Note: I received this book from NetGalley. All opinions are mine.
I've tried to get through this book several times over the last few weeks andNote: I received this book from NetGalley. All opinions are mine.
I've tried to get through this book several times over the last few weeks and was reduced to reading very quickly from the middle point on, mostly just to see if the plot I had guessed was the plot of the book. It was and I was disappointed by that. This is a very formulaic read and, unfortunately, not enjoyable or unique enough to be able to use the formula to its advantage instead of being ruled by it.
I really never connected with any of the characters and found the prose stilted and in need of a good editor to help the author smooth things out and remove a lot of the repetition.
All in all I can't recommend it and the 2 stars is generous, but at least it had a complete plot structure and narrative, even if they weren't fantastic. ...more
Note: The author is a friend of mine and I read this both as a beta reader and then again as an ARC. All opinions are mine alone and she didn't even gNote: The author is a friend of mine and I read this both as a beta reader and then again as an ARC. All opinions are mine alone and she didn't even give me cookies to say nice things.
Servant of the Crown is not a perfect book, but it's pretty darn close. It's a beautifully told story of romance intertwined with political plotting and learning to overcome the baggage of the past.
I've already informed Melissa McShane that I am the number one fangirl of this book and the others in this series.
One of the things I love is the way the characters draw you in until you are personally invested in each of them and having their stories come together in a wonderful way.
I feel so much empathy for Alison and her struggles. I want her to overcome her past and become this totally wonderful person. And somewhere along the way I totally fell in love with Anthony with all his faults and foibles. Not to mention I want to BE Zara when I grow up. (There is a Zara short story in the back of the book which gets me right in the feels every time I read it.)
Another thing that I enjoy is the balance between the personal plot and the political one and how the two are intertwined. Both plots are straight forward enough that as a reader you don't get lost, but with enough complexities and nuance that the answers aren't obvious until you arrive at them.
And the third point I will go on about is the cast of secondary characters. There are a lot of secondary characters who get a mention and the author does a beautiful job of breathing life into these characters. When the book ended I found I wanted to know more about how Doyle's theater efforts went and exactly what was entailed in the pickle story. I always love a book that keeps living in my head long after I've put it down.
I keep thinking there are some negatives I should come up with, but really it's an excellent book and whatever little things there are don't bug me enough to make it into a review. This is a book, and the start of a series, that I know I'll come back to and I look forward to sharing with my daughter when she's a little older.
Not a spoiler quote but one of my favorites:
I loved your mother very much. Sometimes I hurt her, and sometimes she hurt me. But I have never regretted giving her the chance to do so, because it gave her the chance to love me....more
Sometimes I really wish there was a half star, but that would inevitably lead to craziness and way too many stars to choose from. That said when you cSometimes I really wish there was a half star, but that would inevitably lead to craziness and way too many stars to choose from. That said when you combine this little selection of short stories is a bit better than a three, but not quite to my four. And so it goes.
What is presented in this little download is two stories based on a far future version of the United States as the Reunited States. While described as utopian I don't think that's entirely correct. The small town of Stillwater is fairly utopian in nature, yes, but it's a tiny jewel in a world that is much more dystopian.
The Town with Four Names is a historical introduction to Stillwater and it's little oddities. The story covers not quite 400 years of history in a hustle and a lot of it goes by in jumps between when the bulk of the town was purchased by one someone or another. It's interesting, but there are a few places where it drags a bit and many tantilizing tidbits about the world beyond Stillwater which are never really developed. This is appropriate due to the length of the piece and the pov, but left me wanting more. This is the stronger of the two pieces in my opinion with a consistent voice and introduction to the world view Edmunds is creating. 3.5/5
Leaving Home is a much more focused story surrounding Kedzie's coming of age, or at least coming to terms with a desire to leave her utopian life and go see what the big world holds for her. I struggled a lot more with this piece as far as being able to accept everything tossed my way. The yearning the girl has to get out and explore life outside of her very sheltered existence rang true, but a lot of the rules of the world, the expectations of the character and details of setting around this desire came fast and unsupported. Edmunds is juxtaposing a lot of issues and genre pieces all at once and in the space of a short story it comes across just a little disjointed. The pov is very fluid jumping from head to head as dictated by the scene and this makes for some roughness because the reader is trying to balance all of these people's thoughts and feelings and perceptions on things all at once. I think it would be stronger kept more limited. As well I would really like to see the story stop sooner. Where it stops is really the beginning of another story or a lead into a wider novelization so I was more annoyed than pleased at the stopping point. I might have felt different if I had the other stories written in this world to go forward to, but even so I feel like a short story should be self contained enough that I don't hit the last paragraph and end up annoyed because it's leading into something I don't get to read about. 3/5
So in the end where do I stand? I'm intrigued enough that I'll check out the next collection, but I'll be hoping for the narrative pace and point of view to even out so I can stay immersed in a unique world....more
The bear has lost its hat. Can any of the other animals help him find it? And when he does what will happen to the hat thief?
