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text 2016-04-13 18:03
Author response to a reviewer star-rating their book as "okay"

FYI fgoodreads prohibits professional reviews; there is no down voting to get a review hidden ("flag" on goodreads is the same as "report abuse" on Amazon).


Review in question if you want to judge for yourself and *snark* also flag it -- because *snark* why would anyone like it (which is sort of goodreads' equivalent to Amazon upvoting) -- http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1608577862?ref=ru_lihp_lk_rv_3_mclk-up3044652454 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1608577862?ref=ru_lihp_lk_rv_3_mclk-up3044652454
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review 2016-04-07 22:02
Review of "Indigo Spell" (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead

This reader's personal opinion, ©2016, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by Google Play, Penumbra Publishing, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


Well, this both "moved" the expected story arc along and didn't.


Moved in the sense it did go from one action scene to another and the question of Sydney and Adrian going to go for it or not was answered. And via cameo appearances did see characters from earlier books and series. It was a very quick read, slight surprise at end with someone else joining their little group.


Didn't "move" in the sense that after finishing the book there wasn't really that much advancement of story arc. The "mystery" elements of who Marcus is (and whose side) unanswered although he is in this book, what's up with the Warriors of Light (and is there Alchemist involvement/conspiracy) although there was exactly one key piece of evidence unveiled, and what's up with rest of cast of characters -- suddenly witch teacher Jackie was very front and center in this book, Sydney did attend Sonya's wedding where there a few "guest appearances" from Vampire Academy folk, Sydney did run into her dad and sisters, -- although Jill , her guards and other students made brief appearances in almost soap opera-y plots with multiple love triangles (luckily only briefly mentioned) ...


I wound up liking it while reading and will be continuing the series. But, after finishing, it was dissatisfying because clearly a "filler" book for the series. I seem to be reading a lot of series "filler" books lately.


Bookshelf BINGO challenge is grand for kick starting me to finish started series and TBR books. I was hesitant to start because cover just screamed "love triangle" (Sydney avoided that at least and backed away from some really TSTL moments). I even debated stopping and changing books the way this one started:


Indigo Spell Sneak Peek

*©2016. All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have posted on booklikes, goodreads, Leafmarks, and may have cross-posted to other book sites including kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties.  


Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept me reading in hopes would get better.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)


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text 2016-04-07 02:22
Just starting for Bookshelf BINGO "Guilty Pleasures" Shelf
The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead

I needed something to kickstart me back to this series.  It took way too long of a twist -- even though under the guise of adult undercover bodyguard protecting a student -- back into a high school setting.  


But, I am still curious about what happens next with our intrepid heroine and how her world and ideas about magic, right, and wrong keep getting changed as more unfolds ...


That cover has kept me away a bit -- just screams YA love triangle and we've already angst'ed over "forbidden" desires ...

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text 2016-04-07 00:31
Oooh...Today's Bookshelf BINGO Call is "Guilty Pleasures"

Could prove to be some interesting reads (or some really bad books you just can't resist anyway).

Source: www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18053179-bingo-r13-shelf-announcements
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review 2016-04-05 23:30
Review of "Cast in Honor" by Michelle Sagara
Cast in Honor (The Chronicles of Elantra) - Michelle Sagara

This reader's personal opinion, ©2016, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by Google Play, Penumbra Publishing, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


I liked it. But I've been hooked on this series from the beginning, almost obsessively. Absolutely not a series to read out of order.


I liked it. I really did. Sagara can write and always draw me in. But it read like just an episide, case or adventure in the life of Kaylin. Granted a Kaylin who has grown and is not so insular.

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