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text 2017-05-31 16:10
Books I Read This Month (May 2017)
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

Hope everyone had a great reading month!

At this point I am almost at the 59 percent mark for my reading goal for the year! At this point in time I have read 199 books/comics/graphic novels.


 

This month I read 46 books. Believe me that is all due to me going on vacation to Ecuador. 

 

My favorite book for the month of May was "The Hate U Give". Seriously, go read it. It's really good. A close runner up was "Always and Forever, Lara Jean." My least favorite book was "Solitude Creek." I am still mad I wasted my time on that series. 

 

5 stars

 

Anansi Boys by Neil GaimanThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael ConnellyBlack Rose by Nora Roberts

American Gods by Neil GaimanCome Home by Lisa ScottolineAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanCrimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

Burn Marks by Sara ParetskyAngels Fall by Nora RobertsGwendy's Button Box by Stephen KingThe Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Desire by Amanda QuickGuardian Angel by Sara ParetskyThe Hollow House by Janis Patterson

 

 

4 stars

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickThe Ghost Brigades by John ScalziMy Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott KingSomeone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Moon Called by Patricia BriggsNo Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthyWho Do You Love by Jennifer WeinerStill Life by Louise Penny

Total Recall by Sara ParetskyEnchanted, Inc. by Shanna SwendsonHouse of Reckoning by John SaulWindy City Blues by Sara Paretsky

The Mother by Pearl S. Buck

 

3 stars

 

Blood Shot by Sara ParetskyHercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha ChristieThe Witches by Stacy SchiffOnce Upon Stilettos by Shanna Swendson

The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. JamesJust Wait Till You Have Children Of Your Own! by Erma BombeckTrouble in Mudbug by Jana DeleonPoirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

 

2 stars

 

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad RiccaTrigger Warning by Neil GaimanMuch Ado About Magic by Shanna SwendsonDon't Hex with Texas by Shanna Swendson

Damsel Under Stress by Shanna Swendson

 

1 star

 

This Lullaby by Sarah DessenSolitude Creek by Jeffery DeaverMr. Maybe by Jane GreenNo Quest For The Wicked by Shanna Swendson

 

DNF

 

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

 

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review 2017-05-15 14:43
Read This Book if You Hate Yourself
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

Once again, if not for Booklikes-opoly I would have DNFed this thing. I wanted the page count though so I put up with it. FYI, this book is awful. 

 

I gave this book half a star since it doesn't even deserve a full star. The entire book from start to finish was nonsensical and just insulting to anyone that has been reading this series. I honestly am  baffled at how Deaver writes Kathryn Dance since he manages to write Amelia Sachs (The Lincoln Rhyme series) as a well developed character. Dance is written so terribly in this book, one wonders how the heck she even has a job. I also don't get why she has one man, let alone two wanting to be with her. You never get to see what is so great about her.

 

Dance is busted down in this one due to the fact that due to her reading a suspect wrong, he manages to get away. That segues over into Dance being asked to go over the insurance/documentation at at place called Solitude Creek. There was a recent incident at Solitude Creek that left several people injured and dead. That doesn't really matter though, the big issue is that Dance is not supposed to be investigating due to her new status, but does so anyway and you keep reading Dance having asides to herself about the fact she's not supposed to be investigating. When Dance's colleague Michael O'Neill is called in to help, she feels annoyed because she doesn't get why he's mad at her (probably because she's not supposed to be investigating a thing and is also not carrying a gun and that could lead to other people being hurt).

 

Between Dance trying to force herself back into the investigation that has a suspect on the run and trying to figure out what is going on at Solitude Creek the book already felt full. But nope, Deaver throws in some issues with Dance's two kids who still read like robots come to life. Then there's the question of Dance and her relationship with her boyfriend that she has been seeing for maybe a year book timeline wise. 

 

The POVs were Dance, the bad guy in this one and then for some odd reason we go into a POV of a friend of Dance's as well as Dance's boyfriend. At that point I wanted to scream that just because the guy works with computers does not mean that he speaks to himself in freaking programming language.

 

And what's sad is that the most important part about Dance's character, ie her skills with kinesiology are not displayed at all. For some weird reason Deaver does some freaking cut aways and then you have other character remark at how awesome Dance was and how she was able to get information from a witness/suspect. Um are you serious? Why in the world wouldn't you show that?

