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review 2018-03-13 23:58
The Sleeping Prince - Melinda Salisbury

“We’re not Lormerians, with their temples and their living goddesses, and their creepy royal family. We’re people of science, and reason.” 

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review 2018-02-14 22:17
The Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda Salisbury

"In the stories of old, a hero is the one who sweeps in with a drawn sword and noble face, to kill the Dragon and free the princess. In the stories of old it never seems to dawn on the princess that she should be careful not to put herself at mercy of those who would do her ill in the first place. I don't live in the stories of old."

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-31 00:00
The Sin Eater's Daughter
The Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda Salisbury Rating of three stars because I was totally entertained by this. Not sure if I'll read the next one, though if the pacing and plot is as bananapants as this one, it may well be worth it. Plus the narrator was acting her little heart out. Bless her cotton socks.

Honestly this book was like YA Trope volleyball, where I was a spectator watching the probability math bounce back between sides of the love triangle, and between sides of the fantasy v. secondary world high middle ages setting with no magic. It started as a slow game, but descended into violence in the last set. Throwing the rest of this behind a spoiler cut. I seriously spoil the ending.

So at first the prince is leading because well, frankly he's the prince, and the girl in YA almost always picks the highest class available to her. Plus they're engaged and he's clearly on her side politically. So I assume the guard is a red herring, and am a little annoyed that the girl always picks the prince, but THEN she falls madly in love with the guard, who exposes the prince as a lying liar who lies, which the prince admits she is, so she sleeps with the guard. Now by YA logic she HAS to end up with the guard, because she can't do sexy things with a dude she doesn't marry (I don't make the rules). BUT THEN! The prince needs her for a political marriage to save the kingdom, AND it's revealed that the guard was hired to seduce her (which explains certain idiot ball moments of his), he makes a final plea that he came to love her (and was actually just an idiot about them getting caught), and our heroine does the first smart thing all book and says "A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES!" and bails on both of them. Except it's a trilogy, so presumably she picks one by book three. I'm not sure if "Is highest available class" will outweigh "has seen her vagina" or what.

MEANWHILE, her entire religion is revealed to be lies, and she was just a pawn of the evil queen (there are not a lot of sympathetic non-dead women in this book) and doesn't have any magic powers at all, it was all lies lies and more lies. But hey, the fairy tale that got retold like sixty times so we'd know it's significant, THAT's real. Also we're all about to be murdered in our beds by what is essentially genderswapped Sleeping Beauty's Revenge. So that happened.


I assume we find out next book.

Also in the last chapter she has somehow learned to read fluently, so I'm really not sure how much time has passed.

Conclusion: the MC is a doormat, which is explained by her upbringing by a series of evil mothers, and didn't in and of itself put me off as it felt like a good exploration of abusive relationships, but I wish her claiming her power at the end had involved actually doing something, not just figuring out one small thing and letting the menz fix it for her.

However, the plot was silly enough to keep me entertained for nine hours or so.
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text 2017-07-02 12:40
My June 2017
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - A. M. Grünewald,Melinda Salisbury
Der Näher: Thriller (Martin Abel 3) - Rainer Löffler
Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins,Christoph Göhler
This Impossible Light - Lily Myers
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 (Alias (2001-2003)) - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis,Bill Sienkiewicz
Der Augenjäger - Sebastian Fitzek
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - Kelly Sue DeConnick,David López
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - 5 stars
Der Näher - 4 stars
Girl on the Train - 5 stars
This Impossible Light - 5 stars
Exodus of Magic - 5 stars
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 - 4 stars
Der Augenjäger - 5 stars
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - 4 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: every single one of them


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Artificial Sweethearts, The Book of Whispers


This has been the greatest reading month I had so far. 8 books finished, and I love all of them. This rarely happens, so I'm gonna hold on to that amazing feeling for the rest of the year.

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