Yay book review time! Eight books seems to be my new norm now. I had some really good books, a few middle of the road, and two just no books.
The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden: I always love the vampire stories of New Orleans. This one has a neat twist of being based in the present with flashbacks to the main character’s ancestors back in the casquette girls times. The characters are interesting; it keeps you guessing on who the “good” guys are, as there is a lot of grey here. If you like magic, suspense, friendships, and a bit of coming of age, you will enjoy this one.
Rating 4 out of 5
The Undays of Aralias Lyons by K.L. Horvath: I wanted to like this more, but it just didn’t fulfill it’s promise. A time-traveling novel, there is a LOT of jumping between times. So much so, it was difficult to keep up with what the characters in that specific time knew. Plus it seemed so much happened at the end of the novel, it was rushed. I did enjoy the setting; but I’m always a fan of steampunk-ish places. All in all, not a bad book, so if you keep your expectations to a minimum, it can be an enjoyable time.
Rating 3 out of 5
The Order by A.C. Donaubauer: A female lead in a magic story? Sign me up! Unfortunately, Eryn is a bit obnoxious and a bit of a bitch. While I have no problem with sticking up for yourself, but when nearly every interaction is like that? No thanks. And everyone still seemed to like her. Anyway, Eryn is the only female magician in the country (she is from somewhere else) and she is forced to join the Order. But then people from her homeland come with the plan to take her back. It follows Eryn’s journey through her experience of being found out and her time in the capital. There is also a love story that is a bit ridiculous on both sides, but sort of enjoyable in a way when you hear the ridiculousness from both characters.
Rating 3.5 out of 5
The Escapement by K.J. Parker: I was just happy to finally finish this one. Ever have a series start where you love it but at the end you just keep trucking because you have already put in a ridiculous amount of hours and you need to finish it out? That was how this trilogy was for me. I LOVED the first book, the second one was good, but this one lost the sparkle of the first one. I was bored. But I had to finish it. It was a relief when I got to the last page.
Rating 3 out of 5
Lumiere by Jacqueline E. Garlick: Another book that isn’t bad, but isn’t all that good either. The main character, Eyelet, has to hide that she has epilepsy, because she would be labeled as “mad” and put in the insane asylum or worse. Her father created a machine, the Great Illuminator, to try and fix her. But then her father dies and the world completely changes after a huge green flash that no one seems to know what it actually was. Flash forward a decade or so, and Eyelet is on the run after her mother is designated as “wicked.” She runs into Urlick, another person with a haunted past like Eyelet. Together they have to try and save the world pretty much, all while falling in love and trying to keep their big secrets.
Rating 2.5 out of 5
Last Light Falling by J.E. Plemons: Do not read this. I almost DNF’ed it, but persevered through the hoping it would redeem itself. It didn’t. It is a story of 15 year old twin brother and sister that have been chooses by God as his “dark Angels.” The girl is the warrior while the brother is the genius engineer. The story more or less goes from her killing a ton of people, to her praying to God, preaching at others and then crying over the cruel injustices of their terrible world. It could have been good. The part that really rubbed me the wrong way was her praying/talking to God. It was so over the top for a 15 year old, even if she is the chosen one.
Rating 1 out of 5
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett: This book was the highlight of my month. I have no idea why it took me so long to pick this one up. I loved it. Magic, dead gods, intrigue and spies, and history are all intermixed for a fascinating novel. 70 or so years after the oppressed nation of Sypur became the oppressors of the Continent after killing the Continent’s gods, there is continual unrest on the Continent. A Sypur historian that was digging into the divine past (which people of the Continent cannot even talk about) is killed, the main character, Shara, a high level spymaster, sends herself to investigate. The gods are dead, but are they really? Seriously pick this one up. Especially if you like N.K. Jemisin.
Rating 5 out of 5
The Screaming by David Graham: I kept trying to read this book, but I just couldn’t. I didn’t care about the characters and the storyline, while compelling, was just a bit too messed up for me. Another thing that bothered me was the constant barrage of sexual thoughts from the characters. It just got annoying more than anything. So this was a DNF for me.
Will you be picking up any of these books?