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YA Fantasy Audiobook Review: Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Serpentine by Cindy Pon (Kingdom of Xia: Second Series #1)


copy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.


  Audible US/UK | Amazon US/UK | The Book Depository

6/10

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 Here is the thing. This is a very pleasant book to listen. The narrator is nice, the story is evenly paced and interesting enough. I also enjoyed the ever so fascinating Chinese mythology, but at the same time it feels like Middle Grade instead of YA. And not in a good way.

Blog Tour Stop Contemporary Romance Review + Giveaway: Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid

Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid (Knitting in The City #5)


Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.

Except… not.

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?


This is a full length, 100k word novel, and is the 5th book in the Knitting in the City Series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone except book #1.5


Amazon kindle US/UK

9/10

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You know I love Penny Reid's book, right, guys? But this one, this one took the cake! |It was an amalgamation of my favorite parts - a kick butt heroine, a complex, truthful relationship and some top notch banter.

Steampunk Novel Review: The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan

The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan (Fall of The Gas-Lit Empire #3)


Egalley thanks to Angry Robot

Synopsis from Goodreads
You’d have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that’s what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A one-time enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick.
Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire. All that stands in Elizabeth’s way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke’s private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels.
Rod Duncan returns with the climactic volume of the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, the breathtaking alternate history series that began with the Philip K Dick Award-nominated The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter.
 


 Audible US/UK | Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository

8/10

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 Every time! Every bloody time it happened to me with this bloody series, ladies and gents. First I'm not sure but keep reading, then it gets more and more interesting, and bam! There is this huge, exciting race to the end. Which finishes really quickly. Which is why I don't rate the books very high. The consistency is too choppy, but overall this is a solid 4 star material.

February New Book Releases I'm Dying to Read!


I know, I know... I'm really not enthused by this month's releases! But. I am dying to read new C.S. Pacat. She is an amazing, amazing writer. The other two books I am reviewing. The Custodian of Marvels was pretty good. but it's solid 4 stars series all the way.
What about you? What are you waiting for?
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