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review 2019-07-05 18:01
Review: The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
The Healer's Apprentice - Melanie Dickerson

Title: The Healer's Apprentice
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Series: Hagenheim, 1
Format: ebook
Length: 690 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Two Hearts. One Hope.

Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.

When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.

 

Favourite character: Hildy
Least favourite character: Rupert

 

Mini-review: I don't quite understand yet why this series is the most popular YA Christian fiction series. Maybe they get better as the books go on, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping or expecting.  

Rose annoyed me. Hildy was written as if she were thirteen and not seventeen. Rupert was in a sense absolutely unnecessary. And yet it still had it's saving graces. The last battle and the whole retelling, even if it follows it to a tee and is very predictable. I haven't even seen Sleeping Beauty and I knew what was going to happen.

 

Fan Cast:

Rose Roemer - Florence Pugh

Wilhelm Gerstenberg - Timothée Chalamet

Rupert Gerstenberg - Charlie Rowe

Frau Geruscha - Zoë Wanamaker

Hildy - Mimi Keene

Peter Brunekherst - Ray Stevenson

Osanna Gerstenberg - Daisy Waterstone

Gunther Schoff - Grayson Russell

 

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text 2019-07-04 19:50
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
The Healer's Apprentice - Melanie Dickerson

Finally reading one of the most popular YA Christian fiction series that exists.

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review 2018-01-16 03:54
The Fall of the Dragon King by MomsDarkSecret
The Fall of the Dragon King - MomsDarkSecret

This book is mostly about post-earthquake clean up, city planning, social issues and charity :/ None of it by itself is a bad subject, but more hanky panky (or at least snuggles/feels) and less city planning is always a win in a romance book, imho. Unless rubble removal makes you horny, of course. 

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review 2018-01-15 00:57
The Prince's Consort (Chronicles of Tournai #1) by Antonia Aquilante
The Prince's Consort - Antonia Aquilante

The first chapter, maybe part of the second too, was great. I thought the book was promising, but as soon as the prince (why was he a prince and not a king? @.o) took Amory into his chambers for a talk, that was it. Insta-love with myriads of kisses from there and on.

Nothing's happening in the first part of the book, while the second is full of drama: "don't do it, you'll die!!!" and "no I have to do it or you will die!!!" and "I can't stand to see you die!!!" and "I have to do it, even if I die, cause no one else is here to help!!!" with slight variations. The MCs are constantly injured and spend weeks in bed suffering their suffers and doing nothing. 

The world building is non-existent.
The cat-shifter element is close to non-existent.
The MPREG element is minimal. Amory got pregnant, he had some morning sickness(we were told), he was uncomfortable, he had a baby - painlessly, no less.

If you are a fan of male pregnancy, let me refer you toBlack Snow. Not only it has world-building, real adventures and characters with personality, but the significant portion of the book is devoted to Snow being pregnant. Descriptions are vivid, details are plentiful and very close to the real non-male thing. Just a little warning: the medical tools are somewhat modern ;)

PS The Cover! Love the Cover ♥
Another rec: if you want a book matching it's cover (and the other way around), read Queer Magick

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review 2018-01-14 23:24
Queer Magick (Queer Magick #1) by L.C. Davis
Queer Magick - L.C. Davis

After years of being imprisoned, used and abused by his father, Holden is finally settling down in Stillwater, a small New England town. He's been on the run for a long time, trying to cover his tracks by changing his name and moving from one place to another as far away from his home state as possible. 

A happy protective bubble of Stillwater seems like heaven. It has a few quirks, of course, but which town does not? Everyone knows everybody and people are mostly friendly. That is until Holden meets Daniel, a local vet (who is a veteran). An injured cat and the severity of the injury make Holden a catnapper when he refuses to surrender the poor kitty for euthanization and flees the clinic. 

Daniel knows what Holden is and confronts him shortly after catnapping. From that moment on the town secrets and the mysterious creatures start coming out of the woodwork full force. Every time you turn the page, there is a surprise. Every time you think you finally know who/what the person is, you are proven wrong. Things, people, situations turn and twist; there is humor, there are pockets of darkness and despair; there is an amazing diversity of characters (not going into details on the characters' subject, cause - spoilers! ;))

I could not get enough of the book and really wanted to give it five stars, but here is this:

- it ends smack in the middle of things. I can't even call it a cliffhanger, more like the author roughly separated the manuscript in two without much thought. 

- the story lost its momentum around 80%. Instead of fast paced it became stagnant with characters sitting around in one spot for weeks, waiting for the next full moon, reflecting, eating pizza and even (finally) having sex, since there is literally nothing else to do. But it looks like things are going to pick up with a vengeance in book two :D

Otherwise, an excellent read and pure pleasure :) Highly recommended

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