 

The writing was really poor as was the flow. Deaver tries to throw some red herrings in here and there and I was actively rooting for her or her kids to end up dead in this one since that meant the series may be coming to a close. That's not a good thing to admit, but I was just sick of reading about Dance and her whole family by the time the final page was turned. 

 

The ending was a joke and a half. We had someone propose to Dance (whatever man) and someone else saying goodbye to her romantically. 

 

Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4:   $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8:   $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00.
May 8:   $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.

May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00. 

 

 

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text 2017-05-12 23:14
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

I need a new word for terrible.

 

There are so many plot points none of them hung together while we still had the ridiculous triangle between Katherine Dance, Michael O'Neill, and Dance's longtime boyfriend Jon and the resolution to that was freaking stupid I just I don't know. I don't have any more words the whole book was just a waste of time and it took me two days to finish because that's how much I did not want to finish this book. Bah. 

 

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text 2017-05-11 15:12
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

I am at 1 percent and already bored. Good times.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-23 13:33
The Book Loses Common Sense Towards the End
XO - Jeffery Deaver

Apologies, I am still recovering from being sick and all I feel right now is ire towards this book. The book totally muffs the ending and that lost all of my goodwill towards it at that point. Question for you ladies? Would you go out to eat with your stalker even if he somehow saved you from being killed? Yeah, yeah, I have to say that this is actually something that occurs during this insane book. And I have to actually use spoilers, because I am too tired to talk around how problematic I found this whole thing from beginning to end.

 

In Deaver's third Kathryn Dance book "XO", Dance takes a mini-vacation and goes to a concert of a friend of hers, Kayleigh Towne. Kayleigh is in her 20s and is coming up the country music charts. She also has a stalker. Kayleigh who always signs her emails and pictures of her with an "xo" has a man that determines that Kayleigh is just speaking directly to him and she is in love with him. When an accident and then a murder occur around Kayleigh days before her concert, Dance gets involved and hopes she can do what is necessary in order to prevent Kayleigh from being killed. 


I have been reading this series and I can count now only in one book where we really truly get to see Dance use her body language skills from beginning to end. She doesn't really use them here, and I have to say that Dance for being so great at her job once again just ignores what's right in front of her. That's three times now she actually got lied to and played by the real bad guy. I just don't know if I have energy for a fourth book or should I cut my losses.

 

Dance also goes back and forth about what is going on with her relationship with a dude that does not sound attractive at all that we meet from the last book. But she's still thinking about her work colleague and then kisses him, but you know, feels torn.

 

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It has now been three books and in all three books she is still obsessing about her work colleague Mike, whose wife has left him and their kids. At this point, if I were Mike, I would be done with her, but I have a bad feeling that some more mess will occur in the fourth book. 


We get appearances by Rhyme and Sachs in this one. It didn't help. I honestly wish Deaver had shown them at Dance's home interacting with her family instead of them popping in to help her with this case. 

 

The truly aggravating part though is that Deaver doesn't seem to know what to do with Kayleigh. We get a ridiculous reveal about her that didn't add up at all. And then even though she has been stalked by a man who shows up in town and won't leave her alone. She somehow stupidly agrees to go to lunch with the guy after the fact because he saved her (she thinks) from being murdered and going up in a fire. I mean I would be all yes thanks dude, but you still stalked me so stay the hell away. But you know, this book goes bygones. Another thing that doesn't work is that Deaver at the end has it that you think maybe though Kayleigh will finally be strong enough to break away from her bullying father who made her lie and took away so much from her, but nope. she's right back there again to deal with him. 

 

The writing was not that tight in this one. We have Dance dealing with locals who don't want her butting in. But of course we get to see how not prepared they are to deal with the man who they identify as Kayleigh's stalker. Everything about the guy pushed my spidey sense. So when we find out in the end he was responsible for some murders and used other people to finally kidnap Kayleigh and "marry" her (ie had plans to rape her and make her love him) I was fresh out of patience for everyone involved. 

 

And the lyrics to the songs was terrible. I was sick of re-reading them over and over again while getting through this book. Deaver tries a whole thing that Kayleigh's stalker or other people are using the lyrics to plan murders, but you don't need to keep reprinting them all through the book. 

 

The ending was a mess and then Deaver just goes and publishes the "songs" for this book and after glancing at them quickly I just put this book aside. 

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