Publisher: Random House

[Review] Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

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24 February
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I liked Optimists Die First but I didn’t love it was a solid 3.5 star read. It is a story about grief. It is a story about the guilt we feel after grief. It is a story about the coping mechanisms we develop to deal with grief. I think the story handles the grief aspect very well. Because, one thing is for certain grief changes a person. I will get personal for a minute. When I was 11 my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer. For three years I watched him try to fight it, struggle with and eventually die from… Read more »

[ARC Review] Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank

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01 February
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I think when I first saw the cover and blurb for this book I was expecting more of the same contemporary paranormal romance I have read. Centuries old cursed warrior set free in modern times. This book is different from that, in the fact when the centuries old warrior is set free, this book reads more like a romantic high fantasy novel. I liked that the setting was something different and the world building. I think that is the only aspect of this book that I really liked. The story itself was a bit a yawn with steamy happy fun… Read more »

[ARC Review] Black Chalk by Christopher J Yates.

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25 July
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This was not at all what I expected it to be. You see that tagline? One game. Six students. Five survivors.It was only ever meant to be a game. Well hot damn, that sounds exciting! As I mentioned in my Top Ten Books to Read This Summer post, I’ve been itching for a great mystery/thriller that would pique my adrenaline levels. Black Chalk really did not live up to this. In fact, I almost put the book down in the first 30 pages when I realized I’d just read 30 goddamned pages of OCD rituals and mnemonics. Holy tedium.   This… Read more »

[Review] The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

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05 April
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Aw, man… this book had me quite pleased, and I was well enjoying it, until the unraveling at the ending. Boo. We begin this book with a young girl, in the flourish of a beautifully described, beautifully constructed Medici Florence, and are treated to wonderfully written aspects of the artistry and ambiance of the magnificent heart of the Renaissance. Our protagonist, Alessandra Cecchi, is a skilled artist and painter in her preadolesence, and comes face to face with the intoxicating intrigue of the art world when her father employs a painter to handle the family chapel – a painter that… Read more »

[Review] The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

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06 March
[Review] The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

It’s rare to come across an Epic Fantasy novel that breaks out of the Tolkien mold. (Seriously, there wasn’t even one drinking song (that’s a win for everyone) and forget Elves and Dwarves.) The Bone Doll’s Twin not only breaks the mold, but manages to create something unique and new. I imagine that this book is what you would get if Game of Thrones and Wuthering Heights had a lovechild. Described by the author as “Gothic Fantasy,” the story revolves around a princess whose very gender has to be hidden because of her royal blood and the King’s obsession with… Read more »