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So Not a Hero

So Not a Hero - S.J. Delos Really enjoyed this. A "superheros are people too, with all our petty human disagreements!!" book without, hrm, the excess of some in the genre. Really liked Karen, found her very believable and interesting.

Saw one of the plot twists coming a MILE away when the Nerd Boy got away with a GIANT BABY NICE GUY (TM) fit when she started dating someone else but I didn't see the other!

The opening's a little rough, esp with the incredibly dubious sex that happens within a first couple pages, but it really picks up.

The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Book 3)

The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Book 3) -  Charlie Holmberg While a strong end to the series (MAYBE NOT??) and I devoured it, didn't find the plot quite as engaging as the previous ones. Loves the experiments with multiple magic, loved her interactions with her family, esp. Zina. Didn't love the show down with Saraj; it felt somewhat repetitive, although it was nice to see Emery and Ceony working together.


Would have enjoyed more of Ceony dealing with the fall out of basically dating her teacher. Also, not enough Dog.

WHY ARE THERE NOT TEN MORE BOOKS IN THIS WORLD.

The Paper Magician

The Paper Magician - Charlie N. Holmberg VERY much enjoyed this book. While I think it can be described as Young Adult, it's not very "young adult-y". The heroine is 19, and treated, by and large, as an adult.

Very much enjoyed the world building, but if you're looking for historical detail, this probably ain't the book for you. The world feels very real, but the story isn't really about broad political implications or anything, so you don't really get broad world building, you get stuff that Ceony notices and cares about. Particularly enjoy the magic system, it's very entertaining.

I found the romantic tension between Ceony and Emery Thane to be lovely and not TOO overblown. It's also working for me surprisingly well, despite normally greatly disliking student/teacher relationships.

I switched back and forth between reading and listening (kindle unlimited) and the audiobook version was beautiful. Lovely expression and phrasing.

The Earl's Inconvenient Wife

The Earl's Inconvenient Wife - Ruth Ann Nordin The plot relies way too heavily on misunderstanding/not talking to each other and not even in an interesting way.

The main character is a ninnie, and while she occasionally showed a spark of someone interesting, she never really developed into an interesting person.

While the romance is kind of sweet (even ninnies can find love!!!1) the only interesting people were not the main characters.

Some Kind of Magic

Some Kind of Magic - R. Cooper Author appears to have mistaken "mild verbal abuse" for "flirty snarky banter". Writing also generally sub-par. Pity, because world building was intriguing.

Clariel (Abhorsen, #4)

Clariel (Abhorsen, #4) - Garth Nix A really interesting book that did a lot to explain the state of things in the other books. However, I had a deep and intense urge to shake Clariel the entire time that really ruined my enjoyment of the book. She's just SUCH a teenie and not very sensible. Perhaps I'm just too old to enjoy these books as much as I did as a kid.

Also, Nix still can't write a female pov who has sexual desire, and although it makes sense in Clariel's character, it's weird taken in whole.

Uprooted

Uprooted - Naomi Novik I *very* much enjoyed this book. I failed out early on in the Temeraire series, and only tried this because a good friend recc'd it to me. It was super worth it.

I feel like Novik's writing has really strengthened, and this was the kind of setting that it GLOWED in. She still can't write a non-romantic friendship for love nor money, and so it's actually kind of jarring early on when our Heroine is so INCREDIBLY in love with her best (female) friend. It's actually kind of an impediment to me getting with the het romance because it's contrasted so much with the best friend. That said, I really like how you see the friendship change and evolve as the girls do, and the ending with Kasia the captain of the guard in the capital and Agnieszka wandering and healing the Wood actually really works for me. Agnieszka's romance with the Dragon also should really work for me-- I'm super into exactly that kind of romance -- but while I like it, it's not quite all there. If the crush/romance with Kasia was texual and they split because they changed as people whatever, the relationship with the Dragon would be better and more convincing.

Also, while I actually really like what ends having been going on with the Wood, the MASSIVE body count by the end of the book, and how many of them were high ranking political figures, doesn't really seem to get, idk, resolved? Like, they install a regency for Stashek, and he gets engaged to a baron's daughter whatever but we don't see what MUST be political turmoil at the capital. I get that's because Agnieszha really doesn't care about what's happening out of her valley, but like. Include a bit more of the Dragon fixing and quelling the political situation or something.

All in all, really enjoyed this, loved that it wasn't loaded with the same MASSIVE AMOUNTS of misogyny that the Temeraire series has, felt like Crown Duel and Grimms Fairy Tales had a baby. Would love to see a sequal about Kasia's adventures in the capital.

A Weekend with Mr. Darcy

A Weekend with Mr. Darcy - Victoria Connelly Failed out VERY FAST.

The Princess Curse

The Princess Curse - Merrie Haskell WHERE IS THE SEQUAL


OR AT LEAST THE FANFICTION

Moonlight & Mechanicals

Moonlight & Mechanicals - Cindy Spencer Pape Liked this one best so far. Has more of an action plot than previous, and REALLY enjoyed the romance. Lots of pining is good for me, and Liam's reservations about marriage are in-character and understandable without being overblown. Loved the werewolf details. :) Also, the author managed to pull off the romance between Wink and Liam, who first met when Wink was 15 and Liam in his 20s, without making me feel like I was reading The Rowan again. The author also manages to pull off a large supporting cast while keeping them distinct and the familial rapport remains charming and not syrupy.

Kilts & Kraken

Kilts & Kraken - Cindy Spencer Pape Solid, cute novella. Felt less rushed than the last. Reminded me IMMENSELY of "I Know Where I'm Going".

Steam & Sorcery

Steam & Sorcery - Cindy Spencer Pape Not particularly deep, but a fun romp that didn't get caught up in the set dressing. I'm weak to found families. Also, the anachronism didn't pop so much as to distract. Solid book.

A Lady Awakened

A Lady Awakened - Cecilia Grant I am FAITHFULLY ASSURED that this book improves, but the weird non-con-ness of the sex early on is Not What I Want to be reading right now, so failing out.

Half-Resurrection Blues: A Bone Street Rumba Novel

Half-Resurrection Blues - Daniel José Older This could have been really interesting, and I was interested in the world/characters, but the massive vein of creepy around women in this book got to me and and I failed out.

Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers Interesting world building, but nothing and no one kept my attention.

The Broken Kingdoms

The Broken Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin I liked this one possibly even more than the last one, although I took longer to read it. :)

Loved how sympathetic Oree managed to make Shiny. Loved that the theme of this book was basically "family is hard".

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