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text 2017-07-02 12:40
My June 2017
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - A. M. Grünewald,Melinda Salisbury
Der Näher: Thriller (Martin Abel 3) - Rainer Löffler
Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins,Christoph Göhler
This Impossible Light - Lily Myers
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 (Alias (2001-2003)) - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis,Bill Sienkiewicz
Der Augenjäger - Sebastian Fitzek
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - Kelly Sue DeConnick,David López
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - 5 stars
Der Näher - 4 stars
Girl on the Train - 5 stars
This Impossible Light - 5 stars
Exodus of Magic - 5 stars
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 - 4 stars
Der Augenjäger - 5 stars
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: every single one of them

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Artificial Sweethearts, The Book of Whispers

 

This has been the greatest reading month I had so far. 8 books finished, and I love all of them. This rarely happens, so I'm gonna hold on to that amazing feeling for the rest of the year.

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review 2017-06-24 14:35
Exodus of Magic!!!
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond

I'M IN LOVE. I seriously can't wait to read the rest of the series.

 

Summary: Magic is illegal in the city of Mysterium, so Jordan must keep her secret buried deep. If anyone discovers the truth about her powerful and extraordinary magic, it would destroy everyone she cares about.

When Jordan uses illegal magic to protect others from a terrorist attack, she becomes a person of interest for the diabolical Counselor Magnus. He’ll keep her secret as long as she does his dirty work. She soon discovers the disturbing truth about Magnus, Mysterium, and her supernatural past.

Forced to leave the city, she learns about her true ancestors and an ancient prophecy she’s supposed to fulfill. But with Magnus, a vengeful werewolf, and a bloodthirsty vampire hunting her down, Jordan doubts she’ll ever be able to save this ancient race of people.

 

This was one of the books, that I just couldn't put down. Right from the first page I was totally into the story and the world it was set in. The writing is amazing and really fast paced. From the beginning until the end, there is action and lots of things happening, also a lot of questions are already answered. I LOVE THAT SO MUCH.

 

I love Jordan, the main character, and her journey through this book, finding out who she really is and what she has to do. I loved all her different relationships with the rest of the characters so much. What I loved even more that so far, there isn't a love triangle. Romance seems to be far in the background of this story, it's more about what is currently going on in that world and how to change things. PRAISE THE LORD.

 

Also some twists and turns towards the end, that I TOTALLY LOVED.

Thank god, I purchased the series as a whole on amazon, cause I really want to see where things are going.

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text 2017-06-20 12:52
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond

Jordan. Poor girl, she can't catch a break!!!
I also got Neon Jungle's "I don't look for trouble but trouble looks for me" stuck in my head.

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text 2017-06-18 12:45
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond

This is starting really interesting, I love that I'm only on chapter 3 and there are already things happening. Also the world the book is set in, seems so interesting.

 

(Note to myself: Instead of starting a new series by Simone Pond, you should have continued the New Agends series by her before you forgot everything from the first book)

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review 2016-05-22 13:46
Audio Book Review: The Mainframe
The Mainframe (The New Agenda) (Volume 3) Paperback November 19, 2014 - Simone Pond

*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com, at my request.

Ava knows Morray will return, but when is what she doesn't know. She's scared she'll lose her daughter, Grace, when he does. Ava's built a wall between her and her family with working non-stop for 16 years at finding Chief Morray through researching journals and searching mainframes. But she's doing it to protect her family she loves so deeply. Now she's got a chance to search the new powerful mainframe for any trace of the man that could destroy everything she loves.

Grace wants to be a soldier like her father, and winning her way into Silicon Valley Academy will be a start, and a way to break away from her mothers protectiveness. Grace wants to live, love, and see the world freely. Her chance to make a life for herself and not living off the reputation of her heroic parents. When Grace realizes her mother will be at the academy too, Grace sets boundaries. But Grace will find she needs to help her mother when she gets lost in the mainframe.

Sarah returns to voice the second book in this series. I like listening to her voice. She fits this world and characters very well with what Simone is putting in words. I love when Sarah does the hologram voices. Holograms have the sound and feel we expect, but it also gives us a great feel for how personal she is with the characters.

If it's been a while since you've read the first book, this one will fill you in at the beginning with what the past was. Enough to remind all readers, YA and Adult, of what the brief history is. I found this story a quick and easy listen.

This book is from the view point of Grace, the daughter of Ava and Joseph, at the age of 16, we also see things with Ava's view too. Ava sounds like she's obsessed and paranoid over Morray returning. She's convinced that he will return, she just doesn't know when or in what body. What is found in Grace's test makes Ava believe without a doubt that he's returned, in a new body. Ava dives into the mainframe to see and investigate. Ava just doesn't know what Morray is after, until it's to late.

The world has changed for the better, but there is still a feel of separation between the Insiders and the Outsiders. It's been said it'll take a few generations before the divide is completely washed away. The world is building on the outside of the city as well as in the city with the walls gone. We get to see this through Grace as she has big plans for herself at the Academy, in Silicon Valley.

We see Silicon Valley with the creation of the world now. It's a blend of old world before Repatterning and new with the technology. When Grace goes on a tour, we get a history of the Repatterning and what happened in the first book along with prequel. Also giving us a view of the city. We even learn of a forgotten city center, Emerald Mountain (which I believe is what is depicted on the cover). When Grace learns of the old city center, she becomes curious of it. Wanting to know if there are people inside, and saving them. But the city is protected by the natives there.

We get to meet a potential love interest for Grace early in the book. Lucas seems so sweet and a great balance for her. We see a few friends, and not so close friends, of Grace as she goes to the Academy and then on her mission to save her mother.

Some of the relationships and events are predictable, what she doesn't want is what she gets, but the story around them are what is interesting and fun.

I found I really enjoyed listening to Grace's story. She interacts with her mother, Ava, like many teens fighting for their freedom with parents, but love them as well. Grace ventures in the worlds and engages with what the world has become around her. Grace even falls in love, a feel that balances the story and feels equal to what we got with Ava and Joseph in the first book.

We end the story with a lead to the next book, which I will be needing as I want to see how things turn out for a few people.

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