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review 2016-11-27 04:55
The Diabolical Miss Hyde - Final thoughts
The Diabolical Miss Hyde: An Electric Empire Novel (Electric Empire Novels) - Viola Carr

The Diabolical Miss Hyde was a fun read, if a little out there. My only strong complaints are that Lizzie's character was more unformed than I prefer <spoiler>her personality had a tendency to flip-flop depending on the moment & what was convenient</spoiler> and Eliza was occasionally stupid for such an intelligent women, in addition to being ridiculously suspicious of EVERYONE, except for those she should be of course. *bangs head on the desk*

Otherwise an intriguing enough book, the split in personality and love interest was certainly interesting <spoiler> especially with that psycho Mr Todd, boy is he insane! can't see how Eliza could possibly feel anything positive for him, though I do fancy the red hair</spoiler>. Wouldn't mind seeing where that went, and I did so enjoy the struggle between Lizze & Eliza & there odd affection for each other. So I might pick up the other books in the series at some time, but not for a while I don't think.

Oh and for some odd reason I couldn't get the idea of Hippocrates being bug shaped out of my head, they constantly referred to him as a dog, but based on the descriptions but brain kept referring to him as a bug, maybe a lady beetle? sadly we saw less and less of him as the book went on. Hopefully he'll be in the next one.

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text 2015-09-17 11:34
Reading progress update: I've read 265 out of 352 pages.
Fire Storm - Andy Lane

'He turned his head. Her eyes were only an inch away from his.

He wanted to kiss her, but instead he just said, 'Let's go.'


YES. Someone with common sense! there in a dangerous situation so you know whats a terrible idea? kissing passionately. you know what is a good idea, running like hell!!
How does a 14 (?) yr old boy, while fighting off all his teenage hormones have more brains in his head than every other female adult character i have read from?!? please tell me cause my mind is boggled right now.

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quote 2015-09-17 11:23
I've earned that in situations like this, best thing to do is be like a hedgehog - curl up into a ball and wait for everything to settle down. Failing that, be like a badger - attack everything wildly, biting and scratching as much as you can.
Fire Storm - Andrew Lane

Made me rather amused. 

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review 2015-09-01 07:59
Sorry for the probably incoherent dribbling of words. hopefully you get it
Lion Heart: A Scarlet Novel - A.C. Gaughen

WHAT!? You can't end a whole series there! What's wrong with you? did you just go....er thats good enough they got the gist. NO! I want need the rest!!
Does the king come back? Do they have babies? Did Winchester and Margaret get married? How did Elenor react to her son/the prince loosing his shit? and in front of everyone!? What happened to Prince John afterwards? and poor David!?

[spoiler]why would you kill him off? he was so wonderful [/spoiler]

- plus i felt his character had secrets to explore! Did they involve Allan? Also who is this Allan character? why don't i recall him from the previous book? How am i suppose to live without more Scar and Rob stories?

Alright I'll stop with my whinging - this was truly remarkable read and I'm grateful I was introduced to this incredible series (thanks again Joan for pointing it out to me)
I absolutely love the play on history. I unfortunately don't know much about what actually happened during this time period but from my understanding the author (A.C. Gaughen - who did an excellent job in the re-telling) stuck to a good chunk of whats described in history books but managed to make it much more interesting and compelling for people like myself (people unwilling to read the usual history books cause they can be a little stuffy!) with little changes here and there when she had to make the book more fun for her short attention span reader. I for one loved all 3 books! The characters leapt off the pages and caught my heart with their wonderful quirks - I recall crying and laughing more than once from them. The world building was spectacular, that forest! I know all forest in general look alike and there for not much imagination in needed but this forest made me crave being outdoors, I just wanted to run through the bush jumping mossy logs, climbing trees, swimming scandalously nude in pools of water. It really was beautifully written and made me feel at times that i truly was Scar, just loving the simple beauty of freedom.
Shame her life is for the most part sucky as hell - but then i suppose she wouldn't make the same character i adored the whole way through without all those horrible events. Just a shame we didn't really get to picture her and Robin happy together. The book ended in the middle of a fight for christ sakes! oh well still a really good series even if this wasn't my favorite book (as you should know by now i think it could do with some more pages, I'm a demanding reader like that! lol)

Well its almost 2.30am and i have school work tomorrow so bed time for me.

What to read now....


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review 2015-02-24 13:05
Somewhat Disappointed.
Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome - Stephen Jones,Alan Lee

Well that was not as good as i had hoped, nor was it all that scary. The Ilistrations on the other hand, were absolutely fantastic, they made the book much more pleasant and spooky. kudos Alan Lee for a job well done!!

otherwise there were a few good stories, that i rather enjoyed but the rest left something to be desired.

The Stories i thought deserved a 3.5+ rating:
Peckish by Robert Shearman
Inspired by Hansel and Gretel.
Fraulein Fearnot by Markus Heitz
Inspired by The Story of The Youth Who Went Forth.
The Ash-Boy by Christopher Fowler
Inspired by Cinderella.
The Silken Drum by by Reggie Oliver
extremely well written and encapturing story. I'll have to read more by this author.
The Robber Bridegroom
Which i believe was an original, but i can't say for sure at this time, as i don't have the book on hand.
By the Weeping Gate by Angela Slatter
Abrupt end, otherwise good.
Come Unto Me by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Inspired by Rumplestiltskin
that was a really good and depressing and suspenseful and hopeful. all the feels.

The rest of the short-stories:
Find my Name by Rebecca Campbell
Down to a Sunless Sea by Neil Gaiman - i was highly disappointed in this one, as i have been eagerly looking forward to getting my hands on some of Gaimans work, and this just didnt do it for me.
Open your Window, Golden Hair by Tanith Lee
Crossing the Line by Garth Nix
Look Inside by Michael Marshall Smith
The Changeling by Brian Lumley
Anything to Me is Sweeter, Than to Cross Shock-Headed Peter by Brian Hodge
The Artemis Line by Peter Crowther
The Silken People by Joanne Harris - actually this one wasnt that bad, just not as good as the others.

plus some of the originals weren't as fearsome as i have previously dreaded (secretly hoped for) though definitely darker compared to the modern story-tellings.

Over all, I'm glad i read it, even if i wasnt as stoked with the book as a whole as i thought i would be. As my review doesnt go into much detail, beyond what i did and didnt enjoy i would recommend reading this review, by Annemieke. We have some opposing opinions but overall i like what this person has to say.

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