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Paradise-1 by David Wellington

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adventurous dark mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

I flew through this behemoth in less than 3 days! An incredibly entertaining horror sci-fi. I can’t compare it to many other books in this genre because I have not read many but after this I’ll be exploring further into the genre. While I felt the book could have been cut by 100 pages, it still kept a super-Sonic pace. The plot moves lightening fast, with a slow moment here and there. The gore and overall horror factors left me not wanting to turn off my lights. This book ends on a MEGA cliffhanger, so do not expect closure in this first installment. I’m looking forward to the sequel! 
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

What a heartwarming space adventure! A fun, light hearted story with a found family at the core of it. Chambers weaves intricate world building into her story in a subtle but impactful manner, leaving me wanting more by the final page. This story is for cozy readers who enjoy heavy world building and character building. There is tense moments that feed the plot but the majority of this story is about friendship, love, and being your most authentic self.  The pace is medium leaning to slow. If you are expecting an intense fast paced space opera this isn’t the book for you. But I found it’s slower sweetness to be a welcomed change in my usual high paced rotation of sci-fi novels. 
Jade War by Fonda Lee

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adventurous dark sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

5.0

A strong sequel with a dramatically different feel than the first book Jade City. I can see how some would struggle with the shift in the pace of the second book. The war is fought behind closed doors, many scenes of heavy dialogue and characters meeting. I however really enjoyed this shift and felt like it was a great build up to the final book that I’m sure is going to be explosive. Wen is by far one of my favorite characters, a woman who operates in this misogynistic society in a way that she weaponizes the prejudice she faces as not only a woman but a stone eye as well. 
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

I enjoyed this haunting retelling of Edgar Allen Poe but found the heavy world building hampering to the pace of the story. The ending was suspenseful and spooky. Overall a great start to the spooky season.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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3.0

The plot is all that is keeping me reading at this point. The characters are not well written in my opinion. None of them have any character Arcs that don’t directly benefit the main character. I truly believe this story would have been much better in 3rd POV. Because I simply don’t care about any of these characters, I don’t know their motivations, which leaves them flat. Darrow is still a “not like other boys” dip shit. Mustang is the only other character with some potential but she is only their to service Darrow’s character arc. 

Three women are fridged in this book. Three. I am begging Pierce Brown to stop using the death & assault of women to propel his plot while simultaneously not addressing the misogyny in his story in any depth whatsoever. 
A simple “she’s not a thing to give” is not the depth filled conversation he thinks it is. And it’s not addressing the misogyny, not truly. 
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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2.0

Red Rising has been all over my social media. I took a head first dive into the story, and I’m not going to lie, I was a bit disappointed. What starts off as a promising story soon crumbled under misogynistic themes that I found added no value to the story. I understand this story is brutal, the world is dark, but does every world written by a man in this genre have to include the rape of women? I’m so tired of men using the dehumanizing act of rape on women to propel their plots. Straight tired. Get more creative. 

Now, this wasn’t my only issue. Darrow, that dip shit mars boy that EO died for in hopes he would accomplish something. He forgets about her less than a year later when faced with a pretty Gold woman (Mustang). Anytime he does take a moment to remember his DEAD wife, it’s always her physical traits or the exact same regurgitated rendition of “she is why I do this”. Glad he needs constant reminding of that. I would think breaking your own wife’s neck would be enough.  
Darrow is a narcissistic ‘alpha’ frat boy, who somehow while being tasked to dismantle the system, became a brutal gear in its inner workings. He is infuriating. 

The plot has potential, but the characters and the treatment of women are a disaster. 
Jade City by Fonda Lee

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4.5

Loved this story, wish the ending packed a larger punch but excited to see where the next story takes me. 
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

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adventurous funny tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

It’s a murder mystery with Murderbot, need I say more? Martha Wells is at her best in the Murderbot world. Can’t wait for the next installment.