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review 2017-03-10 22:54
Review of "Joy of Witchcraft" (Jane Madison #5) by Mindy Klasky
Joy of Witchcraft: A Humorous Paranormal Romance - Mindy Klasky

This reader's personal opinion, ©2016, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by Penumbra Publishing, goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

 

Redeemed series enough for me that I'll be reading the next one.  That's not "damning with faint praise"; it's a reaction to how disappointed I was with last book.

 

I did enjoy the book.

 

Honestly, though, that was mostly from the last third of book.  Beginning, if you've been reading along in the series, wasn't that exciting and way too familiar.  Avoided some things that annoyed me in previous books (like Jane waffling over men and trusting the wrong ones).  Jane has seen some character development.  

 

I took off a whole star because (a) there was

a truth spell she could have used on suspects

(spoiler show)

as soon as a traitor was suspected so why the @&!$*+@ did it take ~2/3 more of the book before going thru using on each student and (b) it did annoy me that Jane persisted in dealing with people she knew she couldn't trust, including Pitt cronies.

 

I will be very happy if next book is even more of a crossover with her Fright Court   characters.  Sarah had too brief an appearance here.


*©2017.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on The Reading Room, Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept me reading in hopes would get better.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

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text 2017-03-09 22:00
Reading progress: 40%.
Joy of Witchcraft: A Humorous Paranormal Romance - Mindy Klasky

Gee, will the traitor be the student she disliked (but took on because liked the familiar), the one the satyr attacked, or the one she most trusts?  Dunh duhn dunh.

 

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review 2017-01-27 17:35
Even better the second time around...
Adulting 101 - Lisa Henry

I read the e-book for this one last summer and to say the least I really enjoyed it. Here's the link to the review I wrote at that time...my thoughts really haven't changed and it's kind of a longish review, so rather than re-post the whole thing I'll just hook you up and you can go see it if you're interested in the long version...

Book Review: Adulting 101

So what's different this time? Why, I listened to the audiobook, of course.

 

I'm actually rating this one just a bit higher because if anything I enjoyed this a bit more than I when I read the book. Nick J. Russo was the narrator on this one and he totally nailed it for me. Especially Jai's voice it was perfection. His Jai sounded exactly how I imagined Jai would sound. I honestly liked everything about the narration of this book Nick was excellent, as was Devon and well...everyone...

 

Ok so that gave me a little pause and I just did something I rarely do I took a second and changed my rating from 4.5 to 5 stars because I don't see any reason not to. I loved this story as my original review can attest to and I was totally into the audiobook. Plus I know when I go to post my review in certain other places I don't have 1/2 stars and I'm sure not going to round down on something that I enjoyed this much so really...what am I holding out for? Nothing. It's totally a 5 fun filled stars review on this one.

 

If you like audiobooks that will make you laugh out loud you seriously need to check this one out...it'll be the last serious thing you do until the book is done.  Along with the mind of an 18 year old male there's mythical, elf, unicorn dick involved here, how can you not want to find out more about that?

 

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An  audio copy of 'Adulting 101' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-01-17 15:43
Chaos in the Suburbs – Dead in the Water by Britney King @britneyking_
Dead In The Water - Britney King

I read the first book, Water Under The Bridge by Britney King, in this awesome romantic suspense series and fell in love with these characters.

 

If you want to be enthralled for hours, unable to quite reading, Jude and Kate can do that for you!

 

 

Amazon  /  Goodreads

 

Title: Dead in the Water
Series: Water Trilogy #2
Author: Britney King
Release Date: Jan 17, 2017
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MY REVIEW

 

Dead in the Water by Britney King is Book II of the series and seeing I was blown away by Water Under The Bridge, Book I, I was very excited to get my hands on this one. I love romantic suspense. Throw in some psychotic assassins trying to be ‘normal’ and I cannot resist. Britney did not let my down. In fact, she kept the surprises coming and I couldn’t stop reading.

 

Faking normality in suburbia.

 

Two assassins do their best to blend in with the ‘normal’ people.

“If we don’t play the game, we’re Dead in the Water. All animals have the ability to sniff out that which is not like them, and these people…they’re dying to find the rat.”

Jude keeps his secrets close to the vest, trying to fit in.

 

Kate has always been the one in control…

 

Twisted, psychotic and to know they…

 

It’s hard to share anything because I don’t want to do anything to spoil the story. I love the damaged, psychotic characters, Jude and Kate. They are two assassins but they murder in different ways and for different reasons. Which is worse? All the details makes it even creepier and disturbing, but I start to feel empathy for Jude and even Kate…at times.

 

I struggle to find words that describe my thoughts and feelings for this outrageous take on two psychopathic serial killers. Their perverted sense of normal makes me think they might just fit in. LOL

 

I keep wondering who will kill who. Will they get caught?

 

Monique was a situation I didn’t foresee and what a fabulous twist. I didn’t think about it much before hand, but what a wonderful surprise and it takes a master storyteller to keep the suspense at a high level throughout.

 

The continuous surprises from these incredibly complex characters make Dead in the Water impossible to put down.

 

I like the illustrations at the chapter breaks.

 

I have never read anything quite like this series and can hardly wait to read more!

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

Read more HERE.

 

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review 2017-01-11 19:54
Humorous Ghost Stories - Dorothy Scarborough
Humorous Ghost Stories - Dorothy Scarborough

CONTENTS:

The Canterville Ghost

By Oscar Wilde

The Ghost-Extinguisher

By Gelett Burgess

"Dey Ain't No Ghosts"

By Ellis Parker Butler

The Transferred Ghost

By Frank R. Stockton

The Mummy's Foot

By Théophile Gautier

The Rival Ghosts

By Brander Matthews

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

By John Kendrick Bangs

Back from that Bourne

Anonymous

 The Ghost-Ship

By Richard Middleton

The Transplanted Ghost

By Wallace Irwin

The Last Ghost in Harmony

By Nelson Lloyd

 The Ghost of Miser Brimpson

By Eden Phillpotts

 The Haunted Photograph

By Ruth McEnery Stuart

 The Ghost that Got the Button

By Will Adams

 The Specter Bridegroom

By Washington Irving

 The Specter of Tappington

Compiled by Richard Barham

 In the Barn

By Burges Johnson

A Shady Plot

By Elsie Brown

The Lady and the Ghost

By Rose Cecil O'Neill

 

It's kind of amazing how many of those names are unfamiliar; a hundred years is apparently longer than I think. There are some like Wilde's that really stand out: The Mummy's Foot and The Rival Ghosts. I can't abide the dialect written in "Dey Ain't No Ghosts" but the story is amusing. Anyway, Dickens has trained me to associate ghosts with Christmas, so to me it's a good lead-up.

 

Personal copy

 

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