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[Arc Review] The Fall

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04 October
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I haven’t read this author’s other works. The Masque of the Red Death duology was on my list of books I should consider, but I’ve yet to get around to it. I had no idea what to expect, as I hadn’t remembered reading the original Poe story, The Fall of the House of Usher. I also usually don’t watch Epic Reads do their Tea Time. There’s no tea and thems ladies are so bubbly it’s kind of like nails on a chalkboard to my cynical nature. Regardless, I ended up sitting through at least half of their latest #arcparty, just… Read more »

[ARC Review] Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

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28 September
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I love Burn For Me so much that I started reading it when I got home from work and could not put it down until I had finished the whole story. It has all the things I love in a fantastic paranormal romance: scary bad guys, an even scarier alpha male, and a snarky female heroine. I loved Nevada Baylor. I loved that she is willing to do anything to protect the ones she loves. I love that when a sexy badass magic wielding billionaire tells her to get in his bed, she tells him to shove it. I love… Read more »

[ARC Review] Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen

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26 September
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I have really strong feelings about Shakespeare. Really, not doing right by Shakespeare, or rendering Shakespeare poorly is sort of like insulting my mother – it is going to provoke a reaction, and you’re going to be on my shit list. So when requesting this book I was wary, knowing I was either going to be very pleased, or raging. Turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. Even though Romeo and Juliet is unquestionably my least favourite of Shakespeare’s plays, this book helped to situate and ground the flighty characters in an engaging and gratifying POV, contributing to, rather than taking from, my enjoyment…. Read more »

[Arc Review] Atlantia by Ally Condie

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24 September
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I finished this book the day before yesterday and I’ve already forgotten most of the details. It wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t spectacular. It was without note and bearing. Just sort of there, I guess. Meh? I tried reading Ally Condie’s other series, Matched, and I got to the third book and while I was curious to see how the story was going to pan out, I wasn’t curious enough to pick the book up and actually read it. I mean, the covers were cool and mirrored the three pills, the world building was interesting enough and I wanted… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

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21 September
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I grew up on sappy romantic movies and novels. For me, these stories about hope, love, and happy endings are my bread and butter. You could say I am a fool for love. The Fine Art of Pretending does not disappoint for it is a story I loved and it made my sappy romantic heart swoon with joy. It was a story that sucked me in and didn’t let go. I thought I would just start by reading one chapter and before I knew it, in a matter of hours, I had the entire book read. The Fine Art of… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Legend of Sheba by Tosca Lee

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19 September
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The legendary Queen of Sheba is intensely fascinating, but perplexing in the total lack of what we can know about her, or if she truly even existed as suggested. Throughout the ages, this legend has taken on many names and been believed to hail from so many places, with no further understanding of the truth. The Legend of Sheba became particularly popular ‘mythology’ during the Renaissance, when biblical and quar’anic renditions resurfaced to inspire popular storytelling and artistic influence. This why Tosca Lee’s The Legend of Sheba was so appealing to me – the art and culture which I spend my life studying was… Read more »

[ARC Review] Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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14 September
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Snow Like Ashes is the kind of book that sucks you in and doesn’t let go until the very last word. Or at least that was true for me. After I read the last word I knew this was a book I was going to want to share with all my friends and family. Why? Because it had it all: kissing, epic battles, and of course a heroine out for vengeance. I know this sounds similar to other books out there because it seems everyone is hopping on the epic fantasy bandwagon, but believe me this book does not disappoint… Read more »

[ARC Review] How to Ruin A Queen by Jonathan Beckman

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12 September
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The Affair of the Diamond Necklace is an extremely fascinating historical scandal that, given its exceptionally ill timing in the critical climate of 18th century France, had profound, far reaching consequences. The conspiracy surrounding a diamond necklace estimated to be worth approximately 2 million livre, and the subsequent fallout of public trials ultimately galvanized the incensed citizens of France, and can arguably be identified as one of the final catalysts for the subsequent coup and regicide of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. If you’re not familiar with the bizarre scandal, have a wiki link. If I get into a full… Read more »

[ARC Review] Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

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11 September
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I ended up really liking this book. I am all about books that promote girl power.     I have these read these types of books before about the tough as nails girl going to military academy and having to prove she can keep up with the boys. Don’t get me wrong, I these types books are awesome because girls can do whatever they set their minds too. What set Rites of Passage apart was that isn’t what just a girl proving herself in the face of bullies; but a girl caught up in a mystery that could bring down… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Jewel by Amy Ewing

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10 September
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This book had so much going for it. I loved the ideas set forth, that these surrogates, with their mental abilities to change and shape living things, could fix  what was essentially an inbreeding issue. I loved that Violet, the main character, actually worried consistently about her bodily autonomy and that of her fellow surrogates. I loved the terrible world they lived in where royalty would treat the young women who would bear their children as cattle or a very expensive pet. It was horrible and refreshing in its lack of boundaries. But then the love interest showed up. It was… Read more »