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review 2017-12-14 00:06
Spirit Witch (The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic #3) by Helen Harper
Spirit Witch (The Lazy Girl's Guide To M... Spirit Witch (The Lazy Girl's Guide To Magic Book 3) - Helen Harper

After her brush with Necromancy in Scotland Ivy has been suffering some side effects - she’s not sure of the full implications, but it seems she can see ghosts

 

Ghosts are noisy and annoying and don’t respect a woman’s wish to bond with her duvet on her sofa all day

 

Some of these ghosts are not exactly thrilled to have the less-than-motivated Ivy as the one woman who can see them, but you work with what you can since she may be the key to freeing them from their purgatory - and with a serial killer on the loose targetting witches, their ghostly insight can certainly help the Order investigation.

 

This book ended and apparently this amazing series is a trilogy which means thi is the last book. No-one consulted me on this. I did not agree to this. I do not approve. This is my disapproving face.

 

But as it has ended, one thing I really liked is that Ivy is still very recognisable as the character who started this series. She’s still the Slouch Witch. She’s still lazy. She still avoids effort.

 

I’m not saying I’m against character growth or that Ivy hasn’t grown or changed. She has changed and she has grown, she has got involved. She will whine but she will get out there and help when she has to. She would just rather not do it first thing in the morning. Her talent and skill are clear as well as well as her moral compass and even willingness to sacrifice. But so many books would have taken Ivy, had her had a revelation, maybe a training montage and then have her spending late nights reading books or getting up at dawn to go to the gym. Her heroics haven’t turned her into a new person. Even her new powers haven’t driven her to embrace her new purpose in life. She’s still Ivy, laziest witch and I like that because everything that made her so unique is still there and it wasn’t treated as something to remove from the character. Again, I’m not against that kind of character growth, but I like that we kept the very essence of what makes Ivy Ivy

 

And I do love Ivy. I love that Ivy is such a perfect, ordinary person even if she does have extraordinary powers. Yes she’s fighting evil, yes she’s involved in a dangerous investigation but that core of such normality, that foundation of duvet loving, laziness makes her so relatable and real. And I just love how her talking cat fits into that - I can’t even begin to spoil it even if it isn’t especially plot relevant, it’s just too awesome.

 



 

I also like how Raphael has grown over the series - I think he still needs a little more than being the hyper-competent guy who loves Ivy. but in some ways him being this picture-perfect awesome guy he emphasises Ivy’s realness - while not overshadowing her because she can go toe-to-toe with her. I think it’s even intentional because a number of the more side characters have elements which I appreciate: from the simple dedication of the Ipissimus to even designated-rival-bad-guy actually being useful and helpful even while Ivy seethes over it. I like that, I like that even the caricature of awful is still not all bad - and that Ivy isn’t the bigger person to let this go

 

I’m also loving a depiction of ghosts as annoying pushing nuisances - as well as the whole extremely original concept of how ghosts are created.

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/12/spirit-witch-lazy-girls-guide-to-magic.html
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review 2017-12-08 17:59
The Raven
The Raven - Jeremy Bishop

It is rare for a sequel or the second in a series to be as good as the original story, the one that first presented the reader with this new world, these new characters. It is even rarer for it to be better. But The Raven is definitely more exciting, more of a page-turner, than the very good The Sentinel.

 

Jane Harper has been trapped in Greenland since the close of the first adventure when, unsurprisingly, virtually no one believes her story of what happened to the crews of the whaler and the anti-whaling ship that both sank following a ramming incident and an explosion. Unsurprisingly because the story she tells is replete with thousand-year-old zombie Vikings, and - worse still in the opinion of the media who decide what people shall and shall not believe - zombie polar bears and narwhals and whales.

 

Now though, the only other survivors, the elderly Captain of the whaler and his son, return to the island where it all began, intent on saving the world from the (alien) parasite that causes this living death, and they give Jane little choice but to accompany them.

 

I don't want to spoil the story. I will simply say that if you enjoyed The Sentinel, don't miss The Raven. And if you haven't read The Sentinel, then read it first: this book, The Raven, is not a stand-alone.

