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review 2017-04-12 10:07
Fatal Fortune (Psychic Eye Mystery, #12)
Fatal Fortune: - Victoria Laurie

Not as good as the last one, but a very decent read.


Six months have passed since Abby woke up with the bomb strapped on her chest, and she's enjoying her life being as dull and routine as possible, until she gets a voice mail from her best friend at 3am telling her "It's not what it seems" and asking her to immediately go to their shared office to get and hid a file.  Afterwards, she finds out Candace is wanted for murder - and the entire crime is caught on video.


The rest of the book is Abby's attempts to first find her friend for an explanation and ultimately to hopefully prove her innocence.


There's less sentimentality in this book, but the plotting feels a little nutty.  It's no more nutty than a bomb strapped to your chest, but that had the benefit of suspense... it was written to be a high tension story, while this one is a more traditional mystery.  It was still good though; I was able to read the whole thing in one setting today (an admittedly lazy day) because it was written more than well enough to keep my attention.


I've got one more in my pile, and I might be getting to it sooner rather than later.  It's been fun to be in Abby's world, and I'm not quite tired of it yet.

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review 2017-04-11 12:03
Deadly Forecast (Psychic Eye, #11)
Deadly Forecast - Victoria Laurie

I used to really enjoy this series and always read them as soon as they came out, but the ninth book in the series, Vision Impossible was so... ridiculous, it really put me off the newer books, even after reading and enjoying #10.  Which means this one languished on my TBR for over 3 years before I finally forced myself to pick it up yesterday.  


Boy I'm glad I did; it was really good.  I didn't realise it was a cross-over book that included the MC from her other series (which has since ended), and it worked really well.  The book begins with Abbey coming to consciousness on her wedding day to discover a bomb strapped to her chest, the latest victim of a serial killer.  From here the book switches between dual timelines and POV's:  Abbey's and M.J.'s.


Normally I'd hate this, but it really worked here. Abbey's POV is the flashback to what led to her being strapped to a bomb, and M.J.'s POV is present tense, trying to find Abbey and the killer before time is up.  It's tense and it's gripping.  


Victoria Laurie herself is a professional psychic, so the paranormal aspect of the storytelling is handled realistically; it never gets so far out there that it becomes difficult to suspend disbelief.  There was at least one small error of logic, and I often twitched about Abbey's high level of internal emotional drama, but overall I couldn't wait to pick it back up again.


This is good news, because I still have two other books in the series to read sitting on my pile.  And now I'm much more optimistic about tackling them.

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text 2016-10-23 00:10
Reading progress update: 1%. Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Book Two.
Sense of Deception: A Psychic Eye Mystery - Victoria Laurie

Oh joy, joy, joy, joy, joy.


This is immediately hooking me!

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text 2016-10-21 21:17
Current Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon plan...
Witchstruck - Victoria Lamb
Sense of Deception: A Psychic Eye Mystery - Victoria Laurie
Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter) - Nalini Singh
Raven Cursed - Faith Hunter
The Real Werewives of Vampire County - Alexandra Ivy,Angie Fox,Tawny Taylor,Jess Haines,Tami Dane
Once Upon A Curse: 17 Dark Faerie Tales - Sabrina Locke,Audrey Faye,Jennifer Blackstream,Devon Monk,Donna Augustine,C. Gockel,Jenna Elizabeth Johnson,Anthea Sharp,Alexia Purdy,Julia Crane,Danielle Monsch,Annie Bellet,Tara Maya,Christine Pope,Alethea Kontis,Yasmine Galenorn,Phaedra Weldon
A Wind in the Night - Barb Hendee,J.C. Hendee
Dangerous Women - George R.R. Martin,Gardner R. Dozois
The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity - Joshua Palmatier,Patricia Bray,Anton Strout,S.C. Butler,Jean Marie Ward,Shannon Page,Jay Lake,Elizabeth Bear,Jim C. Hines,Seanan McGuire,Susan Jett,Kari Sperring,Juliet E. McKenna,Avery Shade,Kristine Smith,Barbara Ashford,April Steenburgh
Magic Strikes - Ilona Andrews

...subject to change in mood or just plain seeing a more interesting book on someone else's post.  I also have some short stories, some stalled reads to push on a chapter and some samples/excerpts as filler to clear book hangovers.


I'll do good to finish two or three full length books.  I love Dewey's but actually read less during the event than on a usual Saturday because of all the online fun.



Anthologies for filler short stories:

  • Once Upon A Curse - from book description "17 Pearl tales from NYT and USA Today award winning authors .... more Grimm than Disney  ... in this anthology full of adventure, dark powers, and ultimately the enduring power of true love..."
  • The Real Werewives of Vampire County - from book description "Drama. Scandal. Secrets. And a whole lot of supernatural goings-on. " mix of fave and unfamiliar authors




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text 2016-10-10 21:49
Just bought for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon via booklikes purchase link
Sense of Deception: A Psychic Eye Mystery - Victoria Laurie

This series of books have all been fun, quick reads with a main character I enjoy and an unexpected depth.  So should be perfect for the upcoming Readathon.


*pats self on back* I remembered to support booklikes by using the purchase link here in between my fictfact purchase link buys.

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