Monthly Reading Goals: April 2019

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Nicole over at Thoughts Stained With Ink talked me into trying out this post topic back in January and after running with it a couple of months I’ve decided to keep it going. For now at least.

This isn’t something I usually do because I hate locking myself into a specific reading list. It just never works out for me. As my previous Month In Review posts reveal, I rarely stick to what I set out to read. I might read more, less, or switch books out for others. Rarely to I finish the month as I intended.

So my ongoing rule for this topic will be…



My current read is Seven Blades In Black by Sam Sykes. I was sent a copy of this by Orbit and started it toward the end of last month. It’s huge! Like over 600 pages. I think I could hit someone over the head with it and knock them out. Which I point out as a way to make an excuse for taking a little longer to read it.


So far I’m really enjoying it. The main character is Sal The Cacophony and she’s a foul mouthed, take no shit, bad ass who is on a mission to kill a bunch of mages. This is my first Sam Sykes book and I’m enjoying his style and humor. Hopefully I’ll finish it by the end of the week, and then hopefully I’ll get a review written this weekend. It’s gonna be a busy weekend so keep your fingers crossed. Oh…this one releases April 9th.


Whew…OK. I’ve got four books lined up for April. Knowing that I’m still reading one from March it’s distinctly possible I won’t finish all four of my April reads before the end of the month. That would actually be fairly typical for me so don’t look all shocked and surprised. I’m gonna do my best to finish them though.

Here they are in the order I think I’ll read them…


Legends of The Exiles by Jesse Teller

“The isolated barbarians of Neather have deep ancestry and strict traditions. Four resilient women defy tribal customs as they fight to overcome their own tragedies. Abuse. Addiction. Assault. Grief. What struggles can they endure to defend their hopes and their hearts?

Helena seeks a love as bold as she, yet finds the men of her village lacking. 

Jocelyn fears her strange visions and sacrifices a life with the man she loves for the one her destiny demands. 

Torn apart by abuse and grief, Ellen is a brilliant woman who must focus her intellect on finding reasons to persevere.

Rachel, a brash girl of noble heritage, dares all men to challenge her and longs for one who will.

In this set of four interwoven novellas, award-winning author Jesse Teller challenges assumptions and showcases the strength of feminine resolve.” – Blurb from Goodreads

I was sent a copy of this self-published book by the author. It releases April 15th so I really want to tackle this one first. This will be my first book by Jesse Teller and I’m looking forward to it. As I understand it, it is set within the same world as his Manhunters books but this can be read alone. It’s a collection of four novellas linked together in some manner. I’ve tried not to know to much about it ahead of time in order to give it a fair reading.

Yearly Reading/Blogging Goal: Read more self-published fantasy; Open the blog to review requests again


Sworld: The Chronicles of Malick by William Harris

Forced to flee his homeworld, Oberus, the genetically re-engineered Malick leads a scientific expedition to the far reaches of the solar system. A distress call from an alien ship with a mysterious cargo leaves the team marooned on the arcane planet Sworld. Plunged into a quest for answers that ultimately leads them to their genesis, Malick and the crew must solve the enigmas of Sworld or perish.” – Blurb from Goodreads

Sworld: The Chronicles of Malick is a new science fiction book from brand new publisher Chandra Press. It releases May 3, 2019. I don’t know much of anything about the book or the author to be honest. I believe it was published independently under a slightly different title a few years ago. Chandra Press recently picked it up and asked me if I’d review it.

Chandra Press’ first title was Fusion World which released in October 2018, so they really are a brand new company. According to their website their core team has been in the industry for many years and they decided to branch out on their own to be leaders in digital publishing. You can find out more about them at their website

I’ll be reviewing more books by Chandra Press in the coming months.

Yearly Reading/Blogging Goal: Open the blog to review requests again


Up To The Throne by T.A. Frost

Giulia Degarno returns to the city-state of Pagalia with one intention: to kill the man who scarred her and left her for dead. But Publius Severra is no longer a mere criminal, and has risen to become a powerful politician – and perhaps the only man who can save Pagalia from anarchy. Now, as Severra stands poised to seize the throne. Giulia must choose between taking her revenge, and saving her home.

Up To The Throne is a dark fantasy novel set in a magically-enhanced Renaissance: a dangerous world of assassins, alchemists and flying machines. It is a world where artists and scholars cross paths with feuding nobles and clockwork monsters – and death is never far away.” – Goodreads blurb

Up To The Throne will be my second self-published book of the month. The author contacted me back in January before I’d opened the blog to review requests again. I had to put him off at the time but finally reached back out to him and accepted the request. I was intrigued by this Renaissance themed fantasy that sounds like it may be dark and gritty. Frost has written a number of other books including a couple for Black Library’s Warhammer 40K series as Toby Frost.

Yearly Reading/Blogging Goal: Read more self-published fantasy; Open the blog to review requests again


Holy Sister: Third Book of The Ancestor by Mark Lawrence

“The searing conclusion of the thrilling epic fantasy trilogy that saw a young girl trained by an arcane order of nuns grow into the fiercest of warriors…

They came against her as a child. Now they face the woman.

The ice is advancing, the Corridor narrowing, and the empire is under siege from the Scithrowl in the east and the Durns in the west. Everywhere, the emperor’s armies are in retreat.

Nona Grey faces the final challenges that must be overcome if she is to become a full sister in the order of her choice. But it seems unlikely that she and her friends will have time to earn a nun’s habit before war is on their doorstep.

Even a warrior like Nona cannot hope to turn the tide of war.

The shiphearts offer strength that she might use to protect those she loves, but it’s a power that corrupts. A final battle is coming in which she will be torn between friends, unable to save them all. A battle in which her own demons will try to unmake her.

A battle in which hearts will be broken, lovers lost, thrones burned.” – Goodreads blurb

What may be my most anticipated read of the month is what should be the thrilling conclusion to Mark Lawrence’s wildly popular Book of The Ancestor series. I just started the series this year so it’s really fresh in my mind. I’ll be honest right now and tell you I’m already sad to be saying goodbye to Nona Grey. I’m fully expecting to be shedding man tears by the end of this one.

I don’t currently have Holy Sister in hand yet but I’ll be purchasing it once it comes out. If you’re interested in reading my reviews for the other two books in the series you can click the titles below:

Red Sister: First Book of The Ancestor

Grey Sister: Second Book of The Ancestor

Yearly Reading/Blogging Goal: Finish up series I’ve started.

Whelp, that’s my reading list for April. As always I reserve the right not to finish all these before the end of the month. Odds are if I don’t get to one of these it will by Holy Sister as I haven’t actually made a commitment to anyone to read it. Hopefully it won’t come to that.

Are any of these on your reading list? If so let me know and maybe we can discuss later. Otherwise, till next time Happy Reading!

10 thoughts on “Monthly Reading Goals: April 2019

  1. Oooh I didn’t know Sykes had another book out!

    I’ve read & really enjoyed ‘The City Stained Red’. Especially the characters, their banter & the style of writing were convincing! Even though I remember it meandered quite a bit.

    In book 2 all of the characters were extremely miserable and some wouldn’t stop whining.

    I only skipped the last pages & did not read the third book.

    So how are the characters in the new book? Everyone feeling sorry for themselves? If not, I might give it a try

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    • I wouldn’t say feeling sorry for themselves. The main character does spend a lot of time pointing out how she’s gonna let those who care about her down. Which she does. But so far it’s been a fun read.

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