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review 2018-03-06 05:07
The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen

~~~~3.25 - 3.5 Stars~~~~


This book was a mixed bag of uuuwww interesting...no wait booooo... yawn....no wait MEH... no wait YAY!! Confused? I was too but I'll elaborate.


I loved the MCs voice through and through! His attitude and delivery of witty quips was perfectly executed and fun to read.


The mission? Try and turn one of three 14 year old (illiterate?), uncouth orphans into a long lost prince in 2 weeks time in order to seize control of a recently vacated throne. Wellll....it turns out that making a prince is slow, tedious and oft times a chore to read about. The storyline wasn't boring per se but it felt like I was working...working on my patience/ concentration levels.


I know this book was very well received but, for me, I was ready to start skimming before the halfway mark (definitely NOT a good sign!). I have so many tantalizing books on my formidable TBR pile that wasting time on a read that has gone sour just feels wrong. BUUUUT I soldiered on. At about the 70% mark things picked up and even though the twists weren't entirely surprising, it unfolded brilliantly. I really enjoyed the main reveal and how all of the subsequent events played out. From page 1 Sage (prince Jaron??) felt visceral and his attitude towards possibly sitting on the throne (with the weight of carrying a country soon to be at war on his shoulders) not only felt genuine but congruant with who he was from start to finish. This will go down as one of THOSE books...you know the type...the ones that draw you in and then somewhere in the middle test your resolve to see things through to the acknowledgments page and then BAM!! You're suddenly as happy as a thoroughly petted pup that you chose to persevere because it was one of THOSE books that come through (shining big sunny literary smiles) in the home stretch....GASP...end of run on rambling!!


I definitely ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would but not LOVING it as much as most.

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review 2017-10-02 17:50
The Shadow Throne
The Shadow Throne - Jennifer A. Nielsen

I'll update this post with my final review once I've finished/quit the book. But before then I just have to say I wish Nielsen were more patient with her story and with her readers. She explains too much too early and it's getting worse with every book.


Ugh, I got bored in the middle and just skimmed to the end. A disappointing, but not unexpected, ending to the trilogy.

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review 2017-10-02 07:28
The Runaway King
The Runaway King - Jennifer A. Nielsen

I cannot stop comparing this series to The Queen's Thief, which is really not fair to these books since the Queen's Thief series is better than most everything out there.


Like The False Prince The Runaway King is compulsively readable. But I wasn't that into the story. Again it takes a loooong time to get going. And then too much of the story felt coincidental. Like, oh this person just happened to show up now, and I just happened to roll under a convenient plot device, and I did all this physically impossible stuff but yeah, let's have another sword fight.


The series could use some more women. Imogen is the best one but she's also pretty much the only one. Where are the lady pirates? Where are the lady thieves? Please develop the lady regents that were mentioned once in The False Prince.


Also this series is cataloged as both children's and teen's fiction at my library (separate locations), so now I'm confused if it's MG or YA and worried that a love triangle is coming. I'm tired of love triangles. I don't care.

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review 2017-09-28 19:31
The False Prince
The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince is very easy to read, but it's kind of a strange reading experience. It takes a loooong time for the story to get going and then the ending is quite abrupt. The twists are pretty easy to spot* especially after having reread all of Turner's The Queen's Thief series earlier this year. Nielsen uses similar techniques to Turner just not as successfully.


I will check out the second book just to see where the story's going, and Nielsen's other trilogy, Mark of the Thief, sounds interesting so I'll probably check that out as well. I'm mostly just trying to fill the void finishing Thick as Thieves has left if my life. If it all goes badly, I might just read The Queen's Thief series all over again.


*The biggest reveal comes in the middle of the book, so you're not kept waiting the whole time at least.

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review 2017-05-10 08:00
Look - Jon Nielsen

Artie, the cute robot from the cover, Wall-Es his way through life when he starts wondering why he does what he does. What follows is a strange mix of boring and just not so good, that left me wondering 'why did I read this?'.

Let's start with the good things. The art was not special but it was nice. Artie's really cute, and has a nice interaction with his friend Owen, the Vulture. That's about it.

The story was filled with a lot of interchangeable/forgettable characters and scenes with clunky expositions. I was not a fan. Which is a shame, because I had good expectations for this one!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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