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review 2018-09-26 05:01
Review: Dorothy Must Die
Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

Let's start with, lately I have seriously had a knack for picking stories told in first person...which I hate.  This was an interesting enough story that it was pretty easy to ignore.  This book was dark, very dark and a teeny bit gruesome.

 

Amy is a teenager from Kansas.  She lives in a trailer, her dad walked out on them, her mom has turned into a junkie that blames Amy for every bad thing in her life.  Her school life is terrible, she's been bullied for years, has no friends and no means of escaping her craptastic life.  That is until a tornado hits and sweeps her away to Oz.  Yup, just like in the movie she'd seen bunches of times as a child.

 

However, she doesn't find herself in the Oz of the movie or storybook.  This Oz is desolate and decaying.  As it turns out, Dorothy, who had gotta a taste for magic, found her way back to Oz and took over.  Now she and Glinda are mining it for it's magic and killing it an it's inhabitants in the process.

 

Amy, who has her pet rat, Star as a companion meets people who (somewhat) explain to her what has been going on and eventually she falls in with the Order.  Which is led...by...the...wicked...witches?  Yeah, things have gotten so bad that the wicked have joined forces to stop Dorothy, and Amy is their weapon of choice.  She is trained by them in combat and in the use of magic before being sent to the palace in disguise.  She's meant to be a spy to gather information that will help with their plan, only Amy is never given the details of the plan or a way to relay any information she may have discovers.  She has to wing it and in doing so learns that there is more than one faction that is trying to rise up and take Dorothy out of power... and she gets herself into trouble.

 

I like Amy, but she's too full of doubt and indecision.  Which, considering her circumstances is totally understandable.  My thoughts are that she can't really trust any of the factions, and she knows that, but hasn't exactly accepted it.  While these groups may be operating under the guise of making Oz great again--and yes that is an actual phrase from the book and it made me cringe reading it--I think they all want Dorothy out of power because she's a monster who is destroying their world, but also because they want to be in power themselves.

 

Amy has a tough road ahead because her mission is to kill Dorothy, and she royally botched it in this book.  Dorothy has managed to escape and no one knows where.  Now Amy's been thrown together with a different resistance group and who knows what they will tell her in order to get her to do what they want.  All she knows is that before she can kill Dorothy, she must stop her first companions in Oz.  That means, taking the heart of the Tin Woodman, the brain of the Scarecrow, and the courage of the Lion.  And then, hopefully, Dorothy will finally die.

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text 2018-09-26 02:00
Reading progress update: I've read 327 out of 480 pages.
Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

OMG! Dorothy. Needs. To. Die.

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text 2018-09-25 23:20
Reading progress update: I've read 195 out of 480 pages.
Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

 

This is both nothing and everything I expected. 

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review 2018-09-25 15:47
Pre-Review Thoughts: The Splendour Falls
The Splendour Falls - Susanna Kearsley,Barbara Rosenblat

The Splendour Falls

by Susanna Kearsley
narrated by Barbara Rosenblat


I have been enjoying Susanna Kearsley as far as the only couple other books I've read by her, so it was probably inevitable that I'd come across a disappointment--I just hadn't expected it so early on.  The Splendour Falls dragged something awful, and the truth is, the actual story's conflict doesn't even quite surface until about 8 hours into the audio book; 8 hours out of a 12 hour audio book.

As I had had a good impression of Kearsley since the first book I'd read, I'm hoping the next one will be a bit better.  I've noted that The Splendour Falls is apparently NOT her best work, and there's a general consensus that it might even be one of her lesser novels.  The book is still beautifully written, with lovely characters whom, while abundant and sometimes hard to keep track of, sort of came alive.  Except for our main heroine, Emily... she continued to be the boring speshul snowflake and I had a hard time relating to her.

I will have a full review out soon.

 

 



 

Halloween Bingo 2018
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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/09/pre-review-thoughts-splendour-falls.html
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review 2018-09-25 14:16
Review: Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs
Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs

Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

I read and love the Mercy Thompson series so of course I wanted to read this series as well and I’m happy that I did.

Of course I already know most of the world and setting from the Mercy books and some of the characters but of course we get some new elements and storyline and some more new characters and that made the book just great and fun to read.

I should say that I never was  big fan of Bran, Sam and especially Charles and had a bit of a rough start with Charles in the beginning. But at the end he stated growing on me…. I’m still not his biggest fan and more than once wanted to punch him but I did up liking and understanding more of him.

Also I did not read the pre-quell Alpha & Omega and think it would have helped especially in the beginning of the book. I was a bit confused but things cleared up fairly fast.

Anna, I really enjoyed her , while she started out pretty timid and quiet you could still tell she is a pretty strong charades, She thinks things through and she will not back to down from people. She is really kinda feisty and of course has her funny moments.

Charles as mentioned not my fav but he is growing on me. Anna just makes him so much more likable. But I did enjoy seeing a bit more of his magic from his mom’s site .

I liked how Anna and Charles grew and got to know each other as mates and as a couple throughout the book, it was fun to follow them.

Bran, like I said earlier he I never really liked him all that much but after this book I actually like him a lot. We learn a lot more about him, his history and really Charles and Sam’s history as well .

Asil. Ohhh Asil, I really liked him, he became one of my favorites in this book, I knew from the first time we meet him there is more to him. I just like everything about him.

Overall I really enjoy this book, I really enjoyed and looking forward to learn more about Omegas I thought it was very interesting. I also liked the witch part and always love a good witch stories and such.

So in short I really enjoyed this first book in this series and looking forward to book two

I rate it 4 ★

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/09/25/review-cry-wolf-alpha-omega-1-by-patricia-briggs
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