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hmgbrdhart

Joined July 2018

Dystopia, Apocalypse, SciFi, Vampires, Witches, Shapeshifters, Werewolves, Zombies, Other Mythical Creatures, Magic, Serial Killers & Thrillers.
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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness

Finally... free on American TV... "A Discovery of Witches" begins on BBC America on Sunday, April 7th at 9 pm (EST).

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Does anyone else read a book at the same time they are listening to a different audiobook? I audiobook by day and read at night (always 2 different books)... unless I have free time and can read my book from the Google books app on my tablet, computer or phone. I'm just wondering if I'm alone in being near constantly submerged in a story?

Louise I do the same thing, except I listen to an audiobook at night and read different printed books by day. 4mo
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Ash Princess | Laura Sebastian
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This is a YA novel but the brutality and desolation in some parts brought me to tears. When Thora/Theo‘s country is conquered, her mother the queen killed and her people enslaved, the Kaiser decides to keep her as a prisoner rather than killing her. He uses every opportunity to brutalize, ridicule and shame her. 10 years later, he forces her to do something so horrible, it propels her on a mission to make him & all his people pay.

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A different perspective from the original story. Unable to deal with their son Victor‘s fits, the Frankenstein family takes Elizabeth in as a ward. From an early age, she knows that Victor‘s emotional stability and happiness is all that keeps her safe. They form a weird codependency. When Victor leaves for school and does not correspond for a long time, she sets out to find him. She discovers his madness and goes to great lengths to cover it up.

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The Impossible Girl | Lydia Kang
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This is the story of a “resurrectionist” (fancy name for grave robber) in the mid-1800‘s. She robs corpses from graves for medical school dissections and exhibitions in the spirit of “Barnum‘s American Museum” & “The Mütter Museum”. Meanwhile, she is the most sought after specimen around. What I liked about the book, besides being morbidly fascinating, is that there are so many twists and turns that you do not see coming.

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Temeraire | Naomi Novik
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As an adult, I enjoyed this book meant for kids. It‘s the Napoleonic Wars but with dragons. A navel Captain captures a ship with a dragon egg onboard. Dragons bond immediately to a person so they try to make it back to England before the egg hatches – that doesn‘t happen & before the Capt. knows it he is in the Aerial Corps. Temeraire is endearing as he learns about the world and the bond between he and the Capt. develops. Many teary moments.

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I'm reviewing out of reading order. Today's reviews are the one-offs (except in the case of the Ash Princess, I've just started the second book). Tomorrow I'll start on series. I have to go back and see where each book stopped/started in the story telling.

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I can't believe I'm this far behind in my reviews. I've been on a Brandon Sanderson run and it is too hard to tear myself away. I'm a third of the way through Oathbringer now. I went out of "order" on the Cosmere series although you can do one or all the series and it won't spoil anything. Just make sure you don't wreck anything for yourself by reading an Arcanum Unbounded novella out of order.

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http://recaptains.co.uk Recaptains was created in 2013 to spoil books on purpose. The founders realised that there are too many book series for people to keep up with, so they decided to create a website that would cater to readers everywhere. While the primary focus is Young Adult fiction, Recaptains is also working on a lot of recaps for adult fantasy and science fiction series.

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So I'm about 25 books behind in reviewing but I did find this handy website yesterday that gives recaps on books. I don't know how well it will work for all books but it did help me on a sequel I'm about to start. I read so much that I need a bit of a reminder when a book comes out a year or two after the first. https://www.bookseriesrecaps.com/

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Mistborn: The Final Empire | Brandon Sanderson

If you like "The Name of the Wind" and are willing to switch an epic story with alchemy to an epic story with allomancy, you will like "Mistborn". P.S. The trilogy is actually finished, so you won't be left hanging.

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My little book reading interrupter asleep in her "bread" bed.

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Discovery of Witches | Deborah Harkness

AMC premier will let you watch the first episode of Discovery of Witches for free but you have to subscribe to watch the remaining 7 episodes. I really want to watch the whole show because I loved the book. Is there any way to watch it through England's Sky TV where it played for free?

