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review 2018-04-17 02:05
Eehh
Winter of the Gods (Olympus Bound) - Jor... Winter of the Gods (Olympus Bound) - Jordanna Max Brodsky

Selena DiSilva is a disgruntled woman living in New York City. She always ends up finding trouble. So when a dead body appears on Wall Street, Selena must figure out who did it. For long ago, Selena was the Greek Goddess

This book was ok. There were a few things that bothered me. One, it seemed almost necessary to have read the first book, which I’d never heard of. Two, for some reason the perspectives changing didn’t work for me. Other than that, the writing was good and didn’t make me cringe at another author attempting to modernize Greek mythology. I would probably read another book from this author.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2018-04-08 02:55
The Winter King by C.L. Wilson
The Winter King - C.L. Wilson

I really enjoyed this. So great. 

 

I loved both main characters, especially Khamsin. She came from such a horrid life and no matter what life threw at her she found a way to keep going. The next book is about different protagonists, I am sure they will be great, but I would so love to see another book with these two as the focus. Maybe I will love the next two even more.

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review 2018-04-02 22:55
Quick Read
The Bite of Winter - Lauren Smith The Bite of Winter - Lauren Smith

The Bite Of Winter by Lauren Smith is a paranormal romance.  This is a fairly short read, perfect for those with limited reading time. It is a M/F/M menage book though, so it may not be for everyone. Ms. Smith has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are fantastic.  Zoey has lost everything, she's homeless, jobless and broke.  Ian and Connor are best friends...and vampires.  Their story is loaded with drama, humor and melt your e-reader heat.  I enjoyed reading The Bite Of Winter and look forward to reading more from Lauren Smith in the future.  The Bite Of Winter is book 1 of the Love Bites Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-03-27 17:49
Winter - Marissa Meyer

Any sufficiently advanced technology starts to look like magic and with magic comes fairy tales and this is the conclusion of all the various tales (including Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel) and now they have to all try to defeat the evil queen. It's an interesting read but it seems to lag occaisonally. Interesting read but other stories often distracted me.

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review 2018-03-26 19:35
Dense, interwoven historic fiction within a conspiracy-mystery frame story
Minds of Winter - Ed O'Loughlin

Remarkable work of historical fiction. Intricate in structure, convincing and meticulous in detail, and surprisingly engrossing in character, this novel avoids typical plot, organization, and closure in favour of more challenging choices.

 

The modern-day frame story is of two lost souls in the high Canadian Arctic and, oddly, a historic marine chronometer. Nelson's brother (recent) and Faye's grandfather (long past) went missing in the area - but they're not there on a Dan Brown-esque mystery-thriller search for the truth. This case of missing, confused, and obfuscated identities resists such tidy progressions. Instead, the unlikely couple stumble their way into uncertain discoveries of questionable validity based on documents left behind by Nelson's apparently-missing brother. This modern day progression is interspersed with "found" documents and firsthand accounts of explorers, adventurers, and secret-history-movers of the last two centuries prodding at the edges of the unknown on journeys that range from Australia to the Arctic and very nearly everywhere in between. The dots don't connect - or maybe they do - but the real surprise is how enjoyable the ride is.

 

I don't usually enjoy fiction that lacks the classic rise-and-fall story arc or that evade neatly-wrapped endings, but the unconventional format of this book somehow worked for me. Strong research, a talent for authentic(-seeming) voice, and telling details bring to life far-flung locations and eras long since passed. I couldn't keep track of the location, time, character, and (potential, suggested, unconfirmed) links between the jumps for most of the book - and in fact, once I thought I'd worked out the trajectory, this book happily dumped the drawer upside down on me once more. In effect, the experience is like reading a loosely-linked series of short stories or historic records. I'm not sure if it's the inherently fraught circumstances of so many of the players, the exotically far-reaching locales, or the promise of a mystery to untangle, but this dense, interwoven narrative completely held my attention. Highly recommended read.

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