Posts Tagged: 1st in a series

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

November 14, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray is a charming, romantic adventure across multiple universes, though as with many fantastical stories built on a vague, pseudo-scientific premise, the souffle falls if you poke at it. As long as you’re the type of reader who can ignore inconsistencies in the rules of made-up technologies, Marguerite’s dance between dimensions in pursuit of revenge, love, and loss should spark your imagination.

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Review: The Last Changeling (Faerie Revolutions #1) by Chelsea Pitcher

Review: The Last Changeling (Faerie Revolutions #1) by Chelsea Pitcher

November 8, 2014 Review 0 ★★★

THE LAST CHANGELING by Chelsea Pitcher is Ordinary People-meets-Maleficent – and if that sounds like a strange combination, that’s because it is. Almost all of the information given in the blurb on the back of the book is actually kept from the reader for more than a hundred pages, and Elora’s motives for attending a human high school are extremely vague. Instead of a faerie war, we mostly get Taylor’s still-fresh grief over losing his younger brother and the torment of his high school. Elora’s ‘otherness’ (not to mention otherworldly beauty) gives Taylor something to focus on aside from his family’s pain, but it’s a long time before the reader gets to know her endgame.

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Review: Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Atkins

Review: Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Atkins

October 25, 2014 Review 0 ★★★

I keep trying time-travel stories and while LOOP is the first one that left me with a vague sense that I understood what was going on in the various timelines, they still end up giving me something of a headache while I read them. I can’t help wondering if my struggle to keep up with what’s going on keeps me from fully engaging with the plot itself. As far as LOOP goes, I think that’s only half of it.

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Review: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch

Review: Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch

October 14, 2014 Review 1 ★★★★

Though the world of SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch is a bit uninspired in its construction, Raasch more than makes up for kingdoms named after seasons and capital cities named for misspelled calendar months with Meira and the other refugees of the Kingdom of Winter. An aspiring soldier, desperate to be important to her people and her lost homeland, sixteen-year-old Meira struggles with being kept off the battlefield and forced into a world of political machinations. She’s a pawn, she’s a symbol, she’s a hero – much like THE HUNGER GAMES Katniss, all Meira really knows is that she wants to survive. That, and she’s in love with her best friend, the once and future king.

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Review: Prophecy (Calypso #1) by Julie Anne Lindsey

Review: Prophecy (Calypso #1) by Julie Anne Lindsey

October 3, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you had more demi-gods and Vikings in your life, then picking up PROPHECY would be a perfect cure. Especially if battles between good and evil that don’t pull punches, twists and turns, and keep you up reading until the wee hours of the night are your thing.

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Review: Unborn (Unborn #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Review: Unborn (Unborn #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

October 2, 2014 Review 2 ★★★

Turns out I don’t have a lot to say about UNBORN. It was an interesting story, a little fallen angel, some Greek gods thrown in, and some nasty evil types that like to feed on souls and leave the unsuspecting human empty and free for possession by evil.

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Review: House Immortal (House Immortal #1) by Devon Monk

Review: House Immortal (House Immortal #1) by Devon Monk

September 8, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

Original and intriguing, HOUSE IMMORTAL falls closer to the science-fiction spectrum of books than urban fantasy. However, with the kickass heroine, powerful, near immortal beings, fun sidekicks, and original world, HOUSE IMMORTAL will definitely appeal to the standard urban fantasy reader.

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Review: Trial by Fire (Worldwalker #1) by Josephine Angelini

Review: Trial by Fire (Worldwalker #1) by Josephine Angelini

September 8, 2014 Review 2 ★★★★

Wow. Just. Wow. It’s not often I’m rendered speechless, but TRIAL BY FIRE has me truly hunting for words to describe it. After the last book left me floundering in a wholly different world, this one took me in and let me experience it. And I can’t wait to return to it for the next book.

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Review: The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1) by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Review: The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1) by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

August 31, 2014 Review 2 ★★★

While fun, THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS was an action packed smorgasbord of a novel, full of random plot arcs and frequently undeveloped characters. It was as if the authors didn’t know what they wanted to write – fantasy, romance, adventure – and tried to smash everything into one book. Though fast paced and never boring, THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS nevertheless suffered for it.

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