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review 2018-04-25 02:27
Light, sexy Fantasy for the beach.
Trickery (Curse of the Gods) (Volume 1) - Jane Washington,Jaymin Eve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Roe as Rome

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****4 AMAZING, Yet unsafe STARS****
Coming from my monogamist, perverted little heart it's almost like a gazillion stars. I'm not joking, when a book is tagged as romance I get picky and I need possessive heroes and commited heroines. I rarely give 5 stars to unsafe books (ACOMAF was a glorious exception) unless there's something outside the romance and that something has to be really amazing to impress me.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, Trickery is an amazing book. I'm impressed!

I'll say this book is the perfect choice if you want a light fantasy book to take with you to the beach. You won't find complicated world-building. You won't find poetic prose and heavy social issues. You'll find a story of friendship, bravery and the eternal mystery of why opposites attract. And of course you'll find 5 hot guys completely devoted to their heroine.

I like the world building! I know that some fantasy readers prefer overdescriptive, detailed worldbuiding and everything explained in book 1 of the series, but I don't. I don't want to know the whole history and politics of the world in the first books of the series. I prefer the kind of worldbuilding that has the potential to grow throughout the series. Think Harry Potter, and Hunger games. Book 1 didn't explain the history and politics of the world but we the impatient readers eventually discovered what was going on as the series progressed. This one has potential to become really epic.

Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington provide us readers with enough information of their magic world:Minatsol, to understand Willa's position and why the Abcurse brothers infatuation with her are a big deal.

Minatsol is a world where not everyone is equal. Willa, a walking disaster, cheats during her "exams" and therefore she gets a high ranking that gives her the "privilege" of travelling with her sister to a very exclusive academy. Not to study but to serve the demigods who attend the school there.

I disagree with anyone who calls Willa stupid. She is quite smart actually. There are several types of inteligence. Willa has interpersonal and intrapersonal, skills. She's also good at language, I mean, all her witty comebacks. Poor Willa just doesn't have the kind of intelligence that allows normal people to put one foot in front of the other without tripping. That's the kinesthesic intelligence, but other than that she's quite smart and I like her. I guess some people will find her sense of humor juvenile, but I think that's what really made me enjoy this book. 

I had the most amazing pic to fancast the other abcurse brothers but for some reason it's not working. It must be that Willa's pull for chaos is rubbing on me.

Anyway, I think this book is different. I don't think it's romantic, and I'm uncapable to root for Willa with all the brothers. I prefer possessive, strong heroes and I think Rome is the one who really seemed more affected by the fact that Willa has a thing for ALL THE BROTHERS. I hope he eventually finds someone else or that Willa chooses him, but that doesn't seem the point of the series. The whole point seems to make the reader laugh so I'll read the next of the series and hopefully I'll enjoy the sequels as much as I enjoyed this one even if there's not a single couple to root for ... or maybe there are too many of them.. I might even preorder Seduction, book 3 of this series because my friends are all hyped about it. I think it's the most anticipated November release in the YOung adult section.

I'm not writing a parental guidance alert...yet because this book was clean, but I don't know whether the authors will try to be like Tahere Mafi and Sarah J. Maas and change genres, from clean YA to raunchy no-fade-to-black-during-sex-scenes-New-Adult later in the series. 

Do you need a laugh?A mindless YA? Juvenile jokes and hot guys?Read Trickery.

Pre-reading thoughts
I wasn't going to read this because TRIANGLES AND POLYGONS AREN'T MY THING. But I need a light young adult fantasy and My dear friend Karen says that this Fantasy book is the opposite of a Sarah J. Maas books and that ingrigued me. How is that even possible?

I also pick a popular overly anticipated series once in a while to read and Seduction book 3 of this series is coming in November: I don't think I'm exaggerating that it has to be the MOST ANTICIPATED YOUNG ADULT FANTASY NOVEMBER REALEASE, judging by the level of interest amogn my friens. Before Seduction appears all over my newsfeed with me not having an idea of what's going on I decided to step out of my confort zone of safe romances and go for something that everyone says is quite funny and different. I honestly hate reading on going, unfinished series because I hate cliffhangers. But usually Young adult Kindle unlimited authors finish their series quickly so I'm here ready. I'm not expecting romance. How could it be with so many love interest? 

