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review 2017-09-13 19:14
great little Victorian gem with a witty heroine, an awesome supporting cast and a cliffy that will make you run to book #2
These Vicious Masks - Kelly Zekas,Tarun Shanker

Let me start by saying that I LOVED this book and I am extremely confused as to why the ratings are on the low side. Not only was it paced expertly, written beautifully and the characters were crafted magnificently it was ultimately executed perfectly. That cliffhanger was admittedly a bit difficult to digest BUT it helped that the next in the series was already available. There is a love triangle of sorts but since the setting is Victorian with a very definite Historical Fiction vibe, the budding romances were extremely tame! The character development was so rich that you couldn't help but fall in love with the secondary and tertiary supporting characters as well as the very witty, non damsel in distress heroine. I loved Evelyn's snarky interactions with the very dashing and ever ready to please Mr. Kent and who could resist the master of brooding hunky Mr. Braddock? Who will she ultimately choose?!? This is a rapidly consumed, addictive guilty pleasure that will have you reaching for book #2, These Ruthless Deeds, in no time at all. Enjoy!!

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text 2017-01-12 14:21
Reading progress update: I've read 13%.
Forget Me Always - Sara Wolf

I'm still not sure of this series is working for me, but oh well, I'm trying.

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review 2017-01-02 08:05
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VIcious - Victoria Schwab,V. E. Schwab Victor and Eli were college roommates when they figure out how to become “ExtraOrdinary”. Their superpowers, however, left them in very different places in life. This book switches between present day and the time they gained their powers. This book has complex characters and while being story about revenge it doesn’t go down the easy good and evil route. I loved this book, it’s my first introduction to Schwab and I love her writing and storytelling. I loved how fleshed out all the characters in this book were, even the side characters. This really helped me to be able to see the various points of view in the characters and I loved it. I enjoyed the dual timeline and while sometimes that can bog down a story, this one wrapped together really well so I didn’t feel like I was slogging through one timeline to get back to the other. I totally recommend this book and will be picking up more from her in the future.
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review 2016-11-25 02:03
Review: Vicious Circle
Vicious Circle - Elle E Ire

Bear with me here, this is a tricky book for me to review. Well written, excellent pacing, and a great protagonist. This action packed space adventure starts with a knife fight and the heroine is an assassin. Basically, this is the kind of book I'm likely to give all of the stars to, but in this case I can't.

 

Sadly, the plot revolves around a false rape accusation. I knew that going in, because it's spelled out in the cover text, the girl "claims" she's been raped. I appreciate the warning, as if I hadn't been expecting it, this book would have just been deleted when I got to that reveal. 

 

I even think Ire handles this well in terms of how all the characters interact with this knowledge. But I am so done with "bitch made it up" as a narrative element. Rape is lazy as a plot device and this is even lazier - all the tension of a revenge story without having to even deal with trauma. Plus, here in the real world, where false accusations are rare, accusations of rape get women treated with suspicion and derision by society, and men can still be president.

 

Uh, aside from that. Pretty much an excellent book. The first few chapters are really insightful about addiction. The story is driven by a series of mishaps that allow for the introduction of interesting characters and world building.

 

The end feels pretty rushed, sadly. After the climactic scene, there's a lot of detail that gets crammed into exposition, which is kind of a let down after so much action. There's one large unresolved plot element, but I think this in intended to be a series. If it is, I'll probably read the next one. There's enough here that I liked, and surely the next book won't have this same issue.

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text 2016-11-12 13:58
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VIcious - Victoria Schwab,V. E. Schwab

I was going to give this book a solid 4.5 star but, after I had let the story sink in for a while, I gave it 5 stars instead. The more I let it mull in my brain, the more I want to do a re-read.

 

I loved the whole villain vs. villain with lots of revenge seeking mixed in. Honestly, I took to Victor, the main character, right away. I do not know what that says about me but I was in his corner the whole time. He is very much the anti hero trope that everyone roots for, kind of like Tony Soprano.

 

It was a entertaining easy read but without a lot of the fluff you normally get. The writing was simple, sometimes a little basic, in almost a YA type of style. But, it was really engaging. It sucks you in from the start. V.E. Schwab writing almost reminds me a bit of Stephen Kings, in that she has amazing ability to weave a story.

It is labeled as a fantasy but I would argue it is more magical realism. I hope they make it into a movie. In my mind, Victor looks almost like Voldemort.

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