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The darkest hero you’ll ever read

The Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire Trilogy) by Mark Lawrence – average rating 4 stars on Amazon and 3.86 on Goodreads

9579634Are you ready for a grisly tale? – This is perhaps one of the darkest stories I’ve read since A Clockwork Orange. Set in what appears to be medieval times, a teenage prince is driven by powerful forces and fate to return to his father’s kingdom to reclaim his place as heir. Read the rest of this entry »

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A final test of loyalty wraps up Roth’s first series

Divergent by Veronica Roth  average rating 3.3 stars on Amazon and 3.64 on Goodreads

17406183What were they reading? – Roth’s finale gets crushed by some readers and I just don’t get it…wait, yes I do.  Don’t let the low score fool you, the central theme from those who didn’t like Allegiant is all about the ending.  I’ll not spoil it but I will say that it was perfectly fine by me in terms of how she handled her characters.  Look, this whole series was about loyalty, identify, relationships, and principles.  When you mix those ingredients and add the human condition you get a big mess – most of us go through a period of being a human train wreck, particularly when we’re young.  No different with Tris, Tobias and crew.  If you’re looking for a clean ending that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy you’ll be disappointed.  If you expect that, like real life, some people sometimes lose the big hand in the card game then you’ll be fine with how this one wraps up.  I will only say that Veronica Roth (and if you’ve read the other books in the series) isn’t afraid to schwack a character…she’s no George Martin by any stretch but she’ll kill one here or there to add some context.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Search for truth tests loyalties – including the reader’s

Insurgent by Veronica Roth  average rating 4.6 stars on Amazon and 4.22 on Goodreads 

13068756Setting the Scene – Insurgent starts with a bit of quiet after the storm that had Tobias aka Four and Tris running for their lives in the wake of the Erudite initiated, Dauntless executed massacre in the Abnegation district.  Their hope for a little peace and quiet in with the Amity faction is short lived, forcing them to join forces with the FactionIess.  Not going to spoil any of the good stuff here but suffice it to say they begin a trek to figure out who they really are and where they all came from.  This book won’t really answer those questions but it does a fine job setting up the grand finale – which I’ll talk about in a subsequent review.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Divergent paths all lead to promising future

Divergent by Veronica Rothaverage rating 4.6 stars on Amazon and 4.36 on Goodreads

Divergent picA Few Thoughts – If you read this book without trying to draw comparisons to other dystopian fiction you’ll really enjoy it, however, if you want more of the Hunger Games you’ll spend far too much time trying to pick it apart.  Both occupy space in the same genre, and both feature strong female lead characters…just stop there.  I really enjoyed Roth’s work with this opening act of her Divergent series because the action scenes were plentiful enough to move the plot along nicely.  She really worked on developing a few key characters and really established good depth for Tris, her main character.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Sanderson lights it up again with this urban fantasy short

Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson – average rating 4.3 stars on Amazon and 3.94 on Goodreads

18966322The Gist – Sanderson brings our favorite Reckoner back to electronic pages in this short bridge between his bestselling Steelheart and the upcoming Firefight.  David is working hard to convince the humans of Newcago to come out of their subterranean refuge and own the peace he and the Reckoners fought so hard to win, but he also knows other epics plot to fill power vacuum left by Steelheart’s demise.  Just when things seem to be working for the people of Newcago, Mitosis makes an appearance…actually multiple appearances around the city and he won’t underestimate David and the Reckoners in his bid for power.        Read the rest of this entry »

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