in space and nowhere near Earth. It reminded me a lot of the Disney Channel Original movie, Zenon Girl of the 21st Century. Down to the white and colored female leads, although here the WOC takes center stage, which I enjoyed greatly. I’m looking forward to reading more about their misadventures in future books and will be recommending it highly to anyone interested in graphic novels, animals, space, or a good romp.

Summary:

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn’t long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it’s too late?

Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks.

Favorite Reads of 2017, so far

Hello all!

It’s been a long time since I wrote a fun post that wasn’t necessarily a review of some kind, so I thought I’d share some of the books I’ve read this year that I’m thankful for.  Some are debuts, published in 2017, backlist books, new series installments, new authors to me.  But since I’m all about reading to my mood, these books came to me at a time when they were helpful and fun.

Anyway, here’s my favorite reads this year (in no particular order):

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)The Only Pirate at the PartyThe Queen of Blood  (The Queens of Renthia, #1)Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)Not Quite NarwhalFirebrandDream Magic (Shadow Magic, #2)Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1)Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)Storm Siren (Storm Siren, #1)Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)The Saga of RexShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

What books have you read this year that felt right?  Which were amazing?