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review 2017-06-24 04:16
Review of "Behind the Throne" (Indranan War, #1) by K.B. Wagers
Behind the Throne - K.B. Wagers

I'm not even going to try to write a better review than Bookaneer's review.   That one says it best.


I will just say it was a great adventure that I enjoyed very much. Read in one sitting; gripped start to finish.  Enough intrigued me and enough desire to know what happens next that I'm eagerly waiting to read the next in series.


Science fiction? Space Opera? Not so much.


Yes, it starts with her dragged off a space ship back to home planet. But, the "atmosphere" was more British Empire rulers in India or Africa during 1700's-1800's than a galactic empire 2500 years in the future. Maybe because mostly took place in the palace from POV of princess with a few bits of tech terms and weapons, other planets may as well have been other countries for all the sociological/geographical detail, and only one race of aliens that could have passed for invaded natives in a subservient position (okay, so their religion made them healers but pretty much not fleshed out or alien).


A great story for all that. Plenty of glimpses of material that could go into a well-developed series and even get developed into good space opera. Next book in series, After the Crown, will tell.

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review 2017-06-23 23:18
Review of "Miss Spelled" (Kitchen Witch, #1) by Morgana Best
Miss Spelled - Morgana Best

Well, I'm a sucker for the downtrodden, non-douchebag character getting a windfall and/or HEA.  Add in part of the windfall being two precocious cats ... had to check it out eventually.


This was a cute story with an unnecessary murder mystery added.  I suppose the genre is chicklit paranormal cozy-mystery.  Very light on the mystery, the paranormal and the merest spark of romantic interest but no actual romance past opening breakup with douchebag ex.  Her being a witch not explored yet in any depth.  The mysteries of her aunt, her new cats, new house, being a witch -- all would have been enough mystery without a dead body.


I liked the the story and the cast of characters well enough that eventually I might check the next in series out of the library when in the mood.  Could have used way more scenes with the cats, of course.


I put off reading because of mixed reviews:  many liking the book and many screaming to please get an editor.  In edition I just read — there were no semicolons where needed.  Commas were missing, inserted where not needed and/or flat out misused in some places.  


I think my mood and the fact that it was a shortish book with mostly simpler writing saved me from DNF'ing over editing issues.  That said, I did start noticing and if book had been longer ... At any rate, I started counting semicolons and there either were none or I overlooked.


Semicolons = still zero.

★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.


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review 2017-06-17 02:20
Review of "Blood Trade" (Jane Yellowrock #6) by Faith Hunter
Blood Trade - Faith Hunter

I like Jane.  I enjoy this series.  I'm looking forward to reading the next one.


This one ... just somehow didn't measure up to the first five.  Filler maybe?


Flat might be a better word -- in comparison to earlier books.  Seriously, this was a good read that fell short of expectations.  Everything below this is relative to previous books.


Flat on the action.  Nope, infodumps on guns and armament do not count.


Flat on the story and engaging my attention (okay so there were violin inducing catch your heartstrings innocents, people to rescue and urgency.).  The urgency and timing seemed very staged.


Flat on the romance.  Okay, that's unfair because no romance.  Same angst-y mess with all the potentials.


Flat on the characters (I don't count the introduction of insta-lust wish fulfillment one for  for one of the side characters or the brief redneck bashing where in Mississippi they have to have bubbas living in filth and drugs in a single-wide trailer ...).  I wanted more of Beast and Jane and Leo and everyone.  


I really don't count the preachy part about Jane-the-contract-killer-for-money-once-bounty-legalized is too special to carry automatic weaponry cuz only purpose is to kill but okay with rest of her team using knowing the expected bad guys will be using.  That just added nothing except an eyeroll for the hypocrisy and a groan for probable repercussions. Nevermind how much armament she carried -- and described in great detail -- that may as well have been classed as full automatic.

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review 2017-06-16 23:01
Review of "League of Dragons" (Temeraire #9) by Naomi Novik
League of Dragons: A Novel of Temeraire - Naomi Novik

A fitting finale to the Temeraire series.


In many ways, satisfying even.  Completion.  Maybe not exactly as predicted or everything wanted, but fitting and makes sense for the storyline and characters.


But, oh my, am I sorrowed to see this series end.  


I'm not sure what else I can say that wouldn't be a spoiler or endless fangirl gushing.


I will be missing Laurence and Temeraire.  The series ended with them settling into a new chapter of their lives ( not at all a cliffhanger but clearly lives go on); maybe someday the author will pursue that.

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review 2017-06-14 21:20
Review of "Red Queen" (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

Finished. Not sure what I think.


A much hyped series with lots of activity on my book sites that I was curious to try.


I expected like others reviewing the book to either really love it it really hate it.  I did not.


I finished this first book and never really connected.  I was also very distracted when reading it.  I may not have been in the mood for this.  A few sparks of interest and a few annoyances.  I'm not likely the targeted audience age.


I haven't made up my mind if will be reading further.  I did not enjoy enough to run right out and buy rest of series; definitely will be a library borrow if I ever do continue reading further in this series.

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