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I found it an odd mixture. Somehow, NPR had this on their best books of the year of And my heart was racing just a little at the end.

Also a side note, I know I really like a book when I miss or nearly miss my metro stop commuting to work. I never missed or almost missed a stop with this.

Sep 25, Kell rated it really liked it Shelves: Billed as a cross between The Night Circus and A Discovery of Witches, this is one of those novels whos plot creeps up on you, making you believe in real magic before you can remind yourself that you live in the real world, because it is so firmly set in the real world and peopled with no-nonsense characters who believe in solid things that can be proven.

I quickly found myself gripped and had great difficulty putting it down to do things I had to do, such as feed the kids and do the school run Billed as a cross between The Night Circus and A Discovery of Witches, this is one of those novels whos plot creeps up on you, making you believe in real magic before you can remind yourself that you live in the real world, because it is so firmly set in the real world and peopled with no-nonsense characters who believe in solid things that can be proven.

I quickly found myself gripped and had great difficulty putting it down to do things I had to do, such as feed the kids and do the school run — my Kindle was firmly in my hand whenever I got even a single minute to myself to continue reading.

Szarlan is a writer I shall be searching out in the bookshops, as this is exactly the kind of writing that plunges the reader headlong into the story and will not let go until you have reached the very end.

Due out nicely in time for Halloween, so you can get your spook on while The Hawley Book of the Dead weaves its spell around you.

The blurb of the book sounded very interesting: Reve Dyer moves to an old abandoned house or rather a village to protect herself and her children from the creature which just killed her husband.

Reve and her husband used to be magicians with their own theater in Las Vegas. But Reve also has real magical abilities: All of this made me very curious about the book.

I often wanted to stop reading it altogether. First I had problems with the language which was a little too simple for my liking. Then it seemed like nothing was happening.

There were always hints that things were repeating themselves. But Reve was so slow in realizing what is happening, it was just frustrating.

Thanks for the opportunity! Jan 25, Deb rated it it was ok. Several readers recommended this book about a woman magician who, after accidentally killing her husband during a performance, flees to her family in Massachusetts and learns of her real magical origins, or should I say Magickal.

I had high hopes for this book, but it devolved into a regular suspense novel, with serial killers and government bad guys, but also with fantasy elements.

The grittier and presumably more realistic plot elements just distracted me from the fantasy and made it impossible Several readers recommended this book about a woman magician who, after accidentally killing her husband during a performance, flees to her family in Massachusetts and learns of her real magical origins, or should I say Magickal.

The grittier and presumably more realistic plot elements just distracted me from the fantasy and made it impossible for me to suspend my disbelief.

Also, the author made the rookie mistake of too much exposition. The titular Book of the Dead was too often just a vehicle for the author to explain stuff she wanted the reader to know.

I prefer it when stories grow organically. Oct 08, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. This book is amazing. I think it will be on my top books of the year list.

I love Rev, and her family and the story. I want so much more already. I cant wait to learn more about these interesting and dynamic characters.

I loved this book from start to finish!!! Sep 02, Darlene rated it did not like it. Thank god its over. Jun 23, Angie rated it really liked it. This was a very fun modern witchcraft book that managed to tie in a bit of the past as well.

Jun 01, Erin rated it it was ok Shelves: I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I struggled to finish it.

The beginning was good. But towards the middle and end I lost interest. Sep 26, David Kinchen rated it really liked it. No one more than the Dyers know that too much knowledge is a dangerous thing in a colony -- later a state -- infamous for burning its witches at the stake.

Hawley Forest is a real place, a state preserve with horseback riding trails, hiking trails and the ghosts of an abandoned settlement in its cellar holes.

Reve and her twin daughters Grace and Faith -- always called "Fai -- are avid horse people. Daughter Caleigh not so much; she would rather play with her magical string.

As the novel unfolds, we learn that in the late s, when Reve was a student at the private college where her father was a professor, she befriended a fellow student, Maggie Hamilton.

Maggie, from an inner city African-American background, is unhappy at the college and transfers to the University of Massachusetts -- Amherst.

There she learns about a secret and sinister government experiment underway in the tunnels of the university. She also comes to the attention of FBI agent Rigel Voss, who began to search for Maggie -- and Reve -- after they learned of the secret program.

For soon it becomes clear that the stranger could it be the now disgraced Rigel Voss? Oct 04, The Lit Bitch rated it really liked it.

I literally was up into the wee hours of the morning reading it. It was suspenseful and I loved how magic and witches were woven throughout the story.

The book had a distinct air of creepiness that it absolutely perfect for the fall. It reminded me a little of the old Bette Davis film Watcher in the Woods.

The setting was fitting for 4. The setting was fitting for a suspenseful, paranormal, witch novel. The dark woods in rural Massachusetts in a deserted town hundreds of years old….

I was envisioning Salem, Mass on a dark and stormy night. As for the characters, Reve had a lot of potential as a strong heroine in future books it appears she will be writing more on Reve which is such a delight to hear.

At times I felt like she was a little wishy-washy, especially after her husband died. I mean she shot and killed him on stage in front of hundreds of people…..

I understand why she had to, and I think that without the shocking murder she would have been perfect.

But when it starts out with her killing him, I think that kind of event commands a stronger, more tormented, haunted, main character. Without that she would have been fine.

