Broadside No. 9 – an author advertisement

Hear ye hear ye me mateys!  I announce an additional broadside to me Captain’s log.  What is a broadside ye ask?  Traditionally:

  1. A broadside is the side of a ship, the battery of cannon on one side of a warship; or their coordinated fire in naval warfare. From the 16th century until the early decades of the steamship, vessels had rows of guns set in each side of the hull. Firing all guns on one side of the ship became known as a “broadside“. source
  2. A broadside is a large sheet of paper printed on one side only. Historically, broadsides were posters, announcing events or proclamations, or simply advertisements. source

What does this mean for me mateys?  Well tomorrow I will publish the ninth edition of me broadside that will highlight a specific favorite author and their work.  Who ye ask?  It’s a surprise . . .

The Captain’s Log – when the moon was ours (Anna-Marie McLemore))

Ahoy there me mateys!  The beautiful cover is what drew me to this novel:

When I read the book blurb, I was intrigued.  And yet nothing could have prepared me for the impact this novel would have on me.  It is magical realism at its best.

The book is the story of two best friends, Miel and Sam, who are inseparable growing up.  But both have secrets from the world and each other.  As the two children enter young adulthood, each has to confront both their pasts and what they want their future to be like.

I particularly loved the two adult women in the story; Sam’s mother in particular was an amazing woman in her own right but also is a fantastic example of what a parent should be.

The writing style of this book was lyrical and beautiful.  Yet the book is filled with poignant and painful moments of what people can do to each other out of misunderstanding and fear  The juxtaposition of the imagery in the writing and the subject matter somehow made the feelings of the characters that much more substantial and heartfelt.  I really don’t know how to explain it adequately.  My heart just ached in the story for the beauty of the characters, the struggles they go through, and ultimately the resolution of the novel.

This is a strong novel that ye shouldn’t miss.  It is a novel that lingers days afterwords.  If ye don’t want to take me word for it, check out some other reviews of this one from some of me crew like:

Fadwa @ word wonders

Lily @ lair of books

The author’s website has this to say about the novel:

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseperable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, and they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Anna-Marie McLemore – Author

To buy the novel visit:

when the moon was ours – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Abandon Ship – metaltown (Kristen Simmons)

It is time to abandon ship me mateys!

metaltown (Kristen Simmons)

Another book I just couldn’t bring meself to finish.  This is a young adult dystopian novel.  The book has a interesting premise of young teens and children fighting against the establishment so that they can have basic rights like a less dangerous workplace, food, and better salaries.  Basically the children are trying to start their own union.  It’s a world reminiscent of the factory settings of the turn of the century where bad things like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire occurred.  Except instead of making clothes, the children are making weapons of war.  Oh and there are interesting diseases because of genetically modified corn.  That was cool.

The world building was fun and the I liked two of the main characters.  Basically this story is told from the perspective of three different children.  Ty (a girl) and Colin (a boy) are best friends who work in the factories.  Lena is the daughter of the rich dude who runs that area of the country.

Ty was tenacious and feisty and fierce.  I loved her.  Colin was overall a decent character.  I didn’t adore him by himself but his relationship with Ty was lovely.  Lena was basically a fluffy headed naive moron.  She meets Colin.  Insta-love kinda happens and then the book derails.

The major problem was that I just become bored.  I felt that the story was too slow and got too involved in the romantic ideas between Lena and Colin.  The beginning of the story and set up was fine.  But the plot was agonizingly slow.  I stopped reading at 52.1% and the major movement of forming the union hadn’t really begun.

Overall the politics of forming the children’s union just seemed too simple and the relationship between Lena and Colin seemed to have taken center stage,  So I gave up.

It is a shame that an interesting premise and some great characters could not save this book for me.

The author’s website has this to say about the novel:

Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Kristen Simmons – Author

To buy the book go:

metaltown – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

The Captain’s Log – forest of ruin (Kelley Armstrong)

Ahoy there me mateys!  This novel is the conclusion to the Age of Legends series.  If ye haven’t read any of this series then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book, sea of shadows.  Worth the read.  If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril.

forest of ruin (Kelley Armstrong)

I love Kelley Armstrong!  The first book of this trilogy was the first book I ever read by her.  I was hooked.  I also loved the sequel empires of the night.  This book was a very satisfying ending to the trilogy.

I continue to adore the twins, Moria and Ashyn.  In this novel their experiences in the previous books have certainly changed their viewpoints of the world and how they make choices.  While they are still flawed, as all humans are, both girls continue to grow towards the strong independent leaders they will one day become.

In general, this novel had some plot points that were rather predictable especially in terms of the villain’s shenanigans.  But I still enjoyed the overall journey and the ending was lovely.  The romance aspects of the story were handled and resolved very much to my satisfaction.

Also mehaps the story made me a little teary in the telling.  Or was that just the salty wind in me eye?

I would love to see future stories of the scalawags in this world.  In any case, this is in me mind a strong enjoyable young adult fantasy series that should get more hype.

Now normally me mateys, I would post a blurb of the novel here but the blurb for this one gives too much of the story away!

To visit the author’s website and blog go to:

Kelley Armstrong – Author

To buy the novel visit:

forest of ruin- Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

sea of shadows- book one (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

empires of the night -book two (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

the masked truth (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Thriller)

city of the lost (Off the Charts – Thriller/Crime Novel)

Dry Dock – conspiracy of ravens (Lila Bowen)

Ahoy there me mateys!  This novel is the second in The Shadow series, which is an awesome western fantasy.  If ye haven’t read the first book, wake of vultures, then ye might want to skip this post, grab yer horses, and ride out to the nearest dry goods store to get yerself a copy.  Worth the read.  If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril.

