Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

May Contain Spoilers

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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Spotlight and Giveaway: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

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This morning I have an excerpt from A Promise of Fire, along with a link so you can read the first five chapters!  I also have a chance for you to win a copy!  I am really looking forward to this one.  What about you?

Title: A Promise of Fire

Series: Kingmaker Chronicles, #1

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Pubdate: August 2nd, 2016

ISBN: 9781492621898

KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…

BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

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Review: Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn

May Contain Spoilers

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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