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[Review] The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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03 December
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So,  I’ve read Throne of Glass and it was just so-so for me. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. Nothing really jumped out at me. For a story about an uber assassin, it was pretty dull, actually. And then, suddenly there were fairies. Unfortunately, there’s been plenty of buzz going around for Heir of Fire and I’ve been sitting on the sideline listening to it. I’d been told by Nikki of There Were Books Involved, that the prequel novellas offer more insight and make the entire series just that much more interesting. So, I’ve decided to… Read more »

DNF #1- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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I used to rarely DNF, but now that I’m reviewing more regularly, it has come to my attention that I can’t just have books on the perpetual back burner. Even though the completionist in me has become apathetic to my once normal scruples. I’m borrowing these questions from the lovely Nikki, as they seem to cover everything I need to. Did you really give  The Darkest Minds a chance? I tried so hard with this book, you guys. You don’t even know. My friends and I started a book club over Google Plus and this was legit the first book we… Read more »

[Review] The Sham by Ellen Allen

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26 November
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The author contacted me on Goodreads after seeing my review of The Walled City. Her book is nothing like the other, but it was still an interesting ride. Cleavesham is a small town with the usual small town cliques and the usual small town drama. Everyone is related to everyone else, it seems. Even our main character is related, through marriage to other kids in her class. The book starts out with a dead body, bled out on the floor of Emily’s family’s shop. That’s pretty shocking, how did it get there? What is even happening? Of course the book… Read more »

[Review] Overload Flux by Carol Van Natta

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22 November
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This book tried to do a lot of things, and I commend it for that. It was certainly different and had some very interesting chunks. Unfortunately, it didn’t maintain momentum for me and I never fully grew attached to any of the characters despite having ample fodder to do so. The first of our main characters, Mairwen, is a enhancement modified contract killer who left the field and is living as a night security guard so that no one finds her. The program that built her isn’t one to let go of their acquisitions lightly. As of yet, with the… Read more »

[Review] The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger

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19 November
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I read this book for the book club that I attend with my friends and I. My friend picked the book for this month, and it was about as far from YA and fantasy as you can get. You know, if you don’t count the late 1980’s as a world far away. The main character, if still alive, would actually be somewhere around my Dad’s age. He deals with his time and his issues within his time. Everything seems so backwards, without the internet, but the premise was still pretty interesting. Our main character crafts identities for himself, new identities… Read more »

[Arc Review] His Wicked Seduction by Lauren Smith

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12 November
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I’ve been mostly reading fantasy and science fiction for the better part of the year. I felt it was time to sink my teeth into some Historical Romance. I do love a bit of HR here and there. It’s so fluffy and wonderful. Granted, I usually read from the likes of Maya Banks, and she’s old hat at writing romance. She knows just when to switch gears to keep the story interesting. Lauren Smith’s first book, Wicked Designs, suffered from a lack of interesting pacing. A lot of the story involved stubbornness on behalf of the heroine, but didn’t intersperse… Read more »

[Review] Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith

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08 November
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Alright, so I agreed to review His Wicked Seduction and it ended up being the second book in a series. The completionist in me hated the prospect of starting it before reading the first book, and so here we are. Unfortunately, this book didn’t jive too well with me. It’s a standard kidnapping plot with Stockholm syndrome abound. Despite how strong willed our female protagonist is, she ultimately ends up in bed with the main male protagonist and onwards flow the cliches. Emily Parr is about to be sold into marriage to a fat old man with a grudge against… Read more »

[Review] Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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05 November
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You guys. I’m going to try to write a review for this and see if it comes out somewhat coherently. This book was fantastic, but like most fantastic books it’s got some much going for it that I’m afraid I’ll miss things and fail to do it any justice. I’m so glad I dived into this book. So glad that I popped my Victoria Schwab cherry. Her writing is superb. She takes standard writing  and throws it on it’s head. There’s no need for her to use tried and true turns of phrase. If it takes her half a paragraph… Read more »

[Review] The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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01 November
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Ugh, okay. So, this book wasn’t high flying on my radar or anything. It never really was. I’d tried some of the author’s other books and they just didn’t jive well with me. I must have been in a poor place to deal with character driven novels, or perhaps it was the characters themselves. Or, maybe it was the authors unique voice. Whatever it was, I couldn’t immerse myself into them, so I never picked up this series. But, with the advent of the third book in the series plopping down on Netgalley, everyone went a twitter with excitement. Then… Read more »

[Collective Perspective] How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea by Mira Grant

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29 October
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  Welcome to COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE A segment where at least two of our bloggers collaborate to share their thoughts in a joint review discussion.     Today, Bry and Fry discuss another unique novella of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea F: Nooooooooooo, I’m out of Mira Grant until next month when she releases the next Parasitology book. B: Alas, me too! I’ve been having withdrawals since September. F: I was putting off reading this so I at least had something for when the Mira Grant, intelligently written, body horror itch needed to be scratched. But, it would be super weird… Read more »