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Book 63: Enchanted

8 Mar

EnchantedEnchanted ( Woodcutter Sisters #1) by Alethea Kontis

I loved this book.  Which goes to show sometimes you can trust the internet.  I found this on buzzfeed, which suggested books based on tv shows that you like.  As Once Upon a Time is one of my favorites, I decided to try their suggestion.  The writing was easy to read along with, with a good flow that I didn’t even realize how caught up in the story I was.  I felt like Sunday’s family was very homey and good, but not unrealistic (save for the magic they have).  And as I too get along with my siblings, although I don’t have as many as she does, I appreciated the importance of their relationships.  I was pleased by how they tied in all the well known fairy tails, into this one family and story.  This had just the right amount of romance (which didn’t feel forced) unlike the past few books I’ve read, to compliment the story’s fairy tails.

Now to characters, and how much I liked them. Monday didn’t really wasn’t in it for long, but  she had one of the most poignant comebacks about how one night/meeting is not enough to base a marriage on. *snaps to you girl. you tell Rumbold  Next we have Tuesday, who died.  Wednesday, the most fey, she was cool, so I look forward to what she will do.   My favorite was Thursday, mostly because she seems to have premonitions and she’s a Pirate. Then Friday, the kind one.  Saturday the tomboyish one was interesting and the next book is about her, yay!

Quotes:

“If you did not indulge in fantasies, how else would you know if you were living an interesting life?”- Sadly I prefer to live in my fantasy worlds.

“The curse of an interesting life: there are either very good times or very bad times.” – But these are what make interesting stories.

“It can’t be ‘true’ love without truth,” -Preach

“Love, despair, anger, or insanity.” Erik counted them off on his fingers. “Everything to lose, nothing to lose, someone’s taken it, or you’ve lost it.”

“If you want anything to work, Sunday, you’re going to have to believe it.”-Preach Part 2

“She saw no harm in letting a handsome, powerful man adore her for a while.”- The dream sister

“Her sister?” Erik asked. “Weekday or weekend?”- When I read this I laughed out loud, and had to spend a few minutes explaining to my friends why I was acting crazy.

~E

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Book 62: The Paper Magician

4 Mar

the paper magicianThe Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1 ) by Charlie N. Holmberg

This has been on my to-read list since I don’t know.  Again, I loved the magic aspects of this book, the schooling, the bonding process, the creativity of using the magics but the romance bothered me.  Ceony falls in love with Emery.  Yes she did take a journey through his heart, seeing his hopes and dreams and doubts, but I don’t know it felt forced to me.   It was an obvious choice for the book to make, which I usually enjoy that’s the whole Romance Section of books that I read, but it didn’t fit, maybe it’s the teacher-student thing but I just felt weird about it.  Other than that the book was good.   Lots of action, magic, good pacing.  The magic was pretty cool, we hinted at the other types but the usage of paper and blood magic was sick.  The paper magic reminded me of one of my favorite animes Read Or Die, where the characters were paper manipulators.  And the blood magic, man was amazing, damn you Lira and your cool tricks.   Since it is a trilogy, I hope there is more cool magic to be explored.

Quotes:

“The ghostly images lasted only a moment longer before fading away, as all unread stories were wont to do.” I would totes get this temporarily tattooed on my persona.

P.S. I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but look at this beauty. Hot Damn.

~E

Book 59- 61 : A Different Witch, A Celtic Witch, A Lost Witch

24 Feb
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books 1-7

These were the three books I read during my vacation, but I’m going to talk about the whole series in this post.  I absolutely love magic and witches and all that jazz, so after skimming the summary I started to read, A Modern Witch.  While I enjoyed the magical properties of the book, it lacked the romance that I usually look for.  There was a focus more on the importance of family, the individuals related by blood and the ones not, and its relationships to the characters.  But while not my usual cup of tea, I did enjoy the explanation and uses of magic, the writing was excellent, so I thought, why not read the rest of the series.

a different witchA Different Witch (A Modern Witch # 5) by Deborah Geary

This book was meh to me.  I liked that Witch Central were forced to see that they could be the “bad guys” but nothing really stood out for me in this one.

Quote:

“Knowing where you’re headed is one thing.  Knowing how to get there is often the tricky part.” – Good quote for any situation.

