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review 2017-05-05 16:27
Which witch is your fave?
The Lunch Witch #2: Knee-deep in Niceness - Deb Lucke

On a whim, I picked up Lunch Witch #2: Knee-Deep in Niceness by Deb Lucke. I was intrigued mainly by the artwork (it's a graphic novel) which at first glance seems delightfully whimsical. However, I found myself disappointed with the book overall. The story was only so-so and didn't really do it for me. I've certainly read more engaging graphic novels for this age group. Our main character, the Lunch Witch, was fairly boring. The plot was...threadbare is the only word I can think of to describe it. The highlight of the book were the pets (the bats were especially entertaining). The artwork was hit-or-miss and didn't make up for the bland storyline. I read some reviews for this book after I had finished and it seems that the consensus is that after the first book in the series (oops I started on #2) this one was a bit of a letdown. I've also just discovered that they're making a film adaptation with Kate McKinnon as the lead. Now that I'm looking forward to especially considering how the main character is depicted as such as the archetypal hag and you just know she's gonna be hilarious. With that being said, this book didn't rate higher than a 4/10 for me I'm afraid. I have no plans to continue reading anymore of the series. :-/

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2017-03-01 14:02
February Wrap-up
Scattered Souls - Erica Lucke Dean
Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton
Hell's Gate - 'Jane Aitken (Translator)',Laurent Gaudé,Emily Boyce

Only 3 books finished this month, all Netgalley. But that clears my Netgalley list and I'm pushing forward with my A-list tbr.

 

I also read a lot of samples so despite also adding a lot of them, I'm down to 109.

 

Top prize for the month goes to Traitor to the Throne, sequel to Rebel of the Sands. These are some brilliant Fantasy! Can't wait for the next book to come out.

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review 2017-02-26 10:03
Scattered Souls
Scattered Souls - Erica Lucke Dean

by Erica Lucke Dean

 

After a prologue to give some background information about what happened with Laith and Maddox in the past, chapter one starts off as a direct continuation of the first book. This made me wonder if this one would end in a cliffhanger as well and decide I was finished with the series if it did.

 

Questions of who Ava loves and which is the good brother get more complicated in this one, but we get a nice trek through history and even meet a famous person or two along the way.

 

I felt the twists and turns in the plot of this one were less believable than in the first book, but it kept my interest and I enjoyed the read, even if I did sometimes want to tell Ava not to do something stupid! We see different sides of both Laith and Maddox, which is where I had a little issue with consistency.

 

The historical aspects of the story fit well enough and while I'm not an expert on any of the periods we traveled through, they rang true. The convolutions of time travel worked well and I enjoyed learning more of the 'rules' that affect the twins as they move through time, though the source of the ability was magic rather than science.

 

I could see how this one needs to end, but the chance was missed to keep the story going through another crisis. It didn't actually end on a cliffhanger, but definitely set up for a next book. My only other complaints is that though sex wasn't actually graphic, it was a bit much for a YA book. Pre-teens read these after all.

 

A generally enjoyable time travel book, but I feel the plot has lost its way.

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text 2017-02-23 16:45
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
Scattered Souls - Erica Lucke Dean

Reading the second book of the series and noticing the YA aspect of it much more. It picked up right from where the first book left a cliffhanger. If this one ends with another one, I'm done.

 

Not bad but not captivating me either. It's starting to feel forced and inconsistent.

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text 2017-02-02 14:38
So Netgalley made me an offer I couldn't refuse
Scattered Souls - Erica Lucke Dean

I must be flavor of the month, they keep sending me emails to entice me with free book offers!

 

Most of them I'm talking myself out of. One was tempting, but I refused.

 

Then this one was on an email. Second book in a series that I recently read and enjoyed the first one. It did stop on a cliffhanger and I wondered what would happen.

 

You can't beat free. I succumed.

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