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review 2018-09-24 07:50
As guardians of the Earth, it's our job to protect the unsuspecting human populace from things that hunt them. Those creatures that go bump in the night? We eat them.
Gone Hunting (Weird Girls 0.3) - Cecy Robson

 

 

Thanks to Kim @ caffeinated PR Services for sending me an e-ARC copy.

 

Aric and his friends Liam, Gemini and Koda are Weres, who go hunting for Elk in the Mount Elbert area but come upon a young golden tigress who appears to be lost. Aric is attracted by a strange magic to this tigress who changes into a young girl whose name is Celia Wird. She is also the reason dark magic forces gather wherever she goes. "They" want to kill her for some weird (pun intended) reason. She only escapes them because of a white (good) witch's intervention spell, but her spell didn't work correctly. The magic messes with the ley lines and Celia ends up in the past!

Unfortunately, my mind can't wrap itself around the idea

 

But still, I am delighted to have found this epic fantasy/paranormal. Is it also a romance? Idk but I've been hoping for something good to come along and Weird Girls looks promising. Gone Hunting is not just about boy things, but girl things, Celia and her sisters. Witches and Weres. I love strong female characters. I'm also glad to be able to read this series starting from the beginning. If you are familiar with Weird Girls you probably have already seen or read the other 8 (?) novels. Cecy Robson is a new-to-me author and I am thankful for this introduction to The Weird Girls.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/2539707663
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review 2018-09-01 23:44
Hunting Fear
Hunting Fear (Fear trilogy #1 - BCU #7) - Kay Hooper

 

 

 

 

This was my head start read. I was so excited that I finished it before the week even ended. I read it for the Murder Most Foul square.

 

This is an exciting crime thriller with detectives that have psychic abilities. The plot had some unexpected twists and left the killer's identity hidden until near the end of the book. The methods of killing are particularly gruesome and frightening, including a timed guillotine, drowning in a tank that fills slowly and being buried alive.

 

This is the first in a series of books with the Special Crimes Unit (a special group within the FBI of detectives with psychic abilities). It seems like each book follows a different special agent.

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text 2018-08-14 03:04
Boise Longpig Hunting Club - Nick Kolakowski

I also did a Q&A with the author, if you'd like to check that out.
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Jake Halligan is a bounty hunter -- more in the Lori Anderson/JT mold, than a Stephanie Plum-type -- in Boise, Idaho and the immediate environs. He's got a kid, an interesting relationship with his daughter's mother, and a sister that . . . well, you just have to meet her. But think Bubba Rogowski without the size and clinical diagnosis.

 

Jake's a Vet, having served in some of the worst conditions Iraq has to offer. He's smart, he's careful -- he has people he cares about, so he has to be -- and he has a conscience. It doesn't stop him from doing his job, but it can stop him from enjoying it. Early on in the novel, we find Jake after a rough week at work -- and a less-than-friendly exchange with the local police -- on the whole, his life is looking pretty good, even if Janine (his ex-wife, fiancé and mother of his child) made him pay a social call on some neighbors. When they get home, Jake finds a dead woman in his gun safe. This plunges Jake into a hunt for a killer -- as well as an explanation. He'll find both, and probably wish he didn't. It's a violent, nasty hunt full of crazy characters, drug dealers, Aryan assassins, corrupt police -- and people who are even worse than them.

 

Along for the ride are Janine -- I can't say enough about Janine as a character. From her attitude towards a house without books, to her hidden strength and anxieties -- and all points in between. Then there's Frankie, his sister -- she's cocky, funny, and vicious -- she's the biggest gun dealer in Idaho, not even close to legal, and the law can't touch her. The law can't even find her. She's surrounded by associates/employees who are almost as colorful as she is (some even more so) -- and is definitely the person you want at your side (or back) in a firefight.

 

Which is good -- because they're going to find themselves in a few.

 

Kolakowski has a great way with his characters -- they're real, they're human -- and they're larger than life in a way that you'll absolutely buy, as well as enjoy. When the action starts, it is gripping and exciting -- you'll keep turning pages. When there's a lull in the action, you can bask in the character moments. I'm not really sure what else can I say beyond that. This is the whole package, you get to spend time with interesting people being interesting, and when they take a break from that, it's because fists or bullets are flying -- or maybe something explodes.

