As a writer, I have found that the best way to get better, is to read more. Along with that, I find that it's a long process to publish a book. As a result, I will share what I'm currently reading, and some of my favorites, as well as other indie books that you can read while waiting for my next books to release.
Back to my Shannara read through! This is the next stop on the train. This is another part of the series that I've never read. I'm actually about to finish Bearers of the Black Staff already, using Audible since I'm driving a lot right now. Can't wait to finish!
This was a new genre for me. I haven't never delved into fantasy romance, and I've heard so many wonderful things about this series and author. It was time for a break from my usual and I was not disappointed. Here's a review from the male perspective, since this series is more often picked up by females.
The world was beautifully built and easy to follow along with. It was intriguing to see how worlds collided and developed. The characters were likeable and well developed and it was fun to see how the story played out. I will say, I was surprised by the rather PG nature of a book that I heard was spicy, but I heard the heat intensifies throughout the series.
Finally, the story was well developed and fun to read. I was drawn in and kept pushing through quickly. There were really creative plot points and a few twists that were unexpected. My one real critique of the story really was several other twists late in the book were clearly coming. Once we reached the endgame, I knew exactly how things would end. And to be honest, the only reason we got to the end game was because of a random gut reaction to not say one things, so that was a little weak for me. Still, overall a very fun and worthwhile read. I fully intend to press on in the series.
This trilogy took me a bit to get into, but once I got rolling, I couldn't put it down. I've always loved Terry Brooks, but I haven't read his work in a while, nor this specific trilogy. To start my reread of his work, I went to the beginning (Though technically The Word and Void series is first, that wasn't known when it came out. This series linked the two.)
Book Two, Elves of Cintra, was my favorite of the series. The mixing of magic and technology in this trilogy is wonderful. Not many authors can blend the two well. It was fun to see magic coming to light as technology failed the world.
The writing was lovely and whimsical. The twists and turns were surprising and satisfying. Each hero played a vital role to allow the MC to play theirs. Everything came together in such a fun manner and this series tries to show the nature of humanity and warns of what can happen if we're not careful. Great storytelling!
Terry Brooks is a master of Fantasy and has always been my inspiration to write. His work bridged the gap between Tolkien and modern fantasy.
Pierce Brown delivers a dystopian masterpiece in this story. I will admit, I found myself bored and overwhelmed by all the unique terms used in this story right up front. It takes a little while to start understanding what the heck is going on.
This story mixes action with keen intellect as our hero must overcome the greatest odds to place himself in a position of power. This book is truly unique and imaginative, though I did find myself bored at times.
Prior to the epic conclusion, I wasn't sure I'd really want to continue the series. It was well written, but I just hadn't fallen in love with it yet. But the way it ended and the way he kept you guessing with what would occur next, I'm hooked. I can't wait to continue the series.
Ernest Cline had a hit on his hands with Ready Player One. I sailed through that book in no time and loved the movie with all its changes. This wildly popular book lived up to all expectations. Unfortunately, so did the sequel.
This book read like a cheap knock off of the original with a boring plot and obvious turns. The first hundred pages were full of boring, irrelevant expositions. It felt like Cline needed to hit a certain word count and as a result, added in as many unnecessary pop culture references as he could. The pacing felt off throughout the story.
That being said, the visual and world he created were great, even if the story left me wanting more. The ending felt unimaginative and anticlimactic.
If you were a huge fan of the first book, I wouldn't suggest reading the second; it'll leave you disappointed. Still, it was a successful book and had its fun parts.
Brandon Sanderson weaves another intricate story in the fourth Stormlight Archive entry. These books have all started slow, and this one is no exception. The first 800 pages dragged on, giving us more questions than answers as we progressed through this twisting tale.
This is the first book in the series that didn't immediately capture my attention. I read all four and Warbreaker straight though, so I may have been a little burnt out on Sanderson's writing style. But I will tell you, the climax and ending of this book was among the most thrilling and satisfying I have ever read.
It's a slow burn, but well worth it. I love Brandon Sanderson's epic word building and unmatched wordplay. Can't wait for the fifth installment.
Just your typical exploration of an unknown planet. Or is it?
After countless years of preparation Mission Terra Firme One is finally ready to commence and give Earth the answers it has long awaited for about the planet Neighbor.
The TSS Cartographer is about to arrive and its First Officer Baldwin “call me Win” Tavares believes that he might just be able to touch his hand to that rocky ground and that’d be enough for him to learn everything there is to know about their old Neighbors, the things they’d done and what they’d left behind.
But not everyone is as kind-hearted or has such noble intentions, and Neighbor holds more mysteries than anyone could have imagined. Exploring it might open the gates for a flood that threatens to drown everything, and Win must make decisions that hold his life, and that of all around him, at stake.
What will it mean for humanity when injustice is too much to bear?
There’s only the highlife and the lowlife and your choice is paramount to success. But who says you ever had a decision at all?
Detective Atticus Cornwall believed that his choices were always good. Standing up for what is right and against the wrong, no matter the consequence. But when a world elite gets murdered at the edge of the city, and the blame is placed on a man who was not even in the same state, Atticus must make hard decisions to right these wrongs.
In this world separated into the privileged, chipped and the lowly unchipped, manipulated by a corrupt powerful technocracy, what will it mean for humanity when injustice is too much to bear?
Hunting criminals is what Venator Sergeant Lucy Sawyer does best, but when a target professes their innocence, why would she believe them?
Nate Briggs gave up his decorated career in the Strion Army Special Forces to find his abducted brother. What he didn’t expect was to become the target of a venator bounty contract.
Will Nate be able to avoid capture by the system’s best bounty hunter, or will Lucy bag another criminal and continue to climb the ranks of the venator guild? Or will the interference by Zuniga Galactic Investments turn everyone’s life upside down?
The Venator Chronicles is an episodic-serial told in eight fast-paced episodes each season.
Sometimes there is no right choice.
Could you allow thousands to die, to save millions more, knowing it would haunt you for the rest of your life?
That's the decision facing Captain Hammish and the crew of the Long Night as they race to stay ahead of the civilization-destroying menace known as The Swarm.
With an asteroid headed for a devastated Earth in one direction, aliens who use warm-blooded creatures as breeding vessels in another, and a mutiny on his spaceship, Captain Hammish must act fast if he's going to save humanity.