Friday, July 25, 2014

This Dark Endeavor - Kenneth Oppel


MAD SCIENTIST!! Mwhahaha!! Or at least, one in the making…

 

(This is not the cover from my edition I read....but I could only find this cover. Bummer...)
The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions.
In this prequel to Mary Shelley’s gothic classic, Frankenstein, 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor’s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor is able to cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn. Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love—and how much he is willing to sacrifice.

That’s right! The Granddaddy of all mad scientists! Victor Frankenstein! However, he’s a moody teenager. Which is fine. I’m fine with that. I like the idea of a peak into the past to see what made Frankenstein into FRANKENSTEIN. You see the development of his passionate obsession and how it came to be: it came out of love for his brother. He’s so desperate to find a cure for his brother Konrad's illness, that he would defy his father and look into the forbidden art of alchemy. There are strange and curious encounters and adventures that bring them to finding what they need to create the mystical Elixir of Life. And that’s where I’m going to stop in discussing the plot because I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
The voice of Victor is well written and it flowed along nicely.  I wasn’t bored…but then again, now that I think about it…I wasn’t exactly enthralled either. I couldn’t get myself to fall head over heels into the story, like I was one of the characters scaling trees or venturing into underground caves or giving up….well, that’s a spoiler and I’m not going to tell you. But I didn’t feel like a participant. I felt like an observer. When I read a book, I want to fall into face down on the dirt. And, well, that just didn’t happen with this book.
And even though I was not completely immersed in the book, I liked it a lot. It was a spooky Gothic tale…up until Victor decides that decides that he is in love with the lovely and fiery Elizabeth (yes, thy are cousins. Yes, it’s a little icky. But it is justified as she’s a very distant cousin) once he discovers that his twin brother Konrad (yep, the one that gets sick) is madly in love with her first. Then…it turns a little too juvenile for me in that it was no longer about saving Konrad, which is still wants to do, but it was all about proving himself better than his twin to win the affection of Elizabeth. Oh Young Adult…can there be one book where there is not a strange love triangle? Can you just be an awesome Gothic tale full of spooky and dangerous adventures?
Le Sigh….
Overall, this is a fun book. It’s a fast and easy read and if you’re looking for something after a super intense read (I read this after Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Sweet baby Jesus that book hurt my head…still trying to figure out the review on that one…), this is a great book for you. And, it’s a little different from all the other historical Young Adult books at there. I mean come on….FRANKENSTEIN!!      

Until next time, lovers. Remember to always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate…
Then always be the PIRATE!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo


Young female character with an amazing and rare ability to save the world? Check. Said female character torn between Tall, Dark and Handsome and her childhood friend? Check. Magic and Secret Societies? Check. Set in a Fantasy world that is reminiscent of Pre-Bolshevik  Revolution Russia? Ohhh…that’s new…


The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him? Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

A sign of an awesome book? You don’t want to put it down. I would sit at my desk at work watching the clock for my breaks and lunchtime. I would read while giving my Mini Me her bath. I would read well into the night until my eyes couldn’t stay open. I read this book in two days. Of course, it helps that I have this book on the ol’ Kindle Fire so I could read on in the dark. Score! And I will try to keep this spoiler free as I feel you should read this book. READ. IT!
But why did I love this book? Alina is just a girl who wants nothing but to get close to her childhood friend, Mal, as they have never been apart since their meeting at the orphanage. She is stubborn, combative, and prefers to NOT be the center attention. But then, with one single act, she is thrust into a world that is so completely different world. It’s one of intrigue and luxury and mystery. She gets swept up in actually being paid attention to, not being in the background. Being told she was important.
But then, wouldn’t you know, all sunshine and roses gets pissed on when the truth comes out about some dark and nefarious goings on. Alina’s doubt and fear is palpable and makes your scared for her and root for her survival.
There is one part in the book, near the end, where I did get a little weepy. It wasn’t heaving sobs or anything like that, it was simply tears running down my cheeks. It was so beautifully written and such a real moment between Alina and Mal, well, I couldn’t help myself. I cried. I don’t want to give it away, but use your imagination about the conversation had and I’m pretty sure you can work out it.
This review is a short one, I know, but I don’t really know what to say without giving away to spoilers. There are some books that I have no issues giving spoilers. But this book, with its mystery and sinister plots, it just doesn’t seem right.  You should read this book and enjoy the buildup of suspense and the horrors of what man would do for what they consider peace.
Book Two, Siege and Storm, it’s waiting patiently to be read. And I cannot WAIT!

