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I admit to having a love-hate relationship with George RR Martin. The first three books of his A Song of Ice and Fire series are among my favorites, and that’s saying a lot because I read a lot of books. That’s where the love comes in. Now for the darker feelings – I read A Game of Thrones in 1996, and I read the next two books within days of release. The time between each novel increased incrementally, as did the page count, but as the time between A Storm of Swords and A Feast of Crows stretched into years and years, I became frustrated. I decided that I would not read any more books in the series until they were all released. They are so long that I can’t remember all of the subtle nuances of the story, let alone the ever growing cast of characters, especially with the lengthy time between releases. Worse, I have the irrational fear that I won’t be around to see the end of the series, and that disappointment weighs heavy on my mind. So while GRRM doesn’t owe me more timely releases of his books, I do owe something to myself. I owe myself a read without fears, regrets, or frustrations, so my embargo of the main series continues. I won’t even watch the TV series until it’s over (not that I have HBO anyway, but that’s another story altogether). Read more
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I have had an eye on Amy Raby’s Hearts and Thrones series since the first book, Assassin’s Gambit, came out last year. When I had the opportunity to hop on the review tour for book 3, Prince’s Fire, I jumped. I really enjoyed this book, and it wasn’t a hindrance that I dove into the series three books in. I never felt lost, and all of the characters were introduced in ways that didn’t leave me wondering about their relationships with each other. As soon as I get a chance, I am going to read Archer’s Sin, a novella featuring two of my favorite characters from Prince’s Fire. Read more
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Danielle! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Danielle L Jensen] Quiet, smart, quirky, obstinate, and ambitious
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Stolen Songbird? Read more
: Shadow FireAuthor
: Kimber Leigh WheatonSeries
: The Light Chronicles Book #1Genre
: YA Fantasy/RomancePublication
: February 24, 2014 by Astraea Press
Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic. Read more
Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.
Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.
Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal
As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?
Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a standalone story.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Pip! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Philippa Ballantine] Optimistic, determined, sociable, happy traveller.
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I loved this book! Gilded is a fun fantasy based on Korean mythology, and it has a ton of action, death-defying fight scenes, and even a little romance. Protagonist Jae Hwa Lee is not a shrinking violet; she is out there giving back as well as she gets. I think I enjoyed the book so much because Jae Hwa doesn’t wait for a guy to save her (though one does help her throughout her adventures), and because it takes place in South Korea. There aren’t enough books with Asian settings, so I am eager to try each one that I discover. The fact that I had such a great time reading this is like winning the lottery. Read more
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Moth and Spark caught my eye because it has dragons. Ever since my introduction to Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern when I was a young, impressionable girl, I have been hooked on dragons. Who wouldn’t want to take flight with a majestic beast and save the world from whatever dangers beset it? Aside from having dragons and dragonriders, though, I would consider Moth and Spark more like A Game of Thrones, with less bloodshed, fewer heartrending deaths, and a lot more romance. The focus of this novel is on politics and the machinations behind the war that is unleashed on Prince Corin’s small kingdom. Chosen by the dragons to free them from their slavery to the Empire, Corin is challenged at every step to find a way to fulfill his duty to the stolen dragons. Read more