Giveaway: Salvation Day by Kali Wallace

Salvation Day“A smart, gripping thriller you just can’t put down. Explosions, betrayals, morally gray choices and twisty secrets; all set in the world that comes after the end of ours. Perfect for fans of Aliens and locked spaceship murder mysteries.” – Kameron Hurley, Hugo Award-winning author of The Light Brigade 

A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller.
They thought the ship would be their salvation.

Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya—the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship.

But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship—a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead.

And then they woke it up.

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Review: Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer #1) by Maxym M. Martineau

Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer #1) by Maxym M. Martineau

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Author: Maxym M. Martineau
Released: June 25th, 2019
Received: BookishFirst
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Kingdom of Exiles through BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Kingdom of Exiles is the first novel in a new series called the Beast Charmer by Maxym M. Martineau. I’m not going to lie to you – it was originally the cover art that caught my attention. That being said, this novel exceeded all of my expectations, and so much more. It’s described as Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin’s Creed, and it delivers on that promise.

Leena is a beast charmer, even if she is an exiled and disgraced one. Framed for committing a crime she had nothing to do with, Leena is forced to commit one of the biggest sins to beast charmers. She has to sell her beasts to make a living. Through this way of living, Leena finds herself in an even more dangerous situation, one full of treachery and assassins.

The description of this novel had me sold, and with good reason I think. That being said, having read it. I feel like the description doesn’t do the novel justice. Because I absolutely loved this book. I’m so sad that it’s over, though the fact that it’s a first in the series has helped keep my spirits up.

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Review: Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Publisher: Del Ray
Author: Chuck Wendig
Release: July 2nd 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Racism, Extremism, Contagion
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

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

Wanderers is the latest novel by Chuck Wendig, and it’s been getting a lot of attention. Before the novel was even out people were fighting over the rights to adapt the novel into a series. Which is pretty huge (QC Entertainment won the rights, for those that are curious). And honestly, this novel will adapt well to a series, so I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Wanderers is a post apocalyptic novel, but not quite. More like it’s a story following the dreadful spiral downward. The use of multiple perspectives helps to tell the tale, and it’s a dark and disturbing one.

It’s a survival novel, but also a study in human nature and reactions. That’s what makes it so standout amongst other novels in the same genre. It wasn’t quite like anything else I’ve read, and I mean that in the best way possible.

I’m not kidding when I call this novel dark, but it’s also brilliantly written. Every detail held my attention, and had me eager for more. Though sometimes I was afraid to see what was going to be revealed next.

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Blog Tour: The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw

The Space Between Time

Welcome to the month-long mega tour for Charlie Laidlaw's newest book, The Space
Between Time, due for release on June 20th! There will be fantastic bloggers participating, who will be posting interviews, excerpts, reviews, and other exclusive content!

Check out below for my review as well as an excerpt and a link to a giveaway!

The Space Between Time Book Cover

The Space Between Time

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…
Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian
astrophysicist.
But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and
tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.
The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.

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Review: Radioactive Evolution by Richard Hummel

Radioactive Evolution

Publisher: Hummel Books
Author: Richard Hummel
Released: November 15th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Gilded Wolves through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Richard Hummel’s debut novel, Radioactive Evolution is nothing like anything else I’ve read. It’s a LitRPG, something I didn’t even know excised before now. It’s also a true sci-fi novel. It also throws in a dash of dystopian and action-adventure for good measure.

A LitRPG is short for Literary Role Playing Game. And it pretty much is exactly what it sounds like. It combines the conventions of science fiction and fantasy novels with the structures of role-playing games. Sometimes the combinations are obvious, while other times it can be a bit more subtle.

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Review: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched

Publisher: Ace
Author: Patricia Briggs
Released: March 8th, 2016
Received: Own
Warnings: Abuse, child abuse (implied)
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

Fire Touched is the ninth book in the Mercy Thompson series, though honestly, it doesn’t feel like the series has been going on that long, relatively speaking. It’s funny how quickly time passes when you love a series.

