Issues worth taking notice of and doing something about. Thank you Drew for making everyone aware and thank you Ann Troup for giving us the author view. I am grateful I’ve only dealt with really nice people through my blog 🙂
Today on The Tattooed Book Geek I am pleased to be bringing to you all a guest post courtesy of the author Ann Troup on the relationship between bloggers and authors.
I’ve recently had a couple of issues with authors. I’m not going to go into any detail in this introduction over those issues as I think it would be unfair to Ann’s post to have me rambling on before it. I’ll only say that I stood up for my blog and told the authors the truth and for doing this I was made out to be the bad guy, no not Razor Ramon the cool WWF bad guy but the bad guy for being a blogger and speaking the truth.
Due to this, I found myself questioning my perception of the relationship between bloggers and authors and so, I put out a tweet asking for an author of any…
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Descent (The Soul Keeper #3) by L.A. Starkey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This was the last book. Didn’t take me too long to finish it (but it also was the shortest). It was an okay ending to the story, but there are quite a few things I did not like.
One very typical thing in many YA novels is the disappearance of the family. In the last book it still was okay, but in this one? She’s been gone for over a week and no one knows where she went. What about the Parkers!? I need to know they’re okay with Sam not being there! They were so loving and caring that leaving them completely out of the story hurts my heart.
Another thing I didn’t like was the gods. I know I said they were good in the previous book, but in this one it just felt pitiful. They became “human”. I liked it more when the gods weren’t like humans, please keep the distinction.
The characters got weaker. What happened in this one was that the main characters basically didn’t have anything to bring to the story. And it got more and more clear that they were just pawns in a greater game (that no one could do anything about).
The best thing in this was Hades, and even he could have been better. At least he was honest about what he wanted. Poseidon was also well written, but he didn’t appear much so that might be why.
In conclusion, it was a quick read and I got a conclusion to the story. But it could have been better.
“The path of truth lies hidden deep,
To find the light the climb is steep.
But in despair resolve is sound,
What once was lost will now be found.
All is lost and the prophecy seems null and void. Samantha is dead to the living world, and Marcus and Nicolas completely destroyed, but things aren’t always as they seem. To save the one they love, the boys will have to traverse the Descent, a darkness that all will enter and few will ever leave. The interference of gods and goddesses on the chessboard of blood has left the door open for a new player to enter the scene, and she holds the most powerful gift of all—sacrificial love.
Will the exit clause be invoked, dissolving of the chain that binds the trio together?
Will the Descent be the final setting for their love story or will they rise again?
As the curtain draws closed on this tale of old, who will rise and who will fall?
And what if their choice is no choice at all?”
Destroyed (The Soul Keeper #2) by L.A. Starkey
My rating: 2 of 3 stars
Didn’t think I’d fly through this as fast as I did, but it is quite nice to fly through books (even if they’re just okay). So, in this we continue the story of Sam and how she’s mixed up in the games of the
Greek gods. The story takes such an unbelievable turn and I cannot forget about it. If we weren’t reminded of the prophecy’s power on every second page this story would make no sense at this point. Not sure how I feel about that fact.
It is fun to be introduced to more of the gods and see their different relationships, and I like how Starkey has managed to make them feel like some other beings, and not like humans. Too often the gods just feel like humans with superpowers, so great work on making them different!
I will finish this series, but it probably won’t be one to last for me.
“Now I lay me down to sleep,
Whom shall I trust my soul to keep?
If I should die before I wake,
I leave to fate my soul to take.
The seal has been broken and the Soul Keeper Prophecy set in motion. Marcus and Nicolas are battling for the heart of one woman, Pandora’s only daughter; however, not everyone is playing by the rules. With interference from both sides of the lines and too many deities with hidden agendas, the trio must take matters into their own hands and look for another ending, one that removes control from fate.
Can they find the missing page from the prophecy that has the ability to change everything?
Will the new stranger they’ve been given as a guide assist or mislead them?
Will Samantha make a decision on who it is that she truly loves, saving one and destroying the other?
What if her choice is no choice at all?”
Snakes and spiders are two well-known phobias, and in the wizarding world they are not without foundation – the Forest is home to a dangerous family of arachnids, and snakes have long been associated with Dark Magic. Then there are the unexpected fears – such as Hogwarts without Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The mystery is slowly unfolding… Lockheart is so showing off his non-existent teaching skills. Spiders… Follow the spiders…
The love one can have for animals
Hagrid. Such a kind heart but he just doesn’t understand the difference between pet and monster. This is why we love him so much I think. That heart of gold reaches out to everything around him. He is very much like Newt Scamander in that regard.
I am trying to imagine myself breeding a giant spider in a locker in school. Oh god… that would never happen! But let’s look at it from another perspective than “Hagrid’s stupidity”. Aragog does care a lot for Hagrid and shows him incredible amounts of respect. He knows how Hagrid has saved his life and is grateful for Hagrid’s help in bringing him a family. To be honest it is beautiful.
Hagrid was only a boy, but he cared for me, hidden in a cupboard in the castle, feeding me on scraps from the table. Hagrid is my good friend, and a good man. /…/ He even found me a wife, Mosag, and you see how our family has grown, all through Hagrid’s goodness…
Maybe we should remember that even the monsters can be grateful and that showing kindness to everyone actually might do some good. I don’t think the saying “love conquers all” came from nothing.