~My mostly old book haul~
I have come for the airing of grievances. I have come to beg the Book Gods to give me a break and have me stop reading books that totally do my head in. I have asked for characters to stop being too stupid to leave. I am on my knees declaring an end to love triangles and information dumps via third parties.
1. Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught (Whitney My Love Review)
Hey you don't want to read a book where the hero is violent towards the heroine, but somehow it is always her fault? This book is pretty famous in Romance Land.
2. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (How The Light Gets In Review)
Honestly, the continuing adventures of Armand Gamache in this one didn't work for me. You have so much mess going on with Jean Guy that this book did my head in. At this point I have no idea why Gamache continues to trust Jean Guy anymore. And I got really tired of constantly reading about the supposed corruption in the police force that only Gamache could root out.
3. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (The Lying Game Review)
Do you want to read about rules to a lying game that never really gets shown throughout the book, instead the author just has chapter headings about it? Do you want to read about the lead character and her constantly dragging her infant daughter with her while she purposely seeks out dangerous situations? I also had a hard time with the lack of character development and the secret that this woman and her supposed friends (she hasn't seen in person in years) kept.
4. The Burial Hour by Jeffrey Deaver (The Burial Hour Review)
I have 100 percent given on on reading about Rhymes anymore. It's just gotten to the point that the character has gotten to a really unbelievable stage and the plots don't make much sense to me anymore.
5. Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski (Not Ready for Mom Jeans Review)
I just got over this book after the constant bashing of working moms and women who are overweight.
6. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert (Dune Messiah Review)
A thousand times no. I will never get the time back from trying to muddle through this book.
7. The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz (The Silent Corner)
I cannot get over newly published books by Dean Koontz. This one was really bad IMHO. Reading a book that is barely horror (though it's touted to be) with the main character as a Mary Sue. No thanks.
8. Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan (Where the Past Begins Review)
This memoir rambled and skipped over a lot of things.
9. A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery (A Million Little Things Review)
All three characters we follow in this one are very flat. One situation that arises in this book had me rolling my eyes and also not finding the ending very realistic.
10. Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery (Sisters Like Us Review)
Doesn't really follow sisters, follows two sisters, and one sister's daughter. The one sister's romance was beyond frustrating and I hated the male hero for saying he wasn't ready for a relationship but trying to force himself into their lives anyway. You don't get to be half in. I kind of threw in the towel on the Mischief Bay series after this one.
11. Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham (Happiness Review)
This memoir tried too hard and just didn't work for me at all.
12. Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (Burn Bright Review)
I have never had so many discussions around one book in my life. This put the nail in the Alpha and Omega series for me. I can't go back and read anymore. I am still feeling a bit uneasy about continuing with the Mercy Thompson series.
13. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (Bonfire Review)
Way too many plot elements going on and read like a Lifetime murder mystery.
14. The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder (The People We Hate at the Wedding Review)
Trees died for this book.
15. Perfect by Judith McNaught (Perfect Review)
The absurdity of this whole book was made worse by the alpha males in this one.
16. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (First Grave on the Right Review)
The main character, writing, and flow were awful. Could not continue with this series.
17. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (The Long Way Home Review)
A filler book that was just written to kill off a main character. Nothing about this one makes any sense at all. I also ended up hating the character of Clara.
18. The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum (The Art of French Kissing Review)
Reading about two teens acting like jerks didn't do a thing for me. The main point of the book (the cooking competition) should have taken up more space than it did. Most of the book was just reading about how nasty Carter was being to Reid.
19. My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry (My Husband's Wife Review)
I don't know if I disliked this one more than The Girl Before or not. They both just suffer from could not happen unless heroine had a total brain transplant.
20. The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews (The High Tide Club Review)
Didn't know if it wanted to be a romance or a romantic suspense book. Neither one really works. The main plot of needing to hire someone to track down old friends doesn't work out really well and I loathed how the characters who were POC were portrayed.
I will update this list again in December.
After the Elders cleansed and reclaimed many human towns, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf-shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery's shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.
With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end: with her standing beside a grave. . . .
