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[Review] Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

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13 August
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There is a phenomenon in fantasy novels where characters are super into talking about their genitals. It’s mostly men in reference to women, but things can get pretty bawdy pretty fast. This is feels especially out of place when I’m reading Young Adult. Mainly because they use such a language as to hint at it, but not actually say it. It’s the sixties pan away, whoopie talk of the fantasy genre. This novella was full of it. Just brimming with it. Whether it be because of the plot or because the characters think someone is hot, it started to get… Read more »

[Arc Review] City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennet

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09 August
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City of Stairs was very luscious and flavorful, rich with outstanding characters and extensive world-building. Yet, somehow, it managed to still remain droll and ineffectual. The beginning opens with a trial, showing just how the hierarchy and the system of rules on the Continent work. No one is allowed to discuss the gods or hint at the divine in any manner. To do so is against the law. The reason for this is that the Saypuri occupation in Bulikov, the Continent’s capitol, does not wish for the inhabitants to feel as though they are still favored by the divine. The… Read more »

[Review] The Liberator by Victoria Scott

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02 August
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Yeah. I’ll drop a G for that bottle of goose, heaven just took a turn for the douche. When I first read The Collector, Dante Walker was an unbridled, self- absorbed minion of hell. It was a ton of fun to read him being smarmy, snarky and an overall despicable anti-hero. But as this is a redemption arc, he met someone that by the force of them just being good and wonderful, has started to change him. Now he’s on heaven’s side, on a trial basis and he’s less the character I fell in love with and more of a… Read more »

[Arc Review] Havoc by Ann Aguirre

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30 July
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Ah, I’m so glad to be back in the Conglomerate system with Ann Aguirre’s five dollar words and no held punches. I’ve missed it. The scope is still small, as the prison ship Perdition continues to contain our lively group of misfit protagonists. They still have two opposing territories to worry about attacks from, Mungo’s cannibals and Silence’s tongueless assassins (and the alien faction that lives in the underbelly, but they’re not one for petty battles). Yet, the opening of the book is full of laser fire and a docking ship full of mercenaries armed to the teeth. It’s clear… Read more »

[Review] Cress by Marissa Meyer

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26 July
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After getting an ARC of Scarlet, but not being able to wrangle one for Cress (it happens), I waited patiently for this to come out. My intent was to immediately devour it; Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for me as I became both ill and busy. I did eventually make it through this stressful novel, and I’m so glad I did. I love the characters. Thorne in particular was more fleshed out and interesting. He’s so similar to Captain Jack, who is one of my most favorite characters in anything ever (Torchwood never happened, shh), that it’s impossible to not picture… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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23 July
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Have you ever watched The Island? It’s an exciting summer blockbuster that doesn’t make you think to hard. The foreshadowing looms shortly, only to break into obvious reveals. Obvious plot threads weave throughout the storytelling, yet it is still a lot of fun to watch. This book was a lot like that. Nothing about it was groundbreaking or unique, but the entire reading experience was a good time. Sure, the dystopian future thing has been done to death in every incarnation by now. Sometimes the plots are plodding and uninteresting. Sometimes the world building doesn’t make sense. Sometimes the characters… Read more »

[Review] Til The World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre and Karen Duval

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21 July
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There was this one time Ann Aguirre was giving away books if you signed up for her email newsletter and this was the only book on the list that I hadn’t read or didn’t own. It includes her short story Thistle and Thorn, which I’ve seen her tweet about people demanding more from that universe. I figured it’s about time to see what the fuss is about. Dawn of Eden (4.5 stars) The first novella in the book is by Julie Kagawa, whom, wait for it, I’ve never read a single thing from. Gasp! I know! How did that happen?… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Taking by Kimberly Derting

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19 July
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This is my first foray into Kimberly Derting’s works. Overall, I enjoyed her writing style and pacing. While I feel I’d enjoy reading more of her books, do I want to read the Body Finder series or The Pledge? No idea. If ya’ll have any suggestions, feel free to be book pushers. The Taking focuses on Kyra Agnew, who, after having a fight with her dad over normal teenager stuff like boyfriends and college, finds herself behind the local gas station. All she remembers is a flash of light. Unfortunately for Kyra, who thinks only the evening has passed, it… Read more »

[Arc Review] After The End by Amy Plum

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16 July
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Juneau is a girl who lives in the Alaskan wilderness. She’s pretty bad ass at most things involving survival without standard amenities. She’s also one with the universe and I expected her to break into a rendition of Colors of the Wind at any moment. Despite the blue corn moon, she returns from a hunting trip to find her entire family gone and all the dogs massacred. This prompts her to go on a quest to find her parents, though, she certainly finds more than she bargained for, caught between two different sects and unable to figure out who to… Read more »

[Arc Review] Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

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12 July
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  I know that I’ve said this before, but Ann Aguirre is one of my favorite authors. She can write a kick ass heroine and she’s got some awesome ideas. I can see that this book had some budding potential and the entire series could still surprise me, but unfortunately, this book fell flat. The writing felt like we were traversing the author’s stream of consciousness. Plot points would be hit, but once that was over the prose would meander. Edie Kramer, our protagonist, is consistently conflicted about her actions. Despite getting revenge she’s not a horrible person on the… Read more »