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The Wells Bequest: A Companion To The Grimm Legacy Review

So, I just finished reading The Wells Bequest: A Companion To The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. You can find a summary of the book here. It seems to be a sequel to The Grimm Legacy. Personally, I liked the book. Like it’s predecessor of The Grimm Legacy, I think that the book is a good for a light read. However, I had two questions about the book. So, if you haven’t read the book, don’t go any further because I’m going to be revealing some spoilers. My first question: how is it that the main character of Leo is able to accept the idea of the objects and ideas from science fiction books are real? To me, based on how the character was described initially, he shouldn’t be able to accept the idea of science fiction ideas and objects were real. Anyway, my second question deals with Jaya going back to time in order to let Simon’s great, great, grandfather get onto the ship in order to make sure that Simon is born. In the book, after Leo and Jaya come back from meeting Nikolai Tesla and Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, everybody, except for Leo and Jaya, don’t remember who Simon was because Leo and Jaya had altered history so that Simon’s great, great grandfather didn’t make his ship. That in turn made it so that Simon was never born. So my question is after Jaya goes back in time to rectify that, how is it that everybody remembers him as if he wasn’t erased from history? Is it like every other time-traveling story where something happens that changes the course of history but is then changed back to how it was and everything goes back to how it was before?
The Wells Bequest

Fiendish Review

So, I just finished reading Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff. You can find a summary here. Personally, I was not a huge fan of the book. The reason that I was not a huge fan of the book was not because it was poorly written or anything like that. It was that there were so many questions in the plot that were not answered. I’m going to put those questions here. All I can say that based on this book, I don’t know if I would want to read possible sequels. What I’m afraid of is that the author won’t be able to answer any of the questions that I have.

  • How is it that Clementine is able to recognize magic? Did her mom teach her anything about magic? Or is magical knowledge innate?
  • Why exactly did Isola lock up Clementine in the cellar? And why Isola did sew Clementine’s eyes shut? Why didn’t Isola do anything about Davenport, Rae, Shiny, and Fisher as well if the entire group was such a threat? Or if it only took “getting rid” of one to resolve the issue, why didn’t Isola just do something more than just locking Clementine up in the cellar, putting some spell or hex on her, and sewing her eyes shut? And why was Clementine chosen? Why not choose any of the other children?
  • How is it that Clementine didn’t die from starvation from being in the cellar for 10 years with no access to food or water?
  • Why is it that everybody but Shiney, Davenport, Rae, Fisher, and Isola not remember who Clementine was?
  • How is that Clementine is able to adjust so quickly to the current world after spending 10 years stuck in a cellar, especially when it comes to social interaction? And what about the physical changes after 10 years, such as puberty? And why isn’t she talking like an 8-year-old?
  • How is it that Clementine and Fisher hooked up so quickly?
  • What is the reckoning, exactly?
  • Who or what is the Coalition of Purity? Is it an outside group that is anti-magic that somehow found out about the reckoning? Or is it just a group of town people who got together to get rid of magic? Why did the Coalition of Purity get together in the first place? Did they form just in response to this specific reckoning?
  • Why are the “townies” so afraid of magic if everybody grew up around it, whether or not they practiced it?
  • What exactly are the fiends? How did they come into being? Were they always around? Or were they created by some kind of magic?
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    Sisters’ Fate Review

    I recently finished reading Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotwood, which is the last book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles. You can find a synopsis here. Personally, I liked how the book ended the series. It definitely gave the series a good sense of closure. However, I do have a few questions. What happened to the Sisterhood? Does the Sisterhood eventually disband after the fire? Or does it become a school for up-and-coming witches? If the Sisterhood is still in existence in any form, is it still called the Sisterhood? If not the Sisterhood, then what is it called? Is it still connected to the Brotherhood?

    Sisters' Fate

    Vampire Princess Series Review

    Well, I’m sorry for not really posting on a regular basis during the summer. It was due to a whole bunch of factors that I’m not willing to share. Anyway, I recently finished reading the Vampire Princess series by Tate Hallway. You can find the synopses here. Personally, I liked the series as a relatively light summer read that deals with vampires and witches. Anyway, I’m going to do a review for the entire series because I feel that each book does not have enough content to justify doing an individual post.

    For the first book of Almost To Die For, I felt that there wasn’t enough action and a little bit too much exposition. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I know that for the first book in a series, there has to be some background information given in order to draw a reader in. However, I think that the author spent a little bit too much time on explaining things, and not enough on the action. I would have to like to have seen some of the information revealed in the following two books.

    For the second book of Almost Final Curtain, there wasn’t much to review. I think that the vampire origin story that was given was interesting. I’ve never heard of witches intentionally creating a creature, in this case a vampire, in order to do their bidding. The closest I’ve heard or read was the origins of vampires in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.

    For the last book of Almost Everything, again there wasn’t there much to review. Personally, I would have liked to have seen an epilogue. Just a heads up, a spoiler alert right now. The reason that I would have liked to have seen an epilogue is because I kinda want to know Ana eventually tells the guy she eventually hooks up with the truth about what she is truly is, a half-witch and half-vampire.

    Almost To Die For

    Almost Final Curtain

    Almost Everything

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