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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-07 11:18
Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles–December Edition


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on February 7, 2018.







Another review from the past:


What I liked:

the story was fast paced and flowed beautifully-this felt much more natural than the first book by the author

the concept was pretty interesting & kept me engrossed

the indiscriminate hate that the Decider had for everybody-he didn’t need a reason, he just hated.


What I didn’t like:

the multiple POVs were fine but at the end of each such POV, the author hammered the upcoming events into the reader-delicate foreshadowing, I’m all for it but this wasn’t it.

after reaching the last quarter of the book, the POVs suddenly began with a quote or an excerpt from some book-that might have worked, if the author had done this from the very start.

Steady storyline & an interesting MC–if Joe can be called that-you might want to try out this YA novel.




I loved this one but I read it a long time ago and sadly, that’s all that I remember about the book!




Here’s my mini-review from way back when:


What I liked:

the whole concept-I guess, I’m not a Zombie purist & I loved every bit of it

the gruesome descriptions-an added benefit while reading from a rotter’s POV.


What I didn’t like:

the whole jumbled up part that probably was in Jessie’s mind about Death & extinction etc-the ending was to my liking but the path leading to it, I mostly skimmed.

Give this book a try if you’re looking for an original take on Zombies — beware of ickiness!






My review says it all!





Find my review here!




This would be a fun book to read, if you can let go any expectations about there being a plot. A whole lot of randomness but I liked it!

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review 2018-01-28 14:23
warm and fuzzies!
Smitty's Sheriff - Cardeno C.,Ezekiel Robison
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I PURCHASED my ebook copy of this book (July 2017) and I was GIFTED the audio file of this book. Richard dumped Todd because was too young to be committed to him, but when Todd gets a second chance at happiness, he pulls out all the stops. This is book three in the Hope series, but you don't need to have read the other two for this to make sense. But they are great reads. As is this one! Richard let Todd go, because Todd was still seeing other guys and Rich did not want to share. But he failed to tell Todd that! So when Todd finds out WHY Rich dumped him, he's keen to clear the air and try to get back into Rich's bed and his heart. And its a beautiful story! It follows a CC track record, with the guys having done their break up, and this story is their make up. Its well written fro both Todd and Rich's point of view. It's sexy in places, and heart breaking in others, especially when we get to just what causes Rich to push Todd away. I read this a while a go, but was going through a rough parch and didn't get a review written, but given the opportunity to LISTEN to it, I jumped at the chance! Ezekiel Robison narrates, and he does an amazing job! I think I preferred the audio version to the print version, if I'm totally honest and ya'll know I gotta be honest!! Robison's voice is smooth, and deep and even and his voices are spot on how I imagined Todd and Rich to sound like. I had no trouble following multi person conversations. He manages to get across what I did not get when I read, what THAT is, exactly, I have no idea, but there was something missing when I read it that was not there when I listened to it, and that can only be put down by the excellent skills of Robison. 4 stars for the book 5 stars for the narration 4.5 overall. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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text 2018-01-01 06:00
December Books

 I read 34 books for December. 11 were audiobooks and 12 were graphic novels. I had a few not-so-great reads, but the majority were 4 stars or above. Not a bad way to end the year.



5 Stars

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Trilogy) - Kiersten White Moxie: A Novel - Jennifer Mathieu  


4.5 Stars

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns - Julie C. Dao  Girls Made of Snow and Glass - Melissa Bashardoust  DC Comics: Bombshells (2015-2017) Vol. 5: The Death of Illusion - Marguerite Bennett,Elsa Charretier,Laura Braga,Mirka Andolfo  


4 Stars

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart,Neil Strauss  The Gatekeepers - Jen Lancaster  Renegades - Marissa Meyer  Goldie Vance Vol. 3 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Brittney Williams,Noah Hayes,Sarah Stern  SLAM! Vol. 1 - Pamela Ribon,Veronica Fish  Scythe - Neal Shusterman  The Empress - S.J. Kincaid  This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada  Wonder Woman Vol. 4: Godwatch (Rebirth) - Greg Rucka,Liam Sharp  The Black Witch - Laurie Forest  The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact - Chip Heath,Dan Heath  Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 1 - Sui Ishida  It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree - A. J. Jacobs  Giant Days Vol. 1 - Whitney Cogar,Lissa Treiman,John Allison  Giant Days Vol. 2 - Max Sarin,Lissa Treiman,John Allison  Giant Days Vol. 3 - John Allison,Max Sarin  Giant Days Vol. 4 - John Allison,Max Sarin,Liz Fleming,Whitney Cogar,Jim Campbell  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Erika L. Sánchez  Animosity Volume 1 - Marguerite Bennett,Mike Marts  


