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text 2017-08-01 18:50

... minus the book festival, but anyway.  Book town writ large.


So there I was, nicely pacing myself (read: trying hard at least not to enter every single book store I was passing) --




... but then this happened, and my self-control was toast:

I left the store with, among other things, the better part of Michael Jecks's Knights Templar series (to the extent I haven't already read it, that is, obviously) and a few other books in addition.


"Chalky," the murder victim chalk outline figure lying so conveniently at the bottom of the True Crime section, was taken about town by a local artist, incidentally (I'd have paid anything for postcards of these images, but there weren't any, so I had to content myself with taking photos of photos):


Oh, and just in case you're wondering, like pretty much every self-respecting town in the Welsh borderland Hay-on-Wye does have a castle, too, and true to form it did get razed (or nearly, anyway) a couple of times in the various Welsh-English wars and in the English Civil War ... but who needs a castle when you have book stores?!  (It's intended to be made another book-related fixture of the town, though, so that should be interesting.)


Last but not least and for the sake of visual context: This is what you drive through on your way to booktown central.





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review 2016-12-01 20:00
We're Dead In This Ghost Town
We're Dead in this Ghost Town (ReMade Book 11) - E. C. Myers,Andrea Phillips,Carrie Harris,Gwenda Bond,Matthew Cody,Kiersten White

The group has finally arrived in the city spotted some episodes earlier and are making their way down the completely deserted place. Despite several mentions on how dangerous it is, Holden and Loki decide to go and take a look at the Mall.

Finally something is happening that looks like it is going to add to the solution of what is going on. I do think that the characters were not adequately freaked out by their somewhat spooky new surroundings, but this was only a minor concern after what has passed already in this series.

Only four episodes to go, can't wait to get to the conclusion!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-09-05 14:10
The Lost Days (Prairie Town #3) by T.E. Ridener
The Lost Days (Prairie Town Book 3) - T.E. Ridener,Double J Book Graphics,LTE Editing
The Lost Days starts with Devin and his memory loss. It has been eight months since that night with Laney and Benji, and he still can't remember any of it. Of course, others (including Jeb) think that he is pretending to get out of a jail sentence. Kelly doesn't think that he's pretending. He is certainly different to the Devin that she remembers. But then she is also distracted by Nick, the local 'handyman' who she likes to get handy with. 
There were a few different things about this book that I really enjoyed, not least the flashbacks that Kelly had regarding Patrick. I think it was essential that the reader saw how much he meant to her, and that this wasn't just a flash-in-the-pan affair for her. Devin, too, showed a whole new side to himself - a nicer, friendlier, and yep, even sexier side. 
However, there were a couple of things that I didn't enjoy - although I can see how they are relevant, and add to, the story. One is Jeb's temper. Call it a personal quirk, but I hate it when a man or woman is so taken over with their temper like that. I liked Jeb in the first book, had my doubts in the second, and really didn't like him in this one. I am hoping for a silver lining for him, but he has some serious issues to work out. Secondly was Nick, which I know people will disagree with. I didn't like how he played both Devin and Kelly. Admittedly, Devin knew more about it than Kelly did (WRONG), but still... there were just parts I didn't like, but I'll leave it there as I know that he is a popular character.
On the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, it was most definitely a smooth read too. Definitely recommended by me.

* Verified Purchase - June 2016 *

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/09/review-by-merissa-prairie-town-series-1.html
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review 2016-06-15 03:08
The Well Of Tears (R.G. Thomas)
The Well of Tears - R.G. Thomas
3.5 stars

At the end of The Midnight Gardener, we found our hero, Thaddeus Cane, alongside his father, his newly gnome boyfriend Teofil, and Teofil’s family, started their journey into the magical world to find Thaddeus’ mother, the dragon Claire. In this second installment into the series, the quest continued…

Just like in the first novella, I wholeheartedly enjoyed Thomas’s way of describing the atmospheric surroundings … from the Lost Forest, the inhabitants of troll, faeries, and living vines, as well as the tale of how Lost Forest and The Well of Tears came to be. It was fairy tale-ish and I imagined this would be perfect for bed-time stories. We have a quest, magical beings, betrayal, and a young hero who started to find his magical power in times of need.

Other than the previously appearing characters, The Well of Tears introduced a new one – a wood elf by the name of Dulindir, who helped Thaddeus and Teofil discover the missing magical well in order to save Thaddeus’s father. I thought Dulindir fit right in with the traveling group and I looked forward to his future interaction with Astrid, Teofil’s sister.

Potential readers should note that, similar to the first book, this one has an open ending since Thaddeus still has to continue his quest to save his mother from the evil witch, Isadora. I, for one, will definitely be there for the next book.

A Guest Review for The Blogger Girls

The ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
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review 2016-06-14 01:05
Harry Potter meets Harry Dresden meets The Lord of the Rings...
The Well of Tears - R.G. Thomas

'The Town of Superstition' is not a series where the books work well as standalones. Could you read this one without having read book 1, sure if you don't mind missing out on a whole lot of background information and the adventure that took place in the first book. 


Continuing from where things left off in 'The Midnight Gardener' the author draws us even further into this adventure as we travel with Thaddeus and Teofil as the search for Thaddeus's mother continues and events unfold that no one had foreseen. 


As if finding out that he's the son of a witch and a wizard isn't enough. Thaddeus is about to go on an adventure that no 15 year old ever dreamed of. Thaddeus along with his father Nathan, his garden gnome boyfriend, Teofil and Teofil's mother, brother and sister set out on a quest to find Thaddeus's mother whom he had believed dead but as fate would have it, was not killed but cursed when Taddeus was very young. Along the way they encounter more magical creatures some friend and some foe, they discover that not everyone in their groups is who or what they appear to be and Thaddeus is forced to choose between searching for the mother he never really knew or saving the father he loves.


I loved the sweet moments between Thaddeus and Teofil and the light flirting that happened as their journey continued. Also how they had to learn very quickly the importance of relying on each other, communicating with each other and most of all trusting each other.


Once again we are left sitting at the edge of that cliff and staring down, with old questions answered and new ones to consider. 'The Well of Tears' is by no means an ending but merely another step in the journey that began in the town of Superstition.


I'm looking forward to seeing what the author has in store for this eclectic group and what will happen when and if Thaddeus finally catches up to his mother.



A copy of this book was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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