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Trail of Lighting (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse was absolutely amazing! Why did I put it off for so long?! It's easily taken its place as a favorite read of 2019. I loved getting to know all of Roanhorse's complex characters. Maggie is hands down one of my favorite leads without question - I have to appreciate her honesty, smarts, and her special set of skills. As fantastic as all of the characters are here, the world-building is stunningly refreshing (I just wish I was more familiar with Navajo language, pronunciation, culture, and traditions). This is the first Navajo post-apocalyptic urban fantasy that I've ever read and I have to say that I need more. I'm dying for book two, Storm of Locusts. I could go on and on about this, but just do yourself a favor and jump right in!
I read Trail of Lighting from February 2 - 21, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.
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I love Holly Black's take on faeries and their world. That being said this is probably my least favorite that I've read from her, but also her oldest and it's wonderful to see how much she's grown as a writer. My main issue with with this particular novel is the lead. I wasn't all that interested in her, but Roiben is pretty cool. I will definitely need to continue this series very soon.
I read Tithe from February 21 - 22, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.
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The Red Plague Affair (Bannon & Clare #2) by Lilith Saintcrow is a great sequel. I quite enjoyed jumping back into this steampunk world and seeing everyone again. It took me a second to remember where the previous one ended and get back into the swing of things, I had so much fun. I'm looking forward to picking up book three, The Ripper Affair, in the future. If you like The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, I have a feeling you'll love Bannon & Clare from Lilith Saintcrow.
I read this novel from February 21 - 27, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.
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I picked this up at a thrift store on the premise alone - there's a portal to a Tolkien-esque dimension opens up in Cleveland, Ohio. I always love finding fantasy novels set in Ohio and this sounded like it would be full of potential. Anyway, it starts off well. I particularly enjoyed reading about just how the magic leaching through the portal affects the real world - and those coming from that dimension. I also liked reading about just how inhuman and different all of those creatures and figures are from us. Unfortunately, this story never quite lived up to my hopes. It was a little too dry, the main character Kline Maxwell (his name should be flipped in my opinion) wasn't all that interesting, and the story became too politically convoluted as it went on. I was hoping for something more similar to The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford which was absolutely awesome. Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of The Dragons of the Cuyahoga (Cleveland Portal #1), I would like to see more of this world and read the sequel, The Dwarves of Whiskey Island.
I read this from February 27 - 28, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.
My Monstrous March TBR:
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda - I absolutely loved Shutter and I don't know why I'm putting off this one, but this seems like the perfect time to finally pick it up.
Wax by Gina Damico - I won this during the last YASH and it sounds quite creepy. I'm getting House of Wax (1953) and A Bucket of Blood (1959) vibes, but maybe that's just me.
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland - The first book in this series pleasantly surprised me and was a lot of fun. I can't wait to get to the sequel.
Two Weeks' Notice (Revivalist #2) by Rachel Caine - Book one was an awesomely dark zombie series opener and I'm really looking forward to seeing where it goes.
Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1) by Gwenda Bond - Stranger Things is one of my favorite tv shows, so it's an understatement to say that I'm excited about this.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman - I've had this on my radar for ages, but now that there's a Netflix movie adaptation I need to read this stat. I need to see what all the hype is about.
Campfire by Shawn Sarles - I'm having visions of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike and this thought makes me very happy.