Reviews for Already Published Books

Review: Rank & File by L.A. Witt

SUMMARY

34273512Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 25, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he’s had his eye on the prize—making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.

Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He’s lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he’s destined for great things—once he’s done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.

When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn’t stop them. It also doesn’t keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give—Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they’ll both face court-martial.

But there’s also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.

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Reviews for Already Published Books

Review: Ardulum: First Don by J.S. Fields

SUMMARY

34109678Publisher: Nine Star Press
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Received From: Review copy from the author

Ardulum. The planet that vanishes. The planet that sleeps.

Neek makes a living piloting the dilapidated tramp transport, Mercy’s Pledge, and smuggling questionable goods across systems blessed with peace and prosperity. She gets by—but only just. In her dreams, she is still haunted by thoughts of Ardulum, the traveling planet that, long ago, visited her homeworld. The Ardulans brought with them agriculture, art, interstellar technology…and then disappeared without a trace, leaving Neek’s people to worship them as gods.

Neek does not believe—and has paid dearly for it with an exile from her home for her heretical views.

Yet, when the crew stumbles into an armed confrontation between the sheriffs of the Charted Systems and an unknown species, fate deals Neek an unexpected hand in the form of a slave girl—a child whose ability to telepathically manipulate cellulose is reminiscent of that of an Ardulan god. Forced to reconcile her beliefs, Neek chooses to protect her, but is the child the key to her salvation, or will she lead them all to their deaths?

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Reviews for Already Published Books

Review: Count the Shells by Charlie Cochrane

SUMMARY

35848536Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 16, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Michael Gray returned from World War One injured, but at least he returned. Others were not so fortunate, including his first and greatest love, Thomas Carter-Clemence, with whom Michael had parted bitterly before the conflict began.

Broch, the Carter-Clemence home in Porthkennack, was an integral part of pre-war holidays for the Grays, the two families drawn together in the wake of their sons’ friendship. Returning to the once-beloved Cornish coast for a break with his sister and her family, Michael has to find the courage to face old memories . . . and dare new relationships.

When Thomas’s brother Harry makes an unexpected appearance, Michael is surprised to find himself deeply attracted to Harry for his own sake. But as their relationship heats up, it unearths startling revelations and bitter truths. Michael must decide whether Harry is the answer to his prayers or the last straw to break an old soldier’s back.

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General Posts

#DiversityBingo2017 – Finally finished!

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Hey, y’all!

As many of you may know, at the start of the new year, a group of bloggers and members of the book community on Twitter put together a bingo sheet called Diversity Bingo 2017, with a multitude of diverse categories to read. The goal is to fill up the whole bingo card by 12:00 PM on December 31, 2017, and luckily, I managed to finish my card on November 2 with plenty of time to spare! So I thought I’d share the books I read for each square.

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ROMANCE W/ A TRANS MC – The Queer and the Restless by Kris Ripper
NONBINARY MC (OWNVOICES) –
Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans
SFF W/ DISABLED MC – Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant (Deaf MC)
PRACTICING JEWISH MC – The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
INDIAN MC (OWNVOICES) – A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
DISPLACED MC – Welcome Home Anthology by Eric Smith & Various Authors

MC W/ AN UNDER-REPRESENTED BODY – If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
NUERODIVERSE MC (OWNVOICES) – 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks)
RETELLING W/ MC BELONGING TO LGBTQIA+ – Cutie & the Beast by E.J. Russell (Beauty & the Beast)
BISEXUAL MC (OWNVOICES) – False Hearts by Laura Lam
MC WITH AN INVISIBLE DISABILITY – Working It by Christine d’Abo (PTSD)
MC W/ ANAPHYLACTIC ALLERGY – My Year of Punk Rock by Andrea Pyros (peanut & egg allergies)

MC OF COLOR IN SFF – FIYAH Lit Mag, Issue 1
OWN VOICES LATINX MC – Off the Ice by Piper Vaughn & Avon Gale (Puerto Rican)
FREE CHOICE – Half by Eli Lang
NON-WESTERN REAL WORLD SETTING – Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David (the Philippines)
OWN VOICES – Thaw by Elyse Springer (asexual)
MC WITH CHRONIC PAIN – Gays of Our Lives by Kris Ripper (multiple sclerosis)

WEST ASIAN SETTING – Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa (Palestine, Jenin, & Lebanon)
ARAB MC (OWNVOICES) – Fire Boy by Sami Shah
MC W/ WHEELCHAIR – Mia Lee is Wheeling Through Middle School by Melissa Shang & Eva Shang
BOOK BY AUTHOR OF COLOR – Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn
BIRACIAL MC (OWNVOICES) – The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
PANSEXUAL MC (OWNVOICES) – Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke

BLACK MC (OWNVOICES) – Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
MC ON THE ACE SPECTRUM (OWNVOICES) – Assassins: Nemesis by Erica Cameron
LGBTQIA+ MC OF COLOR – Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera
VISUALLY IMPAIRED MC – Run by Kody Keplinger
BOOK SET IN CENTRAL AMERICA – The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle (Cuba)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD ARRANGED MARRIAGE – One Indian Girl by Chetah Bhagat

INDIGENOUS MC (OWNVOICES) – Love Beyond Body, Space, & Time by Hope Nicholson & Various Authors
DIVERSE NONFICTION – Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager
POC ON THE COVER – The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman
D/DEAF/HARD OF HEARING MC – You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
IMMIGRANT OR REFUGEE MC – The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes (Kuwaiti immigrant)
HIJABI MC (OWNVOICES) – Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattaj

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Have you finished your #DiversityBingo2017 card? Link me to a post where you’ve talked about it! Of the books you read, which was your favorite? Which was your least favorite?

ARC Reviews

ARC Review: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

SUMMARY

29906017Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Received From: NetGalley

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

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Reviews for Already Published Books

Review: Midlife Crisis by Audra North

SUMMARY

35285702Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 28, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Cam McGhee grew up like any other small-town Texas farm boy: he played football, went to church every Sunday, and married his high school sweetheart. But thirty-five years after he said “I do,” Cam finds himself nursing a beer in a gay bar, thinking about what might have been.

Dave Montoya is confident, self-assured, and cautiously single. But when he meets shy, uncertain, and clearly-still-not-out Cam in a coffee shop in Austin, his reservations about getting seriously involved again disappear. Cam is everything he’s looking for in a partner . . . almost, anyway.

No matter how much Dave wants him, and how good they are together, Cam can’t bring himself to fully embrace the life he was meant to live. After all, when his secret finally gets out, he faces the very real possibility of losing everything that kept him going for the first fifty years of his life, just like he’s feared for so long. But with a little faith—and a lot of love—his dream of living fully, truly, as himself might finally be within reach.

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