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Echo Volume 1 Approaching Shatter Review

Now I primarily read fantasy so it’s rare for a Sci-Fi book to capture my attention. But when I saw Echo’s book cover and description I was intrigued. At first, I thought it was going to be very similar to 1984 which I personally didn’t like(a combination of being forced to read it and thinking it was boring) so I was skeptical about enjoying it. But that skepticism quickly turned into intrigue as I kept reading. There were two things in this book that solidified its position in my good pile.

First was of course Atriya himself, but more specifically that it’s believable that he can change. In other books that have the mc change their entire world view like Echo, it’s sometimes unbelievable that they would change that much that quick. But Approaching Shatter sets up Atriyas’ character in a way that makes it plausible for him to alter his whole life and perspective. And thus it won’t give me whiplash when he inevitably switches to the Dissidents’ side(I don’t know if this is actually going to happen it’s just my prediction).

The second thing that I really enjoyed was the inclusion of what I like to call Sci-Fi magic(you know ESP, psychic powers, that type of stuff)! When the psychic stuff comes into a Sci-Fi book it automatically gives the book bonus points in my opinion. Mostly because I feel like it helps take the book out of reality a little bit more and gives it more of a fantastical feel. Which is what I love about fiction.

All in all, I was very fascinated by this book and am very interested to see where it goes so I’d give it a 7.5 out of 10.

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The Helsing Society Books 1-3 Review

I love this series, straight up. It was exactly what I was looking for in a vampire book! First, let me explain, I love vampire stories but I’ve been trying to find a very specific type of main character that has been very hard to find. That main character is one where they’re a good vampire in a world where vampires are mainly bad guys but instead of being moody and self-hating they actually enjoy being a vampire and they’re also not a murdering psycho. So yeah, that’s a very specific type of character which is why it’s been so hard to find until this series. Dylan is amazing, he’s everything I could want in a vamp mc. He’s funny, nice, kind of nerdy, and he’s not at all moody! Sure a moody vampire is fun to read occasionally but sometimes you just want someone who actually likes their life. Another thing I really like that the authors did with Dylan is that they made sure to make him act younger/slightly immature. This is a really good thing because it makes it clear that in his mind he’s still a young person which helps the relationship between him and Megan mostly avoid the problems that come with the awkward age gap that a lot of vamp/human couples have in other books. By that I mean when you “take” yourself out of the story and then analyze the couple it feels like a normal relationship between two young people and not a creepy old man and younger girl situation.

Another thing that I surprisingly enjoyed was the flashbacks in the first and second books. Especially since they made it seem like Dylan himself was reliving his past with the readers and we weren’t just being told that this is what happened. It just made for a really immersive story. I really loved everything and everyone in this story but if you forced me to say one thing that wasn’t perfect I guess I would say that sometimes the passage of time didn’t seem to fit. Like there were times when I got a little confused about how could all of this happen in one night, but that’s the only thing I can think of.

So, as you might have been able to guess I’m giving this series a 10 out of 10 and I can’t wait for the next book to come out next month!

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The Heartstone Blade Review

Here’s the next installment of The Dark Ability series review. I am still loving it! One thing that really surprised me is the fact that I think I am way more invested in Rsiran’s blacksmithing ability than his Sliding. Every new skill/ability he learns just makes him more awesome which might be my favorite thing about this book. Sure having an OP main character right off the bat is great but I think it’s even better when the character slowly learns new “powers” over time to everyone’s shock. I just love those “oh shit he’s not a weakling” moments.

On the other hand, I have a love/hate relationship with those “I must keep secrets to protect you only for all of that to backfire and fuck everything up” moments which this book is a shining example of. So, I’m glad that part is over with and I can only hope the cast has learned their lesson on keeping secrets. While that part of the book is pretty frustrating there really only one thing I had trouble with in this book. That is Rsiran’s relationship with Jessa, specifically how quick it evolved into a real relationship. I guess as someone who’s used to a character pining after the love interest for at least 2 books before anything happens between them it was kind of shocking for them to all of a sudden be together with no preamble. That was the only thing I wished was different for this book. I wish there was a bit more build-up in their relationship. But even with this, I would still give the book an 8.5 out of 10 and I can’t wait till I finish the next one.

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By These Ten Bones Review

I was recently craving a werewolf story that took place in medieval times(I know pretty specific), so after a little searching online I found Clare B. Dunkle’s book By These Ten Bones. I feel conflicted about this book because I liked it, but I had one huge problem with it. Before I get to the one problem I want to talk about what I did like. First, and foremost, it scratched that itch I had for a medieval werewolf story, which in a book world over saturated with urban and/or erotic werewolf stories is hard to do. Secondly, I enjoyed the relationship between Maddie and Paul/Carver, specifically the fact that (spoiler alert) it ends happy! Sometimes you just need a good ending where everything turns out well for the characters and this book gives you that.

