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review 2017-07-27 11:22
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Champions: at fire's end (Champions #1) by Charlotte Jain
Champions: At Fire's End - Charlotte Jain
Champions: at fire's end is the first book in the Champions series, and we hit the ground running with the first chapter from Hermes' point of view as the scene is set over why the flames are here, and why they will live in children. After that, we jump 18 years to Kyle, the bearer of the blue (water) flame. We find out that he and April (red/fire bearer) have known all along what their purpose in life is, and have Hermes and Themis to guide them. Now, this is where it got a bit confusing for me. It sounded at the beginning that all the flames had to fight each other, with only one winner. Then we find out that Kyle and April are "battle partners". Kyle has the noble notion of finding the other two flames and helping them grow into their powers so that it becomes a fair fight, which still doesn't explain how the pairing is going to work. Kim and Noah are found, but you don't really learn much about them. With different points of view, time disappearing, and honestly not knowing whether Kyle was paired up romantically with either Kim or April at any given time, plus other things, this book quickly became mystifying.
 
The premise is a good one - after all, who doesn't love a good Greek mythology story in a book? It was the execution of the idea that let it down. I have given this story 3-stars because it was intriguing enough for me to finish it, and I think the premise and the series has a lot of potential. This may be a series where it is in the final book that everything becomes clear. I don't know. What I do know is that this book will appeal to some, and not to others. Personally, I enjoyed it, even if I was a bit lost!
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@CharlotteJain, #Young_Adult, #Fantasy, #Mythology, 3 out of 5 (good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/championsatfiresendchampions1bycharlottejain
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text 2017-07-24 03:29
#24in48 Wrap-up
Kim - Rudyard Kipling,A.L. Rowse
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling
I haven't been online or read as much as yesterday, but wanted to post a final tally for #24in48 July 2017 Edition
 

Hours reading print: 0.75 in The Invention of Nature and 1 hour in Kim

Hours listened to: 8.75 of Dies the Fire 

Book Reactions written: 2.  All American Boys will post Monday, The Fallen Angel will post Tuesday.

Other household tasks:  Farm Market, Grocery store, started a batch of sauerkraut, made bread, scaled Mount Washmore and Mount Foldmore, cooked stuffed grape leaves for dinner, and took care of the sick cat.

In other news: Younger son is home from a great 2 weeks at sleep-away camp and taller than ever. Ozzie has another vet appointment tomorrow.

 

That's a wrap. Good night all.

 

 

 

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text 2017-07-23 05:03
#24in48 Halftime report
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling

Bedtime Report 

Hours read: 0.75 in The Invention of Nature

Hours listened to: 5.5 in Dies the Fire 

Reviews written: none

Other household tasks advanced: Lots

 

See ya in the morning

 

 

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text 2017-07-22 22:48
Dies the Fire
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling

Of all the post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction I've read, for whatever reason Dies the Fire is the one that haunts me and that I dream about.  And I can't read about what Junie finds at the Fairfax place with dry eyes.  

 

Rest in peace Frank and Joan Fairfax

(spoiler show)

 

262 of 1380 minutes

Available as an audiobook from Hoopla

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review 2017-07-22 00:13
Awesome Quick Read
Dallas Fire & Rescue: Anchor Point (Kind... Dallas Fire & Rescue: Anchor Point (Kindle Worlds Novella) - Rachel Rivers

Dallas Fire And Rescue: Anchor Point by Rachel Rivers is an awesome read.  Ms Rivers has delivered a well-written, suspenseful  book.  This is a fairly quick read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  Weston and Julia's story is loaded with fantastic, lovable characters.  Julia is a totally kickass heroine.  There is plenty of action, drama, bits of humor and spice to keep readers glued to their kindles.   I loved reading Anchor Point and look forward to my next book by Rachel Rivers.  Anchor Point is part of the Dallas Fire and Rescue Kindle World, but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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