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“No mourners. No funerals.”
If I could apologise to a book I would, ever since it was released and every time I saw it flooding my Instagram feed I dismissed it. Now and again I would go back to it and re read the synopsis, but again I would say it wasn't for me. I enjoyed Bardugos first Grisha trilogy and was so excited when I discovered she was bringing out more books based in the same world. But this duology is completely different, this features six thieves and the heist of a lifetime.
Somehow I've gotten to this point where I read this book and fell in love with it, honestly I think I enjoyed more than her first series. I listened to it on Audible and the cast was absolutely superb. Although we have six main characters only five of them have a voice, although I have been reassured that in sequel that changes.
So the plot, Kaz Brekker, a notorious young criminal, is offered the score of all scores. The motherload, one that could change is life forever and make possible the revenge he so desperately seeks. Kaz brings together a crew to break into an impossible fortress and steal a scientist who is responsible for creating a drug that enhances a Grisha powers.
Via the various POVs we learn who our thieves are, their pasts, how they're connected and their feeling for each other. They're not all connected to each other and several of them have really tragic pasts and don't really do the whole sharing thing. Somehow this crew has to find a way to trust each other, not so easy when most of them want to kill the other, to pull off the heist.
Throughout the book I was forever second guessing people and their motives, was someone about to double cross someone else, is someone else really working with another rival gang hoping to beat them to it?? I loved this book and I loved the characters, Wylan is the only one who didn't get a voice so I look forward to knowing more about him and his background, especially with his father after they came face to face towards the end.
If you're looking for the similar fantasy adventures that were in Shadow and Bone you won't find it here, although we're still in the same world we're just no longer in Rava; the home of the Grisha. The story takes place in Ketterdam and Grisha are bought and sold. I was a fool for waiting so long to read this book and think it wouldn't be for me, it's exactly the type of thing I would watch.
Wicked Billionaire by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bennett saved the best for last. Wicked Billionaire is brash, sensual, acerbic and unpredictable. Declan can be a little hard to take, but the thrill comes from waiting to see what he'll do next. In Bailey he meets his match. A tough cookie with the smart mouth to back it up. I had the chance to listen to Leigh and Greenfield bring Bailey and Declan to life and the experience is electric. A firecracker.
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Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer the Graphic Novel
Series: DC Icons #1
Authors: Leigh Bardugo, Louise Simonson, Kit Seaton
Published Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: DC Comics
Page Count: 208 pages
Date Read: June 26, 2020
I was gifted the audiobook (CDs) a few years ago, but wasn't interested in listening to this version. I picked up the ebook when it was on sale a while ago, and never felt in the mood to start it. So when I saw this version in my library I decided to go for it and have it fill a prompt on the SRP. I'm so glad I did - it was a great story but also streamlined for my attention span.
The story opens with Diana preparing for an important race to help her improve her standing with some of her Amazon sisters, especially her mother's right hand woman/#1 general who has an unfounded hate towards Diana because she was created differently than the rest of the island's inhabitants. On her way to winning the race, Diana notices a ship that 1)broke through the barrier separating the island from the World of Man and 2) the ship was on fire and going down quickly. She leaves the race and jumps into the water in the hopes of saving those onboard. There was only one survivor, an older teen named Alia. Alia is the descendent of Helen of Troy and as such, she is a Warbringer.
Diana and Alia work to find out how to stop the people who are hunting Alia as well as help Alia redeem her ancestors/stop the Warbringer bloodline. There are others on the team: Jason (Alia's brother), Theo (friend of the family), and Nim (Alia's BFF who deserves her own series!). This is a coming of age story nestled in a journey to Greece and the resting place of Helen. On the way there is romance, really great one-liners, and some deep topics brought up (race, sexism, capitalism, etc).
Overall, it was fun and adventurous story that added to my love of Wonder Woman.
I want to tell you there is a new book site called The Story Graph; right now it is in beta form. I signed up and imported my GR books to TSG. I haven't done much else except to finish filling out my profile (same handle I have here and same profile pic). Thanks to author Beverly Jenkins for letting all of Twitter know about the site.
This week I spent most of the time I could have been reading writing all these book reviews. I should be all caught up now; sorry for the tsnuami of reviews. Now that I am planning to write reviews on the regular, I should have more time to read. I am still reading A Search for Refuge for BL-opoly. I need to get to Proper English and work my way through Beneath the Ruthless Sun. Today is all about getting the two graphic novels, Wytches and Warbringer done. Time to buckle down and read all weekend long.
Stay safe, stay healthy my BL friends. Kansas growing in COVID-19 cases and our school district sent out a parental survey yesterday, asking for feedback/input about how to go about doing school for the upcoming school year. I want my kids in school for their mental and emotional health, but I just want to keep them home for their physical health. My anxiety is high right now.