If you’ve read my post, For the Love of Books, then you know my books are practically friends. I’ll stay up late to discover their secrets (SO thankful for Hooga, my reading light!), to hear their hearts, to learn from them—or to be entertained by a drama that is not my own.
I never set out to be a bookstagrammer or have book reviews on my blog, but I’ve found that I love telling people what I love (or maybe don’t like so much) about my book loves. Because no matter how much you love someone, well, no one is perfect, and books are the same. (As a newbie fiction writer—that little bit of truth is actually encouraging.)
Now, I know you don’t have a lot of time, so I plan to keep these simple. Here’s what my book reviews will give.
- Author (and where to find the author)
- Star Rating (highest possible rating is five stars)
- Loves (specific things that made me love the book, or at least respect the writer)
- Warnings (difficult topics, language, etc.)
- Quotable (a favorite quote or two)
- Twenty Words or Less Lesson (a short takeaway)
That being said, as a bonus, here’s my very first book review. I mean, why not start with one of my favorite authors?
by Ronie Kendig
Genre: Sci-Fi | Space Opera
Star Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Brand of Light was my first adventure into the realm of space operas (unless you count a Shakespearean version of The Empire Strikes back), and it was epic. After reading Ronie’s paramilitary fiction and adoring it, I was afraid of not loving the Droseran Saga quite as much. (Stellar logic there, I know.) But it’s simply a different kind of love.
Ronie impresses with her ability create real, relatable characters (yes, even in space!) and settings that will blow your mind. Sometimes it seemed that I was flying through space, hunting, training for war, or narrowly escaping danger right alongside the main characters, Kersei and Marco. And man, those two were easy to fall in love with fast. Action packed and fast moving from the first page—with spaceships, aliens, and conniving leaders out for power at any cost—this book is a must read for lovers of clean, moving, and imaginative fiction.
Though nothing struck me as particularly jarring in Brand, I’ve seen others mention a particular scene that, though it falls in line with that particular character’s culture, could be disturbing to some. It includes forced marriage, and though nothing sexual is explicitly recounted on the pages, it is hinted.
He never promised His ways to be easy, only true and freeing—but remember that your perspective is particularly one-sided. You know the pain but not the plan or what will come to fruition.
TWENTY WORDS OR LESS LESSON
Not every story is about the happy ending, sometimes it’s a rough beginning, glorious middle, and bittersweet end.