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text 2018-01-23 07:34
Reading progress update: I've read 192 out of 192 pages.
Land of the Lustrous 2 - Haruko Ichikawa

I was iffy about the first volume. It was beautiful, but it seemed like Ichikawa wasn't sure about what kind of tone/audience to aim for, and it was a little confusing and unfocused. It seemed likely that the series would become a variety of natural history discoveries on Phos's part, with occasional beautiful but confusing battles against the Lunarians.

 

Yeah, I didn't expect what happened in this volume at all. The action scenes were ridiculously confusing (seriously, I looked over some of them multiple times and still couldn't figure out exactly what happened, even though I knew the end result), but the additional world-building info made up for it. This volume reveals some absolutely horrifying details. I'm still debating how I'm going to rate this, and writing a review without having to plaster it with spoiler tags is going to be hard.

 

I'm even happier now that I just got volume 3 in via interlibrary loan.

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text 2018-01-21 17:58
Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 192 pages.
Land of the Lustrous 2 - Haruko Ichikawa

Ichikawa managed to work in a boob joke:

 

 

The artwork is, for the most part, still beautiful and still sometimes confusing. I couldn't get my phone to cooperate with me for the full-page stuff, but I really like how Ichikawa used screentones to create the water effects. This isn't really an example of what I'm talking about, but it's still good-looking:

 

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review 2018-01-21 14:08
Another lovely story!
Of Land and Sky - Morgan Sheppard
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
 

I will start out this review stating that I was lucky enough to beta read this book and then purchase the final draft for a reviewand of course, for my personal collection. This author is still fairly new, this being her third book released, and her writing still amazes me. If you’ve ever read her books, you can’t deny the idea that she has the uncanny ability to bring the reader into the world of Wraidd Elfennol fully and completely.

 

This story is set many years after the first story. It still follows along the same idea of the first; the worlds are unbalanced andare in need of some human and partner interference to set things straight. It’s, of course, not quite as simple as stated, however, it will get you set up to great reading.

 

The main characters in the story are grandchildren of the original cast in book one that were sent on a mission to set things back on even kilter in the worlds. If you happened to love that cast as much as me, don’t fret, you’ll still get to hear about themand what they have been up to. The author really did a great job including them into this story.

 

The journey that the characters are involved in this time around is much less action packed than the first. It’s more of a mental journey they are involved in. Personally, I think it being a “mental journey” proves to be a much more difficult story to write. It requires a lot more detail and descriptions to keep the audience interested and intrigued. I think that the author aced this ability, without a question. I didn’t want to put the book down, I didn’t want to stop reading, and I might have read too late andtoo long each day just because the story was that good.

 

At times, the characters really had me frustrated. The male lead character has, for a lack of better words, a really crappy family situation. His mother and brother are unfairly rude and treat him as if he would be better of had he not been born. His father has his back and loves him unconditionally but it makes it hard to read some of the scenes. I could have given them a real tongue lashing had they been real characters. So I really applaud the author in her ability in making the scenes feel so realistic.

 

I will give you, the future reader, one warning; have Kleenex and a good place to ugly cry, without judgment from others.  If you are reading it in bed with your spouse or significant other, be prepared to wake them up with your sobs and be prepared for the looks asking if you’re really crying over another book.

 

As to not ruin the story, and if you’re anything like me, you want to know whether or not the main characters find love. They do, in their own way, and in their own time. It’s most definitely fun to read about, so be prepared for that story within the main story.

 
* Verified Purchase ~ December 2017 *

 

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review 2018-01-18 22:22
Coming Home (Firsts and Forever, #9) by Alexa Land 4 Star Review!
Coming Home (Firsts and Forever Series #9) - Alexa Land

For twenty-six-year-old rent boy Chance Matthews, surviving day-to-day in San Francisco is difficult enough. Then an ill-fated road trip to Wyoming to search for his biological father throws his life into a tailspin. When a string of catastrophes leaves him stranded and desperate, help comes from the last person he’d expect. His knight in shining armor is everything he could want and then some, but Chance is sure a man like that would never want someone like him. That’s the stuff of fairy tales, and he stopped believing in those a long time ago. 

This male-male contemporary love story is the ninth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book can stand alone, so jump in anywhere. 

 

Review

 

This love story is pretty angsty and yet I loved it. I think because the angst was about the lives of each hero and not the relationship itself, the level of angst worked for me.

Chance and Finn are so good to each other. Chance finds himself in one mess after another as he follows his longing for a real parent. 

There is a lot of plot and twists in this one to keep us busy but so much good couple time and healing that this becomes a great love story.

Finn and Chance fumble a ton in their relationship but this is a happily ever after to believe in and root for.

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review 2018-01-18 17:55
REVIEW BY AMY - Of Land and Sky (Wraidd Elfennol #3) by Morgan Sheppard
Of Land and Sky - Morgan Sheppard

The balance of the Elements is once more in doubt, and new Chosen are called. They need to find the will to succeed, or the unseen enemy from years gone by may have the advantage.

The Wheel of the Year has had many cycles - and the folk of Wraidd Elfennol have lived in peace since the age of Marella, Kai, Daren, and Lani. All the Elements have been in perfect harmony with each other.

All that is about to change, with new Chosen called to represent their Element and to find nine sacred branches.

Bran and Rhosyn need to work together to restore the balance between Earth and Air… and maybe find out just who they are meant to be.

Full of myth and magic, with a strong Welsh theme, Of Land and Sky continues the Fantasy series set in the imaginary world of Wraidd Elfennol.

 

@MorganJSheppard, @Mommy_Amers, #Epic, #Fantasy, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/oflandandskywraiddelfennol3bymorgansheppard
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