First & Then By – Emma Mills

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Goodreads Synopsis: Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

I went into the book not expecting the most from it but still interested enough to want the book to be good. Sadly this book was not for me.

Devon is the most boring character I’ve ever stumbled upon. Why you ask? Because she doesn’t care about anything. School? Nope. Life? Nope. Hobbies? Nope. She literally did not care. And then I stopped caring.  Look I get it, some people don’t want to go to college, some people don’t have huge goals in life. That’s okay. But everyone should care about something.  Everyone can give back to the world. Each in different ways. But Devon is not like that.  She’s just a body floating around, no soul, no nothing.

I gave this book till page 165 before quitting. Which is about 60% through the book. My advice, don’t read this book, it’s not worth the time. I gave it 1 star on Goodreads.

Golden Son – By Pierce Brown

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Goodreads Synopsis:  Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

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This was yet another disappointing sequel. It’s quite unfortunate because the first book was really good. The world was well thought out and interesting, the characters fleshed out and entertaining, the whole book exciting and easy to read. Golden Son was not like that.

I was flat out bored with this book.  Darrow, Mustang,  and all the other characters running around felt unbelievably flat.  Which meant I just didn’t care about the stakes. I found Darrow’s character confusing as he makes conflicting choices. Mustang was hardly in this book, and when she was she was just someone on the sidelines. The bad guys were boring as well. Augustus never felt threatening or evil, he just felt pompous. And don’t get me started on the plot, it was all too easy to see where plot twists were going. And the one I didn’t see at the end was cliche as hell.

This book was a 2.5 star read for me.  I ended up giving it three stars on Goodreads because I didn’t hate it, and I will be reading the third in this trilogy.

Flame By E. Latimer

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Book 2 of Frost Chronicles.

After fleeing a mad Queen and taking shelter with the fire jotun, Megan Walker goes from ice to inferno, as she deals with court politics, hidden enemies and a radical cult determined to make her their goddess. All of this with the ultimate battle looming on the horizon. A prophesied war that Megan may be the deciding factor in, is only weeks away. That is, if she even makes it that long.

June 13th was the release date for Flame. Find it on Amazon,  Barnes & Noble,  and Kobo.

You can also find the first book in this series, Frost on Amazon as well.

As always don’t forget to check out Patchwork Press! 

Strange The Dreamer – Laini Taylor

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Goodreads Synopsis: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

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I’d read the other series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor last year. So I was fairly interested when I heard that she’d published another book. Plus I fell in love with the cover.

Strange the Dreamer is much better than Laini Taylor’s first series. You can tell right away that her storytelling and prose has matured, which made me happy. It’s so cool when you can tell that an author is growing and becoming better, it gives me hope for my own writing. 😀   There were still times when I felt her prose in this book went a little overboard, I caught myself having to read paragraphs twice before I understood what was going on. It was just all so flowery.  However the upside to the prose style is a very vivid world.

The world of Strange the Dreamer is fricken gorgeous. From fair blue maidens, to libraries that you wish you could go live in, from dream moths to ghosts. This world is amazing.

The characters are also well written, though I disliked some of them, I can’t complain that this was because of lack of development or poor writing. It was just a matter of the character being annoying in my mind. The character I’m talking about is Sarai, the other main character and eventual love interest.   Sarai is a good girl, too good. She takes care of her godling siblings/friends and doesn’t complain. She knows her family was slaughtered by humans but doesn’t want revenge. She was so boringly good, it frustrated me. I didn’t understand her lack of anger.  I felt that there was nowhere for her character to go, she was already perfect.

Speaking of anger, I loved Minya.  I want to read a book from her perspective. As a small child she is the one who rescues the other godlings, dragging them to safety when she was only 6!  She saw her family and friends murdered brutally and she wants revenge. I could understand that, I wanted to see her anger, to see her taste revenge and I wanted to see her be able to move beyond that eventually. A redemption arc I guess.

The main character, Lazlo was fantastic. I appreciated that he doesn’t get what he wants immediately, I like it that he has to work long and hard to reach his dream.  I disliked the romance between him and Sarai, it felt forced and I didn’t think they had chemistry. I honestly thought Lazlo was gay for quite awhile. Which would have been better in my opinion, but whatever.  I do however, liked the way the story ended. I won’t give spoilers, but I will say it will leave wanting to read the next book very badly.

Overall I really liked this book. Strange the Dreamer is a fantastic fantasy story, it has a stunning world and interesting characters. Four stars.

The Aldar Dominion – by Katherine Bogle

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A new book has just come out from the publishing collective I work for! The Aldar Dominion by Katherine Bogle is currently on sale for $0.99.

Synopsis:  The Aldar Dominion saved the world. Then they damned it.

After solar flares decimated Earth’s population, the alien corporation gave humans a recipe for immortality and hope for the next generation. Cloning and the technology to transport consciousness from one body to another saved the human race from extinction. But the value of human life plummeted.

In an age when animal conservation no longer exists, Selene smuggles animals to safety. While fleeing Dominion drones during a mission gone wrong, Selene suffers a debilitating head injury. The pain unlocks memories from twenty lost years: stark labs and human experiments. These nightmares could hold the key to why natural-born human children are disappearing. But worse—they reveal a sinister plot centuries in the making.

Can Selene decipher her dreams in time to avoid enslavement to the aliens? Or will she witness the end of the human race?

Read the first book in the Dominion Rising series to find out!

Find The Aldar Dominion on: Amazon, Kobo, Ibooks, or Barnes and Noble.

Don’t forget to check out the Patchwork Press website as well, and stay tuned for more releases to come!

Patchwork Press Cover Reveal – Savages

Savages Synopsis: 

Ten years before Queen Kadia decimated the six kingdoms of Warshard, her interest lay in the unborn child of a Seaburn savage.

Daughter of Chief Ruin, Breen is one of the most fearsome warriors in the Southern Delica Tribe, but nothing can stop the Emperor from reaping the Savage Lands for soldiers. When her village is attacked, Breen is taken from her home and her family to the Seaburn Academy, where southern savages are broken and chained into a life of service to the Empire. Through the beatings and torture, Drakkone, one of the few Seaburn-born soldiers, brings solace to her days and gives her hope for the future. Once freed of the Academy dungeons, Breen is sentenced to daily training between her plots for escape. But one night of unexpected passion turns into a problem bigger than either of them could have imagined. Breen and Drakkone must risk capture and flee the city or death might be a blessing compared to eternal imprisonment.

Savages, the long awaited sequel to Haven, will be released April 4th, and is now available for pre-order at any of these websites: Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble

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