Friday, March 22, 2019

Review: The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

Rhea Ravenna is a normal-seeming teenager who lives with her close-knit family by the sea. But, Rhea sees visions. Most notably, she sees a vision of a forest and sometimes thinks she hears screaming coming from within. Then one night in the darkness of the attic, a boy speaks to her and says he will remove her curse if she plays a game.

The witch sits on a throne made from a tooth in a room inside the forest. Each night she grants wishes to children who visit her there. Then one night, a stranger visits and asks what she wishes for.

Eventually, the paths of Rhea and the witch intersect. A revelation, a sort of epiphany for Rhea occurs. What comes of it is a surprising truth.

The first part of this book is filled with poetic language and imagery. It makes for a dreamlike quality. For example, "Every time I see the trees, they seem to have grown, taller and thicker and darker, the spaces between them as black as beauty turned inside out." It alternates between the story of Rhea and the story of the witch.

In the second part of the book, the language is less flowery. And it works well as an indicator of the mood of things and a change in circumstances. Also, the plot sticks to one story instead of alternating. My problem with this part of the book was that it sort of meanders.

Overall, it's a good book. I gave it 3 stars out of 5 mostly because of the way the second part of the book meanders and doesn't seem to have a clear plan in parts. In fact, it's a little confusing at times. I really did enjoy the first half, the second half not as much.

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees was released March 12th, 2019 from Delacorte.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions herein are my own and freely given.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #277: Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings

From Goodreads:

Jane Yellowrock must dig deep and find strength within herself if she is to survive in the latest novel in this New York Times bestselling series.

Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker and vampire killer-for-hire, but her last battle with an ancient arcane enemy has brought her low. She seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal--or to die--from the disease brought on by her magic. 

But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and the younger Son of Darkness stalks her, even into the safety of the hills. With nowhere to run and her body failing, the rogue-vampire hunter and her inner Beast must discover a way to defeat this new threat, and find a form that gives her a chance to fight another day.


Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter is expected out October 29th, 2019 from Ace.

Why am I waiting on this one? There were some dramatic changes to the world Jane Yellowrock lives in in the last book, Dark Queen. I want to see what's happening with Jane now, post-battle. I want to see her hopefully survive the disease that her magic has brought on. And to see her triumph, hopefully, against the vampires that are after her. I've really enjoyed the Jane Yellowrock series so far and want to see where this book takes Jane.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Teaser Tuesday: Fields' Guide to Voodoo by Julie Mulhern


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"The guy you were with was gorgeous."
"No argument."
"He ran after the shooter."
I nodded.
"That was totally brave."
Or very stupid. Tomato, tomahto.
(58% through on my kindle)

Fields' Guide to Voodoo by Julie Mulhern was published February 28th, 2019 by J & M Press.

Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Review: Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter

Nell bears little resemblance to the "widder woman" she once was. She is now a full-fledged probie with PsyLED. One night Rick, her boss, changes unexpectedly into his cat form. He wakes up near a witch circle where there is a dead black cat and contacts PsyLED. Nell and Occam are dispatched to check things out and help Rick.

More circles appear with more sacrifices. And it seems someone is trying to force Rick to change into his cat. Nell reads the earth and can tell that somehow vampires are involved, but not how they are involved.

Meanwhile, Nell is trying to prepare her house for her sister Mud to move in permanently. And a man from the compound where the rest of her family lives wants to court Mud. This is not a good thing.

This book takes place after the events of Dark Queen by Faith Hunter - a Jane Yellowrock book which takes place in the same world as the Soulwood series featuring Nell and PsyLED. In Circle of the Moon, Nell tries to reach out to Jane and has difficulty making contact with her. If you read Dark Queen, you'll understand why this is so.

Also in Circle of the Moon, some of Rick's background is explained which I think made him a little more of a sympathetic character. We finally find out more about what his tattoos mean and how he got them. His life has not been without trauma.

There is a subplot involving the relationship between Nell and Occam. And another subplot involving Nell preparing to be guardian to Mindy, aka Mud. These both make excellent subplots and help to further characterize Nell, Occam, and Mindy.

Nell's abilities to read the land and use the magic of Soulwood in various situations continues to grow and change. This makes Nell a very interesting protagonist.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. The writing and plotting are well done. I had an issue with how the book ends, but it was minor. To say what my issue was would risk spoilers so I will leave it at that. This is not a good standalone novel. It would be best if you start the Soulwood series at the beginning. And if you read some of the Jane Yellowrock series as well, you will get added depth. The series overall is worth reading and Circle of the Moon is no exception.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via  NetGalley. All opinions herein are my own and freely given.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #276: Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings

From Goodreads:

In this new installment in the No. 1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves . . . 
My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shapeshifter . . . And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.
Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn't stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.
The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.
But we are pack, and we have given our word. We will die to keep it.
Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs is the eleventh Mercy Thompson novel. It's due out May 7th, 2019 from Ace.
Why am I waiting on this one? I've really enjoyed the Mercy Thompson series so far. Storm Cursed looks good to me. It seems like it picks up on events from book #9 which was definitely open for follow-up events. The fae are tricky in the world of Mercy Thompson. This definitely spells trouble for her and for the humans who think they can treat with them. I am so looking forward to reading this one.
What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Teaser Tuesday: The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"It's really not that hot," I say, and it isn't: seventy-five degrees at most, clouds like skulls rolling across the sky, wispy ghost-bones to block the sunlight. The scent of lilacs is sticky in the air, and the sea gently hits the sand like hands clasping in prayer." (21% on my Kindle)

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees is due to be published today March 12th, 2019 by Delacorte.

Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #275: For the Love of Books by Graham Tarrant


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings

From Goodreads:

A light-hearted book about books and the people who write them for all lovers of literature.

Do you know: 
Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning? Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China? Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature? What superstitions Truman Capote kept whenever he wrote? Who the other Winston Churchill was? 

A treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes, and extraordinary characters, For the Love of Books is a book about books—and the inside stories about the people who write them. Learn how books evolved, what lies behind some of the greatest tales ever told, and who’s really who in the world of fiction. 

From banned books to famous feuding authors, from literary felons to rejected masterpieces, from tips for aspiring writers to stand-out book lists for readers to catch up on, For the Love of Books is a celebration of the written word and an absolute page-turner for any book lover. Read all about it!

For the Love of Books by Graham Tarrant is expected to be published June 18th, 2019 from Skyhorse.

Why am I waiting on this one? I love all things books. This sounds like an interesting collection of facts and anecdotes. It sounds like a light, fun read.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!