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Prince of Thorns – Mark Lawrence

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Synopsis:

Prince Jorg has seen all too much in his short years. Having witnessed the rape and murder of his mother and young brother, while going through his own torture, something inside the young boy has snapped and since a child he has had nothing on his mind but revenge.

Review:

I want to start off this review by saying that I truly wanted to love this book. I had heard so many great things about it but it fell a little short for me. I liked it but I couldn’t say it would make any favorites list, all I can truly hope for is that the following books get better.

Issue number one, I could not connect or even care for (either love or hate) the main character Prince Jorg. I honestly felt nothing for him the entire book. It was almost like Lawrence made me feel as if I was the sociopath. I knew this kid was doing things that were evil but I also knew there was something so broken about him that he honestly didn’t care. I almost wish he would have enjoyed the things he was doing so I could hate him but it all seemed to be a means to an end.

Second issue, so I couldn’t connect with the main character, usually there is at least one character that I can say, “I like her” or “I like him”… or, in the case of Joe Abercrombie “I hate you all and you all are pieces of crap”. I just wish there were some kind of emotional response to the book. But it left me going “Meh…”

Third and largest issue, there seemed to be no real motivation for anything done in the novel. Jorg’s whims being apeesed? A spoiled prince always getting his way no matter the outcome? I just didn’t get that his revenge could carry him as far as it did. Maybe I missed something but it just didn’t pan out in the end for me.

But enough ranting, I liked it, I will read the rest of the series but I do hope these issues are addressed in the next book…

Favorite Quotes:

“Tell me, tutor,’ I said. ‘Is revenge a science, or an art?”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“Cowards make the best torturers. Cowards understand fear and they can use it.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“Most men have at least one redeeming feature. Finding one for Brother Rike requires a stretch. Is ‘big’ a redeeming feature?”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“Anything that you cannot sacrifice pins you. Makes you predictable, makes you weak.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“Lucifer spoke thus. Pride took him from heaven, though he sat at God’s right hand.’ Her voice grew faint, the hint of a whisper. ‘In the end pride is the only evil, the root of all sins.’
‘Pride is all I have.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“You got responsibilities when you’re a leader. You got a responsibility not to kill too many of your men. Or who’re you going to lead?”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“The way to break the cycle is to kill every single one of the bastards that fucked you over. Every last one of them. Kill them all. Kill their mother, kill their brothers, kill their children, kill their dog.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“I think maybe we die every day. Maybe we’re born new each dawn, a little changed, a little further on our own road. When enough days stand between you and the person you were, you’re strangers. Maybe that’s what growing up is. Maybe I have grown up.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you’ll find an edge to cut you.” I looked into my own darkness. I knew what it was to be trapped, and to watch ruination. “Each day the memories weigh a little heavier. Each day they drag you down that bit further. You wind them around you, a single thread at a time, and you weave your own shroud, you build a cocoon, and in it madness grows.” The lights pulsed beneath my fingers, ebbing and flowing to the beat of my voice. “You sit here with your yesterdays queuing at your shoulder. You listen to their reproach and curse those that gave you life.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“It never pays to walk blindly. Especially not in your own castle where familiarity hides so much – even when we have the eyes to see.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“It was a defeat, resorting to crude threats in a game of subtlety, but sometimes one must sacrifice a battle to win the war.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

“She gave me a smile that left me wondering if I wanted to slap it off her, or kiss it.”
― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

Recommendations:

The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie

The Night Angel Trilogy – Brent Weeks

Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson

The Warded Man – Peter V. Brett

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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5 Fantasy Series For Newbies

Or people who want to delve into the genre but don’t know where to start…

The fantasy genre can be a lot to take if you don’t know what to look for. There are the great epics, sci-fi, any number of different worlds and characters names you have no chance of pronouncing without the aid of an audiobook.

Don’t let this put you off to the genre. Most are a riveting escape from reality. They can grip you and suck you into a crazy, exciting and sometimes infuriating world.

