Trail of Lightning eARC Review

 

 

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World Book 1)

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2019 LOCUS AWARD WINNER, BEST FIRST NOVEL
2019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
2019 NEBULA AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL
‘Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick.” The New York Times
‘An excitingly novel tale.” Charlaine Harris
‘Fun, terrifying, hilarious, and brilliant.” Daniel José Older
‘Crafts a powerful and fiercely personal journey through a compelling postapocalyptic landscape’ Kate Elliott
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unravelling clues from ancient legends, trading favours with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.

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My Review

 

I’m sorry, please forgive me Bookish Universe for taking so long to read this book.

If you’re wondering why I’m reading an eARC of this not exactly new release, it’s because it’s about to be new to UK stores!

Anyway, onto the important stuff, I LOVE THIS BOOK IT IS A GIFT FROM ROANHORSE TO US LESSER BEINGS.

That first comment from ‘NY Times’ about cancelling ‘Supernatural’ and getting five seasons of this…let’s make that happen because I would crowdfund like a mofo to make that happen. [Side note: Absolutely adored ‘Supernatural’ seasons 1-6, liked 7-11, then just forgot to watch the rest.]

Mags is the utmost kick ass protagonist while also still being so flawed that you realize just how vulnerable she really is. She’s complex and layered [like an onion for you Shrek fans] and I like her shoot first ask questions later attitude. Sure it gets her into more trouble than anything else, but it makes for one hell of an adventure.

Parallel to her is Kai, he’s not afraid to be vulnerable or to use words instead of guns or fists. He’s the grandson of the Medicine Man Tah who has helped her pick herself up after being left by her mentor, and at Tah’s suggestion Kai and Mags team up to try and tackle the answer to these new monsters roaming the land.

It’s a bit of a monster hunting mystery adventure and I’m 500% there for it.

They run into cryptic signs that this is just the beginning of something larger than just a monster hunt, and with the words of the trickster Coyote guiding them at times, Mags finds the clues all pointing to someone she didn’t expect.

I loved the side characters as well as our main peeps and I think they were so well fleshed out.

But really, the most amazing part of this all is the World Building, culture focus, and creativity. Hands down one of the best fantasy books I have EVER read and I can’t wait to read book 2!

This book was above and beyond my already high expectations considering my friends had all raved about it. They were all correct. Roanhorse gives us this lush and amazing world and background and history and magic and character development and lore, well, you get the point. This was a SUPERB read and I can’t believe I hadn’t read it before today. I would say that Mags is a completely complex and full protagonist, with wonderful flaws and an amazing spirit. The sub-characters were just as great, and though I did adore Kai, I think perhaps Tah was my favorite.

A flawless first book in The Sixth World.

Thanks to NetGalley and HodderBooks for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

Pros:
– Worldbuilding
– Culture central lore, magic, and myth
– Awesome magic system
– Clans with unique powers and a unique distribution of them [see magic system point above]
– Perfect for Supernatural fans
– Tah is the best
– Fighting scenes that are GREAT
– Mythical creatures and beings running amok
– Monster Hunting
– Everything
Cons:
– You can’t function without knowing what happens in the next book.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction writer and the recipient of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her short fiction has also been a finalist for the Sturgeon, Locus and World Fantasy awards. Her novel Trail of Lightning was selected as an Amazon, B&N, Library Journal, and NRP Best Books of 2018, among others, and is a 2019 Nebula Finalist.

Her short fiction can be found in Apex Magazine, New Suns, and various other anthologies. Her non-fiction can be found in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, and How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation (Macmillan).

She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter, and pug.

