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review 2018-03-11 01:03
Review: The Rook
The Rook - Daniel O'Malley

So it only took me a year plus to read this thing.  It was a birthday gift from my hubby last year.  It was not something on my wishlist; he went off-script and picked this out himself (with help from staff at B&N).  It's not something I would have picked for myself; however that's not to say that I didn't not thoroughly enjoy it.


My problem with reading this was constant distraction.  For the last year I have picked it up, read a few pages, got distracted and put it down, and the start all over again.  It was a vicious cycle.  The annoying thing was that every few paragraphs/pages I read, I was intrigued, I'd just get distracted by some random thing, kids, animals, texts, calls, etc., and not go back to it for a long while.  Finally, when my birthday came back around and it had been an entire year of me telling hubby I was going to read it, I finally realized that I needed some help to focus.  So I got the audiobook, this way I could listen while I did other things, or read along with it.  I did both.  The audiobook made all the difference; I finished it in about a day, and I have to say it was a good one! 


The story follows Myfanwy Thomas, who wakes up surrounded by bodies and blood and absolutely no memory of who she is and unknown persons trying to kill her.  Lucky for her, her previous self knew this was coming and left instructions via a series of letters.  The new Myfanwy wants to run and start a new life of leisure, but ends up getting caught up in the intrigue mystery of who stole her memories, and why they were trying to kill her.


This is definitely a suspense-thriller, which is not exactly my favorite genre, but it kept me interested throughout.  And the touch of supernatural definitely added excitement to the story.  Myfanwy deals with secret societies that work within (and without) the British government, supernatural powers and happenings, further attempts on her life.  And all the while, she never really knows who she can trust within the organization, and who is/are the ones who betrayed her.


Everything is seen from Myfanwy's point of view, either present day, or her letters to herself.  The story is original, well paced and beautifully written.  Definitely looking forward to the sequel, which I now have to bug hubby to buy for me.  It's his own fault for getting me something that is part of a series. 

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review 2018-01-02 10:18
BOOK BLAST, EXCERPT, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Fire (The Knights of Av'lor #3) by Sam Rook
Fire - Sam Rook

The thrilling conclusion to the Knights of Av’lor trilogy!


Trapped on Av’lor and left for dead by her betrayer, Kathryn’s unrelenting determination is the only thing that might overcome the invading Zahkrinon army.


With the portal destroyed and the Zahkrinon army fast approaching, Kathryn and Lanclor have no choice but to focus on the survival of the Knighthood before they can consider rescuing Rachel. Unexpected events threaten their victory and the combined Av’lorian and Earth forces struggle to survive as their numbers dwindle.


They find the Zahkrinon are more dangerous than they had ever imagined.


Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/01/book-blast-excerpt-review-giveaway-fire.html
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review 2017-12-04 13:50
Fire (The Knights of Av'lor #3) by Sam Rook
Fire - Sam Rook
Fire is the outstanding final instalment in The Knights of Av'lor series. Kate has just returned to Av'lor and has been betrayed by Garrent. He has ensnared her daughter with a necklace that controls her, and taken her to Earth. There, he tells the rest of the Knights that Av'lor has fallen, and because he has destroyed the gate, they have no way of knowing the truth or returning home. The rest of the story is how Kate, Lan, and the rest try to find a way back to Earth, to find Rachel, to stop Garrent, and hopefully return peace to their lives.
My word, I could gush about this book/series for hours!!! There is so much I could write, but I've stopped myself because I don't want to ruin it for anyone else. This #Fantasy series has a bit of everything for me - love, wit, danger, sorrow, heartbreak - it's all here. The author pulls you into their world and makes you feel. You feel their sorrow, their desperation, their determination. And when it seems like everything is about to fall down around their ears, you feel their pain. It's simply amazing.
Books one and two both ended with a cliffhanger that had me gasping. This one doesn't, but I sort of wish it had. Don't get me wrong, I hate series when they end abruptly and you are left hanging. You don't get that with this book, but it also feels completely wrapped up, and I don't know if I'm ready to let go of this world and its characters yet.
I would just like to add that I re-read Hope before I read Gate. And this time I re-read both of them before I started Fire. I wasn't bored with the re-reads, I didn't skip parts. I was as enthralled and intrigued as I was the first time I read them. I really can't recommend these books highly enough. They are excellently written, with no editing or grammatical errors that spoilt my reading flow. If you want a fantasy that will take you to worlds beyond your own, then I can definitely recommend this series.
* Verified Purchase ~ November 2017 *
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Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/firetheknightsofavlor3bysamrook
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review 2017-09-19 00:00
Rook - J.C. Andrijeski Rook - J.C. Andrijeski Allie an almost thirty year old woman works as a waitress in a diner with a brother that she adores, a mom that cares about very much and a best who keeps her on her toes.

