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review 2019-02-16 23:11
"Midnight Blue-Light Special - Incryptid #2" by Seanan McGuire
Midnight Blue-Light Special - Seanan McGuire

I enjoyed the originality and sass of "Discount Armageddon", the first book in this series about professional ballroom dancer and cryptozoologist, Verity Price and I wanted to know how Verity would fare, given the mess she'd created by the end of the book, so I picked up "Midnight Blue-Light Special" to find out.


The first third of the book failed to grab my interest, partly because it seemed to spend a lot of time repeating things that anyone who'd read the first book would already know (I hate that - readers should either read the books in order or live with catching up as best they can) and partly because telling the story from Verity's point of view, which is compulsively sassy, made it hard to get engaged with the threat to her and the community of Cryptids.


I was almost on the point of giving up when Seanan McGuire made an inspired move: she had someone knock out Verity and passed the storytelling on to Verity's adopted cousin Sarah.


This worked well because Sarah is very different to Verity. She isn't sassy, she's risk-averse and deals with conflict by avoiding it. She's also not human. She's a Cuckoo, a cryptid that can control minds and get people to see and do whatever she wants. This is a power that effectively makes her invisible but which she holds back on because she doesn't want to turn her friends into slaves. Once the story was seen through Sarah's eyes, everything was refreshed, the threat was amplified and the action became hard to predict.


By the time Verity regains consciousness and takes over the storytelling again, she's in very serious trouble, sass has been replaced by a struggle to survive and we're into well-written action scenes.


The ending was clever and plausible and moved the story arc on significantly, which means the third book will probably head in a new direction.


This was a fun read, eventually, and I still have hopes for this series.

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text 2019-02-13 12:55
TOUR, EXCERPT, REVIEWS & #GIVEAWAY - Into The Light (Joe Cavelli, Paranormal PI #1) by Darcia Helle
Into The Light (Joe Cavelli, Paranormal PI #1) - Darcia Helle

Max Paddington refuses to go into the light until he finds his killer. This presents a dilemma, since Max is even less competent as a spirit than he was as a live person. No one sees or hears him and he can't manage to get anywhere or do anything on his own. 

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator, living an ordinary life. Then one day he walks across a parking lot, gets yelled at by a ghost, and his life only gets stranger from there. 

Max and Joe team up to find Max's killer. In the process, they form an unlikely friendship and change each other's lives in ways they never expected.

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review 2019-02-12 18:51
All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

I have picked this book up so many times, and it is so awfully boring overall. There was a time I was influenced by the opinions of friends or the general public, and would never dare go against the grain. A new day has dawned.


What I Enjoyed: That beautiful cover, as well as an attempt to bring humanity to a horrible time in history. An attempt that may well be the downfall of the story...


Deal Benders: If this book was half the size, it would have twice the impact. The problem with over-description is losing the reader's interest on tangents. I also did not connect with the main characters, and their fates were obvious. I will forget about this book until the next time someone raves about it - for some reason.

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text 2019-02-11 23:40
Reading progress update: I've read 31%.
Midnight Blue-Light Special - Seanan McGuire

This second offering in the series hasn’t grabbed me yet. I’m 30% through and we still seem to be establishing a scene that was quite well defined in the first book. 


I need new bad guys to inject some pazazz into the story.

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review 2019-02-10 19:15
Review: "Unbreakable Stories: Ian" (Unbreakable Bonds, #4.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Unbreakable Stories: Ian - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

Normally, reading several chapters about 8 guys who do nothing but simply fix up a house would bore me to death.


But leave it to this crazy cast of adorable weirdos that I had a blast from start to finish. They made me laugh and blush and giggle so hard; man, I love each and every single one of these characters.


The cherry on the cake were those little Valentine’s Day short stories at the end, which just put the biggest smile on my face.






~ 5 STARS ~


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