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Shrouded Secrets by Joel T. McGrath
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Aug 02, 11

bookshelves: stuff-i-like, overdue-review, own-it, read-twice, can-t-wait-for-sequel, my-thoughts, worth-buying
Recommended to Miles by: Amazon
Recommended for: Fans of MG/YA fantasy/urban-fantasy, paranormal
Read in June, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 2

** spoiler alert ** When I picked this book up, I had no idea what to expect. I found out that sometimes going into something without expectations can be a good thing. For instance, I went to see Super-8 this summer because it was hyped as the best movie since...since...I don't know, but they way hyped it up. I grabbed my concealed smacks, bought my ticket and prepared for the best movie that I'd probably ever seen, but it sucked and I wanted my money back.

Now that I've vented about failed, over-hyped expectations, I'll get to this book. The first few pages were awesome-you jump right into the action and you're left wondering the whole way how it's gonna go down in the end. It gets a little slow for a while, but the dialogue stays is crisp and true. By the time the world building happens, it doesn't feel too rushed since you get a small dose of it in the beginning.

I thought David had anger management issues, but they were relatable. His friend Ryan was a piece of needless luggage. Danielle was selfish in the beginning, but I understood why she was such a jerk, and actually started to dig her by the end. I liked the football $ricks, they remind me of the $ricks at my school, and let's see...what else...Seth was a cool guy, it's probably why I ended up liking Danielle in the end, well, until she...Never mind, don't wanna give it away.

Eruditus was pretty an awesome place. I only wish the author could have spent more time there, and less time other places. All in all, I wanted to read more, and while it wasn't totally perfect, I want to read the second in the series now. The ending was one of the best endings that I've seen in a while, and it wasn't a horrible cliffhanger like so many stupid series for the purpose of writing a series are these days.

The powers, and weapons were, um...sweet. The best way that I can describe it would be, Harry Potter, meets Star Wars, meets Highlander, meets like Friday Night Lights.

More reviews to come, now that I've got some time to do them.

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