Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff

Title: Stormdancer
Author: Jay Kristoff (author website)
Release Date: 1st September 2012 by Tor UK
Age Group: Young Adult/Adult
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 star

Two words: Chainsaw Katana. Add mechanical samurai, flying warships, and ask yourself: what else could a book possibly need? Yet Jay Kristoff’s debut isn’t content with its clockwork wonders and mythical beasts alone. Stormdancer straddles genres, steampunk and Shinto fantasy combining with a passionate message for one of the most thematically rich releases of the year.

From Goodreads:
Griffins are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shogun, they fear that their lives are over. Everyone knows what happens to those who fail him, no matter how hopeless the task.

But the mission proves far less impossible, and far more deadly, than anyone expects – and soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. But trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and Buruu soon discover a friendship that neither of them expected.

Meanwhile, the country around them verges on the brink of collapse. A toxic fuel is slowly choking the land; the omnipotent, machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure; and the Shogun cares about nothing but his own dominion. Yukiko has always been uneasy in the shadow of power, when she learns the awful truth of what the Shogun has done, both to her country and to her own family she's determined to do something about it.

Returning to the city, Yukiko and Buruu plan to make the Shogun pay for his crimes – but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?

The Story:

Brave, angry and wild, we meet Yukiko in the suffocating, toxic streets of Kigen City. Polluted by the poisonous exhaust of the Shima Empire’s mechanical advancement, the country is dying. Famine, poverty and Black Lung grip the nation’s working poor. Yukiko is somewhat privileged, the daughter of the Shogun’s Master Hunter, the Black Fox, Masaru, though with most animal and plant life near extinct beneath the blanket of choking smog, why the Shogun needs a master hunter is questionable. Until the impossible happens.

An Arashitora—part eagle, part tiger, thought extinct—is spotted, and Shogun Yoritomo will have it as his prize at any cost. Journeying with her father to hunt the legendary thunder tiger, Yukiko knows their lives are forfeit if they return to Yoritomo without the beast.

They find the thunder tiger, alright. But when things go terribly wrong, Yukiko is left stranded is the empire’s last surviving wilderness with the furious, crippled beast. A beast who thinks and reasons like her. A beast with a soul and a mind that may just change hers forever, and change the destiny of the entire country.

The 101:

With constantly shifting point of view and a vast cast of characters, Stormdancer is a tale of many things, and many people, but of none more than Yukiko and Buruu. Yukiko is angry and orphaned for all but her father, who wastes his days and coin in gambling dens, lost in an opium haze. But in a world dying and oppressed by corrupt government and religious zealots, Yukiko has a weapon: empathy—in more ways than one. She’s a splendid character, able to see and care for the suffering around her.

Her weakness is perhaps a lack of resolve, or, if not the will to take action, the way. Enter Buruu. Pure animalistic instinct, resolve, action and fury, Buruu completes Yukiko. His fire combines with Yukiko’s compassion, and the two both grow, Buruu learning reason and restraint, Yukiko learning freedom, and to fight for it.
"Our troubles are but mayflies, rising and falling between the turn of dawn and dusk. And then they are gone to the houses of memory, you and I will remain, Yukiko."
The real magic of Stormdancer lies in the bond shared by Buruu and Yukiko. Far beyond simple friendship, stronger than blood, and deeper than the most passionate romance, the connection that grows and blossoms between Thunder Tiger and ‘Monkey Child’ is the stuff of legend. As hatred shifts to grudging tolerance, then cautious acceptance, to something indelible and profound, both change and grow into something more. The pair cease to be two, becoming one in a magnificent, awe-inspiring way, the joining of their minds proving a breathtaking, pivotal moment in the book.

Dancing around behind the pair is a vast, rich world, filled with powerful players and pawns, corruption and beauty, and rebellion. Shima is a world poisoned, choking on the refuse of its own mechanical revolution, and with Stormdancer, Kristoff makes a bold statement on the cost of industry and advancement, examining the true price of power, leading to gruesome, grizzly, and deeply disturbing discoveries.
"Your kind are blind. You see only the now. Never the will be."
But magic, mechanics, and madness aside, Stormdancer is also a tale of family, in all its forms. What is family, really? A crumbling connection of lies and blood between father and daughter? Sacrifice for a beloved child? Manipulations between brother and sister? The deepest, most profound message of Stormdancer is perhaps the one of family we make for ourselves—of bonds deeper than blood, those of love and devotion and sacrifice despite differences.

