Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

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Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 24, 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
three-half-stars

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Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

Once again, I have been tricked. Bamboozled. Let the record state that A Wicked Thing is the start of a series and not a standalone. It’s not that I have anything against series, but I do like to be able to decide to start one. Reading a standalone is different because you expect everything to wrap up and this didn’t wrap up. Her journey is just beginning and why oh why can we not know it’s a series? So just know that. Either it’s a series or my rating is wrong and this book is awful and doesn’t resolve at all, but I don’t think that’s the case.

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Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #84: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #84: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4
Published by Disney Hyperion on May 5, 2007
Pages: 320
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Mythology
Format: eBook
Source: Library
four-stars

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When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared -- a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

Recommended by: Debby obvi (Snuggly Oranges)

Considering that I started this one yesterday in the evening, I’m so grateful that the Percy Jackson books are such pageturners or else I wouldn’t have finished this review for today. Now that I’m thinking on it, I was definitely flipping pages in The Titan’s Curse faster than ever before. This series is really starting to pick up speed for me. I flew through it at pegasus speed. Or something like that. Anyway, with The Titan’s Curse, I definitely feel like the stakes are starting to get much more intense, just like I’d hoped.

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Too Much Instalove Will Kill You

I’ve written about instalove before, but suddenly feel a pressing need to do so again. Various people seem to be talking about instalove once more and how unfairly maligned this particular trope is. As such, I need to put my opinion out there again just for the record.

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In most cases, I do hate instalove. Yes, I did say and do mean most. Instalove can be done well, but it generally isn’t. Often, instalove is used as an excuse not to develop the relationship between the hero and heroine. What could there be to develop if they’re already in love? So often, instalove occurs and then the couple never has any problem staying together, aside from the external forces trying to pry them apart. In cases like this, automatic hate. No relationship is perfect. It’s like love is supposed to mean you never fight and I suspect this applies in something just above zero percent of couples.

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Cover Snark (120): The One with the Corn Chips

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Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Cover Snark is coming to you from jolly old England today! Also, I have SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR Lenore Appelhans (The Memory of After/Chasing Before) with me!

Shiny and New:

1. The Silence of Six – E.C. Myers
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C: BINARY SOLO.

L: The humans are dead and have been replaced with matrix faces. I NEED MORE CIDER. *pause while Lenore gets more cider*
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Review: If I Die by Rachel Vincent

Review: If I Die by Rachel Vincent

If I Die by Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers #5
Published by Harlequin Teen on September 27, 2011
Pages: 342
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
four-stars

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The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

Whoa. I knew this series got better at a certain point, based on ratings from trusted reviewers, but it’s still startling to go from steady 3 star books to a much higher rating. I’ve been waiting for Vincent to bring it, and she totally did. If I Die gets a bit darker and raises the stakes. Also, it’s a much more emotional read than the previous ones.

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