Qnd Eldr. Breathe Fire.

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.


Queen of Thieves


Time-travel books are by far my favorite type of book.  Even more than fae books.

I freeze and gape in horror at what I just typed.  “Le gasp!  How dare I?”

Oh, I dare.

Before No Good Deed by Kara Connolly appeared on the “new books” shelf in the library, I’d exhausted the Young Adult department’s time-travel selection.  Basically, I saw it, snatched it up, and almost forgot to check it out before I staggered out of the library, already nose-deep in it.

Ellie Hudson is on the road to a gold medal for the U. S. Olympic archery team, but, when she makes a wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle, she ends up in medieval England.  Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages, she just wants to get home.  But, as she spends time in the past, she sees that people are suffering and she has the skills to make it better.

Filled with humorous outlaws, dashing knights, and cunning royals, Kara Connolly delivers a fantastic romp.  Well-paced and fairly historically accurate (for a time-travel and a spin on Robin Hood), I read it in one sitting.  Heck, I cried when it ended.

No Good Deed hit the bull’s eye, so I award it five out of five gold stars.

Paranoia, is That You?


Ever since I convinced my mom to read the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren back in 2012 and we some of the other’s favorite books, we trust each other.  When it comes to books, if my mom tells me to read a book or thinks that I’ll like it, I’ll give it a shot.  So when she told me about a book about seemingly perfect families and zombies, I thought this would be a creepy fun read.  Amy Lukavic’s The Ravenous was certainly creepy.

Form the outside, the Cane family looks like they’re the perfect military family.  Behind closed doors their father is neglectful, their mother struggles with depression and addiction, and the sisters barely stand each other.  When the youngest sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, the sisters are devastated, and when she’s brought back to life, they couldn’t be more relieved.  But after their mother deserts them and they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, the sisters find out how far they’ll go to keep their fractured family together.

It takes a lot for a book to truly frighten me, and this book did, pulling out my fear of cannibals out of the shadows.  While the concept of the living dead surviving on human flesh is very “zombie,” the way Amy Lukavics delivers it is very “cannibal.”  Suffice to say, I slept with a light on for the next several nights.  (Thanks, Mom.)

With the fear of being devoured in my sleep keeping me on the edge of my seat (and bed and, well, everything), I bestow upon The Ravenous five out of five stars.  I’m looking forward to reading The Women in the Walls and Daughters Unto Devils and getting thoroughly terrified.

Is it a Kitsune?



The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken has one of those covers that makes me want to gobble it up.  The dark grays and blues and that eerie candle in the background grabbed my attention.  I felt like curling up on the floor next to my dog with a fuzzy blanket and a mug of tea and reading this.  As I’m sure you’ve guessed, that’s exactly what I did early last December.

In a wealthy family with a rich history and exceptional people, Prosper Redding is comparatively unexceptional…  until he discovers a demon his many-times-great grandfather summoned living inside him.  The demon, Alastor, gave the Redding family fortune in exchange for eternal servitude.  When the Reddings betrayed him, Alastor had one purpose: to destroy them.  With the help of his uncle and cousin, Nell, Prosper can see a chance of him having an afterlife without eternal servitude.  But there’s a lot going on that Alastor hasn’t told Prosper, and the fox-demon is growing stronger with each night.

With a strong message of keeping promises, this quirky tale of betrayal and family asks an important  question.  Can you ever right a wrong and truly escape your history?  For Prosper’s sake, I certainly hope so, but only time (and the next book) will tell.

I rate this four out of five stars.

Immortality Without Creativity


Facebook, as it would turn out, has other uses than obsessing over peoples’ timelines.  The illustrator of Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens, Charlie Bowater, creates fan art for the Throne of Glass series.  I’ve seen dozens of her works and I get quite excited when I see a new project of hers.  When I saw this book pop up in a Throne of Glass group, I figured that I just had to check it out.  And check it out I did.

Artist Isobel creates breathtaking portraits for the fair folk.  These immortals cannot do anything creative without crumbling to dust.  So naturally, they crave human Craft terribly, and will trade enchantments for said Craft.  Isobel is over the moon when the autumn prince, Rook, is her patron.  But she paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, and this weakness could cost him his throne and both of their lives.

Bursting with lyrical prose and journeying across lush faery settings, Isobel and Rook grow close, even while they’re attacked at all sides.  Honestly, this wasn’t my favorite fae book but it certainly wasn’t the worst I’ve read.  The romance was a bit too quick for my taste but that could be just me.  I’m usually more of a fan of romantic relationships that form over the course of a series, not within the first one hundred or so pages.

Other than Rook and Isobel’s slightly forced connection, it was a wonderful light read.  I rate it four out of  five stars.

Truth Requires Thorns


Midnight tales and dangerous magic.

The very minute I saw the cover and read the inside flap, I knew it was love.  I’ve been wanting to read a Leigh Bardugo book.  heck, I’ve owned Shadow and Bone for years but I have yet to break the binding.  Figuring that this would be a good way to get a feel of Bardugo’s writing style, I dove straight in.

Drawing heavily form mythology and folklore and fairy tales, Bardugo’s seven short stories are nothing if not gripping.  Whether the characters were tromping through thorny woods, dealing with witches, or singing deep under the sea, I felt as if I was right beside them.  Each story had a lesson woven into the fiber of each paragraph and it wasn’t preachy.  It was prickly and honest, and I hungered for more when each story drew to a close.

I was truly blown away.  The Language of Thorns anthology deserves more than five measly stars, but that will have to suffice, because Goodreads doesn’t let me rate higher than that.

Boy Meets Girl, Girl Murders People

Following my discovery of Young Adult novels back in 2010, I spent the next couple of years reading and rereading Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series and whatever Holly Black and Rachel Caine book I could get my hands on.  I recall having just finished a book about a fae disguised as a human when the spine of Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood whispered to me.  Despite not being remotely about fae or vampires, I let the creepy and blood-dripping girl on the cover lure me in.  A four year dalliance had begun!

After his father’s gruesome murder a decade earlier, Cas Lowood has taken up his father’s job: killing the dead.  Armed with his father’s mysterious athame, Cas travels around the country with his kitchen’witch mother and spirit-sniffing cat.  They follow legends and local lore and destroy the murderous dead, all the while keeping pesky things like the future and friends at an arm’s length.  Catching wind of a ghost, Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects to track it down, hunt, and kill it.  So the usual.  What he discovers, however, is a girl buried in curses and rage.  She’s a ghost he’s never faced before.Wrapped in a blood-soaked dress that she wore on the day of her murder in 1958, Anna has killed everyone who has had the misfortune to step into her crumbling Victorian house.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

Unfortunately, my sanity while waiting to read the second book wasn’t.  Nevertheless, Anna Dressed in Blood and it’s sequel, Girl of Nightmares, was packed to the brim with sarcasm, wit, and epic ghost versus human battles.  From the violent beginning to the heart-wrenching end my heart was in my throat.  And the chills…  I’m still looking over my shoulder whenever I feel something running down my spine.

I rate the Anna duology a four out of five stars.