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Portals of Infinity: Book Four: The Sea of Grass
Portals of Infinity: Book Four: The Sea of Grass
Price: £3.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but could have been better, 20 May 2015
This felt very short. I'm not sure if that's because I read all of the last 3 books back to back so in my mind they have some how all gained extra length, or if this one truly was just very short. You can read this in a few hours and honestly nothing really happens that moves the plot along for the wider world. Get it if you really enjoy the series, otherwise give it a miss and read the next one. You will still be able to understand the flow of the story as long as you read the books before this one.
On a side note I noticed in this book a change in the relationship between will and his wife that I found disturbing. She threatens to murder him on several occasions to get her way. Whilst he is Immortal and will come back, he does say that death hurts. Essentially she is threatening the worst kind of domestic abuse and yet somehow Will accepts it. I know the relationships in the books are not amazingly deep in these books, but at the same time physical abuse should not be made light of in that way. The sort of abuse she is threatening should be a massive red flag that he needs to get out of that marriage. Perhaps I'm just over analysing what is just light fantasy and not meant as a commentary on anything.


Prudence: Book One of The Custard Protocol
Prudence: Book One of The Custard Protocol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Returning to an old freind, 19 Mar. 2015
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This reads much like the original Parasol Protectorate Series, with quirky characters and mannerism from start to finish. We even get to see many of the characters of the original series in lovely little cameo bits.
One thing to note is that Prudence is not Alexia. She seems much more accepted by her society than Alexia ever was and so is more conventional in some of her attitudes. For example she has none of Alexia's bluestocking tendencies. This is not a bad thing, but overall it felt that Prudence was far less emotionally mature than Alexia was in her first book. This series than could be Prudence's growth into a woman as formidable as her mother. Whilst she is nowhere near there yet, I have high hopes and will definitely get the next one in the series.


Page of Swords (The Demon's Apprentice Book 2)
Page of Swords (The Demon's Apprentice Book 2)
Price: £2.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read, 5 Mar. 2015
Better than the first. The characters have evolved and continue to do so throughout the book and the number of threats to Chance kept the plot constantly interesting.


The Demon's Apprentice
The Demon's Apprentice
Price: £2.41

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars out of 5, 4 Mar. 2015
Interesting enough to keep you reading. The main character is likeable. The magic system seems well done. The world building is sufficient that there are no great glaring holes and I will read the next one.

After saying that there is one major reason I have given it 3.5 not higher and that is a highly distressing scene that happens in the latter section of the book. The following has spoilers. Chance is able to spy on the 'big bad' of the novel and overhears the 'big bad' stating that he is going to take a girl in the back of the house and sexually assault her. He then proceeds to do so, but the most disturbing thing is that Chance watches it happen. He knows what is going to happen in the back room, so he should either of left without going to witness what was going to happen in the back room if he was trying to avoid being caught or he should intervene before the girl is fully naked and actually being penetrated. Before people go mad, I'm not saying that these sort of situations cant happen in novels, what I'm saying is that this particular situation should of been prevented by chance or he should of left without witnessing it at all.There is no reason that Chance should of allowed the situation to reach that point and it made me feel a lot less sympathy for him as a whole that he waited before intervening. It felt like a crude attempt by the author to shock the reader into seeing how evil the big bad really is, but as the event has to be witnessed by Chance to allow it to be seen by the reader, it ends up reducing sympathy for him as a character for watching at all.


Finally Dead (Eve Benson: Vampire Book 1)
Finally Dead (Eve Benson: Vampire Book 1)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two ways to read, 18 Feb. 2015
You can either read all the previous Greater demon books or you can start fresh here.
If you read all the previous P.S. Powers books you will understand the universe far more and you will already care for the main character. Unfortunately if you have read the greater demon books you will be left feeling that Eve is just not as smart or as interesting as a main character. It also has the problem that you know that all her problems could be solved rather quickly is she went to her super powerful friends for help.
If you have not read the previous books you will feel the characters problems more keenly, and you will not notice how she fails to shine as bright as Keeley. You will however struggle with some of the world as the book does throw you in at the deep end.
Its an OK book, but I would rather have more Keeley then this.


