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review 2019-05-29 16:00
Review: The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black
The Wicked King - Holly Black

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.

 

 

4.5 ★

WOW !!! This book gave me whiplash !!! That Ending…. Lets just say it’s been two days and I’m still not sure what to think and a bit angry about it.

Like I said the whole book is a rollercoaster and there is nto much I can say to not spoil it and believe me, you don’t want to be spoiled with this one.

I will make it sweet and shirt , ot at least I try  lo.

The book starts off 5 some months after the events of the last book, Cardan is King, Jude pulling his strings,( or is she?) . To be honest, I think Jude is getting a bit power-hungry and all that string pulling is getting to her head a bit. But then again that is all that she has left. She is still on the outs with her family, her fae family that is. She is working with the Court of Shadows and of course working The High King. But all that is getting more and more complicated as she seems to be having more and more feelings for Cardan. The water fae also coming out to play and things get a bit … wet and nasty.

As thing heat up with the underwater fae, and things getting a bit out of control she starts working again with Madoc. Of course he is him and yu never know if you can trust him or not.

I will say as much as an A-$$ -Hole he is ….. I really love him and always looked forward to parts with him.

Cardan was not as much in the book, as I hoped and if again you never know with him, I liked him, I hated him , I loved him and I never fully trusted him but I still wanted more of him. I have a real love-hate relationship with him for sure. 

Jude, most if the time I thought she is a bitch but others I just felt bad for her and asked why she keeps doing that do herself, even though she could just up and go to the human world.

Overall I really liked the book and learned quickly, you can’t trust anyone, no matter what or who.  There is lots if humor, action and even more betrayal going on , it is pretty fast pact and with all the action going on the book reads super-fast.

The end …… DID NOT see that coming…. NOT in a million years…. OMG I was soo angry and confused. Well done Holly Black, that was one heck of a twist I didn’t see coming.

I can’t wait for the next book to see how she will finish it …….. Because I’m not even sure where this can go. Well I do but I don’t think I would like that lol.

Overall great book, few things I disliked but nothing major and not even worth mentioning.

I rate it 4.5 ★

 

 

 

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review 2019-05-20 23:10
The Folk of the Air
The Folk Of The Air - Peter S. Beagle

This book is decades old, out of print, and has been reviewed and picked apart many times over, so I'll try to keep my review short.

 

This is my second Peter Beagle book, and once again I'm struck by his language. This book in particular is 90% mood and atmosphere, 10% story. There is a plot, and there are characters (well drawn ones at that), but that all comes secondary to evoking a strong sense of place and mood. In fact, I'd say this book is just one big Mood. And that's kind of wonderful. Fantasy from this era has such a distinct feel - it drew me back in time to my youth, reading books much like this one and being transported.

 

It's also worth remarking upon how gentle this book is. There's a core of compassion that I haven't seen often in books of any genre. It hits upon bittersweetness, youth, optimism, and naivety. It paints people lovingly, even when they aren't perhaps the most lovable. It has also aged, in my opinion, very well in the treatment of women. The ladies in this book have agency and strength, and are probably the most compelling and well-rounded characters in the story.

 

I don't particularly have any criticisms of this book - the only reason my rating isn't higher is because I prefer a swifter story. This book is like laying in a lazy river, slowly being pulled downstream, and watching the sun wink through the tree branches overhead. It's a lovely journey. I just happen to like a few more rapids in my rivers.

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review 2019-05-16 17:08
Good collection
Australian Folk Songs and Bush Ballads: Over 100 Traditional and Popular Songs Celebrating Australia - Warren Fahey

This is a collection of various songs and ballads. Fahey includes a brief history of the song as well as musical notation.

There is also quite a bit about the various folk singers.

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review 2019-05-01 16:55
Are Changlings Real? Little Darlings by Melanie Golding @mk_golding
Little Darlings - Melanie Golding

 

I would like to thank the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, for the opportunity to read Little Darlings by Melanie Golding.

 

Soon to be a major motion picture.

