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review 2017-09-12 02:18
Much Better Than Expected
Renegade (Phoenix Rising) - Brynley Blake

While only in her mid-20s, Gemma is bored with sex. She’s yet to find a partner to truly satisfy her. While meeting potential new clients, she believes her sexual fantasies have been answered. Now she needs to convince him she’s not as naive as he thinks. It just so happens that her oldest best friend, Walker, was in town and Gemma believes he’d be perfect to help her gain experience.

So, this book was much better than I thought it would be. My favorite person in the book was Walker. His character saved this book from being another gawd awful version of FSOG! I think the one thing that bugged me was when Walker is catching Gemma up on her roommate. I felt like it was a super long summary of another book that I should’ve read before this book.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-08-23 01:21
Renegade (Phoenix Rising) by Brynley Blake
Renegade (Phoenix Rising) - Brynley Blake

 

I'm all in favor of strong women, Gemma came across as neurotic. She's a boss in business, but a disappointment in love. Her need for control has left her in a dire romantic drought. Will her thirst ever be quenched? Renegade has a Sex in the City vibe with a splash of mystery thrown in. More funny than sexy, Declan and Gemma encourage getting your feet wet, before diving in to romance. Cute meets tempting.
(3.5 stars)

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review 2017-08-13 18:36
"Renegade: Spiral Wars, Book 1" by Joel Shepherd
Renegade (The Spiral Wars) (Volume 1) - Joel Shepherd

I finally reached the point where I'd read all six of Joel Shepherd's excellent Cassandra Kresnov books and I found that I missed his wide ranging imagination, his sharp-edged politics and his characters: strong, passionate, sometimes flawed but always believable.

 

So I went looking to see what else he'd written and found the Spiral Wars series (four books so far)

 

When I read the blurb, I hesitated:

"A thousand years after Earth was destroyed in an unprovoked attack, humanity has emerged victorious from a series of terrible wars to assure its place in the galaxy. But during celebrations on humanity’s new Homeworld, the legendary Captain Pantillo of the battle carrier Phoenix is court-martialed then killed, and his deputy, Lieutenant Commander Erik Debogande, the heir to humanity’s most powerful industrial family, is framed with his murder. Assisted by Phoenix’s marine commander Trace Thakur, Erik and Phoenix are forced to go on the run, as they seek to unravel the conspiracy behind their Captain’s demise, pursued to the death by their own Fleet. "

Long timescales like this often make it hard for me to connect with the action. The politics sounded triumphalist and the interstellar distances involved are huge. I wondered how Joel Shepherd would keep the intimacy and intensity that was a strength of the Cassandra Kresnov series in an undertaking like this.

 

The answer, of course, was through the strength of his character development. It turned out that "Renegade", the first Spiral Wars book, was just as intense as his Kresnov books but it was also refreshingly different in scale and in focus.

 

So what's good about it?

 

This is a great example of what Space Opera can be when the author has really thought through the worlds, the species and the history involved and yet never resorts to info-dumps but has the confidence and the control to reveal the intricacies of this universe a little at a time, through the experiences of the characters, as needed to make sense of the action. Every good space opera needs lots of action, lots of technology, lots of weapons, lots of culture clashes and complex political intrigue and lots of desperate, how-can-they-possibly-get-out-of-this? moments. Joel Shepherd delivers on all these things with flair and originality and at a pace the made the 400+ pages fly by.

 

The intensity of the book comes mainly from the characters. There are a lot of them but they are presented clearly and without confusion. They're also not static. They come with backstories that are artfully revealed. They have distinct personalities and ethics and goals. They are changed by the decisions they make and the experiences they have. This increases the emotional impact of the book. It makes you care who lives and dies. It goes beyond the "only you can save the galaxy" hero quest into something personal and therefore much more real.

 

Two characters, in particular, made the book for me. The first is Trace Thakur. She leads the Marines on the Pheonix but she is a legend throughout the Corps. She comes from a warrior cult with strong ethics around service. She is strong, experienced, lethal and much loved by her people. There is more to her than just being a warrior. Her mission is driven by her personal interpretation of honour and justice rather than by her instructions from her superiors. She is the second in command, yet she has far more leadership and combat experience than Erik Debogande, until recently a newly minted Lieutenant Commander who many believed was appointed because of his family connections and who is now acting-Captain. The dynamic between Thakur and Debogande is tense and plausible. Watching Erik struggling to rise to the challenge of being in command of the Pheonix is one of the best things in the book.

 

Of course, I also loved the depressingly plausible politics, the diversity of the races involved and the hints of important things being hidden by the powerful, that need to be uncovered by the brave.

