ARC Review: Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

ARC Review: Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
My Thoughts I don't know why I was surprised that this story was a slow build — that seems to be Chima's way — but I was. So I have to admit that it took me a while to get into this story. However, as with Flamecaster (and the Seven Realms series), that didn't stop me from reading. Before I knew it, I was completely entrenched in the world, the story, and the lives of every character on the page! I was a bit frustrated that it wasn't a continuation of the story/characters from the first book,...

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Announcement: Asti’s Back (Well… Sort of)

Announcement: Asti's Back (Well... Sort of)
Hi there. Anyone remember me? Maybe one or two of you? Well, for those of you who have forgotten, my name is Asti and I was a blogger here at Oh, the Books! from its launch until September 2015 (and prior to that I blogged at a little place called A Bookish Heart). If I had to say what I was known most for, it would be my addiction to creating various bookish features (it was a serious problem but resulted in awesomeness such as the Bookish Games), my dedication to highlighting discussion...

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ARC Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

ARC Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner
My Thoughts Hunted was a unique take on the "beauty and the beast" fairytale that felt familiar at the same time. It's clear that Meagan Spooner knows how to write a fantasy setting, and I really enjoyed the parts that felt wholly new to me. One of my favorite things about this book was the Beast. Spooner's interpretation of this character was dark and scary -- deliciously mysterious and compelling. I loved the sense of danger that hovered in his presence. Some of this book very much reminded...

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ARC Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
My Thoughts In some ways, The Bone Witch was Very Different — but in other ways, it felt somewhat typical... but with a twist. First sentence into this review, and I hope I'm making it clear that I have conflicted feelings about this book! So, let me state up front: I definitely liked this book, but I didn't love it. The world building here is undoubtedly one of its best features. The magic system had some familiar aspects, but it also felt altogether different from any other. Societal norms,...

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ARC Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
My Thoughts You'd think, after The Mime Order, I would have expected the intensity with which this book opens, but—hah. Twas a bit of a punch in the gut, and I say that as a good thing! There is no such thing as *anything* going smoothly or easily in Paige's world and this book has finally made that message sink in for me. D-A-M-N. There's a lot going on in The Song Rising, and much of it was painful for SOMEONE. While the urgency and danger didn't initially come from the sources I had expected,...

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