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review 2018-10-20 09:45
Rivers of London
Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch

What happens when a former Doctor Who writer decides to try his hand at a Dresden-Files-esque urban fantasy series? I DON’T EVEN KNOW BUT IT’S AMAZING. AMAZING STUFF HAPPENS, OKAY? OKAY.


Basically, it’s a sort of ghost hunter/police procedural/buddy comedy with magic and a wicked sense of very British humor and, in my opinion, it blows the Dresden Files out of the water.* I was hoping I’d be able to write a more coherent review, but apparently I’m stuck in the unhelpful squeeing phase and I’m also busy mentally rejigging my fun budget so I can get the rest of the series. Sorry.


Only one thing really ticked me off. It’s spoilery, so under a spoiler tag it goes:


Speaking of Dresden Files, Rivers of London falls in the same trap as Grave Peril and damsels a perfectly good strong female character and REALLY screws her over and I’ll be angry about this for a while, amazingness notwithstanding.

(spoiler show)


*Opinion formed after reading three Dresden Files books and one Rivers of London book.


I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 Darkest London square.


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review 2018-10-12 04:44
Luke has an adventure in the underworld
Eight Rivers of Shadow - Leo R. Hunt

The story is about Luke and a new girl Ash who forced/trapped Luke into helping her to save her twin half-ghost sister. 


Not bad on creating a background for the story, of Luke's father being a necromancer wronged Ash's family of necromancer.

The book of Eight still played a role as it haunted Luke in his nightmare. He was almost killed by his former servant ghosts. Now he is calling the ex servant ghost for help. 


The plot twists is there. It keep you reading as you want to find out what's happened to Luke and his girlfriend. 


But then... 


It is not really that great a story as part of it fall into all to familiar ground of cliche. Like revenge, lying, self interest. 


What is love really? 


Anyway, as the storytelling part is not too bad. Still got a 4 stars. 


Reading this for  Genre Horror square.


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text 2018-10-10 03:47
Reading progress update: I've read 154 out of 382 pages.
Eight Rivers of Shadow - Leo R. Hunt

Luke's father was a necromancer. His father has ghosts that Luke set free after one of them trying to kill him in the last book that I have not read. 


Now Luke still have nightmare about the Book of Eight, a magic book that belonged to his father that could call up dark stuff like demon. 


Ash is the new girl who father is also a necromancer. She wants to use the Book of Eight to save her twin sister who is part ghost part human. 


Not sure of Ash intention yet. 


So far. OK. Not great, but nothing exceptionally bad. 


Reading this for Genre Horror square. 



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review 2018-10-08 00:05
Lovers at Seaside by Addison Cole
Lovers at Seaside - Lucy Rivers,Aiden Snow,Addison Cole

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this one but it wasn't a story that really stood out to me. This is the ninth book in the Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series but it reads perfectly fine as a stand-alone while readers of the series will enjoy checking in with some of the characters from earlier books. I found this quick and pleasant read and liked the chemistry between the characters.

Parker is an actress taking some much needed alone time after the loss of her good friend and mentor. Her friend, Bert, was like family to her and she now feels alone in the world. Grayson is an artist who has been working on a project for Parker for the past several months. Grayson finds Parker drunk and wants to help her put the pieces back together. Add in Parker's adorable dog, Christmas, and things are looking up.

I liked Parker and Grayson together and I found their relationship to quite authentic. I thought that they had some great chemistry with each other and connected well from the very start. I really didn't see any obstacles to their relationship and honestly, things went really smoothly with the exception of a quick hiccup at the end of the book. In some ways, I would have like to see a bit more drama between these two characters.

This book is narrated by Lucy Rivers and Aiden Snow and it was my first experience with both of their work. I did prefer Aiden Snow's performance in this book and would find that I was a bit disappointed when the narration would change at times. I thought that Lucy Rivers also did a fine job with the story but I found her narration to be somewhat monotonous at times.

I do think that a lot of readers will enjoy this one a bit more than I did. I thought that the characters were very well done but I wish that the book had just a bit more drama to hold my attention.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author / publicist.

Initial Thoughts
I am somewhere between 3 and fours stars right now. I am going to take a few days before I settle on a final rating. This was good but nothing really stood out to me. There wasn't a lot of conflict and the mystery at the end was very predictable. I did find that I enjoyed Aiden Snow's narration much more than the performance by Lucy Rivers.

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review 2018-09-28 19:37
Audiobook Review: Lovers at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #9) by Addison Cole (Author), Lucy Rivers (Narrator), Aiden Snow (Narrator)
Lovers at Seaside - Lucy Rivers,Aiden Snow,Addison Cole


Lovers at Seaside is an amazing tale of life, love and loss. It's also a life lesson: "Make every moment and person in your life count." Addison Cole wraps readers up in a tale of new beginnings and heartbreaking loss. There are moments where the emotion seems larger then the characters, but that's to be expected when looking at greatness. The hardest goodbyes, often bring the sweetest hellos.

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