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[ARC Review] The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney

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05 September

Ancient Egypt is fascinating. The history is fundamentally unique, and so detailed and complex that much of one of the world’s greatest civilization still eludes historians and Egyptologists today. This causes problems, especially in pop culture. Outrageous anomalies like Cleopatra and the bloodthirsty Ptolemic kings become stereotype, and the coolest elements of Egyptian culture are unknown. With The Woman Who Would Be King, Kara Cooney is attempting to change some of that. This book looks at the life of Hatshepsut, and explores what it truly took to be a female King in the Ancient world – and a successful one! The… Read more »

[ARC Review] City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennet

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29 August

City of Stairs was a wonderful surprise; I was immediately sucked into a masterpiece of world-building and canon. This book and its universe was entirely unique, unprecedented, rich and groundbreaking. Yet in spite of that — or perhaps more accurately, due to that– this book suffered from having more interesting backstories and themes than its main plot. This books takes place in the war-ravaged city of Bulikov (which bears ethic and cultural resemblances to Slavic nations), after being conquered by the Sapyuri (resembling Arabic or South Asian cultures). What can be gathered by this war is that the Saypuri were originally slave people,… Read more »

[Review] Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

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22 August

Immediately after finishing Grave Mercy, I dove into Dark Triumph. I was still enamored with the idea of assassin nuns, and wanted to know more about the characters only briefly touched on in the first novel. Sybella is everything that Ismae was not. Whereas Ismae is the calm, controlled noviate with a special affinity for poison, Sybella is all wildness and unrefinement, who prefers knives and other weapons to kill. She is rough, brutal-tongued, and takes a lot less shit from anyone which makes her  an independent, unpredictable wild card. For all Sybella’s rough edges, she was also an easier character for me… Read more »

[Collective Perspective ARC Review] The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

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18 August

Welcome to our first edition of COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE A new segment where at least two of our bloggers collaborate to share their thoughts in a joint review discussion. Today, Bry and Fry discuss their latest obsession, ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ by M. R. Carey.   Fry: I finished this book last night and I’m still reeling from it. The ending was both disheartening and elating. A true testament to Ian Malcom’s proclamation of, “Life finds a way.” It held some elements of books in the same genre, but it offered less horror than Justin Cronin’s The Passage and less conspiracy than… Read more »

[ARC Review] Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

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15 August

Hey, its my birthday today! What better day to review this book? I fell whole-heartedly in love with Robin Hobb’s books when I was in high school. I was deeply enamored with her Farseer, Liveship Traders, and Tawny Man trilogies, and suffered both all the bliss and all the heartache that came with being such a fan (you know what I’m talking about). Even now, Robin Hobb remains unquestionably one of my top 3 favourite authors of all time, and hedges closely with my emphatic love of George R R Martin. I just freaking love her more than words can say. So naturally, when the… Read more »

[Review] Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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08 August

I picked up Grave Mercy on Fry’s recommendation, and every time I pick up a book she says I will like, I am almost convinced she knows my taste better than I do! This book was a total win for me, and hooked me into the series immediately. Ismae is the newest noviate of the Convent of Saint Mortain, the God of Death. After narrowly escaping what would have been a brutal marriage, she is secreted away to the nunnery, where she is told that she has been brought here because she is a Daughter of Death , and therefore… Read more »

[ARC Review] Tents of the Righteous by Eric Blair

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04 August

I need to preface this review by saying that Tents of the Righteous is one of the most disturbing things  I have ever read. Don’t get me wrong, I deeply appreciate and thoroughly enjoy a disturbing read. Horror and gruesome violence are frequent themes in my reading, but the casual brutality of this book hit a new level with me. I don’t know how else to put that into perspective other than to present the fact: Tents of the Righteous is just over 200 pages, and in those pages we’re looking at over a million people dead. Let that sink in for a moment before… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Queen’s Exiles by Barbara Kyle

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01 August

So, apparently this book is part of a series. I wasn’t aware of this until after, and though the book mostly worked as a stand-alone, that knowledge probably would have helped. This is probably also the reason that this book got off to such a slow start, so slow I ended up setting this book aside to read something else and only begrudgingly returned to it later. It did eventually pick up, and as we learn about the main characters, it is evident they have some history with one another – previous daring rescues, blood and family ties, and a couple… Read more »

[ARC Review] Black Chalk by Christopher J Yates.

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25 July

This was not at all what I expected it to be. You see that tagline? One game. Six students. Five survivors.It was only ever meant to be a game. Well hot damn, that sounds exciting! As I mentioned in my Top Ten Books to Read This Summer post, I’ve been itching for a great mystery/thriller that would pique my adrenaline levels. Black Chalk really did not live up to this. In fact, I almost put the book down in the first 30 pages when I realized I’d just read 30 goddamned pages of OCD rituals and mnemonics. Holy tedium.   This… Read more »

[ARC Review] A Thing Done by Tinney Sue Heath

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18 July

My name is Bry, and I am a glutton for Florence. Seriously, I could never get tired of reading about Italian history, and this city just absolutely captivates my passionate heart. I tend to focus on the Renaissance period and the Medici family as is my academic specialty, but on the rare occasion where I find a book that promises a ‘new’ take on my beloved city, I might just get a little excited. Juuust a little.   This is what  A Thing Done did for me, taking place in the underdeveloped Florence of 1216, long before the Renaissance rebirth of art, culture,… Read more »