Posts Categorized: B+

Review: Jhereg by Steven Brust

Review: Jhereg by Steven Brust

September 26, 2014 2014, Audiobook Challenge, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

  Jhereg by Steven Brust Narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark Series: Vlad Taltos, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Audible Studios, 2012 (originally published 1983) E-book & Audiobook, Purchased 239 pages 8 hours, 40 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator Grade: B+ Synopsis: The first to be published, this is actually the fourth novel in the timeline of the VLAD TALTOS series. The books recount the adventures of the wisecracking hired killer Vlad, a human on a planet mainly inhabited by the long-lived, extremely tall sorcerers known as the Dragaerans. One of the most powerful bosses in the Jhereg–Dragaera’s premier criminal organization–hires Vlad, one of their guild members, to assassinate Mellar, who… Read more »

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Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher

Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher

September 13, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, reviews 10

Small Favor by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files, Book 10 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2008 E-book, from Library 420 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: No one’s tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow. An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness-and she’s calling in her marker. It’s a small favor he can’t refuse…one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and… Read more »

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Review: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Review: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

August 27, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, reviews, TBR Pile 6

  Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey Series: Expanse #1 Genre: Science Fiction Space Opera Published by Orbit, 2011 E-book, Purchased 561 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach. Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, “The Scopuli,” they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on… Read more »

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TBR Review: The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

TBR Review: The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

August 20, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 6

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan Series: Brothers Sinister, Book 2 Genre: Historical Romance–1867 England Published by Courtney Milan, 2013 E-book, Purchased 280 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right. When she’s in company, she always says the wrong thing—and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision. And that’s precisely what she wants. She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe. Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He’s… Read more »

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Review: The Escape by Mary Balogh

Review: The Escape by Mary Balogh

August 15, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

The Escape by Mary Balogh Series: The Survivors’ Club, Book 3 Genre: Historical Romance Published by Dell, 2014 E-book, Purchased 394 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In this poignant novel of longing and salvation, a hopeful widow and a resilient war hero discover the promise of love’s magic and new beginnings. After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of… Read more »

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Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

August 13, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews 12

  The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Series: The Remnant Chronicles, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Henry Holt, 2014 E-book, Purchased 492 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world. In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia… Read more »

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Review: The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

Review: The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

July 25, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews 12

  The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney Series: The Golden City, Book 1 Genre: Historic Fantasy Published by Roc Trade, 2013 E-book, Purchased 384 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: For two years, Oriana Paredes has been a spy among the social elite of the Golden City, reporting back to her people, the sereia, sea folk banned from the city’s shores…. When her employer and only confidante decides to elope, Oriana agrees to accompany her to Paris. But before they can depart, the two women are abducted and left to drown. Trapped beneath the waves, Oriana’s heritage allows her to survive while she is forced to watch her only friend die…. Read more »

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Review: Splintered by A. G. Howard

Review: Splintered by A. G. Howard

July 24, 2014 2014, Audiobook Challenge, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 7

  Splintered by A. G. Howard Narrated by Rebecca Gibel Series: Splintered, Book 1 Genre: YA Fantasy Published by Amulet Books, 2013 E-book & Audiobook, Purchased 371 pages 12 hours, 39 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator Grade: B+ Synopsis: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep… Read more »

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Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

July 18, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, reviews 5

    Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen Series: The Malediction Trilogy, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Strange Chemistry, 2014 E-book, Purchased 369 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined. Cécile… Read more »

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Review: Earth Star by Janet Edwards

Review: Earth Star by Janet Edwards

July 17, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

  Earth Star by Janet Edwards Series: Earth Girl, Book 2 Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Published by Harper Voyager, 2013 E-book, Purchased 374 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: 18-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honours for her role in a daring rescue attempt, Jarra finds herself – and her Ape status – in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an ‘ape’ – a ‘throwback’ – by the rest of the universe, Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good… Read more »

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