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review 2017-06-04 22:35
I'm feeling old
Everneath - Brodi Ashton

*sigh* It is evident I'm not the public for this book. While some of the alogoric content inside this was something that is important that is adressed, the whole felt all over the place. I think the part most inconsistent was Nik herself: selfish woe is me then all goody sacrificing. It could be that most of what I found annoying, or had me raging, was just age related stupidity, but *shrug*


I had also some specific issues: Jack is such a Stu. Somebody should have called Nik's dad on his bulshit: maybe he's trying, but he sucks at it and a chat was owed. No one really adresses how messed up Nik's little brother must be (I can't even remember his name).


At any rate, I'm likely done with this genre.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-02 00:39
The Gracekeepers: A Novel - Kirsty Logan

I don't think I've ever read such a mess of a story. And I've read some convoluted messes.

So why does the Gracekeepers gets the first place in "Most Convoluted Story" award?


Well... imagine a vaguely distopyan setting in which the Planet has suffered the full consequences of global warming: The level of water has risen, leaving most of Earth (well, I'm guessing here... maybe it's some alien planet instead -_-) fully submerged.


The world is divided between landlockers (people who own land) and damplings (people who live on the sea), and this is where the concept starts falling apart due to its simplicity.

We are told that food is scarce... okay, that makes sense since there's less arable land available, but then we read that the people who live on land don't want anything "to do" with fish...


You're hungry, there's food available, but "hey" I am going to be picky about it... because water is dirty, and people who live in the water are dirty. This is the explanation that is given. Less due to pollution and more due to superstitions.


Regarding Water... the oceans have risen, so what has happened to potable water sources?

Because, logically, (in this setting) that would mean almost no potable water. Strangely that is never mentioned.

Of course when you think that about half ( is it half? What is the percentage? We are never told) of the population that lives on boats, one has to wonder about the quality of the thing.

(I have to mention that the boat Excalibur, with the exception of soldier ships, never ever crosses path with other ships. No boat's jammings, ever. Amazing.)



If you don't hold land, you're seen as less. That is what North is. She is a dampling and she lives and works on an circus.

Enters the Night Circus environment...not. This doesn't have anything to do with that book. Most especially it doesn't have anything to do with the images that Erin Morgenstern created.


LGBT romance

Well, in fact there isn't an actual romance between our Gracekeeper and North, the girl that lives in the circus. More like, they're instantly smitten when they do met ( there's hand holding and secrets sharing, because otherwise it would just take too bloody long), but they'll eventually meet again in the end of the book because in the meantime we'll have to be bored out of our minds by pov's of almost every single character in the book.


But what is a Gracekeeper, you ask?

Well, a grace keeper is someone who takes care of the graces.

And here, graces are birds.

Basically the girl, woman ( we have no idea of her age, or for how long she has been a Gracekeeper!) kills a lot of birds, when she places then in cages, like tombstones to mark where has placed some dead person to rest. And now as I think about it, I am left wondering how the cages are kept above water. -_- Are there poles? Do they have little inflatable vests?


Technicalities: they are a bitch.


Because you know, reusable cages and all that, so the birds die of the elements and starvation. Oh, and there was this little bit of information as if the birds were engineered to last a certain amount of time ( the time period for mourning of that person), but later on there's nothing else to clarify what type of society these people live in.

Stone age meets X-man?


As for our Grace Keeper, Callanish ( there's another one, but he's a drunk, and he only appears for a few pages, so who cares about the guy?), well, when the story starts, I was left with the impression that she had committed some crime, and that was her punishment: being a Mortician for dampling people. But later on, we are told that she choose that life. So, I guess anyone can volunteer?

*not Katniss. Katniss would never be such an idiot.*


Talking about Morticians and other technicalities...I guess Callanish has a lot of strength to dump a lot of dead bodies in the ocean, right? Oh, and then there's the fact that THAT is done in the most shallow part of the ocean... because IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO F***G LOGIC!



Well, there's Callanish the gracekeeper, with the mysterious past.


North a girl who lives on the circus Excalibur with her bear, with whom she performs. The bear doesn't have a name. He's her best friend, but apparently it never crossed North's mind to give him a name. ( Here I was left thinking about Lyra from Pullman's trilogy and the relationship she had with her soul animal)


There's the ringmaster (aka Arthur), the owner of the circus, who is married to Avalon ( a crazy bitch determined to incarnate all the crazy bitches from the Arthurian Legends?) his second wife, and there's also a son (Yeah, I don't care about his name) from a previous relationship. The son, who is a boring as soaked bread, has a bit of Mordred in him, so you know what this means...

As for the other characters, like the clowns, they are mostly used by the author to briefly approach the issue of gender bending. And I say briefly, because the way it was dealt (poorly), reminded me those last episodes of Sailor Moon when some characters appear leaving us wondering if they were guys or women.


What else?

Oh, there's women being impregnated by something with scales, but that's okay, because we "should" see that as a form of integration.

             How to live both on land and on the sea?

Well, that's easy: just go lie by some shore, and some dude/scaly thing will appear and "you'll" be ecstatic! See? Who cares about consent?

