Posts Categorized: Fry’s Reviews

[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 »

[Review] Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

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11 February
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Here’s the deal, everyone. This book wasn’t bad, but it was extremely predictable and not that great either. Honestly, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. The world building and the characters could use a bit of beefing out, and I bet this could be a really awesome series, but as it stands right now, there’s a lot of potential and not a lot of execution. As we travel down this lane of predictability, we have our protagonist, Kai. The girl doesn’t remember anything before the age of eight. That’s a bit suspicious all on it’s own…. Read more »

[Review] Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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04 February
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So, this is the book they used to shoehorn out Winter and make us wait for it. Still not sure that that was worth it. Sure, it’s a fancy little tidbit, but they didn’t have to postpone a book that was a) the end of a series and b) already finished in order to release it. After being teased year after year by George RR Martin, I’m always a little upset when books I actually want are pushed back for any reason, especially silly reasons. Dear publishers, just don’t. Don’t play with my feelings like that. I’d appreciate it. I… Read more »

[Audiobook Review] The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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31 January
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I actually DNF’d this book once. I’ll admit it. I got about fifty pages in and absolutely nothing was making sense and I just didn’t have time for that sort of nonsense. I’m all for having books be mysterious, but this, despite the memory loss, made everyone just seem really dumb. Four hours into this audiobook, I considered DNF’ing again, but by that point I was almost halfway through. So, I decided to see it out to the end. I’m not sure if that was a good thing or not, honestly. Our main protagonist, Thomas is sent to a settling… 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 »

[Audiobook Review] The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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21 January
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Alright, hey. So, I’ve only read one of Maggie Stiefvater’s other books and that book was The Raven Boys. I really loved that novel, it was awesome and interesting and different. But, then, I remembered that I had also tried to read Shiver, which was a little boring and ultimately didn’t hold my interest when I tried to read it. I do love me some kelpies, though. They might be one of my favorite mythological beasts. The parts involving the flesh eating water horses were always interesting and generally full of blood. That was something I enjoyed. The parts in… 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 »

[Audiobook Review] The 100 by Kass Morgan

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10 January
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So, I this was sitting on the first page of the library’s audiobook selection for science fiction and fantasy, and I’ve been hearing everyone on twitter talk about watching the show. So, I thought, why not? Why not give this book a chance? Because, really, how bad could it be? The audiobook was well read. There were two narrators, one for the boys and one for the girls and I really have no issues with their presentation. It actually made this easier to listen to. But the book was so, so bad. I have no idea how this compares to the… Read more »

[Audiobook Review] 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

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07 January
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I should really know better than to think I’d even get chills or anything remotely bordering thrills from a young adult novel. Not to mention I’ve been burned my mysterious moon media in the past. Have you seen that ‘found footage’ one where the moon rocks are made of spiders? I don’t even think the spiders did anything, really? They didn’t eat people? People just died around the moon spiders. Anyway. This was kind of like that, only some how worse. I have to hand it to the narrator of the audio book. She did a wonderful job with the… Read more »