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review 2017-11-23 19:22
Some great ideas that stumble in execution
Halayda (Star-Fae Trilogy, #1) - Sarah Delena White

Disclaimer: I'm reviewing an uncorrected proof via NetGalley, so it's possible the final draft changed some of the issues. Also, I made it about 10% before throwing in the towel.

Basically, something's gone wrong with the worldbuilding on this one. It kind of seemed like a second in series or spin-off series, where lots of people and places are being referenced as if to remind you of who/what/why? But I checked Goodreads, and this is a debut book, so I think the author was trying to do too much worldbuilding and it came at the cost of story and characters.

 

OTOH, maybe the problem was with where the story started. I think the author could have backed up a few scenes and let us get to know the characters and their stakes before diving into chaos and it would have given her space to spin out the worldbuilding in a more natural manner. Instead, there's just a string of extended info-dumps with a lot of running around in between and . . . I wanted to care, I really did.

 

I liked the striking cover design. I liked that there was obviously a big, fully-realized world with rules and tensely-navigated interactions between fae and humans and magic/alchemy-users, and . . . I mean, there's royalty, there's orphans with powers a la X-Men, there's lady alchemists and shady politics and freakin' faerie wings and that's all great, except in practice it just felt really dry. So, pass. Maybe a strong developmental editor could turn this around, but my tbr is too big to keep wading through all the words to find the story.

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review 2017-11-19 00:00
One Week to Win Her Boss (Snowflake Valley)
One Week to Win Her Boss (Snowflake Valley) - Barbara White Daille Ms. White creates tales of all encompassing love. It's so easy to hand over your heart and forget to ask for it back. Family meets romance and the rest is history. She slowly reveals the meaning of love with a sweetness that is as erotic as any naughty novel. Heart is sprinkled on every page and permeates each character and word that works it's magic on the romantic in our souls. Love is the greatest factor and it serves as a beacon to guide both the characters and readers home. One Week to Win Her Boss is just another example of a gifted storyteller.
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text 2017-11-15 01:11
Reading progress update: I've read 236 out of 377 pages.
The White People and Other Weird Stories - Arthur Machen

this collection is running at about 3.5 stars, in the ratings game, with me--but to be fair, I've got two long stories left to get done, and my overall view could change...a little.

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text 2017-11-14 14:59
Reading progress update: I've read 201 out of 377 pages.
The White People and Other Weird Stories - Arthur Machen

I'm working my way through what I'll call a novella, titled 'A Fragment of Life', and it was slow and grinding, a bit early on--a bit "domestic", chatty, and homey--but now the magic has started to really creep in, and I like it. Machen has not emerged as a perfect writer for me, but when the beauty comes out in a story, the words light up.

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