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text 2017-11-22 09:19
Reading progress update: I've read 83 out of 870 pages.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

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review 2017-11-21 23:50
Beneath the Sugar Sky: Wayward Children #3
Beneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire

Alright, it's official: I love this series. Visiting McGuire's Wayward Children series is like finding my door. No matter what world she takes us to I'm entranced by how distinct and vivid each one is and how they come to life. Getting to see Nancy's Halls of the Dead was a beautiful treat, and the world of Confection was so richly described I could smell the sugar. There is also something delightful about a bunch of "logic" characters, and fairly goth ones at that, wandering through a "nonsense" candy land and disliking it immensely. It was great getting to know Christopher more, and I was thrilled to get to spend more time with Kade, whom I adore.

 

If there was one thing about this book that didn't wow me it was that so much of it was from the perspective of a new character, Cora. I just wasn't terribly invested in her, and I wish less emphasis had been put on her identity as "the fat girl." I get what McGuire was doing, by trying to emphasize that there is so much more to her than her weight, but by pulling it constantly to the foreground some of that work was undermined. One of the things that's great about this series is the diverse cast, and Cora fits in nicely in that way, but the other identities aren't harped on in the same way (which is good). So yes to characters with larger body types, but no to constantly pointing it out. It's nit-picky of me, to be sure, but when the rest of the book was so wonderful it stood out.

 

If you've ever enjoyed portal fiction you owe yourself these books. They are truly gems. I just hope McGuire writes many many more over the years. I'm already looking forward to the next, and this one hasn't even been released yet.

 

Thank you to Tor for the review copy! Beneath the Sugar Sky hits bookstores on January 9th, 2018.

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review 2017-11-21 23:23
Our Dark Duet: Monsters of Verity #2
Our Dark Duet - Victoria Schwab

I thought I knew what to expect from this book. I was wrong.

Here's the thing, I don't really want to write a review for this one. If you've read This Savage Song then you already know about Verity and it's monsters. You know the characters, the world, and how Schwab writes. You already know whether or not you want to read this book. Ultimately anything I say is unlikely to influence that decision. So let's leave it here: I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed how the world expanded and we got new layers. I enjoyed how people changed and grew. And beyond that I'm not going to say a damn thing. I went into this one without any expectations other than knowing Schwab never disappoints, and I was right. If you liked the first in the series then you should pick this one up post-haste.

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review 2017-11-21 19:10
The Du Lac Princess (The Du Lac Chronicles #3) by Mary Anne Yarde
The Du Lac Princess - Mary Anne Yarde
The Du Lac Princess is the third book in The Du Lac Chronicles, and we start off how it The Du Lac Devil ended. Back in the 6th Century, the world was a harsh place, and Amandine learns this more than most people do. She goes through horrors that you would not believe, but still somehow holds onto life. Merton, now known as Galahad, has been told that she is dead. Together with his own horrific injuries, he doesn't want to live without her, but also clings to life. Garren has returned, Josephine is a poisoned viper, Budic is a bully. All the characters we have grown to love (or hate) are here, and the story will pull you in and not let go until the last page has been turned. Even then, you will want for more!
 
There is one new character that needs her own mention, and that is Tegan. She was a knight in Arthur's court, in love with Lancelot. She has her own tale to tell, and her own way of telling it, so I won't even try. All I will say is that Tegan wriggled into my heart, and I was sad when we heard no more about her. I am fervently hoping that she will make a reappearance in the next book.
 
Exceptionally written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, The Du Lac Princess is an astounding read of the highest quality. With impeccable research and honour to traditions of a time gone by, this book and series continue to fascinate. I am happy to learn there will be more in this series, and can't wait to continue. Absolutely and utterly recommended.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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review 2017-11-21 16:52
not sure how I feel about this one!
The Night Realm - Annette Marie
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. I'm going to struggle with this review, because I'm not really sure I liked it. I KNOW I did not DISLIKE it, I just don't know if I did, if that makes any sense! Clio is exile on Earth, her brother Bastian visits and asked Clio to use her skill, her very UNIQUE skill to get them ahead in a possible war with their neighbours who plan to invade. Clio is a nymph who can see magic. She can replicate anything she sees, so a trip to the Underworld to see what spells they have for sale, should be a piece of cake, right? Lyre is the daemon tasked with her consultancy. Lyre is incubi, but he can see right through Clio without ever using his magic. But Lyre does not want to make the magic of war, he doesn't want to kill anyone. But Clio's life is in danger, however, his attitude changes, and no one is safe from his wrath. Like I said, gonna struggle! Its well written, from both Clio and Lyre's point of view, in the third person, past tense. I saw no spelling mistakes or possible editing errors. And I DID finish it, because it was touch and go for a while! Very detailed descriptions of the visual aspect of the magic here, got a bit too much is some places, though. It is a little violent in places, nothing too graphic, just needed mentioning. And although Lyre is incubi, it is, strangely, almost clean. But that's not for want of trying!
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