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review 2018-09-02 16:50
good book and great characte
The Zeuorian Awakening - Cindy Zablockis

Lexi has a crush on jock Tyler. Lexi believes she will find the man for her at MIT.  who is a butt. Lexi has the power of telekinesis, she also has premonition abilities. Lexi is usually quiet and keeps to herself. Lexi lives with her Aunt Irene in Oregon and is seventeen. Lexi’s best friend is Angie. The only ones that know of Lexi’s powers are her Aunt Irene and Angie and the people hunting Lexi. . Lexi is getting more powers that involve weather control and she now attracts  lightning and other natural attractions when Lexi gets upset. and she’s trying to learn how to control them. Lexi’s first change was random physical transformation and changing into a different being and now a bunch of guys want Lexi including Tyler who believes Lexi is his soulmate,Dylon, ad Emmett. Lexi and Emmett have hot chemistry. Lexi doesn’t know who to turn to as her parents died in a car crush. Lexi tries to remember what happened surrounding her parents death, she can’t remember the whole summer the memories have disappeared. Tyler and his father seems to be protecting Lexi. The Community resides in Colorado and both Tyler and Emmett claim to have dated Lexi at the same time in Colorado. Lexi doesn’t know who to trust. Lexi had almost drowned and Lexi wakes up to see her appendages have slightly changed and she remembered glowing while in the water before she was knocked out. Then she learned she was almost kidnapped while she was unconcious. Lexi was scared for her life. Lexi gets a kind of warning when she is iib danger. Someone is talking to Lexi in her head,

I enjoyed this book. I liked the danger and intrigue in this book. I also enjoyed the twists and turns. I didn’t want to put this down as I wanted to see what was going to happen next. I liked the suspense and the alien aspect as you don’t see that many books on aliens and this had a different slant then i have ever read before as far as aliens  go. This grabbed in the beginning and didn’t let go until the ending. I would have liked more information on the Zeuorians. I liked the pace and plot. I liked the characters and the twists and turns and I recommend this book.

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review 2018-07-24 18:31
Scion's Awakening (Seven Seals #3) by Traci Douglass
Scion's Awakening (Seven Seals #3) - Traci Douglass

Scion's Awakening is the third book in the Seven Seals series, and we meet Wyck, whom we were briefly introduced to at the end of Chago's book. He is the resident geek, and Scion to the Seal of the Apocalypse, who in traditional opposite style, is a scientist trying to stop the world's famine problem. However, with the Nephilim involved, nothing is as simple as it seems.

 

This is a fast-paced story, so be prepared for it to jump a bit - one example being Quinn's reluctance to be with Wyck as he will only break her heart. Next paragraph, they are together. Now, I know, before I get shouted at, this is a novella so this happens. It was just a bit too quick.

 

On the whole, this was well written, and a good continuation of the series. I would have preferred to drool a bit more of Wyck's 'geekiness' which wasn't really mentioned, but that's just me! I am thoroughly enjoying this series, and look forward to continuing it. Definitely recommended by me.

 

* 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: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/07/24/Scions-Awakening-Seven-Seals-3-by-Traci-Douglass
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review 2018-07-04 21:29
Beautifully illustrated, compelling story
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu

I just didn't enjoy it as much as many of my go-tos: any TF written by Roberts or Barber, many of my Marvel titles and some of the DC rebirth titles.   That being said, I owned this and read it before volume 2 for the Hugo nominations. 

 

I enjoyed this more than I suspected I would because of the historical aspect and the fantasy tendencies and tropes that I usually don't enjoy; even alternate history tends to be rather, well, historical.  I've just always preferred contemporary or futuristic fiction. 

 

So I bought this on sale a while ago and just haven't gotten around to it.   I found myself frustrated by some of the constrictions of alt-history and I wanted the story to move along a little more quickly, but this was a surprisingly nuanced look at what war and the trauma that comes with war will do to people.   

 

I was happy to read volume two and will probably end up taking three out of the library. 