In Allie’s world there are humans and seers. Humans use the seers like pets or slaves that is if you have enough money to own one that is which Allie does not.

One day a man or seer comes into the diner and forces Allie to go with him and the next thing she knows she is being chased by the police and they are trying to kill her. But her kidnapper, Revik the seer keeps her safe and alive by using guns and his special abilities. Allie learns that she is not human but a seer herself. She knew she was adopted but it never crossed her mind that she was not human.

Allie learns that there is a war going on between the seers and a rogue group of seers and the human race maybe destroyed. She also finds out that she is the Bridge that could save or destroy the humans.

While being chased and on her the run Allie and Revik learn that there is a connection between the two of them. They fall for each other fast and hard which I think scares both of them for different reasons.

Allie cares very much for her human family and friends and has every intention of keeping them as safe as possible. But the more she learns about herself and the seers and the war the less trust she has for everyone. Seers and humans alike Allie doesn’t know which way to turn or who to trust anymore.

Can she stop the war? Can she save the humans? Can she save her family and friends? Whose side will she take or will she take a side? Can she be the Bridge or the person that the seers think she is?

Rook is filled with lots of action right from the beginning that will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what is going to happen around the next corner. Good or bad the characters are just amazing and the world of the seers is just as amazing. I loved reading about the seers and learning about their abilities.

I would like to recommend Rook to anyone who loves reading science fiction with lots and lots of action and adventure with a little romance thrown in.
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review 2017-09-18 14:34
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Rook (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1) by J.C. Andrijeski
Rook - J.C. Andrijeski
Rook has a very interesting premise, with a dystopian world setting. The main character in this is Alyson, or Allie. She is a normal human, and has the tests and the tattoo to prove it. However, this doesn't stop her from being kidnapped by someone, who turns out to be a seer. Not only that but other factions are after her too.
All of this is simple enough to follow, but the book itself becomes quite confusing. You see, Alyson is the Bridge... except, just what this is, is never fully explained. Apart from the fact that she may bring about a further apocalypse that is. The seers don't see the future (that I could tell), but are able to 'see' things differently. However, there are factions within factions within the seers.
Revik plays a major role in this book too. I think he is supposed to also be the love interest, but that didn't work at all for me. There was no communication from him to help Allie find her way in this crazy new world in which she finds herself. Not only that, but when something happens between the two of them, and Allie (and the reader) is left in the dark, not only does he NOT explain anything, but he forbids anyone else to speak of it too! And THEN he gets pissy when she does something 'wrong', but once again, won't tell her what. Not only that, but it is physically painful for these two to be near each other.
Throw in clones, pyramids, and Tibetan monks - sorry, I mean seers - and you get an idea of this book. The description in the book says it is "A psychic end of the world story with romance, a cyberpunk flair and apocalyptic, metaphysical leanings akin to the Matrix." Personally, I don't quite see that, but to each their own.
This book is a Marmite book for me - I can see some people loving it, some people hating it. As for me, I enjoyed it, but I'm not interested in this world or the characters to go any further with it.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/09/blog-tour-review-giveaway-rook-bridge.html
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