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review 2018-09-10 22:15
Land of the Lost for the modern times...
City of the Lost - Kelley Armstrong

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City of the Lost

Kelley Armstrong

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Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a domestic violence support town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want; she's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding - in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This is my first Kelley Armstrong book…I've never read any of her paranormal stuff of which she is well known for.  Her writing in this was easy to listen to and her characters were easy to root for.  Especially, Casey…she kind of rocks.  I wish I could have gotten with who she chooses to be her love interest more, but I was left liking the other guy…I think it may have been the voice that Therese Plummer chose for him, I just didn't really care for it.

 

City of the Lost is a "city" out in the Yukon, somewhere between Alaska and Canada I believe, that is sort of like it's own little commune, minus the religion.  The people go there to live and get away from their problems in the real world, whether it's an abusive ex or a crime they've committed, they are all running from something or someone.  They even pay money for the privilege of going there to live.  I never really understood where the money goes to, some sort of council that doesn't even live there…sounds fairly sketchy to me.  But otherwise, a worthwhile and fascinating story, with everything from possible cannibals, wild dogs, cats, grizzlies and a red fox; to drinking, drugs, casual sex and oh-so-much more.  Including some unforeseen twists that will have you reeling.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.2/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4/5  Cliffhanger~ Not really…

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Book Cover~ It's okay…

Narration~ 4.5 for Therese Plummer, she does so many different voices very well.

Series~ Rockton #1

Setting~ Rockton, Canada

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this for my Terrifying Women Square on Halloween Bingo

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-31 16:09
Book Review - Hailey Turner's A Ferry of Bones & Gold - Soulbound #1
A Ferry of Bones & Gold (Soulbound #1)A Ferry of Bones & Gold by Hailey Turner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG Hailey Turner has done it again!

This is another absolutely phenomenal book by this newbie author. Reading this book there is no way to tell it's only her 4th published work! Hailey's attention to detail is impressive; she has the ability to build a world that sinks it's claws into you and hold on tight. Not only has she done that in this book, she has also incorporated - and twisted - myth for her own purposes in this new series. This time Hailey is taking on the ancient Gods - the Greek Pantheon, the Norse Mythos, African deities, you name it she's playing with it.

In the introductory book to her new Soulbound series Hailey takes the Gods and throws them into a world full of magic, were creatures, fae and vampires that is still gritty, modern and urban. Okay, I'm gushing a bit, but this book hit _all_ the things I grew up loving and sets them on their head. I cut my reading teeth on Greek myths, transitioned into fantasy and, when I was a moody teen, I dove head first into the paranormal, so check and check and check!

The plot premise - Red headed mage Patrick Collins is a man with some serious attitude issues and a healthy dose of disrespect for authority - despite working for the Supernatural Operations Agency, aka SOA (the paranormal version of the FBI). He's a former military mage who was left scarred and broken after the 30 Day War, an attempt by the Dominion Sect, to bring Hell to Earth and to strip the power of a God and give it to a human. He's damaged goods _but_ he's also 'owned' by the Gods. When he was 10 years old the Gods saved him from death and exacted a promise out of him, turning him into their weapon. Sometimes Patrick wishes they'd just let him die instead, but a soul debt is now owed, his scarred and damaged soul no longer belongs to him.

Which is why Patrick finds himself in New York City. A God has gone missing, there have been ritual murders with signs of demon infestation and the NYC SOA department stinks to high heavens of corruption. The local Paranormal cops don't trust anyone from NYC's SOA and so Patrick is called in. And is thrust right back into the hell he thought he'd walked away from when he left the military behind him - the Dominion Sect is trying to raise hell again.

Patrick's soul debt is called in (though not forgiven) and he finds himself protecting a seer who has a direct line to the Norse Gods and a werewolf that the _actual_ Fates have deigned to throw directly in his path. Time is running out as Patrick, Jono the werewolf, Marek the Seer and a motley handful of allies made up of civilians, people who actually want to kill Patrick but can't because of a promise, and an old military buddy are racing against the clock to prevent a God from being sacrificed to the Dominion Sect's insane plot for world domination - all of which happens on the Summer Solstice. Of course.

