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Em and Rosi decided to make a book blog. This is what happened.

 

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The mystery of Roth and his mood swings, or my review of Stone Cold Touch

Stone Cold Touch - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I was really looking forward to Stone Cold Touch. Like read it in one sitting the moment I got it excited. Especially since I was promised more Roth. Except the Roth that has returned from, spoiler alert, the pits of Hell is not entirely the Roth we left in book one. The book starts with Layla losing her ability to see souls and finding out that a Lilin may have been created despite her actions and Roth’s sacrifice in White Hot Kiss. Layla’s life gets worse from then on.

 

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I Want to be Best Friends With Maddie and Julie, or my review of Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein

I’m having trouble figuring out where to start with this review. It’s a book about friends, and a book about war, and a book about staying true to what you believe in, and not caring what other people think, and about flying planes and about spies and...well, you get the picture. It’s a book that encompasses so many themes, so many little things, that it’s hard to describe. Elisabeth Wein has woven together a whole group of different threads with a light touch.

Let me start at the beginning, then, shall I?

 

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Save your striptease for someone other than the leering rake, or my review of The Inventor's Secret

The Inventor's Secret - Andrea Cremer

This book was very hard for me to rate. While I loved the steampunk idea and the main character for the most part, the love triangle left me frustrated and distracted me from what was left of the plot.

 

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It's a Secret Society Library, or my review of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan

I picked this book up because from the title alone I assumed it was a fun and quirky read. I mean, a 24-hour bookstore, and someone named Mr. Penumbra? I was entirely correct--the best words to describe the book are ‘cute’ and ‘quirky’.

 

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Please don't pick the love interest assigned to kill you, or my review for Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson

Kiss of Deception is the start of Mary Pearson’s new series and I loved it! Lia is fantastic and spunky and badass without tripping over any tropes. She is fierce and knows what she wants, and will do as she wishes in spite of how it affects the plans of others. The book starts with Lia’s most influential, and most rash, decision: to flee her imminent wedding to man she has never met. This prompts the other two main characters into action, and Rafe and Kaden both plan to seek Lia out for their own particular reasons.

 

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How many tropes can we throw in, or my review of The Girl in the Steel Corset

The Girl in the Steel Corset - Kady Cross

There are often books that play on stereotypes. Some of them do so cleverly, exaggerating the stereotype into comedy or twisting it into a subtler or subverted rendition. I was really hoping that this book would be something like that when I picked it up. Unfortunately, it was exactly as the author described it: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets X-Men. There was no nuance, no subtlety, just a blast of steampunk that felt like a SyFy channel special.

 

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This is what happens when you marry your sister, or my review of The Sin Eater's Daughter

The Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda Salisbury

Melinda Salisbury’s The Sin Eater’s Daughter, introduced Twylla, a reincarnation of a daughter of the Gods. Due to her role and its implications, that she can kill with only a touch and is the royal executioner, Twylla lives a life devoid of physical contact and feared by those surrounding her. She is, despite this, engaged to the prince, the one person supposedly 'immune' to her. Twylla begins the story as a naive young girl fulfilling the role the queen expects her to. As she begins to grow and change, the story unfolds with a complex twist and some more than unpleasant revelations.

 

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Who Doesn't Like a Magical Mafia, or my Review of White Cat

White Cat - Holly Black

Have you ever thought about combining magic and the Mafia? Fortunately, you don’t have to, since Holly Black did, and did it brilliantly. This is definitely one of my favorite books, and my absolute favorite Holly Black series. It showcases the grimness and dark humor she’s excellent at, along with a world thats just as gritty as Tithe but more realistic.

 

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It was supposed to be a simple carjacking and kidnapping, or our review of Daughter of the Witch Queen Part 2

Emily ~ In part two of Daughters of the Witch Queen, Silver and Kaija once again draw you into their odd little London. The ante is upped and Nic, who just wanted a smoke, is close to being catatonic, which is not exactly surprising as we left him last time kidnapped in a car with a talking raven and a girl who is neither afraid of carjacking nor threatening to stab people.

Rosi ~ I’m not entirely sure why this didn’t grab me like it did the first part...maybe because beginnings tend to be natural hooks? Or maybe because it does jump straight in where we left off with Nicholas and Rain in Part I. It relies on a continuity that is there only if you have read Part I immediately beforehand (which everyone probably should).

