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Moondust Review

So, I finished reading Moondust by J.L. Weil about three weeks ago. All I can say is “Hallelujah!” The reason I say that is because the plot has finally a good pace to it. It wasn’t as slow as the first two books. If only the first two books had the same pace as this book, it would have made them better. Anyway, I’m going to start this review with the small stuff. The characters of Bri’s aunt and friends became a bit better. They were less stock characters and became real characters. Anyway, the grammar and punctuation issues. But I finally figured out why. I took a better look at the author’s website, and it turns out that the author self-publishes her books. I would think that if an author had a publisher, the author’s works would have to undergo a proofreader or an editor. Anyway, onto the bigger stuff. There are still some things that were left unanswered. For example, what lead Lukas to do what he did? Did something happen to him that made him like that? Why didn’t Bri’s mother want Bri to know about her heritage? Why didn’t Bri’s paternal side take Bri after her parents died if they knew that she could inherit powers and abilities? Will Bri now reach out to her father’s side of the family to learn more about magic? Or will she stick with learning about magic through Gavin’s family? What makes Bri’s powers/abilities so scary, besides the obvious, that other witches and warlocks were willing to her in order to stop her? Is her ability to steal other witches’ powers also associated with another witch or warlock that did horrible things à la Voldemort from the Harry Potter series being a Parselmouth?

Amethyst Tears Review

Well, I finished reading Amethyst Tears by J.L. Weil about a month ago, and all I can say is that it’s pretty much like my Luminescence review. I will admit though that more things happened in this book as compared to Luminescence. However, the storyline seemed to still be focused on Bri and Gavin’s relationship. Anyway, in my review of Luminescence, I know that I said that there were things that weren’t explained. In Amethyst Tears, there were a few things that were cleared up. For example, it was revealed that Lukas is a witch (technically, a warlock), and a college freshman at the college that Bri wants to go to. He helps Bri to understand her powers and teaches her some spells. It’s also revealed that Morgana le Fey is Bri’s ancestor, and that they have similar, if not the same, powers. It also seems that Morgana le Fey is a bit of a gossip queen. Anyway, I have a few questions about them. Why are they important to the story other than to help Bri understand her powers and as a gossiper? What are their backstories? It doesn’t stop there either when it comes to questions that I have about the book. How does Bri seem to know spells and other relevant information that no one taught her or told her about? Is it that there were more teaching sessions that Bri had with Lukas that weren’t mentioned in the book? Or is it that Bri is psychic or has some innate knowledge of spells and information? And why isn’t Bri more curious about her witch heritage? And why didn’t it dawn on Bri to ask her aunt about her witch heritage? Is she that absorbed into her relationship with Gavin that she didn’t even think about it? Anyway, that sums up my questions about this book. As for the characters, the characters of Bri’s aunt and friends as well as the resident mean girl still seem like stock characters. And again, this author really needs to find someone else to proofread and edit the book because there were a lot of incorrect word usage, grammar and punctuation issues. For example, in one spot of the book, she used either descendant or decadent, I can’t remember which, when the other word would have made more sense. Anyway, that’s the end of my review for this book.
Amethyst book cover

Luminescence Review

Well, I just finished reading Luminescence by J.L. Weil. You can find a synopsis here. Personally, I don’t think that it is one of the best books out there. There’s a laundry list as to what is wrong or left unanswered. Well, first off, this book reads so much like the Twilight series, but instead of it being about vampires, it is about witches. The main comparison is the characters. Bri, the main character, is like Bella in that she’s socially awkward and totally absorbed by her love interest. Gavin, the love interest to Bri, is like Edward: he’s dark and broody. The only difference between Gavin and Edward, besides the witch vs. vampire thing, is that Gavin has a goth/punk look to him. Jared, Gavin’s older brother, is a cross between Emmett and Jacob. Jared has Emmett’s appearance, but Jacob’s ability to shape-shift. Sophie, Gavin’s sister, is like Alice. Sophie, like Alice, has the ability to see the future, but it’s vague until a person makes a decision. Last, but not least, is Gavin’s mom. She is much like Esme in that she is a very nurturing type of mother. The second comparison is the ménage à trois between Bri, Gavin, and Lukas, who is Bri’s friend in her dream world. Then there’s the third, and much smaller, comparison. Bri gets “saved” twice by Gavin: once from a group of drunk guys, and the other from the resident baddie, Morgana le Fay.