We love this book. It's aThe bear has lost its hat. Can any of the other animals help him find it? And when he does what will happen to the hat thief?
We love this book. It's a short children's book perfect for reading aloud with your toddler, though even our older children will gather around for Dad's voices and the big reveal about who stole the hat and what comes next.
I received this ARC from NetGalleys in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine and mine alone.
This book was what I'm going to call an impI received this ARC from NetGalleys in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine and mine alone.
This book was what I'm going to call an impact book. It's a fairly short (about 250 Kindle pages) YA dystopian/Science Fiction piece with an underlying dose of horror and mystery, which is a lot of genres to whirl together.
Now, what an impact book is for me is a book that despite technical and even story flaws I get caught up in the story anyway and really enjoy the first reading. So it's a piece that pulls you in and the flaws aren't as noticable when you're sunk in, but thinking about it afterwards it's easy to poke holes. I likely couldn't read it a second time with the same effect because the reveals and questions I had the first time have already been answered. My rating reflects this at somewhere between a 3 and a 4, we'll call it a strong 3.5
So some of the good:
Alive opens up at a fast pace and that pace is kept up through most of the book which makes it a quick read. I finished the whole of it in about 3 hours, maybe a little less. Our protagonist is in danger, the people she is with are in danger and that is amplified because the danger comes both from outside their group and inside of it. It's hard to know exactly who Em can trust and she's just a little bit of an unreliable narrator because of her paranoia and panic. She remembers very little about what came before, only her waking in a coffin and freeing herself before finding others in a similar situation.
There are some really interesting developments from there as a small group expands to a larger tribe dealing with the shadows of a long war they weren't a part of, and a desperate need to survive.
There is also the clash of dealing with the mentality of characters who are multiple ages at once. In many ways they are turning into adults in the space of the narrative and losing much of their innocence as the cost of surviving and escaping.
The use of symbology and separation of class and function are interesting, though I would have liked to seem them more developed than there was time for in the story.
Because the pace of the piece there isn't much time to get deeply into anything. There are a lot of hidden messages and what seems to be a very powerful backstory that we only get glimpses of. And the explanations we do get lead to questioning even more the why of some of the events in the story itself. (view spoiler)[Like I'm still not sure we know why folks were woken when they were. We know for Em, but there really isn't an explanation as to why Becker woke the others, or if that was a result of Spingate playing with the controls or what. (hide spoiler)] So the book could have been twice as long to give us more information and still pretty satisfying. I also think that if the focus had been a little less on the wandering and survival time and more on the lead up to the plot and the information it would have made for a better balanced narrative.
The writing style itself is problematic. It's first person, present tense with a very, very choppy sentence pattern. This does work to keep the sense of pace because there's never really a rest to the pattern, but it also doesn't allow for a lot of description that isn't very simplistic and undeveloped.
The other thing that strikes me on finishing is that so many of the characters really weren't characters at all. We have at least a group of 23 that are together and I can only remember the names for the top about 5, much less anything else about them. Some of this is because we're so tightly in one character's head, but very few of the characters are very well developed. They more or less belong to a group or an archetype and I wasn't particularly surprised by what one or another did or didn't do because it fit in with the archetype so well that I could guess ahead.
