Multiple Minis: Some reviews I would have gotten done earlier…if only I were more organized

Posted 19 July, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 14 Comments

IRON KIN (The Half-Light City #3) by M.J. Scott
Historical fantasy
336 pages, paperback
Available now (April 2013)
Publisher: Roc
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Here’s another fantasy series that you need to check out. While this isn’t my favorite book in the series, it’s still action-packed and filled with great characters. Saskia’s been sheltered from the realities of the world for most of her life but now she’s done and is determined to be a part of the upcoming negotiations in the peace process. Fen, on the other hand, is just as determined to stay out of it but can’t because his visions are crucial. But, of course, they have to learn to work together in order to help prevent the impending disaster. So, as you can see, plenty of plot to go around. The overarching plotline in this series is intriguing, though it’s a bit tangled if you’re coming in with this book (I’d recommend starting at the first for this series). The romance was a bit lacking, unlike the previous books. There was spark between the two and the added element of forbidden love (she’s high-born human and he’s a half-breed) but there was just something missing…a passion of some sort. Despite that, this book is a great read.

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FIERY EDGE OF STEEL (Noon Onyx #2) by Jill Archer
336 pages, paperback
Available now (May 2013)
Publisher: Ace
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

First off, I highly enjoyed the first book in this series. The world is so incredibly different and the main character, Noon, was, despite her crazy name, someone I really could root for. While the second still incorporated that amazing world and interesting characters, the pace was much slower and not nearly as intriguing. In this second story, we move away from the university setting and out into the world. This leaves us with a small group of characters on a boat. For a long time. While there are things in the water and some difficult relationships, it’s still a bit of a slog. Once we finally reach our destination, the story picks up a bit but it’s still not the story I’d hoped it would be. However, I’m more than willing to continue on with Noon and her friends in the third story.

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THE RED PLAGUE AFFAIR (Bannon and Clare #3) by Lilith Saintcrow
Historical science fiction
320 pages, paperback
Available now (May 2013)
Publisher: Orbit
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

What draws me to this series, aside from the steampunk, magic, and science, is the deep friendship Bannon and Claire have formed with one another. They’re both very Victorian and British in the way they deal with emotions — that is, they aren’t effusive in any way so it’s the nuances of their actions and speech that truly show the depth of their relationship. Even though they haven’t seen one another for a while when this book opens, those ties are still strong. The plot is intriguing in its own right, filled with twisty-turny mystery that can only be solved with the brillance of the team of Bannon and Clare. There’s also some hints as to Mikal’s origins and that whole backstory but perhaps more will come out in the next story with that.

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14 Responses to “Multiple Minis: Some reviews I would have gotten done earlier…if only I were more organized”

  1. Soo many books Mary! So many series!! But.. I do love Lil St. Crow …

    Oh and the cover of Iron Kin looks awesome!!!

  2. I read the first Half Light City book and it was okay but I didn’t love it so I didn’t continue the series. I’ve been intending to though, so we’ll see. I have the 2nd Noon book too and it’s on my read-now pile but I’m just having a very hard time getting into some of these books! At least I know with this one it’s not just me. I’ll hopefully be more in the mood for it one of these days though.
    I DNF’d the Bannon and Clare book. I suck. I have no patience at all. I think I’d like some of these books but when I have 30 books I need to read NOW I just can’t focus on them. This is an issue I’m working on. No more review books for me!

  3. I haven’t read any of these books. It’s a shame…I know. They all seem to have some great redeeming qualities though, and that’s always a plus when we have a zillion books to review, huh?! Great thoughts, Mary! Love your mini reviews 🙂

  4. Ahhhh! I lost track of Bannon and Clare Mary! I read the first book though the complexity of it made it a tricky read for me at times, but I so enjoyed the characters. I’m excited there are more hints about Mikal in this one, his relationship with her (I can’t remember if her name is Bannon or Clare) was the highlight for me. I hope we get even more of him in the book after this!

  5. Iron Kin sounds like the most promising of the three series. Clare and Bannon might be something I’d be interested in as well. I hear you on the not being very organized! Lol! I’m all over the place with usually far too much on my plate at any given time. Great reviews! 🙂

  6. I’ve never heard of any of these series before, but I have been dipping into more fantasy and historical fiction books a lot lately, so when I’m in the right mood for it I’ll definitely give them a try! 🙂

  7. I haven’t read any of these series, but I really like the sound of The Red Plague Affair and Fiery Edge of Steel. Lovely mini-reviews! Speaking of organization, don’t worry, I do the same thing—I read something, meaning to review it, then never end up doing it. I should do a purge and mini-review like 20 books. 🙂