Review: Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn

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I have a few reservations about this book. The first being the publisher’s decision to break the story into 4 overpriced chunks. This is a short novel, about 275 pages, and it’s far from a complete story. The ending is abrupt and jarring; not really an ending at all. The last page is more like a commercial break, so you can scrape together to 1o bucks to purchase the next installment. Hopefully my local library will acquire a copy of all future books in the series.

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Review: Sword-Dancer by Jennifer Roberson

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I have wanted to read this book for years, and now that I have, I was disappointed that it’s told from Tiger’s POV, not Del’s.  I wasn’t his biggest fan, and I thought that his thought-processes and speech patterns were too modern for the story. Tiger, a Southern, was raised in a misogynist culture where women have few freedoms.  Del, a Northern, came from a culture that afforded women more freedom, leaving plenty of opportunity for conflict between Tiger and Del. 

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Blog Tour: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen releases today, and to celebrate, I have a quick Q&A with Roshani Chokshi!

What’s one thing you won’t leave home without? My eyebrows.

If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be? Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat.

What is the most exciting part about publishing your first novel? Interacting with readers. Talking to the YA community gives me so much life.

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Review: Kingfisher by Patricia A McKillip

 

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Kingfisher is straight up one wonderfully weird and unique book.  I haven’t read anything like it before, and while I thought there were some pacing issues, probably because of POV shifts highlighting characters I didn’t like as much as others, Patricia McKillip has written another odd, enchanting story featuring cooking, kitchen knights, and ancient magic awakening after a long slumber.

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Review: Dreaming Death by J Kathleen Cheney

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I wanted to read Dreaming Death because it sounded different.  I was in a bit of a rut last year, sticking with the tried and true and reading a lot of series romance.  I decided that for this year, I would switch it up, and read a mix of genres.  I am loving the urban fantasy titles I’ve picked up, and was hoping for the same success with this fantasy.  While parts of it were fascinating, I had a huge problem with one of the characters, and it marred my enjoyment of the book.

This is an interesting premise.  Unfortunately, I found Mikael to be a spineless wimp, at least until he met Shironne, and Kai was a sullen turd. I shudder at the thought of grudge-holding Kai being the next king.  He is the favorite of the king to take control of the throne, and all I could think was, “That’s the best candidate you have?”  Ugh!  I didn’t buy the reasons for his behavior, and just thought he was being immature and petty.  I hated this guy, and it was a struggle to get through scenes he was part of.

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Novella Review: The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold by Peter V Brett

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I had fond memories of The Warded Man when I saw this novella.  It was one of the first fantasy galleys that I ever received, and I was looking for a fix while I was waiting (forever!) for the next installment of GRRM’s Song of Ice and Fire.  I gobbled up The Warded Man, finding it innovative, engaging, and oh-so-hard to put down.  Then I held off on reading The Desert Spear because I was still stinging over the wait for GRRM’s book, and I decided at that time to not read series until most of the books were released.  Lately I have broken that rule, but I’m not as anal about finishing what I started as I used to be.  Now, if it crosses my path, and I have the time to read it, I will, regardless of where it is in the longer series. The only series I won’t break the rule for is Song of Ice and Fire; they are just too long, the waits are interminable, and I can’t remember what happened from book to book.

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Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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I was in the mood for something different, and when I saw Elantris mentioned on a list of zombie books, I decided to give it a shot.  While there aren’t zombies in the traditional sense, Prince Raoden, is technically dead, with no heartbeat, no real need to eat, and wounds that never heal.  When he becomes the victim of a curse that makes him one of the living dead, his father sends him to the deteriorating city of Elantris, which was once the shining beacon of Arelon.  Now its magnificent buildings crumble and its streets are coated in slime.  The other cursed residents of Elantris suffer from an all-consuming hunger, and every little wound causes unending suffering.  Those that have succumbed to the pain lie huddled in the streets, muttering and no longer aware of their surroundings.

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