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The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

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13 September
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Wow. Is all I have to say after that. Wow. After their failed mission to find the destructive weapon known as the seed, our merry band of travelers disperses. Logan makes his way up to the north in order to fight Bethod with his fellows, while everyone else decides to stay in Adua. Jezal dan Luthar, a changed man, wizened by his travels and near brush with death, becomes involved with Ardee West. While their relationship is destructive and hurtful, it seems to be what makes them happy. Doesn’t Jezal deserve to be happy? Apparently not. After the death of… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Jewel by Amy Ewing

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10 September
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This book had so much going for it. I loved the ideas set forth, that these surrogates, with their mental abilities to change and shape living things, could fix  what was essentially an inbreeding issue. I loved that Violet, the main character, actually worried consistently about her bodily autonomy and that of her fellow surrogates. I loved the terrible world they lived in where royalty would treat the young women who would bear their children as cattle or a very expensive pet. It was horrible and refreshing in its lack of boundaries. But then the love interest showed up. It was… Read more »

[ARC Review] Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

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06 September
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Slavery, lost princesses, ghoulish assassins, and a somewhat half assembled love triangle, this book was full to the brim with interesting characters, world building and excitement. I loved every minute of it and drew out my consumption of the book in order to make it last longer. Nalia is a jinni. She was captured and sold as a slave, bound to a master, Malek, by an iron bottle. She belongs to him until he makes three wishes. Unfortunately for her, he refuses to offer his third wish. Instead, he makes plenty of effort to woo her. Nalia is, of course,… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

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03 September
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Loosely based on the Kowloon Walled City in China, Hak Nam has grown up within the walls of an abandoned fort and remains largely ungoverned. It is controlled by Longwai and his Brotherhood, goons who deal in drugs and young women. Outside the walls, the city goes on with all the modern amenities, unaware of the struggle going on within the walls of Hak Nam. Jin is small, spry and currently cross dressing. She followed her sister Mei Yee from their humble home after their father sold her to the Brotherhood. All Jin wants to do is find her sister… Read more »

[Arc Review] Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

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01 September
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Ooof. This was one of my more highly anticipated books of the season. I actually surprise won a copy over Twitter from the publisher. I thrummed with excitement waiting for it to arrive and it arrived on the last day of GISHWHES week. I couldn’t read it yet! It was crunch time! By the time I picked it up the next day, I was dying from excitement. And yes! The first few chapters were really interesting. Lily Proctor was pretty much allergic to everything, moving towards an early death or life in a bubble. Her long time friend Tristan is… Read more »

[Arc Review] Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

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30 August
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I was reading this book in tandem with The Last Argument of Kings, the last installment in Abercrombie’s The First Law series. Perhaps that wasn’t a good idea. It made it glaringly obvious where the book was being trimmed and edited for the young adult crowd, and I started grumpily referring to it as Diet!Abercrombie. Yes, this book offers all the intrigue and blood and crappy situations that I’ve come to expect from Joe Abercrombie’s work. The problem was it lacked all the depth. Everything was watered down. The basic plot moved by quickly without much depth or stalling, even… Read more »

[Review] A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

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27 August
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Hey! Let’s read a book about the Spanish Influenza! Okay! I pretty much decided going in, that anyone I met would probably be dying later on in the book. Granted, only about 20% of the characters introduced ended up dying. That was a bit of a bummer for me, as I was hoping for an actual death-struck year and not the magical literary eye of the hurricane. The story centers around Cleo Berry, who makes some poor decisions before deciding to help at the local pop-up Red Cross operation. She’s got no direction in life and everything about her is… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

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23 August
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Thank you, On The Same Page, for sending me this lovely ARC!  I’m going to have an awful hard time reviewing this book because the last chapter went completely pear shaped. I have a vague sense of what happened, which I think is the point, but it was still disorienting and upsetting. If this is a series, the ending is quite bleak, and the next book would have to come from a different POV. If it’s a standalone, damn, that’s one depressing ending. Up until everything goes sideways, the book is pretty interesting –interesting in a train wreck sort of… Read more »

[Review] Half Bad by Sally Green

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20 August
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These white witches are crazy bitches. I have never seen a protagonist get such a short end of a stick. Here’s hoping that the rest of the trilogy is just a very elaborate and satisfying revenge plot. Nathan needs to go Count of Monte Cristo on those jerks. They had it coming. The problem with Nathan is that he’s the product of a half white witch, half black witch union. He could, theoretically, land on either side. Unfortunately, he’s the son of one of the most powerful black witches currently in existance. Despite the fact that Nathan could end up… Read more »

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

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18 August
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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 »