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text 2017-03-31 19:25
March 2017 Round Up!
Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire
Heroine Complex - Sarah Kuhn
The Undoing - Shelly Laurenston
Cast in Flight - Michelle Sagara
The Undead In My Bed (Includes: Midnight Liaisons #1.5, Dark Ones #10.5, Half Moon Hollow #2.5) - Molly Harper,Jessica Sims,Katie MacAlister
Joy of Witchcraft: A Humorous Paranormal Romance - Mindy Klasky
The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead
Legacy of Honor - Linda Hilton
Haunted on Bourbon Street - Deanna Chase

I'll jump n the bandwagon and try to round up my March reads.  By and large, great reads that cured a reading slump, but many put me behind on reviewing because I basically had little to say beyond "I enjoyed this book."

 

I also did this year's Big Library Read (global buddy read where Overdrive makes a voted ebook 100% available -- no waitlist/hold -- to participating public libraries).  This time was, surprisingly, a cookbook.  A good one with a mix of sweet, savory, basic and advanced pies:

 

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani 

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani  

 

What reviews I've written, I try to remember to tag as "Reviews from Spurts" (booklikes link to that tag is http://booklikes.com/dashboard?tag=Reviews%20from%20Spurts ).

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text 2017-03-25 19:32
Reading progress: 85%.
Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes

So everyone is mistrusting each other, misunderstandings abound, paranoid (and inaccurate) conspiracy theories.  

 

None of the core characters have died in this chunk of the book, but seems like several deaths are looming.

 

Aah! The melodrama.

 

The King of Blood has just returned to his kingdom — after uncharacteristically revealing a bit of his own past melodrama — so maybe the rebels will get it together to try and do something other than suspect each other.  Or not; possibly just building up,to next back (not likely to be an actual cliffhanger based on previous books in series).

 

I still like these books.  Seems like this one has spent less time on story than on trying to wallow in the characters having  both good/bad elements (and excuses because of what they've been through and lost).  

 

Not necessarily a negative except that they are starting to all be alike except for names and current injuries.  I guess it's a positive that the females and males all seem alike.

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text 2017-03-25 02:32
Reading progress: 73%.
Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes

And now finally some characters start revealing stuff they should have told their so-called allies way before now.  Well, in one case confirming when discovered.

 

Now I expect will really be picking up.

 

Yeah, I know.  If everything resolved or revealed too quickly, wouldn't make a novel length story.


Oh, and more deaths of loved ones of course.

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text 2017-03-24 23:00
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Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes

Picking up and more if the players converge.  Still plenty of melodrama.

 

 

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text 2017-03-24 15:29
Reading progress: 41%.
Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes

Not much new happening.  I mean, same writing, stories and characters but really the story hasn't moved along much.

 

I don't mind the melodrama that pervades the series — it's actually part of the appeal — but, one of my least favorite tropes has appeared.  The trope where one main character has years of knowing someone is a creep plus details that clearly another main character (and supposed love interest) needs to know.  Do they speak up while creep ingratiates into love interest's life, nope.  Foreshadow a probable if-only-we-had-talked in the ending.

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