Monday, October 02, 2017

Tori's September 2017 #Book #Reviews (LBE)

It's time to take a look at what I read in September.

As with the previous posts like this one, if you want to know more about the book, or the author, click on whichever it is you want to learn more about, and it will take you to the appropriate page on Goodreads. Clicking on my rating should take you to my actual Goodreads review for the book in question.

Don't forget: the format I've reviewed may not be the format I read. Also, please remember that I read across multiple genres and age ranges, so you should always check if a book is suitable for the intended reader, especially when children are involved. Sometimes reading the book's description on its Goodreads page will be enough for this, but other times you may need to check elsewhere to figure out the genre and/or recommended reading level.

OK... On to the reviews!

Just an Odd Job GirlJust an Odd Job Girl by Sally Cronin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a well-written and thoroughly enjoyable read. The main character is a believable and well-rounded character, and the stories of her jobs are entertaining.
*NOTE: I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This fact has in no way influenced either my opinion of the book or the contents of this review.

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had trouble deciding on a rating for this book. On the one hand, this book has an important message to share, and it does do an excellent job of showing the harm racism can cause, making it easy for me to see why so many others have been quick to give it a high rating. On the other hand, there were several points in the book where I had issues with some of the comments made by some of the characters. Racism isn't OK no matter what the circumstances are. That includes comments directed at other races by people who are victims of racism themselves.

Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is an excellent addition to this series, with a great cast of characters, as well as an exciting and interesting plot.

The Mercenary Prince (Legends of Windemere, #9)The Mercenary Prince by Charles E. Yallowitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An excellent addition to the series, which provides some interesting insight in to the thoughts and motivations of some of the characters.

Tribe of the Snow Tiger (Legends of Windemere, #10)Tribe of the Snow Tiger by Charles E. Yallowitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another excellent and well-written addition to the series, which has an exciting plot.

Charms of the Feykin (Legends of Windemere, #11)Charms of the Feykin by Charles E. Yallowitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I know I've said this with all the books in this series so far, but this book was an excellent addition to the series. It was also a fantastic read in its own right, with an exciting plot that will keep you guessing while taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The book grabs your attention from page one, and holds it easily until the very last word.

The Spirit Well (Legends of Windemere, #12)The Spirit Well by Charles E. Yallowitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For the most part this was the amazing read the other books in the series so far have been. Unfortunately, there is one issue that prevents me from giving this book the full five stars: The huge unanswered question at the end. I hate cliffhanger endings like that, and - though I know the answer comes quickly in the next book, since I've already started reading it at the time I'm writing this review - that unanswered question is an issue for me.

Ritual of the Lost Lamb (Legends of Windemere, #13)Ritual of the Lost Lamb by Charles E. Yallowitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm a little frustrated with how this one ended, but it wasn't the sudden cliffhanger ending of the previous book, so I do feel I can still give this one the full five stars. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book though!

The HopetellerThe Hopeteller by Charles E. Yallowitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An interesting collection of tales, each with their own excellent morals, yet woven together to tell a fascinating story of survival and the hope that makes it possible.

Bestiary of Blatherhorn ValeBestiary of Blatherhorn Vale by Charles E. Yallowitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A well-written and interesting collection of poems to describe a fascinating collection of creatures.

Path of the Traitors (Legends of Windemere, #14)Path of the Traitors by Charles E. Yallowitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I Loved this book! Trinity is one of my favourite characters from the series, and it was wonderful to get to see more of this side of her. Plus, it was another well-written and enjoyable addition to the series in general.

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was better than the previous two books in this series, but only because of the ending, which I thought was beautiful and bitter-sweet.

Queen of ThornsQueen of Thorns by Dave Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An excellent addition to this series, and a fantastic read in general, especially for fans of the Pathfinder roleplaying system.

King of ChaosKing of Chaos by Dave Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An enjoyable read, and an excellent continuation of the series.

Lord of RunesLord of Runes by Dave Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Whether you're a fan of the Pathfinder roleplaying system or not, this book makes for an excellent read. In fact, the whole series with Jeggare and Radovan - and Arnisant the dog, of course - makes for an excellent read, with a fantastic cast of characters, as well as an exciting and entertaining plot.

Fire & FrostFire & Frost by Kai O'Connal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wasn't sure how I felt about this one at first, but it got better as it went on, and I was actually really enjoying it by the end. So, not an amazing read, but a pretty good one.

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
OK... WOW! The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger ending - which I absolutely hate - but I loved everything else about the book: the worldbuilding and character creation/development is fantastic, as is the writing itself. The book had me hooked from the start, and even the annoying cliffhanger ending isn't enough to make me lower the rating. Can I have the next book now? PLEASE!

Quantum WanderlustQuantum Wanderlust by Staci Troilo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a really good collection of unusual stories. As is typical for these sorts of anthologies, I enjoyed some stories more than others. There were none I strongly disliked though, and I found them all to be well-written and interesting stories - even those that weren't quite my cup of tea, so to speak.

SarahSarah by Teri Polen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was a great read. It was suitably creepy, with descriptions that were quite detailed, so isn't one for the weak stomached. The characters were mostly great too, but there were times when I found myself rolling my eyes while wondering why they were stupid enough to do certain things, or if they really just said the dumb thing they said.

4 comments:

Danielle L Zecher said...

It looks like you really enjoyed most of them. I started reading the Outlander books in September. I'm loving them, so it was a good reading month for me too.

Victoria Zigler said...

Danielle:
Yeah, I enjoyed most of them. Glad September was a good reading month for you too.

Jeanie said...

It's so nice when you've spent a lot of time reading and are enjoying the ones you did. Three cheers!

Victoria Zigler said...

Jeanie:
Thanks... It is indeed! Plus, I managed to catch up on my reading goal by a couple of books. I'm still a bit behind, but I'm not quite as behind as I was, so that's another good thing.