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review 2017-02-23 21:08
Book Review: The Soldiers of Halla by DJ MacHale
The Soldiers of Halla - D.J. MacHale

You know what makes a great book? Authors who aren’t afraid to get dirty; authors who don’t hold back on tragedy. This is especially true in adventure books — if your characters are frequently put in dangerous situations, bad things should happen. Yes, maybe they’re able to get out of those bad situations and rise above it, but it shouldn’t be easy for them. D.J. MacHale is one author who definitely doesn’t hold back and definitely doesn’t make it easy for his characters in the final battle.

 

I am very satisfied with the conclusion of this series. All the characters showed tremendous growth and the final battle was pretty awesome. MacHale did some careful planning with this series, because I noticed things that tied back to clues given in previous books, which was fun. This is the point I was waiting for throughout the entire series, and like I said, MacHale doesn’t hold back. The stakes are high and it gets dangerous for Bobby and his friends.

 

The only thing I didn’t like was the explanation of what makes them all Travelers and how the gates were formed. I know it’s a fantasy/science fiction novel, but it was just a little too far-fetched for me. I’m not going to go into detail due to spoilers, I’ll just say that I think there could be far better explanations to the one MacHale chose.

 

However, this was a satisfying ending. It got kind of shaky for me around book 6 (The Rivers of Zadaa), but I continued with it because I was invested in the characters by that point. Around book 8 (The Pilgrims of Rayne), I was feeling it again, and now I’m glad I stuck with it. Soldiers of Halla is a great book full of excitement, danger, adventure, friendship, and everything that I love about the Pendragon series. Honestly, I think it’s the best book of the series because the stakes are raised so high and the characters really have to struggle.

 

I recommend this entire series to lovers of young adult adventure/fantasy. They’re imaginative, exciting books that don’t disappoint.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=2269
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review 2016-11-04 03:49
Because Dani told me too...
Sea Lover - J.K. Pendragon

That's right I read this because my friend Dani told me too and I trust Dani. She's good at picking up on what her friends like and don't like. So she told me about this one and first off it's set in Canada well I'm Canadian so it's a given that this little detail will pique my interest and there's a merman...that was it for me I was hooked. Vampires and werewolves are kind of a take or leave it scenario for me but give me a dragon or a merman, shape shifting possums, a hot gargoyle of two and sign me up.

 

'Sea Lover' is set on Canada's east coast which is not only some of the most beautiful scenery that you will find in this country but some of the nicest, friendliest people live there as well...so it's no wonder that Ian moved there when he felt like he was drowning in his old life. Ian's made himself a comfortable life in a small town working as a fisherman. He's got a little cottage to call home and life's quiet and pretty laid back for him. He's comfortable with things the way they are or at least he was until the day he found a wounded merman on the beach. He doesn't really give a lot of thought to what's happening as he rushes to take care of the merman abandoning his fishing net and gear on the beach to care for the injured merman and to safeguard his privacy because Ian's no stranger when it comes to keeping secrets. He's got his own secret that he's worked hard to keep.

 

I was surprised by the way the author crafted this story. I know I've said this before and at the risk of being repetitive I'm going to say it again, "A story doesn't have to be realistic for me to enjoy it. It just has to be told to me in a believable way." and for me the author totally nailed it on this one.

 

 

The story on the surface is about a merman and a human but the story that I found underneath was about two people both of them unique in their own special way and both of them able to accept the differences of each other as just part of who they are allowing them to find someone they could be friends with and ultimately fall in love with.

 

This was my first time reading something by this author, so color me impressed because I doubt it will be my last. 

 

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An ARC of 'Sea Lover' was graciously provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-11-03 03:28
Sea Lover (J.K. Pendragon)
Sea Lover - J.K. Pendragon

3.75 stars rounded up

Intrigued with the blurb, then convinced by ~✡~Dαni(ela) ~✡~'s review ... and I thought this was just LOVELY. I fell in love with Pendragon's tone of writing. There is something lyrical to it; it was gorgeous and pulled me right in.

While I didn't fully get the significance of Ian being

a transgender

(spoiler show)

and what it brought to the story, I guess this could was meant to show Ian that S'mika accepted him as he was. Then again, S'mika is not exactly human, was it? He has different anatomy to start with (legs vs. tails) so maybe it doesn't matter to S'mika either way. So I am back to the whole reason of Ian's gender identity.

