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review 2020-05-31 10:31
The Book of Revelations
The Book of Revelations - Shanna Lauffey

by Shanna Lauffey

 

This is the final episode of a ten volume series. I should say serial because it's continuous and the books are best read in order.

 

I seldom read a series all the way through, but this one kept my interest and left me feeling very satisfied. Probably the most climactic drama was in episode nine and the series could have stopped there, but having read this one now I have to say, yeah it was needed.

 

There are some new elements in Kallie's life as well as connections to old ones. Her character development is nicely evolved in this one and all the loose ends of the series are tied up neatly. I was happy to see Marcus back in the picture and I finally understand Connor, who has been a bit of an enigma in recent episodes.

 

I do wonder about back story on some of the peripheral characters, but that just shows how invested I got into this world. If the author ever writes more stories about these characters like Anne Rice did with some of her vampires, I'll definitely want to read them!

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text 2020-05-30 17:37
Reading progress update: DNF at 35%.
Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor

At this point I´m wondering if I´m going to be the person who will DNF every single book for Booklikes-opoly. 

 

This one was of to a promising start, but then it ventured very fast into the "whatever" territory. I couldn´t care less about what was happening in the book and what was happening to the characters. And quite frankly, I´m bored stiff at this point.

 

I actually had the same experience with the other Okorafor I have read. I liked the beginning of Binti, but towards the end I became completely indifferent.

 

 

Which makes me think that Nnedi Okorafor isn´t an author for me. I´m not particularly fond of her writing style and her stories simply don´t grab me like they should. It´s a shame, because I like the aspect of African culture in her novels, but I don´t want to force myself through books I´m clearly not enjoying.

 

DNF at 35% (79 out of 221 pages)

Money earned: $ 1.00

 

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review 2020-05-30 15:57
Review ~ Awesome!
Dream Walk - Melissa Bowersock

Book source ~ Kindle Unlimited

 

Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud have formed an unusual but satisfying partnership. Formerly of the LAPD and currently a private investigator, Lacey helps Sam, a medium, release ghosts from their Earthly prison. She does all the research and Sam does his ghost walk. Usually the dead don’t come to him. His usual work mode is that he gets a call and if there is a ghost present he does what he can to help it along. This time, his cousin comes to him and Lacey and Sam need to head to Vegas to find his cousin’s body and the person or people who murdered him. But Vegas is a big place and the people who were after his cousin are now after Lacey and Sam. They gotta hurry before they’re one of the things that stays in Vegas. Permanently.

 

I’m really loving this series. Each book is a quick read with a great mystery to unravel. They’re also pretty well self-contained so you don’t really need to read the books before to get in the groove. But why would you do that?! This story has an added perk of danger Will Robinson, danger! Sam’s cousin was not on a very good path and now that he’s dead the baddies are after the two nosey people snooping around Vegas. Woo! I was on the edge of my seat for this one! I’m certainly looking forward to the next book.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2020/05/dream-walk.html
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review 2020-05-30 15:28
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book, adult version - Neil Gaiman

by Neil Gaiman

This is a very imaginative story about a baby whose parents are murdered, but he alone of his family escapes into a graveyard. He is adopted by the spirits there and has an unusual life, growing up among the dead.

 

He is called Bod, short for Nobody, and as he grows, his adventures take us through different worlds, including discovering the city of the ghouls. He learns ghostly antics that should be impossible for humans, but it's a Fantasy, so rules of Physics do not apply.

 

The trouble with Gaiman books is that I can't help comparing them to other Gaiman books. I can't say this is as good as The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, but it's a good story, if a little on the young side. It gets quite exciting towards the end. The people who killed his family are still out there and eventually we will learn who they are and why.

 

It's a satisfying read and will definitely appeal to children and YA readers.

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review 2020-05-30 15:22
The Golem and the Jinni
The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker

by Helene Wecker

 

My expectations of this story might have been a little inflated because I kept hearing how good it was, and I did enjoy it, but I didn't love it as much as I expected to. It was a good story and culturally interesting, but I just didn't connect with any of the characters. Of all of them, I think the djinni most appealed to my nature, but his offhand callousness often left me cold.

 

The whole concept of these two supernatural beings meeting in New York was pretty fascinating. Each of them keeping their secret, living apart from the human society that surrounds them, yet so different in nature. It was interesting to see the comparison between their experiences among humans.

 

Chava was far too subservient for me to identify with her, yet that is in the nature of a golem so it fit the story. Her circumstances and the unusual chain of events that brought her to her situation made for good reading and a lot of imagination was put into it. I think I was expecting more of magic though, and kept looking for a quality of enchantment that was never meant to be a part of the story. The writing is certainly good and I would read another book by this author.

 

Towards the end, the answers to unknown are revealed and the connection between the two supernatural characters becomes clear. The ending was satisfying, though the story as a whole stopped just short of that for me. It lacked passion, but seemed to move forward methodically like the golem herself, always close to the earth when I was expecting to see the stars.

 

An interesting read, but it didn't engage my emotions.

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