Tell Me Tuesday (37)

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Last Read

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Goodreads: I finally finished this! I started listening to it back in January, but then the several months’ long book slump happened and I didn’t finish it. I will say I don’t recommend the audiobook for this one. It has multiple narrators, and two of them are really hard to listen to. They are not ‘bad’ but they either don’t differentiate enough between multiple characters or have weird inflections in the wrong moments. Not to mention they read really really slowly. I had this one 2x times speed most of the book (and 3x at one point). It’s a good book though and really different from the Grisha trilogy.
  • Watchmen – Goodreads: I get the love for this book, but I don’t really care too much about it now that I’m done. I don’t hate it, but I also don’t ever want to read it again. Parts of it were mind-numbingly boring and other parts were amazing.
  • Not Pictured: Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 22 (SO GOOD!), Demon Diary Vol. 7 (Meh), and The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (Also Meh)

Currently Reading

  • Incarnate by Jodi Meadows – Goodreads: I’ve had this for a long time, but I never got around to reading it. I’m not sure how long this one will take me since it’s not making too much of an impression at the moment, though.
  • Blue Exorcist Vol. 1 – Goodreads: I’ve seen the first couple of episodes of the anime for this one and it seems like it could be really good, so I figured I’d give the manga a go as well.
  • Not pictured: Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 23

Next

  • The Woodsman by Belle Scarlett – Goodreads: This is a review audio for the Audavoxx newsletter, and it’s rather short so I’m hoping to get to it this week sometime. The sample sounds great and I love that it has background noise and sound effects.
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – Goodreads: My library finally got a copy of this, so I can finally get around to see what the fuss is all about!
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer – Goodreads: I have Wires and Nerve, which is the Lunar Chronicles graphic novel, and it looks like it could have spoilers for me. So I need to get to Winter first!
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Review: Not Just Voodoo (Anthology)

Not Just VoodooSource: Purchased   
Publisher: –
Series: –
Edition:
 Ebook, 508 Pages
Genre:
 Paranormal Fantasy, Anthology, Young Adult, New Adult
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: 3.5/5

To celebrate the release of Something Like Voodoo by New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton, we’ve put together this paranormal fantasy collection of short stories that include works from some of her favorite authors!

Most of the stories in this specially curated collection are brand new, exclusive content – never before distributed anywhere else and yours for the taking!

If you’re in the mood for unique magic and familiar creatures, this anthology is sure to add spark to your day!

Not Just Voodoo is a ‘box set’ of quite a few different stories ranging in age and heft. It has a little something forever paranormal fantasy lover out there and feels pretty cohesive as a group.

Major Arcana by Margo Bond Collins  – This is probably one of my favorites in this set and it’s definitely a strong lead in. I liked the characters enough to want to continue their story and enjoyed the writing style enough to add several of her books to my wishlist.

I Wish I Weren’t A Djinni by Erin Hayes – This goes with Erin Hayes shorter series that features titles like ‘How to Be a Mermaid’ and ‘I Do Believe in Fairies’, which I haven’t gotten around to reading but I do own. This is short and sweet. Teeth-achingly sweet, but I enjoyed it’s lighter feel (especially after the first book).

Splintered Magic by Aileen Harkwood – This has a case of ‘ridiculous adult’ syndrome that some YA novels are prone too. All of those who can be considered old enough to function independently are jerks or make terrible choices, it’s irritating that the only rational adults are those mentioned second hand. However, the magic system does seem really interesting and though the story itself didn’t feel new I did enjoy it overall.

Wicked Witch by L.C. Hibbit – This one has a really cool premise and I love the idea of highly influential and well of people being magical, I also like that the group of teens we follow are not necessarily good people either. But this one just didn’t grab me much and at times it felt too Gossip Girl in terms of loftiness.

Journal of Abigail DiAngelo by Megan J. Parker & Nathan Squiers – I wasn’t a fan of this one. The tone was almost too nonchalant and bored to match the subject matter towards the beginning, though the latter portion really does hold some promise.

The Witch and The Thief by Katerina Martinez – This one is an adult paranormal read that really pulled me in. It’s a shorter story that moves rather quickly, but it really does a good job of building that creepy tension that I expect from New Orleans-based UF.

The Awakened by K.N. Lee – This might be one of the more unique stories in the set as it is historical and has a more prim writing style. I don’t think I was blown away by this one, but it was enjoyable and it would be interesting to see how Willa handles her power.

Gavin’s Gamble by Nicole Zoltack – I really liked this one! It’s one of the stars of this set I think. We get a different view on witch hunters, a more personal view and I really liked that Gavin wasn’t blindly accepting of his father’s brand of world saving. I’m keeping my eye on this other for sure.

Deadtown by Debbie Cassidy  – Another fantastic read! This one is more adult in age terms and we follow a duo who tackles problems of the paranormal variety. There is a lot happening this one and it really sets up nicely for the beginning of the series that follows and has a really interesting set of characters.

Visions Among Frost by Alicia Rhodes – This one has some promise as well, though it does have a rather style that lends itself towards ambiguity. I have the first book in this series so I’ll be giving this author another go sometime soon and I’m curious to see how Crystal gets started on this road.

The Dying of the Light by Monica Corwan – This leans more towards mystery/crime beat fiction but has a really interesting paranormal twist in the form of reapers. There is some seriously awesome stuff happening in this story and I’m glad to have this author on my radar now.

Tested by Magic by Jasmine Walt – Another really good story for this set and another author for me to add to my list. We get a new fantasy world as well as more modern setting with shifters and magic users, as well as some bounty hunting goodness to round it all out. The writing is fantastic and the characters really balance each other out.

Reaper’s Redemption by Thea Atkinson – I’m torn on this one. I wasn’t really fond of the overall story, but I did like the idea of it as well as the twist. There was just something off about this one that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Leaves Like Magic by Rebecca Hamilton – This is one of the longer stories in the set but it falls somewhere in the middle for me. The magic is really awesome and I like the idea of a sort of political battle with vampires and witches…but it just didn’t really feel much different from other paranormal stories out there. I don’t really think I knew the character enough to care about her power or her selflessness, it was sort of Mary Sue-esque and it lost some of its unique quality because of that.

Overall I think this is a great set of short stories! Some of the stories were in the middle, a few were hard passes, but quite a few were stories I’d be interested in continuing at some point. I love getting to try out new authors and sets like these really provide a great way to do it at a low cost.

3.5 stars

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