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So I said a few posts ago that I was going to start re-posting a few of the reviews some book blogger friends of mine do. Well it’s time to start! MissLittleBookAddicts House of Books just welcomed our mutual friend DynoMoon to her blog so here is her inaugural review! Click here for link to original post
I have some awesome news to report to you. Now I have been thinking about expanding the blog(adding on another reviewer) to help me out. Since I rarely review YA I figured my friend would be a perfect fit to join the House Of Books for she is addicted to YA books, Also I know some of you do read YA and figured you guys need your own corner on the blog. So I have enlisted a good friend of mine(who’s real identity shall remain anonymous) But you all can call her DynoMoon. Come out and say Hello to our fellow Book Addict’s Dyno
Hi everyone! ***waves like a crazy girl***
I’m so excited to join my friend MissLittleBookAddict on her blog! Now don’t let her niceness fool you, I totally bugged her to let me join–mostly because I want her access to ARC’s of some of my FAV YA series! The first one she go me is the final book in Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series.
Now this review is just for the 6th and final book, I will be back soon with a review of the whole series.
I wanted to start this by saying how much I love this series. Ever since I picked up the first book ‘Touch of Frost’- when it first came out- I have loved all the crazy, action, drama filled goodness that is the Mythos Academy. Since then I have been addicted and eagerly jonzing for the next book to come out. I nearly fainted when MissLittleBookAddict told me she had got an ARC copy! Thank you!
Following her rating system I give this sixth and final installment of the series 4.5 stars out of 5. Here’s my breakdown:
Characters: Loved! As always, but I feel like I saw the growth I wanted in Gwen and Logan- our heroine and hero- but we didn’t get to see much in the way of the other characters who I love just as much. I just wanted more from them.
Action: as evident in this series and J. Estep’s other books, action scenes are a specialty of hers, and she doesn’t disappoint! I love reading the battle scenes and fight scenarios because they’re always different.
Pacing: Next to my desire to want more from the other characters this was the element that kept me from giving this a perfect review. Why you ask, simple, I felt there were several parts where we didn’t really get anything that helped move the story along, or add anything to the drama/conflict of the story. Some of Gwen’s internal debates and monologues were just too long for me, I got bored (insert loud Sherlock “bored” shouts here-though minus the gun) and glanced over those parts.
3 Absolute favorite parts: The theft scene! GENIUS! I loved it so much. Also seeing the seeing the griffins again and most of all, Gwen and Logan-or Gypsy Girl and Spartan as they commonly refer to each other.
Over all this book didn’t disappoint-well almost…. I am disappointed that there’s not going to be any more Gypsy Gewnness. I will miss this series a lot but, that said, guess I’ll just have to go back and re-read all the books over again. And again. And again.
I have yet to meet a J. Estep book I didn’t like, but the Mythos Academy is by far my favorite!
Well there you have it! Till next time lovelies!
<3 always LH
So a few weekends ago I was able to sneak away from work and go to the Baltimore Book Festival! It was amazing and I had a blast and learned a bunch of great new things and got some great advice. But here were the two highlights for me!
#1 I got to meet one of my hero authors Meg Cabot!!!! *insert fan girl squeal* For those who don’t know the multiple time best selling author she has written many great YA and Adult books, several of which were turned into movies! But for me my absolute favorite series of her’s was “The Mediator” series she wrote under the name Jenny Carroll. Long and short of it, she was one of the great inspirations for me to start writing!
#2 was the blog featuring six incredible book bloggers all talking about what they do and how they do it. We also got their opinions on how an author should approach a blogger and so on. Here is the link to the video I recorded from the panel posted to YouTube by one of the great bloggers I met Hannah of the Irish Banana review Book Blogger Panel. The second best part was getting to talk to a few of them after their panel and getting to know them. Hannah and Jen gave me a great piece of advice: that I need to put more of me and who I am out on my pages, and not just my fab character sketches.
So in the spirit of that advice, and with the time restraint from my full-time job being so busy again and my deadline for my next manuscript, I have decided to do more than just post character sketches. I am now going to host several guest spots for bloggers and other authors, I am going to post bits about books I am reading or have read and liked, and I will talk about my favorite things. (many of which inspired and still inspire my Legendary Saga and my work in progress)
So to kick off my new platform I am starting with my thoughts on a great book I read several months ago after getting an advanced readers copy from last year’s RT Convention. It’s called The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason. Here is the cover, you can click on it and follow the link to my “non review” of this great YA steampunk book!
Till next time my lovelies!