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Our lingering absence

Fellow book adventurers,

You may be wondering why we’ve been silent for so long. The short answer is, life happened. As it does. Because of this, we are currently brainstorming what direction we want to take this blog, and we would really like your feedback! Please let us know in the comments what content you love most and want to read.

In the meantime, we will post reviews less frequently, perhaps once a week. So check in with us on Mondays for new reviews.

Best wishes,

The Book Adventurers

 

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Happy 2016, Fellow Adventurers!

Welcome to 2016! Another year begins, and here at The Book Adventurers that means another year of books.

Thank you to everyone who has followed, liked, or commented on any of our reviews this year. Your visits to our site is what makes this whole “book review” thing worth while. We hope that you continue to visit us in 2016 and read what we think of the newest releases and older titles. I already have some of my most anticipated reads for the winter outlined (planning ahead is key when you’re a bookworm), so I hope you venture back to find out what I thought about them.

Here's to another great year of book adventures!

Adventuring Year in Review: 2015

As 2015 wraps up, its time for the Adventurers to reflect on what we loved most this year. This is always a tough post to write because how do you pick your favourites? We can only presume this is like picking your favourite child: sacrilegious! Yet, we push forward since, heck, it’s fun to revisit the ones we enjoyed the most.

Jaclyn’s Favourite Adventures

11890816This year’s been a bit unusual for me. I switched jobs and ended up commuting over an hour each way to work every day. Every. Single. Day. Obviously this dramatically changed my reading habits. I wasn’t able to read as much and I discovered a love for the audiobook (a format that I never thought I would actually embrace). And despite my newfound love for audiobooks, it turns out it’s a format that I found extremely hard to review; it’s hard to refer back to the book when you don’t have it physically in front of you. That being said, Lyndsay Faye’s The Gods of Gotham is my favourite audiobook that I’ve listened to this year. Followed very closely by Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series. Both have outstanding narrators, which I have learned is rather important when you’re listening to someone for over an hour. (more…)

Adventuring Year in Review: 2014

Happy New Year, fellow adventurers!

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We want to ring in the new year with some of our most anticipated reads, and take a look back at 2014. Read on, fellow adventurers! (more…)

The adventure so far…

Today marks the one year anniversary of The Book Adventurers, so we thought we’d take today to reflect on our adventures so far. It’s been an interesting experience jumping into the book blogging world, but it’s been a lot of fun for us both. Check out both of our highlights below…

Jaclyn

When Stacey asked me to run a book blog with her a year ago I jumped on the band wagon. It was an idea I had been toying with, but needed the extra motivation to actually get started. Blogging has had its ups and downs – sometimes you just want to read a book for fun rather than to review – but it’s been a great project that I’m looking forward to continuing. And I like to use the blog as a legitimate excuse to read, not that I really needed all that much motivation, when you tell people you’re reading for your blog, it’s like having another job. Instant legitimization.

Looking back over the year, it’s clear that I’ve read way too many books (but not really), so choosing the best adventures is very tricky. But there’s always going to be some that stand out. Here’s my top six books from my first year as a book blogger:

Wake  The Goblin Emperor Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War

Cruel Beauty The Unbound (The Archived, #2) Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)

And because that was so tricky, I also had to add my runner’s up…

The Devil’s Workshop by Alex Grecian
Dawn’s Early Light by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
Mortal Arts by Anna Lee Huber
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn
An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James

Stacey

There are so many things to love about book blogging – the creativity, learning to code (just a little), sharing opinions and connecting with other readers, and obviously, reading. My favorite part has been to make connections between books that feel similar. I hope you, fellow adventurers, have enjoyed our Read-Alikes, too! It’s hard to compare how I felt about different books at different times, but here goes – my top six adventures from my first year of reviewing:

The Best of All Possible Worlds The Shadowy Horses Jaran (Jaran #1) The Other Tree Dirty Magic (The Prospero's War #1) The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora

And because Jaclyn is right, here are a few Honorable Mentions:

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
Raven’s Shadow by Patricia Briggs
Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Folgio
The Waking Engine
Bittersweet Magic by Nina Croft

Now that I know what Jaclyn’s favorites are, I’m going to have to go read them immediately…

And those are our highlights for year one of The Book Adventures. What have been your favourite books that we’ve reviewed? What would you like to see more of? Do you find the Read-Alikes useful?

