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review 2014-08-13 19:30
Puddle Jumping - Amber L. Johnson

The dependency on Lilly's part was not healthy but it was real, you know? She didn't know any better, that's just how things developed. That's what I appreciated about this book. It didn't pull any punches. We may not want to see things as they truly are, because logically we know it should be a certain 'healthy' way, but this is life and feelings and emotions, and things tend to not work logically at all most of the time.

Her mention of 'stalker tendencies' because she had a crush and needed more info to strike up a convo and get to know him better. Her friendship went through stages, and again it didn't pull any punches, because as much as you want to believe that you would never think something offensive about your bff, you damn well know it's gonna happen at one point or another, but this however doesn't change that they are your bff. It's just how it is. It was all just very relatable.

Some people might be offended by the things she thinks and such, but let's be honest. That's pretty much how we all acted at that age, plus and minus a few things.

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review 2014-02-24 23:34
Unraveling: Locked by Eva Morgan
Locked - Eva Morgan

Sherrrrrrrlooooooooockkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

 

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Ok, ok, fine, let me try and convince you then...Have you watched BBC Sherlock? No? Then what the hell are you doing reading this?! Go watch it right now! Come back already? Excellent, let's proceed then.

 

Ms. Morgan does such an awesome job at catching the essence of Sherlock and then putting him in a high school setting. It was brilliant.

 

This is the story of a modern day Sherlock and Irene. Irene is a very troubled girl. She was in the car when her sister died and she didn't come out of it whole. So what happens when her mom makes her welcome the new neighbors by bringing over a casserole? Sherlock does what he does best and throws in her face the death of her sister not 2mins after opening the door.

 

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Irene's reaction? Throw the casserole at Sherlock's face :D And this was most of their interactions throughout the book. Irene was a strange but great mix between Molly and Watson. Watching Sherlock trying to make sense of this strange girl, and Irene trying to cope with such an intense young man. It was perfect.

 

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The whole book had me laughing out loud, sighing in contentment, and breaking my heat at others. Especially the ending! But it was all so worth it!

 

I would have liked a bit more mystery to the murder plot, but I was just having so much fun with Sherlock and Irene I couldn't be bothered with it for too long.

 

Mycroft was a tad creepier here than he is in the show. We don't even know what his job is, only that he is basically never at home, and every time he talked with Irene he gave me the creeps, but you could still that he did actually care for Sherlock. We also get a very tiny glimpse of Moriarty and I can't wait for the next book!!

 

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review 2014-02-20 23:19
Unraveling: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

I've been slowly but surely making my way through all of Sanderson's books (that's the plan anyway) ever since I picked up one of his short stories, Legion. Sanderson packed so much into those 88 pages, more than some full length fantasy books out there, and it never once felt weighed down. So reading The Way of Kingswas a no brainer, my only problem was that it's 1008 pages long. I've read books longer than that before but you still need to catch your breath before finally tackling such a big book, but it more than made up for it. Actually, when I finally got to the end I was cursing cause it was too short xD

As always Sanderson's world building was impeccable. There is SO much going on in Roshar, so many little details that have to be kept in mind while reading to really understand the genius that is this book. The way the Earth adapted to survive the High Storms making the grass pull back into the earth to not be uprooted, the animals, the plant life and specially the spren. These little elementals obviously play a huge role in Roshar, but no one actually knows what their true purpose is. We get some insight with Syl, a tantalizing clue with Geranid's testing, and a tiny insight with Axis, but it's no where near enough to even grasp half of the picture let alone the whole picture and I can't wait to find out, the spren are just a fascinating concept in an already intriguing world.

The plot is simple in it's goal, but intricate in it's execution. I don't want to accidently spoil anything for anyone so all I'll say is, they are all simply trying to stop the Desolations, but there are so many things to take into account that it's mind boggling. And as for the characters, well I loved them all. Each and everyone one of them is different and unique and complicated in their own right.

