Thoughtful Thursday: What’s the best book you read last month?

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsIt’s the first Thursday of the month. You know what that means. Time to report!

What is the best book you read in February 2014 and why did you love it? It doesn’t have to be a newly published book, or even SFF. We just want to share some great reading material. Feel free to post a full review of the book here, or a link to the review on your blog, or just write a few sentences about why you thought it was awesome.

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  1. April /

    I didn’t have any five star books last month but a bumper crop of four stars!
    Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold has some issues but is lots of fun, especially if you like steampunk and feisty girls.
    The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison was quietly compelling. Not a lot of action but the political intrigue, family history and assassination attempts keeps it interesting and the main is very likeable.
    Cursed by Benedict Jacka – second in the Alex Verus series, UF with a male protag and interesting magic use.
    Storm Riders by Margaret Weis – second in that steampunk fantasy series with 50% more dragons!
    The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan – interesting YA fantasy with lots of tragic and sad but also smiles and three really great main characters.
    Torrent by Lindsay Buroker – this UF had some small issues but was a fun read with Ebay selling relic seekers and possible aliens?
    Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach – second in that series and Devi gets to kick more butt. New and strange alien species included!

    • Sarah /

      I just pulled The Poison Throne off my pile of books to be read this morning. About a third of the way through, and it has caught my interest.

    • I’m looking forward to Honor’s Knight.
      Terry and I liked The Poison Throne well enough, but not the sequels so much.

  2. Barbara Elness /

    I really enjoyed Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

  3. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Otherwise a really disappointing month

  4. Sandyg265 /

    I didn’t read any really outstanding books last month. My favorite one was Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee.

  5. will wight’s “house of blades”. i love seeing sword and sorcery making a comeback. favourite fantasy series of the year so far. tied with that was kameron hurley’s “the body project” which was an awesome addition to her universe. probably the most exciting author in scifi right now.

  6. The Martian by Andy Weir and The Troop by Nick Cutter were both solid reads, but The Barrow by Mark Smylie was my hands-down favourite.

  7. Melanie Goldmund /

    I’ve been reading a lot of Avenger fanfic lately, which leaves less time for published books. But I did manage to read Brian McClellan’s Promise of Blood. Flintlock fantasy — I love it!

    The absolutely best thing I experienced in February, however, was the audio drama The Scarifyers: The Thirteen Hallows, which I think is their best adventure yet. And so funny!

    • Sarah Webb /

      Promise of Blood has caught my eye a couple of times. It’s gotten good reviews from people I trust. I guess I’m going to have to give in and add it to the TBR pile.

    • April /

      I am going to have to see if this is available at my library. It sounds right up my alley.

  8. RedEyedGhost /

    By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan – amazing series. I love me some werewolves, and this is by far the best werewolf series I’ve ever read. Duncan does such a wonderful job of creating unique voices for all of his characters.

  9. Lethal Bayou Beauty by Jana DeLeon (Second in the series. First is Louisiana Longshot). These are some funny mysteries. Really enjoyed both of them!

  10. Sarah, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!


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