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review 2018-11-14 03:34
Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (audiobook)
Penric's Demon - Lois McMaster Bujold,Grover Gardner

Series: Penric & Desdemona #1

 

I stumbled across this while looking for more audiobooks at the library because none of my audio holds were available. It was short so I figured I'd give it a shot.

 

It turned out to be a cute novella about how a nineteen year old boy on his way to his betrothal lands himself a demon and thus becomes a sorcerer (which leads the girl in question to break things off). Now, Penric was a bit of nitwit at times but he managed to not be too annoying, so I enjoyed my introduction to his story, and I think I'll continue with it because my library has the others. Desdemona is the name he gives his demon, which is apparently an odd thing to do.

 

Penric is rather young but he knows awfully little about how his world functions because he's basically clueless about demons. I'm not sure whether that was just because he was young, lived in a bit of a backwater, or what. I guess I'll see if the other books elaborate at all.

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review 2018-11-14 03:29
Deeply, Desperately
Deeply, Desperately - Heather Webber

[spoiler]This didn't have the spark of book 1 for me.  I still enjoyed it, but it didn't hold me attention like the first book did.  Lucy decided to admit her feelings and fight for what she wanted (that was nice).  I do think the Curse only has power if one believes in it (and I'm interested if my theory proves to be correct).  The Handmaiden letters, Leo, and Sarah mysteries (threatening letters and 2 missing persons cases), were done well and resolved (nicely) by the end of the book.  Lucy finally shared her family's history with Em and Marisol.  Finally!  Lastly, I can't say I'm surprised:

Lucy finds out she has a half-brother- Cutter

(spoiler show)

 

 

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review 2018-11-14 03:21
All In
All In: A Sin City Collectors Novella - Amanda Carlson
Ginger and Lucas are tracking Ginger's brother Lucas. Ginger and Damien's father hated what he was (an incubus) and passed on that hatred to his children, or so Ginger thought. She didn't like what she was and by the end had accepted what she was. I liked that when Ginger was accused of something she didn't do, she told control of the situation and built up an organization specializing in information. I didn't like that she was willing (over and over) to give her brother the benefit of the doubt.
Damien's father was killed by an incubus. He hated all incubi/succubi. Imagine his surprise when he met Ginger! I thought they were a good fit. Well paced.
 
 

 

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review 2018-11-14 02:52
Swashbuckling Adventure with an Enchanting Twist
Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller

 

 

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

 

We're outnumbered. Outgunned. Seven of my men lie dead on their backs. Two more jumped overboard as soon as they saw the black flag of the Night Farer on the horizon.

 

- opening paragraph

 

Seventeen-year-old Alosa is not only the daughter of the Pirate King, but also a captain of her own ship, and a powerful fighter with more than a few tricks up her sleeve. She allows herself to be captured in order to complete a mission for her father - to find one-third of an ancient map which leads to a legendary treasure.

 

Alosa is a strong, smart, fierce fighter, and she has a secret which can bend any man to her will. I like her character, but she seems a bit cocky at times and I couldn't figure out why (until the reveal). I love that Riden (the first mate of the pirates who unwittingly take Alosa prisoner) is clever enough to see through most of Alosa's tricks. Their rivalry makes it impossible for them to even imagine liking each other, but they can't deny they are both clever and strong-willed.

 

Alosa is easy to root for. Her relationship with Riden sometimes seems a certain disaster and other times seems meant to be. This book is well-written, exciting, and filled with action and unexpected twists. Even during the last battle, things happen that you won't see coming.

 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a high seas adventure with a strong female lead - young adults and adults too.

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-13 19:39
This series is breaking my heart
Death Of The Inhumans (2018) #3 (of 5) - Donny Cates,Kaare Andrews,Ariel Olivetti

The characters are making hard decisions, and I just feel so badly for them all.  I really, really just hope Black Bolt actually survives this mini-series at this point, although I think it looks like it's likely that he'll be killed off at this point. 

 

Sighs.   Just what I needed today :(

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