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Like the title implies, this is a short update on my current book habits.


Redefining Never by Bethany A. OrlandoRedefining Never

by Bethany A. Orlando


Major William Garnett is an ambitious British officer, striving to make a name for himself in the colonies’ war for independence. He commands the British Legion: an outfit of loyal militiamen built for the most gruesome of warfare. The major is strong and strong-willed; and he knows nothing of failure.

Aislin Laraway is the daughter of a wealthy lawyer from New Jersey. From the onset of the war, she is forced to make the most important decision of her life: to obey the laws of her government or do what she feels is right. When her father and brothers choose to side with the “Patriots,” their lives are put in jeopardy; and it’s Aislin who will pay the price.

Chased from New England to the other end of the colonies, these two are inundated with the most unthinkable trials. Reprieves are short-lived; solace, impossible to find; and freedom eludes them, even in the paradise of East Florida.

A relationship formed in the birth of a nation, Redefining Never tells their epic story engulfed in battles and events accurately chronicled, based on firsthand accounts. This is the story of accomplishing the impossible – that which never should have been.

Preliminary thoughts: I don’t think much of the cover, but the story inside has surprised me so far!! It’s a little predictable, but follows a plan we see authors and screenwriters use over and over–because it works. Redefining Never is a hidden gem!!


The Ale Boy’s FeastThe Aleboy's Feast by Jeffrey Overstreet

by Jeffrey Overstreet


The king is missing.
His promises lie in ruins.
His people are trapped as the woods turn deadly.
Underground, the boy called Rescue has found an escape.

The world has been poisoned. The forests, once beautiful, are now bloodthirsty.

But the people of House Abascar will risk their lives on a journey through those predatory trees. Inspired by Auralia’s colors, they’re searching for Inius Throan — a legendary city where they can start over again.

But they journey without a king. Cal-raven has lost his faith in himself and in that mysterious creature — the Keeper who inspired him to lead. His broken heart needs a miracle.

What of those Abascar survivors still enslaved to the beastmen? As the ale boy leads them upstream on an underground river, their deliverance depends on a miracle.

And where is the wandering mage, Scharr ben Fray? He’s discovered that the world’s history is a lie, one only a miracle can repair.

Time is running out for all of those whose stories are tangled in The Auralia Thread. But miracles happen wherever Auralia’s colors are found.


Embassytown by China MiévilleEmbassytown

by China Miéville


Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe. Avice is an immerser, a traveller on the immer, the sea of space and time below the everyday, now returned to her birth planet. Here on Arieka, humans are not the only intelligent life, and Avice has a rare bond with the natives, the enigmatic Hosts – who cannot lie. Only a tiny cadre of unique human Ambassadors can speak Language, and connect the two communities.

But an unimaginable new arrival has come to Embassytown. And when this Ambassador speaks, everything changes. Catastrophe looms. Avice knows the only hope is for her to speak directly to the alien Hosts. And that is impossible.

**My copy is an Advanced Reader Proof without the cover art.