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text 2017-12-19 21:36
Best Reads of 2017
Arabella of Mars - David D. Levine
And the Rest is History - Jodi Taylor
The Lost - Sarah Beth Durst
Arabella and the Battle of Venus - David D. Levine
Creepy Pair of Underwear! - Aaron Reynol... Creepy Pair of Underwear! - Aaron Reynolds,Peter Brown

These are the best books I've read this year.



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text 2016-09-23 18:08
Reading progress update: I read the sample.
The Queen of Blood - Sarah Beth Durst

Verdict?  BLIP!


A seriously brief sample; I've read longer flash fiction.  Basically, we now know the main character spent her childhood with her family.  Duh.


So, no conclusion.  Neither good nor bad.  Promises elements I might like if done well (fantasy, other world) and elements I will loathe if done wrong (the special heroine with special talent gets special rank/attention).


Which I already knew before reading the sample.


I won't be buying at hardcover prices.  Will watch everyone else's reviews.  Will keep an eye out for paperback pricing on ebook or for library to get the ebook.


Oh, I just remembered -- isn't this the same publisher (Harper Collins) that listed ARCs on NetGalley that were missing their final chapters?

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text 2016-09-20 22:54
Sampling but whoa boy is the publisher comparisons in book description causing some major expectations
The Queen of Blood - Sarah Beth Durst

Got some really big shoes to fill when book description claims:

"…With the danger of Peter Brett’s The Warded Man, heart of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, and lyricism of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind, this is the first chapter in a series destined to be a classic…"


Really?  Going to be that good?  Sample may tell.


Is it a caution to anyone else when the writing is described as lyrical?  I mean, yes, there are great books that can be described as nothing less but just as frequently can mean over-descriptive, longwinded (sometimes even pretentious) books not worthy of the praise.

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review 2016-06-03 00:00
Ice - Sarah Beth Durst Noooope. Nopenopenopenopenope. Full thoughts here
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text 2016-03-24 12:20
Cover Crush: Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Personal side note:  I've been pretty absent here at Booklikes for a while, I know.  I haven't exactly finished any books to review and I don't have any other posts to publish and mainly I've just been browsing and 'liking' everyone else's stuff.  I'm also working on some other project, so I've felt busy even though I also feel like I haven't really gotten anything done.


Fortunately, this post was pre-planned weeks ago, so that I at least have something to post this week.  Following, I'm hoping I have time to finish writing my review for my TBR List book and have it ready to post on Saturday.


Anyway, now onto my Cover Crush for this week.



 Because no matter the book's summary blurb, author, or marketing, there's no doubt that many of us are drawn in by a pretty cover.  And the great ones are hard not to notice.  I'm admittedly not immune to wonderfully crafted book covers and have fallen prey to them time and time again.


Cover Crush is a feature originally thought up by Erin at Flashlight Commentary.  Every Thursday, she publishes a post featuring a book jacket/book cover that she really likes with a short commentary about it.  I discovered this weekly feature via It's a Mad Mad World here at Booklikes and decided to join in the fun!





I am absolutely in love with this cover!  In fact, this was one of the first ones I thought of when I was thinking about choosing covers to feature for Cover Crush


The colors are muted, yet at the same time, sharp in some areas that really draw attention to our main girl's dress and the motion of her dance.  Then there's the moon in the background, the cloudy surroundings and some of the intricate design and details on the bodice, her hair, the large hoop earring...


Gah!  This cover is just gorgeous!  I can't stop trying to look for more detail.  The book itself isn't so bad either.  I remember glancing at the cover a few times when Liyana is described dancing, whether just to pass the time or during her god summoning.


I DO wish we could see the rest of her outfit though.


A beautiful cover for an equally beautifully written book.



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/03/cover-crush-vessel-by-sarah-beth-durst.html
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