Wish me luck. I really want to love this one.

Note: Unsafe means that there are other partners activities meaning kissing, watching naked and I usually hate that so. I wonder how I'd feel about this one.

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review 2018-04-07 05:44
not for me
Dog Days of Voodoo (A Malveaux Curse Mys... Dog Days of Voodoo (A Malveaux Curse Mystery Book 1) - G.A. Chase

Miles had paid for the charter and wanted to dive where they were. He told Vanessa there was a WWII plane sunk in the water and he saw the plane and it was down in the water in this location. Myles told Vanessa and Charlie they had agreed to come with him and he said if there was nothing down there they would spend the next day diving wherever Vanessa and Charlie wanted to. Kendell reread the article in the alumni paper. She didn’t care about the story but recognized the guy with the couple in the picture.  He had shared a class with Kendall. He too had fallen for a made up college class. The class had been the dumbest mistake a music student could make. Kendall loved her guitar and could play from classical music to david Bowie. Kendall decided to call Myles. Myles sat in the funky coffee shop lined with books. Frenchman’s Street wasn’t one of Myles’s usual New Orleans hangouts. Myles tried to place the spunky girl behind the counter-Kendall. Apparently they had went to college together. It had taken all Myles’s time and energy to get his Archaeology degree. Kendall thanked Myles for meeting with her. Myles said it was no problem as he worked in the Quarter as a bartender. Myles said he had always been lucky finding things. Kendall said “if you can’t explain what you did could you show me”? Myles told her he didn't know if that would work. Kendall said they could take it on as a scientific experiment. For someone that was just learning about how energy affects them kendall was remarkably perceptive.  Kendall had a gig that night she was in a band called Polly Urethane and The Strippers. Kendall adores her elderly dog named Cheesecake but then she’s dognapped and Kendall was determined to get her dog back. Then there is a murder that looks like a tragic accident because of the cursed object Kendall and Myles had found. There are a lot of mysteries and curses around the Voodoo Shops in New Orleans.

I wasn’t crazy about this book. I thought from the cover it would be more light hearted. There were a lot of twists and turns.This book dragged for me. It just didn’t give me what I was looking for at the time. I will say the second half was a little better than the first half as far as reading this went. I just found this a little boring for me and had problems keeping my attention on what I was reading unfortunately. I am sure other will enjoy this a lot more than I did this book just wasn’t meant for me.

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review 2018-03-06 01:26
Curse of the Narrows - Laura M. Mac Donald

I picked this after hearing about the release of a book about the same topic, though written by an American. The Halifax Explosion was the explosion of the Mont Blanc that destoryed a good section of the city. (The Mont Blanc's anchor traveled miles). MacDonald details the events leading up to the explosion as well as the aftermath. She also looks at how society treated the different sections of society - for instance the Mi'kmaq damages and deaths were ignored and whites saw the First Nation people as looters, though there was no proof. Black residents recieved far less than they were entitled to out of the damage fund and were short changed as a matter of policy.

The writing is vivid, the story compelling.

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review 2018-03-01 15:51
Funny
Curse Words (Issue #1) - Charles Soule

When a wizord comes to Earth from another world, or dimension, to take it over for his master, he realizes he likes Earth, and no, he won't do that at all.  Meanwhile, he's using his magic powers to save people, charging them to turn them into literal platinum because it'll be good for their music careers, and just having a ball. 

 

So when his master sends someone to come ro him and find out what's going on with Earth, well, he may have to become more of Earth's protector than he bargained for.  I'll find out eventually because i have this first volume from Humble Bundle. 

 

Unsurprising that I loved this given it's Soule's work, and I've loved about everything he's done.

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review 2018-02-21 00:00
A Treacherous Curse
A Treacherous Curse - Deanna Raybourn I knew when I read the opening chapter about phalluses that this book was going to be good! Lol : ) I think it's the best out of the three actually.

I loved the Egyptology and archaeology storyline. It reminded me a little of one of my all-time favorite series, the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Oh how I miss you E.P....

Of course, Veronica was in rare form as usual. She cracks me up! She put several people in their well-deserved place, including Stoker. I wish they would just get together already! ...but unfortunately it was not to be. After reading the suggestive ending though, I am hopeful.
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