3.5 Stars

Textrovert - Lindsey Summers  Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird) - Claudia Gray  That Inevitable Victorian Thing - E. Russell Johnston Jr.  First We Were IV - Alexandra Sirowy  Learning to Swear in America - Katie Kennedy  


3 Stars

Dream On (The Silver Trilogy) - Kerstin Gier,Anthea Bell Release - Patrick Ness  


2.5 Stars

27 Hours - Tristina Wright  America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez - Gabby Rivera,Joe Quinones  Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 1: Going Underground (Young Animal) - Gerard Way,Jon Rivera,Michael Avon Oeming  


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review 2017-12-31 16:50
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 3 - Armistice Day / Veterans' Day: Murder at Castle Cloon
Death in December - Gordon Griffin,Victor Gunn

This novella by Victor Gunn (one of several pseudonyms of Edwy Searles Brooks) also forms the centerpiece of the second British Library Christmas mystery short fiction anthologies edited by Martin Edwards that I read this month (Crimson Snow), but I listened to it in the audio version narrated by Gordon Griffin, who is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators of classic / Golden Age British mysteries.


The story concerns a Christmas visit to Cloon Castle in Derbyshire, the home of Johnny Lister, sergeant to Chief Inspector Bill "Ironsides" Cromwell, Gunn's gruffly iconic series detective.  And the two policemen haven't even arrived ante portas yet when they're running into their first mysterious appearance: a figure that seems to be walking in the snow at some distance; without, however, leaving so much as a single footprint.  When they are assembled around the fireplace after dinner with the other guests, the afternoon's strange encounter is duly followed by the legend of the castle ghost and by a visit to the "ghost chamber", but things take a serious turn when one of the guests engages to spend the night in the "ghost chamber" to disprove the legend once and for all, only to be found injured and of obviously disturbed mind hours later -- and when not long thereafter, a stranger's corpse is found in one of the graves in the family crypt abutting the "ghost chamber."  The solution, when ultimately revealed by "Ironsides", is very much down to earth and rather ugly, but there's plenty of derring-do to be had along the way, including a rather fiendish attempt on the Chief Inspector's life and much fine detection work (and enjoyable writing).


Since Johnny Lister's father, the host of this story's countryside Christmas gathering, is a retired general who has duly earned himself a DSO (I'm assuming in WWI -- the story was first published in the early 1940s, but it sounds like the general's retirement isn't a recent one, and retiring in the midst of WWII doesn't sound likely to begin with), I'm using this as my Veterans' Day / Armistice Day read in the context of the 16 Festive Tasks.



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text 2017-12-31 15:39
December Re-Cap
The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka
Marrow - Tarryn Fisher
Undone (Unknown Trilogy Book 3) - Wendy Higgins
Dear Daughter: A Novel - Elizabeth Little
The Butterfly Project - Emma Scott
Down to the Liar - Mary Elizabeth Summer
Certain Dark Things: A Novel - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
RoomHate - Penelope Ward
Undertow - Michael Buckley
Pretty Dead Girls - Monica Murphy

Ohhhh...December!  I had very good Christmas, and I hope you all did too.  I even managed to read a few books. I'm having a difficult time reconciling the end of 2017.  Not sure why that is???  I just can't believe the new year is here, already.  On to my re-cap...






(Audiobook) The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

Finish Date: 12/01

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-


(Audiobook) Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  12/08

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-


(Kindle eBook) Undone by Wendy Higgins

Finish Date:  12/13



(Audiobook) Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Finish Date:  12/14



(Kindle eBook) The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Finish Date:  12/19



(eBook Novella) Down to the Liar by Mary Elizabeth

Finish Date:  12/20

2.5/5 STARS


(Audiobook) Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Finish Date:  12/20



(Audiobook) RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Finish Date:  12/23



(Audiobook) Undertow by Michael Buckley

Finish Date:  12/29

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+


(Netgalley eArc) Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Finish Date:  12/30

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+


Plus 1 DNF...I just couldn't get into this.



3,316 Pages 

6 Audiobooks, 1 Novella, 2 eBooks, 1 DNF eBook and 1 Negalley eArc.


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