The overall plot was suspenseful and I was literally up at night wondering what was lurking in the woods behind my house! The angle she presented the story and the background of the plot were interesting and intriguing at the same time.

I thought she did a great job getting the audience engaged and excited about how things were going to culminate.

It created a feeling of unease right from the beginning for the audience. See my full review here Apr 23, Majanka rated it it was amazing Shelves: Book Review originally published here: The Hawley Book of the Dead has an original, surprising premise, and delivers with great writing and outstanding characters.

Reve is broken up about it, and along with her three daug Book Review originally published here: Reve is broken up about it, and along with her three daughters, she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life.

Afraid the person who murdered her husband the intruder who switched her trick pistol is after them, she gathers her girls and moves to Hawley Five Corners, a small town founded by her ancestors.

But living in a secluded farmhouse in the middle of a town she grew up hearing so much about, Reve discovers things about her history that she never thought possible.

She finds the Hawley Book of the Dead, an ancient journal with strange power that might save her or destroy her. It also has a good amount of mystery and even some thriller-aspects.

The middle part lagged a bit, but I found that this helped build up the supsense. The characters were well-rounded and interesting. While the plot was interesting, it was the magic that brought this book to the next level for me.

I liked the history behind it, the introduction of the book, and in general, the whole magic system. The writing was great too, with vivid descriptions and an unique setting.

This book was boring. I started and stopped reading it twice before I finally finished. I kept thinking it was bound to get better.

In A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness builds a world for her fantastical characters that is original and genuine enough that the reader can buy into it.

And she crafts this world around a plot full of action and activity. The characters, even when they are still learning their craft embrace it and engage in it.

That makes them more believable and sympathetic. The Hawley Book starts out terribly slowly. There is a murder at the very beginning then absolutely nothing happens.

They just sit and wait. I have rarely seen a character who is supposed to be the heroine so passive and willing to just wait for something to happen.

And the characters around her are totally inconsistent in their response to her, her situation and her surroundings.

The relationship she restarts with her childhood friend makes very little sense. He is so laid back he might be asleep.

Perhaps there is a good book lurking in here. But the book I read is at the very least in a coma, if not DOA. Her magic is real though and is no illusion.

She also has a family made up of two twin daughters and a younger daughter. This is no ordinary family. After the tragedy strikes the family, Revelation is afraid that some of her old issues with magic has come to roost upon her and her family.

This book is a great story with a healthy dose of magical realism, mystery, and susp "The Hawley Book of the Dead" is the story of Revelation, a Las Vegas magician, who has a magic act with her beloved husband.

This book is a great story with a healthy dose of magical realism, mystery, and suspense that will delight many readers. I love my fiction with a little bit of magic!

Magical realism is so much fun. This book definitely has it in spades. This book has a healthy dose of mystery surrounding the magic which makes it all that much more interesting!

I really like that the book was told from the perspective of Revelation. That really allowed me to get into the story. I think it was also helpful to have the story be told from a first-hand point of view as it helped to keep the mystery that happens throughout the book and is solved at the end of the book a secret until the very end.

This book is best ride it in large doses. I really enjoyed the story and know that I will be thinking about these characters for a long time to come.

Sep 10, Christy rated it it was amazing. Wow, I thought this book was excellent. It kept you in suspense right up until the end.

There were so many secrets to uncover. It starts out with a tragedy where Reve, short for Revelation, accidentally shoots and kills her husband in a magic act.

She soon finds out a man has been stalking Reve and her family her three girls and is responsible for her husbands death.

They end up hiding in the town she grew up in after being summoned by her Aunt Nan who says they will be safe there. They end up Wow, I thought this book was excellent.

They end up in an old farmhouse that her ancestors used to own. The people in town have a lot of secrets about the house and surrounding area that no one seems to want to share with her.

She lived in the area as a child and played in the forest there with her best friend and first love Jolon who has recently come back to be the chief of police there.

When two of her own children and the two horses they were riding go missing she and Jolon have to pay attention to the stories because of the similarities where it appears they just vanished without a trace.

This story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sep 17, Beth rated it really liked it. The history of witches and witchcraft has always fascinated me, as I know it does for many.

But sadly, too many books on that topic are whitewashed versions of things that have come so many times before. First and most important - the characters felt like real people, not some caricature of "every witch".

It was more compelling and interesting. When your children are threatened and your beloved is dead - at your hand? And when the mysterious suddenly becomes the impossibly possible?

You keep reading, of course - and whether that book happens to be a book OF magic, or a book ABOUT magic, it suddenly makes no difference.

Dec 19, J. Morgyn rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked the subtle magic and fae history woven into the story.

The plot drives itself towards a big finale and that compelled me to keep reading to find out what happened. I expected more of the magical act story, and was suprised when the plot took a different direction.

At times I wanted more description of characters. There was very little character development beyond the heroine. The book reads like a Hardy Boys mystery and ends like one with a total wrap-up and an easily predictable outcome.

The big bad guy looming turns into ash and the other bad guy is vanquished. Guy and girl hook up and the missing kids come home.

The ending is odd in that the big bad guy is never confronted by the heroine - he appears only off-screen. I wish the plot line with the grandmother was more fleshed out.

The falconry choice was an intriguing vocation for her. Oct 03, MaryAnn rated it did not like it. Many children will pick up this book for that reason alone.

