Website: https://www.swantower.com/ Release Date:
August 14th, 2020
I don’t know what I expected when I saw this lovely ARC on NetGalley. The concept was interesting and I liked the idea behind it but I’m not sure I was ready for the purely amazing read this book was.
The world of Driftwood is a strange place — it is where worlds come to die and as entire worlds are shrunk down in size and people are disappearing left and right everything is slowly coming to an end. Think of Driftwood as a story of a post-apocalyptic world…but with some of the worlds still in the middle of their own end. If you’re looking for an amazing fantasy read, be on the lookout for Driftwood which comes out August 14th, 2020. If you want to know more about the story and my reaction, read on but please be aware there may be tiny spoilers.
Under Pressure (Lucas Page #2) By:
Website: https://www.robertpobi.com/ Release Date:
August 4th, 2020
Lucas Page Rating:
Normally when I apply for ARC copies I try to avoid books that are not the first book in a series because I don’t want to miss anything in regards to context in a series. However, when I read the synopsis of Under Pressure I couldn’t resist putting in for the ARC.
In the opening of this book the Guggenheim Museum is attacked during a private event and everyone, including unfortunate bystanders outside of the museum, are killed by the blast. Lucas Page, formerly of the FBI, and now a college professor and author, is brought back into the field to try and help solve the case and get answers for all of the families.
I adored Lucas, despite his rough exterior at times (it’s understandable for what he’s gone through) and his connection to former colleague Angela Whitaker as their easy back and forth felt like many friendships that I have (although our conversation topics are much less serious.)
Robert Pobi’s writing was masterful and his ability to weave all the pieces together was so satisfying as a reader. This was my first time reading anything by him and I have to say I’m a fan. I’ll be going back to book one in the series, City of Windows, and getting the full background on Lucas as soon as possible.
I will say my rating is more due to feeling like I was missing background and context, again the hazards of jumping into a series. I try avoiding this at all costs but Under Pressure was just way too tempting. While I feel I was out of the loop sometimes I was still very much able to enjoy the book.
Thank you to NetGalley, Minotaur Books and Robert Pobi for the chance to read the ARC for this book!
Peace Talks (The Dresden Files #16) By:
Website: https://www.jim-butcher.com/ Release Date:
July 14th, 2020
Penguin Random House
The Dresden Files Rating:
It has been a long time coming for book number sixteen in the Dresden Files. Book fifteen, Skin Game, came out in 2014. Yes, 2014 so six years ago now. I will say I am luckier than most fans in that I came into my Dresden files obsession in the last few years so I read Skin Game in 2017. Still, it’s been three years and I admit I had to go back and re-read the last couple books to remember where we’d left off.
Thank you to Penguin Random House and Berkley for the ARC. It was the highlight of my quarantine.
As we are sixteen books in this series if you haven’t read the others stop reading the review now, go back and start with book one Storm Front. This is not a series to read out of order. If you’ve read all the other books and want to know what I think about Peace Talks please read on.
Roses of May (The Collector #2) By:
Website: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/h/dot-hutchison/#:~:text=Dot%20Hutchison%20is%20the%20author,adult%20thriller%20The%20Butterfly%20Garden. Release Date:
May 23rd, 2017
Thomas & Mercer
The Collector Rating:
Book two in this dark and twisted series wasn’t quite what I expected. When I learned there were more books in the series I thought we’d get to see more about the victims from book one as they move through their court case. Instead, we are sticking with agents Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez which, I’m not complaining about. We learn about another young woman, Priya Sravasti and the challenges she and her mother are facing years after the murder of her sister.
Knightmare Arcanist By:
June 18, 2019
Capital Station Books
Frith Chronicles #1 Award:
B.R.A.G. Medallion for Fantasy; New Apple Literary Award for Fantasy; Coffee Pot Book Club's Pick for 2020 Reading Received From:
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall is the first book in the young adult book series the Frith Chronicles. Shami is the author of two series, including the Frith Chronicles and The Sorcerers of Verdun.