Review: Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings

FlyawayAuthor: Kathleen Jennings
Publisher: Tor.com
Released: July 28th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

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

Flyaway is the latest novel to come from the mind of Kathleen Jennings, and it is a thing of beauty. Having read it, I can now understand all of the hype I’ve been hearing about this novella.

Bettina Scott is a woman of many names, depending on who you ask. Growing up in a small Western Queensland town, there is a certain air of mystery around her. And her entire family. Her father went missing one day, and then her brothers followed.

Now she’s alone with her mother, and she’s on a path of being that good little girl that her mother always wanted. That is, until the mystery became too much for her to continue turning away from.

“If you were born to Runagate with all its fragile propriety, its tidy civilization, its ring-fence of roads and paddocks, wires and blood, there was nothing else in the world beyond but trees.”

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Review: The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea

The Suicide HouseAuthor: Charlie Donlea
Series: Rory Moore/Lane Phillips #2
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Released: July 28th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Suicide, graphic deaths
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Suicide House in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Suicide House is the second novel in Charlie Donlea’s Rory Moore/Lane Phillips series. Yet it could easily be read as a standalone novel as well (it worked for me). It is a thriller that will draw you in and demand your full attention.

Westmont Preparatory High School has had a rough go, as of late. A series of murders a year ago have forced dramatic changes in the school. Changes that apparently didn’t make a difference, if the rash of suicides is any indication.

Now this story has caught the attention of investigators and reporters. Between the lot of them, they might just get to the bottom of this apparent cold case, and all of the mysteries buried within. To think, it might just have stayed buried, if not for that podcast.

“The man in the mirror. The man in the mirror. The main in the mirror.”

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Review: The Chaos of Luck by Catherine Cerveny

The Chaos of LuckAuthor: Catherine Cerveny
Series: Felicia Sevigny #2
Publisher: Orbit
Released: December 5th, 2017
Received: Own
Rating: 4 kitties

The Chaos of Luck is the second novel in Catherine Cerveny’s Felicia Sevigny trilogy. Once again we’re back to a world of science fiction. Or rather, a universe of it. Cervency’s world encompasses much of the solar system, and it is full of dynamic and dangerous characters.

Felicia Sevigny was hoping that Mars would be a fresh start for her. Considering the mess she left behind on earth, nobody can blame her there. Here she can hopefully practice her art and work in peace.

But peace may not be in the cards. For there is no such thing as quiet around Alexei Petriv, and Felicia can’t seem to stay away from him. Or vice versa. And that is not the only complication looming on the horizon.

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Review: My Hero Academia: Smash Vol. 2

My Hero Academia Smash Vol. 2Author: Hirofumi Neda
Publisher: VIZ Media
Released: November 4th, 2016
Rating: 4 kitties

I read My Hero Academia: Smash Vol. 2 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: Freeing Finch by Ginny Rorby

Freeing Finch by Ginny RorbyAuthor: Ginny Rorby
Publisher: Starscape
Released: October 1st, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Bullying, transphobia
Rating: 4 kitties

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

Freeing Finch comes from the mind that brought us Hurt Go Happy. Ginny Rorby has been known for her stories that seem to touch the hearts of its readers, and Freeing Finch is no exception.

Finch always knew that she was a girl, even from a young age. It didn’t matter what her birth certificate or classmates said. She knew who she was. This is a fact that held true, even as her father left, even as her mother passed away. And even as her stepparents resisted what she fundamentally knew.

Finch also knew that she was going to help and protect the people and animals closest to her heart. For friendship should always be rewarded with friendship. Loyalty with loyalty. It’s the only way to survive a world such as this.

 

“Absolutely. Hundreds. Thousands, even. You’re what your are in your head and heart, Finch, not what is says on your birth certificate.”

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Review: A Killing Frost by Seanan McGuire

A Killing FrostAuthor: Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #14
Publisher: DAW
Released: September 1st, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of A Killing Frost in exchange for a fair and honest review.

As hard as this may be to believe, we are now fourteen books (and at least twice that many short stories) into the October Daye Series. A Killing Frost is the latest novel in this series by Seanan McGuire, and it is absolutely worth the wait.

