The story follows a witch, Salaire, who learns about her mother’s troubling deal to get what she wanted. In the end, it is Salaire who must follow through on the deal and lead the nonhumans to freedom.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn’t want to put it down. The dialogue kept the story going with enough description to show where we were in this magical world. From the onset of the story, it is evident that Salaire just wants to be left alone but by the end, she is thriving in her new role which shows great character growth.
There was some indication of a potential love interest but it didn’t delve deeply into that part of the storyline. Thank goodness! Too many stories get sidetracked by the love interest and I lose interest in the story.
The characters were all very interesting and had their own personality. I even read their dialogues in the voices I thought they would be using. From the witch to the wolves to the dwarves and everyone in between it was interesting to see how they all came together.
Even though this is the first in the series the ending was still very satisfying. I am always very disappointed in a book when nothing is resolved, luckily the troubles that arose in this book were handled in this book. The epilogue was the cliffhanger, as it should be, showing where the next book will lead us.
This book is worth the read and I hope to review the next in the series when it comes out.
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Hive takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where an alien force decimated the world. There are now pockets of humans trying to survive and hopefully, end the hive for good.
There are strong characters throughout the book and you see the relationships change among them. The main character really comes into his own by the end of the book. The writing is effective in transplanting the reader into the hive’s world.
I enjoyed the story and the twists throughout. No spoilers here but there are exciting twists!
There was quite a bit of description used, especially in regards to the weapons. The amount of description was tedious to read. The weaponry descriptors were strange and things I wouldn’t have known if not for video games.
Overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series.
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When I first read the title ‘Manflu,’ I didn’t have very high expectations. It is a weird title, but Simone delivers an excellent book that I didn’t want to put down.
The basis of the book is that an illness has killed most men or those that survived were bedridden. A few men prove to be immune, and some never caught it at all and are housebound. The main character is a scientist working on a cure, while others are trying to sabotage her.
The writing is excellent and easy to read. Each character had their own unique personality. Every time stopped reading; I couldn’t wait to get back and see what would happen next. It felt like I was watching a movie in my head as she transported me to this world with Manflu.
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Strange is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about this book. In a post-apocalyptic world with supernatural blizzards, strange is a perfect fit.
I’ll admit that the first couple of chapters had me expecting a poorly written book with so much random jargon that I wasn’t going to be able to enjoy it. I was happy to be incorrect. The author sets the stage for the rest of the book through the language he chose in the first couple of chapters, which makes sense once you continue reading. There is an easy shift between perspectives and language used depending on the scene.
Overall, the story was not what I expected, and it was interesting to see the character’s growth. A lot of description was used, which helped show the landscape after a long war—taking us through various aspects of a world utterly unknown to us.
As the story finally concluded, many of the pieces I wondered about fell into place. Though I still have a few questions (but I won’t give you spoilers).
If you like strange books (and are an adult – the language choices are geared towards an adult audience), then this will be right up your alley.
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This is the story of someone whose life is turned upside down. It doesn’t go into much detail about what happened, which left me with questions. Whatever did happen meant that she needed to move and purge unneeded items; at a garage sale. The book focuses on the strange occurrences that transpired during the garage sale.
In our day-to-day lives, we often dismiss coincidences, but what if they mean something more? The author explains how each occurrence, no matter how small or coincidental it may seem, actually meant something much, much more significant.
The book is an easy and smooth read. Each chapter outlines a different event that happened during the garage sale. This gives the reader a natural stopping point without leaving us hanging to read the next chapter. Perhaps after reading this book, you will see the small things in life as big things.
If you aren’t into religion you may still enjoy this book. It does not delve into the bible or give any one religious perspective. It is more about what could happen if we look at things in a different way.
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