A Tale of Two Ladies (Tremontaine S1 Ep12) REVIEW

28017845A Tale of Two Ladies by Malinda Lo

Published January 20th 2016

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Kaab seeks out the services of a good forger before paying a visit to the Duchess Tremontaine. Diane, meanwhile, pays a visit to Highcombe House, the Tremontaine country estate. And at long last, Kaab and Diane face off in a drawing room duel where the weapon of choice is words.

 

This episode is divided in two perspectives: present day and seventeen years ago.

The way the authors wrote this episode was brilliant. The reader gets bits of information throughout the episode and, only in the end do we get the confirmation of what happened to Diane and Louisa.

Just like the last one, I believe this was one of the best episodes of the series.

The characters keep developing and the plot is still gripping, even after 12 episodes.

The next episode is the last one, concluding the first season of Tremontaine. I can’t wait to read it.

Rating: 5 stars

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Go and Tell the Morning Star (Tremontaine S1 Ep 11) REVIEW

28017798Go and Tell the Morning Star by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Published January 13th 2016

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 63

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Will fears he is losing his mind. Kaab unlocks a deadly secret.
Afraid that he is losing his mind, Will looks for comfort in Rafe’s arms. Rafe, meanwhile, blames himself for his lover’s condition. And when Kaab hears of Diane’s childhood and her long-ago encounter with Rupert Hawke, new questions arise that can only be answered within the walls of Tremontaine House itself.

This episode continues the amazing plot of the series.

I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say much but this was one of the best episodes so far.

There was a lot of action and mystery, the perfect mix.

The characters keep developing and the plot just keeps getting better and better.

I can’t wait to read more.

Rating: 5 stars

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Shadowroot (Tremontaine S1 Ep 10) REVIEW

28017771Shadowroot by Joel Derfner

Published January 6th 2016

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 43

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Death returns to Riverside. Diane makes a fateful choice.
When Tess finds herself plagued by nightmares of the murdered Ben, Kaab vows to solve the case. But she may never get the chance, for Reynald is on her trail, with more murder on his mind. Meanwhile, Will tells Diane of Micah’s discovery, but her response is not what he had hoped for. And Micah gets an unexpected job offer.

This episode continues the plot of the series and Diane continues as intriguing as ever.

As we approach the end, the mystery of Ben’s death gets even more mysterious.

I am truly enjoying this series and I can’t wait to read the next episodes.

It’s a really fun series and I’m glad I have the opportunity to read it.

Rating: 5 stars

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White Seed (Seed World #1) REVIEW

24267417White Seed by Kenneth Marshall

Published December 21st 2014

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 248

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

The White Seed Brings Life to Worlds

Three thousand years ago, the seeds arrived from Earth on hundreds of worlds. The developed ones formed the Network, connected only by radio and laser. Since the time of the seeds, nothing but information has traveled between the stars. Now a starship, The Child of Ambition, is changing that. Her first mission: to explore the dark worlds, the ones that failed.

Kali Hakoian, pilot-astronaut and war hero, thought landing on the super-Earth of Keto would be routine. The emptiest seed world—its global ocean matted with algae and crawling with hurricanes—hides the oldest human ruins. Her crew of scientists: a dreamer, a believer, and a retired assassin. Their hypothesis—self-termination of the seed base.

But when an act of sabotage strands her in the path of a superstorm, she’s forced to escape with the man she trusts the least. They may never find out what happened to the settlers—unless it happens to them. Can she trust her crew enough to find a way out of the darkness?

This book is about a team of astronauts with the mission of exploring a failed colony in the planet Keto.

The beginning of this novel was a mess. The author started with a flashback, which could have worked out if the first quarter of the book wasn’t a complete mess. In that flashback, there were characters introduced that the author never mentioned again, like Odis. After that first chapter, where I was already feeling lost, there was a list of characters (that weren’t mentioned in the flashback) and their jobs. The rest of the plot surrounded some of them but it is not like I was going to memorize who they were and what they did just from reading the list. The second chapter starts and I get even more confused than in the first. All the characters of the list are together, talking to each other. I try to memorize their names but the author just throws descriptions and backgrounds. If there were less characters, maybe I’d retain something but with a group like that, I didn’t even know those descriptions belonged to who.

This character confusion only passed about halfway through but, with all the flashbacks, I would just get confused again.

Now, the plot. The overall concept of the book had potential. The problem was that the author didn’t deliver. The book was full of action-filled flashbacks but then, the “present” was only two characters walking around. There was almost no plot there but, luckily, after the middle, it got better.

The ideas were there but I still had a lot of problems with this book.

From the weird pacing, the flashbacks and the complete mess the characters were, this book offers a lot of confusion.

Still, it wasn’t all bad.

The mystery in Keto was interesting and, once I got used to the characters, the book was mildly enjoyable.

Rating: 3 stars

Me and thatonenerdygirl did a Book Club discussion of this book over on her blog. Here’s the link.

Check it out and comment your opinion.

