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[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 »

[ARC Review] The Deep by Nick Cutter

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16 January
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I had extremely high expectations for The Deep. I had just finished reading The Troop before getting this ARC, and after how thrillingly and brilliantly disgusting that had been, I was very excited to see what Nick Cutter would do next. Unfortunately, I hadn’t considered that his next release could have been an immense flop. The premise sounded GREAT while I was in full virology/horror mode: a strange disease is causing people to literally forget everything from their memories to how to eat, and eventually how to breathe. In order to get to the bottom of this bizarre condition (The ‘Gets’) and the substance suspected of causing it… Read more »

[ARC Review] Shutter by Courtney Alameda

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14 January
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Man, I’m having so much trouble reviewing this book. Seriously. On the one hand, if, by merits of a young adult urban fantasy I would have to give it way more stars. Unfortunately, the author felt the need to shoehorn literary characters into the book for no real reason. It’s not like they couldn’t have had the same elements including the goddamn ancient assassins without slapping the names Helsing and Stoker et al upon it. Doing that just makes it awful and cheap and campy. Don’t ruin a good thing by shoving literary and mythological references into things that don’t… Read more »

[ARC Review] When by Victoria Laurie

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11 January
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I kind of actually liked this book and didn’t think it was as bad as some of the other reviews I had seen. It was a fast paced read that I was able to finish quickly. I think the story is more of3.5 read because while I liked the overall story I did feel like Maddie could have maybe done more to help with the investigation. I liked Maddie, she did cry a lot, but there was a lot going on in her life. The story felt a little like the other side of an adult mystery novel. Her uncle… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle

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09 January
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2014 ended with massive book ennui for me. With surgery, recovery, holidays and more, not only did I have little time for reading, I also have little incentive or desire to do so. This was only made worse with the fact that I just couldn’t find a book to spark my interest. So, when I finally hopped back on NetGalley, I noticed several titles close to archive, and this book was the nearest to archival, so it got picked up. I can say with certainty this book succeeded in breaking the book ennui, but it didn’t succeed with a whole… Read more »

[ARC Review] Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards

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08 January
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  I liked this book because it was an okay read. It was an easy read even though I didn’t really care who the mysterious vigilante was. It was just one those books that quick and I liked but I didn’t think it was the best thing since sliced bread. It was a bit predictable at times and I think I was expecting more of a thriller when I went into this book. The book is about Piper who finds a notebook full of scandals about her fellow students. Then one day she over hears some popular jock guys hassling… Read more »