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review 2018-11-13 21:48
Night and Silence / Seanan McGuire
Night and Silence - Seanan McGuire

In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest.

What she doesn't need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn't need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There's no question of whether she'll take the case. The only question is whether she's emotionally prepared to survive it.

Signs of Faerie's involvement are everywhere, and it's going to take all Toby's nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can't find Gillian before time runs out, her own child will pay the price. One question remains:

Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain? No matter how this ends, Toby's life will never be the same.

 

I guess the fact that I’ve read to book 12 in this series would be an indication that it’s a hit for me. I don’t know how much longer McGuire can continue to spin the faerie tales, but I am a willing victim.

This installment takes us back right to the beginning, as it once again involves Toby’s human daughter, Gillian. In an earlier book, Gillian had made the choice to become fully human (the changeling’s choice) and Toby honoured that wish, despite her own heartache. But thinking that the Fae would leave Gillian alone seems to have been wishful thinking and once again some difficult decisions need to be dealt with.

At least Toby has her beloved Tybalt back at her side, although I didn’t find his sudden switch back to be the most believable plot point that McGuire has written! She’s going to need his support as her life becomes even more intertwined with The Luidaeg and she tries to re-establish family bonds with her genetic family, not just her chosen family.

There are certainly plenty of loose threads, where McGuire can pick up the narrative and spin us more of the adventures of Toby. I, for one, will be waiting impatiently for the next volume.

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text 2018-11-10 05:26
Another Random Reading Update: Midnight Blue-Light Special
Midnight Blue-Light Special - Seanan McGuire

Midnight Blue-Light Special

by Seanan McGuire
Book 2 of InCryptid

Progress:  232 of 328 pages read (71%)

 

There was a moment of silence before Istas said, "I was unaware the telepathic girl possessed a temper.   This is pleasing.   Temperamental people are more likely to participate in carnage."

"Sweetie, what have we talked about?" asked Ryan.

Now it was Istas' turn to sigh.  "Humans are discomforted by excessive discussion of their squishy interiors."

"Which means...?"

"No referencing carnage more than once in a single conversation."



I snort-chuckled!  Istas is fast becoming me next favorite cryptid in this book, the first being the colony of Aeslin mice who live with Verity.  A waheela (bear-dog therianthrope) who's human form is petite and Goth-Lolita, with a thirst for violence and carnage!

Why isn't she also on the cover of this book?  XD

And also, I'm glad she's on Verity's side, and on friendly terms.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/11/another-random-reading-update-midnight.html
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text 2018-11-06 07:19
Random Reading Update: Midnight Blue-Light Special
Midnight Blue-Light Special - Seanan McGuire

Midnight Blue-Light Special

by Seanan McGuire
Book 2 of InCryptid

Progress:  37 of 328 pages read (11%)

 

"HAIL!  HAIL!  HAIL THE HOMECOMING OF THE ARBOREAL PRIESTESS!"

"Yea, guys," I said, dropping my bag on the little table that was meant to hold the mail.  "I'm home.  Dominic's here, too, so could you maybe chill out for a while?"

"HAIL!" shouted the mice, overcome with ecstasy at the idea of having two humans they could cheer at.  "HAIL THE VISITATION OF THE GOD OF QUESTIONABLE MOTIVATIONS!"



hehe  Oh my God!  This made me snicker so badly!  Gotta love the mice!

It hasn't been long since I finished the first book, but I've missed this world.  =D

 

 

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review 2018-11-01 01:52
Discount Armageddon
Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire

I'm not exactly sure how to review this book, because I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it.

 

It took forever to get going, and didn't really get me hooked until about the last third or so of the book. I was seriously heading for a two star rating up until that point.

 

I'm still unsure of the whole ballroom dancing thing and sometimes the humor was a bit much.

 

It also took me awhile to warm up to Verity and Dominic, but I did eventually. I also liked the world building. Even when I was struggling with the book, I liked the world this author created.

 

Other things I liked:

 

  • The Aeslin Mice (and I say this as a person who has a rodent phobia, like a serious rodent phobia.)
  • Istas
  • Candy
  • And William, the dragon
    (spoiler show)

Not sure if that really needs to be spoiler tagged, but better safe than sorry.

 

I'm leaning towards reading the next in the series, because it also focuses on the characters in this book. After that, I'm not sure.

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text 2018-11-01 01:31
Reading progress update: I've read 352 out of 352 pages.
Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire

Made it! Blackout achieved!!

 

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