So all in all it's an interesting premise and a decent enough initial read. I'll be looking at other of Sigler's books, but it doesn't get to go on my list of books I'll read again.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Let's get this out of the way. I really enjoy urban fantasy, but lately I seem to be stuck in a run of UF books that were good, but not great. I don'tLet's get this out of the way. I really enjoy urban fantasy, but lately I seem to be stuck in a run of UF books that were good, but not great. I don't know if this is a reflection of the genre right now, my own tastes adjusting or just the books I've picked up. Again, this was a book with a unique and interesting concept but the characters and storytelling just didn't hold up.
I'm not going to get into the specifics of the plot, save to say that the set up is very interesting as far as using the Knights Templar and the Pax itself, but the big antagonist of this book is more of a mcguffin for exploring the relationship drama than an actual threat to anyone. Yeah, she was kinda creepy, but for being a 'smart' vampire she really wasn't that smart, and none of the baddies our heroes faced were actually that tough. It was kinda like watching James Bond. The old ones where he gets the girl and the baddy dies stupidly after not taking a chance to just kill the idiot in the first place. Even the much older vampire is killed in less than a paragraph. John and Sig chew through vampires multiple times rarely taking so much as a black eye and whatever damage they do take is gone by the next scene so it's not like it actually matters. And I know that some of that is an aspect of urban fantasy, but it makes the danger feel less real when the biggest inconvenience of a fight is that you have to change your shirt.
As for the characters there were things that were well done and others not so much. Some of the little supernatural hunting squad were well developed with their own balanced personalities and quirks, but at least the two nephews were cardboard cut outs based on extra firepower. I loved Molly and Choo and I loved aspects of John and Sig, but I got tired of everyone being in love with Sig, even John who's known her for about five minutes and that being the biggest drive for the story. It was interesting that she was the center of the group and the reason they stayed together, but I would have liked to see aspects of real friendship and non sexual love driving some of that group cohesion too.
Also, holy exposition Batman. I know it's hard to introduce the specifics of a different take on the supernatural thing, but every time John would spend several paragraphs explaining things either to another character or as an aside to the reader I wanted to slap the author. This was huge and consistent. Oh, woe, I'm a part wolf and let me explain to you why that's significant and why I'm doing all the things I'm doing and remind you that my old friends the knights are hunting me for this. 14 paragraphs later we arrive at the meeting. Ye gads.
So...all in all the world is interesting enough that I'll likely pick up the other books sooner or later, but I'm not in a rush. Maybe with the big relationship issue mostly out of the way and some of the world building set the other books will give us a better glimpse into who these people really are and what they can be....more
This is one of those books that had phenomenal potential which was totally unrealized.
The set up is intriguing, putting us in 1902 in Portugal, whichThis is one of those books that had phenomenal potential which was totally unrealized.
The set up is intriguing, putting us in 1902 in Portugal, which is not a set up we see often. It's history with fantastical elements including seers, some magic and sea folk including mermaids and selkies. The first chapter sets up a powerful murder mystery and from there it plods and plods and plods until I got so frustrated I skipped to the end, confirmed that it ended the way I thought it would and took it back to the library.
Beyond the plodding there are some logic holes you can drive a truck through and I had trouble really identifying with the characters. One moment they'd almost have me and I'd want to see what happened, and then they'd do something stupid or decide not to trust each other - again - and it'd be right back to annoying.
This is obviously the first in a series, and I just can't see forcing myself through more of them which is a pity....more
Disclaimer: I know the author and read this book as an ARC. There was no other monetary or chocolate or even caramel compensation to say good things aDisclaimer: I know the author and read this book as an ARC. There was no other monetary or chocolate or even caramel compensation to say good things about her book. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone, muwahahaha...
Review: The Smoke Scented Girl is a fun, fast, fantasy read. (Alliteration is awesome). This story takes place in the country of Dalanine where a war has been going on for some time against a Despot who seems fully unstoppable as he marches north towards the capital. Evon is a young magician who woks for the department of Home Defense. He has incredible talent in creating new spells and using well known spells to do unthought of things. Word is brought to him of a spell like no one has ever seen before, a fire so hot it melts stone attached to a woman who seems determined to use this fire to seek justice against those she thinks deserves it. Evon is ordered to find her and to learn the spell with the hopes it can be used to stop the Despot.