Until next time. Remember to be yourself, unless you can be a pirate. Then ALWAYS be a pirate!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Undead Pool - Kim Harrison


How is Rachel Morgan doing after her last adventure in Ever After? Well, not too bad if you think about. Am I going to give you spoilers? Why yes. Yes I am.



Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering. Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.


I feel a little guilty about just now writing this review, as I read this book back in April. I think part of that has to do with the face that I wasn’t too sure how I felt about this book. I loved it. I did. But, some part of me feels like it was simply filler. Which, I mean, let’s get real. That’s going to happen some point in a book series that goes over six books. The Undead Pool is book number 12 in the Kim Harrison’s Hollow Series. I love the world that has been created by Kim Harrison. I love the alternative history she has created and it’s so fun and exciting and action packed…even when Rachel royally screws up.  But something about this book, it was different than the others. I understand, it should be different as the story line is different.
But to me, it felt a little too domestic. Too much romance. Where’s the action and the inner conflict? Yes. The action is there. And there is inner conflict, but it all had to do with her feelings for Trent. Which, can we have a brief and spoiler filled conversation about that whole bit? Can they be any more inappropriate and awkward about their feelings towards each other? First, they make out in a room full of dead vampires. Second, when they finally bone, it’s something you would see a high school teenager do. Really? Shuffling from the kitchen to the living room with your pants around your ankles? Geez. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to see two characters that have been mooning over each for who knows how many books get it on, but I expected something not so…juvenile? Yeah. I think that’s the word I’m looking for.
Other than that, I did like the story line. It was nice to have a book devoted to the elven society of The Hollows World. I like how the elven society and magic counters Rachel’s own and her beliefs. The idea of the Goddess and her essence being trapped inside of Rachel makes for an interesting conundrum for Rachel as a day walking demon. And the undead vampire Masters not waking up? Well, causes a lot of issues in Cincinnati. The Free Vampires (which, I felt was kind of a floundering story line to cover up the diabolical plans of an Elf Priest) running around biting folks and drinking blood and that brings in Ivy and her new girlfriend Nina fighting and battling her former hold on her Vampire Master. It is a good story line for what it provided for Rachel: full of action and ka-bow which is always awesome.
The one things I was bummed about is that Al and Newt really only appear at the end. Newt is brilliant and Al is angry. The way I love them. And we did see more of Newt and her craziness, but we got a deeper understanding of what she went through…and how much it is just like Rachel is going through with essence of the Goddess floating around in her head. And Al…geez! I just wish there was more of that guy. He’s so complicated and angry. He’s wonderful. And I miss him. I do hope to see much more of Al and Newt in the upcoming and final book for this series.
I do love this book, however, I didn’t feel it was up to par with the previous books. It felt like corn: filler but no substance (or nutritional value). Ever After was amazing and probably my favorite in the series.I suppose I got a little over excited. And I know this last little statement is totally first world problem and nitpicky…but I hate the cover. I hate it. Why is Rachel blonde? She has red hair? And Trent…totally not what I pictured. On the cover, he looks like he’s out of an 80’s movie about power brokers and Wall Street scum. I just can’t get with it. Vain and silly? Yes. But I don’t apologize for my book snobbery. It is what it is.
I cannot wait to read the final book in this series, Witch With No Name. I am hoping for complete and utter epicness swimming in awesome sauce….oh please deliver….please?
 
Until Next Time. Remember to always be yourself...unless you can be a pirate.
Then ALWAYS be the PIRATE!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dead Spots - Melissa F. Olson

If you’re a normal person and your job is crime scene clean-up, you are either legit or work for the mob. But you happen to be a unique supernatural being known as a Null and you do crime scene clean-up…probably not as legit. Hell, work for the mob would probably be more legit than what this chick does for a living…




Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space: step within ten feet of her, and any supernatural spells or demonic forces are instantly defused—vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can’t get out so much as a “hocus pocus.” This special skill makes her a null and very valuable to Los Angeles’s three most powerful magical communities, who utilize her ability to scrub crime scenes clean of all traces of the paranormal to keep humanity, and the LAPD, in the dark. But one night Scarlett’s late arrival to a grisly murder scene reveals her agenda and ends with LAPD’s Jesse Cruz tracking her down to strike a deal: he’ll keep quiet about the undead underworld if she helps solve the case. Their pact doesn’t sit well with Dash, the city’s chief bloodsucker, who fears his whole vampire empire is at stake. And when clues start to point to Scarlett, it’ll take more than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.
 
