This Week in Books was apparently started by the bloggers over at Lipsyy. You’ll see my list isn’t as long this time. The whole family came down with strep throat last weekend, and it threw everything off.
What Am I Reading for Review Now?
Hell Bound by Andrew P. Weston (A Netgalley Arc)
part of the Heroes in Hell shared world fantasy books.
Perseid Press Overview: “In hell, none of the condemned believes they deserve to be there. And that’s fine, so long as they’re not foolish enough to try and do anything about it. For those that do, there’s always Satan’s Reaper–and chief bounty hunter–Daemon Grim.
Feared throughout the many layers of the underverse, no one in their right mind dares to cross him.
However, when Grim discovers that someone has attempted to evade injustice, and seems hell-bent on gaining access to ancient angelic artifacts proscribed since the time of the original rebellion in heaven, circumstances point to the fact they may be doing just that.
The question is…why?
Thus begins an investigation that leads Grim throughout the many contradictory and baffling levels of the underworld, where he unearths a conspiracy that is not only eating its way like a cancer through the highest echelons of Hellion society, but one which threatens the very stability of Satan’s rule.
As you can imagine, Grim’s response is bloody, brutal, and despicably wicked.
Hell Bound – In hell, everyone can hear you scream…”
Progress: 10% (Been sick!)
Opinion So Far: I’m in love with his ability to pick exactly the right words to paint beautifully macabre scenes in your brain.
Sky Ghosts: All For One by Alexandra Engellmann (author-given review copy)
Goodreads Synopsis: Under the cover of night, unseen in their black gear against the black sky, there are Sky Ghosts – warriors and assassins, who have been hiding among humans for centuries, revealing their supernatural abilities only to the human elite. They are bodyguards of the highest level and protectors of their cities at night, when they hunt those who chose the dark side, Sky Beasts.
In New York City, there are two fighters that Sky Beasts hate more than anyone – Jane and Pain, two sisters who don’t think twice about beheading a Beast or two. One night, they save two boys from their enemies’ blades, and since that moment, their lives are effectively ruined. The whole Sky Beasts gang is now after them, and not only the boys are in danger, but everybody the sisters love and care about.
As a war threatens to break out, the main mystery remains unsolved: why would the Beasts hunt two ordinary human boys?
Sky Ghosts: All for One is the first book in the Sky Ghosts series that won’t leave indifferent fans of sword fighting, fantasy romance, and the woman warrior genre.
Opinion so far: The writing style is somewhat unique, but the story is struggling to hold my attention for some reason.
The Star Agency by R.E. Weber (Free on Kindle promo)
Part of The Star Agency Chronicles
Goodreads Synopsis: “So many of us dream of another life – a life of excitement and danger.
What if, in the darkest depths of despair, you suddenly had a chance to live that life?
Would you have the courage to chase that dream, even if you had to leave your friends, family and everything you knew behind?
Would you take that chance?
Theopolis James Logan is about to get that chance.
The Universe is about to come knocking on his door.”
The Star Agency is book 1 of The Star Agency Chronicles, an Interstellar secret agent adventure aimed at readers aged 10 and above.
Opinion So Far: Oooh, this is putting me in my happy place. At first it reminded me of Dr. Who (9/Rose, 11/Amy), but now I’m hoping for some sort of Ender’s game-esque book. Yay!
What’s Next On My List?
Bleed by Dax Varley (Author-given review copy)
Synopsis: LIFE IS A NIGHTMARE FOR Miranda Murphy. Without knowing when or why, blood oozes from her palms—an anomaly that makes her feel like a freak. But her abnormality is now the least of her worries. She’s just enrolled at “Suicide High.” Three deaths in three months—one occurring just days before her arrival.
When she bumps into a cute boy named Jake, things don’t appear so glum. Especially since Jake’s a psychic who can predict the immediate future. But his gift of sight can’t prepare her for the horrors that await.
Through Jake, Miranda meets three other extraordinary students:
Topher – who can heal by touch.
Sam – who eats the sins of the dead.
And Xyan – who speaks and understands all languages.
It’s then that Miranda learns the secret behind why she bleeds.
When it becomes evident that supernatural forces are at play, the five determined friends team up. Now it’s up to them to destroy the evil that’s infecting their school.
The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen by R. T. Lowe (Author-given Review Copy)
Goodreads Synopsis: Reeling from a terrible accident that claimed the lives of his parents, Felix arrives at Portland College hoping only to survive the experience. In time, however, his reality star roommate shows him there is more to higher education than just classes, shared bathrooms and bad dorm food, and Felix gradually dares to believe he can put his past behind him. But a fateful storm looms on the horizon: In the nearby woods, two hikers become the latest victims in a series of gruesome murders; a disfigured giant embarks on a vicious cross-country rampage, killing teenagers who fail his ‘test’; and an ancient society of assassins tasked with eradicating the wielders of a mysterious source of power awakens after a long silence. Only one man–the school’s groundskeeper–knows that the seemingly unrelated events are connected, and that an eighteen-year-old boy stands in the center of the storm.