There are a lot of things to love about this book and my rating would really be somewhere between 4 and 4.5, but no half stars. :)
One of my favorite things is the setting which is a combination of a fantasy world and England around the Victorian era. This leads to some really interesting politics and the fun details of great coats and gowns, carriages and blossoming technology all with a magical twist. In ways it reminds me a little of steampunk, but where the focus there is gears and steam, magic fills those roles. (Magicpunk! New genre for the win! And for those who like the Glamour in Glass books or the Parasol Protectorate books you'll find a lot to like here.)
And the magical system is well put together, as it has to be for as central as it is, combining the idea of using arcane words, circles and foci to shape power into the affect that you want. Once everything is defined you can then teach others, but figuring out which words and foci to use to get the right effect isn't always easy.
The book is told from the point of view of Evon, who is one of the most accomplished young magicians of his age and acquaintance. This is a pro and a con for him because he's got good steady work, but he's also one of the most magically obsessed people anyone knows. He reminds me of a lot of the programmers I know who get a technical problem between their teeth and just cannot let it go until it's solved. This means he's still living in his parent's home, has precious few friends, and really can't remember the last time he courted anyone. Evon was not immediately my favorite character, maybe that level of nerdish obsession hits a little too close to home, but the more involved in the mystery he became the more I was drawn to him. And when he finally starts to figure out just how in love he is and how doomed it seems I was heartbroken for him. I wanted him to win out in the end and was very satisfied in how his story came together.
The Smoke scented girl (Kerensa) from the title of the book is interesting as well, though the reader comes to know her much in the same way Evon does. For the first part of the book she's more a curiosity than a character, and it's through his eyes that she becomes a person as well.
Then there's Piercy. I have to admit from the first time he appears on the page Piercy swept me away. He's charming and well spoken with an undeniable sense of style and self, but beyond that he proves very quickly to be a truly good friend as well. He's the one that steps in to make Evon slow down and eat, or bathe or get away from the work and he's loyal when it seems like everyone else is against Evon and Evon's ideas for both saving Kerensa and for stopping the Despot once and for all. I'd love to see more of Piercy's story including him finding a girl that's just right for him.
Beyond these pivotal three characters is a host of secondary's who do a lot more than just take up space on the page. There is certainly a feeling that each person who is introduced has their own life and their own goals, even if we only see them briefly. There are jealous baddies who we love to hate and people who are just so caught up in their own importance that they're blinded to the realities around them, but they make the story move.
As far as negatives there are a few little spots where the traveling gets bogged down, and sometimes Evon is a little too clever without being wise, which made me want to poke him a bit. And I wish we knew a little more about Kerensa's thought processes, but that's more a limitation of the third person limited pov and not so much a criticism of the piece all together.
Disclaimer: The author of this book is a personal friend. Even so I'm pretty sure if it sucked I'd tell her so...and possibly run thereafter, but stilDisclaimer: The author of this book is a personal friend. Even so I'm pretty sure if it sucked I'd tell her so...and possibly run thereafter, but still. She'd rather I review it honestly, and that's the plan.
Review: Emissary is the story of a priestess of Death, Zerafine and her protector Gerrard. Zerafine's job is to help restless ghosts find their way into the court of Atenas, God of Death, and it's a job she's very good at. Good enough that when ghost that don't act right start appearing in the capital city Portena she's sent to find out what is going on.
I had a lot of fun with this novel. It's a very fast read with characters who are engaging from the get go. I love Zerafine's dedication to her religion and her understanding of how people view her. She sees the suspicion and sometimes out right aggression without letting it get her too upset because she knows people fear death even if she also knows they don't need to.
She and Gerrard make an excellent team and you can tell they've been together for a long time and have that sense of family and almost finishing sentences for one another. (view spoiler)[That they haven't considered their relationship as anything more before this point is a little silly to me, but I was willing to buy it within the context of the story. Zerafine considers herself too busy, but tall, blond, strong and smart? Come on, girl! (hide spoiler)] There is a bit of a romance thread, but it doesn't over take the main plot, or really interfere with the rest of the story so I'd still recommend it to those who aren't into a strong romance.
