Book Review: Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

91FZ41RwZzLFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths:

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs #MissPBackListBinge

91ihKfXcqiL.jpgA mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Interview with Charley Pearson!

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August 14, 2018

Medical Thriller

Financially independent, biochemistry genius Stacy Romani grows up off the grid, while her Roma family takes advantage of her knowledge for their own gain.

Watching his family farm struggle, and traumatized by mass slaughter, Aatos Pires wants to heal animals but gets seduced by industry and goes to work for a big pharmaceutical company.

When Aatos’ co-worker Trinity creates a deadly doomsday virus, it puts the world population in jeopardy as it spreads exponentially. . .with no cure in sight.

Stacy and Aatos work alone to find a cure, as the CDC and FBI close in. Will they find a way to stop the plague or will it be the end of the world?

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Book Review: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

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30734631Title: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780451480477

The New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland brings a speculative twist to his latest novel. The result: an incisive and deeply humane story with the feel of Haruki Murakami for teens.

Noah Oakman is lost. He’s had the same best friends since fifth grade and the same parents since forever. And even though he has changed, he feels everyone around him has stayed the same. When his friends drag him to an end of summer party, Noah meets a kid named Circuit, in whom he senses a kindred disillusionment. Circuit is an amateur hypnotist. Curious (and kind of drunk), Noah allows Circuit to hypnotize him. But when he leaves, everything is a slightly different. Noah swears his friend Alan had a massive collection of Marvel comics, but Alan says he’s always been into DC, its competitor. His friend Val definitely gained internet fame through her posts about movies, but now her entire feed is about music. His mother suddenly has a scar on her face; when asked how she got it, she doesn’t respond. Only four seemingly disparate things remain unchanged in his life. So Noah sets out to discover what these Strange Fascinations have in common, hoping to figure out what happened to him and how he can get back to before.


Thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending a review copy of The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypotik by David Arnold in exchange for an honest review and being part of the  Blog Tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book.


Sometimes there is a book that you will come across that can make you cry, there will be books that will make you cringe, there are some that can make you fall in love, and this book, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, is that one book that can make me appreciate life and the people who’ve been there with you throughout your journey.

With David Arnold’s witty approach in his novel, the fast-paced writing style that touches the core emotions of a human being entangled with feelings and curiosity teaches the readers that there is more to life. It focuses on self-exploration, owning your own thoughts, being you, friendship that is built on honesty, and family that will always be there.

Noah Hypnotik’s Strange Fascinations started on a friend’s party with his best friends, Val and Alan. There are four or maybe five fascinations that Noah is trying to understand. With these fascinations, each of them teaches me something – that not all people wanted to be alone, it wouldn’t hurt you to enter someone’s life; a smile, a companion, or just someone to talk with is a huge difference. It affects me a great deal and realized that people yearn for affection, warmth, tenderness, and love.

Arnold executed a well crafted and researched novel that will love by all ages. He knows how to touch a heart and both at the same time laid out a huge plot twist that mirrors escapism and going back to reality – a wonderful book that I enjoyed finding where the story is going.

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is a weird and yet quirky that knows how to tell a story that will be remembered by the readers. It discusses how a person wanted to get to know himself and challenges the reader to understand where Noah is coming from with Arnold’s dynamic story-telling of a stunning and courageous novel.

 

MY RATINGS: 4.5 STARS.


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Also, check out some bookmarks I made from the book!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


7368938David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland, Kids of Appetite, and The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik; his books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Learn more at davidarnoldbooks.com and follow him on Twitter @roofbeam and Instagram @iamdavidarnold.

Cover Reveal: The Exercise Of Vital Powers by Ian Gregoire

Ian Gregoire’s debut fantasy novel was self-published with no fanfare in the spring of 2017. On a whim, he entered the book into the SPFBO competition organized by Mark Lawrence two weeks later and was just as surprised as everyone else when The Exercise Of Vital Powers was selected as Kitty G’s first semi-finalist. The book subsequently garnered a number of positive reviews, culminating in a place on the long list of nominations for Best Self-Published Novel in the inaugural BookNest Fantasy Awards.

