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review 2018-02-06 16:17
Audio Book Review: My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves #1) By Amanda Hocking
My Blood Approves - Amanda Hocking

 

* This is a review of the audio book that was released in 2011. All the physical novels in this series have recently been updated. I don't believe the audio book narration has. Please keep that in mind while reading this review.

 

This book has not aged well and my younger self is very disappointed. I've also realized how my tastes in books have changed. I used to love eating up these superficial vampire stories. The difference is that now I know there are much better novels available to me.

 

It's a shame I had to start this series over a few years later for me to see an ending to it. I read this series when it was first releasing (2010). This book got involved in a bit of drama when it came to the conclusion of the series. Readers were, unfortunately, sending hateful emails to the author because they didn't agree with the direction she was taking the love triangle in, so the author ended up not concluding the series at the time. The last book in this series has finally been released. That's what spurred me into rereading this.

 

This time around I found myself on the complete opposite side of the love triangle. Then again, I couldn't care less about the heroine, but if I HAD to pick a side it'd be Jack. Jack is an all-around nice and geeky guy. He loves cracking jokes and rolls with the punches life seems to love to throw at him.

 

Peter is such a brooding and over the top *ss. I don't know what I once saw in him.  He's controlling and seems to think he's an exception to every rule. I wouldn't want him next to me even if you paid me.

 

I had so many problems with Alice. She's a doormat, hates school and seems to be suicidal. I strongly believe in getting an education. She's so dense that it took Jack saying what he was to her face even after she had all the clues to figure it out herself. I wouldn't have minded what happened if this book were about obscure mythology that isn't a huge part of pop culture, but she had no excuses for not guessing vampire first. I also don't understand why her life, all of a sudden, revolves around this family. No one in their right mind would go over to someone's house for 3 weeks straight and not think to themselves "Maybe I'm imposing myself into their lives a little bit too much."

 

I'm aware that I'm being hyper-critical of this novel. That's due to the fact that I'm disappointed that even nostalgia couldn't make me overlook what I think are factors that could be improved on. At this point, I'm tempted to just skip to the last book, but I have barely any recollection of this series beyond the first book.

 

The Audio Book:

 

I only picked this up as an audio book because it was convenient for me (I was suffering from the common cold with allergies and blurry vision at the time of reading this book). Though this passed the time, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. There was barely any difference between male and female voices. I will say that the narrator's voice was very relaxing though.

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text 2018-01-02 17:36
69 New Releases in book series on January 2
Emergence - C.J. Cherryh
The Haunting on Heliotrope Lanecy - Carolyn Keene
Saga Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) - Marie Lu
Neogenesis - Steve Miller,Sharon Kendrick
Between the Blade and the Heart - Amanda Hocking
Cobra Traitor - Timothy Zahn
Promise Not to Tell - Jayne Ann Krentz
Unbound - Stuart Woods
Robicheaux - James Lee Burke

Per fictfact.com's new release calendar :

 

7thGARDEN, Vol. 7 - Mitsu Izumi  A Song Unheard (Shadows Over England) - Roseanna M. White  A Wedding At Two Love Lane - Kieran Kramer  

7thGARDEN, Vol. 7 - Mitsu Izumi  #7 in 7th GARDEN
A Song Unheard - Roseanna M. White  #2 in Shadows Over England
A Wedding At Two Love Lane - Kieran Kramer  #2 in Two Love Lane

 

("Read more" stays on booklikes, I just didn't want a long post hijacking the dashboard for those of you who don't have settings set to initially view shorten posts)

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review 2017-12-21 00:00
Between the Blade and the Heart
Between the Blade and the Heart - Amanda Hocking Malin and her mom Marlow are Valkyries. Their job is to kill immortals that have been chosen to die. Valkyries don’t give any thought to the fact of if they are doing what is right taking another life. They are just full filling orders given to them by the gods from generation to generation.

Malin was raised by a mother that was very cold and always told her that Valkyries couldn’t love and never showed Malin any love or warmth growing up. Marlow was also Malin’s mentor training her to be a Valkyrie.

Malin learns that her mother allowed one of her marks to live which put the world in chaos and started it on a downhill collision. In order to try and save the world from being destroyed Malin with the help of a few friends has set a course to finding the person that her mother failed to kill and end his life sending to him to the underworld where he belongs.

Malin’s little group of friends consist of her best friend Oona whom she has been friends with since grade school who probably knows her better than anyone. Oona is a Sorceress. Oona is better at casting spells than Malin. Malin sweet talks Oona into doing her spell work for her.

Then we have the mortal Asher who is also the son of a Valkyrie who like Malin is out for revenge against this immortal so therefore he wants to be in on the hunt for this guy. Malin and Asher strike up a relationship of sorts. Malin really cares for Asher but has a hard time with her feelings because her mother told her that she wasn’t capable of loving.

Next on the list is Quinn also a Valkyrie and Malin’s ex-girlfriend. Malin cares for Quinn but different than she cares for Asher. Asher wants to pull her into his arms and keep her safe. But Quinn wants to throw her against the wall and have her way with her. Malin needs or wants both things but can she have both Quinn and Asher?

Between the Blade and the Heart is filled with lots and lots for action and myths, monsters and very powerful gods. Amanda Hocking is a brilliant author who knows how to spin a story that will keep you turning the pages. Come join Malin, Oona, Asher and Quinn on their journey to save the world from the monsters.
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review 2017-06-28 00:00
Freeks
Freeks - Amanda Hocking Oh I love, love, loved this book! It was slow to pick up in the beginning but the ending was well worth it! Very well written though I did find a couple grammatical errors such as spelling and stuff but overall I quite enjoyed it.
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review 2017-01-27 16:56
Freeks
Freeks - Amanda Hocking

A traveling circus, the sideshows with performers, magic and romance, what more could I ask for in a novel? The possibilities were endless and the cover for me, sealed the deal. I imagined the thrill of arriving in a new town, setting up shop and entertaining the townsfolk that arrived each day and then moving on, just when the thrill of the lights and the music started to die down. They were a tight-knit family, these different household coming together, caring for one another, joined together to make a living in this chaotic lifestyle. Every one of them was unique, most of them gathered because of an unusual characteristic that they possessed. At this stage, they had exhausted their funds and needed cash to survive so they were headed to Caudry, where they were promised money but no money was worth what awaited them.

 

The flow of this novel was fantastic, I breezed through it and I enjoyed Amanda Hocking’s writing style tremendously. I was concerned about the romance aspect of this novel but after reading it, I believe that the romance was warranted. I was worried that it would take centerstage and overpower the carnival aspect of the novel but it didn’t, I felt it added to it. It was a slow and spirited romance, it went along nicely with the novel. I liked how the characters handled themselves around each other. Being around each other continuously, there was a mutual respect and love for one another yet there were times when tension was in the air and some individuals were not acting their best, it is to be expected. They were family, in their own way. The town of Caudry was not just an ordinary town and as Gideon’s Traveling Sideshow soon starts to figure this out, the performers each have their own way of handling this. I would have liked to know more about each of the performers and it would have been nice to have them had more interaction with the main character. It wasn’t as intense of a read as I anticipated, gentle in nature, I think it lies between a middle school read and a YA read.

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