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The Book of Deacon (The Book of Deacon, #1)
3.84
did not like it
Genre: fantastical. Orphan and sword.
Wizard in tower and hundred-year war.
Underground fighters, utopian school.
Evil kings, ghost soldiers, dragons (so
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Jun 22, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
 
The Steel Seraglio
4.12
it was amazing
A fast-moving epic full of spicy humor and Arabian magic. This book is not like other fantasy. It's something different, and for that, I loved it.

The
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Jul 06, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
 
The Lions of Al-Rassan
4.27
it was amazing
Amazing. Tragedy, romance, grief, divided loyalties, fierce love, honor, battle, some banter, the author's nuanced rendering of humanity ...and no mag ...more
Jun 03, 2012
May 27, 2012
 
The Queen's Blade (The Queen's Blade, #1)
3.90
liked it
An interesting take on the life of an assassin that I can't help comparing to the Assassin's Apprentice trilogy. It's high/epic fantasy without the sw ...more
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
 
Inside Out (Insider, #1)
3.82
really liked it
YA in terms of adult content (or lack thereof) but no different from Snyder's other work in terms of its fast-paced, mystery adventure. Although it's ...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
 
The Hedgewitch Queen (Romances of Arquitaine, #1 )
3.64
it was ok
Romance with a fair chunk of plot that threatens to get in the way sometimes. At least that's how I imagine the author felt. Every time the story got ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 31, 2012
 
Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)
4.30
really liked it
Why? Why did I wait years to read this?

Honestly, I loved Finnikin a lot, and I didn't think I could love the rest of the series as much, so I waited.
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Aug 22, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
 
To Ride Hell's Chasm
3.83
really liked it
A mix between epic save-the-world hero quest and ASOIAF political maneuvering. Well thought out, gripping action, tiny bit of romance, etc. etc.

The st
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Jun 30, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
 
Ringworld (Ringworld Series, #1)
3.96
liked it
World building on a scale of light-years.

Forgive me, I'm not widely read in spacey sci-fi, so this review will be from the perspective of someone woe
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Jul 26, 2013
Jul 26, 2013
 
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
4.19
really liked it
Fantastic first novel. Definitely not the flippant or fluffy type of YA (although still a girly kind of book). This one has dark undertones and seriou ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 01, 2012
 
Fragments (Partials, #2)
4.12
really liked it
Once we have created artificial life, will we redefine humanity to include it? Who will prove to be more human?

Fragments is better than Partials. 4.5
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Oct 25, 2013
Oct 23, 2013
 
Heroes Die (The Acts of Caine, #1)
4.09
it was amazing
Fast-paced and action oriented. Lots of twists and turns, surprises, bad guys who aren't evil. In fact, the standard good vs. evil of fantasy trope ba ...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
 
The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #1)
3.73
really liked it
Classic high fantasy epic (or perhaps, prelude to a classic high fantasy epic) that chows down on the genre stereotypes and yet manages to keep its sh ...more
Nov 09, 2012
Nov 08, 2012
 
The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)
4.24
it was amazing
Seven years, seven great purposes...

Seven words to describe this first installment of the lightbringer trilogy: original, heroic, exciting, casual, fu
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Oct 25, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
 
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
4.10
it was amazing
Despite the absence of some major (and favorite) character viewpoints, I loved this novel. I think I loved it better than the last one. The viewpoints ...more
Feb 23, 2013
May 07, 2012
 
The Emperor's Edge (The Emperor's Edge, #1)
4.03
really liked it
Fast-paced. Fantastical. And a whole lot of Fun . (Yes, with bolding, italics, and a capital F)

The beginning worried me a little. After a few chapter
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Oct 14, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
 
Partials
3.94
really liked it
Post-apocalyptic YA thriller that hits and keeps on hitting - almost to the point of absurdity.

I'll admit I haven't read YA in a while, but... I'm no
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Oct 23, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
 
Black Ships (Numinous World, #1)
3.90
really liked it
A quiet and lovely retelling of the Aeneid from the point of view of a priestess that accompanies Aeneas' fleet throughout the long journey from Troy ...more
Sep 20, 2012
Dec 02, 2011
 
Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1)
4.17
it was ok
Magicians and aliens from a parallel dimension? It sounded good, but this was not the Tolkien/sci-fi mash up that I was hoping for. The aliens were(vi ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
 
Touch of Power (Healer, #1)
4.17
it was ok
Fast-paced and adventuresome, in the vein of Poison Study. If you liked the study series, you'll probably enjoy this, although for me it was a little ...more
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
 
Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1)
4.12
really liked it
Objectively there is nothing wrong with this book. The characters suck you in, the world is fleshed out enough for this volume, the stakes are high, t ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Jun 08, 2012
 
The Blue Sword (Damar, #1)
4.23
liked it
Cute heroic fantasy with a sweet heroine. Not much relationship drama, but a fair bit of internal debate over whether she could accomplish her destiny ...more
Dec 22, 2013
Feb 09, 2012
 
The Charnel Prince (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #2)
3.80
it was amazing
Better than #1. I can't say how many things I liked in this one: the music/opera (which could have been a disaster but instead was charming), the clim ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
 
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
4.12
liked it
Light reading that's cute and funny, with an adorable dog companion, and a sh*t-ton of lines quoted from an eclectic assortment of people (Shakespeare ...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
 
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows, #2)
4.26
liked it
Picks up quickly but I skipped through whole paragraphs reiterating the significance of certain spells/objects/relationships.

Fast paced again, with m
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Apr 09, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #1)
3.64
really liked it
An interesting twist on the urban fantasy tropes. With flawed and struggling characters, a dystopian (but not evil?) church-state, and an awesome Down ...more
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
 
Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows, #3)
4.29
really liked it
Intense and raunchy in places. This one veers off in a decidedly darker/grittier direction. IMO, much better than the previous two installments. Lots ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
Blood and Betrayal (The Emperor's Edge, #5)
4.41
really liked it
Book 5 and still going strong. I'm liking the more drawn-out story arc and the will-they-wont-they romance that began with book 4. I wish we'd seen Ma ...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
 
Shattered Pillars (Eternal Sky, #2)
3.87
it was amazing
Beautiful, dreamy writing with a plot full of driving force and characters that are as lush and diverse as the setting.

Perhaps I was just in the right
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Dec 21, 2013
Sep 25, 2013
 
Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)
4.25
liked it
Book 4 continues the tradition of fast-paced action, pop-culture puns, and mythological mash-up. I liked the 2nd half of the book better, where we get ...more
Oct 03, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
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