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review 2017-09-13 23:55
Great sequel!
Jessica Rules the Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey

I loved the first book and the second one lives up to it (thankfully!) what I really liked about this one while reading was Jessica’s development as a character grows up. Dramatically. Considering she now has to rule and take Lucius place due to the circumstances she had to learn how to take control and she does it gracefully.


The plot itself wasn’t so bad although there could have been more substance to it. The reader already has a hunch as to who is behind the entire plot - a little mystery would have been appreciated and would have kept the plot a little more exciting. So the predictability of it sort of dampens the enjoyment of the book.


Nevertheless it’s the characters that keep the book going. Jessica and Lucius still have that great chemistry together. It’s the light banter Lucius has with Raniero that was also fun to read throughout the story.


Fun to read and it’s light, worth the time - from what I know there’s no more after this one. So to give the duology a nice closing, it’s a good one. (A story about Mindy would be great though.)


Bonus points to the cover. Love it!

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text 2017-08-31 11:49
August wrap-up!
Russian Hill - Ty Hutchinson
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
Contemporary Cables: Classic Aran Reimagined in Current Styles - Jody Long
The Green Mile - Stephen King
Original Magic: The Rituals and Initiations of the Persian Magi - Flowers, Stephen E., Ph.D.

6 books read, plus a sampler that I'm not really counting. Three of these Netgalley, but that dance card is clear in anticipation of Halloween Bingo reads.


Two surprisingly enjoyable reads from genres I don't often peruse were Russian Hill (Crime drama) and Shiver (YA Romance). Then of course The Green Mile was brilliant!


I've collected a couple dozen new samples but not reading them yet. I have Halloween books to read!

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review 2017-08-25 09:44
The Rules of Magic
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman

by Alice Hoffman


A prequel to the book, Practical Magic. Having not yet read that book, I went in without knowing the characters or where the story might go.


The Owens children, Franny, Jet and Vincent, are 'unusual' and are given specific rules to help them avoid situations where they might do magical things. No walking in moonlight, red shoes, cats, crows, books on magic and definitely never fall in love.


I found the style quick, clipped and very fast moving through the early part of the book as a lot of background information was explained. The one thing I really didn't like is that there are no chapters! I know Pratchett gets away with this but for me, it makes it difficult to set daily reading goals. It took longer to read this one as a result. The book is divided up into six parts, but I didn't feel that those separations made much of a difference to the overall flow.


I think the lack of chapters was a factor in me starting to lose interest early on, though mainly I just didn't connect with any of the characters. I found their cousin April to be particularly irritating. Everything just seems to ramble on endlessly moving from one scene to another without any plot demarcations to stand out and make a point. The issue of falling in love went through a predictable development in true fairytale form, but the emphasis on restrictions along the way felt overdone.


The writing itself was good and I expect fans of Practical Magic will enjoy this a lot more than I did. It just didn't grip me and I expect that already having a connection to the characters from the other story would make the difference.

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review 2017-08-15 08:20
Book Review For: 'Beyond the Rules' by Anna del Mar
Beyond the Rules (an At the Brink Novel) - Anna del Mar

'Beyond the Rules' by Anna del Mar is Book Three in the "At The Brink" series. This is the story of Nina Leon, Aidan Black, Balthazar 'Zar' Flint and Tanner Vazques. I have read the first book in this series but somehow missed the second book (which I plan on correcting soon!), but I feel this is easily a standalone book.
Aidan, Zar, Tanner are all ex-Seals who have a close bond due to all that they have been through. But there has always been something missing with them and their bond. When Tanner comes to Nina's rescue when she is in a plane wreck, Tanner starts to wonder if she isn't the missing piece to their bond.
Nina is a computer hacker running for her life after getting the attention of some bad guys when her plane is shot down. Nina is hurt but not badly and she tries to talk the guys into taking her to her 'safe place'. Nina's giving out orders and trying to protect these guys from the bad guys that are after her isn't' working. Instead they want to help and protect her.
I not to big of a fan of a Pollyanna Relationships but this one worked for me and I couldn't stop reading it. It had the strong women with the alpha male guys, along with the excitement of the story and with some humor outline in the story.
Loved it!
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."


Source: www.amazon.com/Beyond-Rules-At-Brink-Novel-ebook/dp/B07315P78R/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1502648841&sr=1-1&keywords=Beyond+the+Rules+Anna+del+Mar
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text 2017-08-12 17:34
NetGalley Find: Rules of Magic
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic is the prequel to Practical Magic.  And it's available for request on NetGalley (US preferred).  I've tossed my hat in the ring; we'll see if I get lucky or not.

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