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review 2017-07-14 20:48
Kit's Law (Morrissey)
Kit's Law - Donna Morrissey

This is a small-town Newfoundland novel by a small-town Newfoundlander, and I found the first-person narrative both believable and entirely comprehensible, which is a fine combination.

 

Our narrator-protagonist is Kit, a teenager (fourteen at the beginning) with an old head on her shoulders. This is partly because she has to deal with an intellectually challenged mother, Josie. After her grandmother Lizzie dies (a woman for whom "feisty" is an entirely inadequate description), Kit digs in her heels and, with the advocacy of the local doctor and the grudging consent of rest of the nearby small community, stays put in her remote house upon the gully. A young man, Sid, son of the minister, comes around regularly to help with the heavy chores like wood-chopping. It sounds like a story of isolation but actually one of other joys of this book is the sharp, unsentimental delineation of a host of minor characters, most of whom are well-intentioned, and some of whom are genuinely good for Kit and her mother.

 

One character who is neither good nor well-intentioned is Shine, a figure of menace who takes advantage of Josie's adult sexuality, which is not controlled by an adult intellect. His death comes at the hands of one of the major characters, as he is in the process of terrorizing all three of Josie, Kit and Sid. The fallout from that incident deepens Kit's isolation and accelerates her growing up.

 

I won't disclose the twist that derails Kit's happy-ever-after with Sid, her first romantic interest. It was unexpected (to me) but entirely defensible from a plot point of view, especially in a setting where the characters are few and heavily interconnected.

I liked the writing in this novel: it was vivid in its sensory imagery, and there was a very strong sense of place, which had elements meaningful to the characters (Lizzie's partridgeberry patch, for instance, a secret place where the secrets of Kit's birth are - partially - told). And the unsentimental, but also unjudgmental, transcription of Josie's loud, repetitive, moody and often uncomprehending speech struck me as being probably born from real observation.

 

I would recommend this one.

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review 2017-02-02 13:45
Good Story and Characters
Rogue Magic - Kit Brisby

Mages are people who can do magic and at this time are a threat to humans because of the way they have been brainwashed against Mages. If you are a Mage you must register with the Department Of The Occult Supervision and  must wear a wristband that will suppress the magic. The use of   any magic no matter what the reason can result in prison or even death.  Bryan believed as everyone else that magic was a bad thing that was how he was raised by his uncle who ran/owned Cole Industries. Bryan had no idea how his uncle's company treated or did to Mages which was his uncle ‘s company experimented on Mages to produce the electricity needed by cities. and Bryan was the PR man for said company as Byran has a way with words. Bryan’s uncle is against all forms of magic. Cole Industries is trying to use Mages to harvest energy as there is an energy shortage.Byran on the subway in a stalled subway car and there is an explosion and Levi uses his magic to save Byran's life as well as many others. Levi had not registered so did not have the wristband.  Levi is arrested even though he had saved lives with his magic. Byran starts to rethink his beliefs on Mages and magic. But with the help of friends Byran has a plan to save Levi. then Byran and Levi take up the cause of educating people on Mages and magic and how it is not to be feared and can actually help and even save lives.  This was to help the public change their opinion on Mages and it is starting to change.

I really liked this book. First off Levi knowing the consequences of using magic still uses it to save Byran and all the others he did save. It also angered me how Levi was treated after he was captured. This was well written. I liked the plot a lot. But I did get a little confused by some things in the story. I would have liked more information and background on Levi and how the United States  came to fear or brainwashed it’s people to feel the fear fro Mages and magic. I did really like the suspense and action in this story. This story does keep you on the edge of your seat and your attention. I also loved the way the romance between Levi and Byran’s romance evolves very slowly  I don’t really like the insta/romances. But I do believe there was also too much power given to social media in this story.also. But it was still a great read. So all and all a very good read and enjoyed. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.

