Review: Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand

Kingsbane (Empirium #2)Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Series: Empirium #2
Author: Claire Legrand
Released: May 21st 2019
Received: Edelweiss
Warnings: Abductions, mind control
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Kingsbane through Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Kingsbane is the second novel in the Empirium series by Claire Legrand. I remember when Furyborn came out last year – it was the talk of the town (er rather, book groups). I rather expect that’ll happen again with Kingsbane, and I’m really looking forward to talking with other fans about it.

Kingsbane continues the tale of Rielle and Elaine, and their epic quests. Admittedly one is more willing than the other to start something so big…but that’s hardly surprising. Both are major elements in a prophecy, one that foretold two queens. One called the Blood Queen, and the other known as the Sun Queen.

Furyborn did a brilliant job of keeping us in the dark about who was who. But Kingsbane removes all doubt. Each queen has their own purpose, as well as their own hopes and dreams. But the real question is, can they manage to balance it all?

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Review: Basketful of Heads

Basketful of HeadsAuthor: Joe Hill
Artists: Leomacs, Riccardo La Bella, Dave Stewart, Deron Bennett
Series: Hill House Comics #1
Publisher: DC Black Label
Release: September 8th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Issues: Basketful of Heads 1-7
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Basketful of Heads in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Basketful of Heads is the first graphic novel/series from Hill House Comics, a new line from DC Comics. As the title of both this graphic novel, and line might imply, the focus is all about horror. It’s a whole new world, and at the forefront, you’ll find Joe Hill (writer), Leomacs (artist), Riccardo La Bella (artist), Dave Stuart (colorist), and Deron Bennett (letterer).

All June Branch wanted was one lovely summer with her boyfriend. One summer to spend time with on Brody Island, enjoying the sun and free days. Unfortunately, that was not to be. Much of Liam’s time was spent on his job, being a police officer.

Then there’s the crime, and series of events that pull both June and Liam into it all. It all started when a group of convicts escaped, and before she knew it, June was in for a fight for her life. Literally.

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Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne YoungPublisher: Wednesday Books
Author: Adrienne Young
Released: April 24th, 2018
Received: Own
Warning: Slavery, assault
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

Sky in the Deep is the first novel in a series of the same name. It’s described as being part Wonder Woman and part Vikings…which is actually pretty accurate. The story follows Eelyn, an Aska warrior. Her life is turned upside down when she sees her dead brother on the battlefield once again – fighting for the other side.

This novel was such an emotional read, I can see why people have gushed about it so much. I regret how long it took me to get around to this one. I hope that anybody else waiting on it will reconsider because it’s worth it!

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Review: Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker

Over the Woodward WallAuthor: A. Deborah Baker (Seanan McGuire)
Series: Untitled #1
Release: October 6th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Over the Woodward Wall in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Over the Woodward Wall may be one of those novels that confuses the unaware. You see, it says it is written by A. Deborah Baker, but that is yet another pseudonym for Seanan McGuire. Over the Woodward Wall is a tie in novel to Middlegame.

More accurately, it’s a book mentioned several times during Middlegame. That’s why fans of that novel don’t really need to be told the connection. So if you haven’t read Middlegame, I strongly urge you to do so first, before diving into this world.

Avery and Zib are about as different as children can be. The only real thing they have in common is that they live so close to each other – yet in many ways, so very far apart. That is, until the way they cross over a very strange wall.

Suddenly, both children were in the Up and Under. The only way out is to work together. For there is no way out without the other.

“It was a morning unlike any other. It was simply that no one had realized it yet.”

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Review: The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Gilded Wolves #2
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Released: September 22nd, 2020
Warnings: Grief

I received a copy of The Silvered Serpents in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Silvered Serpents is the long-awaited sequel to The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi. When the first novel came out, it was one of my favorites of the year. And I can tell you with complete honestly, the sequel is setting up to do the same.

Severin and the team are still reeling from the loss that came at the end of The Gilded Wolves. Yet they still have a mission, a goal to find a long lost treasure. Some are seeking the treasure to prove a point, others to sate their curiosity. While some? They’re aware that their success or failure will decide the fate for one of their own.

“When the devil waged war in the heavens, even angels had to fall.”

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Review: Fable by Adrienne Young

FableAuthor: Adrienne Young
Series: Fable #1
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release: September 1st, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Fable in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Fable is the start of Adrienne Young’s latest series, and it is once again sure to catch the hearts and minds of the fans.