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The dying words of Lark‘s mother cursed her to live without a voice and bound her father‘s life to Lark‘s. For if she dies, he dies. She cursed the king and his son as well. Her father wants to be king more than anything. In a brilliant move, the prince (now king) takes Lark as a hostage thwarting her father from making a move on the throne. Lark soon learns that the king has a magical secret/curse too. They need each other to be free.

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This book made me think of the Amish in a weird way. This community lives apart from ordinary humans only doing business with them from time to time. Cali‘s aunt refuses to do magic and hires an outsider to fix up her home and that is where the story really begins. I thought it would be a love story and in some ways it is but it is a story of sadness, truths withheld and corrupt leaders as well. Heartbreaking in the end.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Novak blends real and fantasy so well. The main character is a Jew and descended from moneylenders. She becomes one herself and is skilled at it. She boasts that whatever she touches turns to gold. This catches the eye of a mythical creature called the Staryk King. He brings her increasing quantities of Staryk silver to turn to gold. The web of characters and predicaments that arise from spinning silver are priceless.

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Bright We Burn | Kiersten White
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Book 3 in the “And I Darken” Trilogy. Lada rules Wallachia and the people love her. She won‘t play by the rules, paying taxes and giving conscripted slaves to the Ottoman Empire. Instead, she does so many brutal things that war with the Ottomans led by Mehmed (who is in love with her) is inevitable. It‘s an epic conclusion to this story.

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Now I Rise | Kiersten White
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Book 2 in the “And I Darken” Trilogy. The Dracul siblings are on their own paths in this book. Lada is ruthlessly fighting with her handpicked Janissaries trying to restore herself to her rightful throne in Wallachia. Meanwhile Mehmed sent her brother Radu to Constantinople as a spy. His time there disillusions him somewhat to the cost of war in the name of faith.

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And I Darken | Kiersten White
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This story reimagines Vlad Dracula as a girl instead of a boy. The account follows some of the bones of Dracula‘s real life story but weaves an intricate tale around it. Much of the historical backdrop is correct though. I loved fierce Lada. The story begins with she and her brother‘s early years when they were held hostage in the Ottoman Empire. I highly recommend!

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This is why I have about 20 books to review. I won't put my book down to sleep or post a review. I am going to post a few tonight though.

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Wild and Free | Kristen Ashley
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Book 3 of the “Three Series”. Not my favorite and don‘t listen on audiobook or the new narrator will frustrate you. The third couple is raunchy, it‘s hard to get into their “romance”, and the confrontation/conclusion of the prophecy is confusing and anticlimactic. Boo to the ending.

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With Everything I Am | Kristen Ashley
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Book 2 of the “Three Series”. This book is even sexier than the first and I highly recommend listening to the audiobook because the Scottish brogue is seductive. I enjoyed the love story (as odd as it is). There was a heartbreaking scene in the book that almost made me cry. Which is something I didn‘t expect from a paranormal romance book.

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Sexy vampire story for adults. I like that the main female character is in her 40‘s. It‘s the 50 Shades of Grey of vampire stories minus the BDSM. If you‘re listening to the audiobook and are not alone, wear headphones. This is the beginning of a trilogy. The thing I didn‘t like is that they don‘t bring in the connection to the future books until the end and it‘s almost an afterthought in order to string this series together somehow.

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This series has 10 books; I listened to 3 & read 3. I don‘t know if I‘ll return to the series. After the first 2 books, it became the same story with different couples (wash, rinse, repeat). The first 2 books were interesting because of the hidden world, the characters and the love triangle. I read the next few because they are short and move quickly. It was X-mas & I didn‘t want to get into something I couldn‘t put down. 1st book free on kindle.

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Oh how happy I was to be back in the world of Lazlo and Sarai. This installment introduces new characters. Therefore, many twists and turns. There are so many reveals! You find out why the godspawn are blue and where they came from. There is a tie-in to Taylor‘s “Smoke & Bone Trilogy” as well. She could write a million stories about a million worlds that tie into one another if she wanted to. Two thumbs up!