But first let’s address the issue most have with fantasy. There are some long winded authors out there and I will be the first to admit that I never wanted to read the nearly 1,000 page epics until I had already dipped my toe into the world of fantasy. Not all are just wordy, some have epic world building to do and they paint a picture on every page. Some have much to say and character development that you wouldn’t belive. These books are epic for a reason.

Now, the reason you started reading this post…

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1. The Mistborn Series – Brandon Sanderson

This series is a fantastic introduction into the fantasy genre simply because it is not too long. The individual books can be read over the span of just a few days. There is also great world building in this novel and characters you can’t help but feel for. This will also introduce you to one of the best authors in the genre. It will help you decide if you really want to pick up his more epic works. (Recently he has added to this trilogy and there are two other books.)

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2. The Night Angel Trilogy – Brent Weeks

Essentially, it would be fair for me to just say… see above, but I won’t. I will give this series more credit than that because I absolutely loved it! This series is a little darker than the Mistborn Series but it is well worth the read. Also, the two worlds are very different. Sometimes with fantasy, worlds will run together or overlap. There is no chance of that with this or Mistborn.

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3. The Kingkiller Chronicles – Patrick Rothfuss

While epic in its own right, The Name of the Wind is 660 pages (in its original hardback), this series is worth picking up. The reason I am suggesting such a long novel as an introduction to fantasy is its lyrical, insanely well written prose. The descriptions and phrasing in this series will keep you mesmerized from beginning to end.

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4. The Black Magician Trilogy – Trudi Canavan

If you loved the environment of Harry Potter and are looking for a bit more grown up version, here it is! The outcast child ends up with epic powers and surpasses all expectations held for her.

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5. Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Good kind

I realize this series is ridiculously long but the first book is worth the read. Even if it takes you a while to get to the second novel it picks up right where this leaves off. The rich world building and character development in this novel was what made me fall in love with the genre.

I know some of these books still seem a bit daunting, but trust me, if you start with these there will be no going back.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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The Warded Man – Peter V. Brett

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Synopsis:

For hundreds of years corelings have ravaged mankind. Many try to fend of these demons with basic warding spells but the offensive wards of old have been lost for generations. People are allowing themselves to be trapped in their own homes. However, there are a select few who have had enough and set out on their own paths, going so far as to take the fight to the corelings themselves.

Review:

I have read many a wonderful fantasy novel in the last few years and while I can’t say this is my favorite, I can without a doubt say it is one of the best I’ve read to date. It’s fast paced with just enough real life that it makes you feel for the characters. I was also a huge fan of the blatantly Victorian values these people held. I found it amusing that something so familiar (having read many a Victorian novel, obviously not having lived it) in such an unfamiliar setting.

Favorite Quotes:

“Welcome to adulthood.” Cob said. “Every child finds a day when the realize that adults can be weak and wrong just like everyone else. After that day, you are an adult. Like it or not.”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

“We are what we choose to be, girl,’ she said. ‘Let others determine your worth, and you’ve already lost, because no one wants people worth more than themselves.”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

“I don’t pretend to see the path, but I know it’s there all the same. One day, we’ll look back and wonder how we ever missed it.”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

“Choose a book,” she said. “Any book. Bring it here, and I’ll show you what else the world can offer.”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

“There are times in life when we feel so very alive that when they pass, we feel … diminished. When that happens, we’ll do almost anything to feel so alive again.”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

“Rojer nodded, but his eye grew wet. Leesha squeezed his hand. “Herb Gatherers see death often,” she told him. “No one, no one, ever goes to the Creator with all their business complete. We all get a different length of time, but it needs to be enough, regardless.”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

“Let people hide in their homes, caged like chickens. Cowards deserve no better.”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

“Rojer!” his mother cried, stumbling towards the washing trough before falling to her knees. Screaming in pain, she reached back and got a firm grip on one of the coreling’s horns.
“You… can’t… have… my… son!” she screamed, and threw herself forward, pulling on the horn with all her strength. Torn from its perch, the demon took ribbons of flesh with it, as Kally flipped it into the trough.
Soaking crockery shattered on impact, and the flame demon gurgled and thrashed, steam filling the air as the water was brought to an instant boil. Kally screamed as her arms burned, but she held the creature under until its thrashes stopped.”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

