Blogging for Brooks #1/14| Book Review: City of Stairs (Divine Cities #1) by Robert Jackson Buennett

City of Stairs Book Cover City of Stairs
Divine Cities #1
Robert Jackson Bennett
Sci-Fi Fantasy
Jo Fletcher Books
October 2, 2014
DARC
400
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You've got to be careful when you're chasing a murderer through Bulikov, for the world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and all worship of them banned by the Polis, reality folded; now stairs lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals disappear into thin air. The murder of Dr Efrem Pangyui, the Polis diplomat researching the Continent's past, has begun something and now whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners. Only one woman may be willing to pursue the truth - but it is likely to cost her everything.

The book was about the politics, culture and religious beliefs of a place called the continent, which I think is meant to be some in the far east. It is full of love, death (murder), mystery and intrigue.

I loved this fantastic book although at times I found it quite heavy going due to the combination of the cultural and historical religious basis of the story.

The Authors writing style and world building was great and at times made me feel like I was actually part of the story which made the story even more intrigiung. Shara the main character in the story was a very interesting, well educated, strong willed, gentle and loving person who was able to see things for what they were; and because of this was a character I connected with immediately and remained connected to through out the book. Her interactions with all the other characters really gave a me an idea of what they were like as individuals and how they developed as a group.

All the characters were really well developed but with room for further development in future books.

I will read this book again as well as recommend it to others and buy it as a gift for anyone I know who will enjoy it which is why I gave the book a 4 star rating. Having read this book and it being the first book in a series I know that I will without doubt read the other books.

This book was obtained from bloggingforbooks.com to be read in exchange for an honest unbiased review which I feel I have provided.

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Well I’m signing off now but If any of you out there have read this book I would love to know what you thought of it. Also would you recommend the other books in the series.

Michelle Turner – Promised

Author Biography

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born                              in Chillicothe, The United States   July 15
gender                           female
website                          http://michelleturnerauthor.blogspot.com/
twitter username      ShellJTurner
genre                             ParanormalRomanceYoung Adult
member since            March 2012
About this author: Michelle is a 28 year old native Ohioan. Go Buckeyes! She lives with her husband and son. When she isn’t spending time with her family or working you can find her with her nose stuck in a good book. On October 3, 2012 she released her first book as an independent author, Reviving Bloom.

 

Book Information

Promised (Promised Series, #1)  Kindle Book
  File Size: 353 KB

  •   Print Length: 225 pages
   ASIN: B00CW35AJO
  Goodreads: Read 4 Review book – Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A.
  Books

Review

synopsis: Linc knows Wyn is the girl for him.

Wyn knows Linc is the boy for her.

But she’s promised to another.

Lincoln “Linc” Tatman had been at his new school for months and he thought he’d met all the girls it had to offer. Until one day, he spied Wyn sitting against a tree and realized this new place had been hiding the girl of his dreams. He goes out of his way to get to know her, even though he’s warned that it’s a hopeless case. But he’s determined to win her, even if she can only be his for a short time.

Arwyn “Wyn” Scott is the black sheep of her big gypsy family. When most of the girls her age are dropping out to start their own families, she begs her parents to stay. She doesn’t fit in with the gypsy teens and the regular teens are too afraid of her five older brothers to get close. Then Linc comes into her life, showing her a new life she never thought she could have. She can’t stop herself from falling head first for the boy.

Can Wyn leave behind her family and their traditions to follow her heart, or will she become a young gypsy wife

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I couldn’t put this book down from the moment I started reading it to the moment I finished it which is why it only took me just over 24 hours to read it and I loved it so much because it was fascinating getting an insight in to the beliefs and traditions of the “gypsy” community as well as due to the love story between Wyn and Lincoln.  It was because of this that I gave the book ‘5 stars out of 5’ and that I would and will recommend the book to others both personally and via this blog.

Wyn was a grate heroine because she was able to fight against her community’s beliefs that girls shouldn’t finish their education in favour of getting married, an arranged marriage and having children. She not only did this but also ultimately walked away from her family on her wedding day when overheard her eldest brother talking to her fiance at the church about how he had told him (the fiance) to request her hand from their father.

Lincoln is a strong character from the start and this is shown by the fact that he is so supportive with Wyn from the day they start thier relationship.

The way the book ends with Lincoln and Wyn in the Hospital having their first baby and this was the perfect way to finish the book.

 

Naked Edge – Charli Webb

Book Information

Naked Edge   Mobi Format

  File Size 515 KB/Print Length: 281 pages

  Page Number Source ISBN:  1494327597

  ASIN: B00H15X6MG

  Goodreads.com read 4 Review book – Never Too Old For Y.A. & N.A. Books Group

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Book Review

Synopsis: Skylar’s family was forced into the witness protection program when she was only seventeen. After her mother died years later, Sky moved back in with the only family she had left. She knew she’d run into her high school sweetheart but she didn’t expect the changes she found in Rowdy. He wasn’t the sweet boy she left so many years ago. He’d turned into a womanizing jerk but that didn’t stop her heart from wanting him.

Review:  I gave this book 5 stars out of 5 because I fell in Love the two main characters, Skylar & Rowdy immediately both                  them as  individuals and them as a couple, because of this I would and will recommend the book to others both                    personally and on my blog.  I also found the Stories of two of the other characters Anna and Boon really                                interesting. It was also an grate book because it was based around Rock climbing.

               I really felt for Skylar and Rowdy when it came to Skylar just disappearing when her family had to go into witness                protection and then when her Aunt and Uncle died, and she wasn’t able to go.

The way Charli’s writing draws you in and keeps you wanting more through the descriptions of characters, scenes                and places is amazing.

To begin with Anna you felt sorry for her because it was obvious that she was screwed up about what her Dad had               done with regard being in Jail for killing Rowdy’s, her step brother, Mum and the fact that she was in love with                     Rowdy.  However as soon she attacked Skylar in an attempt to kill her you lost all sympathy for her.

I loved it when Skylar texted Anna from Rowdy’s phone asking her to meet in Rowdy’s room to try to get                               a confession out of her about what she’d done to her and the fact that she was blackmailing Rowdy.

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Author Biography

Charli Webb  Goodreads Author

  url                       https://www.goodreads.com/CharliWebb

  gender                female

  member since     October 2013