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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-24 03:06
Crooked Kingdom
Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows was so good it would be hard to make a sequel but Leigh Bardugo succeeded with Crooked Kingdom begin even better. The plot was even more complicated than in Six of Crows but just as easy to follow. There where so many twists and turns; so much plotting and countering it blew my mind. In this book we get to experience so much character development; Kaz starts to become more human, we see more of Pekka Rollins and explore the fears of each member of the team. We got input from Wylan how his appearance effects him and Jesper both. Bardugo sets up Kaz and Inej and it is interesting to explore why their relationship is so cautious whereas Jesper and Wylan can love each other with no strings attached. Inej can see the good in Kaz but believes that if he doesn't give up parts of the monster he has created of himself she can't help him and will move on with her life. It almost saddens me that she found a purpose and will leave the gang. It makes sense that she will hunt slavers and I hope that one day Kaz can join her. I think that would help them both work though their fears. Jesper is a particularly interesting charter because unlike all the others he has a live to go back to and chose life in the barrel. His need for risk drove him to the barrel and gambling. I think that if Jesper's father had understood that need Jesper would not have become a gambler and sharpshooter. Although Nina is my least favorite character the new development in her grisha power is intriguing and I wished there was more time to explore it. I understand why the Bardugo had Mathias killed; it had to happen to further the character of Nina. After Mathias is killed Nina goes through stages of wanting to bring him back with her newfound character and hating herself for not being able to heal him, she decided that it was even more important to make more of the druskelle see their point of view on the grisha. Wylan was intriguing to me because unlike everyone else he came a very privileged background and had one flaw that took it all away from him. He dealt with it exceptionally well considering that he cant read. I wish there was another book that included all of these characters. I am seriously considering writing a fan fiction in a time after they are all settled into their new rolls.  

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text 2018-03-24 02:19

I'm reading this light novel, The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind!, on the J-Novel website. So far, I'm 32% into part one of volume 1.




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review 2018-03-24 01:12
Outbreak Company: Volume 1 - Ichirou Sakaki

Before I read this light novel, I watched the anime adaptation which I enjoyed. Unfortunately, the anime didn't cover the rest of the series, and I was sad that I would be unable to get the rest of the story. When I heard that the Outbreak Company series was licensed for an official English translation, I was so happy. I finally get to read the rest of the series.


I read Volume 1 on the J-Novel Club website first and read the ebook version the second time which I just did.


The translation quality of this book is excellent and smooth. I didn't recall encountering any typos in this book. I felt like I was reading something that was originally in English rather than Japanese. 


The story is an isekai story. However, unlike most other isekai stories that I read, the plot in this story has serious topics like racism and classism. The story also has silly moments like Shinichi being excited about living with a maid and seeing how the Eldant citizens react to otaku culture. But most of the story is surprisingly serious despite the cute illustration on the cover.


The illustrations are beautifully drawn, and the drawings of each of the characters are unique.


I can't wait to read the next volume. 

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review 2018-03-23 23:26
Dr. Mirage can talk to the dead - with one exception
The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage (2014) #1 (of 5): Digital Exclusives Edition - Jen Van Meter,Roberto De la Torre

She cannot speak to her husband, who has left her a widow.   That being said, she is tormented by this fact.   When a case drops into her lap that she is less than enthused by, she becomes enticed when it appears this might lead to her finding out where her husband's spirit is - and might actually lead to contact with him. 


Still, it's exactly like a case that went sideways for a former friend, so it's not an ideal situation by any means. 


I'm not super fond of Dr. Mirage as a character.   She just never clicked with me, but this storyline made me more interested than I've been before. 

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text 2018-03-23 18:51
Great world building and characters!
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell is full of surprises. Every time I thought I had the plot figured out the author would throw me another curve ball. By the end of the book I was wanting more. I want to know all about this world and more about characters, such as Dolph Saunders and Harte Darrigan. Their stories are begging to be told.


However, this story is about Esta. She is one of the few people remaining that have an affinity for real magic, one of the Magues, and a talented one at that. She can manipulate time. She is also a first class thief, she can steal anything. Her teacher and mentor has sent her back in time to steal the book Ars Arcana.  It is the definitive book on magic that contains the secret to destroy the Brink, the magical barrier around New York that lets Magues in, but not out.


The Brink has trapped Magues for over a century now and today magic is almost gone. With the help of the book, the Brink can be brought down and the Magues freed. Of course, things are never as straight forward as they sound. The Ars Arcana is kept under lock and key in a stronghold of the Order, the sworn enemies of the Magues. As great a thief as Esta is, she will need help from Dolph Saunders and his gang. Unbeknownst to her some of Dolph’s people have their reasons for getting the book. In the end, she may have to betray the ones she has come to love in order to complete her mission.


I loved all the characters in the book, even the bad ones. This is what sold me and makes me want more. The story was excellent too. There is a lot going on and the reader could have easily gotten lost in the details. Yet, the author was very good about not throwing information at you all at once. Each tidbit revealed seemed to come at just the right time. It is obvious that careful thought when into the details.


The pace of the plot was perfect. It never felt rushed or forced and there was enough action and tension to keep any reader interested. There was a good balance of all things: characters, plot, setting, etc. I could not have asked for more.


If you are a fan of Leigh Bardogo, author of Six of Crows, you will love this book. I highly recommend with no reservations what so ever. Also, if you enjoy time travel stories and books with badass heroines this is a must for your TBR list.


I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.


For more of my reviews, and author interviews, see my book blog at www.thespineview.com.

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