“Do you believe the corelings are our own fault?” Arlen asked. “That we deserve them?” “Of course I believe,” she said. “It is the word of the Creator.” “No,” Arlen said. “It’s a book. Books are written by men. If the Creator wanted to tell us something, why would he use a book, and not write on the sky with fire?” “It’s hard sometimes to believe there’s a Creator up there, watching,” Mery said, looking up at the sky, “but how could it be otherwise? The world didn’t create itself. What power would wards hold, without a will behind creation?” “And the Plague?” Arlen asked. Mery shrugged. “The histories tell of terrible wars,” she said. “Maybe we did deserve it.” “Deserve it?” Arlen demanded. “My mam did not deserve to die because of some stupid war fought centuries ago!” “Your mother was taken?” Mery asked, touching his arm. “Arlen, I had no idea …” Arlen yanked his arm away. “It makes no difference,” he said, storming toward the door. “I have wards to carve, though I hardly see the point, if we all deserve demons in our beds.”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

“You can fight corelings?’ he asked.
‘You can fight anything, Arlen,’ Ragen said. ‘The problem with fighting corelings is that more often than not, you lose.”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

“Walk with me.” Abban held up his crutch.
“It is a long way to the palace, Par’chin,” he said.
“I’ll walk slowly,” Arlen said, knowing the crutch had nothing to do with the refusal.
“You don’t want to be seen with me outside the market, my friend,” Abban warned. “That alone may cost you the respect you’ve earned in the Maze.”
“Then I’ll earn more,” Arlen said. “What good is respect, if I can’t walk with my friend?”
― Peter V. Brett, The Warded Man

Recommendations:

Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson

Prince of Thorns – Mark Lawrence (review coming)

Blood Song – Anthony Ryan

Night Angel – Brent Weeks

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

Kissed By Fire – Danielle Annett

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Synopsis:

(This is book 2 of the series so there could be possible spoilers here.)
Aria Naveed is the only pyrokinetic in her leg of the woods and it would seem someone out there does not like it. She seems to have a huge target on her back. You would think being a protected member of the local Were pack would keep her out of danger but in the end it only complicates things.

Aria is a supernatural for hire but a seemingly cut and dry case leads to many ups and downs as Aria fights for her life and her freedom.

Review:

This was a fast paced, no holds barred, action novel. I could not set it down. It gripped me from the very beginning and I finished it in just a few hours. A true urban-fantasy. Not a mushy paranormal-romance. I absolutely loved it.

I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley and I am so thankful!

Recommendations:

Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison

Bitten – Kelley Armstrong

The Scent of Shadows – Vicki Pettersson

Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K. Hamilton

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

A Recommendation

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I just wanted to give you guys a heads up on a book that will be released soon. I recieved a preview of this book (the first 8 chapters) from NetGalley and I was so upset when it ended. I know I will be purchasing this book the day it is released and I am going to encourage you to do the same.

Synopsis:

Pomella, a low-born citizen, has always had an affinity for the myst. She was taught a little about it and can, at times, manipulate it. This is unheard of because people of low-born status do not inherit this ability.

However, when it is time for the new High Mystic to take on a apprentice, she chooses to take on the young Pomella. Making a very public invitation, much to the chagrin of the young daughter of the wealthiest man in town.

Pomella is then put through a series of tests up against others chosen to undergo the apprentice trials.

Reason For Recommendation:

I love the start of this book. There are elements of the Fae, which I love. It also reminds me of a few series that are near and dear to my heart. Trudi Canavan’s Black Magician Trilogy, mainly because it is a young girl who is endowed with magical powers who isn’t supposed to be. And we can’t forget everyones favorite outcast, Harry Potter. While I believe it is more adult than Harry, there are definate similarities.

Any fantasy fan should jump on this one!!

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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Grave Sight – Charlaine Harris

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Synopsis:

No one would ever make the mistake of calling Harper Connelly normal. First, there is her ability. She can sense the final resting place of the dead, even reliving their final moments. She uses this gift to her advantage. She is a consultant in missing person cases. She feels it is her duty to bring closure to those who have lost someone, since she has the ability to do so. So, why not make some money while doing it?