Fable is the daughter of one of the most powerful traders in the Narrows, yet that isn’t enough to keep her safe. Cast away for reasons unknown, Fable has spent the last few years fending for herself on a harsh and cruel island.

Now she’s going to find a way off the island, prove herself to her father, and start a new life for herself. At least, that’s the plan. That’s the thing about plans though, they always end up getting more complicated by the end.

“Keep your knife where you can reach it.

Never, ever owe anyone anything.

Always construct a lie from a truth.

Never, under any circumstances, reveal what or who matters to you.”

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Review: The Heirs of Locksley by Carrie Vaughn

The Heirs of LocksleyAuthor: Carrie Vaughn
Series: The Robin Hood Stories #2
Released: August 4th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Heirs of Locksley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Robin Hood Stories by Carrie Vaughn continues in The Heirs of Locksley. This is the tale of Robin Hood and Maid Marian’s children – as well as the children of several other famous characters from that fantastical tale.

King Henry III is about to be crowned king – despite his young age. He’s going to need the newly made friends in order to survive what is to follow. John is the son of the famous Robin Hood and Lady Marian, and he and his sisters are about to uncover quite the adventure. All in the name of taking care of their friend, the future king, of course.

“We will hold an archery contest. A simple affair, all in fun, on the tournament grounds. Tomorrow. We will see you there.”

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Review: The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

The Dearly Beloved by Cara WallPublisher: Simon Schuster
Author: Cara Wall
Released: August 13th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Dearly Beloved in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Dearly Beloved is the debut novel of Cara Well. It’s also irrefutable proof that sometimes a work of love can truly turn into something great. Cara Well spent fifteen years working on this novel to get it to this point. And it truly shows. This is a poignant and touching novel, written beautifully and polished to shine.

The novel is set in the 1950s and follows two couples through their journeys and interactions with one another. The first couple are two opposites destined for one another; Charles a believer through and through, with an unshakable faith in his religion; and Lily, a determined non-believer yet sweet and tenacious. Then there’s the second couple, a pair who are also a perfect match; James, a minister intent to do everything he can to save and help others; and Nan, a religious woman who is kind and caring.

These four find themselves crossing paths with increasing frequency thanks to their paths in life. The story follows them from their earlier years up through to the bittersweet moments – and everything in between.

It’s a novel that studies human nature and interaction. It’s sweet, it’s beautiful. And at times it’s heartbreaking. But it is never anything but perfectly honest.

I honestly don’t normally read books with such a heavy religious tone, but there was something about Cara Well’s writing that captivated me. It was all so beautifully written that I couldn’t do anything but read on. And I’m so very glad I did.

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Review: My Hero Academia: Smash!! Vol. 4

My Hero Academia Smash Vol. 4Writer: Hirofumi Neda
Idea: Kohei Horikoshi
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Released: September 4th, 2017
Rating: 4 kitties

I read My Hero Academia: Smash Vol. 4 through VIZ Media: Shonen Jump.

My Hero Academia: Smash is a series intent on retelling the original series that we love so much (My Hero Academia, in case that wasn’t painfully obvious), but with a more…humorous twist. If you haven’t read the original series, a lot of what happens here probably won’t make a lot of sense.

Likewise, if you don’t want to see MHA without it’s more serious edge…this probably isn’t the series for you. It’s a little bit quirky, and a whole lot crazy. Not exactly the series that caught our attention, to put it mildly.

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Review: The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre

The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann AguirrePublisher: Midnight Ink
Author: Ann Aguirre
Released: August 8th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Abuse, sexual assault, torture
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of The Third Mrs. Durst through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Third Mrs. Durst is Ann Aguirre’s first foray into the world of thrillers. Previously, she’d proven that she’s a master at writing fantasy. And now we know she can handle other genres as well. It’s impressive.

The Third Mrs. Durst is a heavier novel, full of emotion, abuse, determination, and revenge. It follows Marlena Altizer Durst, also known as the Third Mrs. Durst. Marlena started out with nothing but built herself up to something through a career in modeling. Then she married Mr. Durst and her life took a turn – but not necessarily for the best.

This novel is a thriller through and through. It’s also perfect for anyone out there looking for a good revenge novel. Sometimes we all crave something like that, right?

I’ve loved Ann Aguirre’s science fiction and fantasy for years, so I wanted to be sure to give this new genre a chance. I know sometimes it can be hard for an author to transition from one genre to another. I’m glad I gave this one a try, and I’ll be curious to see what she comes out with next.

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