I also love the addition of the messenger girl Nacalia who manages to be brash and charming without crossing over into obnoxious child figure. Her near instant connection with the pair adds a lovely sense of humanity and humor.
The resolution of the piece is really satisfying, showing the deep connections between the deities and their followers and how one person really can be that important to the whole of the world. And that's all I'm gonna say about it since I think you should read it for yourselves. :)
One other thing of note. There is a lot of original terminology and world building in Emissary. It's fascinating, but sometimes takes a little to keep it all straight. It'd be interesting to see more in this universe and how it all ties together.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I got Stitching Snow for a birthday present (Thanks Jacob!) and started reading on a whim last night. Between last night and this morning it took me aI got Stitching Snow for a birthday present (Thanks Jacob!) and started reading on a whim last night. Between last night and this morning it took me about 5 hours, maybe a little less to finish. So that should say something.
This is a fun homage to Snow White, though I agree it's not really a retelling. I like the science fiction setting and Snow (Essie) is an appealing main character. Though Essie as a name is rather annoying. It always made me read her as younger and less experienced than she is, it sounds very childish. (Okay, and it sometimes made me think of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, but that's likely a personal problem.) I like that she's not only a rough and tangle personality type, but even more her nerdly/mechanical qualities. (That may also be a personal problem since that makes her one of my kind of people and that's an easy way to get my empathy going.)
Dane is appealing as the romantic partner and the instigator of the changes to Essie's life, but there were times I wanted him to be less perfect and certainly not better than her at EVERYTHING. The continual reveals that he programmed better, fought better, politicked better, etc. got really really annoying. I'm glad Snow at least got a few shining moments, but at a certain point the author had to step in and have circumstances remove Dane from the scene for Essie to shine versus Essie being able to step up and have the strength to be an equal with (or even better than) Dane on her own.
One note on content: This is not a children's storybook. It's classified as young adult and works there, but it is a dark and gritty retelling. It deals very frankly with violence and the results of violence, political maneuvering and jealousies, and sexual assault and child abuse. It handles these things well, mind you, without a lot of explicit detail, but those are themes which drive the plot and characters and aren't shied away from.
I found myself reminded of Deerskin, by Robin McKinley, in all the right ways and this will likely be a book I'll read again....more
I found Attachments to be a charming geek romance and despite a few flaws and bits that seemed very dated, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I think one of theI found Attachments to be a charming geek romance and despite a few flaws and bits that seemed very dated, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I think one of the things I liked most was the relationship between Beth and Jennifer. This was a very well done girlfriend relationship and really nice to see. These were women who supported each other, argued a bit and forgave because they were those close friends. In the end I wanted both of their romantic situations to work out for the best and I think they did.
The main romance line was interesting because it was so built on experiencing each other through secondary means. Lincoln reads Beth's email as part of his job, and she watches him with the rest of the staff judging the kind of person he is from the way he treats others. While I do like this as an interesting way to build a romance on much more than just physical sparks when they finally meet things do tend to fall into place a little more easily than I completely buy, but by then I was invested enough that I was willing to let it go.
I also found that I had a bit of a grumpy reaction to Lincoln using his position to eavesdrop on the girls, though to his credit he didn't go snooping onto their computers or into their email boxes. He only read emails that were being flagged by the company system. It's a thin line and the author manages to keep me from being utterly annoyed by the charade, even if I think Beth still should have held him more accountable for the actions in the end.
So it gets a 3 star for some of the reason ability and a 4 star for making me really want them to get together and for Jennifer and Mitch to walk into the sunset, stroller in hand, too....more
After a lot of pondering I've decided this is not the book for me or for people like me. It's a book you have to engage with on a purely emotional levAfter a lot of pondering I've decided this is not the book for me or for people like me. It's a book you have to engage with on a purely emotional level and go along for the ride of the emotional character arc while ignoring or accepting the limits of the world building and bigger potential plot.
Remake asks a lot of questions that it never really answers and honestly for all that Nine is calling herself brave by the end of the book I don't see it. She rarely, if ever, really makes her own choices. Coincidence and circumstances forge her choices and she's often a bystander in her own life. When real conflict threatens it's always eased away because someone gives in, or something else comes up to give her another choice. Common sense is frequently discarded and it makes me want to slug her because her ignorance and selfishness continually puts at risk the people who she claims to love and herself.