Just keep in mind that there are a few spoilers!

Lies in Our Stars (Tremontaine S1 Ep9) REVIEW

28017747Lies in Our Stars by Paul Witcover

Published December 30th 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 42

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Micah makes a breakthrough. And Kaab faces the music.
A moment of staggering inspiration and insight sets events in motion that have the potential to fracture friendships, shatter alliances, and remake the balance of power in the city . . . and the world. As Micah explores the implications of her discovery, and Rafe moves quickly to exploit them, Kaab is faced with a calamity that threatens not only her own future, but that of her family and the Kinwiinik people.

This episode continues the gripping story of the series.

I’m so invested in the characters and on their personal journeys that I can’t stop thinking about the episodes.

The plot keeps developing and the suspense keeps building up.

I still love Diane and her fantastic ability to play everyone around her. I also like the other characters and Micah has a special place in my heart but my favorite is still the cold Duchess of Tremontaine.

I can’t wait to read the next episode and I hope I’ll get to it soon.

Rating: 5 stars

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A City Without Chocolate (Tremontaine S1 Ep8) REVIEW

27866875A City Without Chocolate by Malinda Lo

Published December 23rd 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 47

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Rafe sits for his exams and a desperate city seeks substitutes for chocolate.
Diane’s secret arrangement with the Balam family bears fruit as a strategic withholding of chocolate wreaks havoc on the city’s social fabric, from the Hill to Riverside. But Kaab has her own private stash, for which she has a special use in mind, involving a certain pretty forger. Meanwhile, Rafe sits for his exams, with his dreams of starting his own school hanging in the balance. Diane ploys all her wit and wiles upon the Dragon Chancellor.

This episode continues the story of our beloved characters.

It was so much better than the last one! It was mysterious and the ending was breathtaking. I can’t wait to read the next episode.

The plot is getting intense and I need to know how it unfolds.

Tremontaine is truly an amazing series and I’m glad I picked it up.

As I said already in reviews of previous episodes, I strongly recommend this series to fantasy lovers.

Rating: 5 stars

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September Book Haul

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The books I got this month are:

  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
  • Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
  • Sapiens: ABrief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels by Ian Morris
  • Collapse by Jared Diamond
  • Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

The Swan Ball (Tremontaine S1 Ep7) REVIEW

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The Swan Ball by Joel Derfner

Published December 9th 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 45

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

An Ugly Duckling attends the Swan Ball. Diane gets desperate.
Violent passions erupt at the Tremontaine Ball! A misunderstanding comes between Rafe and Will, while Micah threatens to expose Kaab’s secret to her family. Diane’s plans to salvage the Tremontaine name and fortune hang by a thread, and Kaab recognizes the locket sketched by Tess . . . in the last place she would have expected to see it.

This episode was all about the Tremontaine ball. It was very interesting to see how the Duchess hid the fact that they’re low on funds.

The plot of this episode was simple but still enjoyable. Almost all the characters attended the ball and it was great to see them all in the same room and witness their different reactions to the same things.

This episode had less action then the previous ones but I still liked it.

I can’t wait to read the next episode.

Rating: 4 stars

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A Fair Hand (Tremontaine S1 Ep6) REVIEW

28073893A Fair Hand by Patty Bryant & Racheline Maltese

Published December 2nd 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 47

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

The City prepares for the event of the season.
The annual Tremontaine Ball is always the event of the season. But now, with the family fortune at stake, Diane assembles her guest list with all the cunning of a general preparing a battle plan. As the chocolate merchants of the City, led by the Balam family, debate how to respond to the Duchess’s unprecedented invitation, Micah, eager to help her family, makes plans to crash the party. And Kaab finds that learning from Vincent Applethorpe is a painful experience.

In this episode, everyone is making preparations for the ball.

The plot continues to develop wonderfully. I’m really invested in the characters and I just want to keep reading the series until the end.

I love that we get to see different realities from different characters.

There’s a big array of settings and characters that keep the episodes rolling smoothly.

I am truly enjoying this series and I hope I’ll get to read the next episode soon.

Rating: 4,5 stars

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The Dagger and the Sword (Tremontaine S1 Ep5) REVIEW

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The Dagger and the Sword by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Published November 25th 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 46

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

Kaab goes blade to blade gainst Riverside’s finest
With Ben murdered, Tess needs a new protector . . . and Kaab, deeply infatuated, is determined to screen all applicants at swordpoint. Micah struggles to make her numbers come out right. And on the Hill, Diane gives Will his marching orders for the next Council meeting, on which the fate of the Tremontaine fortune hinges – and dispatches a dangerous servant to Riverside.  

In this episode, the Duchess is featured a bit more, Kaab searches for someone good enough to be Tess’ protector and Micah is still struggling to solve her equations.

The plot keeps developing and it makes me  want to read more and more.

I like the characters, they’re complex and are driven by different objectives which makes the series brilliant.

I’m really enjoying this series so far and I hope it’ll continue like this.

Rating: 4,5 stars

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