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review 2017-10-28 23:30
Written in the Stars
Written in the Stars: (A Havenwood Falls... Written in the Stars: (A Havenwood Falls High Novella) - Liz Ferry,Kallie Ross,Kristie Cook

I received this book to give an honest review.

 

For a novella I really found myself enjoying the story and was a bit sad to see it end. I felt that the characters were well developed and the plot was steady.

I really liked how the alphas were women and so the pack had a female to lead them instead of the normal male alpha. That really was a selling point for me because I have never read that in a book before. Willa is a teenager and hasn't shifted yet, so she isn't fully like her other packmates though it seems that something else might be going on because ones we got towards the end something fishy sounds like it was going on. 

Now not only does Willa have to worry about shifting before she loses her position in the pack but she has to deal with her feelings for Tarron who is not a wolf. 

This book is more for the teens as it is a clean read. I do believe I will read more with this series because I want to know where it is all going go. 

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review 2017-10-13 00:00
Written in Red
Written in Red - Anne Bishop 4.5 stars

This book is different from most of the ones I've read that have vampires and werewolves. The Others aren't traditional versions of these creatures. There are all different forms of Others also. Some are season spirits and forms of nature and weather. It's really cool, very creative. I'll definitely be continuing this series.
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review 2017-09-25 16:44
Halloween Bingo Update 6: Written in Red
Written in Red - Anne Bishop

Written in Red, like the books which follow it, are set in a universe where man is not the dominant predator.  Our heroine, in this first one, makes friends with Mr. Erebus Sanguinati - a very powerful vampire.

 

 

So I'm using it for Vampires.  It would also work for Werewolves, Supernatural, or Monsters.

 

 

Read and Called:

 

Werewolves: Marked in Flesh, by Anne Bishop

In the Dark, Dark Woods: The Virgin in the Ice, by Ellis Peters

Locked Room Mystery: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie

Ghost: The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde

 

Read, but Not Called:

 

Supernatural: Murder of Crows, by Anne Bishop

Vampires: Written in Red, by Anne Bishop

 

Called, but Not Read:

 

Genre: Horror

Diverse Voices

Murder Most Foul

Serial Killer

Witches

Cozy Mystery

Haunted House

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review 2017-09-17 20:22
A Red Tale by Nicola Mar
A Red Tale - Nicola Mar

Beautifully written, but just not really for me.

 

There really is some lovely writing here though. Some days, for me, that's enough, but not here. I'm kind of over essentially passive MC's who don't really seem to have any agency (or when they do seem to, not doing anything with it.) 

 

The MC here is so busy having things happen to her, and deus ex machina helpers pop up a la Alice in Wonderland style to move the plot along, that she almost disappears into the scenery. Some kind of tabula rasa for the story to be projected against. 

 

If you like Kate Griffin, Catherynne M. Valente, perhaps John Crowley (and I do, all three, very much), you might give the sample of this a shot though.

 

 

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review 2017-09-08 16:39
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe - Kij Johnson

I really enjoyed this novella. It is in dialogue with a short story by Lovecraft, which I have not read, but you don’t need to read that to enjoy this. And fortunately for me, this is fantasy, not horror. It is set in a portal world clearly conceived as the stuff of nightmares, with monsters, shifting natural laws and an angry sky; if this were made into a movie the horror would be inescapable. But through the eyes of a protagonist who hails from that world, these are simply facts of life, evoking no fear or disgust.

Vellitt Boe is a professor at the Ulthar Women’s College. She had an adventurous youth before going to college and settling down, so when a student runs off to the “waking world” (ours), putting the college in danger, Vellitt sets out on a quest to retrieve her. It’s an engaging story, written in Johnson’s smooth-flowing style that makes the book feel as much like literary fiction as fantasy. The world is highly imaginative, brought to life with a texture that must be Johnson’s own. And Vellitt is an interesting and endearing character, with a quiet toughness and the good sense one would hope for from a middle-aged adventurer.

This could easily have been expanded to a full-length novel, and I’m unsure why it wasn’t: Johnson takes some shortcuts through the waking-world portion, and the end is really the beginning of something else, providing little resolution. But it succeeds in telling a good story, while responding to the sexism and racism that was apparently rampant in Lovecraft. Sometimes Johnson is quite pointed in this, in other places subtle: Vellitt is apparently a woman of color, but the only indication I saw was the description of her hair. And when she arrives in the waking world, she remarks on the large numbers of women there, a clever dig at male-created fantasy worlds populated overwhelmingly by men.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed and would recommend this, along with Johnson’s other works, particularly Fudoki. I haven’t seen a bad book from this author yet, and look forward to more!

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