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review 2017-11-27 21:22
Medieval Fantasy
Dreadmarrow Thief (The Conjurer Fellstone Book 1) - Marjory Kaptanoglu

While I admittedly don't read a ton in the Fantasy/Adventure genre, I do love medieval settings filled with magic and mayhem. Dreadmarrow Thief has plenty of both with magical amulets, a wicked conjurer living in a dark castle, and a quest that seems doomed to fail. The story is told from the perspectives of Tessa, Ash, and Calder - three people whose lives are intertwined by secrets both past and present. As the story progresses and secrets are revealed, the action ramps up for this trio and main character, Tessa, learns more than she bargained for. 

The characters are interesting and the premise is a good one, especially for those that enjoy reading about medieval quests and magic. I did find the writing style to be more telling than showing, which tends to keep the reader on the outside looking in, and the point of view switches from first to third person were an added distraction. Other than that, the book does introduce an exciting world and is a promising lead-in to the series. 

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review 2017-07-10 17:07
The Ant Thief: (Story Book for Kids)(Picture Book for Kids)(Beginner Book for Children)(Story Book for Children)(Bedtime Stories)(Children's Picture Book) - Gita V. Reddy,Gita V. Reddy

The Ant Thief by Gita V. Reddy
This illustrated very colorful children's book starts out with Noira the ant and they live in an anthill. Describes the area nearby.
The ants discovered a lot of the things they had collected were now missing and they wanted to find the culprit.
Noira keeps in good shape daily by exercising that enabled her to run and climb trees.
She hated to work so sat and watched all the others gather food. She stole a ring and told others a different story.
Magic things happen next but it's not all good. Lesson of this book is not to steal because you will get caught.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this review copy from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest review


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review 2017-01-31 05:57
I will probably read book 2, I am keen to see how things progress, but I won't rush into it.
Gifted Thief (Highland Magic Book 1) - Helen Harper

Gifted Thief is an enjoyable urban fantasy read with likable and complex characters. It is, for the most part, well written and the action is peppered throughout to allow for a reasonable reading pace.

Why only three stars then?

Unfortunately, the pacing of the story in the beginning dragged quite a lot. The content was interesting, and while most of the detail helped form the rest of the book, it felt stilted and cumbersome, rather than lithe and agile like the rest of the book.

The characters were mostly really well done. Some of the extreme stereotypes were a little annoying, but they worked in most instances.

Where things got really interesting was once Integrity delved back into the Sidhe world. I've read a number of Sidhe related books and I'd have to say this one was one of the best for creating a great deal of complexity in their belief and power dynamics. I also quite enjoyed the clan versus clan-less theme that ran throughout. It added another dimension to the story that I'm sure will come into play later in the series.

I will probably read book 2, I am keen to see how things progress, but I won't rush into it.

A couple of things I noticed:

78% - ...now it stood as docile than (delete than, insert as) Barbie.
87% - ...The only (one) who thinks you're...

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book through the Awesome Indies Reviewer program.**

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review 2016-12-30 22:38
Dark Stars
Dark Stars (The Thief Taker Series Book 3) - C.S. Quinn

It is October, 1666. London is still smoking in the ruin of the Great Fire, and the horrors of mutilated bodies are mirroring events from several years ago.


With the greatest eclipse as yet seen just on the horizon, and a prophecy that the "Eye" must be found, or be lost forever, Thief Taker Charlie Tuesday begins his mad dash through London to find the Eye, and stop the murders.


Accompanied by Lily, a Romani with a serious chip on her shoulder, Charlie must solve clues relating to the Eye, while being followed by a notorious judge, a Dutch ships captain bent on destroying the British Navy, and the stranger who is committing the murders.



C.S. Quinn wove together a wonderful tale in this book, the third in a series. I haven't read the first two, and fortunately, that's not a requirement. Dark Stars is brilliant as a standalone mystery novel, giving enough history to the characters that you don't feel as though you're missing out on what created them. It is obvious that there is a past between Charlie and Lily, but the reader isn't completely left in the dark about it. 


I really enjoyed it, read it fairly quickly, and have recommended it to a few other people looking for a New Adult historical fiction mystery. It's a good one to pick up if you enjoyed the Robert Langdon series, as the plot is similar, and the pacing is as quick.


In the interest of disclosure, the publisher and NetGalley provided me with an advance copy of this book.

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review 2016-12-04 06:14
Once a Thief
Once a Thief (Regency Rakes and Rogues Book 2) - Vanessa Devereaux

3 stars but barely...... another story by this author where there was barely any story (where there could've been a story if pursued). Barely 20 pages, this one had a pages long sex scene, ending abruptly. Again not surprised.

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