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Mini Reviews: The Cure for Dreaming and Made for You

Mini Reviews: The Cure for Dreaming and Made for You

You know what, I put off too many mini reviews because I dread formatting them prettily or want to tie them together for a theme. Which is silly, so today’s the start of more casually structured mini reviews, which I think will still be useful even if they aren’t perfect! Today’s pairing actually does have a theme, though–both stories combine paranormal with suspense, and while I rated them both the same, I definitely thought one succeeded in what it set out to do more than the other. Title: The Cure for Dreaming Author: Cat Winters Rating: 3.5 stars Olivia Mead is fighting for women’s rights in the early 1900s–not an easy task when her father has her hypnotized in the hopes it will make her more obedient. What ends up happening is that she is somehow able to see the “truth” of what everyone’s character is, but unable to speak… Read more »

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Carnival of Secrets (formerly Carnival of Souls): review

Carnival of Secrets (formerly Carnival of Souls): review

Note from Wendy, May 2015: I received notice from a complainant in a lawsuit against Harper Collins that this title was changed from Carnival of Souls to Carnival of Secrets (Untamed City #1). Tonya reviewed this three years ago, so I was surprised that anyone noticed or cared about something so trivial in the scheme of things, particularly when that is not a unique title nor phrase. But you can read about how all this began in all its ugly glory on Bookalicious, where Pam describes the stronger language used with reviewers in cease and desist letters back in 2012. Whatever you think of the lawsuit, the fact remains that the title of the book has changed, so I’ve edited the post title to reflect that and have also added this note solely so any readers looking for our review of that book know they’re not reading a review of… Read more »

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Darkest Mercy: review

Darkest Mercy: review

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr sets up the intriguing premise of a girl who discovers a fey world hidden in the ordinary world around her. As the books progress, the mortal girl Aislynn falls in love with Seth, her mortal boyfriend; she pledges to rule the faeries as Summer Queen with Keenan, the tragic Summer King; and then she has a hard time choosing between her destiny and her heart. Along the way there are long and tedious side trips with other characters who play roles with varying degrees of importance in the overall structure of the fey world. The books are very popular, which might be due in part to gorgeous covers and a love triangle which includes an attentive, pierced and tattooed boyfriend. Is it really a triangle, though, when one party really is just trying to do his duty?  Darkest… Read more »

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