 

I'm hooked now. I'm already looking forward to the rest of the series.

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review 2017-06-13 00:00
The Cowboy's Renegade Bride (The McCall Brothers Book 2)
The Cowboy's Renegade Bride (The McCall Brothers Book 2) - Laurie LeClair The McCalls may be down, but they are not out. Their trials only make them stronger and push them to fight harder. That's why I believe Caleb and Jenny such a champion combination. He's all about saving his family legacy. She dreams of creating her own. They share a commonality. To create an enduring legacy that rises out of the ashes of heartache, yet manages to make it's presence known. Steeped in hope, guided by love and destined to succeed, author, characters and story lay out why it is important to follow your dreams. Another sweet winner.
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review 2017-03-12 03:30
**BLOG TOUR + REVIEW** RENEGADE RED BY: LAUREN BIRD HOROWITZ
Renegade Red: Book Two of The Light Trilogy - Lauren Bird Horowitz
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Introducing RENEGADE RED, Sequel to Award-Winning SHATTERED BLUE!

 

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ONLY A RENEGADE WILL SURVIVE

 

Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue— the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy— in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her—Callum and Judah Forsythe—must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.

 

Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister—and understand her own heart—in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?

 

Collect all three of RENEGADE RED’s limited edition covers, revealed by USA TODAY

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"Poetry on every page. Horowitz paints pure beauty with her tangle of heart stopping words.

The Light Trilogy is magic typeset."

- E.J Mellow (Author of The Dreamland Series)

 

"A vibrant blend of dystopian dysfunction and ethereal fantasy...a thrill ride."

- J. Kowallis, Author of The Enertia Trials

 

“Beautifully written with a poetic soul…Renegade Red isn't just a sequel. It is the continuation of a magical story that weaves itself into your heart, leaving you breathless.”

- Kristen Hunt, Author of Blonde Eskimo

 

"A must read"

- VOYA Magazine

 

 

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"Anyone who’s ever fantasized about kissing a Fae will enjoy Noa and Callum’s

first, sexy kiss. . . . Hip. . . fast-moving. . . lyrically concise.”

—KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

“I guarantee you'll be hooked and anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.”

—USA TODAY, Must-read Romances of 2015

 

“A fantastical tale of love and betrayal

. . . more than enough emotion and angst to keep any romance-loving teenager

glued to the pages, and the promise of a trilogy will keep them eagerly

anticipating the next book."

—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

 

“A book to fall for”

—BUZZFEED

 

“Not your average fairy tale . . .will have you clamoring for more of a story that

you didn’t see coming . . . new and surprising."

—HYPABLE

 

“Magic, action and a really, really attractive love interest . . .

what more could you want?"

—GLITTER MAGAZINE

 

“A love story you won't soon forget . . .

a story of protection, sacrifice, and love."

—SHEKNOWS.COM

 

“Book To Lean On When The Going Gets Tough."

—BUSTLE

 

“A Book for All Ages”

—MARIASHRIVER.COM

 

“Fae, magic, elemental control . . . two hot, confused brothers . . .

LIKE YES PLEASE . . . WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR!”

– Benjamin Alderson,

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CAN LOVE SPAN WORLDS?

 

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

 

 

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LAUREN BIRD HOROWITZ, screenwriter and novelist, has won an enthusiastic following for her innovative, lyrical poetic voice. Her debut novel Shattered Blue: Book One of The Light Trilogy, won the 2016 Independent Publishers' (IPPY) Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction, as well as Finalist honors in the 2016 USA Book Awards for Best New Fiction and Best New Fantasy, the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction, and the 2016 International Book Award for Best Fantasy. It was also listed as one of USA Today's top romances of 2015, and selected as a notable book by Buzzfeed, Popsugar, Hypable, San Francisco Book Review, Glitter, The Culturalist, Teen Reads, Maria Shriver.com, Bustle and others.

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Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, winning several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction and Winthrop-Sargent Prize for writing. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America.

 

 

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My Review: 5 out of 5 stars! 
What a read! I am borderline speechless. I guess if I had to sum up my thoughts with just one word it would be WHOOOOAAAA!!!! 

 

I was blown away by the end of the first book, Shattered Blue, but Renegade Red was surprise after surprise. From page one to the very last, Horowitz kept me on toes. Everything about this book was MORE, more surprises, more action, more mystery, more answers... and more questions, and more gorgeous writing and moving poetry. Be prepared for ALL THE FEELS in this addition to The Light Trilogy! I am DYING to know what happens next! Can't wait to get my hands on that final book, etc n though I'm in no way prepared for this series to end. 

 

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
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