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review 2018-10-25 14:40
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There - Catherynne M. Valente,S.J. Tucker
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I will start by saying that I enjoyed the audiobook of this one better than the first. The first audiobook was narrated by the author, a quality that I usually very much enjoy as the author has insight the reader doesn't and it comes across in the way they read, which is a real treat. However, I really disliked Valente's reading of the first book. It was rather dull and monotonous. This one was read by S. J. Tucker who gave a much more lively reading of the book, which made me engage with it more.

The story itself was similar to the first with lots of random encounters and weird adventures. Great descriptions and world building but very slow on the plot. I think one of the main things I don't like about Valente's stories is the amount of backstories she includes. Almost always within five minutes of encountering a new character, the reader is barraged with that character's life story. While this can be interesting, the fact that it happens every single time is a bit annoying. It would have been nice if Valente parsed through her ideas and included the really interesting ones or those pertinent to the plot. Reading the book, it seems the Valente wanted to build up a whole world and didn't care much about the actual story. 

Overall, a good read. The library has the third audiobook (read by the author- we'll see how that goes) so I will continue the series, but not sure if I will finish it. It is an interesting series, but I don't love it.
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review 2018-09-28 21:44
Deadlands Square
Into the Vampire City - Phil Tucker

This is one of those books that you wanted to be better.  The heroine is a poc, she is not in a love triangle, and she is pretty determined.  The vampires are bloodthirsty, and the alternate American states and the vampire work.

 

The thing is when Selah discovers her power - her acceptable of the strange thing occurs in less than a finger snap.  She becomes a somewhat different person.  It isn't a smooth transition and is somewhat jarring.

 

Yet, the book is fun.

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review 2018-09-04 17:55
Review: The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker
The Path of Flames - Phil Tucker

The Path of Flames by by Phil Tucker is the first installment in The Chronicles of the Black Gate Series. Sorcery is forbidden in the Ascendant Empire, but sorcery is used against the empire to close the ancient portals. Asho is a slave made squire by King Kyferin. Can Asho become more than a squire, or is he doomed to die on the field of battle?

Plot 5/5: Excellent plot with action and suspense.

Characters 5/5: Well fleshed out characters to love and some to hate.

World building 5/5: Great world building.

Pacing 5/5: Lots of action with a steady pace.

Writing 4/5: The writing was good, but at one point the main character's name was spelled wrong.

Overall 4.8

This book is a great start to an intriguing story. 

Purchased on Amazon.

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review 2018-08-03 03:55
K.A. Tucker gives new meaning to the word yeti.
The Simple Wild - K.A. Tucker

After Calla receives a call about her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was two, she makes her way to the Alaskan wilderness to get to know him. What she doesn’t expect to find is an angry yeti bush pilot to butt heads with. Will the simple wild be to much for the city girl to handle?


The Simple Wild has got to be up there in my list of favorite romance novels and one of my favorite K.A. Tucker books. She managed to take two totally different characters and perfectly form it into a realistic romance. I love how the simple wild sticks out from the same repetitive themes. I rarely see romance novels about bush pilots and its great to see a different theme that stuck out. This novel really has everything. Humor, heartache and romance all put together in a hard to put down and irresistible story. It makes you question what is out there and what you could be missing.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

word yeti.

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review 2018-07-05 22:28
5 Out Of 5 "simply wild" STARS
The Simple Wild - K.A. Tucker

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Simple Wild

KA Tucker

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City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged Alaskan pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. Tucker.

 

Calla Fletcher was two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

 

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this new subarctic environment, Jonah—the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

 

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. As time passes, she unexpectedly finds herself forming a bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago.

 

It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

 

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Once Calla arrives in Alaska, I was hooked on this story.  The sexual tension, the scenery, the desolation of Alaska, the lies, the misunderstandings, and the tears, just all of it.  I really came to love these characters and their stories.  All of them, especially, Simon, who is only a secondary character, but he is the best Step-Dad ever…if you have to have a step-dad than Simon can't be beaten.  Even Calla says "everyone needs a Simon in their lives". 

 

Nobody does angst quite as well as this Author, and this story has its fair share of it.  Even with the sad-as-hell cancer storyline, this felt refreshing and current.  It's also not weighed down with unnecessary drama.  The Simple Wild is exactly that…simply wild and now it's one of my favorite KA Tucker books.  I highly recommend to everyone.

 

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~MY RATING~

5STARS - GRADE=A+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5+/5

Secondary Characters~ 5+/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.7/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5

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Book Cover~ Not the best part about the book, by far, but It's okay.

Setting~ Bangor, Alaska & Toronto

Source~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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