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review 2020-05-05 19:49
Review: River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
River of Teeth - Sarah Gailey

I downloaded this audiobook because I was hoping for a fun ride. I mean, how could it not be? Feral hippos have overtaken parts of the Mississippi and there is a gang of gunslingers running around on hippos. This should have been like a B-movie creature feature! I wanted blood and revenge and dismemberment by hippo! Unfortunately that is not what I got. 


This is a pretty short novella, the audiobook was only 4 1/2 hours. But honestly it felt like I was listening for 45 hours. The first three hours are a long and tedious introduction to the members of Houndstooth's gang. One or two of the characters also use non-binary pronouns for some reason. I am not opposed to this being used in a book but since it wasn't explained or introduced it was very confusing. And the character's name is Hero, which isn't really a name at all. I had a really hard time following that because you have a not-name and a not-pronoun being used constantly. The history was tedious, I really want to get to something interesting and it seemed like it was never going to happen. It took three hours just to find out what job the gang had been hired for!


When we finally did get to the action it was abrupt and didn't make much sense. The author shows a very strong lack of knowledge about how dams and rivers work. The lack of knowledge about hippo physiology I can excuse since it was a creature feature. But you don't know that water naturally runs downhill? And that dams are built upstream to create larger, still bodies of water? Dams don't have gates for boats to travel through, that is a loch. All of these questions quickly took me out of the story. It all ended with not much blood, not much gore, and a shocking lack of hippos. This was supposed to be about hippos and I feel like we hardly saw them in action.


Also, there was a short history of how hippos came to be so rampant in Louisiana at the end of the book. It explained what "The Harriet" was, which frankly I was not able to piece together through the whole novella. It might have been better to have that at the beginning. This history says that in this alternate history that Lincoln never got around to the Emancipation Proclamation because he was busy with hippo legislation. So, if the Civil War never happened and the slaves were not freed, then how did you have so much acceptance of such a wide array of people in Louisiana (which was a slave holding state)? We have Hispanic people, African American people, non-binary people, bisexual people, feminists...all in this gang and everyone accepts it, doesn't mention it, and remembers everyone else's pronouns flawlessly. That is a head-scratcher right there. Slavery is still a thing but we're embracing non-binary pronouns. It was weird and nonsensical. The best alternate histories need to make sense.

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review 2019-10-03 05:06
Louisiana's Way Home
Louisiana's Way Home - Kate DiCamillo

Well, my reading the last couple of months has been far outpacing my reviewing, so I have a backlog of reviews to do. What better way to get back on track than with a wonderful book by Kate DiCamillo. I’m saying this as possibly her oldest (non-family member) fan. Should I be embarrassed that I am not a middle-schooler reading this, and that even my daughters have aged out of this genre? Nah.


Camillo’s writing evokes wonder in even the deepest, darkest places, and her stories almost always offer a quiet measure of hope. She has a knack for creating distinct, unusual characters whose stories—and names—you can’t help but love. Really, how could you not be compelled to read about a girl named Louisiana Elefante? If you haven’t read Raymie Nightengale, read that first, because the backstory is almost as good as this sequel. Quick, read them now, because Camillo's newest book, Beverly, Right Here, just came out, and you’re going to need to read that one too. Trust me, you cannot go wrong.

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review 2019-05-20 07:54
Simon - V.A. Dold


Simon Le Beau joined the Marines in the hopes of meeting his mate, but four years later he returns home stuck in his wolf form. Rose O’Leary is a beautiful, voluptuous woman that was raised in foster homes, fears abandonment and avoids men. As if they didn’t have enough against them, a secret group organization is out destroy to the Le Beau family and what better way to cripple the royal family than to steal their females?


The second Le Beau brothers’ story is emotionally gripping and holds readers in its thrall from the very beginning. The romance between Simon and Rose is an emotional roller coaster that captures readers’ hearts as the hero and heroine overcome their issues to reach for their happily ever after.


The plot is fast paced and full of thrilling suspense and excitement as Rose finds herself being targeted by an unknown group of rogues, of course the situation is further complicated that Rose is has no idea just who or what her enemies are. Surprising twists keeps readers on their toes while they bite their nails in anticipation of what’s to come. While the Simon and Rose story does have a conclusion their enemy remains elusive ensuring that readers are going to keep coming back for more of the charming ‘Le Beau Brothers’.


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review 2019-05-20 07:29
Cade - V.A. Dold


It is Anna James’s opinion that men are self-centered and will never love for who she is, a beautiful, plus sized woman, all except for the fantasy man that she’s been meeting in her dreams. Billionaire wolf shifter, Cade is finally blessed with a meeting his fantasy woman and discovers that she is his mate. The heat is on the minute they lay eyes on each other and neither, age, children, horrid ex-husbands, nor mob bosses will stop this love affair.


This shifter romance takes place in a wonderful New Orleans and bayou setting that makes a wonderfully rich and powerful background to the fascinating royal wolf shifters that live there. The characters are strong, captivating and easily draw readers into their world and he romance between Cade and Anna is sweet, sizzles with lots of chemistry and warms the heart. And while the mating is instinct is strong, Cade has to keep her alive long enough to introduce Anna to his world.


The plot is fast paced and keeps readers hanging on to each and every word as personal issues, exes, rogue wolves, and a mob boss do their best to get in the way of this budding relationship. The danger and excitement abounds throughout the story while readers get to know the Le Beau family and the author made the story life like by addressing details that would Anna would face when making decisions regarding taking the next step in this relationship like the ones regarding her sons. Readers can’t help but enjoy this heartwarming, suspenseful and intriguing romance be completely charmed by the Le Beau family.



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review 2019-04-29 12:07
Sweet Home Louisiana (Boys of the Bayou, #2) by Erin Nicholas
Sweet Home Louisiana (Boys of the Bayou, #2) - Erin Nicholas


Youth made them fearless, love gave them power, but life was determined to break their hearts. Can they pick up the pieces and find the courage to start all over again? There's never a dull moment when Erin Nicholas is running the show. Love may seem a bitter pill to swallow, but it tickles on it's way down. Sweet Home Louisiana spells TROUBLE with a capital T. Owen and Madison are a force of nature that wreak havoc on everyone around them. Heartache has made Madison a bit more careful when it comes to her heart. Life has taught her that sometimes love is not enough, but maybe Owen has enough recklessness for the both of them.


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