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text 2018-06-15 19:47
End of Watch - Finished!
End of Watch: A Novel - Stephen King,Simon & Schuster Audio,Will Patton

Maybe even better this time than it was on the first reading. Now I can take The Outsider off pause, and start from the beginning. 

 

Original review here. I was re-reading the Bill Hodges trilogy before I go on with The Outsider, since there is supposed to be at least one character making a reappearance. 

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review 2018-06-12 23:06
One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett
One to Watch - Rachel Amphlett

Note: This is Book 3 but it works fine as a stand alone.

This series keeps getting better and better. I am impressed. Detective Kay Hunter continues to grow in depth and the plot is tighter and a little more complicated than the last book. There’s also a bigger mystery that we get small pieces of in each book.

Sophie Whittaker starts off dead so we only get to know her through the people she’s left behind. It seems everyone loved her… or did they? She comes from a prominent family and the police are pushed to make an arrest right away. But our clever Kay questions whether they truly have their murderer.

One of the things I really liked about this book was how Kay’s team with their immediate boss Sharp really gel together. They have common goals and a very unreasonable manager. Kay has been missing that camaraderie that she had a few years ago before some evidence went missing and Kay was suspected of ‘misplacing’ it.

This missing evidence continues to be part of this bigger mystery that stretches across all 3 books. Don’t worry! If you haven’t read the previous books, all the pertinent info is nicely repeated in this story. Kay finds some very disturbing things related to this and she decides she finally has to trust someone else besides her husband Adam. Yay! I love how this is developing.

OK, back to Sophie. Her prominent family has agreed to an engagement to the son of a local wealthy businessman even though Sophie is only 16. Then there’s this interesting Chastity Vow that has strong Christian undertones. Various characters react differently to this. I definitely agreed with Kay and Kariss. It was definitely an interesting wrinkle in the investigation.

Toss in some black mail, plenty of hidden secrets, secret lovers, and a looming financial disaster, you have plenty of suspects. One to Watch is a thoroughly riveting tale! 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Alison Campbell is a perfect Kay Hunter. She sounds analytical and hard when she needs to but can also be that loving wife and good friend. Campbell was great with all of Kay’s emotions in this story. Most of the characters sounded distinct but some of the young men did sound like women from time to time. There were no technical issues with the recording. 4/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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review 2018-06-08 14:09
Hunters' Watch Brigade: Initiation by Paula Millhouse
Hunters' Watch Brigade: Initiation - Paula Millhouse

Hunters' Watch Brigade: Initiation is the first book in the Hunters' Watch Brigade series, that deals with witches, vampires, demi-gods, shifters, and all other paranormal personnel.

 

Sam is a sassy, sometimes cheeky, female who is confident in herself and her abilities. Her father is Poseidon, and she has an easy relationship with him, even though she doesn't understand why he didn't stick around when she was a child. Max is her Maine Coon familiar (yes, she's also part witch). Max is more to her than that though, but he is resisting with every fibre of his being. He knows he can shift and become a guardian, but is worried about being taken away from Sam if he does so.

 

I loved these two, both separately and together. Things go full on between them once Max does shift, but then it wouldn't seem right any other way, considering all the time they have spent together.

 

There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and I thoroughly enjoyed the pacing of this book, with smooth transitions from one scene to the next. It does end on a sort-of cliffhanger, so fair warning. Definitely recommended by me.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

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review 2018-05-04 00:29
First Watch by Dale Lucas - My Thoughts
The Fifth Ward: First Watch - Dale Lucas

I read a blurb about this book where it said that it reminded the reader of an episode of the TV show Hill Street Blues. And I think I must agree. 

The story is told through the eyes of Rem, a young man of noble blood new to the city of Yenara.  He's left home - I believe he's a younger son - and I can't quite remember if we're ever told exactly why.  We are told that his father was quite demanding and, to Rem, belittling towards him. Rem gets thrown into the city dungeons and then, stroke of luck, gets offered the chance to join the Watch Wardens.  Which he takes, because lets face it, it's better than rotting in the dungeons, right? 

Rem is teamed up with a cantankerous dwarf by the name of Torvil to begin with, Torvil's regular partner having not shown up for his shift. And the adventure begins.

There's no new ground broken with this book.  It's an adventure, a buddy tale, about two mis-matched guys in the city police force who have a mystery to solve.  A mystery that includes murder, theft, drugs, kidnappings and elves, orcs, dwarves, mages and humans all existing together in this melting pot of a city.  It's a fun read and while maybe predictable in spots, the characters are definitely charming and the writing is quick-paced and the narrative flows quite well. 

I liked it and I'll definitely be looking for the next book when it comes out this summer.

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review 2018-05-02 01:24
A Wolf to Watch Over Me
A Wolf to Watch Over Me - Sela Carsen

Short and sweet. I enjoyed both Lauren and Hakon. I might have enjoyed it more had it been longer and more fleshed out. But, how often can you say this: Werewolves from outer space!
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