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review 2016-12-19 17:29
The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
The Obsidian Chamber (Agent Pendergast series) - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE

After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.


A SHOCKING RETURN


Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive--only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.

AN INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT


Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.

BUT IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE, NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS

And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred-and it may already be too late.
 
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I read the first Pendergast book Relic a couple of years ago and since then I have this been a favorite series of mine. It has been an interesting journey where I have learned more about Aloysius Pendergast and his family as the books progress and now here we are at book 16.

Pendergast is missing after the harrowing ending in the last book, and no one knows if he is alive or dead. For Constance, his ward is this a traumatizing experience and she has decided to retreat to the world she is so familiar with, the chambers below the Pendergast mansion. However, and an old enemy has returned, someone that she knows very well. But, Constance will soon learn that not everything is as it seems.

As with most books in this series was The Obsidian Chamber a pure joy to read. I miss the time when I had several Pendergast books to read, but in a way is it also nice to get a new one every year. This book felt more like a Constance book than an Aloysius Pendergast book. Of course, he is not totally missing from the book, but much of the story is about Constance. It's actually a bit tricky to write this review without spoiling too much of the story, like for instance who is back. So, I will just write some general thoughts about the book.

Constance is an intersecting character, not my personal favorite, but her backstory is truly intriguing and her first introduction to the series was spectacular. I do find myself not overfond with her growing attraction to Aloysius. I just can't seem to enjoy that idea. I must prefer her just being his ward. She has a central role in this book, and I did enjoy her part in this book. I was a bit surprised by her action in this book, how docile she seemed. However, everything got explained nicely towards the end of the book.

I was a bit worried that it would end with a cliffhanger, and yes, there was a kind of cliffhanger, but still the story felt ended at the moment. It's the kind of ending that felt satisfying and not frustrating. The previous books end was way more frustrating than this.

Finally, I hope that Corrie is in the next book. She has not had a prominent role since White Fire book 13 and I loved that book and I adore her.
 

I want to thank Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

 

The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (US/Canada)

 

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text 2016-11-25 06:34
Task the Eighth: The Movie Ticket: Fantastic Beasts and where to Find them.

If you haven't read about "The 12 Tasks of the Festive Season" created by Moonlight Blizzard (Moonlightreader) & Obsidian Claus (Obsidianblue), it is bascially a list of things to do and to read during the festive season (from November 1st to January 2). It seems like a lot of fun so I decided to join in. Go read these posts if you're interested :)

 

Task the Eighth: The Movie Ticket

Read a book that has been adapted to a holiday movie. V

- Go see a new theater release this holiday season (during November/December. This does not have to be a holiday movie, so yes, Fantastic Beasts will qualify). V

 

 

 

This little book was a lot of fun. I learned a lot about new creatures I did not know and learn a bit more about other I had already heard about. It was really interesting!

 

I went to see the movie on Tuesday with my sister for her birthday. We always go to the movie for her birthday, for 3 years in a row we've been to see the Hunger Games as it was released really close to this date. But now that this over, we had to choose a different franchise... And this one qualifies :) ! The movie was not as bad as I expected (lot of people complained), I actually enjoyed it. It was not amazing, but it was still good and I loved the fact that most the actors were not really famous. We had a great night!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

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text 2016-11-22 06:35
Task the Fourth: The Gift Card: Dorothy Must Die

If you haven't read about "The 12 Tasks of the Festive Season" created by Moonlight Blizzard (Moonlightreader) & Obsidian Claus (Obsidianblue), it is bascially a list of things to do and to read during the festive season (from November 1st to January 2). It seems like a lot of fun so I decided to join in. Go read these posts if you're interested :)

 

Task The Fourth: The Gift Card

Read a book that you either received as a gift or have given as a gift V

- Give a book to a friend and post a picture of the wrapped present: certainly for Christmas :)

 

This book was given to me for my birthday by my dearest italien friend. We don't see each other a lot cause she lives in Italy, but it means a lot to me that she gave me a book. She knows how obsessed I'm with them (most people still don't understand that receiving a book is like the best present ever!). I have been obsessed with L. Frank Baum's stories for a while now. As a kid, I did not really know about The Wizard of Oz, it was not really from my time. But now, I really can't stop reading the seriez of Oz because these books are just amazing! This retelling was everything I wanted, it was really good and I enjoyed reading about Oz again, but in a totally wicked way ;) 

 

Review to come on my Goodreads page!

 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

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review 2016-11-20 21:14
Dark Net
Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling, #12) - Nalini Singh

I haven't read a Nalini Singh book in a long time and man, it was nice to come back to this good stuff. It was absolutely captivating and thrilling from the first to the last page. Kaleb  has found his Sahara and together they work at stopping an evil plot against the Psy Net. I particularly enjoyed when they first met ever. There's really not much I can say except I loved it and I now know I have to come back to this series. PS, I got to see Vaughn, one of my all-time favorite shifters ever. In fact, it was great to see everyone these are unforgettable characters! 

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review 2016-11-15 14:49
Time-travel novel for the YA readership
The Obsidian Mirror - Catherine Fisher

Aimed at the Young Adult readership, this novel deals with time-travel, the mirror being the means to achieve this. Characters from the past, present and future inter-mingle and interact although it is difficult to know who to trust. There's also a fairy element added in, just to add to the engaging plot. The first part of a trilogy, I'm not sure that I'm interested enough to want to read what happens but, if you read this, be prepared to end on an inconclusive cliff-hanger.

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