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Women’s Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940 ARC Review

 

 

Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940

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GoodReads:
Early Weird fiction embraces the supernatural, horror, science fiction, fantasy and the Gothic, and was explored with enthusiasm by many women writers in the United Kingdom and in the USA. Melissa Edmundson has brought together a compelling collection of the best Weird short stories by women from the late nineteenth and early twentiest centuries, to thrill new readers and delight these authors’ fans.
Book Information:
Edited by: Melissa Edmundson
Release Date: 31, October, 2019
Price: £12.99
Format: Paperback and eBook
ISBN: 978-1-912766-24-6
Contributors:
Louisa Baldwin
Mary Cholmondeley
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Edith Nesbit
Edith Wharton
Francis Stevens
Elinor Mordaunt
May Sinclair
Margery Lawrence
Eleonor Scott
Margaret Irwin
D K Broster
Mary Butts

Purchase Link

Handheld Press Website

My Review

**Handheld Press was kind enough to send me a copy after I expressed interest and I’ve given my honest review in exchange for my copy**

13 superb stories written by women, from a time they always didn’t get recognition, put together in a delightful book.

The stories are all unique and yet all have the same spooky/creepy vibe and this book is absolutely perfect for this time of year, but, also, just a perfect read in general.

These authors were in league with Richard Matheson to me and that’s saying a lot as I think he is such a King of creepy.

There are ghosts, hints of supernatural, cavemen, science, and even a story about a haunted saucepan. That was personally one of my favorites.; But that was a slight problem, every time I finished a story I found myself saying ‘oh that one has to be one of my favorites now’ and before I knew it, well, I had 13 favorite stories out of 13.

If I HAD to pick favorites it would probably be ‘Kerfol’ and ‘The Haunted Saucepan’ [Ben was the true hero of that story haha].

The cover is gorgeous, the stories superb, and really just made me so happy overall.

It’s a great collection, but also an important one, it’s so easy to just keep moving forward, as we should, but sometimes we forget to look back and dig up those who had their voices dimmed in a time that wasn’t as progressive [and let’s face it, no matter how far forward we get,t here’s always room for progress].

Each Author’s voice was unique and strong and there was not one story that I did not enjoy.

288 pages, the stories are well paced and each has you getting goosebumps and a sense of wanting to take a glance around the room as if to make sure no spectres have followed you out of the pages.

This book’s release date is TOMORROW. So, get to it, go order it if possible and if you think it sounds like the book for you. I mean if not, don’t let me bully you lol.

A five cups of coffee read for me, it’s going on my favorites shelf on my bookcase.

Hood Academy – Blog Tour

 

 

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Will she follow the pack…or destroy them?
A dead mother. A violent father. A missing brother.
When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.
Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.
Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.
Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.
Loyalty, friendships, and family bonds are tested as Mia discovers her true identity, but will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?

My Review

If you’re looking for something packed with action and werewolves, may I present to you ‘Hood Academy?’

Mia has had a rough life, the only one who ever seemed to be on her side was her brother but he left when she was a child and that meant Mia was stuck with their violent tempered father. A man changed after the death of his wife, unfortunately in the worst ways and habits.

This means that Mia is naturally wary of people, hard to trust others and always having to be at her toughest. After the death of her father though, she’s picked up by her Uncle and taken to a school he runs, Hood Academy. Her Uncle claims this is a school for gifted girls, but, not in the academic sense. They’re hunters.

Werewolf hunters.

The academy seemed awesome and I enjoyed learning about the girls and their curriculum and the history to this secret school.

One thing that annoyed me was that after the halfway point, because it’s actually two books in one, we do get reminded of past events in book one, but I didn’t realize this until after I finished reading, so, just know, this is actually two books, the two parts are the titles of the original two. There’s ‘Oath Breaker’ and ‘Oath Keeper.’

This actually makes so much more sense and I wish I had done a bit more research before getting annoyed haha as I read both books as one rather larger book.

Anyway, you get to see Mia go through some huge changes and not just to do with being a hunter, or the werewolves or even the academy but she learns to find her place in the world, to find her own ‘pack.’

There’s a great mentor, the answers to where her brother went, the truth of the werewolves and hunters and so many startling revelations about Mia and her life.

