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review 2017-09-13 16:58
Shadow's Curse - Alexa Egan

I had difficulty getting into this one and staying interested. The passion felt stunted and rushed in its description. The villain was good and the conflict was interesting, but the plot just was hard to get into.  Not really sure what it was exactly that I found hard to get into. The characters were good, though the tension between the two could have been more developed. The passion could have been explored and drawn out; he was a womanizer after all so that aspect could have played more of a role (his reputation coming back to bite him, him being placed in a situation where she could misconstrue what was going on, etc.) in the tension and emotional development of their relationship. When he goes into Death to save her was a good scene, that added some emotional suspense to the plot. There wasn't anything bad about it; I was just a bit bored.

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text 2017-08-30 16:36
REVIEW BY ANGI - Alabaster Island: The Mermaid Curse Prequel by M.S. Kaminsky
Alabaster Island: The Mermaid Curse Prequel - M.S. Kaminsky

Seventeen-year-old Marei lives on Alabaster Island, a remote tropical isle inhabited by twenty-one families. Nobody under the age of eighteen has ever left to visit the mainland. The island and its strange customs are all that Marei and her friends know.

For years, Marei dreaded The Binding. On that day, each teen must write his or her choice of life mate. But with childhood sweetheart drowned long ago, Marei has no boy in mind. And so she leaves her paper blank. This sets off a chain of events that ruptures the bedrock of her life and leads her to question the only home she’s ever had. 

She encounters a mermaid, beings thought to have gone extinct. The mermaid tells Marei to leave the island and offers to help. When a handsome teen from the mainland becomes stranded after a supply drop, Marei falls in love. Her secret plan to flee becomes an obsession. 

But the mermaid has a hidden agenda of her own. Now Marei must confront the shocking reality that lies beneath island life. The choices she makes threaten to upend her fate and that of her island community forever…but only if she can escape alive

 

@mskauthor, @Angi_Plant, #Young_Adult, #Fantasy, #Mystery, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/angi/alabasterislandthemermaidcurseprequelbymskaminsky
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text 2017-08-25 15:18
Friday Reads 8.25.2017
Body on Baker Street - Vicki Delany
How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny
By Sharon Kay Penman The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III (1st) - Sharon Kay Penman
Dial Meow for Murder (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery) - Bethany Blake
A Treacherous Curse - Deanna Raybourn

Happy Friday!

 

So I'm about a quarter of the way through of Body on Baker Street and I am enjoying it a lot. It's a  light read which I need between The Sunne and the Splendour giving me a heart attack  and How the Light Gets In wrecking havoc on my emotions. Oh Louise Penny, what you do to me... 

 

If I finish that one before the weekend is through, I will read Dial Meow for Murder. The first in that series was a surprise hit for me, so I'm eager to crack open the sequel.

 

I also got approved through Netgalley for the latest in the Lady Speedwell series. I loved the first book and had mixed feelings about the second. The synopsis for this last one leaves me scratching my head but I'm willing to give it a chance. This will be the make it or break it book for me in the series though.  I may throw that one in the mix or get to it next week.

 

Other plans include enjoying the beautiful weather and a MLB game. The fiancee is a huge fan.

 

Happy reading everyone! :) 

 

 

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text 2017-08-23 16:43
Beware the boogyman!
Curse of the Boggin (The Library Book 1) - D.J. MacHale

Marcus had a relatively normal life until he starts seeing some strange hallucinations. While at detention he hears a crash and sees a strange man with a key. When he goes to check it out he sees a bull and it starts to chase him but nobody else sees it. He tells his two friends and they don’t think he is crazy but they don’t know how to explain it.

 

Then more crazy stuff happens and he finds out who the ghost man in and goes to his wife’s house and finds out a few things like there is a key that his biological father wanted him to have and she gives it to him. This opens up a whole new world because when you put the key close to a door it opens up a different door and that is how he enters The Library.

 

The Library is pretty cool as it’s a library that holds unfinished books and it has agents who go about trying to finish them so the spirits can rest. So basically if someone is murdered and nobody figured out who did it then that book is still open until someone can figure out. Everyone has a book and spirits are always there taking down the notes that make up your book.

 

Marcus doesn’t really want anything to do with this Library but he really has no choice because a boggin is on the loose and it wants the key so it can destroy the library and it could be going after his family or friends. So Marcus, Lu and Theo have to try and figure out how to trap the boggin.

 

I really liked the characters and they were really an oddball sort of pairing which reminded me of my friend when I was young. Marcus is cool and he doesn’t let anything bother him. He stood up to a teacher for bullying and got detention and he thought it rocked. Lu is a rollerskater who loves doing the roller derby, and Theo is the smart and analytical one of the group. Theo has a hard time believing in the supernatural even when he sees it with his own eyes, I really like him. 

 

This was a really good introduction to this series about this fun and interesting library. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and following the adventure. I think this one is great for young readers who like fantasy adventure reads and for adults too. 

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review 2017-08-15 18:13
Amulet 1-6
Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper - Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse - Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet, Vol. 3: The Cloud Searchers - Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet, Vol. 4: The Last Council - Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet, Vol. 5: Prince of the Elves - Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet, Vol. 6: Escape From Lucien - Kazu Kibuishi

I picked up the first six volumes in this series for free.  Apparently, it was when volume seven was about to be released and Scholastic offer the first six via Kindle for free.

 

                The series chronicles the adventures of Emily, her brother Navin, and their mother as they try to adjust to an unexcepted trip to a magical land.  Emily is a Stonekeeper, an Amulet wearer (hence the title of the series).  She received this amulet from her grandfather upon her arrival.

 

                In short, this is a series where the chosen one is a girl.

 

                And that is cool because that doesn’t happen too much.  Don’t worry though, unlike some series where the sidekick gets sidelined, Navin too is allowed to come into his own, and his skill set is different than his sister’s.

 

                Kibuishi makes it quite clear that the siblings love each, though they do tease each.  The back story for the family is pretty much comic standard, one that we have seen pretty of times.  The artwork is cool, and the comic touches on themes such as redemption and protection.  At first it seems that the bad guys are going to be the elves, but the true evil becomes more complicated than that.  Kibuishi also illustrates where hate and fear can lead people.  It’s a tale with morals that doesn’t hit the reader over the head with them.

 

                Additionally, there is a creature that resembles Cherbourg (you know that mountain demon from Fantasia’s Night on Bald Mountain).

 

                I did have some problems with the story.  The first is one that I think only adult readers will have.  Both Emily and Navin at times seem both too adult and too childish.  It doesn’t quite work and at times, it throws you out of the story.  This occurs when Navin says to two children that they are too young to be helpful.  But I am pretty sure this is just an adult perspective.  The other issues are despite Emily being the chosen one, for much of the series the other major players are all male.  This changes in books 5 and 6 where we finally get more female characters who are active and not simply damsels in distress (like Emily’s mother).  This could have occurred before – Emily is being accompanied by men, trained by men (or male animals) so it is a little disappointing.  But if 6 is any indication this is going to change in the rest of the series.

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