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    Smoke and Iron []  2020-1-14 19:29

    I feel like I need to problem this alert because I really thought this was the latest book and the end of the story, like up until the final ephemera at the end of the book. It would have been a sad point to end it, while we followed Khalia to the end, we didn't finish from either Jess or Morgan's perspectives and barely got a reunion. But I was so startled, there is one more book!!

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    Smoke and Iron []  2020-1-14 19:29

    Smoke and Iron by Rachel CaineBook #4: The Amazing Library SeriesSource: ARC from author and purchaseMy Rating: 6 HUGE stars**I ONLY USE A 5-STAR SYSTEM**It’s no secret, I found the third book in this series quite frustrating. It was a important book, it had to happen, but that doesn’t mean I loved it like I loved the first two. I finished book three desperately hoping book four would come back swinging for the fences . . . . HOLY WOW!! Book four doesn’t just swing for the fences, it knocked it right the hell out of the ballpark!!!!!Characters: If you have followed me for any length of time, you know I am a character-driven reader. Amazing characters can carry a book for me, and they certainly did in this read. EVERY hero in this book, whether major or minor showed growth, for better or worse. What I particularly loved about the characters in this read is the intricacy of the relationships. The core group, even when they were separated from one another, never wavered in their commitment to one another and/or their cause. Even when separated and confused by another’s actions, the core group understood one another, supported one another, and worked with the knowledge that everyone else was working toward the same goal. This type of faith doesn’t happen without true relationships, friendships, and I could feel those connections through every action, every line of dialogue, and every action!Outside of the core group are a host of minor characters who should not be easily ignored and/or dismissed. Though there are a ton of characters in this series, each one of them has a significant role to play. There is a complex web of connections and associations in this series that is absolutely fascinating and masterfully crafted. Some of the characters may create only a brief appearance, and their significance may not be immediately recognized, but there is a purpose in their appearance. I love this sort of weaving, this teasing, this wonderful cast of characters who have kept me constantly guessing over the entirety of the ot: WOW!!! I adore the arrangement of this book and how it perfectly served the plot in this installment of the series. For the first time, Caine has broken the chapters into episodes of each character’s life, their individual perspective in the moment. This type of storytelling gave each hero a voice in the moment, a perspective the others weren’t always privy to, but gave the reader an overview of everyone and everything. This worked so very well for this story because most of the core group were separated from one another and quite literally in various parts of the world. This type of storytelling allowed for a amazing amount of info to be disseminated, a ton of plot development to occur, and hero evolution to take place. With every twist and turn, and there are an enormous amount of twists and turns, the commitment of the group to one another is reinforced, their loyalty to one another and their cause is reinforced, and their cleverness, courage, and bravery shine through. I read this book in just two sittings because it was so hard to place this book down! This plot is as cleverly crafted as the characters and their relationships, and I was absolutely crazy to search out what happens next. For the record, what happened next, blew my mind . . . every time!!!The Bottom Line: Y’all, I can’t even obtain over myself and how much I LOVED this book!! This is what contemporary fiction should be: enlightening, engaging, interesting, riveting, dangerous, socially aware, well written, cleverly crafted, populated with fierce, true characters. Smoke and Iron is all that, and a whole host of other adjectives that elude me at the time of this writing. This is a series I sincerely feel should appeal to a wide dozens of readers at a dozens of age levels. This is a complicated, complex read that will hold you flipping pages at high speed. With magic, danger, action, intelligence, a dozens of characters and hero types, this series has a bit of everything for everyone. If you haven’t discovered The Amazing Library series, do it now! You will not be disappointed.

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    Smoke and Iron []  2020-1-14 19:29

    That was undeniably the best book in the series. So much happened, and the plot moved forward a lot. I almost can see the ending coming. The book was amazingly satisfying; majorly because of Cane’s decision to ad multiple POV to the story. I like Jess, but the story was becoming too one sided. Usually I am not a fan of multiple POVs, but in this case, it turned a amazing book into a amazing one. Khalila and Wolf were my favorite. Also I so much more prefer those two romances. Wolfe and Santi’s is full of gentility, tenderness and a bit of tragedy. They are my favorite queer couple and I love them as “parents” for all the main characters. Khalila and Dario exhibit how true romance between two powerful capable people supposed to be. I love how respectful, trustful and caring Dario acts through the story. I was getting really tired of Jess’s romantic cliché. His relationship with his twin is so much more interesting. And sad… Morgan, I became more sympathetic with her hero after seeing thongs through her eyes, but she is still the weakest. I can’t wait to read the latest book next year.

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    Smoke and Iron []  2020-1-14 19:29

    This is the 4th book in The Amazing Library Series, and I have been thoroughly enchanted with the entire series. I like its characters, its plot, the values it presents. The 5th and final volume is yet to come, and I am dismayed not to have immediate access to the conclusion of the story! This is appropriate reading for young readers - probably middle school age approximately.

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    Smoke and Iron []  2020-1-14 19:29

    The Housemate and I have been waiting for this one ever since we tore through the first three latest year, and when I texted her that it had dropped into our library, we both squealed with delight.  I love this series. I love the characters, and the ever-increasing sense that Jess and his mates will be irrevocably changed by this battle they're fighting, one they're not even sure they can Smoke and Iron, the private must give method to the greater good, and there are a amazing a lot of differences of opinion as to what that greater amazing is.  Should the library continue or be dismantled? Who should be able to decide what knowledge is freely available, and what technology is acceptable? Should the library be controlled by a single country, a consortium, should it be independent?  But there's still a amazing lot of the private going on as the young librarians navigate love, friendship, and family ties. It's a amazing mix, just enough action and just enough relationship. And for the central characters, just enough of a look into their minds and hearts to hook the reader. Who is a friend, and who is a foe, and what do their vows mean to them in the end? Are those vows worth more than their loved ones?If you're not familiar with the series, begin at the beginning with Ink and Bone. But do read them.  They're wonderful, tightly written, and engaging. This one kept me reading method past my bedtime, and I'm not one bit sorry.

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    Smoke and Iron []  2020-1-14 19:29

    Another magnificent volume in a truly unbelievable series! I love this series so much that I truly look forward to rereading each volume in anticipation for the fresh release. It never gets old and I never stop caring about these characters. It was amazing to be able to see things from more of their perspectives in this book than in previous volumes. I kinda sorta devoured Smoke and Iron.I'm so excited to see how this will all wrap up in the next book! If you're not already on board, obtain Ink and Bone and catch the frak up!

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    Smoke and Iron []  2020-1-14 19:29

    This series continues to improve and Smoke and Iron was for me a fast, action packed read.A large amount happened in the course of this story and relationships faltered and changed. At the begin of the series I did not feel invested in any of the characters but that has changed totally. You have to be careful who you become attached to though because the author is not scared of killing off quite prominent people!Smoke and Iron finishes in a very begin ended method with major happenings still hanging in the balance. I am ready for book 5!

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    Smoke and Iron []  2020-1-14 19:29

    Info is power, I’m a firm believe in that. The Amazing Library is a globe where knowledge is held by a system, in this case The Amazing Library in Alexandria, and they chose what info is acceptable for the globe at large. Printed books on paper are considered contraband and if you are caught with one it could mean your life.I’ve liked the premise of the series since Ink and Bone, however the series lost a small momentum for me with the next two books in the series. But, I think that we are back on track and I enjoyed Smoke and Iron possibly the most so is is told from multiple PoVs at the characters are all scattered in various places. All are in amazing danger, just some a small more than others. I sometimes struggle when this is the case, waiting for characters to search each other again. But each separate story was so engaging that I didn’t have any problems with it.I like that the women of this series are intelligent and powerful all in their own ways. Khalila is intelligent and brave willing to test just about anything to save the ver of the library she thinks it should be. I enjoyed how she found her method into being a leader of the team.“You have the gift, you know.”“What gift?”“Silence,” he said. “You allow people think. And yet, you also lead from silence. I’ve met a few like you.”Morgan can be a small grating to me at times but she is just as brave and determined at Khalilia to save the Obscurests like her who have been locked away all their lives. It took amazing courage to go back into the Black Turret to test and destroy the Library from the inside. Even Glain, who seems like she is just a brute on the outside is a woman who is powerful both in her convictions and fierce protection of her friends.Wolfe and Santi are a favorite couple of mine. I like how their relationship gives just enough romance to this for me. Santi is a unbelievable protector and I adore how fiercely he loves Wolfe. They are a couple for the always there were some unexpected deaths and one hit a small harder than the others. This is not a safe globe and I never expect everyone to create it out alive. At least not with power crazy tyrants running lose and automatons on the more book to go to wrap up the series and it is set up to be a doozy from the ending of this. So if you like libraries, automatons and a small bit of magic, this could be the series for you.

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    Smoke and Iron []  2020-1-14 19:29

    This series is a real tour de force. Honor. Duty. Family. Commitment. Rachel Caine explores the depth of these problems with amazing heart and unbelievable writing ability! I rarely give books five stars, but this, the penultimate novel in the Amazing Library Series, is deserving of all five! Perhaps there isn’t enough romance for some-even though there certainly is plenty of romance-just of the G rated variety! The author beautifully intertwines hero and plot lines to make a seamless whole.Well done and an enthusiastic recommendation to all readers!

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    Smoke and Iron []  2020-1-14 19:29

    I am a 7th grade English teacher, and this book is on our student summer reading list. It does a very amazing job weaving together the genres of history, adventure, science fiction, fantasy with a little dose of clean romance. The story keeps the reader engaged and hungering for what comes next. I enjoyed it so much, I read all the sequels!

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    Smoke and Iron (The Great Library Book 4) []  2020-1-11 19:20

    That was undeniably the best book in the series. So much happened, and the plot moved forward a lot. I almost can see the ending coming. The book was amazingly satisfying; majorly because of Cane’s decision to ad multiple POV to the story. I like Jess, but the story was becoming too one sided. Usually I am not a fan of multiple POVs, but in this case, it turned a amazing book into a amazing one. Khalila and Wolf were my favorite. Also I so much more prefer those two romances. Wolfe and Santi’s is full of gentility, tenderness and a bit of tragedy. They are my favorite queer couple and I love them as “parents” for all the main characters. Khalila and Dario exhibit how true romance between two powerful capable people supposed to be. I love how respectful, trustful and caring Dario acts through the story. I was getting really tired of Jess’s romantic cliché. His relationship with his twin is so much more interesting. And sad… Morgan, I became more sympathetic with her hero after seeing thongs through her eyes, but she is still the weakest. I can’t wait to read the latest book next year.

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    Smoke and Iron (The Great Library Book 4) []  2020-1-11 19:20

    This is the 4th book in The Amazing Library Series, and I have been thoroughly enchanted with the entire series. I like its characters, its plot, the values it presents. The 5th and final volume is yet to come, and I am dismayed not to have immediate access to the conclusion of the story! This is appropriate reading for young readers - probably middle school age approximately.

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    Smoke and Iron (The Great Library Book 4) []  2020-1-11 19:20

    Info is power, I’m a firm believe in that. The Amazing Library is a globe where knowledge is held by a system, in this case The Amazing Library in Alexandria, and they chose what info is acceptable for the globe at large. Printed books on paper are considered contraband and if you are caught with one it could mean your life.I’ve liked the premise of the series since Ink and Bone, however the series lost a small momentum for me with the next two books in the series. But, I think that we are back on track and I enjoyed Smoke and Iron possibly the most so is is told from multiple PoVs at the characters are all scattered in various places. All are in amazing danger, just some a small more than others. I sometimes struggle when this is the case, waiting for characters to search each other again. But each separate story was so engaging that I didn’t have any problems with it.I like that the women of this series are intelligent and powerful all in their own ways. Khalila is intelligent and brave willing to test just about anything to save the ver of the library she thinks it should be. I enjoyed how she found her method into being a leader of the team.“You have the gift, you know.”“What gift?”“Silence,” he said. “You allow people think. And yet, you also lead from silence. I’ve met a few like you.”Morgan can be a small grating to me at times but she is just as brave and determined at Khalilia to save the Obscurests like her who have been locked away all their lives. It took amazing courage to go back into the Black Turret to test and destroy the Library from the inside. Even Glain, who seems like she is just a brute on the outside is a woman who is powerful both in her convictions and fierce protection of her friends.Wolfe and Santi are a favorite couple of mine. I like how their relationship gives just enough romance to this for me. Santi is a unbelievable protector and I adore how fiercely he loves Wolfe. They are a couple for the always there were some unexpected deaths and one hit a small harder than the others. This is not a safe globe and I never expect everyone to create it out alive. At least not with power crazy tyrants running lose and automatons on the more book to go to wrap up the series and it is set up to be a doozy from the ending of this. So if you like libraries, automatons and a small bit of magic, this could be the series for you.

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    Smoke and Iron (The Great Library Book 4) []  2020-1-11 19:20

    This series is a real tour de force. Honor. Duty. Family. Commitment. Rachel Caine explores the depth of these problems with amazing heart and unbelievable writing ability! I rarely give books five stars, but this, the penultimate novel in the Amazing Library Series, is deserving of all five! Perhaps there isn’t enough romance for some-even though there certainly is plenty of romance-just of the G rated variety! The author beautifully intertwines hero and plot lines to make a seamless whole.Well done and an enthusiastic recommendation to all readers!

