AWW2017 Review: Green but for a season


Green but for a season by C. S. Pacat

3 stars

Synopsis: Green but for a Season is the first of a series of four Captive Prince short stories. It follows the relationship between Jord and Aimeric and is set during the events of Prince’s Gambit.

Bookish Things: 24 pages. The cover is…ehhh… bland.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.75 Continue reading

Review: The Black-Eyed Susan


The Black-Eyed Susan by J.A. Clement

3 stars

Synopsis: A short story from the world of the “On Dark Shores” fantasy series.

Ten years before the action in that novel, a ship’s captain goes to Scarlock to see the moneylender Copeland, pleading for more time to pay off his debt.

Bookish Things: 8 pages. The cover is apt and rather delightful. A marked improvement on the original cover.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.78

My Review: 

This is a very short tale about the owner of a cargo ship ‘The Black-Eyed Susan’ who runs into trouble with money lenders.

There’s not a great deal of characterisation to go on, but I feel like a solid story could be made about The Black-Eyed Susan and its crew. Which I’m happy to say is just what J.A. Clement has done. This is book #0.3 of the On Dark Shores series. I have already read On Dark Shores: The Lady (My review).

The emotional impact was missing from this, but I suppose it can be very difficult to pack a punch in a few pages.

If you like your sailor stories, this might be the first taste of something you’ll enjoy devouring.

Review: Nica of Los Angeles


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3 stars

Read from August 05 to December 08, 2016

Synopsis: When rookie private eye Nica takes on a mysterious case, she enters a world of multiple dimensions called Frames, where buildings and lawn chairs can be sentient, a stray cat has great powers, books can be killers, and clouds can be spies. At home, Nica tackles missing person cases, while in the larger reality of the Frames she is swept into an escalating battle with stakes that could not be higher.

Bookish Things: 313 pages. The cover is a bit amateur, but does sort of work well with the story in an abstract sort of way. This is the first book from the Frames series. The second book was published mid-December 2016.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.93 or paperback for $11.50  Continue reading

Review: Gifted Thief


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3 stars

Read from June 15 to 22, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: Orphan. Runaway. Thief.

Since the moment I was ripped from my mother’s womb, I’ve been an outcast amongst my own kind. The Sidhe might possess magical Gifts, unbelievable wealth and unfathomable power but I don’t want a thing to do with them. I ran away from their lands in the Highlands of Scotland when I was eleven years old and I’ve never looked back. I don’t need a Clan. I’ve got my own family of highly skilled thieves who mean more to me than any Sidhe ever could.

Unfortunately for me, the playboy heir to the Moncrieffe Clan has something I desperately need. To get it back, I’m going to have to plunge myself back into that world, no matter what the consequences may be. I suppose it’s just as well I have sense of humour. I think I’m going to need it. Continue reading

Review: The Beholder by Ivan Amberlake


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3 stars

Read from May 12 to 22, 2016

Synopsis: Around the world, people die under mysterious circumstances. Each branded with an arcane sign, they are pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When more people are missing, with similar signs appearing in and around their homes, Jason, an average New Yorker, realizes the victims are a riddle addressed to him.

He is the final piece.

Emily appears, the most beautiful woman with extraordinary powers and startling amber eyes, and tells Jason that powers dormant within him are about to wake. In the world of Light- and Darksighted, he is the only person who can prevent Darkness from enslaving the world. He is the Beholder whose advent has been awaited for many years.

Setting out on a journey with Emily, Jason discovers many improbable things like Sight, Soulfusion, the Hall of Refuge, but the greatest surprise arrives the moment he realizes he has fallen in love with Emily. Continue reading