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review 2017-07-20 15:38
One of my favorite tropes is included
Blood of Tyrants - Naomi Novik

And man, I just loved this novel.  I know that this isn't for everyone - amnesia trope, by the way - but I've loved it since I fell in love with the X-Men, and Wolverine in particular.  I also love how well Novik does hurt/comfort, two tropes that are well used in fanfiction.   It should be noted that Novik is very open about starting out writing fanfiction, realizing she didn't like those confines, and never wanting to write fanfiction, filing off that serial number, and replacing names before publishing.  Oh, no, she uses fanfiction to get somewhere original, to eventually create a wholly original world. 

 

But I'm not surprised to see so many tropes that I enjoy and are used in fanfic so often in her writing either. 

 

Laurence, shipwrecked in China, has to find his way back to Temeraire, without use of his memory.   Meanwhile, everyone around Temeraire is convinced that Laurence is drowned, and tries to let him get on with it - mostly by allowing him to believe that Laurence is alive and to keep looking for him until he wears himself out with that searching.   

 

I find it very telling when they're apart and what they're willing to do for each other: it's touching, and I couldn't help but hurt for Temeraire every time someone tried to tell him Laurence was dead. 

 

Love, love, love.   This one moved really quickly for me, and I tended to resent having to put it down.  Looking forward to the last novel.

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text 2017-07-11 02:24
MOAR DRAGONS!
Blood of Tyrants - Naomi Novik
League of Dragons (Temeraire) - Naomi Novik

Both available at the library, so I grabbed them before anyone else could. 

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review 2017-06-30 05:00
Dragon In Blood
Dragon in the Blood (Vale of Stars Book 2) - Juliette Cross

Title:  Dragon in Blood

Author:  Juliette Cross

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services LLC

Services"  Vale of Stars # 2

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"Dragon in Blood" by Juliette Cross

 

My Thoughts....

 

I enjoyed this second series of the Vale of Stars #2.  It was lovely fantasy romantic read featuring Valla Moonring and Conn Rowanflame where you will get a wonderful adventurous 'Dragon' read.  With them both being so stubborned it will be of most interest in how this author gets them together.  The way the story reads it's like getting two stories in one as the reader is presented in more than one POV. There was a lots of characters old and even some new ones bringing on a well developed and well portrayed read as the readers learns more about this  'intelligence gathering mission, Blood King and his followers, the Larkosians, the kidnapped women and learning what the 'prophecy' really means.  Many of these characters will have some very 'unique talents' that will definitely keep your attention as one reads through this story.  I will say I enjoyed the game called 'Truth or Lie' and I definitely plan on playing game! This author really know to tell a story with such heart felt details that the reader will not want to put down the story until the very end and will leave you wanting more.

 

I know this is a standalone read however, to fully understand it all  I would definitely recommend you read the first story 'Dragon Heartstrings' to get the a little bit more in the 'Vale Star fantasy series.

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review 2017-06-28 00:47
I thought it was a parody and then found it out it wasn't
Blood of the Sphinx - J. Johanis,Indigo Forest Designs,Jason Bradley
I really, truly do not know what to make of this book. I thought it was a parody, but apparently it is not.

This I found hard to believe.

This book would be better if Johanis lost what is supposedly the historical aspect. It's one thing to rewrite history and give those with tragic endings, happy ones. But this is like an alternate sci-fi Egypt on an totally different planet.

There is some weird shit going down. Like the fact that the men fight and then rape each other in the arena. Ummm. And I'm sorry, Sasha as a nickname for Caesarion? Adrian for an Egyptian guard?

Now to be fair, Johanis acknowledges the playing with history, a bit, and gives the bare facts in an afterword.

So I guess it's about kink, though where Sasha got a pick feather anus toy, I have no idea. But, hey, he is a blonde with long flowing tresses. (Yeah, I know).

The whole bit about seman, I honestly do not know where to start with that. I don't. That was just inventive, but very strange. And insulting.

Which brings me to a question - I haven't read much m/m erotica or romance. So is it normal for one of the partners to be constantly described in womanly terms? Even the sex is basically described as man taking a woman - some verbiage and what not. Honestly, you change some of the pronouns around and it could be m/f. Is that normal? I'm not a guy, but wouldn't the mechancis be a little different than standard frontal sex, right? I swear one passage makes it sound like the two men are entering each others womanly parts that they don't have. This confused me greatly. Do men have secret vaginas?

So as a parody it is quite funny, but it is not suppose to be one. So oops.
 
 

 

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text 2017-06-24 21:10
DNF'd at 115 pages
Blood of Elves - Andrzej Sapkowski

The translation. Is. AWFUL. But that wasn't the only problem for me. I got more than a hundred pages in and, really, all that happened was a discussion of Ciri's period. That was the most eventful thing. I imagine this makes me a very bad Witcher fan, because I know other people go NUTS for the books, but it wasn't doing it for me, and with the truly terrible translation, I just decided not to try to power through it.

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