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text 2017-02-25 16:43
my other "this is exactly what i need right now" book
Dead Things - Stephen Blackmoore

barely started and man i'm glad i'm reading it.


so thanks to penguin randomhouse folks for asking if i wanted to take part in the book tour for book three (even if that didn't work out b/c i had actually declined to review book three being unfamiliar with the series and there wasn't much time for me to get caught up).  because otherwise this series would probably still be under my radar and that would be a horrible shame.

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review 2017-02-25 15:11
giving up, but not putting on my DNF shelf
The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman

Look, it's not a bad book.


But also totally not what I expected going in.


100 pages in, the story drags, even with a good half dozen or more gratuitous murders by three vampires (including one wearing a neck brace... maybe they explain that down the road).


I wanted high speed highway murder adventure.  Not confused loss and and oddly engaging murder.


Removing from my shelves entirely rather than shelving as a DNF.  Might work better for me at another time

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text 2017-02-23 22:35
I've listened to 30% and
Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower, Book 4 - Stephen King,Simon & Schuster Audio,Frank Muller

I am ditching this audio re-read of Wizard and Glass. This narrator is just not for me.


I'm going to go ahead and reserve the next book in the series, because the narration goes back to George Guidall. He did the audiobook of The Gunslinger and I just loved it. I will leave my rating  as it stands: at 4 stars as I did so love this book.

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review 2017-02-18 01:02
Incognito: Bad Influences by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Incognito, Volume 2: Bad Influences - Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips

A super-villain, caught, and now hiding in witness protection, has his cover is blown and then is recruited to help catch bad guys. It should be easy, since he used to be one of them, but now he's been infected by empathy, and it's harder than he thought.


Zack Overkill, Zoe Zeppelin, Lazarus, and Simon Slaughter are just some of the characters inside this pulpy, noir, empathetic super-villain story from the super cool Mr. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. What fun!

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review 2017-02-12 16:21
Gilded Cage by Vic James
Gilded Cage - Vic James

In Gilded Cage , Vic James has created a world where slavery still exists- 10 years of it for every single person. It doesn't matter if you serve your ten in a glass mansion or a dingy factory-slavery is still slavery.


I enjoyed the world-building and almost despite myself I became attached to the Hadley family. Even though their rather naive daughter, Abi got on my nerves a little bit,   I did care about her brother, Luke,  her sister and parents. I found the concept of the "Equals" a fascinating one, they being the people catered to by everyone else. Capable of chilling powers and yet the true depth of their power was not fully evident until near the end of the story.


Another thing I very much enjoyed was the complexity of the villains. At some points, it was difficult to distinguish who they even were and I liked trying to figure that out. Lastly, I relished the fact that not everything is all laid out and explained in great detail like at the end of a TV show. I still have a couple of questions-so even though I'm not even a fan of YA AND I've sworn that I'm not starting any more series', I do plan to read the next book.


The reason I'm giving 4 stars and not 5 is because I felt things got bogged down a bit, (a la the Song of Ice & Fire series), when introducing all the political machinations of the different families. I don't feel like there was too much, exactly, just perhaps too much all at once .


It's always nice to be surprised by a book on which you take a chance. I requested this one based on the appeal of the description alone-I really didn't think the book would live up to my expectations, but I'm happy that it did!


Recommended to fans of YA, magicians, (of a sort), and fantasy!


You can get your copy here:Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts)


*Thanks to NetGalley and Del Rey Books for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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