Mar 11, Jakk Makk rated it it was amazing Shelves: It does a massive amount of work at breakneck speed when origin tales often bog down.

Even more so since I have no game knowledge and this falls outside of my typical content choices of Adult Gygaxian Fantasy. Pero eso no le impide recorrer el Museo en donde trabaja su madre.

La cultura egipcia cobra vida trayendo todos sus mitos al mundo actual. No es necesario tener conocimientos previos de Egipto para entender lo que ocurre en la historia.

Y nosotros tenemos un club de lectura. Eso siempre es algo bueno. De los enemigos mucho no sabemos, seguramente sea una seguidilla de malos, en la eterna lucha entre el bien y el mal, pero eso lo descubriremos en las continaciones.

Dec 13, Cheryl rated it really liked it. This book had hints of the Mummy but for the younger generation. I know my nephews will have a good time reading this book.

Alex and Ren are relatable characters. Even for a girl Ren is cool. I point this out because I myself had no issues with her but boys being boys who are still at the stage of girls are gross, will like her too.

They will not find this a girl book but a cool book about Ancient Egypt, fighting the undead, good action, and a fast read.

Another thing that I liked about this boo This book had hints of the Mummy but for the younger generation. There are five books in this series total.

This one starts out the series nicely and the next one is sure to delight and have tons more action. Also, you can go online at www.

Feb 22, Cindy Roa rated it liked it. Apr 03, Laurie rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. Parents need to know that Book of the Dead is the first book in the multimedia TombQuest series. Kids who read the series five books are planned can go to the website and do their own tomb quest with a character they create.

There also are places on the site to write fan fiction, interact with the author, and chat on the message boards.

In this start to the history-adventure series, kids follow the story of Alex, a terminally ill boy whose mother, an Egyptologist at the Metropolitan Museum of Parents need to know that Book of the Dead is the first book in the multimedia TombQuest series.

In this start to the history-adventure series, kids follow the story of Alex, a terminally ill boy whose mother, an Egyptologist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, uses lost spells from the Book of the Dead to bring Alex back.

In the process she unleashes some Egyptian baddies: Educational value A bit of Egyptology , with mentions of canopic jars, mummies, what animals mythologically represented such as the hyena and the scarab beetle , the Book of the Dead, and the Temple of Dendur.

Much talk of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City and its exhibits, and one very important fact about scorpions: The small ones, not the big ones, are much more venomous.

Positive messages Good vs. The evil forces are put in motion by a mother not able to let go of her dying son, so was what she did good or evil?

Alex and Ren are loyal and brave friends. A boy in Egypt is captured in the night, with no mention of whether he is killed.

Some mentions of human deaths, but the main characters only see a mass grave of small animals. Two people get stung by scorpions that swarm through NYC.

Booby traps knives, a pit , and one murderous mummy with a giant stinger attacks. Language Not applicable This is from commonsensemedia.

Northrop kicks off the first in a planned multiplatform series with an exciting adventure rich in Egyptian mythology and magic.

Alex, who has been seriously ill for most of his life, dies, and his mother uses the Egyptian Book of the Dead to restore him.

In doing so, she unwittingly opens a door to the afterlife and releases the Death Walkers, evil ancients trapped between life and death.

Alex and Ren are a brave and engaging pair, wisecracking their way through some frightening situations. Likely to be a blockbuster. Kirkus Reviews November 15, Scholastic launches its latest multiplatform series, this one steeped in ancient Egyptian magic.

Twelve-year-old Alex Sennefer is blessed with a mother who would risk everything for him, a best friend, Ren short for Renata , who accepts him just as he is, and an insatiable hunger for anything having to do with ancient Egypt.

If only his body would hang on long enough for him to see it. A lifetime of illness catches up with him, and he is pronounced dead by his doctors--but then Alex is suddenly pulled from the brink and awakens to discover he is not only alive, but also healthier than ever.

Almost immediately, he and Ren find themselves in a battle of ancient Egyptian proportions and embroiled in a quest to find his mysteriously missing mother and save the world.

Like a preteen Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, Alex and Ren make a compelling duo, and Northrop balances pathos and action effectively to engage readers.

Funny and smart, Alex and Ren are excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride. Alex Sennefer suffers from a mysterious debilitating disease, which his Egyptologist mother cures by using a lost spell from the Book of the Dead.

Todtman, part of a group known as the Keepers. The story begins leisurely, as Northrop devotes attention to setup and worldbuilding, before shifting into high gear once the nature of the threat is revealed.

Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. She and her colleagues have discovered the Lost Spells from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which are coveted by a dark society of evil, undead Egyptian souls.

When she and the Spells disappear, Alex, his best friend Ren, and a mysterious scientist must try to find them while working against black magic and ancient evil.

The plot moves quickly and will appeal to reluctant readers looking for adventure, danger, and minimal character development.

There is also an online game component. Jun 17, elmarcapaginasbooks rated it liked it. Alex cada vez esta mas enfermo, y a escondidas 3.

Oct 02, Sandy rated it really liked it. Alex is dying and no one knows why. For eleven years Alex has been prodded and poked and had to suffer great pain.

Good thing his mother is an archeologist and understands the writing on the scrolls of the Book of the Dead.

