#ReadIndie Book Review: The Sorcerer’s Concubine by Jaclyn Dolamore

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Born of wood, cloth, and a substantial dose of magic, Velsa is a Fanarlem, a beautiful artificial girl. Raised to be a concubine, she has seen her friends at the House of Perfumed Ribbons sold off to be the pets of wealthy men. Now her own dreaded day has come. Grau Thanneau is a kind and handsome sorcerer who expects to own a spectacular piece of spellwork–he doesn’t realize that everything he has been told about Fanarlem is a lie. Velsa is not a dull-witted doll, but an intelligent and luminous soul who captivates his heart. Neither of them expected to fall in love, in a land where the law will never recognize her as his equal…
When Grau brings Velsa with him as he serves in the border patrol, they encounter odd magic sent from the High Sorcerer’s palace–or is it magic at all? War is brewing, and with it, the winds of opportunity. Velsa has powers of her own, powers no Fanarlem girl should have, but when the enemy attacks, she might be the only one who can stand against them.

An unfamiliar wave passed over her for just a moment─ that someone was taking care of her, protecting her, delighting in her delight.       It was not without uneasiness. For all his promises, she was still a possession, and he had complete control of her destiny.

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Short Hiatus

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. Between starting my job again and classes resuming I have a maybe a couple hours of free time a week. Therefore leaving very little time for reading and less for blogging. So I’ve decided to take a break from blogging.

As it stands right now, I’m planning to resume posting at least weekly in the new year. But if things go well and I adapt to the chaos that is now my day to day life, I may be back in October or November.

Until then I’ll remain active on Twitter (@bookmanIII) − although I’m thinking of changing the handle − and I’ll update Goodreads with any reading that I’m doing. Tumblr may not be very active but feel free to check there if you want to contact me too: theb00kman.tumblr.com.

See you soon!

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[Update] I’m Still Alive! (But Just Barely)

First off, I just want to comment on how much the title of this post sounds like a Panic at the Disco song. Hell yeah!

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I’ve been in the US for almost a month and I’m still trying to establish a routine. I have been to my local Barnes & Noble (twice) and picked up a couple things. A lot of the books are so overpriced ($15 for a Gone Girl paperback!?) that I can’t justify spending my hard earned money on them. I do buy them if I really want them though. Unfortunately, my local B&N doesn’t have that wide a selection. To fix that I plan to take a trip to Baltimore’s power plant location. Isn’t it the best? (sighs)

As for book reviews, I didn’t really bring any recent releases with me. I brought about ten books with me that I’m hoping to read before I go back home in December. Quite a few of them I hope to do reviews for, I just have to read them. My classes aren’t even that intensive right now (except for one), I’m just being lazy.

In about two weeks I’ll be going to the Boston Teen Author Festival and I hope that the chance to meet some authors will reinspire me to pick up those books that crossed the ocean with me. The website for the event can be found here. I’ll just briefly mention some of the authors I hope to meet. The ones in bold I’ve read already:

  • Becky Albertalli (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda)
  • Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not)
  • Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha trilogy)
  • Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes, Ice Like Fire)
  • A.C. Gaughen (Scarlet trilogy)
  • Renee Adieh (The Wrath & The Dawn)
  • Kendall Kulper (Drift and Dagger)
  • Melissa Grey (The Girl at Midnight)

I had planned to read at least a couple of these before I head up to Boston but of course I haven’t yet. It’s a nine hour bus ride to Boston so I figure I can get at least one down on the trip.

Until then I will be here lurking and doing the occasional tag or whatever and trying to finish at least one book this month. Can you tell I’m a great book blogger?


[Update] The Great Reading Slump of July

How have seven months passed already? How are we in August? What?!?

It’s currently the first week of August and I’m still slowly but surely recovering from The Great Reading Slump of July or TGRSJ. What happened was simply, a huge reading slump.

July started off with me having no idea what I wanted to read. Fair enough. That happens almost every month and I still manage to get through about five or six books since I’m home on vacation. But this month was different. I read the first book of the month (More Happy Than Not) and after that had no clue what to read afterward. It was one of those books that just hit all of the right spots and made me feel completely satisfied.

Cue confusion for a few days. I tried picking up some books but didn’t really make it past the first few pages. As you can see in my July 2015 Wrap Up, I didn’t read that many things after MHTN — and two of them I DNF’d. I did manage to read one of the books I got for review and that review will be going up this Thursday (6th August).

Luckily for me, during the last week of July I was able to pick up Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones, and even though I’m only on page 99 after a few days, I have no desire to put it down. I call that a win.

Unfortunately, due to me still recovering from TGRSJ, I won’t be participating in this year’s Booktube-A-Thon. I did plan a TBR but it’s more of a “here’s what I would have been reading” thing. It was fun to see everyone’s progress last year and it will be just as much fun to see everyone’s progress this year.

Lastly, I fly out to the US in eleven days! I still have some things to collect like my new glasses and some luggage I sent to repair but all things aside, I’m so ready! I haven’t been to the US since 2006 and even then it was just a visit. Now I’m an actual student! (Even if it’s only for a year).


Who is G.J. Alvi?

I can’t even answer that question well because I’m still figuring that out. Nonetheless, I’ll share what I’ve discovered so far.

First of all, G.J. Alvi is a pseudonym. You can try looking me up, but you probably won’t get anywhere (or you may, it’s not like I’m hiding from the federal government or anything). I’m a 21 year old who is currently a psychology major with a minor in anthropology. Why? Because I enjoy getting to know what makes people tick. Especially coming from a multicultural country such as Trinidad and Tobago.

In my free time I watch way too much tv, read way too many books, listen to way too much music and write way too little (something that I hope to remedy in 2015). I’m currently working on a number of short stories within the fantasy genre. I’m still unclear how I will be releasing these when I’m confident but I do want to release them at some point.

One of my goals in life is to put my education in psychology and anthropology to use and change the world somehow. I’m not exactly sure, but it’s a work in progress. Another is to bring the Trinidadian culture to more of a global audience through my stories local folklore.

I’d like to think I’m an approachable person so feel free to talk to me! I can be reached through the methods listed below:

email: allthereads@gmail.com

twitter: https://twitter.com/bookmanIII

goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/25924665-gervan-allthereads