Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Review by Poo Penny


It is hard to tell when to round stars up or down, but I decided to round up because I liked how savage Katharine seemed at the end.

To be really honest, the first half of this book is slow. It’s about the 3 sisters, with 3 different abilities, and them honing their skills. Katharine is a poisoner, which should mean she can eat any poisons, the more she can eat, the stronger a poisoner she is. Arsinoe is a naturalist, so she can control nature? And Mirabelle is an elemental, she appears to be the strongest so far.

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Review: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

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I found the premise of The Idea of You very compelling.  An older woman falls for a much younger man.  The icing on the cake for me was that the hero is a member of a boy band, and that makes his creditability even more questionable. Who takes boy bands seriously, other than their fans?  Certainly not the general public, and certainly not the rest of the music industry.  Who cares that these guys are selling out stadiums all over the world and selling tons of their records.  Their millions of young, female fans don’t count for much, evidently. This is totally an aside, but any  entertainment that appeals to mainly girls or women is not held in high esteem by our society. But I digress.

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Review: Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

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I am in the home stretch!  Only two more books until I’m ready for Silver Silence! The Psy-Changeling series is one of the longest I have ever read. I usually get bored with long series, and quit part way through them. Nalini Singh has managed to keep me engaged for 13 books, and that’s quite an accomplishment considering my attention span.

Cold, Silent Vasic is the hero of Shield of Winter.  I have been waiting for his book and I wasn’t disappointed.  Forced to commit terrible acts to protect Silence and the Psy race, Vasic now sees how badly he’s been used.  Powerful men have been using and abusing the Arrows to further their own personal agenda, without a care how many soldiers have died for them.  Now that Silence has fallen, Vasic has been put in charge of Ivy, an empath, and it’s his mission to protect her from all threats.

Ivy has never been Silence.  An E, she has always felt the emotions of others.  To save herself, she turned herself in for reconditioning when she was a teen. She was horribly abused during the process, and it’s been a struggle to find herself again. When Vasic offers her a job using her skills, she accepts. The survival of the Psy race is at stake.  As the E Psy begin the wake, fanatics target them, fearful of the fall of Silence.

I really liked this one.  Vasic has been brutally programmed to hide all feelings, but he still suffers from guilt. He has killed many to protect Silence, and now he realizes that he’s just been wiping out innocent people on Ming’s orders (can he die soon!?).  He puts no worth on his own life, but now that he’s been put in charge of protecting innocents like Ivy, he is determined to put all of his efforts in keeping her safe.  Even if it kills him.

Ivy has been damaged by her reconditioning, and she doesn’t trust others,  but she sees how damaged Vasic is, and recognizes a kindred spirit.  I enjoyed their romance, and how they worked together for the common goal of saving the Psy.  With Psy frightened about the fall of Silence, as well as the revelation of E designation Psy, danger is everywhere. The dark corruption from the PsyNet is also growing, and Kaleb isn’t sure how to stop it. Spreading like a disease, infecting pockets of Psy and turning them into violent, mindless zombies, time is running. There was a lot of pulse-pounding action in this installment, and that kept me rapidly turning the pages.

Shield of Winter, while not as good as Kiss of Snow or Slave to Sensation, is easily one of the best books in the series. All of the components of the story fit together seamlessly, forming a hard to put down read.

Grade: 3.75 – 4 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.
For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…
Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

Review: The Princess and the Peer by Tracy Anne Warren

Review by Poo Penny

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Emma is a princess of some small European kingdom, and she has been summoned from what sounded like boarding school to marry the King of…. something. I don’t remember. Well, in a fit, she runs away to London, where she tries to get access to one of her previous mentors. On her way she is robbed, and Nick saves her and takes her to the address, only to find her “friend” is out of town. Read more

Review: River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

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I’m sure not what I just read here, but I’ll try to put my thoughts about this strange little novella in writing.  I have been eagerly awaiting this title for months.  When I read “feral hippos” I was all over it. I mean. Feral. Hippos.  Who doesn’t want to find out what that is all about?? In the end, I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more hippos glory, and most of the characters were just down right unlikable. Read more

Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Review by Poo Penny

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This was such a fun read for me. While this book is not what I would call fast paced by any means, I found it engaging and quite interesting. Citra and Rowan are a couple of teenagers who live in a post-mortality world. They have cured all disease, and when you die, you are taken to a revival center and brought back to life. There is the Thunderhead, which is an all knowing consciousness, and the scythehood, which are all the scythes. The scythes govern themselves, and the two do not interfere with each other. Oh, and when a scythe kills someone it is called gleaning.

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