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review 2018-01-14 09:10
Let down
Beyond the Shadows - Brent Weeks

I enjoyed the first two books but the ending of this book was a bit meh to say the most. I know Brent is a new author and hopefully his next series finish with a bang rather than this.

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review 2018-01-09 14:31
Book #864 - 347,728 Pages Read
Shadows of Treachery[WARHAMMER HORUS HERESY SHADOWS][Mass Market Paperback] - ChristianDunn

Another anthology of WH40K stories related to the Horus Heresy. Took a while on this one as I put it down several times to work on other novels, but still enjoyed the stories when I got to them.

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text 2017-12-21 23:52
End of Year Book Goals!
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas
Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - Rainbow Rowell,Holly Black,Laini Taylor,Myra McEntire,Kiersten White,Stephanie Perkins,Gayle Forman,Matt de la Pena,Jenny Han,Ally Carter,Kelly Link,David Levithan
Emotions - Arnie Cantarero,Arnie Cantarero,Kiyomi Sakamoto

2018 is just around the corner and I have some bookish goals I want to tick off the list before 2017 is finished! 


1. Restart my Blog! Done! I've been wanting to do this one for a while but my hectic schedule hadn't allowed me to. I'm glad going into 2018 that I will have an active blog once again! 


2. Finish Emotions #2 Done! Earlier this year Arnie Canterero sent me a paperback copy of his sci-fi novel, Emotions to read and review. I LOVED it! And graciously, he also sent me the second book - which hasn't been released yet. I LOVED it as well! I finish the sequel last night! 


3. Finish ACOWAR To be completed...I started this book months ago when I finished ACOMAF. Nothing is wrong with the book, it was amazing, I was just so busy that I could never find the time to read a 699 page book. But I've got nothing but time now so I'm so excited to finally finish this book (and series?). 


4. Finish Lord of Shadows To be completed...The last time I read a page from this novel was five months ago. What's wrong with me? I don't know. Since I've been caught up I've ready every Cassandra Clare book within the first week is has been released (er...let's not talk about the Bane Chronicles). But, when LOD came out I was busy I believe finals were around the corner for me. And then...I'm not sure what happened. I just never read it. I love Shadowhunters, I love Jules and Emma, I love Carstairs, I just couldn't finish reading. Somehow, I haven't been spoiled completely. So, before the end of 2017 I am forcing myself to finish this book. 


5. Reread My True Love Gave to Me To be completed...I read this book when it came out two(?) years ago and loved it. In fact, if you scroll back through my posts I did a review of it. It's the perfect holiday novel so I would love to reread it, or at least reread the stories I enjoyed the most. 



Aaaaaand that's it! What goals do you have for the end of the year? Let me know below in the comments and good luck! 

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review 2017-12-20 14:38
Caressed by Shadows (Rulers of Darkness #4) by Amanda J. Greene
Caressed by Shadows - Amanda J. Greene
Caressed by Shadows is the fourth book in the series, and one I was looking forward to. Falcon and Sonya just had to get together! There was just a couple of issues - they were breaking the law if they did, which could result in Falcon's death; Sonya is suffering the throes of the Death Curse; Falcon has such a high sense of honour it threatens to strangle him at every turn. Still, with Silvie's help, there may just be hope for these two.
I would recommend that you read this series in order to get the full enjoyment out of the characters and the situations. With each story, you learn more about the world in which they live, and how they became the vampires they are. Sonya is a warrior queen throughout, and makes no pains to hide it. Accept her as she is, or not, she doesn't really care either way. She is a great character that constantly livens things up. Falcon is a good boy in public, and a bad boy in private, so you get the best of both worlds. Their story has been building up over the past couple of centuries, so no insta-love here.
Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the thing that lets it down is the editing. There are constant errors throughout which I'm afraid did jolt me out of the story. There was one scene with Gabriel and Gannon where, at best, half a sentence was completely missing. At worst, it could be more. I love this series, but the editing is a problem.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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review 2017-12-14 21:14
Good start
Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree - Tariq Ali

I write this review after the close defeat of a potential US Senator, who believed among other things, that a Muslim should not serve in the US Senate because he wouldn’t swear on the Bible (said douche bag also believes that women should stay in the home and that sex with 14-year-old girls when you’re in your 30s is okay). This defeat occurred shortly after a sitting US president retweet the unverified “news” tweets of a British hate group.  The tweets showed video supposedly showing Muslims behaving badly.  A governmental group out of the Netherlands tweeted the president back and said, nope misbehaving dude was not immigrant and not Muslim, and was in jail.  When quested about his use of fake news, the spokeswoman for the president who chants fake news 99% of time, said the reality of the videos wasn’t important, for the president felt they added to the conversation.  When it was revealed that the last two “Muslim” terrorists had been radicalized after their arrival to the US, one could hear crickets chirping.  Additionally, there are places in the US where a book that simply depicts a character who is Muslim is banned because it is promoting a religion other than Christianity.  I have even taught students who refused to read part of the Korean in a World Lit Class, and before you ask, we had read parts of the Old and New Testament first (granted, I could understand the formal service member’s refusal.  Didn’t agree with it, but could understand.  The other students not so much).


                Apparently, there are people in America who would feel right at home in the Reconquista, except for that Catholic bit because according to some of those Americans Catholics worship the Pope.


                Ali’s novel is about a family in Granada right after the conquest by Ferdinand and Isabella. The family is stuck, unsure of whether or not their culture will survive because of the pressure to convert.  In short, Ali is telling of the death of a culture, of a lost, one that the reader feels most keenly at the start of the book with the description of book burning.


                Is Ali’s book flawless?  No, and, in fact, it is in many ways one of those quiet books where everything is building but the bulk of the actual action is “small” family drama and issues -who will the daughters marry, what is the mystery of the old hermit, and whether a great aunt is truly mad.  It is the focus on the quiet, on the family of quasi-believers who are not fully devout that Ali shows how hatred, extremism – on both sides – starts.  For the actions of the Christians lead to hard choices of the Muslims, but it is those violent actions that also harden the Christians, against those values they should espouse.  Ali’s book is warning, intentional or not, about hatred of a culture or religion and how it destroys all.

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