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text 2017-05-22 20:12
May's Kindle Firsts
The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King
Dead Certain: A Novel - Adam Mitzner
The First Word - Isley Robson
The Lioness of Morocco - Julia Drosten,Christiane Galvani
North Haven - Sarah Moriarty
The Great Passage - Shion Miura,Juliet Winters Carpenter

The program is still devolved/restricted to just Amazon published titles apparently.  But, a review of one of last month's selections by Obisidan Blue reminded me I hadn't looked at May's offerings.


(Kindle Firsts is for Prime members and let's them get one of the selections free one month ahead of their release date.  Current month's selections will be at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst )


Because it's labeled "Fantasy," I chose to get this first in series:


The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King   The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King 

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst
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review 2017-04-10 13:13
OTT with a wink...
The Back Passage - James Lear

This "sleuth in the early 20th century with a lot of gay sex" story line was highly entertaining.


I chuckled a lot about Mitchell's antics and his irrepressible sense of - ahem - justice...


An enjoyable if a bit pornesque read.

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review 2017-01-09 08:00
The City of Mirrors
The City of Mirrors - Justin Cronin

I remember reading The Passage years ago and really enjoying it. So when I read The Twelve, admittedly only last year, I was not feeling it and was disappointed. It took me hundreds of pages to get back into the story and even then it did not really succeeded. With this information, I was a bit afraid to start with The City of Mirrors, but I wanted to finish the series, and also prevent another huge gap between books.

It was okay. There were parts that I enjoyed, and others that just seemed to be so much filler without actually adding something. Strangely enough though, the part I liked best was Zero's back story. He really fleshed out the characters, and I think this is why I've heard so much great things about his non-fantasy novels. I would certainly pick up one of those books.

However, the survivalist story I liked less. They all feel very safe with the Twelve defeated, but of course, now that there is a new novel, you already know it can't last. It didn't feel very surprising at all, and also to me it was not the last stand that so epic a series (in number of pages at least) should be deserving.

Like I said, I was slightly disappointed with The City of Mirrors, but as Justin Cronin really knows how to portray his characters, I will certainly read more from him in the future!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-10-22 16:35
The Passage, a Dance, & a Little White Dress (Enlighten #2) by Kristin D. Van Risseghem
The Passage, a Dance, & a Little White Dress (Enlighten Series #2) - Kristin D. Van Risseghem
The Passage, a Dance, and a Little White Dress is the second book in the Enlighten series, and starts the day after the climax of book one. Zoe is trying to pretend that everything is normal whilst she struggles to deal with the new world that she is part of. Part of what helps to keep her stable is her relationship with Shay. This receives a knock though, when Shay is taken and no one knows where he is. At the same time, Zoe gets a new neighbour (Aiden), who has a striking resemblance to Shay that apparently no one apart from Zoe sees. This, plus his behaviour, would be ringing alarm bells with me, but Zoe seems not to notice anything too bad, apart from it being "a bit off". 
This book was an amazing follow up to the first story. We learn more about the various types of Enlightens, Naturals, etc. It is very well written, with a smooth pace building up the ending, and no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. With a cliff-hanger ending that will have your jaw dropping, this book is both a brilliant follow up to book 1, whilst also leading you perfectly into book 2. Definitely recommended by me.
* 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. *
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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/10/review-by-merissa-passage-dance-little.html
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review 2016-08-02 10:25
The Passage - Justin Cronin

This was my third time reading 'The Passage' and I still enjoyed it as much as the first time. I'm not quite sure why that is.I'm a sucker for survival stories, anyway (if you'll excuse the pun), so that is already a huge plus.


Blood-sucking vampire super-soldiers - virals - created by man, have made the human race all but extinct. There are just a few pockets of humanity trying to survive. After almost one hundred years of terror the virals' behaviour starts to change. They realise they have nearly exhausted their food supply and they have to reduce the attacks on the survivors giving them time to multiply but also giving them time to fight back.


On the surface this is a horror story about survival but it is more than that. It is a tale of love in all its forms: husband and wife, parent and child, brother and sister. Each time I read it I see more and that for me makes a cracking good story.

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