Review (x2): Blue Spirit and Restless Spirit

Hey all!

Today I’m excited to share with you not just one review – two!  I recently had the privilege of reading Blue Spirit and Restless Spirit, books one and two of E. Chris Garrison’s A Tipsy Fairy Tale series.  Here are my thoughts:

Blue Spirit

Blue Spirit was a great introduction to Skye, a girl who can see fairies – but only when she’s bluespirit_cover1200x800tipsy.  We get to follow Skye as she tries to figure out what the heck is going on with a new girl, Queenie, in her live action role-playing vampire game.  Skye has her heart broken, falls in love, has too much to drink, discovers more of who she is, meets some awesome characters (this one’s for you, Bask), and somehow manages to save most of her friends.

I love the idea of only being able to use a power when you’re tipsy.  Not only did it provide laugh-out-loud funny scenarios, it also presented some morals dilemmas for Skye, which I was thankful that E. Chris Garrison didn’t shy away from.

Blue Spirit was well written, had amazingly endearing characters, and moved along at a great pace.  Skye is a great protagonist who doesn’t have it all together – which is great because none of us do.  A great first book in the series.

 

Restless Spirit

restless_spirit_coverjpg1200x800While book one started off the series with a bang, book two ramped it up even more.  The stakes were higher, I got to see more of the characters that I loved and hated (this one’s for you, Ernie), and Skye’s character grew and developed.  So good.

Restless Spirit takes place a year later, and while Skye has been through a lot (I NEED to know more about what happened in that FFF game – seriously!), she’s slowly getting her feet planted firmly under her.  Until, you know, a zombie invasion…

Book two has even more humor, drama, drinks, and big decisions for Skye.  Some decisions that she may regret, but she’ll have to live with all of them.  We meet some new characters, learn more about Skye’s past and heritage, and see more of Indianapolis – which is exciting for me because I didn’t grow up far from there.  Fun!

 

The Tipsy Fairy Tale series is a whole lot of fun so far, and I’m excited for me!  So if you like fairy tales, if you’re looking for something unique, if you like conventions or role-playing, or if you’re just in need for a good laugh, check out the Tipsy Fairy Tale series.  Maybe even with a strong drink in hand.

 

Want to Know More about E. Chris Garrison?

chrissygarrisonE. Chris Garrison writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories.  She used to publish as Eric Garrison but has since upgraded.

Her latest series is Trans-Continental, a steampunk adventure with a transgender woman as its protagonist. Chris’s supernatural fantasy stories include the Road Ghosts trilogy and the Tipsy Fairy Tales published by Seventh Star Press. These novels are humorous supernatural fantasies, dealing with ghosts, demonic possession, and sinister fairy folk.

Her novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. Reality Check reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon.com during a promotion in July 2013. Chris lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her wife, step-daughter and cats. She also enjoys gaming, home brewing beer, and finding innovative uses for duct tape.

 

Check out the Rest of the Blog Tour:

9/21            Novel-ties – Review

9/21            RJ Sullivan Fiction – Guest Post

9/21            Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Top Ten’s List

9/22            Green Gates Entertainment – Review

9/23            3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!  – Top Ten’s List

9/24            Sheila’s Reviews – Guest Post

9/25            Deal Sharing Aunt  – Author Interview

9/26            Jorie Loves A Story  – Review

9/26            Magic of books   – Review

9/26            Cabin Goddess – Top Ten’s List

9/27            The Seventh Star  – Author Interview

9/28            Jorie Loves A Story – Guest Post

 

** This ebook was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Ghost Brigades

A couple of years ago I was in a science fiction book club hosted by one of the local libraries.  Unfortunately, due to my work schedule, I can’t go anymore, but I’m super thankful for that book club – it introduced me to some great science fiction.

One of my favorites of those discussions was John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War.  It was an incredibly fun read, and I’ve been meaning to read the sequel since I finished book one.

Once Summer Reading 2016 wrapped up, I decided to make a visit to the library to get some books for vacation, so I grabbed Ghost Brigades (and a few others).

This was exactly what I needed.  It was fun, fast-paced, and made me want to keep reading.  I almost read the whole things on the plane.  So thankful I brought other books with me.

Ghost Brigades was thought-provoking while still being fairly light reading.  It asked more questions about life, being human, revenge, sacrifice, and identity.  It didn’t feel heady and bogged down but was so much more than just action and adventure.  That’s what I love about science fiction, and Scalzi practices his craft so well.

It continued the story of some of my favorite characters from book one.  That’s all I’m going to say about that because I don’t want to spoil Old Man’s War for you.  If you haven’t read it yet and you like science fiction, you should give it a shot.

AND it paved the way for more books.  So of course, as soon as I was back from vacation I went back to the library and checked out the rest of the series.

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I also got my hands on In the Labyrinth of the Drakes.  FINALLY.

