• Book Fight Update

    Both of these were good, but Love & Curse Making won because it was light, fun, and hot. It does end with a lot of loose ends, but I wouldn’t call it a cliffhanger.

    I felt lost through much of Woman of Blood & Bone, only to find out later that it’s a spinoff series. Anderson does an okay job of catching up new readers, but there are enough references to things I assume happened in earlier books for me to feel a bit left out on the joke.

    I can’t believe this is how this one turned out, and if you’d asked I would have told you Seanan would wipe the floor with any opponent, but here we are. Sparrow Hill Road is not bad in any way, shape, or form, but it wasn’t the right time for me to read a collection of serials about a ghostly young woman dealing with some pretty heavy issues. It’s brilliant, but too cerebral for me right now.

    In complete contrast, Wolf Gone Wild is a romp that I devoured and quickly downloaded the sequel. Mateo and Alpha are the heroes I needed, even if Alpha reminds me of Tom Hardy’s Venom. Another one whose sequel I quickly downloaded.

    This also completed my first second tier bracket, and it was hard to choose between Wolf Gone Wild and Artificial Condition. I gave a slight edge to Wolf Gone Wild, simply because it’s a longer work and I never feel like I get enough time with Murderbot. Honestly, it could have gone either way.

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    To get a blank bracket PDF and see the full list of books included in mine, see this blog post.

  • Book Fight Update

    It’s going to be very, very hard to beat out Murderbot. In the second installment, Artificial Condition, we get a bit more characterization and a whole new cast of characters. I need to remember to re-read the series before starting book three, since it took me a bit to catch up. The stories end abruptly, but the next volume picks up where the last left off.

    I enjoyed Three Mages and a Margarita, but the anxiety riddled murderous robot wins this round.

    That brings me to five completed brackets. I need to get a move on if I’m going to finish this year.

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    To get a blank bracket PDF and see the full list of books included in mine, see this blog post.

  • Book Fight Update

    For some reason I had it in my head that The Love Hypothesis was up against Get A Life, Chloe Brown so I read both of those and only realized my mistake when I went to update my brackets. So I’m a bit out of order here, but that’s okay. Spoiler Alert is on hold at my library, so I read Carved in Cherry.

    Both of these stories are good, but The Love Hypothesis won this match. It was exactly what I needed right now with everything going to hell in a hand bucket in the world right now. Easy, low angst, high steam, funny, relatable and all around swoon worthy.

    Hopefully Spoiler Alert will be available soon and I’ll get that bracket done.

    I also finished The Brightest Fell and People We Meet on Vacation. This was an unfair fight. I’ve been a Seanan McGuire fan for ages and this is the first book by Emily Henry I’ve read.  It just didn’t stand a chance being paired with such a juggarnaught.

    This brings me to four completed brackets.

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    To get a blank bracket PDF and see the full list of books included in mine, see this blog post.

  • Book elimination tournament!

    A friend of mine did this and I thought, what a great way to get new book recommendations and get through some of my TBR list, so I stole the idea and ran with it. Matchups were made using random.org. I’m reviewing the 5* reads on my Goodreads account, and will update here when I finish a pair. I also made a blank bracket if you’d like to do this which you can download here:

    And here is a list of the book matchups:

    Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
    Three Mages and a Margherita by Annette Marie

    Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire
    Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cros

    Fool by Christopher Moore
    The Witch’s Wolves by Ellie Mae MacGregor

    Love & Curse Making by Kelly St Clare
    Woman of Blood & Bone (Rogue Ethereal #1) by Annie Anderson

    A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane
    Pushing Up Posies (Grim Dating #1) by Eve Langlais

    A House for Keeping by Matteson Wynn
    Paladin’s Grace by T Kingfisher

    Wolf Girl (Wolf Girl, #1) by Leia Stone
    Radio Silence (Off the Grid, #1) by Alyssa Cole

    Spoiler Alert by Olvia Dade
    Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

    Priest by Sierra Simone
    A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic) by Elise Kova

    Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
    Carved in Cherry by Elizabeth Kirke

    Bite Somebody by Sara Dobie Bauer
    Black Hat, White Witch by Hailey Edwards

    Gray Card (The Department of Homeworld Security #1) by Cassandra Chandler
    Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion, #1) by Jessie Mihalik

    A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T Kingfisher
    The Nine Muses by Aisha Urooj

    People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
    The Brightest Fell (October Daye, #11) by Seanan McGuire

    Girls Weekend by CM Nascosta
    Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1) by R.L. Mathewson

    The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers
    Bond (Stargazer Alien Mail Order Brides, #1) by Tasha Black

    Just because a book doesn’t win it’s matchup doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. It just means I didn’t like it as much as the book it was paired against.