Review: Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey

Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey 

River of Teeth #2

September 12, 2017 –

192 pgs. – Fiction, Fantasy, Adult

Source: Publisher, Netgalley

1.5 stars 

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

If you want to read the summary, click here.

I liked the first novella, even though it was not what I was expecting. So when I started this one, I assumed I would like this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t. I found the second one pretty boring, and while I was interested in the characters in the first one. I didn’t really like them in this one. I am not sure what the difference was between the two, but I just didn’t really like it.

One of the biggest issues that I had was I didn’t think it was necessary. This picks up where the first one ended. The team is scattered and two are trying to find each other. A baby is kidnapped.  While it seems that there is a plot, it didn’t hold my attention.

While I would be happy to read something else by Gailey, I don’t think I will be continuing with this series (if anything else is written within it.)

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These are the titles that I’m working through this weekend.


 Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova  This is actually a review book, but since I listened to the first one on audio, I decided to do the same with this one. So far, I am enjoying it (as I thought I would).  If nothing else, I would definitely recommend both the first one.


 ISAN International Sensory Assassin Network by Mary Ting   This has a unique concept, as it focuses on heightened senses through a drug. It’s pretty good so far.


 The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin.  This is a historical romance that I received for review. I haven’t made very much progress with it, but I’ve enjoyed the first couple of chapters that I’ve read.


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What I’ve Finshed Wednesday 11/7

So it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted one of these wrap-ups. While, I plan on doing this on a weekly basis from here on out, I will not be catching up with the weeks that I’ve missed. Sorry if that bothers you.

 Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor  4 stars    I listened to this on audio, as this is a re-read. I also have a full review on my sister blog.  This is a review book. I enjoyed it. This was a great continuation from the first book, but it ends on a cliffhanger so I recommend having the third book ready to go. I like Binti, as a character. I can understand and relate to her struggle, as I am sure that others can. I like watching her grow into herself.

 Malice by John GwynneMalice by John Gwynne 5 stars This was a print book that I picked up from my own bookshelf. I participated in the The Faithful and the Fallen read along, hosted by booktuber Frankie Reads.  Oh my goodness, guys! This book was amazing. It’s long as hell, but so worth reading. The way that Gwynne that pushes and pulls the characters into position, the way that he reveals the plot and engages the reader is pure magic.  The fact that this is his first published novel makes this even more amazing. There are so many moving parts, I am not sure how he kept everything straight.

 The Headless Ghost by R. L. Stine 5 stars This is a print book that I picked up from my bookshelf. This was my son’s bedtime story, and he was excited that it was a Goosebumps book.  I had a lot of fun reading this as well, and I definitely looking forward to reading more of these to him.

 River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey 3.5 stars

I listened to this one on audio. I picked this one up because I have the second one for review. While I did enjoy it, it was not as good as I was expecting. It was not exactly what I was expecting. I was expecting a tale of a pregnant woman riding a hippo through the whole novella. And while that did happen, it wasn’t really what the story was about.

 Shade of Wicked by Jeanine Frost 5 stars

This is a print book that I picked up off my bookshelf. It was a review book sent to me by Harper Voyager. I have a full review on my sister blog. I really enjoyed this book, it was my first book by Frost but it will definitely not be my last. If you are already a fan of Frost, you will want to pick this one up. But if you are not, if you’ve been waiting for an entry point, this will be a great place to start.


In case you have not heard, I am no longer on Goodreads. (I am but my activity there is limited.) But if you want to follow my reading and such, you can find me on Riffle Books here.

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DNF Review: Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood 

Ree Reyes #1

July 10, 2012 – Pocket Star

255 pgs –  Young Adult/Adult, Fiction, Fantasy , Urban Fantasy

Source: Publisher, Edelweiss


I was given a digital copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

If you want to read the summary of the book, click here.

I really wanted to like this book. I know that it has taken me forever to actually read it, but I found the idea of this book fun and exciting. It was doing something that I hadn’t really read before. But, I just couldn’t push myself to slog through it any longer. In the beginning I thought my issues with the book was because I had so many other books that I was trying to focus on, but I put it aside so that I could come back to it when I was a little less distracted.

