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review 2018-03-03 21:53
Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2)
Knight of Flames (Inheritance Book 2) - Amelia Faulkner

You know that feeling when you're reading a good book and you sort of know where it's going and it goes there but it's still okay because you still had a good time getting there? But there's also this undercurrent of weird niggling at you the entire time and then you get to the last page and it sucker punches you in the brain and then you can't figure out if you're really excited or super dreading what's going to come next?



And all of a sudden everything you've read prior to that moment is put into this whole other context and it makes this horrible kind of sense and you don't know what to make of it? Yeah, that's me and this book.


This was going to be a solid four stars, and the first 95% of the book totally is. But now? Gotta raise it up a star. The author is toying with us, just because she can! I bet this is what Ms. Faulkner was doing as she was writing that page:



Laurence and Quentin are still figuring out their psychic powers and their relationship, and how to get past Quentin's various hangups with sex or anything sexual in nature. Along the way, Quentin gets an unexpected visitor, Ethan gets a boyfriend, and we get to meet new psychics. The other really starts to expand on this world while also giving us a little more background on Quentin. We don't get quite as much focus on Laurence, as this one is more Quentin-centric, but we still go back and forth on their POVs.


The flaws exist only because the characters are flawed, and to say more about it would be giving away too much of the plot. Let me just say, you'll yell at these characters like they're in a horror movie but at least Laurence is somewhat genre savvy. Quentin is as always tragically oblivious.


What else can I say? The author's geography of San Diego continues to prove good. Kind of off on our weather. May's usually not that hot, but freak heat waves do happen all year long so I'll give her that one.

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review 2018-02-19 03:39
Jack of Thorns (Inheritance #1)
Jack of Thorns (Inheritance Book 1) - Amelia Faulkner

A story set in San Diego written by someone who actually knows San Diego.



I was fully prepared to have to relive some really bad geography, ala Everything Changes  by Melanie Hansen, but by the time chapter five or so rolled around, I knew I was in good hands. I even learned something about that ginormous tree in the middle of Balboa Park (because she's right; locals totally don't read those tourist signs, lol). Woot!


Now onto stuff other readers will actually care about. :D The world-building in this book is fantastic and I'm eager to see how she develops this world going forward. This is the way I like my world-building - just enough information that I'm not lost but not so much information that the mystery is ruined. There is no info-dumping here, but we still get a complex world with hints of more lairs hidden beneath. Faulkner borrows from Celtic myths, psychic tropes and even throws in a little bit of mystery, while also balancing themes of classism, abuse and addiction. Warnings re: the addiction storyline:

Laurence drives while high on marijuana several times, which is dangerous but wasn't actually illegal until this year (2018). He also craves heroin several times. Quentin has alcoholic tendencies but those aren't focused on quite as much, though he does get smashed a couple of times.

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This is a really slow burn. If you're looking for smexy or smut, look elsewhere. The MCs only kiss - twice - and one of those times was not with romantic intentions. Quentin has a lot of hangups with sex, though those reasons are only guessed at here, so this is something that appears will be explored in later books. I love that Laurence never pressures him. He doesn't ignore the issues but doesn't push more than Quentin is comfortable with.


We get both Laurence and Quentin's POVs, and the author actually gives them their own unique voices in their POVs. This is sadly rare in M/M, where all MCs have the same voices, so it deserves recognition when an author is able to do this. Quentin does have this habit of referring to himself as "one" throughout the first half of the book, but this seemed tied up with his many issues.


There were a couple of minor continuity issues and very few typos. I also felt that Laurence's bisexuality was more lip service than anything else. 

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text 2018-02-02 15:43
REVIEW BY DEBBIE - The Swamp Witch, #1 - #3 by Sonia Taylor Brock
The Inheritance of a Swamp Witch - Sonia Taylor Brock
A Witch's Welcome: The Swamp Witch Series - Sonia Taylor Brock,Caralee Caudelle,James W Brock
Hawk's Spell - Sonia Taylor Brock

In her debut novel, The Inheritance of a Swamp Witch, Sonia Taylor Brock draws on her experience growing up in Southern Louisiana to create an authentic setting complete with hanging Spanish moss, tasty cuisine, and spot-on Cajun speaking characters.  The story follows Dan Rawlings, a city slicker from Los Angeles who dreams of writing an article for the LA Times that will solidify his career as an investigative journalist.  He drives from Los Angeles to Southern Louisiana in search of a missing heir to the Hamilton family fortune.  Initially treated warily by the townsfolk who see him as an outsider asking too many questions, he is soon invited to travel deep into the swamp, to the home of Estelle Eschte, a wise, elderly woman and the matriarch of the Eschte family.  In a Cajun English dialect thicker than molasses, Estelle reveals the family history to Dan, and he realizes she is the key to his career-breaking story.  But Dan is just beginning to understand the true legacy of the Eschte family, as a host of supernatural characters line up on the sides of both good and evil, battling to lay claim to the Balance and forever alter the nature of magic as it exists in the world.  The Inheritance of a Swamp Witch is the first book in a planned eight book series, and will appeal to readers of supernatural, fantasy, paranormal urban fiction.


@SoniaTBrock, @debbiereadsbook, #New_Adult, #Paranormal, #Fantasy, 3 out of 5 (good)


Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/theswampwitch1-3bysoniataylorbrock
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-11 04:28
The Inheritance Cycle Review
Brisingr - Christopher Paolini
Inheritance - Christopher Paolini
Eldest - Christopher Paolini
Eragon - Christopher Paolini


This is one of the best series I have read


brom is eragon dad

saphria and the othe dragon have sex

there are more dragons

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review 2017-10-13 00:00
An Inheritance of Ashes
An Inheritance of Ashes - Leah Bobet I stumbled upon this one at the library, and as soon as I saw the cover, I knew it was something special! I enjoy a good dark fantasy, but I have never read one like this! Full of sorrow and mystery, loss, and hope, this story takes part in a war-torn world, where dark gods are real, and Twisted Things corrupt all they touch.

I loved this story, and though it is a slow read, I enjoyed it from cover to cover. The writing style kept me interested and made me want to know more. Most importantly, I had to know how things turned out! I love the characters, and how they came to life with their complexity. I enjoyed the plot, that while not always the main focus, was still important through-out. The plot is that a small family, two sisters and an unborn child, relearning what it means to be a family, and how to cope with loss, pain, and struggles after the war left one with-out a brother, and the other without a husband.

The dark god and his followers added yet another layer to this complex world and added a fantasy element. We learn that a dark god has died, at the hands of a formerly unknown soldier. The event has repercussions no one could have guessed and the war comes to the front door of our main characters Hallie and Marthe. When a stranger asks about work, and Twisted Things attach their small farm, things start to spiral out of control!
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