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text 2018-04-18 19:15
Relistening: 4 hours and 20 minutes in
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

I haven't been getting through this very quickly - I keep having to work on things that require too much of my attention for audiobook listening to be possible.

 

I've just gotten to the part where Peter has set up his nice new relaxation spot, complete with fabulous technology (ooh, a TV...with cable), only to have Nightingale stop by. Nearly everyone at Peter's little party works for Nightingale, and here's Nightingale casually trying to join in.

 

So. Awkward.

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text 2018-04-16 20:04
Relistening: 3 hours and 12 minutes in
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Leslie asks Peter whether he should be telling her all this stuff about magic and magical beings and Peter says "I don't see why not. Nightingale's never told me not to."

 

Except here's the thing: I'm pretty sure it was part of Peter's oath before becoming Nightingale's apprentice that he wasn't supposed to tell anyone about this stuff. It was a little vague - I interpreted it as "don't tell anyone who isn't part of our secret magical club," although I suppose it could have been interpreted as "don't tell anyone who isn't also part of the police." Either way, I don't think Peter should have assumed that he was allowed to tell Leslie all of this.

 

It's a moot point, since Nightingale never gets upset with Peter about this, but it's a detail that bugs me.

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review 2018-04-11 17:33
Secret Vampire (is not so secret)
Secret Vampire (Night World, #1) - L.J. Smith

This isn't so much a review of the book as it is of L.J. Smith. I first read The Vampire Diaries back in 2010, and the first 2 books weren't half bad. But then they just nose dive into cliche and terrible. And that seems to be what L.J is famous for, as far as I can tell. All her writings are juvenile, anticlimactic and pretty full of teen tropes. In this book, I don't think there was a single brain cell to be shared among the three main characters. And then we get a big bad about 30 pages from the end for no reason that doesn't even do anything. Literally does nothing. 

 

Same goes for when I picked back up on The Vampire Diaries when Smith started writing them a decade after they ended. She did nothing to fix the time gap, gave them cell phones with no explanation and went off on some strange angels/demons/kitsune plotline. I do not get why people are so fascinated with her. I read 5 of The Vampire Diaries  before I thought my eyes would bleed. This book wasn't nearly as bad, but it was just bland. Boring. The teens were so....white bread and mayo. It had nothing of spice and substance. I feel like people read her and enjoy her works because they just don't know any better, sort of like Cassandra Clare.

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text 2018-04-10 23:29
Relistening
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

I'm relistening to this. It's not that I don't want to listen to anything new-to-me, it's just that I've reviewed this already and relistening to it isn't going to add to my unwieldy list of things I still need to review.

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review 2018-04-04 19:32
Awesome!
Clouds in My Coffee - Andrea Smith

Clouds In My Coffee by Andrea Smith is an amazing romantic suspense with a little paranormal twist.  Ms. Smith has delivered a well-written book.  Kudos to Ms. Smith for the fantastic characters in this book.  I love their personalities and interactions.  Parrish is gifted, she sees dead people.  I could go on and say more about the story, but I'm afraid I'd give the good parts away so I'll just tell you there is plenty of suspense, humor, drama and sizzle to keep readers glued to this book.  If you're a fan of paranormals, which I'm not, you'll totally fall in love with this book.  If I, not being a fan of paranormals love it, fans will too.  I enjoyed this book from page one till the end and look forward to reading more from Andrea Smith in the future.  Clouds In My Coffee is book 2 of the Limbo Series but can be read as a standalone.  I suggest reading book 1 of the series first to get the backstory on how Parrish discovers her gift.  

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