 

 

Review: Death’s Revival

I’m such a sucker for sequels.  I love being completely enraptured by a world, and it’s always hard for me to finish a book.  So when I have a sequel close at hand, my heart’s happy because I don’t have to leave that fictional world.  I get to stay there with the characters that I love (and hate…) for another whole book.  Or two.  Or six.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Death’s Dance as part of Crymsyn Hart’s blog tour, and now I get to review her new book, Death’s Revivalas the blog tour continues.

As soon as I finished book one of the Deathly Encounters series, I had to start book two.  I had to know what happened.  I had to know the next part of the story.  Death’s Dance didn’t end on a cliff-hanger by any means, but gosh darn it, there was so much more life (… kind of) for the characters to live.  I wanted to know the next part of their story.

And let me tell you, Crymsyn Hart delivered in a big way.

deathsrevivalcover1200x800In Death’s Revival, the stakes were somehow even higher than in book one.  The villain is bigger, badder, and more disturbing.  We get a deeper look into who the characters are.  Kerstin is tempted in ways she’s never been before, and we find out more about why she’s so important.  But goodness, not all of my questions were answered, so I guess I have to wait for book three…

There are three things that I appreciate about Death’s Revival above all:

  1. Kerstin has to act normal, in a life she barely remembers, while nothing is going well for her.  She has to interact with fans and go about business as usual, all while being hunted by some creepy-ass being. I thought that this was done masterfully, hilariously, and believably.  So good.
  2. In book one, we get an introduction to many of the characters that appear in Death’s Revival.  In book two, their endearing qualities and their flaws were both deepened.  While I’m very strongly in favor of Kerstin and Than, I wanted to punch both of them in the mouth multiple times.  Which I loved.  Way to tug at my heart strings, Crymsyn Hart.  Way.  To.  Go.
  3. I loved Kerstin’s interactions with the main villain.  I thought those scenes were written beautifully, and they kept me on the edge of my seat.

 

So.  What did I think about Death’s Revival?

I thought it was absolutely the perfect sequel to Death’s Dance, and I can’t wait for book three of the Deathly Encounters series to come out.  Yeah, that about sums it up.

 

Want to Know More about Crymsyn Hart?

crymsynhart_authorphotoCrymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author. Her worlds are filled with luscious vampires, gorgeous gods, quirky witches, and everything else that goes bump in the night. Hell, there is even a delicious cheesecake god floating around, but if I were you I wouldn’t eat his brownie cheesecake.

Crymsyn worked as a psychic for many years in Boston while attending Emerson College. She graduated with a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing. Crymsyn shares her life with a small zoo, three playful puppies and her hubby Mark. If you come after dark, you’re more then likely to find her snuggled up with a gory horror movie, or a bloody vampire movie.

Crymsyn has a collection of Living Dead Dolls and five bookshelves overflowing with books. Of course there’s always room for more.

 

Check out the Rest of the Blog Tour:

Tour Schedule and Activities

9/12  Beauty in Ruins  – Top Ten’s List

9/12  Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Guest Post

9/12  The Seventh Star Blog  –  Author Interview

9/13  MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape  – Author Interview

9/14  The Southern Belle from Hell  – Top Tens List

9/14  Sheila’s Guests and Reviews  – Guest Post

9/14  Jordan Hirsch – Review

9/15  Deal Sharing Aunt  – Author Interview

9/15   SpecMusicMuse – Guest Post

9/17   I Smell Sheep  – Top Ten’s List

9/18  The Enchanted Alley  – Review

 

**This eBook being reviewed was provided for an honest review, and that no compensation was provided.

Review: Death’s Dance

Friends!  It’s blog tour time!  And I’m really excited to be a part of this one.  Let me tell you about the book I just read.  It came out a few years ago, but the sequel was just released a few months ago.

Death’s Dance is book one of Crymsyn Hart’s Deathly Encounters series, and it was quite the opening act for what I’m sure is going to be a great party.  It featured a wonderful female deathsdance1200x800protagonist, memorable supporting characters, lots of tension, and moments that made my heart flutter.

Let’s start with that first point, hm?  Kerstin is a psychic/medium/has other abilities that I’m not going to spoil.  She’s being pursued by something dark, is being protected by something dark, and is asked by her ex-boyfriend to go somewhere dark.  She somehow manages to take most of this in stride, being a totally capable badass while still being vulnerable, imperfect, hilarious, and emotional.

She’s not the only awesome character, though.  We have some wicked (in both the good AND bad way) angels of death, some easily hatable humans, and some sweet friends.  And if you know me well at all, you know that I’m all about loyalty and sticking with people that are already there for you – hence being entirely Team Jacob in high school.  But let me just saw this loud and clear for everyone: out with the Jackson and in with the Than, y’all.  I haven’t rooted this hard for a couple in a long time.

