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review 2017-07-21 10:02
REVIEW BY MERISSA - True of Blood (Witch Fairy #1) by Bonnie Lamer
True of Blood - Bonnie Lamer
This book was great. It starts with a girl's 17th birthday and the wotsit hits the fan. This book is action (of one sort or another) all the way through and the banter between Xandra and Kallen is simply brilliant. Xandra reacts to the situation in a way that is completely understandable and is often humorous.

Great start to a new series. Recommended.
 
* Verified Purchase ~ January 2013 *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

#Fairy_Tales, #Fantasy, #Young_Adult, #Archive_Review, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/trueofbloodwitchfairy1bybonnielamer
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review 2017-07-18 19:40
RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Hale and Gemini (The Alder Tales #3) by R.S. McCoy
Hale and Gemini - RS McCoy

Hale and Gemini is the fairytale retelling of Hansel and Gretel, written in R.S. McCoy's inimitable style. It is the third book in The Alder Tales series, and although I would say you don't 'have' to have read those to understand the story, you will benefit immensely from reading books one and two, plus you get the added bonus of reading fantastic stories.

What to say about this one? My first thought was "poor Hale". He got put through the wringer in the previous book, and you can't even be annoyed with Raene for doing so. He makes the decision to leave Clan land and travel to Pyrona, in the hope of reuniting with his sister, Blossom, not realising that her story has moved her on from there. Gemini follows him for her own reasons, and through arguments and disagreements, these two become friends with the possibility of more.

I LOVE THIS SERIES! Every story is different, and yes it's a retelling, but no it's not 'usual'. This world is unique (as far as I am aware), with characters that are simply amazing. Each section has people that you will loathe and love, sometimes both! The world-building is second to none, and the political scheming constantly has me amazed.

It was with a smile on my face that I read about Kaide and Blossom! Seriously, I NEED these two to be happy! Parson and Raene continue to delight, and then we have Hale and Gemini.

Fair Warning - this book ends on one helluva cliffhanger. It should be against the law! ;) A fantastic read that updates you on past pairings, gives full attention to the new story, whilst leaving you wanting more. I definitely can't wait for book 4! Highly recommended by me. 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/07/release-blitz-review-hale-and-gemini.html
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review 2017-06-19 08:08
Paper Cranes by Jordan Ford
Paper Cranes - Jordan Ford
Paper Cranes is a fairy tale retelling, taking you away from the contemporary romance/suspense that Jordan Ford has previously published. It starts with a sullen Tristan, who has had his life disrupted due to his parents' divorce. He moves away from his mum and her new boyfriend to stay with his dad, but didn't realise that he would end up looking after him. All seems lost as he sinks deeper into bitterness and sadness. However, when he goes to rescue a lost baseball, he finds more than a ball. He finds the light of his life, and so the adventures begin.
 
As bad as this may sound, each time I start a new Jordan Ford book I think to myself that I can't possible enjoy it as much as I did "...", and yet each time Jordan Ford proves me wrong. I LOVED this fairy tale retelling, mainly because of the tongue in cheek references to Rapunzel that the characters themselves tease each other with. Seeing the rises and falls that Tristan goes through, the calm acceptance of Helena, the joy, love, and laughter that these two share... it's just wonderful. I also have a re-appreciation for Shakespeare and poetry! Now, this book isn't all sweetness and light, so don't think it is, BUT it does show what can happen if you keep the faith in love, hope, happiness, and fairy tale endings.
 
Exceptionally written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have no hesitation in recommending it.
 
* 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/papercranesbyjordanford
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review 2017-06-16 03:04
The Weeds within the Rulership (The End in the Beginning Book 1) by Emily Martha Sorensen
The Weeds within the Rulership (The End ... The Weeds within the Rulership (The End in the Beginning Book 1) - Emily Martha Sorensen

The Weeds within the Rulership (The End in the Beginning Book 1) by Emily Martha Sorensen is a fun short story to read about Raneh and Jonton, two twelve year olds beginning to realize they're growing up. I gave it four stars.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from the author in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0719JKW31

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review 2017-06-06 22:03
Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud
Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo - ... Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo - Pauline Oud

Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud (Illustrator) is a fun to read story about playing and identifying colors. This is a great way for children to learn their colors.

 

It is designed for toddlers ages 24 months and up. It focuses on a child's developing language skills. My favorite little boy loved it so I gave it four stars.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Clavis Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605373362

 

This book is in pre-order status until July 7, 2017, so I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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