Review: Seraphina

Seraphina
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I picked up this book because it’s sequel came up as “Books like Red Queen” and I wanted to read the first book so the second one made sense. And yes you need to read the first to understand the second.

This book has a lot going for it, strong main character and strong female secondary characters. There is next to no girl hate in here and what is there is regulated to a few lines on one part of the book. The only drawback to this is the amount of violent woman death. Thankfully two are dead before the story starts, Seraphina’s mother and Lars’ mother. Another dies due to being poisoned. While the death of men remains low, one is stabbed, two are beheaded. One before the story.

So what about diversity...

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Review: Awoken

Awoken
Awoken by Serra Elinsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best book for the worst in YA!
Only it really failed to be THE WORST after my recent read. I honestly was liking the book as I was reading it and it got touching in parts. The end climax however got silly in parts with the repetition of words. However overall it’s a good “worst” book. It could have been more horrible in parts, so that was very lacking. I mean if you are going to be racist, don’t half-ass it. The misogyny was almost non-existant. We had Epistola that was the promiscuous scorned woman and Andi was the insignificant female to her might man man. Past that however I didn’t see enough girl hate, super blatant racism, nor horrible domestic abuse that is “sooo romantic”.
 
Still it was an enjoyable read and it c...

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Review: Pet Noir

Pet Noir
Pet Noir by Pati Nagle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

EDIT: I received this book in a LibraryThing’s Giveaway.

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but with the Noir part comes all the misogyny with it. All the women in the book are either criminals, sex objects or mothers and that includes the cats. YES, even the female cats are only there for Leon’s pleasure. Women are spoken of as being “impossible to understand” and other such nonsense. So really the stories were cliche and bland.

Another thing that keeps getting mentioned is food, Leon the main cat is always eating and begging for scraps and food that it’s more or less filler for most of the book. It really felt like a lot of repetition. Overall none of the stories were deep crime thrillers or maybe even noir thrillers.

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Review: 銀河英雄伝説 1 黎明篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 1]

銀河英雄伝説 1 黎明篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 1]
銀河英雄伝説 1 黎明篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 1] by Yoshiki Tanaka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So for that most part this book plays out like a shounen story. Each leader is super smart and powerful and knows how to out maneuver the regulars only with space ships and armadas. Only a shounen story told more intelligently and without 99% of the misogyny.

Don’t get me wrong. Tanaka’s views are rutted in the past, with the men doing everything and being the heirs of everything. However looking at some of his other works. it looks like maybe his views evolved over time since this was written in the 80s. Even then the women in this book usually have agency, like Greenhill, Windsor and an upcoming character...

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Dungeon Complete – Book Of Molime I

Book of Molime

The Grand Maze has been around for as long as anyone knows. Daily many go into the maze, however none have ever reached the bottom. An out of work Bladenzer, changes jobs to the more profitable healing trade and returns to the maze to see if she can find the end and make a bit of coin doing it. However one does not delve into the Maze alone, she drum up a rag tag band of followers to help her along the way. What lurks below the town and what secrets do the monsters have there?

Book can be bought from Create Space | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

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