This is a book that hung around on my Kindle for a long while. I don’t know how long. I remember it being recommended to me. I found it on Amazon on sale and bought it. And then not much after that. Until one afternoon, was flipping through my collection of Kindle books and saw this book. Nice title and cover. Sure, I thought. Why Not? I picked it because I was waiting for some reserved library books to come in. And can I say? Pleasantly surprised.
Scarlett Bernard as a character is a good one. There is no wishy-washiness in any of her decisions. She gets scared, expresses it, but then still manages to control her fear. She is street wise and knows that her bosses, are dangerous and that she is expendable.  Her employers, who include the head of the Los Angeles vampires, werewolves, and witches , know her work and trust her ability to make quick work of the messes caused by the supernatural community.  
Until…well, this incident in the park where she's surronded by three dead bodies and holding a large heavy duty trash bag by an LAPD Homicide dectective...
What I loved most about this book is how Scarlett handles herself. She works for supernatural baddies and, sure she’s sassy, but she’s not sassy to the ones that sign her check or can you know, kill her and then get rid of the body no problem. And when she’s confronted with being framed for the murder in the park on both sides (supernatural and regular folks), Scarlett doesn’t freak out. Well, she freaks out a little. A lot. But privately. In her room with the door closed. When she faces the world, she has her game face on. And when it all comes down to it in the end, man, is she a total badass with her magic nullifying abilities.
I did have one issue with this book (isn’t there always one issue with any book you read??). It was with Detective Jesse Cruz. And it’s not his fault in the least. He’s a pretty good character, a nice foil to Scarlett with him being all by the book and her, well you know, technically involved in criminal activities that involved destroying evidence. He had a nice, good looking head on his shoulders. But, I didn’t really like it when it suddenly shifted to his point of view. Why you ask? Well, because the writing style totally changed. It went from Scarlett’s first person POV, to a third person POV of what’s going on inside of Jesse’s head. It just felt…weird. So, no fault of Jesse’s character, I like him. I just can’t stand the tense change and the point of view switch a-roo.

It was awesome to read about a strong female character who is a little outside the normal in the urban fantasy genre that I love. Scarlett has a natural interaction with all the characters she meets. There is nothing forced and seems out of place with her mannerisms and attitude. She’s normal stuck with a tragic past and with a path in life that she feels destined and stuck with as a Null. The action scenes where well written and the tension built up perfectly and you don’t see the true villain until it hits Scarlett square in the face. Love being surprised along with the hero.

The urban fantasy is a nice, fast pace, and original take on the typical werewolf/vampire/witch world. And yes, this is a series, and yes…I already have book two, just waiting to be read.
 
 
Until next time! Thanks for reading.
Remember to be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate...then always being a pirate!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sever - Lauren DeStefano


FINALLY! A Young Adult Dystopia with a relatively happy ending for almost everyone involved! Sweet baby Jesus…

 


With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them. Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.
 
Out of this trilogy, this book, might be my favorite all around. The writing is better. Gabriel is nowhere in this book. Cecily is wonderful (like always), and Rhine seems to realize just how selfish she has been. And then, there’s Vaughn, who in the previous book s (I felt) was betrayed a little too much like a mustache twirling villain. But in this book, there is more to his madness and Rhine begins to sympathize with him…just a little.
I really only had two little niggles that drove me crazy about this book. One was Rowan, Rhine’s twin brother. What an incredible tool bag that guy is. And how blind and dumb he is. Oh, and can we mention he’s a hypocrite? Thanks. And he has just no sense of what is going on around him. None. He just cannot fathom why Rhine feels uncomfortable and doesn’t trust Vaughn. Even after the truth was given.
My second issue was the whole flying to Hawaii thing. I don’t want to give too much away if you have read this book, but just think about the world that DeStefeno created in the previous two books and just think about the possibilities. That was just the one thing that I could not wrap around my head. Hawaii. I just don’t know what to even say about it. Just read it. See if you agree with me and my bafflement.
However, those two (sort of big) things aside, the story was great. It moved along fast for me. My favorite character is this book was Cecily. To see her turn from a spoiled child bride into a young woman who is fierce and determined was a great foil for Rhine, who I felt had lost her way after being trapped in Vaughn’s Room-Of-Doom. She helped show Rhine that not all is lost. That sometimes, you gotta go outside yourself to find the strength needed to survive.
But, if I’m being honest, I’m just thrilled that this young adult dystopia has a relatively happy ending. I didn’t feel the need to cut my wrists to release the angst like most young adult dystopias. It wasn’t all fluffy bunnies and mice in feety pajamas happy, but it was the beginning of hope for a much better future for her generation.
I always feel accomplished after reading a book series. And this one I am happy to say was a good one. A unique tale filled with everything that makes me love reading books: a new take on the human condition. No matter the time or place or the world that is created, at some level, everyone at some point in Rhine’s tale can relate to her struggles and triumphs.
 
