A Woman’s Lot (The Meonbridge Chronicles #2) by Carolyn Hughes book review

40239935

 

Synopsis

How can mere women resist the misogyny of men?

A resentful peasant rages against a woman’s efforts to build up her flock of sheep… A husband, grown melancholy and ill-tempered, succumbs to idle talk that his wife’s a scold… A priest, fearful of women’s “unnatural” power, determines to keep them in their place.

The devastation wrought two years ago by the Black Death changed the balance of society: more women saw their chance to build a business, learn a trade, to play a greater part. But many men still hold fast to the teachings of the Church and fear the havoc the daughters of Eve might wreak if they’re allowed to usurp men’s roles and gain control over their own lives.

Not all men resist women’s desire for change – indeed, they want it for themselves. Yet it takes only one or two to unleash the hounds of hostility and hatred…

Review

I’ve been a fan of Carolyn Hughes since Fortune’s Wheel and now this book just makes me lover her as a writer even more! This is the second novel in the Meonbridge Chronicles. In this novel you see that as always times are changing. This time you see husbands who have lost their wives, wives who have lost husbands. The sheer grasp of mortality that hangs in the balance. Women are finally coming into their own and desiring that so yearned for independence. This novel focuses on four different women and gives us internal look into their daily lives, thoughts, and emotions, all set among this backdrop. I highly recommend this novel! 

Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2018 by SilverWood Books Limited
Shelved: Historical Fiction
Advertisements

The Dark Lands (Angelbound Origins #5) by Christina Bauer book review

35104838

Synopsis

Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life–she’s now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn’t suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens.

Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace.

Now it’s up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker’s disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that a criminal named the Viper took Walker in order to somehow release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels who’s a bloodthirsty maniac.

Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have just twenty-four hours to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Myla’s own father allows his past friendship with Lucifer to threaten Walker’s future.

Review

Myla kicks butt again! In this new installment, we see her go off on adventure in search of her brother Walker. Myla and her tail (yes her tail who seems to have a mind of its own) both rise up to the challenge. Meanwhile, she also has to worry about the ghouls setting Lucifer free, on top of still being a mom, and wife….. (whew a demon woman’s work is never done)

I think that Myla had become my favorite quasi demon to read and I absolutely am smitten over Lincoln, well all the characters in these novels really. Lincoln and Myla make a great couple and are hilarious with their banter.

The writing in these novels, truly blow me away. The wonderful descriptions of Angels, Demons, Ghouls, Purgatory, Antrum, Dark Lands will have you pulled in so far that you will want the story to never end. The tone of this book overall, was well honed in to the perfect amount of suspense, and lightheartedness all executed at the right moment.

I also loved that now even though Myla is a mother, she still has all her spunk. I was thrilled to see that she wasn’t written down to someone who is dull. I loved the originality here. These books are super amazing and continues to grow on me. I love that in an over saturated market these books rise up and shine all on their own. A definite one click read from me!

 

Shelved: YA, paranormal, Fantasy
ebook, 218 pages
Published September 2018 by Monster House Books LLC

Buy Me

******* “Publisher’s Note: Christina Bauer is a non-linear thinker who came up with ARMAGEDDON and then went back and wrote some earlier books. This is why you’ll see ARMAGEDDON (Book 7) and the Offspring series available before THE BRUTAL TIME (Book 6). We’ve told her to stop this practice, but she keeps giving us lewd hand gestures in response. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience.”  ********

TheDarkLandsTourBanner

The Queen of Crows (The Sacred Throne #2) by Myke Cole book review

34371030

Synopsis

In this epic fantasy sequel, Heloise stands tall against overwhelming odds–crippling injuries, religious tyrants–and continues her journey from obscurity to greateness with the help of alchemically-empowered armor and an unbreakable spirit.

No longer just a shell-shocked girl, she is now a figure of revolution whose cause grows ever stronger. But the time for hiding underground is over. Heloise must face the tyrannical Order and lay siege to the Imperial Palace itself.

