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The Way: Age of Darkness

Author: Cole Alexander Higgins
Published: August 13, 2019
170 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

“Inside every world is another world, and inside of that is darkness and light.”

There exists a subconscious realm where emotions and thought can be found in their most vulnerable and raw state. It’s through this realm of not-quite-here and not-quite-there that accomplished animator and storyteller, Cole Alexander Higgins, will guide you in his new book The Way Volume 1: Age of Darkness.

This unique story is set in a distant, primitive world. A dark, malevolent force has spread across the land, turning brothers into enemies and men into monsters. Each image represents a window into the daily lives of this time and these people. These visions reveal how the people of a once great world fell into darkness, and what might be required for them to climb their way back to the light.

The Way Volume 1: Age of Darkness insightful story and striking imagery act as gateways to the subconscious—the area where our truest selves reside. Explore the depths of your own subconscious and the struggle between darkness and light. And perhaps discover your own path along the way.

Immerse yourself in The Way Volume 1: Age of Darkness and get ready to discover the worlds found within worlds…

Kim’s Review:

I was given a copy of The Way: Age of Darkness from Archangel Ink in exchange for an honest review. I was intrigued by the book the minute I picked it up, the cover and illustrations looked interesting. I will admit that I doubt I’m the best person to review this book simply because I’m not all that deep. There’s a lot implied and each person’s own self will greatly influence each individual reading. That sounds so hippie, but it’s true. Each page is literally one word and illustration. There was enough there to keep me interested in trying to form a story in my head.

As I said before, I’m not the most philosophically deep person, so I doubt I got what I was meant to. However, I enjoyed reading it for what it was and I would probably pick up Volume 2 when it’s released. Overall, a fascinating read.

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Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Author: Gita Trelease
Published: February 5, 2019
449 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…

Kim’s Review:

First off, let’s all take a moment to admire this cover! It makes my skin tingle!!! Definitely in my Top 5 fave covers of the year! I predict it goes pretty far in Series two at the end of the year for our Most Gorgeous Cover competition! Unfortunately, the cover is far better than the story. It has its good elements, but overall, I wasn’t impressed with the story. I’ve said before that I like more condensed scope that feels more intimate and manageable. However, if the situation calls for it, a wider scope works and works well. This book felt like it should have been far wider in scope than it was. For Camille, it never seemed to get farther than getting money so they can survive. I get it, that’s obviously a good goal, but in the middle of the French Revolution? I expected more to happen. She talked a good game about wanting equality and down with the nobles and all that, but she never DID anything. When you look at the story as a whole, it’s literally a tiff between teen nobles . . . And that’s pretty much it.

Yes, there was magic, but you never learn anything about it. The characters, while mostly likable, felt very static. I found myself pulling for the bad guy and looking for a twist that never happened. Most of the facets of the story felt like they didn’t fit in with each other. The balloon didn’t really fit with the revolution, the magic didn’t really fit with Versailles, the villain’s motivation seemed so shallow and flat compared to the times. I’m glad I read it, and I liked hearing about the fashion and life at Versailles, but I don’t think I’ll ever read it again. I also wouldn’t really recommend it to too many people. Maybe readers with a deeper imagination than I have would like it better. 

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The First Lady


Authors: James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
Published: December 13, 2018
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 3-13, 2019
Jessica’s Rating:

Novel: 4 stars
Audiobook: 2.5 stars
Average: 3 stars

Book Description:

“Sir, the First Lady … has gone rogue.”

President Tucker is caught up in a media firestorm. The scandal of his affair has sent shockwaves through his re-election campaign, and threatens to derail everything he has worked for. To win the vote, he needs the First Lady to stand by his side.

But Grace Tucker has a mind of her own.

After years of compromise, unfulfilled promises, deception and betrayal, Grace refuses to give in to her husband’s demands. Escaping the city and her Secret Service agents, she is officially off the radar.

But did the First Lady run away? Or is she in far greater danger than anyone could have imagined?

Jessica’s Review:

The First Lady is collaboration between James Patterson and Brendan DuBois and it was well done!  Patterson’s collaborations can be hit or miss and other than multiple narrator pronunciation errors in the audiobook, this one was a hit for me.

Just weeks before the election, the president is caught in an affair, which could ruin his re-election.  And to make things worse: the first lady goes missing and keeping that quiet is easier said than done. 

We also meet Special Agent Sally Grissom who heads up the Presidential Protective Detail.  She is determined to find the first lady.  We also see into Grissom’s life with is far from perfect. 

I never lost interest in the story and I had no idea what was going to happen. There is a twist ending that I enjoyed. If you like political thrillers, then you should read this one, but stay away from the audiobook version. 

The audiobook is where the biggest negative is: Yes, I did like the narrator’s voice and narration but she continuously mispronounced multiple words every time the word was said. I wish I had kept track of all the errors. I remember at least four words being mispronounced.  The Potomac River was butchered, and the name of Button Gwinnett was ruined.  I am originally from Gwinnett County so that mispronunciation bothered me. I don’t know how these errors were not caught in the editing of the audiobook.  Maybe no one cared? Due to the extremity of errors I had to give the audiobook 2.5 stars.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel, but stay away from the audiobook! 

Purchase Links:
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