Starting Bout of Books 19 with a Bang

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Today kicks off the wonderful Read a thon Bout of Books 19! Can you believe it? They will be celebrating their 20th Bout of Books later on this year! I am so happy to be a part of this great celebration of reading for, I believe, the third or fourth time. My reading goal this year, considering I haven’t been making time for reading this year thus far, is ambitious for me. I am going to try to read at least four books; with a stretch goal of six! That’s almost a book a day!! I will try to get it together. I want to add to my reading challenge on goodreads. At only three books, I am far behind on my 52 books in a year. I even made a stretch goal of 70. Hopefully, the more I participate in fun read a thons, like this one for example, maybe I can catch up quicker. Besides, my TBR is super long. I need to get on top of that.

I have kicked off the read a thon by starting a book that would have been considered out of my comfort zone a year ago–a sci-fi/fantasy novel called The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley.  Below you will find a brief synopsis from the book jacket. I hope it sounds as interesting to you as it is reading it. I can’t wait to delve in deeper with it tonight. To be honest though, I never thought I’d enjoy a novel such as this one. However, I highly trust the person who recommended it to me. He hasn’t let me down yet! So, here goes nothing! To the outer universe I go.

Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling between the stars. Here, in the darkness, a war for control of the Legion has been waged for generations with no clear resolution.

As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

I hope that teaser pulled you in–at least somewhat. Each chapter has amazing epithets from a make believe “Annals of the Legion”. When I saw amazing, what I really mean is inspiring and thought-provoking.

Memory is a meaty and delirious thing, and it makes us prone to false recollections. Stories make memory; it’s merely a matter of repeating the story most beneficial to one’s purpose.

-Lord Moshi, Annals of the Legion

Enjoy the end of the first full day of Bout of Books 19! I’m going to top it off with some more reading for the evening.

Happy reading!

Down the Rabbit Hole We Go; Alice by Christina Henry

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Alice

By: Christina Henry

Released: August, 2015 published by Ace

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-fi/Horror

Length: 291 pages

Rating: Five Stars

Acquired: purchased

“You’re only a mouse if you let them make you one.”

Christina Henry’s Alice is not your average retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Alice is a patient at an institution in the “old city” of this alternate universe. The old city is full of nothing but mob bosses, felons, and the struggling people. The New City is where the rich live. The people who lived in a peaceful society protected by Ministers. Once a citizen of that part of society, Alice is now trapped. Trapped with a large scar on her cheek and no memory of events that led her to here. As it turns out, the rabbit marked her. Marked her as his own after she took his eye out. But, how did she meet this Rabbit? And, who exactly is he?

With returning favorites like the Rabbit, Caterpillar, Jabberwocky, and Walrus, you are also introduced to Hatcher. A killer with a penchant for axes, he is Alice’s “cellmate” next door. Attached to the Jabberwocky, Hatcher is an interesting character. He has no problem killing. In fact, I think he might get off on it. Alice, on the other hand, is thankfully appalled. Their chemistry is undeniable, though. Even from the start as they communicated through a mouse hole. I really loved them together. They were completely different, but worked in such a powerful way. The last page of the book is fantastic. The way the words form on the page is great.

Henry has a fresh voice not to be missed or overlooked. This is one of those stories that can stand alone from the Alice in Wonderland world. I think that’s what I liked best about it. This wasn’t your average retelling. It didn’t retell the story with just one or two elements changed. Oh, no. It was completely reimagined.  Yes, some of our favorite characters return, but they return in a completely unique way. No longer do they stand for what they once did.

This new world was not Wonderland. Nor, was it mentioned really at all. I think I liked that a lot. It was a refreshing read. After reading a previous retelling I wasn’t too fond of, this made me love the world Carroll created even more. I can’t wait for the sequel, Red Queen. I am hooked on Henry’s writing. It is powerful, shocking, and terrifically horrific. Considered fantasy/ Sci-fi for there are magicians and this alternate universe, it reads more like a light horror book with thrills added in. I can’t recommend this enough for fans of Alice in Wonderland. Even fans of horror, fantasy, and Sci-fi.

I know I am constantly saying read this. Read that. But, really, read this! You won’t regret it in the least. Borrow it or buy it; this is a book not to be missed. I wish I read it sooner. But, then again now I have a shorter wait to reading the sequel.

Happy reading!

-Indie

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