The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss Review

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss


“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.” 

My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale told from his own point of view—a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

I did it. Finally. I finished this behemoth of a book. It only took me over a month, what with it’s 1,000 pages and all. YIKES. This book was long. So, so long. So was the first book, The Name of the Wind, which I absolutely fell in love with. But this one felt like it didn’t need to be so long. I found myself barely hanging on by a string during a few parts, and that’s what ultimately made this such a difficult read for me.

Don’t get me wrong, the majority of the plot points held my interest and captivated me immensely. Kvothe is still the same old Kvothe, except for the scenarios that force him to grow and learn and mature. We see glimpses into why and how Kvothe ends up turning into the lowly Inn owner. And yeah, I can see how the part that bored me is integral to the overall story line, and how it will be important for the long-awaited book 3. I dare say that it could’ve just been planned and distributed a little differently and a little more interestingly? I know, I know. I’m talking down on the master of fantasy here. But boredom is boredom and that’s what I was for a good 30% of this book.

I still really enjoyed everything else and this character still has a hold on my heart. Without a doubt I will be reading book 3 when it releases, and without a doubt I will still be researching updates for the movie and TV show from time to time because ultimately, I’m a fan. I was just a little disappointed in this one. I’m hopeful that Rothfuss brings it all together for the grand finale in book 3, and that he actually releases it before he (God forbid) dies.

Be sure to check out my review for The Name of the Wind, the first book in the series, by CLICKING HERE.

To see purchase options for The Wise Man’s Fear through Amazon, CLICK HERE.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss Review

Off Topic Tuesday


Today 5171 Miles Book Blog and I are talking about our favorite movies. I’m pumped. A little background on my relationship with movies:  growing up, I watched the same ones over and over and over again. And again. And then again. I know all of the lines to a few including two different versions of Annie, Grease, The Princess Diaries and A Walk to Remember. You are already seeing a theme here, but bare with me. I promise I’ve grown since 5th grade. Slightly, anyway.

Field of Dreams

“If you build it, he will come.” With these words, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is inspired by a voice he can’t ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife Annie (Amy Madigan), Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams can come true. Along the way he meets reclusive activist Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), the mysterious “Doc” Graham (Burt Lancaster) and even the legendary “Shoeless Joe” Jackson (Ray Liotta). A heartwarming experience that has moved critics and audiences like no other film of this generation, Field of Dreams is a glowing tribute to all who dare to dream.

I adore Field of Dreams. Every single time I watch this movie I am brought back to the simple joys of my childhood. I grew up in a small town in Illinois, surrounded by cornfields. I played softball every summer and was a big believer in magic. This movie takes me back to that wide-eyed believer girl. I love Kevin Costner because of this movie. He hears a voice and runs with it. Kind of crazy, but totally endearing. I also just love this time period. A simpler time, it seems. And everything is so green and bright and fresh and pretty. This is definitely one of my most favorite movies.

Dan In Real Life

Steve Carell (THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, TV’s THE OFFICE), Hollywood’s leading funnyman, stars in the hilarious comedy that’s bursting with charm — a movie you’ll watch again and again. Advice columnist Dan Burns (Carell) is an expert on relationships, but somehow struggles to succeed as a brother, a son and a single parent to three precocious daughters. Things get even more complicated when Dan finds out that the woman he falls in love with is actually his brother’s new girlfriend. Carell is joined by a brilliant all-star supporting cast, including Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, John Mahoney and Dianne Wiest, for a heartfelt, fun-filled comedy that’s “laugh-out-loud funny” — Steve Oldfield, FOX.

I might not be able to accurately describe why I love Dan in Real Life so much, maybe because I don’t really know. It feels homey. It makes me ache yet it delights me so much. Steve Carell playing a single dad to three daughters is something I believe everyone needs to witness. It’s real. The familial relationships portrayed here feel absolutely real. There are pancakes. There is stunning scenery. There are complex characters and there is witty dialogue. It’s a heart and a hug wrapped up into the sweetest 98 minutes. Call me cheesy. Go ahead. I don’t care. I love this dang thing.

About TimeThe night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s (Domhnall Gleeson) father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life – so he decides to make his world a better place…by getting a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams). But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. From filmmaker Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral), About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.

