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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-20 00:07
Wow! I loved this one. Just as good as the first book!
The Rift Walker - Clay and Susan Griffith,Clay Griffith

***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned!***

 

It is greatly recommended you read The Greyfriar before jumping into this novel. You’d be pretty much lost if you started reading out of order.

 

This one was just as good as the first one and better. I enjoyed reading Adele’s development throughout the book! I never thought of her as a whiny damsel in distress even though there were times when she wasn’t sure what to do but in this book she went from a strong character to someone even  stronger. She immediately knew what to do and there were times when she didn’t take no as an answer (and the empress in her came out! That was fun to watch!)

 

You now have a more developed plot and you also get to see who’s on who’s side and who has a private agenda (Yes Mamoru, we’re talking about you.) I used to like Mamoru so much until the last third of this book. Wow. I understand where the hatred is coming from but it goes to show how blinding it can be and the way it can twist someone around.

 

Also: Everybody needs a friend like Colonel Anhalt. You need a loyal friend like that in life. No kidding. He’s become one of my favorite characters in the series because of his loyalty, despite discovering who the Greyfriar really is. He adores and cherishes Adele so much I loved reading about him. She treats him just the same way and they both are the best match when it comes to a good loyal friendship, in fact it’s almost a father daughter relationship.

 

Speaking of fathers. The deaths of both Constantine and Dmitri just tore me up. It’s interesting how they died similarly. Both heartbreaking, and wanting you out there crying for revenge because of the way they died.

 

So who do I dislike more? Cesare? Or Senator Clark? I’d go with Cesare on this one. He’s cunning, ruthless but there’s something slimy about him that you just want to sink a stake into his heart and watch him disintegrate. Senator Clark on the other hand is just an uncouth baboon that’s funny when he’s upset. You can’t help but laugh at his antics even though he’s a jerk.

 

 

The plot in the book is evenly paced as for the majority of it you follow the Greyfriar and Adele through their journey (GARETH THE WEDDING CRASHER! I LOVED IT!) their romance is well written and it’s not sappy or too sweet. It’s just right. They have their funny moments, and their sad ones, and ones where it was a close call to ending them. I rather wish they had more moments on Cesare and his plotting but he’s sporadically featured here and there throughout the book. Not enough though (there’s just something about villains that you want to read more about anyway…)

 

I definitely can’t wait to read the third one! I want to see what’s going to happen now that Adele is using her skills as a Geomancer and she’s getting more training on it (although there’s a downside to that as well.) Can’t wait to see what’s in store for them next!

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review 2015-10-03 07:32
The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key, Book 1 by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith
The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key) - Clay and Susan Griffith,Clay Griffith

It's Victorian London and Simon Archer is a scribe, a magick practitioner that uses runes and tattoos to focus his magical energy. Posing as a handsome rogue playboy to infiltrate society and hide his abilities, he and his mentor Nick Barker, attend a society ball to discover more about the pesky werewolf problem plaguing the city.  While at the ball, the striking headstrong alchemist Kate Anstruther catches Simon's eye. He is intrigued at her boldness and willingness to jump in to help. Come to find out, Kate's sister Imogen is embroiled in a sinister plot devised by these very same wolves.  Accordingly, the two team up, and along with partner Nick and new acquaintance Malcolm MacFarlane, a fierce Scottish monster hunter, the four are a force to be reckoned with.

I thoroughly enjoyed this start to the Crown & Key series. The action was intense with werewolves, magic, alchemy and mad science all playing a role to make this steampunk urban fantasy speed along at breakneck speed. All this action was delivered with a slight detriment to other aspects however, that being character development and world building as other reviewers have mentioned.  Not that I found it completely lacking in those departments, but it was enough that I never fully embraced any one particular character.  Since this is an ongoing series however, I can only hope that many of these aspects will be further expanded upon in the upcoming books in the series which I look forward to reading soon.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group/Del Rey Spectra for providing me with a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Source: books.cheriepie.com/2015/07/review-shadow-revolution-crown-key-book.html
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text 2015-08-16 11:21
The List Thingy : Shelved W33
Playing with Fire (Hot In Chicago series Book 2) - Kate Meader
His Pretend Girl (An Emerald City Novella) - Sofia Grey
Seduction's Kiss (The Allure Chronicles) - Alyssa Rose Ivy
Here All Along (The Kelly Brothers Book 7) - Crista McHugh
Joni, Underway - Jonathan Harrow,Kelly Oram
Center Ice (Entangled Crush) (Corrigan Falls Raiders) - Cate Cameron
Magic Shifts - Ilona Andrews
Aimee and the Heartthrob (Entangled Crush) (Backstage Pass) - Ophelia London
A History of Glitter and Blood - Hannah Moskowitz
The Undying Legion: Crown & Key - Clay and Susan Griffith

I did damn well in my opinion considering that I read all of the books I had planned to read.