She will do anything to save her son but when she uses the scrolls she also unleashes the Death Walkers. Only Ren and Ale Alex is dying and no one knows why.

Only Ren and Alex and one other see the Stung Man rise and begin to walk again. If they find the Stung Man, Alex knows he will also find his mother.

I thought the book was very cute and obviously written for a preteen which was done very well. This was a nice break from heavier stuff and still suspenseful.

Highly recommended for that age group and anyone needing just a cute read. I actually listened to this and thought the reader did a wonderful job of keeping the pace fast.

May 30, Aliesha sanders rated it it was amazing. View all 3 comments. Feb 20, Preston rated it it was amazing. TombQuest was a very interesting book to read.

The book always left me wanting to read more. His journey to find the Lost Spells and his mother is full of action and mysteries. I recommend this book to anyone that loves non-fiction and magic.

This story is also a little informative on the Egyptian culture. Also, he needs to get a hold of the Lost Spells before they do, or it could be the end of the world.

In conclusion, I recommend this book for people of all ages especially if you like to be on the edge of your seat. Jan 08, Dayla rated it really liked it Shelves: Review also appeared on my blog: Alex, the protagonist, is a sickly child and thou Review also appeared on my blog: The fun of the novel begins when his mother, an egyptologist, takes the situation into her own hands.

From the moment Alex wakes up, the world he knows is completely changed and our adventure begins. I found myself drawn to this book because it looked like a great, light read full of adventure.

I loved the pacing and how the storyline is more action-driven than anything else. Northrop remains true to the story by focusing mainly on the mystery at hand and the creepiness of the situation.

It even made me think of how much middle grade books have changed. While the action is definitely a huge appeal, I did find myself feeling a bit old while reading this.

The tone felt youngish and out of place in such a dark world. It was like Northrop was taking an older teen story and occasionally remembered that this was actually for a younger demographic.

Other than the occasional slip in tone, I really did enjoy this book. The mystery was fun and light and the conclusion gave us some closure, while still leaving the possibility for a fun sequel.

I would recommend this to readers looking for a light adventure set in NYC. Well now a bunch of strange stuff is going on — museu Synopsis: Well now a bunch of strange stuff is going on — museum mummies changing positions, strange weather patterns — and an ancient cult rising.

The Death Walkers threaten everything in the world and Alex and his best friend, Ren who is a girl have to stop them.

This is a great start to a new series. There are 5 books planned for the series with the last one being published in March or April of Northrop the other series have different authors writing different books.

Multiplatform means there is an online game to go with the books. Northrop really built up a great story. Alex is a great character, and Ren really reminds me of one of my classmates.

The beginning of the book is a bit tense because Alex is always sick, but it builds up for the adventure that is going to happen.

The book is non-stop action-packed. The dialogue was hilarious and very realistic. Plus, the online game for it is really cool!

The game is easy to use and appropriate for kids. It requires a Scholastic account free to sign up for. The graphics are very cool. It is a nice compliment to the book.

I like how there are lots of little touches in the book — like the chapters are numbered with Egyptian numbers and there is an Egyptian alphabet in the back of the book.

Northrop wrote a great adventure with a satisfying ending but left a ton of questions and plenty to write about in the next book.

I am looking forward to the next adventure! Sep 06, Karissa rated it really liked it. This is the first book in the Tombquest series.

There are five books planned for this series and they will all be written by Northrop. Eleven year old Alex has suffered from sickn This is the first book in the Tombquest series.

Alex will stop at nothing to save her. I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. There is a lot of mystery in here, some creepy parts, some good action, and some magic.

I really enjoyed it all. The book was fast-paced and easy to read. I liked Alex as a character and wanted to know more about his illness.

After his mom uses the Lost Spells on him he starts gaining endurance and this leaves the reader wondering what else about Alex will change as the series continues.

I loved that him and his mother have an open and loving relationship. I also enjoyed the friendship between him and Ren. Ren was another fun character, she is a girl and has a lot of spunk.

I enjoyed that there was both a main boy and girl character; this makes the story accessible and fun for both genders.

The plot was well done, pretty much the story is just getting started here. I loved the Egyptian mythology throughout too.

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Jun 04, Nikki rated it it was ok Shelves: The set-up is great: The setting is great; I could easily picture both the theatre for the performance at the beginning of the story, and the little abandoned town in New England.

Jun 07, Ian rated it liked it Shelves: Reve and her husband were Las Vegas magicians. Then during a show a mysterious man known as the Fetch switched the ammunition in a stage gun and her husband was killed.

Being pursued by the Fetch she bundles up her children and runs to her childhood home in Massachusetts. There she discovers things are not as they seem and she must discover the secrets of a grimoire which has been passed down through her family for generations.

But the Fetch has found her and is circling. Then, quite suddenly, the story crashes into you and it honestly becomes a bit of a roller-coaster ride.

Overall, I enjoyed this book despite the slow start. The second half more than made up for that. Sep 02, Ionia rated it liked it.

I had some really high expectations for this book after reading the blurb and looking at the intriguing cover. In some ways I feel those expectations were met, but in others I feel a little let down.

That might not make a lot of sense, but that was how I felt about it. I was hoping that the book would continue to be very exciting and would hold my attention, but it seems to go thr I had some really high expectations for this book after reading the blurb and looking at the intriguing cover.

