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review 2017-06-24 05:38
I don't have much to say about this, but I really dug it.
Bound (An Alex Verus Novel) - Benedict Jacka

I expected this book to start with the equivalent of Voldemort bending Wormtail to his will while Nagini snacks on a Muggle. I couldn't have been more wrong -- Richard (lamest name ever for an arch-enemy, which is why it's so good) simply lays out his plan and tells Alex and Anne what they are supposed to do. No threats, no maniacal laughter, no giant snakes eating anyone.

"I was expecting . . ." Anne said.

"Expecting what?"

"I don't know. Something worse."

Me, too, Anne. Me, too.

 

Basically, Alex has to act as the personal aide to Morden (the first Dark Mage on the Council) when he's not being the most ignored Keeper in history. He's been working on earning the position of full Keeper -- now he's given it, and is resented by the rest. Even when things go well for him, it's a disaster. Similarly, Anne is the least utilized person in the Healer corps.

Right now I'm fighting Levistus and Richard, and I’m losing. Part of it’s because they've got better cards than me, but that’s not all of it. It's that they've got a plan. They‘re always playing the long game, looking to next month, next year. Meanwhile I just wait around until some sort of crisis happens, then I scramble to fix it. It’s like they‘re shooting holes in a boat, and I’m running up and down trying to plug the leaks. Sooner or later there’ll be too many holes, or one of the bullets will hit me, and that’ll be it.

Which is a pretty good summary of how things are going for Alex. He goes to great lengths -- some might even say extraordinary -- to be proactive. I won't say how well it works, but if you've read any of these books before, you'll have a pretty good idea.

 

This book probably has the best use of Luna we've seen -- I really liked everything Jacka did with her here.

 

We've had Richard looming as a threat since the beginning. Richard in the shadows, a danger that few believed was real. But Alex knew all along he would be back. And now that he is, he's great. There's no destroy the world plans, just evil planning and machinations and a calm exterior. You will do what I say, or I will end you -- and I couldn't really care either way. He's worse than we ever could've expected. Love it.

 

Ultimately, this is pretty much what every Alex Verus book is -- Alex struggling to earn and/or gain the trust of the Establishment -- particularly those he likes and respects, and any gains he may make towards those ends are jeopardized by his efforts to help others.

Now that I look back on the whole thing, I can see the clues I missed, but that’s how it works with hindsight. When you know what’s relevant and what you can ignore, then everything is obvious, but it’s not so obvious when you’re caught up in surviving from day to day. At least until life reaches out and smacks you over the head.

(not just a commentary on Alex's methods and life, but on everyone's).

 

It was nowhere near as dramatic as the ending to Burned, but poor Alex is actually in a far worse state now than he was at the beginning of the book, which was no mean feat -- but I should've known that Jacka wasn't finished beating up his creation. I really don't know what else to say without indulging in spoilers -- so I'll leave it at this. Bound is another great installment in this series, one of the best and most reliable around.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/06/23/bound-by-benedict-jacka
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review 2017-06-20 16:47
Bound by Water: Pisces (Zodiac Shifters #6) by Monica La Porta
Bound by Water: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Pisces - Monica La Porta,Zodiac Shifters
Bound by Water: Pisces is the second book in the Zodiac Shifters series that I have read, and I enter a new world with a new group of shifters that I can't wait to read more of. Ariel is a mortal and knows nothing of the paranormal world that lives in sync around her. Atreides is a merman, the last of his kind that he knows about. When these two meet on a moonlit night, he puts down their attraction to simple moon-lust. However, Ariel's life is about to change in a big way, and the paranormal world comes closer to home than either she or Atreides ever expected.
 
This is a great story that is smooth yet it moves at a swift pace. With a great supporting cast of characters that I long to know more about, there is enough in this story to satisfy and yet will definitely leave you wanting more. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@momilp, #Paranormal, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/boundbywaterpisceszodiacshifters6bymonicalaporta
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review 2017-06-20 16:14
Bound by Blood - Jourdan Lane

Kinda meh...I don't know, thought it started really strong, but the build up (which was the best part) didn't last long enough and then it was just sex, and little explanations because there was more sex, never mind all the death and destruction, let's have sex. So...I don't know, maybe if you're in the mood for that. I clearly wasn't though. 

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text 2017-06-15 03:46
Reading progress update: I've read 288 out of 288 pages.
The Sparks - Kyle Prue

Review to come on the 29th as part of a book tour I am Involved in.

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review 2017-06-14 20:05
Magic Bound (The Hybrid Trilogy #1) by G.K. DeRosa
Magic Bound - G.K. DeRosa
Magic Bound is the first book of The Hybrid Trilogy and features some characters from the Wilder series. In this story, Aria is working on getting her GED, has a job as a barista, and a dead-end boyfriend that borders on the abusive. One night, she meets Damian but tells him straight up that she is with someone. In an unknown turn of events, she is accepted into a college that she can't even remember applying for. And then it turns out that it is too good to turn down as she has somewhere to live and all expenses paid. Things move swiftly on as Aria's life changes in ways she would never have imagined.
 
This is a fast-paced story that is full of humour and sass. Aria is a good female lead, although she does seem deliberately dense at times! More in the way that if she doesn't acknowledge what is going on/what everyone else says/gut instinct etc, then it's not really happening. I wasn't sure about the whole Nico and Damian situation, as love triangles really aren't my thing. I don't mind if it's a relationship with three ;) but not a triangle.
 
This is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. I found it to be a nice touch having some crossover characters, but also that Aria still gets her own story. A fun, enjoyable book 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 my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/magicboundthehybridtrilogy1bygkderosa
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