Originally written and published as a stand-alone novel, the soon to be released the second edition of The Exercise Of Vital Powers is now book one of a five book series called Legends Of The Order. Readers who missed out the first time around will now have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the book’s precocious protagonist before she returns in the sequel, coming soon.

Some Lessons Must Be Learned The Hard Way

Since its inception, The Order has been dedicated to the prevention of the misuse and abuse of magic. For seven decades this mandate has guaranteed peace and stability throughout The Nine Kingdoms. But a potential threat to the peace has emerged, and its source is much closer to home than the leadership of The Order may realize.

Arrogant, manipulative, confrontational and angry. Undesirable qualities in a person at the best of times, but more so in a young woman born with the power to bring kingdoms to their knees. Kayden Jayta, a precocious apprentice of The Order, is all these things and more, yet wholly unwilling to acknowledge and rectify her many troubling traits.

Unbeknown to anyone, Kayden’s resolute determination to join the ranks of The Order is born of a secret that puts her priorities at odds with the precepts of the organization, setting her inexorably on a collision course with the most powerful institution in The Nine Kingdoms.

If Kayden is to be dissuaded from walking the path she has chosen, averting tragic consequences in the process, two unanswered questions must be answered: What is the dark secret guiding Kayden’s actions? And, why has a legendary figure within The Order, with a secret of her own, taken undue interest in Kayden’s future?

Praise for the Book

“I don’t know what I was expecting, really, but I don’t think I was expecting such an engaging, well thought out story from a self-published debut novel I had never heard of before…” Kristen (Superstardrifter)

 “I don’t pretend to be the most well read person, but I found this to be completely unique, and I loved it!  I felt very engaged right from the start, and somehow became even more engaged by the end.” Kim (The Writing Process)

 “I love reading about flawed characters, and the development that Kayden shows through the course of the novel is impressive.” Rachel (The Perspicacious Bookworm)

 “Overall, TEOVP, being a debut work, is a good book that every fan of character-driven fantasy should try to read.” Lukasz (Goodreads)

 “Gregoire has done an amazing job of creating a feeling of tension throughout, while leaving  us guessing as to what will happen next, or even how the outcome will turn out.” Dianne (Tome Tender)

 “…this book was sneaky amazing.” Angelica (The Effervescent Bookworm)

Expected Publication

The Exercise Of Vital Powers is due to go on sale from Monday 2nd July 2018, in ebook and paperback editions. Pre-orders will be open in June via all the usual online retailers.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


author-headshotThe reclusive Ian Gregoire is a taciturn introvert residing somewhere in London, where he was born and raised. Of all life’s diversions, reading and writing are the only ones he ever deemed worthwhile enough to be passionate about. This eventually led to his belated decision to pursue his true calling in life as a fantasy and science fiction author. His debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is just the first of many books he intends to inflict upon an unsuspecting world.

On the occasions he steps out of his reading and writing comfort zone, Ian has a fondness for computing, melancholy music, retro gaming, and Asian Cinema. Ian also loves peace and quiet, something that is in frustratingly short supply in his life.

Ian can currently be found (or not) living the life of a hermit somewhere in London, continuing his quest to become your future favourite fantasy and science fiction author. To find out more about him and his ongoing publishing journey be sure to visit his official online hangouts.

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Book Review: Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown

31178398Brutally Honest. Explicitly painful. Beyond Courageous. This Graphic Novel from Red Rising written by Pierce Brown gives us a new perspective on how did the Sons of Ares became which focuses on the life of Fitchner au Barca whose personality crafted by how cruel the society in Red Rising is. Since born, Fitchner was labeled weak, tested with starvation to death, and judged by the higher-ups of Golds that there is no Gold that as ugly as Fitchner.

He survived the youth – the story from this Graphic Novel introduces us on how cruel the Academy, his growth to survival, where did the Sons of Ares start and his struggles on fighting for his son and lowColor wife. The Prequel offers a new diverse set of characters set on where loyalty is tested, where Gold was corrupted by their own system, where a human treated as a dog for their selfish gains, and where love between different colors is omitted.

With the brilliant combination of art, style, and story by Brown, Hoskin, and Powell – they gave us a new heartbreaking, thrilling, and yet terrifying story of conquerors, beast, and a monster, who only, in the end, fell in love – fight for love and save his son. The story is compelling that it shows more than how the human nature could go far for something they want, something they want to control. The irrationality of a person displays so much in this set of arts – equally stunning and painful.