You guys. About Time is soooooooooo much more than a romance. It is a story about the decisions we make every single day and how those decisions can negatively or positively effect ourselves and the people around us. It is moving, thought-provoking and forever a movie I will watch over and over again. Not only is the story great, but the scenery is absolutely beautiful. London and the British countryside? It doesn’t get much better. If you are so led to watch any of the movies I’ve mentioned today, let it be this one.

The GooniesThe ’80s movie classic, The Goonies, is the story of Mikey Walsh and Brandon Walsh, brothers whose family is preparing to move because developers want to build a golf course in the place of their neighborhood — unless enough money is raised to stop the construction of the golf course, and that’s quite doubtful. But when Mikey stumbles upon a treasure map of the famed One-Eyed Willy’s hidden fortune, Mikey, Brandon, and their friends Lawrence ‘Chunk’ Cohen, Clark ‘Mouth’ Devereaux, Andrea ‘Andy’ Carmichael, Stefanie ‘Stef’ Steinbrenner, and Richard ‘Data’ Wang, calling themselves The Goonies, set out on a quest to find the treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood. The treasure is in a cavern, but the entrance to the cavern is under the house of evil thief Mama Fratelli and her sons Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli, and the severely disfigured Lotney Sloth Fratelli. This ’80s family favorite was written by Stephen Spielberg and stars Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen and Corey Feldman.

I LOVE The Goonies. Everything about this movie is great. The time period. The clothes. The humor. The adventure. When I watch this movie, I feel like I’m 10 again. I’m kind of impressed that I like such a classic? Usually I like such weird stuff, but I’m hitting the nail on the head with Spielberg here. If you haven’t seen this movie, you are missing out. Go watch it with your kids right now. It is the BEST.

The Edge of SeventeenIn the vein of classic coming-of-age films like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, The Edge of Seventeen is a poignant and hilarious look at what it’s like to be a teenager today. Growing up is hard, and life is no easier for Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld, Pitch Perfect 2), who is already at peak awkwardness when her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson, Ravenswood) begins dating her all-star brother Darian (Blake Jenner, Glee). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever. With the help of her reluctant sounding-board (Woody Harrelson, True Detective), she soon discovers that what feels like the end of the world may just be the beginning of growing up.


If you have ever wondered what high school Kacy was like internally (because all she had going on externally was RBF) you will find her in Nadine. The first time I saw this movie, I was almost a little uncomfortable due to how much this character reminded me of myself. You know why if you’ve watched it. She’s dramatic, full of angst, and somehow still manages to think she’s above everyone. She doesn’t get along with hardly any of her peers, because, why try? And her fashion sense is that of another era entirely. I immensely enjoy this movie.

That’s it, guys! Some of my most favorite movies. What are yours? Do we have any of the same? Be sure to head on over to 5171 Miles Book Blog and check out theirs! I will add links to Amazon below for all of the movies I mentioned today. Xoxo

Field of Dreams

Dan In Real Life

About Time

The Goonies

The Edge of Seventeen


Off Topic Tuesday

Kiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. Rogue Review


My love is poison. His kiss is mine. 

“The first time he saw me I was shattered glass, and he was a shadow. If I had stayed, he would have just faded away.”

It’s strange how easy it is to tell our stories to a stranger’s eyes. The truth about Connor Stratford and I had always been a sad tale. Over ten years of chasing, tears, lies, vows, and leaving. Two people who never loved each other at the same time, but couldn’t let each other go.

Now here I was telling our story over drinks midday in an airport bar with my old diary clutched in my hand. Telling some version of our story, anyway.

I left him once with no goodbye. Now I was returning home to give him what he needed to move on.

“It’s important. It’s what you’re thinking.”

I knew what his message meant, sent in the middle of the night after I woke from a fever dream. 

He was finally ready, and so was I. I just needed to finally give him the kiss he begged for. 
The one that meant goodbye.


This book is a work of art. J.R. Rogue IS art. I have read little snippets of Rogue’s poetry before, but never a novel. After experiencing this one, I will be reading absolutely everything of hers. I am addicted to her writing. It’s lyrical. It’s bold. It’s brave. It’s a genre of its own, this one. I’m certain it can’t be placed in any one singular genre. It fits everywhere and yet it doesn’t.

