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Eric’s review: “Yumi And The Nightmare Painter” by Brandon Sanderson

Our first book review of 2024 is also the book of the month for January!

Eric picked Yumi and the Nightmare Painter by Brandon Sanderson.

There’s no denying that Brandon Sanderson is Eric’s favorite science fiction/fantasy author, and for good reason!

This book follows Yumi, who spends her life bestowing power to aid her society, but she longs to be normal. Painter patrols the streets, dreaming of being a hero. Suddenly tossed together, Yumi and Painter must strive to right the wrongs in both their lives. If they cannot fix the world, then they risk losing the bond that they have created and the worlds they have always struggled to protect.

“I was so excited when Brandon Sanderson announced that he would be releasing four secret novels. Yumi and the Nightmare Painter was his third release last year. It felt a little slow to start as he took the time to set up the world, but the more I read, the deeper I got invested. Like most of us, the characters take a journey as they are confronted with the doubts and fears of having to question everything they believe. I found what they discovered about how, why, and when to hold to your convictions and when to be open to new growth and learning incredibly compelling.

Yumi and the Nightmare Painter is a beautifully written story about what it means to be human.”

What do you read on vacation?

This week, I wanted to do something a little different. I’m about to go on vacation, and I was wondering what books everyone else brings along. Here are just a few that I plan on bringing. I probably won’t read all these, but hey, I can’t be without a book!

The first book I’m bringing is Dune by Frank Herbert. I decided on this book because I am going to Mexico where it’s hot and I want to read it on the beach. This book takes place in the desert, so I figured it would be fun to read.

I decided to bring Ink by Elizabeth Hunter for the simple fact that it’s my book club pick, and well, I have to read it at some point, so why not on a plane or on a beach?

I am also bringing Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett. I honestly don’t know much about this book besides it seems cozy and a fun fantasy read!

I really like to read thrilling books like The Only One Left by Riley Sager. Riley Sager is good at keeping you sucked in. So, I decided to pick up his newest book finally!

Lastly, I picked Making It So By Patrick Stewart because I love this actor and because he also narrates his own book and has an interesting voice. So, I couldn’t help but put this on my list.

I have many more, but they are just random books I had on my Kindle. Let me know what books you would bring on a vacation. What Genre do you stick with?

Char’s review of “The Serpent And The Wings Of Night” by Carissa Broadbent

Today, I want to talk to you about a fantasy with a bit of romance. The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent, is like Hunger Games meets vampires. The story follows Oraya, the vampire king’s adopted human daughter. She joins the games of Kejari in hopes of winning so she can be granted a gift from the goddess. However, being the only human in the games made for vampires, she has her work cut out. Soon, she realizes that she needs an ally. Raihn is dangerous. He is a ruthless killer and an enemy of her father’s crown. Oraya feels a weird connection with Raihn, but will that connection be the doom of the kingdom?

I read this book based on a friend’s recommendation, and let me tell you, I couldn’t put it down! I was pulled in from the very first chapter. I liked that the Vampire King had a small role to play in everything, and all the side characters were very well written. I also enjoyed that everything came to light in the end, and even the smallest of characters meant something. The games were brutal but fun to read. I also liked that Oraya was the underdog, but it didn’t really seem like it. She is smart. If you like a fantasy story with a slow-burn romance and a lot of battle action, I suggest this book to you!

Char’s review of “First Lie Wins” by Ashley Elston

Today’s review is First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston. This book is a thriller with a puzzle for you to figure out.

This book follows a girl of many names, but you first meet her as Evie Porter. At first glance, it looks like Evie has everything: the perfect boyfriend, a house with a garden and a white picket fence, and a great group of friends. The only catch is that Evie Porter doesn’t exist. When things on her job start to unravel, Evie must try to keep the only thing she wants clean – her actual identity. So, she has to think on her feet. The story jumps between current and past jobs, and things begin to fall apart.

I found this book hard to get into in the beginning, but I ended up loving it! All the twists and turns and figuring out who Mr. Smith is was so much fun. I enjoyed the depth of the characters; that is a make-or-break factor for me. The writing was so smooth and well done. I would definitely give this one a go!