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Book Review #89: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading 27/03/16
My 4th book of 2016)

Karou, a teenager surrounded by mystery and a secret life outside of the normal world. She knows nothing of her past and has always been an amazing artist. Karou has books and books filled with fantasy characters, with names and stories, so many beings, part human – part animal.

Little do people know, her fantasy characters are real, they are her family, the ones who brought her up in this world. Chimeara. Running strange errands for her father figure, Brimstone, Karou’s life is hectic and dangerous. Passing through a portal in his workshop, she can be anywhere in the world, but her errands are eerie, tooth collecting. Whether it be human, animal, reptile or fish, she collects them all for Brimstone yet she doesn’t know why.

One day Karou’s life is turned upside down when she meets a perfectly handsome angel, Akiva. She feels the magnetic pull between them but she also feels the danger. He notices one of Karou’s secrets and life is now a game of hide and seek for her life.

When Karou finally learns of her past she is torn between love, hate, war and peace.

Full of beauty and elegance, magic, hope, love and war between worlds, this book is a must read.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The perfect book for me. Absolutely loved every moment of this book, from beginning to end, amazing!

I love how we learn with Karou about her past. I love how dramatic events are when Akiva is around. I love her Chimeara family and her secrets. Karou is such a strong and fearless character. Akiva is made up of perfection but his one mistake may destroy everything he has been trying to do in his life.

I love the whole storyline, especially when Karou finally remembers every little detail from her past.

This book is breathtakingly beautiful. Such imagination by Laini Taylor. When/if I ever get round to writing my own book, I would hope to achieve exactly this.

Very highly recommended for fantasy lovers.

Written by Ling Lee
27/03/16

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Book Review #88: Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Finished Reading: 15/03/16
My 3rd book of 2016.

Emily is taken captive by a beautiful man, too beautiful to be the monster who rips apart her life. He uses psychological methods to recondition his slave. What was once Emily’s comfort food soon becomes associated with punishment. Confusion alongside reconditioning, Emily finds herself getting lost in this nightmare that is now her life.

She must find a way to set herself free from the beautiful monster who has taken her.

***SPOILER ALERT***

The idea of this book could have been amazing. If it were my first read into slavery books I would have loved it. Not too dramatic, not too harsh, not too over the top. But it is because of these reasons I couldn’t rate this book higher. For this type of book, I would have expected much more extreme scenes, definitely more drama or even violence.

There was no way I would have guessed for this ending, but I needed more. More vivid details. More depth.

Emily seemed too easy to break. She gave in to her captor too easily on her first encounter with him. Emily’s responses at most scenes didn’t feel realistic enough.

The storyline itself was great. But for me it is all about the detail and the extreme situations for these intense and disturbing books. For me, these books are supposed to be shockful and disturbing. I believe only broken, bad, or twisted people can hold another captive and to try to control them by force, against their will.

I wouldn’t really recommend this book as there are a lot more out there to read. It was an easy read, but didn’t do enough to get me excited enough to spread the word. Apologies to the author for not appreciating the book more.

Written by Ling Lee
(16/03/16)

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Book Review #87: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

I rate this book 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Finished Reading: 12/03/16
My 2nd book of 2016.

This 2nd book of a series is once again about two notorious thieves who are masters at disguise, scheming, mischief and lies. Yet they are undoubtedly loyal to one another and rely on each other to accomplish every plan they set their heart to.

Upon arrival at a new town Val Terrar, their main aim is the Sinspire Casino. An elite, members only casino, where only the rich and those invited by the owner, Requin, can enter. With his own rules and a dead set policy of NO CHEATING, anyone caught must die no matter who dares to try. Locke and Jean, the formidable pair have the crazy idea of relieving Requin of the contents of his vault and to come out alive.

With many complications and their past schemes and trickery catching up with them, Locke and Jean, find themselves in the midst of a political battle with both sides needing them as pawns to destroy the other.

Posing as Captain Ravelle, Locke, with his partner in tow somehow find themselves at sea on a pirate ship, they must find a way to survive with very limited sailing experience and a crew made up of escaped prisoners. Under the control of Stragos, the leader of Val Terrar, they must complete an assignment in order to get the antidote for a life threatening poison that they have unknowingly taken. But when the crew eventually realise that Ravelle is no Captain, they turn on him. Locke and Jean are left stranded on a rowing boat with luck and the Crooked Warden as their guide.

This book is full of dishonesty and loyalty, love and hate, war and destruction. A little bit of everything and full of action.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Locke and Jean are such genius characters. I love the way they have so many plans and more often than not they get themselves in so much trouble but somehow manage to get themselves back on track. I love their loyalty, trust and relationship. How they began and how they have now grown to depend on one another.

This book is so full to the brim of trouble and more trouble. As the first book, it is a bit over the top but somehow it still works because Scott Lynch has mastered the art of keeping the reader entertained and striving to turn every last page.

I love the start of the book when they are working at the Sinpire. I wish they had spent more time in this location, but then when I finally got into the rest of the story, it was just as amazing as the first book. I love this author and I am grateful for his work and am very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Written by Ling Lee (12/03/16)

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