I’ve decided to just count the weeks of the year to keep track of this since I’ve already screwed it up. Another slow week in reading thanks to cabin fever and tackling a tome of a book. You may glory in my awesomeness here.
Published Date: February 3, 2015
Publishing Co.: De glemte piger
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Louise Rick has just been handed a new department within the police department. Her new agency’s first case is identifying a woman who died in the woods. No one seems to know who she is and her death is deemed accidental. But too many small questions surround her death to just close the case once she’s identified.
In order to solve the case, Louise may have to confront some dark secrets she thought she left behind years ago in the small town she grew up in. Small towns have long memories, and this is going to be an uncomfortable investigation.
I think a lot of the magic of this book may have been lost in translation. (Originally in Danish.) That’s not saying that it was bad by any means. The descriptions of people were vague, as the depth of characters were also rather shallow. Which overall, made it hard to connect with any of the characters. As for the murder mystery, that was pretty solid and the investigation was interesting. It also shined a spot light on the horrible conditions in mental institutions back in the day and why there are not nearly as many now.
This is the fourth book in a series but I did not feel like I missed anything important from the three prior books. The lead into the mystery of the fifth book was not intriguing enough for me to continue. I’m fairly certain I can guess the outcome, but the slim chance that I’m wrong still doesn’t arouse enough curiosity for me to follow along.
I didn’t actually forget about posting my bookstagram photos on here. I just spent some time reading several books off of my Kindle and let’s face it, pictures of your ebook device are just not as fun OR pretty. Therefore the past couple of weeks have been photos of my dogs and cat for the most part. But they’re freaking adorable so feel free to go check them out as well.
My final opinion on Truthwitch here.
Published Date: January 5, 2016
Publishing Co.: Tor Teen
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Perseverance. It’s worth the effort to trudge through the first one hundred pages of the convoluted mess that is the beginning. The introduction to the world is a little sloppy, but after awhile the characters crawl under your skin and things get more interesting and things are explained better.
The synopsis of this novel gives you a very good run down of the story line, so I won’t be repeating it. What I will do is talk about how refreshing it was to finally read about a solid female friendship. Sometimes, I feel like my best friend and I are the only ones in a sea of women who don’t constantly fight with their supposed BFFs. How we treat each other is always at the forefront of both of our minds, we constantly lift each other up and we never abandon each other for anyone else. (In fact, I told my now husband when we were dating that the stupidest thing he could ever do was try to become between her and I. We’ve been together 11 years now so he clearly listened.)
I don’t read YA that often anymore but I would consider this a good read and something I would definitely pass along to any teens I know. (Especially any girls so that they know what a healthy friendship looks like.) I enjoyed myself and will check out the next installment to the series.
Published Date: Febraury 13, 2018
Publishing Co.: Abbadon Books
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Demonic, murderous unicorns. Every god of every pantheon is real and banished to Earth. Despite living among humans, they still see themselves as better and play with human lives like toys. Mostly people don’t know it, but some sell their lives in order to save the ones they love from certain death. Like Cason Cole, his wife and son were stuck inside a burning vehicle after being hit by a drunk driver when time stopped itself and a being who was clearly not human offered to save them if Cason gave himself to a life of servitude.
Cason serves as bodyguard to the god for years, never getting to see his wife and child. Until one day, a bomb blows up the god and kills him permanently. Cason races to his family only for them to not know who he is. Meanwhile, the other gods are very angry. Humans should not be able to kill them. Cason must be found and punished, for they think he is the one who killed the god.
As they hunt Cason, he learns that there may have been a larger conspiracy against him. A conspiracy that took his family away. If one god can be killed, so can others. It’s just a trick of finding their weakness and then vengeance will be his.
An interesting concept. The writing outside of the dialogue could be tweaked a bit. Sometimes descriptions went on for too long or were repeated from a few chapters earlier. Otherwise it was a fast, different story.
Author: Jules Julius
Published Date: March 26, 2014
Publishing Co.: Self-published
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
This will be a short review, full of constructive criticisms.
First, the grammar and punctuation needs a hard edit. Quotations were backwards every single time. Sometimes there were periods in the middle of sentences. “Said,” was capitalized every time and used far too much.
Second, I question the age group for which this is written. I can’t really tell who it’s directed at but, I found some of the content questionable. Like Roger bragging how he has no trouble with the ladies and hitting on a female labrador in heels and lipstick, only to be slapped in response because his come on was well, basic.
Third, it could really use more of a focus on the therapy aspect of the story. I think it would be great to teach kids about the world of therapy and therapy dogs and what they actually accomplish.
There is a lot of possibility with this story with some more work and some fine tuning.
Published Date: May 6, 2014
Publishing Co.: Orbit
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
War is all the more complicated when gods walk the earth and choose sides.
We follow three points of view after war has broken out between two countries. A god assists on each side and bullets meet sorcery from both armies. War is fought with guns with bayonets, cannons, magic and people called powder mages who can control and use gunpowder in insanely deadly ways. Two countries fight, one tries to stay neutral and a third party is set to invade while the armies are away fighting each other.
