A few things before I start: most of these characters are from the same books. I’m sorry I can’t help that Sarah J Maas is a literary genius- totally feel free to disagree.
Also the pictures I’m going to use aren’t mine I found them online and thought they were perfect.
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Hey! I’m back with an arc review. This book isn’t something I usually read but, I’m so glad I did!
Goodreads synopsis: Jema and Troy mange semi-normal lives at the Port Orford Naval Base despite global warming and mandatory genetic typing. With the threat of a second worldwide flu epidemic, their parents send them to a remote desert community. Jema’s sister contracts the virus, and Jema and Troy must decide whether to compromise the group to save one. Can Lovelock develop a cure in time to avoid mass casualty? As the political stage shifts, who can be trusted?
Guys! I read historical fiction and I actually enjoyed it! This review is going up earlier than usual so lucky you, you got a blog a day early! 😛
Lets get to it, shall we?
(I did receive this book from bloggingforbooks.com but these opinions are strictly my own. The tea I spill is never cold.)
Synopsis: It’s the summer of 1894, and an infidelity case has brought PI Mary Handley to a far corner of Brooklyn: Coney Island. In the midst of her investigation, Mary is contacted by a convicted man’s brother to reopen a murder case. A prostitute was killed by a Jack the Ripper copycat years ago in her New York hotel room, but her true killer was never found. Once again it’s up to Mary to make right the city’s wrongs.
New York City’s untouchable head of detectives, Thomas Byrnes, swears he put the right man behond bars, but as Mary digs deeper, she finds corruption at the heart of New York’s justice system, involving not only the police, but the most powerful of stock titans. Disturbing evidence of other murders begins to surface, each one mimicking Jack the Ripper’s style, each one covered up by Thomas Byrnes.
As Mary pieces together the extent of the damage, she crosses paths with Harper Lloyd, an investigative reporter. Their relationship grows into a partnership, and perhaps more, and together they must catch a killer who’s still out there, and reverse the ruthless workings of New York’s elite. It’ll be Mary’s most dangerous, most personal case yet. (Via Goodreads)
- I really enjoyed Mary. I think she’s a great heroine! She’s witty, she’s intelligent and sharp on her toes and more importantly, she doesn’t take mess from anyone- man or woman. She’s just an absolute pleasure to read!
- The story itself was interesting and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. And certain issues like, racism, misogyny, and bigotry were addressed which is super important even today. Though I did have some issues with how these issues were dealt with and I’ll get to that.
- The romance was just so lovely. I love romances that aren’t all lovey dovey yet there’s some spunk, wit and respect there that makes it obvious that two people love and care for one another.
- While I did appreciate that important issues were broached upon in this novel, I do feel that the way these characters dealt with them were on the problematic side. It came off as the characters tooting their own horns like ” oh look at what good people we are!” It didn’t seem like they broached these issues because they genuinely cared it just seemed like they wanted brownie points for being decent human beings towards other human beings. Plus the use of the n word made me uncomfortable. I feel like non black authors need to be careful with that word even if it’s being used for the story’s purpose because, if it’s overused, TO ME I don’t know whether the author is using it for the story or because they feel like they can get away with it because that’s their excuse. ( This is in no way to disrespect the author, I don’t know them or their intentions. This is just my personal feelings.)
- The writing was inconsistent in between chapters. The dialogue went from ‘modern’ and casual to really almost robotic and stilted.
So.. The verdict: check this novel out! (it’s on Amazon) It does have its problematic elements, it’s definitely not perfect. But it’s worth the read if you want a decent heroine to read about.
And there it was, y’all! Hope you enjoyed my weekly babbles. Hope you guys have a beautiful day. Ciao!
Hi everyone! Welcome back to my wonderful, totally well run blog! *sweats profusely*. Today I’m back with a review for Blades of Sorcery which is book 3 of the Crown Service series! I. Loved. This. Book. I will guard it with my life. If you thought the other books were dark and gritty..whew. You got another thing coming.
Anyway let’s get to it then!
The night has lifted and Sara Fairchild is out for blood. But this time, it’s her own. A gifted fighter and a skilled battle mage, Sara is now fighting everything she stands for — her heritage. For too long, she has held onto the certainty that her father was an honorable man.
But what does honor mean when you’re at war and surrounded by corruption from all sides? As Sara Fairchild brings the Kades to their knees and manages to capture a prize that rivals Nissa Sardonien’s worth to imperial intelligence, she has to wonder — how far should she go to extract the secrets her Empress and her empire needs?
As she fights to outmaneuver her growing list of enemies and win a war that becomes more complicated by the day, Sara Fairchild knows that no matter what, the empire will never be the same.
- I really enjoyed watching a much, much darker side of Sara. But we also saw a much softer side, especially when it came to her fellow mercenaries and Ezekiel.
- The magic once again was so cool and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I really enjoyed that she trusted her team to guide her.
- Speaking of that darker side of Sara, there were times where she honest to god scared me and I LOVED that.
- New characters! We got Reben and Isabelle, who are precious, intelligent, and loyal Mages who will do anything to protect their people. And Karn, who’s kind of a dick but yet endearing in a way. I guess his dickish ways are just so unbelievably dickish that it’s almost amusing. That makes no sense but I think you’ll see it once you read the book. And we got another character but, SPOILERS.
- I don’t know if I just felt this way because I love him so much but, there wasn’t nearly enough Ezekiel in this novel. I missed his awkward yet awesome self. I need him to have his own novella.
- There were certain scenes that were a bit out of character for Sara. At times she would literally cower in the presence of her commander(s) and it just didn’t seem like her.
- Usually I’m not one to pay attention to small details but, I would’ve liked for certain magical aspects to have been better explained. Certain things were just kinda thrown in there as if every reader is just supposed to already know what the author was talking about so, that kinda threw me off.
Aaand, scene! That’s it, folks! Hope you enjoyed this review and don’t be afraid to leave me a comment to let me know whether you liked it or whether you hated it. Also, check out my reviews for Blades of Magic and Blades of Illusion.
One last thing: I’m lending my kindle copies of Blades of Magic AND Blades of Sorcery so if anyone’s interested, DM me on Twitter or drop me a comment with your kindle email. (:
See you next time! Xoxo, Gigi.
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