I was hoping that the book would continue to be very exciting and would hold my attention, but it seems to go through phases.

After the leave from Nevada the book gets considerably more magical and exciting, but it does drop off again at different points throughout the story.

What I did like about this story was the original qualities of the magic. The author did a beautiful job crafting her characters.

She gave them unique abilities, minds of their own and the emotional maturity that one wants to see in well rounded characters.

I would still recommend this book to those who like mysterious, family based stories. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley.

All opinions are my own. Sep 22, PopcornReads rated it it was amazing Shelves: Like magic and illusion? How about family myths of otherworldly events?

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My biggest issue is the personality of the main character Revelation aka Reve. The author failed miserably at making me believe Reve was anything other than a character written in a book.

I never felt sorrow for her loss, worry, concern or triumph. Reve observes it, but never seems overly shocked, amazed or surprised by it.

Her expression so to speak never changes. Even when secrets are finally revealed to Reve, she just listens. It is only towards the last 20 pages or so in the book that the woman gets any real spark to her.

Unfortunately this is not enough to improve the book. Last even though things happen like her husband dying, nothing really happens.

The whole book is more about anticipating what is likely to happen. I like the supernatural abilities the mom and the daughters have. The plot is decent but confusing.

At one point this book is very supernatural oriented but by the end of the book it was more a thriller or a Jeffrey Deaver book.

Pick one type and stick to it. I found it an odd mixture. Somehow, NPR had this on their best books of the year of And my heart was racing just a little at the end.

Also a side note, I know I really like a book when I miss or nearly miss my metro stop commuting to work. I never missed or almost missed a stop with this.

Sep 25, Kell rated it really liked it Shelves: Billed as a cross between The Night Circus and A Discovery of Witches, this is one of those novels whos plot creeps up on you, making you believe in real magic before you can remind yourself that you live in the real world, because it is so firmly set in the real world and peopled with no-nonsense characters who believe in solid things that can be proven.

I quickly found myself gripped and had great difficulty putting it down to do things I had to do, such as feed the kids and do the school run Billed as a cross between The Night Circus and A Discovery of Witches, this is one of those novels whos plot creeps up on you, making you believe in real magic before you can remind yourself that you live in the real world, because it is so firmly set in the real world and peopled with no-nonsense characters who believe in solid things that can be proven.

I quickly found myself gripped and had great difficulty putting it down to do things I had to do, such as feed the kids and do the school run — my Kindle was firmly in my hand whenever I got even a single minute to myself to continue reading.

Szarlan is a writer I shall be searching out in the bookshops, as this is exactly the kind of writing that plunges the reader headlong into the story and will not let go until you have reached the very end.

Due out nicely in time for Halloween, so you can get your spook on while The Hawley Book of the Dead weaves its spell around you. The blurb of the book sounded very interesting: Reve Dyer moves to an old abandoned house or rather a village to protect herself and her children from the creature which just killed her husband.

Reve and her husband used to be magicians with their own theater in Las Vegas. But Reve also has real magical abilities: All of this made me very curious about the book.

I often wanted to stop reading it altogether. First I had problems with the language which was a little too simple for my liking.

Then it seemed like nothing was happening. There were always hints that things were repeating themselves. But Reve was so slow in realizing what is happening, it was just frustrating.

Thanks for the opportunity! Jan 25, Deb rated it it was ok. Several readers recommended this book about a woman magician who, after accidentally killing her husband during a performance, flees to her family in Massachusetts and learns of her real magical origins, or should I say Magickal.

I had high hopes for this book, but it devolved into a regular suspense novel, with serial killers and government bad guys, but also with fantasy elements.

The grittier and presumably more realistic plot elements just distracted me from the fantasy and made it impossible Several readers recommended this book about a woman magician who, after accidentally killing her husband during a performance, flees to her family in Massachusetts and learns of her real magical origins, or should I say Magickal.

The grittier and presumably more realistic plot elements just distracted me from the fantasy and made it impossible for me to suspend my disbelief.

Also, the author made the rookie mistake of too much exposition. The titular Book of the Dead was too often just a vehicle for the author to explain stuff she wanted the reader to know.

I prefer it when stories grow organically. Oct 08, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. This book is amazing. I think it will be on my top books of the year list.

I love Rev, and her family and the story. I want so much more already. I cant wait to learn more about these interesting and dynamic characters.

I loved this book from start to finish!!! Sep 02, Darlene rated it did not like it. Thank god its over. Jun 23, Angie rated it really liked it.

This was a very fun modern witchcraft book that managed to tie in a bit of the past as well. Jun 01, Erin rated it it was ok Shelves: I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would.

I struggled to finish it. The beginning was good. But towards the middle and end I lost interest. Sep 26, David Kinchen rated it really liked it.

No one more than the Dyers know that too much knowledge is a dangerous thing in a colony -- later a state -- infamous for burning its witches at the stake.

Hawley Forest is a real place, a state preserve with horseback riding trails, hiking trails and the ghosts of an abandoned settlement in its cellar holes.

Reve and her twin daughters Grace and Faith -- always called "Fai -- are avid horse people. Daughter Caleigh not so much; she would rather play with her magical string.

As the novel unfolds, we learn that in the late s, when Reve was a student at the private college where her father was a professor, she befriended a fellow student, Maggie Hamilton.

