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[ARC Review] The Diabolic

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04 October
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I have to say, for a book with such a simple premise, it sure went pear shaped quickly and continued to do so without fully righting itself. We open on a small, biologically engineered girl named Nemesis. Though, what form of monster picked that name for a small girl, I will never know. Were this a Robin Hobb book, I would consider that quite an ill omen, especially considering what form the end of the book takes. Did they just throw a bunch of adjectives in a pool and pull one out? All Diabolics seem to be named according to… Read more »

[Arc Review] Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

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17 June
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“I’m not going to be raped. I’m not going to be murdered. I’m going to bring him to justice so this never happens to anyone else. I’m not going to think like a victim. I’m going to think like a winner. Because that’s what I am. I’m Ruthless, by God, and I need to act like it.” I read this book whimsically, not sure what I was going to get into. The premise seemed sound, but a young adult, dark, gritty thriller? I assumed that it would be lacking. It wasn’t. I sat down and read it straight through, but… Read more »

[Arc Review] Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy

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02 May
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Overall this entire review contains spoilers. It contains spoilers for book one, and spoilers for this book. Read at your own caution.¬† You know, honestly, Ace/Roc was awesome enough to, even though I didn’t make it on their street team, give me an ARC anyway. This happened to be the one they gave me. Woohoo, free books! I even picked up the first one and read it straight through. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this one as much as the first. Sure, all the characters are there doing the exact same things I enjoyed about them in the first place, but… Read more »

[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 »

[Review] Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy

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25 April
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So, the kind publishers at Ace sent me an Arc of Grave Matters, which is the second book in this series. Can’t really dive into the second book without at least reading the first! I hadn’t heard of this author before the second book fell in my lap, and it looks like this is really her only series. It looks like she has a few short stories and a standalone, but overall, she hasn’t published much. I have to say, though, that I absolutely adored her writing and voice. Unfortunately, the book covers several points of view, and despite that… Read more »

[Review] Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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22 April
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Here’s the weird thing about this book. I really, really enjoyed it despite not having any nostalgic connection to any of the things that were mentioned. Sure, I’ve seen some of them. But, overall, it’s not like I was an 80’s kid. Were this to really hit home for me it would require far more Can’t Hardly Wait and Spice Girls, probably a lot of Super Nintendo and N64 games. Still, it was an awful lot of fun. It’s the future and everyone lives in poverty, famine, other such depressing nonsense, so everyone plugs into this simulation, OASIS. It’s free… Read more »

[Review] House Immortal by Devon Monk

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18 April
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Man, it’s been a tough two months. I didn’t mean to disappear so suddenly. I feel like everyone in my house has been sick since mid-February. They might possibly have been. I couldn’t focus on reading and ¬†couldn’t write reviews and I was just a big ball of useless. I’m actually starting to feel better now, so here’s hoping that everything is looking up from here on out! This is totally my first time reading Devon Monk, which is silly, because she has a huge bibliography already. No matter, I finally got into her books after looking into getting on… Read more »

[Review] A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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07 March
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I absolutely hate when I’m done with a V.E. Schwab book. All I want is to revel in her words all the time forever and ever. It’s really hard for me to read her books quickly because I absolutely love everything about them. I love the nuance of phrasing, the characters, the plot, the world building. It’s disappointing when I have to meander through other books after that high. I have found myself yearning for more. She honestly gives me a book hangover, and it is both the best and worst thing ever. While I didn’t enjoy A Darker Shade… 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] 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 »