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review 2017-07-18 20:53
Fantasical
Lace (The Vampire-Fairy Series) (Volume ... Lace (The Vampire-Fairy Series) (Volume 1) - Wendy Rathbone
Lace is an intriguing story but a bit more fantastical than I usually read. It is fast-paced, if somewhat confusing at times. I wasn't sure about Var and I'm still undecided about whether or not I like the character, but he was starting to grow on me by the end of the book. There are some truly heartwrenching scenes throughout the story, but it does end with hope. The author has a good writing style and excellent world building, so I will check out the sequel.
 
 
 
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review 2017-07-14 22:26
Book 40/100: Women Who Run With the Wolves - Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype - Clarissa Pinkola Estés

So, this book took me forever to read and I had to stop a couple times to read other things for book club, etc. And it's mostly because it took me so long to read that I am now TEN books behind on my reading challenge for the year ... but I'm cool, I told myself that I wouldn't let the challenge be an excuse to not tackle longer or meatier works, so ...

I was relieved when I read the afterward in which Estes recommends reading the book slowly over a long period of time -- I guess I was doing it right! And that is one of the reasons that this book took me so long to read -- it's not the type of book you can dip into, reading a page here or there. It takes some focus and some concentration and is best enjoyed with some uninterrupted time to really sink into.

This does not mean it's a difficult book, necessarily. If you enjoy and have some familiarity with the concepts Estes is riffing on -- the collective unconscious, Jungian psychology, the symbolism and importance of storytelling, etc. -- it's pretty accessible. However, if your mind starts to wander you'll have to read sections again, so it does require some focus. And a focused reading also yields the greatest results, because this is a book that I think is meant to evoke connection to and reflection upon your own life and evolution as a woman.

Some of the chapters were longer than I would have liked, while others were too short, probably reflecting Estes' interest in various developmental stages. But every chapter was interesting and relevant in its own way, allowing new ways to look at both well-known and obscure fairy tales and myths as well as, more importantly, your own life path. I have lots of page flags in this one and will be holding onto it because it's clearly a book that will reward future visits.

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review 2017-07-13 05:08
Dashed by Gwynn Marssen
Dashed - Gwynn Marssen

So just it's clear - this is 3.5 stars. 

Dash is an a-hole and Ciaran is lacking a back bone, seeing how it only takes a look and a hug from Dash to make all the abuse OK.

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text 2017-07-06 13:30
Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 210 pages.
Fairy Tail, Vol. 10 - Hiro Mashima,William Flanagan

Juvia is one of my favorite characters. 

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review 2017-07-06 12:54
Really hitting its stride
Fairy Tail Vol. 9 - Hiro Mashima

I hope this keeps up.  Loke's backstory was the most fascinating in that it had the most depth, and made him confront a moral problem that had more shades of gray than any before.   I wanted to know more about him, about where he came from, and about why he acted in the way he did.   (I can't get less vague without spoiling this entire storyline.)

 

It also touched me the most.  I felt more for the characters.   The art, in addition, continues to get better and better in my opinion.   It's not quite as noticeable between volumes: there was one large improvement, then slower improvements over that.   Still, I really appreciate this fact. 

 

Onto volume ten.

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