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review 2019-01-18 04:39
Oops! Too engrossed to...
A Beautiful Friendship - David Weber

...remember I was reading this for a book club.  I should have been discussing frequently here on the dashboard.  I should be writing a good review.

 

Instead, I wolfed through this one, then book two and then immediately book three.

 

I did want more in the Honor-verse.  I hesitated to start this before was a bookclub because I wasn't confident author could write for YA.  

 

I was wrong; he did very well with YA.  Excellent book, but possibly a bit lacking in some ... not sure "tension" is the correct word.  Everything wasn't breezy and light; a few very possibly serious things just seemed a bit easily resolved with the M.C. often just that much smarter than others.  Most places that worked well; just enough off that it's not quite a five star read for me.

 

Boy did I ever want to read this early backstory of the treecat world!

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review 2019-01-03 19:32
*sigh* #HALENO
Kathleen Hale Is a Crazy Stalker - Kathleen Hale

I don't have the words.

 

Author related to a big five publisher now publishing the tale of successfully stalking a goodreads reviewer.  Well defended by the publisher in previous instances and previous bland, badly written tomes I disliked even before all the drama.  No way I'd feel any different about this one and no way do I want to add to her profit.  $23 for hardcover sounds like trying to grab the money quickly in case any legal troubles or blowback happen.

 

If unfamiliar with the criminal history -- 

 

Yes, I know. Possible Streisand effect and increased visibility by posting about this.  But, past experience says KH will blow up around the blogosphere anyway.  She's big on friction marketing plus usually has an extraordinary amount of marketing from the publisher..

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review 2019-01-01 09:07
Review of "About a Dragon" (Dragon Kin, #2) by G. A. Aiken (aka Shelly Laurensten)
About a Dragon - G.A. Aiken

Overall, a quick fun read with snarky, spunky heroine. Tried too hard for the spunkiness or humor in parts; bit too much dwelling on male sex organs.

With the exception of the male love interest, I liked the characters and was glad to see how the new queen was getting along. I just never warmed up to Briec. He was an arrogant dick start to finish and even the good things he did -- like rescuing her from an angry mob -- were in expectation of gratitude or reward. Instantly adapting to sort of stepfatherhood towards the end came out of the blue and out of character.

I'm sure I would have enjoyed this much more if I could have warmed up to the male lead in the paranormal romance.

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text 2019-01-01 09:00
Review of "Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues" (White Trash Zombie, #2) by Diana Rowland
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland

This one was mixed for me.

 

I could have done with more of Angeil being Angel and just learning to deal with being a zombie while trying to get her life and relationships together. With a huge dose of zaniness and humor.

 

Instead, for too much of it, I got weighty conspiracy, political and mobster. Including bad guys abducting then somewhat graphically torturing her physically and emotionally.

Which *poof* now over and right back to regular life.

 

Hopefully rest of series lets up on murky conspiracies and factions. I have little patience for that (probably why I dislike thrillers and most mysteries).

 

I still like Angel and still enjoy the writing. And I do want to know what happens to Angel next. I was expecting a much funnier book.

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review 2018-12-31 00:06
Review of "Night Pleasures" (Dark-Hunter, #1) by Sherilyn Kenyon
Night Pleasures - Sherrilyn Kenyon

I'm glad I read Ash's book prior this one. It probably changed my reaction to his appearances and the whole origins of the Dark Hunters thing. More depth, maybe; not that this series or book is more deep than the usual PNR books.

 

Which isn't a criticism. Just that it is fairly typical of the genre that each book centers on a couple, pretty much if not completely outright fated mates. In this one, it was immortal-centuries-old-Kyrian-Greek-Prince-during-Roman-invasions-turned-DarkHunter and

somewhat-innocent-new-to-powers-sorceress-Amanda-modern-accountant.

 

I liked Kyrian and Amanda. So, liked their story. Neither was an asshat or TSTL. Fairly explicit (maybe even skim-worthy explicit sex), but no dubious consent or some supernatural whatsit compulsion factor. Without being too spoiler-y, I really liked that the conclusion didn't require one of them to act totally out of character. Not really an in-line-with-internal-logic of the series explanation of the villain, though.

 

As much as I enjoyed this one, the preview of Talon's story at back of the ebook I read makes the next book sound way more interesting.

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