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review 2020-10-06 02:48
Jack Frost: The End Becomes the Beginning (The Guardians, #5) by William Joyce
Guardians Chapter Book #5 - William Joyce

I've been reading this series for a long time now. I began reading this series earlier this year with the intent to read each book back to back to get the full picture of what William Joyce wanted to tell the reader. I started well with my reading adventure, reading all the picture books and the first four books in the series in a timely manner. Then 2020 happened and slapped everyone in the face including myself. I'm not going to lie, guys. It's been hard. Extremely hard. With the pandemic, the civil injustices happening in my country, wildfires raging madly on the West coast, and personal issues happening throughout, I have not had the time nor the mental fortitude to dedicate to reading. My health (physical, mental, and emotional) has not been doing well either. I just feel like I've been all over the place as of late. With that being said, I am hoping things are settling enough that I can get back into reading. Still being mindful and aware we are not out of the woods yet (nor will we be any time soon), but also capable of treating myself right and enjoy a good book from time to time. I'm still mentally clogged with everything going on, but I want to try to get back into the hobbies I love and miss doing this year.

 

And with that, I bring to you my review of Jack Frost: The End Becomes the Beginning.

 

I really liked this book. It's not my favorite book in the series, but I did enjoy it for what it was. I don't intend to go into too many details with this review since it's the final book in the series but I did want to talk about a few things that won't spoil the plot.

 

It's a very good book. And the conclusion, though not really what I was hoping for, was not bad in any way. However, I had a few problems with it as I was reading it. The first thing that bugged me was the pacing. Joyce wrote this book after the movie came out and it shows. Which is a bit of a bummer for since his original story was magnificent. In this book he tried to tie in the movie and book universes too much and it did not blend well. It felt disjointed at times and forced. The pacing suffered because of this as well. The beginning was very slow. VERY SLOW. He kept rehashing certain scenes from the previous books and also diving deep into moments that took placed in the past and not during the actual story being told. A lot of the story was told in "flashback" moments which took the reader out of the current plot. It felt messy and rushed in some areas and it dragged in others.

 

The characters are still loveable and unique. But they definitely took a backseat in this book. Joyce focused more on action and "plot" but he completely forgot about what a lot of readers picked up these books for in the first place and that was to see these amazing characters interact in this whimsical world he created. When those parts appeared in this book, it was incredible just like it was in the precious books. But they were few and far between. Most of the scenes in this book was one battle after the other. That's it. I wanted to see more of the relationships between all of the characters,

 

I especially feel Pitch was left as an afterthought, almost. Yes, he's a lingering presence throughout the whole book, but he doesn't actually make an appearance until the end of the book, if you're not including the flashback portion. It was very underwhelming seeing what happens at the end. I was hoping for more interaction, more feeling. It was like (and I'm keeping it vague here on purpose) Jack does a thing, Emily Jane says thanks, and that's it! I wanted Jack and Pitch to have a full on conversation! To come to the realization that they are not so different after all. To say thanks or sorry or something! But we didn't get much of anything and it felt very hollow.

 

The ending... I'm not a huge fan of. It was an ending that would have meant something if we were introduced to certain elements beforehand. Not almost 250 pages into the book. It felt, like most of this books, rather empty and pointless.

 

That's not to say this book is bad. It's not. I did like it. I was just expecting to see more of the characters I fell in love with interacting with one another and understanding one another. Instead I got a bunch of action with no real substance.

 

If you've read the other books in this series, I do recommend you read this one. It's good to see the conclusion to this amazing series. Just don't expect too much going in and you may enjoy this a lot more.

 

I'm glad that despite everything that's been happening in the world, I was still able to finish this series that I have been meaning to read for quite some time now. I don't know what I'll be reading next but I hope that I will continue to read regardless.

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review 2020-06-26 03:09
Last Firehawk Book #8 - The Silver Swamp
The Silver Swamp - Katrina Charman

Audience: Early Elementary (1st-3rd)

Format: Ebook/Library Copy

 

Tag and Skyla stood in a dusty clearing and examined the magical map.

- first sentence

This is a cute story, with animal main characters who are on a quest. This is the first book of the series I read, but the kids at school love it. There is an introduction at the beginning of the book to remind kids what the characters are currently facing (the story continues from book to book).  The Branches books are a gentle bridge into chapter books for early readers. They still have pictures, but the stories are more complex and interesting. A great series for kids who like magical animals and adventure.

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review 2020-04-24 09:52
Faith
The First Date - Zara Stoneley

Rosie had broken up in the past year with her long time boyfriend.  Then she found out he had moved on.  A new relationship, a new location, and it all made her feel as if she could not move on.  So she gets herself out there.

 

Noah meets Rosie when she is stood up by her date.  The no show provides the opportunity he needs to talk to such a beautiful woman.  He is instantly attracted to her.  She lets him know how not interested she is right away.  Then they can be friends and he can help her.  Unless he is the best date she has ever had?