Anyway, I loved S'mika -- there is an innocence to him that charmed me. He is like a smart kid, embracing the life outside the ocean. I loved Ian too -- his loneliness spoke to me well. I am a sucker for characters that carry that kind of loneliness.

I wasn't a fan of the drama brought by Ian's best friend. Didn't see the reason why it needed to be included to the story. I prefer that those pages to be dedicated to Ian and S'mika instead.

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review 2016-01-25 16:34
Image fare of old – beautifully executed
Lady Pendragon - Matt Hawkins

 

 

The introduction introduces us to Lady Pendragon aka Guinevere, heir to Excalibur, and how she has to fight against Saxons and her own kind.

 

We then flash forward to our era and Jennifer Drake, a scholar specialising in the life of Guinevere. She is kidnapped so that she can become the new Lady Pendragon and deal with Morgana Le Fey and Mordred again. Lots of flashbacks reveal how Guinevere fared.

 

Very wordy with explanation and angst in places, it is a good read with a science fiction element at the end.

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review 2015-11-24 15:18
The Pendragon Banner - The second of the Richard Straccan books
The Pendragon Banner - Sylvian Hamilton

England, 1210

 

'Father?'

He sat up in bed. 'Gilla?'

She had brought a candle; it lit her face and bright hair, edging them with gold as she stood at his bedchamber door.

'What is it? Are you sick?'

'No. Can I come in?'

'Come here.'

She set the candle on the aumbrey and scrambled up onto his bed, tucking her bare feet under her. He reached to grasp one small slender foot and found it cold as stone.

'Where are your shoes?' he asked, wrapping the coverlid round her.

'I forgot them. Father, I think I can find Janiva.'

'What? How?'

'I can scry for her.'

He drew in a long, long breath and let it slowly out. She could do that; it was an ability she shared with Janiva. Last year, when Gilla was kidnapped, the witch Julitta de Beauris had sensed that power in her and forced her to use it against her will. Later, Janiva had taught her how to manage the gift, if gift it was.

Uneasily Straccan said, 'I don't know, sweetheart.'

'I can do it.'

'Now?'

'Yes. It's easier when everything's quiet.'

He reached for his bedgown and wrapped himself in it. 'You need a bowl of water.'

'No, it works better for me with the candle. I just look at the flame.'

She sat cross-legged in the middle of the bed, and he watched her as she watched the flame.

'Janiva,' she whispered, 'Janiva, where are you?'

 

Sir Richard Straccan, hero of The Bone-Pedlar, continues his adventures as a dealer in sacred relics during the period known as the Interdict, when (King John having fallen out with the Pope) the whole of England was placed under interdict and no religious ceremony of any kind was permitted to take place.

 

This time, the King sets Straccan to find a banner woven by Queen Guinevere and carried into battle by King Arthur, a banner reputed to contain, sewn up inside it, the napkin used to wipe blood from the face of Christ during the agony in the garden of Gethsemane. His antagonist is the brutal Lord William of Breos, who wants the banner (said to guarantee victory in battle) for his own sinister purposes.

 

Meanwhile, Janiva, the healer and wise woman with whom Straccan fell in love during his previous adventure (as readers of the first book will remember) is accused of committing murder by means of witchcraft:

 

'In malice, she also sought to kill you, my lady, and your child ...'

From the bosom of his tunic he drew something wrapped in a rag and threw it down on the board. 'There's proof.'

Richildis reached and picked it up. The rag fell away. Something dark, dry and shrivelled, something that seemed to have arms and legs and perhaps a head, like a small mummified monkey, rolled onto the board. ...

 

And Julitta, the wicked witch, sometime mistress of King John himself and now mistress of William de Breos, is up to all her old tricks again - including child-sacrifice.

 

This book is as crammed with eccentric characters and vivid medieval detail as the first one was, and is as wonderfully readable. My only complaint is that the Prologue, in which we are present at the death of Guinevere hundreds of years earlier, is so well-written that we want ( or at least, I wanted) that story to go on. The Prologue read more like an introduction to the life of Guinevere. After that, it was an anti-climax to find myself back in the fourteenth century with Sir Richard: the fourteenth century had suddenly become reality, the sixth the exotic escapist dream.

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