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review 2017-03-20 18:47
The Bone Witch
The Bone Witch - Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch is a beautiful book, telling the story of Tea as she discovers that she is an asha, one with very rare abilities.  The writing is lyrical and descriptive, allowing you to see the world through Tea's eyes.  It is written in two alternating points of view and the voices are very different.  The first voice is that of Tea, telling her own story in a voice that, while a bit haunting, feels somehow lighter and more hopeful.  The second voice is set at some point in the future, as Tea tells her story to a Bard who has sought her out.  The tone of that voice was much heavier, much more bitter.

 

The mythology of this story was so beautiful, a world where, instead of on their sleeves, people wear their hearts around their necks in heartsglass.  The color of your heart sometimes determines your entire future, as it did for the main character Tea.  After accidentally raising her brother from the dead, Tea's life changes dramatically.  She's an asha, a Dark asha.  The Dark asha are the strongest of their kind, but also the most feared and usually the most reviled.  It is not an easy road that Tea finds herself on.

 

The worldbuilding was the most stunning aspect to the book, in my opinion, along with the mythology that surrounded it.  The mythology is influenced by geisha culture, Zoroastrianism, and Persian culture, woven together a complex world.  Despite the fantasy elements, the world felt very authentic with its threads of social classism, politics, sexism, and racism.  Those elements exist in all societies and their inclusion, while not positive, helped to create a world that was believable for the reader.

 

This is a book that I truly loved.  A sequel is coming and I am waiting breathlessly for it!

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review 2017-02-21 20:02
Magic Dreams
Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews

This is the novella I've been wanting! The story of Dali and Jim. It is something that was teased in one of the earlier novels, but I've been wanting this story. It is the romance of two unlikely people and I loved it.

 

I have loved Dali from the moment we met her. She is so quirky! She's a shifter, one of the most celebrated in the shifter world. But she's a vegan. Yes, a vegan shifter. And shifting isn't easy for her. And on top of that, she is practically blind. She has self-esteem issues of the highest sort and compensates by drag racing, despite her eyesight. I love her. And then there's Jim. Usually surly, he's the head of security for the King of the Beasts. And, for once, he has to rely on someone else to help him. Enter Dali.

 

The romance is sweet and rife with all those bizarre issues that exist in relationships. And then if the romance is between shifters? Well, things only get more complicated.

 

Overall: This is a great side story to the series. They are two very different characters and their relationship is just one I rooted for.

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review 2017-02-21 19:31
Seriously Shifted
Seriously Shifted - Tina Connolly

I really love the premise of this series! In the world of Seriously Shifted, witches are not good. Not all of them are evil, but there is a defined since of superiority that allows them to live by rules of their own. But Camellia is determined to change that. Her mother is on the borderline between good and bad, mostly bad, but Cam wants more than that for herself. And she is learning that there s a fine line sometimes between good and evil. And that is the underlying message of the novel.

 

The adventures in this book really force Cam to think about what it means to be a good witch. How far is too far to go in the name of "helping" someone? Do the ends justify the means? And then there is the whole pesky concept of free will. The book is quirky and mostly light-hearted, but it asks some important questions.

 

Overall: I really enjoy this series. It is a lot more light-hearted than I usually read, but it's fun. It's a YA novel, but it reads more like a middle-grade.

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review 2017-02-07 20:01
Magic Bleeds
Magic Bleeds - Ilona Andrews

I think Magic Bleeds, the fourth novel in the Kate Daniels series, is my favorite. I loved everything about this book. The story, the characters, the mythology, the action. All of it combined to make a novel that was hard to put down!

 

Kate Daniels is probably my favorite female protagonist. She is fierce and strong. She knows her own mind and she isn't afraid to speak it. She is smart and independent. She is funny and brave and everything I want to be.

 

All of these things make her the kind of person that won't back down from a fight when it is for something she believes in. And that is truly the premise of the novel. She finds herself fighting the battle of her life and it forces life-changing decisions on her, decisions she never dreamt she would be in a position to have to make.

 

This story, while just as full of action as the others, felt somehow more personal. Kate has spent a lifetime avoiding personal relationships, whether romantic or friendships. But there comes a time when those things develop and now she has to make the worst kinds of choices.

 

A lot of questions are answered in this book, but by no means is the story over!!

 

Overall: The best yet!

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review 2017-02-07 19:49
Magic Mourns
Magic Mourns - Ilona Andrews

Magic Mourns is a companion novella in the Kate Daniels series. This one tells the story of Andrea Nash, Kate's best friend and a Knight of the Order.

 

Although Kate is in the book, this story is almost exclusively about Andrea. While it is possible to enjoy the series without reading this, I personally liked learning more about Andrea.

 

Andrea's history is not a happy one, but it goes a long way to explaining who she is as an adult. She is a woman who feels like she has to prove herself each and every day. And while her reasons might not be your typical ones, I think it is a response that many women can understand.

 

There is also quite a bit more romance than in the other books. But perhaps romance is the wrong word. Romance among shifters can be a combination of stalking, violence, dysfunction, and love. Oh, to be a shifter...!

 

Overall: This is a short read, but it a good one. I enjoyed Andrea's story!

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