I think for me it may have been a little too much action at times which is why I gave this only 3 stars, I wanted more down time, to get to know Mia more as it felt like we were rushing through her development and the plot because there was so much to do.

But that could be exactly what makes this a four star/five star read for you!

If you like things like werewolves and YA you’ll enjoy this, I know I did. Also I would recommend this to fans of ‘Twilight’ or maybe ‘Vampire Academy,’ if you’re looking for a more compact read.

Anyway, three cups of coffee for me, this book was entertaining and if you divide it into two, they’re both quick reads and with a satisfying conclusion. A story of love, action, adventure, and of course, werewolves!

Thank you to BHC Press and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

About the Author

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I’m a genre straddling English author of motivational self-help titles and young adult fantasy fiction. My sensible side writes non-fiction books to inspire you to survive and thrive, and my cheeky and playful side writes young adult fiction to remind you to nurture that inner teen.
My passions include history, visiting castles, eating pizza and obsessing over to-do lists.

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The Necromancer’s Bride – Blog Tour

 

 

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Synopsis:
Forgiveness is not Gabriel D’Ange’s strong suit.
A self-appointed soldier of God with a penchant for ruthlessly punishing his enemies, he vanished after Anne Lawrence stabbed him with his own dagger.
The smart thing would be to let him go.
Unfortunately, Anne’s life isn’t just lonely without Gabriel. It’s insufferably boring.
Determined to heal the rift between them, she goes in search of her tempestuous former lover, black parasol in hand and daeva magic crackling at her fingertips. But Gabriel has his own plans afoot and Anne finds herself drawn into one of his tangled webs, much against her better judgment.
Gabriel’s nemesis has reappeared in Brussels, a vile slaver who’s plundering the Congo Free State with the blessing of King Leopold. Gabriel might be willing to give Anne a second chance, but not until Jorin Bekker’s head is lying at his feet.
Back in London, the quasi-reformed necromancer Balthazar sets his sights on the same quarry. He holds a very personal grudge against Bekker — and killing him might be the only way to keep Gabriel D’Ange from Balthazar’s own throat.
When the hunters collide at a lavish gala thrown by the king, Anne learns just how far she’ll go to save the man she loves.
[Note: The Necromancer’s Bride is the sequel to A Bad Breed, which should be read first.]
Book Information:
The Necromancer’s Bride
by Kat Ross
(Gaslamp Gothic, #4)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: May 31st 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling
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My Review

This is just yet another example of Kat Ross’s perfection.

I’m obviously not biased in anyway, amiright?

But honestly I fell in love with her Gaslamp Gothic series when I had the privilege to read and review Bad Breed with Xpresso Tours earlier this year. This is everything I like in a romance book, where the romance is blended in flawlessly with awesome action scenes, supernatural, and Victorian-era awesomeness.

Not only did I get more of my favorite pair, Anne and Gabriel, I also got to see more of Balthazar who I find myself having a huge soft spot for. Now this is the fourth book in this series but it’s only necessary to read Bad Breed before it, the other two do not have to be read in order/with it. But. I mean, if you want more gothic awesomeness, I say, go ahead and read those first two as well.

The satisfaction I got from Anne and Gabriel’s storyline in this made me ecstatic! I was like jumping for joy while reading this. [Not really, I’m old and can’t jump anymore, but, I do a bit of a happy wriggle of sorts]

I did miss seeing Vivienne but I do understand why there was not a focus or entrance of her in this book other than in reference. It was necessary in a lot of ways and it worked out so well.

Also this may have one of the best epilogues ever, I’m just ‘forewarning’ you.

Anne is on a mission, she wants Gabriel to know her reasons for the choices she made the last time they saw each other. She knows he doesn’t forgive easily but her heart won’t forget easily either and he left his mark on it. She also acknowledges that there is something more of a ‘beast’ in her than she’d like to admit, and Gabriel is the only one she can share this information with.

