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review 2018-08-11 14:31
So many enemies
Ash and Quill - Rachel Caine

Jess Brightwell and his friends have fled London for Philadelphia, into a siege situation.  Thomas promises to create a printing press and things start to get hotter for everyone.  They're all trying to deal with sress and the situation and what has happened to their families.


It's setting things up for the next book and it's interesting to see what it suggests will happen next.

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text 2018-07-31 16:02
Monthly Run Down - July 2018
Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life - Bill Engvall,Alan Eisenstock
Kevin Kwan A Novel Crazy Rich Asians (Paperback) - Common - by Kevin Kwan
Harry Potter: The Prequel - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
When It's Real - Erin Watt
Killman Creek - Rachel Caine
Improper English - Katie MacAlister


Books I Read:


Crazy Rich Asians - 3.5 Stars - The first half bordered on boring but the second half made it worth the wait.


Harry Potter: The Prequel - 3 Stars - Super short and did not add or take anything away from the series.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - 4 Stars - This series is really holding up to the test of time. I can see more re-reads in my future as the world still manages to surprise me.


When It’s Real  - 4 Stars - I liked watching Oakley and Vaughn’s relationship blossom.  


Killman Creek   - 3.5 Stars - Rachel Caine does a great thriller.


Improper English  - 3 Stars - Alix and Alex entertained me, made me chuckle and made me want more.


Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life  - 4 Stars - Bill is the most “all american” guy there is and he makes it entertaining.



None for July - Nobody - No explanation

Currently Reading:

Creative Quest - Questlove - a class on creativity I think is an accurate way to describe this


Too Late  - Colleen Hoover- Intense

Year to Date Totals:

January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books


2018: 57 books

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review 2018-07-24 21:30
Ash and Quill- Review
Ash and Quill - Rachel Caine

This one wasn't QUITE as good as the previous 2, but it was close! The others' greatness stems from their plot pacing. They're extremely gripping and impossible to put down. This one was still paced extremely well, but it eased up a little on the intensity. This one had better ebbs and flows compared to the previous ones, because it actually had ebbs instead of what felt like 20 second breathers before starting the next set of reps. Lol. This one shines for a different reason, though. This one shines because of its unflinching portrayal of trauma. Most series send their characters through horrific, traumatic events and, at most, they cry a bit and then they're fine. Not so with Rachel Caine's writing. These characters have been through hell already, and then they experience true Hell in this book. And it shows. And then, after they're escape, some have to make more impossible choices that will further not only their own trauma, but their friends' traumas as well.

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review 2018-07-09 22:42
Killman Creek
Killman Creek - Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

The Characters:

Gwen Procter formerly Gina Royal:
Sam Cade:
Lanny/Lily, Connor/Brady, Mike Lustig, Melvin Royal, Javier, Kezia

The Story:

Gwen Procter and Same Cade take us on one hell of a man hunt. Their only objective, find and kill escaped serial killer Melvin Royal. The police have failed to find him and Gwen needs him gone for her family to be safe.

When I say everything happened in this book, I mean EVERYTHING happened in this book. Multiple kidnappings, a car chase in treacherous icy weather and several other federal offenses. I was on the hook of it all. I will admit it took me waaayyyy too long to read this book. A combination of not working my part time job (where I spend a great deal of time reading), laziness and my yearly re-watch of a certain long running, Seattle based, medical drama being some of my reasons for not cranking out the pages. My other major reason is this book is seriously creepy sometimes and it’s not the kind of thing I can read then go to sleep on.

Often I compared the first book to a Lifetime movie and the second book is no different. If you are looking for a crazy suspense/thriller this is your book.

The Random Thoughts:

(view spoiler)

The Score Card:


3.5 Stars

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review 2018-07-03 06:33
Review: Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine
Smoke and Iron - Rachel Caine

Reviewed for Wit and Sin


The fight for the freedom and future of the Library is on and the stakes have never been higher than in Smoke and Iron. I didn’t think I could love the Great Library series any more than I already did, but Rachel Caine’s writing had me so engrossed in the story that I stayed up way too late reading and practically zombie-walked my way through work the next day, my biggest goal to get home and finish this book. It’s just that good.

Jess, Khalila, Morgan, Thomas, Glain, Dario, Santi, and Wolfe are locked in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the Archivist. And as certain members of the group are completely on their own as of the end of Ash and Quill, even just surviving is harder than ever. I’m not going to talk about the plot of Smoke and Iron because doing so even a little could spoil readers’ enjoyment of the story. I will say that we get more points of view in this story as everyone is spread out and I loved getting inside the heads of more characters. The first three Great Library books made me care about them all, but the more time I spend with each member of our main band of heroes, the more they grow, the more I adore them. Khalila in particular was the breakout star for me in this book and it was fantastic to see her fully come into her own. Her brilliant mind is matched only by her quiet strength and compassionate heart and, quite simply, she rocks.

In Smoke and Iron Ms. Caine weaves together multiple intricate plots, each with dire consequences. I absolutely loved that Ms. Caine constantly kept me guessing as to what would happen next and who would come out alive. I haven’t been this tense and uncertain about beloved characters’ fates since A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones. Alliances are forged and broken, trust betrayed, love questioned, and more, and I am so there for all of it. The result is a pulse-pounding read that finishes in a spectacular climax.

If you haven’t read the first three Great Library books (Ink and BonePaper and Fire, and Ash and Quill), then you definitely want to get caught up before jumping into this story. Smoke and Iron is an utterly enthralling read. The world of the Great Library is fascinating, the characters unique, and the action intense. The only downside of this book is that I finished it desperately wanting to know what happens next!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2018/07/review-smoke-and-iron-by-rachel-caine.html
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