As for tension and heart-flutter moments, I couldn’t put Dance’s Death down; I just had to know how it ended.  And my heart ached for all the death that was in this book, both past and present.

All-in-all, this one was a goodie that I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own, but I’m so glad it came my way via blog tour.  If you like the paranormal, if you have a regrettable ex-boyfriend, or if you’re looking for a quick read with lots of twists and turns, check out Death’s Dance.

Be watching for my review of book 2, Death’s Revival, this Friday!

 

Want to Know More About Crymsyn Hart?

crymsynhart_authorphotoCrymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author. Her worlds are filled with luscious vampires, gorgeous gods, quirky witches, and everything else that goes bump in the night. Hell, there is even a delicious cheesecake god floating around, but if I were you I wouldn’t eat his brownie cheesecake.

Crymsyn worked as a psychic for many years in Boston while attending Emerson College. She graduated with a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing. Crymsyn shares her life with a small zoo, three playful puppies and her hubby Mark. If you come after dark, you’re more then likely to find her snuggled up with a gory horror movie, or a bloody vampire movie.

Crymsyn has a collection of Living Dead Dolls and five bookshelves overflowing with books. Of course there’s always room for more.

 

Check out these other stops on the blog tour:

9/12   Beauty in Ruins  – Top Ten’s List

9/12   Sapphyria’s Book Reviews  –  Guest Post

9/12   The Seventh Star Blog   –  Author Interview

9/13   MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape   – Author Interview

9/14   The Southern Belle from Hell  –  Top Tens List

9/14   Sheila’s Guests and Reviews   –  Guest Post

9/15   Deal Sharing Aunt   –  Author Interview

9/15   SpecMusicMuse  – Guest Post

9/16  Jordan Hirsch   –   Review

9/17  I Smell Sheep  –  Top Ten’s List

9/18  The Enchanted Alley   –  Review

 

**This eBook being reviewed was provided for an honest review, and that no compensation was provided.

Summer Reading Reflection

Welp, it’s September.  As of the 1st of the month, summer reading was over.  If you’re new to my blog, let me fill you in: each summer, my reading list has a theme.  Past themes have been Star Trek books, fantasy books, books I’ve been intending to read, and Hugo Award winning novels.  Summer Reading 2016 featured books that I already own that I’ve never read before.  While at times that felt very limiting, I discovered some absolute gems.

I could just re-link you to all the reviews, but that’s boring.  So instead, I’m going to share:

The 3 Best Books I Read During the Summer of 2016

3.  Gray Widow’s Walk by Dan Jolley

  • I know, I know.  This one doesn’t qualify for my summer reading list.  But that’s not what this list is about, so get over it.  I also participated in some blog tours this summer, and that’s how I heard about this book.  Gray Widow’s Walk was scary and fascinating, has a great cast of characters, and brings up some important societal questions.  I’m excited for the second book in this trilogy to come out!

 

2.  The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

  • A comedy of errors in space.  What more could I even ask for?  I’m looking forward to diving into the rest of the Vorkosigan Saga.

 

1.  Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

  • This blew me away and touched me in a way that I wasn’t expecting.  So much so that I ugly-cried.  For a long time.  Hands down, this is now my favorite book of all time.

 

Now that Summer Reading is over, I can sell some of the books I don’t want to keep and buy some more books (except that my loving husband has bought me multiple books this summer…).  And I can’t wait to browse the library again!

August Review Wrap-Up

August is over, and I read some GOOD stuff.  So good that I have a new favorite book of all time.  Check out what I read the past month below!

First Virtue by Michael Jan Friedman and Christie Golden

  • Book 6 of the Double Helix series.  A typical Star Trek pocket book in the best way (politics, high stakes, cultural differences, sabotage), but a weird prequel to the rest of the series.

Peritoneum by L Andrew Cooper

  • An awesome collection of horror stories.  A perfect balance of subtle gore.

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

  • A phenomenal sequel to Ender’s Game that explores a new alien species, grief, guilt, redemption, cultural differences, and what it means to be human.  This is my new favorite book of all time.

Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

  • A story of an American who’s walked away from his Christian face witnessing the religious persecution of his former college roommate in China.

 

Be looking for a reflection on Summer Reading as a whole very soon!

I’m Off to New Mexico!

Hey all!

My husband and I are currently in New Mexico for a very needed week of vacation with his family.  This has been on the calendar for months, and I’m so excited that it’s finally here!

Don’t mind me while I splash in the pool, whoop my father-in-law at cribbage, explore parts of the Southwest, and work on my newest writing project.  And read lots of good science fiction of course 🙂

Here’s what I’m packing now that Summer Reading is over:

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Since the library stickers are covering important info: Xenocide by Orson Scott Card, Foreigner by C.J Cherryh, and The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

YESSSSSSS.  So excited for all of these.  Be looking for reviews of them soon (as well as an upcoming blog tour!).