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“Violence Begets” by PT Denys
If I had to name my favorite book of 2014 two weeks ago, it would have been one of the lot in SA McAuley’s Borders War series. But Denys’s little known, self-published YA that I randomly grabbed for free from Amazon on Black Friday is so haunting that despite it being the 4.5 starred book against solid 5 star competition, will take home my award for favorite of 2014.
(What’s all the fuss about?):
Anything by Voinov and Witt (as a team). I still love Voinov solo, but I have tired of this partnership this year. In my opinion, Unhinge the Universe and the first two Market Gardens started out strong … and then it has just been downhill from there.
(Why haven’t more people read this?):
Violence Begets by PT Denys
(didn’t know what to expect or the story caught you off guard or anything that just…surprised you…):
KJ Charles. The lovely Another Place in Time Anthology woke me up to finally make introductions with Ms. Charles. And I am glad I did. After reading her contribution to the anthology, I devoured her works. Sorry I originally passed on The Magpie Lord last year, thinking the magician aspect would not be to my liking. My bad, I am caught up now.
I keep mentioning it, but it is because I keep thinking about it. Violence Begets by PT Denys was unexpected and took me off guard. I picked up this Black Friday freebie, thinking it would be just an angsty YA. To say it has angst is an understatement. It is well written, smartly contrived, brutally raw and I will never reread it – but it is one that I have and will continue to think about.
(I’d buy anything these authors write, without a doubt):
Manna Francis writes it, I read it.
KJ Charles surprised and impressed me this year, I have gobbled up her works and look forward to more of her writings.
CS Pacat also has yet to disappoint me … and she better not in 2015.
Real life took center stage for me this year and demanded my attention, leaving me otherwise occupied and exhausted. Quiet moments to escape into a book were few and far between and when I had time to relax my mind was often too distracted to concentrate on words on a page. The start of the year brought me pleasant surprises with Henriette Clarke’s The Truth About Riley and IsaK’s Guttersnipe. But the coming months brought a plethora of reading disappointment starting with Voinov and Witt’s long awaited release of Payoff, which eked out a generous three stars from me and was followed by a wobbly road of two stars including Tenino’s Frat Boy and Toppy, Waite’s Crazy and Doyon’s The Byte of Betrayal. After a few more mediocre reads, by the latter half of summer I gave up and sat myself down on the beach with my knitting and socializing to entertain me. As fall approached, Hassell and Ais’s Director’s Cut of Evenfall revived me, despite not living up to my expectations. And then … I picked up One Breath, One Bullet by SA McAuley and since then have managed to find myself in a sea of four and five star reads one after another. I even wandered into the rabbit hole of Sterek fan fiction (Thank you GR friends) which made this fan fiction hater back track on barring all fan fiction from her library.
Captive Prince III
Book 8 & 9 of The Administration Series
Feeding my new found Sterek addiction
The first three quarters of 2014 were rocky for me in terms of having time to read and enjoying what I read when I did have time. As real life and me have now begun to work out a routine to strike a reasonable balance between the attention it demands and a few moments here there for me to drift into a book now and again, I look forward to continuing my love affair with reading and all it has to offer in adding to my lust … for life.