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Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Posted November 26, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  This is my second read through of Midnight Thief and being perfectly honest, I still enjoyed it.  It isn’t perfect, though, so lets start with one of the things I didn’t like. For one, there’s a very clear love triangle forming.  Kyra grew up with Flick, who helped get her out of the gutter and develop her trade.  But then there’s Tristam, the sweet, good-hearted young knight from a noble family.  Kyra doesn’t spend a lot of time harping over, “Oh my, fellas, whoever shall I kiss?” but the tension between the boys is definitely there.  I imagine this will […]

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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Posted September 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

What a well done middle grade novel. 🙂 A lot of middle grade novels feel a bit overly ridiculous for no reason, throwing any sensible storyline to the wind, preferring ridiculous humor to a sensible plot.  Tuesdays at the Castle maintains a more-or-less clever storyline, but doesn’t sacrifice the troublesome wink of humor so common in middle grade. In Tuesdays at the Castle we have three main characters and a variety of friends and villains.  The characters do lack a bit of depth, becoming more and more shallows the more minor their role.  Even Princess Cecelia if not very well fleshed […]

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Posted August 18, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

It’s been a really long time – almost a decade – since I’ve tried to decipher the hidden meanings behind a play.  But I’m going to try!  I’m pretty sure that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is about … death.  I suppose that shouldn’t be a revelation, since it’s in the title, but man I struggled with this one? Honestly, this play just made me feel stupid.  I feel like there must have been some exciting and deep conversation to be had about this play.  Maybe it’s the sort of thing that’s a bit lost in translation?  Maybe it’s better with group […]

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Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

Posted August 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

There’s a lot of revelling and a lot of chaos going on in Lords and Ladies.  The fourteenth book in the Discworld series and the fourth in the Witches storyline.  I’l pass on the warning that Terry Pratchett left on the first pages of this book – while most of the Discworld novels can be read independently, it’s highly recommended to read Witches Abroad before reading Lords and Ladies. I will say that the only witches book I’ve read is Carpe Jugulum, and I never felt lost reading this one?  But the author recommends maybe not picking this up independently so I thought I’d pass […]

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Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Posted August 15, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I wanted so so much to like Bright Smoke, Cold Fire with the same fiery passion as I liked Crimson Bound.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire has the feeling of a book that wants to do too many things.  There are two POVs in this one – Runajo and Paris, and both are trying to accomplish the same thing – save the city.  In one POV, we learn about the inside of the religious order of the city – in the other, the reader experiences the correct underground.  Either view could have been interesting enough in […]

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