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review 2017-01-09 20:18
Review: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
My Name is Leon - Kit de Waal


I would like to thank Penguin Books (UK) for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book.

 

My Name is Leon is a story told by a nine-year-old boy called Leon. I'm normally not a fan of child narrators as I find them to be either unreliable or too mature for their age. This book, however, got the balance perfect and I found his story to be both engaging and heartbreaking.

 

Leon's story pulls on your heartstrings, but at the same time inspires hope and reminds us that family, love, and understanding, can be found in the most unlikely places. My heart broke for Leon, I could feel his loss, confusion, frustration, and yearning, and I cried a few tears for him while reading. I just wanted to hug him and help him make sense of all that was happening.

 

In summary, My Name is Leon is an emotional, thought-provoking book which will bring both tears of sadness and of hope, and will have you reaching for your tissues.

 

It's a short read, but it packs a punch. It touches on many sensitive and important issues such as race and racism, mental illness, and the foster care system.

 

Definitely one I would recommend.

 

 

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review 2016-12-17 16:45
Not my particular poison
Beyond Shame - Kit Rocha

Picked this up because I saw it on a list of completed romance series -- you know, don't get stuck hanging for a year because Moning can't help but end everything on a cliffhanger -- and the list included a couple series...es that I liked. (Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan and The Guardians by Meljean Brook, specifically.) This is sold as post-apocalyptic, set in a post-solar storm America. There's a religiously oppressive city with all the money and power, and a ring of sectors beyond with various governments or lack thereof. So far so good. 

 

I kind of can't believe I'm saying this, because I like sex writing as much the next sex-positive feminist, but there was way too much pointless sex for my tastes. I want to be clear I'm not saying "I'm not a prude, but", a phrase that is an exact indicator that the speaker is a massive fucking prude. None of the sex depicted was beyond my comfort level or anything. I mean, sure why not have a ruthless gang of bootleggers have a company orgy every Wednesday; seems legit. But I didn't feel like much of it was in the service of, like, plot or character development, so it ended up often feeling mechanical. 

 

There was a sort of trajectory, sexually speaking, for the leading lady. She is ejected from the confines of her shitty, repressive city life for being sexually precocious, and then learns a little something about menage, BDSM, and blowjobs, and maybe, just maybe, something about herself. This trajectory was undercut a little by having her jump immediately into public sex and blowjobs after maybe sixteen seconds of thinking, oh no, my repressive upbringing, I couldn't possibly. So, it's not so much a trajectory as a backstory we are only told about, and a present course of complete sexual openness. That's not a story; that's a situation. 

 

One of the reasons I like PNR is that it so very often deals credibly with body trauma, people moving from grief and brokenness to wholeness. Because there was no real emotional trajectory for anyone (and I do not credit hero dude struggling with these completely new feelings of tenderness and possessiveness, what are these things I'm feeling?) nothing that happened, no matter how theoretically sexy, had much juice to it. It was stuff that was happening. Except for the tattooing sequence; that was hot, rarrr. 

 

I guess what I'm saying is that I want this book to buy me dinner before we skip to the fucking. I didn't realize I was that old fashioned.

 

Anyway, if you like kinda light BDSM and lots of group sex, you could find a lot worse. Nobody is slut-shaming or becoming a massive alphole. I mean, even when the main pair get together, they still fuck around with other people instead of reverting immediately to middle class American monogamy. So that's good! But I'd prefer a little more apocalypse in my post-apocalit. Alas. 

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review 2016-11-24 20:17
Atle's Saga
Atle's Saga - Kit Edwards

Did they say "yeah" in pre-Christian times in Scandinavia? IDTS. Modernized speech and ideologies aside, this was a decent summary of what could've been a good, longer story. The battle scene was extremely rushed but hit all the highlights. The characters were well-written but their relationship wasn't really given the room to reach that depth where I would've found the ending earned. This was also supposed to be enemies-to-lovers, but someone forgot to tell the characters that. 

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