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text 2018-05-08 02:05
Flamecaster (Shattered Realms) - Cinda Williams Chima
The Warrior Heir - Cinda Williams Chima

So, after The Romantics I started to  re-read one of my favorite series, The Heir series by Cinda Williams Chima. There are 5 books in the series that I know of, and they are all AWESOME! So, I decided to get more books by her. I checked out a book called Flamecaster that she wrote. It was a different style than what she usually writes, but it seemed kind of bland. It was as if she reused story ideas from the Heir series, but buried them in battles, romance, and politics. And the character interactions seemed to be the same. So while it felt like the Heir series buried under a plot, I still like it and hope there are more in the Heir and Shattered Realms series.

Me and my partner (you can find her page here http://chesirecat.booklikes.com/) have some definite differences on our blog posts. I tend to write more long posts that have a lot to take in. She tends to update with posts that are short, and to the point. She also loves romance novels way more than I do.

One way that I use Booklikes as a way to find books is by following people. If you find friends that have the same interests in books as you do, look on their page. They are bound to have a book on there that you have not read yet. And if they are great posters, they will give a summary and rating of the book that can influence your choice on picking a new book.

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url 2017-04-04 17:13
95 New books in series released today (per Fictfact)
Convergence - C.J. Cherryh
Saga TP VOL 07 (Mr) - Various Artists
Give Me a K-I-L-L: A Fear Street Novel - R.L. Stine
The Chosen: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood - J.R. Ward
My One True Highlander (No Ordinary Hero) - Suzanne Enoch
Night Sniper (BookShots) - James Patters... Night Sniper (BookShots) - James Patterson,Christopher Charles
Long Dark Dusk - J.P. Smythe
Rebels Rising - Shanna Swendson
Shadowcaster - Cinda Williams Chima
The Drowning King (A Fall of Egypt Novel) - Emily Holleman

See complete list at their new release calendar, https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar 

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2016-08-29 02:50
Reading Spree.. The Seven Realms Series
The Crimson Crown - Cinda Williams Chima
The Demon King - Cinda Williams Chima
The Exiled Queen - Cinda Williams Chima
The Gray Wolf Throne - Cinda Williams Chima

I finally decided to pick up The Demon King and read, as it's been on my to read list for a while now, and maybe the mood was right,  but I really, really enjoyed it. And when I finished it, in like 6 hours, I decided to read the rest of the series. So I finished all of them this week. I have not had a good reading spree in a while....it was fun, and really got my reading groove back. I'm back on track for my reading goal this year.


This  series has really two main characters. Han and Raisa. Han is an ex street lord from the slums trying to go straight, and Raisa is the heir to the Gray Wolf Throne and next Queen of The Fells. And fate sets of a chain of events that makes sure they cross paths. Han finds out he is way more than a street kid from Ragmarket  (of course)and Raisa learns what she is made off. You basically follow the coming of age journey of these two characters. They go from kids to adults through all four books.


What I liked: The characters. The characters. The characters. I would say they held everything together. If I did not like Han or Raisa or all the secondary characters that pepper these books, then it would not have worked all. You get pulled in by the characters right away, and you care what happen to them and want them to succeed.  And that is what keeps you reading each book. It's what kept me jumping from book to book. You're invested, so the issues with the story kinda of become secondary because you want Han to succeed and to finally get justice. You want Raisa to win and defeat her enemies. Han and his group of friends are surrounded by all kinds of peril and drama and intrigue. They spend a lot of time traveling all over the land being chased, kidnapped, beaten, plotted against and kissed by various love interests.  I liked that the characters were not all Goody-goody and pure, no character is all good, or all bad, well except maybe one. But good guys do bad things, and sometimes the bad guys surprise you with some good. That is very realistic. Everyone has a reason for what they do, even if you don't agree with their methods. 


I loved the diversity. One of the large players in this book are the Clan, which seem to be modeled on Native Americans. And Raisa is a half-blood,with her father and grandmother being Clan. Half the characters are POC in some way or other, and that is always refreshing. Fantasy still seems to be stuck in a medieval European box a lot of the time and I enjoy every time I get a break from that. More!


