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The Forgotten Ones

The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy, #1)The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was surprised how much I enjoyed Laura Howard’s The Forgotten Ones, mainly because I am not a big faerie fan. Regardless of that personal tic, the book was a fairly quick and honestly entertaining read.

For the most part of this book, the romance takes a back seat, which is something I thoroughly appreciate. It was good to see the developing relationship between Allison and Ethan, and the romance did not outshine the rest of the plot, as many books nowadays do.
Character-wise, Howard did a marvelous job introducing all the protagonists, but there was room further on to develop them more.

I enjoyed the paranormal story portrayed in Howard’s The Forgotten Ones, but also found myself desiring more in-depth assessments at certain points. Overall, this is an interesting book and looking forward to the rest of the series, albeit in need of some refining and additional character development. Fans of paranormal fantasy will enjoy this one.

A copy of the book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.


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Faelorehn

Faelorehn (The Otherworld Trilogy, #1)Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Faelorehn by Jenna Johnson takes most of its plot and inspiration from Celtic Mythology. The Celtic myths were very interesting to learn about and as I started reading the novel, I forgot I was reading a book but rather living it. I was drawn into the tale and was at no time shaken back into reality by an ineptness of carrying the story out. Far from being dull, Johnson is able to spin a tale that is to be found thrilling and charming.

The characters in Faelorehn were very well done. Meghan was a very likable character and that made it easy to relate to her. Predominantly, she was a strong character, though what I didn’t like so much about Meghan was how stubborn she was at times. There were moments when I felt like pinching my nose in frustration due to her stubbornness.
Enter Cade, Meghan’s lovely other half, so to speak. He’s what readers typically expect from a male love interest, a tall, dark, and mysterious older man who shows up out of the blue and delivers you a plate with all your wishes come true. Though in the end, Cade was a little harder to figure out than first thought, becoming quite a complex character.

All-in-all, Faelorehn was a marvelous book that was a pleasure to be able to read. I recommend this book to lovers of fantasy and those who have a soft spot for stories about faeries and mythical creatures. If you are one who enjoys mythology and folklore then this is undeniably a book to get your hands on. Readers of YA or Urban Fantasy overall shall enjoy this book as well.

An Advanced Readers Copy was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.


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Hearts of Chaos by Kira Brady

Hearts of Chaos (Deadglass, #3)Hearts of Chaos by Kira Brady
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great read! Hearts of Chaos by Kira Brady, the third installment in her debut series, is a novel which lives up to its’ name. The beginning was a tad dawdling, nevertheless it ultimately picked up to a thrilling pace. I loved all the different mythologies this book included, as well as throughout the series as a whole.

Fixed in an alternate Seattle to the one we all know, striding into Brady’s Seattle felt gritty and dark, but also innovative and different at the same time. Chaos, action and romance all ensued throughout the world Brady constructed.

The characters in the novel, whether they are Lucia, Corbette, or Kai, are all fantastically created and spread out. They are all thrust into the dark chaos that surrounds their world and ultimately end up battling themselves, each other, and their circumstances.

Hearts of Chaos is an appealing novel from start to finish. With this book, it brings about the conclusion, though with the way things ended there may always be more to come, to Kira Brady’s debut novel series and she has done a smashing job with world building. Hearts of Chaos institutes itself on countless levels as a paranormal romance and much, much more.

An Advanced Readers Copy of the book was provided by the published in return for an honest review.

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Talented by Sophie Davis

Talented (Talented Saga, #1)Talented by Sophie Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The premise of Talented by Sophie Davis was attention-grabbing to say the least. It is a dystopian tale with paranormal aspects, such as Talia’s and her coworkers’ talents. Will begin by saying that I think the genuine young adult audience will love Davis’ book. There’s thrilling action, romance, and innovative world building.

Talented begins with a truly fascinating turn on how main protagonist Talia and all the other people become talented in this series. I valued that these talented individuals were not immediately accepted by society for their talents, for there is an honesty that runs true with this way of thinking.

This story gets very intense at times which I really like. I love suspense and love to be hanging on the edge wondering what is going to happen next. There are occasions, however, when there is relatively a bit of back story discussed during the first half of the book. Although enormous portions of back story at the beginning of a novel or series may possibly be tedious, Davis fares to keep readers on track with her exciting writing style.

