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review 2017-06-25 22:40
Slumber (Beauty Never Dies Chronicles Book 1) - J.L. Weil

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The cover initially caught my eye with this one. Once I read the synopsis I thought I'd give it a try. I am glad I did! Oddly enough, since there was a lot of dark and deadly things in this world, this book ended up feeling like a light read. It was fast paced and the rather funny, snarky commentary and age of the characters helped level things out against the dangerous dystopian, post apocalyptic chaos you are immersed in.






There was quite a bit going on in this story. Charlotte has awoken decades in the future and NOTHING is even close to what she remembered. She quickly has to learn how to navigate this new post-mist world where even the most innocuous seeming things will likely try to kill you now. Luckily she has Dash Darhk there to be her gorgeous, reluctant guide. Their banter was as entertaining as their chemistry was. I quite enjoyed this pair and I am rooting for them to make it! By the end I was searching for the sequel hoping for more, but unfortunately it isn't out yet. It is definitely on my watch list though.

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review 2017-06-25 03:48
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things - Martina McAtee

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best friends



This book was AMAZING! I rarely give a first book in a series 5 stars, but if I could give this book a million stars I would!



all the stars



The world building was TOP NOTCH. I kept telling my friend this was Ilona Andrews level world building. For those that don't know, that is like the be all end all of world building, in my book at least. It was so vast I kept thinking I could stay in this world forever. I can see where there would be no shortage of stories to be told in this world that McAtee has created. There was a supernatural POWERHOUSE in this book, with plenty of beings that are familiar, shifters, witches, demons, necromancers etc. and some new and fascinating beings I haven't read about before! I enjoyed the fact that Ember was new to this supernatural world too so you got to learn everything about this new mesmerizing place and all its colorful inhabitants side by side with her.




The characters were so diverse and plentiful. There were a lot of people in this story, and there wasn't one that didn't have me completely engrossed in their life. I could not get enough of them! We get a few different POVs in this story, and they are perfectly executed. I am so particular about multiple POVs. If they aren't clearly recognized each time, rather by each voice being distinguishable and unique enough to stand on their own obviously, or by marking it at the chapter changes, I tend to be disappointed. I had no problem with that here. I was honestly kind of blown away how seamlessly the shift was made each time, and even more impressively, how loveable each person was! I was always happy to spend time seeing things through any of their eyes and that is no easy task!



I love YOU!



It also needs to be said that this cover is stunning as well! I really can't even do this book enough justice with a review. I loved everything about it, plain and simple. And if any of this sounds even remotely like something you may enjoy, pick this book up because I have a feeling you are going to fall in love with it too.

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review 2017-06-03 04:56
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor
Hello Lazlo Strange.
magic in your heart
I was completely charmed by Lazlo. He was a kindred spirit. A bookworm, a hopeless magical romantic with a wild imagination, a dreamer through and through. He had this pure, untainted hopefulness that most of us adults seem to let diminish as we grow older and I just couldn't get enough. Seeing everything through his eyes made you see the world so full of wonder and adventure and it made the experience so much better. You felt his excitement and it made yours increase in the process.
dont let reality get in the way
The mystery of Weep was equally as an enchanting! I found myself trying to figure out exactly what could be happening there right along with Lazlo, and I couldn't have dreamt up anything nearly as wondrous than Laini Taylor did. This place and the people were so interesting. Each little piece of information we got about them just made me want to know more!
all dreamers
The writing was beautiful as well. Taylor has a way of truly sweeping you away with her words. She paints a vivid picture and you are bound to find yourself blissfully lost in this world of magic and secrets. Truth be told, I loved this book so much that I tracked down the UK special edition with the blue edged pages and original artwork by the author, and it was signed so I was extra excited. I'm going to be collecting a bunch of Strange the Dreamer goodies for the foreseeable future. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book, especially after that ending! I highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy!

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review 2017-02-03 02:32
Isle - Jes Dory


    A remote island full of mystery and myth, hidden powers, and an old prophecy made Isle an interesting page turner. I truly loved the setting of this story. Stone Isle was such a cool backdrop to the huge mystery involving Nora's past, present, and future. The characters were compelling as well. Every time I picked this book up I found myself completely engrossed in the story and I didn't want to put it down...alas real life demanded my attention repeatedly though so I couldn't devour this the way I wanted to.



The only thing I was kind of ify about was the initial love interest that turned out to be a really awkward situation. I get why it was done, but it still had a weird vibe going on for a bit. I did feel like the turn around from this situation felt a little rushed too, but I'd be interested to see if that ultimately gets explained a little in the next book, or if a lot of that has a something to do with this "bond" that took place.



I really appreciated the enthralling myths this island and its inhabitants were involved in too. That ending was fantastic, and it definitely made me want more! I will eagerly be awaiting the next installment!

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review 2016-01-26 01:32
Rarity from the Hollow - Robert Eggleton


  Well one thing I can say for certain is that Rarity From the Hollow is a genuinely unique story. I'm truly a little stumped about my feelings on it as a whole. While it's wildly inventive and interesting, I struggled to finish this story.


It grabbed my attention right off the bat, with this strange little girl, Lacy Dawn and her even stranger companions. I wanted to know more about this girl who talked to a ghost and trees and had her secret robot boyfriend from another world. Unfortunately I never quite felt like I connected to Lacy Dawn, or her plight, and I'm not really sure why. If I am being 100% honest I felt that way with all of the characters. I found Dot Com to be very interesting, especially once his errrr transformation started...but his long winded robot jargon, especially concerning the Shptiludrp shopping scenarios, really gave it a monotonous tone that had me struggling to focus on the story. But, that's just my personal taste, someone with a heavier love of Sci-Fi might rather enjoy it.


I also struggled with the alternating POVs which, again, is a personal issue with me. I have a hard time enjoying multiple POVs if they aren't done in a fashion where it's very apparent who is speaking/thinking right away. It becomes increasingly hard to differentiate between voices, in this book especially, because unless it's Dot Com talking, the rest of the characters have a similar voice, at least at first glance. I know that there was an issue with some of the punctuation concerning when different people are speaking in this book that is being addressed in the future though, and that might make a difference with being able to better tell when one person's thought ends and another begins.


I do appreciate the Author's imagination in creating a tale such as this. Shptiludrp was a very intriguing place, and the plot was strong. I also thought he did a good job with some touchier subject material. And I think it's awesome that the proceeds from this novel have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society!


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



About the author:



Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next -- never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency. Today, he is a recently retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.


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