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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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review 2017-08-06 15:43
difficult but AMAZING reading!
Page of Tricks (Inheritance Book 5) - Amelia Faulkner
I was gifted a copy of this book direct from the author, that I write a review was not required but I am doing!! Because, people!! You NEEEEEEEEED to read these books!! This is book 5 in the Inheritance series, and you really REALLY need to read books one, Jack of Thorns, book two, Knight of Flames and book 3, Lord of Ravens. Book 4, Reeve of Veils, is not really required but if you do read it, you might have issues with Freddie, I did!!! Freddie has been tasked with ruining Quentin by their father, and the only way he knows how to do that, is by ruining Laurence. So he kidnaps Laurence and takes him to England, forcing Quentin to follow. A battle of wits there follows, and its unclear just who will come out alive. Struggling to word what I need to say, without giving too much of the plot away, so forgive me if I waffle! These books (bar book four, because I HATED Freddie in that book!) are all 5 stars reads and this one did NOT disappoint. We get more about just what happened to Quentin at the hands of his father, and Quentin gets it too, after blocking it out for so many years. Its a wonder the man isn't insane! It's painful reading, really painful and you do feel a kind of .....Lord help me for saying so.... you feel a bit sorry for the Duke, because HE suffered too, and HIS father and so on. Makes you kinda see the WHY he did what he did, kinda, sorta. Oh please don't hate me, I'm just trying to get how I feel out!! Laurence and Quentin spend much of this book apart, but when they come together at the end??? OOOOOOOOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! |Those boys is getting their dirty on, yes ma'am, they certainly are! Maybe with Quentin finally admitting, at least to himself, what went on, he can fully embrace his relationship with Laurence. Oh. And Windsor, the raven is just too darn cute here. His connection to Laurence as his familiar is growing as Windsor does, becoming stronger. Can't wait to see what happens there! And wouldn't you, the baby's first word is POOP! I'm loving that, at the end, there is a epilogue, from we know not who. Who throws a spanner in the works. Who makes you think "WTF" over and over. So I'm loving that, because I cannot see where this all is going! LOVE being kept on my toes. Love not knowing whats gonna come at me. Very dark, with sexual abuse and drug abuse here, so some readers may find these books difficult reading. BUT amazing, really amazing books!! Thank you, Ms Faulkner, for me copy. 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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