Fiction Friday

Fiction Friday; Black Sun

This Week’s Read: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Percent Read: 9%

Thoughts So Far: I’m intrigued! I’d started this book last year (I think? time has no meaning anymore) but I didn’t get very far before I set it aside. I wouldn’t say I deliberately DNFed it, because there wasn’t any specific reason I stopped reading it. I just… did. That said, I’m feeling more enthused about it now than I did the first time around so I’m optimistic I’ll get through it. Which is good because I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book.

This week ended up taking a turn thanks to another bout of illness running through my household (including yours truly), so I’m behind on my reading. But that’s okay! I’ve already read more this year than I did at this time last year, so I’ll call that a win.

Fiction Friday

Fiction Friday; The Road to Hell

I had done what I had for the right reasons. If not for the lie, we wouldn’t have marched out to protect the empire at all.

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

It took a little longer than I would like, but I finally finished We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson. Though I really enjoyed the first half, I feel like the latter 50% fell off. The three different storylines became kind of tedious and predictable by the end, and none of the mysteries laid out were even remotely answered. The ending I felt extremely meh about, but there was something else that bothered me about the whole book.

A lot of the culture depicted in the story felt heavily Asian appropriated, even while it centered white coded characters. Madson is a white woman, so this came across as, well, gross. I understand that Madson originally self published, before getting picked up for trad pub, but I have a hard time believing this was given a sensitivity read at any point in the process when it really could have used one.

I don’t know that I’ll continue with this series. I just feel… sort of underwhelmed. The first half had a lot of promise that the second didn’t quite live up to, and the lead to the sequel just doesn’t seem interesting to me.

All told I’d give it 3 out of 5.

Next up on my TBR: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do, so I better get to it. Ta!

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Fiction Friday

Fiction Friday; We Ride the Storm

This Week’s Read: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

Percent Read: 47%

Thoughts So Far: Really into it! The three main POVs are all engaging (though I have to say Rah’s is the least interesting; the whole fighting for the colonizers who enslaved us arc is really hard to root for, even if the POV character is reluctant about it). There is grit and grime and realism without straying too far into the dark where I would get turned off. I probably would have binge read the majority of this book in a single day if I hadn’t made the very conscious decision to set it aside in order to get some other work done. I look forward to finishing it over the weekend!

I did end up DNFing Obsidian Tower. I had read that it straddled YA and adult, but I felt it leaned too YA for me, and the plot was straying more from the, I guess, adult storylines I was hoping I would get. Ah well, we soldier on.

Fiction Friday

Fiction Friday; Obsidian Tower

This Week’s Read: Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso

Percent Read: 20%

Thoughts So Far: So far, I’m not super into this book. The beginning felt exceedingly rushed. We went from meeting the main character to experiencing a life-changing crisis for her without ever getting a real sense of the “opening snapshot.” Additionally, there are way too many details about the setting thrown at us and absolutely no duty of care given to them, because we are being throttled along to the inciting incident with undue haste.

It also does not bode well that I am now this far into the book and I still can’t really tell what kind of story it will be. There are some interesting elements but there hasn’t been direct focus on any of them, so I don’t know what to care about yet. Additionally, I want to like the main character, Ryx, but I feel like she’s not been given a chance to shine. There is too much happening already and she’s being pulled in so many different directions, that it feels chaotic to read her point of view.

One thing I am enjoying is Ryx’s bisexual energy. The first several paragraphs from her POV read masculine to me, so that plus her in-text bisexuality gives me a lovely mental picture of her.

Welp, time to get back to reading if I want to stay on schedule. Until next time, friends!