Reading Lately: April 2019 Edition

Hi friends! My reading fell off a bit this last month. I blame binge watching Game of Thrones to catch up before season 8 and going on vacation the first week of April. But I still finished 4 books, so I’ll call it a win for the month!

Reading Lately: April 2019 Edition | Book reviews of There Before the Chaos by K.B. Wagers; The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid; Delta-v by Daniel Suarez; The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

There Before the Chaos by K.B. Wagers: This is the start of a new trilogy with the same characters as the Behind the Throne (The Indranan War trilogy – which I thoroughly enjoyed). Hail is consolidating her power and putting in reforms. But there are external pressures that pull Hail and her empire back into potentially a huge galactic war. There are fun characters, interesting world building, and a fast pace plot. All around fun, just be sure to read The Indranan War trilogy first.
4 out 5 stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: This is one of those books that I have meant to read for awhile because of all the hype around it. It isn’t something I normally pick up, so I have to be in the right mood for it. I loved Evelyn’s story and her fight for what she wanted. The only thing I didn’t really like is the heavy handedness of the foreshadowing of the tie between Evelyn and Monique. I would definitely recommend this one to almost anyone.
5 out 5 stars

Delta-v by Daniel Suarez: This book was disappointing. The premise is good, in the near future space titans (aka really rich people) are investing big in space. But Nathan Joyce goes even bigger. He builds a spaceship that can last in deep space to mine an asteroid with people actually manning the mining. We mainly follow James Tighe, one of the miners that is recruited by Joyce. Of course, all of this is happening below the law, because Joyce thinks that is the only way to get humans in space. We follow the miners as they train, launch into space and then start to mine the asteroid. Where this book falls flat is the characters. I just didn’t care for any of them. So many were flat and one dimensional. Plus the plot just doesn’t flow well and there are huge holes. I kept hoping it would get better and it never does.
2.5 out 5 stars
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The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman: This is the second book in the series (see my review of Silver on the Road here). Isobel continues to grow into her role as the Devil’s Left Hand. She is called on to investigate and hopefully fix a disaster that might be even too much for her as the Left Hand. But Isobel might be more than just the Left Hand. This book is so fascinating. There isn’t a ton of action, but it pulls you in. I love the world building and the characters in it. I’m very excited to pick up the next book in the series and don’t plan on waiting long.
4 out 5 stars