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review 2018-09-09 05:32
Mini-Review of "Wearing the Cape: A Superhero Novel" by Marion G. Harmon
Wearing the Cape: A Superhero Novel - Marion G. Harmon

I just had to buy thus one after the downloaded free sample hooked me.

 

Fooled me.  I kept wavering on whether or not to DNF.  There kept being pieces where it would start to get good, the world start to be interesting ... so uneven.  Nothing really wrong with the editing like the books I can really rant about.  It just seemed like couldn't make up its mind what story it wanted to tell.

 

I should have DNF'ed and won't be continuing the series.  It wouldn't surprise me to find out the book was a collaboration with authors far apart in age.  Equally the inconsistency could be just a newbie author not quite pulling it together.  "Done with the series" doesn't mean I'd never give this author another chance. 

 

One thing I really disliked in main character was how there was an implied judgment tIhat only she was a good, moral person -- sometimes her attitudes and decisions read like author was a mom creating perfect Stepford daughter.  Then again, I'm getting to where I loathe stories where the moral choice is whatever main character does but same choice made by other character is immoral.

 

I sampled a lot of superhero books after really liking Velveteen vs. The Multiverse - Seanan McGuire  and Heroine Complex - Sarah Kuhn.  This was hardly  the worst one out there based on my sampling.

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review 2018-09-09 03:05
Review of "Acheron" (Dark Hunter, #14) - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #12) - Sherrilyn Kenyon

This reader's personal opinion, ©2018, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


The first and second half of this book were so completely different.  I almost feel like I should be reviewing two separate books.  (I've seen it numbered in the main Dark Hunter series as 12, 14, 15 or 16 depending on which book site you use -- author's website says 14.)

 

Full disclaimer:  I've only read a couple of out of order books in this series.  Seemed pretty typical PNR with alpha males and predictable romances.  Liked well enough, but not blown away (or always in the mood to read).  Barely remember the reads.  

 

The first half of this book was very different from what I remember of the series.  Full of a pantheon of gods including familiar Olympians.  Origin story, drama, family angst -- really remniscient of a lot of what I consider "mythology."  Surprising bit of worldbuilding including Atlantis.  I did get into the characters of God Acheron and his human sister Ryssa.  Although not the most explicit I've read, fair warning -- it overall winds up a grim story with lots of betrayal, torture (including child abuse).  While less explicit, it's very clear he was not only raped as a child, he was trafficked.  

 

I'd have given it ★★★★☆ if hadn't read second half.  Which took place in modern days and really rather did little with Atlantis (okay, neither did first half but kept me hoping and in second half there was an artifact from that different forces wanted for different reasons) and little with the pantheons despite small appearances from Artemis.  The stereotypical PNR saved because I did still like Acheron and initially the heroine/love-interest.

 

I could have done without a lot of male posturing and probably would have enjoyed the humor and what seemed like cameos more if had been more familiar with series to be invested in the guest stars.

 

The ending, well, guess gods and goddesses get it easy.

 

The glimpses of the worldbuilding in this series, the tales of how Dark Hunters came to be, and the bits of more storylines hinted at by cameos have made me want to read more in series.  It's more interesting seeming than what I initially dismissed as another not very original, fated mate PNR series.  I will read on when in the mood.


*©2018.  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 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 reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = 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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review 2018-09-02 23:06
Review of " Black Water: A Jane Yellowrock Collection" (Jane Yellowrock, #6.4, #0.3, and #7.5) by Faith Hunter
Black Water: A Jane Yellowrock Collection - Faith Hunter

This is an anthology in the Jane Yellowrock series containing "Snafu," "Black Water," and "Off the Grid."

 

I'm not sure how anyone not familiar with the Jane Yellowrock series would fare with the stories (I'm almost finished with the series).  

 

"Snafu" -- 4 stars.  A good adventure, an episode within the series more than a standalone short story if reader unfamiliar with Jane and her peeps.  But, I enjoyed it.

 

"Black Water" -- not rating.  This was flash fiction, not short story.  A couple of pages of Jane shows up, has a fight outside and meets first boss then story stops.  Ugh.  Waste of my time.

 

"Off the Grid" -- 4 stars.  I jumped to this story because was the reason I'm reading this anthology.  Reason being the introduction of Nell, the heroine of author's Soulwood books.  What I wanted (the backstory to how Nell and Jane met) plus introduced the vampire character "Yummy."  Necessary to the Jane Yellowrock or Soulwood series?  Nope, pretty much the events are summarized elsewhere in series books.  But a good story if you already know Jane.

 

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review 2018-08-25 04:12
Mini-Review of "Top 19 Dump Cake Recipes" by Chef Didier
Top 19 Dump Cake Recipes - Chef Didier

I think  this one had mostly good recipes.  Enough of interest that I could recommend unless went way overpriced.

 

A freebie downloaded long ago (and I don't see it still on Amazon) that did have some glaring issues.  Some missing oven temperatures and at least one recipe listed ingredients not mentioned in the instructions (and the opening was very firm that ingredients needed to be added in very specific order).

 

I did find some recipes to like.  Lots of other dump cake books and online recipes where honestly if hadn't been free I doubt I would have read this one.

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review 2018-08-25 01:48
Mini-review of "30 Delicious Poke Cake Recipes" by Lori Burke
30 Delicious Poke Cake Recipes - Lori Burke

Clear directions.  A mix of what you'd expect in a book of poke cake recipes and some unique or more elevated ones (doesn't the one on the book cover look tasty?).  Has choices to make completely from scratch or to use box cake mixes.

 

At time I downloaded was a freebie (still free to borrow if you subscribe to kindle unlimited).  I spotted no issues or errors.

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