Well, I finally broke my promise and am posting my update a day later than usual. I do apologize for that! I had some medical problems yesterday that kept me at home and offline (I’m totally fine), so I didn’t get a chance to write this post like I planned. So thanks for your patience and understanding!
Also, because I’m, um, bad at math, I’m actually way behind on announcing books that survived my Taste Tester round compared to books that I still need to cut (as in, before this post went live, I still had five books to cut and eight books that make it to my second round). So, these next few posts will feature only one book that’s being cut and two books that have made it, if that makes any sense.
Commiseration to the fallen and congrats to the next books to survive the first cull!
Title: A Walk in the Wild
Author: Peter Thomson
Published: December 2018
Amount Read: 50 of 555 pages (9%)
Rating: 1 out of 5 gems
Blurb: You’re a graduate magician. Now what? Chrysanthemum can choose from lots of safe, secure careers, all providing a steady income and an eventual pension. None appeals to her, so when a friend invites her to go for a walk in the Wild, of course she accepts. It’s not safe, it’s not secure, and there is no pension. You could get rich, or you could die. In fact, you are very likely to die. But it’s better than a regular job, right?
This book had an intriguing premise, but unfortunately, it had a lot going against it. The way it was formatted, there was an extra space between every paragraph, which should insinuate a time break within the narrative, yet there never was. This formatting, paired with how dialogue heavy it was and how little exposition it held, made it difficult to figure out not only who was talking, but what exactly was going on, providing very little forward direction. There were also quite a few typos.
Between all of these formatting errors, it was hard to even pay attention to the story, so I checked out after my promised 50 pages.
To what I was able to pay attention to, this does give of a classic adventure, perhaps MG, DND-esque type vibe, so if that strikes your fancy, perhaps you’ll enjoy this! For me, I couldn’t get past the basic formatting errors and lack of plot direction to continue reading.
To Be Continued
Title: Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil
Author: Mary Fan
Published: May 2018
Amount Read: TBD
Blurb: Break the enchantments. Find the truth. Ignite the revolution.
A century ago, the Enchanters defeated the evil Lord of the Underworld, but not before he’d unleashed his monsters and ravaged the earth. The Enchanters built the Triumvirate out of what remained of the United States, demanding absolute obedience in exchange for protection from the lingering supernatural beasts.
Sixteen-year-old Flynn Nightsider, doomed to second-class life for being born without magic, knows the history as well as anyone. Fed up with the Triumvirate’s lies and secrecy, he longs for change. And when he stumbles across a clue that hints at something more – secrets in the dark, the undead, and buried histories – he takes matters into his own hands.
Before long, Flynn finds himself hunted not only by the government, but also by nightmarish monsters and a mysterious man with supernatural powers … all seeking him for reasons he cannot understand. Rescued by underground rebels, he’s soon swept up in their vision of a better world, guided by a girl as ferocious as the monsters she fights. But as the nation teeters on the brink of revolution, Flynn realizes three things.
The rebellion is not what it seems.
Flynn himself might be more than he seems.
And the fate of the world now rests in his hands.
Title: The Seal of Throkar
Author: Marniy Jones
Published: August 2016
Amount Read: TBD
Blurb: In a world walked by gods and their immortal avatars, a hidden war is brewing.
When the immortal avatar of a god is murdered, the remaining avatars suspend their differences and flee to the safest place they know: the fortress of the goddess of war. The frail truce might keep them from each other’s throats while inside the walls, but won’t stop them from plotting and scheming against one another in retaliation for eons-old betrayals.
For Quinthian, handmaiden to the fertility goddess, the situation goes from merely intolerable to catastrophic when she is sent on a mission to investigate the crime alongside Dalanar, a powerful sorcerer in service to her enemy. The man is intelligent, cunning, inexcusably handsome—and has been persecuting the followers of her goddess for as long as Quin can remember. Despite the lifetime of animosity between them, they must cooperate if they hope to save their avatars from the mysterious assassin’s hand.
When their inquiry uncovers a deeper conspiracy, Quin is forced to question her faith, her loyalty, and everything she knows about her allies and her adversaries. However, the Summer Festival is fast approaching—a time when Quin must take a suitor to ensure a strong harvest, but which also might be just the opportunity the killer has been waiting for. In a game where the gods themselves are pawns, the man she is sworn to kill could provide her only chance of protecting the people she loves. But first, Quin must decide who can be trusted and who is worth saving.
As mentioned before, a full review will come both of these books later, as my interest was piqued enough to continue reading. For Flynn Nightrider, I am just so intrigued by this world and the writing is on point, so I’m curious to see what happens next! For The Seal of Throkar, it had such a strong opening, I had to know what happened next, even though there were also a few red flags with the worldbuilding that still made me wary. Like the others, in this second round, I’ll continue reading until I decide it’s not my finalist or finish it!
And there’s my next one cut and next two book moving forward (not a semi-finalist yet, mind, but still in the running to become one). Check back on this space next Monday to see the fate of my next three books!