In short, don't let the length of the book, nor the series, intimidate you, because this book will make up for it a hundred fold.

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review 2014-02-05 02:31
Unraveling: The Emperor's Edge Series by Lindsay Buroker
Forged in Blood II - Lindsay Buroker
"You're the only person who's ever wanted to give me happiness," Sicarius said.
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"You were thinking of all that when you wrote that letter? I had... no idea you cared as to who ended up on the throne."

"I did not foresee Sespian winning the position when word of his heritage got out. I thought he would approve of this alternative."

"All along, I thought I was running things," Amaranthe said, "and here it turns out you're the mastermind." Sicarius touched his chin. "Here."

"Pardon?"

"Your gaze of adoration. It's focused on the window currently." She grinned and gazed at him. "I apologize."

 

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Oh, this series...The feels...I can't express how much I loved Sicarius and the last two books, which were half in his PoV, just cemented that feeling that much more. I think from now on I'll be comparing every assassin character I come across with Sicarius and I'm sure that most are going to fall painfully short.

 

He was exactly how an assassin should be. Killing with no regret, a badass with knives, sneaky, smart, silent, and deadly. It took so long and so much work on Amaranthe's part to get him to even joke around as he did in that quote and that was half the fun of these books. And that second to last chapter! Totally worth the slow, but sure progression of their relationship.

Sicarius strode out, utterly naked except for a technical manual in his hands. He didn’t bother to wield it strategically to hide...anything. Amaranthe gaped at him. After a startled moment of surprise, she forced herself to keep her eyes focused on his face. Mostly. “Sicarius. I, ah...” Have always wanted to see you like this, she thought. No, she couldn’t say that. Was wondering if you were blond all over. No, definitely not that.

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As I've said before I'm a girl that needs awesome characters, or at least believable ones, and Buroker was a genius at creating all the characters in The Emperor's Edge. Their interactions and just livliness of them was amazing. I felt like they were there with me and I was a part of their group. It was painful to say goodbye to such great characters. I'll miss them.

"He eyed Amaranthe - and her revealing attire. "If she's here, can we say you're my..."

He groped for a relation that would suggest absolutely no sexual connotations. "Daughter?" Amaranthe suggested.

"Dear ancestors, no. She'll think I'm ancient. Er, my age, anyway. And what would she think of my parenting influence if she saw you in that outfit?"

"Did you just, in the same breath, call me old and promiscuous?"

"Uhm."

 

"Should this turn...confrontational, we don't have our two most proficient fighters here." Maldynado propped his hand on his hips. "You have me."

Books looked him up and down, then focused on Amaranthe again. "We don't have our two most proficient fighters here."

Amaranthe, could be said, was the glue of the group. She brought them together and kept them together. Through all their bickering, ribbing, and teasing.

"Akstyr, is there a way to keep them uncounscious?"

"Shoot them?", Akstyr said.

"You're supposed to be a Science advisor," Books told him, "not a Sicarius acolyte."

Maldynado cleared his throat. "For the record, that would have been my response, too."

"You've tested the mask?" Yara finally asked.

"Ah, sort of. We tested its ability to block out noxious fumes."

A few feet away, Maldynado snickered.

"Let me guess who supplied them," Yara grumbled.

 

None of them really knew how to deal with Sicarius half the time. The only one that really treated him as a fellow companion and human being was Amaranthe. The rest just kept a healthy dose of wariness when dealing with him. But Sespian came a long way though, and if you have read the first one you would know why that's important ;)

"Everyone without diving suits drowns down here?" He seemed to realize he was talking to someone without a suit, for he added, "And, er, just so you know, this wouldn't fit you, Sicarius, so there's no need to stab me in the back for it."

"I wouldn't do that," Sicarius said as they turned into another corridor.

"That's a relief," Maldynado said.

"It would compromise the suit"

 

“Do many people try? To hug you?”

“Few. Usually women.”

