Hello, friends. I have had a couple of bad weeks. I was so depressed I couldn’t write, not even book reviews. I couldn’t socialize either, face to face or online, so I didn’t logon to BL or any other of my usual social media haunts. I missed you guys, missed your reviews and comments. Hopefully, I've shaken the worst of it off and I’m back now.
I did read during this time, but most of what I read wasn’t any good (or maybe it was my depression talking). So a quick reading recap of the last two weeks. And tomorrow, I promise, I’ll start reading your reviews again.
Jayne Ann Krentz – Secret Sisters
Meh. Probably 2 stars. I did finish the book
Lisa Shearin – The Brimstone Deception
Not bad. Not very good either, just a solid novel of urban fantasy. A bit of humor, a bit of enjoyment, and utterly forgettable. 3 stars.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips – The Great Escape
A reread. Last time I read it, I gave it 3 stars. This time, I’d probably bump it to 4 stars. I enjoyed reading the novel, but then I usually like anything written by this writer. A charming novel of chic lit.
Jayne Ann Krentz – Running Hot
Another reread. I liked it. It was published in 2009 and it was probably the last book this author published that was of a high enough standard. Afterwards, her quality dropped dramatically. It was the usual Krentz’s romantic suspense, with some paranormal arabesques thrown in to make it more interesting, a couple of likable protagonists, and a juicy thriller twist. Easy and fun. 4 stars.
Jennifer Crusie – Welcome to Temptation
I smiled from start to finish while I read this book. A reread as well, but I haven’t read it for a while, so it felt fresh and utterly delicious. I love Crusie. 4.5 stars. There is a bit of sagging in the middle of the novel, but otherwise, an almost perfect book.
Ilona Andrews – Magic Stars
Didn’t enjoy it at all. It was quick though, not much time wasted, but then I’m not a Kate Daniels fan.
Patricia Gaffney – Sweet Everlasting
Didn’t finish. I like many books by this author, but this particular novel was so sugary and so false, I got a toothache.
Anne Gracie – Gallant Waif
Some of you might remember that this writer is my recent delightful discovery. I found four earlier books of hers that are out of print now and were never issued in e-format. This particular novel was her debut, and I liked it. It was not as polished as her later books. There were POV jumps and lots of other writing glitches, but the master storyteller she has become now is visible even in this earlier effort. 3 stars and many smiles.
by Irish Beth Maddock
Illustrated by Lucent Ouano
Beth and Paul don't like carp fish. They are actually a little scared of them. That's why they don't go near the weeping willow anymore.
But one day the carp fish need help. They are trapped and the water level is getting lower and lower. What a challenge for Beth and Paul!
Despite their fear these generous kids, with Dad and neighbors of the area will work together digging a canal to allow the carp fish to escape. How happy everyone was when they finally succeed and the carp fish swam free!
Beautiful message about taking care of all the creatures, even those that aren't "cute". This story is all about sense of responsibility, team work, and concern about the nature.
Age range: 4 to 8 years old.
I received this copy from the author through Bostick Communications in exchange for an honest review.
I joined a group on GoodReads that gives a topic for bloggers and vloggers to do monthly recommendations. October was, appropriately, "creepy reads." Not being a horror reader, I pulled from all age groups to make my list and chose to be a bit liberal in my interpretation (Horrorstor is the creepiest title here but was not in my original blogpost http://wp.me/p5Tcfi-55).
There is a title missing still - a specific Hardy Boys mystery where they go to a creepy old house and encounter black widow spiders. Because of this book, I have been creeped out by the thought of black widow spiders since approximately 1979. If you happen to know which Hardy Boys title this is, please let me know.
November's topic is Favorite Trilogies, which might actually be more challenging for me than this was. Perhaps the term "trilogy" will have to become conveniently flexible in whether or not it includes novellas. Hmmm....