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url 2018-02-21 18:43
The Night Circus vs. The Crown's Game | Book Battles


Welcome to Book Battles, a feature here at Crazy for YA where I put two books in the battle ring and have them fight it out to see which one is better.

Today's fight is between The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye. Even though the two books are aimed for different age ranges, their drastic differences really contribute to the same plot--a competition between two magicians that may or may not fall in love. The Night Circus was marketed more toward adults than young adults (but I don't tend to put too much stock in age ranges when it comes to YA vs. adult, just read whatever you want). 

With different age ranges, historical time periods, and casts of characters, it may seem like The Night Circus and The Crown's Fate don't have much in common. Despite the fact that the more intricate details do not exactly match, the core plot at the middle of the story is the same--a competition between two magicians with hate to love romance. 

My task today is to act as a referee between these two books to see which one mastered the story line better. 


Click the link to found out which book won over my heart more!

Source: 4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-night-circus-vs-crowns-game-book.html
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text 2018-01-17 13:57
Currently FREE for Kindle: Survivor by Brett Battles
Survivor (Rewinder Series) (Volume 3) - Brett Battles

Survivor by Brett Battles is the third book in a Sci Fi Time Travel series I highly recommend.  I'd call these Thriller/Suspense type Sci Fi, with a light bit of romance.


One of the few gems I've found in the slush pile of self-pubs. If you enjoy Sci Fi and Time Travel, you should consider this series.

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text 2017-10-16 21:50
Self-Pubs That Shine
The Book of Kindly Deaths - Eldritch Black
Rewinder - Brett Battles
Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper - J.L. Bryan
Paladin - Sally Slater
Haven - A.R. Ivanovich,Michelle Ivanovich
Nightfall Gardens - Allen Houston
Marking Time - April White
Slumber - Samantha Young
Timebound - Rysa Walker
Nefertiti's Heart - A.W. Exley

Most of us these days are aware of the flood of self-pubbed books and how difficult it can be to find a gem in the sea of mediocrity.  We often see reviews of the sub-par and/or reports of unethical marketing schemes or unprofessional behavior on the part of some authors.

But some of us who have stuck a toe or two into those waters have come across a few gems.  I thought it'd be good to share a few self-pubbed & small press books I really enjoyed and that I feel stand well among their trade-pubbed counterparts. 

So here are a few I've discovered that I am proud to recommend.

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review 2017-10-03 20:35
Out Now
Battles for Freedom: The Use and Abuse of American History - Eric Foner,Randall Kennedy

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

                As I am writing this review, CNN is reporting on the recent shooting in Las Vegas as well as the destruction in Puerto Rico.  I live in a country where a president at the very least gives the impression of lacking basic geographic knowledge, human politeness, and empathy.  A large segment of the population seems angry that brown people protest, peacefully protest, during a song but not as mad about the mass shooting of innocent concert attendees.

                It’s hard not to crawl under the bed and read until the next election, isn’t it?

                If you are going to do that, and even more so if you are not going to do so, you should read this collection of Foner’s essays that span is career.

                Foner essays cover much, but at the heart of the work is the question of freedom, the right and need to debate as well as to a degree the need to challenge the status quo.   He discusses the justification behind college admissions systems as well as the need to challenge the standard view on history.  For instance, he discusses a show in the Smithsonian American Museum of Art that challenge the artistic view of the West, pointing out Remington’s view of minorities.  There is also a good essay about the Sacco and Vanzetti case.

                But perhaps the most important essays in this collection are those about the Civil War, the South, and Lincoln.  Not only does Foner discuss the use of revisionist history designed to make slavery a secondary issue (as well as the issue of Texas textbooks).  His direct analysis of those statues is also very important, pointing out the true reason for the erection of the statues.

                This is a very timely and important collection.

                Maybe HBO should give him a show.

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review 2017-09-15 20:08
Boss Battles (Geek Actually #1.3) by Melissa Blue Review
Geek Actually: Boss Battles (Season 1 Episode 3) - Rachel Stuhler,Melissa Blue,Cecilia Tan,Cathy Yardley

Meet your new best girlfriends in this sexy, genre-busting serial that's all about feminism, friendship, and fandom.

Taneesha's brother can always cheer her up, but this is going a little too far: trying to engineer her love life? On the other hand . . . his friend Diego is definitely sexy, and owns a game store, to boot. Elli thinks of her new job like a video game (complete with an evil wizard), in an attempt to make this one last, while Aditi tiptoes through a visit from her in-laws.

Join this tight-knit group of lady geeks as they navigate the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives. Michelle is a hard-nosed fantasy and sci-fi editor used to things going her way. Taneesha is a talented video game programmer used to being the odd (wo)man out. Aditi is a fantasy writer on the verge of her big break. Christina is a rebel on the sidelines of Hollywood. And Elli is a fan-of anything and everything that keeps her from "proper adulting." They might live far apart, but through the power of the internet and a shared love of all things geek, they are ready to face the world together.



Oh how I want to like this...but I don't....

I love circle of friends and geek girls. I struggle with the serial format and this jump for me is made even more difficult as this series is written by different writers so there is a mesh issue. Especially in this one. 

This one is too short and nothing really happens here. 

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.

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