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text 2017-02-24 23:06
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
A Demon Bound - Debra Dunbar

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text 2017-02-23 23:53
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
A Demon Bound - Debra Dunbar

Another testament to my incompetence. This guy probably thought I was a total boob. I was beginning to think I was a total boob.

 

I can relate that.

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review 2017-02-23 13:00
Weariland - Deb Coman,Mary Sue Shotwell Weariland - Deb Coman,Mary Sue Shotwell
  *** Wearilandby Mary ShotwellGenre: YARelease Date: May 10th 2016Merge PublishingSummary: For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, it all started with a text.  “HIDING PLACE.”  The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason as she travels to England with her sheltering mother for the funeral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reporters and news photographers aren’t the only ones interested in their arrival.  As her mother’s behavior borders on erratic (on a good day), Lason encounters a stranger from Weariland, a dreary world once known as Wonderland. He petitions Lason’s help in finding a secret family heirloom, a key to saving his land—and to Lason’s past. Lason is swept in an adventure through Weariland’s unpredictable realm, encountering colorful, fantastical characters and discovering her family’s elusive history. But if she isn’t careful, she may never return…  My Review I really loved this retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I got really wrapped into the story from the beginning. I really loved the main character of Lason, she was definitely a very interesting young adult. Boy for not a very long book, it was filled with a lot of action and adventure. Lason sure went through a lot, in this book. The little tiny bit that Lason's grandmother was in it, which was just in the beginning, she seemed like she would have been in awesome character. I wasn't sure about Lason's mother at first, but I started to like her towards the ending. I felt bad for her when Lason went missing. I really loved some of the characters from Weariland, I would have to say that White the rabbit was my favorite. And I couldn't stand the Queen of Souls, who is the queen now. I am still not sure about Nicholas another character, I am not sure if he's good or bad. I am not going to tell you who Nicholas is, you'll just have to read the book to find out whom he is, on your own. Another character that is in the book but not from Weariland is, Inspector Landry. I am not sure about him either. I really liked the ending it tied up somethings, but there is still a lot of things that still is left to take care of. I really can't wait to read the next adventure that Lason, will find herself in. I offered to take part in this book tour on my very own. This review is my personal opinion, and no one else's. Add to Goodreads Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Book Trailer: About the AuthorMary grew up in northeast Ohio, so it was only natural for her to pursue a degree in marine biology. After studying dolphin behavior and estimating great white shark populations, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there, during the arduous dissertation process, where she had the idea to write a book. With Alice and the crazy characters from Wonderland staring her down from her bedroom poster, Mary envisioned what that fantasy realm would look like in current day. Creative writing served as a natural escape from technical writing, wedding planning, pregnancy, and job hunting. Mary is excited to debut Weariland (Merge Publishing, 2016), a novel introducing Lason Davies, a teenager who learns about her family's past in a world once called Wonderland. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and three children. Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook Blog Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

 

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text 2017-02-21 13:00
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Third Chronicles of Illumination: The Library of Illumination-Book Eight - C. A. Pack
Blog Tour Schedule: http://yaboundbooktours.blogspot.com/2016/12/blog-tour-sign-up-third-chronicles-of.html *** Third Chronicles of Illuminationby C.A. PackGenre: YA Paranormal/FantasyRelease date: February 7th 2017Artiqua PressSummary from Goodreads:Oh, no! Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is that he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is the Terrorian wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to control everything else. Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun. Add to Goodreads
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About the Author
C. A. Pack is the author of the Library of Illumination series of YA paranormal fantasy novelettes, along with Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (2014), The Second Chronicles of Illumination (2015) and The Third Chronicles of Illumination (2017).Pack also writes for a general audience. Her first novel, Code Name: Evangeline—is an historical spy thriller which takes place in the 1930's. The author followed it up with Evangeline's Ghost—a fantasy about the death of that same spy. She recently completed work on Evangeline's Ghost: Houdini, and is currently working on Evangeline's Ghost: The Bridge.Pack is an award winning journalist from New York who worked as an anchor/reporter and educator (she considers herself the fairy-godmother of telvision news reporters)—and has written for WNBC, LI News Tonight and News 12 Long Island. She also worked on PBS documentaries, radio and television commercials and created and produced a pilot for a news show focusing solely on marriage and wedding trends.She's a past president of the Press Club of Long Island and a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Pack has been a speaker or panelist for organizations such as Women in Communications, Fair Media Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists.The author lives with her husband and two picky parrots “on” Long Island, New York.
Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook│Pinterest
Blog Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

 

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review 2017-02-21 00:12
Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires #13) by Chloe Neill
Blade Bound - Chloe Neill

Merit and Ethan are finally getting married. Everything is finally going her way

 

Until Sorcha returns, bringing winter to summertime Chicago, threatening the entire city and having one terrible demand: that the city and over Mallory and Merit

 

But no-one believes that her ambition is so simply satisfied with revenge

 

 

I am a little bemused about the mayor taking the lead so much. In fact, this has been a thing that has bemused me throughout this series: why is the mayor all powerful, how come they have so much authority and why is no-one else involved? I mean, if the third biggest city in America is evacuated because of a supernatural menace isn’t the president obliged to make a speech or something? Shouldn’t the governor of Illinois actually notice?

 

The story gets more and more epic but at the same time it’s clear the author wants this to be very very local. This is the Chicagoland vampires, it’s a story about Chicago so even when we probably should spill a little beyond the borders.

 

I think this probably centres on a general underlying issue I’ve had with this series from the beginning. It has an element of simplicity that kind of hangs on the story. Like keeping the story focused only on the Chicago authorities, making the mayor pretty much a complete authority within her realm and having her and her minions make decisions which are pretty dubious. It serves very much to make our main characters look intelligent, insightful and martyred but it’s a little clumsy (we see something similar ion how this series is pretty disjointed in how vampires are treated, flirting between viciously hated and violently oppressed minority to moderately tolerated/ignored other and back again within a pretty short space of time).

 

This bleeds over into the plot as well – it’s quite predictable with a lot of conflict resolved quite easily. Ethan makes a speech. Mallory manages to translated a centuries old mystery in a couple of hours. It adds to the story being a trifle… predictable? The arc is not one that surprised me even once and there was nothing resembling a twist

 

 

But… it’s still very fun. It’s one of those books that asks me to question whether twists, originality or a great deal of complexity is necessary. The story was predictable and simplistic – but still emotionally engaging: invoking anger at the terrible way the vampires are being treated. Excitement from the battle scenes and some decent, engaging development of Ethan and Merit’s relationship and their concerns over the prophecy that says Merit will become a parent. None of these are original and, yes, a lot of them are very predictable – but that didn’t make the characters any less engaging. These same patterns have been continuing for a long time in this season – but I still largely enjoy them. I like Merit, she’s fun, capable, not as bright as she’s written but still nifty without being overpowered. She also has some excellent female friends – which has been a major issue in the series before now: other women were demonised or occupied a relatively small role in the story. But increasingly we’re seeing Mallory move to become her own, skilled fun character who is taking a prominent space in the story and not constantly tormented by her own guilt which is an excellent step forward

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/blade-bound-chicagoland-vampires-13-by.html
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