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    Smoke and Iron (The Great Library Book 4) []  2020-1-11 19:20

    I feel like I need to problem this alert because I really thought this was the latest book and the end of the story, like up until the final ephemera at the end of the book. It would have been a sad point to end it, while we followed Khalia to the end, we didn't finish from either Jess or Morgan's perspectives and barely got a reunion. But I was so startled, there is one more book!!

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    Smoke and Iron (The Great Library Book 4) []  2020-1-11 19:20

    I am a 7th grade English teacher, and this book is on our student summer reading list. It does a very amazing job weaving together the genres of history, adventure, science fiction, fantasy with a little dose of clean romance. The story keeps the reader engaged and hungering for what comes next. I enjoyed it so much, I read all the sequels!

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    Smoke and Iron (The Great Library Book 4) []  2020-1-11 19:20

    The Housemate and I have been waiting for this one ever since we tore through the first three latest year, and when I texted her that it had dropped into our library, we both squealed with delight.  I love this series. I love the characters, and the ever-increasing sense that Jess and his mates will be irrevocably changed by this battle they're fighting, one they're not even sure they can Smoke and Iron, the private must give method to the greater good, and there are a amazing a lot of differences of opinion as to what that greater amazing is.  Should the library continue or be dismantled? Who should be able to decide what knowledge is freely available, and what technology is acceptable? Should the library be controlled by a single country, a consortium, should it be independent?  But there's still a amazing lot of the private going on as the young librarians navigate love, friendship, and family ties. It's a amazing mix, just enough action and just enough relationship. And for the central characters, just enough of a look into their minds and hearts to hook the reader. Who is a friend, and who is a foe, and what do their vows mean to them in the end? Are those vows worth more than their loved ones?If you're not familiar with the series, begin at the beginning with Ink and Bone. But do read them.  They're wonderful, tightly written, and engaging. This one kept me reading method past my bedtime, and I'm not one bit sorry.

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    Smoke and Iron (The Great Library Book 4) []  2020-1-11 19:20

    Smoke and Iron by Rachel CaineBook #4: The Amazing Library SeriesSource: ARC from author and purchaseMy Rating: 6 HUGE stars**I ONLY USE A 5-STAR SYSTEM**It’s no secret, I found the third book in this series quite frustrating. It was a important book, it had to happen, but that doesn’t mean I loved it like I loved the first two. I finished book three desperately hoping book four would come back swinging for the fences . . . . HOLY WOW!! Book four doesn’t just swing for the fences, it knocked it right the hell out of the ballpark!!!!!Characters: If you have followed me for any length of time, you know I am a character-driven reader. Amazing characters can carry a book for me, and they certainly did in this read. EVERY hero in this book, whether major or minor showed growth, for better or worse. What I particularly loved about the characters in this read is the intricacy of the relationships. The core group, even when they were separated from one another, never wavered in their commitment to one another and/or their cause. Even when separated and confused by another’s actions, the core group understood one another, supported one another, and worked with the knowledge that everyone else was working toward the same goal. This type of faith doesn’t happen without true relationships, friendships, and I could feel those connections through every action, every line of dialogue, and every action!Outside of the core group are a host of minor characters who should not be easily ignored and/or dismissed. Though there are a ton of characters in this series, each one of them has a significant role to play. There is a complex web of connections and associations in this series that is absolutely fascinating and masterfully crafted. Some of the characters may create only a brief appearance, and their significance may not be immediately recognized, but there is a purpose in their appearance. I love this sort of weaving, this teasing, this wonderful cast of characters who have kept me constantly guessing over the entirety of the ot: WOW!!! I adore the arrangement of this book and how it perfectly served the plot in this installment of the series. For the first time, Caine has broken the chapters into episodes of each character’s life, their individual perspective in the moment. This type of storytelling gave each hero a voice in the moment, a perspective the others weren’t always privy to, but gave the reader an overview of everyone and everything. This worked so very well for this story because most of the core group were separated from one another and quite literally in various parts of the world. This type of storytelling allowed for a amazing amount of info to be disseminated, a ton of plot development to occur, and hero evolution to take place. With every twist and turn, and there are an enormous amount of twists and turns, the commitment of the group to one another is reinforced, their loyalty to one another and their cause is reinforced, and their cleverness, courage, and bravery shine through. I read this book in just two sittings because it was so hard to place this book down! This plot is as cleverly crafted as the characters and their relationships, and I was absolutely crazy to search out what happens next. For the record, what happened next, blew my mind . . . every time!!!The Bottom Line: Y’all, I can’t even obtain over myself and how much I LOVED this book!! This is what contemporary fiction should be: enlightening, engaging, interesting, riveting, dangerous, socially aware, well written, cleverly crafted, populated with fierce, true characters. Smoke and Iron is all that, and a whole host of other adjectives that elude me at the time of this writing. This is a series I sincerely feel should appeal to a wide dozens of readers at a dozens of age levels. This is a complicated, complex read that will hold you flipping pages at high speed. With magic, danger, action, intelligence, a dozens of characters and hero types, this series has a bit of everything for everyone. If you haven’t discovered The Amazing Library series, do it now! You will not be disappointed.

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    Smoke and Iron (The Great Library Book 4) []  2020-1-11 19:20

    Another magnificent volume in a truly unbelievable series! I love this series so much that I truly look forward to rereading each volume in anticipation for the fresh release. It never gets old and I never stop caring about these characters. It was amazing to be able to see things from more of their perspectives in this book than in previous volumes. I kinda sorta devoured Smoke and Iron.I'm so excited to see how this will all wrap up in the next book! If you're not already on board, obtain Ink and Bone and catch the frak up!

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    Smoke and Iron (The Great Library Book 4) []  2020-1-11 19:20

    This series continues to improve and Smoke and Iron was for me a fast, action packed read.A large amount happened in the course of this story and relationships faltered and changed. At the begin of the series I did not feel invested in any of the characters but that has changed totally. You have to be careful who you become attached to though because the author is not scared of killing off quite prominent people!Smoke and Iron finishes in a very begin ended method with major happenings still hanging in the balance. I am ready for book 5!

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    Smoke and Key []  2020-1-28 0:18

    Amazing mystery with magic. I wanted to know more about Under and it's in inhabitants and how the town was formed but there were not enough pages to really obtain into those details. That being said, the characters felt believable and true and the mystery of it all was well thought out.

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    Smoke and Key []  2020-1-28 0:18

    2 STARSTW: body horror, gore, suicide mentions, implied abuse, scene, deathIf I had to describe this book in one word, I think I'd choose "underwhelming" before I went for anything else. I went in hoping to scratch the mystery itch I've had, and this just didn't do it for me.I think the largest issue was that I wasn't engaged. Key, the main character, spends so much time in her memories, unable to control the situation, forced to watch it play out, and when she isn't steeped in memory, she's being herded around Under, where the unusual dead reawaken after tumbling down from their graves, not quite alive but not quite dead. She's the only one who can remember pieces of her life at first, and while the concept was interesting the first time it happened to her, by the end of the book, I was tired of the flashbacks and wanted her to take action and place the pieces together.Another issue for me was the romance. It was bland, and even though it tried to set itself up as a love triangle, it kind of failed in that, and the only thing worse than a love triangle for me is a love triangle that doesn't even really hold up a triangle shape. The romance was flimsy, and it also focused mostly on connections created in the flashbacks. I would have been a hundred times more interested if there had been more forging of fresh relationships in the Under, if the romantic partners had found themselves growing closer and closer without memory to stitch them back together, but like Key and most of her characterization, it all depended far too much on what happened before oubling too was the final confrontation, which was lacking in the tension I expected, as well as a sound explanation. The ending was almost flimsy in some ways, dull in a method that created me want I'd place the book down sooner and moved on to something else. I finished it disappointed, which is never at said, I will admit that the concept was excellent, and so was the fact that this was a standalone (at least, I think it is; what else is there to do?). The dead tumbling from their graves, renaming themselves after whatever came with them, minds empty of their lives? The dead, building a fresh society from nothing, living half lives in the dark and searching for ways to feel halfway whole again? It was a amazing concept, one I want had been explored more fully! But the execution fell far short in the end, too a lot of characters left flat, too a lot of potential threads left unexplored. It could have been great, but didn't live up to the expectation the summary set.

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    Smoke and Key []  2020-1-28 0:18

    Death, lost love, walking corpses, corsets, propriety, falling from graves, curious momentous and e spooky Historical Romance that your Gothic small heart was searching oke and Key was just as beautiful, dark, sorrowful and mysterious as I’d hoped it would lsey Sutton is Queen when it comes to ingenious and creatively mind-bending YA plots. She brings fantasy to life and completely astounds me with her imaginative ideas for books. Countdown clocks to death in Gardenia, a book of poetry about a girl living a life of imagination in The Lonely Ones, and a globe where emotions take human form in the Some Quiet Put series?!*Swoon*But my newest Kelsey Sutton obsession centers on Smoke and Key. It’s an eerie Gothic mystery dripping in fog and Tim Burton tendencies. The story takes put in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, and moves between Key’s memories of her life and her time in Under. It is a time when young ladies are thrust into corsets and skirts, where propriety is everything, and when being caught with a member of the opposite in public, without a chaperone, is downright scandalous! It is a YA Crimson Peak (without the weirdness) and Corpse Bride mashup, stuffed with romance, murder and magic.Under is neither heaven nor hell, it is a put in between, or so its inhabitants think. The put is downright creepy, and I was enamored with every moment of it. There is only dirt, cold and corpses in this depressing put and each person who walks its floor possesses the names of the objects they came with: Key, Smoke, Ribbon, Journal, Pocket Watch, Doll. The characters and the globe of Under is like a funhouse for the dead. It’s filled with charismatic characters whose flesh and organs are literally decomposing before the readers eyes, and they’re tipping over the Looney Tunes side of the sanity ough there is no clear indication of what age characters like Key, Smoke and Journal are, I would have to guess that they are in their late teens or very early twenties. I found Key to be an absolute dream and am so grateful the author didn’t turn her into an immature wailing female. Key is the picture of poise and manners, even in death, and she comes off as an incredibly strong-willed lady of the dead. Match her up with the brooding, curious and dashingly Gothic Smoke, and we’ve got ourselves the match-up for every bleak black heart out there!But obviously, the true addiction here is the thrilling ride the reader takes as they start to uncover what Under is, and how these people got there. As Key’s memories start to surface, she gets snippets and clues of her life when she was alive. A huge house with a girl who calls her sister, a boy in a library, and American with an infectious grin and a knack for fighting. Each memory brings Key closer to learning about herself and how she died, but it also brings her closer to the dark side of her is book brought out so a lot of emotions in me while I was reading. Sadness, longing, excitement, disgust, curiosity. I LOVE the globe this author made and the characters that fill its pages. It was so various from every YA Fantasy story currently out right now, and it is bound to be a favorite if you love a Gothic tale with magic. I devoured every page and am still hopelessly looking for more…*sigh*.I'm going to be looking at cemeteries with longing in my eyes now.

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    Smoke and Key []  2020-1-28 0:18

    Perfect story, characters, and writing. The author creates a globe that is dark and mysterious that the reader doesn’t wish to leave. Highly recommend!

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    Smoke and Key []  2020-1-28 0:18

    “You’re dead, darlin’. This isn’t hell, but it’s the next best thing.”She hears a voice imploring her to wake up. She falls and finds herself surrounded by dirt. In Under she meets a group of strangers whose bodies are in various stages of decomposition. While they can all remember general knowledge they do not remember anything private from their lives. Each awoke with an item that was buried with them, an item that helps their owner decide their Under e girl who wakes at the beginning of the book becomes Key. She meets Ribbon, Smoke, Journal, Handkerchief, Doll, and a lot of others. Shortly after Key arrives in Under the first murder occurs and there’s no waking up from this death.‘We are ghosts, but we are the ones being haunted.’Key’s flashbacks provide frequent snippets of info about her life before death, building towards revelations that may keep more danger than she could imagine. I found the flashbacks interesting but expect readers who aren’t a fan of multiple flashbacks could search their frequency and slow drip of info irritating. I liked getting to know the main characters but found a lot of of the minor characters ntent warnings are included in my Goodreads review (Schizanthus Nerd).Overall this was an enjoyable read (one I can see myself rereading) and I am interested in reading more of this author’s books. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, LLC, for the opportunity to read this book.

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    Smoke and Key []  2020-1-28 0:18

    So much to love about this book that I'm not sure where to start. Do I start with the curious and delightfully dark world-building? The cast of unbelievable and relatable characters? Or perhaps the mystery compounded by a slow-burn reveal of an intricate magical system? Altogether, this book works on a lot of levels (pun-intended, you'll obtain it once you read it). There is just something so lovely about a novel that wraps itself up so nicely.

