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Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Red sister
Red Sister
by Mark Lawrence
Book of the Ancestor #1
Adult, Fantasy
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Synopsis
I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

What I thought
Assassin Nuns do I need to say more?

Well if I do.

I really enjoyed this book.  The beginning seemed a little slow but then again that tends to happen when you are developing your own world but once I really got into it, it seemed to fly. This book has a medieval feel to its fantasy I only point that out because some people like it and some are really put off by it.

There is something about the character Nona that I just love and I can’t decide if the author intended her to be liked or not but I have made my decision. There were many times that I wanted to yell what do you think you are doing??? But then I would have to remind myself that Nona is only 10 when this story starts out.  As you read her story and see all the crap that she goes through you really start feeling like she is much older than she is.  Essentially Nona is a survivor and she values her friends above all.

I really can not wait to pick up the next book in this series so I can see what all is going to happen next.  I can’t wait to see what happens and if new bonds are formed. Yes, I have theories but we will see what happens.

Have you read this book yet if so what did you think. I really want to talk more about this book and now that I have written this I can finally pick up Grey Sister.

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor
Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
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Synopsis
Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

What I thought
I was on the fence for a very long time on whether or not I wanted to read this book.  I kept going back and forth and finally, I took it off my Want to Read list about a year ago and thought I was never looking back. Well then in walks Caz from Little Book Owl. I really like her taste in books and when she was like who wants to read these books with me starting in March…and now here we are.

So this book is partly set in Prague and I love that setting so I was like sure let’s do this but the US covers suck so I then ordered a copy from book depository. Don’t you think this one looks much better? (see above)

Sorry for rambling.  Okay so when I first started reading this book for some reason it just wasn’t jiving with me right away then somehow it all just clicked and I really got into the story.  I really do like the writing style, not having read anything else by this author I was not sure what to expect but I can say I was pleasantly surprised. So you can believe all of the hype there.

This world is not black and white in the good vs evil category. I mean this human girl has been raised by demons and they truly seem to care about her wellbeing. So it is a nice change from what you usually expect.

I felt some hate to love vibes but then it got kinda instalovey, but in the end, it all worked out and was not bad. I might have had a small idea of how it was going to work out in the end, but all and all, I really enjoyed the ride.

I will be picking up the next book in April (from my library).

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Review: Night of Blood and Beauty by C. S. Johnson

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Night of Blood and Beauty
Night of Blood and Beauty
by C. S. Johnson
Companion Novella to The Order of the Crystal Daggers (76 pages)
Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance
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Synopsis
On a mission with high stakes and hidden passion, one man and one woman take a chance on a reckless choice. Constantinople, 1845 Amir Qureshi knew his life would never be the same the day he met Naděžda Ollerton-Cerná, much to his chagrin. With her sharp wit and brazen charm, Naděžda is as infuriating as she is irresistible, and Amir cannot stop himself from falling in love with her–even though they can never be together.

As an ally to the Order of the Crystal Daggers, under the command of Naděžda’s indominable mother, Amir knows there is no place for love in the life of a spy.

When they are sent to Constantinople to investigate a missing shipment of weapons, Naděžda’s life is endangered, and Amir races to save her, knowing he cannot deny his heart any longer. But Amir is not the only one who is keeping secrets …

Night of Blood and Beauty is a companion novella to The Order of the Crystal Daggers, a historical spy romance series from C. S. Johnson.

What I thought
I am soooo glad she put out this novella.  You know from the first book that the tale of Amir and Naděžda was a tragic one, but this was amazing.  Once I started it I couldn’t put it down so I guess I’m lucky it was only 76 pages.  This story tells the tale of when Cerná and Amir finally gave in and accepted that they loved one another. Now I can’t wait to pick up book 2 and get back into this series!

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Review: Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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Storm Front
Storm Front
by Jim Butcher
The Dresden Files #1
Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
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Synopsis
HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed.

What I thought
This is the first book in what I am learning is a very long series of books. To date, there are 15 books in the main series and then there are side books too.  From my understanding, the number of books total may be more than 20 in the end.  So why in my right mind would I start this series with my TBR in the state it is?  Well, it looked really good.

Long story short I really liked it.  I loved the writing and how smooth the story seemed. I liked how you saw the main character really struggle and everything was not okay just because he could use magic.  I mean even though he is a wizard he had real-life struggles. Oh then there is Bob and I can’t wait to see if we ever get some form of a back story there. One of my favorite moments in the book has to be with Toot Toot and his love of pizza.

Well, I can say it looks like I’m going to be in this one for the long haul because I really enjoyed this book.

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Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

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Timekeeper
Timekeeper
by Tara Sim
Timekeeper #1
Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk
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Synopsis
“I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.” An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time–and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork, but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

The first book in a dazzling new steampunk-fantasy trilogy, Timekeeper introduces a magical world of mythology and innovation that readers will never want to leave.

What I thought

Okay, I am going to be completely honest I really am surprised by how much I really enjoyed this book.  I was sold on the concept of book 2 (Chainbreaker) when everyone was talking about.  I was on the fence when this book came out on whether or not I should read it and I can not express to you how surprised I am that I loved it so much. I had this book on the 10 books that I wanted to read this year list partly because I need to read this one to get to the next one in the series. But after starting this book I really did not want to put it down.

This book is set in a steampunk world and clocks control the world. lol. They are not taking over but everything runs on time and if a clock stops well them that town does too because time is not moving on. I really do enjoy steampunk books and I loved how this concept was done. I also enjoyed the romance that was in this book. It was very sweet and not over the top. I am really excited to move on in this series.

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Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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A Study in Charlotte
A Study in Charlotte
by Brittany Cavallaro
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The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

What I thought
Before picking up this book I was feeling so slumpy. I had picked up 6 books this month and read a little out of each of them and put them all down. None of them were bad I just was not feeling any of them. So what is the best way to break a slump for me? Pick up a Jane Austen or a Sherlock Holmes story.

So for anyone who is not aware in this version of the world Holmes and Watson were real people and they somehow worked with Doyle to publish the stories. So they are all real people. I really liked the character Charlotte even though she is made easy to dislike. She is Sherlock Holmes as a teenage girl.

I found Jamie’s dad to be very frustrating in this story. I mean come on your son is accused of murder and your all excited that he is in the middle of a murder mystery. Just bad parent representation but I get it.

There is just something about a Sherlock Holmes story that makes me feel comfortable and that is exactly what I needed. I hope to pick up the next one before summer.

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Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger

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Blameless
Blameless
by Gail Carriger
Parasol Protectorate #3
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Synopsis
Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto.

Read-along
Midway through 2018, I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This led me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is.

What I thought

We have made it to book 3 of the Parasol Protectorate!

So I know that this may oud like a copout but I am going to keep this very short because I do not want to spoil anything if you want to read these books.  I really love how there isn’t any fluff in these books and most everything is important. With that being said it’s hard to say much without spoiling something. But here we go.

There are so many lines of things happening all at the same time. However, it is not overwhelming which is a giant credit to the author. To have not just one line of the plot but multiple and then wrapping them up mostly by the end of the book is incredible.

I do have to say I will never look at a lady but the same again. Oh very random I know but if you want to understand you will have to read the books.  When it comes down to it I just really love these books and I will continue to tell people they need to read them.

My Rating: /55 StarsFollow me on other platforms:
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