Maggie, from an inner city African-American background, is unhappy at the college and transfers to the University of Massachusetts -- Amherst. There she learns about a secret and sinister government experiment underway in the tunnels of the university.

She also comes to the attention of FBI agent Rigel Voss, who began to search for Maggie -- and Reve -- after they learned of the secret program.

For soon it becomes clear that the stranger could it be the now disgraced Rigel Voss? Oct 04, The Lit Bitch rated it really liked it. I literally was up into the wee hours of the morning reading it.

It was suspenseful and I loved how magic and witches were woven throughout the story. The book had a distinct air of creepiness that it absolutely perfect for the fall.

It reminded me a little of the old Bette Davis film Watcher in the Woods. The setting was fitting for 4. The setting was fitting for a suspenseful, paranormal, witch novel.

The dark woods in rural Massachusetts in a deserted town hundreds of years old…. I was envisioning Salem, Mass on a dark and stormy night.

As for the characters, Reve had a lot of potential as a strong heroine in future books it appears she will be writing more on Reve which is such a delight to hear.

At times I felt like she was a little wishy-washy, especially after her husband died. I mean she shot and killed him on stage in front of hundreds of people…..

I understand why she had to, and I think that without the shocking murder she would have been perfect. But when it starts out with her killing him, I think that kind of event commands a stronger, more tormented, haunted, main character.

Without that she would have been fine. The overall plot was suspenseful and I was literally up at night wondering what was lurking in the woods behind my house!

The angle she presented the story and the background of the plot were interesting and intriguing at the same time. I thought she did a great job getting the audience engaged and excited about how things were going to culminate.

It created a feeling of unease right from the beginning for the audience. See my full review here Apr 23, Majanka rated it it was amazing Shelves: Book Review originally published here: The Hawley Book of the Dead has an original, surprising premise, and delivers with great writing and outstanding characters.

Reve is broken up about it, and along with her three daug Book Review originally published here: Reve is broken up about it, and along with her three daughters, she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life.

Afraid the person who murdered her husband the intruder who switched her trick pistol is after them, she gathers her girls and moves to Hawley Five Corners, a small town founded by her ancestors.

But living in a secluded farmhouse in the middle of a town she grew up hearing so much about, Reve discovers things about her history that she never thought possible.

She finds the Hawley Book of the Dead, an ancient journal with strange power that might save her or destroy her.

It also has a good amount of mystery and even some thriller-aspects. The middle part lagged a bit, but I found that this helped build up the supsense.

The characters were well-rounded and interesting. While the plot was interesting, it was the magic that brought this book to the next level for me.

I liked the history behind it, the introduction of the book, and in general, the whole magic system. The writing was great too, with vivid descriptions and an unique setting.

This book was boring. I started and stopped reading it twice before I finally finished. I kept thinking it was bound to get better. In A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness builds a world for her fantastical characters that is original and genuine enough that the reader can buy into it.

And she crafts this world around a plot full of action and activity. The characters, even when they are still learning their craft embrace it and engage in it.

That makes them more believable and sympathetic. The Hawley Book starts out terribly slowly. There is a murder at the very beginning then absolutely nothing happens.

They just sit and wait. I have rarely seen a character who is supposed to be the heroine so passive and willing to just wait for something to happen.

And the characters around her are totally inconsistent in their response to her, her situation and her surroundings. The relationship she restarts with her childhood friend makes very little sense.

He is so laid back he might be asleep. Perhaps there is a good book lurking in here. But the book I read is at the very least in a coma, if not DOA.

Her magic is real though and is no illusion. She also has a family made up of two twin daughters and a younger daughter. This is no ordinary family.

After the tragedy strikes the family, Revelation is afraid that some of her old issues with magic has come to roost upon her and her family.

This book is a great story with a healthy dose of magical realism, mystery, and susp "The Hawley Book of the Dead" is the story of Revelation, a Las Vegas magician, who has a magic act with her beloved husband.

This book is a great story with a healthy dose of magical realism, mystery, and suspense that will delight many readers. I love my fiction with a little bit of magic!

I liked the writing and I felt that it was easy to follow along. Finally, I like how the author kept some consistences from the first book.

Odessa was still dealing with her addiction and they both continually dealt with their partners deaths. While a lot of readers would say that this was prolonged, I disagree on the principal that it is realistic and needs to be written that way.

Weeks, months, and sometimes years later the sadness still lingers. An good ending to a great duology.

Dec 17, Kelsey rated it really liked it Shelves: I fell in love with Reign of the Fallen as soon as I started reading it.

I love the characters and the magic in this world. I love the fact that this book touches on everyday issues that people face.

Grief, love, addiction, friendship. The dynamics of the friends in Song of the Dead is wonderful and you truly feel like they love each other.

The romance in this book is nice, there are some really sweet couples! I was almost worried that the main romance would be overbearing and take over the plot, but it ended up working in nicely.

I do have to admit that I was more invested in the side characters love lives though. I am quite obsessed with the magic in this world, as I said before.

I find it so interesting that the magical abilities you have are linked to eye color! Also - the animal familiars are my fav!

This book took a completely different path than I thought it would. It went a little darker towards the end, and I was definitely shocked and a little sad about certain events.

