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Review: The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last TsarThe Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Our bishop’s wife thought I would like this book since I’m a reader. Normally I would agree. In fact, I would be ecstatic about reading a new book especially one featuring the Romanov family.

As a teenager, I was fascinated by the ghastly history of the last Tsar of Russia and his family who were murdered by the Commies. The intrigue of the possibility of a living Romanov against all the odds was exciting! Regardless how they ruled, it was a horrendous way to die.

I read this book based on that fascination. It was okay. It wasn’t as riveting as other reviewers mentioned, it didn’t shock me with a “surprise” ending. Maybe I was expecting it. Maybe I’m in an emotional melt-down with the details of their deaths. Imagine if this happened to the British royal family and yet in a way it did as the Russian royal family was related to the Queen of England.

Read the book if you must to satisfy your curiosity or have an interest in Russian history. Please remember it is fiction although it is told in the first person.

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Review: Chaosbound

Chaosbound (Runelords, #8)Chaosbound by David Farland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was excited to hear that this book would star my favorite warrior, Borenson and his wife. It was great seeing him enjoy the retired life. He was content and finally at peace. Then that crappy world collided with ours and he merged with a “true human”, turning him into a monster.

He became the warrior of old and so much more. My problem was when the two merged, I had hoped that Borenson would remain dominant. Nope, not so much as a whimper. One positive is this guy reminds me of Wolverine in beserker mode. If you love Wolverine, this new character is for you.

I’ll continue reading the series for two reasons: 1. my friend recommended it to me and 2. it has many elements that I like. I’ll stick through it. It’s just not my favorite series.

You decide.

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Review: The Gypsy Morph

The Gypsy MorphThe Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After the exciting conclusion to the last novel, this book was disappointing. While not as boring as the first in the trilogy, it has its moments. One minute I’m bored out of my mind and the next I’m in sensory overload.

If you’re not a big fan of Shannara, if you don’t want to know the history of how it all came to be…don’t read this trilogy.

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