Review: Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆
Date read: June 18 to July 03, 2013
Read count: 1

SDCC 2013: Interview with Pierce Brown

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Very interesting dystopian book. It’s one of those rare dystopian books that’s actually about a believable fractured, disordered society that’s overwhelmed by believable social and economic problems (e.g. discrimination). But more importantly (to me, at least), no front-and-center crazy love triangles.

The writing is really good. Lots of descriptions, lots of action. Things are always on the move, rarely is there a dull moment in the text.

This book is the first installment of a series, and first books are usually difficult for me to rate because they’re only the tip of the iceberg, but I think this one does a good job setting up events and wrapping up some of these events in a satisfying way while preparing the reader for the next series of events. You’re not left hanging off a cliff… well, not that much anyway.

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I received this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway. What a great looking cover.

Original review can be found here.

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Review: Sunshine by Robin McKinley

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆
Date read: June 26 to July 01, 2013
Read count: 1

Rae “Sunshine” Seddon is a pastry chef who refers to herself simply and humbly as “a baker,” yet her pastries draw in all sorts of characters from all over New Arcadia, a sleepy small town that’s on its way to covering after the great “Voodoo Wars.” The wars which happened several years ago pitted humans against otherworldly creatures; the majority of battles were fought against vampires, the worst of the otherworldly creatures. These wars left “bad spots,” places with strong magical presence, all around New Arcadia (and presumably in other towns as well). Because of these wars, vampires and humans do not live among each other, and vampires are terminated immediately following capture.

Rae leads a reasonably average life and works as a baker for her family restaurant. She has an overprotective mother, an affectionate step-father, a pair of teenage half-brothers, a boyfriend who’s a cook, and an assortment of friends from town. Her seemingly dull existence is turned upside down, for lack of a better term, when she is kidnapped by a gang of vampires and finds herself a waiting meal for another vampire. But this isn’t just any vampire. It’s a vampire that’s trying to resist its natural instinct to feed on her. The most “unlikely” thing happens (unlikely only to Rae, but perfectly predictable to us): she begins to like him, although his vampiric nature still disgusts her. Things become more interesting from this point on.

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Review: Heir of Novron (The Riyria Revelations, #5-6) by Michael J. Sullivan

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Rating: ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆
Date read: June 20 to 25, 2013
Read count: 1

“Still Searching for Red Herrings” could be a subtitle for this last set of the series.

If you’ve followed the journey this far, chances are you’re gonna like this last installment. It’s like the previous books, except faster paced and more dramatic. The other minor difference is there’s less character development. Since all the main players have already been introduced, the narrative is more plot driven, which is kind of the point since we all (or maybe just me by this time) want to get to the end (finally) and solve the heir of Novron mystery (once and for all).

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Review: Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) by Diana Gabaldon

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆
Date read: June 07 to 24, 2013
Read count: 1

3-stars upon finishing, but now that I think about it, 4-stars because of how well crafted the book is.

There are a lot of things I liked about this book, but there are also a few things I didn’t like. Right now, the things I didn’t like stand out more than the things I did like.

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