Publisher:  Crooked Lane Books

Cover:  Melanie sun

 

Little Darlings

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MY REVIEW

 

I was immediately hooked by the introduction. I’m not only curious, I am horrified by what she is about to do. Now I need to know why

 

Lauren Tranter had just delivered twins and as she held Morgan, she wondered why she didn’t feel the overwhelming love she had heard so much about. She was filled with doubts, but don’t all new mothers feel that way?

 

DS Harper saw the 911 call. Even though it had been cleared, something niggled at the back of her mind. She couldn’t let it go. She went to the hospital to check on Lauren Tranter, even though she was ordered to let it go. Her spidey senses were tingling and she had learned to listen to them. She had no desire to move up in the system, so she would walk that fine line and buck the system when she felt she must.

 

Was Lauren seeing things, hallucinating? The filthy muddy fish smell still lingered in her hospital room. And the cut on her hand? Where did that come from? Did she do it to herself?

 

I am trying to figure out where we are heading. What is really going on? Melanie Golding does a great job of keeping the mystery hidden. The story moves at a steady pace and I keep getting more anxious with each chapter read. I love the mounting tension and anticipation.

 

Little Darlings is a riveting tale of psychological thrills and chills and it may leave you, like me, wondering…Is it all in her mind? Are the folk tales of changlings true? You decide.

 

This is Melanie Golding’s debut novel and I only see good books coming from her in the future. Keep on writing, Melanie, and I’ll keep on reading.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Little Darlings by Melanie Golding.

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review 2019-05-01 03:52
Holly Blakc: The Cruel Prince
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

In the first in a new series Holly Black shows just how far one will go to shape a Kingdom.

Jude and Taryn are forced from their home when they are seven, their mother and Step father murdered and they are forced to live with the murderer in the High Court of Faerie. it has been ten years and although they try to keep their heads down, they are always reminded that they are humans in this Fey world. Jude wants nothing more that to belong in this world despite her mortality but there are many fey who despise humans and only see them as slaves. A new ruler is about to be chosen and Jude must see that things go in her favour. The faerie court is one of deception, trickery and bloodshed, Jude needs to learn quickly if she going to survive the change change in rule.

This is the first book that I have read by Black and I really enjoyed the majority of elements, characters that she presented and developed in this book. The world building is extremely well done and beautifully written. I know where this world/reality sit in regards to our own world, as well I did not find the different children of the King confusing and who were all vying for the crown, well except Prince Cardan. You really feel the differences between the two worlds and the struggle that Jude and her twin sister Taryn feel to try to fit in but also keep their heads down as well (Taryn succeeds at this much better than Jude does). The identical twin aspect is also interesting, how two people who are the same on the outside have such different personalities and Black highlights this every chance that she gets, especially in regards to the bullying that the girls suffer.

I personally would classify this book as a fantasy political intrigue, as Jude is doing everything that she can to support a cause that she believes in as well as trying to find her spot and purpose in this Fae world. She begins to learn the art of a spy and the trading of secrets. She is realizing just how valuable her human nature makes her. As with any good spy book this one was much darker than I expected it to be and often there were moments of brutality that once again I did not expect and some of them even come from Jude herself.

Okay I normally post spoiler free reviews but with this book, I feel like i have to say something about the relationship that occurs in this one. So if you are looking to read this book, don't read any further, as what I'm about to write does occur later in the book.

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I feel like this has a really poor relationship between Cardan and Jude. Their relationship at the beginning is one of bullying verging on torment because of what is done to her. And there is an almost rape that occurs that takes things to a whole different level. Yet Cardan supposedly is obsessively in love with her and does all of these bad/rude/embarrassing/dangerous things because of it and Jude accepts this. I mean WHAT? How can this even be a thing. Black is a well known author even though this is the first book I have read by her, these books are rated YA (which I also have issue with but that is probably not the authors doing). Why do books like this and I believe the Twilight series (I've never the series, just basing it on what others have said) promote such unhealthy relationships and make it seem normal and alright? Alright spoilers and rant over.

So will I read the next book in this series? Yes. The ending was really well done and I liked how every other aspect in the book was shaped by Black. I am interested in seeing where relationships are taken what this new world under a new King will look like.

Enjoy!!!

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