Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Review by Poo Penny

Contains SPOILERS

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: River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

May Contain Spoilers

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

May Contain Spoilers

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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Review: Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

May Contain Spoilers

Where has this book been all my life?  Seriously.  I have a paperback copy somewhere in the basement that I never read, which was purchased long, long ago.  Since I read almost exclusively in digital now, there was little chance that I would go digging through boxes of books for the paper copy.  But then! the library! added a digital! copy to their collection!!!  I checked it out on a whim, and had a very fun journey with Talia and Rolan.

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Review: Given by the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

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Well.  Hmmmm.  I’m not sure how I feel about this one.  It’s grim and dark, featuring a protagonist doomed to die for the good of her people.  There were four POVs, which I think was a bit excessive for the length of the book, and I thought that Dara and Witt’s chapters weren’t really needed.  Though, honestly, that opinion might be because I didn’t really care for either character.

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Review: Frost Blood by Elly Blake

May Contain Spoilers

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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