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Finland | Member Since 2008

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 272 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014

  • A Hidden Witch: A Modern Witch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Elorie Shaw, steeped in the traditions of the Nova Scotia witching community, but not a witch. The fetching spell must have goofed this time... or did it? Travel to Fisher's Cove, Nova Scotia, where Moira is matriarch and the old ways are nurtured and passed to the next generation. Where a crotchety old witch makes small children cry and builds walls around the silent pain in his heart. And where Elorie - sea-glass artist, inn owner, and Moira's granddaughter - makes her home.

    Seppo says: "Is such thing possible as too much TLC?"
    "Is such thing possible as too much TLC?"

    When in the first book an outsider discovered that she possessed witch powers and thus was introduced along with the reader to the world of witchcraft, the second book handles about finding the unknown and dismissed (unintentionally, but still) within your own family and how to deal with it. The resentment and the fear of unknown and overcoming of both.

    What I love about in this series is the absence of good vs. evil setting. Simply put it's about setting a scene where emerges a problem or better yet a mystery. And the rest is about getting it solved one step at the time (with plenty of cookies, tomato sauce, pasta and TLC in between).

    I would not call these books too literate, more like therapy since I find myself reading them all over again first from my electric reading device and now in audio format. In the dark of winter it's the best thing along with the light treatment.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes of Honor: An October Daye Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It’s been almost a year since October "Toby" Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities - training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills - but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters. To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight....

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic Series"
    "Sightseeing in the Deep End of Faerie"

    What I really like in October Daye series is that the heroine has to learn things and it takes time. The aspect is present in the other series also but in this it is actually a bit more that just mentioning "I've learned this and that".

    The story is not as strong as in the last book where the author made a brave move and ended few storylines that she had been carrying along since the beginning of the series.

    Ashes of Honor starts with this feeling of being sore and builds up from there. I cannot really put my finger to it but the book lacks some of the previous one's magic but the creepiness of Ah-noon makes up a plenty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Real people and Zombies that support the story"

    Here's the book that totally turned my mind around about Steampunk. It even had zombies and for once they did not make me yawn.

    But in contrast to many other stories this one does not rely on witty comments about stiff Victorian gentlemen or basic romantic plot. Its about family or rather about a mother and her son with a long unspoken history lurking somewhere in the past.

    The world, characters and nuances feel very real and plausible. People are actual persons and the absence of absolute good and evil feels very good for a change.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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