Red Rising: Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown discusses morality, ethics on humanity, politically inclined stories with variables in motion from a different perspective. I’ve never liked Fitchner from the Red Rising Trilogy but knowing what he had to suffer and to fight for in this book makes me mourn for him. I would like to empathize with him for having the brave and brilliance to secretly destroy the system. And now, we will understand why Fitchner confronts Darrow in Morning Star. Just don’t let Sevro die.

“Perhaps I am one.

Through Pain and Loss, they made me this way.

But in Darkness, far from light —

–Even monsters can fall in love.”

MY RATINGS: 4.5 STARS.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


6474348Hello. I’m Pierce Brown, the author of the Red Rising Saga, a NYT #1 bestseller. The newest entry, IRON GOLD debuts January 15, 2018.

I figured I’d write you myself than have corporate copy pasted below my totally natural author photo.

In my books you’ll find stories of men and women finding their inner strength when all seems lost. You’ll also find me exploring themes of power–what it means, why people seek it, and how they hold onto it–love, violence, and hope.

I read a bit as a kid. Count of Monte Cristo, Dune, Lord of the Flies, Star Wars (expanded universe), GRRM, Antigone, Hyperion, and Harry Potter were some of my favorites. If you liked those books, maybe just maybe we’re on the same page.

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Picking Favorites in the Apocalypse by Megan O’Russell + Giveaway

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Boy of BloodPublisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Series: Girl of Glass

Genre: YA Dystopia

Release Date: April 10, 2018

After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.

Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.

Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the Domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?


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By Megan O’Russell

PICKING FAVORITES IN THE APOCALYPSE — MEGAN O’RUSSELL

In authoring, as in parenting, you really aren’t supposed to have a favorite character. But in every book I’ve written, I always have one. In the Girl of Glass series, my favorite character is Raina, a knife-wielding vampire.

To avoid sounding too much like either a love letter or a letter of recommendation, I’ve created a list for the many reasons I love Raina.

  • She is excellent with knives. In a mid-apocalyptic world with chemically-induced vampires, if you’re going to run with the vampires, you want well-armed and competent blood drinkers on your side. Raina will not only fight her enemies, she’ll kill them with style and finesse.
  • Raina might seem a little jaded—the end of the world could do that to anyone—but really she’s very caring. If she decides she wants to care about you, she’ll fight to her last breath for you. If she doesn’t like you… run. You probably still won’t live, but at least you’ll feel productive in the last few seconds of your life.
  • Gender barriers… not a thing. She’ll fight alongside the men and never bat an eyelash. If a man tries to insult her, take advantage of those weaker than themselves, or just plain piss her off… once again, run.
  • Not to sound shallow, but I’m kind of envious of her hair. Streaked scarlet and purple, it’s a look I’d love to rock if upkeep weren’t such a difficult thing.
  • Her relationship with Emanuel, the leader of our vampire clan. She’s stood by his side as he built his home and saved his people. He trusts her completely. If the head of an underground society of vampires trusts you entirely, you’ve either killed a lot of people or made some huge sacrifices to reach that position. With Raina, it’s a bit of both.
  • Her backstory. I’m not going to go into it because I’m not a fan of spoilers, but I love where she came from just as much as where she’s going.

Basically, Raina is a strong, independent, potentially deadly woman, and that’s just the sort of person I’d want on my side as dystopia descends.

There are other characters that hold my heart as well. The protagonist: whose heart is too big to watch others suffer. The alpha male: whose belief in duty binds his freedom. The rebel: who has given everything to others. The leader: who has staked everything he has on the chance of survival for his child.

But Raina… leather-clad, knife-wielding Raina. If the apocalypse were a game of dodgeball, I’d choose her first for my team.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Megan ORussellMegan O’Russell is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Tethering, and Nuttycracker Sweet, a Christmas novella. Megan’s short stories can also be found in several anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters 2, featuring women in speculative fiction. Megan is a professional performer who has spent time on stages across the country and is the lyrist for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, which received its world premier in 2015. When not on stage or behind a computer, Megan can usually be found playing her ukulele or climbing a mountain with her fantastic husband.

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