Kay, Rekindling

My book reviews blog.  I love hot coffee, rainy days, and the ocean.  Oh, and books.  Lots of them.

Warprize

Warprize - Elizabeth Vaughan

Someone recommended this book on an "If you liked Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart" forum.

That was literally the worst recommendation ever.

Cardboard characters, mundane plot, and romantic cliches all abound in this incredibly ho-hum, stagnant excuse for a story. Most of the book revolves around Lara's tedious daily activities, and it gets old pretty quickly: Healing the wounded, picking off willow bark from stools to make medicine, and exchanging meaningless banter with the warriors of the camp were interesting the first time around--not so much after 40 pages.

The only similarity to the Kushiel series is that the main character, Lara, is presented to an invading Warlord as a sex slave tribute--and even that is a bit of a stretch. Given the premise, the romance was perplexingly vanilla and behind-doors. (Nothing against clean romance, but if it's going to be clean, why even bother making the main character a sex slave??)

At 44%, I've given this book a fair shot, but ugh, if I have to read about one more stereotypical cook who can reduce conquering warlords into 5-year-old boys with a withering glare, I will punch something.

1 star

Panic

Panic - Lauren Oliver

From the summary and some of my GR friends' reviews, this book reminds of The Long Walk by Stephen King. The same slow-burning, psychological tension that drives the plot home.

Everneath

Everneath - Brodi Ashton What in the world was that ending??

I just cannot...

2.5 rounded up to 3 stars for an enjoyable read. Until the ending.

Fuller review to come.

Troubled Waters

Troubled Waters - Sharon Shinn This book is so hard to rate! For now, 3.5 stars for a slow beginning, wonderful middle, and a somewhat contrived end. The romance was sweet, though the characters were a bit wooden after some time. More detailed review coming.

Shadowfell

Shadowfell - Juliet Marillier 2.5 to 3.0 stars. Must say that I had high hopes for this, but fell a bit short of my expectations.

Rules of Attraction

Rules of Attraction - Simone Elkeles

2 stars. Fell short of its predecessor, Perfect Chemistry, by quite a margin. Decently readable, but lacks a certain spark between the two main characters. I'm still looking forward to the third book--can't get enough of the Fuentes brothers!

Perfect Chemistry

Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles 4 stars. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would! Not too gritty and undeniably sweet, but the absolute chemistry between the two (pun very much intended) took this book to another level. Fuller review to come.

Moving Your Books from GoodReads to BookLikes

Reblogged from Book Devourer:

This was unbelievably helpful in getting all of my GR content onto BookLikes.  With 1300+ books and 110+ reviews loaded on my GR, this function saved me hours upon hours of agonizing copy + paste.   

 

So you want to start using BookLikes, but the prospect of manually adding your ENTIRE library of books/reviews is daunting, to say the least. Do not fear. There's an easy way to your entire book list and reviews from GoodReads and import it into BookLikes. Here is how.

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Fantasy Lover - Sherrilyn Kenyon Okay, so the main male character is Macedonian, not Roman. A gym read, and though it started off shaky, it wrapped up somewhat nicely in the end. Definitely kept my attention.

2.5 to 3 stars, and review to come.
The Emperor's Soul - Brandon Sanderson

I don't think I've given Brandon Sanderson more than three stars for any of his books, and this is no exception. I was sorely disappointed with my latest Sanderson endeavor, Elantris, and picked this book up on a whim. I'm glad I read Emperor's Soul. It did have similar issues that bothered me about his other books, but the ending finale left me touched.

More detailed review to come (huh? when? everrrr???)

Master of Crows - Grace Draven A 3.5 star book. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Just know that this is a romance fantasy with a very heavy emphasis on the "romance" half. Decent world building, engaging plot, but they all played second fiddle to the romance between the two main characters.

Recommended for fans of romance, definitely not for hardcore fantasy lovers or bro-y bros.

Fuller review to come.
Highborn - Yvonne Navarro Life has gotten so hectic lately that any reading I can schedule is usually done at the gym on the treadmill.

Ugh.

Review to come? Hopefully? Soonish? Goodness, I hope so...
Wallbanger  - Alice Clayton For chick lit, this isn't half bad! Review to come.
Splintered - A.G. Howard Totally unrelated to the book itself, but I really, really want that shade of lipstick.
Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1) - Richelle Mead I literally read this in one sitting. Okay, lie, I took a quick break to grab lunch. But I kept reading this while I ate my chicken and long after that.

This book is crack. Pure, literary crack.

Toughie to rate, but for now, hovering between 3.5 and 4 stars.

More detailed review to come.
The Native Star - M.K. Hobson 3.5 stars. This book was definitely not the steampunk adventure that I was expecting, but I still found it engrossing and highly readable. Review to come!

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