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review 2017-04-14 18:30
The Dark Tower: Battle of Jericho Hill by Robin Firth, Peter David, Richard Isanove
The Dark Tower, Volume 5: Battle of Jericho Hill - Peter David,Stephen King,Richard Ianove,Jae Lee,Robin Furth

This was another beautiful installment in the Dark Tower series. The artwork is stunning, even though I am missing Jae Lee.



Taking place 9 years after the fall of Gilead, we pick up the ka-tet attempting to stand against the forces of evil at Jericho Hill. This is where it all happens, (no spoilers), and I'll admit it brought a tear to this cold heart.


I can't wait for the next one! (Thanks to my local library, I don't have to!)

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review 2017-02-12 16:21
Gilded Cage by Vic James
Gilded Cage - Vic James

In Gilded Cage , Vic James has created a world where slavery still exists- 10 years of it for every single person. It doesn't matter if you serve your ten in a glass mansion or a dingy factory-slavery is still slavery.


I enjoyed the world-building and almost despite myself I became attached to the Hadley family. Even though their rather naive daughter, Abi got on my nerves a little bit,   I did care about her brother, Luke,  her sister and parents. I found the concept of the "Equals" a fascinating one, they being the people catered to by everyone else. Capable of chilling powers and yet the true depth of their power was not fully evident until near the end of the story.


Another thing I very much enjoyed was the complexity of the villains. At some points, it was difficult to distinguish who they even were and I liked trying to figure that out. Lastly, I relished the fact that not everything is all laid out and explained in great detail like at the end of a TV show. I still have a couple of questions-so even though I'm not even a fan of YA AND I've sworn that I'm not starting any more series', I do plan to read the next book.


The reason I'm giving 4 stars and not 5 is because I felt things got bogged down a bit, (a la the Song of Ice & Fire series), when introducing all the political machinations of the different families. I don't feel like there was too much, exactly, just perhaps too much all at once .


It's always nice to be surprised by a book on which you take a chance. I requested this one based on the appeal of the description alone-I really didn't think the book would live up to my expectations, but I'm happy that it did!


Recommended to fans of YA, magicians, (of a sort), and fantasy!


You can get your copy here:Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts)


*Thanks to NetGalley and Del Rey Books for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-01-25 06:10
Not really
A Magician's Wand: M/M Gay For You Romance - Jay Blair

Beckett meets Lee since he wants to be the entertainment at his restaurant.  Lee is kind of exasperated at first that his sister uses this as a solution for the sales falling.  Then something unexpected happens.


Lee is suddenly interested in Beckett, and he is not sure what to do about it.  I would have not had a problem with the trope itself.  It for me, was that it was all so sudden.  The book was short, and maybe for me I like the slow burn.  I just really had to push myself to finish this one.  I give this one 2/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

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review 2016-12-28 06:36
The Magician's
The Magicians - Lev Grossman

Quentin goes to a college interview and instead ends up getting invited to take a test to get into a magical college. The story follows Quentin through his time at college and the year(ish) after.


This book is Not Harry Potter, at all, not even a little. The characters in this book are unlikable, but in a very real human sort of way. I kinda hated this book for most of the time I was reading it and then finished it and immediately wanted to pick up the next one. That wasn’t because of the ending so much as it was more enjoyable after the fact (does that even make sense?).  Most of this book is paced slower than I would expect but it still sucked me in. I really think looking at these books as individuals doesn’t work as well as judging the entire series which I know isn’t going to work for everyone but I do think it’s the best way to view this.

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review 2016-11-05 14:04
The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician Trilogy, #1) - Trudi Canavan

I enjoyed this book. Very much epic fantasy, with the feared magicians on one side and the impoverished slum-dwellers on the other. Our protagonist is a girl from the slums who happens to have untapped magical powers. One day, she accidentally lets her powers be shown, and the magicians want to chase her down and recruit her before her powers grow out of control.


I enjoyed the pacing of this book and the characters were quite well-written. The magicians themselves are not the "villain", I should mention - there are many of them, good and bad, and I really thought some of them are quite quirky and made me smile just reading about them.


Of course, there are bad magicians among them who feel that a girl from the slums should not be allowed to join them, and one of them tries to blackmail her into leaving the Guild and so on. Lots of intrigue and suspense, I found.


I don't know how I felt that in this book's world, child/teen prostitution was almost normal and that most girls in the slums would have to resort to this. That's...kinda heavy content for this age group, don't you think?...Considering it doesn't really play a part in the plot and there isn't actually anything graphic.


I thought the book would end on a cliffhanger, to be honest. There was an unresolved villainous plot going on near the end and it got pretty tense. Thankfully, they managed to resolve in the nick of time only to bring forth ANOTHER villain to light. But that's what the sequel's for, I guess.


All in all it was a good book to read, though you can pretty much tell that the protagonist IS going to join the magicians. I mean they spend the entire book going on about whether she's going to leave them or join them. There's 2 more books as sequels. Obviously she joins them or nothing will happen, lol.





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