Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls, Book 3)
Author: C.C. Hunter
Format: Trade Paperback
Page Count: 400 Pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 14+

Summary: Kylie Galen wants to know what she is more than anything and the answers are so frustratingly close. With help from friends, she tracks down her real father’s adopted parents and hopes to gain from them access to her real grandparents. Maybe they have the answers she seeks. People in her life pressure her from all sides… each wanting her to be like them. Lucas, her werewolf boyfriend, hopes she’s a werewolf. Rejected Derek still hops things can work out between them, but with his bringing an ex-girlfriend vampire back to camp, that might not happen. And to top it all off, Kylie is trying to mediate and match make between her witchy friend and a shapeshifter while struggling to figure out what happened to an amnesiac ghost and avoid getting killed by strangely behaving local wildlife.

Why I started this book:

I read the first book, liked it and was offered the second two books in the trilogy for review by the publisher.

Likes:

  • Perry really stepped up in this book. He’s got the serious hots for Miranda, but every time they might get together something pulls them apart… mostly themselves. Very frustrating for Kylie and Della, but Perry’s jealousy is adorable. I love it.
  • C.C. Hunter has flipped my ideas on the love triangle again and that is pretty hard for an author to do when it comes to my opinions on which guy a gal should wind up with, so props to her for that. I almost wish Kylie was with Perry at this point because I can’t decide if I like Lucas or Derek more. Tough choices ahead for you Kylie, choose wisely!
  • What Kylie winds up being… woot!

Dislikes:

  • I had to stop a few times at night while reading because I had no idea how gory the ghost storyline was going to be and was worried about taking some images to bed. The ghost in this book has a long stitched scar on her shaved head, switches back and forth from being pregnant or having a bloody abdomen, and was murdered, which Kylie experiences at one point in something like a first hand account. Pretty gruesome, but the background of the ghost and what really happened to her was different from the gorier idea I was putting together, so that’s a relief. I have a vivid imagination it seems. It’s still pretty bad, but it could have been worse. But there are some definite horror elements to this series which you should be aware of as readers.

Last Minute Thoughts: Next book, is it out yet? Lol

Buy: Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls)

Rating: 3.5 Treasure Chests

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Reviewed by Quartermaster Alyx

Title: Above the Veil (The Seventh Tower, Book 4)
Author: Garth Nix
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 248
Grade Reading Level: 3rd-5th

Summary: Running from Sushin, Tal and Milla meet up with Ebbitt and the rebels, who call themselves the Freefolk. Once safe, Milla takes her leave and goes back to the Icecarls to tell them what she has learned and to deliver a sunstone to them. Unfortunately, because Milla is still bound with a Spiritshadow, she is attacked by a Shield Maiden and a fight ensues that ends with the death of the Shield Maiden. She is in a state of shock but makes it to the Icecarls and tells the leaders, the Crones, about her adventure. The Crones then judge what she has done: some believe that she should be killed while others think she should be absolved. No one can agree what should be done until one Crone decides that Milla should be appointed War Chief and lead an expedition to fight the individuals in the castle for use of Spiritshadows. The Crones are all in agreement and start planning a war with Milla leading the charge. Meanwhile, Tal is climbing the tower for a second time to gain a Primary Sunstone for his family. This time he is aided by Crow, one of the Freefolk. They make it to the top of the tower and find the keystone (there is one in each tower that holds the veil covering the world) and weirdly discover the Guardian of the keystone is trapped inside. As soon as they make their way down the tower and are safe, Crow betrays Tal and steals the Keystone for himself. Tal then runs after Crow where a fight results.

Why I stared reading:

I’m reading the entire Seventh Tower Series.

Likes:

  • Tal starts questioning what is going on around him. He no longer blindly follows the Castle authority members and opens his eyes to some of the injustices in the castle. He’s not completely there but is certainly developing and thinking for himself more often.
  • The message about equality is certainly being developed more and more through the series.
  • We learn more about the history of the Castle and the Icecarls which is surprisingly interesting.

Dislikes:

  • I felt like most of this book was simply setting up the final two books. I know it’s probably all necessary information but I found this book lacking the excitement of the other books. It was slow at times even though there were a few plot twists.
  • Milla wanting to kill herself as soon as she delivered the news and the sunstone to her people. I can understand her reasons but I wished she would have thought about other options.

Buy: Above the Veil (The Seventh Tower, Book 4)

Rating: 3 Treasure Chests

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5 Free or Discounted Things to Do with Your Library Card

by First Mate Keira November 22, 2014
5 Free or Discounted Things to Do with Your Library Card

by First Mate Keira Did you know there’s more you can do with a library card other than check books and movies out? Depending on where you live and what your library and county (and state) programs are there are five other things a library card is good for! 1. Museum Passes: You can get […]

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Review: Twilight (Twilight, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

by CaptainYarr November 21, 2014
Review: Twilight (Twilight, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer

by Captain Lyaf Yarr Title: Twilight Author: Stephenie Meyer Page Count: 498 Format: Paper back Grade Reading Level: 9 – 12 Summary: Bella Swan moves to a small town called Forks in Washington, USA and meets a different boy, Edward Cullen. He’s more than a little different; he’s a vampire. Bella doesn’t know this, yet […]

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What Books to Pack on Vacation

by First Mate Keira November 20, 2014
What Books to Pack on Vacation

by First Mate Keira Its summertime and everybody is getting ready to go on vacation it seems. I don’t know about anybody else but when it comes to packing I always make sure to bring along a few okay a lot of books. Whether you’re planning a road trip, flying somewhere, or just heading to […]

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DNF Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) by Marissa Meyer

by First Mate Keira November 19, 2014
DNF Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) by Marissa Meyer

Reviewed by First Mate Keira Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) Author: Marissa Meyer Format: Audiobook Narrator: Rebecca Soler Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins Reading Grade Level: Age 15+ Summary: Cyborgs, even though they are part human (and started off all human) are deemed second-class citizens. They are owned, not free. What they do […]

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