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review 2017-01-06 12:32
Breath of Earth
Breath of Earth - Beth Cato

The premise and outline for the story was fascinating, I always wanted to know what happened next which is sadly the only reason I manged to finish this book. Unfortunately for me the characters felt flat, especially the main character. A big problem for me was that I was repeatedly told how incredibly intelligent she was (especially for a female -_-) and yet based on everything I read in this book I have zero proof that she is anything above dumb, which is truly sad. I don't mind dumb characters except when I'm constantly told that they're not (Drives me bonkers!) and in circumstances like these (where men look down on women as the weaker sex) I would much prefer the character to be more than just a special snow flake.

 

2.5 stars. I won't be reading any more of this series.

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text 2017-01-05 13:40
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 400 pages.
Breath of Earth - Beth Cato

Goodness BLs is taking FOREVER to bloody load. Giving my the ultimate grumps. Anyways onto more important things.... book status update:

Page 34

 

There is something strange going on with some of the writing in this book. It almost seems as though it was translated, but not super well. Who ever edited this book should have tried again before allowing it to be printed....
:/ 

 

There was also a big WTF moment around page 20, where the MC & her mentor/father-figure/boss are rolling around on the floor laughing hysterically and crying all because the MC pulled a funny face while playing their version of paper-scissors-rock! seriously?
I'm 25, same age as what-ever-her-name-is & I wouldn't find that to be overly amusing. I thought to myself 'hey maybe it's just her time period?' then thought about it again and Nope, It's definitely something someone under 10 would find hilarious (possibly younger) and not a grown ass adult no matter when the story is set.

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review 2016-09-27 00:00
Breath of Earth
Breath of Earth - Beth Cato I really liked the main character and found her plot compelling, trying to find answers about herself and solve a more specific mystery, while a war she may or may not be complicit in rages all around. It was well done, and a difficult book to put down. Again it was a bit short on women, basically having the heroine and two antagonists, but they were all well played. Romance may have been slightly pasted on, but I liked that she was into the DLI primarily because he was decent to her.

For the most part, I liked the world building, especially the incorporation of Hidden Ones from various cultures, in a way that felt respectful, and was interesting and something that I hadn't seen before. Excellent use of various shapeshifters. I admit having wished for more of an explanation than "We've always had magic, but history and culture is almost exactly the same, save the last 100 years." It didn't really work for me, but I was willing to handwave it, as that was clearly all we were going to get.

Looking forward to the next one.
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review 2016-08-26 16:45
Breath of Earth Is a Fantasy Adventure of Geological Proportions
Breath of Earth - Beth Cato

Beth Cato really has a skill with furious pacing, and she's gotten even better with her latest novel. The alt-history setting is novel, which I appreciate, because there's only so many times the Axis powers can win the war. Well, or that's not true -- I like a United States of Japan -- which is what we have in this novel, but it's not because the US conquered Japan or vice versa. 

 

Anyway, my latest review at B&N SciFi & Fantasy

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