Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #3 by Hiromu Arakawa


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Edward, Al, and Armstrong are on their way to the boys’ hometown so Ed’s auto-mail can be repaired after his arm was destroyed in the fight with Scar. I enjoyed this lull in the tense drama of the series. Their hometown is isolated and idyllic. Pinako and Winry helped them after they dabbled into forbidden alchemy, and it’s obvious that there is a great deal of affection between all of them. These chapters are also a great opportunity to catch your breath, because the rest of the volume is one shocking revelation after another, followed by lengthy fight sequences.

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Review: Ultimate Courage by Piper J Drake

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I was really enjoying this until the end, when Alex ditches Elisa in her moment of need. He knows that a crazy stalker is after her, and he abandons her without a concern for her well-being, after losing his sh$t when he hears a rumor about her. I thought that there was more trust and substance to their relationship by that time, that he knew and understood all of the awful things she was forced to do until she could make a break for freedom after escaping from her cruel, controlling fiancé. But, nope, he didn’t even give her the benefit of that doubt.

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Review: A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans

 

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Review by Poo Penny

Alright, to be honest the only reason I am still reading this series is because I really want to know who wants to destroy the Libertine Scholars! I liked the romance between Portia and Grayson, but I felt like a lot of the dialogue was… trite. For instance, when he was of course taking her v-card, he “felt humbled.” Seriously? I could have done without that line. And he said to Portia after something about feeling “honored and humbled that he would be the first and only man to know her in such a way.” UGH!!!

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Mini-Review: His at Night by Sherry Thomas

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Review by Poo Penny

This was different than the other Sherry Thomas books I have read. This didn’t have a ton of moments that grabbed at your heart strings, it didn’t rip them away, and it didn’t leave you feeling devastated at the end. First, it was more about the journey, and the romance felt secondary to me. Especially the sex. I really liked it. Second, the two main characters, Elissande and Vere, are both pretending to be people they aren’t, until they are married. Then Elissande decides she must stop, and eventually she sees through Vere’s character.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #2 by Hiromu Arakawa

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As Edward and Al continue their quest to get their original bodies back, they encounter danger, and see how far a desperate alchemist will go to keep his license.

This volume broadens the examination of the dark side of alchemy and the theory of equivalent exchange. What is the life of young girl worth, when her father has run out of options in his research? When he does the unthinkable, Edward realizes how close to the edge of darkness he came during his efforts to perform forbidden alchemy. Does it matter that he only wanted to see his mother again? When you look at what he lost, his brother’s body, as well as his arm and leg, for what he got, a lump of flesh that couldn’t even be called human, the price seems steep indeed. The whole system is rigged to so that the truly power hungry are willing to sacrifice the unthinkable to bend the rules. Alchemy can do so much good, but in the hands of the wrong person, it can corrupt absolutely.

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Mini-Review: Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins

 

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Review by Poo Penny

Ugh! This book. It was at least 100 pages way too long, and Kerr wasn’t even a rogue! When I see a title like this one, I expect the main guy to be a rogue! Not the exact opposite. And, let’s just leave aside the lack of chemistry between Kerr and Ivy, but they did the deed in the rain, in a cottage, that was abandoned no less, on a walk back from the village, after knowing each other for only a day and a half? PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT. I was so disappointed with the murder-mystery aspect of this book too. As soon as it was discovered there was a child, it was like the author wanted to leave the largest, driest breadcrumb for you to find straight back to who that could possibly have grown up to be.

That made sense right? I tried. I love historical romances, I read them almost daily, and this one I am hoping to forget very soon. Sorry, it didn’t work for me.

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Dueling Reviews: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

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Poo Penny and I both read A Rogue by Any Other Name recently.  We both enjoy Sarah MacLean’s novels, but this one worked better for Poo than it did for me.  Here are both of our thoughts on the first book in The First Rule of Scoundrels series.

Poo Penny’s Thoughts:

I really liked this one! I have said it before, I LOVE when the couple starts out as childhood friends, and something happens to drive a wedge between them, and as adults they feel like they are no longer friends. They have become enemies. Well, in this one, the hero, Michael, loses his lands in a card game when he is young, and becomes impoverished. He then disappears from society. Penelope, continuing to think of him as her friend, she writes him letters that she eventually stops sending because he never replies.

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Mini-Reviews: The Billionaire’s Legacy 3 – 4

 

 

Here are some more reviews from Harlequin’s The Billionaire’s Legacy series.

Book – To Blackmail a Di Sione by Rachel Thomas

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While I usually enjoy fake fiancée books, I didn’t care for this one. I just didn’t like Liev, and I didn’t buy his backstory. Instead of making him sympathetic, I thought it made him seem weak. And going to jail for 5 years for stealing a stale loaf of bread and potatoes? Even if it was in Russia, that seemed an unbelievably harsh sentence for a 13 year old. You’d think that at least he would have been given 3 squares a day, but that was never mentioned – only that he burned for revenge as he labored hard in prison. His rage was also misdirected, because Bianca’s brother wasn’t the person who had “destroyed” his parents. I guess I did like that the grandfather was hardly in this installment of the series, pressuring his grandkids and making them do really stupid things to get back the jewels he sold off when he was younger. Though they all seem more than ready to do reckless and unwise things to get the “lost mistresses” back all on their own.

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