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review 2018-12-30 03:51
Review of Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock, #12) by Faith Hunter
Dark Queen - Faith Hunter

As much as I was loathe to see this series end, I was really anticipating what most of my reviewing friends found a fit ending to the series.   [Update, possibly not the end as a book Shattered Bonds shows in places as #13 to be published Dec. 2019]

Jane and the bunch are still great to read about and still well-written. But, nope, I don't think this ended the series well. I mean for 11 books previously we've been building up to the visit by the older more powerful European vampires -- that storyline just fizzled with lots of posturing and playground-y antics with security measures by known characters good or bad as plot convenient without a lot of internal logic.

Yes, caught up with lots of the players. Some of whom got a satisfactory finish.

But, also introduced way too much "new" to be in the last book of the series (presumably to hint at a happier future).

I'm all for character growth and would be disappointed if no one changed over the course of a series. I like Jane and Bruiser together. But, Bruiser kind of disappeared for me to be replaced by super-duper-sappy-wish-fulfillment boyfriend. Leo also disappeared for me a bit plus maybe softened too much.

I think I was expecting much grittier stuff from the big bad visit. I mulled over this review a bit to see if too colored by the fact I didn't want this to be the last book, but after letting things digest I am overall still disappointed in how it ended the series.

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text 2018-12-29 22:54
2019 Reading Goals #1 - Deep Dive into Watergate
1968: The Year That Rocked the World - Mark Kurlansky
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics - Lawrence O'Donnell
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America - Rick Perlstein
All the President's Men - Carl Bernstein,Bob Woodward
The Last of the President's Men - Bob Woodward
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It - John W. Dean
The Making of the President 1972 - Theodore H. White
Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon - Theodore H. White
The Nixon Tapes - Douglas Brinkley,Luke Nichter
Shadow - Bob Woodward

Inspired by the podcasts Slow Burn (season one) from Slate and Bagman by Rachel Maddow, I decided to do a deep dive into the Nixon administration, specifically Watergate.  I already read the Nixon/Ford section of Clint Hill's Five Presidents just to get my feet wet. I may not get to all of these, but I hope to read enough to have a good grasp on what happened.

 

My Nixon Reading List:

 

1. 1968: The Year that Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky

2. Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell

3. The Making of a President 1972 by Theodore White

4. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein

5. All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

6. Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward

7. The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It by John Dean

8. Breach of Faith: The Fall of Nixon by Theodore White

9. Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate  by Bob Woodward

10. The Nixon Tapes 1971-1972 by Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter 

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review 2018-12-13 15:02
Another emotional read for me. Long distance love, military romance.
Faith - Andi Jaxon,A. J. (Alexander John) Scott

An emotional journey for me. Most of the story was fine until the last third. My heart ached for two lonely souls, one who did not want to be hurt again. Having experienced love long distance myself, I knew it was possible for Becca and Justin to make it, but their own emotional struggles had me crying. This is the first story in this series that I have read, and it does indeed stand on its own. I enjoyed the secondary characters and their quirkiness as well.

I received an ARC of this story through Enticing Journey Book Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2018-12-09 01:57
OFF THE GRID by FAITH HUNTER
Off the Grid: A Jane Yellowrock Story - Faith Hunter,Khristine Hvam

I read this in the anthology Black Water

The short stories are pretty sad/sick with the victims having a horrible story. This fit right in. I loved that the bad guys didn't get away.

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review 2018-12-09 01:19
RAVEN CURSED by FAITH HUNTER
Raven Cursed - Faith Hunter

Audiobook

I enjoyed this book except for a just a few things.

1) Jane is running around in the morning saving people, goes to the hotel & changes, then immediately off to someone else, and then before she can get to her hotel another emergency. I know they somewhat converge at the end but it was still too much (in my opinion).
2) Beast is all about killing enemies, ripping out their throats, but then does an about face toward the end of the book. I didn't understand this change in her opinion. 
3) So if Rick SPOILER [has sex with anyone the Grindie (sp?) will kill him?]

But beyond the above, very good book, very good narrator. I'm planning on working my way through the entire series.

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