But it is worth noting that—perhaps like all worthy, great, things in life—Stormdancer is not always easy to read. Kristoff loves words—and with a demonstrated mastery, so he rightly should—but lengthy, detailed descriptions and wordy imagery do make for a slow start. Do not be discouraged. Persevere, and you shall be richly rewarded.
"Each of you must decide where you stand. All we ask is that you refuse to kneel. You are the people. You have the power. Open your eyes. Open your minds. Then close the fingers on your hand."

The Verdict:

A sweeping, thrilling epic, Stormdancer is magnificent. Kristoff’s Japanese-steampunk-fantasy masterpiece is both a splendid celebration of family and friendship and a scathing allegory for corruption, and the grey-area ethics of technological advancement and its environment impact. Call it grown-up, call it YA, Stormdancer is category crossover with a profound tale of friendship, love, and truth that will appeal to fantasy fans of all ages.

Books in This Series:

  1. Stormdancer (September 2012)
  2. As Yet Untitled  (release date unknown)
  3. As Yet Untitled  (release date unknown)

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An enormous thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia & Brodie from Eleusinian Mysteries of Reading  for providing a review copy of THIS AMAZING BOOK!

72 comments:

  1. Ahhhhh I really want to read this!! Awesome review Sarah, will have to pick this up soon :)

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    1. Amy, it seriously is AMAZING. It's so wonderful reading good, proper fantasy again. AMAZING book, and extraordinary world ♥

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  2. This is such an awesome book! But, mostly I was mesmerized by its uniqueness!! And.. OOoooo I LOVED Burruu!!! Sooo much!
    And yep, I agree this is definitely rather mature YA - but I think this book will appeal to many different readers!:)

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    1. Oh goodness, Buruu is ♥♥♥
      I love him SO much, and the bond between him and Yukiko... it's just pure MAGIC.

      DEFINITELY. It's totally adult, but I think fantasy fans will LOVE it.

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  3. This review is so badass. Look up the term 'badass' in the the dictionary and it will say: see Sarah's review of Stormdancer. Seriously, you and your reviews... You sure know how to write 'em!

    I'm not sure if Stormdancer is for me...the whole premise sounds intriguing but very confusing. Just reading the blurb, well you know how dogs turn their head's when their utterly confused? Well, that's me. Maybe my brain just cope with all the awesomesauce? Never say never though!

    I am SO glad you finally got to dedicate some time to Stormdancer and ended up enjoying it so much!

    P.S - Did I mention how epic this review is? Because it is. ♥

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    1. Becccccca ♥♥♥
      OMFG. PUPPY. SO ADORABLE.

      I think it's definitely a book for fantasy fans. But in terms of the blurb... mmm... it's not the most linear, easy to follow plot... or perhaps easy to describe without giving some really cool to learn for yourself stuff away. It's a dense read, but worth it... but yeah. DEFINITELY fantasy, and definitely not YA :)

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  4. Yayyy! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I loved it and your review sums up this book PERFECTLY! Kristoff really does love words and his writing style is just beautiful, not to mention the character relationships in this one! Buruu and Yukiko have such a phenomenal bond and even the complex family dynamics between Yukiko and Masaru were SO well-written! I can't wait for the sequel to release now!(: Fantastic review, dear!

    ~Keertana
    Ivy Book Bindings

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    1. Keeeertaaaana! Thank you!
      Seriously, he does love words, but he makes them his BITCH. And the sequel?! O___O
      I so So SOOOO can't wait. Where it's going from here? :O

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    2. We want to volunteer to be Mister Kristoff's BITCH.

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    3. Ahahaha! His bitch army, I think. You're not alone :D

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  5. I'm seeing really mixed things about this title, but I can't help but be excited about it. I mean, as you said... chainsaw katana? How could that go wrong?!

