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review 2017-03-30 13:36
Book Review: Drums of Autumn
Drums of Autumn - Diana Gabaldon

It's been about 3 years since I read the last book in the series, and I honestly have no idea why I waited so long to continue! I just finished watching the 2 seasons of Outlander that deals with the first two books, so that's what prompted me to pick where I left off... but I honestly couldn't remember a single thing about the 3rd book except that it involved pirates and they washed up on the shores of America... even after reading the wiki for book 3 I still had trouble remembering, though I'm 100% sure I read it and enjoyed it! Luckily the wiki reminded me enough to not be completely lost, and there were also a couple of references and reminders in DoA, so at least I don't feel like I have to re-read it to know what's going on... not that re-reading it would be a bad thing, but my Reading Challenge would suffer immeasurably.

DG is a brilliant storyteller and has such a way with words that you don't even notice the pages flying past. Even though this was another monster sized book, I didn't feel like it was that long. Not a lot of huge exciting stuff happened, though at the same time, a lot of exciting things happened in a normal run-of-the-mill daily life in the 1700's kind of way...

Drums of Autumn picks up after Jamie and Claire wash up on American shores, and chronicles their years there. You've got slaves, Red Indians, Immigrants... and all the drama that goes along with it. It's another fascinating look at the history of a place, and this was very close to the beginning years of modern America. Generally it's a well known history, so it's nothing that you didn't really know, but DG goes into much more detail for a closer look at customs etc.

The characters are still lovable and it felt like catching up with old friends. Jamie is still his hard-headed self and Claire is still feisty. We're also seeing much more of Brianna and Roger this time around, while other characters like Fergus fades into the background. That's the one thing that GB does that I don't really like -- she spends a lot of time building characters, and then she discards them. I guess I can live with that as long as Jamie stays front and center <3

There was a lot happening in this book, and I'm guessing that I'll probably forget a lot of it over time as I did with Voyager. There were scenes that made me cry and Jamie made me laugh more than once. The part where (view spoiler) was so well done that the tears were rolling down my cheeks while I was laughing and my heart filled with emotion. I wasn't that worried during the "stressful" bits because you kind of know that nobody is really in life danger, but still... I actually really want to read the next book and find out what happens with Ian and his situation. Ian and Rollo has definitely grown on me and I hope to see more of them in the next book.

On the other hand, we have Lord John who I never really liked, though I don't actively dislike him either. I think he's a cool dude though, and his actions during this book did endear him to me quite a bit. He's definitely a more complex character than can be addressed in Jamie and Claire's books, though I've read a couple of the Lord John stories, but they weren't great tbh...

Jamie Fraser is still my favorite book-boyfriend, and although I usually don't like the female characters, I find myself really liking Claire. Even Bree is pretty cool. I think what makes them so likeable is the fact that they are flawed. Jamie is high-handed and stubborn and I would sometimes like to kick him in the shins. Claire is hot-headed and doesn't think before talking or acting, and sometimes you just feel like shaking her. But at the end of the day you love them, and the love they share feels more real than many other "romances" out there.

I would really recommend this series to pretty much everyone, though I wish DG would cut out some of the excessive stuff. It really doesn't need to be these huge long books, and most of the time they can probably be split into various other books! Still though... read it!

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review 2017-03-26 13:37
not quite as good as one and two.
Rising for Autumn - Katherine McIntyre
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Alanna puts up a front,a facade. She is, after all, head witch at the Philadelphia coven and has to show no emotion, be as hard as ice. And for a long time, she was able to cope with that. But Sam, the djinn whose lamp now rests in her vaults, makes her want to melt that ice. But he hates her, she won't give him his lamp back so he can be finally free of that prison. When the Order of the Serpent rears its ugly head again, and necromancers start raising the dead, they have to work together. And they each see aside to the other no one else sees. This is book three in the series and I would recommend that you read the other two, Hunting for Spring and Scrying for Summer before this one. It would help greatly to understand the Order and what they did to Sam and Liam. I loved books one and two and was eagerly awaiting this but one, but for me, it fell a little flat and I can't figure out why *insert wailing* and you know how that stresses me! It's very well written from both Alanna and Sam's point of view. And I did like their story, I just didn't love it like the other two. It is ,again, a while before Alanna and Sam give in to their feelings and it does get kinda messy, what with the necromancers raising the dead for their army to destroy not only the coven, but Philadelphia itself. Alanna has to face her biggest fear and Sam faces his demons, but his is an altogether different kettle of fish! I did like that Alanna was plotting, planning for Sam, long before they got together. Not telling you what though, because that's spoilers, but we don't get just WHAT she was plotting and planning til the very end. I loved that! I'm assuming there will be a winter book, but I'm not entirely sure who that book might be about. Maybe Cami and Dante after their . . . . . . .trip to the Otherworld. Although I'm not sure trip is the right word. Doesn't matter who it's about. I'd still like to read it. I'm hoping that the Order will be defeated once and for all in that book! Still a solid 4 star read, even if I didn't enjoy it as much as book two. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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text 2017-03-04 16:28
REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Rising for Autumn (Philadelphia Coven Chronicles #3) by Katherine McIntyre
Rising for Autumn - Katherine McIntyre

Crisis and danger have become second nature for Alanna Carrington. After all, as the boss of the Philadelphia Coven, she’s responsible for upholding the laws amongst the supernatural. Which means when the Order of the Serpent rears its ugly head, this time with the most powerful necromancer this city’s ever seen, she’s the one person who can keep Philly safe. Ex-Order djinn and now ally, Samuel Karim, happens to be the best-suited guy to help. Except he’s also the first man who’s stoked her interest in far too long, and ever since she commandeered the lamp he’s tethered to for safekeeping, he also hates her guts.

As the Order gathers the necromancers of her city and sparks a dangerous alliance, she finds herself working with Samuel Karim more and more. Hatred turns to passion, and when he exhibits a strength and compassion that breaks through her ironclad defenses, she finds herself falling deeper despite the complications between them. Yet with her city under siege and their lives on the line, the sharp desire between them erupts into the temptation to break their own rules, before the Order of the Serpent robs them of the chance permanently.

 

@PixieRants, @debbiereadsbook, #Fantasy, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/risingforautumnphiladelphiacovenchronicles3bykatherinemcintyre
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-26 23:48
Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (The Tale of Shikanoko #2)
Autumn Princess, Dragon Child - Lian Hearn

Autumn Princess, Dragon Child

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text 2017-02-14 17:43
REVIEW BY AMY - Autumn's Dance by Sarah Gai
Autumn's Dance - Sarah Gai

Autumn Nash lives a nomadic existence with her harvest-travelling father, except every summer when they return to one place like clockwork…Ligonier, PA. But this season, Autumn meets a young man who changes her world and makes her long for more. 

 

Eric Foster has been sent to stay the summer in Ligonier with his grandfather in hopes of altering his path as his life spirals downward. His direction changes the moment he sees Autumn; he knows his very reason for breathing is solely to be with her.

 

When Autumn is ripped away from Ligonier, she leaves Eric confused and devastated that their time is over. Both teens struggle through the years gone by without the other. Will Autumn ever see the boy who changed her life again? Will Eric wait for her? Will Autumn ever make it back to Ligonier? And what will happen when buried secrets surface?

 

Discover a love that takes you back to what it’s all about—the confusing, yet simplistic, beginnings of falling in love and watch it evolve into something that takes your breath away. 

 

'Autumn's Dance can be read as a standalone or part of The Season Named Series'

 

 

 

@sarahgaicurvy, +Xpresso Reads, @Mommy_Amers, #New_Adult, #Contemporary, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/autumnsdancebysarahgai
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