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review 2019-02-09 23:24
Review ~ Meh again
Takedown Twenty - Janet Evanovich

3.5

 

Book source ~ Library

 

Stephanie Plum is a half-assed bounty hunter with the hots for two guys and has a best friend who is crazy. She has the paperwork needed to catch Salvatore Sunucchi for skipping out on his court date, but the problem is everyone loves Uncle Sunny and no one wants to tell her where he’s hanging his hat these days. Oh, everyone knows he’s a mob boss and he murdered someone, but hey, he’s so charming he doesn’t deserve to go to prison. While Stephanie tries to run down Sunny and avoid Sunny’s henchmen she’s helping hot security guy Ranger to solve the murders of several old ladies who were strangled and left in dumpsters. Hot cop guy Morelli says it’s not his case, but he’s helping out some, too. Because why not?

 

Even though I read book 25 just a few weeks ago, I hadn’t realized I’d somehow skipped this one. I mean, it’s understandable. They all run together like onelongassbook. This one is actually a bit better than the others, but not by much. Only because Ranger is in it a lot and Stephanie screws up even more than usual and actually gets hurt. Does it knock some sense into her? Not really. But I like how it twists a bit more than usual. In any case, this book is marshmallow fluff. It’s no good for you, but it’s pretty tasty in small doses. Light entertainment is all you get out of this one. As usual.

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/02/takedown-twenty.html
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review 2019-02-06 14:53
Review: Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard
Windwitch (The Witchlands) - Susan Dennard

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

4 ½ ★

 

Another great book in the series. This book was action wise a bit slower but was very character and story driven. But I must admit that even though it was slower on the action site I enjoyed this book a bit more.

The book starts off a couple weeks where we ended with book one, it is called Windwitch and about Merik ,BUT we do get everyone else as well, just like in book one.

We actually meet some new people, and also get a POV of people we heard about but not followed yet.  

Most of the group is split up and scattered throughout the world, some meet and team up and other make new allies.  Some are surprising and I didn’t even think about. Others, not so much. 

The most notable apart were Safi and Iseult. Though I think they handled it better than I thought they would and they were still great, both in their own ways but still thinking of the other.

We learn more about both Safi and Iseult but I say more so about Iseult and her threadwitchery, the history and much more. The same about Safi, but there is only so much we can learn about her magic, its pretty straight forward, though I’m still thinking we learn that there is more to it.

Merik…. Oh boy he was down in the dumps in this book a times, which got him in trouble, but he pulled through and made it . We learn something really shocking and surprising about him towards the end which left me speechless. I liked Cam ….. I thought it was a great addition to the story. Can’t wait to learn more.

We also get Vivia’s POV which I thought was very interesting and want so much more of it, the same goes for Caden…….I hope, we see more of him in the next books but at the same time I hope we are not getting a love triangle situation. Vaness I also liked but never fully trusted and am curious to see where it leads. 

Aeduan , he quickly became one of my favorites and I could not get enough if him, I also liked we get a few , very few glimpses of his humor. I also can’t wait to learn more about his father…..

Owl, came late in the book but I loved and can’t wait to see what that is all about .  

The ending while still left wide open and a semi cliffhanger also had a somewhat peaceful feeling to it. Kind of the calm before the storm type that we all know is brewing

Overall, it was slower but still better than the first. As mentioned it was story and characters driven and since I love this crew so much I didn’t mind a bit.

I rate this book 4 ½ ★

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/02/06/review-windwitch-the-witchlands-2-by-susan-dennard
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review 2019-02-05 13:48
Review: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard
Truthwitch - Susan Dennard

 

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

 

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

I really, really enjoyed this book.

To be honest it took me a good 50-75 pages to get into the world and understand it. But once I was past that I loved it.

I loved the world she created even though it took me a bit to get into it but I loved the characters even more.  We do get multiple POVs in this book and that really made it so much better.

I really enjoyed the strong female lead and their friendship above all. I also loved that even we get a few guys in, that they don’t have to take over the story and war.

I love Safi and Iseult. I love that they both have strengths and weaknesses, which they are very aware of and play of each other. It comes up in their banter a lot. Both of them have snark, which is really enjoyable and made for few laugh out loud moments.

I really enjoyed seeing some things from Iseult’s POV with her as a threadwitch, it was really fun to see what she sees.

Aeduan, was my bae in this book and I wished we would have gotten more of him and his sneaky thinking, I’m also curious to learn more about his background and his family but even more so his history with Evrane, I think there is more than we are led  to believed.

Speaking of Evrane to be honest I dint fully trust her in the beginning but I really did enjoy her and what she brought to this book.

Merik, my admiral / prince was also my bae I enjoyed him way too much. He was one of the few who didn’t have a fair deal in this book and had to deal with a lot of crap. I loved his humor but also his honor. I think what I enjoyed the most about him was his relationship with his crew.

Kullen we don’t get much of him but what we get I loved and made a big impact on the book and story.

Overall I really loved this book and the characters and was happy that I already had book two handy since it does leave you with a semi cliffhanger.

This book had everything I love in a book, strong female lead with a strong friendship, lots of action, humor and even more twist and turns.

I only give it 4 ★ because it took me a while to get into the world but after that I absolutely loved it and pretty much devoured this book.

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/02/05/review-truthwitch-the-witchlands-1-by-susan-dennard
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review 2019-02-03 21:24
Stellaluna
Stellaluna (Perfect Paperback) - Janell Cannon

Stellaluna is a sweet book that teaches children the importance of friendship. This book helps students understand that even if they do not have much in common with someone it does not mean they can not develop a sweet friendship. I would incorporate this book with a science lesson about bats. The book has two pages dedicated to teaching children about bats so it will be a fun way to integrate two subjects into one. I think younger students will absolutely love this book and science activity!

 

Lexile AD550L

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review 2019-02-01 14:52
Review: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
The Bird King - G. Willow Wilson

The Bird King is an epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition.

 

Hassan has a secret--he can draw maps of places he's never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan's surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan's gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls?

 

As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

I read sample of this on Bookish first and I really enjoyed what I read. I read other books in that time era so I know there is some political things happening as well.

Knowing all that I dove into the story, that I started liking while reading the sample.

I really enjoyed the world, that Wilson created it was very colorful and pretty descriptive.  I loved the characters just as much if not even more so. It was so easy to get into the world and relate to the charterers in some way. I also enjoyed the story a lot and yet I wished I had more of it.

That being said I felt like that there was way too much background of the political war brewing and happening on the book. Yes, there was but in the end I wanted a fantasy and not a history book. This is what it felt at times. While some of it would have been okay and I read in other books about, I think it could have been balanced more.

Overall I enjoyed the world, story and people but some parts just seem to long and tiring with too much historical politics dumped in.

 

I rate it 3 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will be available March 12th 2019

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/02/01/review-the-bird-king-by-g-willow-wilson
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