July 2018 — A Wrap Up

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs “Silver” I finally learned how Samuel and Bran became werewolves. The story is dark and violent but that seems fitting. “Roses in Winter” Asil, an aging werewolf in the Marrok’s pack is more man than beast. An innocent girl, Kara, begins to change all that….

I Review Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

I started reading this book at a weird time in my life. A loss that I’m still grieving and new changes make for bad companions. Those reasons could be why I enjoyed reading this book much more than I should have. You’ll see what I mean when I share the two contrasting views that I…

June 2018 — A Wrap Up

Shaman Rises by C. E. Murphy Read my series review here. Meanwhile here are two of my fave quotes from the last book: Don’t you just love it when a favorite author of yours quotes/alludes to the work of another favorite author?   I saw Morrison’s face twitch like he couldn’t believe I was baiting…

May 2018 — A Wrap Up

Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks A pleasant surprise! I was expecting the lead couple would jump into bed immediately but I liked how the author took time to let the relationship develop. I also appreciated how they were willing to sacrifice their vamp/human nature for each other but decided on a compromise. I will definitely…

April 2018 — A Wrap Up

Out for Blood by Kristen Painter This series has many flaws but since I have read the first few books I am going to see it through. While it is true that I have been spacing them out, so I could have missed it but I kept searching for a bigger picture or an overarching…

March 2018 — A Wrap Up

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry Creates a feeling of dread very nicely but doesn’t follow through. The protag is made to look so smart in so many ways and yet her stupidity gets an old woman killed! Barely anything happens in the book and it feels like a go-between for the first and third books…

Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles – March Edition

2017 The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman Find my review here   Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Review here   Coraline by Neil Gaiman  My review   Dune by Frank Herbert First, Second, Third, and Fourth parts.   All Flesh Is Grass by Clifford D. Simak The review   2016 The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters I love reading books by this author because they portray human interaction…

February 2018 — A Wrap Up

Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill Several things about this book annoyed the heck outta me, including: I have begun to detest Jamie who is a Mary Sue if there ever was one! Talbot stared at Jamie, admiration on his face. “Bravo”, he said. “There are men and women a lot older than you…

The Drab Side of the Nightside Books

Hell to Pay & Sharper than a Serpent’s Tooth by Simon R. Green Here is what is wrong with this series — and not just with the two books in question: John’s third eye and the powers that come from it are a huge deus ex machina plot device. I don’t think there is any…