2016 Reviews completed!


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I’m finally caught up to 2017 reviews… and it’s only July!

In 2016, I read 50 books.

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Of those 50, I only rated two books 5 stars. Happily they were both Australian women writers! Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat and The Orchid Nursery by Louise Katz.

The rest of the break down went like this:

  • I rated 16 of the books 4/5.
  • 23 of them 3/5.
  • 7 books got 2/5 stars.
  • I rated one book 1/5.
  • I couldn’t finish one book.

How did you go in 2016? Are you trying to challenge yourself with a reading challenge this year?

Stay tuned for my 2017 reviews coming soon.

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Review: Fox Chase by Jeff Young


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Synopsis: Fox Chase- a steampunk short story. There is no polite way to meet over a dead body. But for Kassandra Leyden, who speaks to the dead for a living, these can things happen. Her new acquaintance, Manfred Bremstrung, has one purpose in mind- protect the King’s nephew. Kassandra finds herself working side by side with Bremstrung to protect the young royal against deadly creatures with murderous intent. Sometimes the fox is not the only unfortunate to be hunted. Continue reading

Review: Republic by Lindsay Buroker


Republic

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Read from January 04 to 23, 2016 — I own a copy

Synopsis: After the notorious outlaws Amaranthe and Sicarius helped overthrow the corrupt faction controlling the empire and brought in a great war hero to lead the nation to prosperity, they finally earned their pardons–and some time off. A tropical vacation cruising around in a private submarine? Perfect. But their trip is interrupted by a summons from the new president: they’re needed back at home. Trouble unlike anything they’ve ever dealt with threatens to destroy the capital city and throw the fledgling republic into chaos.

The follow-up to The Emperor’s Edge series, Republic takes place a few months after the events of Forged in Blood I & II. It is a complete 210,000-word novel. Continue reading

Review: A curse of Ash and Iron


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Read from October 26 to 30, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Benjamin Grimm knows the theater is much like real life. In 1876 Philadelphia, people play their parts, hiding behind the illusion of their lives, and never revealing their secrets.

When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live as a servant in her own home, and he realizes how sinister some secrets can be.

She asks for his help, and he can’t refuse. Even if he doesn’t believe in ‘real’ magic, he can’t abandon her.

Ellie has spent the long years since her mother’s death under the watchful and unforgiving eye of her stepmother. Bewitched and hidden in plain sight, it seems no one can help Ellie escape. Not even her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When she sees Ben one evening, it seems he is immune to the magic that binds her, and her hope is rekindled along with her friendship.

But time is running short. If they do not find a way to break the spell before midnight on New Year’s Eve, then both Ellie and her father will be bound forever. Continue reading

Review: Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose


CamelotBurning

3 stars

Read from January 13 to 21, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: By day, Vivienne is Guinevere’s lady-in-waiting. By night, she’s Merlin’s secret apprentice, indulging in the new mechanical arts and science of alchemy. It’s a preferred distraction from Camelot’s gossipy nobility, roguish knights, and Lancelot’s athletic new squire, Marcus, who will follow in all knights’ footsteps by taking a rather inconvenient vow of chastity.

More than anything, Vivienne longs to escape Camelot for a future that wouldn’t include needlework or marriage to a boorish lord or dandy. But when King Arthur’s sorceress sister, Morgan le Fay, threatens Camelot, Vivienne must stay to help Merlin build a steam-powered weapon to defeat the dark magic machine Morgan will set upon the castle. Because if Camelot falls, Morgan would be that much closer to finding the elusive Holy Grail. Time is running out and Morgan draws near, and if Vivienne doesn’t have Merlin’s weapon ready soon, lives would pay the price, including that of Marcus, the only one fast enough to activate it on the battlefield. Continue reading

Rail City: The Dying Sun ~ my review


RailCity

2 stars

Read between September 24 and October 2 2013.

Synopsis: A black wall cuts through the taiga, strides a sunken valley, and fills the night with screams and smoke. Sixty-Seven wakes. The blood sign has wrapped her legs in blue, and if the master sees he’ll break her with hammer and nail. She must hide it before anyone can see. Meanwhile the captain of Rail City ignores its politics to study demonkind. But when his demon dies, and he buys another by the name of Sixty-Seven, he finds her unbroken. This is heresy! Unbroken demons wield total power over nature. He must put the nail to her head before anyone can find out… But his wife turns up missing and her guard lies dead in the godmetal roads. So he bonds Sixty-seven with the stars. He must do this long enough for her to dream of his wife. But if people find him harboring an unbroken demon they’ll take her away and arrest him. Then his wife will die, he’ll be branded a heretic, and he’ll lose control of Rail City. But a dream fills Sixty-seven’s mouth with rocks, tightens a rope around her neck, and blinds her with the speckled night of a canvass hood. She has become Sura’s wife, and when the hood is removed distant trees crown a hill. And she wakes. Sura watches her, drumming his fingers on a treewood stand. Does she tell him what she’s seen, or let the woman die? If she tells, won’t he use the hammer and nail, after all? Continue reading