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Hexbound and Charmfall review

So, I recently finished reading Hexbound and Charmfall by Chloe Neill. However, since there wasn’t enough material in Hexbound, in my opinion, to justify doing a separate review, I’m going to combine the two. Well, first off, I liked the books. However, I thought that there were a lot of loose ends that the author didn’t tie up within the three books with the Dark Elite series. Now, at first, I thought that the author would be continuing the series, based on the loose ends. However, I looked at the author’s FAQs on her website, it said that she currently had no plans to write a fourth book. Anyway, I have book-specific questions as well as overarching questions. I’m going to include them below. But just as a precaution, if you haven’t read the books, don’t continue reading.

Hexbound

  • Why was there no retaliation from the Dark Elite on the Adepts for destroying the laboratory that was creating the vampire hybrids? I thought that there would have been some sort of retaliation from the Dark Elite for destroying the laboratory as well as the vampire hybrids.

Charmfall

  • Did Fayden’s actions create a truce between the Dark Elite and the Adepts? Or is there still a feud between the two groups?
  • Does Michael and Scout ever officially become an item?
  • What happened between Veronica and Nic, post-Sneak? Do they eventually hook up? If they do, would Nic reveal everything to Veronica and turn her into a vampire?

General Questions

  • What’s the truth about Lily’s parents?  What is the Sterling Research Foundation?  What’s Lily’s parents’ involvement with the Sterling Research Foundation?
  • How much does Foley, the headmistress of St. Sophia’s, really know about the Sterling Research Foundation and Lily’s parents’ involvement with the foundation?
  • What about Jason and his werewolf family?  Would his werewolf family, once they find out about Jason’s relationship with Lily, break them up in favor of having Jason hook up with a female werewolf?
  • What happened to Nic’s vampire creator and rival?

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Firespell Review

I just finished reading Firespell by Chloe Neill. Overall, I liked the book. I would recommend it. However, there were two things that I would have to critique. So, if you haven’t read the book, don’t go any further. The first thing is that there was too much explanations and not enough action. What I mean by that is I felt like the author spent a little bit too much time revealing a lot of information about the Enclave and the underground world that Scout was a part of. I mean, i get that the author has to reveal quite a bit of information in the first book in a series in order to draw a reader in, especially in a relatively short book, but I think it was a bit excessive in this book. Also, because there was too much information revealed, the action, in my opinion, was a bit lacking. Anyway, the second thing was that the bad people/dilemma didn’t really seem like a threat to me. To me, it felt like the author thought of the bad people/dilemma as an afterthought. I think that the author should have made the bad people/dilemma appear more frequently in the book than they actually did, mainly in the form of the two lackeys stalking the main character.
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The Grimm Legacy Review

Well, I finished reading The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman about two to three weeks ago, but haven’t gotten around to doing the review until now. Anyway, for the most part, I liked the book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a relatively quick read. However, I had a few questions about the book. So, if you haven’t read the book, don’t go any further.

  • Why did Mr. Mauskopf choose Elizabeth? Was it because she chose to write about the Brothers Grimm?
  • Why does Aaron dislike Marc so much? Did Marc do or say something that offended Aaron that happened prior to the start of the book? Or was it just something about Marc that Aaron doesn’t like?
  • How is that Elizabeth, Marc, Aaron, and the other characters, can sense the potency of magic in the objects?
  • How did all of the items in the Grimm Collection as well as the other collections, like the Wells Bequest, get their magical potency? And what about the creatures like Griffin, Mr. Mauskopf’s pet “dog”, or the infamous bird? Were they animals that were enchanted by fairy godmother type character, humans who were turned into animals, animals that were created along the lines of Frankenstein’s creature and that eventually procreated?
  • How is that Elizabeth was able to take the information of learning about magic in stride?
  • Why did Wallace Stone do what he did? It couldn’t have all been for the money.
  • Why does Gloria Badwin as well as other collectors collect dolls that were formerly humans?
  • Is Elizabeth’s mother’s doll collection a collection much like Gloria Badwin’s?

The Grimm Legacy

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