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review 2017-10-17 13:01
Book Review For: HER DUKE AT DAYBREAK by Wendy LaCapra
Her Duke at Daybreak (Mythic Dukes Trilogy) (Volume 1) - Wendy LaCapra

'Her Duke at Daybreak' by Wendy LaCapra is the First book in the New Series called "Mythic Dukes".
This is the story of Ash, the Duke of Ashbey and Alicia Stone.
Ash's father was labeled mad and thought to have killed someone but was never convicted. Ash's first wife was rumored to have killed herself rather than stay married to Ash. So Ash too has been rumored about through out his life. Ash agrees that he has no heart but when he sees Alicia she stirs something in him.
Alicia is now a widow after her husband dies and supposedly left everything to his mistress and his daughter. Alicia has always lived in his Mistress shadow along with his daughter. Alicia is a strong person but does wonder what is next for her.
Ash has thought of nothing by Alicia since hearing about her and then seeing her. Ash has just learned it is better to not stay long with one women so he offers her three days and nights with him. Alicia always being in the shadows and never knowing passion agrees to his request.
But will three days be enough for either of them?
Loved their story and can't wait for more in this new series!
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review 2017-10-16 19:45
An Epic YA Fantasy of Powerful Relationships
A Throne for Sisters (Book One) (Volume ... A Throne for Sisters (Book One) (Volume 1) - Morgan Rice

A Throne for Sisters is Book One in a new young adult fantasy series that opens with two teens stuck in a terrible orphanage. Sophia and Kate long to escape, and though they have a mutual goal and the shared experience of being unwanted in the world, each harbors different dreams of how they will find love once they leave the confines of their prison. 

 

Neither anticipates that the actions each must take to survive will bring each further from their objectives: Sophia's romantic dream of entering a privileged world, falling in love with a noble, and living the life of a court lady; or Kate's fiery passion to become a warrior woman, battling dragons and injustice alike. 

 

In reality, what transpires places each at odds not only with her goal, but with the psychic link that joins their minds and enables them to feel connected to the only person in their lives who cares. 

 

What they find in the world isn't hope, but a plodding form of despair that permeates the lives of people as much as overt oppression once ruled their own.

 

Caught up in war, court drama, and separation, the sisters must learn their own lessons about this strange new world, which is trapped in its own turmoil and its own definition of oppression. Each must make decisions about the course of her life which would seem to run contrary to all their dreams. 

 

The story line is reminiscent of Joan Aiken's Wolves of Willoughby Chase, with its brooding world of pain and change and the plight faced by two orphans who challenge both the outer world and themselves; but A Throne for Sisters is less black and white in its presentations of who is the villain and who the victim under such circumstances. 

 

One very satisfying feel to the plot lies in how the sisters' relationship to each other changes upon separation; and how they form their own identities in response to the choices and circumstances they confront in the wider world. 

 

Another fine element is how Kate and Sophia evolve in response to perceived methods of reaching their goals. Kate refines her observations of persona, for example, and this is very clear and well-described.

 

Some other stories may sound similar; but in the end it's the evolutionary process of the characters and how they define and direct their positions in the world which makes the tale - and if A Throne for Sisters is any indication, this powerful opener to the series will produce a combination of feisty protagonists and challenging circumstances to thoroughly involve not just young adults, but adult fantasy fans who seek epic stories fueled by powerful friendships and adversaries. 

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review 2017-10-16 18:47
I really enjoyed this one a whole lot.
Touch of Ice (The Vaskell Empire) (Volum... Touch of Ice (The Vaskell Empire) (Volume 1) - Mandy Caruso,Aleah Raynes

The first couple of chapters I really wasn't sure if I was going to like it book at all, but after that, the book took off for me and I never looked back. I like that each book will feature one of the sisters, and the rest of the men, that were introduced in this book. And that they will each have to find something, to help in their quest to get back there kingdom. 

I have to say again the main guy character Dain was my favorite character in this book, I just thought he was pretty awesome, and I loved how he treated Ayla. Also his a dragon, and I sure love me a dragon. 

