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Oct 04
Closer to the Chest (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Closer to the Chest (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

This book wasn’t as fast-paced as most Valdemar novels. It was still interesting and kept my attention, but if you love the ones full of action, this book is more in the line of intrigue. Mags, Amily and a number of their friends from the last book, spend most of this book hunting a bully. You know exactly who is responsible from the beginning, but finding enough evidence to prove it takes most of the book. I liked getting to see how Mags and Amily were settling into their roles. I also liked that we got to see more of… Read more »

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Sep 22
Closer to the Heart (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #2) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Closer to the Heart (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #2) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Having only liked a few of the books from the last series about Mags, I wasn’t sure what I’d think of this one. But since it was Valdemar, I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the first book in the series before this one arrived, so some of the things in it (like Amily being the King’s Own) I have no idea how it happened. Despite that, this was a really good book! I read it in 2 days, and it’s made me happy that I have the third book in this series already… Read more »

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Jul 13
Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

There were a number of flashbacks in this book. Which is good if it’s been a while since you read the first book in this series, but if you mostly remember what happened, there are quite a few pages to skip over. This book wasn’t as slow as some of the earlier books in this series, but it wasn’t as suck you in as the previous book either. It was a mixture of both. I liked the mention of Tayledras and their vales in the book. I also liked the circuit bits, and how not all the towns Mags and… Read more »

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Jun 29
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (review)

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (review)

This sounded like it was going to be a really funny and cute read! Unfortunately the characters were a little too juvenile for me. Evie kept making it a point to mention that she had learned such-and-such when writing a paper in college. Only, she and Aveda acted like angsty teens for most of the book. So I really couldn’t see her as the intended age. Evie spends the first half of the book allowing Aveda to bully her into doing things she doesn’t want to do. She also has bottled her emotions up so tight, that it appears she… Read more »

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Jun 08
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

I loved all the side mysteries as well as the main one. There were so many plot twists! But it never got into the ‘too many’ category, and it wasn’t confusing. It was quite funny how Watson had to twist magical explanations so that they sounded scientific instead, to make Sherlock Holmes believe or go along with them. Holmes was adamant that magic wasn’t real, and he was often loudly derisive about it. He did believe in Nan’s ability to read minds though, mostly because she proved it in such a way that he couldn’t think of any other explanation… Read more »

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May 05
The Summer Dragon (The Evertide #1) by Todd Lockwood (review)

The Summer Dragon (The Evertide #1) by Todd Lockwood (review)

I loved the details about how dragons were raised, how they bonded to their riders, and all the little things. Like cutting small holes in a baby dragons wings, so that when they are adults, straps can be passed through the holes to help their rider stay in place. The world was rich with tidbits and details, everything coming together to make a world I was happy to be lost in. I enjoyed the characters as well, especially Maia and Darian, Keirr and her father. I especially loved the drawings that headed each chapter. They were really well-done, and helped… Read more »

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Dec 10
Crucible edited by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Crucible edited by Mercedes Lackey (review)

This book felt less like Valdemar to me than some of the previous collections. I have read nearly every Valdemar book Mercedes Lackey has written, and all of the collections she has edited. So I’m familiar with all the people and time periods that were represented here. Unfortunately, not all the stories resonated with me. A number of them were decent, but didn’t feel like they were part of Valdemar. And then there were those that managed to get it so right they deserved 5 stars all on their own. There is a broad collection of characters here. Everything from… Read more »

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