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review 2017-12-08 23:46
Charm School Night Play: Lesson 3
Charm School Night Play: Lesson 3 (Volume 3) - Lynn Carmer

Title:  Charm School Night Play:  Lesson 3

Author:  Lynn Carmer

Publisher: Lynn Carmer        

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Charm School Night Play:  Lesson 3  by Lynn Carmer


My Thoughts.....

 

I found this novel a very good read where you will find Athena one control person that will find at times  leave you shaking your head.  And then their was Tommy who you may find him him losing his temper at times but when it came to what he wanted he would definitely be found going after it and not taking no for a answer.  I did find several scenes that had me laughing so very hard.  Yes, this was quite a enjoyable read.  I liked the way this author wrote and separated the l's.  I could read it and thoroughly understand the story quite well and even thinking it was uniquely done. 

I found most of the characters somewhat complex but still so very interesting that will definitely keep you turning the pages to see what is coming next.

 

So, will Athena finally get the happiness she so well deserved?  With these two having that sizzling chemistry will they both who have had some many personal problems be able to finally get their HEA?  To find out you will have to pick up "Charm School Night Play:  Lesson 3" to find out.  Would I recommend?  YES!

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review 2017-12-08 22:25
Death Comes to the School (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #4)
Death Comes to the School - Catherine Lloyd

I caught a cold a few weeks ago that I thought I'd kicked to the curb after only 4 days, only to have it come raging back a week later in the form of a cough that will. not. die.  I've sounded like a barking seal for the last 8 days and yesterday, to add insult to injury, I got a skull cracking headache, too, leaving me feeling like every time I coughed I was going to end up like those people in the X-files, whose brains exploded out their ears.

 

So even though I have 3 other books currently going, I needed something very easy on both my brain and my eyes.  Death Comes to the School was a perfect fit with it's on-the-large-side-of-average typeface and it's very familiar backdrop and characters.  It allowed me to forget for a time about the icepack wrapped around my head and the cough lozenges that have stained my tongue purple (black elderberry). 

 

The story starts off 3 years after the last book;  why don't authors of series do this more often?  It makes everything that happens so much more believable; rather than have a village of death, you're backdrop is just a village where normal stuff happens.  Anyway, the murder happens fairly quickly, to a school teacher nobody liked, and it happens rather oddly, with a hat pin in her neck and a pen in her eye.  From this point, the author has a bit of fun twisting the character stereotypes of the time around and using them to her advantage.  The mystery plotting of the book is really very good, although the motivation tie-in at the end was a tad weak.

 

The character angst though, I could have done without.  I really like Robert and Lucy, both individually and together but this book ... this book turn them into cardboard cliches, all because Lucy has yet to produce an heir.  This is an historically accurate issue; childbirth was a treacherous business and entailments created situations where entire villages depended on one poor woman to produce a son.  I get that.  But the whole emotional miscommunication thing that bogged down this story was stupid; for two characters that talked and argued about everything incessantly in the first three books, the whole "doesn't she want me?" "he doesn't desire me anymore, I'm a failure" let's-not-talk thing was just annoying.  

 

There was more to like than not, though, and as a nice bonus, the book takes place during Christmas, so it was seasonal too!  This has been a solid series so far and I'm already looking forward to the next one, which will undoubtably continue to revolve around heirs and spares, but hopefully without all the silly angst.

 

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text 2017-12-07 02:59
Only evil villains need apply.
A School for Villains (Dark Lord Academy) - Leo DeBruyn,Ardyth DeBruyn

This was a fun sort of retelling of Harry Potter.  

Except it's for 'Slytherines' only!  Sot hey can learn to be evil villains.

Although a 'Gryffindor' has managed to infiltrate the school.  

Because he doesn't want to be a hero, he wants to be a villain.  

And the villain doesn't want to be a villain, but doesn't really want to be a hero either.

Mostly he just want to go home.

 

An almost direct scene involves a troll being set loose in the history dept.

I laughed out loud.

 

However, I really want to know what's up with Igor.

We encounter him once and he's intriguing, but he never shows up again.

 

 

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review 2017-12-07 00:30
Necromancy and toilet humour make for surprisingly good MG
The Silver Mask (Magisterium, Book 4) (The Magisterium) - Holly Black,Cassandra Clare

This latest entry in wonderful MG magic-school series Magisterium balances some seriously dark themes and action with laugh-out-loud lines.

 

The first book or two's Harry Potter overtones with all the joy of discovering a new magic world were more fun, to be honest, but as the penultimate book, I can see how things are ramping up. I

 

'd say this is borderline YA - as the kids move on through the school years/grades, they're heading into teen territory, adding kissing and mild romance angst to death, identity crises, and necromancy. I'd recommend for older kids, maybe 10 or even 12+. But the relatively simple language and style of expression are solidly middle grade. Looking forward to the big wrap up in book 5!

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review 2017-12-03 05:33
My Neighbor Seki (manga, vol. 6) by Takuma Morishige, translated by Mari Morimoto
My Neighbor Seki, 6 - Takuma Morishige

Seki continues to goof off, and Yokoi continues to watch him and occasionally try to thwart him. In this volume, Yokoi has to borrow Seki's Social Studies textbook and learns that

he edited it to tell the story of a master thief. Also, Seki mends stuffed animals (by cannibalizing a less-cute one), creates a foosball table out of his desk, sets up an ant farm in his bag, creates an airstrip for paper airplanes in the corner of the classroom, practises good table manners, and brings his sister to class. Oh, and there's a fake bomb and an Earth made out of eraser shavings.

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There are zero new developments as far as characters and character relationships go. Goto still thinks Yokoi is under Seki's thrall, and Seki's sister still desperately wants to play with him while he resists and ignores her.

My favorite thing in this volume was the edited textbook. It was really cleverly done and something that I could imagine a bored kid doing in real life.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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