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review 2017-07-21 20:50
It Was Rushed and I Wanted More
Heart of the Storm (Undertow) - Michael Buckley

3.5 stars
A great series with a rushed ending.
I really enjoyed tis YA series. The fresh look at merpeople and sea creatures was really cool and kept me coming back for more. The character details alone are worth the read. They are believable, functional, and awesome. Mr. Buckley has a wonderful imagination. He also developed some shameful characters that you just love to hate, really love to hate ! LOL
My problems with the book was the rushed pacing. Everything was happening at a semi regular paced then bam, bam, bam, we were at the end. The new characters just never got developed enough and they were so amazing. I loved Husk, he was just getting so interesting and then it ended with him not fully finished for me. I had the same issue with Fantom, why did he just disappear in the book ? It felt like there was a hole. I fell like these side characters need their own book I liked them better than the MCand we got too much of her and not enough of them.

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review 2015-09-05 16:21
A Cherry On My Howl Cake
Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

SO close to the movie and yet not too close. There were some surprise changes that I enjoyed. I loved Howl much more in the book he was revealed more. It was a fantasy fest for this reader I'm hard care fan of the movie and this was the cherry on the cake for me. I can't wait for book 2

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review 2014-01-28 21:14
A Strong Start But It Lost Me In The Second Half
A Different Kingdom - Paul Kearney

A Dark twisted fairy tale. An adult tale that does not shy away from graphic sexual moments or violence. Time travel and visits to an alternate plane where things are very different.
I really wanted to love this book. An fairy tale set in 20th century Ireland, with something in the woods. Sounded great to me, just my kind of read. Sadly, I did not enjoy it as much and I hoped.
We follow Michael, a young teen, in his search for his sister who disappeared after having relations with someone in the woods. His search takes him into another world of frightening beasts and new world rules. He travels with Cat, a girl from this world who has connected with him romantically. The world is dark dangerous and extremely interesting. Too bad Michael's ramblings weren’t because there seemed to be a lot of them. His story passes from times and worlds while we watch his shut down into the bottom of a bottle.
What went wrong for me ? I had a terrible time with the constant POV/time changes. There was no clear indication of who was talking, where they were and what time frame it was. I spent the first 1/2 of the book semi lost, looking back to see of I missed a page. I thought Michael talked about everything too much, over and over. It was a chore for me to finish this book and I was so disappointed in the ending. This was not a book I enjoyed at all in the end. I am giving it 3 stars for it’s very creative story even though it didn’t work for me.

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