The bad: Here is what I didn't like...but the rest of it kept me there. Han could sometimes be a bit of a "Mary Sue" (most main characters are to some extent). But especially in the first two books. He is always one step of everyone, and always comes out on top and wins no matter how crazy the odds.That can be a bit boring after a while. Sometimes you need to raise the stakes and put your character in a position where all seems hopeless and make them really work for it or maybe they need saving for one (you can also go a bit too much the other end. A good balance is needed). Sometimes things were just to easy for Han. 


Also, I feel like towards the end some of the plot points fell to the wayside. Like it was built up or hinted at, but nothing came of it. Like, the writer was going to go one way, but changed last minute. Also some of the ending results of the stories were "too easy" like....if one character spends all 4 book saying one thing, one conversation in the last chapter of the last book is not going to change them that fast. I want to believe it. Show me the journey. So some of the ends were just too pat.


But over all I loved this series, and did not feel like it was a week wasted. I might even pick up the next series set in the world...but generations later.  I am interested to learn how things changed or stayed the same. As they Crow says in the books...the Winners write history.


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review 2016-08-13 00:48
Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
Flamecaster (Shattered Realms) - Cinda Williams Chima

me: oh this is going to be a great book!














*reads first three pages*
me: oh god, that’s so sad!
*reaches page 26*

*cries for a week*
*rereads scenes from Seven Realms*
*cries some more*
*actually thinks about DNFing a book for the first time in life*
*hates everyone for the rest of the day*
*decides to beg Chima*

I think something very important needs to be said.

Han Alister. Some of you may know him from the Seven Realms series by the God Cinda Williams Chima. Han. Was a great man, as we’ve seen from Seven Realms, which, by the way is FOUR BOOKS LONG WHICH MEANS THAT WE READ A WHOLE DAMN LOT ABOUT HIM. *controls anger* So, how? The fudge. Can. Miss. Cinda Williams Chima. Kill. Him. Off. By. Page. Twenty-Six. I think WE ALL agree that Han deserved a FAR GOD DAMN BETTER DEATH THAN WHAT HE GOT!!!! WE ALL AGREE!!!!! WE ALL AGREE!!!! YOU CANNOT TAKE A CHARACTER THAT PEOPLE HAVE SPENT FOUR BOOKS ON AND LOVED AND KILL HIM OFF!!!! HAN ALISTER DOES NOT DESERVE SUCH AN ANTI-CLIMATIC DEATH. HE WAS HEAD WIZARD. HE WAS A HERO. GIVE SOME RESPECT TO THAT, MISS CHIMA. JUST SOME RESPECT.

(spoiler show)

*drops mic* Birdie out!

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review 2016-08-10 22:15
The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima
The Crimson Crown - Cinda Williams Chima

AHHH I CAN’T WRITE A REVIEW FOR THIS!!! Okay, bottom line: you should know that I loved this book SO. MUCH. That it actually, physically, hurts.


I loved everything about this book. I loved the way it started, the pacing, the plot—really, JUST EVERYTHING. I want to bow down to Chima for having a slow-burning consistent romance that is so good to read about that it hurts. I have butterflies in my stomach right now and these aren’t even real people.



“But I don’t want your throne.”


“Then what do you want?”






The thing I love the most about this series is that the characters are so consistent and there’s other things besides romance! There’s the friendship between Han and Dancer! There’s Raisa kicking butt and being awesome! There’s Han kicking butt at politics! There’s Crow and Han and their banter! There’s Han who honest to God makes my heart hurt because of all he’s willing to do to get what he wants! There’s effing trust between Raisa and Han! How??? How can you not expect me to DIE???!!!

“You are my father,” she said to Averill. “And you are my grandmother,” she said to Elena. “And you are duty-bound to me,” she said to Nightwalker.


“If you take action against Hunts Alone without my permission, we will be at war.”



Sorry. This isn’t even a review. It’s just me blabbering. But that’s okay, because I love the Seven Realms series and anyone who’s a fan of fantasy (keeping in mind that this is YA) should read this for sure. 

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