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Book Review: Poison Dance: A Novella (Midnight Thief 0.5) by Livia Blackburne

       Lion's Quill Press  Published Sept 24, 2013             86 Pages
Lion’s Quill Press
Published Sept 24, 2013
86 Pages

* Received this Arc from the author, Livia Blackburne, in exchange for an honest review*

James is a deadly assassin working for the Assassin’s Guild and has been since he was 14. He is the best at what he does and that s why Thalia seeks him out. Thalia is a dancer seeking a way to avenge her sister’s death. Agreeing to help Thalia only if she helps him find a way out of the Assassin’s Guild, James is on the thin line of life and death.

The story was a simple and uncomplicated. This is not a bad thing it actually made the story so much more interesting because it wasn’t filtered with over complicated characters or romance. James is an assassin nothing hidden about that. When Thalia finds him he shows that he is not the typical brute but he also shows that he has common sense. Although he is attracted to Thalia he doesn’t let that over cloud his thoughts.

Thalia wasn’t a bad character either. Sensible, determined and realistic. She knows she doesn’t know how to kill to man and she knows the man that she wants to kill is a politically important man but she isn’t doing anything stupid or rushed.

I really loved the fact that the book was realistic and it wasn’t done with a lot of cheesy quotes or cliches. There is a romance between James and Thalia but it doesn’t over power the book at all and it makes me sad that the book Midnight Thief has nothing to do with the two.

However, what I didn’t like about the book was it felt a bit rushed. It is understood that there are limits to a novella but I wanted so much more! I wanted to know more about James and why he went with Thalia a lot easier than I thought. I wanted to know more about Thalia’s childhood.  But this isn’t such a bad thing because as an author you want your readers to want more. *sigh* I wish it was longer though.

Overall score: 5 Pickles

NetGalley Review: The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine

           Ebury Press  Published Oct. 24, 2013             512 Pages
Ebury Press
Published Oct. 24, 2013
512 Pages

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

17 year old Joe Gray has moved to a new town with her mother and is feeling lost; not because she misses her friends back home (she really didn’t have any) but because she has to start anew.

When helping a old lady bring flowers to her husband’s grave, she meets Tristan and love at first sight is an understatement.  However, Tristan has a secret that can either make or break their relationship.

Firstly, this cover is beautiful! However, the story was bad. Naming your daughter Joe is the most ridiculous thing ever. Her nickname being Joe is fine but not as her first and only name. I think the author was trying to be cute by making her the tomboy who knows martial arts and who is witty and takes crap from no one. But it just fell short. Joe is literally the most beloved character.

Everyone loves her expect for the most popular boy in school and the man after Tristan. The author over did it with this point. She made her the perfect girl. Her mother allows her to do what she wants (her mother is a bit of a bird brain), she is extremely happy to be a boarding school, and finally every guy around her is handsome and wants to protect her.  I was a bit sick of it.

Tristan is a brat. For a 17 year old who was dead for 60 years he is a brat that throws tantrums. That whole he is amazingly sexy flew out the window with that.

The writing was amateur and if the author was comparing the book to Twilight (which despite how horribly written it was I loved it), then I can see why she choose not to care.

As much as I wanted to love this book I couldn’t. Overall score: 2 Pickles

NetGalley Review: Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb

         Sourcebooks Jabberwocky  To Be Published April 1, 2014
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
To Be Published April 1, 2014

*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book to the Rose Series. Rose has found out that she is a magician and that powerful one at that. In this book she is no longer a poor orphan but a servant girl as well as a magician’s apprentice to the King’s magician.

But when Rose begins to get comfortable in her position, the kingdom’s beloved Princess goes missing and it is said that a dark magician has done the deed. Now it is up to Rose to find the Princess before the world she just entered is no more.

This book is purely for children. It is not fast pace and there isn’t a lot of action but it can keep a child’s attention. What I liked about the book was the constant drawing in it did. Rose was a bit whinny for a girl who in the first book defeated a evil witch but you feel her excitement and her growth.

I also like how there aren’t a billion and one questions that need to be answered. The problems that are in this book for the most part stay within this book. The only on going issue is her parents and what happened to them. I like how the book stayed focus and I feel that is really important in a children’s book, especially a series.

The only downside beyond Rose and her whinny self is the book was boring. Because of the fact that there wasn’t much action happening in the majority of this book, I lost focus. I expected more action when a Princess is missing and expected even more because this is a book dealing about someone learning to use magic.

I also expected more fight out of Rose but she was too scare throughout most of the book and it was too unbecoming.

Overall the book gets: 4 Pickles

P.S. Don’t you just love that cover!

NetGalley Book Review: The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant (The V Trilogy #1) by Joanna Wiebe

      BenBella Books    To Be Published Jan. 14, 2014                272 Pages
BenBella Books
To Be Published Jan. 14, 2014
272 Pages

*This book was received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Recently Motif by Tanya interviewed author Joanna Wiebe about her new book. Read it here!

Anne Merchant is sent to Cania Christy boarding school where the most wealthiest teenagers attend. Not understanding how she was able to attend the school, since her father is the funeral director, Merchant begins attending the school with nothing but questions. 

However, this isn’t any typical boarding school. You are graded for every thing you do including a school dance. Students are obsessed with the Big V which is to become valedictorian and no one could be trusted.

Merchant, with the help of an attractive senior must learn the school’s secrets and accept the truth in order to live.

When I finished this book I really couldn’t tell if I liked it or not. But I am going to say that I liked it but as much as I thought I would.

Merchant is an interesting character. Her mission is to find the truth and she does a horrible way of doing as such. She was a boring detective. However, she was witty which I loved. So I went back and forth with her because she was pushing for answers but barely did the work to find it out.

As for the writing I though the story itself had too much going on towards the end. It was one twist, another one and then one more to add dramatic effect for the second book. Although the story was a bit boring, I liked what the author was doing up until the climax.

But the story itself is completely original. It was nothing what I expected from a story regarding boarding school. I just believe that towards the end it was too much added in the first book.

Finally, I didn’t like the ended. THAT was expected and it was disappointing. I looked at the book and scream WHY! I seriously do not know one teenager that would agree with that decision.

Overall, the book gets 7 out of 10. I am curious about the second book but I am in no rush to read it.

Pickles