Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Review by Poo Penny

Contains SPOILERS

It is hard to tell when to round stars up or down, but I decided to round up because I liked how savage Katharine seemed at the end.

To be really honest, the first half of this book is slow. It’s about the 3 sisters, with 3 different abilities, and them honing their skills. Katharine is a poisoner, which should mean she can eat any poisons, the more she can eat, the stronger a poisoner she is. Arsinoe is a naturalist, so she can control nature? And Mirabelle is an elemental, she appears to be the strongest so far.

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Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Review by Poo Penny

May Contain Spoilers

This was such a fun read for me. While this book is not what I would call fast paced by any means, I found it engaging and quite interesting. Citra and Rowan are a couple of teenagers who live in a post-mortality world. They have cured all disease, and when you die, you are taken to a revival center and brought back to life. There is the Thunderhead, which is an all knowing consciousness, and the scythehood, which are all the scythes. The scythes govern themselves, and the two do not interfere with each other. Oh, and when a scythe kills someone it is called gleaning.

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Review: Given by the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

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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 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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