“We would never do something like that unless it was a total emergency. ” – Hahah oh the logic of ten year old girls.

a celtic witchA Celtic Witch (A Modern Witch # 6) by Deborah Geary

This was one of my favorites of the series because of the Romance! Haha. I love grumpy old men, and when they find love it’s just so much better.

a lost witchA Lost Witch (A Modern Witch # 7) by Deborah Geary

The last in this series we go back to the old magics of pre-cog and how much it sucks.  We are introduced to Hannah, super powered pre-cog witch, who with one glance glimpses potential futures.  She is institutionalized and Witch Central does everything they can so that she can lead a life both as a witch and a woman.  But one of my favorite was Ginia. We have Moira acknowledging that Sophie is the best healer, but reveals that Ginia, little ten year old witch, will surpass her soon.  Ginia stating that she should be included with the adults, because she needs to be prepared in case she needs to use big magic to take care of little brother, Aevryn.  So I’m hoping we get some books on the next generation and how they will use their magic, and hopefully how they fall in love.

Quotes:

“Not all warriors used swords.”- Or there is more than one way to fight a battle.

~E

Book 57: The Iron Knight

16 Jul

theironknightThe Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4) by Julia Kagawa

 

I loved this not as much as I loved the Iron Queen, but more than the first two books. I get to hang out with Ash, one of my favorite broody boy characters. We leave off from Meghan kicking him out of her realm (in the name of love no less), and there he is, trying to find his way back to her. swoon* Of course he has to have his trusty best friend/arch nemesis, Puck, along for the ride. Lots of cute banter moments. Add in Grim, the cat, and the big bad Wolf and we’re almost complete. But there seems to be some romantic drama lacking so let’s bring Ariella back from the dead, oh you know the first girl Ash loved. She was good, I didn’t dislike her, even though I thouroughly ship Ash/Meghan. Now our gaming party is complete to seek a way for Ash to gain a soul and make his way to Meghan. My favorite scene had to be when Ash, and Meghan are by the pond. She just found out that Ash is back with Ariella, and OMG my heart was just breaking when she gives him up, again. I won’t lie, I teared up a little when she said, “What we had was a dream and it was beautiufl, but it was just a dream. It’s time for us to wake up.” And as heartbreaking as that line was my favorite line had to be, “I cam home.” Oh Ash. *sigh

Book 56: The Iron Queen

13 Jul

ironqueenjpgThe Iron Queen (The Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa

I loved loved loved it! There was not any unnecessary drama, and just the right amount of action. Meghan has her sweet brooding prince, (did he get even more cute and likable in this book, or was that just me?) Ash, and you know they’re not hiding it, and it’s all so adorable. Puck is able to shove his love triangle-y feelings aside, so they can be besties. Meghan definitely grew into herself, the “year” that she has been in Faeryland. She gets Ash to teach her how to fight, talks shop with the royals with her emerging the victor, and finally kicks some serious ass with her use of magic. My favorite scene would have to be when Meghan is laying at the base of the tree, and with her dying strength uses her Summer/Iron glamour tag team to heal the Iron Kingdom. It is just a very beautiful scene in my head.

~E

Book 54: The Naming

2 Jul

thenamingThe Naming (The Books of Pellinor #1 ) by Alison Croggon

Woo this book was a doozy, how much you can fit in 489 pages. I’m slightly put off about the overtones with the relationship between Maerad and Cadvan, but otherwise enjoyed the story. The story was rich with description, more rich than I’m used to, but still very nice. Maerad did not annoy me at all (unlike other girl-saviors in their stories) and she was suspicious, and questioning, exactly what I would shout at other characters! There was simply too much that went on, but my favorite scene is when they are ambushed at Broken Teeth, and bam wam slam, we get Hull slaying Maerad. 🙂

~E

Book 53: The Iron Daughter

29 Jun

irondaughterThe Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa

 

We start off in the Unseelie court and Meghan is miserable because Ash has seemingly abandoned her. She was very very annoying in the beginning, but I guess that’s heartbreak for you. And gosh, no wonder guys think girls are so flighty, kissing Ash one day then making out with Puck the next. But sad to say this story does not end well for the nice best friend type guy, and Meghan chooses the Ice Prince. But you know he did kind of give up his whole world for you, so it was not really a choice. On the plotier side of things. We found out where Meghan’s “dad” had been for the last 10 years. And maybe the best part of the whole book, Meghan is the yet unknown queen of the Iron Fey. I’m pretty sure she broke through her magic seal, so not only does she have her summer powers but she can also control the iron glamour. So exciting. Awww IRONHORSE! No!

 

~E

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