Review: Burn the Dark by S.A. Hunt

Burn the Dark by S.A. HuntAuthor: S.A. Hunt
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: January 14th
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Animal death, abuse, burning
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Burn the Dark through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Burn the Dark is the first novel in S.A. Hunt’s Malus Domestica series. Technically speaking, this isn’t a new series. It’s just that this is the first time we’ll be getting a chance to read it in English. Which is great for me!

The series is an action-adventure horror series, much in the same tone as Stranger Things. Basically, picture a bunch of kids/teenagers off on a witch hunt, and you’ve got an understanding of the core of the theme.

Robin is your average teenager. Well, if by average you mean that she lives in her van, runs a YouTube channel, and hunts witches. Yeah, okay, so not exactly normal. She’s been filming her witch-hunting escapades for months, and pawning it off as some sort of Blair Witch Project for the sake of income.

The real question is; why did Robin start hunting witches? And how far can she go, when working solo? As it turns out, she won’t be by herself for very long. As for the reason, she hunts witches? That’s personal.

“They die from the inside out. The deadness slowly makes its way to the outside.”

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Review: My Hero Academia Vol. 24

My Hero Academia Vol 24Author: Kohei Horikoshi
Released: August 2nd 2019
Received: Viz Manga
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I read My Hero Academia: Vol. 24 in individual chapters as they were posted to Viz Manga’s site.

Wow. I’ve been hearing SO much about this plot that I ended up caving and diving into it myself. Partially because I was tired of all the spoilers, but partially because I was eager to see what was going to happen next.

And I’m so glad that I checked it out. This volume of MHA takes some time to step back and show us the League of Villains. Yes, you did, in fact, read that right. That means that all of the characters we love to hate (or are simply just fascinated by) are the sole focus in this issue.

My Hero Academia Vol. 24: All It Takes Is One Bad Day was nothing like what I expected. It was so much better. I honestly am still reeling from some of the events and revelations that happened here. Actually, confession time: once I finished this plot, I ended up reading the rest of the chapters available of Viz Manga. So now I’m not really sure what volume I’m on. I’ll have to remedy that. But later!

Normally, I don’t go gaga over plot arcs focused entirely on the villains of a series (well, that’s not entirely true, but moving on). But in this case? These characters are well worth the deep dive. I have so much I want to say, but I won’t, because I refuse to spoil any moment of what I just read.

I will say that this volume had several jaw-dropping moments for me. As well as a few backstories that I’ve been desperately hoping to see. The League of Villains have always been interesting, but now they feel fully fleshed out. And that’s probably going to make them more dangerous in the long run. I just can’t wait to see where this plot arc leads us.

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Review: The Tenant by Katrine Engberg

The TenantThe TenantAuthor: Katine Engberg
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Released: January 14th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Graphic details, stalking, mental health
Rating: 4 kitties

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

The Tenant is the first novel in Katrine Engberg’s Korner/Werner series. Much of the series is out already, but this is the first one translated to English (that I know of). It’s a Scandinavian crime novel with undeniable flair and character development.

A body has turned up in Copenhagen. This isn’t the first murder the city has seen, but it is their most grisly case in recent times. Worse still is the mystery surrounding her potential killer – and their motive for doing so.

Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are perhaps the two most unlikely partners you’ll ever find. But they do their jobs well, especially in regards to solving the murder of a young local woman.

“Is it one of my girls? That can’t be right. No one dies in my building.”

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Review: The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

The Better LiarAuthor: Tanen Jones
Publisher: Bellantine
Released: January 14th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Drug abuse, postpartum depression, mental health issues, suicide
Rating: 3 kitties

I received a copy of The Better Liar through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Better Liar is the debut novel of Tanen Jones, a new thriller author throwing her writing into the mix. She’s already proven to be an author worth keeping an eye on. Her first novel touches upon sisterhood, betrayal, obligations, and so much more.

Leslie’s little sister, Robin, is dead. That simple statement should be a devastating one. But in this twisted family, that statement carries with it a whole different sort of weight. Now, Leslie is put into a position where she must consider the unthinkable; asking a stranger to pretend to be her sister.

“But it wouldn’t matter. Either way, I couldn’t get what I needed from her.

 

She would have loved that.”

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Review: Strange Exit by Parker Peevyhouse

Strange ExitAuthor: Parker Peevyhouse
Publisher: Tor Teen
Released: January 14th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Strange Exit through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Strange Exit is the latest speculative science fiction novel from the mind of Parker Peevyhouse, and it is a unique reading experience. This novel blends post-apocalyptic fiction with simulations, debates about human nature, and so much more.

Lake is a determined and driven girl. Every day she goes out there and she searches for survivors in a shredded and desolate space known as earth. And every day she tries to talk them into going home. For you see, Lake is aware of a secret they’ve locked away in their minds; they’re all in a simulation.

The problem is; Lake needs everyone to leave the simulation before they can go home. She, along with dozens of other children, are on board a spaceship – their life raft, so to speak. But the spaceship won’t head back to earth until each and every one of them have left this simulation. That’s where Lake’s job begins.

 

“You were in the simulation. Now you’re out.”

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Review: Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter

Junkyard CatsAuthor: Faith Hunter
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Publisher: Audible Studios
Released: January 2nd, 2020
Received: Own
Rating: Kitty Rating

Junkyard Cats is the first in a brand new series by Faith Hunter. Naturally, that means I couldn’t have been more excited to get my hands on this lovely bit of fiction. I should probably mention that right now, the only way to get your hands on Junkyard Cats is through Audible. You see, it’s currently only in audiobook format, though I believe that it will be getting adapted in the near-ish future. On the bright side, if you’re an Audible member you can get this book for free! So go nab it.

