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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage Gilded Cage by Vic James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am thoroughly impressed. This book gets all the stars from me. I'd give it more if I could.

You've got an interesting concept - two kinds of humans, Equals and the normal people. Equals have superhuman powers. Normal people are, well, normal. Every normal person is required at some point in their life to serve ten years of "slavedays," service to the Equals in some form or fashion.

You've got superpowers - instant hook for me - and they're not used on every page or constantly thrown about. We get glimpses of the power throughout, and it feels like a taste of what's to come...

You've got some great characters - a family divided, an infant with mysterious seeming lack of powers, some Equals very full of themselves, a creepy Equal with stranger powers than most, power hungry politicians and rebellious normals.

I don't want to give away too much -- but I will say this. I wasn't surprised at all by one of the biggest twists of the book. I had actually come to expect it a while before the reveal. But what happened AFTERWARDS did kind of throw me for a loop, and set up the next book extremely well.

Thankfully, the next book comes out later this year, and hopefully the wait for the third won't be too long, because as of right now, *GRABBY HANDS*

Special thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review: The Turn

The Turn The Turn by Kim Harrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, let's get the pesky tidbit out of the way -- I received this book as an advanced reader copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Now, down to business. Kim, darling, I know that all good things must come to an end, but this book proves that you're at your best when you're in the world of the Hollows. Don't get me wrong, I adore Peri Reed and the cast of that series. The premise is neat and you add lots of fun twists and turns and bad boys and good boys and cats and a badass lead... but the Hollows is just BETTER. I mean honestly, the Hollows has PIXIES like Jenks and, newly introduced in this book, Orchid. I ADORED her, almost as much as I did Jenks - who happens to be one of my favorite book characters of all time.

A little backstory (see what I did there? this book is a prequel, so it's all backstory!) -- remember in the Hollows when we are introduced to this Urban Fantasy world? Yep, tomatoes + virus = human population decrease and supernatural creatures coming out of the hidden in plain sight closet. This book tells that story. It did such a good job that now I'm hankering for a reread of the entire 13 book (plus myriad shorties) series.

Even though we knew the inevitable ending, the path to get there was fun, the characters were well developed and lovable (for the most part), and we got more Hollows out of the deal. Side note here: we also get some cameos! I won't tell you who, because spoilers, but I loved the cameos!

I think there's enough material for another prequel to get us to the start of the Hollows, Kim, darling... even if it's just a series of shorties or a novella. Don't make me beg (because I will, and it will not be cute).

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Review: Strange Magic

Strange Magic Strange Magic by James A. Hunter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Goodreads rating system proved to be perfect. Two stars = "it was ok."

It had a lot of promise, and it was short (only 200 pages or so), and took me almost 3 weeks to read. I just couldn't pick it up once I set it down.

My biggest gripe was that it tried too damn hard. We don't need pop culture references and jokes and witty dialogue EVERY SINGLE PARAGRAPH. It takes away from the realism that is needed to ground Urban Fantasy into our world when it's constantly reminding us that "hey, this is your world. hey, that show you like is in here. hey, funny joke" over and over and over.

I'll consider the second. Maybe he polishes his writing up some and some of this problem is reduced? If he could tone it back some and stop trying so hard to be funny and awesome, it would actually BE funny and awesome (see: Jim Butcher's Dresden Files).

I appreciate Netgalley providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I'm just sorry my honest review of what could have been an awesome series wasn't as positive as I had hoped it would be.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Review: Sparrow Hill Road

Sparrow Hill Road Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seanan sure knows how to pack a punch. Many of these leave you feeling sad for Rose Marshall, hitchhiking ghost. Many of them leave you hoping that if these ghost roads are real, that Rose Marshall is real too and out there helping ghosts move on and getting rid of old haunted roads.

But mostly, they leave you wishing Seanan would continue the story. :)

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You can always trust Seanan McGuire to give you a great story. I loved the dedication in this one, and I think this novella was further evidence of Seanan's ability to weave a story, no matter the length, into a masterpiece.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: The Woman in Blue

The Woman in Blue The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I very much enjoy Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series. Each new addition brings an interesting plot and the characters are portrayed so real - mistakes and feelings and all.

This one had an interesting twist -- Ruth, as the main character of the series, had a very minor role in the plot. She was really more of an outside party linked very tenuously to the main mystery, and we got a lot more depth from Nelson, which was a refreshing change of pace. We got some Cathbad involvement, which was awesome, because he's, well, Cathbad, but I do miss Judy! She had very little in this one. That provided some of the other police team members to have their turns to shine a little, and we got to know Tanya, Clough, and Tim a little better.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Review: Chaos Choreography

Chaos Choreography Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know, I don't really care for reality dance shows. Just like the reality music competitions, I feel like these things have run their course and need to go to where reality shows go to die. But, thanks to Seanan McGuire, I've now enjoyed at least one reality dance competition show this decade -- Dance or Die.

Yes, that's right, ladies and gents, Verity gets a call to be on a special All-Stars edition of the show, which at first seems like a great way to confirm to herself that her decision to give up her Valerie Pryor identity and focus on cryptozoology was the right one. At least, that's what it was supposed to be - luckily for the world, it was kismet that brought her back to the world of dance, because yet another snake cult has decided to attempt their rituals around Verity (you would think they would have learned?) and this time, they make it extremely personal.

My only complaint is that I totally guessed who was involved in the snake cult and was responsible. I really enjoyed the book though, and very much liked the new characters. :)

Like I say every time, do yourself a favor and start reading Seanan McGuire.

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