Heartstone (a.k.a. Pride and Prejudice with Dragons!)

Heart Stone

by Elle Katharine White

***** (5 out of 5)

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I first saw this book over at Book Beach Bunny’s Blog and knew I had to read it!  I didn’t read her review and I didn’t read the synopsis.  I saw the title of her post and immediately bought the book.  I LOVE Pride and Prejudice and I LOVE Dragons!!! I was so ridiculously excited for a book that combined both!!!

I was not disappointed!!!  This book was amazing! I don’t even know what to say about it other than I am in love with it!

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book and fantasy is my favorite genre.  Heartstone is a fantasy re-telling of Pride and Prejudice!!! What could be more perfect than that?!?!

I feel like I should say some normal stuff about how great the characters were and how the ending deviated from the main story more than the rest of the book and blah blah blah

Really all you need to know is that Heartstone is

Pride and Prejudice with Dragons!

really, I promise, thats all you need to know! Its awesome!!!

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids

by Michael McClung

***** (5 out of 5)

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Before I get into my review I want to shout out to Sigil Independent.  Sigil Independent is a writer’s guild for self-published fantasy authors.  Right now they have 11 authors and all of them were finalists or semi-finalists in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO).  I learned about Sigil through a guest post on Bibliosanctum’s blog.  Go check it out!  Seriously, go read it! I am not going to try and re-cap it for you!

I commented on the post that I had never read a self-published book, but that I had read books from small publishers that were pretty atrocious when it came to spelling and grammar. (Trust me, if I can notice a grammar error, then its bad!) My point was supposed to be that just because someone has a publisher doesn’t mean their work is good!  I don’t know how well I articulated that, but I received an e-mail from M.D. Presley (the author of the guest post and one of the co-founders of Sigil) asking if he “could tempt [me] to the dark side of self-publishing with one of [their] books for review.” He said “It’s our hope we can burnish off some of that self-publishing stigma with one of our 40+ novels.”

Of course I agreed! I LOVE fantasy books.  Plus he was the first person to ever contact ME asking for a review!! I know he probably e-mailed most, if not all, of the people who commented, but I don’t care! He asked me to review a book!!! AND I got to pick the book!!

I chose The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung (which I later learned was the inaugural winner of SPFBO) and I was not disappointed!

I HATE when a book is left “unfinished.” By that, I mean I hate it when an author just cuts the book off in a random spot and calls it a “cliffhanger.” It feels like their only goal is to get you to read the next book. This is not one of those books! This book is the perfect example of how a cliffhanger should be written!  Every loose end and plot point is closed.  You aren’t left wondering what happened to anybody.  Everything is completed.  But yet, you still know there is more to the story and you want to keep reading to find out what happens next!!  Its a subtle difference and I am not explaining it very well, but this book hits the nail on the head! I felt no frustration or annoyance with the ending and I can’t wait to read the next book! The ending was perfect!  Does that make sense? Do you feel this way about “unfinished” endings too?

Amra is an awesome protagonist.  She is strong and skillful and has made a name for herself in a male dominated society.  And, she didn’t have to use her looks or “feminine charm” to get there! Her looks are mentioned a few times and you get the impression she is not pretty, but grizzled and tough (at least that is what I am picturing) It was refreshing to have a book where there was almost no focus on looks.  You just got a basic description and that was it.  What the book did focus on was personality, and that actions spoke louder than words.

I liked the grey area that most of the book lived in.  Amra is a thief.  Her moral compass spins around a lot, but she is still a good person.  Even one of the bad guys isn’t really so bad.  (I mean he is pure evil, but he is not motivated by evilness, its something else which I can’t say)  Throughout the book you see a lot of the lines blurred and at times you can’t tell who is friend and who is foe.  And again it comes back to actions speak louder than words.  Some characters might claim they are evil and don’t care about anyone, but through their actions you can see that deep down they do care.

The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that some of the names were really weird, and I had trouble remembering who was who.  Its funny because just two days ago I answered a poll asking if you would rather read “Keyboard-smash fantasy names or all names that start with the same letter”  I picked Keyboard-smash fantasy names, and then completely coincidentally I started this book, later the same day.  The names in this book aren’t “keyboard-smash” bad, but there were a couple that I struggled with.