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    Smoke and Key []  2020-1-28 0:18

    You guys. Smoke and Key is such an awesome read! It’s like this suspenseful historical YA paranormal with a magical morbid feel to it. A genre mouthful I realize. While reading I kept thinking if The Wizard of Oz & the film Clue had a love kid in the early 1900s and gave birth in a magical graveyard, then this book would be that baby. There’s a smidge of romance, but Smoke and Key is a highly plot driven story. We are focused on the why’s and the how’s of a put called ‘Under’ and it’s people. When a girl falls from the dirt sky and questions everything about the put and it’s people, things begin to happen. Poor things. Memories. Amazing things.Even though this book was mostly about the ride, that’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of awesome characters that you will meet and test to figure out while both loving and questioning them. The globe that Ms. Sutton builds is mysterious and somehow attractive although it is morbid. I enjoyed trying to figure out whodunit. There are moments that even felt a little bit scary, but there were also times that I felt sad and satisfied as well. I will say that pacing at times did feel slow, but it was mainly because I just wanted more answers. This story does jump back and forth between the show and the past, and I think that does create it a bit hard to follow at first. Once you obtain the hang of it and understand what exactly is going on it’s easier to l in all I enjoyed the characters and journey to the end very much! This is my first read from the author, and will not be the last.

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    Smoke and Key []  2020-1-28 0:18

    So, honestly even though it started with what was supposed to be a beautiful exciting or sudden frightening event, I felt as if it started a bit slow for me. It took a bit to obtain in. A third of the method through it did pick up, and I became invested in the characters and what was happening. As I continued to read I started thinking of what might be the twist. While I thought I knew what it might be, the author definitely kept me guessing till the end with the real motivations. There was at least one twist I did not see coming, even as who certain characters were fell into place, one or two still were surprises when I found out who they had been in the globe before. While I obtain who and why all of this happened, I feel like the twists and turns created it harder for me to believe exactly how it all went down. It was original in how it ended and its overall plot, but I wouldn't place it as a top read of mine for the year. However it did hold my attention for the most part, and had some amazing moments and interesting hero development, it maybe be more for you than it was for me.

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    Smoke and Key []  2020-1-28 0:18

    Smoke and Key is one of the most haunting murder mysteries I have read in a long time. For someone who loves to read, but frankly slower than some. I picked up this book and read the first 100 pages in one sitting! Allow me tell you, folks, that does. Not. Happen!Smoke and Key is a story about a girl who has no idea who she is, where she is, or why she is dead. The only tip to who she was when she was living is a key that is around her neck. I won't go into anything else as I do not wish to give it lsey Sutton does an awesome job of keeping the reader hooked throughout the whole book until the very end when you wish to cry because the book is over. Will she continue the story of Smoke and Key? The book wraps up beautiful well but I can feel a potential second book with the same characters yet various "world".Add this book to your MUST READ list right this second. You won't be disappointed.

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    Smoke and Key []  2020-1-28 0:18

    Kelsey is one of my favorite authors. Her concepts, her worlds speak to me so intensely. She speaks my language and reading her books, I obtain to fall right into it. This one really will create you fall…into the globe of Under, as in the globe underneath a local graveyard. There, we meet a girl who goes by Key and a boy who goes by Smoke among others (Splinter, Ribbon, Doll, Journal, etc… and when Freckles came along, I thought of Lost for a hot second.) Anyway…In this story, we follow Key as she discovers the globe of Under which is definitely not heaven or hell, discovers who she was before she died which is possibly not who she wants to be in the present, and what it means to have power, control, peace and rest no matter where her key takes her.Once the murders begin, it truly is a war to rest in peace in Under. Because once you’re gone from Under, that’s probably it for you. I loved the murder mystery elements of this story just as much as I enjoyed finding out who Key was, who Key is, and what Key is going to do about all of this.I feel like this was certainly more story focused than Kelsey’s other works in that the characters always drive the story but the story took a front seat here whereas in her past works, the characters and their arcs led to the story. It’s kind of like various ways of peeling an onion, I guess…usually, it’s a slow peel but here, we chop right to e story is told in Key’s show day (not our show day) as someone who has died but she’s also literally thrust into memories of her life from before which added even more intrigue as her memories from life start to come back to her more clearly over is reading experience began as a really exciting, dark and dirty and grimy paranormal and then we obtain a surprising dose of a magical element which I was indifferent about initially but the power of words and how we yield them is so necessary in the end. It’s life. It’s death. It’s the afterlife in this case. We also sort of obtain the surface of a love triangle, which is quite frankly all you need with all that is event in the book (dead people unable to rest in peace).Smoke and Key is a really thoughtful and engaging story about self discovery, community, trust, forgiveness, and love. It’s about what it means to be heard, to be seen, to have control, and to have peace of mind. I love the incredibly unusual globe that was made to discover those themes. I love the voice and tone of this book (of all of Kelsey’s books, it’s a given at this point). I loved seeing an author take a possibility diving into such an extraordinary story and setting and really playing in that sandbox. The minor characters really jumped off the page and brought this globe together and mystery to life. I’m glad to have sunk my teeth into this one. I wanted more and I would totally read this story again again from every other character’s POV if I oke and Key is a solid addition to the Kelsey Sutton catalogue. If you enjoyed Kelsey’s previous work, settle in and obtain comfy for this one. She’s #OnBrand with the creepy stories. Hold them coming! Also, this cover is beautiful! Possibly one of my favorites of 2019. Gorgeous. Favorite line? I sit on my headstone and wait.

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke []  2020-1-18 19:34

    No Problems with order

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke []  2020-1-18 19:34

    This book, and the first book in this series, are amazing. Unbelievable characters, an exciting plot, twists and turns. What's not to like? Anne Blankman is a amazing author with natural talent. I hope she writes more books

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke []  2020-1-18 19:34

    Anne Blankman is an awesome writer and this book was the first I read by her and makes it hard to place down. Definitely worth the read.

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone []  2020-1-14 19:24

    Of course, we would never…Because we’ve always been told not to.  Certainly I would never…Judge a book by its cover? But it’s not judging if it’s obvious.  Right?  Because just look at these covers. Obviously The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is for girls.  It’s nothing but a kissing rry, not ckily for me I have mates who have fun shaming me into submission, who swore it wasn’t a kissing book—that it was actually so much more.  My lack of interest evolved into curiosity, and my curiosity cannot be , I picked up The Daughter of Smoke and Bone and read it.  Then I read Days of Blood and Starlight.  Then I read Dreams of God and Monsters.  And guess what I found?I was right. It is totally a kissing book.But I was wrong too.  There’s a really cool story mixed in with all the brooding, drama, angst and kissing.  War.  Fighting.  Underdogs.  Oppression.  Heroes that rise up.   Poor guys to bring down.  Weak-but-strong amazing guys.  Strong-but-weak poor guys.  There are characters you wish to love and characters you love to hate. The writing is outstanding, very visual.  I could see everything.  The characters are tangible.  The plot pulls you along.  With out a doubt, there was method more killing than at’s how this guy became a fan of these girly kissing books.And…I suppose the kissing wasn’t so ntent advisory: No language at all, but there is some PG-13 content.  All implied.  Never physical, but lots and Lots and LOTS of gooey, mushy, girly LONGING and WANTING and BROODING and ACHING and PINING and LANGUISHING and… ...Barf.

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    Ship of Smoke and Steel []  2020-1-14 19:31

    Ship of Smoke and Steel is a phenomenal Fantasy/YA hybrid, and one of my favorite fresh series in a while.When Isoka, gang enforcer of the Sixteenth Ward, is caught by the Empire for being a mage adept, she is tasked with stealing a ghost named the Soliton in to save herself and her sister. On board the ship, which no one has ever returned from, nothing is as it seems and danger is r me, this mix of story, globe building, mystery and hero development was near perfect, always hooking me in to the story and giving me the ‘one more chapter’ impulse. On top of that, I really think the globe of Soliton could be easily created in to a amazing ARPG video android game ala Creature Hunter and it’s ilk. The detail and description is so vivid throughout the story that I can already picture exactly how something like that would play and it’d be a blast.I loved the globe of Soliton, it’s sheer size and the mystery of its inner workings was a constant drive to hold reading, and the resolution to a lot of the questions raised were mostly all enjoyable, but at the very least understandable. I also loved the crabs and creatures that swarmed the different levels of Soliton, each one being crazier and deadlier than the last. I especially loved the methods Isoka and her gang had to come up with to dispatch said monsters. The action in this book is well thought out and very entertaining to read. Basically, it’s beautiful much everything I’d want.Every hero is fantastic. From our protagonist, Isoka, to her mates and even her on-ship nemesis, The Butcher. They’re all so well written, different, diverse and plain fun. I was genuinely invested in every single hero the story presented. The fact that every hero had their own goals and agency really helped suck me in to the story and the l in all, an outstanding begin to a series I couldn’t be more excited about now. It has everything you could wish - amazing characters, deep globe building, amazing creature slaying and constant mystery. The ending wraps up most everything, but also very much sets up the next book(s) in this series. I already can’t wait for book 2. Five stars.

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    Ship of Smoke and Steel []  2020-1-14 19:31

    This book wasn't at all what I expected based on the description and the sample chapters. I thought I was getting a swashbuckling pirate story with magic. Instead, there was a humongous ship filled with teenage mages and monsters, with no idea where the ship is going and why, and who's steering e story happens inside the ship. Isoka, the main character, has to search her put in the strange society on the ship she's been brought to versus her will, and figure out how to gain control of the ship so that she can save her sister. But nothing is how she hopes it would be, not even is is supposed to be a YA book, but despite the age of the characters, their life experience and the issues they face are not those of teenagers. They are definitely adults. It's all about survival. It makes for a fairly unlikeable main hero -- and she doesn't really improve with softer characteristics she gains, as she lacks the insight to go with them. I actually preferred her as a cold-blooded killer. There was a bit too a lot of war scenes -- the story goes from war to war -- and the ending seemed slightly rushed. The epilogue didn't really create it stronger, but since the original issue of saving Isoka's sister is yet to happen, I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

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    Ship of Smoke and Steel []  2020-1-14 19:31

    This was really a fun book, filled with so a lot of interesting characters, cool monsters, an interesting magic system, and a mysterious ship to explore. I enjoyed every chapter, and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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    Halo: Smoke and Shadow (19) []  2020-7-26 21:24

    I’ve noticed that with the majority of these “Halo” novels and novellas, I typically search myself coming out of them asking the same two questions: 1.) was it interesting? and 2.) how familiar did it feel?Some – like Halo: First Strike” and “Halo: Ghosts of Onyx” – are undeniably familiar, story-wise, but thanks to decent pacing and engaging characters, manage to still be compelling. Others – like “Halo: Latest Light” and “Halo: The Cole Protocol” – feel distinct and special in their narrative focus, but despite their new perspectives, never quite manage to fully engage the method that they should. “Halo: Smoke and Shadow,” unfortunately, falls more into the latter category.I think most of the blame for “Smoke and Shadow”s overall shrug-worthiness is a effect of what feels like a blasé approach to a amazing premise – for all the cool fresh things that writer Kelly Gay tries to do, there just isn’t enough meat on this bone, even for a story that clocks in at just under 200 pages. Sure, in theory, a “Heart of Darkness”-esque jaunt into the far-off reaches of the “Halo” galaxy to search the protagonist’s long-lost father sounds AWESOME…but without interesting plot developments or story wrinkles that we actually care to dig deeper into, it’s just that – an awesome-sounding idea that never manifests itself into anything exciting or particularly ill – even though “Smoke and Shadow” didn’t work for me as well as I would have hoped, I am eager to see what else Gay can come up with in the “Halo” universe. She’s clearly someone who’s capable of coming up with cool fresh ideas, something that I feel like the franchise could REALLY use more of. Now all she has to do is conjure those amazing ideas into equally amazing stories.