And some..

This is my read- list for the last ten days. I had planned to read 6 of them, and just finished the last one on me TBR list.

I am in the middle of making a new list. But thought I would make sense to post what I read, with a short comment on each book. 

 

Apparently I like doing lists and accounts on books... well I do like lists of anything really, I am that much of a nerd apparently, which still surprises me. I was supposed to be the rebel, you know. Guess my undercover geek might not be as undercover as I hoped.

 

Back to my shelved list

 

  •   Joni, Underway - Jonathan Harrow,Kelly Oram 
  • This is the absolute favourite of the bunch. In fact it's on my favourites of all times list. Joni, Underway resonated with something deep within me. Incredibly beautiful book. 4.5Stars

  Playing with Fire (Hot In Chicago series Book 2) - Kate Meader  

Sizzling and cute romance about the hottest men in town and the fiercest firefighter, ever. 

 

  His Pretend Girl (An Emerald City Novella) - Sofia Grey  

I stumbled over this on kindleunlimted. It's quite well written, but the storyline is more or less a string of cliches. 2.5Stars

 

  Seduction's Kiss (The Allure Chronicles) - Alyssa Rose Ivy  

I liked the world building, the character building is done quite well in this short span but I felt like this might be too much of the usual PNR dramas. So I am not sure if I will read more of the series. 3Stars

 

  Here All Along (The Kelly Brothers Book 7) - Crista McHugh  

A wonderful end to a great series. Story of besties becoming more. McHugh absolutely shines with the character building.I just wish there would be more to come in the series! 4Stars

 

  Center Ice (Entangled Crush) (Corrigan Falls Raiders) - Cate Cameron  

I am not sure how or why, but I am kinda hooked by Entangled Crush. The first book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series gave me exactly what I expected. A cute and fluffy fix. Though there were bits that dug deeper, I wish that somehow there would have been more of that. It's rather predictable but a fun read. 3.5Stars

 

  Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels) - Ilona Andrews  

Well written as always. But sadly the action scenes did overshadow every other aspect of this book.

I listened to the audio of this and in my opinion Renee Raudman can't do any wrong. It's the best way to enjoy an Ilona Andrews novel, seriously. Except for a tad little problem, there was no whispersync available for this instalment. Besides the fact, that I do get a discount on buying both the ebook and the audiobook with that feature, I love it for that fact that I can switch between the audio and ebook seamlessly. Since I didn't get that option I decided to only get the audiobook, which meant it took me several days to finish this.

Find my full review here

 

  Aimee and the Heartthrob (Entangled Crush) (Backstage Pass) - Ophelia London  

Cute and all, but also a lot of been there done that. Very well written mind you! I already got the next book in the series.. so my Entangled Crush obsession's still going strong.

3.5 Stars

 

  A History of Glitter and Blood - Hannah Moskowitz  

This is a book one is either going to love to bits or not. I wish I would be in the former group, because I think it's quite clever. But I really struggled through this one, mainly because I didn't like the writing style at all. Sadly just not for me. 1.5 Stars

 

  The Undying Legion: Crown & Key - Clay and Susan Griffith  

Extremely well written: Great action, good character building & fab steampunk gadgets but it does sadly have second book syndrome. It did build up my expectations for the next book and I shall be reading it very soon. 3.5Stars

 

I shall post my TBR for the coming week this evening..

And that's it for my mememe this week.

 

Any books you read this week that you feel are the bomb?

 

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text 2015-08-06 13:18
Currently on my TBR ...let's do the list thingy
Magic Shifts - Ilona Andrews
Playing with Fire (Hot In Chicago series Book 2) - Kate Meader
Here All Along (The Kelly Brothers Book 7) - Crista McHugh
A History of Glitter and Blood - Hannah Moskowitz
The Undying Legion: Crown & Key - Clay and Susan Griffith
Joni, Underway - Jonathan Harrow,Kelly Oram

There are so many books I wanna read, and so little time to do so.

So I decided to write down a list with the ones I am planning to read from now till end of next week.

 

Because:

 

 

to remind me what I should/want/need to read first

it's always good to have a list to fall back to - just in case

 

AND well ok.. I love writing lists.

 

So here you go.

Not in any particular order and with great restraint I chose 6books for week 32 & 33

 

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text 2015-08-03 15:53
The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key just $0.99 at Amazon!
The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key) - Clay and Susan Griffith,Clay Griffith

LINK!

 

A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.
 
They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.
 
As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.
 
After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.

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