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Magic of Thieves (Legends of Dimmingwood, 1) [#fantasy]

Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I went into this not expecting a lot, and boy was I surprised. A bit slow in the middle, but great fun in the beginning and especially the end.

It's a series, yes, but the hanging loose threads didn't seem unnatural, as though placed there for something to suck you into the next book. Nope. All the loose ends were natural to the story, and nothing made me want to skip the rest of the series.

The protagonist, the apparent sole survivor from her village, destroyed in a pogrom against "magickers" by the government, lives with a band of highway robbers. She has forgotten most of her real family, and only has fitful dreams to tease her memories.

Eventually she will outgrow her band of brigands, and what waits for her as she seeks to learn more of the magic that calls out to her?

Why 5? I tried to think of anything to detract from the rating, but aside from the slowness (typical of fantasy) I could find nothing negati…

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook [#moneymanagement]

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an extremely reserved 5 star.

The book is spot on, totally amazing information that it would pay anyone who fits into any of the categories of person that is described in the text. The financial advice is worth way more than what the cost of the book is. Enough info is given to easily reverse engineer the processes described. The author isn't pounding on your face every few paragraphs about how you have to buy their next product right now, or forever be a loser. It's one of the risks of getting a book from a self-help guru.

There is only one touchy-feely section, and when you do run into it, call the book done. No point in going further IMHO.

Why so reserved?

I am nearly 60. None of this applies to me in the slightest. I'm running about 40 years too late for it to have much value. I suppose if I were looking to have a nest-egg built up for my 100's it would have value, but right t…

Taste [book review - #vampire #dystopian #postapocalyptic]

Taste by D.S. Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story was fascinating. Dragged me right in. Vamps, hints of what might be shifters, rebels, villages essentially selling their 17 year old girls into a type of slavery, never to be seen again just to ensure they have enough food and access to their magic elixir of life.

Sadly, it's a beta, a teaser, a potential promise of what might be in the first book in a series. It's quite short. I expected as much. I usually check the number of pages in the Amazon listing, and try to keep some shorts around to fill in between other books. As far as cliffhangers go - it ends with a bang. You're waiting for the very next sentence, and it's not there. Again, I went in with my eyes wide open.

I loved it just the same. Why 4? It has a lot of little editing errors that are tough to overlook. Hopefully they'll be ironed out when the real book is released.

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