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18 February, 2020

[Review] The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Series or Stand Alone: Hainish Cycle #5
Release Date: 17 March, 1972 (audio 7 December, 2009)
Publisher: Audible Frontiers
Genre: Science Fiction/Colonial Science Fiction/Adventure
ASIN: B00304MW0Y
Edition: Audiobook
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review Written: 3 February, 2020
Warnings: Racism, Character Death, Mentions of Rape
Summary:  
The planet Athshe was a paradise whose people were blessed with a mystical awareness of existence.

Then the conquerors arrived and began to rape, enslave, and kill humans with a flicker of humanity. The athseans were unskilled in the ways of war, and without weapons. But the gentle tribesmen possessed strange powers over their dreams. And the alien conquerors had taught them how to hate....

See more by Ursula K Le Guin at her Website.

04 February, 2020

[Review] Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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Series or Stand Alone: The Folk of the Air #3
Release Date: 19 November, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books/Hatchette Audio
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy and Science Fiction/Contemporary Fantasy/Romance/Mystery
ASIN/ISBN: B07Y3TLVZ5 / 9780316310406
Edition: Audiobook and Barnes and Noble Exclusive Edition Hardback (also available in Kindle and Non-exclusive hardback edition)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 2 December, 2019
Warnings: Racism, Character Death, Magic, Manipulation
Summary:  
He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics. And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…


See more by Holly Black at her Website.

31 December, 2019

[Review] The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Series or Stand Alone: The Folk of the Air #2
Release Date: 8 January, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books/Hatchette Audio
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy and Science Fiction/Contemporary Fantasy/Romance/Mystery
ASIN/ISBN: 1549171313 / 9781681198590
Edition: Audiobook and Barnes and Noble Exclusive Edition Hardback (also available in Kindle and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 5 October, 2019
Warnings: Racism, Character Death, Magic, Manipulation
Summary:  
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world. 


See more by Holly Black at her Website.

17 December, 2019

[Review] The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

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Series or Stand Alone: Pine Cove #3 (Not necessary to read other titles in this series)
Release Date: 28 October, 2008
Publisher: Harper Audio
Genre: Adult Fiction/Holiday Fiction/Horror/Humor/American Literature
ASIN: B0006IU4W0
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Hardback, Paperback, Kindle, and Audio CD)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 2 December, 2019
Warnings: Character Death, Magic, Rude Humor, Dark Humor
Summary:  
Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

But hold on! There's an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It's none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel's not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say "Kris Kringle" he's botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.

See more by Christopher Moore at his Website.

03 December, 2019

[Review] I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

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Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Release Date: 6 August, 2019
Publisher: Recorded Books/Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Friendship/Racism
ASIN: B07XD5MS8B
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle and Hardback)
Rating: ★★★
Review Written: 18 November, 2019
Warnings: Racism, Violence, Rioting
Summary:  
Lena and Campbell aren't friends. Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she's going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school. When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. They aren't friends. They hardly understand the other's point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they're going to survive the night.

See more by Kimberly Jones at her Website. See more by Gilly Segal at her website.

19 November, 2019

[Review] Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard

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Series or Stand Alone: Red Queen #4.5
Release Date: 7 May, 2019
Publisher: Orion
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy and Science Fiction/Short Stories/Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
ASIN: B07K6RMVFS
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle, Hardback, and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★
Review Written: 5 October, 2019
Warnings: Death, Mental Health, Racism
Summary:  
Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen in Broken Throne, a beautifully designed, must-have companion to the chart-topping series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard. The perfect addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, this gorgeously designed package features three brand-new novellas, two previously published novellas, Steel Scars and Queen Song, and never-before-seen maps, flags, bonus scenes, journal entries, and much more exclusive content. Fans will be delighted to catch up with beloved characters after the drama of War Storm and be excited to hear from brand-new voices as well. This stunning collection is not to be missed!

See more by Victoria Aveyard at her Website.

05 November, 2019

[Review] Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

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Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Release Date: 30 July, 2001
Publisher: Audible Frontiers
Genre: Science Fiction/High Tech Fiction/Contemporary Science Fiction
ASIN: B00005NZJA
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle, Hardback, and Paperback)
Rating: ★★★
Review Written: 5 October, 2019
Warnings: Death, Gore, Sexual content
Summary:  
In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he's a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous… you'll recognize it immediately. 

See more by Neil Stephenson at his Website.

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