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review 2017-11-21 23:23
Our Dark Duet: Monsters of Verity #2
Our Dark Duet - Victoria Schwab

I thought I knew what to expect from this book. I was wrong.

Here's the thing, I don't really want to write a review for this one. If you've read This Savage Song then you already know about Verity and it's monsters. You know the characters, the world, and how Schwab writes. You already know whether or not you want to read this book. Ultimately anything I say is unlikely to influence that decision. So let's leave it here: I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed how the world expanded and we got new layers. I enjoyed how people changed and grew. And beyond that I'm not going to say a damn thing. I went into this one without any expectations other than knowing Schwab never disappoints, and I was right. If you liked the first in the series then you should pick this one up post-haste.

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review 2017-11-13 22:08
That Inevitable Victorian Thing: Or, Austen in the future.
That Inevitable Victorian Thing - E. Russell Johnston Jr.

Do you like regency stories? Ones with coming out balls for young ladies, elaborate teas, and awkward exchanges between suitors while they try to remain proper? Do you, in fact, love all that stuff but wish those stories had more diversity in their casts? Yes? Then you should read this book. It has all of that and more, and captures that light floaty tone impeccably.

I, however, don't particularly care for any of those things, which is why this book didn't blow my socks off. It's not you, book, it's me. The premise really intrigued me on this one - I was expecting much more of a sci-fi influence. Really though, it just feels like a regency romance with some technology and alternate history sprinkled in. Which is totally fine, but not what I was hoping for.

There's a lot to love about this book. The diverse cast was refreshing. The world was interesting. The tone was carefully crafted and the prose decent. And I will say I quite liked the ending, which is why I'm giving the book as many stars as I am. I can already tell this is going to be a lot of people's favorite book of the year. As for me it wasn't really my cup of tea. If you're looking for intricate sci-fi and cultural analysis this one might be a miss for you. If you want a fluffy yet diverse regency romance then snap this one up post-haste.

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review 2017-11-10 17:24
An Island Mystery – The Secrets of Islayne by Kari Lynn West @karilynnwest
The Secrets of Islayne - Kari Lynn West

An island, a mystery, and the beautiful and intriguing cover of The Secrets of Islayne by Kari Lynn West drew me in. I had to know what the story was.

 

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The Secrets of Islayne

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Ronan is an iluminator. That’s all he desires in his life. He’s no slacker, though his boss at the book store may have another opinion. He’s a diligent student, loves the training, pouring his heart and soul into his studies. He has his apprenticeship, graduating near the top of his class, until…

 

Luminators are endowed with the power to see and restore memories. The rich used to dominate the luminators, until hard times forced them to sell some of their land. The power comes from the land itself. Now, even families and second class citizens, a common islander, like Ronan, may have the power. The rich think it’s wrong. Sound familiar to present day circumstances? The rich and empowered want it all to themselves.

 

Cassie is a long time friend, along with Eli. She’s bold, daring, maybe a bit headstrong, (lol, very understated description of her) a daredevil. Eli’s family was wealthy. Somewhat of a surprise that he is friends with Ronan and his snooty parents hates it. They felt only the wealthy should have the power. The same goes for Cassie. She is not a luminator, but her father is.

 

Eli and Ronan met at the Academy. Cassie met them there, when they befriended her. She needs to think twice about her playful suggestions of entertainment, which can be dangerous and foolhardy.

 

They believed all they did was good, but everything can be misused and abused. Power can be a seductive thing and abuse of power can be easy to fall victim to for some of our characters. Some danger is hidden and some is in your face.

 

Some things had a ring of familiarity and I had to see if check I’d read it before. Once I got into the book, it didn’t take long to realize that I hadn’t. I have read thousands of books, so maybe that’s why some things rang familiar.

 

When everything Ronan has strived for is at risk, when his friends memories are on the line, I wonder if Ronan will do the right thing. What do you think? Well….I’m not telling. Find out for yourself by reading the book.

 

The Secrets of Islayne by Kari Lynn West is filled with fabulous characters and I loved each and every one of them, even the bad ones. It was great watching the gang grow and rise to the occasion. The world on the Island of Islayne was filled with action, intrigue and danger that I would definitely recommend.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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review 2017-11-03 05:29
Solution
Saving It - Monica Murphy

Eden & Josh have been best friends for so long.  They share each other's secrets.  When a new secret arises, can Eden help Josh to solve his problem?

 

Josh wants Eden to help him find a girl.  She does not want him finding just any girl.  So he enlists her help.  Along the way, they see their relationship in a whole new light....

 

These characters are just such a joy to read.  I love their solidarity.  The banter is so much fun too.  I found myself eagerly absorbing every page.  Such a great read.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-10-30 22:57
The Language of Thorns: Or, the Grishaverse meets Grimm
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic - Sara Kipin,Leigh Bardugo

Whether you are familiar with Bardugo's Grishaverse or not this book is perfect to snuggle up to on a cold night. The book itself is gorgeous and a pleasure to read. With full color art on every page, that expands in tandem with the story, turning each page is a discovery - between Bardugo's words and Kipin's illustrations these dark fairytales come to life. The stories themselves riff off of familiar fairytales and folk stories, and give each a new turn. It was also fun returning to Bardugo's world and reading some of the stories I imagine her characters heard while huddled around a hearth on a winter night. Equal parts grim and magical this collection enchanted me.

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