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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Sins of Empire
Brian McClellan
Heart of Venom
Jennifer Estep
Progress: 100 %
Magic in the Shadows
Devon Monk
Progress: 100 %
Star Witch
Helen Harper
Progress: 100 %
Spirit Witch
Helen Harper
Progress: 100 %
Sarah Zettel
Artificial Condition
Martha Wells
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride
Kristen Painter
Progress: 100 %
Honor Among Thieves
Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine
Progress: 100 %

Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold







Reading progress: 54%.

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

I am so easily distracted from this book.  Not engaging me at all.


While I don't mean it as the book being unoriginal, I managed to slog through this far partly by playing a game of "does this remind you of something" and fondly remembering other scenes from other books and movies.  


For example, some scenes in an arena or safely caged boundary.  What a deluge of scenes that brings to mind.  Mutated humans (the Silvers) battling mutants with dissimilar powers = X-men panels with the new students.  Royalty using peasant girl marrying up as propaganda while likely to kill her afterwards = Princess Bride.  The ring/arena being enclosed by magic = ooh the Deryni books with that cover of new-to-powers Kelson battling inside a sphere with one color for his magic; "contest" to marry the prince screaming of the Bachelor and the Selection (particularly the Selection if you swap the 1 and 5 caste numbers for Silvers and Reds ) ... 


Just because this book also has a couple of characters fighting hardly makes it unoriginal; that's not what I meant.  But, it's not interesting me yet and I am instead getting the urge to reread a remembered favorite.


Other parts do remind me too strongly of other books (like the Selection and Tearling books) in writing style, characters and plot — it's now screamed the angst-y ya love triangle plot at me.  Saw it coming *sigh* ... slogging on anyway with diminished hope.