 

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Source: http://bibliobibuliya.com/2015/05/05/it-was-suppose-to-be-a-simple-carjacking-and-kidnappingor-my-review-of-daughter-of-the-witch-queen-part-2

Operation Organized Chaos, or my review of Demons at Deadnight

Demons at Deadnight - A&E Kirk

The first book in A & E Kirk’s Divinicus Nex chronicles, Demons at Deadnight, is delightfully funny and has a broad cast of fantastic characters with unique personalities. Even the enemies they interacted with, however briefly, were unique. Our protagonist Aurora handles the oddity of being able to see mythological creatures with a witty sense of humor and has ditched the invitation to her own pity party. In the wake of a traumatic experience at the hands of her so called friends, Aurora and her large and chaotic family have moved back to her childhood town. There she reunites with her childhood friends only to find that the entire group has drastically changed in the years since she saw them last. They are also annoyingly secretive and may have information that can make sense of why Aurora is suddenly a magnet for all things demon. They also seem to have acquired the nickname the Hex Boys.

 

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Source: http://bibliobibuliya.com/2015/05/11/operation-organized-chaos-or-my-review-of-demons-at-deadnight

It was suppose to be a simple carjacking and kidnapping, or our review of Daughter of the Witch Queen Part 2

In which Rosi and I have different ratings and I prove to be much more easy to please. Also, we both would really appreciate having part 3 right now, thank you.

 

 

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It was suppose to be a simple vacation, or our reviews of Daughters of the Witch Queen, Part 1

Here at Bibliobibuli YA, we are big fans of Run Freak Run, and when we heard Silver and Kaija were giving readers a chance to review their new project, Rosi and I were beyond excited and quickly responded in the affirmative. So, here is the review of part one of Daughters of the Witch Queen, the review for part two will be up tomorrow. Wednesday, Rosi, the lucky turnip, will be posting a write-up about the time she went and had lunch with Silver and Kaija. Thursday will probably present more nonsense. In the meantime, go and check out the Daughters of the Witch Queen site because it has all kinds of amazing artwork of the characters, from the quite normal Nicholas to the man with no eyeballs, and much more stuff soon.

 

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Robin Hood for teen girls, or my review of Scarlet

Scarlet - A.C. Gaughen

I try not to judge a book until I’ve reread it (or until I find myself incapable of rereading it). To me, the first read-through simply isn’t sufficient to really get the feel for a book and a writer. The first time through I allow myself to be dazzled by the writing and get swept along by the ideas. Then the second time, I go through and really let myself decide what works and what doesn’t. A lot of times, the fact that I even consider a reread is enough to put a book higher up on my approval (except for Libba Bray’s Great and Terrible Beauty series, which I’ve been unable to reread despite numerous attempts, a situation that I’m honestly puzzled by). Anyways, Scarlet is one where I let myself get absolutely swept away by the first rereading. It was a fast-paced plot, an intriguing character, and a well-known origin and setting. It took another read-through before I was able to really analyze things.

 

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I prefer the love interest from Hell, or my review of White Hot Kiss

White Hot Kiss - Jennifer L. Armentrout

So, White Hot Kiss is my first Jennifer Armentrout book, which is quite surprising to me as she seems to be very prolific. In any case, I devoured the book in one sitting and highly recommend it for a light, fun read.

 

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Not Your Usual Ghost Story, or my review of Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood is not your typical ghost novel, at least as far as my limited knowledge of them goes. There’s very little of the true ‘horror story’ in these pages--if you’re looking for suspense, otherworldliness, and a distant afterlife, this book is not for you. Instead, it’s a ghost novel of the sort of Meg Cabot’s Mediator series, or if you watch TV, the CW show ‘Supernatural’. It’s not a ghost story, its a ghostbusters story.

 

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Don't point a gun at someone's face, or my review of Shutter

Shutter - Courtney Alameda

I haven’t read a good YA horror or ghost story in a while, which is disappointing as its one of favorite genres. I went into Courtney Alameda’s Shutter with fingers crossed that it would be enjoyable. Not only was it enjoyable, but I was hooked and I finished the book the day I started it. The mythology behind the story was great, and I loved the idea of an international organization led by the descendants of monster hunters from classics novels.

 

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