Adamat is a private investigator desperately searching for his kidnapped family. They’ve been abducted by a ruthless gang who have no qualms about torturing anyone.
Tamas is the field marshal of the Adran army, believed to be dead after an attack by the enemy goes wrong. In reality, he’s racing his army through enemy territory, trying to get back to their homeland and save the capital city and his son, Tanial Two-Shot. The enemy is on their heels and he’s going to have to be increasingly clever to escape.
Taniel Two-Shot took out an eye of the god on the opposing team. The god is slowly going mad from the magical bullet lodged in his head and desperately wants the person responsible. But Taniel may not be 100% human anymore after a brush with death, and this god may have bitten off more than he can chew by threatening Taniel and his Bone-eye girl, Ka-poel.
I loved every second of this book. The world building, the characters, the mechanisms of war, everything. It’s clever and exhilarating.
Mmmm, coffee. I’m pretty sure it makes the world go round. I’m not a tea fan. I’ve tried a couple different kinds and it mostly reminds me of hot dirt water. Green tea may be the exception, but I’ve only had it iced from Panera. To be fair, I think black coffee tastes like dirt water too. Mine is filled with creamer and sugar and that’s the way it will remain.
I haven’t baked a thing yet this year. While I was feeling bad about that, I realized that I will be baking my proverbial balls off in the next couple of months. First, I’m throwing a baby shower for my sister-in-law. I’ve never thrown a baby shower, I don’t even like babies. I have room for like, 5 children in my life and when these twins are born, they’ll occupy the last 2 spots. Second, birthday season at work is approaching. It’s three months straight of birthdays and I’m pretty much always picked to make the desserts. So, I guess I’ll be making up for that soon.
I’m currently absorbed in and loving, The Crimson Campaign. I read the first book in the trilogy YEARS ago and just neglected to continue because as I’ve said before, I have series ADD. I received another approval via Netgalley and I still have to squeeze in that children’s book before my free month of Kindle Unlimited is up. I need more spare time!
Add to that, should my coworker fail to be able to go, I’ll be going on a business trip for work at the end of February. My spring suddenly became so busy.
Anywho, I was just having a morning of coffee and contemplation. What do you think about while waking up with a cup of joe or hot dirt water?
Published Date: May 30,2017
Publishing Co.: Avon
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
White hot is right. Nevada Baylor and Mad Rogan have a chemistry that burns your finger tips. Once again the two are backed into an explosive corner thanks to Prime politics. Someone is murdering Primes and Significants to keep secrets and brew a war between houses. Every lead ends with someone murdered and eventually Nevada and her family become the targets of a high paid hit. Their enemies learned a heavy lesson in their failed attempt to take out their biggest threats. One, never cock block someone who’s nickname is ‘the Scourge of Mexico’. Two, never attack the Baylor family on their home turf. They’ve got a lot of tricks up their sleeves and some heavy weaponry.
As if attempted murder, potential house war and falling in love aren’t all stressful enough, a powerful, previously unknown family member is moving in on the family. Nevada’s mother is willing to kill a Prime to keep Nevada and her sister’s identities a secret, she fears this person so much. To protect those she loves, Nevada may be forced to form her own House. A world she has little interest in, but affords protections for new houses for the first three years after they are formed. In order to form a House, she would have to reveal her sister’s burgeoning powers. One of them powers no other Prime has ever possessed. A power the military would love to obtain.
Nevada’s powers are growing as well. She’ll need them to throw down the gauntlet to protect those she loves. Mad Rogan included.
One of the major reasons I love Ilona Andrews novels is that it’s almost never the hero rescuing the damsel. All these ladies are strong and independent. Alphas. They don’t need a strong man to protect them, but if they want to stand alongside them and help, well that’s perfectly fine. The men might be tempted to try to tell them what to do, but the ladies shut it down. Either help her or stand aside, otherwise you’re just in her way and she’s got shit to take care of.
I was sad to learn that the next book in the series will be the last. With the Kate Daniels series coming to an end, Nevada and Rogan seemed like prime candidates to take on the helm of new, best loved Ilona Andrews series. I feel like there is so much to this world and characters that it could definitely expand past three books. But alas, I’ll just have to be grateful for what I’ve been given.
My review of the first Hidden Legacy novel: Burn For Me.
It’s half way through the first month of 2018 and I’ve been killing it in the reading department. (That’s why there have been less sassy un-book-related posts.) It helps that it’s unbearably frigid outside so I try not to leave the house other than to go to work or take the dogs out to go to the bathroom.
I was immediately accepted to read a book I had requested on Netgalley (The King of Bones and Ashes) and now check daily to see if I’m lucky enough to get accepted for some big releases for this year that I’ve requested. (Iron Gold, Burn Bright and Scourged) Currently, I limit my requests due to paranoia that they’ll all get accepted at the same time. Controlling myself is hard. The excitement I felt after getting accepted for one book is addicting. I’m a fiend for that next thrill.
I was also asked by a Goodreads friend to read and rate/review their book. I said yes before I really looked into the book and it’s a children’s story. Not really my department but it’s free on Kindle Unlimited so I’ll keep my word and squeeze it in before my month is up.
How has 2018 been treating you thus far?