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review 2018-04-21 23:07
Gorgeous, fierce YA historic fiction
Sky in the Deep - Adrienne Young

Disclaimer: reviewing uncorrected pre-publication galley via NetGalley

 

This was an awesome read. To be honest, I decided to review it because it was getting so much prelaunch hype, but I kinda thought I wouldn't be the target audience. I really just couldn't care less about Vikings, and so much of the marketing around it emphasizes that element.

 

If you're in the same camp, not to worry. Sky in the Deep is incredibly well-done and tells an exciting, high-stakes story with a fierce multi-dimensional main character who goes through an incredible character arc and journey. I don't think it's positioned as fantasy, but to me, it felt as much like fantasy as historical fiction.

 

Eelyn is a warrior, and the book opens with her totally eviscerating guys in battle. Which . . . I wasn't that into. I think I was afraid she was going to be really flat, like some implausible, too-perfect super-warrior, but she becomes more of a sympathetic character pretty quickly because her dead brother shows up to the battle. So maybe she's crazy or in shock, but then he shows up again--and when she chases him, she gets captured by the enemy.

 

Eelyn lives by a sort of warriors' code and puts honour above all, so being taken captive and forced into slavery by the group they're perpetually feuding with is nearly grounds for suicide. However, this isn't really the story of Eelyn the Viking superhero shutting down the old-world slave trade. It's way more nuanced than that.

 

I really appreciated the slow development that shows how someone with a rigid view of the world could come to understand others and challenge her own beliefs and those of her family/community. The slow-burn romance wasn't bad either~~

 

I'm looking forward to seeing what else Adrienne Young has in store for us. This was a beautiful, powerful debut about a girl who's not only a wicked-strong warrior, but has the strength to learn, grow, and love others despite the cost.

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text 2018-04-20 15:29
Friday Reads - April 20, 2018
The Miner's Lady - Tracie Peterson
Island Girls - Nancy Thayer
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 - Adam Hochschild

This weekend is the big base clean up, so the son and his cub scout pack are cleaning up their school which means my butt has to wake up early on a Saturday and go pick up trash. We are having a heatwave with temps in the 70s and 80s, so I got out the pool for the kids to cool off in. So trash detail first, then lunch, then pool - all while mom sits to the side with one eye on the kids and one eye on my books.

 

First goal is to get through the last of my library borrows: The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson, One Wish by Robyn Carr, and Island Girls by Nancy Thayer. I am hoping to get a couple chapters of To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild in this weekend as well. 

 

Next week we will be having rain and temps in the 50s, so I am taking advantage of all the sun-induced Vitamin D production this weekend. I hope you all got some good reading ahead of you as well!

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text 2018-04-18 04:53
Reading progress: 88%
Spirit Witch - Helen Harper


All the same, I half expected to hear Vincent Price’s voice booming about darkness falling across the land. Somehow I didn’t think I was going to be treated to an impromptu Thriller dance

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text 2018-04-18 02:59
Reading progress: 14%
Star Witch - Helen Harper

It was almost as if we were monks on a vow of silence. Either that, or nobody here was a morning person. Suited me

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review 2018-04-18 02:36
Review of Slouch Witch (The Lazy Girl's Guide to Witchcraft) by Helen Harper
Slouch Witch - Helen Harper

This reader's personal opinion, ©2018, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


Posts running across my booklikes dashboard made this one sound good.  It was; I really enjoyed this Kindle Unlimited offering.

 

This is Bewitched and PNR type of witchcraft rather than horror, satanistic rituals, etc.  Book synopsis is accurate.

 

I liked the snarky, lazy heroine. Not at all a grim anti-hero, but not eager to exert.   Loved her cat.  Even liked the building romance (not where it went at the end of this book in the series).  Lazy or not, I do wish she had fought harder against the false accusation tanking her with the order and still tarnishing her reputation.  

 "He stared at me. Screw him. I wasn’t going to apologise for my clothes lying around my home."

Being kicked out of formal magic meant she developed some unique things herself.  At least things she really wanted -- like bespelling her cat to actually speak.  Made for fun worldbuilding.

" Scouts would be looking to hire me as their personal mascot – or better still, the fire brigade. I pictured myself on their annual calendar, surrounded by broad-chested firemen. Now there was an idea"

 

 

" ‘It might not be a drink, it might be an orgy. Well,’ I amended, ‘a threesome anyway.’

Winter looked faintly green. ‘Let’s hope not. Come on. There’s probably a back door.’ "

All in all a good read with even side characters and love interest developed nicely.  Looking forward to reading the next in series.


*©2018.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

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