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review 2016-04-15 23:12
Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling
Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling - Tony Cliff

I love this series so much, and I couldn't be more pleased that we are getting a third installment at some point. (Okay, well, I could be happier if A. I knew when we were getting it or the ultimate B. if it came out tomorrow.)

This was over 100 gorgeous pages longer than the first one, and I honestly can't decide which one I like more, because they're both so wonderful. This one is a bit different from the first, insofar as it is more plot-driven, with some backstory and scene changes, as opposed to the much quieter (ha) more picturesque life Delilah and Selim were living in the Turkish Lieutenant, and I know some people didn't like it as much because of that, but for me it worked because it felt like a natural organic change to the storytelling. Also it is awesome.

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review 2015-08-26 06:44
Jackaby
Jackaby - William Ritter

Review to come someday. But this was very legit.

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review 2014-05-26 05:00
The Demon's Covenant
The Demon's Covenant - Sarah Rees Brennan

I am just so happy.

So happy.

I pretty much knew I would love this series. I did. But I had no idea what I was in store for.

NONE.

And I think that's a good thing. It means that expectations were met-and exceeded. I think it's pretty crazy that I was kinda spoiled for a few things(Thanks, sister!) and yet still was completely enamored by everything that was going on. This is, hands down, the best brother/sibling book I have ever in my life read. EVER. And, it must be said, I cried at every journal entry. Every. Single. Damn. One.

So essentially, READ THIS BOOK. You won't regret it, I promise. I mean, sure, it wasn't perfect; it had some issues. The love triangle that is more like a hexagon is a bit absurd, for example. But for some insane reason, I can work past, with practically zero effort, everything that I thought could have been better. I don't really care about them, because nothing upset me and every other beautiful amazing thing made up for it more than enough. That is rare, my friends.

Now come the spoilers...

 

I'm gonna quote some of my favorite quotes. Or really, just some of the most feels inducing ones.


"In two words," said Alan quietly, "there is nothing I love half as much as you."



"Sometimes I want to be human for you."



"I-" said Nick, his voice halting. "I don't mind it as much when - when people touch me. Some people."

"Because you trust them not to hurt you?" Mae asked tentatively.

"No," Nick said, his voice harsh. "Because I'd let them hurt me."



"That's how it goes," he said, expressionless. "We never make humans happy. They always think we might." He turned his face away and added, in a soft voice, not gentle but like a rising fire, "I don't think we can."



*drowning in tears* You make Alan happy, you stupid bloody fool. And also Mae, sometimes, when she sees your face.

"I don't know what truth will mean to Alan by the time he reads this, or if Nick will ever be able to read it and understand anything I was trying to say, but I wanted to put real feeling down here. So that they could open this book if they ever wanted to, and know beyond doubt or death what they meant to me.
This is not the story I meant to write, nor the apology I wanted to give or an explanation that would make everything worthwhile.
But one thing is very clear to me now. I am writing this for both my sons."



DANIEL RYVES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. DANIEL FREAKING RYVES. This man deserves all the awards in the world. He honestly is one of my favorite characters, and we don't even meet the man!! I would take a whole book, or several, about Daniel and Nick and Alan as kids. I WOULD TAKE THAT SO HARD.

Low and cold, Nick said, "Betray me."
Alan's head snapped up. "What?"
Betray me," Nick said again, still in that terrible toneless demon's voice, hands clenching on the kitchen counter so hard Mae thought it would break. "Turn me over to the magicians, take the magic, do whatever you think you need to do, I do not care. But don't leave."



I'm going to make you sorry," he whispered in that demon's voice, like chains settling on your hands and feet, like a chill getting so deep into your blood it would never leave and you would never be warm again. "I'll make time longer, just so you can suffer in it. I'll never let you die. You'll live to the end of the world, crawling, bleeding, begging, wishing you had never even thought of touching my brother."



"Yes,” Alan told him, and Nick was suddenly, terribly silent. “Being your brother is dangerous," He continued. “It was a risk I took, it was something I chose. I changed myself and the world to keep you. And you were worth it.”

"And if Gerald kills you," Nick ground out. “If he does worse.”

“Then you were still worth it."

"You are so stupid. I hate you sometimes. I hate you. And I don’t know how to save you!"
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review 2014-04-11 03:24
The Magician's Nephew
The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes

My favorite of the Chronicles of Narnia. 'Tis such a pity it is often overlooked or ignored - I should dearly love to see a film adaptation of it.

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review 2014-04-11 03:17
The Foundling
The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain - Lloyd Alexander

A lovely collection of short stories set in the world of Prydain with some of our favorite characters and objects from the Chronicles of Prydain.

Though one could certainly read these other tales before reading the Chronicles, you'd certainly get more out of it after having already read the main series.

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