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text 2017-09-15 19:39
Reading progress update: I've read 54%.
KAGE Unleashed - Maris Black

“Tell me you trust me,” he said, his voice barely controlled as he pounded into my body.

But I didn’t know if I trusted him. The truth was, it didn’t matter if I trusted him or not.

“I would die for you,” I said instead, because it was true. Trust was irrelevant. He could break my trust a hundred times, and I would still die for him.

He walked me forward a couple of steps and bent me over the top of the balcony rail, as if testing my claim. Only the tops of my shoulders and my head were floating, but the near-invisibility of the balcony gave the illusion of much more.

“I would die for you, too,” he said. “I don’t care.” And then he gave me everything he had, surging up into my body with the strength of ten men, showing me with his body what could not be said with words.

 

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review 2017-09-07 11:40
Review: Daughter of the Burning City
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I had no idea what to expect with this one, and was pleasantly surprised to find out I completely loved this book. Definitely on my top ten for this year so far. Its premise and characters are so unique and interesting, and it appears to be a stand-alone, which is rare in YA fantasy.

 

This fantasy novel tells the story of Sorina, an illusion worker at the Gommorah travelling circus. Sorina has no eyes but she can see. She creates illusions. The illusions she creates are so real they have become almost as real as real people, to her, they are her family, and together they perform the carnival freak show. Each illusion has it’s own special ability. Sorina has also the adopted daughter of the festival proprietor. She is the heir and will take over running the whole show one day.

 

The festival is travelling across their land, they are from Down Mountain and travelling Up Mountain. The Up Mountain people appear to be the rich snobby people. There’s a war brewing between the two factions hinted at throughout the novel. Sorina’s illusions are being murdered. Each stop a different illusion dies and the novel tells the story of Sorina’s investigation into the Murderers and the truth behind the Gommorah Festival.

 

The writing is incredible, it’s quite a dark fantasy really. Sorina becomes enamoured with another illusion worker – a poison worker, Luca who’s unique talents make him impossible to kill. His show involves festival goers paying to try to kill him. The characters are all so different and well written. The plot is very twisty and impossible to predict. I was very surprised when the truth was revealed.  Sorina learns quite a few shocking home truths as her investigation progresses. The family connection was brilliant, how they all came together, not without drama and plenty of emotion wound through as various family members were brutally murdered.

 

Not a lot to recap as it would be really spoilery. There was hints of a romance but it wasn’t the sole focus of the plot and the characters were all delightfully diverse as well. Really interesting world building as well. A political undercurrent later on as the war brewing takes alarming shape. Morally questionably acts. It was quite violent in parts.

 

Over all it was excellently written. A fantastic read. I loved it so much I bought a finished hardback.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Stories for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2017-08-29 22:21
This is making me laugh so hard
All-New, All-Different Avengers (2015-) Annual #1 - Chip Zdarsky,Natasha Allegri,Natasha Allegri,Zac Gorman,Jay P. Fosgitt,Faith Erin Hicks,Faith Erin Hicks,Mahmud A. Asrar,G. Willow Wilson,Scott R. Kurtz,Scott R. Kurtz,Alex Ross,Mark Waid

 

I read the '... This is a fanfic site.' line and just burst out laughing.

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review 2017-08-22 19:09
One Sentence Review – The Corpse With The Garnet Face by Cathy Ace @AceCathy
The Corpse with the Garnet Face (A Cait Morgan Mystery) - Cathy Ace

The Corpse With The Garnet Face by Cathy Ace is just right for the summer season.

A little mystery on the beach or while traveling is a good thing.

 

The Corpse with the Garnet Face (Cait Morgan #7)

 

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

 

The Corpse with the Garnet Face by Cathy Ace is written along the lines of Agatha Christie, and has Cait, Bud and other quirky characters with long buried secrets searching for answers in this fun cozy, with lots of suspects to muddy the waters and keep the mystery alive.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  3 Stars

 

GOODREADS BLURB

 

The seventh book in the Cait Morgan series finds the eccentric Welsh criminologist–sleuth accompanying her husband Bud to Amsterdam to try to unravel a puzzling situation.

 

To Bud’s surprise, he discovers he has a long-lost uncle, Jonas, who’s met an untimely death. Bud’s mother assures him Jonas was a bad child, but, from beyond the grave, Uncle Jonas begs his nephew to visit the city he adopted as his home to delve into the life he built for himself there, founded on his passion for art.

 

With an old iron key as their only clue, Cait and Bud travel to Amsterdam to solve the cryptic message left by Jonas—and to honor the final wishes of a long-lost relative.

 

My review for The Corpse with the Diamond Hand

 

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text 2017-08-21 00:02
This panel
All-New Inhumans (2015-) #9 - James Asmus,Stefano Caselli

 

I won't be doing this too often, but there are some panels on rereads that I'll want to share.  Or quotes.   

 

This gets me every time.   Flint's response makes me laugh and Gorgon's admission gives me all the feels.   Not only is he a paralyzed warrior who feels useless due to that fact, he's just pretty much told the lady who wants his seed/baby that he hates the hoofs that Terrigenesis gave him and that they weren't transcendent due to their transformation, but rather experiments into living weapons by a fascist, alien society.   (Her argument is that they can touch transcendence, even accidentally.   They also try to get more powerful Inhumans by a form of eugenics, believing the more powerful, the more perfect, the closer to transcendence that Inhuman gets.   Gorgon is well known as a very powerful Inhuman from another Inhuman city/society, so gorgeous women are kinda all over having his attention.   The one who tried to seduce him was just the most opportunist amongst them.)

 

Gorgon also feels like such a failure that he doesn't speak to his son, by the way.   So y'know, that was a thing the lady who wanted his baby couldn't know, but also twisted the knife in a little more for him.   So that makes his statement more tragic, and yet... I still laugh at Flint ending his statement with 'surprising?'   That question mark makes it funny for me.   

 

Like what do you say to Gorgon in that situation?   Especially since Gorgon is now on trial for his wheelchair trying to kill said lady.   (Inhumans, it should be noted, not only have very advanced technology, they've had it for years before humans did.   Like they have flying cars, y'all.   And teleporting dogs, so a little sci-fi, a little living weapons sci-fi.)  He claims he can't control the chair, but it was still his responsibility so he went in peacefully and Flint was allowed to visit Gorgon in Utolan jail.   (And I very keenly remember what happened with this storyline.   I won't spoil it for anyone who chooses to read this series.   This series, and Uncanny Inhumans, were both written by Soule and were both excellent.  I suggest them both.   Uncanny focused more on Black Bolt, and had less diplomacy and more action - and I tend to like less diplomatic more action based comics the most.   So basically Uncanny was my favorite of the two, but only because it had character and action appeal.  And there's plenty of action in All-New, just more diplomacy/less time-travel crazy comic book shenanigans that I prefer that are in Uncanny.)

 

Loving, loving this massive reread.   I've read, lesse, 13 Inhuman related comics today.   

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