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    1. Hehe, you know, I'd only been seeing positive things, but since your comment, I've been seeing mixed things (so weird how that works!).

      I think fantasy fans will EAT this up. Those who aren't? Well, maybe it's not the best starting point, but it is SO good.

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  6. I hate that my copy is a galley! I'm thinking I'll just wait til tomorrow and get the book, I might go blind from reading the darn thing. But so far I do love everything about it, we need more Asian inspired fantasy books, personally I'm getting tired of Greek adaptations and other Euro myths. This is fresh!

    Talk Supe
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    1. I have a galley, too, but I am SO getting my hands on a finished copy. Actually, I can think of at last two people in my family who are getting Stormdancer for Christmas :D

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  7. Oh, Sarah, you do write beautiful reviews! I do love reading your reviews. I have this book, but I've yet to read it. I've read so many rave reviews that I have to read it, bit it doesn't particularly appeal to me. We'll see, I guess :)

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    1. Jooooo! You're going to asplode my ego! Thank you!
      I really hope you love it. If you love fantasy, you're going to LOVE it. It's really worth sticking with. It was a slow start for me, but so so SO rewarding ♥

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  8. bADDASS REVIEW. i wish i liked it more. giving it a try next year when the paperback releases

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    1. Roro! Thank yoooou! ♥
      Aw, I'm sorry it didn't work out for you! Totally worth giving another try, though :)

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  9. Sarah, your review is utterly amazing! This book wasn't for me in the end, so I didn't try to finish it, but I wish I had enjoyed it as much as you! I'm glad you were impressed. :)

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    1. Sammmmm, thank you!
      It's SO dense, and the start IS slow, but I can see it not being for everyone... and I think you have to do that sometimes? Acknowledge that a book just isn't quite for you and move on... it totalyl kills my reading buzz, the slogging through, but I have a real problem letting a book I don't love 'win' (err... yes, I know how insane that is :P)

      Thanks so much! ♥♥♥

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  10. Ahhh! I want to read this SO bad! One word: Griffin. (Only, in my head it's more like: Omg, it's a freakin' griffin!!!! Ahhhh!!!) Great review! Can't wait to pick this one up.

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    1. KRISTIN! OMFG! YES!
      Bahaha! The inside of your head sounds a LOT like mine... I maybe have the Hogwarts school song looping in there, too :D :D :D

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  11. So glad you enjoyed this! I agree, the beginning was a little slow and there were so many words I hardly understood, but I PERSEVERED. :D Haha, I ended up loving it. :-) The world building was awesome. AND YES: CHAINSAW KATANA. One of most marvelous creations ever! ;)

    Awesome review, Sarah!

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    1. Bahaha! EXACTLY.
      I'm really glad I stuck with it, too. Actually, it stands with a LOT of my favorite books. I thought the start of Saving June was slow, but it wound up being an all tmie fave ;D

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  12. This is definitely a book that you have to set our mind to to read. Sadly it wasn't for me and I just couldn't get into it but I really want to try to get passed that rough start to see what all the fuss is about. You definitely make it sound worth it! Great review, Sarah!

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    1. Agreed. I think it's one that's REALLY going to appeal to hardcore fantasy fans, but I SO get what you mean. Oh well, we can't love all of them, huh? And it still has totally delicious cover candy :D

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  13. I have been wanting to read this one ever since I saw Brodie's raving review and now you just made me want to read it even MORE.
    Such a lovely review Sarah!
    I love Japanese things and it just sounds like such an amazing story too - and Jay is such an awesome guy as well! :D

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    1. SDAHFDAKHF. Fayezer, I REALLY think you're going to love this one. And SDHAFKD. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU THINK. And YES. Jay is FUNNY. There are little moments where his sense of humour really comes through in the dialogue from Buruu and I LOVED :D

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  14. Gaaahh, I just want to hit my head on the wall for not having this book yet. It sounds kind of poetic with the qoutes.

    But Sweet Baby Cheeses, those names can get confusing.