While though she pursues Gabriel, he has a score to settle and not even love can deter him. This also leads to an unlikely if not temporary alliance.

What does this mean for our lovers? What becomes of them? Could it perhaps be hinted out in the title? Who knows! Find out next week on-

Okay just kidding on the find out next week, but honestly there’s so much in this novel, it’s packed with so much to enjoy.

Five huge cups of coffee from me, I think I will just go read this again now.

 

 

About the Author

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Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.

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The Missing Years Blog Tour

 

 

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She thought she would never go back…
Ailsa Calder has inherited half of a house. The other half belongs to a man who disappeared without a trace twenty-seven years ago. Her father.
Leaving London behind to settle her mother’s estate, Ailsa returns to her childhood home nestled amongst the craggy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, accompanied by the half-sister she’s never taken the time to get to know.
With the past threatening to swallow her whole, she can’t escape the claustrophobic feeling that the house itself is watching her. And when Ailsa confronts the first nighttime intruder, she sees that the manor’s careless rugged beauty could cost her everything…

Book Information
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Corvus; Main edition (6 Jun. 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786495570
ISBN-13: 978-1786495570
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My Review

This book was like the perfect read for me given that I was reading this beauty while actually in the Highlands as I was on a little tour with my friend who is visiting. But aside from the context being perfect, The Missing Years is a GREAT mystery thriller. With Ailsa’s father missing, there’s already mystery and intrigue wrapped around our protagonist, but my favorite part about this book was actually the theories that Aisla had between each chapter about what happened to her father. I thought that was just so creative and loved getting to the end of a chapter to see what her next theory was for her father. Was he dead this time, was he hiding in a tropical climate, did he have a new family?

Aisla wears the years of her father’s disappearance internally and even to an extent an outsider as another character or even as us the reader can see how this has left a mark on her. With her mother recently passed and what happened to her Father still unanswered, she’s a woman who has seemed to keep many people at arm’s length, including her half sister Carrie. Trying to redeem that relationship, Aisla asks her sister to join her at the house she’s halfway inherited. The other half still technically belonging to her father.

With a life keeping people at a safe distance, Aisla is temporarily stuck in a small community, one that knows each other and all the goings on, and that includes knowing about her, and her family. People who were friends with them, people that had run-ins for better or worse with them, and Aisla is faced with the fact she can no longer hide.

There was such a great chilling and supernatural undertone to this and this is just another book I could sing praises for repeatedly. I loved the Manse itself and I loved the setting. [I’m not totally biased at all living in Scotland.]

Another aspect that really made this book enjoyable was the reconnecting of Aisla and Carrie, it felt really organic and natural. They have a big age gap, Aisla has been absent, and they don’t immediately become close as ever and I love that they struggled but obviously cared deeply for each other.

Elliott does a good job of keeping you guessing for a good chunk of the book. You may have inklings but you’re just not quite sure for a while and she just makes everything feel so natural as if Aisla is this real person and I find it hard to believe she wasn’t and this is just a story! Elliott also does a good job with giving us some LGBTQIA rep. She also doesn’t tie up everything too neatly at the end though she does give you a satisfying ending which is a huge bonus in this genre.

Overall definitely a 4 star read and one I plan on giving a reread someday!

 

About the Author

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Lexie Elliott has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she began to focus on it more seriously after she lost her banking job in 2009 due to the Global Financial Crisis. After some success in short story competitions, she began planning a novel. With two kids and a (new) job, it took some time for that novel to move from her head to the page, but the result was The French Girl, which will be published by Berkley in February 2018 – available to pre-order on Amazon now!

When she’s not writing, Lexie can be found running, swimming or cycling whilst thinking about writing. In 2007 she swam the English Channel solo. She won’t be doing that again. In 2015 she ran 100km, raising money for Alzheimer Scotland. She won’t be doing that again either. But the odd triathlon or marathon isn’t out of the question.

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