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review 2018-10-19 09:14
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Escaping Exile (Escape Trilogy #1) by Sara Dobie Bauer
Escaping Exile (Escape Trilogy #1) - Sara Dobie Bauer

Escaping Exile is the first story in a planned trilogy. In this excerpt, we are introduced to Andrew and Edmund. Andrew is a vampire in exile on a tropical island, whereas Edmund is a ship-wrecked naturalist. We find out more about Andrew's life in a series of flashbacks, whilst Edmund recites his to Andrew. As well as a vampire to contend with, both men have to deal with sharing the island with cannibals, who are very interested in 'fresh' meat.

It is for books like this, that I wish I did half stars! I have swung from 3 to 4, and back again. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the backgrounds of those involved, I would have like a bit more detail of the era concerned. All that is really mentioned, all that is really needed to be mentioned on a tropical island mind you, is the clothing. However, I would like to know more about the era they both live in now, what their past home lives were like, things like that.

That being said, this was a thoroughly enjoyable story, with plenty of other details given, and plenty of chemistry between the two main characters. It was great to see Andrew's attitude changing, and the reasons for it. This finishes HFN, but don't panic, there are still two more installments to come.

A well paced story that is definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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review 2018-10-14 13:47
A Darker Shade of Magic ★★★★☆
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

I approached this with some wariness, as I saw other readers had tagged it as YA and my experiences in that genre has led me to expect tiresome teenaged angst and even more tiresome love triangles, but this was a pleasant surprise. The only connection with that genre I saw was the age of the primary female character. What I found instead was a good adventure fantasy with a well-developed world and rules of magic. The characters were fun, the world was fun, and the action was suitably violent and gory, even if the Antari trait of self-healing did rob some of the danger of its impact. I would have liked to see more well-developed villains, though. They were fairly two-dimensionally evil, simple baddies to be knocked down. We did get a little more depth to the opposing Antari, at least, so there was some investment in that character. The book is obviously the start of the series, but there is a satisfactory (enough) resolution to the books to events to allow this one to serve as a stand-alone.

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Darkest London: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London. This book is set in several Londons in adjacent worlds, with one (not visited) literally called “Black London”.

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text 2018-10-13 12:49
A Darker Shade of Magic - 70%
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

Well, this took off about the 25% mark and I've had a hard time putting it down. 

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text 2018-10-12 14:19
A Darker Shade of Magic - 15%
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

A little too slow to start, with a lot of exposition, but it's starting to pick up now and get more interesting. 

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review 2018-10-11 20:36
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated edition) ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim Kay

I don’t have anything to add about this book – the story, the characters, the complex world that JK Rowling created – that I didn’t say on my last re-read. I love it as much now as I did when I first picked up the audiocassettes from a bargain bin, skeptical but figuring that I ought to see what the fuss was about.

 

Instead, I’m going to review this specific edition, an oversized “deluxe format” hardcover illustrated by Jim Kay. It added another dimension of pleasure to my eleventy-billionth re-read, for the heavy weight of it, the tactile sense of turning the thick, almost card stock quality pages, and the visual texture on every page. Even those pages with no illustrations have a sort of inkspotted parchment look.

 

But the illustrations! I love Jim Kay’s interpretation of the scenes and characters. Some pages are just decorated with little elements from the stories.

 

Every chapter has an illustrated header.

 

Some pages are text superimposed over an illustration.

 

But there are also several full page, standalone illustrations.

 

This edition was horrifically expensive. But so very worth it. I’ll be buying all seven books for my collection.

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Baker Street Irregulars: mystery that involves children/teens in crime solving. In this book, 11 year old Harry and friends try to solve the mystery of what Fluffy is guarding and to prevent the theft of the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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