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The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin

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It ended exactly like it should have. So thankful to have found this completely engaging, addictive trilogy just when I needed an escape from reality. I whizzed through all three books in a week and a half - and they aren't small books. The story is so propulsive, you don't even realize how fast you're reading until you realize you've turned the last page.
Plain Bad Heroines, by Emily M. Danforth

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NOPE. Did not finish. Gave this baby 75 pages-worth of my life and then decided enough was enough. The plot had promise, and y'all know I'm all about the slow burn, but this one was glacial.

The timelines hopped around and I didn't connect with the characters, and even when that happens, sometimes the story itself is enough to propel me through a book....not so, here.
Still Life, by Louise Penny

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The leaves are just changing colors in Three Pines, so put on your favorite fuzzy socks, make a cup of coffee (or tea) and let yourself fall into this story. You will thank me!!

I have heard the name Louise Penny so many times over the years, but never read any of her books. I knew a decently long series was involved, and I'm normally not one for a long series, so I just assumed it wasn't for me. I shall now go on record to say I was wrong. Really wrong. I am a Three Pines convert. I want a Three Pines Mug and a Vive Gamache t-shirt. (Seriously. Christmas list, Mom!) It's difficult to describe the magic of this book. It's not a great work of literature, (but I'm not sure how many critically acclaimed "great works of literature" I can say I've actually enjoyed, come to think of it), but it's cozy and warm and atmospheric. It's like Gilmore Girls, but in book form. You fall in love with the people and the town and all the interconnected stories that float around between them. The mystery was fun and kept me guessing, but for me the characters were the best part.

Let me also say that, although I would have enjoyed reading this book on its own merit, my enjoyment was multiplied like ten times over because of the buddy read I participated in. It was so much fun hashing out each chapter, floating our 'whodunit' theories and grousing about the characters we despised or gushing over the ones we loved. If you haven't read any Louise Penny/Inspector Gamache books, or if you are already a Three Pines fan, please think about joining our brand spanking new Goodreads Group, The Penny Pushers! We plan to read one book in this series each month, and finish the entire series a year from now. Look us up! And even if you don't, go enjoy yourself some Louise Penny goodness.
The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin

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FANTASTIC. Apparently, I've been thinking about the fantasy genre all wrong. I have never called myself a fantasy reader. That name called up visions of made-up languages, unfamiliar worlds, angry elves and avenging ogres. It felt....unaccessible. Too far out of my comfort zone. I've come to realize that was a pretty silly assumption on my part.

When I really think about it, so many books I have loved - not just liked, but LOVED - Harry Potter, The Night Circus, A Discovery of Witches, Outlander, A Darker Shade of Magic have made up languages (As travars! Leviosa!) and unfamiliar worlds galore. It seems I may be a fantasy reader after all....and maybe you are too! Don't be like me and let that genre name turn you off about The Broken Earth trilogy or you will be missing out.

I LOVED The Fifth Season. Some of the terminology grated on my nerves - the use of 'rusting/rusty' as a slang word similar to the British use of 'bloody' - but I got so lost in the story and the characters it didn't matter.

(Slight trigger warning -- y'all know I'm a granny and don't do graphic sex - I will warn that there is one slightly more than steamy scene (in my own opinion - it won't be anything out of the way to a romance fan), but only the one.

I flew through this first book, and then promptly did the same with the second, The Obelisk Gate - I'm already halfway through the third. The historical significance (the only author to EVER win three consecutive Hugo Awards in three consecutive years, for each of the three novels in this trilogy) is well deserved. Highly recommended!
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (a Hunger Games Novel), by Suzanne Collins

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*Possible spoilers? But not really. :)

I loved being back in Panem. LOVED. IT. Still hate Snow.

I truly enjoyed this book, although I'll admit, I was a little dubious going in knowing it focused on the Hunger Games villain everyone loves to hate, President Snow.

I am a character reader...I'm always, always here for the characters. I need dimensional, evolving, multi-faceted characters to grab onto, people who elicit strong emotions in me. Ultimately, I like to have a character I like and can root for, but I've also been known to love stories about unequivocal bad guys. I hate weakness. I hate wishy-washy. If you're going to be something, be whatever that is in a BIG WAY.

What I Wanted - I really hoped I would meet a young President Snow and like him. I hoped he would be flawed and searching and relatable, and then readers would witness something horrible that occurred in his life, turning him into the evil man we all knew from the Hunger Games trilogy.

What I Got - Although he did go through some existential questioning, and had a few rebellious moments against the status quo.....he's pretty much always been a spoiled, whiny, wishy-washy, self-serving brat.

There did end up being some characters (heart eyes for Tigris, Lucy Gray, and Sejanus Plinth) that I loved and definitely gravitated toward, and I did end up really enjoying this book when all was said and done.

Highly recommended for Hunger Games fans!