Firefight: A Reckoners Novel
Firefight: A Reckoners Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to an amazing series, 14 Feb. 2015
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Even better then the first. The first was a good book, but everything was quite predictable. This one expands the world and it kept me wondering what way things were going far longer. I loved the interaction between firelight and David. One of their conversations were Megan notes that David is not always using metaphors but similes as well was a massive relief to my battered mind. Before then I had seen metaphors constantly mentioned and had at points wanted to scream and I was pleased to realise that Sanderson was doing this on purpose.
Great book and I highly anticipate the next.


Please Don't Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon
Please Don't Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series, 7 Feb. 2015
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Good, but not as good as the first. The plot stays in space too long and at points seems to wander a bit. We are left unsure if Penny's power is a threat or not, but that's a good thing and can continue to be good in future additions to the series. We are even introduced to a possible rival to Penny, who we at first like and sympathise with, but I at least eventually hated. This could again add conflict and tension to later additions. All in all this book was OK in and of itself, but was dragged up to good by Penny and Claire who are always amazing. The first book was far superior, but it feels like this book was created to set up some things that could be important in future story's.


Revenge of the Elf (Nysta Book 1)
Revenge of the Elf (Nysta Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The problem is that a lot of the humour of the text breaks immersion or just is not very funny. An example of this happens in Ny, 7 Feb. 2015
The story is not particularly original. A revenge tale with hidden mystical extras, but it does the job and kept me interested. The problem is that a lot of the humour of the text breaks immersion or just is not very funny. An example of this happens in Nysta's first point of view chapter. She has just gone through a horrendous ordeal, and just as she is about to go to sleep she makes a pun to herself about the men 'having her goat'. It felt out of place and reduced my sympathy for Nysta because she seemed less real. The bad puns happen at the end of nearly every chapter and I'm sure there meant to be there for comedy, but the book would be better without them.
Also in one of the early chapters Nysta meets two men, an archer called Oliver Kween and another man called Carter Holl. These two names were obviously taken from two famous DC comic book characters; Hawk-man and Green Arrow. Whilst I'm sure the characters were meant as a homage to the DC originals, this was just one more thing that broke my immersion in the world. The book has this problem to frequently.
Whilst the immersion breaks were annoying, I will still be reading the second one because when it was in its element, the fight scenes, the book was compelling. Also there are so many unresolved plot points in this book that it is clear it was always meant to be read as a series.


Gameboard of the Gods: Age of X #1
Gameboard of the Gods: Age of X #1
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very promising start to a new series, 11 April 2014
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I loved this book almost from the get go. The characters are interesting, the world building is well done, and the god plot line was able to draw me in. Justin is a great character, being smart and charming but having enough problems to keep him from becoming dull. Mae's strength and all round kick-assness make her one of my favorite female characters I've read in some time. The one thing I am concerned with though is that Mae and Justin as the main characters seem predestined to be together. While Justin is an amazing character he has made too many mistakes for it to be fair for him to be with Mae. He constantly brakes of there relationship in the most humiliating ways for Mae, and while the reason for it is understandable, it does not change the fact that he could find kinder ways to do it or even tell her the truth. He chooses not to because it would take away from the cool, composed, charming personality that he has envisioned for himself and ever make Mae believe he is crazy or that he actually has a heart. Even at the end of the book Justin could of told Mae why he could not be with her and she would of understood, but instead he choose to act like an ass.
Wow some of that sounds rather like a rant, but in a way that is a good thing because it means that this book has inspired strong opinions in me and it will do the same to you. It was amazing


Long Live the Queen: Book 3 of the Immortal Empire
Long Live the Queen: Book 3 of the Immortal Empire
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok ending, 22 Nov. 2013
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This series and this book encompasses a problem that I see far to often in urban fiction nowadays. They introduce amazing worlds and characters in their first books and then as they try to flesh them out in the following books it just fails to encompass the same magic. That is not to say that this is a bad book, its not, its just that this book and this series could of been so much more.
It did enjoy the progression in the relationship between Xandra and Vex. I had thought that the relationship was a bit flat in the second book, but it felt more like an even partnership in this book, even though Xandra had arguably more power due to her being a queen. I also enjoyed Xandra and queen Victoria's interactions. They were full of tension and humor.
My problem was that the enemies in this and the last book were rather cliched and were obvious in this book almost from the outset. One of the enemies in this novel seems so ridicules that I almost feel that the author added them because she felt that Xandra had become to physically powerful, and as such there was no one who could oppose her, resulting in this stupidly overpowered creature being added. Also the great threat of humanity is not resolved in a satisfactory way in my opinion.
As I said this is not a bad book, I was just disappointed because it could of been so much more.


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