Wednesday Reviews: ALTERED (CREWEL WORLD)

AlteredIn this second volume, Adelice Lewys and her friends Erick and Jost find themselves on the strange Planet Earth (where they’ve never been before). Adelice discovers who her real father is, but the mother she loved so much in Arras is beyond repair, a mere “remnant”.

ALTERED becomes a Quest Story, this time to find the Whorl in a race against time as Cormac Patton, the powerful figure from Arras (who wanted to trap Adelice into marrying him in Volume One), sends his “people” to find her. As this novel takes us away from the stunning details of Arras world, and from Adelice’s incredible talent with weaving, the writing becomes less compelling. Despite this, Gennifer Albin manages to write a page-turner that will make readers want to know what happens next. Four stars. 

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Wednesday Reviews: CREWEL (CREWEL WORLD)

CrewelSixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has tried so hard to FAIL her obligatory weaving exam. Unfortunately, on the day of testing, she slips for just one moment, showing off her great skill.

That night, they come for her.

The rest of the story is about Adelice’s growing realization of her power, and of how the strange world she finds herself in works, as she graduates from Eligible to Spinster (one who has the skill to mend the weave-world that is Arras), to Creweler (one who can actually make new matter.) Every time Adelice’s fingers touch those threads, Ms. Albin’s writing becomes extraordinarily compelling.

Things come to a head when she learns she’s going to be reprogrammed to make her more suitable to become the wife of the powerful (and much older) Cormac. Five stars for a stunningly imaginative new world, three stars for a predictable love-triangle, making four stars. 

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Wednesday Reviews: FLAME OF SEVENWATERS by Juliet Marillier

FlameOfSevenwatersI loved FLAME OF SEVENWATERS. I thought author Juliet Marillier did a wonderfully sensitive job in talking about disability, and how hard it is for a differently-abled person to find the things in life that matter most, such as a partner who loves us for ourselves despite our flaws.

I won’t talk about the plot here so as not to spoil the story, but the stakes are very high and it has wonderful plot twists and a satisfyingly resonant ending. Five stars. 

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Today is your last chance to get your discounted copy of TWO MURDERS REAPED!

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Wednesday Reviews: THE WELL OF SHADES by Juliet Marillier

TheWellOfShadesTHE WELL OF SHADES, the last and third volume of THE BRIDEI CHRONICLES by author Juliet Marillier again makes Faolan a chief player. This time his love interest is the fierce and fragile Elie, daughter of an Irish warrior who helped save Faolan’s life in Volume 2. As usual, Marillier takes the reader on quite an adventure, but this time it was more successful as both of her characters were flawed human beings who grow and change.

Of all the volumes in this series, I enjoyed this one the best. Five stars. 

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Kindle Countdown for TWO MURDERS REAPED starts today!

Lady Cecylee is pleased to announce that the fourth volume of her memoirs will be available today at a discount as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal that will commence at 8 of the clock Pacific Time. Please click on the picture below to get the link.

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Today is your last chance to get your discounted copy of THWARTED QUEEN!

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Wednesday Reviews: THE BLADE OF FORTRIU by Juliet Marillier

BladeOfFortriuTHE BLADE OF FORTRIU, the second volume of THE BRIDEI CHRONICLES (THE DARK MIRROR is the first volume) pairs the intriguing spy and assassin Faolan, with a minor character from King Bridei’s court. Ana is a royal hostage kept there to ensure that the King of the Light Isles, her father, will not betray Bridei.

Like Bridei in THE DARK MIRROR, Ana is also a too-perfect character who can be annoying for exactly that reason. So it’s great that Faolan finds her so annoying and a bit of a pain in the neck. Just as I was enjoying how their relationships was unfolding, Marillier threw a spanner in the works by making Ana fall in love with someone that she basically can’t see. Marillier would have lost me at that point, except for her truly lovely descriptions which made the story come alive for me. Four stars. 

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Kindle Countdown for THWARTED QUEEN starts today!

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Today is your last chance to get your discounted copy of ONE SEED SOWN!

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