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The Tattooed Duchess by Victor Gischler

19 Oct

The Tattooed Duchess

Book Two in the Fire Beneath the Skin Kindle Series

Rating: Five out of Five Stars

These books are bomb diggity. I can’t bear to read them as a Kindle Series so I must wait until the whole thing comes out in one book. I assure you, it’s so worth the sweet sweet torture of waiting.

I like this series. Like really really like this series. It’s intricate and exciting and wonderfully fast-paced. Gischler plays quite a bit with mystery in this book and it adds much to the story. If you read a lot of YA, well actually, read ANYTHING a lot, eventually you figure out what to look for and what all the foreshadowing will lead to. I personally do this without trying and then I spend pages and pages waiting for the author to finally tell me what I already know. It’s quite depressing… but lo! Here come’s Mr. Victor and he does a nice job of not giving up too much too soon. This is no Gone Girl mystery, I assure you, but the plot doesn’t show it’s hand before it places it’s bet.

The thing that really shocked me, and still surprises me, is that a male writes this series. For some reason I cannot wrap my head around it. Perhaps it’s because our main protag is a female and he writes her impossibly well. I see and feel her as only a female written by a female. And that, my friends, makes him such a stellar writer. He’s not the first male author to write from a girl’s perspective (John Green, dear thing, is a master) but I find it so rare to genuinely embrace a character written by the opposite sex. It’s of course, a mark of a great author, and so I give my props to Victor Gischler.

My last comment on this book is simple. There’s some controversy about the vulgarity in this book; the foul language, the sex, sometimes the brutality of the fights. But I loved it. It would not be the same book without it. The Duchess would not be as likable if she didn’t chain smoke and and drop the F bomb once in awhile. So back off people and embrace the bad side a little.

Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

3 Apr

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Book One in the Throne of Glass series

Rating: Four out of Five Stars

This book has a special place in my heart. My blog is named after a quote that’s in this story and I actually stumbled upon the quote before I knew about the book. I read this phrase once and it resonated with me so much, I fell in love with the idea of it.

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

So because I think this is a magnificent quote, of course I had to read the book. And once again, female assassins? Yes please! (For some reason I have read a lot of lady assassin books lately…) And this one is beautiful. It’s rich and luscious with details and the characters are perfect for their positions. The way it’s written, with the three different narrators, adds so much depth and dynamic to the story you sink deeper and deeper into the plot with each POV. I was enthralled by the way everything developed, it was perfectly paced.

Oh and Celaena, our heroine. She’s brilliant. One part Assassin’s creed, one part dazzlingly gorgeous, mixed with a little girly girl love for dresses and jewels and sprinkle in a bit of family drama, unrequited love, and fey heritage? BAM! We’ve got ourselves a winner my friends.

While this book has a decent swoon factor (two tastey men to drool over), gripping action scenes, lots of twists and a captivating premise… the reason why I am NOT giving it 5 stars is because I did have one or two “issues” with the book. Sometimes things got a little far fetched… I never really understood the dynamics between the princess and the would-be mistress of Prince Dorian (she confused me, because she narrates at times but we never get to KNOW her). And then there was the constant alluding to the fact the Celaena is not 100% human. Is that why she’s such a badass? Why she ran away? Why someone taught her to fight? Sooo many unanswered questions! It was a bunch of foreshadowing that I just found annoying. It sets the readers up to ache for the next book, yes, I just think there was a better way to go about divulging those pieces.

But with that being said, this is a hell of a book. Calaena has some AMAZING zingers and one-liners that made me giggle. And she owns the big guys in fights! I think I reread that initial scene when she finally displays he talents four or five times because it was so awesome. Seriously.. female power

daynight by Megan Thomason

28 Jan

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Book One in HOPEFULLY the daynight Series

Rating: Five out of Five Stars

I have decided self-published books are my new “thing”. After the spectacular debut of Susan Ee’s Angelfall and Megan Thomason’s gorgeous gem of a book we have here, publishing companies need to get their heads out of the Twi-Hard’s  and 50 Shades of Crap’s asses and be smacked in the face with delicious stories like daynight.

My desperate need for all things dystopian novel got a real big present when I scored daynight FOR FREE on Amazon as a Kindle download. As I trudge my way through mediocre books, I like to have little treats as motivation. Daynight went from motivation to obsession in three chapters. This book is enthralling, captivating and I just want to devour and then savor everything about it.

Blake and Kira our the main narrators and hot damn do I feel intimately connected to them. They are magnificently developed. The true talent of an author comes through when I can see their pro-tags in real life and describe their reactions to decision that has nothing to do with the book. I adored Blake and Kira. They are loyal and lovely with so much depth in their characters they became real to me even outside the book’s confines. And then there is Ethan, our third point to the Almighty Love Triangle. While he is a front runner of Kira’s affection, I firmly place allegiance with Team Blake. Either way, the budding romances,  tantalizing affections, and the swooning feelings we get to hear to from all sides is enticing. All three narrators are perfect and beautiful and interesting. This story really captures the unique personalities of the human race; what we will do for love, what we will give up for what’s right, what strong morals and unwavering loyalty can do.

Daynight is dynamic and interesting and has secured a spot in my Top Ten Favorite Dyspotia’s. I am drooling over Thomason’s work and I am aching to read the rest of this series. Please oh please finish this masterpiece off! If only for my sanity 🙂

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