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review 2018-09-23 19:13
A disappointing ending to one of my favorite series...3.5 Out Of 5 STARS worth
The Lost Codex - Heather Lyons

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Lost Codex

Heather Lyons

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Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart. 

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence. 

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated. 

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost. 

For what is written can still be erased.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I wanted to love this…I have loved the first three books in The Collector's Society.  This has always been a uniquely told book series, but this one was just too out there in left field and left me feeling confused and sadly disappointed.  It felt like it dragged a lot of the time and was the longest 411 pages ever.  I've adored these characters and I have been fascinated with the premise, so I tried to let that reflect in my rating.  I guess, overall I just wanted this play out differently…and that ending…well, I guess ultimately that ending left an opening for this story to play out differently...

 

I actually finished the last half or so of this book with the Audio version, because I was being plagued by migraines and couldn't continue reading.  I did not care for the narration of this at all, though.  Heather Lyons, in my opinion, this series could have benefitted from a different narrator, in fact adding a male voice would have been worked much better for Finn's parts and for the print version, you really need to have someone proofread it.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.2/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.8/5

The Feels~ 3.7/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ This is supposed to be the last one…but it could be continued…with the way it ended.

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Book Cover~ It's fairly cool…

Series~ The Collector's Society #4

Setting~ The Institute, Antarctica, Wonderland

Source~ I own Kindle eBook

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I used this for Relics and Curiosities Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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text 2018-09-23 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

"I don´t know if anyone´s noticed," said Lord Eorle, "but you certainly don´t see as many dogs about as you used to."

Vimes stared. It was true about the dogs. There didn´t seem to be quite so many mooching around these days, that was a fact. But he´d visited a few dwarf bars with Carrot, and knew that dwarfs would indeed eat dog, but only if they couldn´t get rat. And ten thousands dwarfs eating continously with knife, fork and shovel wouldn´t make a dent in Ankh-Morpork´s rat population. It was a major feature in letters back home: come on, everyone, and bring the ketchup.

 

Ankh-Morpork seems to have a serious rat problem!

 

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text 2018-09-23 18:06
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 344 pages.
The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel - Kristi Charish

I’m enjoying this much much more than I ever expect to enjoy Urban Fantasy. part of this is because the humor does not seem forced, as if the author is over-trying, or trying to conjure up a sense of humor because the publisher/editor was promised a Humorous Urban Fantasy. I hate books that are trying to be funny, but the author reminds me of sitcoms that get canceled after four episodes. the humor here isn’t insisting upon itself, or Raymond Chandler meets cutesy, bad dialogue. just do a natural lightness, and relax with the cutesy-cutesy, a little.

 

other than that, I’m high on the Arabic angle that has snuck in, in terms of myths and magic - Jinn, elemental magic, etc.; but then, when I Dungeon Mastered D&D, I was an Al-Qadim guy. plus, I’m just constantly entertained with the twists and surprises. it flows, it flows really well. finally, the book makes me feel like I’ve been dropped into October 31st. a good Halloween (or thereabouts) pick. so...cool!

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review 2018-09-23 16:06
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
My favorite so far!
I loved the story in this one. The intensity of a villain like Sirius Black on the loose, mixed with a dose of Lord Voldemort, and the excitement was page-turning! Plus I felt more adventure in this one with the tournament Harry had to participate in.
It was sad to see death in this one, but it is imminent after all so I shouldn't have been surprised. And yet I was.
This book is by far the biggest of the series too. It was easy to read, but still took some time to get through. I don't mind though, it was so worth it.
Get onto reading this series if you haven't already. Seriously.
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2018/09/harry-potter-and-goblet-of-fire-40.html
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text 2018-09-23 11:52
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 356 pages.
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15) - Terry Pratchett

"All right, then," he said. "You´ve all, er, got to take the oath ... eh ... and Corporal Carrot will show you how. Did you take the, er, oath when you joined us, Carrot?"

"Oh, yes, sarge.Only no one asked me, so I gave it to myself, quiet like."

"Oh? Right. Carry on, then."

Carrot stood up and removed his helmet. He smoothed down his hair. Then he raised his right hand.

"Raise your right hands, too," he said. "Er... that´s the one nearest Lance-Constable Angua, Lance-Constable Detritus. And repeat after me..." He closed his eyes and his lips moved for a moment, as though he was reading something off the inside of his skull.

´"I comma square bracket recruit´s name square bracket comma" ...´,

He nodded at them. "You say it."

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´"...do solemnly swear by square bracket recruit´s diety of choice square bracket ..."´

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´"...to uphold the Laws and Ordinances of the city of Ankh-Morpork, serve the public trust comma and defend the Subjects of His stroke Her bracket delete whichever is inappropiate bracket Majesty bracket name of reigning monarch bracket ..."´

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´"...without fear comma favour comma or thought of personal safety semi-colon to pursue evil-doers and protect the innocent comma laying down my life if necessary in the cause of said duty comma so help me bracket aforesaid deity bracket full stop God Save the King stroke Queen bracket delete whichever is inappropiate bracket full stop."´

 

Hahahahaha. This is brilliant!

 

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