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review 2018-07-07 15:15
Always Never Yours!!!
Always Never Yours - Austin Siegemund-Broka,Emily Wibberley

I'm just such a big fan of Emily Wibberley's The Last Oracle series, that I had to read her newest book, even though the genre was the complete opposite and she had a co author for this one.

 

And I loved it. I truly loved this book and Megan's story.

 

Summary: Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?

 

 

I loved Megan the main character. Most of the times, when it comes to contemporary, you always have the main character who is supposed to be that perfect little butterfly. Megan wasn't. And I loved that. It also made me love her even more. She was flawed, she made mistakes. But she grew. She seriously grew so much throughout the whole book.
We also had some really great side characters that I absolutely loved. Anthony, who is one of Megan's best friends. And Madeleine, her other best friend. And of course Owen. Owen, be still my heart. He was amazing and wonderful and just overall very dreamy.

 

I loved the relationships in this book. The friendships. Megan and Anthony. Megan and Madeleine. They also weren't perfect. They had quite some flaws. But I loved that. I loved to see characters in friendships that weren't perfect but that were worth fighting for.
The same goes for the family dynamics. Megan's family, with her parents being divorced, Megan living with her father and his pregnant wife and her little sister. Her mother living in a different state, having also a new man in her life. The struggles Megan had with that, with feeling out of place and feeling like she doesn't belong. And how all of this just grew throughout the story, how it developed. I loved it.
Romantic realionships. We had quite a few of those. I hated them all, except for Megan and Owen. And Anthony and Eric. I had all the feels about these idiots, who were so perfect for each other but had a tough time actually getting together.

 

The setting of this story was also amazing. It wasn't just centered around Highschool students, but there was also the theatre element, them working on a play and all the struggles with that.

 

Overall, I loved it. I loved the characters, the setting, the writing!!!

 
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review 2018-07-04 19:55
Unsheathed: An Epic Fantasy Collection is high quality Sword & Sorcery by nine contemporary authors
Unsheathed: an epic fantasy collection - Stuart Thaman,Austin Worley,Chad Vincent,Charles Gramlich,Scott Simerlein,G. Dean Manuel ,Jay Erickson,Liam Hogan


Unsheathed: An Epic Fantasy Collection is high quality Sword & Sorcery by nine contemporary authors. The anthology is varied in tone and style, and will delight new fans (who may like lit-RPG fare) as well as aged veterans looking for weird pulp. I picked this up as part of a S&S Groupread on Goodreads which had the theme of "New vs 'N'" (N being the infamous Appendix N list from Gary Gygax.

All were fun, but two of these resonated with me. The first was by Charles Allen Gramlich, whose writing lured me to this collection (having read his Harvest of War and Bitter Steel: Tales and Poems of Epic Fantasy and others). The second was by Jay Erickson whose Lydia/Gwendolyn Locke stood out in design & delivery.

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1. Hanging at Crosbhothar Austin Worley: “Corpses hung from the ancient maple like leaves” is a great opener. The story follows the female Arlise, Watcher of the Order, who trails the corrupted Eoghan and his sorceress lover Katrin. A few abrupt saved-by-the-last-minute incidents and rpg-rapid-healing keeps this decent tale from a 5-star.

2. Retribution by Night Chad Vincent: This 4-star tale introduces Captain Brennan who is caught in an outpost drama between the oppressed, local named Aodhan ( a nature lover, and demon lover too?) who is hounded by surly knights, like Sergeant Armstrong. Not sure who to root for in this gray tale, though Brennan is ostensibly on the knights side. Nice undead battles here. Would have enjoyed experiencing Aodhan's past to appreciate his motivations. 

3. Where All the Souls are Hollow by Charles Allen Gramlich: a 5 star Sword-n-Planet with the technology being more implicit than explicit. We join Krieg (German for "War") as his adventures mid-mission. Krieg’s purpose is slowly revealed as he battles automatons, sinister alien forces, and evil "children." A beautiful blend of horror and adventure; pacing is spot on.

4. Switch Blade by Scott Simerlein: I am not into humorous stories, but this hilarious farce was well placed in the collection. It was slightly confusing, but was meant to be. 4 star. 

5. King’s Road by G. Dean Manuel: This melodrama unfolds faster than the characters can deliver their lines; it felt like a fan fiction tribute of LOTR's Rohan Gondor play between a prince-son usurping his worn-king-father’s rule. 3 star 

6. The Artefact by Ross Baxter: lit-RPG readers would like this one. Three heroes with desires to collect as many types of loot (books/knowledge, a weapon, and something mechanical/crafty like a timepiece) adventure in ruins. It feels like part of larger universe, but for a short story the story arc was not contained enough to be a clear stand alone adventure. The character Jud stood out. 3+ star.

7. Under Locke and Key by Jay Erickson: a 5 star tale with female leads and blood magic. Gwendolyne is an enslaved adolescent girl, whose parents died by the Red Tears plague. The same sickness affects the countryside and criminals wishing to profit off of orphaned girls and a possible cure. The flow of the tale was very smooth and engaging. 

8. Ransom for a Prince by Liam Hogan: this is saturated with fighting, and was more real/historical than fantasy. Expect lots of medieval duels with a female lead. The premise is a reason for the author to show off the art of sword play, which is described well. 4+.

9. Only an Elf by Stuart Thaman : There is a lot going on here in this 4-star tale of slavery. Overall the plot is very engaging, but the bloody climax seemed inconsistent with the lead up. Certain scenes between the female elf slave Enessana and her master, the blacksmith dwarf Kimiko, worked separately, but did not flow with other events. Perhaps too much was packed within a short span of pages, throwing the pacing off. This would expand into a great novel. 

Source: www.selindberg.com/2018/07/unsheathed-review-by-se.html
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text 2018-07-04 13:02
Reading progress update: I've read 184 out of 352 pages.
Always Never Yours - Austin Siegemund-Broka,Emily Wibberley

I just love how flawed and real these friendships are.

 
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