March Madness

18667978I was supposed to have this post up last night, but I got caught up in Alex Grecian’s newest installment to The Murder Squad series (out May 2014). There was no time to post since I was too busy finishing this suspenseful book before bed, there was no way I was leaving it unfinished, grumpiness at work be damned! I’ll certainly be hard pressed to review this one in May without giving away any spoilers  – but holy cow The Devil’s Workshop was awesome. If you haven’t read the other books, you must do so before this one hits the shelves. And thankfully, Stacey has recommended me the Sebastian St. Cyr series, which sounds very similar. I’ll need something to tide me over before getting the next book from Grecian.

Now on to what’s up for Stacey and I in March. I personally have a ton of reviews to catch up on. I’ve read quite a few advance copies and now it’s a matter of sitting down to write some reviews. I have some great recommendations coming up this month (at least I think so) and I can’t wait to share them. As usual for me, there will be historical romance making the cut, I just cannot resist! But I’ll also be sharing my thoughts on a teen fantasy (featuring assassins!) and reviewing the latest release of one of my favourite author’s, Simone St. James.

Stacey and I are also looking forward to a joint review of Anne Bishop’s Murder of Crows. This is Bishop’s second installment of The Others series. The first book was amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on book two. I have a sneaking suspicion that both Stacey and I will be in total agreement on this one – but you never know.

Here’s hoping that March is a fun reading month and that we make some good reading recommendations. And also, here’s hoping that spring’s around the corner, I’m sick of this snow!

February, Month of Fantasy!

silversFellow Adventurers,

I am still heavily involved in the book I’m currently reading: The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price. Intense, fascinating, and with an entirely new (to me) concept, I’ve been glued to this wild ride for the past week. I can’t figure out what’s going to happen, though a few of the characters with precognitive abilities already know – and I’m holding on and hoping that those characters are wrong.

I don’t know about you, but I have great expectations for this year.  Already, 2014 is off to a great start. I read some pretty spectacular books in January, including The Other Tree by D.K. Mok, Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells, and the novella The Dream Runner by Kerry Schafer. Luckily, I have some fantasy books lined up for February that look to continue this trend.

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Welcome to 2014, Book Adventurers!

2014.3Happy New Year, fellow Adventurers!

I hope you all rang it in with joy and merriment (or relaxation and reading, if you prefer, because some of us do).

Well, I don’t know about you, but my 2014 is already off to a wild start. Frustration, excitement, and above all – new beginnings. I don’t know whether to be astonished that so much has already happened, or unsurprised that life goes on as normal, even as the new year opens.

This year, I have a lot of things to look forward to, and I hope you do, too! In particular, we have a lot of exciting posts coming up here on the blog. In the next few months, in addition to posting reviews, we’ll post more special features, such as themed reading lists and explorations of sub-genres, as well as more itineraries and maps for your navigation through genre fiction. Our goal is to bring some of the big picture into this little venue.

I know I speak for Jaclyn and myself when I say that we appreciate your likes of our posts, and that we would love to hear from you – your thoughts about our reviews, similar books you’ve read, etc. So we cordially invite you to participate!

Best wishes for a successful, healthy, and happy 2014 from us at The Book Adventures.

On the twelfth day of Christmas…we wish you a safe and happy holiday!

christmas_featureThis marks the last day of our 12 days of Christmas – and I am happy to be able to even put this post up considering my Internet has been down for 2 days. Oh the joys of winter ice storms. But on the plus side, being stuck inside all day, I was able to catch up on some reading and book reviews.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our first ever 12 days of Christmas and that you’ve picked up some new book recommendations for your to-read pile. Here’s to actually finding time to read over the holidays!

After Christmas day, Stacey and I will be back to our regular review schedule, so stay tuned for some great upcoming books!

On behalf of Stacey and myself, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and as this ice storm has reminded me, be careful on the roads.

Welcome to the Book Adventures!

Welcome to our genre fiction review site!

We’re Stacey and Jaclyn, and as librarians and dedicated readers of all kinds of genre fiction, we started this blog to share our book reviews with you. We read and review historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, romance, teen/YA, and the occasional (and particularly interesting) non-fiction.

Read more about us as Book Adventurers, or dig right in to our reviews! We’d love to hear what you think, so don’t forget to leave a comment before you go.

Enjoy!