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review 2018-02-19 03:39
Jack of Thorns (Inheritance #1)
Jack of Thorns (Inheritance Book 1) - Amelia Faulkner

A story set in San Diego written by someone who actually knows San Diego.

 

 

I was fully prepared to have to relive some really bad geography, ala Everything Changes  by Melanie Hansen, but by the time chapter five or so rolled around, I knew I was in good hands. I even learned something about that ginormous tree in the middle of Balboa Park (because she's right; locals totally don't read those tourist signs, lol). Woot!

 

Now onto stuff other readers will actually care about. :D The world-building in this book is fantastic and I'm eager to see how she develops this world going forward. This is the way I like my world-building - just enough information that I'm not lost but not so much information that the mystery is ruined. There is no info-dumping here, but we still get a complex world with hints of more lairs hidden beneath. Faulkner borrows from Celtic myths, psychic tropes and even throws in a little bit of mystery, while also balancing themes of classism, abuse and addiction. Warnings re: the addiction storyline:

Laurence drives while high on marijuana several times, which is dangerous but wasn't actually illegal until this year (2018). He also craves heroin several times. Quentin has alcoholic tendencies but those aren't focused on quite as much, though he does get smashed a couple of times.

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This is a really slow burn. If you're looking for smexy or smut, look elsewhere. The MCs only kiss - twice - and one of those times was not with romantic intentions. Quentin has a lot of hangups with sex, though those reasons are only guessed at here, so this is something that appears will be explored in later books. I love that Laurence never pressures him. He doesn't ignore the issues but doesn't push more than Quentin is comfortable with.

 

We get both Laurence and Quentin's POVs, and the author actually gives them their own unique voices in their POVs. This is sadly rare in M/M, where all MCs have the same voices, so it deserves recognition when an author is able to do this. Quentin does have this habit of referring to himself as "one" throughout the first half of the book, but this seemed tied up with his many issues.

 

There were a couple of minor continuity issues and very few typos. I also felt that Laurence's bisexuality was more lip service than anything else. 

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text 2018-01-08 17:34
Reading progress update: I've read 316 out of 594 pages.
The Winter King - C.L. Wilson

Such loneliness, so much mistrust and dislike. I just feel so badly for her and for the people around her waisting time hating when they could be enjoying her spirit of joy she still carries 

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text 2018-01-05 17:12
Reading progress update: I've read 158 out of 594 pages.
The Winter King - C.L. Wilson

it's so cold in the book and outside my window, it's like i'm living in their world. I wish I had a King like him, yums.

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text 2018-01-04 16:33
Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 594 pages.
The Winter King - C.L. Wilson

Oh I had forgotten what a total shit her father was. Worst turd in the bowl of turds. I am fuming and want to jump in the pages to throttle him. 

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text 2018-01-03 21:45
Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 594 pages.
The Winter King - C.L. Wilson

Reread time :D

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