Thanks for reading
Remember to always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate.
Then ALWAYS be a pirate!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nihal of the Land of the Wind - Licia Troisi (Translated by Ann Gagliardi)


A lonely warrior. The last of a massacred race. A tale of magic and mystical creatures and a dark overlord Hell bent on destroying the world. A tale of friendship and hardships. Oh! And the main character? A chick!



Nihal lives in one of the many towers of the Land of the Wind. There is nobody like her in the Overworld: big violet eyes, pointed ears, and blue hair. She is an expert in swordplay and the leader of a handful of friends that includes Sennar the wizard. She has no parents; brought up by an armorer and a sorceress, Nihal seems to be from nowhere. Things suddenly change when the Tyrant takes charge. Nihal finds herself forced to take action when she is faced with the most difficult mission a girl her age could imagine. Fierce, strong, and armed with her black crystal sword, Nihal sets out to become a real warrior. Readers will be riveted as she forges her powerful path of resistance.

***A Preface for you Folks: This book was provided to me from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review. So thanks! Now, onto the review!!***

I love this cover. Love it. It believe that’s what sold me on the book. Not the title or the synopsis. Just the cover. Gorgeous. You can see our main characters sorrow and now, that this is going to be an intense book. This book was originally written in Italian in 2004 and went by Nihal della terra del vento. The American translation was published and released on May 27th 2014 by Mondadori.

Now, with all that technical stuff out of the way, I can say that this was a good read. It was short and the pace of the story was good. I read this in a few days. The progression of this tale starts with Nihal as a 13 year old girl living in a tower city of Salazar where she is the leader of a rag tag group of boys who make lots of trouble. We walk through a total of five years of Nihal’s life. We see her develop a meaningful friendship with Sennar, the young sorcerer, and her passion to become a warrior. Nihal learns the truth of who she is and learns the truth of war and death, from her time at the Dragon Knights Academy to her first real battle as a knight. Sorrow and death, disappointment and disgrace…all par for the course for Nihal.

Poor Nihal.

What I like about this book was that it was a quick read and that it flowed beautifully. Most translations are hard to read as sometimes they do not flow like they would in their native languages. The world was interesting and much thought was given into it. There is no wasted character, nothing misplaced or askew. Though I loved Nihal and the world, I just couldn’t connect on a deeper level. I was routing for her, hoping for the best, but it felt from a distance. Almost like watching something sports related on the ol’ television. You’re hoping that the best team wins, but in the end, you just want a good game to watch. That’s how this book was for me. I just simply enjoyed this book. There was nothing more to it. I wasn’t compelled to dig deeper for more meaning and understanding of Nihal or her world. For me, it was a fast light read after reading some pretty deep and intense books.

Would I suggest this book? Yeah. I would if someone is looking for something easy to read. Sure. But for me, it was just a little too short to be the epic fantasy that I was wanting. I don’t think my expectations weren’t met due to the English translation. It was very good, probably the best that I’ve read. But…for me, something was just missing. I’m not sure if it was due to the tale being so short, or if I was just something subtle and indistinguishable in the story itself. It just felt a little lacking.

However, don’t let this deter you from trying out this tale of a girl who turns herself into a machine of war in hopes of avenging her people and only learns that to be in war, one most know how to live to be sure what they are fighting for. Or, at least, that appears to be the message in the book.

Remember to always be yourself, unless you can be a pirate.
Then ALWAYS be a pirate!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi


No. I'm not talking about the completely AWESOME song by Lindsey Stirling featuring my girl crush Lzzy Hale. I'm talking about this book. And I know I am late on the band wagon for this book….but it has been read and hmmmm….very interesting….


I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I'm more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

 Alright. Let us go down the check list, shall we?
Young Adult? Check.
Dystopia? Check.
Love triangle (as strange and uncomfortable as it is…)? Check.
But what is this? A girl who can’t touch others because she can kill them? Unique writing style? Interest piqued!

