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text 2018-03-24 13:00
Reading progress update: I've read 36%.
The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman

The story and my brain, feel a lot less chaotic and muddled this time around. Although, I'm just at the point where Irene is going with Lord Silver to the high-chaos world of alternate Venice to try and retrieve Kai, so it remains to be seen if they stay that way. But so far-so good! 

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review 2018-03-23 14:20
The Magic Misfits - Neil Patrick Harris,Lissy Marlin,Author
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I actually enjoyed this more than I was expecting. Earlier this year, I listened to Neil Patrick Harris' Choose Your Own Autobiography, which I had mixed feeling about. I saw this at the library and was intrigued by the premise (and of course the fact that it was written by Neil Patrick Harris).

This is a great book. Though it starts out pretty dark, it picks up quickly. Parts of the plot at predictable, but it is still a fun read. A great adventure tale that ties in magic, morals, and friendship. 

I also really enjoyed how Neil Patrick Harris set up the book. Carter is basically homeless, a pretty common tenant in magical adventure stories. However, it's not all fun and games for him. I like how Harris works in the negatives of Carter's existence (eating out of the trash, having to look for a safe place to sleep, the fear of someone stealing his things while sleeping, basically having to hide his existence). This is a wonderful contrast to those books that make homeless kids seems cool and free (like how Tom Sawyer envies Huckleberry Finn). I think this is a good handling of Carter's situation instead of glamorizing it. 

Secondly, I really like how Harris gives Leila two dads and it's no big deal. The two dads part is nothing groundbreaking, but the no big deal part is awesome. Leila explains that she had two dads so casually that it seamlessly fits into the story. It isn't a pivotal point in the novel, it doesn't lead to any other plot points. She just has two dads and it's totally normal. This is awesome and makes Leila instantly relateable to those of us who come from LGBTQ families. (Also, I love his dedication of the book to his kids.) 

Overall, a great start to a series. I'm really intrigued to continue reading and see when happens next to the Magic Misfits.
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text 2018-03-23 13:20
Reading progress update: I've read 3%.
Magic - William Goldman

"Trust me for a while."

What an opening line!


I started this last night to bleach away the ending of The Man in the Brown Suit. It's been sitting on my kindle for ages and I am very excited to finally read this book. 


One thing I have noticed before dropping off to sleep last night is that I cannot read this without hearing Hopkins' voice in my head. 

That is not a bad thing at all.


Also, I need to find the film again.


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review 2018-03-20 21:24
The Invisible Library...
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

If anyone is familiar with the Bookburners serial then you know that it's remarkably similar to The Invisible Library series. I really like the Bookburners serial so I was excited to come across something else comparable.


I enjoyed The Invisible Library too and really can't believe I waited so long to read it, but one thing I thought could have been better was the world building. It just wasn't as defined as I would have liked it, and I'm referring more so to the Chaos concept, the alternate realities, the Library Language even some of the characters and their abilities were underdeveloped.


I realize it's a pretty complex system but there were a couple of times I wondered if the author even knew where she was trying to go with it.  Maybe those loose ends are tied up in the next book but, I personally like for the foundation to be laid out and nicely detailed, right from the start. It drives me nuts when authors use future installments to fill in gaps and missing pieces.


I am intrigued by the Library though and I really like Kai, Irene and Vale so I'm definitely going to continue the series with hopes that the many underlying layers of the Library develop into something a little more cohesive.

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review 2018-03-20 10:00
Release Day Review! Moon Bound (Pack Bound #2) Leisl Leighton!
Moon Bound (Pack Bound) - Leisl Leighton



Only her love can heal his broken soul...

Five hundred years ago, facing extinction, a group of powerful witches united to create a pact with the Were to save witch-kind. The pact expelled an ancient evil, known only as the Darkness, that was blocking the Were from their wolves. With the Darkness destroyed, the Packs and their Covens grew strong as they thrived beside each other in their brand-new world.


But the Darkness was not destroyed.

Wiccan Healer-Witch Bronwyn Kincaid wants a quiet life. Her new powers have other ideas. Her increased healing magic and empathy mean she can’t ignore the plight of River Collins, a wolf brought up thinking the animal inside him is an evil he must forever suppress. If Bronwyn can’t control her powers and help River accept his wolf, the evil Darkness that hunts the Were will use them to destroy those they love.



I have to say that the Pack Bound series is off to a great start, the first book Pack Bound was an exciting read and now Moon Bound is one thrilling read that had me glued to the pages.


Bronwyn and River are strong, compelling characters that readers can’t help but fall for and cheer them on toward their happily ever after, their romance is full of emotional turbulence and the story invokes a gamete of feelings in readers throughout. The romance is sweet and the chemistry between Bronwyn and River has sparks flying but due to several issues has them both turning away which certainly keeps readers filled with suspense.


The plot is fast paced and full of thrills, intrigue and danger with the pack’s enemies coming back to try and destroy them once again adding suspense and excitement to story while also keeping reading readers on the edge of their seat with anticipation of just what those enemies will do next and what the Pack will do in retaliation. Oh and the antagonist is one that still sends shivers down my spine and has me continually trying to guess just what she is going to come up with next.


The Pack Bound world is definitely fascinating and full of intrigue which ensures that I am going to keep coming back for more, but while I find some things unexpected, there are a couple of predictable elements but not enough to keep me from enjoying the story and I can’t wait to visit with Pack McVale again in Shifter Bound which will be released in April.





Moon Bound is the 2nd book in the Pack Bound series.


Shifter Bound – 3rd book is due to be released on April 20, 2018.


Moon Bound is available in ebook at:

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Leisl Leighton can be found at:

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