Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: A Conjuring of Light

A Conjuring of Light A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All in all I'm going to say that this was a decent way to wrap up the series. A bit underwhelming a review, huh? Well..

Schwab's writing is excellent. Her worldbuilding is top notch, and her characters are engaging. She's definitely a name in the fantasy field today and for years to come.

I just think she's got some unlocked potential that wasn't ever fully realized with this series. She was close, oh yes. Very close. But she really has the potential to go from being very good to being one of the best in the genre.

I'm hoping she'll get there sooner rather than later.

Oh yes, and the audiobook was excellent too. :)

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Review: Fire and Flesh: A Manifest Delusions Short Story

Fire and Flesh: A Manifest Delusions Short Story Fire and Flesh: A Manifest Delusions Short Story by Michael R. Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, that was a fun (and disturbing) little story! These delusional manifestations of Michael R. Fletcher's world are amazing.

I loved Beyond Redemption when I read it late last year. I needed a quick read last night before bed and this seemed like just the thing. And it was! The instant I finished it I was taken to the Kindle store and bought the second book in the main series, The Mirror’s Truth, which I started reading today.

True, I had planned to buy and read The Mirror's Truth in the very near future, but reading this little gem of a story sped up that process quite a bit. This story would serve as a nice preview to Fletcher's work, as it cost less than a buck and was read in about half an hour. It's not as deeply explored as the main series of the Manifest Delusions, but it gives a good peek into how the author's mind works.

Which is kinda scary, I suppose :)

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: The Reborn King

The Reborn King The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free ebook copy of this title from the author via his website.

And that said, it was definitely worth the time investment. I really enjoyed this story and the characters. The worldbuilding is pretty good too and some of the concepts behind the "dragons" is definitely intriguing.

I stumbled across this book and author while looking around for some new grimdark. After reading it I probably wouldn't classify it in that subgenre, but it does share some things that any reader of epic fantasy will love. Think of some early Terry Brooks for comparison to the magic and depth of the world.

It's definitely a setup for future books in the series, and I'm sure I'll be looking into continuing.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys by Jimmy Palmiotti
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received an early e-ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars. The artwork was really good and the story was well written. It came together nicely and made for an entertaining read. Harley wasn't featured quite as much as she is in her own titles, and that's no surprise given the full name of this one. Her Gang of Harleys proved to be entertaining in their own right though, and worked together well enough when they had to.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: A Gathering of Shadows

A Gathering of Shadows A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Much more satisfying on a reread (listen) than the first book. The alternating narrators did the characters more justice and the story in general was much more engaging. Looking forward to starting the final book very soon!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. I really do love the near-future universe that Ian McDonald has set up with Lady Luna. So vivid and realistic, yet one thing he really specializes in is flawed characters. I've found that I even care about the ones I don't much like on a personal level.

This does have a middle-book feel, which does make it not quite as good as the first one, but it is still very good on its own too. And what a setup for the third it's leaving us with!

I think this is going to be a great series to reread once it's all available. I can see that there are lots of small nuances that will be more interesting as the whole picture is observed rather than this one chapter. I'll definitely have the third book on my highly anticipated radar.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a re-listen. It took me forever at 1.5 speed and I got rather bored. But it's still a decent story that just worked better the first time through. Honestly, the 4 stars I gave it the first time should have been around the 3.5 range, so this rating will average that out for me.

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