Coming back I see that me being distracted wasn’t the problem.  The action carried the story, and while it came in as an ebb and flow in the story, it wasn’t enough.  While the references to all the geeky things that I know and love were great, they were not enough to carry the story.  I stopped at 40% and I would say out of that I found about 10% of that interesting. Instead of forcing myself to finish it, I decided to set it aside. Maybe it’s for you, but it wasn’t for me.

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#FridayReads…..late but it’s here

I am trying to get things back on a regular-ish schedule. As you can see, I’m doing a bang-up job already. Because of Halloween and choosing to spend available time with my family, my reading is off. So this weekend I will be focusing on finishing the books that I am in the middle of (or nearly finished with) before moving on to anything new.

Two announcements: one I have a project going on that is bigger than I thought, so I am not sure if any of the books that I planned to read (Lady Vaults and The Faithful and the  Fallen read-a-long books, Nonfiction November picks) will actually get read, or if they will be read in a timely manner.

I have switched over to Riffle Books, and have moved away from  Goodreads. If you want to follow me there, you can by clicking here. I have a smaller TBR on Riffle, and I don’t plan on adding to it until I have finished reading the books that are already on there. My plan to not let that list get out of control. We shall see.

Books I planned to Finish:

 Shade of the Wicked by Jeanine Frost 

I received this from Harper Voyager for review, I started it earlier this week. I’m 44% finished and will finish it today. Or I’m hoping to anyway.

 Malice by John Gwynne 

This is the first book in the Faithful and the Fallen series, and I was supposed to finish it on the 31st and start Valor on the 1st. I didn’t but I am almost finished, I have 10% left and plan on knocking that out today as well.

 G eekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

This is an old Edelweiss title. And I have made a little more progress with it, enough to actually want to finish it and not begrudgingly as before. I am 40% into it and will focus on it tomorrow.

If by some miracle, I finish all three of this books then I would like to read

 Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

That would be a nice a cap to this weekend, it would also allow me to finish the trilogy and have one more series finished this year.


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Nonfiction November TBR

Soooo… I have a ton of books that I really need to get to. And I am participating in The Faithful and the Fallen read-a-long where we will be reading the second book Valor in November. But I thought that I would add to my pile and participate in Nonfiction November. I only have t;wo books, one is a review book and one is something I’ve been wanting to pick up for a long time now. I’ll let you  know how if I was successful…no how successful I was with my November reading at the end of the month.


Challenge: Past Time or Past Time

I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire I Will Not Fear: My Story of a Lifetime of Building Faith Under Fire by Melba Pattiilo Beals

This was a review book that was sent to me a while ago, and I had every intention of starting it when it arrived, but things happened. As is usually the case. Now would be the perfect time to read it. (This is about a historical event).

Challenge: Self or Shelf

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack

I decided for this challenge that I would focus on one of my favorite bookshelves, one that I plan on expanding into its own library. This is a book that I finally have in my possession and I can’t wait to read it.

If you want to know more about Nonfiction November or what the other challenges are, check out A Book Olive on youtube, she is the host of this month long event.


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Quick Update and Currently Reading

Since I missed my Wednesday post and my #fridayreads post, I thought that I would jump on and let you  all know what I was currently reading.

Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen, #1)

Print- I am reading this with the The Faithful and the Fallen read a-long hosted by Frankie Reads. I am on the last group of chapters. While there is a huge part that is dying to know what happens, another part of me is not sure that  I can handle it. This is really good guys.

The Chaos

Print- If you follow me on Twitter than you  know that I have started reading my neglected favorite authors. I started with this book and I am half way through. I am liking it so far and I’m also kicking myself for taking so long to read it. I do plan on doing a full review so keep an eye out for that.

Geekomancy (Ree Reyes, #1)

E-Book- This is an old Edelweiss title that I started and have made it 30% of the way. It is just okay right now. The idea of the story is better than what I’m actually reading. If I wasn’t trying to make my way through as many of these old titles  as I can, it probably wouldn’t bother me so much. I have contemplated dnfing it and coming back later, but truth is it’s not worth it. It’s already a short book, so I will just plow on.

Home (Binti, #2)

Audio–  This is a re-read for me. I plan on finishing this trilogy this month so I decided to go ahead and listen to the first two on audio. I am glad that I did, the audiobook is done very well. Again, I loved this first time around and I am finding that my feelings are the same this time around.

Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel, #1)

Print-  This was sent to me for review, and it comes out on October 30th. My plan is to have this read with a full review posted at that time.


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