Mini Review: The Pawn by Skye Warren

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Review by Poo Penny

This series has a lot of potential. I love a good revenge story. Especially one full of violence. Gabriel, however, is kind of a pathetic villain in this story. And Avery tries so hard to be a strong character, but she falls flat. I feel like the gravity of everything that happened in this book, and all the romanticizing she did will force her to face the situation and turn almost assassin like, and she will have her revenge. I hope. Because, I love a good revenge story. I want it so bad.

There were a lot of laughable moments in this book, that were so unlike Skye Warren, that I was confused. Normally her writing makes me uncomfortable. She is extremely, extremely graphic in her sex scenes, so there is that warning. I have had to put a few of her books down mid sentence because I was just like, no. This is not happening. But hearing an “innocent” character describe sexual encounters as “stuff” was just funny to me.

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Manga Review: The Gods Lie by Kaori Ozaki

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When I started this, I thought that I would hate it.  It was pretty weird when Natsuru was grabbing his mom’s boobs.  Their entire relationship took a while to get used to, and even though it’s obvious that they are close, I just don’t know. I guess you have to have a few boob references since it is a boys’ comic, but, yuck.

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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 Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

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I love, love LOVE the concept of this series.  The execution – maybe not so much.  Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the US is now comprised of small independent territories, and the oceans are havens for pirates.  Without citizenship on the land, people on the sea are forced to live in flotillas and floating islands. They depend on pirates for the goods needed to survive, so piracy flourishes. In order to combat them, Reckoners, huge water beasts, are bred and trained to defend a ship that they have been bonded with.  What happens when the pirates try to harness the power and brutality of the Reckoners for themselves?  Mass chaos and a threat that puts the ocean biosphere at risk.

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Review: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

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I love books set in ancient time periods, so I was frothing to get my hands on The Valiant.  Fallon is a female gladiator. What could be more exciting?  A lot, apparently.  This wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for, and I almost DNF’ed it at the beginning, but I persevered.  Ultimately, it was a lackluster adventure, complete with mean girls, a gross, flesh eating cult, and an unconvincing love interest.

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Review: His Amish Teacher by Patricia Davids

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This was a quick, pleasant read that had a touch of mystery.  My biggest gripe was that there was too much telling, instead of showing, especially when it came to the Amish way of life and Amish philosophy.  The dry, matter of fact dialog during these infodumps did not hold my attention.  Otherwise, the characters were likeable enough, and while the story won’t stick with me for long, it did keep me entertained for a few hours.

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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: Pony Express Mail-Order Bride by Rhonda Gibson

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This is the second of the Saddles and Spurs novels that I have read. I have enjoyed both, but I think Pony Express Mail-Order Bride was the best so far.  Though I thought the characters were a bit on the young side (eighteen), and Bella’s lack of trust made unnecessary hardships for the couple, the story kept me engaged from beginning to end.  That’s actually saying a lot, since they spent a lot of time doing every day tasks around the homestead, and there weren’t a lot of diversions other than what kind of sweets Bella baked for dessert, so the author’s writing style is engrossing, and the protagonists’ inner monologues were kept at a steady tempo to draw the reader in and care about the characters.

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