This week I began reading ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. I’m nearly 100 pages in the story, and I’m really liking it. The development of the characters Celia and Marco is being performed very meticulously, as their life paths were orchestrated to play a part in an intricate game. So far the story jumps from a firmly established entity, to one just beginning to take shape through midnight discussions.
I’m also waiting on a copy of ‘Little Fires Everywhere’, by Celeste Ng. This is the next selected read for the book club at my local library. I’m hopeful to have this book in my hands by the end of the week. I also borrowed a cozy mystery novel, ‘Kneaded to Death’, which I hope to begin very soon!
Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason Book 1 of Danger Never Sleeps series Publisher: Revell/Baker Publishing Group Length: 320 pages Genre: Romantic Suspense/Christian Fiction Acquired from Revell Reads Blogger List Release Date: January 7, 2020
Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others–but her days of helping military personnel are over. She’s got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she’s not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way–terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.
Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn’t there–but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can’t take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he’s not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.
When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack–and that her secrets go even deeper than his own–Asher vows to protect her no matter what.
**Thank you Revell Reads for providing me a complimentary copy!**
Collateral Damage is a definite page-turner! As I was reading, I became so absorbed with the characters’ actions in every scene. Brooke and Asher are two individuals brought together through the circumstances of war and trauma. The story progresses as their war-time experiences converge in the normally safe environment of home, now heavily complicated.
I found this story very fast-paced, as the mysteriously dangerous figures in the book kept me in suspense, along with guessing who may be the one out for Brooke’s life. The twist in the book occurs before the mystery is revealed, but its weight carries the shocking consequence of the key players through the end.
Collateral Damagefalls under the Christian Fiction genre. Occasionally, Brooke and the other characters reach out to a higher power when enduring extreme difficulty. The feeling of having faith at all times accompany these individuals throughout the story. It’s the gentle message of reaching out to a higher power in times of conflict that I greatly appreciated.
If you love a book with mystery and suspense, then Collateral Damage is the book for you!
Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith NetGalley provided me a complimentary digital copy of this book, coming out on January 28. I enjoyed this contemporary story about the online gaming world!
Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason I received a complimentary copy of Collateral Damage from Revell Reads. I’ve received some good material from Revell Reads, so I’m looking forward to reading this story!
I recently received the eARC of Don’t Read the Comments through NetGalley, and I’m so excited! This story centers around two teens who turn to the gaming world to escape their ‘real life’ dilemmas, yet they soon face harassment from the same online community they trust.
The Mall is set in the early 90s, following the life of a recent high school grad working a summer job, planning her future in college with the man of her dreams. This immediately brings me back to my mall life in the early-mid 90s in New Jersey (where this novel is also set)!
The Silvered Serpents is another of my ‘can’t wait releases’ of 2020! I very much enjoyed the eARC of The Silvered Serpents (thank you NetGalley!), and the end of the story definitely left me wanting more! You should definitely run out and buy this book when it comes out during the Fall!
‘We Hunt the Flame’ by Hafsah Faizal Length: 472 pages Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Genre: YA Fantasy Book #1 of the Sands of Arwiya Duology Release Date: May 14, 2019 Source: Hardcover and Audiobook
When I first heard about ‘We Hunt the Flame’ being released, I was excited to get it! I’m all for diverse authors putting out content, and this story has a diverse range of characters along with a plotline based in an Asian inspired world. I pre-ordered my copy, and received the book on the day of release. I really wanted to read this book for the Asian Readathon, but my work schedule caused me to have a very slow pace in completing any stories! So I read this story during the day, alongside the audiobook version in the evening. I think I may read in this style moving forward!
‘We Hunt the Flame’ tells the story of Zafira Iskander, a woman who masquerades as the Hunter in the world of Arwiya. In this world, women are not highly regarded as respectable figures, so Zafira feels forced to hide her identity in order to bring peace to her kingdom in Demenhur as a male Hunter. Only four people within her family knows Zafira’s true identity, and encourage Zafira to embrace the notion of a strong female provider, yet she carries her fears throughout her daily life due to uncertainty.
Arwiya is left in a state of peril for decades due to an absence of magic.
Once a powerful land governed by the Six Sisters, they suddenly disappeared
after a harrowing fight in the island of Sharr. Their absence have left the
Arwiyan kingdoms in disarray, causing Demenhur to be in a permanent state of
winter. Zafira takes the skills learned from her father and ventures into the
dangerous Arz forest as the Hunter, hunting to feed the people of Demenhur. One
day she is called by the caliph to venture into the Arz and locate the powerful
Jarawat in order to restore peace in Arwiya. Along the way she meets Nasir, the
crown prince of the cruel Sultan of Arwiya. Nasir is known as the Prince of
Death, and he is assigned to accompany the Hunter in locating the Jarawat for
his own gain. Although he is asked to take out the Hunter, being an assassin is
the last thing he wants to be in his life.
I found the chemistry between Nasir and Zafira so captivating. Both people
are caught up in their own webs of deception, yet feel unable to relinquish
their crafted identities due to obligation to their people. Each person is also
set out for revenge, as both individuals lost someone they dearly cared for.
Nasir and Zafira are also joined by a eclectic cast of characters who encompass
the different regions of Arwiya’s vast world. Out of all the side characters, I
really appreciated Altair. He and Nasir have an awkward (yet humorous)
alliance, and his optimistic viewpoints are a breath of fresh air to an
otherwise harrowing situation. Altair’s lighthearted tone and intriguing
backstory carries the story with great interest to the end.
The world building was also done very beautifully, as I found the governing
rules of Arwiya similar in some ways, as women are not held in a high regard in
certain regions in our world also. Patriarchy is very common parallel in both
Arwiya and our current way of life, with some regions keeping a matriarchal
rule. Obviously, in real life we aren’t ruled and governed by magic. I’m sure
most of us would love that to happen, though!
I also loved the metaphors Faizal uses throughout this book. She uses the rule
of ‘Show but don’t tell’ in her writing expertly. Lines such as ‘That was life,
wasn’t it? A collection of moments, a menagerie of people. Everyone stranded
everywhere, always’ sung to my soul amazingly. The lines she used when it came
to both Nasir and Zafira expressing love was also equally emotional and
heartbreaking. Since both people have loved and lost before venturing into
their mission into Sharr, their approach in expressing devotion is done very
precariously. Lines such as ‘For you, a thousand times I would defy the sun’
melted my heart.
‘We Hunt the Flame’ by Hafsah Faizal is beautifully written, and her
literary voice was clear in character description and world building. I very
much look forward to reading the sequel when it’s released next year.