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[Arc Review] An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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29 April
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Oh, my goodness. I’m so glad that I got this from First Reads. I rolled around on the floor for awhile and then found that their download site was all broken. But everything worked out in the end, because I still got a hold of this beauty and let me tell you, it was such a good read. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly lives up to the hype. There is so much happening in this book. There are elements of magic, desertion, usurping, spying, cults, mythical creatures and pretty much anything else you can think… Read more »

[ARC Review] Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross

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15 March
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I liked this book just okay. It was an entertaining read full of action and spooky times. It was kind of slow in parts and easy to put down. It was one those read’s that I am glad I read but it didn’t keep me riveting to my chair wondering what would happen next. Just as they compare themselves to the Scooby Gang, the story was pretty much like an episode of Scooby Doo, you can watch knowing the good guys will win in the end so you feel pretty safe letting Scooby Do run in the background while you… Read more »

[ARC Review] Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

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01 March
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I like this series and the latest installment Vision in Silver was no exception. Vision in Silver is the third book in The Others series by Anne Bishop. I tried to keep thoughts general but there might be spoilers for the first two books in the series. Vison in Silver picks up after the events in Murder of Crows. Terra Indigene are on edge because a group called Humans First came after the group at the compound. They also think this group is tied to the humans that have been breeding and holding blood prophets hostage, Meg’s people. Simon, a… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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21 February
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Not gonna lie, when I found this in my mailbox I cocked my head and squealed about the pretties. Then I questioned why it was in my mailbox. Did I sleepily enter a giveaway? Don’t they usually email you first? It didn’t even show up on the UPS tracking because it was one that got shuttled over to USPS before delivery. So, honestly it was a wonderful surprise. I did question the cover, because is that a sword? Is it supposed to be her dagger? It’s too short for a sword and much too long for a dagger. I know… Read more »

[ARC Review] Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston

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19 February
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I am going to make this review short and sweet. Why? Diary of an Accidental Wallflower is a cute read and I am not sure there is much more I could say without adding endless nonsense. This story starts off cute because Claire is quite taken with Mr. Alban, a future duke. One day when she is in the park she sees him out and about but god forbid Mr. Alban sees Claire in an old day dress. She lunges into some bushes to hide and hurts her ankle. That is how Dr. Daniel Merial begins taking care of Claire’s… Read more »

[Arc Review] Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

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18 February
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If you remember, I pretty much hated Half a King. Although it offered some of the author’s notorious plot twists and plenty of gore, it just didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but after reading Half the World, I now know why. Half a King suffered from having just Yarvi’s point of view. The refreshing part of Abercrombie’s writing is that he offers such different voices to his characters, changing their internal monologue to suit their upbringing and their personality. Half a World offers us a dual point of view in the form… Read more »

[ARC Review] Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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12 February
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I don’t know how most people will feel after reading this book but I liked it.  I first heard about on Epic Reads last year, I was like sign me up and especially after it was described as “X-men meets Game of Thrones.” The book starts off in a world where people with silver blood that have special abilities and rule the land.  People with red blood are norms and do all the work for the silvers.  It is the basic story of the have and the have-nots.  Those power use fear to keep those with out in line.  Then Mare Barrow gets a job at the palace and… Read more »

[ARC Review] Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank

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01 February
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I think when I first saw the cover and blurb for this book I was expecting more of the same contemporary paranormal romance I have read. Centuries old cursed warrior set free in modern times. This book is different from that, in the fact when the centuries old warrior is set free, this book reads more like a romantic high fantasy novel. I liked that the setting was something different and the world building. I think that is the only aspect of this book that I really liked. The story itself was a bit a yawn with steamy happy fun… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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28 January
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I first heard about this book from Nikki at There Were Books Involved. I promptly forgot about it until my friend Jackie came over for a week long visit and we somehow got on the topic of how I periodically review young adult books. She then told me that her friend Mel was publishing a book, and named it. That brought Nikki’s WoW post back into a new light and I was super excited for it ever since. I’m sorry to say that it didn’t live up to my expectations. Though, honestly, I set the bar pretty high. I’ve heard… Read more »

[Arc Review] Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

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24 January
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I will admit, I had a lot of problems with the first one, but it was essentially a train wreck that I read really quickly. Like bad tv and junker movies, it seems like I can’t stay away from the same in books. Essentially, this book falls in the junker category. Sure, it’s an awful lot of fun to read and exciting at times, but there’s really not any substance to it. I read Fire & Flood some time last year, and it was a plot hole ridden mess with a protagonist I hated. This time around, they fill in… Read more »