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review 2017-07-21 16:01
The Ice Queen (The Ice Queen #1) by Rebecca Bauer
The Ice Queen - Rebecca Bauer

The Ice Queen is the first book in The Ice Queen series, and we meet Aria for the first time when she is in 'training' in the courtesan area of the Temple of the Moon. Immediately, you are drawn into a world of intrigue, where someone may be completely different to who you thought they were, and their actions are different to what you supposed.

Aria is a fantastic female lead - she is strong, authoritative, caring, wilful, and determined. She has a reason for everything she does, even if she doesn't realise it until that light bulb moment. And then you have her 'advisors' - Casimir, Valtteri, and Seb. All three of these characters are amazing and well rounded, and yet they too have their own advisors. It is layer upon layer of support and intrigue, and it makes for one heck of a ride!
With plenty of battle action, some love action, oodles of political manoeuvrings, and an outstanding amount of honesty, I can easily say that I loved every word and I can't wait to read book two - The Mage King. For all fans of fantasy, I can highly recommend it. 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


#Adult, #Fantasy, @Xpresso Reads, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)


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review 2017-03-18 20:42
The Ice Queen - Alice Hoffman

Evident by the amount of time it took for me to complete this book, The Ice Queen was hardly readable. The key to keeping a reader is ensuring that the general audience can relate and sympathize with the protagonist. The nameless woman who makes a wish at the age of eight years old was irreparably altered, turned to metaphorical ice since being suddenly deprived of emotional depth when her dark wish actually came true.


The story is told in first person, and reading each chapter was a long slog. The protagonist's voice is dry, pessimistic, and incredibly "doom and gloom." I had expected as much after reading the synopsis before I cracked the book open, assuming once she met the mysterious fiery Lazarus her personality would suddenly bloom and lighten (much like Hoffman's March Murray after reuniting with Hollis in Here on Earth, which I loved).


This was not the case. Instead she plummeted deeper into tedious quintessential comparisons between passionate love affairs and fire's ability to consume or melt ice. Except the "passionate" love affair with the eternally warm-skinned Lazarus does very little to melt the protagonist's stony heart. It just makes her even more self-involved and endlessly self-deprecating.


Perhaps Hoffman's purpose was to perfect the character everyone loves to hate, nevertheless I slipped this book back on my shelf, paused, and was not surprised to discover that I still did not feel even the slightest twinge of love for it.

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text 2017-01-03 00:20
January TBR 2017
Victoria: A Novel from the Creator/Writer of the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS - Daisy Goodwin
Mata Hari's Last Dance: A Novel - Michelle Moran
Assault and Beret - Jenn McKinlay
A Perilous Undertaking - Deanna Raybourn
Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois - Sophie Perinot
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd - Jim Fergus
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel - Susan Jane Gilman

Hello everyone!


One of my reading goals for 2017 is to read from a set TBR. I found in 2016,  I wasted a lot of time searching for my next read. I want to pick up the next book on my listed TBR and if it doesn't wow me in about 50 pages, just move along. Since I get most of my books from the library I don't have an issue with a ruthless DNF. In reviewing my goals from last year, I did pretty well with reading from different genres and reading more than watching television. So I'm going to stick with that for this new year and start off 2017 by focusing on some historical fiction. I have two much anticipated new mystery releases I will be reading as well.


I look forward to reading some of your goals as well! I find they inspire me to stick with mine.


Happy reading!





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text 2015-12-15 14:21
CHBB New Releases
Tales of the Fairy Anthology II: Steampunk Fairies - Catherine Stovall,Jeannette Joyal,Lexi Ostrow,Emma Michaels,Michael Cross,Beth W. Patterson,Nicole L. Daffurn,Elizabeth A. Lance,Andrea L. Staum,Craig Tracy
Nightmare in Steam (Alliance of Silver and Steam Book 1) - Lexi Ostrow
Dear Adam - Jaclyn Osborn
Master Logan (Steel Cuffs Series, Book 0.5) - Ruby MacIntyre
Run (Caged Trilogy Book 1) - H.G. Lynch
Stake-Out - Lily Luchesi
Melting the Ice Queen - Mish Daniels,Rue Volley
The Silver Lining - Jennifer Raygoza
Tallas - Cathrina Constantine
The Winter Girl - Elodie Parkes

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Ink Calls to Ink
There are no more happy endings. Not for Fictional Personae."
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Sinners and Saints
Now there is nowhere to hide and nowhere to run!
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They will leave you Awestruck.
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The Winter Girl
18+ Don't let winter get you down. Get to know The Winter Girl.
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The Silver Lining
18+ Love has no Limits.
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When the moon comes up, it's time to...RUN.
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Stake Out
Not your typical criminals.
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Master Logan (Steel Cuffs Series, Book 0.5)
18+ Can an abandoned slave with a need to serve find a worthy Master?
#LGBT #AdultRead #Romance #Bookstagram #QuickRead #KU
Melting the Ice Queen
18+ Holly will realize how much fun it can be to mix business with pleasure.
#Bullying #LGBTQ #YA #Bullying #Bookstagram #KU
Dear Adam
I didn't mean to cause anyone pain. I just wanted to end my own.

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Nightmare in Steam (Alliance of Silver & Steam book 1)
18+ Embrace your nightmares.
#Steampunk #Fantasy #FairyTales #Bookstagram #KU
Tales of the Fairy II: Steampunk Fairies
Put a little magic in your gears.

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review 2015-04-21 15:42
Sad Heartbreaking Beautiful Poetic and Sad
The Ice Queen - Alice Hoffman

This book ripped my heart out then threw it against the wall only to pick it up, stomp and kick at it with steel toed boots.


In the misery, the bleakness and the dark hole that became my chest there was a light weak but bright. The author was able to keep me focused on that little light, it wasn't hope of a HEA it was much deeper it was the spark of life to breath to continue. Her words are beautifully sewn together, visual and emotionally charged.
Depressing stories are my kryptonite normally I would have dropped this after the first chapter but I couldn't put it down. Would I ever read it again ? Hell no, I'll never forget it.

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