This series is amazing for a lot of reasons, but one of them is the sheer amount of supernatural creatures Mercy comes up against. In Fire Touched Mercy is forced to face off against various fae, all of them more or less hoping for the same goal (with a few exceptions).

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Review: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy’s Most Notorious

Scum and Villainy

Publisher: Epic Ink
Author: Pablo Hidalgo, Delia Greve
Released: October 23rd 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Scum and Villainy through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Scum and Villainy: Case Files of the Galaxy’s Most Notorious is sort of exactly what you’d expect, and thus hope for, from a novel of this title. The book contains images, excerpts, document files, and other things like that pertaining to the…less scrupulous sorts in the Star Wars Universe.

Now obviously a description of ‘less scrupulous’ could apply to dozens, if not hundreds, of characters here. This novel chose to focus on some of the most famous and infamous ones, naturally. Some are pretty well known, others more obscure. The balance was perfect, in that it was interesting (and not repetitive) the whole way through.

Did I mention that the book is fully illustrated? That certainly brought things to a whole new level here. The artwork was fantastic. I loved the color choices, and honestly, it was really helpful to be able to put a face to some of the names I didn’t recognize.

I really enjoyed the use of different media styles to try and convey all the information here. It wasn’t dry, which it had the potential of being (say if it was all wanted posters – that would get dull after a few dozen pages). The variety kept things fresh. And even better – I got to learn more about a bunch of characters at the same time.

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Review: Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Publisher: Tor.com
Author: Emily Tesh
Released: June 18th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

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

Silver in the Wood earns the award for the most enchanting novella I’ve read this year. It’s a cross between a love story and a tale of the Green Man. It’s beautiful, unique, and will capture your heart and your attention all in one go.

Tobias is not what he appears to be. He’s older than he looks, and very connected to the woods in which he dwells in. Henry Silver is bright, handsome, and not afraid of seeking what he wants out of life. Together, these two find themselves on a journey with both light and dark moments.

If you’ve been searching for a novella that’s capable of rich character development, dark tales, and fascinating creatures, then look no further.

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Review: The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

The Girl in Red

Publisher: Berkley
Author: Christina Henry
Released: June 18th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Kidnapping, racism, disease/sickness
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

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

The Girl in Red is the latest warped fairy tale from the mind of Christina Henry. And man does it hold up to all of my expectations. As you can probably guess from the title, this is her own rendition of Little Red Riding Hood.

If you’ve ever wanted to see Little Red Riding Hood in a post-apocalyptic setting, then you’re in luck! That’s the core of this novel, though there are so many other layers to be found in this novel. It’s rich and dark and so so delightfully disturbing. In short, it’s perfection.

Red is just a teenage girl. One who has always been paranoid, prone to thinking ahead, and planning for the worst. Luckily all of those attributes made her more likely to be prepared to survive an apocalypse. Though maybe she wouldn’t consider herself so lucky.

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Review: Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles #3.5) by Ilona Andrews

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Author: Ilona Andrews (AKA Ilona and Andrew Gordon)
Received: Read for free online
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I read Sweep of the Blade for free on Ilona Andrews’ website. When the edited version is released for purchase I’m going to reread it and will likely update my review then.

Sweep of the Blade is the latest novel in the Innkeeper Chronicles. Technically it’s 3.5 in the series; mainly because this one does not follow Diana on her adventure. Instead, this whole book is from Maud’s perspective, which was a fun change of pace.

Sweep of the Blade was intended to be a novella, but somehow the authorlords (as their fandom teasingly calls them) ended up with a full novel on their hands. I’m personally thrilled by this. For one thing, it meant I didn’t have to see the book end too quickly. And for another I prefer that the story take as long as needed, flowing organically.

The whole novel released for free on a weekly bases. I think it’s probably still posted, but it’ll likely get taken down when Ilona and Andrew Gordon have time to start editing the massive beast they created. On the bright side, after that point, you can buy the novel from them. It’ll have extra parts that they’ve not comfortable including online as a bonus. Plus you get to support the authors. Win/win, right?

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