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KayKay #CRB6 Review #31 Undeniably Yours by Heather Webber

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After a serious fantasy read of The Blade Itself, I decided to try something a little lighter, which was perfect because I have the new Lucy Valentine book Undeniably Yours.  It’s the fifth in the series of books centered around the gifted Valentine family.  Most of the family can see auras and help people find true love based on that.  Lucy was struck by lightening and lost the ability to see auras, but she can find lost objects (she gets ‘reads’ from their owners) and she can get visions of what a person is seeing if she smells something that has their scent.  I enjoy the series (I have stuck with it to book 5),  I give this book 3 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

This book starts a few days after the previous one has ended.  Lucy and her boyfriend Sean are recovering from an attack.  Aiden, a cop and engaged to Lucy’s best friend Em, shows up at her door with his daughter (Ava).  Ava’s mother- a news reporter Kira, dropped Ava off with Aiden (he didn’t even know he had a kid) and disappeared.  This starts a big mystery of disappearing kids, missing reporters, and evil social workers.  Needless to say there is a lot of misdirection, some mis-placed trust, some people end up dead, some nearly dead.  Lucy survives, and those she loves are in tack, while they have gained Ava in their extended family.

What did I think about this book?

I wish that there was more fantasy than mystery.  Lucy barely got to use her skills.  I don’t even think there was any new match making in this book.  There doesn’t seem to be any overarching mysteries to tie the series together.  I don’t feel a pressing need to read another entry in this series.

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KayKay #CRB6 Review #30 The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

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Joe Abercrombie gets a lot of positive reviews for his writing.  A while back I tried to read his ‘Best Served Cold’ novel, but I could not get into it.  I read his short story ‘Tough Times All Over’ in Rogues and I thought it was a great read.  Given that and his reputation, I decided to try The Blade Itself.  I did enjoy this book, the characters and the writing.  My biggest complaint is that there wasn’t enough plot movement.  Even in epic fantasy that takes place over several books, there is normally a conflict and resolution in each book.  This didn’t bring any resolution, it set the stage for (a hopefully) great story.  I give this book 3 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

In the beginning there are four sons of Euz.  We don’t hear much about two of them (Glustrod, who I guess was strong, and I don’t have a name of the other).  But we do hear about Juvens (who is wise) and Kanedias (who is cunning).  Kanedias (also known as the Master Maker) and Juvens fight to death, and Kanedias wins, but Juvens apprentices hunt him down and Bayaz (the first apprentice- The First of the Magi) kills Kanedias.  Bayaz appears several times through history, helping bind several quarrelling areas into a kingdom under Harod, always showing up in critical times guiding the country.

In this story we have Bayaz who has gathered a rag tag group, his apprentice Quai (who seems frail and weak), Logen Nine-fingers (aka The Bloody Nine- who is a great fighter, but becomes something else when he is about to lose), Jezal (a spoiled rich military commander, who can barely be bothered to train), a strange girl named Ferro (who doesn’t feel pain, heals quickly and is color blind) and a Navigator.  Most of the book leads up to these people coming together in the capital, and at the end we see them about to begin their journey.

There seems to be unrest between several groups and each country faces battles on multiple fronts.  While these ‘earthly’ battles are being fought, Bayaz heads out to deal with a greater evil.  There are other characters: Glotka- a former rich military star who was captured by the Emperor and tortured, he can now barely walk up and down stairs, but serves as an Inquisitor (basically he tortures people).  Ardee- the sister of Jezal’s commander- West, who is not of noble birth, but has captured Jezal’s heart.  Bethod- the leader of the North who is looking to conquer the land.

What did I think about this book?

I enjoyed the characters, I want to read the next book and see how they develop.  It’s clear that at this point Bayaz doesn’t have a team, but I hope by the end of the next book some camaraderie has developed.  I think Jezal has the most room to grow, and I keep hoping somehow Glotka gets healed.  But I don’t think these guys are in for that type of happy ending.

Favorite Lines?

“Knowing your own ignorance is the first step to enlightenment”

Final Thoughts?

I will read the second book, because I’m invested in the characters.

KayKay #CRB6 Review #29 Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

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I’m a big fan of Rachel Aaron’s Eli Monpress series.  I enjoyed her Paradox series, and so far (for me) this Heartstricker series falls in the middle.  I think this series is YA, at least the main character is a kid (only 20 something in dragon years), but it made no difference.  It was different, it was fun and I enjoyed seeing Julius (the main character) come into his own.  The best part is that Rachel Aaron writes really fast and the next book in the series is coming out later this year!  I give this book 4 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…

**SPOILER ALERT**

My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

What is this book about?

This takes place in a future version of our world, where magic has been returned.  There are dragons and various types of magicians.  The main character- Julius is a dragon- the smallest in his family (the Heartstrickers), and a huge disappointment to his family.  He’s not mean, vicious, he doesn’t think of using humans or have a driving need to rule the world.  This causes his mother to throw him out and block his ability to change into his dragon form.  Stuck as a human, he has to prove that he is a worthy dragon.

His brother, Ian, has a mission for him, recover Katya, one of the Three Sisters dragons.  Along his journey his picks up a human mage- Marci.  With some timely interference from his brother Bob (one of three dragon seers), Julius is able to figure a way to stay true to himself, and prove his worth to his family- although not enough that his mother releases his block.

What did I think about this book?

I really enjoyed it.  It’s easy to read, I enjoyed the characters (especially Julius, Marci and Bob), I think it has a good message (it’s OK to be yourself).

Favorite Lines?

“I don’t think my failure to cross the ‘petty crimes against innocent people because your brother is too cheap to give you an advance so you can do your job’ line qualifies as a summation of my existence”

Final Thoughts?

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.