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My Bookshelf on WWW Wednesday

I’m currently reading Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz and Alliance by Mark Frost.

I started watching the television spin-off of Witches of East End. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t horrible either, so I thought I’d give the book a go. So far, I’m 8% of the way into the ebook and, like the television show, it’s entertaining, if not brilliantly executed.

As for Alliance, the previous book in the series, The Paladin Prophecy, sucked me in right away, but this one is taking longer. Plus, I’m going to be really, really surprised if the hero still has a girlfriend by the end of the story, because, three chapters in, he’s just done something really stupid.

I recently finished reading Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula by Elise Stokes. There were a few awkward passages, notably the prologue (thankfully, it was short), but other than that, it was an enjoyable read. Aimed at the young teen crowd and (woohoo!) light on the romance, it’s a superhero novel with a detective feel.

Next, I think I’ll read Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. I recently read The Spirit Thief, by the same author, and it was pretty funny. Think Ocean’s Eleven with wizards, talking rocks and a really big dog.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Towers of the Sunset

Can you see how the pieces fit together? Not just the visible ones, like the towers of the sunset, but those unseen, like the heart of a man or the soul of a wizard.

The cover of The Towers of the Sunset by L.E. Modesitt Jnr.
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A good book, although the lack of a blurb is confusing.

What’s awesome about it

  • The langauge is beautiful (as you can see above)
  • The worldbuilding and the use of the word ‘masculine’.

What’s not-so-awesome

  • There’s no blurb! At least on my copy. This makes it very hard to place the book in context to the first, The Magic of Recluce
  • The last half of the book is kinda boring
  • Magera is a twit.

Would I buy the sequel? I already did, in fact, not only did get the sequel, The Magic Engineer, I splurged on its sequels as well, The Order War and The Death of Chaos. I just haven’t read them yet.  Continue reading

Fade to Black on Teaser Tuesday

The cover of Fade to Black by Francis Knight
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I have finally, finally, gotten around to reading Fade to Black by Francis Knight (Goodreads link). I borrowed it from the library, and I’ve been so busy (with second drafts and work and, you know, stuff) that I’ve had to renew it twice. Crazy.

So far, apart from a few cases of info-dumping at the start, it’s pretty good.

Where am I at? Page 53.
Feels like a steampunk version of The Big Sleep.
What’s awesome about it?

  • The cover
  • The combination of steampunk and magic
  • A city that just goes up and up and up… or down and down and down, depending upon your point of view.

What’s not-so-awesome? The repetition of various facts. Ms Knight, I get it already!

The Teaser Tuesday bit

This girl had a powerful desire not to go home. Having met her parents, I could sympathise, but a paying job is a paying job, and once I took one on it was hard not to follow through.

~ page 4, Fade to Black by Francis Knight

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Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire… fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil… until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

'Drink, Slay, Love' by Sarah Beth Durst
The ebook version of the cover.

If you like your vampires dark, Goth, not quite soulless and with just the tiniest hint of My Little Pony, then Drink, Slay, Love could be for you. It’s the third work from author Sarah Beth Durst and reads like the opening of a series (although I could find no news of a sequel).

What I liked and didn’t like

Pearl was the best part of the book, confident, arrogant, viewed humans as cattle yet remained vulnerable under all her bluster. It was almost a shame that she grew a conscience because it dulled her superior attitude, which was a lot of fun.

The development of her character was a strong yet subtle thread that ran through the book with none of the long, blah, blah, blah blocks of inner monologue that can pass for character development.

While the first two-thirds of the book were good, maybe even great, the final third did its best to fall in a heap.

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