The second thing is the plotline. To me, there was no actual plotline. The first half of the book is solely focused on Bri and Gavin’s relationship, and the second half hastily reveals that not only is Bri a witch, but Gavin and his family are witches as well and that Lukas is actually a real person! There are so many questions that were left unanswered. For example, why is it that Bri doesn’t freak out when Gavin said that he was a witch, but completely freaks out and becomes catatonic when she finds out that she’s a witch? If Bri is a witch, then why wasn’t she told about her heritage? Did it come from her father’s side, since Bri’s maternal aunt doesn’t seem to know about it. Or did it come from her mother’s side and her aunt is a witch as well, but for whatever reason, she didn’t tell Bri the truth? Assuming that her aunt knew the truth about Bri, was the reason that Bri wasn’t told in part that her powers or abilities might not manifest at all? Or could it be that Bri’s powers or abilities could have come at any time? Or could it be like the Harry Potter series, where even someone is from a known witch family, they may not have any powers or abilities and vise versa, where someone with no known witch family has powers or abilities? Can Bri tell the truth about her being a witch to her friends? Is magic supposed to be kept secret in this series? If so, why? Did something happen in the past to force it underground? In addition to all of that, who are Lukas and Morgana le Fay? Why are these two characters important to the story? Are they going to play a big part in the subsequent books? Especially Morgana le Fey. Is her story going to be crucial to understanding the subsequent books? And why is it that the incident of Bri burning, unintentionally, the popular girl’s arm, and the ghostly experience at Bri’s friend’s house never really brought up again? I would think that based on how the popular girl was described, she would have made Bri’s life at school even more miserable due to the burning incident.

Anyway, that leads to my next issue. The secondary characters of Bri’s friends and aunt as well as the mean popular girl were little more than stock characters rather than actual fleshed out characters. To me, it seemed that the author only put in these characters in order to show that Bri interacts with other characters than Gavin, his family, and Lukas.

My last complaint is that the grammar and punctuation are not great. I mean, did the author even have someone else proofread the book before it was published? It seemed like the author didn’t have the book proofread. Personally, I don’t like it when there are so many grammar and punctuation issues that could have been prevented by having a proofreader. Now, I get that there will an occasional miss, but still…

Anyway, given my less than glowing review, I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not you want to read it.
Luminescence cover

The Darkest Powers Review

So, I finished reading The Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong. You can get a brief synopsis here. Anyway, I like the series. I like how it’s different from the books that I normally read, which usually deals with vampires. This series deals with other supernatural creatures like witches, werewolves, demons, etc. However, I do have a slight caveat. While you don’t need to read Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series, like I haven’t, it does make references to a few characters from the Otherworld series. The only reason I know this because I watched the first season of the TV show Bitten, which is based on the first book of the Otherworld series.

The Darkest Powers

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

A Bloodspell Review

Well, I wanted to do a review of the book, Bloodspell, by Amalie Howard, before I forget everything I read in the book. You can read the description here. First off, the book reminded me of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet because the two main characters are forbidden to be with each other because of who each person is. I can also see a little bit of the anime Sailor Moon, with there being a cat as a familiar. The story also reminds me of the first Twilight book, where a vampire is chasing the main character because the main character’s blood is extremely important. In any event, there are elements from this book that I see in TV shows, movies, and other books. Anyway, overall, I think that the book is pretty interesting. I mean, I have never seen a romance between a witch and a vampire before. I mean, there’s the typical vampire/human romance, a witch/human romance, a witch/demon romance, etc. But I have never seen a witch and a vampire together before. Anyway, there were a few things that I had questions about. The first thing was the abilities that Angie had. Are there others with the same abilities that Angie had? And how is it that Angie had gotten her abilities, when Gabriel, her brother, turned out to be a warlock? Are Angie’s abilities like a recessive genetic thing, like how red hair is? On a related note, are there other people out there who have different abilities? If so, what kind of abilities and how rare or common are they? My second thing was the relationship between Charla and Gabriel. Did Charla know all along about Gabriel being a witch? Of was it after Victoria rejected Gabriel? If it was after Victoria rejected Gabriel, then did Gabriel manipulate Charla’s feelings for him into doing what he wanted her to do for him? Anyway, those are my main questions about the book. I would recommend this book if you want to read a vampire/witch version of Romeo and Juliet that also has a bit of adventure mixed in.

Witch vs. Vampire Hysteria

Last night, I was watching this documentary where they posed the possibility that Eleonore von Schwarzenberg, an 18th century Austrian princess, was an accused vampire. Personally, I don’t give much credence to the vampire accusations. However, it made me think. I took a class last year that was about the witchcraft hysteria. You might ask how this is related? Within the first few days of the class, that teacher brought up the fact that the witch hysteria was mostly in western Europe while the vampire hysteria was mostly in eastern Europe. I never really thought about it, but I’m not surprised. A lot of the vampire related things that I’ve read or watched point towards a hysteria more in eastern Europe. On the other hand, a majority of witch hunts, as far as I know, were in western Europe.

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