Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Blurb: The Awakening and The Reckoning (Darkest Powers Trilogy #2 & #3) by Kelley Armstrong

So, here we are with another combined review. I've continued the theme of "finishing series I've started a long time ago" with these two books. As with the Wonderous Strange Trilogy, I read the first installment of this series, The Summoning in 2010. The first book I did enjoy, but was not in a rush to complete the series when I was done.

I found these books on Scribd as audiobooks recently and jumped back into it. At first, the narrator did not agree with me one bit. I had even put myself on the waitlist at the library for an e-book copy of The Awakening because it bothered me so much. I ended up trudging through while I was waiting and by time I was near the end of the second installment, I was okay with the narrator.

The Awakening was enjoyable but I did not find it to be as good as the first and third installments.It may also have to do with a certain character that irritated me (Tori). For a good portion of this book, the characters are on the run from The Edison Group. On top of that, they're learning about the dangers of living on the streets and trying to control their powers.

The Reckoning was much more interesting to me, with the characters finding allies and being taught by those allies to control their powers. They get a pretty good glimpse of the extent of what they can do and find out why they are the way they are. They find out about their parents and their involvement with The Edison Group. With more action, mystery, and a little teen romance thrown in, this final installment was the most enjoyable for me. I finished the audio in 2 sittings.

I gave The Awakening 3 stars on Goodreads and The Reckoning received 4 stars. I will definitely be jumping into Armstrong's Darkness Rising Trilogy as well as her Women of the Otherworld Series, of which I do own the first book.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2015: A book by a female author and a book with magic, check check!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book Blurb: Darklight and Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange Trilogy #2 & #3) by Lesley Livingston

I finished these two books recently, and instead of doing separate reviews, I thought I would combine them. I listened to the entire series on audiobook, which was narrated by the author. I listened to the first installment, Wondrous Strange, in 2011 and did not continue reading the series until last month. I am not usually one to start a series unless all the books are out (or close to being out) and I have access to all the books. I admit that I do not do well with cliffhangers and having to wait. I am the same way with my Korean Dramas.

This was a rare situation for me as, I had only access to the first installment at the time I started the series.I liked the first book and the ending did not leave me with an urgent need to seek out the next installment, which was great considering my situation. I found that the series was available on Scribd recently and I decided to finish it. 

As with the first book, Darklight was also enjoyable.Nothing specific to point out, just enjoyable. However, when I got to the end, I was like WHAT?!? Major cliffhanger ending. Thank goodness I had access to the next novel immediately. Not to mention that the situation we're left with at the end of book to had me screaming a little on the inside at our main character Kelley.

In our final installment, Tempestuous, I spent a bit of the book still shaking my head at the situation, but it does get resolved and the book does come to a nice conclusion I feel. A little spoiler here, but I thought the author was a little rushed with the love triangle in this installment.  It is hinted at throughout the series, but I feel as though our third wheel should've acted on it in a more obvious way in Darklight as opposed to waiting until Tempestuous.Though it was clear to me as a reader that he had feelings for her, Kelley apparently had no idea whatsoever *facepalm* Other than that, this was another enjoyable read/listen.

Each of the books received 3 stars from me on Goodreads.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2015: A book with a one-word title and A book with a love triangle, check check!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Crochet: Baby Pooh and Tigger Picture Blanket

Why hello there!  Just wanted to stop by and share with you my most recent finished project. This is the super secret project that I mentioned a few months ago.

Pooh and Tigger Blankie

I made this for my niece. It took me 11 months to complete and it measures 38 inches tall by 48 inches wide. I bought the chart from an Etsy seller called StarSquared. You can find her Etsy shop here. I then added the small ruffle border and my Mom backed the blanket for me with some yellow marble fleece.

Pooh and Tigger Blankie

Now that this has been completed and gifted, I am starting another picture chart for the TotalleCAL2015! I'll be posting my progress here as I go. I won't say who or what the picture is of, but maybe you can guess as I go along.

Hope you are all doing great and until next time, don't forget to Smi-Le Always

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