So while there quest ended we still have more quest to come, and the next sister that quest is up, will be the sister named Ena, and the kingdom will be going to and Eda's hero will be, well to find that out you'll have to read this book to find out. But I have to say, I am super excited to visit this place. And to see where this quest will lead us to next, and which sister and kingdom that will be.

I am so happy that I requested to read and review this pretty awesome book, and I was chosen to do so. So thanks to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for given me this chance, it was a lot of fun. And I would love to read more in this awesome series!!!!!

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review 2017-10-16 02:43
Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Art & Comic, Vol. 1, English translation by Jocelyne Allen
Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1 - Comptiq,Various

Meh. I considered buying this and related Vocaloid titles a while back, and I’m now glad I didn’t. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t have anything in it that I think I’d want to pore over again at a later date. For those who are wondering (because I wondered, back when I was considering getting it), it’s primarily an artbook. There are only a few comics.

Artwork:

There were a bunch of Vocaloid illustrations from various artists. Hatsune Miku was the most common subject, but there were also lots of works featuring Len and Rin and a few featuring Luka, Meiko, and (very occasionally) Kaito. Each artist got a line or two to introduce themselves, and some of them included commentary for the individual illustrations. Unfortunately, each artist only got one or two pages, so the more illustrations and commentary they included the smaller the illustrations were.

There were a couple pages total of Character Vocal Series official visuals for Miku, Rin, Len, and Luka. They included descriptions of the defining features of their outfits and, for some reason, age, height, weight, and music specialty information for everyone but Luka.

There were six pages of Project Diva artwork - mostly character models. It was almost entirely focused on Miku, but there were a few character models for Meiko, Kaito, Luka, Rin, Len, Yowane Haku, and Akita Neru.

There were six pages of information on various popular (?) Vocaloid PVs. In most cases it was “one page, one PV,” with video stills, a short description, and information about the video’s popularity. I hadn’t heard of a single one of them before, but then I tend to focus on a few tuners I really like and that’s it. I don't have any favorite producers.

There were a couple pages of artwork by Nishimata Aoi, after which there were six pages of Vocaloid CD and DVD artwork. I recognized the Supercell and “Magnet” artwork.

Comics:

There are six pages of 4-koma comics created by Ontama and Torikara-P. While Torikara-P’s artwork was adorable, I thought Ontama’s comics were more amusing. That said, neither sets of comics were very memorable.

There was a page of story information about something called “Torabotic World,” which I gather is a Vocaloid PV (yet another one I haven’t heard of). It was followed by an 18-page wordless “Torabotic World” comic by Nagimiso. It was cute, but occasionally a little hard to follow.

The volume ended with two more comics: “May Be Family” by Nagian and “Good Morning, Emma Sympson” by Batako. “May Be Family” featured Meiko and a grown-up Rin and Len (and maybe Kaito? Was the guy Kaito?) suddenly finding an adorable child Miku. This was my favorite comic in the volume - a bit over-sweet, but nice enough. “Good Morning, Emma Sympson” featured a Vocaloid producer hoping to reconnect with a childhood friend via Miku’s music. It was okay, but the emotional flow was a bit choppy.

Again: meh. If I read any of the other Hatsune Miku Graphics books, it’ll continue to be via library checkouts. I don’t feel the need to get them for my personal collection.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2017-10-14 04:57
Awesome Historical Romance
Her Duke at Daybreak (Mythic Dukes Trilogy) (Volume 1) - Wendy LaCapra

Her Duke At Daybreak by Wendy LaCapra is a fantastic historical romance.  Ms LaCapra has delivered a well-written book and furnished it with outstanding characters.  Alicia is a wife ignored and now a widow, Ashbey is the son of a mad, murdering duke.  Their story is touching.  Ms LaCapra has loaded this book with drama, a bit of angst (but not an overdose), a sprinkle of humor and sizzle.  I was glued to this book from start to finish, it's just that good.  I enjoyed reading Her Duke At Daybreak and look forward to reading more from Wendy LaCapra soon.  Her Duke At Daybreak is book 1 of the Mythic Dukes Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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