Review:

This novel is fantastic. While a very quick read it is entertaining from beginning to end. Charlaine Harris has a way of creating characters you can’t help but root for. This is a series I could read again and again. Perfect for those days when you just need a warm blanket and an old (or new) friend.

Favorite Quotes:

“I really, really wanted to lose awareness of the here and now. The best way for me to do that was bury myself in a book.”
Charlaine Harris, Grave Sight

Recommendations:

Undead and Unwed – MaryJanice Davidson

Witchling – Yasmine Galenorn

Ill Wind – Rachel Caine

Naked In Death – J.D. Robb

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Succubus Blues – Richelle Mead

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Summary:

Georgina Kincaid wants nothing more than to have a normal life. Unfortunately, she has made a deal with the devil and must live her life as a succubus. For a while it was enjoyable, having people sell their souls to be with her but it’s no longer what it used to be. She decides if she’s going to steal souls, they are going to already be corrupt. No more pure souls for her anymore.

So, when Georgina comes face to face with her ultimate crush, what is she supposed to do? She can’t sleep with him. That would negate all she had been doing. She can’t love him. How can you love someone who refuses to be intimate with you? Plus, there’s another guy.

Roman is everything Georgina has ever wanted in a man. He speaks to her base desires and to her heart as well. But she knows she can’t be with him. She also can’t stay away.

To top it all off, she has a stalker. Not abnormal for a succubus but this stalker seems to want more than just Georgina. He seems set on a destructive course through Georgina’s friends.

Review:

That gaping hole left in your heart by Kim Harrison is about to be filled. I have been on a search for a truly good urban-fantasy series for some time now, and hallelujah I have found it. Georgina is such a great character that you can’t help but like her. She is charismatic and quick witted. Plus, there isn’t a lot of romantic fluff in this novel. I think many authors today want to tout their works as urban-fantasy when really they are paranormal-romance, much like LKH, who now writes nothing shy of erotica vs. the horror queen she once was. Don’t get mad, you know it’s true.

Favorite Quotes:

“How do you know if a demon is lying? His lips are moving.”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

“Lucky Charms?” I asked.

“Magically delicious,” he explained. “Requisite for any sort of building project.”

I shook my head, still amazed at how he had managed to weasel his way over here. “This isn’t a date.”

He cut me a scandalized look. “Obviously. I’d bring Count Chocula for that.”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

“Aubrey, crouching on a nearby counter, watched me with squinty eyes, apparently pondering why anyone would willingly immerse themselves in water ever, let alone for extended periods of time. ”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

“All right, Mortensen, last chance. Are you ready to make the switch from voyeur to exhibitionist?”

He inclined his head toward me curiously. “Are we still talking about dancing?”

“Well, that depends, I suppose. I heard someone once say that men dance the same way they have sex. So, if you want everyone here to think you’re the kind of guy who just sits around and—”

He stood up. “Let’s dance.”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

“Sleep with Seth Mortensen? Good grief. It was the most preposterous thing I’d ever heard. It was appalling. If I absorbed his life force, there was no telling how long it’d be until his next book came out.”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

“Because…Beacause it’s so good, and there’s only one chance to read a book for the first time, and I want it to last. That experience. I’d finish it in a day otherwise, and that’d be like…like eating a carton of ice cream in one sitting. Too much richness over too quickly. This way, I can draw it out. Make the book last longer. Savor it. I have to since they don’t come out that often.”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

“What were good and evil, really, but stupid categories? Stupid categories
that restricted people and punished or rewarded them based on how they responded to their own natures, natures they really didn’t have any way to control.”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

“He held on. Grabbed her and wouldn’t let go through all of those terrible transformations. No matter what she turned into, he just held on.”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

“I heard some interesting things about your performance up here.”

“I hear interesting things about your ‘performance’ all the time Doug, but you don’t hear me making jokes about it.”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

Recommendations:

Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison

Goddess of the Sea – P.C. Cast

Storm Front – Jim Butcher

Working for the Devil – Lilith Saintcrow

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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