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review 2018-12-21 20:49
Love Can't Conquer (Love Can't #1)
Love Can't Conquer - Kim Fielding

Older MCs (in their mid-to-late 40s), each with baggage and hard pasts, each from the same small podunk town, meet again after a lifetime of disappointments and hardships. This is unlike anything I've read before by Kim Fielding. The tone is more grounded, the characters are mature and facing their lives and mistakes. It's still a fast moving romance if you look at the timeline, but there's so much weight to these characters and their scenes together that it feels more than a sufficient time for it to feel more like a slow burn than insta-love.

 

Jeremy is a park ranger in Portland, OR, and has an alcoholic ex whose bad decisions are about to crash into Jeremy's life. Qay is a recovering addict who spent years homeless and in mental hospitals, and is now working in a factory and going to college part-time. Qay recognizes Jeremy immediately from their long-ago childhood, though they were never friends. Now, the two men forge a friendship together. But love doesn't fix their problems. Jeremy's life is still in upheaval because of his ex, and Qay still has to fight his urges to give into his addiction and still has panic attacks.

 

Jeremy tries to see the good in everyone and to do good to all he meets, and Qay has been alone for the majority of his life, seeing the worst sides of life. There are several reasons for them to stay away from each other, but just as many to give each other a chance. As with most of Fielding's stories, this is a quiet story filled with compassionate and flawed characters. The supporting cast is great, and the setting is used to full effect. There are no easy answers for the MCs, and they stumble more than once. 

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text 2018-12-05 01:55
Reading progress update: I've read 61%.
Servants of the Crossed Arrows - Ginn Hale

‘You sleep alone, but I am not far.’

 

❤️❤️❤️

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text 2018-12-04 01:30
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
Servants of the Crossed Arrows - Ginn Hale

After everything else, the shaving was quick, painless, and simple. The last tin, the one full of white powder, was worked into a lather and the sharp silver blade was used. Then it was done. The four servants packed up their tools and left Bill and him sitting there gleaming, naked, and dazed. It reminded John of stories of how people were found after alien abductions.

 

Bwahahahaha!!

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review 2018-12-02 17:31
Review: "Servants of the Crossed Arrows" (The Rifter, #2) by Ginn Hale
Servants of the Crossed Arrows - Ginn Hale

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

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review 2018-10-07 20:52
Audio/Book Review of The Servants of the Storm (The Pillars of Reality Book 5) by Jack Campbell
The Servants Of The Storm - Jack Campbell

A Storm that will wreck a world threatens Dematr. Only Mari, one of the Mechanics who control all technology through their Guild, has a chance to stop it. She and Mage Alain have survived numerous attempts to kill them and have gained many more followers, but the Storm of chaos, born of centuries of enslavement, grows ever closer.

 

Mari leads an army now. She and Alain must fight together to bind back the Broken Kingdom and build a force strong enough to defeat the might of the Great Guilds. But the Storm has many Servants who seek to preserve or gain personal power or wealth, or fear the New Day that Mari seeks to bring to the world.

 

And Mari knows that victory will mean nothing if the precious knowledge brought long ago to their world is destroyed. In order to save it, Alain and Mari will have to pierce through the heart of their enemies' power and confront once more a place of ancient nightmare.

 

Review 5*

 

This story is the fifth book in a fantastic epic fantasy series called The Pillars of Reality. I absolutely loved it!

 

Mari is a fantastic character. I liked her immediately when I met her in the first book. I love her determination to do the right thing, even at the cost of her own life. A Master Mechanic, Mari has faced many threats to her life from the Guild Masters on the world of Dematr and survived. Foreseen by Mages to be 'The Daughter of Jules' and fated to free the world of Dematr from the tyranny of both the Guilds - Mechanics and Mages - and to unite the Mechanics, Mages and Commons against said Guilds, Mari finds herself fighting for their freedom.

 

Mage Alain is also a fantastic character. I liked him a lot from the start. He was one of the youngest Acolytes to achieve Mage status at the age of seventeen. He has been taught from a young age not to show or feel any emotions and that the world he lives in is an illusion, where nothing is real. I love how this character has grown as the series has progressed. He tries to show more emotion, even though his Guild had virtually beaten it out of him. He hides a dry wit under that emotionless mask.

 

I listened to this story in audio format, rather than read it. MacLeod Andrews once again narrates the story. He does a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. Even Alain, who's voice is meant to be flat and emotionless comes across with subtle hints. You would think that Alain's voice would be monotonous, but it's not so. I love the way he brings all the characters to life with different accents, inflexions and tones. He even makes the women's voices sound perfect for each character. As for his narration, he read the story clearly and concisely, and his pacing was perfect. I would listen to more books read by this narrator.

 

The story continues six months from the end of The Pirates of Pacta Servanda and sees Mari and Alain heading a mixed army of Mages, Mechanics and Commons as the action heats up. Mechanic Caylou (not sure of spelling as I listened to the story so have no reference and have spelt it phonetically - it could be Kayloo or another variation) makes another appearance. He is one of Mari's friends from the Mechanics Guild, along with his girlfriend, Ally, who also makes an appearance. I love her constant use of 'Your Daughterness' when speaking to Mari just because it annoys her. Mage Asha also makes another appearance, as does Mage Dov, who is Asha's uncle, and Mechanic Dov (no relation) whose relative had once lived in Marandur. Cien, a princess of Tae, plays a significant role in this story, too. There are a few more characters added, but it would take me too long to mention them all.

 

I love the world building in this series. It is familiar though strange at the same time. It has a mix of steampunk and modern day technology, but this is due to the way the Guilds restricted people from creating new things. The story is full of action, adventure, and danger and I found myself an emotional wreck at times. In this story, the characters are gathering together for a showdown with the Great Guilds. They also make a dangerous journey back into the Imperial territory of Marandur to retrieve the mechanical texts left at the University. The action is ramping up further as the storyline reaches towards the climax, and I found myself holding my breath more than once as they faced several tricky challenges. Have you ever read or listened to a story and felt utterly emersed in it? It happened to me as I listened to this book. These characters have come to life for me and have become my friends. This book ends with a slight cliffhanger, which had me eager to listen to the next story in the series, The Wrath of the Great Guilds, as soon as possible.

 

Jack Campbell has written a fantastic science fiction series. I have added him to my favourite author's list, as he's found a fan in me. I love his writing style, which is fast-paced and descriptive, and the flow of the story is good too.

 

Although there is now some mention of scenes of a sexual nature, it’s not shown. I do not, however, recommend this book to younger readers under the age of 15 due to some violence. I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love dark or epic fantasy, steampunk or action/adventure and supernatural/paranormal romance genres. - Lynn Worton

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