September 2018 Wrap-Up

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Another great reading month! I read 4 1/2 books! 

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My Rating: 2 Stars

First Lessons was interesting, but only if it was half a book. It’s a bout a woman who dies and wakes up in another women’s body AND in another world AND in medieval times! It was very interesting to see how the main character invented things to make her world more modern. But that was literally the whole book. My full review is HERE.

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My Rating: 3 Stars

This one was so cute!! A perfect, light, sci-fi romance! I read this one in a day. I thought it was a unique take on how to fix a failing colony on a planet in the middle of nowhere space! I am on a blog tour for this on October 12! So look out for my full review then!

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36430924 (1)Beneath the Citadel

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

This one was super interesting! I liked the writing, the story, and the magic. I didn’t like the character chemistry. They seemed like they didn’t like each other. And it got annoying how angsty they were. You can find my review HERE.

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So these next two books I am going to call honorable mentions. I finally, FINALLY finished Voyager. It’s taken me six months on audioble because my son repeats things and talks. I was afraid to listen to it in the car. He already says things that I have no idea where he gets them from.  He’s two and a half. The next one is the one I am calling my half. And that is For A Muse of Fire. I am so close to being done! It’s so good!!

What did you read this month?

Happy Adventuring

First Lessons (A Medieval Tale, #1) Spoiler Free Review

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Author: Lina J. Potter

Publisher: Litworld 

Publication Date: April 15, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Russian Literature

My Rating: 2 Stars

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Synopsis

“A brilliant Medical school graduate Aliya, a sporty and active girl, dies suddenly in a car crash… only to find herself reborn in a completely different body, in the middle of a dilapidated castle during Medieval times. While confused and dismayed, Aliya realizes she has been given another chance at life — so she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work on restoring her new castle and her new life.

Aliya has an unusual and difficult goal: reborn as Countess Lilian; she must learn to adjust to an unfamiliar world while trying to introduce the daily conveniences from her familiar modern world. She needs to take care of the collapsing estate of Irton and its inhabitants while living in the past as a disenfranchised woman. Regular robbers and slave-holders attacks won’t let her live in peace, killers and spies are just waiting for her to show a bit of weakness so that they can strike. On the horizon, there is a prospect of meeting with her perpetually absent husband, whom by the way, after her rebirth as Countess Lilian, Aliya has never even seen.

“First Lessons” is the opening book of the series “Medieval Tale” by Lina J. Potter. The heroine finds herself only at the beginning of a thorny path to progress and happiness. She makes her first steps, building a defense for herself, her new friends, and her rapidly developing business empire — and this is no piece of cake for sure. Despite everything, she has to still go up against the unprogressive and sexist society of the Medieval Ages, with only her knowledge, science, experience, and strong will on her side. Still, Lilian has to act carefully in order not to draw too much attention to her innovations — she knows she could be praised for her genius, or conversely, accused of witchcraft.

Aliya-turned-Countess Lilian gets acquainted and communicates easily with everyone from noble people, peasants, artisans, notorious pirates, proud traders of the East, and even with members of the royal family… but will she be able to bring peace to her own family?

Her plan is to make the best of her unusual circumstances to make the world better. She is not a girl in trouble, waiting for a prince in shining armor — she strives to achieve everything herself.

Will Lilian forge her own “happy-ever-after?” And if so, at what cost?”

My Review

*I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.*

So this is the first review that I am having a hard time writing. The problem is that there wasn’t actually anything wrong with the book, it just needed to be twice as long. The whole book was pretty much an information dump about the “fantasy” world. I use fantasy loosely because it took place in a pretend medieval world but there weren’t any fantasy elements in it.

I just feel as though a lot more could have been done in this world. She woke up in a different body and all she did was go to another town and figure out how she was going to slowly modernize her estate. That’s it. That’s the whole book. So, while it was very interesting to read about her ideas and how she would accomplish them within a medieval setting, I wanted more story to it.

Now my understanding is that Russian literature is like that. A LOT of world building and information. I liked reading about how she solved problems and how she is making money on her own without her no good husband.

Final Thoughts. I’m not sure I will continue with this series. I liked it, but only if it was half a book.

Happy Adventuring

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