Patrick's life is FUBAR.

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review 2018-08-24 22:53
This one would work for Amateur Sleuth, because this guy couldn't get anymore amateur...
The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) - Andrew Mayne

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The Naturalist

Andrew Mayne

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Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.

 

As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students. As more details, and bodies, come to light, the local cops determine that the killer is either a grizzly gone rogue… or Theo himself. Racing to stay one step ahead of the police, Theo must use his scientific acumen to uncover the killer. Will he be able to become as cunning as the predator he hunts—before he becomes its prey?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Theo Cray is aptly named…because he is quite crazy…He is like one of those super smart people who have no common sense.  I don't know how plausible some of his scientific theories are, because I'm not a scientist, not even close.  So for me, I was able to suspend belief and just enjoy the intense and slightly insane ride, one filled with Dr. Cray's many mishaps until he finally figures out exactly what's going on. 

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger~ not really…

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Book Cover~ It's cool…

Narration~4.5 for Will Damron, he is one of my fav male narrators.

Series~ The Naturalist #1

Setting~ Montana

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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review 2018-08-21 03:54
The Three Musketeers (d'Artagnan Romance Series #1) (Audiobook)
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

This was fun! I've been slowly but surely trying to get around to all the old classics I avoided when I was a kid. I saw a couple of the Musketeer movies, neither of them very good, and I recently saw a few episodes of the Musketeer show on Hulu, but I never read the book, and after the enjoyable but somewhat rambling The Count of Monte Cristo, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book.

 

It's still enjoyable and still somewhat rambling, lol. The book lost some momentum after the race for the diamond studs and doesn't really recover, pace-wise, until the introduction of Milady, who gives whole new meaning to the word diabolical. This was often silly, and often fast-paced. I can see how this was originally published as a serial, and I can just imagine the people reading this in real time impatiently waiting for the next installment. The three Musketeers are great friends and have varied backgrounds and personalities, and they adopt d'Artagnan into their group despite some awkward and hostile beginnings. I adored their friendships and how they looked out for each other - which is why it felt so disjointed that d'Artagnan then had to wait to be told to go look for his friends who may or may not have given up their lives to he could go fetch the queen's diamond studs. Like, bro, WTF? 

 

Simon Vance knocked this out of the park and his impression especially of Porthos was a hoot and a half. I think my love for Porthos is about 110% due to Vance's reading of his lines. So over the top. So adorably obtuse. Planchet was pretty adorable too. Though as great as Vance was, these are the most British-sounding French dudes ever. :D I guess French narrators just refuse to read this in English? After a lifetime of hearing British accents for French characters, it didn't bother me at all, just added to the fun. 

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review 2018-08-20 21:40
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Scorpio Races
The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater

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The Scorpio Races

Maggie Stiefvater

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Some race to win. Others race to survive.

 

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. 

 

Some riders live.

Others die.

 

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. 

 

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition - the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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For some reason, this book was never on my radar.  I can't really say why.  If it wasn't for a reading challenge where I needed a book with a race in it…I probably would have never read it.  I think this is why I'm so addicted to them because they force me to discover something I wouldn’t have otherwise. 

 

I really liked The Scorpio Races, with all of the broody, dark-ish, Irish folklore-ish, mythical atmosphere that it had going on.  This is a story about the Capaill Uisce or Water Horses…a version of them anyway and an island where they train these horses, as best as they can, to run in a race they have every year.  There are some lulls in the story leading up to the race, but the budding romance/friendship between Puck and Sean is so beautifully done, that I hardly noticed them.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Striking, both covers actually.

Narration~ 4.5 for Steve West and Fiona Hardingham, I did like Fiona better than Steve, but they were both exceptional.

Setting~ Thisby Island

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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