Iron Gold: Bloodydamn Brilliant

iron gold-3From the day that it was announced, to the day I had it in my hands, Iron Gold built up its own hype in my mind with little to no outside influence.  I was excited because obviously I loved the Red Rising trilogy, and returning to see some of my favorite characters was sure to be an adventure.  But also more than a little nervous because, well, have you read the Red Rising books?!  Pierce Brown has no issues with bringing unmentionable pain, or killing off his characters, beloved or not, and the odds of my favorites surviving another three books seemed slim to none.

Warning before picking up Iron Gold:  If you liked the ending of Morning Star, or if you would prefer a happy ending for your favorite characters, than it is probably best that you pretend that Iron Gold doesn’t exist.  Because some people will undoubtedly be uncomfortable with the way Pierce Brown makes them feel in this 600+ page monstrosity.  Pandora’s box has been opened, all hell has been unleashed, and picking up Iron Gold is most certainly a commitment to emotional pain.  Isn’t reading fun?

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Top 5 Tuesday

Good Morning everyone!  It has been so stinkin’ long since I have participated in a Top 5/10 Tuesday so I thought it would be fun to revisit a prompt I missed from a few weeks ago that I love!the martian

For those of you that are unaware, Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by  The Broke & The Bookish, where book bloggers get to highlight their top 10 choices for the topic that the lovely people at B&B choose for the week.  Yes, the meme is supposed to be Top 10, and yes, I only do 5.  WHAT ABOUT IT?

So, today the Top 5 prompt I wanted to revisit is: 5 most recent books from X genre that you have recently added to your TBR!  A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of my sci-fi section of my bookshelf on Instagram, which I am immensely proud of.  But then I realized that for being one of my favorite genres, I definitely needed to add some more books to this collection.  Let’s get to it!

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Morning Star

Pierce Brown

Published February 2016

Red Rising #3

18966806I am doing it.  It is happening.  I am finally going to review Morning Star, after finishing this dang book over two months ago.

With the ending of Golden Son being the most bat-shit insane ending / cliff hanger to a book I have read possibly EVER, it wasn’t long before I picked up Morning Star.  And by “wasn’t long”, I mean it was approximately 7 and 1/2 minutes.

While this final installment in the Red Rising trilogy wasn’t my favorite of the three, it was a solid ending to a fantastic series, and I highly recommend the series to any fan of science fiction.  I think Morning Star left much to explore and possible situations unexplored, but for the most part, I finished the book satisfied, so it’s a weird line to walk.

Please, beware that while this review will not have too many spoilers for Morning Star individually, it is EXTREMELY difficult to review the finale in a trilogy without spoiling some aspects of the previous two books. You have officially  been warned.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war.

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The Bone Season

Samantha Shannon

Published August 20th, 2013 by Bloomsbury

The Bone Season #1

17199504I don’t often give myself the luxury of re-reading a book, I mean, there are SO MANY UNREAD BOOKS THAT I OWN.  However, as a Bone Season Advocate, I wanted to re-read the first two books in The Bone Season series in preparation of the third book being released in March 2017.

And, while I enjoyed The Bone Season last April when I read it for the first time, reading it again this month I can walk away and say I loved this book!  The depth of this story is downright amazing, and while there are some parts that I would classify “information overload”, the world/underworld of Scion London is fascinating and addicting.

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The Forgetting 

Sharon Cameron

Published September 13, 2016 by Scholastic Press

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28691932I have had an ARC of The Forgetting sitting by my bedside since I received it at BookCon back in May of this year. I thought that it looked interesting, but I wanted to read it and review it closer to the release date. Confession time: The Forgetting is actually the first and only ARC I have so far received during my time as a book blogger, and honestly they just hand out stacks of these at the convention anyway. So, I really am not that special, although for the sake of my pride I will pretend to be.

Take a look at this gorgeous cover, seriously, its beautiful. Now tell me what this book is about. You can’t right?! I love when book covers suck you in, but do not reveal anything.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

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Dark Matter

Blake Crouch

Published July 2016 by Crown 

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dark matter“Are you happy with your life?”  

Do I have your attention yet?  If this mind-numbingly awesome book cover doesn’t draw you in, that line sure as hell will.

You all know I am a cover monster.  Show me a beautiful book cover and I am all over it.  This familiar feeling of infatuation come over me when I first laid my eyes on this sci-fi thriller, Dark Matter.  And is it not just the best feeling in the world when you are rewarded with content inside the book that is even better than the amazing shell on the outside?!

I jump from genre to genre all the time, and I felt like I needed some science fiction in my life.  When I picked up Dark Matter though, I was not expecting this absolutely insane reading experience: the kind of experience where you are left breathless after every chapter,  where you find yourself contemplating all the life choices you have ever made.  Yes, Dark Matter is that kind of book, and it is so good.

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Golden Son

Pierce Brown

Published January 2015

Red Rising #2

18966819 I have put off writing this review for too long.  What can I possibly say that hasn’t been said about this book before?  Also, I think I was intimidated by how much I enjoyed the book.  I didn’t want to write an incoherent review where I flailed and fangirled and ranted.  I wanted this to be concise and well thought out, but for some reason the words would not come.  After being read for two weeks, I decided I needed to stop procrastinating and just push forward.  So here we go.  Pushing forward.

“For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.”

Second book syndrome is supposedly a thing.  The dreaded situation where, especially in trilogies, the second book in a series acts as more of a plot builder and character developer for the upcoming finale, rather than being a strong independent book able to stand on its own.   While I have no doubts Morning Star will blow me away when I get to it, I can tell you right now: Golden Son does not suffer from any syndrome other than kick ass syndrome.  (Not sure if that is a real thing, but I am rolling with it.)

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