I really think it ended just how it needed to though. I really want more from this world! There are so many characters that Sarah could focus on and run with their stories!

And I need more Nipper in my life! I am incredibly excited for the cover reveal of this book! Not to mention, look at this cover!

Jul 06, Heather Hughes rated it it was amazing. This review is spoiler free. I want to give a very special thanks to my friend Sarah for allowing me to read this book early because I could not contain my excitement!

Okay, so we are pretty much where we left off. Odessa and Meredy are on the ship together and plan to explore the world just like Evander would have.

Of course, things go wrong. A deadly disease is slowly spr This review is spoiler free. A deadly disease is slowly spreading.

New discoveries are made. I truly missed this character and I was so fascinated and in love with her emotional turmoil.

She is still reeling from the death of Evander while also battling her growing feelings for Meredy. Had to get that out there.

I wish I had a Nipper of my own…if reality was like that. We meet new characters in this book too. Can I call an inanimate object a character?

I know an explanation for this thing was given and how it worked, but I do kind of wish something bigger was behind it. I was reading a very suspenseful and intense scene.

It turns out a cricket jumped on my bare foot. Talk about heart stopping. Unless Penguin Teen decides they want more. Who else votes for another or an Evander novella?

In conclusion, there is not enough that I can say about this book without breaking my fingers off while typing. Jul 06, Natalie rated it it was amazing.

I already know this book is going to be magical. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. In fact, it was probably a fantasy-contemporary, if such a genre exists.

I loved it for its inclusiveness and ALSO the fact that it was different, but all said and done, the book was hard to read. The pace and tone of the series changed completely in this book.

While Reign of the Fallen focused on a country being stuck in its ways, the Dead, grief and loss, Song of the Dead was about exploration, invention, the family we choose, change, healing and love.

I absolutely loved Nipper and her loyalty and it was just a lot of fun to see a dragon in the book. I loved the easy camaraderie between Jax, Simeon, Odessa, Valoria, Meredy and all the new additions to their crew.

Would I recommend this series? Jan 18, Erin Jackson rated it really liked it. Odessa is a great protagonist in my opinion. What I like about her is that she loves who she loves regardless of whether they are male or female.

I have never read a story with a character like this. At one point in this series she loved Evander and then fell in love with his sister Meredy after his death.

As far as Song of the dead goes , I tried to figure out what that song was supposed to be. Was it someone singing it? Did the dead create a choir to belt out some tunes.

However, once I learned what that meant I was pleasantly surprised. This copy of the novel that I received from Penguin is pages long.

I was able to follow along without difficulty. Every character left an impression on me even down to the ones that were unable to speak.

I felt bad for the spirits and those who fell during the battle. Without spoiling a major part of the story, I will say that there is a shocking part that I as always did not see coming.

I rated this book four stars out of five. Jan 24, psiedoll rated it liked it. If in the first book we see Odessa struggling to find her place in the world after she experienced the loss of her first love.

In this book, Odessa has finally find her place, and her love. One of the things I have adored about this duology, is the normality in which bisexuality is treated.

How cool would it be if that would be the real world? A strong no no however is the main couple, which did not convince me even in the second book.

I think it was pretty forced. Another thing I disliked was the lack of a main important plot: It could have been so much more, but nonetheless, it was a pretty enjoyable book.

Song of the Dead: Dec 24, Samantha rated it really liked it Shelves: The book picks up where it left off from Reign and while it seemed confusing and unnecessary at first, it all comes into play as the book goes on.

Overall, I think the plot of this book was just as interesting and odd as the first one, which made me want to keep going 3. Simply amazing and a great continuation after Reign of the Fallen.

Full review to come! Thank you to Penguin Teen for an advanced copy. All thoughts are my own. Jan 21, Nada Hosny rated it it was amazing.

It feels good breaking things. Destroying a little bit of the world that seems to bent on destroying us. So travelling in a fantasy world? The book is pages but it was so packed and fast tracked It feels good breaking things.

A lot of new Characters join in this part, and somehow i still loved them? Jan 12, Avery Book Deviant rated it it was amazing Shelves: Having read and loved Reign of the Fallen, I was ecstatic to be given the opportunity to dive into Song of the Dead slightly early.

The characters are probably my favorite part of this series, and Song of the Dead put a lot development into the familiar characters, but also introduces some really interesting new characters.

But I will Having read and loved Reign of the Fallen, I was ecstatic to be given the opportunity to dive into Song of the Dead slightly early.

But I will make one thing clear before I start gushing about the characters: The plot is there, but it comes in later, and is slowly developed until the very, very end.

Check out my full review on The Book Deviant! Jan 25, Carina Olsen rated it it was ok. I truly did try my hardest to enjoy this second book.

But it was so impossible. And I have no idea where to begin with this review of mine. I have so many thoughts to share.

Pretty much all of them will not be positive. It bothered me so very much. I will do my very best not to be too harsh in my review.

I also I truly did try my hardest to enjoy this second book. I also do not mind that others will love this book. Everyone has different taste.

But for me, this was a two star. Not a very positive one. Tried so very hard to like this. But will begin by sharing what I did like about this book, before I start sharing all the things I did not.

Which I may not be able to stop writing about. All my the words are stopping. Because I honestly cannot think of anything that I did like about this book.