“But the problem with broken people pouring broken love into humans molded from their own flesh was you could see all of your lacking in their eyes.”

This was not a typical reading experience for me. Reading this book felt different. It read like a novel but it felt like poetry the entire time. I have at least half of the book highlighted because there are so many hard truths and one-liners that I don’t ever want to forget. I will be reading this one again someday, without a doubt in my mind. And I will be buying the physical copy and putting this downright amazing cover on display in my home.

“It wasn’t long before I started to realize that I didn’t recognize myself. I had bitten my tongue so many times I was surprised it hadn’t fallen off into my mouth.”

Kiss Me Like You Mean It is so much more than your typical romance novel. Like I said before, I’m not even sure it can be labeled as just a romance. It addresses so many issues that we don’t usually talk about like abuse, depression and overall mental health. It gives you a taste of what it’s like to deal with those things, and how it affects daily lives and relationships.

“Sometimes our intentions are pure, but there is a little animal inside of us who won’t let hurts lie and die. That animal will dig everything up–corpse and bone and poison. That animal will not let us live, move on, without seeing the remains of all we have done.”

Let’s talk about Connor. Oh my gosh, Connor. Every girl deserves a Connor. He has the most ardent and steadfast love for Gwen. It’s unusual, other-worldly almost. The love that Gwen and Connor share is rare. It’s rough around the edges but it is perfectly beautiful. I adored suffering through their ups and downs and I completely appreciate the honesty that is portrayed through their relationship in this story. It’s so real and raw and deeper than what you can find in most love stories.

I found this thing to be exceptional, different and worthy. I’m so glad I read it and I’m changed because of it. My Hallmark Card self now has an idea of what some of my friends have been through. And I’m angry. Thank you, J.R. Rogue for sharing this story with the world. I believe it’s one that needs to be heard.

Kiss Me Like You Mean It will be out on 3/22, but you can preorder today!

To see purchase options for Kiss Me Like You Mean It through Amazon, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about J.R. Rogue and visit her website, CLICK HERE.




Kiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. Rogue Review

Death Row by Christian Sterling Review

Death Row by Christian Sterling

In Greenwood Federal Penitentiary, Charles Colter – a passionate and imaginative artist – laments during his final three days. Wishing more than anything to soak up the world around him, Charles clings to the solitude of his cell longing to distract himself from the inevitable.

Through this heartrending novella, we witness the struggle of an artist on death row, surrounded by friends and enemies, affection and violence, all in the plight of a creative mind grappling with the realities of life. Sorrow, redemption, and passion are found within in the tale – Death Row.

This novella was exceptional, hands down. I read it from start to finish in one sitting because it so quickly and completely captivated me. It made me laugh out loud. It made me cry. It made me think. It made me do these things; I had no choice in the matter. In only 100 pages, it moved me, and I will be forever thankful to have read this story.

I read Sterling’s first book, American Parable: Ashes and Embers, last year and really enjoyed it. So much so that I am highly anticipating the next book in the series that’s due to come out sometime this year. While I enjoyed the action aspect American Parable embodies, it was really impressing to read a more emotional tale found in Death Row. Knowing that this author can do both of these things well has made me a fan.

In Death Row, Sterling portrays the feelings of #adulting and embracing the suck in a way we can all relate to. He perfectly depicts what it feels like to be a parent, constantly overcome with a love for your kid that knows no bounds despite how imperfect the journey of parenting really is. The secondary characters somehow have depth, even with this book only being 100 pages long. We are able to easily understand who people are thanks to Sterling’s immense use of symbolism and descriptive language.

“He looked back up at his daughter, then his beautiful and supportive wife, sitting together under the fluorescent lights. His selfishness almost destroyed their lives.” 

There are so many more things I want to say about this beautiful thing, but in an attempt to write a spoiler-free review, I just can’t. With that being said, definitely give this book a try. Support this indie author and give him a chance. I honestly don’t think you’ll regret it.

To see purchase options for Death Row on Amazon, CLICK HERE.