 

This was a new author for me.  I was happily surprised when the story turned out to be so sweet with a some serious sexy thrown in.  The characters were obviously meant to be.  Together they are both happier about life.  I found myself not wanting to put the book down.  I could not wait to get to the end.  Then I was sad I was at the end.  Maybe we will get lucky and we see these cuties in later books?  I enjoyed this one and hope to read more by this author.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given to me by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

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review 2020-02-07 12:43
The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman
The Secret Chapter - Genevieve Cogman

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This book was fantastic! I remember reading the first book in this series, The Invisible Library, right around its publication date and knew that this was going to be a very special series. I have looked forward to each installment and have yet to be disappointed. One of the things that I love about the series is that the possibilities are endless. This book was my favorite in the series to date.

You would think that Irene and Kai would get a bit of a break after all of their work to secure a very important treaty but the fun never seems to stop for this pair. After a quick assassination attempt, they must face Irene's parents which proved to be an eye-opening situation. Before long, Irene is summoned to the Library and given the task to secure a very special book. Irene and Kai dealings with Mr. Nemo prove to be more difficult than expected and they find themselves being put on a team to pull off a very big heist. 

This was a very exciting book. The action started in the few pages and really never let up. Just getting to Mr. Nemo was an adventure but the fun really got started once they made it to his island. It was really interesting to see Irene and Kai work within a group. Irene has a take-charge attitude which doesn't always work with the group. The task that they have seems almost impossible and they have to do it with a group that they don't completely trust. I had no idea how they were going to make it work and I love that the story kept me guessing.

The characters in this book were very well done. I have grown to love Irene and Kai over the course of this series and I liked them even a little more by the end of this book. I was a little sad that Detective Vale only made a quick appearance but there were so many new and interesting characters introduced in this book that I didn't miss him as much as I would have thought. The crew that Irene and Kai must work with were all really unique individuals. I wasn't sure who could really be trusted but there were a couple of individuals that really proved themselves in the end. 

I would highly recommend this book to others. This is the sixth book in The Invisible Library series which is a series that really should be read in order. I loved the excitement of this story and thought that the task was incredibly unique. Once I started reading this book I did not want to put it down. I cannot wait to read more of this wonderful series!

I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.

Initial Thoughts
I loved this book! This is my favorite book in the series so far which says a lot since I have really enjoyed all of them. This is a series that is best when read in order if at all possible. This story kept me guessing and I could have never guessed some of the things that happened. Irene and Kai were amazing as always and it was great to see them in a new setting with a new group of individuals. The task was both difficult and dangerous but it was also very exciting. I can't wait to read more of this amazing series!

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text 2020-01-26 16:20
Bankruptcy Lawyers near me in Houston, Texas

So, you are under huge financial debts. Behind on car loan, student loan and mortgage payments & already drained up all the credit cards. While under this huge trouble you got a shock by receiving a termination letter from your employer without any prior notice.

 

After a few days you started getting calls, emails, letters, messages from the debtors which ten folds the existing stress. Now all you want is to get the hell out of this daily torture. 

 

Luckily, you have an option of filing bankruptcy to get a new life without losing most of your necessary assets like home, car etc. All you need is to choose a right bankruptcy lawyer who is capable of getting you out of this terrible situation. 

 

Top points to check while choosing Attorneys Bankruptcy in Houston.

 

Most of the Attorneys offer free consultations, so make sure you use this offer wisely. Few important questions you need to ask during this free consultation meetings to evaluate the bankruptcy lawyer. 

 

Is Bankruptcy specialization?

Filing a bankruptcy petition is complicated. So you should avoid amateure lawyers who have little or no knowledge in bankruptcy laws. It is important that you should hire an attorney who understands every aspect of the law and how he can use it to protect you.  

 

Ask what you should file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13?

Not everyone eligible to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. So the lawyer has to decide whether he needs to file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

 

How many cases has the lawyer filed?

It’s recommended to hire a lawyer or law firm who files 30 to 40 cases a year.

 

Is the lawyer going to handle your case?

Make sure your case is not handled by a paralegal. The lawyer has to be your primary contact and he should work with you from the beginning. As there is so much on stake so the lawyer should know the ins & outs of your situation.    

 

What is the lawyer’s payment structure?

 

Many lawyers have their own fee structure but some may ask to pay full amount before filing the petition. 

 

What services they offer for the fees they charge?

Basically the attorney fees covers

  • Helping you in the Means Test to determine whether you should apply for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.
  • Handling all the documentation 
  • Representing you in the creditors hearing
  • Suggesting you the expectations and difficulties during the process

 

If you are in the  Lake Houston, Greater & Central Houston, and all Houston Texas metro areas and looking for lawyers to file Chapter 7 near me (you) then contact the Law Office of O.Miller White for the trustworthiness and affordable service. To know more about them please visit today thehoustonbankruptcylawyer.com  or call at (281) 257-2477 for free official consultation.

 

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