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review 2018-01-31 14:51
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Shadow and Flame: Book 4 of the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga - Gail Gaymer Martin

I had almost forgotten how much I liked Blaine and Kestrel and Connor.  How much they've grown through the series and taken on mantels they didn't want but realise within themselves that they are the best people for those jobs.  I realise that this is a conclusion to the series and the major annoyances have been dealt with (somewhat with a deus ex but it still took effort) and I want to know what the bargain will mean for Connor and how his relationship with the Wraith Lord will go over time.


Again actions have consequences and they have to learn to live in a world post-magical apocalypse.

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text 2017-07-24 02:33
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 592 pages.
Ice Forged - Gail Z. Martin

Not sure if this is for me. I like fantasy a lot, but I like it with more action and fast pace. Better pick up pace soon book!

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review 2016-09-23 21:36
Gaslight & Grimm
Gaslight & Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales - Jody Lynn Nye,Gail Z. Martin,Danielle Ackley-McPhail

[I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]


I found this anthology quite inspiring in general, and it left me with a better impression than anthologies generally do. I appreciated that most stories, while building upon the foundations of original tales, didn't hesitate to stray from them at some point, instead of being "mere" retellings almost identical to their inspirations. For instance, the one inspired by "Rapunzel".


The ones I liked best:


- "When Pigs Fly" (original story: The Three Little Pigs): airship and their badass captains, on a backdrop of Alliance vs. Rogues conflict. I was bound to like this one.


- "From the Horse's Mouth" (The Goose Girl): a gritty retelling, that doesn't shy away from the grim realities of a country at war.


- "The Giant Killer" (Jack the Giant Killer): with Jack being more of a Jane, with interesting devices and a tendency to get into trouble... but always with a certain style.


Remarks on a couple of other stories:


- "The (Steamy) Tale of Cinderella (Cinderella, obviously): set in a fleet gathered around the princely ship, where the fated ball is to be held. But the Prince isn't just some charming vapid man, Cinderella is more interested in machines than in snagging a man, and there's a nice LGBT dimension. I do regret, though, that the latter was presented a little abruptly, out of nowhere—there could have been so much more, instead of the (at first) traditional approach of shaming same-sex relationships. Fortunately Cinderella's and the Prince's decision is an interesting one.


- "The Hair Ladder": I liked the different relationship dynamis between "Rapunzel" and "the witch". I wasn't convinced by the mother, however, as she was much too selfish and vain, and felt like a cardboard villain.


But overall, these stories were more 3 to 4 stars each than anything really bad. "The Walking House" (Baba Yaga) is probably my least favourite.

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text 2016-06-23 13:25
Necromancy Light and Dark by Gail Z. Martin (GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY)
The Shadowed Path: A Jonmarc Vanhanian Collection - Gail Z. Martin

Stop by the Ruins today to see what Gail Z. Martin has to say about Necromancy Light and Dark in her various series (Chronicles of the Necromancer / Fallen Kings Cycle / Deadly Curiosities / Iron & Blood), and to win one (1) physical copy of The Shadowed Path (US/UK/Canada/Australia) and one (1) ebook copy of Modern Magic (worldwide).


Source: beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.ca/2016/06/necromancy-light-and-dark-by-gail-z.html
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review 2016-06-02 18:12
Romance by Design (Christian Contemporary Romance) - Gail Gaymer Martin

Requested this book because the story line of interior designers interests me.
Starts out with Hunter Evans, an interior designer who's just returned from London...to find Morgan a new hire and she's in charge of the hoedown charity event he's forced to attend. Yeah he can't believe it either, a HOEDOWN!
While another grabs him for some foot stomping dance her charm bracelet made up of household items: fork, sewing machine, etc snag onto him...
She's gotten under his skin and he only sees it that she's trying to sway the male president to do things she wants done-the charity work. Others are onboard and he needs to jump on the band wagon also as they are design specialists.
Loved hearing the stories behind the charms on her bracelet-so meaningful and close to my home state of RI.
The boss throws them together to work on the new campaign for a restaurant chain.  They will have to compromise and work their schemes to mesh with one another ...they are thrown together often, even when his old girlfriend is rehired...
Things are misunderstood and there is a rift between them-he not even knowing what he had done to her...you wonder if even with him praying, they will get back together.
Love how her family is easy going, down to earth and loving and how his family learns to be that way...love how she gets him to study God and the Catholic religion without even knowing!
I received this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.

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