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    Sand and Smoke: Dragon Destiny []  2020-7-29 19:12

    Spoilers: If you wish to write an Epic Fantasy series and are bored with putting it in a Medieval-esque setting with kings, feudal lords, elves, and sorcerers, you may want to combine it with other genres. Science Fiction works, giving a scientific explanation to all of the magical goings-on. An Urban Setting could be interesting turning your Fantasy, into a Magical Realism story. Or you could do what Carl Cota-Robles did.He place in a dash of magical Fantasy with dragons, a cup of Steampunk Science Fiction, and mixed it well with Westerns to give a book that is a very strange mixture of ingredients but is certainly a very creative attempt at building a fresh hybrid Fantasy e Western/Science Fiction Steampunk portion of the story is provided by Al Hardin AKA The Silver Bandanna. Al is a young cowpoke living in a desert-like zone on a planet in the year 4717. He disguises himself as The Silver Bandanna- a Lone Ranger type who protects the not good downtrodden people from the “Punchers”- corrupt thieves who steal and land from honest folk. Sometimes he is hired for huge projects to take down the corrupt governments that control the , however, has one ability that a lot of other western heroes lack: he can control the winds with his hands. He doesn't know where he gets the power from, only that it is useful. In fact, it is so useful that a lot of recognize the Silver Bandanna by that ability as much as they recognize the eponymous bandanna that he uses to cover the lower half of his is going to need all of his abilities for his recent assignment. Joel Forquid, a rich idealist, recruits the Silver Bandanna to destroy a weapon that his father financed and will destroy many. Along the way, Al and Joel encounter other people to aid them on their journey as well as face gun wars and double crossing. Oh did I mention that there are dragons flying overhead and some are protecting the weapon?While the dragons veer Al's story firmly towards Fantasy, they are upfront in the other story, that of Maya Samoralt. Maya's half centralizes the more unbelievable and magical elements. Maya is a brilliant, and at times arrogant swordswoman, who is selected to be a student at a Hogwarts-esque school that teaches young people to become dragon riders.While waiting for her huge chance, Maya and the other students go through different trials to demonstrate their skills such as sword fighting and locating stuff as well as learning about meditation, reading ancient texts, and working with a partner. Maya also has to with a bullying snobbish classmate who also happens to be her partner. However, Maya makes a fresh mate in Cuicao, a young Shapeshiftter dragon with a reputation for rule breaking within her draconian anwhile we obtain a look into the globe of dragons as two races of dragons war preparing to erupt into a Civil War.Until late in the book, these stories almost never converge. The only link that they share is the existence of dragons and a few derogatory comments about people from their sides of their world. I wonder if Cotas-Robles had three ideas in mind in writing his book and he couldn't decide which one to write, so he combined all of ey could have gone just as well as three separate books in the same series, however the function of separating gives us a wide scope of what this globe is like. So often, with books that take put on a various world, it is assumed that all of the residents live in the same environment, are under the same government, and have the same sociopolitical structure and issues. When you think about it, it is kind of ludicrous. As if the people of Earth were expected to look alike, worship the same deity, have the same sociopolitical structure, and live in the same little zone of the separating the stories, the Reader gets an idea over how vast their globe is. They live various existences and it shows in the competing lives in an arid mostly agrarian community where corruption takes the form of avaricious officials, robber barons, thieves, and land developers. Maya lives within a structured classicist society in which people are identified by the gemstones on the foreheads such as gold for wealthy merchants, silver (like Maya and her family) for artists and educators, copper for laborers, and obsidian for dragon riders. The dragons are arranged in a clan-like structure with plenty of infighting. The fact that these three stories don't converge until later into the narrative shows Cota-Robles’ bonus of not only building a globe but the a lot of various facets of tas-Robles is also effective in filling his globe with memorable characters. While Al is certainly patterned after the heroic characters found in Westerns, he is well-defined in his motivations and goals. His dislike for Punchers comes from a clear put and his private code on what he does and doesn't do as the Silver Bandana are created ya is also well-written and established. She is both bookish by revealing her interest in the school's library and active in her interest in sword fighting. She shows a duplicitous at times argumentative nature such as her confrontations with her partner, Nikita and her admission over how she got accepted at the school. She also shows a amazing of kindness in her conversations with Cuicao treating her like a mate rather than a dragon.Even supporting characters present a lot of depth. Joel is driven by the huge picture of stopping the weapon. Jin Bell, a Puncher hired by Joel to support out with the mission is ruthless and could back stab the squad at a moment's message but shows compassion and protectiveness towards Fin, his partner and unofficial adopted e dragons are also given plenty of hero as well. Cuicao is an impetuous small spitfire but is very devoted to Maya once they bond becoming the best mate that both need. A dragon, Hans is devastated when his son, Johan turns versus his family further illustrating the divisive precarious nature among the dragons.With Sand and Smoke, Carl Cotas-Robles gave us a wonderfully detailed globe of memorable characters. It would be a amazing globe to return to for the next adventure.

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    Sand and Smoke: Dragon Destiny []  2020-7-29 19:12

    The story is amazing with lots of action and plot. In prose-style I thought it read more like a midgrade novel instead of a teen/YA based on sentence structure and word choice. Overall a unbelievable book and I look forward to more.

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke []  2020-1-18 19:34

    Unbelievable sequel! I love this story and the characters are all well developed! I never lost interest!

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke []  2020-1-18 19:34

    Perfect book!!! This series was so amazing I'm having a hard time finding something to read next!

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone []  2020-1-14 19:24

    Review based on category of YA Paranormal Romance: 5 starsIf you're looking for a YA-but-appeals-to-wide-audience series like Hunger Android games or Divergent, this is not that. The "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" series is firmly in the Young Adult paranormal ROMANCE category. In other words, if you're a guy of any age just stay away.Karou's life has always been a deliciously mystical swirl flowing between the human globe and her hidden family of human/beast chimaera who live in an extra-dimensional accessible only through a world-wide series of portals. As Karou reaches late teens, her chimaera family allows her to move from the to the town of her choice. She chooses Prague - a lush town of beauty and experience - to live and attend school. She periodically portal-hops back to her chimaera shop/home, then to anywhere in the globe running errands for her chimaera "father" Brimstone, being trained by the best martial art instructors, or soaking up life in exotic locations. And any of her life's smaller frustrations can be wished away... with *real* wishes given to her by Brimstone. When she isn't portal-hopping, she goes to school with Zuzana, the coolest side-kick ever. Life is amazing and the worst she has to worry about is a cheating, manipulative boyfriend. Then, on one of her errands she sees an angel and her life goes to ini Taylor's world-building is creative and fairly unique, although the romantic plot-line around the character and heroine is a small tired at times. Taylor reworks the Romeo/Juliet theme to a fairly amazing advantage, but some scenes tend to be predictable. Other scenes not so much! Two elements create this series stand out in the flooded YA market: 1) the hero of Zuzana; 2) the interactions between Zuzana, Mik and the whole rest of the cast of characters. Taylor animates Zuzana and Mik with a joy that propels the whole series to a various level.I strongly recommend you listen to full Audible ver as well as reading the paper or Kindle version. Kristine Hvam captures Zuzana and the other characters with mastery. I've both read and listened to the whole series and the "Cake and Puppets" novella (which was completely charming) and laughed out loud almost every time Zuzana had any dialog. DON'T use Whispersync to listen/read --- that's where you audio directly into the Kindle application and listen from there. That way leaves out a amazing chunk of dialog. Instead, audio into the Audible application or some other media app.I recommend this for any female about 14 or 15 who enjoys paranormal and romance. There is some violence and the second and third books obtain much darker as violence is described. I really enjoyed this book, although I want she had focused less on the romance and more on the delicious story. I very cautiously recommended it to my husband, ONLY because I knew he'd love the Zuzana character. He's struggling to obtain through the romantic high-schooly bits, but he's thoroughly enjoying Zuzana and Mik -- enough to obtain through this first book, at least!

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    Ship of Smoke and Steel []  2020-1-14 19:31

    For me, this book hit all the notes. I love seeing fresh magic systems in action, especially if they're fully realized and integrated into the workings of the globe and the plot. That aspect is covered in spades here. We obtain to see a dozens of magic abilities and our understanding of them evolves through the book in an organic method that never feels like sitting through a lesson while someone screeches out the names of the wells on a chalkboard.I also love the characters, even though the main character, Isoka, starts off more as an antiheroine, we see why she is forced to think only of herself and her sister. As she learns more about her powers and her fresh situation, those ingrained reactions server her well, even as she realizes she needs to push them away in to search the best method forward. I definitely look forward to book two and hope, as the title implies, that we'll obtain to see the put where the Soliton was made, and learn more of its history.

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    Halo: Smoke and Shadow (19) []  2020-7-26 21:24

    Smoke and Shadow kept me invested in the characters and plot well enough to hold me reading, but it is also so sorry that I was able to [email protected]#$%! in about three days. Its non unlimited status meant I had to three dollars for a read that was shorter than other three dollar titles. Still, the book felt like it was built to be short out the gate so it earns a degree of respect for knowing what it isand being shameless that. I would call it a successful bit of writing if my largest complaint is that the story doesn't continuebeyond where the writer chose to end it. However, if it were any shorter I might think that I were being strung along unnecessarily. It's a amazing read if you are a fan of the halo franchise, ever major hero an original creation with a few minor hero references to Halo Battles and Kilo 5.

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone []  2020-1-14 19:24

    This book is AWESOME. It has fantasy. It has a complicated and intriguing mystery. It has LOVE. AND Laini Taylor writes in a method that makes me imagine old time Europe mixed with a Miyazaki movie (which are obviously the best films ever).The book is a unbelievable fantasy that is both complicated, but simple to read. It has a lot of twists and turns, but they are worth waiting for and often very unexpected. The book does a amazing job of making you believe the fantastical.Karou is a amazing heroine. She’s strong, but not @#$%!y. She does kind of do some bratty things (a la Bella or Clary) but I didn’t search myself getting too angry at her for it because she was kept in the dark the her whole life and required to search out what was event on her own. She also beautiful much takes control once the @#$%!&[email protected] the fan and doesn’t just mope around like a damsel in distress.Akiva is the ideal love interest. He’s very stoic and mysterious, but as you learn more of his back story, he becomes such a sweet, romantic character. He’s the type of hero girls swoon about even while they know that he’s a fictional character.

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone []  2020-1-14 19:24

    I've been wanting to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone for ages and after making my book jar I was happily surprised when this was the first title I pulled out to read! Even though I've heard amazing reviews about this book and wanted to read it forever, I didn't know a whole lot about the plot or anything about the characters. I was going into this story rather blind and I think it created me love this book even more. I don't wish to give too much away in this because the mystery is an amazing part of this e first thing I noticed about this book was the awesome word choices and writing style by Lani Taylor. I was instantly drawn in by the style of her writing. By the end of the first chapter I knew I could sit down and tear through this book in an evening. However, I purposefully slowed myself down so I didn't. There is a lot of description in this book, and Lani Taylor's writing created me wish to savor every line of it. Too often I obtain impatient with authors who describe everything in their globe and leave nothing for the reader to imagine. To me that amount of description disrupts my reading and bores me because I have nothing left to be surprised by or really imagine myself. This book never felt like that too me. There are a lot of various settings in this story and the descriptions are unbelievable and well written which created me sit up and really read them rather than skimming them. The writing is just unbelievable and I was drawn and I believed this of the cities that I am in love with for no particular reason is Prague. It is on a short list of locations I have never visited but am already in love with (Dublin, Prague, Istanbul...there are a few more). So I loved the original setting for this book. Each setting is interesting and vividly described. While Karou's life in Prague has enough secrets for a lifetime, she travels the globe and other worlds in this book. I loved the mythology that she used and it worked perfectly seamlessly throughout the book in my opinion.Karou is an awesome character. She is strong, witty and brave with the right amount of caution and fear mixed in to be able to relate to her and understand her. She has amazing mystery surrounding her. I love her approach to her secrets and her artisitc talent was so well described and meshed into her character! Even she doesn't know all of her own secrets so the story is very engaging. While Karou works to test and save her mates and family, others are trying to explore her secrets. The writing brings her alive and makes her an amazingly complex and engaging character.I already know this is going to be one of my favorite books of this year! I loved this and I cannot wait to obtain my hands on the next book. It is a unbelievable story and completely captured me. After I read the next book I wish to obtain my hands on more of Lani Taylor's writing as well because her writing style is simply fantastic.

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone []  2020-1-14 19:24

    What I loved: the Chimaera, which are unbelievable and inspired creatures. LOVED them!What I didn't love: beautiful much everything else about the book. It was an awesome globe with a thin and shopworn plot, and not much in the method of hero development. There were eye-roll moments like when what the main hero was wearing at the time she was kicking butt was of no importance other than how cool she looked at the ere was one quote I liked: "You were real to her, even if she was not to you. Never repent of your own goodness, child. To stay real in the face of evil is a feat of strength." This gives me hope for the author. If she would leave the poses out of it, and stop using the word "frisson", I think Taylor will bring amazing stories in the future.

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    Ship of Smoke and Steel []  2020-1-14 19:31

    I picked this book up because I absolutely love Django Wexler's The Thousand Names series. Like The Thousand Names, we've got a tough female protagonist and approx. 70% of the cast is LGBT (I've got no beef with this, it's just kind of funny that it's harder to search a straight person in Django's worlds), but that's mostly where the comparison ends. This book is a lot heavier on the magical elements, with most of the cast having some or other form of magical ability. The protagonist has Wolverine claws and magical armor. Anyways, for reasons, she lands up on this magical ghost ship, which has its own society of outcasts. The bulk of the book is about her working her method up through the ranks of this society with her ultimate goal being to escape it.Honestly, it was a bit of a slow begin but once the book hit its stride, I really enjoyed it. If I had to complain about one thing, it's how the protagonists personality does a bit of a 180 after the first few chapters. She starts off as all dark brooding anti-hero, but by mid-book, she's a huge fat softie pinning over her love like an ordinary so,Rot rot rot!

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    Ship of Smoke and Steel []  2020-1-14 19:31

    First book by Django Wexler I have read. Really enjoyed it. Well written, amazing charcter development, interesting plot. Only bummer is waiting for the next books to come out.

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke []  2020-1-18 19:34

    Amazing read and flows seamlessly from the first book!

