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text 2016-12-12 20:47
The Jupiter Pirates #3: The Rise of Earth - Jason Fry

I am of two minds on this book. First: Fry does a nice job of delving into the politics and set up of the world he’s built over the last two books, including the tensions between the Hashoone siblings current and past. BUT THEN he basically ruined it all by shoehorning in a 1) totally unnecessary and 2) completely unconvincing romance. The girl has no real character development & she and Tycho go from 0-120 in 2.5 seconds. It just doesn’t work for me, and so it ruined the emotional payoff of the last part of the book.

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review 2016-11-15 23:30
The Pirates of Pacta Servanda (Pillars of Reality #4)
The Pirates of Pacta Servanda - Jack Campbell

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Title: The Pirates of Pacta Servanda

Series: The Pillars of Reality

Author: Jack Campbell

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 322

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Mari and Alain must gather a group of mages, mechanics and skilled commons so they can begin fixing the world, by fixing the place where it truly began to break: The Kingdom of Tiae.

But Mari must not only convince other mages and mechanics to work together but she must convince those still in Tiae that she is not just some rogue, upstart mechanic trying to be a warlord. All the while the Mechanics Guild and the Mages Guild are both still hunting her and Alain, using any means possible to stop them, including pirates and dragons.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

Thoroughly enjoyed this. I continue to be impressed. Mari and Alain make a very dynamic duo but they aren't perfect nor does their love "conquer all".  The romance between them isn't sappy and it really strengthens the tension in the story.

 

The action continues strong. Fighting pirates on the sea, yet another magical dragon, assaulting a Mechanic's Armoury and finally a warlord's host. It just never lets up.

 

I think that Campbell can write a duo more convincingly than he can a single character. The Lost Fleet series and the Lost Stars series are a very compelling first case and this series backs that up. It is like he can allow his characters greater leeway by bouncing off of another character, all the time, instead of being a pillar of Heroism all on their own. Even if I'm completely out to lunch on this, I still like the series where Campbell uses dual main characters.

 

I also just found out that the rest of the series [2 more books] is out. So I'll be getting those pronto and putting them into my High Priority list on my kindle. Which means that maybe I'll be done with those 2 books by February? What a tough life, eh?

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-05 21:45
The Last of the Sky Pirates (Rook #1) (The Edge Chronicles #5)
The Last of the Sky Pirates - Paul Stewart,Chris Riddell

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Title: The Last of the Sky Pirates

Series: The Edge Chronicles

Author: Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children's SFF

Pages: 386

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

50 years after Twig sailed off to find his shipmates, things have changed on the Edge. Shrykes and Guardians of the Night control the city and the glades. Stone Rot has destroyed all flying ships. The Librarians now hide in the sewers, sending out their best and brightest to make new discoveries in the Deep Forest.

Now Rook must make the journey to the Free Glades where he will learn how to survive the Deep Forest.

Along the way, he will learn skills, make friends, meet Legends and find that only those close to you can truly betray you.

 

My Thoughts:

 

I was very glad that this was not another Quint book. Being a continuation of the story from Twig's time is good. At the same time, when Rook meets Twig and hears his story, it is SAD. All the potential Good is spent on an unfulfilled search by Twig. He never got back to Riverrise, never got back to his shipmates, never got back to the Stonespeaker Girl.

 

But this was Rook's story. However, you can see the similarity between Rook now and Twig then. It doesn't bode well for Rook's future. As a children's story however, it works well. It makes the child the hero and the adult the sad figure that bad things happen to.

 

I am done with this series though. It is meant for children and what a child will pass over or not even notice, bugs the heck out of me. I don't want to read this into the ground. Part ways while we're still on speaking terms, so to speak.

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review 2016-02-23 19:02
Great Story and Characters
Tamed by the Buccaneer (Pirates of the Jolie Rouge Book 3) - Normandie Alleman

Gaston is ready to return to his plantation and give up being a pirate. Frederica not so much. but Gaston decides this is what they must do as Frederica is pregnant. Gaston has already lost one wife and child yet seems OK with becoming a parent again. On the other hand Frederica is kinda freaking out.

This is a good book. Plot is also good. But I did not realize it was the third book in a series but I did still read on. I am sure reading the other two books would have cleared up a lot but I still enjoyed this story to no end. I loved the characters especially Frederica and all the twists and turns she has to go through. I highly recommend but remember to read the first two books.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2015-12-02 21:46
The Care & Feeding of Pirates - Jennifer Ashley

Ok, I am starting this review off with a side note: I started taking notes and writing my thoughts down about 1/2 through the book, around chapter 14-15. The first part of the book I just couldn't get into and it was because of the two main characters.  I didn't like the hero. He was too cold hearted, too emotionally distant, and somewhat insensitive to the heroine at times. The heroine wasn't emotionally strong enough for him. He definitely needed a woman with more of a backbone with a less genteel sort of manners. He at times brought to mind what real pirates might have been like, rather than the romantic figures we have created them to be. He just didn't seem to connect with her in the beginning.

The concept of a pirate doomed to be hanged, attracted to a woman and her to him in such a passionate way that they get married the day before his execution, and at the last minute his stay of execution is ordered and he is whisked quietly away to a merchantman ship to slave away his sentence sounds like it would make an entertaining and emotionally passionate story. The heroine, of course, is unaware, thinks he is dead and has mourned him for several years. He shows up after so many years and then (as a reader, I want one of several possible plot variations): 1. They have to relearn how to love each other and build a relationship while dealing with the scars of the past. 2. He has become a cold and scarred man and she needs to show him what love is, that she doesn't care about his scars-physical and/or emotional. 3. That they bicker and fight because they are such opposites and the marriage was such a rush/spur of the moment kind of thing that they have to fall in love and get to know each other all over again. Etc. Something like that. The route this one takes leaves the reader, or at least me because maybe I have this all wrong, thinking that they just don't match. He doesn't seem inclined to try and woo her, he just expects her to drop everything and come sail the seas with him. He doesn't seem to care about her emotional scars from having to mourn his death and to finally trying to move on (he comes back into her life after her engagement is announced). He also doesn't seem to care that much about her sexual desires, in the first (really second) time they come together after all of those years apart, he is sort of brutal and uncaring about her. She on the other hand, seems like she is completely fine with building a life based mainly on the good sex rather than trying to break his tough shell. She isn't really challenging him emotionally and seems to just go with things. This leads me to think that these characters are one dimensional and flat.

The second half of the book did get better, around chapter 16. The characters started to open up to each other and the story really picked up once her brother James catches up to them and they go off to the island where Christopher stashed his Mexican gold. (I am not going to give too much plot spoilers, you will have to read) There was one emotionally tense moment on the island and after that they both stopped being stubborn and distant and finally confessed their love and loyalty to each other. The ending was sweet; the siblings, James and Honoria, reconcile and Christopher's sister Manda and James' navigator, who we got to know since book one, Henderson, get together and have their own happy ending. The epilogue was perfect and a great way to tie the three books together.

The series as a whole was kind of average. I liked book 2, than 1, than 3. This series isn't as good as her Shifter Unbound series, but if you are looking for books with pirates, then I recommend you first read Sabrina Jeffries' book The Pirate Lord, then The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd by Paula Quinn, then The Captain of All Pleasures and The Price of Pleasure by Kresley Cole, then read this series. Book 1 and 2 are worth reading. Sorry this review got long.

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