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review 2017-02-17 17:43
Uuuuummmm...excuse me, but where do I sign up for book #2?
Warlock in Training - T.J. Nichols

Because I want it...like yesterday...now would be good but yesterday would have been even better because then I could reading it now.

 

I admit this book probably isn't for everyone but when I saw the blurb I was curious and fairly certain it would work for me...well, that was an understatement. I loved it. It's magic and wizards, warlocks, mages, demons and Oh hell yeah! There's a dragon or two just for good measure. 

 

Let's start with Angus, he's definitely the center of the story. He's a warlock in training and in his world any warlock worth his salt has a demon and Angus manages to get the demon to end all demons because his demon's a mage.

 

Have I confused you yet? Well let me clarify things a little. Angus is human and he lives on the humanside and he's training to be a warlock, not that he wants to be but daddy thinks he should or at least he does until he doesn't but we're not going to go there right now.

 

For the purposes of this story a warlock is someone who is trained in the use of magic and draws their magic from his demon who he calls forth from the other side of the void, which is essentially the demonside of this world. Now a wizard is someone who uses magic but it's magic that they gather and they don't use a demon. Which is nice considering that no one asked the demon if he wanted to do this they just use them until they've used up their power and a mage is a demon who can use magic, so basically a combination of a wizard and a warlock in that they're trained but they draw their power from their surroundings more like a wizard and that's all the world building we're going to cover for now. 

 

So we have Angus a warlock in training who just happens to call forth Saka who is a mage and not in training and powerful. Now I'm going to talk about why I want the next book so freakin' bad.

 

First off while there is a romance in this book it's definitely a secondary part of the story and let's just say it's unusual...there's even a bit of a romantic triangle...potentially and bonus points boys and girls there's a orgy that's right a full on demon ritual orgy and it does involve both boy and girl bits, however, I really didn't find the details to be excessively graphic or offensive and lastly there's also a definite cliffhanger to the ending, so if any of this is an issue for you, than this might not be the book for you. 

 

T. J. Nichols is a new to me author who basically blew me out of the water with this book. I loved the world building and the character development, especially with Angus. He showed a lot of growth from start to finish and given everything he went through I probably would have tanked things if it had been any different.  

 

Saka was more than a little interesting and I'm really not sure how to explain him because...hello? demon here and a really interesting one not to mention pretty hot if we take Angus's word on things and did I mention he's got a tail...I'mma just sayin'.

 

Saka is a mage and a powerful one even by his people's standards. He's also a teacher, he wants to restore the magical balance to both humanside and demonside but what he also wants is to do it in a way that is beneficial to both races and without war between the two sides, however, time's running out for everyone because the humanside of this world is getting colder and demonside is getting hotter, so while a long term fix is the ultimate objective neither world can ignore the need for stop gap measures as well.

 

My only little niggle with this book was that the pacing occasionally felt a little slow but at the same time there's not anything in this story that I'm willing to give up...so little niggle from my perspective.

 

At the end of it all if fantasy, with some awesome world building, a side of romance and a strong plot is your thing you need to check this one out. Do I wish I had the next book...of course, if it's anywhere near as good as this one it's going to be one hella' good read. Am I sorry I read this one only to be left sitting on the edge of a cliff...nope, not even a little bit...the view from here is very promising.

 

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An ARC of 'Warlock in Training' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2016-12-01 18:35
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling

I made it to the fifth Harry Potter book!

 

This is indeed my first time reading Order of the Phoenix, and I'll admit I remember next to nothing from the film... So this is finally like a new experience for me, and I won't be anticipating much, which will be great. I know a lot of people hate this movie, but I like the book so far. Harry finally has some realistic emotions, and I'm excited to see the effect Cedric's death has on Harry throughout the rest of the books. 

 

Harry is still at home for now, but it's been eventful! What is happening with Aunt Petunia?? 

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review 2016-07-05 20:02
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Review)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

When my friend Chris discovered I’d thrown in the towel on the Harry Potter books years ago, there was a whirlwind of disbelief. And, long story short, I went home for the summer with a copy of his book in my duffle bag and a promise to actually read the whole series, even if it was just to say that I had. So, here you go, Chris. I finished the first book! (Which you know happened a long time ago, but here’s the long overdue review.)

 

The thing is, I just didn’t enjoy the books that I did read. I tried when I was fourteen or fifteen, and the writing just didn’t do it for me. I love the movies to death, so it’s not the story or the characters that turned me away from the books; I’m just very particular about writing style. It’s always terrified me a little to go back to them—because Harry Potter is very dear to a lot of people, and, to be honest, I was slightly afraid that if I didn’t like it and wrote a less-than-glowing review, I might get bombarded. But I’m just going to hold my breath and hit the “post” button anyway and let the chips fall where they may. And while it wasn’t as bad as I remembered it, I’m still not totally sold—though I’m aware that it’s supposed to be a children’s story and (hopefully) Rowling’s writing matures in the later books.

 

The first book, for me, was okay. I wasn’t necessarily hooked, but it wasn’t bad either. I do think they’ll get better as I go, which I’m looking forward to, and I’m glad I finally went back to it, even if just to satisfy the completionist in me.

 

What I Liked: Spoilers!

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text 2015-12-12 07:29
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling

Okay... I've been at seventy pages for awhile...

 

BUT it's not really my fault! "Goblet of Fire" is by far my favorite Harry Potter film, and I'm stoked to get further into the novel. School is just kind of kicking my butt, and between maintaining my GPA and working almost twenty hours a week, I'm also supposed to be helping judge a middle grade fiction aware for Mormon authors, I'm one of the vice presidents of a club here on campus, and I'm in the school musical. To name only a few of my extracurriculars...

 

So I haven't had much time for Harry Potter recently--but Christmas break starts next week (even if it's only two weeks), and I have a loooong flight back to the mainland from this rainy little island. I can't exactly promise I won't binge read Lord of the Rings while I'm home, but I'll certainly make time for this!

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text 2015-12-12 07:24
Finished!
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling

Okay, I'll be honest, I finished this awhile ago.

 

When I first tried to read the Harry Potter books, this is the one that killed me. I never finished it. This time around, it definitely took me longer than the first two--part of that is college and the struggle to read for pleasure when I have so much reading for class; part of it is, while this is one of my favorite movies, it just wasn't a very interesting book for me. It's my least favorite in the series so far, and that kind of sucks, but although it's been a few months since I actually finished, we should all take a second to celebrate that I made it past my sticking point from years ago! Yay!

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