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text 2018-08-12 00:17
Wheee! Library fairy is good...
One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) - Seanan McGuire
Cold Reign - Faith Hunter
Magic Slays - Ilona Andrews
Undead and Unworthy - MaryJanice Davidson

...these just downloaded magically from library ebook waitlist.


Change of weekend reading plans!

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text 2018-08-09 21:30
Chapter 12, Part 3
Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews

They broke apart.  His eyes had turned dark.  She saw raw, naked lust in his face, and it thrilled her.

“Looks like I have some use of my left arm,” he said.

“It does,” she said and emptied the cartridge of sedative into his back.




The Andrews do the slow-burn romance really, really well. 

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text 2018-08-08 22:35
The Sweep of the Blade : Chapter 12, Part 2
Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews


Arland: “Well, sure, it sounds unwise when you put it like that.  But I won.”



Maud: “You are an idiot. I abandoned my sister and a perfectly good inn and traveled half way across the galaxy for an idiot.”




It's agony to only get a snippet per week.  But in a good way.

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review 2018-08-07 09:15
Iron and Magic (Iron Covenant, #1)
Iron and Magic - Ilona Andrews

The best news:  even though the timeline of all the books in this trilogy takes place before the final Kate Daniels, Magic Triumphs, out this month, the author has a note in the book that the actual recommended reading order for the books is:


Iron and Magic

Magic Triumphs

Iron Covenant #2

Iron Covenant #3


This is a huge relief, because no way could I put off reading the last Kate Daniels for however many years it takes for the final 2 books in this series are published.


Now, onto this book.  It was good.  Gripping, hard to put down.  But not as good as the Kate Daniels series overall.  I like Elara and I can see the redemptive possibilities in Hugh - I especially liked the authors' insight into the psychological make up of his relationship with Roland - but the two of them together... eh.  I don't get the dynamic between them and their sex scene made absolutely no sense to me.  I think I know what the authors were aiming for, but the whole thing felt schizophrenic.  Like the scene was a double exposure; two different scenes over-lapped.  The secondary characters don't feel distinctly individual either, although in all fairness it is only the first book.  I have no doubt that will change for the better.


But as I said, it's still a great story; I love, love, love Elara's power potential.  I like the twists in Hugh's power.  I love Hugh's horse.  The book is battle heavy, and sometimes a little graphic, but compelling readable.  It's not a Kate and Curran book, but it's a great read nonetheless.


I can't wait for Magic Triumphs.


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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-07-24 19:52
Reading Anniversaries & First-in-a-Series — April Edition


I know I am way behind schedule but I have been really busy what with switching jobs, earning money, and losing an important my mamujan (maternal uncle) to Parkinson’s! Please bear with me…






Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews


So, this is weird. I didn’t have many good reads during the past Aprils. Hopefully, that will change in the future. This book stood out because I read it while still following the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. The husband-wife duo seemed to write a book that made me like the main leads again — even if I didn’t fall in love with them the way I did with Kate & Curran and still haven’t!





The Year-God’s Daughter by Rebecca Lochlann



Find my review here.






Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger


Witty characters, a female protagonist, Victorian sensibilities, and impossible situations, this book should have been an instant favorite of mine. It wasn’t! Maybe, it didn’t capture my interest because I read it after finishing The Parasol Protectorate series. It could also be a lack of hilarious courtship between the protags that made it less interesting.


Whatever it was, I am glad I continued because the subsequent books are better.





The Forever War by Joe Haldeman


It has been 5 years since I read this book, so I don’t remember much. What did remain behind was the authentic display of the life of a soldier. It was that and not the story that made me go out and buy the omnibus edition. And it won’t be anything else that will get me to read the graphic novel version either!


P.S. I reviewed the prequel here and the second in the series (via infographic– it has skulls in it, so you might wanna check it out) here.





The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde


When I read this book, I felt as if I’d read something that had shades of both Wilde and Dahl. I still feel the same about the subsequent books in this series. There is nonsensical fun and razor-sharp wit that makes me want to keep reading. They aren’t overly long either, so that is another plus. Of course, the protagonist being female and used to fighting her own battles doesn’t detract the reader from its beauty. If I remember correctly, this one featured a villain who had no ulterior motives — he only wanted to destroy the world!


More praises here and here


For the books read in 2017 and 2018, you know where to go…

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