    I am a little scared though because my steampunk experience was not good. Hopefully this ones different...and readable.

    I kind of want to read it only because I LOVE the author so much. He cracks me up. Did you see his book trailer? Best. Ever.

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    1. Jennnnnn! OMFG. The trailer? it is HILARIOUS.
      I love it SO much.

      Seriously, re: The Steampunk? Disregard. It's not the focus of the book, whereas some Steampunk it really IS, you know?

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  15. Your. Review. Best. Ever. CAN I HAZ AND SUBSTITUTE FOR MY OWN? HAI?!

    This review is mesmerising. It seriously is. If I hadn’t read the book yet then your review would have surely made me drive to the nearest bookshop now and get it. Like seriously, it is that amazing!

    But in a world dying and oppressed by corrupt government and religious zealots, Yukiko has a weapon: empathy—in more ways than one.
    YES YES YES YES! The way you express this.... *dies* And those quotes you included – please remind me of the pages they are on so I can go bat shit crazy and highlight the fucken pure awesomeness of it all!!!!

    POHDRIPFHEPDNBPIB)*FEBEHGDVP{ONPIO(CP ECUWV}!#I*+$+YHVP”( U%$UPIHVWECOB! *inhales* *exhales* BRFLBFOIEIL TPRUOJTEHLBFLJO DC:OO:FETT ... BREATHE, BRAIDEN! BREATHE!

    Sarah. I’m sending you my medical bills. ;)

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    1. You, like, made my life with this comment, Braids :D

      Do you actually want the quotes? I can totally dig them up. They're from the US galley, but I can work it for you :D

      "Sarah. I’m sending you my medical bills. ;) "

      Thank goodness for Medicare :D

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  16. I've just actually taken notice of the whole "I think... I like... I... I.... I!" thing you were talking about a while back. That makes it sound like I don't read your reviews, which I obviously DO! But I've not consciously thought "Oh hey, she doesn't talk in first person!" (I'm usually sitting there either in awe or jealous omfg-that-bitch-how-dare-she-write-so-effing-well). Er, anyway. You don't take the easier road when writing and that seems to produce some of the best reviews in the bloz. I HAVE FOUND THE SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS. MUAHAHAHA.

    Moving on.

    SARAH. YOU. AGAIN. HAVE DONE IT. Honestly, I enjoy reading your reviews as much as I do a BOOK. You have a beautiful talent in pulling the reader in and making them die with need to read what you're selling or else fall in love with it all over again. And that's exactly what you've done with Stormdancer. Not to mention kill Braiden.

    OMG YUKIKO AND BURUU. I can't even put that into words. There are many things to love about this book, but if I could pick one thing to read 600 more pages of? Buruu/Yukiko scenes.

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    1. I’m going to try this no “I” thing. Could be a trend, or just intelligence.

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    2. Ahahaha! Oh goodness... you know, I've found when I'm writing negative reviews I'm far more likely to 'I' it up.

      And how is it the secret of my success! Your reviews, and Sam's, and Wendy's and K.'s are all way better than mine and you have NO problem? MMMMM?

      BROOOODIIIE ♥♥♥

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I was aiming for Braiden killing and you think I suceeded? REALLY? :D :D :D

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  17. Yeah, amazing review. You're one of my favorites actually, did you know that? It's always surprising how in depth and articulate you are...well, I guess not surprising, haha. Jealous one here :)

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    1. Eep. No... but seriously, you're one of the reviewers I always group into my top 4 (it's you, Wendy, Brodie and Sam from Realm of Fiction), so coming from you? Uhhh... THANK YOU ♥

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  18. Sarah, your review is seriously AH-mazing as ALWAYS!! All you AWEsome Aussie bloggers have made us SO excited to read this! While Stormdancer does not immediately seem to meet the standard Elemental criteria of excellence by being replete with HOT boys, the HOTNESS of the Merricklicious Mister Kristoff makes up for that!

