Size Doesn’t Matter (42): Mini Reviews by a Lazy Blogger

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Size Doesn’t Matter (42): Mini Reviews by a Lazy BloggerThe Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Series: The Nameless City #1
Published by First Second on April 5, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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three-stars

Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands once again. The natives don't let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.

Kaidu is one such outsider. He's a Dao born and bred--a member of the latest occupying nation. Rat is a native of the Nameless City. At first, she hates Kai for everything he stands for, but his love of his new home may be the one thing that can bring these two unlikely friends together. Let's hope so, because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.

Bear with me on The Nameless City because I read this a month ago and, uh, it’s not very fresh. I don’t know about you guys, but I find that there are some books that stick with me and some that sort of immediately leave my head as soon as they enter, and The Nameless City was more the latter. It’s pretty cool, but it’s also very clearly targeting younger readers.

The nameless city is a cool setting and I really like the character of Rat and how badass she is. However, I felt like the story floated too high above. There’s not much detail, and you don’t get that deep into plot, world building, or characterization. I enjoy Hicks’ art and the story’s pleasant such as it is, but I don’t think I’ll be following along with the next volume.

This series should be more of a hit with younger or reluctant readers.

Size Doesn’t Matter (42): Mini Reviews by a Lazy BloggerKindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell #1
Published by Pocket Books on June 28, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 323
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .
Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

After reading Jenn Bennett’s YA debut, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, I desperately wanted to read her adult series. While not up to the standard of her YA (WHICH YOU SHOULD READ—HEED TO MY YELLING OR I SHALL NOT STOP), Kindling the Moon was unique for all the urban fantasy I’ve read, had some great plot twists, and got me to sort of ship something that’s so completely not what I’m into. For those reasons, I pushed the rating up from a three, even though that’s more where my enjoyment/engagement was for much of the book.

Kindling the Moon is a sort of lackluster series starter in that the pace is uneven and it’s just kind of strange. Still, I think it’s a nice foundation for what could become something really special. Arcadia Bell is a fabulous heroine, full of verve and chutzpah. She’s a bitch who will say things straight out, but she also does what she can to help people. Basically, she’s my favorite kind of person/heroine. I’m definitely into her and want to follow on her journey.

The magic system is really cool and more involved than I feel like the paranormal romances I’ve read tend to get. Bennett really does care about the world building stuff. I think there should be some definite appeal for fans of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. The attempts to track down a particular demon reminded me of Giles and Buffy in the library researching.

That said, it’s like an alternate reality where Giles and Buffy are a couple? Oh god, what a horrifying way to put that. So Arcadia’s like 24, and her love interest, Lon, is 42. Ew, right? But also they do kinda work, and I don’t know how. I mean, he even has a 13 year old son, Jupe. I should HATE this ship. And a chillun, why???? But actually Jupe is awesome; he may even be my favorite character. Somehow Bennett manages to keep me from being anti this ship, which is fucking miraculous tbh given the age gap, the kid, and the fact that Lon has LONG BLOND HAIR AND A MUSTACHE. *mentally takes him to the barber*

So yeah, it’s weird. I still don’t really know how to feel about all of that, but the fact that I’m not opposed is amazing because those are all ship dealbreakers for me generally and yet SOMEHOW. Magic. I had to set the series aside for a bit because of my trip and new releases I need to read before I get spoiled, but I’m excited to get back to it when the mood strikes!

Size Doesn’t Matter (42): Mini Reviews by a Lazy BloggerThe Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Fixer #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on July 7, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 372
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather's ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess's classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for this compelling teen drama with a political twist.

The Fixer is so boss. Honestly, I rated too low the first time for reasons I don’t even know. I wanted to reread before I read the sequel, and it’s just as good as it was the first time. Like, I actually purchased a Kindle copy of The Fixer, even though I’d purchased hardback previously, so that I could read it on my trip. That’s how much I love this book. TAKE MY MONEY, JENNIFER LYNN BARNES.

Original review holds true, so I’m not going to get into any more detail here except to say

READ THIS SERIES

One response to “Size Doesn’t Matter (42): Mini Reviews by a Lazy Blogger”

  1. Arie says:

    I was a bit disappointed with Bennett’s Arcadia series (especially with the ship), but her Historical PNR series is on point. Definitely swoony <3

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