Speed Reading – YA Book ‘Reviews’ Part 4

Here’s part 4 of my YA blitz reviews.  For the curious, part one and the explanation of this ‘series’ can be found here.  For the truly invested, here are part two and part three.

As always, warning for SPOILERS!

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DNF-ing Books

Did Not Finish.

To me, that’s the worst thing you can say about a book.  It means there wasn’t enough there for you to get through it.  The plot and the characters and the world and the writing weren’t enough.  Not one single aspect.  As an aspiring author, I think that would be the worst review I could get, worse even than a one-star.  At least a one-star reviewer got through the book.

So I hate DNF-ing books.  Hate it.

But recently, I’ve been doing it more often.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Good Books That Aren’t Spec-Fic

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by the broke and the bookish.  Each week, there’s a different topic.  Come up with your list of top ten, post it, and then add to the link at b&b’s masterpost, then bounce around and see other people’s lists.

This week’s theme was Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book.  So since I normally read speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy), this is everything but.

So, here we go:

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Review – The Blackthorn Key

The Blackthorn Key (Christopher Rowe, #1)The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Tell no one what I’ve given you.”

Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn—with maybe an explosion or two along the way.

But when a mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries, the trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart.

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Review – Dead Heat

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4)Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega 4) by Patricia Briggs
Synopsis from Goodreads:
For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

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