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Review: Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 4

9361864 Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 4 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves–the Library Forces!

Iku and Commander Inamine are abducted by Bakushu-kai terrorists, who demand sensitive material from the library’s protected collection in return for the hostages! Dojo is worried about Iku, his problem student with limited field experience. But what Iku lacks in training she more than makes up for in gumption, and she is not going to let library material go without a fight!

I’m glad I had this one on hand after that cliffhanger, but then again, maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much. While I still loved the main characters in this one, I didn’t love the story overall.

The first half finishes the arc started in vol. 3. We have the abduction and hostage situation to resolve, then we get to meet the parents in the second part. While I know that some people are that was, I find Iku’s parents to be…difficult at best. While this one did have loads of funny bits, I enjoyed the bonus at the end more that the actual story in this one.

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Review: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

31572149 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess by Akira Himekawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.

Loved it! I have been a Zelda fan…almost forever! I started playing video games at 3, and Zelda:Majora’s Mask is still one of my favorite games, and the story and lore with every game is amazing! So when I seen this at the library, I had to grab it! While I already know the basic story from the game, it was fun to see it in a different format, and to revisit Link and his friends, and to see more detail in the story line. Well written, and fun fact, I just realized after reading this what Akira is a woman! I always assumed that it was a man, but I’m thrilled to see women writing epic fantasy heroes and if it were possible to love Zelda any more, I’m there!

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Review: Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 02

13574 Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 02 by CLAMP
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A WORLD OF MODERN MECHA AND MAGIC

Syaoran, Fai, Kurogane, and Mokona venture to the Hanshin Republic to find one of the missing pieces of Sakura’s memory, transformed into magically powerful feathers. There, Syaoran meets his “Kudan”: a fierce wolf-spirit whose fiery power mirrors Syaoran’s personal strength. But with foes like a pop idol who sings words of pain, Syaoran’s hunt for feathers is no child’s game! And even if he finds the feathers, will Sakura ever wake up from her magical sleep? And since Syaoran bargained away their relationship in a pact with a witch, can their love ever return to the way it was?

I enjoyed this one, but not as much as I enjoyed the first. I think a lot of that had to do with Primera, and the fact, that from the time she was introduced, I couldn’t stand her. Otherwise I really liked reading more about the main characters on their quest, and about the characters of the world there were visiting. I loved the Kuran and Shogo was a fun characters to meet, but the story line wasn’t as attention grabbing for me, and the fight with Primera was more ridiculous than funny. I did like the surprise with the feather though!

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Blog Tour: The Eldritch Heart by Matthew S. Cox




The Eldritch Heart
Matthew S. Cox
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Princess Oona Talomir enjoys the little things that come with her station: a handmaiden, her lavish bedchamber, and scores of fancy dresses―the duty to win a decades’ long war, not so much.
Oh, did I mention assassins?
Seers foretold the conflict would end by her hand. From the moment she drew her first breath, the neighboring kingdom has been trying to kill her so she could not grow powerful enough to destroy them. The king, fearing for his daughter’s life, has kept her confined to the castle grounds for most of her sixteen years. With the tide of war turning against them, the burden of her crown becomes too much to bear, yet one thing lifts her spirits amid the gloom.
Her servant girl, Kitlyn.
Alas, in a kingdom obsessed with the god of purity, she is terrified to confess her forbidden love. When her father makes a demand she cannot abide―marry a prince to forge a military alliance―Oona panics. He is handsome and honorable, but he’s not Kitlyn. Unable to admit why she cannot obey, Oona does the only thing she can think of, and runs away.
Alone and unprepared in the wilderness, she prays the gods will let Kitlyn find her—before the assassins do.

I’ve heard about this book lately, and wanted to read it. I first saw it on NetGalley, so when I got the chance to join the blog to I couldn’t pass it up! While it’s not my favorite, it was a fun read, and a good story. The characters were fun and well written, and the world building was great! 


Author Bio:
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.


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Waiting on Wednesday #2

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

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Tiger (The Five Ancestors #1) by Jeff Stone 
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ARC: Beast Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

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The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2) byJonathan Stroud

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ARC: Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1) byScott Reintgen
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ARC: The Massacre of Mankind: Authorised Sequel to The War of the Worlds (The War of the Worlds #2)
byStephen Baxter
 
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Reincarnation Blues byMichael Poore

 
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Review: Molly Spungle:The Secret of Red Stone

34206298 Molly Spungle:The Secret of Red Stone by Jessie L. Best
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Molly, a young Spungle fairy, finds herself in deep trouble, wandering lost and alone through a strange forest. Her idyllic life shattered, Molly is in grave danger from an evil sorcerer who will stop at nothing to possess her magic. With wings so damaged she cannot fly, escape becomes even more impossible. Her magic fading fast, the young fairy wonders if the mysterious red dragon she meets can help her out of her predicament. What will it take to free him from his imprisonment by the mystical red stone?

*I received a copy from the author for my honest review*

Another exciting story from this author! I really enjoyed reading about Molly’s story! The setting was interesting, and characters well written, and the plot was full of surprises! While I fully expected some of the twists in this book, others pleasantly surprised me!

Book Blast: Revenge Fires Back

Revenge Fires Back Tour

Revengefiresback5He tries to control his anger,but it gets the best of him.
He makes poor decisions,and quickly discovers
REVENGE FIRES BACK
Brady Clark’s family chooses horrible timing for their first camping trip – a night when a fierce storm leaves them stranded in the woods. Circumstances that leave him running around in the forest wearing, well, let’s just say less than appropriate attire cause him to unleash his anger by physically assaulting his father.
Not yet ready to face the discipline he has coming, Brady makes false allegations against both of his parents. That one foolish move throws the Clarks into a world they know very little about. A world that could possibly prevent them from ever dwelling together again as a family unit.
Can God use these trials to wake this family up to His purpose?

 

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About the Author:  
Christian novelist JR Thompson, and his wife Hannah, are residents of Montana. He
writes fiction and maintains a blog on his website. None of Thompson’s writings
contain any foul language.

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Cover Reveal: The West Woods by Suzy Vadori

The West Woods
by Suzy Vadori
Genre: YA
Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Evil Alter Ego Press
Summary:
Magic, sacrifice and the quest for freedom.
Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school’s fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.

As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for. If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same.


The West Woods is a prequel to The Fountain (click on images for Goodreads link):

About the Author
Suzy Vadori is an Operations executive by day, Writer by night. The Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved member of the Calgary Writers’ community, service as Program Manager for Young Adult at When Words Collide (a Calgary festival for readers and Writers) since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three kids.
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Release Blitz: Salt by Pauline Creeden

Title: Salt – a mermaid tale
Author: Pauline Creeden
Genre: YA Fantasy/Myth
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR

Blurb:
Her kind treats her as less-than-human, but she’s always been so much more.

Mermaid life has never been easy for Verona. Her scars give evidence of her abuse. When her day of reckoning arrives, she is determined to endure exile. According to her father’s experience, exile is better than becoming a land-walker and risking her life among the humans.
However, when she saves the life of a drowning human boy, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events which force her to choose a path: stay with the humans she has become attached to or return home to a life of scorn. A savage hunter draws closer, threatening even the humans. Her only hope is to keep everyone safe until the next full moon, but those around her devise their own plans.
In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.


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Website: http://paulinecreeden.com
FB: http://facebook.com/PaulineCreeden
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Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2vcVtkR

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