Of course there's still some bit of xenophoby lying around, so lets say that babies born with ebbed toes and hands are usually killed on sight.


As for the plot?

Well, as you can see there isn't one. People meet and then we get their pov's about relationships or other stuff.

The part that takes place in the circus setting, feels like a never ending soap opera.

Avalon hates North because she's a jealous nuts, and that's it.


Then there's crazy religious people. Both on land as on the sea because EQUALITY.

Sex traded as a bargain coin. Because, why not?

And people having their life dream destroyed because "he" wouldn't be Arthur if that didn't happen in the end.

Oh and they

kill the bear in the end.

(spoiler show)

Ye Gods, I have an headache.


Oh, and this gets two starts because although hating it, I had to keep reading just so I could find out what other absurdity was going to show up next!

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text 2016-02-09 10:53
Top Ten Tuesday - (valentine themed) Love at first sight : cover edition

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish! Each week, a new topic is put into place and bloggers share their top ten accordingly. 


This week's top ten is valentine themed. I haven't read many romance novels, so the proposed top tens weren't an option. As we had room to be creative, I picked the top ten covers where it was 'love at first sight'. Below are my top ten picks:


 (Book) Love at first sight


Which one is one is your favorite?

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text 2016-01-31 00:43


My book cover fetish continues. Here are some of the cool covers that captured my attention:


1. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Artist: Cynthia Sheppard

Genre: Steampunk Fantasy/Western



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2. Skein and Bone by V.H. Leslie

Artist: Vince Haig

Genre: Horror


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3. Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire) by Michael J. Sullivan

Artist: Marc Simonetti

Genre: Fantasy


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4. Mr. Dark 5 (Tamed) by Lauren Landish

Artist: ?

Genre: Contemporary Romance


*Blogger's Note: Don't roll your eyes at me! I said I was covered in lust, didn't I? ;)


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5. Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love by Evans Light, Edward Lorn, Adam Light, Jason Parent, Gregor Xane 

Artist: Mike Tenebrae

Genre: Horror, Anthology


**Blogger's Note: Better now? 





Source: rachelbookharlot.booklikes.com
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-11-28 17:07
The Selection - Hunger Games meets Bachelor (few spoilers)
The Selection - Kiera Cass
The Elite - Kiera Cass
The Guard - Kiera Cass
The Selection Stories: The Prince & the Guard - Kiera Cass
The One (Selection #3) - Kiera Cass

  Although, I never saw the tv show/reality Bachelor, I am familiar with the concept of it: a man has numerous gals to choose from as his future wife and in each episode he spends some time with them and if he doesn't like them in the end, he gives them a peck on the cheek along with a rose and off they go (at least that's how I think it is more or less). Well, that's how it goes on the book at least.


The story

In this dystopian universe, people are assigned to a number: the higher the number the better. If you are an eight for instance, there is no way you would marry a two or even a five. In this way rich people stay rich and poor stay poor and miserable. In a way to boost the poor peoples' moral, the government (aka the king) allows a competition to take place called "The Selection". Girls from all the castes can apply but only a handful of them gets picked to come to the palace and charm the prince and earn the desirable title of being 'a One'. But things aren't of course stable with the rich and the poor (are they ever?) and a revolution is too imminent.


The characters

Meet Maxon:

(yep in my head he does look like zac efron)

he is the spoiled (?) heir to the throne and has to choose a wife through a potential pool of girls that got 'randomly' picked from all the castes (hence the hunger games reference; instead of districts we get castes).


Now meet America:

(not the country! duhhh..) she might be poor but she is fierce, independent and didn't want to apply for the selection in the first place, as she is in love with another (note here: this is not how she was perceived by me). However, she is charmed by the prince (why wouldn't she? He is the prince) and wants him (but it takes her a bit to figure it out)

Of course, there are notable characters as: America's rivals (some bitchy, some nice) and of course America's other crush, creating yet another useless triangle for readers to argue about.


The trilogy

In the first book, "The Selection" begins; we meet all the girls and get a taste of the world Siera Cass built.

In the second book, the battle for Maxon's heart continues with "the Elite";where some of the girls made it to the semifinals.

Finally, in the third book we get to see who Maxon is going to pick as his "One".


My thoughts on the book

The setting of these series isn't something extremely well written or even original. I didn't mind though as I enjoyed reading it for the most part and I really liked Maxon. My problem was with America as I found her whiny. I would have found the whole story a lot more appealing if America was a rebel trying to infiltrate the selection and win in order to kill the royals.

But oh well it was okay like that too (I guess).


The sequel and the short companion stories

With this story we also get two more books, short ones, that tell the story from America's crush point of view and another one telling the same story as the main books but from the queen's pov. I didn't really like them to be honest as they didn't add anything to the story.


There is a new book that came out called "The Heir" with the same scenario, but instead of a prince we have a princess: Maxon and America's daughter.

this is not something I'm at all interested to read.



Final notes

On a final note , I should mention the gorgeous covers these stories have. I mean look at that:

Of course it's true what they say: 'don't judge a book from its cover'; if it wasn't, then this story would have been exceptional.

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