 

Review

This has been my new favorite Fantasy book of 2018! Book two picks up right from where book one leaves off. (So I highly recommend reading this series in order) I feel like in this book its where we see Heloise finally come to grips with who she is. You see her struggling to find her voice and figure out how to command those beneath her rank. I feel like in this book you really see many changes and commands come from her, both good and bad. But this is war and sometimes the best choice isnt the one most would like and it can be very dark. I think you also see just how heavily each decision weighs her down. In this novel everything is questioned and nothing is left out in the open. Decisions must be made and Heloise will have to fight the biggest battle against herself and her emotions.

5/5 Stars

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Tor Books
**** I recieved this book from TOR.com in exchange for an honest review***

The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole book review

35018914

Synopsis

In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.
Review
So when Robin Hobb puts a blurb on the cover I know I’ll be hooked! The second I saw this I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy of it. This short novel had me hooked from page one! This book does not let up….. From the beginning you get to know all these characters and then BOOM all the hell happens to them. The world building was done well in a short span without being too informative or without enough detail. This story to me was very character driven. Heloise is my new favorite character! I absolutely loved reading her. She always manages to work through any difficulty and keeps fighting. I am now a big fan of Myke Cole and am on to read book two as I write this!
5/5 Stars
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published February 20th 2018
***I received this copy from TOR.com in exchange for an honest review***

The Night Masquerade (Binti #3) by Nnedi Okorafor book review

Synopsis

The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor’s Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene–though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

Review

The third and final installment in the series! This installment showed such vivid creativity and wonderful world building in a brilliant conclusion! I have to say i am deeply in love with this world by now. I’m sad to see it end and would love to see more or maybe a spin off in this wold setting.

In this installment I feel like we finally see Binti find her own voice and truly become who she is meant to be both spiritually and as a person. The prose of this writer keeps me hooked. The story grows more and more imaginative and the world builds upon itself in each installment.

Binti’s friendship has grown and you see how much more relateable she becomes. She finally accepts her power and realizes who is she is without letting it change her or make her into some conceited. You see how culture is expanded and how each one differs and what it means to be apart of that one you belong to. I love seeing how you can fight for a cause and stand up to the adversity without being violent. Kind of reminds me of a sci-fi Harry Potter in its elements like that. 5/5 stars from me.

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (January 16, 2018)
  • Buy Me: Amazon

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart review

36739942

 

Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Myopic, narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his 3 year-old-son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart, whom he hasn’t seen or spoken to in years. Meanwhile, reeling from the fight that caused Barry’s departure, his super-smart wife Seema, a driven first-generation American who craved a picture-perfect life with all the accoutrements of a huge bank account, has her own demons to face. How these two imperfect characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is the heart of this biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.

Review

Lake  success was interesting…… I haven’t read much of Shteyngartian before just bits and piece here and there. This book was different in style of what I have read before. I feel that maybe the humor that was in this novel was more political based and there were small pointers to the Trump era race. There was beautiful structure to how this novel was written. It did flow smoothly and the author is a highly intelligent person. While I normally don’t read these type (political) novels, I was still intrigued. You can tell the author blended his sense of writing in with small hidden clues within this novel to mask or hide his views on the current race while leaving it simple enough to pick up on. Overall, I would give this novel 4 stars for its diverse structure. I received this e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Random House

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton review

cover121385-medium

Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Review

WOW!!!!!! Just wow……. I cant even…. This book still has my jaw dropped. It was that good. I really didn’t even see a fraction of the twists and turns. This book kept my full attention as each character was introduced, with you never really knowing each one’s motives until its too late, and the mask has “slipped off” so to speak.

The plot to this book contained far more than what the synopsis ever could dare to describe. The sharpness and fluidity of the author strikes something that can not be erased. The development of each character was beautiful and flawless and will leave you reeling.

This book took me far out of my comfort zone , leading me on a path of a downward spiral, staying up reading till almost four am. This book was a mixture of the classic game of clue, mixed with the twists and turns of some most loved murder mystery classics!

A definite 5 star book in my opinion. I received this e-ARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published September 4, 2018 by SourceBooks