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Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
Shades of Milk and Honey

ikram, April 16, 2013

This is an interesting book. It's well-written and well-plotted and the ending may surprise you. I was expecting parts of it (like the romantic pairings - it is, after all, a period romance at its roots) but not how it all played it out at the climax. It was nice to be surprised.

I also love the magic system that the author has invented here. It's subtle, as it has to be to keep history on track, but she's definitely planting the seeds for interesting uses of glamour in future books.
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Fracture by Megan Miranda

ikram, April 7, 2013

There is so many aspects of this story that I just adored, even though some of them weren’t the happiest of times but I just loved the world that the author created. The idea of someone coming back to life and then having the ability to feel other people dying but not only that, also creating someone else with the same ability was just brilliant. It was kind of like Good vs. Evil; Delaney being good and Troy being bad. You can’t have one without the other, like yin and yang and I adored the combination of it in this story.

Overall, Fracture was a fantastic read. Megan Miranda did an awesome job and I can’t wait to see what comes next from her. I’d highly recommend this to any reader but especially to people that weren’t fans of If I Stay, like me because it may just surprise them.
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Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
Woke Up Lonely

ikram, April 7, 2013

An extremely rich book. The story is far-fetched -- est-like cult; secret Sin City beneath Cincinnati; undercover operatives from the West going deep into North Korea --- but despite the narrative extremes, the well-drawn characters and even more deeply felt situations and relationships keep us pinned to the ground, as we wish, perhaps more than some of the characters, that these people find what they are looking for.
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Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
Life after Life

ikram, April 7, 2013

There is whimsy and humor laced throughout this novel and it makes for a beautiful contrast to the more serious components of tragedy and war. Life is a farce after all; if you can't find the humor in it you've been doing it wrong or have missed the point entirely. Atkinson has not missed the point. As readers, we are in capable hands. She has one helluva story to tell you, and trust me, you don't want to miss it.
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The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
The Accursed

ikram, April 7, 2013

I finished The Accursed feeling as ill as some of the characters, as insane as others, and as despairing. There are villains, there are heroes, there is evil and God, but who is who and which is which had confounded me for almost 700 pages. The world we "see" is not the world that is. As one of Oates' titles exhorts us, "You Must Remember This."
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