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review 2018-07-03 16:41
Return to Jenkins Cove by Rebecca York, Ann Voss Peterson & Patricia Rosemoor
Christmas Spirit (A Holiday Mystery at Jenkins Cove) - Rebecca York
Christmas Awakening (A Holiday Mystery at Jenkins Cove) - Ann Voss Peterson
Christmas Delivery (A Holiday Mystery at Jenkins Cove) - Patricia Rosemoor

***copies provided by publisher through NetGalley***

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT by Rebecca York
Chelsea Caldwell is right back where she started, seeing ghosts and being the talk of the town. Yet there's something sinister happening in the small town of Jenkins Cove, and Chelsea might just be the person to uncover it.


It felt like this book couldn't decide what it wanted to be. Romantic suspense, paranormal romance? Each separate classification would've worked, unfortunately, mixed together created an unfortunate mess.

The characters were bland and dull, the plot got lost in the suspense/paranormal/killer/ghosts mess, and the romance left me utterly cold.


CHRISTMAS AWAKENING by Ann Voss Peterson
After ten years, Marie Leonard is back in Jenkins Cove determined to discover why her father's been murdered...But she'll have to deal with skepticism by the local chief of police, the man who broke her heard ten years ago, and a killer determined to silence her forever.


Though this one also had some paranormal elements, it was a much more straightforward romantic suspense story than its predecessor.

Unfortunately, the suspense aspect was the only thing I enjoyed about this one, even though the villain's motive left much to be desired.
The characters were bland (the hero was a self-pitying fool and I simply couldn't stand his moaning toward the end), and the romance tepid.


CHRISTMAS DELIVERY by Patricia Rosemoor
Lexi thought Simon, the father of her preteen daughter, dead for thirteen years, but instead of dead, he's merely been through hell, thanks to human traffickers operating in the small town of Jenkins Cove.
But now, Simon is back, determined to make whoever the culprit is pay...


This second-chance quasi-romance left me utterly cold. The characters were dull and bland, I didn't care about their relationship in the past (since we never got to see it) or in the now (because they simply weren't that compatible).

The main suspense arc of this "series" was never that interesting, so the resolution (rather predictable in all ways) didn't bring much satisfaction.

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review 2018-06-28 10:08
The Awakening of Miss Prim - Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera,Sonia Soto

Miss Prudencia Prim, seeking a new challenge, applies for the role of Librarian in the village of San Ireno de Arnois. Despite the fact that the advertisement specified no qualifications, and the fact that Miss Prim has her fair share of degrees, she is offered the post. She soon discovers that the villagers and her employer will have a lasting effect on her life. Miss Prim, a librarian, comes to the village of San Ireneo de Arnois, a place more eccentric and enlightening than she’d imagined. A delightful tale of literature, philosophy and the search for happiness.

 

The main focus of the story is the relationship between Prudencia and her employer. We only ever know him as ‘the man in the wingchair’ and he challenges Prudencia’s ideas on literature, dismissing her beloved Austen and snubbing Little Women. He raises his nieces and nephews in a way that is alien to Prudencia at first, teaching them Latin, Ancient Greek, Philosophy and Theology. The children appear quite strange to her in the beginning. However the time she spends with them makes her aware of the fact that there ways of living and loving other than the norm.

 

The village itself has a mystical charm to it, much like the story. There is obviously something outside the norm about the residents and as the story unfolds Prudencia learns more of how the village was founded, and how it has evolved.

 

One of the main ways Prudencia awakens is her eyes are opened to love, and the idea of marriage. After seeing her parents marriage she had always told herself such a relationship was not for her. When the village Feminist Society decide to find her a husband ,she at first balks at the idea. Then, as she discusses it with her friends and thinks more on the situation, she becomes aware of the reasons for her opposition to matrimony and explores her feelings to find out what she truly wants.

 

There is a surreal, mystical air to the story. It is shot through with little philosophical ideas and sly observations. Some things are brought closely into focus, for example Prudencia is clearly the main character. Others seem to be more obscure and dream like. Prudencia’s employer is only ever referred to as ‘the man in the wingchair’ giving him the feel of some type of wil o’ the wisp.

 

Whilst reading this book I was reminded of Jane Eyre. No there is no Bertha in the attic, but the transformation of a person, as Jane emerges from Lowood attendee to a strong, capable, independent woman, is mirrored, albeit in a different way, by Prudencia. The interactions and arguments between Prudencia and ‘the man in the wingchair’ reminded me of the conversations Jane would have with Rochester and both are clear in their love of such debates.

 

An enjoyable story, that much like the village and its inhabitants to Prudencia, works its magic on you.

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