Book Review – A Promise of Fire

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Everyone, welcome to this session of “How Many Tropes Can We Fit Into One Book?”

You will notice that your usual host has been rendered speechless by the absurd level of trope stuffing in this book, so I’ve taken over for today.

Now, for all of you that wanted a copy of Kate Daniels without the badass Kate and the hotness of Curran, but with some teenage drama thrown in, you’ve come to the right place.
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Shallow Reader Post – Isn’t it Bromantic


Hello everyone! Are you having a good New Year? ‘Cause I’m not, I have two essays due soon (sobs in despair). I realize I’ve been missing for a while, and it’s mostly because I haven’t actually read any books. There’s a bunch of sequels releasing this month, so fingers crossed. Meanwhile, have this short review.

The story follows Deadpool in his attempts to befriend Spiderman, who quit the Avengers for some vague reason I don’t get. Of course, since this is Deadpool, his ulterior motives have ulterior motives, so things are fairly complicated.

Strangely, I actually sort of ship this now? Read the review here.

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Shallow Reader Post – Darkseid War


Hola! I have realized why some people might decide never to start reading comics. They come with a great deal of history, convoluted relationships and endless reboots that aren’t really reboots. Not knowing even one of these details can sometimes kill a book. And because there were things I didn’t know at the time of reading this Justice League volume, it kinda sucked:

But the reality was more like…

Some barely comprehensible backstory (I had to reread it to get the whole exchanging sons thing)
Some randomly distributed murders by Darkseid’s generalissimo(or is it Antimonitor’s, I forget)
Followed by this completely badass Darkseid’s daughter character(Grail?)whose motivations I don’t fully understand
Some more backstory about Grail and a gibberish prophecy, also something about Luthor’s heartless sister, all random
The Flash and Bats in CSI mode(I realize much later that this volume is part of DC Rebirth; until then confused by Flash’s presence)

Read the rest of my babbling here. In the mean time, how much are you dreading school on a scale of one to 10? A 100?

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Shallow Reader Post – Witch Hunter Angela


With some difficulty, I’m managing to keep up the biweekly posting (wheezes). So forgive me if this review is not particularly helpful or entertaining, because I’m slightly running out of steam. I was intrigued by the cover of this particular comic and my intrigue stopped at the cover after I read it:

I thought Angela was part of the Asgardian mythology but here she seems to have nothing to do with it. Which is just confusing, because that’s the defining trait of the character? Also, who is this Serah person?

Read the review here and look forward to a hopefully cheerier post on Friday!

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Shallow Reader Post – Magdalena


Happy Leap Year Day, everyone! It’s been a while since I rage ranted in a snide fashion, so I decided not to disappoint. As an archaeology student, I always revel in someone else’s misery. Especially my own. Here’s an excerpt:

I don’t want to recount the plot because it gives me the hives just thinking about it. But in essence it is:


Magdalena (the new one) is sent out to kill Jackie Enchilada Esta-something
Jackie has IQ reducing conversations with his literal demons
A prostitute and an enthusiastic Christian zealot have a pointless conversation on a bus
Some girl is dying of a coma somewhere and is somehow related to Jackie
Maggie finds Jackie
Fight scenes ensue where Maggie says meaningful things like, “The power of Christ compels you” and “OMG”
Jackie and the tentacle monsters say meaningful things like “!@£% you, ^&*$!”

Read the rest of that fairly long rant here. And then heave a sigh of relief that a certain someone finally won the Oscar 😉

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Book Review – The Great Zoo of China

The Great Zoo of ChinaThe Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Warning: Lots of rage-ranting and spoilers ahead.

Once upon a time, there was a book that desperately wanted to cash in on Jurassic World. Somehow this book managed to sneak a look at the script and thought, “Well, if I just change the dinos to dragons, no one will notice!” But the book knew it needed some science to back it up, or it would lose credibility. What with all those reviewers on GR coming down like a ton of bricks on every novel these days, it decided to Google some stuff and again hope that no one would notice. And apparently, the tactic sorta worked.  Continue reading

Book Review – The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real MagicThe Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Warning: mild spoilers.

First off, I bought this book when I was in the store and the cover caught my eye. The blurb sounded interesting and I read a few pages. All in all, not bad. Soon after, I ended up travelling for 3 days left and right. I get cranky when I do that and lots of things were frustrating me, so this book was supposed to be my solace. Even when it slowed down unbearably in the middle, I was invested enough to continue.
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