Qnd Eldr. Breathe Fire.

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ARC provided by Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review.

I love Goodreads.  I find it to be such a calm social media platform and almost all of my favorite authors are on there.  There are so many great discussion groups and books and giveaways.  I love the giveaways, and Adrienne Young’s Sky in the Deep was the first one that I won.  I practically screamed when the ARC of Sky in the Deep appeared in the mail.  I love the driven brutality and brotherhood of ancient Vikings, and I am a sucker for stories with fierce heroes and heroines.  Plus, two of my favorite authors wrote glittering reviews for it, so how could I not but dive in?

Raised to drive a blade through her clansmen’s rival clan, the Riki, Eelyn’s life is simple enough until she sees her brother on the battlefield fighting with her enemy.  The brother she watched bleed to death five years ago.  Kidnapped by the Riki and faced with her brother’s betrayal, Eelyn is forced to survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki.  But, the longer she is in the village, the more she begins to see herself in the people she was taught to hate.  Her world crumbling all around her, she is forced to put aside her prejudices when the Riki are raided by a clan thought to be a myth.

From the blood-soaked battlefield where the story opens up on to the snowy mountain village and back to Eelyn’s home, the fjord, Adrienne Young delivers a taut fantasy novel.  The meaning of loyalty and forgiveness are explored, and the all-consuming question,”What is family?” is gutted and examined by the deeply flawed and very human Eelyn.

I finished reading this over a month ago, but I waited until now to review it in order to put my thoughts in order.  All in all, I would gladly read Sky in the Deep again.  I rate this five out of five stars.

Sky in the Deep will be released on April 24th, two days from now, and it is still available for preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible, Indiebound, Google, Powells, Book Depository, Kobo, and Books-A-Million.  I would recommend checking your local bookstores for it as well, if you have one.

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Heeere’s Wilson!

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Once I read the description, any inhibitions I had to wait and read the other books on my shelf were thrown away.  Sorry The Crucible.  Sorry The Roanoke Girls.  Sorry my monthly dose of Poe.  Domino, Cain, and Wilson called my name.

Surviving in the gritty streets of Detroit, Domino and her friend live off of their wits.  But when disaster strikes and Madam Karina, a mysterious woman with secrets of her own, offers Domino a position at her girls’ home, Domino has no alternative and accepts.  It doesn’t take her long before she’s fighting her way up the ranks to gain Madam Karina’s approval and becomes the target or brutal bullying.  Along with the help of her new friends, Cain and Poppet, she discovers the madam’s terrible secrets.  Soon Domino realizes that she needs to escape, but how can she do that when the madam hates losing inventory?

Fast-paced and twisted, Victoria Scott delivers a snappy and whip-smart narrator.  The story hardly slows down and the grisly secrets of Madam Karina’s Home for Burgeoning Entertainers come to light in the most chill-inducing ways possible.  I felt like I was in an action/psychological thriller.  Domino was the best narrator for Violet Grenade; she captured the horror of her situation and added needed humor and the right amount of sarcasm.

Like the last two books I’ve read, I rate this five out of five stars.