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review 2018-06-11 01:15
Book Review: Secret Seth by Ki Brightly
Secret Seth - Ki Brightly

This was a sweet, unassuming, and rather quiet romance novel. 

We are first introduced to Seth from the title at a family gathering. He is the son of a construction business owner and a partner in the business, leading a construction crew. He comes across as someone reliable, steadfast, and very calm. He's also the only single and childless one in his family, which mean he's the one who's able to travel. The jobs he lands take him out of town more often than not, and while he's not too fond of the nomadic life, he enjoys the fruits of his labor, even if he's dealing with some high-maintenance clients - they sure pay well for his services. There are hints that Seth has never shown much interest in having a love life. 

Tyler, a Hollywood set designer, who after clashing with the producer over a specific set design finds himself in need of a new job. Somewhat flamboyant, Tyler makes zero excuses for wearing make-up and dressing colorfully, and whoever doesn't like it can bite him. He expects perfection of himself and those he works with, and he's not afraid to speak his mind, which sometimes gets him in trouble. 

Seth needs a new designer, and Tyler needs a new design job - obviously, that's how they meet.

Without giving away the plot, let me say that this book takes slow burn to a new level. I got the feeling that Seth is demi - he needed to form an emotional connection to Tyler before being able and willing to take things further. Tyler on the other hand is immediately intrigued by Seth and feels a strong attraction, but as his boss, Seth is obviously off-limits.

While this is on the surface an opposites-attract kind of theme, there's a whole lot more to it. Tyler yearns for a place to belong, for someone who'll take him as he is, someone who'll love him just the way he is. And Seth, having never really felt any kind of sexual attraction, is adorably confused when he starts reacting to Tyler, once he gets to know the other man. 

What really struck me while reading this book is how real the characters felt, not only the MCs, but the supporting cast as well. Seth's family are a loud and somewhat overbearing bunch, but they were all kind and supportive. The construction crew was diverse but worked well together also. The friendly banter between Tyler and Seth was fun, and I could clearly see them both falling in love with each other. 

This is a slow burn romance, so don't expect any hot smexy times right away. There's plenty of UST though, and plenty of longing and yearning, which I definitely enjoyed. The book is told from the 1st person POV, switching between Tyler and Seth. Since their voices were distinct, I had no trouble discerning who was talking at any given time.

Well-written dialogue in an engaging story - I enjoyed reading this very much, and I think you will too. 


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

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review 2018-06-09 02:29
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
The Traitor Baru Cormorant - Seth Dickinson

This book starts by following Baru Cormorant as a young girl in Taranoke when her homeland is taken over by the Masquerade (or the Empire of Masks since they wear masks as part of their public personas). So we see the colonization and the start of the erasure of an indigenous culture and people and it's awful and harsh but I was invested in the character of Baru as a young girl so I was more or less sucked in.

 

Then she graduates from school and gets sent to this other land to act as Imperial Accountant and it was okay...but there was a lot about monetary policy and then there was a rebellion with battles and I just got kind of...bored. And the ending was therefore pretty meh.

 

Also it seems like a lot of the peoples who aren't the Masquerade are cool with homosexuality and polyamorous family structures but to the Masquerade those things are "unhygienic" which became more frustrating as the book progressed for reasons that involve spoilers. Maybe this ends up someplace interesting in later books, but I don't think I'll be sticking around to find out.

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review 2018-06-05 01:30
"Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?" (All the Wrong Questions) - Lemony Snicket,Seth
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

An epic conclusion to the All the Wrong Questions series. 

This series ends in a similar way to A Series of Unfortunately Events. Most of the riddles and mysteries are solved, but there are a few ends that don't get addressed. Still an entertaining book. 

The ending was kind of spoiled for me when I looked up a character's name for spelling purposes while writing a review for the previous book (darn audiobooks- I never know how to spell people's names) and saw something that allowed me to guess what happened at the end (darn spoilers!). But it was still a good book. 

I wasn't completely satisfied by the ending. But I still enjoyed the novel on the whole. 

Overall, the series was an interesting one that kept me guessing. I liked all of the mysteries and the weird setting that Snicket is so talented in creating. 

A good series for fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
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review 2018-05-26 03:29
When Did You See Her Last? - Seth,Lemony Snicket

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Overall, a good read, especially for fans of Lemony Snicket and his unique narration style. 

This book contains a new wrong question and a new mystery while continuing the larger scheme from the first book. It picks up right where the first book left off. There are more strange characters and new developments regarding Kit. It is a good mystery story.

I didn't like this one as much as the first one. I can't quite put my finger on why, but I think this one dragged on a bit more than the first. I wanted it to move a bit quicker. The story was interesting, but it was a bit slow at times. 

Great artwork, as with the first book. And like the first book, the audio narration is well done. Good job, Original Klaus Baudelaire. 

Overall, a good read and I definitely want to continue the series, but it didn't live up to the excitement I felt reading the first book in the series. Can't wait to see what else Stain'd-by-the-Sea has in store for young Snicket.

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review 2018-05-11 14:39
Who Could That Be At This Hour? - Lemony Snicket,Seth

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

As with The Series of Unfortunate Events, this book is not altogether satisfying at the end and leaves more questions asked than answered, but it is still an entertaining mystery story. 

I enjoyed learning more about Lemony Snicket's youth and how he got his start. 

I loved the mystery and the various twists and turns. Yes, there are a few twists that are pretty obvious ("Come on, Snicket, step up your game. Who's the first person you always suspect in a fancy-pants mystery in a mansion?), but it is still an interesting book. 

As far as the audiobook itself was concerned, I enjoyed it. I listened to the audiobook of Hatchet before this, whose narrator had a really low voice that was hard to hear. In comparison, Liam Aiken did a very good job. Bonus points for changing his voice in the dialogue. 

The book ends by setting up the second book in the series, much like the misadventures of the Baudelaires, which again is a bit unsatisfying, but it did make me want to continue the series. You successfully snagged a reader intent on finishing the series. Bravo, Snicket. 

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