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    Halo: Smoke and Shadow (19) []  2020-7-26 21:24

    Rion Forge chose not to follow in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. They were fighters in the UNSC forces that fought versus the Covenant. Her grandfather has died but her father is missing. His UNSC ship, the Spirit of Fire, has been declared missing in action over 26 years n has spent her life as a zone scavenger looking for scrap, weapons, technology, treasures and Forerunner technology. She has a amazing ship, the Ace of Spades, with the best technology she could afford and she created a reasonable life and fortune with it. She has a little but loyal squad that was skilled and followed her orders to the letter. She is a amazing leader and they like n wants to search worthwhile booty to support create her and her squad wealthy and happy, but most of all she wants to search her father. She wants to know what happened to her private character that she adored as a child. After all of the years of wandering and looking she finally begins to search some leads of information. Her squad is behind her to support search her father. The journey that they embark on is risky and and challenging. They need all of their skills and luck to succeed. Treasures and surprises awaited them, as long as they had the courage to pursue their dreams…..This is a very amazing book. I have read all of the Halo books that have been written and a lot of are perfect and some are bad. This author can write a amazing story and most importantly she has followed the Halo storyline and concepts that Halo fans have come to know and love. A lot of of the other newer authors have tried to write their own stories and place their own political spin into the Halo concept. In my opinion they failed miserably and wrote books that were not interesting and were so dogmatic in trying to place their own spin on the Halo saga. The original Halo books were some of the best science fiction I have ever read and I have read thousands of books in my life. The saga did not need to be rewritten but just continued in the same storyline style and intensity in which it lly Gay has written a short story that I liked a lot. The book is only 150 pages long but it created me hope that she continues to write a second, a third and a fourth book in the Halo saga. Her heroine has a challenge ahead of her that can lead to a series of interesting books that Halo fans would love to read. Kelly only has to remember to embrace the Halo saga and not test to change history or to destroy the unbelievable stories and characters already written in the first Halo books.I look forward to Kelly’s future Halo books. I rated this one at 5 stars. It is a very amazing start!I am still looking for another Halo book from this author as I liked this one and I found it entertaining.

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    Halo: Smoke and Shadow (19) []  2020-7-26 21:24

    After reading the first part in Fractures, I knew I required to obtain the rest of the story. This book does a phenomenal job following a salvager, Rion, and her squad on maybe her most necessary mission yet. Plus the connections it created back to the rest of the universe were a very cool. Don’t skip this one, but it only gets 4 stars since it’s only 174 pages. I can’t wait to read what happens next to the Ace of Spades and her crew.

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    Halo: Smoke and Shadow (19) []  2020-7-26 21:24

    I enjoyed the section that was in Fractures enough to wish to read more. I believe any fan of the extended Halo universe or Firefly will really have fun this enovel. I mention Firefly out of my adoration for adventuring zone salvager science fiction and how this book scratched that old itch. I can't wait to read the next installment and see where the Ace's squad ends up next!

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    Sand and Smoke: Dragon Destiny []  2020-7-29 19:12

    This was an unusual twist of a fantasy and I wasn't sure where it was headed but once the dragons entered the scene, I was there. Anything with dragons has to be good, right? Right! I liked the method he did his own take on the Lone Ranger as the Silver Bandanna, although something more original would have been amazing to work along with the fantasy created. I thought his use of 'Punchers' - a form of bandits, was interesting. All in all, in was a amazing read, swarming with dragons and those who try to become initiates of the Serpetines, elves and sorcerers wrapped up with a dash of steampunk. If this excites you, this is the excellent book for you!

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    Sand and Smoke: Dragon Destiny []  2020-7-29 19:12

    The book is very well written and formatted.While I was reading it, it was like if I was watching a film, very amazing dialogues, and the characters are very is a page-turner book for me. My favorite chapter is 27, I love the method the author describes anything in this chapter, it makes you feel like you are there.

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke []  2020-1-18 19:34

    I absolutely loved the series. It was so hard to place the book down and I honestly loved the method the author exposes the reader to emotions throughout the book.

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke []  2020-1-18 19:34

    Amazing follow-up to her first book. Couldn't place the book down. Amazing development of the historical situation along with romance and mystery.

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone []  2020-1-14 19:24

    This is really more along the lines of four and a half stars, but five works just as well.Ahh. 2011. What a crappy time to be an adult reading young adult many, I suspect, I had been burned by the young adult genre, and burned badly. I bought books in series where the plot was stretched thin to accommodate the obligatory three other books in the quartet (all hoping for a movie franchise because, come on). I read books where the unbelievably plain girl (who everyone else thinks is amazingly gorgeous) ends up with the male co-lead who treated her like dirt for a quarter of the book. I read books that found ridiculous, convoluted reasons for the couple to not obtain together, so that I had to hold reading in “hopes” that they did. I rolled my eyes at the number of Duckie, best-friend-who-passive-aggresively-wants-to-be-more-and-glowers-about-it-while-insisting-he’s-a-nice-guy’s. Books with love triangles for no reason other than to give readers something to argue over.A lot of these books, I was sort of asking for it from. Some of them, I really wasn’t. Most of them went back and I continued my search. I wanted to search ones I honestly liked, but I was losing faith and getting burnt out. It was dark, dark times, friends.I knew about Daughter of Smoke and Bone when it first was published. I avoided it like the plague. Nay. I avoided it like the young adult supernatural romance genre because that was more terrifying than bubonic. At least, it had spread like bubonic and created me feel dirty to come into contact with it. I didn’t read the series until 2013 when I borrowed it from the public library. Ha! Disappoint me if you will, at least I would be disappointed for free.I was not disappointed.I want I had read Daughter of Smoke and Bone earlier. It’s beautiful much exactly what I was combing through endless clones for. It had plot and character, length without filler, a prose I could actually love, and something I’d found oddly missing from the fantasy genre: worldbuilding.Daughter of Smoke and Bone is equal parts teen romance and Jim Henson. And I mean dark Jim Henson, circa Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. The fantasy elements of the book are so dark but so grounded and simple to except. There was no suspension of disbelief because Laini Taylor makes the globe live and breathe and bleed. You know that wide-eyed look most of us had with Diagon Alley in the first Harry Potter book? That’s the of all, it’s one of those young adult entries that earns the title young adult. Karou’s quest for identity, love, and family and truth feels personal, and I can care about it because it’s so humanized. Karous herself is likeable because she stands out as a heroine. Her insecurities feel true without the need to create her sound self-loathing, which is a true plus in a genre with female leads who must search themselves ugly and stupid and boring so as to appear humble. Because you can only earn your unbelievably, enviously hot boyfriend if you don’t like yourself too much. I mean, how else can you devout all your time to him? How else can he rebuild your self-esteem?I’m getting off ere is a romance in the book, but it’s more on the back burner because Karou first and foremost is concerned for her family of monsters, most concerned with finding out who she is, and most concerned with staying alive. Akiva’s arrival is at best a catalyst at this point, not the sum total of Karou’s concerns. There isn’t much to him yet, and that might be a issue for some readers. For me, I was braced to wait until the next book to pass judgment. Series, I usually rationalize, are one huge story. If the payoff is there, I can wait. As long as my goodwill is not squandered. Besides, Karou is who I cared about here.If I had to point to any detractors, I think others have pointed out the latter half of the book includes a reveal that is less of a twist and more an ‘of course’. I won’t outright call it a cliché, but I spent a amazing chunk of the book hoping that wasn’t the twist, just so that it would be something else. It isn’t disappointing, per se, I had just wanted the book to aspire to be a small different. It’s a little nit to pick, but there it could also search fault with the fact that Akiva almost falls in line with the other hostile male leads that inexplicably fall in love with the heroine after attempting to hurt them in some way. For me, context mattered, and context was there later in the series. I can see it being an problem for others, it just wasn’t for me (it also mattered that he outright showed remorse. He didn’t shrug his shoulders and expect Karou to obtain over it. So point to him). She also doesn’t handwave his attack. There is introspection and not just, I’m not fussed about it, let’s just move stly, I can see putting an age on the book of fifteen or sixteen and up because of references to that aren’t exactly oblique. For some that could be a breaker. Others will search it refreshing: teenage girls do talk about sex. They have their hearts broken. They obtain suckered in by emotional conartists. In my eyes, the more unbelievable the story, the more grounded the human experience needs to be. Karou has a hell of a story in front of her, but she also has very human, believable experiences that have formed her. it’s what makes reading about a schoolgirl having adventures work: she’s recognizable.And for what it’s worth, the next book in the series might be even better. This is my favorite for reasons I can’t obtain into, but I can say that the next book does not fall into that trap of filler middle book syndrome so a lot of series suffer from.

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone []  2020-1-14 19:24

    Boring. Odd names and hero descriptions. Strange story. Could not obtain into this book. Found myself skipping pages as it dragged on and on. It's classified young adult fiction but content, IMO, is too mature for younger readers.... loss of virginity (multiple characters), obsession, hot nude male models in high school art class, discussions about penises, characters getting & removing tattoos from personal areas, and more... plus the writing is just bleh. Don't waste your time or on this one.

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    Ship of Smoke and Steel []  2020-1-14 19:31

    (This review is cross-posted on my Goodreads account.)Lordy, what a ride. This book is outside of my usual genre, but I have been discussing magic systems with my son and liked the cover and premise of this story, so I tried it.I liked it quite a lot. The MC is terrificly done. Sidebar: I don’t understand when reviewers say they didn’t like a book because the MC was not a nice person. Why should all MCs be nice people? The point is that she develops in the course of the story and this is nicely done. Yeah she’s unfeeling and brutal - so? That is the point of her character. She has had an extremely horrific upbringing and protecting her sister was the only goal for this first part of her e characters were all well-drawn. Jack was an especially compelling hero to me. Meroe was very amazing and I loved her determination to reach “The Moron.”The magic system was logical and I liked the method the system was explained subtly. It’s a suitably “hard” system and there were no instances (that I caught) in which someone suddenly has inexplicable abilities. The concept of “Wells” and the variations on how powerfully someone can access a well held the story together with amazing logic. I liked that the Wells did not follow some ho-hum heard-it-all-before pattern; i.e. Well of Air! Well of Earth! Well of Fire... My only qualm, if I have one, about the use of magic might be that, in the climax of the story, so few people on a ship full of mage-born, seem to have adept command of one or multiple Wells. Sometimes this takes on a Hero-shines-too-brightly feel. Oh! It also seemed strange to me that Well of Ghul should be so spurned. It’s clearly useful and the MC claims to have sought ought a ghulwitch in to never have consequences from all the she would be having. The abomination of being Ghul adept continued to ring false for me throughout; it felt like the author was saying, “Don’t forget! Being Ghul is VERY, VERY BAD!”The word craft was terrific, I thought, but I do think we could surely come up with an ocassional alternative word for “rot” and “rut.” I had other issues with “rut,” though, which I’ll outline in a minute. I did not particularly like generalizing “crabs” to mean monsters. It created it harder to picture the beasts and I could only think of crabs and in one instance, a hammerhead e globe building was good, though I sometimes had my doubts about a ship of the size described. Sometimes all the talk about pillars and turrets and bridges with rusted-out gashes just blurred in my head into a Star-Wars-ish pile of metalics. I could picture the grey energy, though. I thought that element was well , here we go; the one part that bugged me and I could not obtain behind was the sexuality and the emphasis on variant expression. Call me a prude, but I thought it did nothing for the story and felt publisher-forced. To me this part makes this not YA, except maybe for the oldest teens. I would otherwise have shared this story with my 14yo, but not with all the sexuality.I liked that the story was not completely resolved, yet it didn’t end with a horrible cliff-hanger, either. I really hate those. I am eager to read the thing I wished had been present: I want Isoko would have determined to hold track of time in the beginning - say, she nicks a staff every day or something. This would support the reader feel the time pressure and it would also be a method to hold revisiting the original purpose of the quest, which is a point that easily leaves the reader’s mind while other plot points go l in all, this book is a yes for me, though not for the younger readers of YA.

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    Ship of Smoke and Steel []  2020-1-14 19:31

    Wexler is very amazing at worldbuilding, something I appreciate: he's also amazing at integrating hero and world. The people are part of the world, not transplanted contemporaries from our own time and place, but they're very relatable as well -- this is difficult to carry oka, the protagonist, is an perfect example of this -- her motivations are different, but row in amazing description and well-realized action scenes, and you've got a amazing fantasy.

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    Halo: Smoke and Shadow (19) []  2020-7-26 21:24

    if you actually read this then, you're likely contemplating if this book or a various halo book is worth it, well fresh blood and poor blood were hyped up to me and they sucked, terrible. this book got a half meh mention. I picked it up and re read it and bought the sequel it was soo awesome. amazing story writing for only gripe is when i bought the audio book the narrator pronounced the main hero rion as REE- OWN and in the follow up novel a various narrator pronounced the hero as Ry-ohn, the latter makes more sense in the lore, but i really liked the first narrators pronunceation better....just a minor quip

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    Halo: Smoke and Shadow (19) []  2020-7-26 21:24

    First of the series I've tried. Never played the android game so it was a first impression. Characters were decently developed although one major hero in the book ended up being killed off, probably due to constraints on the series. I enjoyed it but I'm not sure if the story line is continued elsewhere.

