Review: Born to the Blade Season One by Michael R Underwood, Marie Brennan, Malika Ann Older & Cassandra Khaw


May Contain Spoilers

Born to the Blade is currently running on Serial Box. Here’s some background on the publisher: Serial Box publishes serialized fiction created by teams of critically acclaimed and best-selling writers. Serials are released through the Serial Box app, website, and third party retailers in weekly installments in both e-book and audio formats. During a three-month season, each episode is a 30 minute read or an hour listen.

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Review: Song of Blood & Stone by L Penelope


May Contain Spoilers

This has been getting a lot of buzz, and it’s a fantasy, so my interest was piqued. I went into this without really knowing what it was about, and I find that that usually works best for me. I like to discover a book’s plot by working my way through the pages, instead of having it handed to me in a cover blurb. This was an engrossing book that didn’t always work for me, but I enjoyed it enough to want to read more of the author’s works.

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Review: Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence


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I was really excited to get my hands on Grey Sister, and when I finally had an opportunity to sit down and read it, I had mixed results. Again. I love this story when Nona is not at the Convent of Sweet Mercy. Thankfully, a spiteful novice sends Nona packing about 40% of the way through. Then Nona has to rely on her courage, wits, and abilities to keep herself alive in an exceedingly dangerous world. With the ice ever creeping into the Corridor, the tensions between the people of Abeth are at a fever pitch. Competition over land is fierce and deadly. Nona and the Sisters of Mercy are caught up in a plot to shake up the power base in the Empire, and any wrong move can mean their death.

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Audio Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Read by Bahni Turpin


May Contain Spoilers

Oh wow, was this a great book.  It’s been on my radar for a while, so when I was offered an audio copy for review, I was over the moon. I’m trying to up my audio reading game, and BOOM, this showed up. It’s a great story, told by a talented reader, and I found myself listening to it while puttering around the house over the weekend, so I puttered a lot more than usual. It was very timely, as I fell on the ice and twisted my knee, so I had a great excuse to do nothing but stay home and listen to an entertaining story, with a stunningly breathtaking setting.

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Manga Review: Black Clover V 5 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

Asta’s rescue from the terror group Eye of the Midnight Sun is anti-climatic. I was kind of bummed. The Wizard King swoops in and BOOM! That was the end of that. All but one of the terrorists escapes, and now Julius Novachrono, the Wizard King, has a another mystery to solve. What is that jewel-encrusted slab in the terrorists’ possession?

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Manga Review: Black Clover V 4 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump

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With the awards ceremony, and the rude reception by the other Magic Knights, abruptly interrupted by an attack on the capital, the warriors get down to the business of repelling the attack. Zombies have descended on the populace, animated by disgraced Magic Knight Rades. He has a huge grudge against his former companions, so he’s up and joined forces with a group intent on destroying the Clover Kingdom.

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Manga Review: Black Clover Vol 1 by Yuki Tabata

May Contain Spoilers

I checked this out of the library without even knowing what it was about. I’m almost caught up on Haikyu!!, and I’m looking for another series to read until new volumes of that are released. This jumped out at me; I liked the cover with the extremely happy looking guy wielding a big black sword. Sure, count me in!

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Manga Review: Witchcraft Works Vol 1 by Ryu Mizunagi

May Contain Spoilers

What did I just read??  What a weird book.  The first chapter is just bizarre.  Takamiya is just an average guy.  His classmate, Kagari, is known at school as “Princess.”  She is smart, beautiful, graceful, and has her own fan club.  For some reason she keeps sitting by Takamiya.  They are always on class duty together.  She rides the same bus he does.  All of this gets him into hot water with Kagari’s fan club, whose members are fiercely jealous and protective of their idol.

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