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review 2017-09-17 20:22
A Red Tale by Nicola Mar
A Red Tale - Nicola Mar

Beautifully written, but just not really for me.


There really is some lovely writing here though. Some days, for me, that's enough, but not here. I'm kind of over essentially passive MC's who don't really seem to have any agency (or when they do seem to, not doing anything with it.) 


The MC here is so busy having things happen to her, and deus ex machina helpers pop up a la Alice in Wonderland style to move the plot along, that she almost disappears into the scenery. Some kind of tabula rasa for the story to be projected against. 


If you like Kate Griffin, Catherynne M. Valente, perhaps John Crowley (and I do, all three, very much), you might give the sample of this a shot though.



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review 2015-09-09 12:11
Assasin's Apprentice
Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb

4.5 Stars, Buy it


I won this paperback via goodreads.

This book really pulls you in and keeps you there.  This is the story of Fitz, a prince’s bastard child. Fitz is basically raised by the Prince’s stable person (Burrich). And while at first you don’t really like Burrich, toward the end of the book things happen that make you really happy that he turns out to be a great person.  Fitz is being raised to be an Assassin’s apprentice and this book marks the first part of his life. (I’m hoping the second and third in this trilogy continue Fitz’s story). Fitz of course has ups and downs, but fortunately, most of the plot does not prove to be anxiety provoking for me.  My favorite thing about Fitz is his love of animals and his ability to communicate with them.  


The writing is fantastic and really pulls you in. The ending proves to be a bit anxiety provoking but nothing too terrible and I plan on reading the next book in the series soon.  If you like fantasy, I highly recommend this book.

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text 2015-08-27 18:07
Reading progress update: I've read 126 out of 448 pages.
Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb

OMG this is so good. I love that I have no idea where it is going.

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review 2015-01-20 15:28
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede

I am so darn mad that this series started when I was young enough to fall in love with it, and I totally missed out. The whole time I was reading Dealing With Dragons, all I could think about was how much I would have loved this as a kid. Well, that and the fact that I'd love to have my own little one to read this to before bed. It's the perfect princess story! A strong-minded princess, wizards, dragons, all the things that I've always loved escaping into. This book is pure fun to read.


Cimorene was intelligent, witty, and full of heart. The dragons were wonderfully done, and I loved the whole idea of a dragon council. Why do dragons always have to be the bad guys? The princes were stereotypical, but that was perfect for Cimorene's wild adventures. Ah, this was just so enjoyable. I know it would have gotten five stars from me as a younger reader, but current Jessica still loved the heck out of this.


On to the next one!

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text 2014-10-20 12:09
To say nothing of the dog- Abandoned
To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis

Abadoning this. FUnny, but not really my cup of tea.

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