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review 2018-03-18 02:17
When Gargoyles Rise: Shade and Shadows
When Gargoyles Rise (Shades and Shadows Series) (Volume 1) - Ashley Rae Harris

Title: When Gargoyles Rise Shades and Shadows
Author: Ashley C. Harris
Publisher: A. C. H.
Series: When Gargoyles Rise Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"When Gargoyles Rise" by Ashley C. Harris

My Thoughts....

This was an interesting take on an ancient group of gargoyles that will keep your attention all the way through the read. If you are into the supernatural then this is a read for your enjoyment! I liked how this author was able to give us story that starts in the present on to the past and back to the present with a cliffhanger in the present [now what will happen to rose, Sean, Sam and Felix?]. To find out you will have to pick up 'When Gargoyles Rise.'

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review 2018-03-18 01:33
Quest to the Uncharted Lands
The Quest to the Uncharted Lands - Jaleigh Johnson

When the Iron Glory's engines rumbled to life for its journey to the uncharted lands, it marked a new future for the world of Solace.

- First Sentence


This book is a fantastic companion to The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson. It isn't a sequel, it takes place in the same world with different characters. 


Stella Glass is the daughter of two scientists who are traveling on the Iron Glory to explore the uncharted lands of Solace. No one has ever explored this far west beyond the mountains. The Dragonfly Territories and Merrow Kingdom have finally reached an uneasy peace. They worked together on this ship and representatives from both countries are onboard. 


Stella is not permitted to go, but she has planned for months to stow away because she is terrified her parents won't come back. On the first night, Stella finds out she isn't the only stowaway. No children are allowed on the ship, but she sees a boy outside the engine room with his hands on the wall. His hands begin to glow, and then his eyes. Stella isn't sure who he is or what he is up to, but when he passes out, she drags him to her hiding place in the cargo hold. Someone doesn't want this voyage to succeed, but who and how can they be stopped?


So, in The Mark of the Dragonfly, we met Piper (a girl who connects to machines in an almost magical way), and Gee (a boy who can transform into a dragon). This book continues in the same fantasy steampunk world and the story is in the same heroic adventure vein. Again, I highly recommend it to students in grades 4 -8. It is just as good as the first.

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review 2018-03-17 18:04
This First Book Was Awful
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

This book was awful. I can't even with it. The writing wasn't great. The main character Charley is just painful. The other characters were painful. There were too many things happening and at the end we get a ridiculous reveal about someone that Charley has become obsessed with.


You would think a story about the Grim Reaper would be exciting. You would be wrong. 


Charley Davidson is a Grim Reaper. She can see dead people (sorry had to do it). Working with her father and uncle they have a private investigations business. Charley and her family are looking into three people who were murdered and at the same time Charley is having dreams of someone named Reyes who she feels connected to. 


Charley is a mess. She's obsessed with a teen boy she saw years ago named Reyes. She has a terrible relationship with her stepmother and stepsister. Her father seems oblivious to their bad relationship. The only bright spot is her friendship with Cookie so she does have someone in her corner.


The secondary characters are not great though. I didn't like the stepmother or stepsister. Reyes is garbage. There's a character named Garrett that sucked. The three dead people were cool as was Charley's dead assistant Angel. Honestly if the Reyes stuff had been cut this book would have worked better. 


The writing was awful. The flow was awful. There was just information dumps all over the place. We get a scene where Charley is threatened by rape with her supposed love interest, and then he attempts to do so, while her sister is standing there. Yeah. And she still is obsessed with him through the whole book and I could not see it.


The world building was a mess. I can't even follow what was happening half the time because even though Charley was supposed to be investigating three murdersm she gets obsessed with Reyes and the whole book just flails.


The ending was a mess. I'm not going to read another book in this series. Way too many things for me to overlook. 


I was also told Reyes is in all the books in this series and nah. I mean I wasn't going to read this series anyway, but I'm over romance novels where the hero acts like this and the heroine swoons.


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text 2018-03-17 15:50
Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

I just need this book to be over soon. Thank goodness I'm almost at the end. The information dumps that Charley gave her best friend Cookie were just ridiculous. This book is all over the place, it doesn't make any sense, and it's just I'll have to see when I'll be in the mood to read book number two. That won't be happening anytime soon.


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text 2018-03-17 14:01
Reading progress update: I've read 48%.
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

Thank goodness I've been told via GR it's not just me. Apparently book #1 is hard to get through. The good so far are the three dead people trailing Charlie, they all crack me up. I hate the character of Reyes, Garrett, and the stepmother. 


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