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Wandfasted | Laurie Forest
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Again, Laurie Forest nails it with this prequel to “The Black Witch”. Written and best read after reading “The Black Witch”. It is the story of Elloren‘s grandmother and parents. It also includes Gareth‘s parents and a certain professor we know from the first book. This is the story of how the black witch conquered Kelt rule. When one countries despotism is quashed, another rises.

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The Iron Flower | Laurie Forest
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“The Black Witch” story picks up where it left off. The mage council delivers racist rules by the day. It‘s an action packed book. There are a lot of twists and turns. A reveal about the shadow wand. The ending is making it hard for me to wait until the next installment comes out.

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Light Mage | Laurie Forest
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This book is a lead up to the events that begin with the wand in book 1. It is the true story of what happened with Sage. It was nice to get another person‘s perspective on Gardneria. I liked it.

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Black Witch | Laurie Forest
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I like this series and have the next book on my calendar. Magic and dystopia! Not only is this a good story with interesting characters, it weaves in a message of tolerance. The main character learns that prejudices she learned growing up are not true once you meet people and get to know them.

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Sever | Lauren DeStefano
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If you make it through the second you will find that, the last book is pretty good. There are many plot twists you will not see coming. I do wish there was a more prolonged scientific explanation at the end and more detail. However, DeStefano wraps up the trilogy neatly.

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Fever | Lauren DeStefano
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The second book in “The Chemical Garden Trilogy” is kind-of a drag. There was one interesting part but more than anything, a good portion of the book could have been whittled down. I was irritated with the main character in this book.

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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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I cannot put into words how much I loved this book. As usual, Aelin has plans in the fire that are only revealed when they are executed so the reader is as surprised as the character. I wanted to read the book slowly but of course, I couldn‘t put it down. I felt it was a good end to the story (except the one thing she had to give up). I do wish there was a longer epilogue. Maybe a little follow-up novella will come sometime in the future?

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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas

A Better World. I finished "Kingdom of Ash" and loved it. I'll fully review it soon. I have a few others to review but I've been busy. ??

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I‘m so glad I revisited this series before reading the final book (I‘m 100 pages from finishing it). I read this story the 1st time and it was hard to adjust to the audiobook narrator but I was used to her by book 3. It was a good refresher – especially the last book, “Tower of Dawn”, it wasn‘t my favorite book and I forgot all the mythology that came out of it. I had it in my head that we had left off with the ending from “Empire of Storms”.

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Wither | Lauren DeStefano
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I loved “The Glass Spare” and when I saw this dystopian series of Lauren DeStefano‘s, how could I resist? The law of unintended consequences is at play in this book as past genetic breakthroughs caused the next generations to die young – males at 25 and females at 20. Reminded me a bit of the Netflix series “Between”. Except there are older people (those that benefited) and geneticists work for a cure while girls must keep the human race going.

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The Blade Itself | Joe Abercrombie
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I am afraid I left this one for now. I may come back to it in the future. I listened to five hours of it on audiobook and while I liked two of the characters, it didn‘t really seem to be going anywhere. Like each scene was a vignette rather than part of a novel. I was bored and kept zoning out. There are many great reviews for this book. However, someone wrote that it is more like a prequel to the next two books and maybe it is.

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The follow-up to The Archived was better than the first. More ass kicking, more risk of exposure and many reveals. Nothing is what it seems.

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The Archived | Victoria Schwab
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Because I loved the other V.E. or Victoria Schwab series I have read, I had to read this one. It is a completely new premise of what happens after death. Very imaginative. Mackenzie has a tough job for a teenager. This series is way more YA than the other three series of hers that I read but it's still a good read.

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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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I am glad I stuck with this book. It was slow moving at first and lacking action. When Altan Trengsin entered the story, everything changed and became much more interesting. Moreover, the action began. For those who do not like gore – beware of the war. In addition, this author is not averse to killing off characters. I was very surprised at parts.

