Title: Seafire (Sneak Peak)
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads:
After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
I was so excited to get to read the sneak peak of Seafire and then… I wasn’t. I thought for sure that a story about a group of girls running a ship and trying to stomp out the bad guys was going to be a super interesting book. But the sneak peak really wasn’t all that interesting. Sure, there was a fair bit of action in the sneak peak I read, but it didn’t make me excited to continue reading.
Honestly, the only reason the sneak peak gave me to continue reading is the possibility of finding out the ending of the cliffhanger the sneak peak left on, but even then, I’m not particularly inclined to say I need to rush out and get the full book so I can read it.
I gave this one 3 stars because it’s not horrible, but it’s not great either. It’s just kind of meh. Maybe it just isn’t the book for me or maybe it’s not the book for me right now.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Title: The Centaur’s Last Breath
Series: Brimstone Witch Mysteries
Author: April Fernsby
Publication Date: July 3, 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Cassia Winter is a witch. With the help of her cat, Stanley, she investigates crime in the magical town of Brimstone.
A centaur has died while out on a run. His death is confirmed as heart failure by a doctor. But the centaur’s father is adamant that his son was murdered and asks for Cassia’s help.
Cassia starts to investigate the centaur’s death and is soon convinced it was murder. Furthermore, she discovers the centaur had made many enemies in the lead-up to his death.
As Cassia and Stanley get deeper into the investigation, a stranger comes into their lives. This stranger is welcome, but things quickly take a turn for the worse and Cassia realises someone is out to cause her a great deal of harm.
I’ll be honest, this book wasn’t a favorite of mine. It just didn’t capture and keep my attention like I would have liked it to. I found it all too easy to put this one down and not pick it back up. I had to remind myself that I needed to read it for the review just to get through it.
For one thing, I took the book under the guise that it was a brand new, yet-to-be-released book. It’s not. It was released over a year ago and there are actually twelve books in the series so far. Another issue is that this book is actually book number three in the series so I came into it without any knowledge of what had transpired in the first two books. There’s just enough background that you won’t necessarily need to read the first two, but I really dislike reading books out of order.
Honestly, the characters were rather… meh. I could take or leave any of them – although I can really leave Astrid. But the unrequited love between Luca and Cassia is less stiff and forced, making it painful to read scenes between the two. Astrid’s burning hatred for Cassia is clear throughout the book and it seems to be a far more prevalent point than it should have been. The only character I truly enjoyed was Stanley and that’s probably because he’s a talking cat.
I gave this one 3 stars because it’s not horrible, but it’s not great either. It’s just kind of meh. Maybe it just wasn’t the book for me.
I received a copy of this book free from BookSprout in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.