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review 2018-08-14 15:06
Lighting Fire (Californian Wildfire Fighters #1) by Leslie North
Lighting Fire - Leslie North

 

She's playing with the big boys and determined she won't get burned. Let the fireworks begin. Leslie North is back with a scorcher of a read. Lighting Fire shoots off sparks at every turn. Chase and Sookie could be each others heaven, if they can make it through the hell headed their way. Sookie is a woman with a great may strengths, but Chase could be her downfall in more ways then one. Flame-worthy reading.

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review 2018-08-11 02:30
An obvious must-read for Grimdark readers and fans of Glen Cook.
The Witch of the Sands (The Hounds of the North, #1) - Peter Fugazzotto

Book Review: Peter Fugazzotto's The Witch of the Sands is a solid novella.Very much like Glen Cook's The Black Company, this features a band of hired warriors (Hounds) set on quests/errands that once aligned with Shield's personal goal (kill all warriors and witches since they, namely the Warlock King, killed his father).

Here the Celtic/Viking-like Hounds deal with a Roman-like leader named Cassius (a nod to the IX "lost" legion) to (a) murder a magic-less chieftain (reasons unknown) and then (b) seek out the titular witch of the sands. The author handles the group well, assigning simple but effective names: Shield, Harad, Hawk, Patch, the Brothers Bull, Night (my favorite stealthy fighter),etc.. It's a fun squad with decently involved backstory and tension. Fugazzotto's martial art experience influences the fights, with just the right amount of descriptive positioning and movement.

Plenty of sorcery and undead horror here, and the final battle is compelling--delivering a mix of betrayal, music-based magic, and bloody melee.

Without spoiling, not all is answered about Cassius's intentions. I would have have enjoyed a clearer tie-in between missions. I suspect that may be answered in subsequent installments. The characters and writing style serve as a solid introduction to the Hounds of the North. Shield carries his team and the story... and the readers. You'll undoubtedly follow to book 2, Black River.

An obvious must-read for Grimdark readers and fans of Glen Cook.

Source: www.selindberg.com/2018/08/witch-of-sands-review-by-se.html
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text 2018-08-09 19:40
Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 373 pages.
North of Beautiful - Justina Chen

Sigh So now the main love interest Jacob is passively making fat comments, albeit well-meaning. Talking about how Terra takes her coffee black even though the really wants the fattiest thing on the menu. Double sigh

 

Another one bites the dust. I am not sitting through a whole book that is so damn shallow it's obsessed with weight all because a girl has a port-wine stain on her effing face.

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text 2018-08-08 22:33
Reading progress update: I've read 61 out of 373 pages.
North of Beautiful - Justina Chen

Her dad is fat-shaming her mom. Full-blown, hardcore name calling. Even bringing up other not-fat women, which is a true mark of asshole-ness. Now, as a heavy girl with weight issues- I go by CHUBBYgirlreads for a reason- I would break this man's face. Hold on tight because here comes a rant, folks.

 

I get really fucking tired of hearing "obesity is choice" or "just lose weight". One, no it isn't a choice. A lot of us have health problems. Me, for example. I could not even walk for almost 6 months. And two, skinny doesn't equal healthy. My daddy is rail thin and had a heart attack so bad he almost died when he was 55. Plus, there's being a woman to factor in which makes weight loss 10x harder. Our bodies are designed to retain weight for childbearing and feeding. But fat-shaming gym rats don't care about science. They care only.about what "worked" for them. And don't even get me started on the gym rats that day Shame AT THE GYM. A heavy person can't win in that scenario. 

 

But anyway, back to the book. Her dad is a raging motherfucker.

 

 

Yeah, he deserves this word. That's how bad he is.

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text 2018-08-08 20:00
Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 373 pages.
North of Beautiful - Justina Chen

"Fate couldn't have been kinder to any girl, even if Karin swore her nose was wider than the base of Mount Rainier. There were times I wanted to shake her. Who cares about oversized nostrils when everything else about her was exquisite?"

 

Terra speaking of her best friend. Terra needs to take her own advice. On the back cover, Terra is described as having a gorgeous figure and pretty face, amazing hair. The works. Just has a damn birthmark on her cheek. She really needs to take her own advice. I happen to have a huge nose that I hate, and I would take something makeup could hide over my honker any day.

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