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone []  2020-1-14 19:24

    4.5/5I really really loved this book. I started reading it on a weekend and it took me a few chapters to obtain into it, but once I did I could not place it down! I read for 6 hours straight and was completely oblivious to everything else around me. That’s when you know you’ve got a amazing e setting is special and set in Prague with some attractive descriptions. Laini Taylor’s writing is lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed this story in part because of her perfect writing and descriptions.“…and Gothic steeples stood ready to impale fallen angels. The wind carried the memory of magic, revolution, violins, and the cobbles lanes meandered like creeks. Thugs wore Mozart wigs and pushed chamber melody on road corners, and marionettes hung in windows, making the whole town seem like a theater with unseen puppeteers crouched behind velvet”Page 24I think her writing is beautiful! She created Karou’s globe feel very real- from the Gothic architecture to Karou’s favorite cafe Poison, where she and her mate Zuzana would have fun goulash and catch up. Karou’s relationship with Zuzana was authentic and I thoroughly enjoyed their ridiculous dialogue. Karou is quite lonely in her globe and Zuzana is her only companion apart from her chimaera, monster-like “family.” Zuzana and Karou would create absurd jokes and obtain carried away with it, which felt very true and ing on, while Karou very much has a home in the human world, she was raised by strange part-animal, part-human creatures called chimaera. She runs errands for Brimstone, her surrogate father, to support him with his magic shop. While Karou truly loves her strange family, she does not understand who they are, where they come from, and why she runs these errands for Brimstone. She has so a lot of questions, yet they are the only family she has so she accepts her life, for now. I loved the mystery in the first half of the book, there was so much build-up with just enough tips and clues to hold me satisfied. Karou is clearly not normal, but even she doesn’t understand her past although she does often comment that she feels she is “missing something.”“This was her life: magic and shame and secrets and teeth and a deep, nagging hollow at the center of herself where something was most certainly missing.”Page 45I loved Karou as a character- she is brave, sarcastic, eccentric, tattooed and has bright blue hair- not your typical heroine! I also love her chimaera family. They clearly love her as well but it is obvious they are keeping secrets from her, which only adds to the mystery.While Karou herself is not magical, Brimstone’s wishes out to traders in various denominations, related to money. Karou can never create huge wishes, but she does have a necklace of scuppies (the lowest denomination) to create little wishes. She also speaks a number of languages, which mostly come from wishes, but I think its awesome!We also meet Akiva fairly early on, and soon learn that he is a kind of angel. Yes, there are angels but Taylor does it very well! The angels are beautiful, but their wings are more like flames and Akiva is constantly being described as having fiery eyes. They are fighting an eternal war, but we don’t really know where they come from or who they respond to. Karou and Akiva do have some insta-love moments, but I realized I was actually okay with it once I finished the book. Their relationship was e plot itself is wonderful- aside from the mystery that carries us through most of the book, we are constantly being introduced to various monsters and places. The whole book had an otherworldly feel to it. I also wanted to touch on what a few other bloggers had warned me about- the 50% slump. The book is absolutely unbelievable for the first half. There’s attractive imagery, amazing hero development and mystery surrounding Karou’s origins and the globe Brimstone keeps hidden from her. However, about halfway through something happens and I now understand why people said they didn’t have fun it as much. The focus and pacing change completely, and it was difficult for me to hold reading when everything slowed down so abruptly. I would give this book five stars, but I too unfortunately felt the slump and I will probably have to go re-read parts of it because I was too eager for answers to read patiently. However, I do believe it was important for the series! There was so much build up, and the entire time I was thinking, “There better be a amazing explanation for everything!” And for me, there was. Its absolutely worth the read, in my opinion.I flew through this book and I thought it was fantastic. It was exciting, special and a small strange at times. I will happily pick up the second book and I definitely recommend to anyone who is interested!

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone []  2020-1-14 19:24

    I was so skeptical about this book at first. I had heard whispers of it throughout the "Bookstagram" community but no widespread love for it like a lot of other series. The cover also turned me off- just kind of cheesy and overdone looking if you ask me. Then, when I read the synopsis about collecting teeth...let's just say, I was concerned. But like I said, I had heard whispers, amazing whispers, and underneath all the things that I didn't think I would like, the story intrigued me and the reviews were phenomenal. So I ordered it on my Kindle and I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID. It's like someone told Taylor, "Write a story about really strange half human/half animal monsters that collect the teeth of humans and animals in to perform their magic. Then add in some angels. If you can write that story well, then you're a amazing author." Well, Taylor passed the test. I can't believe everything she was able to fit into this first novel of the series. Her settings are gorgeous (especially Prague), her characters multi-faceted (especially Brimstone), the teeth thing didn't seem weird in the story at all, nor her special creatures. She was able to create a globe in which it all just fit, no questions asked. Also, this is not your normal "angel versus demon" story that is done a lot in YA novels. There is depth here, wonderful depth, and a plot twist that just keeps on twisting until the very end. This is a love story. A battle story. A story about family and friendship. A story about identity. It is filled with myth and history (and really amazing writing!). If you are on the fence about this one, don't be. Pick it up and enjoy. This is definitely in my top 5 books of 2016.

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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone []  2020-1-14 19:24

    "Wow” writing. Here are some examples of the gems sprinkled throughout, which may not carry the same force here because they’re out of context, so you’ll have to read the novel yourself: “…[S]omething was missing. Humanity, perhaps, that quality of benevolence that humans have, without irony, named after themselves.” (Page 58.) Of stomach butterflies: “Papilio stomachus: fragile creatures, vulnerable to frost and betrayal.” (Page 70.) “Like mold on books, grow myths on history.” (Page 120.) “With the infinite patience of one who has learned to live broken, he awaited her return.” (Page 161.) “His lips created a grim twist that was like the joyless cousin of a smile.” (Page 203.) “One booted foot slid forward so her knee brushed his and settled versus it, and the remaining zone between them—negative space, it was called in drawing—called out to be closed.” (Page 248.) “She was curved over him like a question mark.” (Page 250.) “[It] was a masquerade [ball], a ‘come-as-you-aren't.’” (Page 340.)Originality, then. Laini Taylor must be extraordinary to talk with in person. If you care about amazing writing, read this no matter how old you are.Her imagined globe is so expansive that the author is able to capably address a dozens of real-world topics—imperialism and the clash of cultures, love and sex, forms of discrimination, family dynamics, loneliness, identity—inside this dreamy fantasy, where readers may be more inclined than otherwise to listen and connect emotionally. A core theme is how easily precipitous action, particularly violent action—however well intended—jeopardizes the quest for greatness.

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    Ship of Smoke and Steel []  2020-1-14 19:31

    Django Wexler's debut into the YA genre is a thrilling and engaging roller coaster ride. Allow me say first that thought this is a YA novel it does with subjects of rape and activities but nothing to extreme.I personally have really nothing poor to say about this first entry in the Wells of Sorcery trilogy. It was everything I expect from Django Wexler. It has a very special magic system called Wells. What I loved about this magic system was that it didn't focus on elements, not that there is anything wrong with that but it's what we have come to expect. Some of the Wells included Combat, Force, Perception, Shadows, etc. You also aren't limited to just one Well access but it's very rare to have access to two. There is a lot more detail to this magic system and it's something I wish readers to read and digest it for e story is action, action, action. There was never ever a dull moment in this high octane story. This is a Ghost Ship Heist full of mystery and intrigue. I am so into a well plotted Heist and that was ango Wexler made and crafted a colourful cast of characters. Isoka is a strong and confident protagonist and I was rooting for her every flip of the page. Isoka just joined my ranks of favorites. We also have some unbelievable side characters. Meroe, Jack, and Thora are wonderful. They are quite a few others. We also have LGBTQ representation throughout this book from F/F to M/is is all I have to say about this first entry into the Wells of Sorcery Trilogy. Congratulations Django Wexler on your debut into the YA genre. The only other thing I could say is how much I am going to hate the wait for book two!!!!!

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    Ship of Smoke and Steel []  2020-1-14 19:31

    This author knows how to do magic. This globe has magic, but this is not your harry potter wave a wand and magic happens. Here, it is tricky, it cannot solve all your problems, and it has a cost for its use, but holy cow its awesome. The characters are well written and believable, the globe feels lived in and fleshed out. 10/10 amazing read can't wait for more.

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke []  2020-1-18 19:34

    OMG! Amazing book. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Need to read PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG first!!

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    Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke []  2020-1-18 19:34

    Definitely a “nail-biter”-held my attention totally!

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    Sand and Smoke: Dragon Destiny []  2020-7-29 19:12

    Quick paced. Amazing characters. Engaging plot. Very fun. Hope to see more in this series. I received this book for from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.

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    Halo: Smoke and Shadow (19) []  2020-7-26 21:24

    I don't mean to be overly critical here but as a lifelong Halo fan I feel the need explain 2/5 largest critique would be the feeling of an incomplete story. I obtain the trending style of authors to build towards a sequel and end on a cliffhanger (I really do). I can have fun reading a amazing cliffhanger ending when it's accomonied with a good, rich plot with a climax somewhere in the middle of the story. As such this story really seemed to lack identity- as if the author didn't know where she wanted to go until the conclusion of the book. The story just ends after an exceedingly long build up as the protagonist (Rion Forge) desperately searches for her father throughout the entirety of the book. Avoiding too a lot of spoilers here, I'll just state that all the build up was anti-climactic (for me, anyway- perhaps other readers may have fun it and read it differently).I do think there's potential here for a amazing saga with this story arc, however not if the sequels are written in this same format. The reader should ideally be rewarded with real, measurable plot progression after making it through an entire novel of "build-up," like that; vs a cliffhanger that leaves you with more questions than e writing style itself was entertaining, with perfect hero development... It's not quite enough to hint the scales of this review but the author seriously does a unbelievable job creating believable, relatable characters that readers will feel for. The characters in this book are amazing enough that I would even hope to see some of them in a future Halo android game or movie. I particularly enjoyed the (human) protagonists as the elites didn't seem to stand out quite as much but the action scenes came together with a true sense of "page-turner," suspense & ill, amazing and memorable characters need to be accompanied with a amazing and memorable plot (with more measurable progression of the plot) in to truly come together to formulate an epic story.I would look forward to purchasing and reading a potential sequel to this Smoke and Shadow, but all things considered this story felt somewhat empty.

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    Halo: Smoke and Shadow (19) []  2020-7-26 21:24

    Author Kelly Gay brings is an interesting adventure in the years following the end of the Covenant War. Humans and aliens began to find for the wreaks of everything that had been lost during that war. One person by the name of Rion Forge has been looking for clues to search her missing father who was aboard a UNSC ship the Spirit of Fire. Captain Forge gets coordinates for salvage on a moon where a downed UNSC ship had been spotted and she takes the risk and goes for it. From there they search a little clue leading them to a downed Consonant ship and to finally a forerunner instillation. This is a amazing book and one that I highly recommend picking up if you're a science fiction fan.  

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    Halo: Smoke and Shadow (19) []  2020-7-26 21:24

    I enjoyed the "preview" of this story included in Halo: Fractures, and I absolutely loved the full version. The author wrote with a style befitting the universe, and wonderfully crafted the characters. Another interesting part of the novel was the connections it created to other happenings in the Halo universe. While one or two were somewhat blunt or heavy-handed, the rest were beautifully woven into the narrative.

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    Iron and Magic: Iron Covenant, Book 1 []  2020-1-31 22:23

    For people who aren't familiar with this world, I strongly recommend reading the Kate Daniels series in before reading this book. While this book does work as a standalone, the story is richer with the history. The characters are strong, imperfect, with skills that are complementary. There is some complex mythology that is turned into story elements in a method that reads very naturally for this globe and the military aspects are well e pacing is fast, but with enough detail to create it full between the internal dialogue and the descriptions. The interactions between the characters feel true, like these are true conversations that people would have in those r people who are familiar with this world-This is a book that I've been looking forward to since first finding out it was coming out. I had faith in the authors to create Hugh a hero that I would cheer for- but honestly had no idea how they would do it. They really did it It also brings in some elements that I think will be necessary in the upcoming Kate Daniels books so even if you absolutely loathe Hugh, it's worth reading.I'm really looking forward to the next books, and to finding out more about the characters in this series.

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    Iron and Magic: Iron Covenant, Book 1 []  2020-1-31 22:23

    So, Hugh is a large jerk, but in here he really does present up as a jerk with some principles, and we obtain to explore right along with him what he will become without his god Roland controlling him. I still wanted to punch him in the nose right along with Elara at a lot of points in the book, but it wouldn't be an Ilona Andrew's book if I didn't.Elara Harper gets nicknamed the Ice Harpy in Hugh's head for amazing reason, but it's a lot more complex than that. She is terrified of her people being damage and will do anything - even marry a scary fighter - to protect e two manipulate each other through the whole book, and have reached a truce that keeps evolving. Sex after a war doesn't magically solve anything between them, and neither does proving their loyalty to their people and each other, because there are still BIG secrets unrevealed. They are still very much a work in progress at the end of the book, more a mystery to each other than to us (because we've been gifted with alternating POV through the story, and because Hugh truly isn't used to having a full range of feelings and is a bit lost), and I really wish the next book!

