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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

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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

    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

    Daylighters Review

    So, I finished reading Daylighters by Rachel Caine, the last book in The Morganville Vampires series. I have bittersweet feelings about this being the last book. On one hand, I’m glad that the series is over, because I won’t have to wait for a new book to come out. But on the other hand, I wish the series would continue. If you haven’t read the book, don’t read any further. Anyway, as for my review of the book, for the most part, I liked it. I liked how the story went with Michael finally becoming human again. However, there is something that I have a question about. I was wondering what the significance of Fallon looking into Amelie’s bloodline, in terms of vampires that she created. Was there something special about her and her bloodline that helped create the cure or made vampires more or less susceptible to the cure? That was the only question I had. Anyway, I have to say that based on how the epilogue ended, I think it could potentially lead into a spin-off series. It could show Morganville, let’s say twenty years from the ending of the book, and show any kids that came from Claire and Shane, and Michael and Eve, and show how things might or might not have changed. I would read that series.
    Daylighters

    The Chaos of Stars Review

    So, I finished reading The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White. You can find a synopsis here. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I’m interested to read any sequels that may come from this book due to the questions it made me think of, which I will write down in this post, as well as the basic premise of the book. However, I felt like the book was not as well developed as I would have like to have seen in the first book in a possible series, based on the same questions I mentioned earlier. I kinda feel like the cat in this video, where the cat is like “What just happened?” Anyway, as for whether or not I would recommend this book, I would tell anyone to keep an open mind. You may or may not like it. As I said before, I have mixed feelings about it. Oh, and here are the questions I have about the book.

    • So, according to the book, ancient gods and goddesses can have human offspring. How is that possible within the context of the book when the ancient gods and goddesses can also have immortal children? Does that mean that the gods and goddesses can choose which child to make human or immortal? Or is it a luck of the draw? Or is that the ancient gods and goddesses were only able to make their children immortal in the beginning of their time?
    • Do the human offspring have any powers or physical enhancements like how it is in The Nine Lives of Chloe King?
    • How does Anubis go incognito in the regular world when he is described in the beginning as having the full blown jackal head as he is portrayed in hieroglyphics? Is the jackal head his true physical form that other gods, goddesses, and their respective offspring can see? Or is it that his jackal head becomes a “normal” head when he ventures outside of the pyramids? If so, how did ancient peoples know that he had the head of a jackal? Did the human offspring of the gods and goddesses tell regular people the truth?
    • In the book, it is revealed that the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses are not the only ancient gods and goddesses that are still around. Does that mean that every ancient gods and goddesses from different cultures are still around as well? And if so, does that mean that their respective stories are true as well?
    • Do people now know that the ancient gods and goddesses still exist? Or is it like in our reality where the ancient gods and goddesses are just myths?
    • Do the ancient gods and goddesses raise every child, whether immortal or not?
    • If the ancient gods and goddesses exist, does that mean the current religions like Judeo-Christian-Muslim god and the Hindu gods and goddesses, etc., exist as well? What about Buddha since he was not a god? Was Buddha just an avatar like Buddhism says he was?
    • If the ancient gods and goddesses don’t enough worshippers without having human offspring, then how are they still around? Is is because humans remember who they were based on written works and oral traditions?

    The Chaos of Stars

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