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review 2020-03-26 14:58
Demoniac Dance
Demoniac Dance - Jaq D. Hawkins

by Jaq D. Hawkins

 

Although this is technically the second book in a series, it stands alone and could easily be read as the first book for those who like more action in their Fantasy instead of the exposition and world building that characterized the first book.

 

It starts out with a young girl running away from an arranged wedding to join the magicians on the other side of the river in a post-apocalyptic London. The old city is in ruins, but a more primitive society has developed over time from the descendants of survivors of a cataclysm.

 

I liked the young characters in this. I think it would appeal to YA readers as much as to adults. The young Prince Alaric is a cheeky 10-year-old who can be very childish one moment, then very mature when circumstances require it. Namah, the girl who has run away, leads the story and it is through her eyes that we learn about the magicians and later, the goblins.

 

Instead of repeating the conflict between humans and goblins from the first book, an outside threat drives Count Anton to seek help from the goblins, but such assistance is far from guaranteed and there are some scary moments when he confronts a faction of goblins that would be happy to see all humans dead.

 

As with the first book, the world of the goblins is very primitive and tribal, but we get to see some different aspects of it than we saw in the first book and without wanting to give spoilers, dragons feature.

 

The book has a tidy ending, but leaves something open enough to make me want to read the third story. There are some unexpected surprises and I found the whole thing very emotional, though there were some very funny moments too. One of the things I liked best were the variety of interesting creatures related to the goblins and the different factions of goblins themselves, plus the ending was a heart wrencher. The writing is very accessible too. I read more than half of the book in one night without realizing I had gone that far until it was nearly the end.

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review 2020-03-18 10:55
Apprenticed to the Artful Dodger
Apprenticed to the Artful Dodger - Charlton Daines

by Charlton Daines

 

This is a combined volume that includes Jack Dawkins and A Christmas with the Dodger.

 

Jack Dawkins is the story of the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist as an adult returning to England. I've read several books that borrow this character from Dickens and this one is definitely the best done of them.

 

Jack finds London very changed over the years he's been gone, though the criminal element still thrives. He's gone through changes of his own and has learned to fade into polite company, which puts him in a position of having to make a choice whether to carry on life as a gentleman thief or to actually lead a straight and narrow life. Falling in love just might have some influence over that decision.

 

During the course of the story, we are introduced to a character named Reg whom Daines can claim as totally his own. Reg is a child thief who crosses paths with the Dodger and finds in him a kindred spirit. He's a fascinating character and I'm glad he got a book of his own.

 

Roll on to A Christmas with the Dodger and Reg has grown into a young man, facing his own dilemma about how to live his life. His adopted mother, whom he adores, is an honest woman and Reg looks for a balance between his early upbringing and the desire to be a deserving son to Lily. He works in a toy shop, putting his nimble fingers to good use.

 

Jack plays a secondary role in this sequel, but the two of them together find temptation at every turn despite their respectable veneer.

 

I'm hoping there will be more books with this character. He's clever, resourceful and easy to like. I have no hesitation in giving this one 5 stars.

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review 2019-05-04 14:38
Remember the Future
Remember the Future (The Chronicles of the Harekaiian #9) - Shanna Lauffey

by Shanna Lauffey

 

One of the reasons I follow this series is because the episodes always bring something fresh and new. This ninth episode is definitely no exception.

 

I admit I'm very invested in the series. This episode introduced a few new characters and wrapped up a few loose ends, sometimes in emotionally devastating ways! Possible new directions for Akalya have been opened up and I'll be very interested in seeing where things go for the final episode. I hope it won't be a long wait!

 

As always, the writing kept me riveted and the characters all felt unique, even with differences between a pair of twins!

 

If you like time travel, mystery, adventure, seriously, you must read this series.

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text 2019-05-01 16:27
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Remember the Future (The Chronicles of the Harekaiian #9) - Shanna Lauffey

Okay, I couldn't stop. I haven't been able to write the review yet though. I watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones yesterday as well as finishing this and between the two, I'm completely emotionally exhausted! Review in the next couple of days, promise.

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text 2019-04-30 16:11
Reading progress update: I've read 53%.
Remember the Future (The Chronicles of the Harekaiian #9) - Shanna Lauffey

Must. Read. Slower!

 

But it's a fast paced episode and I can't stop!

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