Quick Shot Book Reviews (14)

Posted 8 June, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 3 Comments

Quick Shot Book Reviews

23253083Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

YA fantasy, hardcover, 535 pages; published April 5, 2016 by HarperCollins; source: publisher

Damn but this woman can write. Set in the same world as her Seven Realms series, Flamecaster intros us to healer Ash bent on revenge and rebel Lila, who knows how to blow sh*t up. This story is filled with such amazing detail and worldbuilding but that’s nothing compared to the fantastic storytelling. This new series sets things up a little differently but I’m already all-in because Ash and Lila (I ship ’em!) rock. A must-read for fantasy fans (though I do suggest reading the Seven Realms series first…not because it’s necessary but because it’s fabulous). 4.5 stars


22840421My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

YA reimagined historical, hardcover, 512 pages; expected publication June 7, 2016 by HarperTeen; source: publisher

Seems I’m a black sheep on this one. It was cute but a little over-the-top for me overall. Granted, this isn’t such a bad thing. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time with teenagers…they can be over-the-top and exhausting (love you, my precious angel students!). The story itself is told through three different POVs, each written by a different authors, lending a unique voice to each of the characters (not that single authors can’t accomplish the same thing but this works well, too). However, the story as a whole read as overly frenetic at times and the main characters, who were historical figures in a historical story, were too modern for their own good. Still, a good read overall, though. 3 stars


51rSlTAi7+L._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_Seven Black Diamonds (Untitled #1) by Melissa Marr

YA fantasy, hardcover, 400 pages; published March 1, 2016 by HarperCollins; source: publisher

Oh, I really wanted to love this one. It sounded so good (fae “sleeper cells” in the human world? Oh, yeah.) and it’s by the fab Melissa Marr. But I struggled. As we met each of the individuals in this particular sleeper cell, it evolved into too many POVs which made it a bit confusing overall as we spun from one character to the next. Plus, I really didn’t like the characters (okay, I know that a reader doesn’t necessarily need to “like” a character in order to enjoy a story but I need to have someone I need to root for, a reason to keep reading. They don’t need to be the best person in the world but I do need to connect with them in some way. And, yes, I can connect with teen characters.) 2.5 stars


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