I loved this book! It was awesome and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!! (There are 4 books published right now, and according to Michael McClung’s Blog the 5th book is tentatively scheduled to be released in September!)

If you are even semi interested in this book then go buy it right now!!! It is only $0.99!! I don’t know how long this price will last! (though in the interest of full disclosure, I also don’t know if it will change either, that could be the set price?) Check it out:

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Michael McClung has a second series, The Skin Walker War, the second book just came out a week ago! The first book is also only $0.99.  So maybe check that one out too!

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One last note before I go! (Sorry I know this is a long post!) if you are wondering why I used Felicia Day gifs its because she is in the web series called The Guild and because Sigil is a guild, it just felt right. (shhhh it doesn’t have to make sense just deal with it)

 

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Audiobook and Movie Review)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

by Becky Albertalli

narrated by Michael Crouch

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I finished listening to the Audiobook around 7 pm on Saturday 4/21 and decided I needed to see the movie immediately.  Its been in theaters for a while, so I didn’t have a lot of options, but I found a 9:30 showing that was half an hour away.  I very rarely go to movies by myself but on such short notice and so late on a Saturday I didn’t even bother trying to find a friend to go with me.  Thats how desperate I was to see the movie!

I really should have written my review right after I saw the movie, because I had so many distinct thoughts I wanted to point out, but over the last week, they have all kind of morphed into just general feelings.  But after the movie I was too pissed to try and write the review.  Don’t worry I wasn’t pissed at the movie.  I loved it! I was pissed because there was this couple behind me that TALKED THE WHOLE MOVIE!!! It was awful! They were so rude! And they obviously didn’t read the book because they kept guessing what would happen next and were so, so wrong! I was tempted multiple times to tell them to shut up, but I wasn’t brave enough. Instead I am just going to rant on my blog!

Public Service Announcement: IF YOU WANT TO TALK WHILE WATCHING A MOVIE, DO NOT GO SEE IT IN THEATERS.  WAIT UNTIL IT COMES OUT ON DVD AND WATCH IT AT HOME SO YOU DON’T RUIN THE MOVIE FOR EVERYONE ELSE!

Thanks for listening to my rant.  Sorry about that.  I will try to move on and write a good review now. (Tho it is making me pissed all over again thinking about those two!)

Moving on for real now! The book was amazing! I put off reading it for a long time because I was worried I wasn’t going to like it.  For starters, it took place in High School, and it has been a really long time since I went to High School.  Would I be able to relate to the characters? Would they be too childish? Would their issues be childish? My second concern was that its main character was gay. (I’m not homophobic! Hear me out!) I like to put myself into the shoes of the main characters.  Thats why I like bad ass female leads.  (Not saying I am bad ass, but I wish I was like them) I was worried I wouldn’t be able to relate to a gay teenage boy.  I was worried the romance wouldn’t appeal to me. I’m not explaining it right, but I was worried that I wouldn’t like it.  I have absolutely no problem with people being gay I just didn’t have any desire to read a book about it. Its the same as me not wanting to read Horror, or Mystery.  Just personal preference.

But now I realize that my fears were a bunch of crap. I adore good love stories and this one was awesome! It made absolutely no difference that the main character was gay.  I still got those butterflies in my stomach that I get when I feel like the lovers are perfect for each other.  The love story was romantic and sweet and so beautiful! But it was also real and had its ups and downs! If you have any reservations about reading about a gay boy then this is a great book to pop that cherry! Its worth it!  Simon and Blue are adorable! And I love them! And I wish they were my best friends too!

Oh and my fears about reading a book about High Schoolers was unfounded too.  Most of the drama wasn’t your normal High School drama.  It was real and could effect people of any age.  It just happened to take place in a High School.  But I think that is because it was just well written.  I will still have reservations about reading High School books in the future.