It was a book that was a start, but never really went anywhere. There is an evil overlord society, there is a rebel cause and it doesn't matter in the slightest to the story. It's just a nice backdrop that it's hung against. In the end I'm not satisfied and I want to be because the right questions are there, but the exploration and the answers aren't....more
This is one of those books that I wanted to like more than I did. There is the heart of a good plot and some interesting characters here, but some ofThis is one of those books that I wanted to like more than I did. There is the heart of a good plot and some interesting characters here, but some of the quality of the writing and the main character herself fall flat for me. She had way too many tstl moments and I had a hard time placing her age and experience because of these moments. I am curious about the next volume, but not enough that I am rushing right out to download it....more
I rated this a few days ago, but I had to take a day or two to work out exactly how I felt about the book. I'm an admitted fan of the Andrews' work anI rated this a few days ago, but I had to take a day or two to work out exactly how I felt about the book. I'm an admitted fan of the Andrews' work and have enjoyed pretty much all of the books they've put out. I don't think they're perfect books or series, but I generally have a lot of fun when I read them. I find the characters clever and it's obvious they do their homework when it comes to myth and mythology before putting their own spin to it which I appreciate very much.
So, all that said this book was weaker for me than I wanted it to be. It's a big book in the arc that is the Kate Daniels' world. It's something we've been building upto and I think in the end the authors figured out that they'd built up to something that wasn't going to work in the way it'd been built to. So they had to come up with a clever solution, and while it is clever it also feels a bit like a cheat, like we should have seen more hints of this coming before it actually does. So that bugs a bit.
And to reach this end we are back with an enemy that I really felt was dealt with and I wasn't excited to see again. I hate the trope of the enemy that never ever dies no matter how thoroughly the main character has earned the death. And this is not a Lex Luthor thing where there's a sort of mutual respect and he goes to jail and you know he's coming back, this is...we HATE this guy and we are honestly doing our best to mush him into pieces and he keeps coming back through dubious methods because he's a good way to show cleverness. ARGH. Die already! Die die die! (view spoiler)[And for all that Kate wanted Hilba dead I thought the woman deserved more screen time than just being sliced to ribbons. Anti climatic much? (hide spoiler)]
So there's that. As well there were some long time threads that were cleaned up in a very perfunctory way. Less than a chapter on dealing with the Order. A story from someone else for Jennifer. It was like a big checklist of crap the authors needed out of the way before they start a brand new arc for the three additional books that are coming. New characters were introduced just to be killed off before the end of the book and old favorites either never appeared or had a quick, oh yeah they're still around showing and all gone. So it felt sloppy and not as satisfying as I wanted a Kate book to be.
(view spoiler)[And the sex scene... Okay, I don't mind a good sexy scene, the series has become much more paranormal romance as it's progressed and at least one scene is kinda expected, and with Kate and Curran separated for much of the book I get it that there was some desired alone time. I don't blame them. However, for the level of established couple that they are I wanted more EMOTION and a lot more connection. I wanted to see them just hold onto each other for a while and rejoice that they were both alive and together. And it could have even been after the sex. I could totally see a hot and heavy just so freaking glad to be alive, but after that a few moments of connecting and the vulnerability that acknowledges that Kate really and truly would have been dead dead if he hadn't found her as soon as he did and how devastating that thought must have been to him. But what we get is pretty wham, bam, thank you ma'am, and now there's a vampire at the window... Disappointing. (hide spoiler)]
I also must make note of some of the editing. They're in hardback these days for crying out loud, there is no reason not to make sure that the sword's name is always the same throughout the book! Minor issues, but there were several mistakes like that which tossed me out of the narrative going, waaaaaiiiit?
So, all of that aside there was a lot in the book I did like, particularly the progress that many of the secondary characters have made in their lives. I like seeing Kate handling some of her problems without resorting to violence, it shows growth in her as a person. And for as much as I complain about the twist coming out of thin air, I do like seeing the way that the big encounter played out.
Will I read the next one? Yeah, I will, but this one was not an autobuy from me and the rest won't be either unless they get tightened up and show me why there are three more books to be had.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more