What I Reviewed:
As always, my reviews are linked to each photo included. Simply click on the photo to be taken to the review if you’ve not yet seen them. 🙂
Grim / Dark Fantasy. This one far surpassed my expectations. I was so excited to be approved to read it through Netgalley. A dark fantasy debut, the world and magic system in this book has a high likelihood of kicking off a promising fantasy series that I look forward to following in the future!
Epic Fantasy. Book III In John Gwynne’s The Faithful and the Fallen series. This was an awesome read. It tore my heart out in places, but I’ve come to expect that from this series. The characters remain awesome and barring book 4 turning out to be just terrible, I think this series will be a favorite of mine for years to come.
Middle Grade / Paranormal. I was really craving a spooky read, and this one hit all the right marks. A “read now” offering on Netgalley, I was so glad to get that email offering it. I’ve had this series on my list for awhile now but no idea when I could actually get to reading it. Will definitely keep my eye out for the next books in the series!
What I’m Currently Reading:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians V: The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan
Middle Grade Fantasy / Mythology. At last, I’ve made it to the final book in the series! I can’t believe I’m already here. I’m going to be sad to leave Percy Jackson behind after this. I’m about 50% through so far and excited to see how the prophecy factors into the rest of events.
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
by Patricia A. McKillip
Fantasy. This was a Netgalley approval from a couple months back. I’m about 20% in at the moment and find it a pleasant challenge. The prose is dense, and it reads a little slow (having originally been published in 1974) but I’m enjoying it thus far. It feels like an old fairytale so far.
Books I Hauled:
An actual photo of me, still waiting for The Mistborn Trilogy to arrive in the post from Book Depository. Now I’m really glad I didn’t wait any longer to post my August Book haul from my birthday. I placed that order on August 8th, and here we are a month later. I contacted Book Depository about it a couple weeks ago, and after some back and forth where they insisted they were delivered (they weren’t, as all my mail goes to my post office box) they agreed to reship them. That was about 7 days ago – so hopefully they’ll be here by Monday or Tuesday at the latest….
I have one new approval to report, this time from Edelweiss.
The Wild Inside
by Jamey Bradbury
Listed as Literary Fiction mixed with Thriller, I have to admit it was the cover that really drew me to this one. Given that it’s publication date is in March of 2018, I probably won’t be reviewing it on the blog for some time.
So big news, I finally feel like I have enough worldbuilding, character building, setting and plotting done on my WIP to begin it. I putzed around a bit with a sort of origin story set within the world but unrelated to the direct story I’m planning on writing in order to familiarize myself with elements of it, and ended up writing nearly 3,500 words of actual prose. It was a very exciting feeling to actually be delving into the world and getting closer to the story.
I also spent some time brainstorming potential titles, and I feel like I’ve finally settled on one. I might share it once I sit with it a little bit, because in all honesty this is still early days and I’ll probably change my mind a million or so times before it finally settles. For now, it’s just Work in Progress (WIP). For those of you who may care to know, it’s a middle Grade fantasy novel that borders on YA. I feel really compelled by the characters and the story at this point, and writing in those genres right now is where I feel the most pull. Glad I’ve got so much reading experience in those areas to help me along a bit.
I plan on jumping in next week and actually focusing on churning out a word count from now until the New Year. Wish me luck!
How is your month going? Reading anything great? Writing anything? Let me know in the comments section below!