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    1. ♥♥♥

      It is definitely lacking in the hot boy stakes, but yes, I agree with Mister Kristoff fitting the bill, and honestly? Yukiko's the kind of girl you could make exceptions for :P

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  19. Great review! New follower!
    Feel free and stop by my blog and check it out. you never know you may like it!

    http://thecrossbreeds.blogspot.com/

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  20. Okay, I am not reading this review yet because I am about to write mine, but yay! 4 stars! *peeks*

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. It is GOOD, Wendy! I can't wait to see what you think ♥

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  21. The slow start for this was very difficult for me but I kept going and I ended up really enjoying myself. Plus this setup should make the next books easy to dive into.

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    1. AGREED. Seriously, I remember sending a whiny e-mail to a friend and seriously considering giving up. I'm SO glad I stuck with it, because OMG. YUKURUU ♥

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  22. Omg! Stormdancer reviews are everywhere! I really really need to start thsi tonight omg Sarah, so glad you enjoyed this book, and loving all those quotes! Damn! Great review Sarah x

    ✿FICBOOKREVIEWS✿

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    1. OOOOH! LALAINE! OMFG! I so can't wait to see what you think. It's slow starting but STICK WITH IT! I hope you love it ♥

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  23. I really want to read this, your amazing review makes me want to have it right now! :)

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  24. Holy Molly! I read awesome reviews about this one my dear but your reviews always give me chicken skin! I SO need this one asap! Even though it may not be easy to read at times, you describe this novel as rich and full of cross over in themes and the world sounds so incredible mind blowing that I HAVE TO READ IT!
    Marvelous review sweetheart =P Plus I love Japanese culture and plus the quote of steampunk, wow! just wow!!
    thnx for ssharing my dear!
    btw, I hope you are doing awesome over there. I guess the weather is getting lovely =). Here s autumn and I love it <3333 but I dont want the snow to come again =( sniff!
    anyways, c ya! <333

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    1. DAHDFLAFD. OMFG. Nataliaaaa. When you say things like that?

      THANK YOU.

      YES! The weather is starting to get warm and sunny and it's beautiful. But honestly? Give me the snow. I'm DYING to get back to your country. I have a cousin who lives in Whistler and I am SO jealous O__O

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  25. Ahhhhh, this sounds so amazing! Seriously, every review I've read for this just sings its praises. The characters sound loveable and the whole concept is just brilliantly original. I get what you mean about the language though, even your lovely quotes show how it can be slow-going. Awesome review, Sarah! :)

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    1. IT IS! IT IS! SO AMAZING. The language can be dense, but it really is worth it :D ♥

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  26. Fantastic review! I'm so happy you loved it! So did I! Ahhh, book two, I need you! LOL.

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    1. Stephanie! THANK YOU!
      Seriously, he ended it PERFECTLY, but I'm DYING FOR MORE.
      BURUUUUUUU ♥♥♥

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  27. ASDFGHJKL "...demonstrated mastery." THAT'S YOU. SERIOUSLY. Why are your reviews always so freaking perfect? *-*

    Not going to lie, I don't usually like lengthy descriptions... b-but everything else you've mentioned just screams OMFGMUSTHAVENOW! Plus it's set in J A P A N < 3 And it's steampunk! And! And! ...there are chainsaw katana's? x) I mean, you can never go wrong with those. I already have a feeling I'm going to love the characters and the world-building sounds absolutely incredible :D

    Fabulous review, Sarah C: So glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. EEP! You're going to make my head explode >__<

      I'm with you. I thought the descriptions were VERY heavy, but once you get into it there is so SO much beauty in Stormdancer. I really hope you love it ♥

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  28. Beautifully said , Sarah. This is a gorgeous read and Buruu and Yukiko.....*hand over heart* I love the words you use in your review . " A sweeping, thrilling epic, Stormdancer is magnificent. Kristoff’s Japanese-steampunk-fantasy masterpiece is both a splendid celebration of family and friendship and a scathing allegory for corruption, and the grey-area ethics of technological advancement and its environment impact." It is a very intelligent blurb for the book. I don't even know what allegory means...must find Google but it sounds awesome:)

    I am now waiting for that review of Alice In Zombieland , I see the stars on Goodreads:)

    Mich

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    1. Michhhhhh!
      THANK YOU! Oh goodness, Buruu and Yukiko are pure magic. I want to live in their headspace.

