21 Feb 2020

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: REBEL FLEET by B.V. Larson

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays

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REBEL FLEET

Author: B.V. Larson
Series: Rebel Fleet #1
Source: Audible Daily Deal
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date: August 13, 2016

Summary:
They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice.

A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every thousand years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings.

The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them.

The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we’re less primitive. Today, we're a target.

One man is chosen to command Earth's single ship in the Rebel Fleet. When the war breaks out, Leo Blake must win it… or die trying.
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This was just really not good. I wish I could give it 0 stars. I got this as an Audible Daily Deal and honestly it just reminds me that sometimes those are misses. I wish I could get more than just my money back for this one because I have some serious book regrets.

The characters were all insufferable. The plot made absolutely no sense. This is probably the worst Science Fiction novel I've ever read - and I've read a lot of bad ones. I normally don't like space opera to begin with but this was just terrible. I think this is an adaptation of a bad fan fic story with the amount that this was self-insert porn.

This had absolutely no redeeming qualities and made me want to stop listening about 100 times but I felt like I had gone too far in the audiobook to stop. Plus, after our main character had sex with a humanoid-cat-alien, I just had to know what that would lead to (more sex with the cat). 

I could go on forever but this book has already taken up too much of my time. Definitely think this is a pass, my friends.

What are some of your favourite Adult SFF books?

17 Feb 2020

#Review: THE THINGS WE CANNOT SAY by Kelly Rimmer

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THE THINGS WE CANNOT SAY

Author: Kelly Rimmer
Series: N/A
Source: Purchased from Audible
Publisher: Graydon House
Publication Date: October 17, 2019
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Summary:
In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.

Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.

Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women’s stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love and honor. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.
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I liked this one as a romance novel but it really didn't feel all that historical imo. I liked the dual narrative and seeing how they connected but I am meh about the historical aspects of it.

I think the synopsis is a little misleading because it focuses so much on Alice's life and the modern setting. The historical aspect felt like an afterthought. In all honesty, it could have easily just been a romance novel of like a grandmother telling her story and a granddaughter living her life and it would have had the same impact, but probably resonated better.

I was waiting for the WW2 aspects to be more fleshed out and really truly delivered to us but they just weren't there. It felt like there was a war in the background and while that made the characters move around and do what they did, it didn't really impact them. We knew that nothing too bad was going to happen and while a lot of it was heartbreaking, it wasn't a war love story but a love story with a background war.

I didn't really like or connect to a lot of the characters but I definitely hated Alice's husband and I hated that she conceeded to him so often, especially at the end. He was a terrible father, supporter, and provider and straight women shouldn't have to deal with shit like that.

Overall, I'm not sure if I would recommend it if you're looking for historical fiction, but if you want a heartbreaking love story with some modern aspects, this is definitely the book for you!

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?

14 Feb 2020

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: 5 Series to Fall in Love With!

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays

introduces readers who are unfamiliar with the Adult SF/F genre to books, authors, and discussions all about the vast expanse of the world of Adult SF/F!
Today's post is all about five series for you to fall in love with (in the spirit of Valentine's Day!). I love these series and hope taht you will find one that you love too!

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Gingerbread Hag Mystery by K.A. Miltimore

Dru Jasper by Laurence MacNaughton

Fallen Empire by Grace Draven


The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang



What are some Adult SFF series you love?

12 Feb 2020

#Review: THE SCHOLAR by Dervla McTiernan

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THE SCHOLAR

Author: Dervla McTiernan
Series: Cormac Reilly #2
Source: Purchased from Audible
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Date: March 7, 2019
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Summary:
When DS Cormac Reilly’s girlfriend Emma stumbles across the victim of a hit and run early one morning, he is first on the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl is carrying an ID, that of Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy – it has funded Emma’s own ground-breaking research. The investigation into Carline’s death promises to be high profile and high pressure.

As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn’t be involved, but how well does he really know her? After all, this isn’t the first time Emma’s been accused of murder...
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This one was okay. I think if it hadn't been for the fact that I had to read it for the book club, I probably wouldn't have (1) picked it up or (2) finished it.

It was kind of disappointing to me because really I just needed to read the first couple chapters to get the gist of what was going on, maybe one or two chapters in the middle, and then the last five chapters and that's it.

Which is pretty par for the course for mystery/detective novels, but still really disappointing. There was no big "twist" or anything - it was all pretty predictable.

I thought that the semi-queer bait of lesbians was not in good taste though. I thought the fact that it was said because a man was rejected and then it wasn't really proven one way or the other and then said casually like "well they COULD have been lesbians" was really off putting. Either commit to lesbians or leave that section out.

Overall, I am not sure I would recommend this - and while it was a standalone, I'm sure there would have been more context to this story if I had read the first one. This is a meh from me!

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?

10 Feb 2020

ARC #Review: KINGSBANE by Claire Legrand

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KINGSBANE

Author: Claire Legrand
Series: Empirium #2
Source: ARC via Publisher; audio via Audible
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
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Summary:
In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Furyborn, two queens, separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts.

Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity's long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana's power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother's power, or rejecting it forever.
Purchase:
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

See what I thought of FURYBORN!


The last bit of the book was really interesting and had a lot of great aspects but everything leading up to that kinda just felt like filler. I feel like it could have been half the length and still done all the same things. Which is a tad disappointing to me. But I'm looking forward to the next one to see how everything comes together a bit more.

I loved the world-building and seeing more of what we had in the first novel. I liked the way that magic expanded in this one so we could see the extent and limitations of what the Queens were able to do. I thought it was a good set up for the next novel.

But that was my main issue: this was a set up novel. It definitely doesn't stand on its own merit but acts as a catalyst for what comes next. And that's fine, but I would have liked some more loose ends tied up and a solid storyline throughout this one that made sense.

I was feeling as though I didn't really have to listen to the middle of this one and could have just read the last 5 or so chapters and been ready for the next book. It felt too much like filler instead of giving more information that would get us ready for the next one.

But I absolutely love this series and am so excited to see how it continues onward!

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?