 

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review 2017-12-04 20:53
THE DRY Review
The Dry - Jane Harper

As I read this, Jane Harper’s debut novel, I struggled with how I wanted to rate it. It would grab me and lose me, grab me and lose me . . . I found myself skimming for chapters at a time, and then totally intrigued for a while. Talk about an uneven reading experience!

 

This is filled with elements I typically like in novels: at its heart is a seemingly unsolvable murder case, which happened in a small town filled with secrets. Federal Agent Aaron Falk — raised in the town — has returned after some twenty years, as it was a childhood friend involved in the murder and he, Aaron, wants to check things out. The Dry is very much about memory and growing up and life in a small town. All stuff I usually love, but for some reason it just didn’t click for me here. Maybe it’s me, where I’m at right now. Maybe I’ll reread this in a year or two and find I like it.

 

This novel is easily readable and has just enough hooks to keep the reader involved. I didn’t much care for it, but it isn’t without merit. Just not my cup of tea (for now).

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text 2017-12-04 08:58
To Kill A Mocking Bird
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

What is "To Kill A Mocking Bird" about ?

This book is about a family  of three, Jean Louise Finch (nicknamed Scout), older brother name jeremy (nicknamed Jem) and their father Atticus who work as a middle-aged lawyer.

 

There is a mysterious men in there country called "Boo" . No one in the country or neighbourhood dares to talk to him. till a court case in town that was about this women ,Mayella and this men, Tom.

 

Mayella acused Tom of raping her and Atticus was the one who was in charge of the case was hated by the citizens. Jem and Scout befriend a boy named "Dill". Scout, Dill and Jem was bullied by other children either by calling them names or judging them.

 

Which character do i like ?

Scout was my favourite character.  She is very protective of her family and her friends. One time a group of bullies came up to Tom and her father and Scout, Jem and Dill was there.

  • Scout stop the fight and told them to view her father and Tom perspective.

 

Character list :

1. Jemn Louise Finch (nicknamed Scout)

Age : 6 year old

Lives together with : Older brother and widowed father

2.Jeremy (nicknamed Jem)

3. Father Atticus

Job : Middle-age Lawyer

4. Dill (a boy in town)

5. Mysterious men "Boo"

 

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review 2017-12-03 13:02
Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck by Molly Harper
Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic Book 1) - Molly Harper

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I didn't want this story to end! I was really excited to get my hands on this prequel novella to Molly Harper's Southern Eclectic series. The fact that I won this title in a Goodreads giveaway made it even a little nicer. I listened to the audiobook of another of Molly Harper's books earlier this year and really enjoyed it so I was really eager to give this new series a try. This turned out to be a very enjoyable read.

This really felt like Marianne's story to me. Yes, there is some romance between Marianne and Carl but this was Marianne's tale. Marianne left the small town she grew up in when she went to college because she was looking for something more. She found what she thought she wanted and has a life she likes and what she thinks she needs as she comes home for a little while before going to law school.

Marianne has a large and colorful family and they all live by each other. Some of her family works in the funeral industry and Marianne is there to help out since she is home for a while. She ends up putting some of her negotiation skills to use pretty quickly when a family can't decide how to handle a loved one's final wishes. It was fun to watch Marianne try to find her spot in her family and their business.

When Marianne left the small town, she left Carl. It is pretty obvious right away that Carl and Marianne are still very attracted to each other. They have a lot of unresolved issues to work through since their break up was pretty rough but I thought that they really seemed to fit with each other.

I would recommend this book to others. I will say that just as the romance started to get going the book ended. I guess the idea behind a prequel novella is to make readers want to start reading the series and I can say that this novella accomplished that goal because I do want to find out what happens next. Anyone who enjoys a fun romantic story filled with humor and great characters will enjoy this one. I can't wait to read more from Molly Harper soon!

I won a kindle copy of this book from a giveaway on Goodreads. 

Initial Thoughts
I didn't want it to end! Really...it was just getting to the good stuff and boom...it's over. It was a nice intro to the series. I thought it was fun and the characters were great. I had fun with it but would have really liked to see another chapter or maybe an epilogue. 

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