October Daye, aka Toby, is a Hero, with a capital ‘H’. She saves the day, and keeps people safe. Now, all she wants to do is plan her wedding and have a few peaceful days to herself. It is a wish that is not so easily granted.

You see, fae law is a complicated beast, and it turns out that in order for her wedding to happen, Toby has to track down her legal father (legal in the eyes of the fae, that is), invite him to the wedding, or at least get his blessing It’s that or risk Simon Torquill’s anger – or the wraith of any who chooses to take offense for him.

“Better him than me. Of the two of us, he’s the one who actually speaks ‘diplomacy’ with something other than a knife.”

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Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: September 15th, 2020
Received: BookishFirst
Warnings: Torture, non-consensual medical procedures, body horror
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of To Sleep in a Sea of Stars in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Can you believe it? Christopher Paolini is back, only this time he isn’t diving back into the world of fantasy! Instead, he’s taking a swing at science fiction. From the moment this book was announced, I knew that it was going to be one epic adventure.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is an epic and massive space opera. One that dives in headfirst into a universe full of aliens, advanced technology and so much more.

Once upon a time, Kira Navarez had a job she enjoyed, a man she loved, and a desire to settle down and make a life for herself. Then one day, everything changed. The sudden appearance of alien tech, followed immediately by aliens themselves, changed her world forever. As did it change the life of every other human out there.

This is the tale of first contact like you’ve never seen before.

“I am the spark in the center of the void. I am the widdershin scream that cleaves the night. I am your eschatological nightmare. I am the one and the word and the fullness of the light. Would you like to play a game? Y/N”

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Review: Quantum Shadows by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Quantum ShadowsAuthor: L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Publisher: Tor Books
Released: July 21st, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

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

Quantum Shadows is the latest novel from L.E. Modesitt Jr., and you just know that it’s going to be a book full to the brim of science fiction and so much more.

Heaven is a world – a true world. On this world, there exist ten religions. It gets just about as complex as one might expect – gods, Hegemon, capital cities, and rules for each and every one of the major ten.

Corvyn is from this very world, and it’s his job to contain some of the most important memories belonging to humankind. The sort required to prevent then from repeating history. Naturally, that means they’re about to be thrown into a quest to save humanity.

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Review: Snowflakes (Hush Collection) by Ruth Ware

SnowflakesAuthor: Ruth Ware
Series: Hush Collection #1
Released: July 20th, 2020
Received: Own
Warnings: Child abuse, war
Rating: 4 kitties

Snowflakes is the first in a series of six short stories, known as the Hush Collection. Written by Ruth Ware, I just knew that I had to give this novella a try.

Father has always spoken of the war – the one that was heading their way. So when he ripped up their lives and took them to an isolated island, Leah never questioned it. Never questioned him. Now, she’s seeing her father’s sanity crumble, and her family with it.

“Wood’s not strong enough for what’s coming.”

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Review: Felyn’s Curse by Nancy Holland

Felyn's CurseAuthor: Nancy Holland
Series: The Witch King Trilogy #2
Released: March 6th, 2019
Received: Own
Warnings: Animal death, kidnapping, slavery (references to)
Rating: 3 kitties

Felyn’s Curse is the second novel in Nancy Holland’s Witch King Trilogy. This is a series that combines fantasy elements with romantic subplots. So it’s perfect for anybody that’s hoping to find that blend.

Felyn has spent her whole life being cursed. Thankfully, she’s grown up in a village that accepts her for who she is – even though she tends to get a bit furry under the night sky. Now Felyn has the chance to pay back her family and maintain the peace. All she has to do is agree to a fake marriage. That doesn’t sound too bad, right?

Varz is desperate to find any military of diplomatic edge possible. Anything to keep his people safe. So when offered a chance to do all of that, he jumps on it. He’s not concerned about maintaining a quasi-marriage with a witch.

I’ll be honest here: one of the main things that caught my attention towards this series is the stunning set of covers. Seriously, go take a look at the three of them. They’re beautiful!

 

“The moon set too close to dawn. Felyn was forced to walk openly through the gray light as long as she could. As she neared the edge of the forest’s shelter, she saw him.”

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