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review 2018-03-01 21:40
Tigana / Guy Gavriel Kay
Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered country struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the dark sorceries of the tyrant king Brandin that even the very name of their once beautiful home cannot be spoken or remembered. But years after their homeland’s devastation, a handful of men and women set in motion a dangerous crusade—to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the world the lost brightness of an obliterated name: Tigana.

Against the magnificently realized background of a world both sensuous and brutal, this masterful epic of a passionate people pursuing their dream is breathtaking in its vision. A spellbinding novel in which myth comes alive and magic reaches out to touch you.

 

Those of you who read my reviews regularly know that Guy Gavriel Kay can do no wrong in my eyes. I adore his novels and this one is no exception. The bonus this time? I met Mr. Kay at a convention last August and I can now hear his voice in my head, reading the novel to me (he has a very nice voice).

Tigana is a kingdom under a curse: the people were conquered and the name of their country can no longer be heard or remembered (except by those who lived through the conquest). When a former citizen says “Tigana,” others hear only a garble or an empty spot. Can those who remember find a way to break the curse and restore Tigana to its former glory? Their lives get braided together in some convoluted and heartbreaking ways.

As with any sweeping tale like this one, there are casualties along the way, some expected, some surprising. The ending was a bit messy, something I appreciate in a book, as I find that real life endings are rarely neat. I read most of the novel on a long plane flight and it was the perfect distraction—I was able to submerge in this fantasy world and ignore the passage of time.

Book 271 of my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project

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text 2018-02-02 01:00
January Books

I had a ridiculously good month with 42 books read for January. I got to 5 of the 12 books from 2017 that I really wanted to read, but hadn't gotten to last year. For new 2018 books I was highly anticipating, I read 2 of the 7 that were out in January. I loved the majority of the books I read with an average score of 3.9 stars.

 

22 of my books were YA. 11 were graphic novels. My most-read genres were fantasy, romance, and contemporary.

 

My favorite books were The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black and Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills. My least favorite was Vanilla - Billy Merrell.

 

5 Stars

Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman Roomies - Christina Lauren We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Saga Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan  The Cruel Prince - Holly Black  Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm  Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills  

 

4.5 Stars

Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  The Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

 

4 Stars

You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) - Alec Baldwin,Kurt Andersen  The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  American Street - Ibi Zoboi  The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  Secret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  The Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  Giant Days Vol. 5 - John Allison,Max Sarin  Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake  Frostblood (The Frostblood Saga) - Elly Blake  Empress of a Thousand Skies - Rhoda Belleza  Animosity Volume 2 - Marguerite Bennett,Mike Marts  City of Saints & Thieves - Natalie C. Anderson  Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse - James Breakwell  Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca - G. Willow Wilson  Fireblood (The Frostblood Saga) - Elly Blake  Girl of Nightmares - Kendare Blake  The Duchess Deal - Tessa Dare  The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen  

 

3.5 Stars

Morrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson Batwoman Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death (Rebirth) - Marguerite Bennett,James IV Tynion,Steve Epting  Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm - Marco Checchetto,Lee Garbett,Szymon Kudranski,Al Ewing,Jason Aaron,Simone Bianchi  Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages - Melissa de la Cruz 

 

3 Stars

Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) - Jason Reynolds,Kadir Nelson Snow Falling - Jane Gloriana Villanueva  Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  Disney Manga: Descendants The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 1 (Disney Descendants: The Rotten to the Core Trilogy) - Jason Muell  Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  Disney Manga: Descendants The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 2 - Jason Muell  

 

2.5 Stars

Generations - Marvel Comics  

 

2 Stars

Vanilla - Billy Merrell 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 9
  • Female: 30
  • Male/Female Mix: 3

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 25
  • Audio: 17

 

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text 2018-01-31 21:12
Monthly Run Down - January 2018

Books I Read:

 

Jake Understood - 4 Stars -

 

Higher Is Waiting  - 3.75 Stars - Book Bingo: A Celebrity Memoir

 

The Magic Misfits - 4 Stars - Book Bingo: A Current Bestselling Children’s Book

 

Fifth Grave Past the Light - 4 Stars - A re-read. I’m loving re-exploring this series

 

Cherish Hard - 4 Stars -

 

New Year’s Eve - 4 Stars - A lovely little short.

