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Friday Mini Reviews #15 - Burn Mark, Insatiable and The Kingdom of Gods

Burn Mark by Laura Powell (Burn Mark #1)

won from the publisher through Book Chick City

Synopsis from Goodreads
In a modern world where witches are hunted down and burned at the stake, two lives intersect. Glory is from a family of witches, and is desperate to develop her 'Fae' powers and become a witch herself, though witch-activity carries a threat of being burned at the stake. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition with a privileged life very different from the witches he is being trained to prosecute. And then one day, both Glory and Lucas develop the Fae. In one fell stroke, their lives are inextricably bound together.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK(£1.79) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond


That was one fabulous dystopian paranormal YA! thrilling, fast-paced and gritty without all the moony eyes and instalove. I've enjoyed it so much I'm not hesitating to recommend it to fans of urban fantasy reads and Ally Carter's books, it has that feel about it. I'll be definitely reading book #2 soon.
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Очень хороший подростковый фикшн в стиле Алли Картер, если бы она писала дистопии про ведьм и инквизиторов. Книга полная действия, читается очень быстро, в ней отсутствует инста-любовь, и вообще она фокусируется на событиях вместо чувств и главные герои оба сильные и решительные персонажи. 

 Insatiable by Meg Cabot (Insatiable #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads

Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper.

Meena Harper is familiar with the supernatural. After all, she knows how you're going to die. (Not that you're going to believe her. No one ever does.) But not even Meena's precognition can prepare her for Lucien Antonescu--whom she meets and then makes the mistake of falling in love with--a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side for which an ancient society of vampire hunters would prefer to see him dead.

The problem is Lucien's already dead. Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met with whom she could imagine herself having a future. See, while Meena's always been able to see everyone else's destiny, she's never been able to look into her own. Lucien seems to be everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, though he might turn out to be more of a nightmare.

So now would be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future... if she has one.
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond


I always thought after Meg Cabot's disastrous foray into paranormal YA series that she should just stick to what she does best - hilarious, sharp and awkward chic lit, and I was right. Insatiable is clutzy and cutesy and fab, and I enjoyed it immensely. Very much recommended for all fans of Meg Cabot of old.
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Я уже давно ворчала после ужасающей попытки Мег Кэбот написать серию серьёзного паранормального кидалта, что лучше ей продолжать делать то, что у неё так хорошо получается - писать милые, смешные, помешанные на моде и красивых туфлях и сумках, неглубокомысленные романы чик-лит. Ненасытная мне очень понравилась и серьёзно насмешила. Ну очень мило, уютно и легко читается.

The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin (The Inheritance Trilogy #3)


Synopsis from Goodreads

The incredible conclusion to the Inheritance Trilogy, from one of fantasy's most acclaimed stars.

For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameri's ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war.

Shahar, last scion of the family, must choose her loyalties. She yearns to trust Sieh, the godling she loves. Yet her duty as Arameri heir is to uphold the family's interests, even if that means using and destroying everyone she cares for.

As long-suppressed rage and terrible new magics consume the world, the Maelstrom -- which even gods fear -- is summoned forth. Shahar and Sieh: mortal and god, lovers and enemies. Can they stand together against the chaos that threatens?

Includes a never before seen story set in the world of the Inheritance Trilogy.
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK


Personally I think it's not N.K. Jemisin's best book so far. The fault lies purely with Sieh - the child-god and main character of the book. He is too volatile and too much of a child to interest me enough to care. I did not care and I got pretty bored with this book despite some good parts here and there.
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На настоящий момент не самая лучшая книга писательницы несмотря на то, что обычно я от неё в восторге. Проблема, как мне кажется, лежит на плечах Сье - главного героя, ребёнка-бога, который слишком недоразвит  и непостоянен, чтобы вызвать у читателя сострадание. Некоторые части книги были хороши, но в основном я скучала.


Blodeuedd said...

I loved the first Jemisin, but then they got worse

Unknown said...

Geepers, woman. Do you have bionic eyes or something? You read fast!

Miss you!!!

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