There was only really one part in the story that I didn’t like.  At one point Simon got grounded and his parents took away his phone.  This section gave me really really bad anxiety.  I am attached to my phone because I am worried something will happen and no one will be able to get a hold of me to tell me.  Simon wasn’t able to let his friends know what was going an and it really bugged me.  I know this is a weird thing for me and its not specific to this book.  I have a friend who took her daughters phone away because she was getting bad grades and it made me anxious too.  I know its a normal form of punishment for teenagers but it makes my anxiety flares really bad for some reason.

If I had to do it over again I think I would read the physical copy of the book instead of listening to the audio book.  I didn’t really like the narrator’s voice, it was kind of whinny in my opinion.  He also made Nick sound like a stoner, but I definitely pictured him as more up-beat (I thought the movie did a great job of casting his personality)  Also there were sections that consisted of e-mails back and forth between Blue and Simon.  I got a little lost a couple times because I couldn’t look back to reference the previous emails and if I wasn’t paying really close attention then I missed who was writing which email.  It wasn’t that bad, but would have worked better with a physical copy of the book.

And last but not least the Movie! Overall I thought the adaptation was good and did a good job of capturing the spirit of the book, but I still think they changed to much. Warning! Its hard to talk about the book vs movie without giving stuff away.  I don’t think anything I said below is a spoiler, but they are borderline.  If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, proceed at your own risk!

The movie changed too many characters.  They removed Alice and added the principal and the guy at the waffle house.  They also minimized the role of Cal. I liked the principal and the waffle house guy, but would have preferred Alice and Cal instead! Also they changed Leah’s love interest and made Nora younger and into cooking? And the ending? In the movie it was very public and everyone was watching, while in the book it was private and better. None of these really detracted from the story, but they were decently significant changes.

There were two big changes that I thought changed the story.  The first was the level of involvement Simon had in Abby’s love life.  In the book he didn’t do anything but talk Martin up and get them to hangout.  In the movie he blatantly lied to Nick and tried to keep Nick and Abby apart.  The actions of movie Simon were way worse! Tho, the biggest change, was how Martin was portrayed.  In the book he wasn’t really that bad.  Even Simon admitted they could be friends if it wasn’t for the whole blackmail thing.  But in the movie we didn’t get to see as many of his redeeming qualities and we don’t get to see him come into the realization that he messed up.

But despite all these changes the movie was still good.  I thought everyone they cast was perfect! I enjoyed it! (despite the best efforts of the two jerks sitting behind me!) Without further ado, here are my ratings:

Book:  wafflewafflewafflewafflewaffle (5 waffles out of 5)

Movie by itself: wafflewafflewafflewaffle (4 waffles out of 5)

Movie as an adaptation of the book: wafflewafflewaffle (3 waffles out of 5)

Have you read the book and/or seen the movie? What did you think?

Godsgrave

Godsgrave

by Jay Kristoff

***** (5 out of 5)

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The Nevernight Chronicle Series

Who let me start another unfinished series?!?!  I don’t know if I can wait till September 4th to read Darkdawn!!  I should have known better!!

I can’t remember the last time a book took me on a roller coaster of emotions the way Godsgrave did.

Seriously! There were soooo many ups, downs, twists, and turns!

It was ridiculous! (in a good way)

I seriously don’t know what to say about this book other than it was all over the place!

Thats a lie, haha I know other things I can say 😀

If you read Nevernight you probably remember how the beginning jumped back and fourth between two stories?  One in the present and one in the past?  Godsgrave did the same thing, but not nearly as well.  In Nevernight the stories mirrored each other and the imagery was really cool.  In Godsgrave it was just the past and the present with nothing to tie them together. In Godsgrave the flipping also lasted a lot longer.  (Nevernight was just the first chapter.  Godsgrave I think went about halfway through? I got so engrossed in the story I didn’t noticed when the switching back and fourth stopped) I didn’t like the switching because I kept getting absorbed into the current story and every time it switched I had to re-calibrate my brain and re-adjust.  The switching also always occurred right when something exciting was going down!  It was super annoying! (but not enough to make me lower my opinion of the book)

I also didn’t enjoy the footnotes in Godsgrave as much as the footnotes in Nevernight.  They seemed longer and less important.  I found myself skimming them instead of fully reading them, and I rarely skim when I read.  At one point the narrator actually makes fun of the reader, in the footnote, for reading the footnote.  It was clever and funny, but it just goes to show how unimportant the footnotes were.  (Again this wasn’t enough to make me dock stars because I still LOVED the book!)