“Ah. Amaranthe.” Sespian’s face grew wistful, though it seemed accepting as well.

“Infrequently.” Sicarius headed for the ladder leading to the top of the tower.

“Really? If a girl was inclined to hug me, I’d encourage her to do it frequently.”

“I am not good at… encouragement.” Sicarius climbed the ladder and found the harpoon launcher where he’d left it.

“I’ve noticed,” Sespian said, reaching the top behind him. “It’s easy though. You spread your arms like this and give a girl your most inviting smile. Do you… have an inviting smile?”

“No.”

“Any sort of smile at all?”

“No.”

“I can see where you’d have a problem then,” Sespian said.

While the books weren't perfect in any stretch of the imagination, they were incredibly addicting, entertaining and just plain fun to read. The world building wasn't fantastic but it was more than good enough. The readers get the information they need as the books progress. We learn tid bits of the political problems each regions went through in each book and we get one step closer to dealing with the main for, Forge, as well, till the final show down in the last book. It was one hell of a mess. What I liked the most where always Amaranthe's crazy plans and her knack in talking people into the craziest things. She paid a price in the end for it, but the whole journey was great to watch. In case you didn't get the message. I loved this series! xD

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review 2014-01-22 02:11
Unraveling: The Emperor's Edge by Lindsay Buroker
The Emperor's Edge (The Emperor's Edge #1) - Lindsay Buroker

This was such a great quick fantasy read. As far as plots go it wasn't mindblowing, but if you put the characters, the pacing, the dialogue and the plot all together you get one very enjoyable fantasy read.

Like any other fantasy book out there The Emperor's Edge revolves around a plot to take control of the empire from the current emperor. In this case our MCs are trying to keep the current emperor in power instead of overthrowing the whole empire. As far as plans go to keep the emperor in power it was neither terribly silly nor a mastermind like plan. It was a plan thought of in the spur of the moment and brought to fruition thanks to Amaranthe's brilliant 'suggestions' and that's the real selling point of this book. Amaranthe and all it's characters.

Amaranthe starts out as an enforcer and because the circumstances thrown at her she is forced to change career paths. I loved seeing Amaranthe at work. This girl can talk Satan into buying fire in hell. She is so good at pinpointing people's weaknesses and then exploiting them and they don't even notice that she is manipulating them, and even when they do half the time they end up doing what she wants anyway, because she is just that good at 'persuading' them. But Amaranthe isn't a special snowflake, she is just a smart, clever girl doing what she thinks is right and obsessively cleaning while she is doing it. She gets caught multiple times, she trips, and she tends to trust too easily. She felt real to me. Her whole team of misfits does.

"Guess I'm like a persistent toenail fungus, huh?"
"Hm." Sicarius sat up on the cot and dropped his feet to the floor. His face betrayed no pain, but stiffness marked his movements. "A stray cat perhaps."
"Adorable, loyal, and lovable?"
"Nosey, curious, and independent." His eyes crinkled. "Not something you plan to bring home."

This team is made up of a recovering alcoholic, and a former gigolo, a surly, young, untrained wizard ex-gang member and an assassin. They were great together. They each have a specific set of skills that are put to good use and their interactions between each other drew a few chuckles out of me.

Maldynado started to reach up to remove it but paused. He wriggled his eyebrows at Amaranthe, "Does it look good on me?"

"You look like an illiterate buffoon," Books said.

"But does it look good?"

I would have liked if this world had been explained some more, but I think it did a good enough job to set it up as the first book in a series. Even though we get told all the main pieces like the three main players (country wise), some of their distinguishing political systems, some background on wars and how things have changed over the years because of these wars. I would have appreciated more details, specially about the mental sciences and how things were before Sespian became emperor, but I guess we'll get told more as the series progresses, or at least I hope so.

So while the plot isn't amazing, the overall book is great combination of realistic characters, fast pacing, underhanded plotting, humor, action, intrigue and betrayal.

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