3 ½ ★
I finished this book last week but I really wasn’t sure what to think of the ending for a while and had to think about it.
Plus this book is hard to review for me for some reason.
I really liked the book but I don’t think it was as great or strong as the previous books.
Once we got to the end I thought a lot of this book could have been spent more towards wrapping things up more for other residents of and around the courtyard. While things get wrapped up nicely for the most part for Simon and Meg , some of the Others were a bit open ended and not only that but also some of the commutes.
I must admit the whole Elder part. I was still not a huge fan of the Elders and the whole Jimmy thing. It just seemed weird and way to drawn out. The final battle was once again pretty anti climatic for me like in the last book. Not only that but o teas pretty much off page, which kind off was a letdown ,since do actual get their POV once a while .
But overall it was a great book, We get to see some of our favorite people/or others prep and fear a common threat of the elders. We also meet some new people, some I liked a lot and hope to see in future spin-off books.
The ending I think was the best outcome we could have hoped for, for Simon and Meg….. it was always clear they never be a regular couple. I just could have gotten this earlier and maybe a bit more and maybe an idea what that will look like.
I also would have liked to see how other things turn out … like Sam and Skippy…. Vlad and Tess. We never really get a conclusion and all is a bit open ended, even some of the humans and other communities around the courtyard, they end was just a tad too focused on Meg and Simon and we not even get a full thing there.
What I liked about the series best, was that all the way to the end the Others always stayed a threat to humans. While some were accepted most stayed clever meat throughout the series.
Overall, while I has some issues and wished for more but I was satisfied with the end. And I will most defiantly read the books that follow.
I rate it 3 ½ ★
You know, the thing I find most horrific about this tale is the lack of personal control any of the women have over their own lives. They are always in danger of having some older man take over their property or decree whom they must marry.
I am so glad I live in the 21st century in a democratic society.
In the fourth novel in Anne Bishop's New York Times bestselling series, the Others will need to decide how much humanity they're willing to tolerate--both within themselves and their community...
Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the dynamic between humans and Others has changed. Some, such as Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn see the closer companionship as beneficial.
But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don't realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land--and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to safeguard what is theirs...
4 ½ ★
I think this was my favorite in the series so far….. There are so many things happening in the book I don’t even know where to start. This book like previous books is pretty fast paced and pretty much gripes you from page one.
Well the humans are still stupid and think they can take…. The others….. and they are moving forward with their plan to take over for them and ruling the planet . The Others on the other hand know things will come to blow. But over the course of several books they almost became friends with some humans and they would feel bad if they would not survive. So now they are trying to save their friends. All the while they are still helping the cassandra sangue to settle and learn to live a normal life. Of course nothing is ever that easy. Meg and some others also trying to find a way to help them without having to cut. Meg really came through in this book. I thought. In this book more than any others she really learned and she really tried to stand on her own two feet. More than that she stood up for herself. There were a few time in the beginning where I rolled my eyes at her for taking the easy route but overall she really came out of it on top and with more confidence. Simon also grew so much not only in this book but throughout. It is amazing how much the “clever meat” grew on him and how far he is willing to go to safe some of his friends or as he calls them the human pack. But it is clear that he cares for them. Just as it is still crystal clear how he feels about Meg. Tess, is Tess and I still love her , more than ever now that most of everyone know what and who she is. Vlad is still busy helping with the humans but also with some other Vampires that are coming in and around town and other to. I’m curious to see how that that plays out Most of the book the others and other settlement are busy prepping for a big “storm” that is about to hit. I have to say that was my least favorite part of the book, I thought it be bigger and actually thought it was a bit anti climatic and went by way to fast. The Aftermath was still pretty big and we shall see how it continues, but just the part of the ‘Storm” itself was a bit of letdown. I thought there were other ‘battles’ in the book that were much bigger and better in a cruel way.
Overall, I really loved this book and can’t wait to start the next. The end with Simon and Meg gave me hope for their relationship…… it’s only taking four books lol.
I own the paperback but I listened to this on audio from the library and I must say the narration was fantastic.
I rate it 4 ½ ★