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[ARC Review] Waistcoats and Weponry by Gail Carriger

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06 November
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First, I have to say that I am a big fan of Gail Carriger and the world she has created. I was first introduced to this world in Soulless, an adult novel, and liked it so much that I had to start reading about the world of Victorian Paranormal Steampunk through the eyes of a young lady in training. I have to say that I have liked every Finishing School story I have read, and Waistcoats and Weaponry is no exception. The thing I like most about these books is that Soulless and Finishing School books can be read together… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Undying by Ethan Reid

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11 October
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As horror books go, this was actually pretty creepy, up until a point. The apocalyptic nature of the scenario, plus limited information, following those who were not in charge around as they tried to survive and figure out what was happening, is remnicient of a Roland Emmerich film. Yeah, as most apocalyptic stories do, this one started with very little. A blackout on New Years Eve doesn’t render many into panic. Most people continue their revelry and enjoyment of the evening. When morning comes, they find the sky blanketed in dust and aftershocks from something destroying buildings. Jeanie has come… Read more »

[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 »