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The First by Jason Mott

The First by Jason Mott

July 10, 2013 Reviews 0

This novella is so sweet! It follows Edmund Blithe, who blithely turns up to work, alive and well, exactly a year after his death. Chaos ensues, and soon he's being questioned by government officials and hounded by the media. But he has no answers - he can't even remember being dead. According to his memory, he proposed to his girlfriend, Emily, a few days ago, and all he wants to do is see her again. Emily has spent the last year trying to forget the man who died the day after he proposed to her. She's stopped wearing the ring,...

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Venom by Fiona Paul

Venom by Fiona Paul

July 9, 2013 Reviews 2

It took me a long time – more than half way through the novel – to really get into Venom, and there was a time when I contemplated not finishing it. Something about Cassandra and her predicament refused to click with me, and I couldn’t see the so-called romance between…

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The Great Bazaar and Brayan’s Gold by Peter V. Brett

The Great Bazaar and Brayan’s Gold by Peter V. Brett

July 7, 2013 Reviews 2 ★★★★

These two short stories take place within the time frame of The Painted Man and almost read like outtakes from the novel. But Brett has ensured that each is self-contained, although its place within a larger framework in never in doubt. Of the two, Brayan’s Gold is my favourite, so…

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Ember X by Jessica Sorensen

Ember X by Jessica Sorensen

June 14, 2013 Reviews 2

This version the book is an extended new adult edition of the YA release Ember, but I found the new parts clumsy and ultimately unnecessary. Which is not to say that I think I would have enjoyed the original YA version much better – this book has a premise that has…

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The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett

The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett

June 11, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Peter V. Brett said he has no problem with this review appearing in fuchsia. So, here it is, in all its pink glory. Why has it taken me so long to read the second instalment of The Demon Cycle? I loved The Painted Man, I ended it eager to start…

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Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry

Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry

June 10, 2013 Reviews 1 ★★★★½

Blogging Outside the Box is a  feature at Speculating on SpecFic, where books outside the SFF banner are reviewed. It is intended to highlight some of the non speculative fiction titles I am reading and share my thoughts with readers. ISBN 13: 9781460898055 ISBN10: 1460898052 Oh how I loved this. Crossing the…

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

June 6, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Blogging Outside the Box is a  feature at Speculating on SpecFic, where books outside the SFF banner are reviewed. It is intended to highlight some of the non speculative fiction titles I am reading and share my thoughts with readers. Pushing the Limits is about a good girl and a…

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Tanequil by Terry Brooks

Tanequil by Terry Brooks

March 19, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★

The second book of the High Druid of Shannara series is arguably better than the first – Brooks manages to bring up the quality of the book by cutting down references to the previous series, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, and giving some air time to the Elves –…

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Jarka Ruus by Terry Brooks

Jarka Ruus by Terry Brooks

January 31, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★

I’ve been wanting to get back to the Shannara world after completing The Voyage of Jerle Shannara series a few years ago, but to be honest, I was disappointed in that trilogy and always found an excuse not to start Jarka Ruus. Which, as it turns out, was a huge mistake. Brooks…

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

January 7, 2013 Reviews 1 ★★★★

Brandon Sanderson frequently comments that he intended Warbreaker and Elantris to dovetail: examining the same issues but dealing with them differently. I read Warbreaker with his intent in mind, and think it does indeed go well with the story-line of Elantris. It is an earlier work of Sanderson’s (pre Mistborn), so…

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Angel Arias by Marianne de Pierres

Angel Arias by Marianne de Pierres

November 22, 2012 Reviews 3 ★★★★★

Not many sequels surpass the original work, but Angel Arias achieves this gargantuan feat with relative ease: it’s just as eerie and beautiful as Burn Bright, but quickly becomes a darker and edgier tale – one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Naif’s growth is the most striking aspect of this book…

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