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    Iron and Magic: Iron Covenant, Book 1 []  2020-1-31 22:23

    4.5 Hugh you are a @#$%!&? StarsLook I've never been head over heels in love with Hugh. He is the poor guy and I'm not really into them most of the time. BUT....this has the White Warlock Elara in it and the Departed (I have no idea who they really are but I'm looking forward to finding out). Even if Hugh isn't your favorite Elara is a powerful independent woman with some amazing magical items event and a group of people living in a castle. I'm so in this series for Elara!***Magic snapped out of Elara, lashing Hugh’s senses, a focused torrent unlike anything he’d felt before.***So Hugh and Elara end up in an arranged marriage. They both have some serious baggage and opponents out there and so it makes sense to squad up as each has something the other needs. But, it isn't love at first sight and while they place on a amazing present when others are watching, when it is just he two of them the banter is funny and biting.***“Oh look, my skin isn’t smoking,” Hugh murmured.“You’re overdoing it with the PDAs.”“We’re newlyweds. If I threw you over my shoulder and dragged you into the woods, that would be overdoing it.”The photo flashed before her. “Try it. They won’t even search your bones.”“Oh, darling, I don’t think you’ll have any problem finding my bone.” ***Seeing what happened to Hugh after Roland purged him is very interesting and like most people who have suffered a tragic loss and had their entire method of life upended he is struggling to search who he is without Roland pulling all the strings. It is a hard thing to look hard at your life and not be satisfied about the choices you made. He has spent the latest while filling the emptiness inside with violence, alcohol and in no particular order. But he is trying to search a reason to climb out of the hole he is in and Elara and the people who follow her might give the Iron Dogs the one thing they've never had. A home.Elara and the Departed. Well we only have enough time to just scratch the surface of this and I for one am excited to dig deeper. The backstory there seems like it is going to be very interesting and full of amazing lore and magic like only the Andrews know how to itially this was going to be one book, but why settle for one when you can have three. Yes that is right Elara and Hugh obtain a trilogy of their own. The amazing news is THREE BOOKS, the poor news is that all three of the trilogy are set before Magic Triumphs. Stop grumbling...I've read Magic Triumphs and I don't think this will be a issue since for the most part this side series is self contained. But there is a bit of a relationship jump between the end of Iron and Magic and the final Kate Daniels book, but seriously like we didn't know that is where we would eventually obtain to.I'm just thankful we are getting more time in this globe and my fresh question is who are Hugh's parents? I think I know who his mom is and if I'm right *mind blown*So to sum up:Hugh you are a serious piece of workElara you are going to drive him a small crazy and I think he probably deserves it. I love the method you 'handle' Hugh.Bucky you are a unique kind of amazing and Hugh's excellent new....horse???

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    Iron and Magic: Iron Covenant, Book 1 []  2020-1-31 22:23

    It isn’t often that an author can take a hero who had been the villain in several books previously written and then successfully expand to create him into a viable lead hero on the amazing guys’ side in his own book. The writing squad known as Ilona Andrews has done so with is book takes put in the same globe setting as the Kate Daniels series (which I highly recommend – the first book in that series is Magic Bites), however not in Atlanta. The Kate Daniels series does NOT have to be read prior to reading this book, as the authors give enough background as the story goes along to create pick up the important history. It begins a few months after Hugh was banished by Roland, with Hugh as about low as he can obtain when he finds out his men are being hunted know – I started reading this book assuming I could never like Hugh. I still do not like him, however, I do understand him much more. The man was literally cast out by his savior, his maker, his father figure, his god. As Hugh starts to think fresh thoughts and look back upon his previous actions, he is a man torn in two. The very base of his motivation was pulled out from underneath him, and he has to build a fresh anwhile, Elara and her people have settled into a zone they have created home after being chased from put to put by a group who split off from Elara. Elara and her people lead a easy method of life, farming and trading and such. Issue is – Roland wants their land. So Elara needs to soldiers to protect her people and their method of life, because she can’t do it alone. Well, maybe she can, but she shouldn’t.Elara is stubborn and no shrinking violet, Hugh is arrogant and overbearing, and when the two meet they don’t like each other. AT ALL. They both wish to be in charge, and unwillingly agree to cooperate. Chaos ensues. External threats are introduced and dark things happen. Danger e bottom line is I highly recommend reading this book. Even though I came in not liking one of the lead characters I wish to read more about him and the female lead. Plus I wish to see where the supporting characters end up as the series progresses, and where the story TE: I received an ARC of this book from the author in to have the opportunity to provide a review. I was not needed to write a positive review. All opinions contained are my own.

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    Iron and Magic: Iron Covenant, Book 1 []  2020-1-31 22:23

    The inception of this book shows the power/influence of us readers: On April Fools Day 2015 Ilona Andrews place up a cover and blurb for a book called “Warrior’s Prize”, which purported to be the story of Hugh d’Ambray, antagonist and conflicted villain of the Kate Daniels series, and how he falls in love with a strong witch. (You can search the April Fools Day post on page 152 of Ilona's blog)Most readers, though not all, quickly realized that it was cruel hoax, but almost unanimously they went we-don’t-care-it-was-meant-as-a-joke-we-want-Hugh’s-story. There were of course also dissenting voices as some readers felt that Hugh was method beyond redemption after all the horrible things we saw him do, not the least of it was torturing Kate. But I like to imagine that the difficulty of the task she’d inadvertently set herself only spurred the author(s) on. And the book was well worth the wait: I absolutely loved it.Quite by possibility I stumbled across another blog post of Ilona Andrews’, where she lays out the characteristics of the alphahole character stereotype, titled "Brief Analysis of the Alphahole Trope in Romantic Fiction (to be found on page 101 on her blog).Hugh actually fits the definition to a t: he is arrogant, cruel, dark (not only in looks) and ruthless. He is quite aware that he is not a amazing guy, he has no emotional attachments beyond those to his units and he feels undeserving of love. As with most anti-heroes some of this is the effect of trauma in his past: abandonment by his parents, growing up dirt poor, and abandonment by his trainer (Voron) and another father figure (Roland). We obtain some of his background in the prologue, but the story proper starts with Hugh having been excised by Roland and having fallen into a drunken stupor. Until some of his former soldiers find him out to ask him for support as they are being systematically slaughtered by one of Roland’s flunkies. When he learns that one of his childhood mates has been killed, too, Hugh is finally roused. But since everything he was and had depended on Roland, Hugh has no and no resources beyond his skills. After assembling as a lot of of his former units as he can manage, he sends out his advisors to search them employment and a base, which turns out quite difficult as his reputation is less than stellar mostly because of the atrocities he committed in Roland’s name. His advisors search Elara and her band of outcasts, who happen to be looking for some mercenaries. As their reputation isn’t untarnished either they can’t be too choosy. To cement the alliance their advisors feel they should marry, although it’s to be a marriage in name only…An alphahole character needs a unique kind of heroine as a counterbalance. Serendipitously Andrews has gone with a heroine who is strong in her own right and whose personality is also somewhat abrasive (a trait especially pronounced whenever she is in the company of Hugh). Not unexpectedly this leads to quite a lot of delightful friction and banter between the two. Elara certainly can keep her own and gets the better of Hugh more often than for the (mostly female) readership and the heroine to relate to an anti-hero he of course also needs some redeeming qualities. And Hugh has them: he is kind to kids and animals, there are different instances throughout the story were this becomes evident again and again. Also, one of the incidents from his past that at the time appeared especially inexcusable is retold from his perspective and throws a completely various light on him. Above all, he is also a caretaker who uses his healing magic to support others, often to complete exhaustion. And he is beset with remorse for some of the things he has done, now that he is of the mental influence of Roland. Of course show kindness and remorse don’t negate all the not good things he has done in the past and I am glad Andrews did not go overboard with painting him good. There is still a lot of darkness in him (although I never saw him as truly evil), but that makes him all the more appealing.Of course the redemption plot would not be complete without the “big gesture” towards the end. And Hugh does not disappoint: he throws himself into it without hesitation although he clearly does not expect to survive. But naturally Elara refuses to abandon him!So, enough gushing! Go out and grab the book! I am so glad this was only the first book in The Iron Covenant trilogy.

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    Iron and Magic: Iron Covenant, Book 1 []  2020-1-31 22:23

    I read an ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. And then I bought the , I raced through this book and have to say that I didn't really think it could be done. Could you turn an antagonist with a true streak of cruelty into a protagonist and a credible love interest? The respond in Iron and Magic is yes, yes, you can. As long as you give him something and someone to the Kate Daniels series, Hugh has been a "Big Bad" of sorts. Not the ultimate, "Big Bad-that distinction belongs to Roland-but a credible and smart enemy to Kate and her mates and allies. He's done some dreadful things to characters readers had come to care about and he seemed to do it without any sense of remorse or regret.And in this book, we see where that has left him. We obtain into his head and explore what Roland meant and still means to him, we see what he really thinks about Kate and the Pack, and what it will take for him to live his life independent of Roland's magic. And he makes a choice. Well, more than one but there's one huge one that created me catch my breath.On top of Hugh's journey, there's also my favorite trope in fiction. All together now---the marriage of convenience! Elara has no interest in marrying Hugh, Hugh has no interest in marrying her but they must.Oh no, whatever will they do?Turns out, they will do quite a lot. Separately and together. They are both strong and scary individuals and how they search common ground is one of the best parts of this book and I refuse to spoil it except to say that this is not a Beauty and the Beast story. They don't suddenly become less dread in the old sense of the word. But they are is is a book with darker themes than Ilona Andrews' fans might be used to, but it suited these characters and situations perfectly.

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    Iron and Magic: Iron Covenant, Book 1 []  2020-1-31 22:23

    There is that melody playing in my head. You know, that tune from Android game of Throne's "Red Wedding"? It has been getting louder and louder the whole method through this book. And I'm Lady Stark, leaning versus the wall, listening and putting the pieces together right before it all happens. Ilona Andrews will be the death of me!This was just a fine addition to the KD world. I went in expecting to like it, but because I hated (notice the past tense) Hugh, I figured that some resistance was coming. Hugh is actually likeable in this. No, loveable. And I don't wish to spoil it for you, but by now all of you IA Addicts should have read Magic Binds. Hugh's exile from Roland is the best thing in the world! He has a conscience now. He does the right thing. Oh, he can still slay like that scary @#$%!&? that we all hated in the KD books. But Roland's keep no longer exists and it has created him into a better gh and Elara: they are the most insufferable couple in the beginning. But you know how time brings change. So, yeah, I actually ship them. Hulara? Elara is scary. The authors did an awesome job with her character, but there is still so much to her that we don't know. And since this book is tied to the KD series, I imagine we will finally obtain a name for Elara's power. WTF is she exactly?Now, if you have attention to all the conversations between Kate and Erra, and the Witches in ATL, then you may have guessed what's about to go down in Magic ere are cameos from some KD favorites here. I was actually surprised by this. But it was executed very well. Hugh's Iron Dogs have grown on me. Now that they aren't in league with Roland, I actually like them. The wars were full of blood, gore, and fire. It was glorious! I can't wait to read Magic Triumphs in August, and the rest of this series afterwards.Overall, a solid read that had me wanting more. Ilona Andrews are awesome and not from this world. I'm convinced of this because they actually created me like Hugh. I thought it was an impossibility.

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    Iron and Magic: Iron Covenant, Book 1 []  2020-1-31 22:23

    Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews is the 1st book in their fresh The Iron Covenant series. I looked forward to reading Hugh’s story, especially after he was no longer part of Kate Daniels series. Frankly, I will read anything and everything by our illustrious duo, Ilona and Gordon Andrews. There has never been a book that always has not enthralled me, and Iron and Magic is no on and Magic brings us back into the globe we know from the Kate Daniels series, and the man we loved to hate…Hugh d’ Ambray. I hated Hugh in that series, and had mixed feelings about him being redeemed. Awesome though, as we got to spend the entire book with him, by the end, I found myself liking him much better, though he was still nasty, self-centered, and sarcastic. But Hugh has met his match in Elara Harper “The White Lady”. Elara turned out to be such a unbelievable heroine, who was able to stand up and match Hugh at every gh had been exiled by his god, Roland, with it shattering him totally. His Iron Dog troops continues to be loyal to him, and they manage to bring him out of his funk. Hugh and his troops need a base to train and live. He accepts an to bring his men to a land they can be safe and part of; allowing them to have shelter, food, and living spaces. All Hugh required to do was marry Elara, the leader of their land and castle. She required someone to support protect her people, and Hugh has his army, and an alliance between two people who immediately hated each was built. It was fun to watch the nasty snarky banter between them, as Elara was all ice, and Hugh was simply a @#$%!&?. There were a few dingers between them that had me laughing. But create no mistake, they were married to show a united front, but behind the scenes they were enemies.What follows is an exciting, wild and violent adventure that will have them working together to war off the evil vampires and creatures killing the local villages, as well as Roland’s preceptor, Landon Nez coming to destroy them. This was nonstop action all the way, and I loved so a lot of of the secondary characters that were part of either Elara’s group or Hugh’s Iron Dogs. I also loved Hugh’s stallion, Bucky. lolA slow build romance will start to begin between Elara and Hugh, though I expect to see more of that in the next book. Elara, thinks of herself as an abomination, besides her being a white warlock; her hidden powers are awesome, as we obtain an idea as she is the leader of the Departed (which we will learn more about in the future). Hugh learns to with his guilt over what he did for Roland, and he remains a master at leading the wars with his Iron Dogs.With the final book of the Kate Daniels series Magic Triumphs forthcoming, I expect to see Hugh and perhaps Elara play a part in the finale. There will be two more books in The Iron Covenant series that will follow in this trilogy. Iron and Magic was a unbelievable story, which we come to expect from Andrews. I have read every single series by Ilona Andrews duo, and have loved them all. If you have not read Kate Daniels or the other unbelievable series, you are missing gems.

