The Keeper of Dragons: The Elven Alliance by J. A. Culican

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Title: The Keeper of Dragons: The Elven Alliance

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Rating: *****

Review: After reading The Prince Returns I was very excited to read this book especially after the ending of the first novel. The opening to The Elven Alliance was great we rejoin Cole and Eva as they begin their respective training with the different dragon factions. Eva learns quickly and advances through the ranks while Cole struggles especially with the Wolans who are fighters and quickly falls behind his counterpart. As I suspected from the end of the first novel there is more trouble on the horizon for Eva and Cole, the farros that were captured by the fairies have disappeared and the dragons believe that elden are helping them. Elden like farros are fallen by fallen elves and due to this new development Eva and Cole will begin training with the two most powerful elves in existance; Prince Gaber and Princess Clara.

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15 Questions about Social Media by Massimo Moruzzi

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Title: 15 Questions about Social Media

Author: Massimo Moruzzi

Genre: Non-Fiction

Rating: ****

Review: The introduction to 15 Questions about Social Media poses some important questions to the reader like what are social media networks and why are they called this? Social networks are supposed to be a community where a few individuals expand their social reach via a networking platform like Twitter or Facebook and this concept stretches back to the 1920’s. As Moruzzi puts it: “Social media are what social networks become the moment investors start thinking about how to recoup the money they invested in these ventures”.

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15 Questions about Online Advertising by Massimo Moruzzi

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Title: 15 Questions About Online Advertising

Author: Massimo Moruzzi

Genre: Non-Fiction

Rating: ****

Review: The introduction to 15 questions to Online Advertising was informative, Moruzzi lets us know that when questions this topic you can ask a straightforward question because the topic itself isn’t straightforward. After reading what happened to advertising by Moruzzi this book was almost a filler as it fills in the gaps and answers some of the questions I had from the previous book.

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The Keeper of Dragons: The Prince Returns by J. A. Culican

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Title: The Keeper of Dragons: The Prince Returns

Author: J. A Culican

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Rating: ****

Review: The prologue which opens this novel was very intriguing, we meet Cole our protagonist struggling to find a job after high school and other teenage problems. His life is turned upside down when his parents tell him he is adopted and his real parents will be taking him back on his 18th birthday only a few days away. This opening scene is extremely mysterious and I could wait to move on. The next day as Cole’s real parents are set to arrive and take him away, he is confused and devastated so are his adoptive parents and it is heart-wrenching as he asks to stay and his parents tell him it is best if he goes with his real parents, while this scene is great it does have a ominous feel to it. As the time draws closer things take an ever stranger turn.

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College Life 101 by J. B. Vample

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Title: College Life 101

Author: J. B. Vample

Genre: Contemporary/Coming of Age

Rating: ****

Review: The opening to College Life 101 was amazing rather than being introduced to a single protagonist we are introduced to host of female characters who are preparing to go to college, they all come from very different families and lifestyles but all are glad to be heading away from home albeit for very different reasons. We are also introduced to Ms. Smith the freshman counselor, she has conversations with each individual girl and it provides us with some insight into the girls’ varying personalities and prejudices in some cases. During the orientation all 5 of the girls meet for the first time, it turns out that Sidra and Malajia already know one another and weren’t friends, meanwhile Chasity is very annoyed she has to share a room with Sidra when she paid for a private room. Emily is the wallflower of the group and tends to stay quiet and not do much while Alex is the complete opposite and is the mothering figure of the group and so far she also plays referee in some verbal sparring matches between the 3 wilder girls.

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Weariland by Mary Shotwell

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Title: Weariland

Author: Mary Shotwell

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Re-Telling

Rating: *****

Review: The opening to Weariland was amazing. It was suspenseful and tense with an absolute air of mystery surrounding it. It really sucked me in as a reader and I couldn’t wait to read on. We are introduced to Lason whose grandmother has died mysterious but we the reader are privy to this information, her grandmother was killed by tarmals; mysterious creatures that can shape shift from liquid to solid forms. When they arrive in London to go through Alice’s belongings they find the area swarming with police, Lason’s mother also tells her about the murder but from the opening chapter we also know Alice left a clue for Lason in the form of a text message.

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Ghosts of Witches Past by Corinne O’Flynn

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Title: Ghosts of Witches Past

Author: Corinne O’Flynn

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal

Rating: *****

Review: The opening of Ghosts of Witches Past was amazing. We are introduced to Niall who has escaped his family who are trying to murder him for unknown reasons making the novel very suspenseful for the offset. We are also introduced to Wavy’s a witch who can see the spirits of the dead and helps them move on and its the curse that tells her of her own mother’s death. I was a bit stunned at the amount of suspense so earlier on in the novel and wondered whether the author would be able to maintain it.

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