 

Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian - 3.5 Stars - Starts off slow, takes a bit to get used to the authors writing/thinking style

 

Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up - 3.5 Stars - I would love her to write a follow up in a few years.

 

The Beautiful Ashes - 4 Stars - Can’t wait til February first so I can read the next installment.




DNF:

 

Judgment Road - More pressing pause than DNF



Currently Reading:

 

Collision Point - Slow but steady? Learning a new world is always the roughest time for me with a book

 

Year to Date Totals:

 

January: 9 books

 

2018: 9 books

 



 

 

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text 2018-01-31 15:53
Books I Read This Month: January 2018
Faithful Place - Tana French
Not Ready for Mom Jeans - Maureen Lipinski

Hmm, well hopefully Booklikes let's me get my book covers in this post. I was having issues sizing them down the other day.


So far this year, I read 33 books. I only decided to have 50 books for my challenge this year, so if I hit a slump (it happens) I can just ride it out without pushing myself to read.

 

I also have to say that Ann Rule's book covers are atrocious. Glad I got that off my chest. 

 

5 stars

 

The Prize by Julie GarwoodBut I Trusted You by Ann RuleNo Regrets by Ann RuleDear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Fifth Witness by Michael ConnellyBitter Harvest by Ann RuleConfessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie KinsellaAshes to Ashes by Tami Hoag

We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle UnionFaithful Place by Tana French

 

 

 

4 stars

 

Worth More Dead and Other True Cases by Ann RuleThe Hanging Tree by Ben AaronovitchA Rage To Kill And Other True Cases by Ann RuleThe Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

Too Late to Say Goodbye by Ann RuleThe Girl Next Door by Elizabeth Noble

 

3 stars

 

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaughtSmoke, Mirrors, and Murder by Ann RuleMidnight Curse by Melissa F. OlsonStrange Weather by Joe Hill

Mortal Danger and Other True Cases by Ann RuleRemember Me? by Sophie Kinsella'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda QuickTesting Kate by Whitney Gaskell

True Love by Whitney GaskellA Bump in the Road by Maureen LipinskiSecrets in Death by J.D. RobbAn Irish Country Love Story by Patrick Taylor

 

2 stars

 

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

 

1 star

 

Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaughtHow the Light Gets In by Louise PennyThe Burial Hour by Jeffery DeaverNot Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski

 

I did read one book for the Horror Aficionados group read. So glad to be back with them.

Strange Weather by Joe Hill

 


And I also read one book for the (Mostly) Dead Writers Society 52 weeks challenge. 

 

Faithful Place by Tana French

 

My favorite book this month was "Faithful Place" my least favorite was "Not Ready for Mom Jeans."

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text 2018-01-31 12:00
January 2018 Reading Wrap Up
Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - Stephen Puleo
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner,Courtney Milan
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal - G. Willow Wilson,Adrian Alphona
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin
The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin

Pretty average month, mostly in the 2.5-3 stars range; however it was productive, thanks to COYER, BoB Cycle 21, and 24 in 48 challenges. The books attached to this post are my highlights for the month.

 

Challenges

BL/GR: 13/52 (25% completed)

COYER Winter Switch

              The Strict: 6 read this month; 10 books read overall for this phase

               The List: 6/30 (5% complete); 2 DNF

Participated in Bout of Books Cycle 21

Participated in 24in48 Read-a-thon

 

Read:

1. Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill - 3 stars

 

2. Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flatts by Kristen Iverson - 3 stars

 

3. The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich - 3 stars

 

4. Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo - 4 stars

 

5. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking - 2 stars

 

6. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David von Drehle - 2.5 stars

 

7. A Right Honorable Gentleman by Courtney Milan - 1 star

 

8. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson - 4 stars

 

9. Love is Love by Various Authors - 3.5 stars

 

10. Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole - 4.5 stars

 

11. The Lotus Palace (Pingkang Li Mystery #1) by Jeannie Lin - 4 stars

 

12. The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li Mystery #2) by Jeannie Lin - 4 stars

 

13. Agnes Moore's Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole - 2.5 stars

 

DNF:

Something True by Karelia Stetz-Waters at 18% because I only liked one MC and the side characters were extremely annoying or stereotyped.

 

Currently Reading:

Gambled Away by Various Authors

The Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

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