Now, my one problem is that I am annoyed that they called Paul a werewolf. In my eyes, if they don’t turn into a wolf or some type of wolf-man hybrid then it’s not an actual werewolf. And Paul only changed into some type of shadow monster that hissed and gurgled which is not a wolf FYI. So, in my opinion, it’d be more accurate to call him a shapeshifter. But even though the werewolf wasn’t really a werewolf I could still enjoy the story so I’d give it a 6 out of 10.

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The Dark Ability Review

I’ve been reading a lot of urban fantasy recently so I wanted to take a break and read some high fantasy. With a little scrolling on my kindle, I found The Dark Ability by DK Holmberg and decided to give it a try. All I need to say is that I started it earlier this week and I’m already on the second one(lucky me I thought it was a standalone for some reason at first)! So far I am loving this series. I will say this though I was a little disappointed at first because I thought Rsiran’s ability was going to be controlling shadows(which is my all-time favorite magic power) but teleporting is a good substitute for me.

Now back to the stuff I love. I wasn’t expecting to love the blacksmithing parts so much but that might be my favorite part. I also can’t get enough of thieves/burgeoning criminals in a fantasy setting and this book is satisfying that need. Especially since I keep coming across books about reformed thieves but that’s boring, I want sneaky boys who steal things! So, I can only hope that Rsiran keeps growing into the perfect criminal in the rest of the books. Besides Rsiran being an ideal character, the mystery in this story keeps me very intrigued. I can’t wait for all of the pieces to come together. I can keep talking about each separate part of this book that I love, but I’m just going to boil it down and say that this book is a 9 out of 10. And I can’t wait to see where it’s going!

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Fallen Apostle: Leonidas Review

Leonidas is the combination of some of my favorite character traits/tropes rolled into one. Let’s list them out sharp teeth, red eyes, tail, non-human in a human-majority town, and best of all a super strong intelligent badass who everyone underestimates. I love when a main character gets to put assholes in their place. Besides the awesome main character, I was also very intrigued by the whole world. I said this last book review I wrote but I’m saying it again, as a big fan of fantasy I enjoy every new take on a fantasy world. And this book gave me that.

As much as I loved this book, I just have one problem with it, and that’s how Blessings were described. At a certain point, it felt more like someone was giving instructions for a D&D game instead of something that is supposed to be special from a God. That’s the reason I think I was having trouble with how Blessings worked in the book. Blessings have that underlying connotation of being something holy and special but this book treated them like currency. I think I wouldn’t have had a problem with it if the author called the Blessings by some other word. But besides this one complaint, I can’t wait to see Leonidas reach his goals and would give this book a 7 out of 10.

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The Shadow of What Was Lost Review

I recently finished The Shadow of What Was Lost which is the first book in The Licanius Trilogy by James Islington. So I thought why not share my thoughts on it and of course we’re going to start with the good. First things first I really enjoyed reading the book as a whole the mysteries, unanswered questions, and loose threads all kept me on the edge of my seat. The whole time I kept thinking to myself “What’s going on?!” “How do they know this?!” and I just knew I will have to read the whole series to have my questions answered. My second favorite part was the world and the magic itself. As a voracious reader of fantasy books, I’m always looking for a new type of world-building with interesting magic. Which is exactly what this book provided. This book definitely kept me compelled and interested the whole time.

Now as you might have guessed I would say I have 1 and a half complaints. The half-complaint part is… Oh my gosh, why are there so so so many names with T, I, and L in it!? I’ve never before needed(not wanted but truly needed) an index or glossary of characters. I kept getting names mixed up! Now truthful that’s not even a real complaint I just wanted to mention it. The one true problem I had with the book was the school of thought the author took on time travel/timeline. I’m not the biggest fan of time travel stories but I’m even less of a fan when they take the “the future is inevitable and you can’t change a thing”. I’m a much bigger fan of multiple-branching timelines that allow for (at least the illusion of) free will and choice. When a story takes the future written-in-stone path especially when it also allows for physical time travel (not just seeing the future) my mind just can’t stop thinking about how that must allow for the possibility of paradoxes more than if the future is ever-changing. And then I also keep thinking “Why bother allowing the characters to see/travel to the future if they can’t do anything about it?”. Basically, this all just boils down to the fact that I much more enjoy the “fate and destiny are what you make it” stance.

But even though I have that one big problem with the book I’m definitely interested in where it’s going and sooner or later I will finish the trilogy so I can get my answers. I would give this book a 6 out of 10.

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Storytime: Shadow of the Wolf(Sherwood’s Doom #1)

First things first this isn’t a review, I just felt the need to share my experience with this amazing book. For some background, Shadow of the Wolf is a dark supernatural take on the Robin Hood story, and as a massive fan of Robin Hood, I absolutely loved it.

