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review 2017-04-28 19:29
Review of "Dragon Actually" (Dragon Kin, #1) by G.A. Aiken
Dragon Actually - G.A. Aiken

I adored the main characters, start to finish.  A fun story (even if somewhat unsurprising), lots of humor, definitely a kickass heroine.

 

This was really a novella with the main characters followed by a generous short about his parents getting together.  

 

That short was horridly boring wth fated mate crap and unsympathetic characters.  

 

I debated rating just the novella (★★★★½ ) or the entire work/publication -- but, I read the whole thing, it was "sold" as the whole thing, so I'm rating the whole thing.  I pretty much always do have to take off a half star for over use of clenching sex parts.

 

I will continue the series unless future books turn out to be more like the included short. 

 

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review 2017-04-27 17:09
Finished this Helen of Troy, first in "Princesses of Myth" series
Nobody's Princess (Nobody's Princess, #1) - Esther M. Friesner

Well, it fit my booklikes-opoly square.

 

It was an award-winning author I was always curious to try (although her middle grade books may not have been best starting point).

 

It is set in Bronze Age which coincidentally a post I've now misplaced was asking about.

 

But it read very generic medieval princess balking at expectations rather than Bronze Age (okay,they had bronze swords and a barter system), Sparta and Helen of Troy.

 

Still an interesting premise.  The next book continues with Helen disguising herself as a boy servant to go along with Jason after the Golden Fleece then switches to a preteen Nefertitti (another historical figure I'm a sucker for).

 

This series is not for me.  I would, however, still read more by the author.

 

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review 2017-04-24 20:30
Review of Room for Improvement by Stacey Ballis
Room for Improvement - Stacey Ballis

Mostly this was an okay read.  The premise was fun (what drew me to the book) and that part of the story was a fun, interesting one.

 

I failed to connect with the characters, though.  I almost questioned if author "Stacey" was male or female because of some character oddities.  Read a little like maybe some real life friends or acquaintances were drawn in.  Not into romance elements of this one at all.

 

Made me miss some earlier seasons of home improvement shows; had some elements that could have made for a great read (or at least a great beach read).

 

And part of that could be a generation or regional gap (for example, my personal circle of female friends aren't prone to discussing penises in detail or to making after midnight phone calls to take a break during sexcapades to describe the one currently in use).

 

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review 2017-04-22 18:06
Review of "Empire of Ivory" (Temeraire, #4) by Naomi Novik
Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik

Wow.

 

Oh, wow.

 

I did not see any of this coming.

 

Well, in hindsight, foundations were laid where nothing was out of character for the storyline, worldbuilding or characters.

 

But, wow!

 

I don't know how to even write a review of this one without spoilers.  I've been enjoying the books in this series; this one really blew me away.  

 

Unequivocal ★★★★★ with the next in series (Victory of Eagles ) to be read as soon as the book hangover from this fades and I read something else as a breather.

 

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review 2017-04-19 06:56
DNF 45%.
False Covenant - Ari Marmell

I'm out; I have no idea beyond character and place names what this has to do with the first book in series.

 

Honestly, it's a combination of horror and serial killer with the heroine gone TSTL and lots of everyone murking about alleys either doing the murdering or seeking the murderer.

 

Not my cup of tea.  Not even willing to skim to finish, boring old mucking around city streets interspersed with horror scenes ...

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