What I love about anything else in this book is the writing. I wasn’t really all that interested in Warner or Adam or even how the world turned into a pile of shit. It’s all about the writing. The writing is stunning. It is gorgeous. And you can feel Juliet starting to lose her damn mind. From the very beginning, from the very first sentence, I was completely hooked. I had no other interest than to see what was going  on inside of Juliet’s head. I loved how Tahereh Mafi made me feel like I was having a nervous breakdown along with Juliet. It was beautiful and moving and sad. I just loved it.
And the rest of the book left me feeling, well, “Meh.” The writing is good. The story moved along at a good pace. I just wasn’t into all the action scenes and plot twists like I should have been. I was really just intrigued with the craziness of Juliet. To not be able to touch anyone for fear of killing them? This must be what it’s like to be inside of Rogues head!
I do have the second book and I am excited to read it. I am interested to see what becomes of Juliet. Personally, I think she’s being used by this secret resistant group. What makes them any different than the Reestablishment? But! That’s just me and I’m not going to give away any spoilers to what led me up to that conclusion. I just hope that Juliet ends up being a character who realizes she doesn’t need Adam or Warner to believe in herself and not rely on some man to make her feel strong and empowered. Just saying…..
I do suggest this book as it is a good read, intense, but a good read none the less. You will devour this book and think later on it. And, if you're anything like me, you're favorite part will be all about Juliet's psychosis. Is that wrong? Yup. But then again...what's wrong with being a little crazy?
Remember to always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate.
Then ALWAYS be the pirate!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War - Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.


***PREFACE TO THIS REVIEW: This book was provided to me from the publisher prior to its release for review. My opinions are honest and I don’t hold back. Thanks to 47 North and Netgalley! Now, on to the review!!


Well, this swash-bucking hero of a post-apocalyptic steam punk world has returned. Captain Romulus Buckle…you just might be a modern day pirate after my own heart.

“The frozen wasteland of Snow World - known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization - is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom. Through this ruined world soars the Pneumatic Zeppelin, captained by the daring Romulus Buckle. In the wake of a nearly suicidal assault on the Founders prison city to rescue key military leaders, both the steam-powered airship and its crew are bruised and battered. Yet there's little time for rest or repairs: Founders raids threaten to shatter the fragile alliance Buckle has risked everything to forge among the clans. Even as he musters what seems a futile defense in the face of inevitable war, Buckle learns that the most mysterious clan of all is holding his long-lost sister in a secret base - and that she holds the ultimate key to victory over the Founders. But rescuing her means abandoning his allies and praying they survive long enough for there to be an alliance to return to.”

 Oh Romulus Buckle…where do I begin with you? You are fun and action packed. You are pirate and a gentleman, fierce and loyal and completely charges into battle sometimes without thinking things through fully. He is pretty much what you expect in the way of a dashing hero. All the characters are fun and carry their individual air of mystery to them. And I have to say, that this second installment, was much easier and faster to read.

The writing itself seems to not be as awkward and jumbled. Also, there was less character descriptions of clothing and more story telling. Yay! The best part of the book for me in regards to how well the middle was done. I know that sounds, well, dumb. But let’s be real. It’s always the middle of the book that drags us down because we have to climb up hill, building tension and suspense until finally! Climax! (not that kind of climax…get your brains out of the gutter!) We have all the clans coming together to battle against the Founders! Oh, those mysterious Founders!  There's are pretty impressive swording fighting scene between a fancy schmancy Founder officer and Buckle. This book is just too much fun! Action and romance and more action and shenanigans and the constant revelations of all the characters.

There are many revelations in this book. So many, that you almost have to wear eye protection the way all the revelations are flying about. And what are these admissions and surprises you may ask? Well…..I fear that might give away soooooo much of this tale. Just trust me when I say, they are everywhere. It’s almost as if Richard Ellis Preston Jr realized he might have left too many unanswered questions and mysteries in the first book, City of Founders. I’m all for mystery, but I don’t want to be scratching my head thinking “what the hell is going on?” The author seems to have found a balance in the providing us answers and leaving us guessing.

After reading this book, I totally and completely suggest the series. Some might have an issue with getting through the first book, but I promise, the story gets better and better….and for sure…the way this ends. There’s going to be a third book. So come Captain Buckle, bring on the adventure!
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Remember to be yourself….unless you can be a pirate.
Then always be a pirate!