Those are the only two bad things I have to say about the book! As always Mia was completely awesome! She is such a kick-butt heroine and I love her and her shadows! (Mr. Kindly is still my favorite!) In Godsgrave we get to see a couple of the original characters from Nevernight but for the most part, the characters are new, and I love them just as much as the originals! There was such a wide range of characters.  Some were good, some were evil, (most were somewhere in between), and some you loved, some you hated (most were somewhere in between).  It was super diverse and that made it so much better!  You might think that with so many characters it would get confusing and hard to keep track, or that the characters wouldn’t have individual personalities, but you would be wrong.  You get to know, understand, and love (or hate) so many different characters, and each one stands out in their own way!

Like I mentioned above, this book was a roller coaster.  There were so many twists and turns it drove me crazy.  It kept me on my toes, and kept me guessing.  For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next.  I would think I had it all figured out and then, BOOM, another curve ball.  Seriously, this book was genius.

I highly recommend both Nevernight and Godsgrave!!!! They are amazing! Tho I would suggest waiting until mid August to start the series because the third and final book, Darkdawn, doesn’t come out till Sept. 4th, and waiting that long might actually kill me.

 

 

My Sister’s Intended (Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway)

My Sister’s Intended

by Rachel Anderson

***** (5 out of 5)

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I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour (see below for more info), but it in no way effected my review!!  I have never been a part of a blog tour before so this has been cool 😀 especially because I received a free book!

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The main character, Prudence, is awesome! She is fiercely loyal, stubborn, loving, and oh, so innocent.  She is funny and spunky and I would love to have her as my sister!  She is also incredibly tough but still feminine.  In a lot of books you get one or the other, but Prudence is the perfect blend of both.  She wants her independence but she still wants a family to take care of (which makes sense for her time period).  And the best part is she can have both! You don’t have to pick between independence and being a housewife if you want both! (Does that make any sense?)

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The leading man, Lord Knave, is pretty cool as well.  He is every bit the gentleman, most of the time.  Once or twice Prudence gets under his skin, but he always tries to do what is right.  He is not perfect, which makes him all the more likable!  He is not in an easy situation, but he makes the best of it and is overly considerate of everyone around him.

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I love the premise of the story as well! Prudence just wants to enjoy life and see her sister happily married so that she can start looking for someone of her own.  She is loathe to think her sister won’t be happy with the man she is intended for, so she make it her business to help them fall in love.  Like I said she is fiercely loyal.  But just because her main goal is her sister’s happiness doesn’t mean that Lord Knave can’t help her too! He is just the man to answer her questions! Questions she can’t ask anyone else 😀

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Some of the scenes are absolutely hilarious, while others are heartbreaking and sad.  This book contains a full spectrum of emotion! But overall it is a feel good happy book and a good read! It is completely clean romance too, so everyone can read it!  I would recommend it if you are looking for a good love story and a fun book!

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My Sister’s Intended by Rachael Anderson

For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.

Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn’t factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn’t want her sister to either.

Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.

 

Excerpt

When Prudence lifted her eyes to his again, they sparkled with a challenge. “I was going to save this question until later so as not to shock you from the get-go, but I really do need to know . . . What does it feel like to kiss a woman?”

A large lump formed in Brand’s throat, and his mouth went dry. What the deuce? She had promised not to ask questions that would make him uncomfortable, but already he wanted to flee like a frightened kitten. How could he possibly explain how it felt to kiss a woman?

Brand searched his mind for a way to avoid answering until he heard a snicker escape her lips. She was laughing at him. Him! Hildebrand Ethan Cannon, Viscount Knave—a man at least eight years her senior and a great deal higher in social standing.

Unbelievable.

“You are teasing me,” he said, hoping it was true. If she’d posed the question to make him squirm—and perhaps make him more inclined to answer her other questions—then she wouldn’t be expecting an answer.

