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review 2015-01-10 18:41
Review for The Witch and The Englishman
The Witch and the Englishman (The Witches Trilogy: Book 2) - J.R. Rain

The Witch and the Englishman is the second book in the series. Allison is both a witch and a psychic, she has a coach who is also a witch but a ghost and a good friend who is a vampire. In this story Allison has met a man, the Englishman, in deep trouble and she finds herself in the midst of a murder mystery.

 

This book was meh at best. There was no real character development and the mystery really did not require any skills to solve it. Just have a chat with Mother Earth, meditate and Allison is all set. The over use of the word “child” was annoying, why she loves Beverly Hills was not interesting, and generally speaking it was just not that interesting. I kept thinking it would get better sadly it did not and me and this series are done.

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review 2014-11-03 16:04
Review for Menage A Magick
Menage a Magick - Lora Leigh

Menage A Magick is the first book in Lora Leigh’s Wizards series. 

 

The world of magick is in trouble, non magik people are getting stronger and defeating sorceresses meanwhile the wizards are still strong but lonely and incomplete. The problem is a millennium  ago the Sorceresses decided to part from the Wizards and in doing so they have weakened their powers. Now the Wizard Twins Lasan and Drago have discovered their consort Princess Brianna and one would think yay world saved but alas no Brianna has some deep rooted fears.

 

As you can probably tell this book is plot light which is kind of a shame because it is actually interesting. Anyway the book is a quick read and I really enjoyed it but I hate the heroine Brianna is a pain in the ass. For 90% of the book is whines and cries and complains about injustice and not being able to make choices. She is even taking tips from a crazy lady, everyone knows the crazy lady is crazy and yet Princes Brianna likes to head her crazy words. She is in fact why the book is only 2 ½ stars instead of like 4.

Anyways not a bad book, the world is interesting and I wish it was a little longer to draw out the characters.

 

Oh and I took off another star for the price, $8 bucks come on, thank goodness for lending books or I would have missed this one

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review 2014-03-03 01:18
Amazing! Review for the Undead Pool
The Undead Pool - Kim Harrison

There are not many series books that just keep getting better but Rachel Morgan (or the Hallows) certainly does. This is one of my favorite series and the latest installment The Undead Pool did not disappoint in any way.

 

Rachel has been guarding Trent for the past three months on a daily basis and all those emotions they thought they could avoid, well it is not going away and it is time to make a decision. That decision though has to wait at the city seems to be experiencing a series of misfired charms and master vampires in a deep sleep.

 

One of the things I have always loved about the series is Rachel sometimes she is such a mess you want to throttle her and other times you just want to hug her. While Rachel has grown up she has not totally changed and it was cool to see how others support her and watching her deal with that.

 

This book is definitely racing towards the last book, some things are working out great like with David and his pack but others left me sad like Rachel and Al. Then there are bigger questions like recognizing the garden is no longer overflowing with Pixies and choices are being made that have significant repercussions.

 

If you are a fan of this series you need to read this book and if you have not read it well what are you waiting for?

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review 2014-02-18 18:14
Review for The Broken Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy) - N. K. Jemisin

When I first picked this book up I thought it was going to be a continuation of Yeine’s story. It was not so I put it down, mostly because I was annoyed, I mean who is this Oree and how dare she take over the story line? Well I can hold a gruge because it has taken me almost three years to read this and you know the only one who was missing out was me.

 

For the summary, The Broken Kingdoms takes place about 10 years after the events in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. As you can guess we switch narrators to a blind artist named Oree. Oree is blind to everything but magic which kind of explains why she has relationships with godlings (children of the Three gods). For the most part life is somewhat normal but when she takes in a homeless man who is mute but glows in the morning with magic life then a short time later Oree comes across a murdered godling and from then on things to start to get ugly. Everyone wants answers and the gods/godlings want justice unfortunately for Oree she is caught up in the middle.

 

While this book offers cameo’s of characters (Yeine, Naha, T'vril, Hado and Sieh)  from the first book I think it can stand completely on its own, however reading The Hundred Thousand Kindgoms makes this book much more enjoyable. What I loved the most about this book was the characters. Our narrator is a blind woman who sees in magic and as a first person narration this could have been troublesome but it read rather effortlessly and it is refreshing for example “Rising from the dead? Glowing at sunrise? What did that make him, the god of cheerful mornings and macabre surprises?”. In our last book Itempas was our villain – one who I was not prepared to like at all, but through Oree we get a different understanding and it made me sympathetic. Almost like there is a grand plan and no matter how painful our cast of characters all must play a role in it.

 

Before I start telling spoilers let me move on. This story is much more of an emotional roller coaster than its predecessor. At times I was excited and laughing other times I was horrified and heartbroken.  The overall tone is quite dark as the gods and godlings are all still angry and hurt,  for them nothing has changed yet the reality is everything has changed except their bitterness which for me made the storyline believable. It was also interesting to watch Oree bring about change with her having very little inclination that she was doing just that

 

Like the first book the ending was just as bittersweet. There were a few issues that bothered me mainly the pairing at the end. It did not feel right for either of them. Anyway I guess this means the book is not perfect but it is rather wonderful. I cannot wait to read the last part of the trilogy. 

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