Rating ***** (5 stars) I cannot believe that I waited so long to start this series. I have heard so many great things about it, but I just did not pick it up. Even after I got the first book on Kindle I waited to start reading it. Do not make the same mistake.
A Court of Thornes and Roses is an amazingly written fantasy novel that combines familiar elements to make a refreshingly different story. While not entirely unique it is different enough to place the reader firmly in a new world. It is a world where humans are struggling to survive against fairies.
In a weird Beauty and the Beast tone Feyre, a 19 year old human, gets caught up in the fairy world. She is strong, brave, and human. Although, in the ways of 19 year olds she falls in love too fast.
This book is a horrible love story, but it is a great tale of human indurance. It is a story of courage and sacrifice. Mostly it is a story of trying to survive.
Tracing Shadows is the first in the series of a seasoned writer, Alex Lidell. This fantasy novel follows a scout that is skilled in transforming herself from the noble women that is from birth to the soldier she was trained to be. Content to do what she can to keep her sister from harm, She is instead brought in to bring down a terrorist cell.
Lidell is a new to me author that I am happy to have discovered. Her writing is well put together and her characters are captivating. I wish that there was a little bit more developed back story woven into the narration. There is some given near the end, but not for the main character. I wish I knew more what drove her.
I listened to this as an audio book with the narration done by Hayden Daviau. I was impressed with Hayden's narration. It allowed me to sink into the characters without being reminded of the narrator's presence. For the most part her voice flowed perfectly with the text. I am not overly fond of how she voiced the male characters, but it is better then I have heard a lot of narrators voice opposite genders.
This is not a book that I would say you need to get in audio. I am sure I would enjoy it as easily reading it on my Kindle. However, it also is not a book that I would say you should not get in audio, as the narration is well done.
Magic Gifts is a novella in the Kate Daniels series. In many ways it is hard to review the story separately. It is so mixed in with the rest of the books. I first read about this story in one of the main novels of the book. I still had this book on hold and had skipped over it.
While I enjoyed going back and getting a better context of what led to the events of the story I was also a little disappointed that there was not more. There was just enough plot to make this a full book instead of a novella. Yet the writing was good and it was a good story. I do highly recommend reading the novella and short stories in this series.
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