Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

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I really enjoyed this book. Short stories are always a delight, and combined with Gaiman’s amazing prose and writing made the perfect read. This is a mish-mash of many genres, all of them are dark, twisted, or a little unnerving.

My favorite short featured here was probably The Case of Death and Honey, a reimagined Sherlock Holmes figuring out the cure for death. The atmosphere was saturnine and rich. A few other stories I liked were Orange, Click-Clack the Rattlebug, The Return of the Thin White Drake, and The Sleeper and the Spindle. There’s also a foray back into the world of American Gods starring Shadow in a small town in Europe that’s quite chilling.

This would be a great book to curl up besides during the cold months, or anytime a melancholy mood strikes.

The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

32600602★★★★

This is one of the most original fantasies I’ve ever read. The world is beautiful, unique, deadly, and the characters aren’t your typical cast of heroes. This was such a gripping read; I finished it in one sitting and was very satisfied.

The Reluctant Queen picks up after the events of the first book, The Queen of Blood, with Daleina sitting on the throne. But she’s sick, and she doesn’t have much longer to live. If her champions don’t find someone to replace her, the spirits will run rampant and destroy everyone. Enter Naelin, a simple woods woman with two children and lots of raw, untapped power. Being Queen is the last thing she wants, but it seems that she doesn’t have much of a choice when champion Ven comes knocking. She and her children are whisked away to the capitol, where Naelin has no choice but to shoulder the responsibility of becoming heir. And to add to all the mess, the mountain country of Semo is becoming increasingly aggressive, and soon they might have an invasion coming. Read More »

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

I used to think the world had heroes in it. But the world is full of monsters. . . . Perhaps the best we can hope for is to have the most terrible of them on out side.

23278586★★★★

What a thundering conclusion. Dark and gritty, Half a War lives up to its name. With twists and turns, Abercrombie keeps us on our toes until the very end.

This book follows Skara, Princess of Throvenland. In the first scene of the book, her family is ambushed and slaughtered by the High King’s henchmen. Armed with nothing but an empty title and a desire for vengeance, Skara flees to Gettland to throw her stake at war. There, she discovers the burden of being a queen, the power of words, and finds herself desperately holding together a fractured alliance. But when a game changer is introduced, and a chance for victory with it, the lines between good and evil aren’t as defined as they once were, as characters old and new alike struggle to choose the greater good and the lesser evil.
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The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

6931344★★★★

What a gentle and haunting book. Even now, a while after I’ve finished it, I can still hear the wind whispering over the trees and grass singing its melody…

The town of Near is a small one, surrounded by the vast grasslands of the moor. Nothing is amiss, until one night, children short to disappear from their beds at night, and no one can figure out why. Lexi knows that her younger sister may be taken, so while the town is off chasing the wrong suspect, she takes it upon herself to find the missing children. But the answer is elusive and mysterious, and how do you get people to believe you if the culprit is no more than a fairy tale?Read More »

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

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★★★

This was a hilarious memoir by notable comic, director, and actress Amy Schumer. Told with wit, much of the book is made to make you laugh out loud, but Schumer also touches on some serious topics that should be brought up more often. Laying her life bare to us, Schumer relieves the funny, the sad, the happy, and the crazy moments in her 30-something years. Her stark honesty shows how no matter who we are, we are all human and experience the same feelings, insecurities, and emotions. If you have time and want to know more about an amazing and hilarious human being, pick this one up! You won’t regret it.

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Of all things, men most love to watch ohers face Death. It reminds them they yet live.

22055283★★★★

Once again, readers return to the world of the Shattered Sea, shadowed under the pervasive threat of the High King and Grandmother Wexen. Gettland’s list of allies is short, so Father Yarvi amasses a crew to sail to the far Empire of the South in hopes of brokering a deal with their empress. Thorn and Brand were soldiers in training, but when they are thrown out they take a chance and join Yarvi’s crew, where they see more of the world they could’ve imagined. Read More »

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

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★★★

Half a King is a well written high fantasy novel. It’s filled with political intrigue, adventure, and a break necking plot, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. Even so, this was an entertaining read and I would still recommend this book.

Yarvi was born with a disability in his left hand, rendering him useless as a fighter and therefore unfit to be king. He’s content in the shadows, training for the ministry, but a twist of fate places him on the throne of Gettland. But as it turns out, the accident that killed his father, the king, and his brother who was supposed to inherit the throne wasn’t much of an accident, and Yarvi finds himself sold as a slave to become an oarsman. He and a few others escape, and as they trek through the icy north back to their kingdom, Yarvi acquires new friends and enemies in his quest to reclaim his rightful title as king and to avenge the death of his father. Read More »