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ARC: Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

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I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher. This in no way affected/influenced my rating and review.

To start with, I need to confess that when I agreed to review this book, I was thinking it was a different author. When I got my copy and realized I was wrong, I was unaware of what I was getting into. Am I ever glad I made that mistake! If you haven’t read anything by Alice Hoffman, you need to. Now. Preferably with this book. It was that good!

Nightbird is told from Twig’s point of view. She lives in the small town of Sidwell, where her family is famous for their apples (and pink apple pies) and an old legend about the Sidwell Witch cursing her family. What the town doesn’t know is that the legend is true. New neighbors move in (descendants of the witch), things go missing by way of the Sidwell Monster, and Twig is hard pressed to discover who the monster is and how to break the curse before the town starts a hunt for the monster and discovers the secret her family has hidden for all these years.

Teresa, aka Twig, is a young girl who lives a lonely life. All she knows is that if you let someone close, they discover your secrets-secrets that could devastate her family. Having no friends, she spends a lot of her time walking in the woods, and wandering her families apple orchards. That all changes when she falls out of a tree and meets the Hall family. This starts her on her journey to find out why her family was cursed and how to break it…

I cannot say enough how thoroughly I enjoyed this book. It’s not quite the fluff read I expected, but it was even better. I want to rate this a 7 or 8, but I can only give it 5 stars. I recommend this to EVERYONE!!!

I’m not 100% happy with my review, I just can’t figure out what to write that would make me happy.  So even if my review doesn’t spark you, I still recommend you give Nightbird a try.

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ARC: The Hunt for Snow by S.E. Babin


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I was drawn in by the book description, and I was let down. The beginning had a TON of quotes I highlighted (with many giggles), and the banter between Snow, Cyndi, and Belle worked. Almost perfect.

Then the conference happened. And the story went downhill. I’m still not sure why a conference was used for a plot device, or why the characters did some of things they did (I’m trying to avoid spoilers, because there isn’t much that makes sense enough to spoil). Much of the dialog felt stilted and awkward while they were at the hotel where the conference took place, and I cringed in many places.  IMHO, most of these scenes could have been cut.

But the end shocked me by pulling itself back together and working. Without knowing for sure, I almost feel the author had the start & finish figured out, and wrote the middle in a rush. I will be looking at reading book 2, mainly to see how they pull off the win/HEA.

I would not recommend this book to anyone.  2.5 Stars

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ARC: Liberty and Other Stories by Alexis Hall

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I received a copy of Liberty and Other Stories from the publisher for review; this in no way influences my opinions positive or negative.

Liberty and Other Stories is a collection of novellas (2-4, 6) from the Prosperity series. Thankfully you don’t need to have read book one to understand who the characters are or what is going on. These are a mix prequels and standalones.

Shackles introduces you to Ruben and Milord. Ruben (an excommunicated priest) is given special dispensation to try to ‘save’ Milord by getting his confession. If Ruben can get the confession, Milord won’t suffer a harsher punishment.

Sadly, I could care less about Milord. While you do learn some of his nature, he just didn’t seem that fleshed out or dimensional. Ruben, on the other hand, absolutely fascinates me. I want to know more! Why/when did he get excommunicated? Why did they choose him? I have an idea for both, based on some of was touched on, but I don’t know for sure. I went and bought the rest of the Prosperity books because of this specific story.

Squamous with a Chance of Rain is Jane’s story. Which seems to be a mesh of The Sound of Music and Cthulhu mythos, with a dash of fem!slash. Told in letters to her friend, this was a delightful romp of a governess with a dead uncle, an odd employer, and his even odder family.

Jane is not Maria in any shape or form. Which more than once had me burst out laughing at something she said/did. I really can’t say more without giving away the storyline. Just give it a try!

Cloudy Climes and Starless Skies is the history behind Bryon Kae and the aethership, Shadowless.

I think this was the weakest story of the collection. This might be because I haven’t read Prosperity, but I’m doubting that is the case (I will update this review once I have read it, to confirm/deny my theory). Up until the last couple of scenes, the story just was ‘meh’ for me. Not much action, and not really that different from any ‘rescued off the street by a parent, illegitimate child’ regency story, only with some steampunk elements. Once I got into the action, things moved swiftly, and I became curious and wanted to know more. This was good for a collection, but I don’t think I’d recommend it as a standalone.

Liberty is a series of letters and court documents pertaining to Captain George England and his part in the destruction of a skyfleet above the skycity of Liberty in 1866.

I like Captain England. He is a honest, loyal soldier of Britain, and seems to be very earnest. Fate has dealt him a bad hand, and yet he still believes in doing whatever the country needs him to do. Which is how he ends up aboard Shadowless and in the mess at Liberty. While I am intrigued with Ruben, all I want to do is smother England in hugs. Sadly, this story takes place after Prosperity; Captain England (I love typing that) won’t make an appearance in it.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend (and will be) this to my friends. 4.5 Stars.

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