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

May Contain Spoilers

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

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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 Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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Review by Poo Penny

Here is the deal. I enjoyed the book, but, there were a couple of very stereotypical YA things that kind of get annoying after a while.

Twylla is SUUUUUUUUUUUPER annoying, she has almost no character development in the whole book. She is extremely immature, and she has almost no interaction with people, so a lot of the time she doesn’t know how to act. She thinks herself in love after seeing collar bones. FREAKING COLLAR BONES. WTH people.

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Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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I have been looking forward to reading Red Sister for almost a year.  I have only read one other book by Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns, and while I really, really enjoyed it, I just haven’t had time to read the remainder of that trilogy.  Red Sister didn’t work as well for me, and it has what I call, “The Harry Potter Syndrome.”  A large part of the plot revolves around the protagonist learning how to use her not insignificant skills for slaughter in a classroom setting.  I have just read so many magic school series that the format doesn’t work for me anymore.

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Review: Gods of the Flame Sea by Jean Johnson

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I’ll admit that when I started this novella, the final in the Flames Seas trilogy, I was bored. Out of my mind.  I was not a fan of Udrin, the one-dimensional villain of the piece, and all of the babble about different kinds of love – yawn.  I know, I know. It actually meant something in the bigger picture, but it just wasn’t holding my attention.  In my defense, it was a rainy, gloomy Sunday afternoon, and the weather was probably corrupting my mood.  Thankfully, Ban appeared on the scene, and I got caught up in the story and the struggles of the characters as they fought to contain the powers of a boy gone bad. Very, very. Bad.

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