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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LOVED, LOVED this magical tale! I couldn‘t put it down and found myself unwittingly reading late into the night. It is like reading an old dark tale from long days past. If the first paragraph doesn‘t hook you, I don‘t know what will.

mutlee One of my favorites, too! 9mo
Linsy Loved this one! 💚💚💚 9mo
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Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas
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I‘ve read this series and am refreshing my mind before the final book comes out by listening to the audiobook. The narrator is driving me a bit crazy. First, Caelena is 18 at the beginning of this story. The narrator makes her sound like a 14 year old. Her cadence and intonation make the characters sound like petulant children when we know there are deeper emotions at work (if you read the prequels, you'd know)… continued in comments…

hmgbrdhart Cont. from above… This narrator should only read characters no older than 15. She does horrible male voices. Lastly (and most annoying), she pronounces Chaol like "kay-all". You pronounce "ao" like "ow" as in ouch so his name should should more like "cowl" or "Cowl". https://youtu.be/ywL40XkgJpw I wish they had used the narrator from “Queen of Tearling” or “Eidolon” and “Radiance”. 9mo
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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang

I haven't been able to get into "The Poppy War" so I'm procrastinating by watching Wynonna Earp after binge watching Insatiable on Netflix over the weekend. I'm not a quitter but I sure am a procrastinator. Tell me the book is going to hook me soon. 61 pages in. I've seen such great reviews.

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Vengeful | V. E. Schwab
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It was so nice to be back in the EO world with my dark pal Victor Vale. This was a great sequel to Vicious. It introduced a new EO who is out of this world evil and driven. A dangerous combination. The book also wraps up a storyline from the first book. I kind of hope there is a third book but this is a good ending if it‘s to stay as a duo.

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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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I have been obsessed with this story and would love to start the end of the trilogy… you know, what it‘s all been building up to… BUT Book 2 was released in 2011 and Book 3, titled “Doors of Stone” has no release date. I think he GRRM-ed me. I don‘t regret investing the time but I imagine someone else will need to write the 3rd book. His schedule has so many events. WRITE ALREADY! Frustrated & mad!

Smrloomis I feel your pain! 😝 9mo
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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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I‘m going to have to agree with this person… “I started reading this series because I was looking for something to read while waiting for the Winds of Winter. I mean what's a better way to get over your obsession with an unfinished series than getting obsessed with yet another one right? So my new policy: NEVER start reading a fantasy series unless all the books are out.” Comment by Petra on goodreads.

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I liked this story a lot. It wasn‘t what I was expecting. I found the title on a Reddit thread listing books that one may like if they enjoyed “Red Rising”. It wasn‘t action packed but it is an engrossing story. I‘m into the second book now and being that it‘s called the “Kingkiller Chronicle”, it‘s the slowest build-up to king killing. I wouldn‘t dream of putting it down though.

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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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Since it's been over a year since I read the last book in this series, I'm going to prep myself for the 10/23 release of the seventh book by listening to the whole series on audiobook. I hope the audio is as good as my imagination. I've never read a book series and then listened to it on audio later. First time for everything.

Yeah_I_Read The audios are great! 9mo
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I adopted this cute little girl kitten but I'm having a hard time naming her. I picked a name as soon as I saw her and then my daughter told me my neighbor named her new dog the same thing. :-(. I need a name with an "e" sound. Cats respond to those (mouse sound)... like Zoe, Ruby, Maddie, Bee... suggestions my literary friends?

glitterkitty459 Adorable! 😻 Hermione? Sunny? idk why but I like the name Maisie for pets 😊 9mo
hmgbrdhart Forgot to add that we named her Willow. 5mo
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My books from September. I have reviewed them all. See my page.

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Our Dark Duet | V. E. Schwab
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Every review I try to write gives away something about how the series ends. So I'll just say I liked it. It continues the theme of what exactly makes someone a monster?

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