Thief of Time
Adult / June 11, 2016

A Discworld Novel. Author: Terry Pratchett. Summary: Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it’s wasted (like underwater — how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there’s never enough time. But the construction of the world’s first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time, for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone’s problems. Thief of Time comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes and villains, yetis, martial artists and Ronnie, the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous). (Goodreads Summary) My Thoughts: I can’t think of anyone better than Pratchett to write about time, with all the confusion and déjà vu and paradoxes that comes with. And yes, don’t worry – he got in all the requisite puns one would imagine when thinking of managing time. Content Review: Sexual content: 3 instances of innuendo. Language: 32 d***, 6 hell, 5 bloody, 4 derogatory terms Violence: Man is…

Spirit’s End
Young Adult / June 11, 2016

Legend of Eli Monpress #5. Author: Rachel Aaron. Summary: First rule of thievery: don’t be a hero. When Eli broke the rules and saved the Council Kingdoms, he thought he knew the price, but resuming his place as the Shepherdess’s favorite isn’t as simple as bowing his head. Now that she has her darling back, Benehime is setting in motion a plan that could destroy everything she was created to protect, and even Eli’s charm might not be enough to stop her. But Eli Monpress always has a plan, and with disaster rapidly approaching, he’s pulling in every favor he can think of to make it work, including the grudging help of the Spirit Court’s new Rector, Miranda Lyonette. Content Review: Sexual content: None. Language: 6 derogatory names, 4 d*** Violence: Character stabbed in the back. Character chokes a man to death. Trees tear themselves apart in a panic. There is a swordfight, one man stabbed in the chest. Man tears demonseed out of character’s chest. Demons break through barriers and try to devour (everything), various characters carry on a prolonged fight with them. One character murders another by stabbing. Two demons fight each other with some detail.

The Alloy of Law
Adult / June 11, 2016

Mistborn #4. Author: Brandon Sanderson. Summary: Centuries after the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity – railroads, electric street lights, and skyscrapers. Waxillium Ladrian can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After 20 years in the dusty Roughs, in the city of Elendel, the new head of a noble house may need to keep his guns. (Goodreads summary.) Content Review: Sexual content: A few crude jokes. A lord’s daughter presents a proposed document to a man that would lay out their courtship and marriage – she mentions that it specifies “no more than three conjugal encounters per week and no less than one, until an heir is produced” and it is also brought out that the document allows “mistresses and dalliances” under certain terms. Man notes that women seem to wear much lower necklines than they did when he was a child. Bandit pats woman down – “She bore it with a deep blush, particularly when the patting changed to a few solid gropes.” Characters searching bandit hideout find a packet of “nudie pictures”. Language: 35 d***, 7 hell, 5 derogatory names Violence: Many characters are shot,…

Level Two
Young Adult / June 11, 2016

The Memory Chronicles #1. Author: Lenore Appelhans. Summary: Felicia Ward is dead. What’s more, she’s tired of the afterlife – a blank, white place of cells where she and the other dead girls of her age spend their time reliving memories of their lives, over and over. Something’s wrong, for when one girl vanishes the others can’t remember her existence – so she’s ready to believe it when a mysterious rescuer steps through the wall and takes her away, explaining how this level of the afterlife has been corrupted by the Morati, evil angels, and they are on a mission to return it to its purpose. Felicia could be key to their plan, and what’s more, she could have the chance to see her love, Neil, again. Still… can she really trust her allies? My Thoughts: The concept was original, but not much else was. The main character wasn’t very relatable, nor were most of the others. I felt like the constant flashbacks slowed down the plot, which was strange in itself; due to their ability of ‘materialization’, it would have been too easy to win if they took full advantage. None of the relationships were particularly believable either –…

A Glory of Unicorns
Middle Grade / Juvenile / June 11, 2016

Author: Collected by Coville. Summary: A beautiful collection of unicorn stories. Clean and sparkling for little girls, to be sure, but these are not namby-pamby rainbow pets. These unicorns blaze like fire and run like the wind, and humans who dare touch them burn and bleed, taste heartbreak and loss, and are changed forever. Content Review: Sexual content: None. Language: None. Violence: Low, non-graphic.