Reading Lately October 2017 Edition

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Reading Lately October 2017 Edition. Book reviews of: The Song of Orphans by Daniel Price; Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister; The Stone Sky by N.k. Jemisin; Nyxia by Scott Reintgen; The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan | Puppies & Pretties

What I’ve been reading lately

The Song of the Orphans by Daniel Price: I had read the first book in this series quite some time ago, so when I saw book 2 on Netgalley, I pretty much jumped for joy. The first book stayed with me for years and I was able to dive right into book 2 (with a little help from the author, hilarious!). To set this one up, think about that time isn’t linear, rather there are thousands of different versions of events happening simultaneously. The Orphans are on an alternative Earth and trying to just survive the different factions that want them gone. All while trying to more or less save Earth and trying to not piss off the powerful beings that brought them to this mess. They find out more of why they were chosen and what their future might hold. This is an amazing series that dives into familial and friend relationships, ends justify the means and it has some great character building. Plus the world building is fantastic and the magic system is pretty awesome. If you like the manipulation of time, a cool magic system and great characters, pick up this series!
5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister: This book follows the first female Pinkerton detective, Kate Warne. Based in Chicago, we follow Kate at the beginning of her career as she takes on cases and is a successful detective. But where the book really takes off is when the Civil War begins and the Pinkertons are pulled into the fray as spies. Kate takes on various roles throughout the war, including helping Lincoln avoid an assassination attempt. It is more than just spies and aliases. It really focuses on the relationships that Kate has with all the other characters. The one thing I didn’t like is the love story. It didn’t feel necessary and for me took away from the story. But it is still an enjoyable book, especially if you like historical fiction. It was really interesting to read about how spies really played a big part in the Civil War.
3.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin: Oh man oh man oh man. I haven’t wanted to read this book since it came out in August, but didn’t want to buy it (I’m waiting for the omnibus of the trilogy!). So I was ridiculously excited when it finally popped up in my library network. (see my reviews of book one and two). This one picks up right after book 2 and focuses on Essun and her daughter’s disparate journeys to saving (ending?) the world. I don’t even know what else to say about this one. Jemisin’s writing is amazing, her characters are relatable and fascinating and the worldbuilding? Second to none. Just read it!
5 out of 5 stars

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen: This books surprised me a bit. I was expecting a watered down version of The Hunger Games set in space. While there are certainly similarities between the books, Nyxia really focuses on the kids (especially the main character) keeping his humanity throughout the trials. Oh, and corporate greed is also underneath pretty much the whole book too. I’m anxiously awaiting book 2 and how they will handle the continuation of the story.
4 out of 5 stars
c/o Netgalley

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan: I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting from this book, but it didn’t really do it for me. Thankfully, it is relatively short (just under 300 pages) and did keep me moderately entertained. The setting is a small Scottish town at the beginning of an Ice Age (brought on by climate change). More or less, its really effing cold and life is pretty weird. There are 3 main characters, a trans teen, her mom and a 20 something (I think) guy from London that is following a trail that his mother and grandmother left him before they died. It really focuses on the relationships between these 3 and their growth as people. But there really isn’t much plot. And don’t get me started on the ending (or lack thereof). Now, I’m fine with slow building books, but give me an ending! So if you don’t mind a lackluster (or no) plot but fantastic characters, this is the book for you.
3 out of 5 stars
c/o Blogging for Books

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  • The Stone Sky sounds great, off to find a copy now!

  • I’m not familiar with any of these books or authors, but Girl in Disguise sounds like such a fun mystery. It is always a bummer when there’s a love story thrown in that just doesn’t work or add to the plot.

  • I like to think about time so the first one (well, that series) sounds interesting.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I haven’t read any of these, nor am I terribly familiar with them. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m glad you had some great reads this past month!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • I tried to read the N.K. Jemisin series (I can’t remember the title of book 1) because it’s so widely praised and has extensive world-building which I love. But I couldn’t get into it and quit. Maybe it just wasn’t for me or the right time. I’ve noticed that some books I disliked but tried again become absolute favorites. And fantasy/sci-fi can be one of those genres for me. You have to be in the mood. You’ve convinced me to give it another try!

  • Cat

    Oh I’ll definitely have to look at Nyxia! I liked the Hunger Games but was a little let down by the writing. Looks like you had a great month of reading!

  • Nyxia sounds interesting!!! I’ve never even heard of it. That cover for Girl in Disguise is so gorgeous!

  • ooh these sound good. I think I would like Girl in Disguise, and I’m going to mimic Heather and say that the cover is gorgeous! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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