The majority of the second half of the book was utterly exhilarating. The novel’s climax was truly sensational, and it kept me zealously reading to find out what would happen next, but that was regrettably only the latter half of Talented. The novel ends on a decent cliffhanger, motivating readers to grab the next part in Davis’ series.

An Advanced Readers Copy was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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Dead Silent

Dead Silent (Poppy Sinclair, #2)Dead Silent by Sharon Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How to describe the heroine in Sharon Jones’ latest crime series? Completely revamp the classic Nancy Drew, update her persona to a cool, keen and savvy young woman, and you get Poppy Sinclair. The novel is a fantastic YA read sure to gratify many adult mystery lovers as well. Dead Silent by Sharon Jones is the second novel in the Poppy Sinclair crime series, following Dead Justice.

The mystery aspect of Dead Silent is well-played, well-written and enthralling. It allows for the reader to follow along with the drama unfolding and stay no more than a step behind or a step ahead of Poppy as she probes further into a gradually intricate mystery.

In the character of Poppy Sinclair, Jones has truly produced an exceptionally fun-to-read heroine. Poppy, is the type of person that you would not mind sitting down for a relaxing chat with a nice cuppa. She is not a natural-born genius or your standard damsel in distress, but rather so, just a normal girl—that has a tad worrisome partiality for stumbling upon dead bodies, quite often, and just enough willfulness to keep her poking her nose into things that she ought perhaps leave alone.
Jones also has a very writing style to make sure that none of her other characters that tend to orbit Poppy’s world become shrouded in the shadowy background of the novel. She does an excellent job at creating a balance between the main and minor characters.

The only stipulation to the novel and characters that I had was that it was quite difficult for me to truly care about the victims of the murderer. Not because they are unpleasant overall, but rather that it was rather difficult in the end to keep them straight. They sort of all tended to cloud together rather than leave a lasting impression to create a real drive for justice.

Overall, the story of Poppy in Jones’ Dead Silent is a pleasant read and a suitable continuance from the series’ first installment.

An Advanced Readers Copy of the book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.


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Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy, #1)Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Open Minds is the first in a trio of urban sci-fi books by Susan Kaye Quinn.
I truly adored this book. The plot was full of action and kept moving at a well-enough speed. Dystopian novels are always one my favourites and Open Minds did not disappoint me. It is intriguing to see how the characters in the society deal with the principles of their talents. Every aspect of the world in Open Minds seems well thought out and I love this kind of attention to detail.

Kira is a fantastic main protagonist. While she is teased at times about being the same as everyone else around her, Kira keeps it all together and does not let it get to her most of the time.
Whilst in the school setting, however, I found Kira to be quite grating at times in respects to her personality but that quickly vanished as soon as Kira got out of the school in the second half. The latter half of the novel was undoubtedly the best; the pace and excitement picked up and readers truly become invested in the plot.

Open Minds was a finely written, quick read, with great plotlines that were exciting to follow. Overall, I think the portrayal of the world was the best part. I think this novel is a worthy choice for readers who are looking for a YA novel filled with action and focuses less on brooding and tortured relationships. I’m looking forward to picking up the next books in the series.

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TSUBASA: RESERVOIR CHRONICLE 1-28 + Character Guides 1-2 Manga Complete Series

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Selling TSUBASA: RESERVOIR CHRONICLE 1-28 + Character Guides 1-2. 
**Might throw in some Tsubasa merchandise with the purchase.**

In English
Author: CLAMP
Published by Del Ray

Volumes 1-10 have been read once and put away. 
Volumes 11-28 are brand new. 
Character Guide 1 is brand new but is missing the add-in poster. 
Character Guide 2 is brand new and all add-in material is included.

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Prince of Tennis Volumes 1-38 Manga Lot Set For Sale

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Selling Prince of Tennis Volumes 1 through 38. 

In English
Author: Takeshi Konomi
Published by Viz

Volumes 1-4 have been gently read once, then put away.

Volumes 5-38 are brand new and have never been read before, simply placed right away on shelf.
All are in new, Vol 5-38, or like-new used once, Vol 1-4, condition, with possibility of minor shelf-wear on some volumes.

Shelf-wear is no more than that which one would find at a local bookstore.


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