January was a wonderfully busy start to the new year. I hope you all have had an amazing start to your 2015. Read on for the January 2015 #k8approved books and reviews plus a new giveaway. And if you are looking for a good book but are low on funds try the Readers for Cats Fundraiser Book Sale going on now. Donate $10 and get three books!
This has to be one of my favorite short stories to date. We meet Soul as a child in First Death in a beautifully written, heart-breaking story. In Dancing Blades we see Soul as a relatively young man on a quest to learn from one of the greatest swordsman of all time, Musashi Miyamoto. This story is a quick read with an excellent blend of Japanese history, humor, and solid characters. The relationships that develop between Soul, Musashi, and Musashi’s son lead to many moments where I broke out in a grin or a laugh. If you are not reading AD’s books yet, you need to be.
I have very mixed feeling about Pity Isn’t an Option. I liked the premise of the story and the main characters Jonas and Hattie. But overall the story moved too slowly for my pace. It felt as if things just started to happen when the book ended which was a disappointment to me personally. Yet I can see many readers loving this story. It just matters what your tastes are when it comes to pacing. I perfect fast-paced, action stories. This is not that (and that is okay). If you enjoy solid characters, dystopia novels that don’t follow the traditional revolution path, and tales filled with hope in the darkest moments, then you will probably enjoy Pity Isn’t an Option.