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review 2018-08-13 02:33
Review of "Undead and Unworthy" (Undead aka Queen Betsy, #7) by MaryJanice Davidson
Undead and Unworthy - MaryJanice Davidson

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* 


Overall, glad I revived this abandoned series.  It's supposed to be funny/silly and still was. Queen Betsy is still too self-involved (and -- not naming names or detailing to avoid spoilers -- a character dies saving her TSTL butt).  Random sex acts still seem less erotic than "look how cool we are still going at it.". 

 

I would have DNF'ed if the death scene(s) had been in beginning chapters; Betsy not worth the sacrifice.  I did read mentally preparing myself to just treat fashion designer brand dropping as a running gag.  I very quickly remembered the characters.  Even quicker what amused or annoyed me about this series.  

 

I do do wish the ghost of the dead stepmother who is haunting her hadn't spent a whole book hinting at crap we still don't know.  Not main storyline so not exactly a cliffhanger, but got annoying.

 

I'll toss in some quotes to give you an idea of some Pros and Cons.

 

Pro:

 but . . . really, I was okay until we found her head.

 

“When I want your opinion, Barbie, I’ll pull the string on your back.”

 

Then my dead stepmother said, “This is all your fault, Betsy, and I’m not going anywhere until you fix it.” [well, initially funny except "it" never explained]

 

I was beginning to see where this was going. Oh, it’d be a lovely children’s book: Garrett the Fiend Finds Friends!

 

Yeah, it’s cool, but then you’ve got dead vampire in your hair for hours.

 

“They’re awake,” he gasped. “And they want to kill you.” “Who?” Sinclair, Jessica, Marc, and I asked in unison. It could be anyone. The guys who delivered pizza from Green Mill. Other vampires. The Ant’s book club. Werewolves. Zombies. And, of course, the uninvited guest who’d jumped out the window. So many enemies, so little— 

Con:

He yanked, and my (cashmere! argh) sweater tore down the middle. He shoved, and my skirt (Ann Taylor) went up. He pulled, and my panties (Target) went who knew where.

“Whaaaat?” I whined, moodily pulling off my Herrera boots.

And yes, I was still wearing my Marc Jacobs heels, which helped.

I said grimly, hands on hips. Richard’s black blood dripped slowly onto my—oh no!—Ann Taylor linen pants.

 

Eventually I will read more in series now it's available in library ebooks.


*©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 2018-08-01 22:56
Review of "A Panicked Premonition" (Psychic Eye, #15) by Victoria Laurie
A Panicked Premonition - Victoria Laurie

A good cozy mystery with likable cast.  The psychic aspect curiously little in evidence.  I appreciate that author didn't create relationship angst to get artificial tension; at the same time, a bit sappy on the romance.

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review 2018-07-30 00:09
Review of "Law and Murder (Fright Court or Washington Vampires, #2) by Mindy Klasky
Law and Murder (Fright Court) (Volume 2) - Mindy Klasky

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* 

 

Overall, I liked it and will read on in series.

 

But it wasn't the "cozy paranormal" I was expecting.  Yes, I'm glad the worldbuilding deepened and she learned more about her Sphinx heritage.  But the humor was missing and her character definitely got grimmer.  I really enjoyed the compassionate, responsible,  intelligent and dedicated -- yet often klutzy and zany -- Sarah from Fright Court and Capitol Magic;  this followup seemed to subdue some of the very aspects I enjoyed.

 

Take my rating and dissatisfaction with a grain of salt because I'm also extremely allergic to even potential love triangles.  This book pretty much avoided the romance except in her conflicted inner thoughts crushing on two different guys and rearing up at the wrong moments.  I could have done without the angst.


*©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 2018-07-28 01:59
Review of "The Vampire's Mail Order Bride" (Nocturne Falls, #1) by Kristen Painter
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride - Kristen Painter

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* 

 

Random freebie, well-edited and written.

 

Well, as a cute contemporary romance it works.  Liked the main characters more than I expected.  Liked the story more than I thought I would considering chick was being TSTL appearing on stranger's doorstep to move in.

 

Vampires? -- well, not really.  The main character could have just been called "tycoon" or "billionaire."

 

Mail Order? -- well, not really.  Just an online dating service and the main character masqueraded as the date anyway.

 

Bride? -- well, nope.

 

Series? -- not sure I'll continue just because not always in a contemporary romance mood.  It's a cute small town with various residents and a gimmick of celebrating Halloween all year round (allowing various supernaturals to roam about unnoticed).


*©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 2018-07-27 04:09
Review of "Strawberry Cream Cupcake & Murder" (Dana Sweet #1) by Ann S. Marie 
Strawberry Cream Cupcake & Murder - Marie Ferrarella

A downloaded freebie I thought might find me a new series and be a light, quick, frothy little cozy mystery.  At time of writing this review, the kindle edition was still free.

 

Which it was.  Very sweet.  Yes, very, very, very sweet.  Even when our sweet heroine thought she found the killer and confronted she would tell them how much she understood them yet was "disappointed" in them.

 

It was a decent read with enough to keep me turning the pages -- but overall I think too sweet for me. I'm not the biggest mystery fan so someone more into cozy mysteries might have a different opinion.

 

I also did not get a sense of the small town Canadian setting other than it said she moved from NYC to a small Canadian town (residents would say things like "honey child" where the town sounded more like deep south USA).

 

For a freebie, no atrocious lack of editing or anything bad enough to spoil the read.  But some bits struck me as odd:

 

 Where customers could get of warm treat served with sweet words of encouragement—

 

Because since for her ex, Ramone, ditched her,...

 

Attention to detail had always Dana’s thing.

 

...spiced sauce wafting from in the oven.

 

A softy purring escaped the lips of her cuddly little friend. 

 

Mike appeared to have snapped out of his trans.

 

And when I told him who I was. He laughed.

 

And as for Troy blocking Evan away from her. He was simply trying to keep nefarious Evan off her back.

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