Death Row by Christian Sterling Review

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn Review

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

This thing is so hot right now. Everyone wants to get their nose in it. There are currently 120 holds on it at my library. It has over 1,000 reviews on Amazon, and 63% of those are 5 stars. So why the heck did I not find the magic that everyone else did?

Oddly enough, this thing held my interest. I found it to be easy to read and attention grabbing. The writing was clear and concise, and there were definitely some twists that I didn’t see coming. But, I just didn’t like it. I found it to be utterly depressing. Usually I can handle depressing stuff, but I like it best when it’s paired with something inspirational like how to endure hardships and move on, etc. If that’s the type of story you like to read, you won’t find it in The Woman in the Window. Like, at all.

I don’t know anything about Hitchcock. I don’t like killer movies. I don’t like horror movies. I don’t even like those PG-13 teenager scary movies. I can often enjoy a thriller, but it has to be the right Kacy kind, I guess. And this one is just not that. So, if you are a fan of any of these things, you will probably have a completely different opinion than mine.

We read this as a group in my book club this month, and 50% of us really liked it and 50% of us thought it was okay. Definitely not in line with the hype, but I guess that’s just what it is in my opinion. Hype.

To see purchase options for The Woman in the Window through Amazon, click here.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn Review

The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher Review

Okay. I’m about to gush. And I know what you’re thinking. The name Fisher is up in the title and Kacy ALWAYS gushes when Fisher’s name is in the title and doesn’t this girl EVER come up with ANY original thoughts of her own? HOLD UP, REWIND. I just reviewed a book that everyone else loves and I didn’t like (The Bird and the Sword) and remember that one time I just absolutely hated that one book and went on and on and on because it drove me bonkers? The Silent Wife. Yeah, I did that. OH AND! I also didn’t like Fisher’s latest release, Atheists Who Kneel and Pray. So, believe me when I gush about something because it really means that it is, in my ever-so humble opinion, gush-worthy.

Let the gushing commence.

The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

Olivia Kaspen is a sharp tongued manipulator used to always getting what she wants. With just one exception-Caleb Drake, the one she foolishly let slip away. After a chance encounter brings Caleb back into her life, Olivia finds herself wanting a second chance with her first love, and asking herself how far she is willing to go to get him back. Her only problem is a red head named Leah, Caleb’s new love. Olivia must fight for what was once hers, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

THE OPPORTUNIST IS SO FREAKING GOOD. This was a reread for me. I read this last year before I started my blog and it gave me the biggest stomach ache I’ve ever received as a side effect from reading a book. It hurt so good. I was flipping through the pages faster than lightning because I had to know what was going to happen next. This time around, I was able to really linger and enjoy Tarryn’s writing in her debut novel, which is honestly kind of mind-boggling because of how freakin good it is.

The main character, Olivia, is so complex and so real. Tarryn presents her to us as unashamedly damaged, and it is so refreshing. It’s refreshing because it’s not often that you read a book where characters throw their flaws at you and say “take it or leave it.” Usually we are forced inside the mind of a character who always is good and does good while experiencing other people’s badness. And I don’t know about you guys, but that’s just not me. I’ve got enough badness in me to go around, and I spend a lot of time mending mistakes. I’m human. I am what I am what I am.

“I am a victor in a way–a survivor. Because I fought the monster in myself and I won.”

The love story here is basically the definition of why I love love stories. It is absolute perfection. It feels as though a true first love does:  painstakingly raw and in-your-face intense. And did I mention the genius writing? Because the writing is equal parts angst and melodrama, both of which I’m well-versed in. It’s absolutely exquisite. This is one I will read over and over again. I can’t wait to reread the next book (yes, this is a 3 book series) titled Dirty Red.

“There is more to loving someone than just making yourself happy. You have to want him to be happier than you are.”

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The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher Review

Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae Cover Reveal

So excited to be a part of this cover reveal!

Eight Goodbyes
Christine Brae
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: September 4th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance

When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.

Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.

Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined.

To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.

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Author Bio:

Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Her second book, His Wounded Light was released in December, 2013.

Christine’s third book, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June, 2014, and her fourth book, In This Life, released in January 2016.

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.

Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management.

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Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae Cover Reveal