In the first book I enjoyed the writing a lot, and I loved the world, I loved the dead. Nothing was the same in this second book. The writing bothered me from start to finish.

The world was completely different too, somewhat. And I honestly do not know what I liked about this sequel. It is a two star. Because I could have hated it more than I did.

I could have hated every page of it. I still managed to finish it. I still enjoyed reading about this world. I still wanted to know more about the people living there and of all the places they lived in.

I wanted to know more about all the magic in this world and all the creatures too. I did not get nearly enough of any of it, though. Except they are the size of dogs.

And they bark like dogs. And behaves like cats. And are not one percent scary, sadly. The dragons disappointed me. And that makes me sad too, haha.

I thought that would be something I would love. I have so much to share about this book. And most of it is not good. There will be some spoilers.

Mostly about how I felt about certain things. Like the romance I did not ship for even a second. I also did not like that every single character had to fall in love with each other.

Every one of the side characters. Most of them are gay. I did like that, but it also got to be too much, with how every person in the book was in a relationship with someone.

It just seemed so very weird to me. It did not make sense. What I missed most about this second book was the dead. We do not get that in this book.

And I missed it, because I liked it a lot in book one. And there is barely any violence at all in this one. It was so disappointing.

The characters are always going on and on about how they wish to kill certain people. Yet no one ever does that. Only death by others. And even that was boring.

There was a plot, but it was beyond slow and so very boring. There were things about this book that I could have loved. But I did not.

I really truly did not. I wanted to enjoy this one so very badly, but it truly was impossible. Everything just felt wrong to me.

And it was sort of torture to finish reading it. But I did it. I wish I could say they were amazing. But they were not.

I know others will love everything that I hated about this book. And that is so okay. Different opinions are always good. I did not like this book at all.

I have this whole list over things that annoyed me about how this book was written. And though it feels a little rude of me to write it all down, I also cannot not do it.

I need to let all my thoughts and feelings about this book out, so that I may forget about it as soon as possible. In both books all the characters are pretty much always growling when they speak.

It drove me insane. Odessa is always going on about feeling the breath of others spilling over their lips and whatever.

Was truly gross to read about. I also tried my hardest to get used to the names in these books, but I never managed. Though they were all cute, almost every single one was just a small variation of a more used named, switched into a name I have never heard before.

Was a little weird. And every character that was important was young. The best captain, nineteen. He being a guard made no sense whatsoever.

He was a healer. They were all too young and it simply seemed weird. Old people existed too. It was also weird how they all had nicknames for each other.

They were all always crying. Always tears on their faces. What bothered me a lot, though, was how Odessa met the queen again, her friend, and saw she had two girls close to her, and she kept calling them replacement friends.

As those two girls had been with her longer than Odessa had even known her. It was rude and childish and I truly hated her behavior.

But what bothered me more than anything in this book, was how Odessa had suddenly changed so. She never really thought about Evander.

Her love of years that just died. She was suddenly just over it and laughing all the time and being more normal than ever. She also buys a crystal that says she can talk to Evander again.

Hears his voice for a moment, then Meredy shows up, and instead she sleeps with her, and forgets all about Evander.

That whole romance was a mess. And I will never get over it. She was with Evander for years. They were meant to be together.

They were going to get married. They were in love. It was mentioned that they had slept together often, but it was never on page.

Never more than the quickest kiss. Yet with her romance with his sister, there are so many details about their nude scenes together.

It bothered me beyond words. I could not stand them together. No spark, not for me. It was a mess. It was not that the romance was girl and girl. I did not mind that at all.

But I minded these two characters being together. They had no reason to be. Yet they are suddenly so much in love with each other and cannot live without the other and yuck.

Connor Taylor rated it it was ok Mar 24, Sarah, the local sleuth, is asked to assist in finding out what is going on in regards to some issues with drugs at the school, but she isn't sure she Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book in return for my honest opinion. From London to Amsterdam to Africa, Nic Bennet weaves a story that describes the trials and tribulations of being wealthy, and also showing what money can do when you make a mistake. Mich hat diese Sicht sehr betroffen gemacht und ich hoffe, dass durch dieses Buch verstärkt auf die Missstände aufmerksam gemacht wird. Den ersten der insgesamt drei Teile empfand ich als etwas zäh; sicher auch weil ich auf Schilderungen der Berliner Film- und Kulturszene wartete, die hier noch keine Rolle spielen. Wir beobachten von aussen, ohne dass man eingreifen will. Artie rated it it was ok Sep 22, A Cherringham Mystery for review, but the opinions in this post are my own and unbiased. It's brutal and cruel but poetic and compassionate at the same time. Or was it something more sinister? It is also good to see a police department where everyone seems to get on well and is just as devoted to solving the case as Clay. Beides wird verschiedentlich durch ein Loch in der Wand beobachtet und gefilmt und der Leser damit ebenfalls zum Voyeur gemacht.

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More death in the city of the dead. I can't hint why without spoilers but you learn quite early on that there is more to some characters than others. Die gesamte Handlung teilt sich in vier Abschnitte, die zwischendurch auch mit einem Wechsel des Hauptprotagonisten einhergehen. There is clearly a lot of back story for Clay, but I didn't feel left out from not knowin it, apart from the issue with her son which was one part I lost the plot thread for. Och den här boken handlar om? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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