logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: 2017
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
review 2017-03-29 05:06
The Crown Tower
The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1 - Michael J. Sullivan,Recorded Books LLC,Tim Gerard Reynolds

Hadrian and Royce are back...in time! No, they didn't time travel. This is fantasy-lite, not sci-fi-lite. ;) But this prequel goes back to when they first met and follows them on their first adventure together, when they were just as much a threat to each other as the enemies chasing them.

 

I was hoping that jumping to the prequel would show an improvement in story structure and writing, and that bet paid off. This was much better paced, with a stronger sense of the main characters' POVs and not so obvious twists. I was especially interested in how Hadrian and Royce went from not trusting each other to becoming the BFFs we saw in Theft of Swords. This is just the beginning - there are twelve years between the starts of these two series - but it's a promising beginning. We also spend time seeing how Gwen gets started in Medford.

 

I would still like to see more fantasy in this supposed fantasy series, instead of the sprinkles we get here and there. But as a fun, easygoing romp, this series hits the spot.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-29 03:03
A fitting conclusion
Beach Wedding: The Final Eversea Book (The Butler Cove Series 5) - Natasha Boyd

*Sigh* If you haven't read Eversea, you should go do that right now. Go ahead, I'll wait. 

 

Now that you've fallen in love with Jack and Keri Ann, as I did, you'll want to indulge in the rest of their story. Beach Wedding is a wonderful conclusion to their happily ever after and gives you an even deeper look into both characters. 

 

There were some very predictable moments, which was unfortunate for me as a reader, but overall this story takes us on the roller coaster of life with Jack and Keri Ann. Wedding planning can be stressful for the best of us, and even as a movie star there are always hurdles to battle. I really enjoy the way that their wedding comes together and the events surrounding it. 

 

As usual, Natasha Boyd brings us on a beautiful journey with her writing and character development. If you enjoy a lot of mushy love language, then this is definitely the book for you. I am willing to forgive the excessive mushiness because I think it's pretty normal to get sentimental around big life events. 

 

Be prepared with a box of tissues with this read though, it is not all sunshine and rainbows. It may be my excessive hormones these days but my eyes were definitely leaking at some points. I highly recommend this love story for anyone who enjoys an interesting happily ever after. 

 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-29 00:22
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers

Once in a while, I come across a book that feels like it was written just for me. A book that makes me feel as if the psychic, precognitive author lives in my head and knows just what I like and when I’d like it.

 

This is one of those books.

 

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is much more about the Long Way than the Angry Planet. It’s episodic, like reading a television series, but I didn’t feel the pace suffered for it. The issues each “episode” focuses on are small in scope. This isn’t a sci-fi epic about a daring crew of space warriors fighting to save the universe from evil. It’s about a hodgepodge crew of ordinary people trying to make a living in a vast, confusing, multi-cultural galaxy. It’s quiet, it’s introspective, and it’s a good 95% world-building and examining individuals and relationships from a variety of perspectives—some alien, some human, all utterly relatable. It’s not going to be everyone’s cuppa, but it was just what I wanted right now.

 

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go cuddle with the book and bask in the glow of its perfection.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-28 23:48
So, wow just wow!
Special Delivery - Heidi Cullinan

Special Delivery - Heidi Cullinan 

 

Just melt me in to a puddle of goo right now. This was so sweet. I LOVED this. Seriously. So perfect.

Now let me just be clear here, this was sweet. It was a story of self discovery and all that good stuff, but it was also freakin' hot! HOT!!!

There was stuff in here that, I mean, WOW. Ms. Cullinan has a wonderfully smutty mind. But, even without that, this story at it's core was just amazing. Sam, Mitch, and even Randy (who grew on me by the end of the story) were these characters who went beyond the stereotypes and truly grew during this novel.

I was so sad to see it end but had a smile on my face as it was. I can't wait to see what is going to happen next in this series but I truly hope that we'll get a chance to see Sam and Mitch again. 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-03-28 23:23
Dreams of Distant Shores ★★★★☆
Dreams of Distant Shores - Patricia A. McKillip

This review is written with a GPL 4.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at WordPress, Blogspot, Booklikes & Librarything and linked at Goodreads & Mobileread by  Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission
Title: Dreams of Distant Shores
Series: ----------
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 290
Format: Digital Edition





 

Synopsis:


A collection of short stories and a novella showcasing McKillip's writing style and preferred story content.

 

 



My Thoughts:


The majority of this book is taken up with the novella, Something Rich and Strange. I read that back in '05 and wasn't very impressed then and this time around nothing improved. That is the reason for the 1 Star deduction.

 

Now, the rest of the stories, they were excellent. They were what I EXPECT from McKillip. My favorite was about an artist who draws the Gorgon's mouth and it becomes his muse, until it convinces him to fall in love with a real life girl who then becomes his true muse. Not being an artsy guy myself, most of the time I poo-poo stories dealing with art. However, this story, appropriately entitled The Gorgon in the Cupboard, drew me in and made the artist character sympathetic enough that even I was able to like him. The counter-story about the woman who becomes his muse, is poignantly sad and heartwrenching and provides a sad canvas upon which a happy story is drawn.

 

The Forward by Peter Beagle I could have done without. I am not a fan of Beagle, so his musings on meeting McKillip at various times came across as self-serving and very faux-humble.

 

If I ever read this again, I'll just skip the novella and concentrate on the short stories.

 

 

★★★★☆

 


 

 

  1. 2005 Review of Something Rich and Strange

 

 

 

 

 

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?