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review 2019-10-12 01:05
Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant #3)
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch

I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the previous two. Peter’s getting on my nerves with his constant weird reactions to Lesley’s facial injuries. The only thing he’s said about it is that he feels guilty for not feeling guilty about his best friend being hurt so badly, and since he refuses to dwell on it further and find the reason for his reaction, I am running out of patience with him. It’s all told from Peter’s POV, and being stuck in the head of a character who occasionally seems allergic to introspection can be frustrating. I’m just waiting for Lesley to start dabbling in forbidden magic to find a way to heal herself (the main implied reason she wanted to learn magic in the first place), and if she goes off the deep end and becomes a villain I’m going to blame Peter for generally being a pillock about the whole thing. (While also blaming the author for going in such an unoriginal direction, of course.)

 

I thought the book fell down a little on the murder mystery end as well, meandering for chapter after chapter before Peter pulled the solution out of his ass. It was entertaining, but it didn’t feel earned. Also, whoever wrote the cover copy should have their nose booped with a smelly pool noodle. The whole possibly-entertaining-and-interesting religion vs magic conflict alluded to is non-existent.

 

(Read for Halloween Bingo Ghost Stories Square)

 

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text 2019-10-11 08:07
Reading progress update: I've read 181 out of 303 pages.
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch

I don’t remember if Peter studying to be an architect before joining the police has come up before, but now his (snarky) encyclopedic knowledge of London’s architectural history totally makes sense.

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review 2019-10-10 16:49
Book Review: The Dragon CEO's Assistant by Jenn Burke
The Dragon CEO's Assistant (Golden Kingdom, #2)The Dragon CEO's Assistant by Jenn Burke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Le sigh. Le purrrrrrrr.

Dragons and other mythical creatures living in the same world as humans, romance, a little tension and a mystery to solve. What's not to like about this book? Oh and it's set in CANADA! In Ottawa!!! Another place I have lived in and know. This made my maple leafy heart so so happy.

The plot has some tried and true tropes, but that doesn't mean it wasn't exceptionally written and oh so much fun to read.

Boy has amnesia, big bad dragon boss is secretly a marshmallow and his gooey center belongs to amnesia boy. There is denial of want, there is past trauma to overcome, there is mayhem and mystery, well meaning siblings and a not so clean cop running amuck (amuck! amuck! amuck!). Yup, lots of tropes and I reveled in each and every one of them coz, as the saying goes, if it ain't broke don't fix it!

Jenn Burke paints very well with words and, because I've been there, I can say her description of the Ottawa valley etc are spot on and gorgeous. And her boys are sexy, her story is fun to read. All in all, another solid book by this faboo author. Now I'm off to hunt up the other book in this series, which I missed out on for some scandalous reason!

**Book was received from Lescourt Author Services for an honest and unbiased review**



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review 2019-10-09 18:30
Book Review: Sirens Heart - Dylan Rivers Chronicles #3 by Richard Amos
Siren's Heart (Dylan Rivers Chronicles #3)Siren's Heart by Richard Amos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. Just WOW!

So I have loved Richard Amos' books since I read the first Coldharbour Chronicles book and his storytelling just gets better and better.

In the 3rd installment of the Dylan Rivers arc, we finally see Dylan come into his own. He has embraced his destiny - and his men - but the Oil Barons are still out there and now the Council has declared war. Dylan must complete the tests put to him by the Water Spirits and find the strength to confront his past in the form of the mind mage, Darius and the beast Darius forced him to raise in Book 2.

With his friends and lovers at his side, Dylan must once more travel to the city that freezes and sing the song of stone. But at what price?

War with the Oil Barons is here and there will be casualties. Who will fall, who will rise?

Can't wait for Book 4 because, daaaayaaaaam.

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review 2019-10-09 09:53
Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant #2)
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch

I liked this book at least as much as the first book in the series, though two of the characters I’m really interested in were sidelined for most of the story by the horrific injuries they sustained in the first book. I appreciated the introduction of what I assume is going to be Peter and Nightingale’s Moriarty for future books. A good arch nemesis to shake things up is all this series was lacking. (Well, aside from prominent strong female characters who don’t get railroaded in tragic and/or horrifying ways, but I’ve been assured the books get better in that regard.)

 

(Read for Halloween Bingo Darkest London Square)

 

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