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review 2018-05-27 23:04
Wonderfully written fantastical world, great characters and chemistry!
Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles Book 1) - L. Penelope

I greatly enjoyed reading this one. Not only was the fantasy world written well and different, but the characters had excellent chemistry and the plot flowed to make the reading enjoyable and quick.


The world building is excellent and different. The story alternates in between with Jack and Jasminda’s point of view, but also there are some chapters that tell the background story of how their world was created. I enjoyed these alternating chapters. It provides better structure of the setting, it provides the mythology and a better understanding of the “True Father” and “The Queen who Sleeps”. It’s well written and everything comes together seamlessly.


The plot itself is also excellent. I love the concept of “Silents” and “Songbearers” and both are living side by side but marred by war and prejudice. And did you ever see the hate towards Jasminda throughout the book. You get angry at her treatment but Jasminda bears it and she does it well. The plot is pretty fast paced and it’s feels like a fast read - not to mention the fact that it’s very interesting. There’s a good mix of fantasy, action, and romance. What wasn’t really necessary was the Lizvette part. It made that aspect predictable and it didn’t really mesh well with what was going on with all the other things. It felt like it was placed there for filler reasons (I mean, we all know who Jack was going to go for a this point…)


Now for Jack and Jasminda.


I LOVED both of them together. They had this chemistry going on and you could feel it throughout the novel. It was heart wrenching in various parts of the book and you wanted to reach out to them and MAKE them go together (Jack you deserve some slaps of stupidity for some of the stuff you said). They’re both great characters and Jasminda’s development throughout the novel was excellent. Despite the changes she went through she didn’t lose her sass and her ferocious independence (love how this exasperates Jack by the way lol)


Definitely looking forward to the second book of this series! The ending was great (and I’m sure there’s way more battles to come)

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review 2018-05-10 18:31
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus - Margaret Atwood,Laural Merlington
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood

Irreverent, insightful, funny, deeply humane and empathetic.


The myth of Odysseus is one of my favorite parts of Greek mythology: in telling it from the perspective of Penelope -- with a good bit about Penelope's childhood and youth, and her and Odysseus's marriage thrown in for good measure, as well as with her 12 slain maids acting as a very Greek chorus -- Atwood turns it inside out, gives it a feminist spin, and puts it together again in her very own way.  And Laurel Merlington's narration is sheer genius ... if you're into Greek mythology and audiobooks, get the audio version now.  (If you're not into audiobooks but into Greek mythology, still get the edition of your choice.)


Absolutely loved every second of it.

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quote 2018-05-02 05:56
Time passes by you like a bullet,” he says, “and fear gives you the excuses you’re craving to not do the things you know you should. Don’t doubt yourself, don’t second-guess, don’t let fear hold you back, don’t be lazy, and don’t base your decisions on how happy it will make others. Just go for it, okay?”"
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review 2018-05-01 23:56
Song Of Blood and Stone
Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles Book 1) - L. Penelope
Title: Song of Blood & Stone
Author: L. Penelope
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Earthsinger Chronicles Book One
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
Song of Blood & Stone" by L. Penelope

My Thoughts......

This was a well written wonderful magical fantasy read with interesting main characters [Jack & Jasminda], setting[Elsira, which is a land of Silents People], love and oh yes beautiful magic [Earthsong powers] "Song of Blood & Stone" will definitely a enthralling read that will keep your attention turning the pages to see what was coming next. Be ready for 'sex scenes, mentions of rape, racism, mystery, action paced, with humanity, love, romance, history, war violence, political drama, adventure and in the end giving one quite a riveting tale' that will keep you captivated in this fantasy world. It was interesting seeing this unlikely pair Jack & Jasminda who will 'face undue scrutiny due to their different skin colors.' Now to get more of this story you will have to pick up this read to see how well this author brings it all out and in the end giving the reader a wrapped up thought provoking story. I did like at the beginning of each chapter there was a quote from collected folktales which went so well with each chapter.
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review 2018-04-30 00:00
Neighbor Dearest
Neighbor Dearest - Penelope Ward ⭐️2.5 stars⭐️

You can't always get what you want. But don't be afraid to ask.

This was actually a solid 4 stars for me for the first half.. But then, of course, it went downhill. I don't know maybe it's me but I just enjoyed it less and less the longer i read. By the time I finished, I forgot all about the first half that I actually liked.

I'm starting to think this author just isn't for me. Although knowing me, I'll probably read more eventually.
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