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Good Night by LRW Lee

After escaping from The Ninety-Eight, Ali and Kovis must find a way to return to Dream in an attempt to stop her father. And that is where Good Night picks up. This book is fantastic. Most of the time it is from Ali’s point of view, but occasionally switches to another (Ambien, Kovis, Kennan). The writing is super engaging. I had trouble putting it down sometimes, usually due to concern for the very well-developed characters and wondering what the author would do to them next. The Dream/Wake world is so imaginative. Every once in a while the way things are phrased gave me a smile or even a chuckle. The end was such a satisfying wrap-up (with one huge surprise I wasn’t expecting, but was so happy with) while still setting up the next book in the series. I very highly recommend this book (and the rest in the series) to late teens and up who enjoy fantasy with a lot of romance thrown in.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 5
Pages Read in 2019: 1067
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Demon of Darkness by Andrea Pearson

The final book in the Koven Chronicles, Demon of Darkness is absolutely fabulous. It’s creative and wraps things up very nicely. Even though I’ve known for a long time she’d have to wipe the memories of Omar and Alexander, those scenes brought tears to my eyes. The author really hit it out of the park with this book. I highly recommend reading it to anyone who likes fantasy (but read the rest of the series first for sure)!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 3
Pages Read in 2019: 400
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Battle for the Land’s Soul by LRW Lee

The final book in the Andy Smithson series, Battle for the Land’s Soul, ends pretty much as expected, but waits until the last couple chapters to finally answer some questions (particularly: Is Razen a good guy or not?). The end is on a hopeful note even while honoring all the many characters who died along the way. My 10- and 12-year-old boys and I all enjoyed this book, and the whole series, very much. The editing is excellent and there is just the right amount of action and adventure. I highly recommend it to people of all ages. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 139
Pages Read in 2018: 36,055
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Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason by LRW Lee

The sixth Andy Smithson book, Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason, is very emotional and sometimes difficult to get through. Yara has died and Andy is trying to deal with his emotions regarding his lost love and at the same time he is dealing with Mom and Father’s (and Mermin’s) rapidly approaching deaths. Andy’s character develops even more throughout this book. There were a couple twists that I definitely didn’t see coming. I highly recommend Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason to people of all ages (but read the first five books first).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 131
Pages Read in 2018: 33,831
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Forbidden Knowledge by Andrea Pearson

Forbidden Knowledge is the fifth book in the Koven Chronicles. It’s my favorite yet (it seems like each one I read becomes my favorite in the series). There’s so much going on and it’s an exciting race against time to collect and neutralize the remaining hounds while at the same time gearing up to destroy Lord Kenan. There’s a bit of light romance thrown in, too, since Lizzie and Abel are finally actually together. The book is super well-written and well-edited. I very highly recommend reading this book (but first read the rest of the series)!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 127
Pages Read in 2018: 33,063
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Vision of the Griffin’s Heart by LRW Lee

The fifth Andy Smithson book, Vision of the Griffin’s Heart, is just as wonderful as the previous four. My 10 and 12 year old boys loved it, of course, as did I. The end was a bit of a shock that none of us were expecting. This one is a little harder/darker than the previous four books. Andy is getting older and things are getting more serious as he nears the point where he’ll have to lift the curse and take over as ruler of Oomaldee. I highly recommend this book and the whole series. They really have made an excellent read-aloud/bedtime story for my boys.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 125
Pages Read in 2018: 32,769
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Resurrection of the Phoenix’s Grace by LRW Lee

After a frustrating year with no contact from his father and friends, Andy begins to be hunted by zolt crossing into his world. When he finally is transported back to Oomaldee, he must find the next ingredient to break the spell: a phoenix feather.

Resurrection of the Phoenix’s Grace is just as good as the previous three Andy Smithson books. My 10- and 12-year-old boys and I all loved it and of course will continue reading the series. I highly recommend this book and the whole series. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 120
Pages Read in 2018: 31,157
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