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review 2017-11-08 02:30
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) - Kendare Blake

 

Ugh, original review seems to have been lost to the ether. Thanks a lot, Booklikes :/

 

ANYWAYS.

 

Part of the genius of this series is the brilliantly conflict-rich concept Blake came up with. Three MC with entourages who may also be each other's antagonists. Tension tension tension. Murder plots, romance plots, sisterly love? plots, friendship plots . . . it's no wonder the film crews are circling.

 

Add to that Blake's consistently strong writing, vibrant settings and talent for making deplorable character actions if not relatable, at least comprehensible. Dark magic, poison, not-so-cuddly mascot characters, fierce girls, assassins, elaborate and sometimes deadly fashions . . . a perfect round-up of everything readers adore.

 

Since a lot of the fun of the first book was in being blown away by Blake, like, totally going there with it, and then that killer cliffhanger, this sequel feels somewhat less shocking, more familiar. Entertaining, but not mind-blowing. It sets up a direction, subverts it, twists it, but more or less heads where you'd expect. Solid and entertaining second entry in the series, just filling out the world and characters and moving the plot along. In terms of age rating, there is quite a bit of violence, pretty minimal language, and mostly-offscreen but frankly acknowledged sex. Shouldn't be a problem for older readers, maybe a mild parental guidance alert for youngest teens, mostly on the violence.

 

Excited to see what's coming next (on the page and hopefully on the screen as well!)

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quote 2017-10-08 22:12
"You're the epitome of the sexy librarian."

She giggles, like I've said something silly.

"What?"

"I've never been called sexy a day in my life."

"Then you're sorely overdue."
Royally Matched - Emma Chase

~~ Royally Matched by Emma Chase

(The Royally series)

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review 2017-10-02 06:56
Snoozefest delight
Two for Trust (Dreamspun Desires Book 34) - Elle Brownlee
A Tag Team Review with Sara!

BROKEN HEART
--How to sum up Two for Trust?



I've been wanting to read something from this author for a while. And once I read the blurb and saw the cover... I rushed to read it.

After reading, it was not a great first impression of this author's work.

The elements are there for a winning story:

Finch - down and out dorky ginger ex-nurse who struck out on life in the work and love department
Benedict - a very stiff upper lip Brit with a mysterious air
A British countryside vacation filled with historical talking points

The air for romance while on vacation was there.

The thing is, neither main characters were interesting or charismatic enough to have a believable romance. I hesitate to call this a romance. There is a HEA and the right words showed up at times. But the delivery is so wooden, so stiff, so dry, so crusty.

My favorite part is stolen instant oatmeal. I think it was the highlight.

The book spends so much time on the English historical artifacts and research that the non existent romance and chemistry suffers from the boring and dry characters. Finch was pathetic and too similar in disposition to make any impact. Benedict... he was too "reserved". He just manipulated Finch and didn't share anything until it was too late.

And that ending? Please. *side eyes*

If you're new to the Dreamspun line, do not try this. I can't recommend. I do enjoy a quiet romance but this was too staid, too reserved and too boring.

So in closing, if you're having difficulties going to sleep or need something to start a nap, I'd give this book a try.




It worked wonders for me.



A copy provided for an honest review.
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review 2017-10-02 02:16
Together
Royal Pain: A His Royal Hotness Novel - Tracy Wolff

This is the story of how Savannah AKA "Savvy" meets Prince Kian.  How with everything going on in his life right now, he cannot forget about her.  Even with his brother missing, all Kian wants to do is be with her.

 

Savvy just wants to be left alone.  She has a hard time keeping her mind of Kian as well.  The attraction between them is sizzling so strong, it is like a living thing.  There are past secrets that threaten what they are beginning to have.  Can they move past the trouble?

 

These are some fun characters to read.  Sexy times and heat are all throughout this story.  It is a joy to turn each page and feel the heart that beats between the two MC's.  I cannot wait until I can read the next installment in the His Royal Hotness series!  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-09-27 03:17
A Call to Arms (The Chronicles of Arden #1) by Shiriluna Nott
A Call to Arms - SaJa H.,Shiriluna Nott

This is young adult novel, so don't expect any sex or many romantic moments. 
However, closer to the end of the story, there were confessions and a few tender kisses. 
I would recommend this for my 13-year olds (that's roughly the age of the characters, anyway) without hesitation.

The Academy in this book houses many professions: military, healing,magic, law... However, there is virtually no magic of any sort in this book, save for a couple of healing episodes.

Despite being true "young adult" novel, the book was pretty interesting to me and I really enjoyed the characters and the plot.

There are a few bumps in the writing style, but one that annoyed me most was the author's inability (or fear) to use pronouns. "Sentinel trainee" or "mage trainee" started to drive me (excuse my language) nuts by the end of the book.

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