Well, Lila Bowen has done it again.  This book was a wonderful continuation of the story of Nettie/Rhett.  The first novel ended on a fantastic cliffhanger that made me anxious to get me hooks into the next book.

This novel deals with monsters, the building of the railroad, diverse characters, identity, and, above all, action.  Me thoughts in no particular order:

  • The setting: I continue to love the setting of the book with the Old West and monsters.  The book has such a western feel but with the addition of fantasy elements, historical blending, and a variety of myths, the traditional western is enhanced into something bold and exciting.
  • The main character:  I love that Rhett continues to explore his own nature.  One of the interesting concepts in the series is the use of names as part of identity.  Rhett started out as Nettie in book one and as circumstances change, takes on different names as a consequence of different situations.  Whether called the Shadow, Nat, Rhett, Nettie, etc.,  Rhett continues to understand a name is only part of who ye are and doesn’t have to define who ye are.  For me, watching Rhett grow as a person is really the heart of the story and it is fascinating.
  • The gang:  Rhett’s ragtag bunch of friends continues to amuse.  This book adds Earl, a Irish lad who can transform into a donkey.  The relationship between Earl and Rhett was both endearing and not at the same time.  I think it’s great that traveling companions can support each other and protect each other and yet can bicker at the same time.  Rhett is prickly.  So are the others in his group like Dan.  The distinct personalities of each of the characters is a highlight of the novel.
  • The magic:  The magic of the West continues to fascinate.  Rhett continues to explore his newfound powers with some entertaining side effects especially around eating.  The magic surrounding the railroad and the villain is particularly fun.  I want to spoil it but I won’t.
  • The writing:  I love the author’s writing style.  She deals with such complex topics that make ye think while also not impeding the plot.  In fact, such ideas enrich the diverse characterizations and make the characters seem all too real and yet bigger than life at the same time.  As flawed and downtrodden as the people are, there is also hope, tenacity, strength, and growth in their survival

While trying to write me thoughts in this log, I realized after an hour that I cannot state me beliefs on this novel better than the viewpoint of one of me crew, Drew @ the tattooed book geek, so as yer Captain, I order ye to check out that scoundrel’s review by clicking on the link that be his name.

Side note:  Apparently Lila Bowen is the pen name of Delilah S. Dawson and she has written lots of other things.  Cool huh?

Apparently there are two more books in The Shadow Series to come!  Hooray!!  I can’t wait.

So lastly . . .

Thank you NetGalley and Orbit Books!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Monsters, magic and the supernatural combine in this sequel to Wake of Vultures, in which a young woman must defeat the evil hiding beneath the surface.

Nettie Lonesome made a leap — not knowing what she’d become. But now the destiny of the Shadow is calling.

A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And the Shadow must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on the dangerous mission pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life.

When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn’t black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?

Conspiracy of Ravens continues the exciting journey begun in Wake of Vultures as Nettie Lonesome discovers that she, and the world, are more than what they seem.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Lila Bowen – Author

To buy the book go:

conspiracy of racens – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

This Captain received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Orbit Books in exchange for an honest review. 

Shiver me Timbers!

Ahoy there me mateys!

While I was away sailing on the high seas, an amazing thing happened:

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Three hundred followers!  How cool is that?  So welcome to me crew ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!  Always remember:

Q: Why are pirates bad at cards?

A: It’s kind of hard to play when ye are sitting on the deck.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Abandon Ship – sora’s quest (T.L. Shreffler)

It is time to abandon ship me mateys!

sora’s quest (T.L. Shreffler)

I heard about this novel from Angela @ pooled ink who wrote a raving review.  In fact, the review was so exuberant in its praise, that I immediately went and downloaded the novel, which was available for free on Amazon.

Now I had issues with this novel at the start.  I didn’t like the prologue.  But I thought to meself, “well, we are obviously not supposed to like the bad guy.” So I kept going.  Then the novel proper started and we were introduced to the heroine.

The main character Sora was a whiny brat of a 17 year old.  Yes, her father is a bit of an unlovable jerk but she didn’t seem to have the worst life.  I mean, I get that she doesn’t want to marry.  I was cool with that.  However, she didn’t seem to have any other plans except to run away.  And how she went about it didn’t seem that bright.

Now of course as she is attempting to run away, she is instead kidnapped by an assassin.  I have a soft spot for assassin novels, so I got excited and thought that here is where it is going to start getting good.

Sadly that was not true for me.  New characters kept getting introduced and I didn’t like any of them.  Not only that, but the world building seemed almost non-existent and flat.  Add to the fact that the group wanders in the swamp in seemingly circles for the majority of the novel and I just couldn’t take it anymore.

Now if I found the novel so irksome then why ye ask did I read to 79 percent?  Because I somehow wanted to magically capture the reading enjoyment that Angela had.  I mean, obviously she loved it and she quickly downloaded and gobbled up the remainder of the series.  I kept thinking that if I kept reading the hook would catch me and the enthrallment would begin.

But this seems to be a case of this novel not being for me .  I had to abandon the book and subsequently the series.

I am glad however that it has captured the fancy of other readers.  So don’t necessarily take me word for it.  Read the pooled ink’s contrasting viewpoint and if ye like to give this one a chance.

As always I find when people disagree with me reading tastes to be sort of fascinating.

The author’s website has this to say about the novel:

Sora Fallcrest always dreamed of adventure, but as a member of the nobility, she learned the ways of a Lady instead. Now seventeen, she is expected to choose a husband and marry. She plots to run away, but just as she is stepping out the door, she runs into a mysterious man and is kidnapped.

Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go–not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.

But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power–or will the power wield her?

To visit the author’s website go to:

T.L. Shreffler – Author

To buy the book go:

sora’s quest – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List