Showing posts with label emily tesh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label emily tesh. Show all posts

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Mini-Review: Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh

Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh
Publication Date: April 11th, 2023
Hardcover. 448 pages.

About Some Desperate Glory:

"While we live, the enemy shall fear us.

All her life Kyr has trained for the day she can avenge the murder of planet Earth. Raised in the bowels of Gaea Station alongside the last scraps of humanity, she readies herself to face the Wisdom, the all-powerful, reality-shaping weapon that gave the Majoda their victory over humanity.

They are what’s left. They are what must survive. Kyr is one of the best warriors of her generation, the sword of a dead planet. But when Command assigns her brother to certain death and relegates her to the nursery to bear sons until she dies trying, she knows she must take humanity’s revenge into her own hands.

Alongside her brother’s brilliant but seditious friend and a lonely, captive alien, she escapes from everything she’s ever known into a universe far more complicated than she was taught and far more wondrous than she could have imagined.

Some Desperate Glory is a fast-paced sci-fi that explores a variety of timely themes and ideas and is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seat. Unfortunately, I did not find myself enjoying this book even half as much as I'd hoped to.

What I liked: The general setting and premise of Some Desperate Glory is really cool and I liked exploring it. There is a lot of world-building and although I have some issues with the world-building, I still found myself fascinated with how Tesh crafted this world and all its different parts and its history. There's also some fun twists that are actually quite twisty, and the pacing is generally pretty fast-paced and keeps the story moving. I enjoyed learning about the different roles each of the characters had and how this defined their lives, as well as getting to dig deeper into things that aren't quite as they seem. Despite the fact that I disliked many of the characters including our protagonist (which I'll mention more in the 'didn't like' section), I appreciated that Emily Tesh did seem to write fairly good character development across most of her characters, and that this helped them feel a bit more like real people. 

What I didn't like: I just couldn't get behind any of these characters, really. Kyr is one of the most unlikable narrators I've ever read, and it is not in a good way. She was genuinely so aggravating that I nearly DNF'd this book a number of times. I also found that the world-building, although there was a lot of it, wasn't really given much depth. We learn about this world and everything going on in it, but I felt it was still overall confusing to try to understand everything, and the execution just lacked depth and cohesion. I also felt that some of the plotting was a bit rough and the story was a little choppy and hard for me to really find myself immersed in it, which did affect my reading experience. Lastly, I liked that this book tackled a lot of intense topics, but I don't think it did so in the in-depth manner they required, which I found slightly frustrating. 

Overall, I know Some Desperate Glory has an audience for it and those people will love it. For me, I didn't enjoy this book all that much, though I can definitely acknowledge some stronger aspects of it. I've given it 2.75 stars!

*I received a copy of Some Desperate Glory courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

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Friday, February 17, 2023

The Friday Face-Off: Current Reads



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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Current Reads 

I'm doing it, you guys, I'm finally reading The Fall of Koli! I was surprised to find it had three different editions available, so I thought that'd be a great one too hare. I also figured I'd share the two covers that exist for Some Desperate Glory, which I'm also reading right now. Let's have a look! 

2021 US Paperback

2021 German Edition

2021 French

And editions for Some Desperate Glory:

2023 US | 2023 UK

My choice(s):
I definitely like the US cover for The Fall of Koli the most, though I do like the French design as well. For Some Desperate Glory, I have to say I'm not really captivated by either one, so I'm not sure which one I'd pick. Which covers do you like the most (or not like)?

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Drowned Country by Emily Tesh, The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska, & Driftwood by Marie Brennan

Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

Drowned Country (The Greenhollow Duology, #2)
Drowned Country by Emily Tesh
Publication: August 18th, 2020
Paperback. 176 pages.

"Drowned Country is the the stunning sequel to Silver in the Wood, Emily Tesh's lush, folkloric debut. This second volume of the Greenhollow duology once again invites readers to lose themselves in the story of Henry and Tobias, and the magic of a myth they’ve always known. 

Even the Wild Man of Greenhollow can’t ignore a summons from his mother, when that mother is the indomitable Adela Silver, practical folklorist. Henry Silver does not relish what he’ll find in the grimy seaside town of Rothport, where once the ancient wood extended before it was drowned beneath the sea―a missing girl, a monster on the loose, or, worst of all, Tobias Finch, who loves him."
I just (finally) read Silver in the Wood a couple weeks ago, and although I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped, I'm still really intrigued to see where Tesh is going to take this next novella.

The Dark Tide (The Dark Tide, #1)
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska
Publication: August 4th, 2020
Sourcebooks Fire
Hardcover. 336 pages.

"Every year on St. Walpurga's Eve, Caldella's Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking. 

Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen's attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice. 

Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won't make the same mistake. She's willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city. 

When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas's freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella's streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both."
I love the cover for The Dark Tide! This premise sounds like it could be a bit cliche'd in general, but it sounds like it has enough sort of twists to make it something more unique and I'm excited to see what it's all about.

Driftwood by Marie Brennan
Publication: August 14th, 2020
Tachyon Publications
Paperback. 240 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound

"Who is Last? 

Fame is rare in Driftwood- it’s hard to get famous if you don’t stick around long enough for people to know you. But many know the guide, Last, a one-blooded survivor who has seen his world end many lifetimes ago. For Driftwood is a strange place of slow apocalypses, where continents eventually crumble into mere neighborhoods, pulled inexorably towards the center in the Crush. Cultures clash, countries fall, and everything eventually disintegrates. 

Within the Shreds, a rumor goes around that Last has died. Drifters come together to commemorate him. But who really was Last? 

About Driftwood 
Driftwood is the invention of bestselling author Marie Brennan. Mirroring the world that many people are currently living in, the Driftwood stories chronicle the struggles of survivors and outcasts to keep their worlds alive until everything changes, diminishes, and is destroyed. Driftwood is the first full-length novel in this world."
I honestly don't even know what to expect from this, but reviews are strong and I think the premise sounds really compelling!

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?