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Review: Gust of Wind by R.G. Bisig

**

2.4 /5 Stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Unfortunately, this novel wasn’t what I was hoping. When I first read that it was a take on mutants, I was quite excited. I love X-Men.

Sadly…there wasn’t a whole lot of originality in this story. Plus, the writing itself is in dire need of a thorough edit. So many sentences were jumbled or didn’t make sense. Punctuation was well done, but grammar and structure? Quite poor.

I really dislike giving such a low review, but I have to stay honest. There’s definitely heart in the author’s narrative – you can tell they really enjoy telling their story. Yet it didn’t work out for me.

The best thing about the book is the front cover. Mystical, urban, and elegant all rolled into one. I wish the writing followed through.

My advice to the author? Really dig into your edits next time, and try and spin more original content into a story so heavily inspired by something else. There’s nothing wrong with writing your own version of an idea – just really make it your own when you do so.

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Review: The Lonely Tree by Yael Politis

***

3/5 Stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Yael Politis has a keen understanding of how to connect a reader to characters. It didn’t take long for me to become wholly invested in the lives of Tonia, Amos, Natan, and others. Unfortunately, because of this, I felt disappointed with the last half of the story.

The beginning was intriguing and built the protagonist as a stubborn, independent, strong woman who has no intention of bowing to anyone. She’s a modern female in a war torn world.

Her time spent in America was well done. I impatiently waited for Amos with her, I was proud of her accomplishments, and I felt like she needed that time spent in a country not as submerged in horror.

But then the development took a disappointing turn.

I’m a huge romantic. My heart broke for Amos. I saw him as a caring, powerful man who was perfect for Tonia.

But then, all of a sudden, his character shifted into this jerk who treated Tonia like any other man would have treated her in this culture. To me, the Amos in the first half of the book wouldn’t of treated her so callously.

Tonia’s strength and independence wilted in the last half. I felt ferociously disappointed with her arc after America. The romance dissipated for me. I was frustrated with Amos. Yes, there were still flashes of good. Yes, I agreed that Tonia should end up in her home. But the watering down of her character was too bad.

Other than that, the author’s depiction of the wars and the sickening treatment of the Jews was well done. Some passages seemed text book and rushed, but overall, they were clear and enriched the story behind the war.

As a whole, a solid 3 out of 5.

Review: The Seduction Of The Green Valley by Gayle Crosby

***

3/5 Stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This novel receives 3 stars because of its charm and intriguing blend of history and present time.

Crosby has a strong grip on who her characters are, and has built a lovely story of family, intrigue, morality, and culture. Viewing different passages of time through such fleshed out characters (particularly Aiyana) was pleasant, though there were too many for my taste.

I felt that the plot bounced around a bit, and some of the language Crosby used felt unpolished and young. There were some incredibly powerful moments that were weakened by exclamation marks and lacking vocabulary. Which I found strange, since Crosby’s very articulate and flawless in many sections of her work.

Honey is a formidable protagonist. Landon is a sweet romance for her, but there were times the love story felt a bit…too romance novel-y. However, I still enjoyed it.

Overall, a strong read with some flaws that could be chalked up to a lack of style editing.

Review: Morning Star by Pierce Brown

*****

5/5 Stars

It just got better and better.

I didn’t think it was possible for this series to improve even more. The second book, Golden Son, amazed me.

But then Morning Star blew it out of the water.

Generally, I read bits and pieces of books throughout my day. I don’t really have the time to sit and read a whole novel in one go.

This final installment in the Red Rising trilogy gave me no choice. I started it and finished it in a single day because the story would not let me go.

I’m not a reviewer who digs into plot points because I don’t want to spoil anything. So all I’m going to say is that Brown’s ability to illustrate the human mind with Darrow is astonishing.

Readers will still love characters who have done terrible things because Brown ensures you understand their minds. Their history.

However, the author sure likes to shatter hearts. Yet as beloved characters die, they are given beautiful deaths that make you ache.

The ending was well done. It wasn’t black and white like many other endings out there. It was a fierce last chapter of the trilogy, one that broke down just how chaotic a revolution is.

Overall, this book rekindled my writing flame with a vengeance. And because of that, I’ll always cherish this series.

Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

*****

5/5

Ohhh, boy.

This book was a solid 5/5 the entire read. From Darrow’s hubris check to the twisted cliffhanger at the end, this book was impossible for me to put down.

Exploring the space society Brown built was incredible. He’s created a world with such complex, dynamic pieces, I found myself thoroughly enraptured at all times. The battle scenes, the visuals of each world…everything was just so vibrant.

And his characters. Every single one is so fleshed out and original – the sharp-witted dialogue was a pleasure to experience. I want to be a Howler. I want to have a razor on my arm.

Science fiction has slowly gained ground for me. It started with Ender’s Game. Then the Mass Effect games.

Now Golden Son has opened my eyes to the true seduction of the genre.

Excellent job, Pierce Brown.

Review: Liquid Death by Mitzi C.

****

4/5 Stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Mitzi has delivered a novel that is quite intriguing, albeit difficult to follow at times.

Kandi’s acute suffering was well written. I actually enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second – while the last bit was tense and fast paced, I found the author’s grasp of time got a little loose.

Time is a major concept in this story, so I’m going to guess that the puzzling leaps in years, memories, and even character ages has something to do with the idea of Time as a being.

I found the supernatural side of things too powerful. Slowly gaining answers to questions I had about Kandi and Juan kept my interest, however, even as it became clear that they were over powered.

The first half of the story was better written and more structured. Kandi’s torture, depression, and mysterious origins were dangled like the perfect bribe.

Overall, a pretty decent read.

Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

*****

5/5 Stars

Miller’s done it again.

Just…wow.

Her lyrical narrative and rich, substantial descriptions are potent and addictive. I found myself sighing many times throughout this book, simply because of the smooth passages of landscape.

Circe is a character I could really connect with. While Achilles in Song of Achilles was a powerful character, and Patroclus easy to sympathize and cheer for, Circe struck me right in the heart.

Reading her story through the words of Madeline Miller was an absolute pleasure. So many emotions roiled through me as I experienced each turn of Circe’s long life. Her many decisions, good and bad, kept me locked in. Her various tumultuous relationships had me heart broken and joyous for her.

I never thought to dig into the story of Circe. I was always enamoured of Achilles, Odysseus, and Prometheus. While all 3 are mentioned (and 1 stars quite prominently), I didn’t truly care too much about them. I wanted more of Circe. And Miller delivered brilliantly.

Not only does this book peel away at the divine mysteries of Greek mythology, it also sings a gorgeous song about the meaning of mortality and the vibrancy of life. A mesmerizing read.