She shook her head, still smiling. “I’m afraid not, my lord, although I did find the look of terror on your face vastly amusing.”

“I’m glad I could entertain you.”

“I hope you will be equally glad to instruct me on a few things as well. The first scene in my book will include a kiss, and I have no idea how to describe the experience. Do a woman’s lips feel warm or soft or even moist? Would your pulse quicken? Aside from touch, what other senses are engaged? How would it make you feel and what would you notice when you held a woman in your arms?”

If she thought he’d appeared terror-stricken before, there would be no word for how he looked now. Did she earnestly expect him to answer such questions? Surely even she knew how inappropriate it would be to discuss such things, her being an innocent.

“I cannot say,” he finally muttered.

Her brow puckered in confusion. “Have you never kissed a woman, my lord?”

Brand was sorely tempted to lie and say he had not, but he couldn’t bring himself to do so. Any man of six-and-twenty who had never experienced a kiss would be laughed out of his manhood. Women were expected to remain innocent until married. Men were not.

“Yes, I have kissed a woman,” he finally admitted, “but I have no intention of discussing any of the details with you.”

“Why not?” she asked, her large brown eyes blinking at him curiously. “Would you rather I invent the information?”

“Yes.”

She obviously didn’t appreciate his retort because she scowled. “Can you not tell me at least a little?”

“No.”

“Why?”

“Because a kiss could never be described with any sort of accuracy, at least not by me. It involves too many feelings and sensations and complexities of thought. If you wish to know what a kiss feels like, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.”

Too late, Brand realized his mistake. Her expression became contemplative, as though she was actually considering doing just that. Good gads, had he really just encouraged an innocent young woman to go hunting for a kiss? Who would she ask? A groom? Stablehand? The next peddler that came to town?

“I think you are right,” she said at last. “I really must experience a kiss for myself if I am to describe it with any sort of accuracy.” She blinked up at him with that innocent expression again. “Will you kiss me Lord Knave? No, how silly of me. You are to marry my sister, so that would never do.” She pursed her lips for a moment before musing, “Perhaps one of the footmen would be kind enough to show me how it’s done.”

Kind enough? Brand could think of a great many reasons a footman would comply with such a request, and kindness did not factor into any of them. Brand would kiss her himself before he allowed a footman near her.

He rubbed the bridge of his nose, feeling a headache coming on. “Perhaps I can try to explain what it feels like after all.” Better that than having her chase after a footman.

“But you only just said you couldn’t do it justice,” she pointed out. “I realize I sound dreadfully forward, but I really must know, and experience is the best teacher, is it not?”

“No, it isn’t,” he lied. “And you are not going to kiss a footman.”

“Then who? Felix or Lionel, perhaps? I’m fairly certain I can convince one of them to do it, if given the opportunity. The question is how to go about it?”

It was plain to see by the firm set of her jaw that she would not rest until she had experienced a kiss of her own. She didn’t seem to care who did the deed, only that the man did a thorough job of it. A quick peck on the lips wouldn’t satisfy her curiosities.

“Perhaps I could send a note to Felix and ask him to call on me,” she continued to muse. “We could take a stroll through the maze in the gardens. There is a hidden alcove on the south side, which could be quite perfect. We would have to evade Ruth, obviously, but—”

“Devil take it,” Brand growled as he pulled her to him. Her quick intake of breath was the only sound she made before his mouth covered hers.

 

Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

 

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Nevernight

Nevernight

by Jay Kristoff

***** (5 out of 5)

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I was inspired to read this book solely based on this picture:

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Source: Baby Chick @ Birdie Bookworm

I didn’t know anything about the book except that the cat pictured above was a character, and the Author, Jay Kristoff, contacted the artist, Baby Chick, on Instagram saying he liked her artwork and wanted a copy.  This picture is awesome and I was intrigued!  I love cats, especially black cats, and I wanted to know who this character was!! So I read the book! Just to figure out who the cat is!

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The cat’s name is Mr. Kindly and he is awesome!!! I want to go into more about him but I can’t because I don’t want to spoil anything! But I want him! He would be the best, best friend ever!

