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Wri•ter \ˈrī-tər\: Neurotic librarian, lives in dream world, mutters to self, addicted to caffeine, edits compulsively, kills people for entertainment.

Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another story set in the troll world, but with a different tribe (um–tribe is probably the wrong word for describing the different troll cultures, but I can’t remember the correct terminology, so just roll with it).

The main character in this series is a scrappy underdog, and I really enjoyed how she sticks to what she thinks and believes. She is also brutally honest, which sometimes results in some hurt feelings, but it makes her a fascinating character.

This story shares a lot more information about the wider world of the trolls, which I really loved.

Book 247 read in 2018

Pages: 321

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles, #2)Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These book are so easy to consume, and I also enjoyed this one. It did feel a bit more all over the place than the first book, but not necessarily in a bad way. I think the plot is just a bit more random for this story, though I almost didn’t notice, as I enjoyed the characters so much.

When you read all 3 books back to back, it’s a bit difficult to think of them as separate books, rather than one really long story. If you asked me to tell you at what point book one ends and book two begins, I couldn’t.

Overall, I’m still enjoying this. I went straight on to book 3, and the audiobooks are excellent.

Book 248 Read in 2018

Pages: 309

Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles, #3)Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m going to miss this world.

Lots of death and chaos in this one. The end felt a bit abrupt to me, but it’s reasonably thorough, which means it was probably just me.

Book 249 read in 2018

Pages: 432

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Bright Side Trilogy by Kim Holden

Gus (Bright Side, #2)Gus by Kim Holden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was difficult at first, as Gus worked through his grief, but it then became a heartfelt story about rebuilding your life after loss and trauma. Gus is wow, but I almost enjoyed Scout more. She had a hard time finding her strength, but it was always there, which made her a fascinating character who showed a lot of growth throughout the story.

Book 245 read in 2018

Pages: 389

Franco (Bright Side, #3)Franco by Kim Holden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure if I could love this one at first, because it’s a big change from stories that primarily revolved around Bright Side. However, the longer I read it, the more I loved it. Franco is fantastic. This book has a lot of humor and warmth, which was needed after all the tragedy and drama of the previous books.

That’s not to say there is no hardship experienced in this story, because there is. But you leave it feeling refreshed, instead of crushed.

Book 246 read in 2018

Pages: 207

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The Naughty Princess Club by Tara Sivec

At the Stroke of Midnight (The Naughty Princess Club, #1)At the Stroke of Midnight by Tara Sivec
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is absolutely hilarious. Repeatedly. I maybe even snorted a few times.

The best part is the 3 women, who are all very different, and how they develop such an odd friendship. I adore that, far more than even the actual romance part, though wow. It’s scorching and spicy on the Cinderella & Prince Charming front.

Also, I obviously love the fairytale retelling. I confess I’ve never read a fairytale retelling that was so . . . shall we say risqué and indelicate? Okay, it’s actually more like bawdy, in a very in your face sort of way that is so shocking and always funny.

Woot! I think that’s the first time I’ve ever worked the word bawdy into a review before, but I just looked it up to be sure, and it describes this book exactly:

“Bawdy: dealing with sexual matters in a comical way; humorously indecent.”

This is delightfully bawdy! Feel free to quote me on book covers.

Book 242 read in 2018

Pages: 261

In Bed with the Beast (The Naughty Princess Club, #2)In Bed with the Beast by Tara Sivec
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is ridiculously delightful, especially for a librarian who grew up watching Beauty & the Beast. Belle puts all her money into trying to save her library, until a disagreement with her father leaves her homeless and sleeping in the library.

Intro Beast. He’s gruff. He’s bossy. He’s mysterious, and he loves books. Mix that together with some ridiculous shenanigans by the gals of the Naughty Princess club, and this book is as hilarious and unexpected as book one.

Tara Sivec is a wizard with characterization. She has such dynamic characters, and they never cross that borderline into feeling like caricatures. I’d pretty much read anything about these 3 women, even if there was no real plot.

Book 243 read in 2018

Pages: 304

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