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    Iron and Magic: Iron Covenant, Book 1 []  2020-1-31 22:23

    After being cast out by Roland, the former Preceptor of the Iron Dogs Hugh d’Ambray is trying really hard to drown his sorrows in drink. At least enough to black out, forget what happened, wake up, remember, and do it all ly waking from this stupor long enough to be somewhat comprehending, Hugh realizes that the men and women he once commanded are still there ready to follow him, and he also realizes the war is not over as it seems someone has been hunting down what remains of his warriors.Elara Harper is known to her people as the White Lady, blessed (or cursed?) with powerful magic that is both revered and feared, she takes the protection of her people seriously. When her community faces threats from multiple sources, an agreement with Hugh and his Iron Dogs seems to be the most mutually beneficial option for both groups. But there’s only one method the pact will be taken seriously by outsiders: , I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure how Hugh carrying his own story would pan out. I mean he’s complete anti-hero to the core, he’s ok being the “bad guy,” he’ll use charm to deceive you into getting what he wants, and he had plenty of a-hole moments for sure. I loved that these aspects of his hero were kept intact. Honestly, he’s not here to be liked, he’s here to do a job: protect. And changing that would be a disservice to this intriguing character.What ends up happening, however, is Hugh winds up pulling Elara’s people into his orbit, maybe not consciously, but he comes to take their protection seriously. We obtain so much depth to his hero as we see his loyalty and honor–and seeing where his own loyalty and honor got him. But create no mistake, he’s always looking for an angle.And Elara proves to be the excellent foil to Hugh. Their marriage of convenience was a unbelievable method to obtain these two leaders to have plenty of sparring time. Both of them are used to leading in their own, different, ways and I loved every time Elara would outwit Hugh, something he’s not used to for sure. Of course all the animosity leads to some unbelievable tension between these two, sparks flew anytime they had page time together, and I’m very interested to watch this slow burn romance play out.I loved that Elara is kind of this fresh mysterious entity in this already established world. Ilona Andrews does a really amazing job of keeping Elara’s background cloaked in mystery throughout the entire book, only giving us small crumbs to glean what we can. I think this is intelligent because Iron and Magic definitely feels connected to its parent series (complete with some amazing cameos) and the final upcoming book. After Kate’s series is finished I look forward to continuing with Hugh’s because one thing Iron & Magic definitely does is begin up the nce Hugh’s story, and where he is at the beginning, is so connect to where he came from in Kate’s story, I’d say this one is better read having previously read Kate Daniel’s (trust me, you won’t be sorry). Ilona Andrews is a master at rehashing past happenings so readers can remember how all the pieces fit together.I’m supremely impressed with what Ilona Andrews has achieved in Iron and Magic with Hugh’s story, and I honestly can’t wait for him to break away from Kate’s series even further to see what direction he goes next.

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    Iron and Magic: Iron Covenant, Book 1 []  2020-1-31 22:23

    Well, so far most people are five-starring this book. I myself have fun most IA books, but this one - well, less so. Not one of the a lot of characters is fully fleshed out. Seems like the authors required to invent some amazing support for Kate for her final war with Roland. (IA wrote themselves into something of a corner, as Jim Butcher did in his Codex Alera books with the Vord Queen. How does an underdog character conquer an opponent who is for all practical purposes a God? I want Roland had developed in a sideways fashion, as was briefly dangled before us, as a manipulative, interfering yet weirdly benevolent father instead of as Public Opponent #1.) Anyway, the introduction of Elara as a probable future deus ex machina who will likely support save Kate's and Atlanta's bacon in the final KD novel feels forced. Also - the KD hero cameos felt phoned-in. I felt no true recognition for or pleasure in spending a bit of time with the familiar folks who pass through Iron and Magic., unlike when George and Jack present up in some of the Edge and Innkeeper novels.Oh well. There's lots of fighting and killing, lots of magic and monsters, lots of rude insult trading between the main characters. I hope this and all the Magic books create everyone happy, pleasantly stimulate everyone's fight-or-flight response, and I hope that IA continues to have fun and create amazing inventing fresh worlds to entertain us.

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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions []  2020-1-31 1:53

    This was a really fun small collection of short stories and poetry. I'm not a large fan of poetry, but if I'm forced to read it, then I will take Neil's poetry over any one else's. I'm not going to pick and choose which stories were amazing and which ones were grand, but I will say that there is a small something here for everyone. BEWARE however, for those that have read a lot of Gaiman novels, a lot of of these shorts contain themes not included in his longer novels, namely intercourse. There are a few of these that are beautiful sexually explicit, which is a change from the typical Neil Gaiman stories. I can't really say anything poor about this collection, and really enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading more Neil Gaiman shorts.

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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions []  2020-1-31 1:53

    Have loved a lot of of Gaiman's books but unfortunately this is not one of them. It is like a collection of juvenalia that hasn't quite evolved. Certainly not a put to begin with Neil and certainly not a put to end either. Read American Gods, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End Of The Lane, Amazing Omens (with Terry Pratchet), Stardust and Coraline and be thoroughly entertained by his superbly unbelievable flights of imagination. These are books to be entirely immersed in. These books grasp you and take you on invigorating journeys. For me unfortunately Smoke and Mirrors fails.

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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions []  2020-1-31 1:53

    I could not finish this book. I tried and tried, but ended up closing it about half method through and giving it away. I hoped it would obtain better as I read it, but it did not. It wasn't depressing or ugly; it just wasn't very amazing and didn't hold my r me, Neil Gaiman books are hit 'n miss. I either love them ... or not!Neverwhere, and also American Gods were awesome!! But this book, Smoke and Mirrors, was a complete "miss" for me.I wish to add that I also read Caraline, and Anansi Boys ... also very good!!

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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions []  2020-1-31 1:53

    Smoke and Mirrors is a collection of short stories that exhibit Neil Gaiman's potential for greatness. The stories are thumbnails. They are a series of sketches that could be fleshed, out at some future date, to become completed works of art. Most of them leave the reader hanging, wondering how they would turn out; if they were ever finished. Smoke and Mirrors is either a amazing book for someone who appreciates the writing process and likes to read the author's notes or it is a set of previews that reveal what Neil Gaiman is going to write. Either way, Smoke and Mirrors is a semi-satisfying set of teasers.

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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions []  2020-1-31 1:53

    Smoke and Mirrors is a collection of short stories and poems that might cause you to rethink some of the fairy tales of your past. This book is for adults as some of the stories are quite graphic, more in terms of than violence, but there are a couple that were very disturbing to me on several levels. Gaiman is in top form here, whether playing with familiar tropes or inventing fresh tales based on old legends. The Wedding Show and Murder Mysteries are two of my favourites. There is plenty of horror in this volume, but done in a method that will not necessarily scare you instantly, but rather come back to haunt your dreams. Gaiman is certainly a master of a lot of forms of writing and he can create even the shortest story feel like it is a whole world. I wouldn't recommend this book for younger readers, but adults can certainly search a lot to love.

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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions []  2020-1-31 1:53

    Having previously read Neil Gaiman's work (Neverwhere and American Gods, among others), I was disappointed in this collection of short prose and some verse. While having an overall Bradbury-esh feel, his stories always seemed be essentially lacking in SOMETHING, but difficult to pin down as to what. A scant few were above par, with the absolute penultimate being "The Sweeper of Dreams" and "Murder Mysteries." Fortunately--these offerings justified the paid, and will stay with me for some time.

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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions []  2020-1-31 1:53

    Unexpected twists and turns live between the pages of this magical book of short stories and poetry. My favorite is the story of life among the most high angels during the Creation. Neil Gaiman takes daily happenings and puts a spell upon them so they echo down the corridors of your mind in a most peculiar way. I've been reading Gaiman's works since "The Ocean At The End Of The Lane" and "American Gods" (soon to be a film I hear.) So if you like the off-beat, you won't go wrong with this nifty collection. When you [email protected]#$%!, you too will say "That sure was swell!"

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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions []  2020-1-31 1:53

    I ordered this book after reading the ebook ver from my local library. I am trying to collect Neil Gaimans work for my home library and so I ordered myself a copy. The ver that arrived was astonishing to me because I didn't even know this cover existed, but it is lovely!!! I was pleasantly surprised! I was expecting the yellow and grey edition, but got this beauty instead. I'll take it! ;)

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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions []  2020-1-31 1:53

    Love Neil Gaiman. This book if filled with short stories that are not for the faint of heart. There is one in particular that is very hardcore. But what this book does is really questions the human condition. Sometimes it’s very obvious and other times it’s done in other worldly ways. It definitely makes you think and question what you, yourself would do in any one of these situations.

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    Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions []  2020-1-31 1:53

    Amazing book: a diverse group of stories and poems written with emotional depth and sense of wonderment only Gaiman can conjure. I'm not going to mini-reviews of each story or spoilers... that's just not me, but to create it easier (if you trust my judgement), the stand-out stories are (by the way: all stories are amazing but these are my favorites): "The Wedding Present" (read the introduction), "The Price", "The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories", "The White Road", "Queen of Knives", "Changes", "Looking for the Girl", "Only the End of the Globe Again", "Bay Wolf", "We Can Obtain Them for you Wholesale", "One Life, Furnished in Early Moorcock", "Foreign Parts", "Mouse", "Murder Mysteries", and "Snow, Glass, Apples".

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    Education And Learning Math – Gangster BlG Smoke [App]  2019-12-19 13:53

    Amazing mod so much fun

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    Ring Alarm Smoke and CO Listener [Book]  2019-12-6 18:8

    I bought this kit to replace my LifeShield system. When I ordered I got enough kit to replace sensor for sensor. All of the kit arrived and I started the process of setting it up. The base connected to my network without a hitch but I wasn't unable to obtain ANY of the other devices to connect to the base. I had keypads, contact sensors, motion sensors, water and fire sensors and NONE of them would connect. So I reached out to help via email. In hind sight I should have just called but I was hoping for a short, fast respond that would solve all of my problems. That didn't happen and I got beautiful frustrated. After several hours over several days of finding other reports online and trying what they had tried I was ready to throw in the towel. Then Danielle contacted me. She place me in touch with Nick in tech help and he tried for over an hour with me to obtain something, anything to connect. He had me disconnect other items in my house that could be causing interference with no luck. Finally I gave up out of frustration. I really wanted this kit to work because I already have Ring cameras and wanted an all-in-one solution.I waited a couple of days for Danielle to obtain back to me. In the mean time I spent time here and there trying to see if I could obtain something to connect, but with no success. Until today. Today I literally shut off the power to every single thing in my house except for my internet connection gear and I started over. Base station came right up. Plugged in the keypad and it looked like it was going to fail like it always has, until it CONNECTED! Contact sensor? CONNECTED! Motion? Water? Fire? Other keypads? All CONNECTED!My existing alarm is from LifeShield. Turns out I had two repeaters I did not remember installing that were causing interference and preventing the sensors from communicating with the base. Once those were off I had no problems connecting up the rest of the kit.I still have not installed this as my active alarm but I will obtain that done soon. Bottom line is that my initial review and poor experience with this alarm were all caused by other kit in my house. The help I got from Ring, even when I wasn't kind, was great. For that they obtain 5 stars and I will come back and modernize this review once I have some experience with the system.

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    Smoke and Mirrors (Sloane Monroe Book 8) []  2020-1-7 18:0

    Oh my. I love the setting of Australia and the continuous saga of Sloane Monroe. I like to search the title in the story. I couldn’t place the book down and finished it before going to sleep. I had all sorts of ideas who killed Caroline. But Cheryl kept me guessing until the end. I wonder where the next put will be!!!! High praise for Cheryl always keeps me entertained and never bored of her books.

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    Smoke and Mirrors (Sloane Monroe Book 8) []  2020-1-7 18:0

    I am a bigger than huge fan of C. Bradshaw and have read everything she has written. I really enjoyed the sample of this book and can't wait to obtain into the rest of it.

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