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text 2017-11-02 20:00
Reading progress update: I've read 86 out of 210 pages.
Alliance In Blood - Ariel Tachna

This is a terrible book. Two days have gone by since it began. In that time:

- Orlando and Alain met.

- Orlando told Alain he would trust him if Alain would let him taste his blood. Alain agreed to let him. There was no indication that this act generally had any emotional significance for vampires - it was done for purely pragmatic reasons.

- Magical connection! Alain's blood allows Orlando to safely be exposed to sunlight. They literally spend chapters testing this. They technically haven't finished their tests yet.

- Another wizard arrives. Alain doesn't trust him and

tells Orlando to taste his blood to see if he's telling the truth. Even though this is exactly what Orlando did to Alain when they first met, suddenly Orlando feels betrayed. Drinking blood is like sex! Alain is whoring him out! How could he!

- Alain wants to make it up to Orlando and asks what he can do to make things right. Orlando says "Accept my mark." Meaning, "let me brand your neck." (I think it was his neck. I don't feel like going back to check.)

- Orlando hadn't actually expected Alain to allow himself to be branded, even though it had basically been framed like an ultimatum. He is beside himself at this evidence of Alain's trust in him.

- Alain thought that by accepting Orlando's brand he was marking himself as a submissive in their relationship. Orlando is shocked and dismayed. No, no, he never meant that!

- Whoa, wait. In reality, Orlando just put himself under Alain's power by branding him. Alain can now kill him simply by withholding his own blood, since Orlando can no longer tolerate anyone else's.

(spoiler show)

- Do any of these characters remember that Thierry's wife died less than 24 hours ago?

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text 2017-10-30 15:18
Clean slate
Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects (Influential Video Game Designers) - Jennifer deWinter,Carly A. Kocurek,Anastasia Salter
The snail-watcher, and other stories - Patricia Highsmith
The Naked Sun - Isaac Asimov

I turned in these and a bunch of other library books today, unfinished. I still have The Moai Island Puzzle and Ichi-F checked out. Let's see if I can manage to finish and review them in time. I still haven't made a decision about The Ginza Ghost.


It looks like I might not get that second Bingo before the end of Halloween Bingo, although I still plan to finish the book I was reading for my Vampires square, Alliance in Blood. At the moment it's highly unlikely to get more than 2 stars from me, and I can practically feel the review writing itself. I'm still shaking my head at the author's decision to have one of the characters tell another character everything that just happened. The entire convo was included on-page, even though readers had just seen it all themselves and didn't need it repeated back to them. No wonder this book is just the first part of what was originally one enormous book.

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text 2017-10-22 22:24
Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 210 pages.
Alliance In Blood - Ariel Tachna

The good:


- This is going to be a quick read, as long as I don't let myself get distracted by another book.


The bad:


- This book is missing pretty much every possible emotional note that isn't directly related to Alain (wizard) and Orlando (vampire) angsting over each other. Technically they've spent the past few chapters testing the ability of wizard blood to allow vampires to walk in sunlight unharmed, but it comes across more like Alain and Orlando are two horny teenagers who can't keep away from each other. There was a battle just a few hours ago that killed Alain's best friend Thierry's wife (estranged, but still). No one seemed to be very affected by all of those deaths, even Thierry. He got a little angry, and there was one line about him telling himself to keep it together, but that was it.


- There are chapter breaks, but no scene breaks. This has mostly just been a little jarring, but at one point it had the unfortunate effect of making it seem like Orlando was calmly drinking espresso at the edge of a bloody battle like it was no big deal.

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text 2017-10-22 06:30
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 210 pages.
Alliance In Blood - Ariel Tachna

I'm aiming for my first Bingo with a book I know for a fact has vampires in it. But I'm wary. I stopped buying Dreamspinner Press books after learning that they had zero problems publishing P2P fanfic. Although I still own quite a few books of theirs that I purchased before that point, I also don't read their stuff much anymore, since my tastes have changed and they just don't look as appealing to me now.


It starts off with an author's note. The beginning of the second paragraph: "I can very proudly state that I've never read a vampire story. Not Anne Rice, not Laurel K. Hamilton, not Bram Stoker. The closest I've ever come was a monologue I read in seventh grade called 'Dress of White Silk.'" Uhh. I'm not sure it's a good idea to say you've "proudly" never read any vampire stories when your books includes vampires as prominent characters, although I'm guessing this is supposed to indicate how original the story I'm about to read is going to be. And it's "Laurell," not "Laurel." So I'm raising an eyebrow at the editor too.

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review 2016-09-04 13:25
Blind Under the Moon (Blood Moon Pack Alliance #1) by S.A. Welsh
Blind Under the Moon (Blood Moon Pack Alliance) - S.A. Welsh
Blind Under The Moon is the first book in the Blood Moon Pack Alliance series, and it starts with Remy being called to his Alpha's house, for reasons unknown to him. When told to do something he doesn't agree with, Remy finds out that he is more than he thought... which brings about a whole new host of problems. One thing at a time though.
This is a fast-paced, action-filled start to the series. It is full of steamy scenes, humour, sibling rivalry/loyalty and offers glimpses of future pairings. With the groundwork mostly laid, this book shows both the depth of the mate bond and the type of Pack/Coven/Family that Remy is looking to build.
Well-written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is an excellent start to a new series - enough to satisfy for one book, but definitely left wanting more.
* I received this book from Signal Boost Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/09/giveaway-review-by-merissa-blood-moon.html?zx=26c233dc1127fa5b
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