 

My one gripe -- and it's not much of one, before we get back to me saying nice things. The ending is abrupt. I'm not sure if I can think of a well-known book/movie to compare it to. You're just reading along, hoping that Jake, Frankie, Janine and the rest survive this mess and then before you really realize what happened, it's over. You know who survives -- and who doesn't -- and the book ends with very little wrap-up (actually the wrap up happens before the ending -- that remark will make sense when you read it). Kolakowski had a story to tell and he didn't drag out the ending, much like his protagonist would approach things, I expect. He got the job done and moved on. I would've preferred a little more time after the main events are over -- there are things I want to know about the immediate aftermath. There aren't loose ends left untied, I'd just like to see what they look like after they're taken care of. You can make a strong case that this is the way to end a book -- when things are done.

 

It's not often that I can evaluate an author's use of geography -- I know that Robert B. Parker and Dennis Lehane have tweaked Boston, I understand that Butcher goofs re: Chicago's neighborhoods, etc. but I don't know that reading the books, I learn that later. It's rare when I've been somewhere a book has been set -- a little bit with the Mercy Thompson books (but I'm better at noting pronunciation on the audiobooks that no resident would recognize), I noted that Wesley Chu fumbled a smidge Eastern Oregon in the third Tao book, and that Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping was creative with the facts, etc. But by and large, this book takes place in the area I've lived in most of my life, so I feel that I can actually comment. -- and Kolakowski nailed it. Not just the details, but he's got the feel, he's got the atmosphere, the attitude toward change and the out-of-state money that's bringing the change. he's changed business names and whatnot, but I can still recognize them -- I love seeing this kind of detail brought to life. I'm trusting that his depiction of local crime is hyperbolic, however.

 

I'm a little worried that it's as accurate as the rest, actually . . . but we'll move on.

 

There's a visceral feel to this novel and these characters -- people in places most don't think about showing skills, interests, and circumstances that you don't normally associate with that area. Just a guy trying to make a decent life for his family and himself, who finds himself in dangerous situations. I couldn't help but think of Jason Miller's Slim in Little Egypt series while reading his. Jake's far more capable than Slim, and is far less likely to end up on the wrong end of a beating. But there's a very similar ethos in the books, and fans of one should grab the other right away.

 

I'm not going to belabor the point any more, I think it's clear that I enjoyed the heck out of this -- it's fast, it's energetic, it's fun. Go grab a copy of it.

 

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest opinion, which I greatly appreciate.

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review 2018-07-17 14:00
Hunting Prince Dracula
Hunting Prince Dracula - Kerri Maniscalco

“Bone white, blood red. Along this path you'll soon be dead.”

 

I really enjoyed the setting of this book and the creepy old Romanian Bran Castle, with its hidden rooms and secret passageways, dark spider filled corridors leading to hidden rooms and bloodless corpses. Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell are now attending the academy of forensic medicine, which takes place in Bran Castle. Just as they arrive a series of murders happen, all pointing to the old legends leading people to fear Vlad the Impaler has risen from the dead.

 

After the events of Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose is still attempting to come to terms with everything they endured. I was a fan of the first book, but I believe I liked this one even more. Despite her anxieties and fears Audrey becomes a stronger character. She pushes past her insecurities and tries her hardest to focus, to solve the mystery and move on with her life. She is the only female student in the academy and has to work twice as hard to prove that she is worthy of being there.

 

Cresswell remains as charming and flirtatious as ever. His humor is ever present, breaking the tension even in the most suspenseful of scenes. There is a slew of new characters, including fellow students, odd and intimidating professors, we even meet Cresswell's sister.

 

This time around I did not figure out who the killer was as I did with Stalking Jack the Ripper. Maniscalco kept me guessing and I loved it! Her writing seems to get better and better. The next book in the series is called Escaping from Houdini and the cover art is beautiful. I can't wait to add it to its predecessors currently decorating my bookshelf!

 

 

 

-Shey

 

 

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text 2018-07-01 07:21
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 344 pages.
PUCKED Over - Helena Hunting

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