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review 2020-04-01 00:19
REVIEW: THE THIRD MRS. DURST

 

 

BOOK TAGS⇣

 
⤏ ABUSIVE/CONTROLLING HUSBAND
⤏ SECRETS & LIES
⤏ REVENGE THEME
⤏ EVERYTHING IS NOT ALWAYS AS IT SEEMS...

 

BOOK DETAILS⇣

 
AUDIO PERFORMED BY⇢ COURTNEY PATTERSON
NARRATION RATING⇢  5/5
BOOK COVER⇢ MEH...
SETTING⇢ IT WAS ALL OVER...BUT, I THINK IT WAS MOSTLY NEW YORK
SOURCE⇢ LIBBY AUDIOBOOK (LIBRARY)
AUDIOBOOK LENGTH⇢ 8 HOURS, 23 MINUTES

 

MY THOUGHTS⇣


The terrific narration made listening to this a breeze...Courtney Patterson was top-notch.  The story itself was satisfying, just not quite top-notch...

If this book were a puzzle...it would be missing a few pieces.  It was diverting and rather compelling...but when you're all finished...a few things don't necessarily add up.  It's not a deal-breaker, by any means.  But seriously, if you like a story where the bad man gets taken down, somewhat similar to Jane Doe...this could be a winner for you.
 
  
 

BREAKDOWN⇣

 
 
Plot⇢ 3.7/5
Characters⇢ 4/5
The Feels⇢ 4/5
Pacing⇢ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4/5
Twisty-ness⇢ 3.3/5
Originality⇢ 4.5/5
Ending⇢ 3.5/5
 
 
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text 2020-02-09 00:17
Can't wait for this pre-order (out Tuesday)
Honor Lost - Rachel Caine,Ann Aguirre

I've had this preordered for what seems like forever (okay actually about a year).

 

 

The last two in the series just blew me away. 

 

 

Not that I wrote good reviews of them; just fired all cylinders for what I want in a good read and a science fiction book in a way I haven't seen in a long time.

 

 

Sometimes the 5-star books are the hardest to review.

 

 

 

Honor Among Thieves - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine  Honor Bound - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine  Honor Lost - Rachel Caine,Ann Aguirre  

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review 2019-05-12 21:32
Honor Bound / Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
Honor Bound - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine

Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives.

Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But they’ll have to settle for the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. The secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behind—but in the wrong direction.

Soon Zara will have to make a choice: run from the ultimate evil—or stand and fight.

 

An excellent follow-up to the first book. More is revealed about the Honors universe and it’s a dark and twisty place. Perfect for an adventure for a girl from the mean streets of Earth, like Zara Cole. I am glad that there will be a third volume, as this is a great fantasy world and it would be a shame not to explore it fully. Keep on writing, Ms. Caine and Ms. Aguirre!

I would maybe rate it at 4.25 or 4.33 stars, when I gave the first book the full 5 star treatment. Some of this is undoubtedly due to my mental state these days, whirling with many different priorities. Plus I had some books for my real-life book club that needed attention right while I was in the middle of reading this. Distractions!

If you feel strongly about cliff-hangers, you may wish to wait until this series is complete, because I would have to call the ending to this volume a cliff-hanger. However, I would strongly recommend the series to readers of fantasy and science fiction--it may be classified as Young Adult, but trust me there is enough substance here to please an older adult as well. (Caine is particularly good at that, I find). 

I do find myself wondering about the tendency in the science fiction genre to portray humanity as the street fighters in the universe, looked down on by extraterrestrial species for our aggression and general dangerousness. I’ve encountered this idea repeatedly, including in this series and I think that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I guess we need to be optimistic that we could hold our own in the universe.

At any rate, this was an excellent book, with a great set-up for the next and I can hardly wait to get my hands on volume 3.

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text 2019-04-26 04:28
TBR Thursday
The Oyster Thief - Sonia Faruqi
Honor Bound - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine
Troubles - J.G. Farrell,John Banville
Merrow - Ananda Braxton-Smith
Vurt - Jeff Noon
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

 

I've been on a bit of a tear this vacation week. I'll continue on with my MerMay project with both The Oyster Thief  and Merrow.

 

I hope to finally settle myself to read Honor Bound, a book I've been waiting for quite a while.

 

Vurt is for my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project. I had to interlibrary loan it, so I best get it read before I go on vacation!

 

 

And then I must read Troubles and We Need to Talk About Kevin for my real life book club. I must confess that I'm having a hard time being enthusiastic about them.

 

Have a great weekend, friends.

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text 2019-04-18 15:12
TBR Thursday
Honor Bound - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine
Merrow - Ananda Braxton-Smith
Sea Witch - Sarah Henning
Troubles - J.G. Farrell,John Banville

 

This weekend's crop of books.  Honor Bound is the newly released sequel by Rachel Caine and Anne Aguirre.  I rated the first volume at 5 stars, so I'm looking forward to this second installment.

 

Merrow and The Sea Witch are both part of my MerMay project.  And yes, I know it's not May yet.  But I'll be away during the second half of May, returning for my retirement party on May 31st.  So if I'm going to read mermaid books (and I am) the time is now!

 

Troubles is the next choice for my RL Book Club.  I've read a few pages on my coffee break yesterday and I think it's going to be okay.  Not what I would have chosen, but then that's the point of book clubs, isn't it?

 

I'm using up vacation time prior to retirement, so I have next week off work.  I'll also be back at my cousin's house, cat sitting.  Festus the cat is the quite the character, but he's an elderly kitty and requires insulin injections night and morning.  He will be so glad when my cousin gets home on the 27th!

 

Meanwhile, family here in Alberta all want to celebrate Easter on the same day.  I have three invitations and can only fit in two.  I'm planning to make a gluten-free chocolate layer cake, frost it with mocha flavoured whip cream, and decorate it with candy coated chocolate eggs.  If this is a success, there will be photos.

 

Have a pleasant Easter, everyone, and safe travels.

 

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