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review 2017-07-17 16:30
The Necromancer's House by Christopher Buehlman, narrated by Todd Haberkorn
The Necromancer's House - Christopher Buehlman,Todd Haberkorn

 

This book is totally INSANE!!

 

I thought Between Two Fires was crazy, but The Necromancer's House has that one beat. By a mile!

 

Magic is inherent but also can be taught. There are all kinds of spells that may be weaved. There are all kinds of creatures of myth and folklore. There's a meteor! There's a crazy-ass dog... creation. There is the dead founder of AA having conversations through the television. There's a house, filled with many booby traps and spells, and what dark fiction reader doesn't love that? There's also much, much more.

 

I can't even begin to explain this book, nor would I want to try. But what I can say is that I love and respect an imagination that can come up with something this maniacal and satisfying! It was entertaining, but also had parts where the pain was visceral. The characters were well drawn even if many of them were just downright nasty. I have to admit that a few of the characters that I disliked at first became my favorites by the end. I love when that happens.

 

I started with Those Across the River , then read Between Two Fires, and now this one. I'm not sure which of Christopher Buehlman's books I'll read next, but I am definitely going to be reading all of them!

 

I highly recommend this one to lovers of dark fiction, with some magic and myths woven into the narrative fabric. I guarantee you haven't read anything like it! 

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review 2017-07-05 10:02
Castle of Wizardry - David Eddings

I'm sure some of the enjoyment of this series is coloured by it having been a book I read and re-read during my teens.  I had issues during the time with the depiction of women then and I still have it to some extent and with the implicit racism (not all Alorns!)  Now I do get that having a guiding god moulding people in their image could make people tend to tendencies but dammit variety is good, and it brings up huge free will issues.

 

Garion discovers truths and goes on a quest to kill Torak. Ce'Nedra discovers what her future holds and people gear themselves up for the epic battle that will happen.

 

Yes I enjoyed it overall but the characters are sketchy and I still love Silk. I think he was responsible for the years of playing thieves in role playing games.  These days I mostly play clerics by the way.

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review 2017-06-25 03:48
CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS BY: MARTINA MCATEE
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things - Martina McAtee

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best friends

 

 

This book was AMAZING! I rarely give a first book in a series 5 stars, but if I could give this book a million stars I would!

 

 

all the stars

 

 

The world building was TOP NOTCH. I kept telling my friend this was Ilona Andrews level world building. For those that don't know, that is like the be all end all of world building, in my book at least. It was so vast I kept thinking I could stay in this world forever. I can see where there would be no shortage of stories to be told in this world that McAtee has created. There was a supernatural POWERHOUSE in this book, with plenty of beings that are familiar, shifters, witches, demons, necromancers etc. and some new and fascinating beings I haven't read about before! I enjoyed the fact that Ember was new to this supernatural world too so you got to learn everything about this new mesmerizing place and all its colorful inhabitants side by side with her.

 

 

 

The characters were so diverse and plentiful. There were a lot of people in this story, and there wasn't one that didn't have me completely engrossed in their life. I could not get enough of them! We get a few different POVs in this story, and they are perfectly executed. I am so particular about multiple POVs. If they aren't clearly recognized each time, rather by each voice being distinguishable and unique enough to stand on their own obviously, or by marking it at the chapter changes, I tend to be disappointed. I had no problem with that here. I was honestly kind of blown away how seamlessly the shift was made each time, and even more impressively, how loveable each person was! I was always happy to spend time seeing things through any of their eyes and that is no easy task!

 

 

I love YOU!

 

 

It also needs to be said that this cover is stunning as well! I really can't even do this book enough justice with a review. I loved everything about it, plain and simple. And if any of this sounds even remotely like something you may enjoy, pick this book up because I have a feeling you are going to fall in love with it too.

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text 2017-01-12 12:32
SpotLight for Book Tour I am Involved in. Review to come.
Wizardry Goes Wild - Sunayna Prasad Wizardry Goes Wild - Sunayna Prasad
 
Middle Grade Fantasy
Date Published: February 20th, 2016
Publisher: Trafford
 
After months of living a normal life, thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy faces magic again. Only this time, though, she is cursed with it, thanks to an old depressed skeleton named Errol. Alyssa's time with her godfather, Alex, will never be the same again, as she can perform sorcery, but never control it. From letting out enchantments at school to creating outdoor disasters, Alyssa is bound to face consequences. She can only get rid of her powers if she can boost her confidence levels and improve her bravery. But it's not as easy as it sounds. She must measure those abilities with a special device called a skillometer. Will she be able to get rid of her unwanted wizardry?
 
 
My Review: Still To Come.
 
Sunayna Prasad is a college student studying art. In her free time, she likes to write fiction. She is also the author of From Frights to Flaws, which is the first installment of the series, Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions. Sunayna lives in New York with her family
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review 2016-07-10 19:47
High Wizardry (Young Wizards #3) (New Millennium Edition)
High Wizardry - Diane Duane

This series continues to be nothing like what I expected. Yes, the protagonists are kids, and Dairine especially acts like a self-centered brat for much of this book. But damn, this series zigs where others would zag, and it goes at Warp 10 where others are barely making it out of the stratosphere. It's not afraid to tackle issues like death or hate, as well as self-doubt, bullying, and adolescence. The parental figures and authority figures are good people who the kids can trust and go to in times of need for guidance, not to be told what to do. And the kids learn important life lessons, like how not to strangle your little sister, or how to tell a boy you kind of like him like that, alongside the fantastical and sci-fi elements of magic and traveling the galaxy and going up against your own personal Vader, kind of. 

 

This book, even more than the previous two, shows that there are no limits to this world. Mars? Pah! Why stop at Mars when you can go to other side of the Unseen Universe? Who has time to worry about bra sizes when the ultimate evil is going after your little sister? This series is amazing and absurd and just a fun time all around, even when it's creeping the bejesus out of me. 

 

I am a little disappointed that

we still haven't met Kit's family. We were given the perfect opportunity for that in this book but it didn't happen. What gives? I'm really hoping this doesn't become a thing throughout the whole series and at some point we do get this, because Kit deserves as much attention as Nita and Dairine and their family get. Not that Kit is ignored, not by a long shot, but we've gotten to know the Callahans pretty well at this point. I want to get to know the Rodriguezes too.

(spoiler show)

 

Highly recommend!

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