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GR Retro Review: Graced (2015)

GracedAmanda Pillar

Momentum (2015)

ISBN: 9781760082307

I raced through reading this book, which put me a little in mind of later Anita Blake or Merry Gentry books in some ways (although GRACED is not NEARLY as sex-heavy as Laurell K Hamilton’s work tends to be!). I thought the ideas underpinning the story were interesting and thoughtful, with vampires, weres and Graces all being genetically engineered species. However, I felt there was an awful lot going on in what is quite a short book, and would have liked to see the accelerator eased off a little to explore the concepts and character relationships in more depth. This probably wasn’t helped by the multiple point of view characters in the story, which added to a bit of disconnect. I think there was probably the bones of at least two books in this novel, but the plot would have needed more strength to sustain such an idea. There was some interesting character work in the book that I would loved to have seen more of, and I would have liked to learn more about the world the characters inhabit, and why it exists the way it does.

The overall tone was fairly light, despite some of the more sinister activities of the story, and it was an easy, pacy read. As a debut novel, it has merit, and I’m sure Pillar will continue to grow in her craft as a novelist just as she has a short story writer.

This review was first published at Goodreads.

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Cheating on my blog

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 11.46.29 AMI have not been posting a lot here, for several reasons. The first one is that I’m a bit busy, as usual, and blogging hasn’t been a priority. The main one though, is that I’ve been blogging over at Momentum Books, so I thought I’d better link those posts here!

My posts so far:

A Song of Waiting Patiently – how do you cope with an unfinished series?

Aurealis Shortlists 2012: SF Novel – I take a look at the SF Novel shortlist.

Playing Favourites – my favourite books (on a given day)

Aurealis Shortlists 2012: Fantasy Novel – I take a look at the Fantasy Novel shortlist.

Where are all the Women Writing Doctor Who? – my thoughts on the debate about the lack of female writers for Doctor Who.

Spoilers Sweetie – looking at the grumpiness of spoilers surrounding Game of Thrones.

Being Part of the Australian Spec Fic Scene – a brief look at science fiction conventions in Australia.




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