Junkyard Cats is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel in the best of ways. Though I might be a bit biased there, thanks to the significant inclusion of cats in this novel. All things considered, I’m okay with that!

Set in the far-flung future, this is a world that has been once again torn apart by war. Technology has allowed humanity to limp along, though the world is much changed. Shining Smith survived the latest war, and has created a little home for herself out in the middle of nowhere.

But that doesn’t mean her life is all peace and quiet. No, that would be too easy. Her past was always destined to catch up with her. Shining knew it. But she never quite expected the series of events that occur here.

You may have noticed that this description didn’t bring up the Junkyard Cats element in this book. Trust me, they’re well worth the wait, and their introduction is absolutely perfect – and not something I want to ruin.

 

“I was swarmed and survived and had the scars to prove it.”

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Review: A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison

A Fistful of CharmsAuthor: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #4
Publisher: Harpertouch
Released: June 27th, 2006
Received: Own
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

A Fistful of Charms is the fourth novel in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. The whole series follows Rachel Morga, a witch for hire with a serious talent for getting herself into massive amounts of trouble.

It’s been almost a year since Rachel left her old job and became a magical bounty hunter. And while she doesn’t regret the transition one bit, she’s got to admit that in some ways it has made her life more complicated.

To add to all of the changes in her life, Rachel is now forced to admit that her ex-boyfriend has done an excellent job of putting her in harm’s way. But she can just add that to the list alongside being a human alpha to a werewolf pack and being actively hunted by an angry demon. So yeah, no time for vacation in her future.

I should probably mention that I’ve already read The Hollows series (several times), but I recently noticed that I never actually reviewed them. So in preparation for the next Hollows book (so excited!) I’m going to do a reread and review run. But since this is one of my favorite series, I have no problem doing just that. So let’s begin!

 

“’What’s the matter, grandma,’ I panted, flipping my braid out of the way. ‘Can’t get Little Red Riding Hood down your throat?’”

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Review: Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin

Nameless QueenAuthor: Rebecca McLaughlin
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Released: January 7th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Classism/casts
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Nameless Queen through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Nameless Queen is the debut novel of Rebecca McLaughlin, and it has been getting a lot of attention in the last few months. It’s been favorably compared to novels like Red Queen, Everless, and Furyborn. Having read the novel, I can certainly understand why those comparisons were made.

Nameless Queen is set in a world where magic exists, but only serves to strengthen the differences between classes. There are the Royals, the Legals, and the Nameless. That’s where Coin comes into play – that’s the name she chose for herself, since she was never given any other.

The Nameless are the lowest class in the city, and are treated worse than dirt. The only good thing they have going for them is that magic doesn’t seem to affect them. A small grace, given the odds of being killed by lack of food, hygiene, or being in the good graces of a guard.

But all of that is set to change on the morning of the King’s death. For Coin herself has inherited that magical and coveted crown tattoo. The one that marks her as the new queen of the city.

 

“Wearing Legal clothes is enough to get me thrown into prison, or if the patrolling Royal guards are in a bad mood, I’ll get a quick trip to the gallows.”

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Review: The God Game by Danny Tobey

The God GameAuthor: Danny Tobey
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: January 7th, 2019
Received: ARC (mail)
Warnings: Bully, suicidal thoughts, animal death
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The God Game in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The God Game is the latest novel to come from the mind of Danny Tobey, and it combines science fiction with a most unexpected subject; god. Tobey asks himself the question; what would happen if AI and God were to merge?

The G.O.D. Game is a video game run by a very clever bot – one who roped Charlie and his friends right in. Together they’re about to face quests and demands, all to gain points with their G.O.D. ruler (of the game).

Unfortunately, this is exactly the sort of beginning one would expect before it all goes south. It doesn’t take long for their new gamer G.O.D. to start demanding uncomfortable and dangerous tasks of these wayward youths. And there seems to be no way out of the game they’ve begun.

 

“So said God, or at least the first artificial intelligence bot claiming to inhabit the persona of God.”

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Review: Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton

Lady HotspurAuthor: Tessa Gratton
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: January 7th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3 kitties

I received a copy of Lady Hotspur through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Tessa Gratton’s latest novel, Lady Hotspur is an imaginative novel, one that is heavily inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry IV. As you can imagine, that means that there will be plenty of politics and war. Oh, and did I mention that the novel has a very strong female focus?

There are those meant to fight, and those meant to lead. Hal was a fighter, born and raised as a knight. Only to be stuffed into the role of Prince, one her mother took the throne. She fought and bled for her mother’s rise in power, but the change is still a strange one.

Enter Lady Hotspur, another stunning warrior and a welcome distraction for Hal. She’s the Wolf of Aremoria – a violent and powerful warrior capable of taking on any foe. Lady Hotspur gladly shed her blood for the sake of this war – even while she questions its success.

Banna Mora lived her life expecting to take on the throne. While she may have survived the war and overthrowing of her uncle, she certainly lost her crown and any path leading to it. Now all she can do is plot revenge and hope.

One thing I would like to mention, before diving into this review; Lady Hotspur is the sequel to Queens of Innis Lear. That’s a fact I missed when excitedly picking up this novel to read, so I want to help make it a bit more clear here. I do feel that I missed out on something, thanks to my lack of reading Queens of Innis Lear beforehand.

 

“Never ignore the consequences of your actions, for such ignorance alone makes your actions unjust.”

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