So let’s set the scene this story started back in like 2015ish when I first read the book. I loved it and was even more excited about the fact that on the inside cover it says Shadow of the Wolf is 1st book in a planned trilogy. I love trilogies! Now, after I read it that first time I semi-forgot the future sequels because I got busy with college and such and didn’t read as much. Then 2 to 2 and a half years ago I got a hankering to reread the book(which I did of course) and then remembered there should be more! So, as any good reader, I look up online to see if I can get the 2nd book anywhere only to find out the only thing I that the internet knows is that it’s supposed to be called Winters Teeth.

Now you might be wondering what did you do next? Obviously, I tried to find the author(Tim Hall) on social media and do a bit of cyberstalking to see if they were mentioning how writing, editing, etc. was doing. If you’re smart you can guess what I’m about to say and that is that I could not for the life of me find the author on anything but Goodreads. It got to the point where I wouldn’t be surprised if I learned that Tim Hall was a pseudonym and the man on the book was some type of author stand in. After that failure, I did the most logical step I could think of. Sending an email to the publisher through the contact us link on their website asking if the rest of the trilogy is still going to be a thing. Twice I might add. Although I blame that failure on the fact that they were in a different time zone than me and really I never thought anything would actually come out of that. You might now be wondering what did you do next? If you guessed “tried tweeting the publisher” then you’d be correct! Congrats. And sadly once again no answer.

After all those failures of trying to find answers, I started to just assume that the author had writer’s block and was maybe writing a new book to clear their mind. And a few months later I try once again to see if there was any new info and lo and behold I find a post on Tim Hall’s Goodreads profile saying just that. He had writer’s block and his publisher suggested he try writing another book and that it worked and he was back to writing Winter’s Teeth. I bet you can imagine my joy and after that I kinda moved on expecting it to come out soonish, only for nothing to happen.

Now, I can’t remember if it was around half a year or a full year after that that I try to find that Goodreads post just to see if there’s been an update. And for the life of me, I could not find it again. I have no idea why I couldn’t find it but it got to the point where I was wondering if I dreamed it up. But then I want to say around this time last year a miracle happened. And no before you think it the sequel still doesn’t exist. That sad little miracle is that I found the post again(which was published in 2019 might I add)! So, at least I now know that my mind didn’t make it up.

Now, after all of this, you might be wondering what are you doing now? Nothing really, I just occasionally check Goodreads every couple of weeks to see if anything new has popped up. And of course, I’m writing this blog post in the wild hope that maybe someone at David Fickling Books or even Tim Hall himself sees it and can finally give me an answer of if the rest of Sherwood’s Doom is still in development.

That’s all I want to know truly, is it still happening. Because if so, I will wait till the end of time on the edge of my seat for this series as long as I know the plan is to still do it. But if it’s not happening anymore I would love to know so that I can move on and mourn the loss of a great series. Or at least create a satisfying head-cannon ending for myself.

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Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian

I finally finished the Artemis Fowl series! Now in my defense the set of books I “liberated” from my sister was missing the last 2 books so I had no idea for the longest time that I wasn’t actually done when I thought I was. So, I recently got the last 2 books for my birthday so I reread the the entire series before I read the last 2. As anyone whose reread books know it’s relatively calming because you mostly remember everything that happens. Occasionally you’ll forget something and be surprised for a little bit but in the end when you’re rereading a book nothing is really new so you’re emotions are safe. Now those emotions are extremely in danger when you’re reading a new book, especially when you know those books are the last ones in the series. The entire time you’re reading the book you’re wondering is this it? Is this when my beloved characters meet their end? Do they meet their end? Will they win? Who knows? I surely don’t!

All of these thoughts went through my head when I was reading Atlantis Complex and The Last Guardian and I was loving it! I don’t actually want to say anything about how the series ends because everyone needs to read the Artemis Fowl series for themselves no matter there age! The thing that I really want to mention is the fact that the last 4 sentences of The Last Guardian where the same as the first 4 sentences of the first Artemis Fowl book! I honestly don’t know why but this made my heart burst, it filled me up with so much joy. I’ve dealt with so many different types of endings, some great and some horrible(I’ll complain about those type some other time) but this ending was perfect. Having the sentences be the same made it feel like everything was wrapped up perfectly and it covered every need I had for a satisfying ending. Which is all that really matters for a series finale of anything.

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Nothing’s better then Percabeth

Oh man I just finished re-reading Percy Jackson and The Olympians and that series never gets old! I love it so much and will probably keep re-reading this series till the day I die! Which means that I will keep going through the same pain seeing Percy go through more and more shit over and over again. Thats not even mentioning watching Percy and Annabeth dance around there relationship for 5 books. But man do I love me some good old Percabeth!

But that’s what you have to deal with when re-reading one of your favorite series of all time… the pain of watching the characters do the wrong things again.