      Thank you SO much!
      Ooooh, I'm REALLY interested to see what you think of Alice! I didn't love it, sadly, but I SO get the appeal! ♥

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    2. hehe!! My reviews been up for a couple weeks on Alice, I did love it, lol!!!But that is ok, we can't all like the same books as it wouldn't be interesting reading everybodys thoughts as we would all be the same:)

      But I am interested to read your thoughts as we often like the same book, this is true, but not in this case, lol!!

      :D:D

      Mich

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    3. O_____O
      Wait... so did I READ it and not remember, or just missed it completely? :S

      I was away for a week, and I wound up blanking my RSS feed whenI got back but... uh... Ummm... *runs off to check*

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    4. I did it August 12th so a fair time ago, no worries, but I am like Squeee about the book, lol!!

      Sounds like I might get to meet you in a few months:) * waggles eyebrows *

      Mich

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    5. GET.
      OUT.

      YOU'RE COMING?
      OMFG OMFG OMFG.

      OK, I was excited before, but !!!!!!!!!!!! I know Braids is looking at coming up from Melbourne, and there are a few of us in Syd already (Mands from Vegan YA, Kim and Kerrie from 2 Girls & A Book, and a few others. If I can bring a +1 [ha!] my BFF's a blogger, just not HQT's list). BUT... OMFG. THE IDEA OF YOU BEING THERE?

      I DIE.
      Like, to death. But I'm coming back as a zombie so I can still go.

      And I am DYING TO KNOW WHO THIS MYSTERY GUEST IS!

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    6. Get.

      In.
      YES!!!

      I was a bit nervous about being like the granny of the bloggers, but that is ok!! I speak to Kim and Kerrie too and Mandee, so that will be fun. I am coming from out my little forest, lol!! When Polina talked to me yesterday I was like YES! without hesitating. She told me today you and B were possibly coming:) hehe!!!

      How fun to be invited!

      Mich

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    7. I am DEFINITELY coming. I mean, I told Polina I'd have to wait to say a definite yes until I had the details (because who knows), but seriously, unless something INSANE comes up, I am THERE.

      Oh good, so you get to be the granny blogger, I get to be mummy. You Badass Lisa ACTUALLY calls me 'mummy' O__O

      If only I was joking.

      And honestly, by that time I'll be, like, 2 weeks of 29 if it makes you feel better? :D

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    8. Bol!!

      You are my kid!!! Well not quite as I would have been a bit under developed lol!! I think it is a really wonderful thing HQT doing:) I've seen Mandee in her vids and she knows what I look like and same with B. I don't think I know apart from avi's or images on Goodreads what others look like . I was hoping for some more granny bloggers, lol!!

      Yes I have been trying to think who mystery author is..hmmm has to be YA and possibly a book being released around then?? But that is all I got, hehe.

      Still young chicken , and still only 28 when you come...oh darn looking at the maths I could be your mum at a push, that is nassstttyy!!! * giggling *

      Mich

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    9. I haven't really met Lisa, I have commented on some postings a bit back, but not really. I love the title of her blog, rather cool. See I am kick ass in my dreams, hehe!!

      Mich

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  29. Ah! So glad to hear that you like this. I have been reading a ton of reviews, and I am just bouncing with excitement. It is so unlike anything that is currently out there. I love that it has a Japanese feel to it. I really feel like I was supposed to be Japanese. I am so connected to that culture. They are super clean and organized, they love paper, they wrap presents with cloth, and they like cherry blossoms. Perfection.

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    1. It is SO different to so many things I've read. I really hope you love it! I love this:
      "I really feel like I was supposed to be Japanese. I am so connected to that culture. They are super clean and organized, they love paper, they wrap presents with cloth, and they like cherry blossoms. Perfection."

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  30. This book sounds amazing! I keep reading great things about it. I need to read this, I'm just a bit scared because never read a story like it. :) I need to discover this new genre!

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    1. It's such a fabulous, different concept, Veronika! I hope you love it :)

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