Review: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

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I love books set in ancient time periods, so I was frothing to get my hands on The Valiant.  Fallon is a female gladiator. What could be more exciting?  A lot, apparently.  This wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for, and I almost DNF’ed it at the beginning, but I persevered.  Ultimately, it was a lackluster adventure, complete with mean girls, a gross, flesh eating cult, and an unconvincing love interest.

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Review: His Amish Teacher by Patricia Davids

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This was a quick, pleasant read that had a touch of mystery.  My biggest gripe was that there was too much telling, instead of showing, especially when it came to the Amish way of life and Amish philosophy.  The dry, matter of fact dialog during these infodumps did not hold my attention.  Otherwise, the characters were likeable enough, and while the story won’t stick with me for long, it did keep me entertained for a few hours.

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Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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Review by Poo Penny

Here is the deal. I enjoyed the book, but, there were a couple of very stereotypical YA things that kind of get annoying after a while.

Twylla is SUUUUUUUUUUUPER annoying, she has almost no character development in the whole book. She is extremely immature, and she has almost no interaction with people, so a lot of the time she doesn’t know how to act. She thinks herself in love after seeing collar bones. FREAKING COLLAR BONES. WTH people.

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Review: Pony Express Mail-Order Bride by Rhonda Gibson

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This is the second of the Saddles and Spurs novels that I have read. I have enjoyed both, but I think Pony Express Mail-Order Bride was the best so far.  Though I thought the characters were a bit on the young side (eighteen), and Bella’s lack of trust made unnecessary hardships for the couple, the story kept me engaged from beginning to end.  That’s actually saying a lot, since they spent a lot of time doing every day tasks around the homestead, and there weren’t a lot of diversions other than what kind of sweets Bella baked for dessert, so the author’s writing style is engrossing, and the protagonists’ inner monologues were kept at a steady tempo to draw the reader in and care about the characters.

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Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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I have been looking forward to reading Red Sister for almost a year.  I have only read one other book by Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns, and while I really, really enjoyed it, I just haven’t had time to read the remainder of that trilogy.  Red Sister didn’t work as well for me, and it has what I call, “The Harry Potter Syndrome.”  A large part of the plot revolves around the protagonist learning how to use her not insignificant skills for slaughter in a classroom setting.  I have just read so many magic school series that the format doesn’t work for me anymore.

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Review: The Consequence of His Vengeance by Jennie Lucas

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I have mixed feelings about this book.  On one hand, it was engrossing and filled with angst. On the other, Darius was a jerk, and it took a while to warm up to a guy whose only motivation for seeing his ex was revenge.  He’s going to seduce her for dumping him the day they were going to elope, when she was eighteen.  Letty’s rejection of Darius was an act of desperation and love; her father had just confessed to running a Ponzi scheme, and she didn’t want to put Darius’s dreams of starting a software company in danger. 

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Review: Gods of the Flame Sea by Jean Johnson

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I’ll admit that when I started this novella, the final in the Flames Seas trilogy, I was bored. Out of my mind.  I was not a fan of Udrin, the one-dimensional villain of the piece, and all of the babble about different kinds of love – yawn.  I know, I know. It actually meant something in the bigger picture, but it just wasn’t holding my attention.  In my defense, it was a rainy, gloomy Sunday afternoon, and the weather was probably corrupting my mood.  Thankfully, Ban appeared on the scene, and I got caught up in the story and the struggles of the characters as they fought to contain the powers of a boy gone bad. Very, very. Bad.

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