Mini Review: The Pawn by Skye Warren

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Review by Poo Penny

This series has a lot of potential. I love a good revenge story. Especially one full of violence. Gabriel, however, is kind of a pathetic villain in this story. And Avery tries so hard to be a strong character, but she falls flat. I feel like the gravity of everything that happened in this book, and all the romanticizing she did will force her to face the situation and turn almost assassin like, and she will have her revenge. I hope. Because, I love a good revenge story. I want it so bad.

There were a lot of laughable moments in this book, that were so unlike Skye Warren, that I was confused. Normally her writing makes me uncomfortable. She is extremely, extremely graphic in her sex scenes, so there is that warning. I have had to put a few of her books down mid sentence because I was just like, no. This is not happening. But hearing an “innocent” character describe sexual encounters as “stuff” was just funny to me.

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Review: Frost Blood by Elly Blake

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Review by Poo Penny

Yay! Another special snowflake, get it?, story! Ruby is a fireblood, which means that she can produce a flame, and there are frostbloods, which means that they can control, oh you guessed it, frost! Well, the land, I forget what they call it, is controlled by a frostblood king, and he has basically wiped out all the firebloods. Ruby is the last, most precious. Insert eye roll. Some stuff happens, her mother is killed, she is captured, and her village is burned to the ground.

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Review: The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

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I love, love LOVE the concept of this series.  The execution – maybe not so much.  Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the US is now comprised of small independent territories, and the oceans are havens for pirates.  Without citizenship on the land, people on the sea are forced to live in flotillas and floating islands. They depend on pirates for the goods needed to survive, so piracy flourishes. In order to combat them, Reckoners, huge water beasts, are bred and trained to defend a ship that they have been bonded with.  What happens when the pirates try to harness the power and brutality of the Reckoners for themselves?  Mass chaos and a threat that puts the ocean biosphere at risk.

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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: 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: 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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