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photo 2016-11-02 19:24

I loved this quote from Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans. If you want to read even more amazing quotes like this, enter my giveaway to win your own copy!

Source: 4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com/2016/10/how-to-be-strong-independent-witch.html
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photo 2016-10-26 11:38

I really love this quote from Nemesis by Anna Banks. You can see what I thought of the rest of the book in my review. 

Source: 4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com/2016/09/nemesis-by-anna-banks-dont-judge-author.html
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photo 2016-08-10 07:10
Rhapsody: Child of Blood - Elizabeth Haydon
Prophecy: Child of Earth - Elizabeth Haydon
Destiny: Child of the Sky - Elizabeth Haydon
Rhapsody by Kristy M (Book Frivolity)

The Meaningless Moniker 'Mary Sue'


Firstly, I want to say how much I loved the first trilogy in The Symphony of Ages. Five big ole stars. As much as I am enjoying the new wave of fantasy, The Symphony of Ages’ grand sweeping world building, mystery/romance story line, and amazing travelogue, is exactly where my heart feels at home. The installments are long, meticulously detailed, with an amazing push/pull plot that makes you frown in frustration, then cheer out loud, then weep in sorrow, and then cry for the beauty of it. I will absolutely be acquiring the rest of the series as soon as I can afford to!


Now, I want to rant. Not about the books; the books have given me more pleasure than I rightly deserve probably. I’ve been bottling these frustrations up for a while, this annoyance has got my bloody goat way too often recently. This series has given me a prime opportunity to let it out, as it's a prime example of where this annoyance crops up. So here’s the deal, I don’t want to rant to people who are just going to moan that I am ranting about feminist issues. So I’m going to stick it in spoilers, and if you don’t want to deal, don’t open it. I have things I really want to say, but I really don’t want the damned backlash. If it’s not for you, please, don’t read it. If it is.. Read on… :)


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photo 2016-07-12 10:09
Ghoullian & Flappy Go Book Shopping by Kristy M (Book Frivolity)
The Waking Fire: The Draconis Memoria - Anthony Ryan

"Sometimes a Ghoul just wants her book! Captured in mid-booknap, Ghoullian and her pet dragon Flappy have found their next read!"


If tabloids printed this kind of stuff, I'd probably read them! :) 


In all seriousness, hand on heart, The Waking Fire is probably my favourite book of the year so far..  I'm three quarters of the way through, and it's the first book of this year that's had me giddy excited to go to bed at night, just so I can get sucked back into the world! There isn't a lot of sleeping going on, but I'm pretty ok with that!  


It's a Jane Bond-Hornblower-Seven Ancient Wonders- 'Dragon-Punk' Fantasy (I'm making dragon punk a thing.. Heh!). It's world's away from The Raven's Shadow series, and that may cause some confusion in fans, but damn, if you can get into it, get into it! 


Wonderful, fantastical stuff! 



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photo 2016-06-13 11:00
The Lascar's Dagger: Book 1 of The Forsaken Lands - Glenda Larke
The Dagger's Path (The Forsaken Lands) - Glenda Larke
The Fall of the Dagger (The Forsaken Lands) - Glenda Larke
Sorrel Redwing (from The Forsaken Lands Trilogy by Glenda Larke) by Kristy M (book frivolity)

You know, I really loved The Forsaken Lands series. Glenda Larke is a masterful Australian fantasy writer. The Dagger's Path won TWO Australian awards, and it's possibly my favourite Aussie bred fantasy series in the last few years.


There were scenes in The Dagger's Path that were so beautifully written, with so much heart and soul, I had tears in my eyes for a good chunk of the book. True!


Do you want to know what I enjoyed most? A brave female character named Sorrel Redwing. She is stubborn, wilful, loving, powerful, smart, strong; the reason this whole cast of characters works together.. She is the character this series revolves around.


I could go on all night praising Glenda Larke's ability to show just how wonderful a mature woman, without wild warrior kill skills, can be in a fantasy series.. Can play an absolutely pivotal role, and be an absolute joy to read.


Want to know what I didn't like?

Three main characters, Two male: Saker and Ardhi. One female: Sorrel. Which is fine, no problems there... 


Three covers.. I see Saker, I see Ardhi, and I see.. Who? Oh right, I guess it's Saker.. Again.


So, where is Sorrel? *sigh*


I'm not going to say it's because she's a female character that she's not on the covers...


Oh, yes I bloody am! Come on Orbit! We aren't in the 80's now.. Whoever commissioned this series of covers, I swear you've earned my ire. Really unacceptable.


This isn't an SJW ranty rant, which I'm sure many will say it is. What it is, is that I want my gender to be represented on a fantasy cover. I want my favourite character to be celebrated, and not overshadowed by other characters - just because she happens to be female.


Is it really that hard? I'd understand if she was a minor character, but she is an equal in this Ternion. In fact, I'd say she gets twice as much book time as Ardhi, and he gets a bloody cover! Saker gets TWO!


So, just to prove a point, that, you know, female characters aren't all that hard to create in art-ing - I created my own Sorrel. If I had the inclination to create and render a full body version of Sorrel to match the other two covers, I could have without much extra trouble. And I'm really not great at this art thing. 


Pretty sure Orbit's paid professional could've conjured up something 500 times better if asked..


No excuses Orbit. 


You've made me grumpy in conjunction with a series that gave me so much joy, and I'm Not. HAPPY. Jan.


*wanders off grumbling*

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