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All the characters are awesome! Mia is great! She isn’t perfect but that is part of what makes her so believable.  She is strong and stubborn and smart!  She sticks to her beliefs even when facing difficult situations.

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I really want to know more about Cassius!! Urg again I can’t go into more details without spoilers!!  But he is so mysterious you can’t help but be drawn to him!

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Its not just the characters that made the book great, it was the story line as well! I loved the plot! (Tho I am partial to assassin schools for some reason)  It is dark and twisted (duh its about a school for assassin’s) but at the same time its also hopeful and compelling.

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Forever ago, I created a poll asking which Audiobook I should read and Nevernight was one of the options.  Spasciuti helpfully pointed out that Nevernight has a lot of footnotes and doesn’t translate well to Audiobooks.  It was good to know and I agree it would not have worked very well in Audiobook! So if you are going to read this I highly suggest getting a physical book! (I don’t know how well it would work with e-books either because sometimes the footnotes are really long)

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Overall this is a great book and I highly recommend it! Here are some more black cat gifs:

Also I have been working on my bookstagram skills and here are some of the ones I liked:

Thats my cat Kaylee, by the way! She is awesome and I love her! Tho it was a pain in the butt to get her to pose with the book for pictures. (There may or may not have been cat nip involved) This is my favorite pic:

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I like it cuz Kaylee is all blurry and out of focus which fits really well with the story! The only bad thing is that she is kind of obstructing the cover.  She isn’t obstructing the cover in the top right picture but I don’t like her pose as much, so this one is still my favorite!

Update: For some reason the pictures in the collage keep changing their order so if my sentence above doesn’t make sense, just refresh your page until this pic is in the top right:

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Have you read Nevernight? Did you like it?

I bought Godsgrave last night and can’t wait to get started!

The Fire’s Stone (Audiobook)

The Fire’s Stone

by Tanya Huff (narrated by Bill Hensel)

***** (5 out of 5)

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I picked this book because I had already owned the kindle version (I got it for free) and it only cost a couple bucks to buy the audiobook.  I needed a book to listen to on my way to and from work, but I hadn’t gotten my Audible credit for the month.  I just wanted something cheap that would be semi-interesting.  I was expecting for it to be ok, at best.  Fortunately, I was wrong.

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This book was awesome!!!!

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The story was great! A Drunk Prince, A Young Wizard, and An Injured Thief must work together to recover the stolen stone and save the city.  Its a classic adventure story.  There was rarely a slow moment and I didn’t want to stop listening when I got to work.  I often didn’t stop listening when I got home.  Whats the audiobook equivalent of “I couldn’t put it down”?

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The characters were great too! The trio was snarky and caring and each one of them was strong in their own unique ways.  Their relationships were so realistic that you can’t help but fall in love with them.  I don’t even know what to write! I just loved all three so much and I wish I was part of a tro like that.

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I was worried that there was going to be a love triangle, since there were three main characters, but there wasn’t! There was still a little bit of a love story but it was subtle and it took second seat to the adventure, which was nice.  I read too many books where the love story is the main plot.  While there wasn’t a love triangle there was some points when the relationships were forming where I couldn’t figure out who was going to end up with who.  At one point I was even hoping that they would end up as a thrupple because I didn’t want anyone to get their feelings hurt!

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The book is great! I loved it! The Audiobook version I am not so sure about.  The guy reading did really good men’s voices, but his woman’s voices were AWFUL! They were comically squeaky and it was a little hard to look past, but he still did a good job at bringing the characters to life.  I loved all the characters and I wonder how much of that was the writing and how much of that was the reading.  If I had to guess it is the writing but I don’t know for sure.  Also, some of the transitions were confusing.  Time would skip forward and it would take me a minute to realize it.  I think that in the book they are probably marked somehow, maybe a paragraph break, but that would be hard to convey in an audiobook.

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Overall I would totally recommend this book! It was great!

And now because I can’t help myself and because this picture is kind of a perfect representation of two of the characters.  Here is an amazing pic from Sofie Wikstrom

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I just can’t get over how absolutely that picture is for so many reasons and its not helping with the book hangover I feel coming on.  Also here is my sad attempt at bookstagraming:

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