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review 2018-12-16 19:21
[REVIEW] Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
Heart's Blood - Juliet Marillier

It's a lovely book. Well written romance, fleshed-out sympathetic yet imperfect characters all around and plenty of tension and scares to have you skip ahead because your poor heart will give out in anxiety. The setting is so vivid you might want to run off to Ireland to see if you can find your own castle filled with the helpful yet scary spirits.

However, and I am frustrated that I feel this way, I didn't love it. I wanted to. It certainly gripped me enough that I read for six hours straight. But I found it way too easy to disengage. Perhaps because I had just DNF'ed Deathless with its ridiculously dreamy prose but a lackluster story. Here, we had a great story but the writing--to me--was so wordy and excessive that I found myself skimming to get to the point. 

The dog dies in the end. I wasn't expecting this, and it made me burst into tears for 15 solid minutes.

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review 2018-12-16 19:17
[REVIEW] Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
Miss Buncle's Book - D.E. Stevenson

Surprisingly delightful and fun read populated with lovely (and some hateful) characters. It was very slow at the beginning, the jumping back and forth between different perspectives in the same chapter made me dizzy. Then it picked up the pace along with the tension. There were times where I wanted to skip ahead because I was so frightened of what might happen to poor Barbara 

but no need to worry because it all ends well for her and for many characters that we warm up to.

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Overall, this book kept me happy, amused and fairly distracted.

 

 

Reading progress notes

 

12% - This is nice but a little slow. Having a hard time with the violent perspective jumps, lol.
 
36% - Still moving along albeit slowly. It is picking up the pace just a tad.
 
53% - Damn it, Dr. John. I was about to say that I liked you but then you said that the book had to be written by 'a very simple-minded person--a woman' and now I want to smack the crap out of you.
 
75% - I think Sally might be my favorite.
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review 2018-12-16 19:13
[REVIEW] The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang

I loved, loved, loved this book then again, I love a book that makes me feel, and this one made me feel so many things, all colliding within me at the same time. Easily my favorite romance novel read this year. All I want to do is squee!

I wanted to ignore people so that I could read, that's how much I loved it. Somehow it hit all my favorite things, some that I didn't even remember that I liked. 

Do you want love and light and fluffiness but also angst? Read this book.

 

 

Reading progress notes

 

page 19
...the most stunning pair of soft brown eyes.

My heart melted a little.
 
page 63
Holy hell *fans self*
 
 
page 114
omg that was HORRIBLE and AWKWARD. Poor Stella.
 
page 194
He’s giving her a gift. For all the birthdays where he didn’t know her.

*SOB*
 
page 205
I just let out a scream. HELL NO. WHY.
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review 2018-12-16 18:52
[REVIEW] The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1) by N.K. Jemisin
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
The priests' lesson: beware the Nightlord, for his pleasure is a mortal's doom. My grandmother's lesson: beware love, especially with the wrong man.
(20%)


I really enjoyed this which isn't hard to believe because I devoured it in 24 hours. 

The worldbuilding is well done (even if I was confused at some points), the prose was delicious at certain points which thrilled me. I fell for the problematic Nahadoth, and my heart broke for Yeine. Don't know if I will continue with the series but hot damn, I really liked reading something so original. I also enjoyed how awesomely subversive it was.

 

 

Reading progress notes

 

1% - My loan from the library expires soon and because of dentist appointments and other things, I totally forgot about it until now.
 
6% - This is legit scary, in a good way. 
 
9% - Hot damn, I'm in.
 
18% - It is important to appreciate beauty, even when it is evil.
 
22% - I am scared for T'vril. Or maybe afraid of him? I don't know yet.
 
70% - There is so much happening that my head is spinning. I feel for Yeine.
 
76% - "Do with me as you please, Nightlord," I whispered.

Holy crap.
 
79% - Love can level the ground between mortals and gods, Yeine. It's something we've learned to respect.
 
90% - WHOA.
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review 2018-12-15 00:58
[REVIEW] The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden

I loved this book. Hell, I don’t even know what to say about it except I want to gush. I read this in 24 hours and I can tell you that it was completely worth it.

My poor heart is aching.

It is such a beautiful, heartbreaking story that grabs you and never lets you go. There is not a single character I hated (well, Konstantin aka Frollo cause it’s practically impossible to like him). Every character was fleshed out and you felt for them, you knew them, you grew attached and worried about them. 

The prose is lovely and atmospheric. Even if right now the heat is sweltering, through Arden’s words I traveled to a wintry Russia full of mystery and snow. It’s so easy to dive into the world and the story and want to stay there forever, to the point that you will resent anyone that tries to distract you.

I loved the lore, the commentary on women’s lives during this era, the familial bonds that tied the story together... I loved it all.

 

 

Reading progress notes

 

5% - The prose is lovely and the book is so atmospheric. I’m half in love with it already.
 
17% - I’m intrigued with the stranger. And I’m terrified for Pyotr’s family. I think his marriage won’t be a good one.
 
22% - Oh, Olga. I feel for you and your wish for a raven-haired prince. And I feel for Vasya.
 
30% - Hating Konstantin already.
 
41% - This fucker is in love with her, isn’t he?
 
81% - "Nothing changed, Vasya. Things are, or they are not. Magic is forgetting that something ever was other than as you willed it.”
 
84% - "All around them was winter, the shroud of bitter snow, the earth like iron, the river like blue marble."

This prose. Can I marry it?
 
90% - I'm in tears.
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