I’m not able to get to all the books I receive for review consideration, so to reduce stress and start with a clean slate each month, I feature the ones that I didn’t get to read in Flames to Embers. All the books I request start out as flames in my heart, but for various reasons, some of them burn down to embers and I lose desire or time to read them. I hope that you find something that draws your interest though and feel free to encourage me to give something another try!
July was a pretty crazy month for me in terms of traveling, medical weirdness, and emotional weariness from dealing with both. Therefore, I had no qualms about reading lighter things that I was pretty sure I could handle and letting myself miss a few more review books than I normally would. Which of these do you think I should try to get back to someday? (Also since the blurbs might have spoilers for previous books, I’ve marked which ones are sequels to help you avoid those blurbs if you want to.)
The Vast and Brutal Sea (Book Three)
This epic clash of sand and sea will pit brother against brother-and there can only be one winner
In two days, the race for the Sea Court throne will be over-but all the rules have changed. The sea witch, Nieve, has kidnapped Layla and is raising an army of mutant sea creatures to overthrow the crown. Kurt, the one person Tristan could depend on in the battle for the Sea King’s throne, has betrayed him. Now Kurt wants the throne for himself. Tristan has the Scepter of the Earth, but it’s not enough. He’ll have to travel to the mysterious, lost Isle of Tears and unleash the magic that first created the king’s powerful scepter. It’s a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner.
I really should know better than to request the third book when I haven’t read the first two, but I really thought that I could make it work this time. I’ve had Vicious Deep on my actual shelf for over a year since I wanted to read it last summer. I was therefore determined to finally get through this series. That didn’t happen even a little bit evidently. Any of you absolutely love this series?
The Buried Life
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.
When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…
Argh, this pains me so much since I was so excited for The Buried Life when I first heard of it! But now I’m just not in the mood for steampunk murder mysteries even though I’ve received several now for review. Did anyone get a chance to read this one? I really want to know how the writing is, since if it is compelling enough with good characters, I could probably still get into it, haha.
Where Silence Gathers
In this companion novel to the critically acclaimed Some Quiet Place, Alex must choose between Revenge and Forgiveness.
For as long as she can remember, Alexandra Tate has been able to see personified Emotions, and she’s found a best friend in Revenge. He’s her constant companion as she waits outside Nate Foster’s house, clutching a gun. Every night since Nate’s release from prison, Alex has tried to work up the courage to exact her own justice on him for the drunk driving accident that killed her family.
But there’s one problem: Forgiveness. When he appears, Alex is faced with a choice—moving on or getting even. It’s impossible to decide with Forgiveness whispering in one ear . . . and Revenge whispering in the other.
I was a bit meh about the first book, Some Quiet Place, but intrigued enough with the world and awesomeness that is emotions incarnate that I wanted to see what else I could learn in the companion novel. However, I started hearing not ecstatic things and have now kind of lost interest since I wasn’t over the moon with the pace of the first book.
The Shadow Throne (Book Two)
Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin’s bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne.
The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries—and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police. Having meticulously silenced his adversaries through intimidation, imprisonment, and execution, Orlanko is the most feared man in the kingdom.
And he knows an arcane secret that puts Raesinia completely at his mercy.
Exposure would mean ruin, but Raesinia is determined to find a way to break herself—and her country—out of Orlanko’s iron grip. She finds unlikely allies in the returning war hero Janus bet Vhalnich, fresh from a brilliant campaign in the colony of Khandar, and his loyal deputies, Captain Marcus d’Ivoire and Lieutenant Winter Ihernglass.
As Marcus and Winter struggle to find their places in the home they never thought they would see again, they help Janus and Raesinia set in motion events that could free Vordan from Orlanko’s influence—at the price of throwing the nation into chaos. But with the people suffering under the Duke’s tyranny, they intend to protect the kingdom with every power they can command, earthly or otherwise.
This is what I get for requesting a second book without having read the first. Given the praise heaped upon The Thousand Names, I couldn’t see how anything could go wrong. However, I discovered that I’m apparently not actually that into muskets and magic fantasy as I assumed I would be. The first book had way too much of the muskets and not enough magic for me, and I just can’t get over my fear that book two will be the same.
So those are the four books that came out this month that I wasn’t able to read and review as I’d hoped. I thought there would be a more obvious trend of adult books, but it turned out half and half between adult and YA. I guess it wasn’t so much that I was avoiding adult books as just embracing mood reading where ever it takes me ;-). There are still two July books, Dissonance and Prototype, that I really want to read, so I’m not giving up on them yet!
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