After reading Chuck Wendig's The Blue Blazes, I originally wasn't going to jump in and read another one of his books so soon. But I've heard a lot of good about his Miriam Black series, and I needed something to recommend for work. So I took a chance and read the first book in the series, Blackbirds.
Blackbirds is the story of Miriam Black (duh), a girl who sees how you're going to die when she touches you. But death is also fate, and Miriam cannot change anything. And so she drifts through life, taking money off of the dead to survive. But when she touches Louis, she gets quite a shock: he dies a violent death in about a month, and he dies saying her name.
While I had a hard time getting into The Blue Blazes, Blackbirds gave me no such trouble. Right from the start, I loved Miriam with her strange power and wanted to know how this story would turn out. It took some rather crazy turns, in much the way that fate does. All in all, I thought this was a great, if somewhat gritty, urban fantasy. I'll definitely be looking for the next one (Mockingbird).
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.