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review 2017-07-29 00:00
Shadows and Dreams
Shadows and Dreams - Gwenda Bond,Andrea Phillips,Carrie Harris,Kiersten White,E.C. Myers,Matthew Cody
An interesting YA SciFi thrill ride! I wasn't sure what to think of this book at first, it starts out slow and I don't like the MCs but things quickly picked up, and I love the sci-fi parts! Once I figured out what was going on, and things started happening, I was hooked! All the authors are new to me, and I haven't even heard of this book before, but I'm definitely interested in reading the rest now that I've found it! It does contain cussing and gore, but is a great read and I highly recommend it for YA SciFi fans!
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review 2017-03-08 17:22
Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall - My Thoughts
Shadows & Dreams - Alexis Hall

A fun read, just like the first one.  Kate Kane is a tough cookie, very noir-like in inception and her adventures with the vampires, werewolves, faeries, and all sorts of different supernatural creatures are certainly filled with action.

The plot is twisty turny and non-stop.  We meet a ton of characters (old and new) and I find myself wondering if maybe there weren't a tad too many?   And not only were there many, Kate has probably slept with the majority of the ladies!  *LOL*  She likes her pleasures.  :)

So yes, a fun read and I have no idea why it took me so long to get through it.  There's a note in the back of the book about a #3 in the series coming, but I have the feeling that Alexis has moved on to other things.  I'd have read it though.

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review 2017-02-20 23:40
What Dreams Shadows Cast (Apocrypha: The Dying World #2) by Barbara J. Webb
What Dreams Shadows Cast (Apocrypha: The... What Dreams Shadows Cast (Apocrypha: The Dying World Book 2) - Barbara J. Webb

Miroc has been saved from drought but the underlying questions remain – where are the gods? Where did they go and why did they abandon the world and their children within?

 

The city also is still under threat- Ash, Syed, Iris – everyone is desperately preparing as much as they can for when the Shadows return; the nearly undetectable creatures who can possess people and are trying to bring about the end of the world.

 

But even this can be displaced when the Jansynians discover something impossible – and need Ash’s magic to try and decipher. The revelations there could shake everything they know about their society.

 

 

 

 

Ok, frustration moment in a sea of awesome… why did we go here?

 

No, seriously, I loved the world revealed to us in the first book. I loved that book. I still love that book. That book is awesome. The world is awesome. I love the idea of the 13 gods, an entire society built not just on the belief of those gods, but the tangible existence of those gods, their powers and their blessings. This is a society where praying for rain was literally a sensible form of irrigation. And then those gods disappear – causing both the horrifying impact of the complete devastation of having the entire world’s faith, their entire foundation of belief, identity and how things are be completely ripped from them. A life and reality that they not only believed, but had objective evidence that that belief is correct. On top of that the basic foundations of that society – the fuel and glue that makes their civilisation possible, has similarly being ripped away

 

This is an amazing world. This is perfect. I could spend 100 books (psst, Barbara, write! Write more!) reading this world. Especially since we have so much more because this excellent, amazing world has been delivered so sparingly – only the information we need to know to advance the plot. We have an awesome amount of information – but nothing excessive. Which means we have a vast amount of the world left to explore. I don’t even know the names of most of the 13 gods, let alone their roles or the creatures they sired. The hints we’ve seen point to these races not just being random humans that look different – but they have their own cultures, viewpoints, purposes that are crafted to be very different from human sensibilities. There’s some excellent world building there

 

So show me this – now this buried city and ancient past and mighty magic… it’s just nearly all very very very separate from the world that has already been revealed. But can’t we focus on what is here first? I want to see the gods and magic and trying to keep Miroc from imploding to seeing these different deity creatures. This story is excellent and I love it – but I’d love it more at book 5. Let’s revel in the world before shaking it down to its very foundations again, let’s see this world and what people believe before we decide to shake those assumptions.

 

Let me play in this aw

esome before running to different awesome. I haven’t finished this awesome, it’s not time for the next course of awesome. I know this from the awesome we see – just the expanded ideal of the shifters, the edict to keep changing and what it means to be a shifter who doesn’t change alone is such a deep and layered addition.

 

While we have a number of supernatural creatures with all kinds of beings (oh, aside, even these differing creatures have separate opinions and factions rather than being one unified faction which I really like. It is so common to have non-human beings be just one monolith. I appreciate that even as, ironically, the story, unlike so many others, actually makes an attempt to explain why they would be monoliths since ever species but the humans were designed to be avatars of their god’s purpose and values. On top of that I really love the whole exploration of what it means to humanity to be The First. How this leads to their – including Ash’s – arrogance their assumption of being right or being more important because they were first and not created expressly for purpose) we also have racial diversity. So many fantasy worlds have huge diversity of creatures while humans are very limited in their depiction – like we can only have so much variety so humans have to become homogenous.

 

 

 

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review 2016-09-15 03:57
REMADE: Season One-Episode 1 "Shadows and Dreams"...
Shadows and Dreams - Gwenda Bond,Andrea Phillips,Carrie Harris,Kiersten White,E.C. Myers,Matthew Cody

 

 

Remade Synopsis:

 

"Every minute, 108 people die. On October 14th, 2016, from 9:31-9:32 p.m. EDT, 23 of those deaths will be teenagers. Now they are humanity’s last hope for survival. 

 

Awakened in a post-apocalyptic world and hunted by mechanical horrors, these teens search for answers amidst the ruins of civilization. Fate, love, and loyalty face off in this adrenaline -pumping YA adventure."

 

Episode 1- "Shadows and Dreams" Synopsis

 

"Holden Black never imagined his crush knew his name, much less that he’d suddenly be driving her to a party. But life can change in a second, especially when you’re 16. A look. A flash of headlights. A scream. What do you do when the unexpected jumps straight to the unbelievable, the dream becomes a nightmare, and waking changes everything except your heart’s desire."

 

 

Remade is a new YA post-apocalyptic serial written by a collaboration of authors: Matthew Cody, Kiersten White, E. C. Myers, Andrea Phillips, Carrie Harris & Gwenda Bond, and published by Serial Box Publishing. There are 15 episodes and each episode will be released weekly and feature one of the six different authors I listed above.

 

I have to admit, when I started reading the first episode, Shadows & Dreams, written by Matthew Cody, it didn't grab me the way the Bookburners serial did but as I read further into it I became more intrigued. I haven't quite made my mind up if I'm going to read the full season yet because so far I've only really got a glimpse of what's to come but I'm definitely going to stick around for another episode and see where the story leads. There's a fantastic cast of authors so I expect the serial will only get better and better but we'll see. I'm going to reserve my full opinion until I get a little further into it.

 

*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Serial Box Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

 

 

Professional Reader Reviews Published 2016 NetGalley Challenge

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review 2016-07-18 14:00
Shadows And Dreams
Shadows and Dreams - Gwenda Bond,Andrea Phillips,Carrie Harris,Kiersten White,E.C. Myers,Matthew Cody

This first episode of Remade was so short that it failed to really capture my attention even though the premise sounded really good.

 

Yes, it starts with a bang, which is good. But after that I only felt confused and then the episode was already over, leaving me with the feeling that I had no clue what I just finished.

 

Therefore, I don't know yet whether to continue. I just don't know of the idea of serials really works for me. I like to read the complete story, these 'bitesized' chunks are not enough for me to get invested in a story. Maybe I'll try some more of Remade when there are more episodes available.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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