Book Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate is Becky Chambers’ fourth book and the first not to be linked to her Wayfarer series in any way, and if you’re a fan of her earlier work then I think you’re almost certainly going to enjoy this one.

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Forthcoming Books: August 2019

I haven’t done a non-review post for a while, so I thought I’d have a look at some of the forthcoming books due for UK release through the month of August. Bear in mind these are just the books that have made it on to my radar so far and may not necessarily be indicative of the books I end up reading through the month.

There are quite a few interesting and intriguing books coming out during the month and to be honest I really wish I had the time and money to read most (if not all) of them. However, as both time and money are finite, I guess I’ll just have to limit myself to the ones that most appeal to me and talk about those.

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Book Review: Brightfall

Brightfall by Jaime Lee Moyer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I was provided with an advanced reading copy of this book by the publisher (via Amazon Vine) in return for an honest review.

I’m not going to lie, I really wasn’t impressed with this book. It’s got so many faults and flaws that the few shining moments it does have don’t really raise it above a two-star rating, in my opinion. And honestly, this is a hell of a shame, because the basic premise has so much promise and so much to offer.

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Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I was provided with an advanced copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.

I have to admit that I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started this book. I’d seen some of the reviews already doing the rounds, and followed a few conversations about it on social media, and while they were enough to intrigue me, they didn’t really give a clear indication of just where this book would take me.

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Book Review: The Big Time

The Big TimeThe Big Time by Fritz Leiber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s a war taking place, between the forces of the Spiders and the Snakes, that is changing history around us and stretching the fabric of reality to breaking point. This is the Change War, and this short novel tells the story of one small part of that war and how it affects the participants involved.

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Book Review: Dread Nation

Dread NationDread Nation by Justina Ireland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When the dead start to rise at the battle of Gettysburg, the American Civil War comes to a sudden end with both sides agreeing to join forces against this new shambling threat. Some years later, Jane McKeene is a student at Miss Preston’s School of Combat, a place where young women of colour are trained to fight the dead and protect the white folks from being turned into zombies. As you can probably imagine from that very brief introduction, this book really doesn’t hold back on showing the true face of racial inequality in the not-so United States of the nineteenth century.

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