Book Review: Cruel by Ashley R. Carlson


All I can say is: MORE, MORE, MORE! I read this book in just under an hour, and I want more of this rich, interesting world. I loved the characters, the background, and the villains. I loved everything about it. The pace moved right along steadily, with the writing not bogged by down unnecessarily long histories and description of this new world. It was so easy to suspend my disbelief and really immerse myself in the world Carlson created, so kudos to the author! The only reason it isn’t a full 5 stars is because I wish it was longer. More time imprisoned, more subtle fighting with the Big Bad, more everything.

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fast-paced, tension-filled sci-fi read! Well done. You’ve got a fan in me.

Original Review Date: August 26th, 2014

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Review: The Warrior Queen (Guinevere #1) by Lavinia Collins


I loved this book. Loved it. The only thing that stopped me from giving it a full 5 stars was that I found it to be a little slow in the build-up… Sort of the… mid-beginning to middle half of the book seemed to drag on a little. However, all that aside, I simply adored this book. I loved all the characters, even the less personable ones. Everyone was unique and on point. This is actually the first Camelot-inspired book that I’ve read, and I think these characterizations will stick with me for all future books. The romances were great, the smut was tasteful and not overbearing, and Guinevere was stunning as the narrative lead.

What I liked most, I think, was that the author didn’t go out of her way to make Arthur a brute. Readers didn’t need to be spoon-fed why our leading lady’s eye might start to wander. Arthur wasn’t portrayed as some jerk, but rather a good leader and a good king, and a husband who could use a little tweaking here and there. Lancelot is also my kind of hero, so I was happy with his personality too.

I can’t gush about this book enough. I was a little unsure, like I said, with the slow-ish beginning, but then all of a sudden I just fell in love. Even the ending worked for me, especially since I knew there was more to the story. Can’t wait to tackle the next two books in the series.

Fun fact: I initially thought this book was YA. … I don’t know WHY or HOW that crossed my mind, but the first smutty scene definitely put it into perspective.

Original Review Date: August 26th, 2014

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