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review 2019-09-15 00:03
Sword and Pen / Rachel Caine
Sword and Pen - Rachel Caine

With the future of the Great Library in doubt, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone must decide if it's worth saving in this thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

The corrupt leadership of the Great Library has fallen. But with the Archivist plotting his return to power, and the Library under siege from outside empires and kingdoms, its future is uncertain. Jess Brightwell and his friends must come together as never before, to forge a new future for the Great Library . . . or see everything it stood for crumble.


Fabulous! This is going out with a bang, rather than a whimper! I am not sure what it says about me that I adore dark fantasy, with plenty of battles, plots, backstabby treacherousness, and ingenious weapons. And don’t forget the Great Library! Having worked my whole career in libraries, they are near and dear to my heart.

This volume reduced me to emotional tatters by its end. I shed plenty of tears and just sat staring into space for a while after I finished it. What a ride!

Ms. Caine, you have certainly figured out how to make me into a happy reader. Between this series, the Stillhouse Lake series and the Honors series, I am overwhelmed with good choices for future reading. Long may you write!

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text 2019-09-06 15:14
Reading progress update: I've read 0%.
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

So, time to start this one.


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review 2019-09-06 00:53
All the STARS for The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Grace Year - Kim Liggett




Dystopian Setting/Alternate World
Society Where Men Have the Power
Oppression Of Women
Death, Lies, & Betrayals
Splash of Romance
Women Supporting Women










Wow! This book...


This book is a lot of things...dubious, challenging, frustrating, darkly horrifying, curing, wonderful, loving, saddening, hopeful & most of all empowering.


I first started reading this about two months ago and had to stop because I just wasn't feeling it...I thought this is a premise that would never come to pass...or so help us all. I couldn't wrap my head around this society where women not only outnumber men, but their rights are so marginalized by these men, it's unthinkable, unbelievable. They are treated as property and made to go through a year away from everything they know to expel their magic. When they come back from this supposed magic-letting they are forced to marry the guy that chose them...and if no one chooses them (because women outnumber the men)...they have to work for the good of the community. This book will push your buttons...for sure.


The second time I started it, I found this enthralling...I devoured it in very little time. The Grace Year has earned a spot as one of my favorites of all time and I don't think I will ever forget it. I especially won't forget how it made me feel by the time I finished it. I was stunned, with everything that happens, and...So. Much. Happens. This one has all the feels, from the good to the bad, and everything in between.




Plot⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 5/5
The Feels⇢ 5+/5
Pacing⇢ 4.8/5
Addictiveness⇢ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 5+/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...


Book Cover⇢ Love it. It's absolutely perfect.
Setting⇢ Garner County & a remote island within a great lake.
Source⇢ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
eBook Length⇢ 416 pages



I Read This for Dystopian Hellscape (and it's so fitting for that)
(Transfigured from Relics & Curiosities)



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review 2019-08-12 14:19
Review ~ Decent read
Death Warmed Over - Kevin J. Anderson

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.


With the unlikely event of the Big Uneasy our world was thrown into a post-apocalyptic paranormal scenario the likes of which has never been seen before. All things fantastical or paranormal are now pretty much everyday life. The problem with such a big change happening so quickly, the laws haven’t had a chance to catch up yet. Enter the office of Chambeaux & Deyer Investigations.


Dan Chambeaux was a live PI. Now he’s a dead one. After his murder he came back as a zombie. Their secretary Sheyenne is a ghost (she was murdered first), and Robin is their human attorney. Together they make a great team if not a lot of money. With a habit of taking Unnatural cases pro bono they really need to solve their paying cases. So, they get to work and in-between, Dan tries to solve his and Sheyenne’s murders.


Well, this is quite the fix to be in. Who knew that a highly unlikely series of events could activate a spell that could turn everything upside down? Well, not literally upside down. Man, they don’t need that on top of everything else. The world is intriguing and I like the characters. The cases the trio are working on are varied and interesting. And then there’s Sheyenne’s and Dan’s murders to solve. Lots going on here, but not too much to overwhelm. The writing is decent, but there’s something a tad off about the whole book and I can’t put my finger on what is bugging me. In any case, it’s still a good read.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/08/death-warmed-over.html
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review 2019-08-07 15:24
Review ~ Decent read
Godmachine - Jack Thompson


Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.


A crew of four astronauts are sent to Mars to retrieve something that has shown up in photos, something they are calling the Hexbox because of its shape. Their mission is a success and they head back to Earth while trying to open and then decode the messages inside. Once they do, what they find surprises and alarms them.


Really, this Hexbox should have been called Pandora’s Box because woo doggie, what it contains inside is quite the problem. The astronauts decode the messages and find out that a planet called Plixon built a computer, the Godmachine, to run everything. I mean, everything. Yes, humans, too. The story follows the astronauts and Earth while also telling the story of Ra’dall back on Plixon and his dystopian world. The writing tends to be hit or miss, and the plot is a bit simplistic at times, but it’s a scary story that should serve as a warning to anyone wanting this type of life. The ending could have been lifted straight out of our current government situation which is alarming.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/08/godmachine.html
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