Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Book Reports: Queen of the Tearling and Near Enemy

First, let's do a quick and dirty review slash recommendation.  Twitterature. Do ya'll follow Modern Mrs. Darcy? LOL. She hasn't done one in a while but the word twitterature has stuck in my head.

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I thought it was fabulous and I can't figure out where all the one star reviews are coming from. I don't read 'fantasy' (although obviously I read Game of Thrones)- I picked this up because Hermione. And the post apocalyptic aspect, you know I'm a sucker for those. So maybe it's not good fantasy and that's what everyone hates? I only docked a star for the 'magic saves the day at the last minute with no real explanation' aspect bc I hate that and feel like it's lazy writing. Other than that, I thought it was well written, well thought out, highly entertaining, a fun was just good! This was just a good book. It makes me so sad to see so many people hated it!!

So basically, YES PLEASE.

Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh. Another winner! I just love it when books are good.  I gave this one five stars on Goodreads and my review was short and sweet (bc it's hard to say anything unless you've read the first one): So rad. Different from the first, but also so much the same. I just loved it. LOVED. Whatever this style is called, I dig it. Five stars, easily.

Now for a huge-ass long review that probably no one cares about but I just can't quit you, Book Reviews.  Nor do I want to.

*Someone asked me why my book covers are different than the norm. It's because I'm over in London and the covers here are different, and I get almost all of my books from the library, so when I read them, I'm actually looking at the covers for however many days it takes. And I'm old and forgetful and I don't want to post the American cover and then be like what the fuck is that, I never read that book! So I hunt down pics of the actual version of the books I read. I just found out, though, that the American Martian cover is way cooler, so that sort of sucks.*

From the back of the book: Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.
It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.
But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.
Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.
Combining thrilling adventure and action, dark magic, mystery and romance, The Queen of the Tearling is the debut of a born storyteller blessed with a startling imagination.

As I said, I really enjoyed this one. I certainly wouldn't call Kelsea 'unruly' and she wasn't quite as developed as a character as I'd want. I loved her foster parents, I hope the next one goes into them a lot more, but who knows. I thought it was more than a believable stretch the way Kelsea went from literally only having EVER interacted with two people IN HER ENTIRE LIFE, to being 'one of the guys' with her guard.  Maybe it's just me, but I feel like joining society would be a little bumpier than that. 

But the main reason I picked this one up, besides Nikki telling me to, is because it's gonna be a movie with Hermione and even though Noah was basically the most awful movie I've ever seen, I still have faith in her.  Noah was a pass, hopefully she redeems herself.  Although Beauty and the Beast? C'mon Granger.  

From the back of the book: New York is toxic—decimated by a dirty bomb years ago.  The limnosphere is a virtual safe haven—if you’re rich enough to buy in.  Spademan is a hit man—box-cutter at the ready.
His latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife lurking around other people’s fantasies.  As Spademan is about to close the deal, Lesser comes back from the limn with a wild claim: terrorists are planning to attack New York. Again. This time from the inside out.
Man, this was another wild ride.  This, and Shovel Ready, are a very specific kind of book, you have to know what you're getting into before you start. They're very violent, very graphic. VERY GOOD. I wouldn't recommend this to everyone I meet, but if I know you and I think you could handle it, it's just so awesome. I did find this one slightly confusing because I guess I don't remember some of the details of Shovel Ready, but still. Ya'll, it's so good!!!

*Linking up again with Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop with #3*


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  2. This is so perfect! I usually stick with mystery/thriller, but for some reason I've been itching to read some fantasy or historical fiction that leans towards fantasy. Have you read "Grave Mercy" or anything by Lee Child?
    ♥ Jill of

    1. I've read about the first ten Jack Reacher books- I love them. I feel like they're my guilty pleasure. Never heard of Grave Mercy, I'll have to look into that one...

  3. I've never heard of ANY of these books but they sound like nail biters! I'm interested!

    1. Queen of the Tearling was REALLY good. I hesitate to really recommend Shovel Ready and Near Enemy unless you REALLY know what you're getting into- they're both hyper violent. Like, extremely dark and violent. Just as fair warning. But so good!!!

  4. Okay, so now I bought Queen of the Tearling today! Can't wait!