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review 2020-05-26 02:14
Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows - Ryan Calejo

Audience: 4th Grade & Up

Format: Audiobook/Library Copy

 

Myths, my abuela used to say, are truths long forgotten by the world.

- first sentence

 

Charlie Hernandez knows the Hispanic myths inside and out because his abuela (grandmother) has been telling him stories about them since he was very young. Then one day, he finds out that all the monsters that he thought were myths, are actually real. Not only are they real, but they are trying to break through the barrier between life and death. 

 

This a great book for fans of the Percy Jackson series. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook and hearing the story told by someone who could pronounce all the words correctly instead of trying to imagine how they should sound in my head. We read this book for our middle school book club and will be zooming with the author this week. I'm so excited!

 

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text 2020-05-02 13:02
May Reading list...
The End of the Day - Claire North
The Things We Learn When We're Dead - Charlie Laidlaw
Blackout - Connie Willis
Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Speak - Louisa Hall
Robogenesis - Daniel H. Wilson
Shelter - Dave Hutchinson

Hopefully my Mojo is properly back and I can work through my stack of library books that are still here.  Seven books with the first to be started today.  I can't find or seem to add the 7th book which is Shelter by Dave Hutchinson but I'm ot sure it matters as I am the worlds slowest reader and even on a good month I'd struggle with more than 4 or 5 books anyway.  Looking forward to these!

* Edit, thank you BrokenTune for adding Shelter by Dave Hutchinson!*

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review 2020-03-14 14:06
The White Road
The White Road - John Connolly

Loved it! This book really sets the stage for me for this series. At this point the supernatural parts become much louder in my head. The link back to other cases here’s great too. We have a changed Angel (I can see why) and Charlie realizing that sometimes certain people just don’t deserve to live. I was at the seat of my pants during the ending, but it surprised me and makes me wonder what is next for Charlie and Rachel.

 

“The White Road” has Charlie being asked by an old friend to help him with a case involving a black boy being accused of the rape and murder of his white girlfriend. We find out that this case also links two families (one white and one black) that have had dark encounters with each other for centuries.

 

The Reverend is back in this one hell bent on making Charlie pay for the deaths of his two children. A new player is on the board and one wonders how this person can cause harm to Charlie.


Angel is forever changed by what happened to him in the last book. He and Louis seem to be finding their footing, but still love each other.

 

Charlie is preparing for the birth of his unborn child with Rachel, but still being called to that honeycomb world. The things he sees and feels definitely sit with you.

 

The writing per usual is pitch perfect. The flow works. I was on the edge of my seat towards the end. Once everything is revealed I went wow.

 

One know wonders what’s up next for Charlie.

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review 2020-03-14 03:22
The Killing Kind
The Killing Kind - John Connolly

Wow. This was ridiculously good. We have more of the supernatural elements I like. I have to say though this book is hard to get through if you don’t like spiders.

 

“The Killing Kind” has Charlie taking up a case from an ex Senator. A daughter of a long ago friend ended up dead, but though the police think it’s suicide, no one believes it. When Charlie goes digging he finds a connection between the woman’s death and a Baptist sect that went missing in the 60s. Charlie also meets one of the most relentless killers he has ever gone toe to toe with.

 

I like how Connolly doesn’t ever let you know if what Charlie sees or feels is real or what. I like to think it is though. Charlie though in this one is pressing his luck. I loved having Rachel, Louis, and Angel in this one. All of the parties above are forever changed by the end of this one though.

 

The writing was lyrical and top notch. I also now hate spiders even more than I thought possible. Some of the descriptions definitely made me reach up and brush imaginary webs off of me. I liked how Connolly went from different POVs to excerpts from the thesis of the missing woman about the Baptists that went missing.

 

The book ends on a hopeful note but one wonders what is next for Charlie.

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review 2020-03-14 03:12
Dark Hollow
Dark Hollow - John Connolly

Wow. Not too much to say. Connolly breathes life into a detective story with the strong supernatural elements. I loved Charlie Parker and his quest for not only redemption, but to help the dead find peace.

 

“Dark Hollow” follows Charlie after the events of the first book. He found out who murdered his wife and daughter and is now in an in between state. Living in his grandfather’s home in Maine Charlie is trying to come to some sort of peace. However Charlie takes on a client looking to get some money from her dead beat ex. When the woman and her small son end up dead, Charlie starts investigating whether her ex had something to do with it. His current case gets wrapped up in a past case that haunted his grandfather.

 

Charlie is one of the best fictional characters I have read in some time. He walks alone now and thinks of the honeycomb world he inhabits. He thinks of his former lover Rachel (Every Dead Thing) but wonders if he’s meant to be happy. Having his friends Louis and Angel along for the ride in this one is great. I love that we have two people who will stand by him no matter what. The three of them make an unlikely group, but they work.

 

I loved how he tied together. I loved the atmospheric writing. And I loved the ending. That’s all I got. 

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